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ISSUE 22 | Reviews: MGMT’s Congratulations by 20watts

MGMT's Congratulations: ""

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

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ISSUE 22 | Reviews: Flying Lotus’s Cosmogramma by 20watts

Flying Lotus's Cosmogramma: ""

Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts
PREVIEW: CLICK here to visit Flying Lotus‘s Myspace

Experimental electro-producer and musician Steve Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, has made quite a name for himself as an innovator of a genre often left untouched by modern electronic artists. With two stellar releases prior to his most recent effort, Ellison has laid the foundation for yet another groundbreaking release, and with Cosmogramma delivers an extremely rewarding product.

Featuring appearances from Thom Yorke, Laura Darlington and Continue reading

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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 Reviews Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back by crumblymuffin

Peter Gabriel's collection of covers is extremely disappointing

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



MIX FIX: Jay-Z Vs. Jimi Hendrix (TimG Mash) by tjwell01
February 2, 2010, 1:28 pm
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The King of New York clashes with Hendrix to make one insane mashup

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.

–Jett Wells



The Eventual Mediocrity of Brilliant Debut Artists by cweeks88

With bands like Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys making mediocre follow-up albums, will the same happen to Fleet Foxes?

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

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U2’s First Contact in Glastonbury by cweeks88

U2 are looking more and more like aging Irish Porn Stars

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