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It is Thursday night and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on our great selection of awesome tunes.  We have some cool news happening at 20 Watts you simply cant miss. We are gonna give you a run down on some local shows that will be happening this weekend. If you are in Cuse you are most likely snowed in anyway, so join us for a quick getaway as we give you a run down of the awesome stuff you can do in Syracuse once this snow melts. Not to mention if you wanna request a song, all you need to do it tweet at you host here. So make sure to join 20 Watts on Auodiocandy 10 pm sharp. To tune in Click Here.

Show Playlist

1. Taxi Cab – Vampire Weekend
2. Something About Us – Daft Punk
3. Seahorse – Devendra Banhart
4. Actor Out of Work – St. Vincent
5. Laura – Girls
6. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
7. where do you go to my lovely – Peter Sarstedt
8. Crown of Love – Arcade Fire
9. Grace Kelly – Mika
10. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie & The Banshees
11. Friday XIII – Deer Tick
12. Elephant Gun – Beirut
13. Nothing Ever Happened – Deerhunter
14. Silence Kid – Pavement
15. My Parents Lied – The Static Jacks
16. Gold and a Pager – The Cool Kids
17. Don’t Haunt This Place – The Rural Alberta Advantage
18. The Fox In The Snow – Belle & Sebastian
19. Snow and Lights- Explosions in the Sky
20. Snow (Hey Oh) – The Red Hot Chili Peppers
21. Wintertime Love – Choir Of Young Believers
22. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
–Irina Dvalidze

Editor’s Pick #239: The Perfect Pandora Station For Studying by elizabethvogt

Pandora Radio=Musical Genius

PREVIEW: CREATE a Sufjan Stevens Station on Pandora

Finals. Finals. Finals. That is basically all anyone here at Syracuse has been hearing for the past few days. Whether it’s Chemistry or Design History, some extreme studying is going on practically everywhere you look. One study sesh necessity: a solid playlist that will get you focused. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to what type of music is being blasted through their earbuds as they voraciously finish that last Calc problem or skim through yet another chapter in their Astronomy textbook. My best friend through these stressful times, however, has been my Sufjan Stevens Station on Pandora.

Although I have at least 15 different stations on my Pandora account, the best I have ever come across is by far Sufjan Stevens. Even if you’re not into folk, this station is seriously amazing for studying. With recurring artists such as Iron & Wine, Damien Rice, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, Sigur Ros and Andrew Bird (to name a few…), I never want to stop listening. Strangely enough, I actually can’t wait to crack open the books because I know that I will soon be pressing play and letting the angelic voice of Sufjan calm my stressed head.

So if you’re about to rip out your hair while studying for final 4 out of 6, go to www.pandora.com, type in Sufjan Stevens, and prepare for some enjoyable studying. Didn’t think it was possible? Well, with Sufjan, anything is possible.

–Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front of Book Editor

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


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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20 Watts Reviews Sondre Lerche’s Heartbeat Radio by JohnCassillo
September 8, 2009, 8:34 am
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Sondre Lerche's Heartbeat Radio hits the right chord between jazz and rock

Sondre Lerche's Heartbeat Radio hits the chord between jazz and rock

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Sondre Lerche’s “Heartbeat Radio” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts

Save your skepticism about Sondre Lerche‘s newest release, Heartbeat Radio. As much as the Norwegian crooner is embraced by the contemporary scene, courtesy of his lengthy contributions to the Dan in Real Life soundtrack, his new album is a marked departure from those toothless tunes. No, Lerche has not abandoned his jazz influences. Rather, he’s found the perfect marriage between the jazz and pop-rock that separately have made him so appealing, fusing it all into a collection that would make Andrew Bird proud.

