Filed under: Issue 22, Issue 22 Reviews | Tags: auto-tune, electric light orchestra, Elephant 6, elo, Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal, robert schneider, The Apples in Stereo, The Beach Boys, the music tapes, travellers in space and time
Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts
PREVIEW: CLICK here to visit The Apples in Stereo’s website
I have a lot of love for the Elephant 6 Collective: The Music Tapes, Of Montreal and of course, who could forget Neutral Milk Hotel? But for some reason, I’ve totally ignored The Apples in Stereo up until very recently. They definitely have that same sort of retro-pop worship going for them as much as their more eccentric counterparts, but they take it in a different direction, worshipping the prog-rock goodness of bands like Electric Light Orchestra over the sun-pop of The Beach Boys. Such is the case with their new album: Travellers in Space and Time.
The album’s good. It synthesizes (more…)
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: Fight Softly, Odd Blood, of Montreal, The Ruby Suns, Yeasayer
PREVIEW: VISIT The Ruby Suns’ MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts
Maybe The Ruby Suns‘ Fight Softly could have been seen through a different lens had it been released before Yeasayer‘s Odd Blood last month, rather than after it. The two albums possess loads of commonalities–from wacky, crowded arrangements, to a world-sound approach, to a sense of almost-overwhelming sprawl. Yet, in all of that, Yeasayer’s theme seems to ring through loud and clear. While The Ruby Suns’ theme, on the other hand, gets muddled by the pure weight of the ambition attached to the project.
The main culprits of Fight Softly‘s undoing are perpetual sameness, repetition and an all-you-can-eat instrumental mentality. The bubbly, fragmented intro “Sun Lake Rinsed” isn’t all that different from closer “Olympics on Pot,” nor any of the other tracks. Even when it drifts away from the stale, overdone formula of two-part rise and fall, it still trips itself up. “Haunted House,” while different, comes off as more of a hackneyed tribute to of Montreal than anything else. It’s a disastrous issue, to say the least. (more…)
Of Montreal, a band that gave so much this past decade and got so little acclaim. For our back page this time we decided to tell a bit of a true story involving them. We hope you like it.
Read all about it below the cut! (more…)
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: bloc party, Charity, Devendra Banhart, Editor's Picks, Grizzly Bear, indie music, Indie Rock Coloring Book, Metric, non-profit, of Montreal, Ra Ra Riot, Rilo Kiley, t-shirts, The National, The Yellow Bird Project
Was your New Year’s resolution to be more involved in charities and community service? Yeah, mine wasn’t either. But, on a quest to find new and awesome tees to wear for this new decade, I came across The Yellow Bird Project. The YBP is a non-profit operating from Montreal, with a three-fold mission: 1) to raise money for various charities through the sales of their totally kick-ass t-shirts, 2) to raise the public’s awareness of certain charities through the endorsement of indie rock artists, and 3) to raise the profile of artists they like. Now, before you yawn so wide that you pass out, keep in mind that these t-shirts (which you can buy to support whichever charity the tee happens to represent) are designed by the indie artists which they endorse. Cool, right?
The YBP was started in 2006 and its first contributing artists was the one and only Devendra Banhart. Now, four years later, the organization has grown and has the support of artists like, Metric, Grizzly Bear, Bloc Party, Ra Ra Riot, Of Montreal and Rilo Kiley, among others. Plus, if you (like me) are awaiting the arrival of your t-shirt designed by The National, which also happens to support Safe Space, you can play the local YBP game: Color Me Indie, for a chance to win an Indie Rock Coloring Book. What’s cooler than that? My new t-shirt. That’s what.
– Isabel Alcantara, Photo Editor
Filed under: 20 Watts Radio | Tags: 20 Watts Radio, 50 Cent, Annie, Beach House, Best Coast, Beulah, Britney Spears, Circulatory System, Elephant 6, Euroboys, Grizzly Bear, John Mayer, M.I.A., Madonna, Nana Grizol, Neutral Milk Hotel, of Montreal, Radio, Real Estate, Rihanna, The Apples in Stereo, The Gerbils, the olivia tremor control, WERW
Eric, Chris, Caitlin AND special guest Mary are in the studio this evening! We’re playing an hour of new music, an hour of Elephant 6 and an hour of local music. Tune in by clicking this link — we’ll be here until 1!
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Title: My Love Is Better [16/20 watts -- read the review]
Album: Don’t Stop
Title: Me Against the Music
Artist: Britney Spears and Madonna
Album: Greatest Hits
Filed under: Features | Tags: apples in stereo, Are You Sleepy?, Beat Happening, Beulah, Big Star, Cannibal Sea, Circulatory System, dusk at cubist castle, elf power, Fun Trick Noisemaker, In the Aeroplane over the Sea, Jamboree, Jeff Mangum, live at jittery joe's, Love It! Love It!, music from the unrealized film script, Nana Grizol, Neutral Milk Hotel, new magnetic wonder, Odessey and Oracle, of Montreal, olivia tremor control, on avery island, pet sounds, Radio City, Ruth, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the 20, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, the coast is never clear, The Essex Green, The Gay Parade, The Gerbils, The Zombies, When the Red King Comes, When Your Heartstrings Break
A record label. A collection of musicians. An ethos. A cult. The Elephant 6 Collective is all that and more. Based in Athens, Ga. (after originating in Denver), and formed by Bill Doss, Will Hart, Jeff Mangum and Robert Schneider, it started out as a way to record and release their psychedelic influenced lo-fi pop. It soon spiraled and transformed, with other artists joining and band members working on each others’ albums. Eventually, it became less of a recording company than a pool of artists who shared a similar style and philosophy about making music. And it was from this pool that some of the greatest artists of the genre’s modern era — Neutral Milk Hotel, The Apples in Stereo, of Montreal and The Olivia Tremor Control to name a few — got their start.
So what’s the very best of trip-hop? 20 Watts’ MARC SOLLINGER has the answer in our ninth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!