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Mix Fix: “I Can Go Thug” by Rusko Vs. Ludacris (Twerkshop Remix) by tjwell01
February 23, 2010, 2:22 pm
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Twerkshop is my favorite DJ group right now.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Twerkshop’s MySpace and Facebook Page

LISTEN: “I Can Go Thug” by Rusko Vs. Ludacris (Twerkshop Remix)

It’s official, Twerkshop is my flavor of the week, and maybe next week. All I needed to hear was this remix of Rusko Vs. Ludacris‘ “I Can Go Thug.” The style is highly industrial but with so much more finesse than computer beeps and bops. I want to say these Orlando, FL guys sound like Big Mouth five years down the road. Once I stepped into the Twerkshop world, I found their masterful collection of mixes featuring Britney Spears, Amanda Blank and Jay-Z. Good DJs have mixing talent and flex original content, but it takes a great DJ to mix great content and still make it wholesome and original. These guys have that greatness in them. Like what you hear? Download their greatest tracks from their Box.net account here. Focus on the Pon De Floor Mix and the Jay-Z Vs. Glitch mix as well.

–Jett Wells


20 Watts Radio: Saturday Nov. 21 by 20watts
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20 Watts played Annie, Elephant 6 and more on WERW

Eric, Chris, Caitlin AND special guest Mary are in the studio this evening!  We’re playing an hour of new music, an hour of Elephant 6 and an hour of local music.  Tune in by clicking this link — we’ll be here until 1!

Want to talk to us or request a song? IM werw1570, tweet @20_watts or call (315) 443-1278.

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.!

Title: My Love Is Better [16/20 watts — read the review]
Artist: Annie
Album: Don’t Stop

Title: Me Against the Music
Artist: Britney Spears and Madonna
Album: Greatest Hits

Title: XR2
Artist: M.I.A.
Album: Kala

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20 Watts Reviews Annie’s Don’t Stop by Marc Sollinger

Annie brings energy and joy to her sophomore album

PREVIEW: VISIT Annie’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts

Annie is an interesting phenomenon. In almost all respects, she’s just a standard pop star, working in the mold of early Madonna. Yet, she’s still managed to attain indie credibility, the likes of which would normally be hard to come by.

Listening to her sophmore album, Don’t Stop, it’s easy to see why. Annie doesn’t do anything too differently from her dance floor contemporaries like Kylie Minogue or even Britney Spears. However, she excels by cutting out most of the filler that those similar artists are wont to include in their respective efforts. Continue reading

Editor’s Pick #149: Super Mash Bros.’ All About the Scrillions by JohnCassillo
Super Mash Bros. Try to Overtake Girl Talk As Top Mash-Up Artist

Super Mash Bros. try to overtake Girl Talk as top mash-up artist

PREVIEW: Download Super Mash Bros.’ All About the Scrillions Free from artist

While everyone was going crazy over Girl Talk‘s Feed the Animals last year (not that I didn’t enjoy it — I did), I was having my own mash-up party with Super Mash Bros. Based in L.A., Nick Denmore and Dick Fink seemed to accomplish what Greg Gillis couldn’t: make memorable individual tracks. It would take quite an effort on my part to pick out any one song off of Feed the Animal just by hearing it, yet I guarantee I’d be able to guess them all on Super Mash Bros.’ debut, Fuck Bitches. Get Euros. You can thank all of the ’90s hits for that.

What makes Super Mash Bros. stand out is the nostalgia factor. The crux of every track is usually a song from my (our) youth, be it the Spice Girls, old Britney Spears or Jimmy Eat World. These heavy doses of ’90s nostalgia and middle school dance flashbacks remind me of a simpler, easier time in my life. Sentimentality goes a long way. Continue reading

Musicians are Crazy by tjwell01


Musicians, regardless of their genre, are not what you would call normal people.

Michael Jackson reminded us of that with his tragic death. Jackson was an extreme case though. He wasn’t just troubled, he was literally bonkers.  His father stole his childhood by putting him to work in the Jackson 5, and the  rest was history as he developed a severe addiction to plastic surgery and drugs over the course of his life.

Sadly though, a lot of musicians are troubled and disturbed as well, although not many to the point where their noses fall off. Kurt Cobain, Britney Spears, Eminem, Ozzy Osbourne, Elliot Smith, James Brown, James Hetfield and Johnny Cash are a few names on an endless list. Musicians have similar stories that begin with fame and fortune and end with rehab and death. They’re flat-out crazy half the time, but you’ve got to believe their craziness and troubled stories are what make them great artists. An artist doesn’t become a genius through a happy life and ice cream every day. It’s the pain, the struggle and madness that makes a musician truly great. All geniuses, after all, are always crazy before they become geniuses.

Let’s face it. The Michael Jackson we loved and idolized died a long time ago — not last Thursday. That impostor walking around in masks was a zombie. He died in the early 1990s when all his baggage came to bite him in the ass. It’s amazing he lasted this long! But people lose sight of the bigger picture every time a celebrity dies — they forget all the pain and anguish and make them martyrs. Kurt Cobain? He’s a rock God now, but in real life he was a sociopath crackhead.

It’s amazing how disconnected a crazy musician can become from his/her work. Truly crazy people can make magical works of art, and yet people only see the art. All art has a price. Van Gogh? We don’t even need to go there.

It’s rare for musicians to have long lives because their bodies and minds take such beatings. The one outlier is, of course, Keith Richards. He should have died a long time ago, and quite literally looks like grim death.

The saddest part is that a lot of nutty musicians die and never see the true value of their insanity in their art. Michael Jackson was filthy rich before he died, but he left $500 million in debt. You can bet that debt will disappear this year once all of his old albums and merchandise sell off the rack.

–Jett Wells

Editor’s Pick #137: WHO WILL BE THE NEXT MILEY? by alpolste

It is not uncommon for Disney stars to branch out into acting and music once they hit their mid-teens. But it seems that today, almost all of the well-known Disney channel girls are scrambling to hop on the Miley Cyrus train and try their hand at catchy pop music. Not since Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and *NSYNC (JC and Justin were both on The Mickey Mouse Club like Britney and Christina) came on the music scene have so many Disney alums been entering the music industry. Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, Vanessa Hudgens and Demi Lovato are all looking for Cyrus fame and seem to have a definite following among tweens. It will be interesting to see which Disney princesses, if any, can cross over and appeal to older audiences. My best bet would be on the somewhat edgier, slightly older, but overwhelmingly whiney Ashley Tisdale who is on the cover of Cosmo this month and whose new album, Guilty Pleasure, will be released in June.


-Allison Polster, co-copy editor

Editor’s Pick #109: Britney Not Crazy About the Ganja by tjwell01
April 9, 2009, 12:11 pm
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This story is too funny to pass up. 

During Britney Spears’ concert last night in Vancouver, British Colombia, there were allegedly too many people smoking pot and cigarettes in the crowd, causing too much smoke for Britney’s liking. Her response? She walks off stage with her dance crew for 30 minutes, according to the Vancouver Sun’s concert review.

Britney wouldn’t come back on stage until the air cleared. After 20 minutes had passed, a voice on the speakers yelled out: “It’s become uncomfortable and unsafe for the performers, including Ms. Spears. The show will resume  as soon as the air around the stage clears,” the announcement said.

The priceless moment was however, when Britney came back on the stage to finish the set, and left the stage with some parting words. “Thanks Vancouver. You were wonderful. Drive safe. Don’t smoke weed! Rock out with your cocks out!” See the video for yourself.

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