Sound Affects

July 2011

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

If 808s & Heartbreak is the lost Kanye West record, then the songs that make up the second half of the album are the true forgotten masterpieces. And, all things considered, there isn’t a better track than “RoboCop” to begin that undervalued stretch of criminally-forgotten tracks.


Counterbalance No. 41: Joy Division’s ‘Closer’

Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn take on Joy Division's Closer in this week’s edition of Counterbalance. It’s Number 41 on the Acclaimed Music list of the Greatest Albums of All Time. This is the way—step inside!


Sease & Desist: The Soulfully Outrageous Sound of Marvin Sease

Marvin Sease will likely never be remembered as a big star, but he knew what worked for him and he mastered it. His fans have always loved and will continue to love him for that.


The Top Five I.R.S.-Era R.E.M. Music Videos

With the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of the band's fourth album Lifes Rich Pageant due out soon, here's a look at the top videos R.E.M. made during its tenure on I.R.S. Records.


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

On "Paranoid", Kanye West takes a break from the haunting percussion sounds and counters with a glorious trip to 1986.


Counterbalance No. 40: James Brown’s ‘Live at the Apollo’

Counterbalance tackles the Hardest Working Man in Show Business as James Brown's Live at the Apollo clocks in at number 40 on the list of the most acclaimed albums of all time. As it turns out he’s freakishly strong and slightly slippery. It’s Star Time!


Still Ill: The Best 13 Songs by the Smiths

To celebrate the 25th birthday of the Smiths' masterful album The Queen Is Dead, PopMatters presents a list of the top 13 tracks by the legendary English quartet.


June 2011

20 Questions: Pete Tong

You'd never guess what the world-famous DJ and David Lynch have in common . . .


Hip-Hop’s Heartbreak: Kanye West – “Love Lockdown”

On "Love Lockdown", 808s & Heartbreak reaches its glorious pinnacle in a way hip-hop rarely succeeds.


Curtain Speech: An Interview with DM Stith

After My Brightest Diamond loaned him some recording software and he sold his first-ever Sufjan Stevens CD well before he started playing with him, DM Stith finally is coming into his own ...


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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

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"More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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