Sound Affects

July 2011

Amy Winehouse: A Voice to Make You Believe

Even given all of the media saturation in our desensitized age, the sheer speed of Amy Winehouse’s demise was astonishing. Yet, at the same time as she was struggling on this Earth, she possessed a true, utterly rare, gift of a voice.


Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Bad News”

Don't discount "Bad News" because of its placement on 808s & Heartbreak. It's still one of the best art-pop compositions of our time.


Counterbalance No. 43: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers’

Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn have watched you suffer a dull aching pain, but wild horses couldn't drag them away from talking about one more Rolling Stones album. This week in Counterbalance—Acclaimed Music’s 43rd All-Time Greatest Album. Have your needle and spoon at the ready.


D.O.A.: Tickin’ Like a Time Bomb of Righteousness

Seething, agitated, and anarchistic, the infamous north-of-the-American-border punks in D.O.A. continue to unleash tuneful and frenzied songs, proving they are far from retired.


Daft Punk Is Playing at Your House: 10 Essential Dance-Rock Albums

Today, the intersection of dance music and rock music seems only natural. However, the process has been in the making for decades, and this list provides an introduction to ten of the best albums this genre combination has to offer.


Nonsense With a Purpose: An Interview With Times New Viking

On the verge of breaking through, Times New Viking sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new record, Dada art, and what it's like having played over 700 shows.


Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Street Lights”

Kanye kicks off 808s & Heartbreak's home stretch with a song often over-looked, though never discredited.


Counterbalance No. 42: Stevie Wonder’s ‘Innervisions’

He’s been to, y'know, Paris, Beirut, y'know, I mean, uh, Iraq, Iran, Eurasia... y'know he speaks very, very, um fluent Spanish... He’s Stevie Wonder, and Counterbalance is looking at his 1973 landmark this week.


Why Shouldn’t Miley Cyrus Smell Like Kurt Cobain?

Didn't Kurt Cobain perform as a teenage girl? If Nirvana did inspire an entire generation, then we really should be receiving Miley Cyrus' cover performances in a much more educated fashion than we are.


Five Songs About Wizards, Witches, and Other Spellcasters

The final Harry Potter film is upon us, so why not spin these magic-tinged tunes to commemorate the occasion?


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