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News of Note: OK Go to play Ithaca, NY on April 25th by tjwell01
February 28, 2010, 10:32 pm
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Ithaca concert promoter, Dan Smalls, announced on Twitter that OK Go will perform in Ithaca, NY at The Haunt on April 25th

PREVIEW: OK Go’s MySpace

Local Ithaca, NY concert promoter, Dan Smalls, announced on Twitter that OK Go will perform in the city on April 25th, open to all ages.  The venue was later announced as The Haunt. Dan Smalls is well-known for bringing in quality talents to the small Central New York culture hub. Last time I saw a Dan Smalls concert, St. Vincent played at Castaways. I say it again: this semester’s concert season keeps getting better. OK Go is absolutely electric live, and I will undoubtedly see this show.

–Jett Wells



20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY FEB 25TH ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze
20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY FEB 25TH ON AUDIOCANDY

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY FEB 25TH ON AUDIOCANDY

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. If you are in Cuse you are most likely snowed in anyway, so join us for a quick getaway as we give you a run down of the awesome stuff you can do in Syracuse once this snow melts. 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.

Show Playlist

1. Taxi Cab – Vampire Weekend
2. Something About Us – Daft Punk
3. Seahorse – Devendra Banhart
4. Actor Out of Work – St. Vincent
5. Laura – Girls
6. Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
7. where do you go to my lovely – Peter Sarstedt
8. Crown of Love – Arcade Fire
9. Grace Kelly – Mika
10. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie & The Banshees
11. Friday XIII – Deer Tick
12. Elephant Gun – Beirut
13. Nothing Ever Happened – Deerhunter
14. Silence Kid – Pavement
15. My Parents Lied – The Static Jacks
16. Gold and a Pager – The Cool Kids
17. Don’t Haunt This Place – The Rural Alberta Advantage
18. The Fox In The Snow – Belle & Sebastian
19. Snow and Lights- Explosions in the Sky
20. Snow (Hey Oh) – The Red Hot Chili Peppers
21. Wintertime Love – Choir Of Young Believers
22. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
–Irina Dvalidze
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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY JAN 21st ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Jan 28th ON AUDIOCANDY

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So it’s Thursday night once again and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. So we are finally back on campus and we bringing you all the best of local music scene. So before you dig into those books, sit back and salvage the last few seconds you winter break.  Today is our last light mode show before we swing back into gear and start fresh with the new semester. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on two solid hours of awesome music. Show starts at 10pm sharp: OUR BRAND NEW AND AWESOME TIME SLOT ON AUDIOCANDY. To tune in Click Here.

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20 Watts’ Best of 2009 by 20watts

20 Watts brings you the Best Albums of 2009!

So, the champagne’s out, the fireworks have stopped, the ball has dropped. The year 2009 may be long gone … But the music is still here — vibrant and waitng for masses who have yet to consume it! Naturally we want to help y’all out. Here’s 20 Watts’ list of the 20 best albums of 2009, from us to you! Enjoy!

Love and stereo,

20 Watts



20 Watts’ Best of 2009: #13 St. Vincent’s Actor by JohnCassillo

St. Vincent's Actor is number 13 on our Best of 2009 list

PREVIEW: VISIT St. Vincent’s MySpace
TOP TRACK: “The Strangers”

Annie Clark, the adorable, skinny, curly-haired musician behind St. Vincent has been connected with some of the biggest names in indie music. Clark dropped out of Berklee College of Music to join The Polyphonic Spree, and sang with Sufjan Stevens on his 2006 tour. She’s opened for huge acts such as Arcade Fire and Death Cab for Cutie. Plus, she’s currently touring with Grizzly Bear.

Her latest effort, Actor, is an audible treat. The Brooklyn-based Clark has put together the ideal internal soundtrack for the best day ever, with the album. St. Vincent released Actor in May and its beauty stunned listeners. The first track, “The Strangers” opens with a hauntingly moving choral and woodwind arrangement, introducing us to a world far, far away of St. Vincent’s playful melodies and clever lyrics. “The Strangers” is a dynamic song that presents a musical journey more complex than that of many entire albums. A steady bass drum keeps the song connected throughout. Clark’s voice is relatively staid and mellow. Haunting instrumental breaks provide a heavy contrast to her singing.

“Actor out of Work” was the single release from Actor–you may have heard it on the Urban Outfitters’ playlist (don’t be ashamed, we know you’re downloading it). The song demonstrates St. Vincent’s songwriting talent. From a bit of an electronic feel to the guitar line to an operatic chorus, the song combines seemingly disparate sounds into pure cohesion. With a quick escalation into the chorus, Clark creates the perfect pop song condensed into 2:15.

