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Words of the Week: An Interview with The Silent League by 20watts

20 Watts talked to The Silent League this week about their new album and why they make great music. Check back here for new interviews every Monday!

PREVIEW: VISIT The Silent League’s MySpace
READ: COVERAGE of The Silent League’s set at the Westcott this past Saturday!
READ: REVIEW of The Silent League’s latest album But You’ve Always Been the Caretaker
Each Monday, 20 Watts is poised to feature a new, exclusive artist interview! Here we present our WORDS OF THE WEEK!

20 Watts was given the opportunity to sit down with the members of The Silent League after their set at Westcott Theater this weekend. The interview was held in the second floor of Westcott Theater on a few comfortable couches with the six band members relaxing, throwing back some beer and wiping the sweat from their foreheads after an energetic live show. Here’s what we talked about.

20 Watts: We’re here with the Silent League. This is Eric Vilas-Boas interviewing. You guys have just released your third album, how does that feel, how is it different from your first two?

Justin Russo: I feel like our first two albums were sort of just building up steam, figuring things out as we went along. This one we’ve done our best to pre-plan and get everything into place. I’m pretty happy with the way the album came out. Everything’s been going great so far, so yeah, I’m pretty stoked.

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Editor’s Pick #227: Happy Holidays From Asthmatic Kitty Records by elizabethvogt

Asthmatic Kitty Records wishes you a merry Sufjan Christmas

PREVIEW: STREAM Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas


Let’s face it, society has convinced us that the day after Thanksgiving is officially the first day of the holiday season. Am I complaining? Of course not! The lights, the music, the festive spirit… what’s not to love about Christmas?

Asthmatic Kitty Records are being put on Santa’s “Nice List” this year because of the very generous gift they have recently bestowed upon the online world: free access to all things Sufjan Stevens holiday-style. The ultimate Sufjan fan will be elated upon discovering that they can listen to the entire Songs for Christmas collection, make a Sufjan-inspired holiday e-card, play Sufjan Stevens‘ Christmas Game, and more! It’s about time Sufjan replaced Santa and became the new face of Christmas.

— Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front-of-Book Editor

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Editor’s Pick #156: Sufjan Stevens Announces an Intimate Fall Tour by 20watts
A Sufjan tour coming to a coffee shop near you

A Sufjan tour coming to a coffee shop near you

PREVIEW: Download Sufjan Stevens’ “Chicago” MP3

Indie-folk god Sufjan Stevens announced today that he would be embarking on an exceptionally intimate fall tour in parts of Canada and the Eastern United States. The tour kicks off at All Tomorrow’s Parties New York, in Monticello, NY, and while that, admittedly isn’t too tiny a venue (also showcasing The Flaming Lips, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Deerhunter, and Animal Collective, among others), the rest of them on the itinerary, like the Music Hall of Williamsburg or the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and Castaways in Ithaca, are.

At these smaller shows, Sufjan will be supported by Asthmatic Kitty labelmates Cryptacize, whose latest album dropped earlier this year. Here’s a full list of the venues they’ll be hitting:

09/12 Monticello, NY @ ATP New York
09/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/22 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
09/23 Ithaca, NY @ Castaways
09/24 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
09/25 Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
09/26 Champaign, IL @ The High Dive
09/27 Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar
09/28 Madison, WI @ The Majestic
09/29 Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk Chumley
10/01 Toronto, Ontario @ Lee’s Place
10/02 Montreal, Quebec @ Cabaret
10/03 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
10/04 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/05 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
10/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

— Eric Vilas-Boas, Production Editor