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Leak of the Week 13: HEALTH ::DISCO2 by VPN
May 17, 2010, 10:55 am
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PREVIEW: HEALTH’s MySpace

LISTEN: BEFORE TIGERS (CFCF RMX)

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

Tracklisting:

1. USA BOYS
2. BEFORE TIGERS (CFCF RMX)
3. IN HEAT (JAVELIN RMX)
4. DIE SLOW (TOBACCO RMX)
5. SEVERIN (SMALL BLACK RMX)
6. BEFORE TIGERS (GOLD PANDA RMX)
7. EAT FLESH (CRYSTAL CASTLES VS. HEALTH 2)
8. IN VIOLET (SALEM RMX)
9. NICE GIRLS (BLONDES RMX)
10. DIE SLOW (PICTUREPLANE RMX)
11. NICE GIRLS (LITTLE LOUD RMX)
12. BEFORE TIGERS (BLINDOLDFREAK RMX)

— Victoria Pilar Nava

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Mix Fix: Tobacco Remix by tjwell01
April 1, 2010, 12:12 pm
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News about Tobacco's "Maniac Meat" inspired me to look at the remixes

PREVIEW: Tobacco’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Die Slow” by HEALTH (Tobacco Remix)

LISTEN: “Sweatmother” by Tobacco from Maniac Meat

I’m one of those music guys that will like a band even though they only have one great song, like in my case of HEALTH and “Die Slow.” And of course I love remixes of my favorite songs, but for some crazy reason, I couldn’t find a decent remix of “Die Slow”–anywhere! However I just recently discovered Tobacco, a.k.a.  Tom Fec from Black Moth Super Rainbow, and I listened to the new song “Sweatmother” off Tobacco’s upcoming album Maniac Meat. I really liked it because it just goes to show you that the apple never falls that far from the tree, and in the case of Tom Fec, he’s still stuck on the same branch. I like the harshness Fec brings to his beats, and I think that quality works really well with HEALTH’s electronic metal sound.

–Jett Wells

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ISSUE 21 | The Five: Best Coast, Toro y Moi, Theophilus London, Drums, Local Natives by 20watts

20 Watts show you the five bands you need to know now: Best Coast, Toro y Moi, Theophilus London, The Drums and Local Natives

Part of 20 Watts’ Issue 21 Coverage!
PREVIEWS: CLICK on the links to check the bands’ MySpaces!

Best Coast [photo above]

Bethany Cosentino, a.k.a. Best Coast, began recording demos in her bedroom after spending time in Brooklyn, N.Y, and pining for the laid-back southern California life she once knew. Soon after leaving Brooklyn, Cosentino recruited fellow Californian Bobb Bruno, who had opened for indie veterans Wilco and PJ Harvey, to help with the project.

While Best Coast were gaining attention and praise from indie music blogs and topping the list of Hype Machine’s “Most Blogged Artists,” many were skeptical as to how long Best Coast could stick around. With hipster beach pop on the rise, most assumed Best Coast was just another Continue reading

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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY JAN 28th ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Jan 28th ON AUDIOCANDY

Preview: Make sure you check out Audiocandyradio.com

Finally  it is Thursday night and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. Second week of school could not pass fast enough, but if you are one of the miserable slaves to educations with friday morning classes, 20 Watts has the best music to help you get two hours closer to the weekend. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on out great selection of awesome tunes. Not to mention we just may have a special guest making an appearance tonight. Show starts at 10pm sharp: OUR BRAND NEW AND AWESOME TIME SLOT ON AUDIOCANDY. To tune in Click Here.

Show Playlist Below:

1. Henney Buggy Band- Sufjan Stevens
2.  Penn Station- The Felice Brothers
3. Delivery Man- The Cool Kids
4. The Way We Get By- Spoon
5. Red And Purple – The Dodos
6. Silver Trembling Hands- The Flaming Lips
7. Adler Girl Pt. II (I Can Change!)- Super Mash Bros.
8. I’m A Pilot- Fanfarlo
9. Everything with You- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
10. Digital Love- Daft Punk
11. Where Do My Bluebird Fly- The Tallest Man On Earth
12. Exclusive- Popular Damage
13. Glad (Delorean Remix)- Glasser
14. Dancehall- Sean Bones
15. The National Grid- Bachelorette
16.  Crystalized – The XX
17. When I’m Gone- Vivian Girls
18. Walking 10-22- Sarah Aument
19. Glósóli- Sigur Ros
20. Each Year – Ra Ra Riot
21. We Ride Skeletal Lightning- The Blood Brothers
22. You Don’t Know Me- Ben Folds
23. Dandelion- Charlotte Gainsbourg
24. Freeway- Aimee Mann
25. Knotty Pine (with David Byrne)- Dirty Projectors
26. Today Has Been OK- Emiliana Torrini
27. Broken Horse- Freelance Whales
28. Death + -Health
29. Vivienne (demo)- Mouth’s Cradle

–Irina Dvalidze

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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



Free NYC Dirty Projectors Show on July 19th by tjwell01

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I swear this is my last mentioning of Dirty Projectors. I apologize for the cluster of posts about them, but this is important. This will be the last one for a while.

The Dirty Projectors show at the Williamsburg Waterfront on July 19th in Brooklyn is FREE!! The opening act is a band called Magnolia Electric Co.

I was going to go to this anyway, but hey, all the more reasons to go now.

This venue is apparently new this summer and has a stacked schedule full of free concerts:

-HEALTH, July 26th

-Dan Deacon, No Age + Deerhunter, Aug. 2

-Girl Talk + Max Tundra, Aug. 23rd

-Grizzly Bear + Beach House, Aug. 30th

The venue is the East River Park between North Eighth and North Ninth Streets.

If you’re in the city for the summer, these shows have to be a must. This is blowing my mind! Read up!

The best free shows I’ve ever seen are: Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Cake.

–Jett Wells



Concert Review: HEALTH by tjwell01
June 22, 2009, 4:11 pm
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HEALTH's John Famiglietti

HEALTH's John Famiglietti

Here’s my review for MTV News.

“Make no mistake about it: HEALTH, the Los Angeles noise-rock quartet, are utterly insane in concert. But it’s an artfully-crafted brand of insane. On stage, they send out torrents of explosive, violent sound that leaves you numb and foggy-headed and soaked in liters of your own sweat. Those were my first few thoughts during their Saturday (June 20) night assault at Brooklyn art-dive the Market Hotel. Then I hit on another: John Famiglietti is the most dynamic and ferocious bassist in indie rock right now.

Here’s why: Minutes before kicking off the show, Famiglietti stepped up to the front of the Market Hotel’s tiny, construction-paper covered stage, strapped on his long, red electric bass and plugged in his plethora of effect pedals. How many pedals could a bassist possibly need? Apparently Famiglietti needed a lot, and only moments later it was clear why.

Within seconds, HEALTH launched into a pile-up of slamming drums and singer Jake Duzsik’s hypnotizing howl. There was no melody or rhythm — just organized chaos. Even though the music was startling and maddening, the band’s energy was undeniably entrancing as Famiglietti swung his own body like rag doll.

It was terrifying and disorienting, but also raw and loud and amazing. The venue — chosen at the last minute because rain had prevented the show from being in its original outdoor state — was also somewhat terrifying: Rickety steel staircases held together by duct tape, tiny triangle-shaped rooms and a toilet lifted directly from ‘Trainspotting.’  It was the best possible place to catch HEALTH’s brand of sonic terrorism.

I left the club soaked and winded, and I wasn’t even sure what I had experienced. It was completely out of control, but entirely worth it. That’s the mark of a killer rock show.”

–Jett Wells

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