Sound Affects

July 2011

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 ...


Retromania Vs. Innovation: An Interview with Simon Reynolds

PopMatters talks with music critic Simon Reynolds about his new book Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past, as well as the modern state of pop futurism, the changing nature of music criticism, and the post-punk historian's favorite '80s alt-rock bands.


Counterbalance No. 39: Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue’

The Great List of the most acclaimed albums of all time makes its first foray into jazz, beginning with Miles Davis’ 1959 favorite. With no lyrics to quote, Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are having difficulty writing this introduction.


Across the Great Divide: The Band’s “Brown Album”

The Band’s mythical country rock came to define a genre with its illuminating self-titled second record.


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Indie Horror Month 2016: Diving into 'Reveal the Deep'

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"In Reveal the Deep, the light only makes you more aware of the darkness

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