Filed under: Issue 22 | Tags: American Ghetto, anthony saffrey, Butthole Surfers, Censored Colors, Coachella Festival, cool keith, cornershop, Ghostface Killah, Grizzly Bear, John Baldwin Gourley, limp bizkit, Minus the Bear, Portugal. The Man, rob swift, rx bandits, sasquatch music festival, Satanic Satanist, The Beatles, tjinder singh, Vampire Weekend, veckatimest, Westcott Theater, x-ecutioners
Part of our Issue 22 coverage!
PREVIEW: Click to access music and more info on Portugal. The Man!
Experimental indie rockers Portugal. The Man started out in Alaska in 2004 and have since released five studio albums and played countless shows, including one at Syracuse’s Westcott Theater last year. Coming off the release of their latest album American Ghetto, Portugal. The Man frontman John Baldwin Gourley agreed to talk with 20 Watts for a nice, long Q&A session.
20 Watts: In a short amount of time, you guys have amassed a pretty impressive catalogue. Some might even make the comparison to The Beatles… What’s been your favorite album that you guys have recorded so far?
John Gourley: Well, I know this is going to sound silly but every time we go into the studio I say that I’m Continue reading
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: album reviews, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Releases of the Week, teen dream, veckatimest, Victoria legrand
PREVIEW: STREAM Beach House’s “Norway”
WE GIVE IT: 18/20 Watts
Beach House‘s third full-length, Teen Dream, is a spectacle the likes of which will be hard to surpass in 2010. From the soaring, haunting chamber pop choruses, reminiscent of Grizzly Bear‘s Veckatimest, to the dreamy, pop landscapes it creates, the album is a testament to all that indie accomplished in 2009. And all it’s sure to accomplish in the coming year and beyond.
A deeply personal account of teenage emotions, Teen Dream plays to its title impeccably. The shuffling, nonchalant “Silver Soul” prods the issues at hand, while overall leaving them a mystery. Honest and heartfelt numbers like the 2008 single “Used to Be” and “Lover of Mine” take a more straightforward approach. The problems — mostly lost love and the subsequently forlorn existence — take form in their most crucial, vulnerable states. We see them for what the author sees them as, the crux of their young world. Continue reading
Filed under: Best of 2009 Albums | Tags: Actor, Album, Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, best of 2009, Bitte Orca, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Dinosaur Jr., Dirty Projectors, Embryonic, Farm, Girls, Grizzly Bear, hometowns, it's blitz!, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Lady GaGa, Logos, Manners, merriweather post pavilion, muse, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Port O'Brien, self-titled, St. Vincent, The Blueprint 3, The Decemberists, The Fame Monster, The Flaming Lips, the hazards of love, the man on the moon: the end of day, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Resistance, The Rural Alberta Advantage, threadbare, veckatimest, Why There Are Mountains, Wolfgang Amandeus Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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!
- 20:: The Flaming Lips — Embryonic
- 19:: Atlas Sound — Logos
- 18:: Port O’Brien — Threadbare
- 17:: Girls — Album
- 16:: Muse — The Resistance
- 15:: The Decemberists — The Hazards of Love
- 14:: Cymbals Eat Guitars — Why There Are Mountains
- 13:: St. Vincent — Actor
- 12:: Lady Gaga — The Fame Monster
- 11:: The Rural Alberta Advantage — Hometowns
- 10:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs — It’s Blitz!
- 09:: Dinosaur Jr. — Farm
- 08:: Kid Cudi — The Man on the Moon: The End of Day
- 07:: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart — Self-Titled
- 06:: Passion Pit — Manners
- 05:: Dirty Projectors — Bitte Orca
- 04:: Phoenix — Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
- 03:: Jay-Z — The Blueprint 3
- 02:: Grizzly Bear — Veckatimest
- 01:: Animal Collective — Merriweather Post Pavilion
Love and stereo,
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Grizzly Bear, Leak of the Week, veckatimest
Leaking a full two months before its release date, Grizzly Bear’s full-length follow-up to 2006’s Yellow House came Monday. While the audio quality of the leak is very poor, the album is still fantastic, and will only get better when it graces our ears in May.
After a few rounds, I’ve fallen in love with “Two Weeks” and “ Ready, Able.” It’s a very somber album, but carries a bit of warmth. Named after Veckatimest Island in Massachusetts, it seems like an appropriate mood.
Edward Droste of Grizzly Bear actually commented on his twitter (@EdwardDroste) regarding the leak…
- “Going to EXTRA dazzle up album both CD/Vinyl art to make up for this early leak!!!”
- “So yeah, it leaked. I’m happy people are loving it. Makes me smile! Just remember it’s not a top notch sonic example. So keep that in mind.”
- “You know what, screw it here’s a quality version of the album! ENJOY!!! http://tinyurl.com/c3x5qk.”
…and you can read the band’s comments on the leak at the Grizzly Bear blog.
Veckatimest is due legally through Warp on May 26, 2009.
– Tuan Le, Co-Reviews Editor