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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

Editor’s Pick #282: How To Make It In America Mixtape by carlywolkoff

Mixtape for HBO's upcoming show, "How To Make It In America"

PREVIEW: LISTEN to Dan Black ft. Kid Cudi  “Symphonies”

Publicity can be so effing sneaky sometimes.  I thought I was downloading the mixtape for HBO’s latest bro comedy “How To Make It In America” premiering this Sunday.  I don’t think my logic was flawed, either — show starring Kid Cudi? Accompanying mixtape? Sounded legit.

But don’t be fooled, this mixtape is mostly a compilation of indie remixes like Florence & The Machine’s spin on The xx’s “You’ve Got The Love” with Cudi and other cast members promoting the show in the background.  Save yourself the disk space and don’t download the entire mixtape, unless, of course, you’d like to hear sound bytes from the show awkwardly mixed with your favorite songs.

But while you’re waiting for a real soundtrack to leak, do check out Kid Cudi’s remix of “Symphonies” by British electronica artist, Dan Black.  It often sounds as if Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” were blended together, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.  The vibe coincides with the “two guys trying to make it in the concrete jungle” theme of the show.

— Carly Wolkoff, Front of Book Editor

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20 Watts Reviews Rihanna’s Rated R by Marc Sollinger
November 24, 2009, 8:34 am
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Rihanna's new album disappoints

PREVIEW: VISIT Rihanna’s Website
WE GIVE IT: 13/20

To many, Rihanna is the resident queen of pop.  For the past three years, ever since “Umbrella,” pretty much every song she’s lent her voice to has turned to gold.

“Don’t Stop The Music”, T.I.’s “Live Your Life” and Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” all are huge hits, and more importantly, great songs.  If you only listened to the radio, you would think that Rihanna is one of the best R&B singers working today.  And, if you only judged her on the basis of her singles, you’d be right.  Her voice is emotive and expressive, and she usually works with amazing producers.  Unfortunately, Rihanna’s albums are a completely different story.  Like so many other pop stars, her records are dominated by filler, with only about three or four truly good songs. Continue reading

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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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News of Note: New Moon’s OST Features Thom Yorke, Muse, Grizzly Bear, Lykke Li, Bon Iver and More; Flaming Lips Release Embryonic Video; Broadcast Announce an EP; Rihanna Will Bring Big Beats; And Much More! by 20watts
For better or worse, New Moon's soundtrack will feature some of our favorite indie artists

For better or worse, New Moon's soundtrack will feature some of our favorite indie artists

Thom Yorke, The Killers, Grizzly Bear, and Muse have all signed on to contribute to New Moon‘s soundtrack. Other artists that will be on the Twilight sequel’s soundtrack include Lykke Li, OK Go and Editors. The full track listing can be viewed at NME.COM. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Thom York and Bon Iver Soundtrack New Moon]

Stereogum reported today that The Flaming Lips released a new video for the song “I Can Be a Frog,” from their new album Embryonic (to be released 10/13). The short song might not seem to make a great video on first listen, but Coyne’s animalistic lyricism makes for a lot of quirky pencil drawings in this unconventional music video. The bikini-clad actress mouthing Karen O‘s “noises” surprisingly adds to the video, but who doesn’t want to see the real thing? Maybe next time. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: The Flaming Lips at ATP20 Watts Reviews The Flaming Lips’ “Silver Trembling Hands” (from Embryonic)]

Birmingham-based electro-pop group Broadcast have announced their second release with Warp Records. Their full-length debut was punctuated by the extensive use of loops and lead singer Trish Keegan’s 1960s psychedelic rock vocals. Filter reports that the EP, entitled Broadcast & Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, is available for download from iTunes immediately, but won’t be hitting the shelves until October 27th.  The EP can be previewed for free, though, at your next psycho dance party with the help of their trusty Myspace.

