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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

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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. 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 FEB 11TH ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Feb 11th ON AUDIOCANDY

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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. 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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Editors Pick #174: The Black Atlantic by caitlindewey
The Black Atlantic

The Black Atlantic play chilly, Bon Iver-tinged baroque pop

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD The Black Atlantic’s Reverence for the Fallen Trees
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: 20 Watts Reviews The Antlers’ Hospice, Emerging Artist: The Antlers

With their sad, shadowy crooning and sweet acoustic overtures, Holland’s The Black Atlantic are pretty much perfect for gusty fall weather.  Frontman Geert van der Velde, late of the metal act Shai Hulud, wails and mourns like a Nordic Bon Iver, while the rest of the band — piano, flute and ukulele in hand — channel baroque pop through a chilly, North Sea lens.

Appropriately, the majority of their recent debut, Reverence for the Fallen Trees, was recorded in a log cabin in the Adirondacks.  Its ten tracks, all earnest meditations on life, death and remembrance, can be downloaded for free on the Black Atlantic’s site.  The Antlers and Spanish Prisoners also make appearances.

If you like either of those bands — or Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes, and others of their folk-pop ilk — you’ll have Reverence on heavy rotation.

— Caitlin Dewey, Editor in Chief

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20 Watts Talks to Nils Edenloff of The Rural Alberta Advantage by Eric Vilas-Boas
Nils Edenloff (right) of The Rural Alberta Advantage talks to 20 Watts

Nils Edenloff (right) of The RAA talks to 20 Watts

PREVIEW: Download The RAA’s “The Deathbridge in Lethbridge” MP3
RELATED COVERAGE: Positive Jam: Exclusive Coverage on 20 Watts, 20 Watts Reviews The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Hometowns

Signing to Saddle Creek, releasing an acclaimed debut, and touring extensively have made this a pretty banner year for The Rural Alberta Advantage. Guitarist/vocalist/keyboardist Nils Edenloff talked to 20 Watts just the other day about his experiences, the band’s origins, and our mutual affinity for The Antlers and Neutral Milk Hotel. The RAA’s Hometowns was re-released by Saddle Creek earlier this year and you can catch The Rural Alberta Advantage playing the Positive Jam at Stewart Park, on the beautiful shores of Cayuga Lake, at 1:30pm, on Sunday, Sept. 6!

20W: So to start off, why do you call yourselves The Rural Alberta Advantage? What’s the origin of the name? Did you guys ever go by any other name?

Edenloff: It’s the only name we’ve ever used. It has to do with looking back on Alberta — where I grew up — and we make a lot of references to it. The name actually comes from a play on a provincial slogan, which is now defunct, called “The Alberta Advantage,” championing the oil sands industry. My brother once emailed me the suggestion, and it stuck.

20W: How long have you guys known each other? How did you meet?

Edenloff: We’ve known each other for a long time. Paul [Banwatt], Amy [Cole] and a friend of mine used to play in another band called Clementine. Eventually Paul and I started co-hosting open-mic nights. The first year, there was kind of a fluctuating line-up, with nothing really set in stone. I think when the three of us started playing together — Paul, Amy and myself — that was when the band really started, in February, 2006.

20W: The RAA signed to Saddle Creek earlier this year after Hometowns took off. Has the experience of being signed to a major indie label changed your approach to music at all? Continue reading



20 Watts’ Review Roundup, Week of August 17th by JohnCassillo

The Cave Singers' sophomore album, Welcome Joy, is out this week

The Cave Singers' sophomore album, Welcome Joy, is out this week

PREVIEW: Download The Cave Singers’ “At the Cut” MP3

Every week, 20 Watts rounds up the new releases on our radar; click the link for our full review.

Have suggestions? Leave a comment or e-mail them to 20wattsblog@gmail.com.

The Cave SingersWelcome Joy [16/20 Watts]

Embarking on their second full-length album, The Cave Singers present themselves with a newfound confidence. Not that lead singer Pete Quirk ever sounded bashful, but you can tell, within the first couple of notes, that Welcome Joy is a different experience altogether. For every folksy acoustic track, comes a rambling, bold, rock ‘n’ roll counterpoint. The result is a personal, introspective examination of what makes the band, and maybe the listener too, tick.

Ramona FallsIntuit [17/20 Watts]

Menomena sort-of-frontman Brent Knopf’s debut under the moniker Ramona Falls comes off as a charming narrative at first listen. Its harmonies glow from track to track, littering the album with a self-assured and collected nature endearing to the listener. Among its many textures and approaches, the most consistent theme throughout Intuit seems to be its nostalgic qualities. The feelings of familiarity and sentimental value literally seep out of each track, making the overall effort a pleasant surprise worth a listen for fans across the musical spectrum.

The AntlersHospice [18/20]

The Antlers’ latest effort, Hospice, is a deeply personal story of death which cuts to your heartstrings just as much as it did to the personal psyche of lead singer Peter Silberman. Recounting a tale of losing a loved one to cancer, it weaves a long and intricate road through the stages of grief. Between its gushing honesty, and glaring realism, the album contains enough emotion to bring the overly-sympathetic to their knees. For those interested in that sort of experience, meet your favorite album of the year.

Mount EerieWind’s Poem [16/20]

Mount Eerie’s Wind’s Poem can seem like a stark departure from previous efforts. Heavily-influenced by metal, the distortion-filled lo-fi collection romps through a murky and dark aesthetic. That said, it does maintain some of the band’s earlier folk vibes. In fact, fans may even see the overall work of Wind’s Poem a re-imagining of some of Phil Elverlum’s previous ventures. It’s an intriguing look that works out well for the indie/folk veteran.

Pissed Jeans King of Jeans [15/20]

Thrashing about wildly, Pissed Jeans’ latest, King of Jeans, may just be the hardest-rocking group of songs they’ve compiled to-date. It’s brash, a bit sporadic and simply chaotic. In no way, however, does that take away from the perturbed hotbed of non-issues the band deals with. If “angry” is the best descriptor they’ve got, so be it. It’s a wall of unleashed sound, and the music scene can always use a little bit of that every now and again.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor

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20 Watts Reviews The Antlers’ Hospice by Eric Vilas-Boas
Hospice hits all of the emotions hard and leaves its listener feeling just a bit better about life afterwards

Hospice hits all of the emotions hard and leaves its listener feeling just a bit better about life afterwards

PREVIEW: Download The Antlers’ “Sylvia” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 18/20 Watts

Do we love Bon Iver? Yes. Explosions in the Sky? Yes. Would we love a marriage of the two styles of music? This week The Antlers officially release Hospice, the tender and heartbreaking story of a man watching the love of his life dying from bone cancer in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Written by lead singer Peter Silberman after two years of isolation, it’s both a eulogy and a lament to love lost, and life cut short. It transcends its influences by offering up post-rock crescendoes, folky guitar lines and whispered lyrics so ephemerally vivid that it seems the entire spectrum of human emotion is showcased; from love, to despair and, eventually, to moving on.
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