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September 2010

Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Heart of the Congos’

'Heart of the Congos' has seen many ups and downs, from the widespread acclaim of today to the creative ferment of late '70s Kingston and all the neglect, discovery, and possible theft that came in between. Through all that noise the album shines, a work of undeniable inspiration and enigmatic effect, and a lasting testament to Lee Perry and his studio.


Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’

Presenting the debut of a new regular feature on Sound Affects: Counterbalance, where Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger debate the merits of some of the most critically-acclaimed albums of all time.


The Shape of Jazz That Came…

The awake, aware folks who make and receive these offerings celebrate an ever-evolving music that resists boundaries, the sort capable of communication that transcends language and explanation.


20 Questions: Mice Parade

Taking a break from prepping for his world tour, Mice Parade's Adam Pierce answers PopMatters' 20 Questions, giving a healthy piece of advice for Barack Obama, revealing which 'Scooby Doo' character he most resembles, and why Stephen Hawking's descriptions of our future are downright terrifying...


His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - “Regan’s Theme” (Floating Sound and Finale)

Ennio Morricone's score to the 1977 film 'The Exorcist II: The Heretic' is anything but predictable. The man responsible for that bravado-ridden whistle we all know from 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' does something on this soundtrack that might be truly hellish if not for its roots in exotica.


Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Golden Age of Roots: ‘Police and Thieves’

The international success of 'Police and Thieves' made it ubiquitous for fans of reggae and punk alike, but the album's roots are particular to the inner workings of vital, very-much-Jamaican studios like the Black Ark.


Heroes in the Age of None: The Clash Rock Out with “Tommy Gun”

Most of the Clash's music videos were no-frills performance clips. The reason was simple: the Clash owned the stage.


Beyond the Pale: Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro”

A long string of cribbed beats and run together pop references, "Alejandro" is a song truly made up of nothing, not even bothering to revel in its vacuity.


August 2010

Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things: Crafting Creative Live Jazz with ‘Stories and Negotiations’

Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things present a bold vision of not just what improvised music has been in the past, but what it can be in the future.


Paul & Linda McCartney - “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”

Sound Affects' Between the Grooves look at the solo career of Paul McCartney concludes for now with a peek at his second album Ram (1971), courtesy of that album's first single.


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