To add to his repertoire of pop hooks and upbeat sentimentalism, Lerche, as mentioned, employs a new tactic. Rock themes now exist within the walls of his vast array of ensemble instruments, while his more personal themes have taken a seat within the space formerly reserved for his catchiest tunes. The brands he’s established, now fully intertwined, harness a tongue-in-cheek youthfulness he rarely lets on to. Lerche even tries his hand at some Jason Mraz-esque  faux hip-hop on “If Only,” with surprisingly positive results. Continue reading

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Editor’s Pick #166: Andrew Bird’s “Oh No” by Irina Dvalidze
Andrew Bird teams up with St. Vincent for a month long US tour

Andrew Bird teams up with St. Vincent for a month long US tour

PREVIEW: Download Andrew Bird’s “Oh No” MP3

How many guys out there can claim that they are musically proficient in guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, violin and whistling — yes, whistling? Well, luckily for you, we know at least one that fits the criteria. Andrew Bird has been making music since the mid-nineties. Aside from developing a fetish for bugs and sleek rain boots, Bird has produced over 16 albums and EPs. His latest, Noble Beast hit the music vendors on Jan. 20 earlier this year, becoming a noted success.

“Oh No,” the opening track from Noble Beast, is an incredibly harmonious layering of sounds. Be it smooth violin chords, Bird’s wistful vocals, rhythmic claps or his signature rustic whistling, “Oh No” has it all. To top it all off, this track contains some of the strangest lyrics you will ever hear: “All the calcified arhythmitists were doing the math / It would take a calculated blow to the head / To light the eyes of all the harmless sociopaths.”

Bird has had a busy summer. He’s been out hitting most of the major music fests from Lollapalooza to Big Chill (England), recording for Pitchfork’s Cemetery Gates and promoting Noble Beast. Recently, Bird announced that he would be joining forces with St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, for a U.S. tour this fall. And it looks like SU students are in luck, as the duo will be dropping through Buffalo on Oct. 21 as part of their month-long tour; St. Vincent will also play Ithaca alone on Oct. 22.

More tour dates below the cut!

— Irina Dvaldize, Production Assistant

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20 Watts Reviews Choir of Young Believers’ This Is for the White in Your Eyes by Irina Dvalidze

Choir of Young Believers' debut This Is for the White in Your Eyes

Choir of Young Believers' debut This Is for the White in Your Eyes

PREVIEW: Download Choir of Young Believers’ “Hollow Talk” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

The Vikings may have failed at world domination, but there is no doubt that “Nordic pop” is taking over the indie music scene. The wave of ambient soundscapes only started with the likes of Sigur Rós, tossing out acts like Kings of Convenience. This week, Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, the driving force behind one-man project Choir of Young Believers, will be revealing his own contribution to the genre. He made a stir with his debut EP Burn the Flag, and now he’s back with  full album This Is for the White in Your Eyes.

Makrigiannis definitely has something fresh to bring to the table. Most of his melodies have that eerie quality that the Scandinavian mainstream is so fond of, however he reworks the material in a much more dramatic direction. Continue reading

20 Watts Reviews A Mountain of One’s “Bones” by JohnCassillo
July 29, 2009, 2:38 pm
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A Mountain of One's "Bones" impresses on first listen

A Mountain of One's "Bones" impresses on first listen

PREVIEW: Download A Mountain of One’s “Bones” MP3

Diving into A Mountain of One‘s “Bones” for the first time, I had no idea what to expect. The spacey album art of upcoming LP Institute of Joy, plus band member Mo Morris’ setting the expectation of “a record full of hypnotizing emotion” had me thrown. What did that mean, both literally, and in terms of A Mountain of One’s sound? They vowed it would change, and change it has. Not necessarily to become more surprising, but at least, more intriguing.

Starting out, “Bones” feels full of air. Everything is a vast landscape, yet it’s also a bit restrained. Zeb Jameson’s voice catches your ear first. Sounding like an awkward marriage between Andrew Bird and Neon Indian, its pop qualities do battle with the foreboding tones rustling in the backdrop. From there, we see it lifted, slowly by the steady drums which increase in importance as the song advances. As it builds, you can’t help but get more and more caught up as it takes on a triumphant, soulful quality. It’s endearingly unique all the way through.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor