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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY JAN 28th ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Jan 28th ON AUDIOCANDY

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

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Editor’s Pick #245: LSTN #7 by 20watts

Urban Outfitters offers up some free tunes

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD LSTN #7 from Urban Outfitters

During the holidays we all search for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. The search usually takes days, if not weeks, and we always end up spending way too much money. Well, here’s the perfect reward–some free music courtesy of Urban Outfitters.  Their newest mix, LSTN #7, features tracks from Vivian Girls, Free Energy, The Dodos, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and many more. These 25 tracks are perfect for any music lover, and they won’t cost you a dime.

–Eric Hoffman, Features Editor



The 20.4: Your Essential Guide to Noise Pop by 20watts

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PREVIEW: Download 20 Watts’ NOISE POP MIX on Mediafire

The “noise pop” label was essentially created by music journalists who couldn’t describe what The Jesus and Mary Chain were getting at in the 1980s.  With their pristine pop song structures and messy punk rock aesthetic, the Scottish four-piece took rock in a direction it hadn’t gone before.  And as the current popularity of noisy, feedback-heavy bands like No Age, Japandroids and Vivian Girls suggests, neither fans nor musicians have looked back since.

So what’s the very best in noise pop? 20 Watts’ ERIC VILAS-BOAS has the answer in our fourth 20 installment. Watch for new 20s each Thursday, only on 20 Watts, and check out our previous 20s below!

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20 Watts’ Review Roundup, Week of September 7th by JohnCassillo
Polvo's In Prism drops this week

Polvo's In Prism drops this week

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Polvo’s “Dream Residue/Work” 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.

PolvoIn Prism [16/20 Watts]

After a decade of inactivity, Polvo reunited permanently in 2008. The results, predictably, were explosive. As edgy and loud as the band may have been in the past, In Prism could possibly surpass anything they’ve ever done in both categories. The noisy, electrifying collection is a testament to the band’s accomplished career, of which the best offering may be this one.

Circulatory SystemSignal Morning [16/20 Watts]

Another band returning to the music fold after an extended absence, Circulatory System picks up where they last left us in 2001. Their trippy, experimental folk, hallmark of the Elephant Six Recording Company, is back in full force, but with a few more elements thrown into the ring. Electronic noise, and big, loud brass litter the release, as it makes a statement that the band, and their Elephant 6 brethren may in fact be back.

Yo La TengoPopular Songs [17/20 Watts]

Rather than attempt to reinvent the wheel with their latest album, Popular Songs, Yo La Tengo attempts to perfect what they’ve already proven to be so good at. Their psychadelic, dreamy pop, mixed with layers of noise has had hipsters swooning for a quarter of a century, and this is no exception. It’s the summation of a glowing career sure to bring us more spacious and soaring soundscapes for years to come.

Sondre LercheHeartbeat Radio [16/20 Watts]

Trying to shed his contemporary jazz persona, or maybe trying to merge it with his pop-rock alter ego, Sondre Lerche has succeeded on Heartbeat Radio. After years of flitting between two separate music personalities, the album finally finds him in a new comfort zone. It’s an organic mix of jazz and rock which he seems all too suited for, and who knows what it might lead to, save another deal to write a popular movie soundtrack.

Jay-ZThe Blueprint 3 [15/20 Watts]

Bent on redefining the music scene as we know it, Jay-Z embarked on The Blueprint 3. Though the mission may not be fully accomplished, he at least went a long way to redefining his sound. In a refreshing turn of events, the album harps on pop sensibilities, rather than your typical club hip-hop. The results are, with some exception, surprisingly positive. Jay sounds incredibly comfortable in his new element, and it can only be a foreshadowing for what he attempts to do next.

Wild BeastsTwo Dancers [17/20 Watts]

Embracing their experimental pop sound, Wild Beasts attempt to make you sit up and listen while changing very little about themselves. Consider it done. Distinctively impressive vocals, catchy hooks and expert guitar work take Two Dancers from being just another release in the band’s catalogue to an all-encompassing monster. The aggregation of influences, superior range and even surprising moments go a long way to making it a standout.

The CleanMister Pop [18/20 Watts]

The kiwi punk veterans return for the first time in eight years with a release sure to keep them churning out albums at a lot quicker a pace than recently. Mister Pop is a collection of addicting melodies, repetitive in all the right spots, and as straightforward as it is existential. For the time off, the band had very little rust to shake themselves of, and it’s almost as if they’d never left.

Vivian GirlsEverything Goes Wrong [16/20 Watts]

Back for more, the buzz-worthy band tries to live up to the expectations that come with their sophomore album, Everything Goes Wrong. For the most part, they succeed, testing themselves where possible, and exploring the outer reaches of their sound. The album is quick, yet creative enough to hold your attention, maybe even more so than their self-titled debut.

— John Cassillo, Reviews Editor



20 Watts Reviews Vivian Girls’ Everything Goes Wrong by JohnCassillo
September 8, 2009, 8:29 am
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: , ,

VIvian Girls' Everything Goes Wrong delivers as solid sophomore effort

Vivian Girls' Everything Goes Wrong delivers as a solid sophomore effort

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Vivian Girls’ “Before I Start to Cry” MP3
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts

Internet hype-collectors Vivian Girls are three Brooklynites with a penchant for lo-fi garage goodness, and for playing an alarming number of songs in a short time. Their self-titled debut gained universal acclaim for its snappiness and fuzzy charm. That said, would their sophomore offering be doomed by months of online excitement?

Mercifully, the follow-up, Everything Goes Wrong, has them beating the buildup.  While their 2008 debut was ultra-hip, this offering improves upon its older sister in almost every way.

The word here is variety. Everything Goes Wrong is a pleasant exercise in structural, harmonic and rhythmic eclecticism, where Vivian Girls, at its worst, was a listenable but uninteresting stream of background buzz. Continue reading

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Emerging Artist: Liechtenstein by caitlindewey

If Vivian Girls and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart had children, and if those children were somehow Swedish nationals with super cute pixie haircuts and angelic, lilting voices, then they’d probably bear a remarkable resemblance to noise pop trio Liechtenstein.  From dreamy, harmonic vocals and fuzzy guitar lines to catchy choruses with bubblegum lyrics, their brand new debut album, Survival Strategies in a Modern World, pretty much has it all.

I don’t say this very often, but I’d be highly surprised if they don’t eventually blow up.  You heard it here first!

– Caitlin Dewey, front of book editor



Free 4 All: The Breeders by tjwell01
April 15, 2009, 1:58 pm
Filed under: Editor Picks, Emerging Artists, Free 4 All | Tags: , ,

breeders-719360Rolling Stone just released an exclusive premiere video and FREE DOWNLOAD of the Breeder’s single, “Fate to Fatal.”

Their EP, “Fate to Fatal” releases on April 21st, but you can download the track right off the Rock Daily page.  When you see the link to the mp3, make sure to hit “right-click and click “Save Link As.” It downloads right to your desktop.

As for the song, well, it kicks ass. It sounds a lot like the Vivian Girls, except way more clean and hip. It’s still got that garage band sound, but these girls (and guy) can hit high notes and seduce you with their catchy chorus. They’ve got more pop swagger like The Donnas, except way cooler.

“Get up, get up! O-Ohhhh! O-Ohhhhhh!”

They even mix in a little keyboard as they hit simple power chords. It doesn’t sound dirty, and gets you jacked up.

Get up and download this!

–Jett Wells, Co-Reviews Editor

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