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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. We will also tell you a little about our much anticipated trip to the magical land on CANADA. On top of that we will be playing some of your requests, 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.

Playlist Below:

1.The Way We Get By – Spoon
2. Freely – Devendra Banhart
3. The Room Got Heavy – Yo La Tengo
4. Taxi Cab – Vampire Weekend
5. Taft Was Sick – Bearplane
6. Rich – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
7. Glósóli – Sigur Rós
8. My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven
9. Glory Box – Portishead
10. In the Summertime – The Rural Alberta Advantage
11. 99 Problems (Such Great Heights) – DJ Consequence
12. Gentle Sons – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

13. Black Plant – The Last Shadow Puppets
14. Delivery Man – The Cool Kids
15. Giving Up On Love – Slow Club
16. Genesis-Reply To Censure – Team B
17. Set yourself on fire – Stars
18. Cold War – The Antlers
19. Stone- Sarah Aument
20. Dying Is Fine – Ra Ra Riot
21. Simple Way – Port O’Brien
22. Mouthful Of Diamonds – Phantogram
23. Weekends And Treehouses – Young Prisms
24. Honey from a Stone – Mouth’s Cradle

25. Speed of Sound ft. Big Sean- Mike Posner
26. Memories (Featuring Kid Cudi) – David Guetta

–Irina Dvalidze


20 Watts Reviews Phantogram’s Eyelid Movies by Irina Dvalidze

Phantogram finally releases Eyelid Movies

PREVIEW: VISIT Phanotgram’s My Space
WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

Three years into their career, Phantogram is finally gracing the public with their debut album Eyelid Movies. The Saratoga Springs duo, consisting of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel, wowed when they were featured as the Starbucks iTunes pick of the week with “Mouthful Of Diamonds.” Following in the footsteps of their fellow upstate New Yorkers Ra Ra Riot, Phantogram will be releasing the record via Barsuk Records.

Eyelid Movies is exactly what one would expect. Dominated by countless layers of sound, the release combines every imaginable style into surprisingly symphonic arrangements. The electronic beats give the album a fast pace, which is ideally balanced with the occasional electro lullabies like “10,000 Claps” and  “All Dried Up.”

Lyrically Phantogram aim for simplistic perfection, relying primarily on sound for expression– an effect that is quite haunting to say the least. While the release it utterly melodic, it has a strange horror appeal fit for a David Lynch film. Lyrics such as “ten thousand rats waiting in line for me” can even make Disneyland seem slightly creepy. Strangely the duo makes this work for them.  The ghostlike intonation is laced through most of the sounds on the album.  While Barthel’s synth sounds are drenched in chilling notes, the background beats give the album a necessary steady pace, making the listen into quite an experience. Continue reading

20 Watts Video: Phantogram at Brooklyn Bowl (12/19/09) by tjwell01
December 20, 2009, 4:04 pm
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PREVIEW: Phantogram’s MySpace

The snow came down hard last night, but people still came out to see Phantogram at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, New York City. Yes, it was a bowling alley/concert venue, and yes, it was awesome. Ever since getting signed to Barsuk Records, Phantogram has picked up steam, and now is primed for a big year in 2010 when they finally release their debut LP, Eyelid Movies.

–Jett Wells

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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Concert Review: Phantogram at Monkey Town by tjwell01
June 14, 2009, 1:32 pm
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Phantogram lit it up last night with awesome new tracks and more energy than I’ve seen before, but unfortunately the venue, although overtly hipster and psychadelic, was no place for a rock concert.

As Sarah and Josh stood nested in their small space and surrounded by casual onlookers on sofas, they opened up with two new tracks never heard before. I was warned before I’d be hearing new music, and I’m delighted to say it sounded just as hip and fun to dance to.

At least musically, it seemed Phantogram was experimenting with sound-mixing, as they would quickly record their voices and then set them on the repeat just for effect. It’s amazing how big their soundboard is, and how many effects they sampled in their short 6-8 song set.

Although the set was great, it could’ve been so much better had the venue allowed an audience to react to the music. The room was small at maybe 25 x 25 ft and was lined with white couches with little glass coffee tables placed in front of them. People with reservations snagged the couch seats, and anyone else who just wanted to see Phantogram had to squeeze in small hallways to get a glimpse. Also awkwardly, the band was placed in the middle of the room with all their equipment, which left just enough room for them to roam a little and rock out.

The redeeming aspects of Monkey Town were their hanging video screens on the wall that flashed psychadelic images of running water and blossoming plants. It meshed really well with Phantogram’s psych-pop sound, but the venue is better suited to be an opium den than a rock venue.

Appearance wise, Phantogram looked fresh and electric, what with Sarah’s new slick black hair and the band’s strobe light.  Watching Sarah slam it down on her synthesizer with her black hair added a much-needed attitude to the overall performance. I sensed a little Karen O in the room.

After the set, Caitlin and I stuck around to watch the headling act The Loom, an indie Americana sextet. Their sound was electic with ukulele and french horn, but the overall performance was flat and uninspired.

I made it my mission to say hi to Sarah after their set, so after a few songs by The Loom, we snuck out to front of the restaurant on North 3rd St., and found her packing up the car. I ran up and opened up by mentioning she was interviewed by my buddy Nathan Mattise the this week, and she smiled. We talked about Monkey Town and their upcoming set at The Bowery, and she gave us a little scoop.

“We’re definitely going to come back to Syracuse during the school year,” she said.

You heard it here folks. Phantogram is coming back to Syracuse. Do I hear bandersnatch? I hope so.

–Jett Wells.

Band on the Street by tjwell01
June 14, 2009, 12:20 am
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Caitlin and I stumbled upon this cute band called Freelance Whales on Bedford Ave after the Phantogram concert at Monkey Town Saturday night. Not bad, right? We might feature these guys later on.

The Phantogram concert review will be up tomorrow.

–Jett Wells

Crazy Salsa Guy on Wheels by tjwell01
June 14, 2009, 12:18 am
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Seen last night in Williamsburg after the Phantogram concert at Monkey Town.

–Jett Wells

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