Rolling Stone reports that Rihanna’s next LP promises to bring its audience “Big beats and big bass.” She’s recruited producers Justin Timberlake and Chase & Status to help her bring them. This album is sure to take attention away from Rihanna’s past year of drama. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” (Feat. Rihanna)]

Pitchfork reports that Grizzly Bear‘s bassist and producer, Chris Taylor has started a record label called Terrible Records.  Through his new label, Taylor will be releasing his solo work on October 13. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick #172: Grizzly Bear’s “While You Wait For the Others” (Feat. Michael McDonald)]

It seems as though Lily Allen and Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien are close to duking it out, Pitchfork reports. Radiohead belong to the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), a British musician’s advocacy group. Apparently Lily Allen disagrees with O’Brien’s stance on file-sharing. After the guitarist released a statement endorsing the practice, the infuriated singer posted her opinion on her MySpace blog.  She believes file-sharing hinders the growth of up-and-coming artists. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Editor’s Pick #93: Lily Allen Is Alright with Me]

Psychedelic folk legends Neutral Milk Hotel have announced plans to re-release their discography through Merge Records, as reported by Filter. The reissues of On Avery Island (1996) and the critically celebrated In the Aeroplane over the Sea (1998) will be released on vinyl along with a digital download code, so that listeners can enjoy the reissues without a turntable. Considering In the Aeroplane over the Sea was the best-selling vinyl album of 2008, there’s definitely a market for it though. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews Circulatory System (Elephant 6)]

— 20 Watts Staff

News Of Note: Kanye Apologizes and Announces A New Tour With Lady Gaga, The New Vampire Weekend LP Is Shaping Up, and what’s new with Radiohead by 20watts
Kanye talks to Jay Leno the day after the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

Kanye talks to Jay Leno the day after the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards

PREVIEW: Watch Kanye’s interview with Jay Leno and Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Kanye’s performance of “Run This Town.”

After the Kanye West publicity stunt/VMA debacle Sunday night, the rapper sat down with Jay Leno on Monday and publicly apologized, Pitchfork reports. After giving a heartfelt apology, and shedding some tears when Leno asked West what his late mother would have thought of his disrespectful act, he performed “Run This Town” with Jay-Z and Rihanna. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage:20 Watts Reviews Jay-Z’s “Run This Town”]

In other Kanye news, SPIN.COM reported that he and Lady Gaga would join forces and hit the road together this winter. The entire tour will comprise of 34 stops and it starts November 11 in Pheonix, AZ and will end on January 24 in Dallas, TX. The nearest Syracuse date is Buffalo, NY on December 20. If you saw Gaga’s VMA performance you know that this will literally be the craziest winter tour. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Lady Gaga’s New Music Video/Short Film]

According to Pitchfork, Vampire Weekend has announced  details regarding their second full-length album.  The album entitled Contra, will be released January 12, 2010 and the tracklist is currently available on the band’s website. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews Discovery’s The LP]

NME.COM reports that Radiohead drummer Phil Selway will release a solo album. Selway will sing on the album and be joined by Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sanzone, solo-artist Lisa Germano and bass player Sebastian Steinberg.  The albums release date is unknown at this point.

NME.COM also reports that Radiohead’s frontman, Thom Yorke, is set to perform “The Reckoner” after a showing of the new climate change film “The Age of Stupid.” The performance will occur via satellite transmission from a mysterious undisclosed location. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Radiohead Leak Track? “These Are My Twisted Words”, Radiohead Wrote A Song That Would Suit A Funeral? No Way!!]

– 20 Watts Staff

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20 Watts Reviews Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 by JohnCassillo
Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 surprisingly delivers a creative pop sound

Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 surprisingly delivers a creative pop sound

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Jay-Z’s “Already Home” (Feat. Kid Cudi) MP3
WE GIVE IT: 15/20 Watts

You’ve been hearing about The Blueprint 3 all summer long. From “D.O.A. (Death to Auto-Tune)” to “Run This Town,” and everything in between, it feels as if we’ve had Jay-Z on the mind for months now. Well, the wait is officially over.

In a last-minute turn of events, Jay scrapped his plans to release the highly-anticipated album on Friday, September 11th. It turns out people usually expect releases to happen on Tuesdays, plus the switch has only created more of an Internet frenzy. Continue reading