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Editor’s Pick #288: Road Trip? Anyone? by Isabel Alcantara
Get ready, get set, Sasquatch!

PREVIEW: VISIT Sasquatch’s Web site

I just realized that the thing I want most in the world (aside from a house with a pool filled with Jell-O [seriously]) is to go to SASQUATCH! (and no, I’m not just terribly excited, the name actually has an exclamation point).

Now, hold on, I know where this is going.

“No Isabel,” you’ll say, rolling your eyes. “Sasquatch is a terrifying forest-beast, not an event you attend.”

To which I say, you’re wrong. Sasquatch! is a music festival in Quincy, WA with tremendously impressive line-up for its three day run. A quick glance at the list of artists attending assured me that this is the festival to go to. To hell with tuition and fiscal responsibility. I want to go to the Memorial Weekend festival that’s hosting not only My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend, The National, Broken Social Scene, OK Go, and Minus the Bear, but also, WHY?, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Garfunkel and Oates, Massive Attack, Pavement, LCD Soundsystem, Tegan and Sara, Kid Cudi and Dirty Projectors.

[Pause to catch your breath and wipe the tears of joy from your face].

The xx, Girls, MGMT, She & Him, Passion Pit, The New Pornographers, Camera Obscura, The Temper Trap, Dr. Dog, and The Mountain Goats, among others.

Did I have to make that list so long and dramatic? Yes.

Are you packing the cooler and gassing up the car? You should be.

Check out the full list, to further your freak-out.

— Isabel Alcantara, Photo Editor

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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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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


Mix Fix: The XX Remixed by Popular Damage by tjwell01
January 27, 2010, 7:23 pm
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The XX get a jolt of adrenaline in this sick remix

PREVIEW THE DJ: Popular Damage’s MySpace

LISTEN: “Crystalised” by The XX (Popular Damage Assimilation)

Usually I don’t cater to the more industrial DJs, and this remix is definitely a lot more messed with than my average remix jam, but the Popular Damage remix of The XX‘s “Crystalised” is industrially awesome. By fusing the right kind of bass beat to let the song be itself, it also flipped it on its head completely by inverting a relatively light  song into a full-throttle mechanical-sampled, underground chest-thumper. It’s actually kind of funny since I had a relatively low opinion of The XX until they remixed Florence and The Machine‘s “You’ve Got the Love,” and then I started appreciating their DJ skills. And now, the remix mojo has passed onto Popular Damage.

–Jett Wells

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ISSUE 19 | The Five: The Temper Trap, The xx, Royal Bangs, Keys N Krates, Xylos by 20watts
November 2, 2009, 12:45 am
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The Temper Trap are one of 20 Watts' top five bands to watch this month.

The Temper Trap first received notice on Australian radio late last year with their shimmering first single “Sweet Disposition.” Since then, the song has soundtracked the “500 Days of Summer” trailer — and the band has begun to turn heads overseas.

Their debut album Conditions, produced by Arctic Monkey’s Jim Abiss, boasts clean, arena-ready strumming beneath frontman Dougy Mandagi’s funky high-tenor. Mandagi’s vocals are actually an integral part of The Temper Trap’s charm — one could even say that they have a psychedelic quirkiness reminiscent of MGMT. Unlike their more famous American brethren, however, the Temper Trap balance strains of funk and psychedelia with the familiar comforts of toothless indie rock.

It’s only a matter of time before that combination forces U.S. audiences to fall in love.

— Jen Littman

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20 Watts Issue 19 | November 2009 by 20watts


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Photos and Review of School of Seven Bells, The xx, and DJ Mike Wolf at South Street Seaport 8/14 by Eric Vilas-Boas
School of Seven Bells did not disappoint last night

School of Seven Bells did not disappoint on Friday night

PREVIEW: Download School of Seven Bells’ “Face to Face on High Places” MP3
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blank Dogs, and Dan Friel at the Seaport; Pains of Being Pure at Heart, ZAZA, and Ribbons at the Seaport

From everything we’ve come to expect from River to River, there were no surprises at their last show at the lovely South Street Seaport. It was a beautiful night for a concert and while the crowd wasn’t nearly as animated as they were the week before at Casiokids or during Black Moth Super Rainbow’s incredible set, both The xx and School of Seven Bells made up for it with dreamier live acts. Opening DJ Mike Wolf? Not so much

Apart from some amusing Cure, Psychocandy, and other ‘80s throwbacks set against the modern rock tracks, overall Mike Wolf’s mixing was pretty uninspiring, with the crowd sitting through most of it. Dan Friel a few weeks ago was a far more impressive opener, but then, we can’t all be awesome enough for crowd members to tambourine for us. Continue reading