Filed under: Issue 22, Issue 22 Reviews | Tags: being for the benefit of mr. kite, bossanova, Brian Eno, Congratulations, Electric Feel, iTunes, Kid A, kids, MGMT, oracular spectaular, Pixies, psychedelia, Radiohead, scooby doo, song for dan treacy, The Beach Boys, Thom Yorke, Time To Pretend, Timothy Leary
Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
WE GIVE IT: 12/20 Watts
PREVIEW: CLICK here for MGMT‘s website
MGMT have been pretty open about what their latest release aims to be: a retort against their success. By doing so, they take their place alongside practically all the bands in pop-music history, groups career-fated by the critical litmus test of What Comes after the Big Single(s). In their own particular situation, MGMT’s radical shift is somewhat reminiscent of Radiohead’s – not just in the sense of changing sounds drastically after the breakthrough album, but in the sense of changing at the start of a new decade.
The bands share the dilemma of having been popular halfway-through one era, only to find themselves precariously uncertain about how to kick off another. MGMT are certainly not timid when it comes to taking a drastic detour in sound, but their boldness does not automatically equal innovation – or even Continue reading
Filed under: 20 Watts Radio | Tags: a place to bury strangers, Bearplane, Daft Punk, Devendra Banhart, Dirty Projectors, Discovery, DJ Consequence, El Perro del Mar, Magnet ft Gemma Hayes, Matt and Kim, Neon Indian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Nouvelle Vague, Phoenix, Portugal. The Man, Ra Ra Riot, Radiohead, Rilo Kiley, School of Seven Bells, Starfucker, Stephen Babcock, The Album Leaf, The Flaming Lips, The Magnetic Fields, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Temper Trap, Tiny Vipers, Vampire Weekend, Wilco
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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. 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.
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: 20 Watts Radio, album reviews, Bon Iver, David Bowie, justin vernon, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Releases of the Week, Rod Stewart, San Francisco, Sarah MacLachlan, Scratch My Back
PREVIEW: VISIT Peter Gabriel’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 7/20 Watts
Ah, the covers album. It seems like once some artists hit a certain age, they become incapable of writing any more tunes, and instead just dive into something resembling The Great American Songbook a la Rod Stewart. I’m not quite sure, however, whether they do it for their own artistic fulfillment or just to seem relevant in the increasingly schizophrenic music culture. From the looks of Scratch My Back, Peter Gabriel‘s entry into the canon of career-turning/stomach-turning albums (your pick), he’s aiming heavily at the latter.
One has to wonder what he was thinking. The tracks here span the last thirty years of music, touching on indie, as well as more mainstream hits from all over the map. Gabriel actually had the stones to follow up a low-key rendition of Sarah McLachlan‘s “Mirrorball” with an equally low-key “Flume,” by Bon Iver. He even goes so far as to finish the album with another slow, piano driven track — his version of Radiohead‘s “Street Spirit (Fade Out).” Continue reading
Filed under: The Mix Fix | Tags: 99 Problems, Beatles, Jay-Z, Mix Fix, Oasis, Radiohead, TimG, Voodoo Child
PREVIEW THE DJ: TimG’s MySpace
LISTEN: “Voodoo Problems” by Jay-Z Vs. Jimi Hendrix (TimG Mash)
Jay-Z is mashed up with everyone these days, whether its the Beatles, Oasis, Radiohead, but until now, none really mixed that well, and now Jimi Hendrix sounds like Jay-Z’s missing counterpart all of these years. With Hendrix’s savage solos mixed in with Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” classic, the result is a devastating success. TimG, the mash-up artist really strung this together well, and now I respect single-artist mash-up DJs now. Just because “Voodoo Child” crashes in the beginning, this song rocks hard from the beginning and you can’t let go till the music stops.
Filed under: Genre Columns, Indie Rock, Music Theory | Tags: Alex Turner, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Bob Dylan, cousins, Crown of Love, EP, Fleet Foxes, Funeral, humbug, Led Zeppelin, MySpace, Neighborhood #3 (Power Out), Neon Bible, Pete Doherty, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Rubblebucket, Sun Giant, The Beatles, The Libertines, Up The Bracket, Vampire Weekend, Wake Up, Whatever People Say I Am That Is What I Am Not, Wilco, YouTube
Vampire Weekend just came out with a new single “Cousins” — and what a disappointing pile of shit! You’d figure that after making their debut album with so many great tunes, they’d be bound to make a more brilliant follow-up album. Unfortunately, with “Cousins” it sounds like the sun just rose on a Monday morning for this skeleton crew. To be fair, Vampire Weekend are not the only band that seem to be facing this problem. Throughout the decade a whole lot of new Indie bands with brilliant debut albums have been popping up—where they have barely been able to create a worthy-enough follow up.
The list goes on and on with bands and artists that got their big break this decade on both sides of the pond. In Britain, bands like The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys each released debut albums that were universally adored by critics and new fans alike: Up The Bracket and Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I Am Not—the latter of which is currently the UK’s fastest-selling debut album (note: Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle recently topped this accolade with her I Dreamed a Dream album). Nevertheless, these two bands–led by the apparent songwriting genius’ Pete Doherty and Alex Turner — never seem to have been able to top their debuts with their later works. Continue reading
Filed under: Genre Columns, Indie Rock, Industry News | Tags: Arctic Monkeys, Bono, Coldplay, Glastonbury, Halo, Joshua Tree, Kings of Leon, Michael Eavis, Monterey, No Line on the Horizon, Radiohead, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, U2, V, Woodstock, Worthy Farm
PREVIEW: LISTEN to U2’s “No Line on the Horizon”
Just when you thought aging, self-absorbed rock stars couldn’t be more agonizingly full of themselves as displayed in the upcoming TV special of the 25th Annual Rock Hall of Fame Awards/concerts — U2 strikes again in destroying everything that’s halfway decent about popular Rock music by headlining England’s Glastonbury 2010 Music Festival.
Despite the poor sales of this once-great band’s most recent album No Line on the Horizon, U2 still don’t know when to quit. Since playing on top of buildings in London and causing a carefully orchestrated and televised stir earlier this year didn’t work, perhaps Bono figures that their spanking new songs will resonate with an audience whose only relation to the band is that their parents had Joshua Tree playing in the background during their conception. Continue reading