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ISSUE 20 | Feature: The Digital Divide: Syracuse University’s audio archives are among the world’s best, but they’re struggling to get online by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:10 pm
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Syracuse University's Audio Laboratories cylinder record collection second only to the Library of Congress

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Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

Check out our extensive feature on the second-largest collection of wax cylinders in the world, right here in Syracuse! 20 Watts’ Brian Amaral tells the tale of Syracuse University’s Belfer Audio Laboratory, expanded greatly in the 2000s and now struggling to get digitized online. Right here, right now, only in Syracuse and only on 20 Watts!

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ISSUE 20 | Feature: Tuned Out: College Radio Struggles to Stay Afloat in the iPod Era by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:09 pm
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Click to read 20 Watts' story on the Fall of College Radio

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Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

Check out our extensive feature on college radio in the ’00s! 20 Watts’ Dan Kaplan, Dan Creahan, Olivia St. Denis and Isabel Alcantara bring you the compelling story of the decline of college radio, both in Syracuse and elsewhere with in-depth interviews, some great photo-illustrations and, as always, a local focus!

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ISSUE 20 | Feature: Live Free, Diehard: In tough economic times, Syracuse’s hardcore fanatics keep this scene kicking at any cost by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:09 pm
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Hardcore heroes have persevered this past decade despite financial woes

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Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

Check out our extensive feature on the Syracuse’s 2000s hardcore scene! 20 Watts’ Bill McMillan, Jamie Miles and Isabel Alcantara bring you the trials and tribulations of these tattooed, straightedge and non-straightedge do-it-yourselfers, ready to rock in your face with disregard for their broken-down vans and a an un-supportive economy. Check out these hardcore heroes, only on 20 Watts!

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THE 20.10: Bird Bands (20 Watts Thanksgiving Special) by 20watts

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Thanksgiving. For years it’s brought people together to feast on turkey. In honor of this joyous American holiday, 20 Watts has decided to elucidate you, fine reader, on the many bands named after a variety of fowl. We bring you our very special Thanksgiving 20, based on artists named after a variety of avian creatures.

So what’s the very best of bird-themed music? 20 Watts’ STAFF has the answer in our tenth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!


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The 20.9: The Elephant 6 Collective by 20watts

The Elephant 6 Collective

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!


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The 20.8: Your Essential Guide to Trip-Hop by 20watts

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The Bristol sound, also known as trip-hop, was born from the British hip-hop and house scenes of the mid-1990s. Artists like Massive Attack, DJ Shadow and Portishead took the hybrid genre and turned it into a hip-hop-influenced electronica that harnessed a fanbase that reached between the Atlantic. The listening experience, likened to a “musical trip,” is one intensely focused on the abstract, atmospheric qualities of the genre. It has grown over the years to encompass turntablism, acid jazz, electro and dance into a hybrid genre that continues to expand into the contemporary hip-hop scene.

So what’s the very best of trip-hop? 20 Watts’ JOHN LUPOSELLO has the answer in our eighth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!

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The winning grin and other tales from the O, Morning Records Showcase @ Funk N Waffles 11/6/09 by Eric Vilas-Boas
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Sarah Aument and the rest of O, Morning Records rocked Funk 'n Waffles on Friday, 11/6

You never know what to expect while stumbling down the stairs of Syracuse’s Funk ‘n Waffles on the night of a show. Acts can alternate between amateurs and professionals, hip-hop and folk-rock. Lucky for the college crowd that O, Morning Records was on the job last night, serving an aesthetically and musically eclectic platter of shoegazing, dancing and hand-clapping.

Sarah Aument, O, Morning’s very first signee, headlined the show with her new band. Before her came stellar performances from Bears in AmericaMouth’s Cradle and The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band. Not many student acts in the Syracuse area can realistically follow The NTMJB, the liveliest of the night and probably the biggest crowd-pleaser. Continue reading