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ISSUE 22 | Reviews: The Apples in Stereo’s Travellers in Space and Time by 20watts

The Apples in Stereo's Travellers in Space and Time: ""

Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts
PREVIEW: CLICK here to visit The Apples in Stereo’s website

I have a lot of love for the Elephant 6 Collective: The Music Tapes, Of Montreal and of course, who could forget Neutral Milk Hotel? But for some reason, I’ve totally ignored The Apples in Stereo up until very recently. They definitely have that same sort of retro-pop worship going for them as much as their more eccentric counterparts, but they take it in a different direction, worshipping the prog-rock goodness of bands like Electric Light Orchestra over the sun-pop of The Beach Boys. Such is the case with their new album: Travellers in Space and Time.

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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY FEB 18TH ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Feb 18th ON AUDIOCANDY

Listen: Download the full show right here

Preview: Make sure you check out Audiocandyradio.com

It is Thursday night and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on our great selection of awesome tunes.  We have some cool news happening at 20 Watts you simply cant miss. We are gonna give you a run down on some local shows that will be happening this weekend. Also, today most of the 20 Watts staff is sitting in on a massive production meeting, making our lovely blog impeccably ready for the transition to our forthcoming official web page. So to make their night of hard work a little more fun, we will be playing some of staff favorites on top of the best local music here in Cuse. Not to mention if you wanna request a song, all you need to do it tweet at you host here. So make sure to join 20 Watts on Auodiocandy 10 pm sharp. To tune in Click Here.

1. Idioteque – Radiohead
2. You and I – Wilco
3. Development – Tiny Vipers
4. Boy Toy – Starfucker
5. Do You – Portugal. The Man
6. My 1st Song (Clark Gable) – DJ Consequence
7. Daylight – Matt and Kim
8. Knotty Pine (with David Byrne) – Dirty Projectors
9. The Air – The Rural Alberta Advantage
10. The Charles C. Leary – Devendra Banhart
11. Holland, 1945 – Neutral Milk Hotel
12. I Don’t Want to Get Over You – The Magnetic Fields
13. Just Can’t Get Enough – Nouvelle Vague
14. Aerodynamic – Daft Punk
15. Swing Tree – Discovery
16. Falling From The Sun – The Album Leaf
17. Change of Heart – El Perro del Mar
18. In Your Heart – A Place to Bury Strangers
19. Horchata – Vampire Weekend
20. Each Year – Ra Ra Riot
21. Face to Face on High Places – School of Seven Bells
22. Rome – Phoenix
23. Taft Was Sick – Bearplane
24. Lay Lady Lay – Magnet ft Gemma Hayes
25. Fallin – Stephen Babcock
26. Fools – The Temper Trap
27. This Love Is Fucking Right – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
28. The Impulse – The Flaming Lips
29. Breakin’ Up – Rilo Kiley
30. Ephemeral Artery – Neon Indian
–Irina Dvalidze
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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY JAN 21st ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Jan 28th ON AUDIOCANDY

Preview: Make sure you check out Audiocandyradio.com

So it’s Thursday night once again and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. So we are finally back on campus and we bringing you all the best of local music scene. So before you dig into those books, sit back and salvage the last few seconds you winter break.  Today is our last light mode show before we swing back into gear and start fresh with the new semester. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on two solid hours of awesome music. Show starts at 10pm sharp: OUR BRAND NEW AND AWESOME TIME SLOT ON AUDIOCANDY. To tune in Click Here.

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20 Watts Reviews Spoon’s Transference by tjwell01

It's not the same old Spoon sound, but it's still Spoon.

PREVIEW: VISIT Spoon’s MySpace

WE GIVE IT: 12/20 Watts

It’s not hard to talk about Spoon in regards to the godfathers of indie rock, a la Neutral Milk Hotel, not only because they’re consistent and tight, but because they’re timeless knockouts. That said, Transference lacks the extra gear and playfulness that Spoon fans loved in Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) or even in Gimme Fiction (2005).

The album still has Britt Daniels’ irresistible transfixing voice and some grilling guitar chords like in “Got Nuffin,” but the album as a whole seems committed to a slower, more neutral sound that we’re not normally accustomed to. That’s not to say it doesn’t work–it does–but it leaves the listener (at least me) wanting more heart like in previous great slow hits like “Black like Me.”

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20 Watts’ Best of 2009 # 11: The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Hometowns by Irina Dvalidze

The Rural Alberta Advantage's Hometowns is #11 on our Best Of 2009 List

PREVIEW: VISIT The Rural Alberta Advantage Official Web Page
TOP TRACK: The Air

You’ve probably heard this Toronto trio compared to Neutral Milk Hotel on more then one occasion, but what many fail to do is recognize the impeccable originality that The Rural Alberta Advantage bring to the genre with their debut release Hometowns.

Re-released under Saddle Creek Records in July 2009, Hometowns is a perfectly tailored release, exceeding anyone’s expectations for a standard debut album. For a band that formed a mere four years earlier, Paul Banwatt, Amy Cole and Nils Edenloff demonstrate incredible harmony and unison within each facet of the album.

Employing the widest range of sound, RAA’s Hometowns is almost an oxymoron. Each note is incredibly fresh and unprecedented, yet every arrangement is drenched in homelike familiarity. The album is a mash of everything from indie synth-pop to post-punk, while retaining an immaculate flow.

Whether you are in a mood for a jam session or a melodic ballad, Hometowns seems to merge all of the above. The band’s ability to retain accessibility while exploring such an array of sounds is nothing short of astounding for the young band to master. Every song is precise and calculated, as each instrumental layer fits ideally with the next. Assortment of light drum thumps, tambourine beats sprinkled with the occasional airy violins give the album an incredible variety, making it relatable from multiple angles.

Hometowns has humbly caught attention this year, and put The Rural Alberta Advantage on the map. Hopefully, it’s just the first in a line of many intrepid releases for the group.

— Irina Dvalidze



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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