Sound Affects

March 2011

“If You Think This Is Over, Then You’re Wrong”: Radiohead’s Exercise in Humility

The King of Limbs, while on the surface slighter than some of Radiohead's previous efforts, is still a vital, relevant addition to the group’s canon because of -- not despite -- its understated quality.


20 Questions: Ben + Vesper

Acclaimed indie-folk duo Ben + Vesper have collaborated with Sufjan Stevens, apprenticed as a midwife, and are currently building "a robot that gives you quarters when you're sad" . . .


Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “Who’s Been Talkin’”

The blues is full of songs about mean mistreater women, and Howlin' Wolf recorded more than a few. But in "Who's Been Talkin'", Wolf puts the blame for failed love affair on himself.


Counterbalance No. 26: Prince’s ‘Sign o’ the Times’

Prince’s 1987 Sign o' the Times was His Royal Badness’ second double LP, and it’s Number 26 on the Acclaimed Music list. Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger discuss this critics’ darling over starfish and coffee.


Remembering Keith Relf, and the Yardbirds

The Yardbirds required only two years and change to create songs that changed music.


20 Questions: Marky Ramone (Bamboozle Festival)

Marky Ramone is a Grammy-winning, pasta sauce-making songwriter, DJ, and drummer for one of the most influential bands of all time. Appearing at this year's Bamboozle Festival, Marky Ramone sat down with PopMatters to reveal what he uses for stress management, which Fantastic Four character he most resembles, and how it’d be great if a certain world leader tried a certain brand of pasta sauce . . .


Never Destroy Us: An Interview with Natalia Yanchak of the Dears

The only female member of the Dears takes a moment pre-tour to discuss the history of the band, its new material, and motherhood.


Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf - “You’ll be Mine”

"You'll Be Mine", another Willie Dixon-penned track on Rocking Chair, is two minutes and 25 seconds of joy--with an edge.


Counterbalance No. 25: Television’s ‘Marquee Moon’

Television’s 1977 masterpiece Marquee Moon is the 25th Greatest Album of All Time, but is it too “too too” to put a finger on? Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn see it all backward.


Taking It All Too Hard: Some Unironic Love For Phil Collins

A few things for youngsters and hipsters to be aware of: Phil Collins, in another lifetime, was not only a very worthwhile musician, he was also an outstanding drummer.


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Blood and Thunder: Black Sabbath’s ‘Sabotage’ at 40

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"In 1975, with lawyers in the studio and a financial empire crumbling, Black Sabbath fought back with their last classic album of the decade.

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