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ISSUE 22 | Discography: Broken Social Scene by 20watts

20 Watts tallies up the discography of Broken Social Scene!

Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
PREVIEW: Click on the links below to learn more about these albums and access music from Broken Social Scene

When defining Broken Social Scene, only three words really do justice: indie rock pioneers. In the past decade, the 15+-member band has almost single-handedly reshaped the indie rock scene through their innovative yet extremely accessible music. After only three LP’s and a handful of EP’s and side albums, Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning and the gang are finally releasing their fourth full-length album five years after their last record, Broken Social Scene. Although the new album, Forgiveness Rock Record Continue reading

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20 Watts Issue 20: The Best of the Decade by 20watts
February 22, 2010, 12:02 am
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ISSUE 20 | 20 Watts Reviews the Best Albums of the Past 10 Years by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:34 pm
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20 Watts presents the Best Albums of the '00s!

Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

PREVIEWS: CLICK on the links for a review and links to the bands’ websites!

We cried, we fought, we quoted lyrics – a lot of love went into this list. Check out the albums that we think were the most important from the past 10 years,and then let us know what you think we’re missing.

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ISSUE 20 | 20 Watts Review 04 :: Jay-Z : The Black Album by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Jay-Z's The Black Album is #4 on 20 Watts' Best of the Decade List

Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

RELEASED: 2003
TOP TRACK: “99 Problems”

The Black Album was supposed to be Jay-Z’s last. After seven years of cutting an album a year – no small feat, by any measure – the legendary emcee announced that he was leaving the world of hip-hop for good.

Thankfully, that was not the case. But even if his career had ended at The Black Album, Jay-Z would still have quite a legacy. In fact, no album epitomizes his Continue reading

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ISSUE 20 | 20 Watts Review 03 :: Sufjan Stevens : Illinois by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Sufjan Stevens' Illinois is #4 on 20 Watts' Best of the Decade List

Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

RELEASED: 2005
TOP TRACK: “Chicago”

Sufjan Stevens may have abandoned his ambitious plan to record an album for each of the 50 states, but that doesn’t make the second installment of his would-be epic any weaker. A slight departure from Stevens’ earlier stylistic dabbling, Illinois is where Stevens’ skills as both a composer and a storyteller complement each other best, resulting in a difficult and occasionally eerie body of minimalist indie Continue reading

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ISSUE 20 | 20 Watts Review 02 :: Radiohead : Kid A by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Radiohead's Kid A is #2 on 20 Watts' Best of the Decade List

Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

RELEASED: 2000
TOP TRACK: “Idioteque”

Radiohead were in disarray after 1997’s groundbreaking OK Computer. Frontman Thom Yorke got the spins every time he touched a guitar, the band lay exhausted from an extensive touring schedule and the group no longer had any interest in writing rock music. Somehow, these were the conditions that brought Kid A to the world.

Kid A met and disappointed all expectations at once. The “saviors of rock ‘n’ roll” Continue reading

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ISSUE 20 | 20 Watts Review 01 :: Arcade Fire : Funeral by 20watts
February 21, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Arcade Fire's Funeral is #1 on 20 Watts' Best of the Decade List

Part of 20 Watts’ Best of the Decade Coverage!

RELEASED: 2004
TOP TRACK: “Rebellion (Lies)”

No other album of the past decade has spoken so profoundly to so diverse a group of people as Arcade Fire’s Funeral. From the unassuming piano line that opens “Neighbor­hood #1 (Tunnels)” to the triumphant flood of crooning and orchestration that closes “In the Backseat,” Arcade Fire’s seminal debut exemplifies the marriage of delicately layered instrumentation and poetic, passionate lyrics. It’s a photo album registering transient shots of everyday existence, developed in stark definition and taken from the full spectrum of human sensation, from rapture to terror, from love to hate.

The result is an oddly uplifting album Continue reading

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