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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY FEB 11TH ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Feb 11th ON AUDIOCANDY

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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

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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY JAN 28th ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Jan 28th ON AUDIOCANDY

Preview: Make sure you check out Audiocandyradio.com

Finally  it is Thursday night and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. Second week of school could not pass fast enough, but if you are one of the miserable slaves to educations with friday morning classes, 20 Watts has the best music to help you get two hours closer to the weekend. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on out great selection of awesome tunes. Not to mention we just may have a special guest making an appearance tonight. Show starts at 10pm sharp: OUR BRAND NEW AND AWESOME TIME SLOT ON AUDIOCANDY. To tune in Click Here.

Show Playlist Below:

1. Henney Buggy Band- Sufjan Stevens
2.  Penn Station- The Felice Brothers
3. Delivery Man- The Cool Kids
4. The Way We Get By- Spoon
5. Red And Purple – The Dodos
6. Silver Trembling Hands- The Flaming Lips
7. Adler Girl Pt. II (I Can Change!)- Super Mash Bros.
8. I’m A Pilot- Fanfarlo
9. Everything with You- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
10. Digital Love- Daft Punk
11. Where Do My Bluebird Fly- The Tallest Man On Earth
12. Exclusive- Popular Damage
13. Glad (Delorean Remix)- Glasser
14. Dancehall- Sean Bones
15. The National Grid- Bachelorette
16.  Crystalized – The XX
17. When I’m Gone- Vivian Girls
18. Walking 10-22- Sarah Aument
19. Glósóli- Sigur Ros
20. Each Year – Ra Ra Riot
21. We Ride Skeletal Lightning- The Blood Brothers
22. You Don’t Know Me- Ben Folds
23. Dandelion- Charlotte Gainsbourg
24. Freeway- Aimee Mann
25. Knotty Pine (with David Byrne)- Dirty Projectors
26. Today Has Been OK- Emiliana Torrini
27. Broken Horse- Freelance Whales
28. Death + -Health
29. Vivienne (demo)- Mouth’s Cradle

–Irina Dvalidze

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Editor’s Pick #249: The Earth and Sigur Rós by elizabethvogt
December 29, 2009, 11:33 pm
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So, last night I decided to watch that nature documentary Disney released this past year called Earth. I wasn’t expecting much considering I have a deep and personal relationship with BBC‘s borderline cult series Planet Earth. Though Disney‘s Earth does feature clips from Planet Earth, I was still on the fence considering the film is only 90 minutes in length. Within the first 60 seconds of watching the Disney experimental doc, however, I was hooked.

You know when you see an exceptionally good movie and can’t stop thinking about it? Well that’s pretty much how I’ve felt all day. Needless to say, I’ve been scanning YouTube trying to find clips of some of the incredible, jaw-dropping moments the crew at Disneynature somehow captured. After a few minutes of searching, I stumbled upon quite possibly one of the most epic videos on the web: Planet Earth clips set to Sigur Rós‘s “Hoppipolla”. I guess it’s only fitting for such a beautiful song to accompany a short yet intimate tour of such a beautiful planet.

–Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front of Book Editor

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20 Watts Reviews The Twilight Sad’s Forget the Night Ahead by Jeanette Wall
Forget the Night Ahead

Forget the Night Ahead plays more maturely than The Twilight Sad's first record

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD The Twilight Sad’s “I Became a Prostitute” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 15/20 Watts

“Shoegaze” comes to mind upon initial listen to The Twilight Sad’s Forget the Night Ahead. Two years after their debut studio album, the band has gotten noisier, grungier and bigger than fans may have expected. Their tracks are now primarily accented with distorted guitars and dark, heavy lyrics. But beyond that initial impression, you get the feeling that the band’s members have experienced quite a bit of growing up recently.

The album may be louder, but it is also more mature. Each track flows together, connected with experimental breakdowns and an instrumental number, “Scissors.” Both show a growing concern with guitar over vocals. Cohesion seems to be pertinent to the album’s construction, as opposed to their last album. Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters, though a good first release, played like random songs in a haphazard order. Here, there is a definite musical and lyrical reasoning behind the tracklisting. Continue reading



News of Note: Kanye Walks over Taylor Swift, Flaming Lips and Deerhunter at ATP, Jim Carroll Dies, Smiths Bassist Cries Foul Play, and Much More! by 20watts
Kanye's drama queen antics rained on Taylor's parade

Kanye's drama queen antics rained on Taylor's parade

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Taylor Swift’s “You Belong to Me” MP3

When Taylor Swift won Female Video of the Year at last night’s VMAs for “You Belong to Me,” egomaniac Kanye West just had to have the last word.  Interrupting her special moment, the rapper hopped on stage, grabbed the mic, and announced that Beyonce better deserved the award for “Single Ladies.”  Cameras cut to Beyonce, who could be seen mouthing “Kaannyee” in as much surprise and disgust as the audience.  Taylor was left speechless and was escorted off the stage.  When Beyonce won Video of the Year later in the night, she invited Taylor back onstage.  Kanye later insincerely apologized via his blog. His outburst has already led to parodies like this one. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: To Celebrate Kanye West’s New Book, A Compilation of Genius Kanye-isms]