With Actor, St. Vincent proved her ability to surprise with music that is perfectly pop despite an odd mix of mysterious melodies, choral backgrounds and a dash of straight-up adorability. However, it serves her well, with the contrast directly contributing to the effort’s overall success.

–Mary Cappabianca



Editor’s Pick #166: Andrew Bird’s “Oh No” by Irina Dvalidze
Andrew Bird teams up with St. Vincent for a month long US tour

Andrew Bird teams up with St. Vincent for a month long US tour

PREVIEW: Download Andrew Bird’s “Oh No” MP3

How many guys out there can claim that they are musically proficient in guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, violin and whistling — yes, whistling? Well, luckily for you, we know at least one that fits the criteria. Andrew Bird has been making music since the mid-nineties. Aside from developing a fetish for bugs and sleek rain boots, Bird has produced over 16 albums and EPs. His latest, Noble Beast hit the music vendors on Jan. 20 earlier this year, becoming a noted success.

“Oh No,” the opening track from Noble Beast, is an incredibly harmonious layering of sounds. Be it smooth violin chords, Bird’s wistful vocals, rhythmic claps or his signature rustic whistling, “Oh No” has it all. To top it all off, this track contains some of the strangest lyrics you will ever hear: “All the calcified arhythmitists were doing the math / It would take a calculated blow to the head / To light the eyes of all the harmless sociopaths.”

Bird has had a busy summer. He’s been out hitting most of the major music fests from Lollapalooza to Big Chill (England), recording for Pitchfork’s Cemetery Gates and promoting Noble Beast. Recently, Bird announced that he would be joining forces with St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, for a U.S. tour this fall. And it looks like SU students are in luck, as the duo will be dropping through Buffalo on Oct. 21 as part of their month-long tour; St. Vincent will also play Ithaca alone on Oct. 22.

More tour dates below the cut!

— Irina Dvaldize, Production Assistant

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Pipe Dream Remixes by tjwell01
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Jay-Z and Steve Aoki? We think it would work!

I grew up hating remixes.

That’s because I heard a lot of bad ones in the day, and  loved the original songs so much, newer versions just couldn’t compare. My ears were young and unkempt. These days I’m always on the prowl for a great remix. The beauty of music blogs these days is that remixes can be cut and taped together and posted online so fast, remixes of the same song explode in waves within the same week. The parameters of music-making have totally revolutionized.  There’s still tons of crap out there, like everything else, but after studying the better remix DJs and bands for a few months, I’ve compiled a few fantasy remixes I’d like to hear some day.

1)  “D.O.A.” by Jay-Z (remix by Steve Aoki, featuring Lady Gaga + Santigold)

Once I heard Aoki’s remix of N.A.S.A.’s “Gifted,” I was sold. The man has a knack for giving songs an extra gear. He’s more a house-techno remix DJ, but he’s careful and meticulous. I love Jay-Z’s “D.O.A.,” and it’s only a matter of time till someone remixes the new jam. I think it’d be awesome to speed up the song with backup raps and harmonies by Lady Gaga and Santigold. Gaga is too talented to be a consistent back-up vocalist, but Santigold isn’t quite big enough, and adds so much to each song she sings along to anyway. She’s fantastic in Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn Go Hard.” She’s adds soul and jazzy rhythm. It’s usually a lock the remix will be at least decent if she’s apart of it. As for Gaga, she’s a hit-maker and can turn any song into something hot. She made Wale’s “Chillin'” so much better.

2) “I’m not your Toy” by La Roux (remix by Dan Black, featuring Kid CuDi)

I love La Roux, and I love Dan Black. Just since La Roux has electronic rhythm and catchy pop harmonies, Dan Black makes sense here. They’re both really synth-pop heavy. Also, to contrast La Roux and her feminine voice, Kid Cudi could add some much needed hip-hop flavor. He did really well in the remix of 3OH!3’s “Don’t Trust Me.”

3) “The Strangers” by St. Vincent (remix by Passion Pit)

I always thought St. Vincent had some serious remix potential, and yet I have yet to see one. She’s got an awkward folksy voice, but also plays around with interesting sound-mixing. I could see her voice in some awesome synth-smashing. Thus, Passion Pit could mix an awesome song with St. Vincent lyrics. Although Passion Pit has the reputation of going over board with their remixes—-if they did it right, they could turn “The Strangers” or “Actor Out of Work” into club scene hit.

–Jett Wells

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