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Editor’s Pick #284: Pantha du Prince by JohnCassillo
February 18, 2010, 10:24 am
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Pantha du Prince's latest is pure, electronic art

PREVIEW: STREAM “Stick to My Sides (Walls Remix)” (Feat. Panda Bear)

Amidst all of 2010’s experimental electronic noise, and other harsh and different sounds, stands Pantha du Prince. The German DJ/producer (aka Hendrick Weber) recently released his third studio album Black Noise via Rough Trade, and it already stands as one of the year’s most diverse and intricate recordings. Of course, getting some help from Animal Collective‘s Panda Bear is always helpful.

Arguably, Black Noise‘s most notable selection is “Stick to My Side,” which features Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox. Using his well-recognized voice to cut through the wall of house-influenced electronica, Lennox gives the scattered beats and bells something to stand on, and a semblance of order. His talent for creating more in-depth meaning precedes him after works like Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion, his own Person Pitch and other cameos on tracks like Atlas Sound‘s “Walkabout.” But it’s Pantha du Prince we’re focusing on here, and Lennox’s vocals draw plenty of attention to his superior range of ethereal sounds– which also appear throughout the remainder of the record, sans Lennox.

-John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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20 Watts’ Best of 2009 by 20watts

20 Watts brings you the Best Albums of 2009!

So, the champagne’s out, the fireworks have stopped, the ball has dropped. The year 2009 may be long gone … But the music is still here — vibrant and waitng for masses who have yet to consume it! Naturally we want to help y’all out. Here’s 20 Watts’ list of the 20 best albums of 2009, from us to you! Enjoy!

Love and stereo,

20 Watts

20 Watts’ Best of 2009: #19 Atlas Sound’s Logos by kabenn03

Atlas Sound's Logos is No. 19 on 20 Watts' Best of 2009 list

PREVIEW: VISIT Atlas Sound’s MySpace

TOP TRACK: “Walkabout”

Atlas Sound’s Logos is a brilliant album, made even more satisfying by the fact that we almost didn’t get to hear it upon completion.

After the unfinished album was unintentionally leaked onto the Internet last August, Bradford Cox threatened to throw out the whole thing. Thank the music gods he didn’t. Logos was released in October of this year.

Logos truly has something for everyone. With cheerful 60s tune “Walkabout” featuring Noah Lennox, a.k.a Panda Bear from Animal Collective, the romantically upbeat yet almost depressing “Shelia” and the serene, doo-wop sounding “My Halo” the album provides for a variety in a musically cohesive way.

The album starts slow with the soothing “The Light That Failed” filled with calming guitar and bells. The intensity slowly builds until “Walkabout” then falls again until “Shelia,” ending on a high note with “Logos.” The title track is a celebratory and percussion-heavy ending to a magnificent album.

With a more confident, yet less experimental sound than Cox’s previous album Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel, it is clear that Cox’s songwriting talents continue to change and progress as Cox perfects his art.

–Kelsey Bennett

20 Watts Radio: Saturday Nov. 14 by 20watts
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20 Watts played Asobi Seksu, DJ Shadow and more on WERW

Eric, Chris and Caitlin are in the studio this evening spinning an hour of new music, an hour of trip-hop and an hour of local songs! Tune in by opening iTunes and selecting radio > college radio > WERW or by clicking this link. We’ll be in the studio until 1 a.m.!

Want to talk to us or request a song? IM werw1570, tweet @20_watts or call (315) 443-1278. The third caller gets Chris Parker’s voice on their voicemail… it doesn’t get much better than that.

New tracks are in bold, local artists are italicized.

And don’t forget to tune in to 20 Watts’ Audiocandy+ shows on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 p.m.!

artist: Asobi Seksu [read our review of Transparence]
title: New Year
album: Rewolf

artist: Echo and the Bunnymen [13/20 watts — read the review]
title: Life of a Thousand Crimes
album: The Fountain

artist: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
title: Azoemia
album: Xenophanes

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ISSUE 19 | 20 Watts Reviews Atlas Sound’s Logos by 20watts


Atlas Sound's Logos

WE GIVE IT: 15/20 Watts
MEDIA: Check out our Atlas Sound PODCAST

Last August, Bradford Cox (Atlas Sound, Deerhunter) accidentally released an unfinished version of Logos on his Mediafire account. He debated scrapping the project altogether after the unintentional leak, cursing the interwebs with “fuck this shit. I can just make another album. It’s not finished and now it never will be.”

It’s safe to assume that Cox has since forgiven us — he did, after all, complete this album. Now the question becomes whether diehard fans will forgive him for the major style changes on this LP. Continue reading

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ISSUE 19 | PODCAST: 20 Watts Reviews Atlas Sound’s Logos by Irina Dvalidze
November 2, 2009, 2:20 am
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WE GIVE IT: 17/20
REVIEW: Read our full review HERE

Atlas Sound’s Bradford Cox (Deerhunter) decided to release Logos a year after its premature, accidental leak. In this podcast, 20 Watts’ Ryan McManus discusses the album and how it diverges from Cox’s previous work.  Read Ryan’s full review here.

— Ryan McManus and Irina Dvalidze

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20 Watts Issue 19 | November 2009 by 20watts


Artists in the Issue


Pop Art

The Ithaca Sound


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