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Mix Fix: Brand-X’s “Chillin on a Plane” by tjwell01
March 28, 2010, 1:00 pm
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M.I.A. mashes with Wale's "Chillin."

LISTEN: “Chillin on a Plane” by Brand -X (Wale/Lady Gaga/M.I.A.)

Brand-X is a London based DJ, who from what I’ve heard is pretty new, and for some reason I can’t find his webpage/Facebook fan page/MySpace. Aside from his relative obscurity, I really love how he uses M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” beat in mashing with Wale’s “Chillin.” It’s one of those mash-ups that’s just fun to listen to rather than admire. It’s not a legendary mix, but it’s nice for what it is. It’s like watching a fun chick flick compared to sitting down for a serious Roman Polanski film–if you follow the analogy. If nothing else, it just gets me more excited for M.I.A.’s new album coming out this year.

–Jett Wells

Editor’s Pick #289: The 82nd Annual Academy Awards by elizabethvogt

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards premiere tonight on ABC

So I don’t know about you guys, but Oscar Night is one of my favorite nights of the year. I love seeing so many talented directors, producers and actors all coming together and celebrating their incredible contributions to the entertainment world. My editors are probably going to kill me for this post but I think it’s completely necessary, especially since music has actually become a very prominent category in recent years. With blockbuster soundtracks that feature big-name artists such as M.I.A. and Belle & Sebastian (Slumdog  Millionaire and Juno), music has definitely become something of importance to filmmakers.

Tonight is the premiere of 82nd annual awards at 8:00 sharp on ABC. With 10 nominees for best picture and two of the funniest men alive as hosts, it should be a show for the ages. Although I’m sure the theme from “Crazy Heart” will get the Oscar for Best Original Song this year, part of me is kind of hoping for one of the songs from “The Princess and the Frog.” What can I say, I’m a sucker for Disney magic.

–Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front of Book Editor

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Mix Fix: Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” (Diplo Remix) by tjwell01
February 12, 2010, 4:58 pm
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Diplo makes fun of Rihanna vs. M.I.A. comparison

PREVIEW THE DJ: Diplo’s MySpace

LISTEN: Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” (Diplo Remix)

It was only yesterday when Diplo called out Rihanna for copying M.I.A.’s music video “Boyz”, comparing it to Rihanna‘s “Rude Boy” video. Diplo articulated his outrage in a tweet yesterday: “riri is lookin soo damn hawt in this video but its super boyz boyz boyz #howmaydere ? yahmsayin?” Diplo’s response? He remixed the two songs to point out the similarity in the two songs, even though final product is really annoying to listen to. Nevertheless, it’s hilarious when music superstars use social media to bark about plagiarism.

–Jett Wells

Mix Fix: Daft Punk and Marlena Shaw Remixes by tjwell01
January 26, 2010, 1:49 pm
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New remixes of Daft Punk and Marlena Shaw own the day.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Kid Dub’s MySpace

REMIX#1: Daft Punk’s “Around the World” (Kid Dub Remix)

It seems twisted to think about life before Daft Punk, but now after their TRON song leaked,  then surfaced rumors (yet false) about a scheduled Coachella performance and now this remix, it’s fabulous having these beautiful french techno geeks back in pop culture. Daft Punk are remixed like crazy, but it’s harder to sort through the garbage, and then sometimes you find a gem like this. It’s secret is its minimal adjustments and just the right amount of new jazzy flavor. This is a masterpiece remix by Kid Dub.

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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 Radio: Saturday Nov. 7 by 20watts

20 Watts played Julian Casablancas, Joy Division, Sleigh Bells and more on WERW

Eric, Jett and Caitlin were in the studio from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. last night, playing new releases, editors’ picks, local favorites AND a solid hour of post-punk for all you lucky listeners.  Here’s what we played last night: new tracks are in bold, local artists are italicized.

Don’t forget to tune in to 20 Watts’ Audiocandy+ shows on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 p.m.!

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Editor’s Pick #195: Rainbow Arabia by caitlindewey

Rainbow Arabia = M.I.A. + Gang Gang Dance + LSD

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Rainbow Arabia’s “Omar K” MP3

20 Watts’ staff recently spent a good two hours arguing about the top albums of the decade. I was pushing really hard for an M.I.A. entry on the list — a request that everyone, including my managing ed, summarily dismissed. Okay, sure, “Paper Planes” was way overplayed. But the blend of party-ready beats and tribal ululations? The whole East-meets-West-on-a-dance-floor deal? The world needs more of that.

Fortunately the world has Rainbow Arabia, an “ethnotronica” duo so compulsively danceable — and so pleasantly disorienting — that even our picky staff might be won over. Hailing from Echo Park, Cal., Rainbow Arabia force world music through an electro-dance sieve, resulting in a global neon cacophony like few you’ve ever heard. Think M.I.A. meets Gang Gang Dance meets LSD. Intriguing, right?

Rainbow Arabia have released one EP, The Basta, and one “mini-LP,” Kabukimono, on Maninmal Vinyl.  They are not currently on tour, although they are playing a string of L.A. shows throughout November.

— Caitlin Dewey, Editor in Chief

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