Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: 3Oh!3, Cobra Starship, Common, Drake, Editor's Picks, Keri Hilson, Kid Cudi, LMFAO, Ludacris, Lykke Li, MGMT, Miike Snow, Modest Mouse, Mos Def, Passion Pit, Phoenix, Pit Bull, The Newshouse, The-Dream, UU, Vampire Weekend, Weezer
The Drake announcement for Block Party was expected, but what wasn’t expected was the hush-hush mystery of a “surprise middle act.” The act will be named later, but there’s enough information available to break down the mystery. The Newshouse’s Otto-Tune blogger, Nathan Mattise, does a solid job of analyzing the possible candidates that might be the surprise act. It’s more than speculation, because Mattise refers to the student survey posted online, highlighting UU’s thought process to fill out the lineup.
However, the list for the possible supporting acts goes as follows: 3OH!3, Cobra Starship, Passion Pit, Keri Hilson, LMFAO, Lykke Li, Miike Snow, Pitbull and The-Dream. Now, it’s easy to eliminate candidates by process of elimination based on their tours already scheduled, and who is available for April 30th. It also makes sense for the band to be near by Syracuse, NY at a nearby date.
Let’s break it down:
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: album reviews, Astro Coast, Florida Gators, James Mercer, Releases of the Week, Surfer Blood, The Shins, Tim Tebow, University of Floida, Wavves, Weezer
PREVIEW: VISIT Surfer Blood’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts
It ends up that all-world Gators quarterback Tim Tebow may not be the most interesting thing to come out of the University of Florida in 2010. Surfer Blood, who also perfected their own craft at U of F, have one of the early, most anticipated debuts of the year. Their initial effort, Astro Coast, is ambitious, catchy and youthful– not necessarily atypical of a band out of college, but nonetheless, there’s something still inherently different about Surfer Blood.
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: album reviews, At War with the Mystics, Black Moth Super Rainbow, bonerama, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, damian kulash, Dave Fridmann, Funk, jazz, MGMT, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky, Oh No, OK GO, Releases of the Week, Rock Band, Sparklehorse, The Flaming Lips, TV on the Radio, Weezer
PREVIEW: VISIT OK Go’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts
Of the Blue Colour of the Sky succeeds for not just its consistency as an album, but for how OK Go have pulled away from the generic power pop of their self-titled debut and sophomore effort Oh No in favor of a more dance-y, inscrutably diverse sound. The band derided for aping ’00s Weezer have crafted a diverse, synth- and hook-laden third effort — shockingly easygoing, and more fascinating than any other mainstream release so far this year. Continue reading
Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: 90's, Animal Collective, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Christmas, classic rock, Editor's Picks, Free People, indie, John Lennon, Pearl Jam, Playlists, Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Who, Weezer, winter, Wintry Mix
PREVIEW: LISTEN to Free People’s “Wintry Mix”
Well, we almost made it through an entire semester with no snow, but according to this week’s weather forecast, that dream will soon become a distant memory. I don’t know about you, but Syracuse’s constant gray skies and inches of snow blowing in my face sort of put a damper on my day. If you’re the same way, pop in your headphones and listen to Free People’s “Wintry Mix” playlist. The 15 winter-themed tracks will help you actually enjoy the mounds of snow, and make you feel as though you’re living in a winter wonderland– not a sub-zero ice box.
What’s best about the playlist is that it’s a truly eclectic mix of music. There’s classic rock, indie rock and even a bit of 90s and Bob Marley thrown in. And what’s even better than the array of artists? Free People made sure to put together songs that represented the winter season in general, as well as the holidays. So instead of going crazy listening to the same Christmas songs over and over again on the radio, listen to “Wintry Mix” on your way to class and enjoy the extreme weather that you’ll be experiencing until April.
