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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


Editor’s Pick #161: A New Dirty Projectors’ EP by Eric Vilas-Boas
Dirty Projectors are set to release a new EP in September

Dirty Projectors are set to release a new EP in September

PREVIEW: Download Dirty Projectors’ “Temecula Sunrise” MP3
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Editor’s Pick #127: “Stillness Is the Move”

We once said that we would stop posting about how amazing Dirty Projectors were — and we lied. It’s really not our fault, because the indie breakout act of 2009 refuses to stop being awesome. They’re releasing a new EP in September!

The Temecula Sunrise EP drops September 28 and will feature two new songs from the band: “Ascending Melody” and “Emblem of the World,” as well as the title track and another exceptional Bitte Orca song, “Cannibal Resource.” As someone who’s seen the band live, I’m very excited to hear the new EP and what direction the two songs will take.

On the quality of the two new tracks, Domino Records only mentioned that they would “featur[e] the band’s signature rhythms and stunning singing.” Either way, it’s hardly a question as to whether or not we should be excited, even for a minor release. Between incredibly innovative albums and an excellent live show, Dave Longstreth and Co. have given us no reason to doubt them thus far this year.

— Eric Vilas-Boas, Production Editor

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Editors Pick #127: “Stillness is the Move” by 20watts

Yeah yeah, this is my second Dirty Projectors post this week.  It’s sort of hard to be a good music blogger/journalist when an amazing album ensnares your attention for multiple days at a time.

I just can’t get over the composition on Bitte Orca.  Take “Stillness is the Move,” the highly hyped first single, with its assymetrical rhythm, sporadic percussion, shining vocal layers and quirky, charming lyrics.  Already legendary for their innovative songwriting, the Projectors pushed it even further on this one, infusing the track with R&B and African influences and layering Amber Coffman’s voice on top.

The result is a gorgeous pop track with big breakthrough potential.  Can you blame me for blogging about nothing else?!

LISTEN: “Stillness is the Move” on Last.fm

– Caitlin Dewey, front of book editor