20 Watts

Leak of the Week 13: HEALTH ::DISCO2 by VPN
May 17, 2010, 10:55 am
Filed under: Leak of the Week | Tags: , , , , ,



In one word, HEALTH’s second remix compilation album, DISCO2, is more deserving of an adjective than just “chill.” Returning for a second time to rework tracks off HEALTH’s 2009 album, GET COLOR, are Crystal Castles and CFCF. Other artists on board DISCO2 include Javelin, Tobacco, and Small Black. Be prepared not to hear any remixes a la Crimewave (2007), though. The relaxed aesthetic of DISCO2 includes spacey beats, witch house, and the genre of the moment, chillwave. Although DISCO2 may not be playing at your nearest discotheque, it’s quite hard to stop listening to.

Release Date: June 22, 2010



— Victoria Pilar Nava

Comments Off on Leak of the Week 13: HEALTH ::DISCO2

LEAK OF THE WEEK 12: Crystal Castles by VPN
April 22, 2010, 5:32 pm
Filed under: Leak of the Week | Tags: ,

Preview: Crystal Castles MySpace

Listen: “Baptism”

Listen: “Year of Silence”

The revival of Leak of the Week couldn’t have been better than to start with Crystal Castlessecond self-titled album. The past few weeks have been bursting with highly anticipated leaks, including Broken Social Scene , LCD Soundsystem, and the latest from The Black Keys. Because of the massive leak of the new Crystal Castles album, the band pushed forward the digital release date to Friday, April 23. “Doe Deer” and “Celestica” are two of the tracks off the new album that topped the Hype Machine chart this past week.

While I tend to have low expectations for sophomore albums, I anticipated CC’s second time around to blow me away. After listening to the first self-titled album nonstop in 2008, I seem to look back on that time of living on the edge and behaving badly. Now, after listening to the sophomore album straight through for the past couple of days, I feel the strong urge to misbehave coming on. I warn you, listen with caution- you just might feel like a badass after the first listen.

Physical LP Release date: May 24, 2010

–Victoria Pilar Nava

Editor’s Pick #301: “Doe Deer” by Crystal Castles by tjwell01
April 15, 2010, 7:27 pm
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: , ,

They're back, and the new sound is electric.

PREVIEW: Crystal Castles’ MySpace

LISTEN: “Doe Deer” by Crystal Castles

It’s only a short, radio-version of the song from BBC Radio 1, but if “Doe Deer” is a reliable indicator of the new Crystal Castles album coming out in June, then we’re in for something awesome and special. It’s a lot more fast-paced and bouncier than we’re normally accustomed to, and I love that! I wish the track was longer, but this is all we get for now. It leaves me craving for so much more. There were questions if this band was going to break up a while back, but after seeing them perform at All Points West last summer, there was no doubting the passion from this band. You could smell the sweat trickling from Alice Glass’ nose, and you could feel the tremors from the bass. You don’t perform like that and half-ass it, and now with this released track and fresh new tour, Crystal Castles is back for real this time. I for one am stoked. What say you?!

–Jett Wells

Mix Fix: “Air War” by Crystal Castles (Joe and Will Ask? Remix) by tjwell01
March 31, 2010, 9:38 am
Filed under: Mix Fix | Tags: , ,

In honoring Crystal Castles' new found motivation, here's a good old remix.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Joe and Will Ask? MySpace

LISTEN: “Air War” by Crystal Castles (Joe and Will Ask? Remix)

Yay! The trendiest Canadian hipsters, Crystal Castles, are finally getting their act together. According to P4k, they finished their sophomore album and will release it in June! Great, but wait…wasn’t this supposed to happen like a year ago? Who cares?! It’s Crystal Castles, people! Since I’ll take any excuse to post a remix, here’s an old “Air War” remix I dug up that plays pretty well over and over, unlike other Crystal Castles remixes that just spaz out after 30 seconds. I just pretend I have long dark bangs when I listen to this kind of music–oh, what you don’t?

–Jett Wells

News of Note: Ellen Degeneres is Fourth American Idol Judge, Minus the Bear Play the Westcott, Ghostface Killah Track List and More by 20watts
Ellen Degeneres just might entice us to watch American Idol

Ellen Degeneres just might entice us to watch American Idol

Whoa — I might ACTUALLY have to watch American Idol now.  Ellen Degeneres, the oh-so-lovable, dance-crazy comic, was named the show’s fourth permanent judge just an hour ago, according to MTV.  Degeneres has no legitimate music credentials that we can name, but hey, neither did Paula Adbul!  And Degeneres is at least pretty funny. Katy Perry, Joe Jonas, Avril Lavigne, Mary J. Blige and Shania Twain will also serve as guest judges. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: The Bird and the Bee Play Ellen Degeneres]

Minus the Bear’s fall tour is old hat around here — the Westcott Theater has, after all, been shouting their November 17th date from the mountaintops — but the acclaimed prog-rockers officially announced the four-week tour late this afternoon.  According to a press release, they’re touring in support of an upcoming fourth album, produced by Joe Chiccarelli (of White Stripes/My Morning Jacket fame), to be released in early 2010.  Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, though no price is currently listen on the Westcott Theater’s site. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Jack White, Chill Out!, 20 Watts Reviews Yim Yames’ Tribute To EP]

