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Summer 2010 Coverage: Yeasayer, Keepaway and Delicate Steve rock Governor’s Island 6/05 by 20watts

Yeasayer

PREVIEW: VISIT Yeasayer’s website!

Summer spirits soar when the entertainment’s free and the entertainment strive to be indie rock legends. Such was the case this past weekend at Governor’s Island when Delicate Steve, Keepaway and headliner Yeasayer took the Converse stage as part of the Converse-sponsored, mostly free “Gone to Governors” series.

“This must be the most remixed song ever,” Yeasayer frontman Chris Keating said before the group launched into a charged rendition of their signature song “O.N.E.” The crowd responded by blowing up with pop-and-locks, cheers and continuing to toss around a beach ball that had previously hit Keating in the face.

“O.N.E.” and show-closer “Ambling Alp” highlighted Yeasayer’s set, one whose first half progressed too slowly for my tastes. Whether it was Keating’s mostly affectless Continue reading

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Mix Fix: “O.N.E.” by Yeasayer (Mouth’s Cradle Remix) by tjwell01
April 24, 2010, 7:13 pm
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SU's very own Mouth's Cradle is competing in a Yeasayer remix contest.

PREVIEW THE DJ: Mouth’s Cradle’s MySpace

LISTEN: “O.N.E” (Mouth’s Cradle Remix)

You’ve gotta hand it to Mouth’s Cradle for keeping their foot on the gas pedal after releasing their LP, The Next Big Thing. Brandon Linn is staying busy by entering into this remix contest for best remix of “O.N.E.” by Yeasayer. Linn brings an interesting Discovery approach to the song, while mixing in a jazz interlude. Linn loves the jazz interlude. He mixed it with a remix he did of The Smash Brothers’ “Maverick.” Take a second and support Mouth’s Cradle, and vote on their remix.

–Jett Wells

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ISSUE 21 | Reviews: Yeasayer’s Odd Blood by 20watts

Yeasayer's latest effort reveals some eclectic influences.

Part of ISSUE 21 Coverage!

PREVIEW: VISIT Yeasayer’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 17/20 Watts

Honest and eccentric, Yeasayer’s sophomore effort, Odd Blood, dips and dives through a bevy of emotions. It’s an imposing blend of experimental pop and psychedelic rock, unrelenting as its large collection of sounds caterwaul every which way. However, the album still maintains a loose organization – never wavering from its course as it explores love’s postmortem difficulties with strikingly upbeat results.

The crux of this positive outlook on an otherwise negative situation lies first in the singles, “Ambling Alp” and “O.N.E.” Drawing comparisons to the likes of TV on the Radio, the former bounces along crazed keyboards, lead singer Chris Keating’s oc­casional falsetto and Continue reading

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20 Watts Reviews The Ruby Suns’ Fight Softly by JohnCassillo
March 2, 2010, 9:14 pm
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The Ruby Suns' Fight Softly is too overwhelming for its own good

PREVIEW: VISIT The Ruby Suns’ MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 13/20 Watts

Maybe The Ruby SunsFight Softly could have been seen through a different lens had it been released before Yeasayer‘s Odd Blood last month, rather than after it. The two albums possess loads of commonalities–from wacky, crowded arrangements, to a world-sound approach, to a sense of almost-overwhelming sprawl. Yet, in all of that, Yeasayer’s theme seems to ring through loud and clear. While The Ruby Suns’ theme, on the other hand, gets muddled by the pure weight of the ambition attached to the project.

The main culprits of Fight Softly‘s undoing are perpetual sameness, repetition and an all-you-can-eat instrumental mentality. The bubbly, fragmented intro “Sun Lake Rinsed” isn’t all that different from closer “Olympics on Pot,” nor any of the other tracks. Even when it drifts away from the stale, overdone formula of two-part rise and fall, it still trips itself up. “Haunted House,” while different, comes off as more of a hackneyed tribute to of Montreal than anything else. It’s a disastrous issue, to say the least. Continue reading

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20 Watts Reviews Yeasayer’s Odd Blood by JohnCassillo

Yeasayer's Odd Blood succeeds amidst a bevy of experimentation

PREVIEW: VISIT Yeasayer’s MySpace
WE GIVE IT: 16/20 Watts

Honest and eccentric, Yeasayer‘s sophomore effort, Odd Blood, dips and dives through a bevy of emotions throughout its 10 tracks. It’s an imposing blend of experimental pop and psychedelic rock, unrelenting as its large collection of sounds caterwaul every which way. However, the album still maintains a loose organization– never dropping its direction or focus as it explores love’s post-mortem with strikingly upbeat results.

The crux of this positive outlook on an otherwise negative situation lies first in the singles, “Ambling Alp” and “O.N.E.” Drawing comparisons to the likes of TV on the Radio, the former bounces along crazed keyboards, lead singer Chris Keating’s occasional falsetto and interspersed horns. It’s a wild, stark bonanza, spinning within the loose confines of the track’s experimental nature. The ladder, on the other hand, while maintaining the same carefree vibe, employs a much more wacky approach. As Keating laments falling out of love, one cannot help but become enamored by the colorful and active background that functions very much as the lyrics’ antithesis. Continue reading

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News of Note: Sleigh Bells Coming to Syracuse, NY by tjwell01
February 3, 2010, 9:44 am
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Sleigh Bells will play Spark on April 8th, thanks to O,Morning Records

PREVIEW: Sleigh Bells’ MySpace

LISTEN: “Crown on the Ground” by Sleigh Bells

O,Morning Records recruited hot new Brooklyn act, Sleigh Bells, to play at Spark Arts Center on April 8th. The show will cost $8 and is open to all ages.

It was only yesterday that Sleigh Bells announced their Spring tour with Major Lazer and Yeasayer, and it’s remarkable Syracuse University’s indie record label, O,Morning Records, scored a huge show for us. Sleigh Bells blew up late last year at the CMJ Music Festival in New York City, and is a fast rising act sure to make waves.

–Jett Wells



20 Watts Radio: Saturday Nov. 14 by 20watts
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20 Watts played Asobi Seksu, DJ Shadow and more on WERW

Eric, Chris and Caitlin are in the studio this evening spinning an hour of new music, an hour of trip-hop and an hour of local songs! Tune in by opening iTunes and selecting radio > college radio > WERW or by clicking this link. We’ll be in the studio until 1 a.m.!

Want to talk to us or request a song? IM werw1570, tweet @20_watts or call (315) 443-1278. The third caller gets Chris Parker’s voice on their voicemail… it doesn’t get much better than that.

New tracks are in bold, local artists are italicized.

And don’t forget to tune in to 20 Watts’ Audiocandy+ shows on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-11 p.m.!

artist: Asobi Seksu [read our review of Transparence]
title: New Year
album: Rewolf

artist: Echo and the Bunnymen [13/20 watts — read the review]
title: Life of a Thousand Crimes
album: The Fountain

artist: Omar Rodriguez Lopez
title: Azoemia
album: Xenophanes

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