–Dana Mikaelian, Communications Director
Filed under: 20 Watts Radio | Tags: 20 Watts Radio, Audiocandy, Avi Buffalo, Big Boi, Biggie Smalls, Blakroc, CFCF, Delirium, Devo, Devon James, Echo and the Bunnymen, Gang of Four, Golden Shoulders, Grand Salvo, Joy Division, Julian Casablancas, Kid Sister, Lady GaGa, Lymbyc System, M.I.A., Mirrors, Mouth's Cradle, O Morning Records, Pants Yell!, Passion Pit, Phantogram, post-punk, Radio, Raekwon, Sarah Aument, SixteenSixteen, Sleigh Bells, Talking Heads, The Cure, The Fall, The Great Collide, THe Jesus and Mary Chain, The National, The Raincoats, the swimmers, The Tundra Toes, Weezer, WERW, Yeasayer
Eric, Jett and Caitlin were in the studio from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. last night, playing new releases, editors’ picks, local favorites AND a solid hour of post-punk for all you lucky listeners. Here’s what we played last night: new tracks are in bold, local artists are italicized.
Don’t forget to tune in to 20 Watts’ Audiocandy+ shows on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 p.m.!
Filed under: Releases of the Week | Tags: Jacknife Lee, Lil Wayne, Nick Wheeler, Rainn Wilson, Releases of the Week, Rivers Cuomo, The All-American Rejects, The Office, Tyson Ritter, Weezer
PREVIEW: VISIT Weezer’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 14/20 Watts
When Billboard announced in November 2008 that alt-rock legends Weezer would be entering the studio to record their seventh studio release, the band’s fan base was immediately abuzz with anticipation, and with good reason. Frontman Rivers Cuomo was bringing back old friend Jacknife Lee, who had produced the Red Album’s Billboard topping single “Pork and Beans”. The album had beginnings as another notable addition to Weezer’s already impressive catalogue. Now, almost a year later, we can finally see the results.
Raditude, which derives its name from a suggestion to Rivers by close friend Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight from the Office), is a classic Weezer party album in every sense of the term. All too obvious is the fact that Rivers decided to take this album much more in the direction of contemporary pop, which will be the aspect that will make or break the album for most listeners. Most of the tracks lack the depth and inspiration of some of Weezer’s earlier albums (see The Blue Album and Pinkerton), and will undoubtedly hail some criticism from fans of those albums. Continue reading
Filed under: News of Note | Tags: Animal Collective, Band of Bees, Devendra Banhart, Kings of Leon, Lil Wayne, News of Note, Nick Wheeler, Perez Hilton, PETA, Rivers Cuomo, The All-American Rejects, Tyson Ritter, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Keeping with the collaborative theme of their new album, Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has recently finished up a track for Weez’s new album, Raditude, featuring Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects. The song, entitled “Put Me Back Together,” follows Weez’s collaboration with Lil’ Wayne, “Can’t Stop Partying.” Ritter told RS, “I was playing Weezer songs when I was 13 at parties, so now I can die happy.” Look for the track when the album drops on November 3rd.
It’s about time that we got an iTunes Originals session from New York’s garage-punk rockers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Pitchfork gives us a look at the details of today’s release, which include studio tracks, interview clips, and unreleased acoustic versions of some of YYY’s most well known tracks. Check it out here.
Devendra Banhart’s seventh release, What Will Be, is set to drop from Warner Bros. Records on October 27th. Both Banhart and Band of Bees’ Paul Butler have dually produced the record, reports Stereogum. He has reportedly reenlisted the band that played behind him on 2007’s Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon: Noah Georgeson, Greg Rogove, Luckey Remington and Rodrigo Amarante. Fans that can’t wait the week for this highly anticipated freak-folk release can stream it now here (you can thank us later).
Staying true to their namesake, Animal Collective has just stepped up with PETA to protest Canada’s aptly named annual “Seal Slaughter.” The slaughter is responsible for the death of thousands of seals annually (60,000 in 2009), and celebrities such as Perez Hilton and the guys from AnCo have begun passionately speaking against the practice, reports Pitchfork. Check out the video, where Geologist eloquently states, “We all really like animals and seals, especially.” We like your enthusiasm, Geo.
Nashville’s indie rockers Kings of Leon will be releasing their most recent concert footage on DVD, reports Pitchfork. The release, entitled Live at the O2 London, England documents a June 2009 show. Look for its release on November 10th and on November 24th in Blu-Ray.
— John Luposello