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ISSUE 22 | The Five: Rosie and Me, Ellie Goulding, Cults, Hunx and His Punx and Freddie Gibbs by 20watts

Brazilian folk artists are just one act in the latest edition of 20 Watts' FIVE, the FIVE acts you need to hear now! Read more here!

Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
PREVIEW: Click on the links below to access music and learn even more about these bands!

Rosie and Me (pictured above)

If you thought the best genres Brazil produced were metal (Sepultura), Bossa nova (Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto) and tropicalia (Os Mutantes), we’ve got two words for you: indie folk.

Mostly bypassing the obvious Brazilian influences, Rosie and Me sound more like an American Continue reading

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Mix Fix: Cold Cave’s “Life Magazine” (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix) by tjwell01
April 20, 2010, 2:04 pm
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Cold Cave finally gets a remix it deserves.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Arthur Baker’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Life Magazine” by Cold Cave (The Arthur Baker’s Not Going Back Remix)

Now that we’re past the Pantha Du Prince mess, Cold Cave finally gets a remix of “Life Magazine” worth jumping to. Unlike Pantha Du Prince, Baker builds the mix around the chorus’ amazing beat. Why one would avoid the best part of the song is beyond me, but I’m happy there’s finally a mix that does the original some justice. It takes it’s time with a long build-up by breaking into a great crash and flow, whirling the original beats with warped high-pitched ones. The song is apart of a collection of Cold Cave remixes, called “The Life Magazine “12,” being released by Matador Records on June 8th.

–Jett Wells

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News Of Note: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominations for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, Kiss and more; Black Gold will tour the US With Girl In A Coma; The Boss Turns 60, Coldplay Gives To Charity; Michael Jackson’s New Single, Album, And Movie; And Much More! by laoppedi

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio

PREVIEW: WATCH the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ video for Californication.

Rolling Stone reports that the Red Hot Chili PeppersLL Cool JKiss, Genesis, the Stooges and ABBA are among the artists nominated for the 2010 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. This is the first year in which LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are eligible for induction. Last year’s inductees included Jeff Beck, Metallica and Run-DMC.  (Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Industry News, Week 3)

Brooklyn’s indie duo Black Gold has decided to embark on a US tour supporting Texas-native punk sweethearts, Girl in a Coma, as reported by Filter. The multi-instrumental duo comprised of Eric Ronik (lead vocals, keyboards) and Than Luu (drums, percussion, vocals) will be performing tracks from their debut full length entitled Rush, which was released this past February. You can check out their dance beat-infused tunes on both iTunes and Myspace.

An unreleased Michael Jackson single and album has been announced for release in October, reports NME.COM. The track “This Is It” is the fist posthumous Jackson single to be released and will come out October 12, followed by a compilation album on October 26 and a movie entitled “This Is It” on October 28. In a message on Jackson’s Web site, it was revealed that the compilation album will be a two-disc set featuring past hits, previously unreleased mixes and a spoken-word piece from Jackson called “Planet Earth.” [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Syracuse Reacts to Michael Jackson’s Death]

Syracuse.com’s Listen Up Blog posted an especially sentimental birthday note to The Boss, who is celebrating his 60th Birthday today. Bruce’s last gigs in ‘Cuse include a two night stand at the Dome in 1992 and a critically acclaimed show at the Landmark Theater in November 1996. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee apparently celebrated his 60th during a concert on September 21 in Des Moines, Iowa. Seriously, Bruce? No rocking the Spectrum (actually, he’ll be there in October) or perhaps MSG (where he’ll be this November) on the big day? I guess you are getting old…

Pitchfork and NME.com report that Coldplay have donated one million pounds ($1,616,809 American dollars) to the charity, Kids Company.  Kids Company aims to provide support for inner-city children. According to NME the band also plans to give music lessons to kids at Kids Company centers.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: The 20: An Essential Guide to Britpop]

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists haven’t had much luck with record labels in the past after Lookout! Records folded and Touch and Go stopped releasing new records.  Pitchfork reports that the band has signed to Matador Records.

–20 Watts Staff

20 Watts Reviews Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs by Irina Dvalidze
Popular Songs marks 25 years of spectacular music-making for Yo La Tengo

Popular Songs marks 25 years of spectacular music-making for Yo La Tengo

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Yo La Tengo’s “The Fireside”
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PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Editor’s Pick #159: Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs

For a band that’s been active since 1984, Popular Songs marks 25 years of spectacular music-making. The band’s 7th release with Matador Records, the album leaked in July, prompting the label to put it up for “Buy Early Get Now” — a pre-ordering option which gives the customers extra goodies, from free MP3s to complementary posters, in order to “beat the leak every time.”

While this trio has never really achieved mainstream domination, Yo La Tengo have been a musical goldmine for every indie junkie out there. For a band that has been continuously evolving with the audience, yet maintaining its original roots, Popular Songs serves as more than just a spectacular album, and yes it is spectacular. It manages to be an overview/exploration of the style and technique the New Jersey trio has forged over the years, wrapped up into one release. Continue reading