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ISSUE 22 | Q&A: An Interview with Portugal. The Man by 20watts

John Baldwin Gourley of Portugal. The Man sat down with 20 Watts for a nice long chat. Here's what he had to say!

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

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20 Watts Reviews Beach House’s Teen Dream by JohnCassillo

Beach House's Teen Dream is a beautiful account of young love and heartbreak

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

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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

Leak of the Week 11: Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest by Tuan Le
March 5, 2009, 7:05 am
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veckatimestLeaking 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

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