Surface Noise Archives

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John Siden of the YouTube channel Surface Noise shares his thoughts, and feelings on what music means to him through careful examination of the albums he loves the most.

2021 Articles:

We Owe You Nothing: Fugazi’s Repeater

The Head on the Door: The Cure

The Club Is Open: Guided By Voices Alien Lanes

Am I The Happy Loss?: Echo & the Bunnymen’s Porcupine, and More

Trouble Will Find Me: The National

Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska: The Album That Shaped My Fandom

Epic Ten: Sharon Van Etten

Master of Puppets: Metallica

Sonic Youth: Goo

Rush: Shadows On The Road Behind

Is This It: The Strokes & The NYC Garage Rock Resurgence

The Stone Roses & The Birth Of The Madchester Scene

2022 Articles:

A Snapshot Of A Bygone Era: Looking Back At Guns N’ Roses Debut, Appetite For Destruction

Trompe Le Monde & The First Era Of the Pixies

A Case Study in Musical Progression: Julien Baker’s Turn Out the Lights

Embrace the Wind with Both Arms: A Deeper Look at the Legacy of The Cult

A Post-Rock Classic Twenty Years On: Looking Back at Sigur Rós’ ( )

Reviewing Sharon Van Etten’s We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong

In The Garage: Weezer’s Debut Record Revisited

This is Where We Walked; This is Where We Swam: R.E.M.’s Transitional Album Lifes Rich Pageant

I Take a Drink Before I Hit the Town: Looking Back at The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me

What Might Have Been Lost: Reflections on Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago

We Are a Wave of White Noise: Death Cab for Cutie’s Dials Home with Asphalt Meadow

Tell Me, Can You Stick With This? Reviewing the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Return of the Dream Canteen

I Guess Sometimes We All Get What We Want in the End: Reviewing Taylor Swift’s Midnights

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