SPIN gives readers the best and worst of New York’s All Tomorrow’s Parties this past weekend. Participants included The Flaming LipsPanda BearAnimal Collective and Deerhunter, amongst many others. One of the most notable moments however, was not of the musical variety. Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox announced mid-set that the band will be going on hiatus, effective immediately, to work on other projects. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews The Flaming Lips’ “Silver Trembling Hands”]

Wolfmother paid a visit to SPIN’s NYC office to chat with the magazine, and play a few songs, which were captured on video here. Among them were two older tracks, one off of the upcoming Cosmic Egg and a Neil Young cover. Some may recognize the band from the (500) Days of Summer and Spider-man 3 soundtracks, respectively. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews (500) Days of Summer OST]

Pitchfork and The New York Times reports that Jim Carroll died of a heart attack in his apartment on Friday.  Carroll is most renowned for penning 1978 Basketball Diaries, but he was also a poet and musician as the frontman of the influential punk rock band, the Jim Carroll Band.  He has worked with artists such as Lou Reed, Pearl Jam, and John Cale. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: Beck Covers The Velvet Underground]

The Flaming Lips will appear on “The Colbert Report” this Wednesday, September 16, Pitchfork reports.  The band will likely perform a song from their latest album, Embryonic, as well as chat with Stephen. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews The Flaming Lips’ “Silver Trembling Hands”]

In a new interview with Eyeweekly.com, Andy Rourke, former bassist of The Smiths, stated that he was fired from the band by a note left on his car by Morrissey. Denying the claims, Morrissey said this wasn’t the first time Rourke has perpetuated this story. “It is a recurring comment whereby Andy confirms that his dismissal from The Smiths was made via a handwritten postcard from me telling Andy, ‘You have left The Smiths’,” Morrissey said. “If such a postcard ever existed, it is likely that an unfunny stunt was played on Andy by someone attempting Morrissey-scrawl — easily done.” Morrissey will kick off a fall European tour in October. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews (500) Days of Summer OST]

Pitchfork premieres the latest Tiesto track, which features Sigur Ros’ Jonsi Birgisson.  The seven-and-a-half minute “Kaleidoscope”  is off his forthcoming full-length album due to hit stores October 20.  [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: 20 Watts Reviews Jonsi and Alex’s Riceboy Sleeps (Sigur Ros Side Project)]

According to StereogumKid Cudi performed “Pursuit of Happiness” on the Late Show with David Letterman this past Friday night. Backed by snappily dressed backup singers, a string section and Ratatat, who appear on the album version of the song along with MGMT, the performance was a great success. Letterman praised it as having “a lot going on there” and endorsed the album. [Previous 20 Watts Coverage: News of Note: Pitchfork Posts New Kid Cudi Song]

— 20 Watts Staff



20 Watts Reviews Wild Beast’s Two Dancers by Eric Vilas-Boas
Wild Beasts impress without innovating on their latest great release Two Dancers

Wild Beasts impress without innovating on their release Two Dancers

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Wild Beast’s “All the King’s Men” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 17/20 Watts

So what’s it take to succeed in the independent music atmosphere? Do you need Jonsi Birgisson’s (Sigur Rós) falsetto? Or eccentric tribal drum beats and deep, harmonic vocals (TV on the Radio)? Maybe you just need the first few songs on Wild Beasts’ sophomore effort Two Dancers.

The album works for a reason. Because of the influences heard on it, Wild Beasts couldn’t be mistaken for anything but what they are — a talented late-2000s British indie-rock band. It succinctly represents what listeners “want to hear” in the British-American musical atmosphere.

Despite this (or because of it?), Wild Beasts have churned out an incredible set of songs with Two Dancers. The range of musicality and talent that shines through could convince any listener to appreciate the sound. Continue reading



20 Watts Reviews Choir of Young Believers’ This Is for the White in Your Eyes by Irina Dvalidze

Choir of Young Believers' debut This Is for the White in Your Eyes

Choir of Young Believers' debut This Is for the White in Your Eyes

PREVIEW: Download Choir of Young Believers’ “Hollow Talk” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts

The Vikings may have failed at world domination, but there is no doubt that “Nordic pop” is taking over the indie music scene. The wave of ambient soundscapes only started with the likes of Sigur Rós, tossing out acts like Kings of Convenience. This week, Jannis Noya Makrigiannis, the driving force behind one-man project Choir of Young Believers, will be revealing his own contribution to the genre. He made a stir with his debut EP Burn the Flag, and now he’s back with  full album This Is for the White in Your Eyes.

Makrigiannis definitely has something fresh to bring to the table. Most of his melodies have that eerie quality that the Scandinavian mainstream is so fond of, however he reworks the material in a much more dramatic direction. Continue reading