Ghostface Killah announced the track list for his September 29 album Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City.  “Baby,” the first single, is an auto-tuned love ballad that was recently released via Myspace.  The album, which is primarily R&B, will have guest appearances by Estelle, Kanye West, John Legend, Lloyd and Fabolous.  Ghostface will be performing at The Westcott on November 12 at 8 p.m.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Music Video Spotlight: Raekwon’s “The New Wu“]

Pitchfork posted a three-minute clip from Sufjan Stevens‘ “The BQE” multimedia set, to be released October 20.  “The BQE” features a bizarre combination of footage of NY’s notoriously congested Brooklyn- Queens Expressway, with Sufjan’s music playing in the background.  Click here to watch the clip.  Sufjan will be performing at Castaways in Ithaca on September 23. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick #156: Sufjan Stevens Announces an Intimate Fall Tour]

SPIN reports that the new Micachu & the Shapes video for “Turn Me Well” premiered today, courtesy of the band’s surprisingly big fan, Bjork. The track, which juxtaposes a mechanical pop sound with more natural, organic visual layouts, is their second single off of Jewellery, which came out in March. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick #79: Weird New Band … Micachu and The Shapes, Memories and Photos from Siren 2009 (Micachu and The Shapes Live)]

Daytrotter has some fabulous new sessions up this week, including a sleazy synth dance party from electro-pop all-stars Junior Boys and a gloriously rustic folk affair from the Duke and the King.  Here at 20 Watts, however, we’re most excited for the upcoming Deer Tick session, which Daytrotter announced it will tape this week.  We all fell in love with the chain-smoking, raspy-voiced John McCauley at last Sunday’s Positive Jam festival — and by we, I mean all the girls on staff.  His Daytrotter session will surely show why.  In other news, Deer Tick also announced today that they’re extending their fall tour, which includes dates with Jonny Corndawg, Cotton Jones, Holy Sons and Dolorean.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Deer Tick Plays Ithaca, 20 Watts Reviews Deer Tick’s Born on Flag Day]

Why is it that you never hear cool pop songs from Denmark?  Or Finland?  Norway, even?  Anyway, Fredrik — yet another sick electro act from Sweden, that mecca of Scandinavian pop — released a preview from their second album Trilogi on Stereogum today.  All layered synth films and moody introspection, “Locked in the Basement” takes some surprising Baroque pop and electro-glitch turns.  We can only hope that Trilogi does the same when it drops November 17 on The Kora Records.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Swedish Meatballs 1: Familijen, Swedish Meatballs 2: Kleerup]

The atmospheric electro jams of Quebec’s Michael Silver, alias CFCF, will soon have an album to call home.  Silver announced today that his debut full-length, Continent, will drop October 27 on Paper Bag Records, preceeded by an October 6 EP, The Explorers, with Swedish synth-pop darling Sally Shapiro.  You may recognize CFCF from his official remixes of dance greats like Crystal Castles, HEALTH and Hearts Revolution; the plaid-shirted party god will also be playing an October 1 show in Toronto, and DJing several sets at the CMJ Marathon in New York. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Crystal Castles Start Drama, HEALTH Play Myrtle Avenue]

Jack White and the Raconteurs have been nominated for a Country Music Award, according to Rolling Stone. The group was nominated for Best Musical Event after teaming up with country artists Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe on “Old Enough,” off the group’s second album, Consolers of the Lonely. White is currently gearing up for a tour with his other side project, The Dead Weather. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Interviews Tiny Masters of Today, Editor’s Pick #134: Jack White, Chill Out!]

RS also reports that Sonic Youth has had to postpone its performance at the Austin City Limits festival after an injury to guitarist Lee Ranaldo. The alt-rock legends had to move several dates back to January 2010 after Ranaldo fractured his wrist while playing tennis. The band released its 16th studio album, The Eternal, in June. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Review’s YACHT’s See Mystery Lights]

— 20 Watts Staff

Crystal Castles Start Drama by kayzimbo
April 16, 2009, 1:35 pm
Filed under: Industry News | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

If you haven’t heard the recent uproar in the Indie music world, Crystal Castles cancelled a sold out show in Dallas two nights ago. They kept fans waiting until 10pm, when they decided to cancel the show at the last minute. Tons of rumors were swirling around the blogosphere as to why they cancelled this show.

Some claimed that Vega (the opening band who Crystal Castles kicked off the bill) said, “Crystal Castles were Prima Donnas at the Granada Theatre while they were trying to sound check for the show…and wanted to cancel the show instead of  possibly not having enough kick drum.” (The Tripwire) Other rumors were that Vega had stolen part of Crystal Castles’ set and because of this, they didn’t want to perform.

Vega just issued a letter to the public, to gain back their reputation and tell everyone that they ARE NOT KLEPTOS! Really Crystal Castles? I mean, I highly doubt a band would steal gear from a people they respect, especially if they are going on tour with them (it would be kind of obvious if Crystal Castles saw Vega using their equipment at venues along the tour…).

It is kind of lame of Crystal Castles to not give Vega the benefit of the doubt, and instead have their booking agent get in contact with the band to kick them off a sold-out bill. At least tell the band face to face that you think they’re stealing yo’ shit and get those goods BACK!

Read the letter from Vega here: Continue reading