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20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY FEB 11TH ON AUDIOCANDY by Irina Dvalidze

20 WATTS RADIO: THURSDAY Feb 11th ON AUDIOCANDY

Listen: Download the full show right HERE

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It is Thursday night and 20 Watts Radio is on Audiocandy. Make sure you tune in and don’t miss out on our great selection of awesome tunes.  We have some cool news happening at 20 Watts you simply cant miss. We are gonna give you a run down on some local shows that will be happening this weekend. We will also tell you a little about our much anticipated trip to the magical land on CANADA. On top of that we will be playing some of your requests, all you need to do it tweet at you host here. So make sure to join 20 Watts on Auodiocandy 10 pm sharp. To tune in Click Here.

Playlist Below:

1.The Way We Get By – Spoon
2. Freely – Devendra Banhart
3. The Room Got Heavy – Yo La Tengo
4. Taxi Cab – Vampire Weekend
5. Taft Was Sick – Bearplane
6. Rich – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
7. Glósóli – Sigur Rós
8. My Only Swerving – El Ten Eleven
9. Glory Box – Portishead
10. In the Summertime – The Rural Alberta Advantage
11. 99 Problems (Such Great Heights) – DJ Consequence
12. Gentle Sons – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

13. Black Plant – The Last Shadow Puppets
14. Delivery Man – The Cool Kids
15. Giving Up On Love – Slow Club
16. Genesis-Reply To Censure – Team B
17. Set yourself on fire – Stars
18. Cold War – The Antlers
19. Stone- Sarah Aument
20. Dying Is Fine – Ra Ra Riot
21. Simple Way – Port O’Brien
22. Mouthful Of Diamonds – Phantogram
23. Weekends And Treehouses – Young Prisms
24. Honey from a Stone – Mouth’s Cradle

25. Speed of Sound ft. Big Sean- Mike Posner
26. Memories (Featuring Kid Cudi) – David Guetta

–Irina Dvalidze

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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 Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs by Irina Dvalidze
Popular Songs marks 25 years of spectacular music-making for Yo La Tengo

Popular Songs marks 25 years of spectacular music-making for Yo La Tengo

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Yo La Tengo’s “The Fireside”
WE GIVE IT: 17/20 Watts
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Editor’s Pick #159: Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs

For a band that’s been active since 1984, Popular Songs marks 25 years of spectacular music-making. The band’s 7th release with Matador Records, the album leaked in July, prompting the label to put it up for “Buy Early Get Now” — a pre-ordering option which gives the customers extra goodies, from free MP3s to complementary posters, in order to “beat the leak every time.”

While this trio has never really achieved mainstream domination, Yo La Tengo have been a musical goldmine for every indie junkie out there. For a band that has been continuously evolving with the audience, yet maintaining its original roots, Popular Songs serves as more than just a spectacular album, and yes it is spectacular. It manages to be an overview/exploration of the style and technique the New Jersey trio has forged over the years, wrapped up into one release. Continue reading



Editor’s Pick #159: Yo La Tengo’s Popular Songs by carlywolkoff
August 14, 2009, 1:11 pm
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 Yo La Tengo releases video series before upcoming album, Popular Songs

Yo La Tengo releases video series before upcoming album, Popular Songs

PREVIEW: Download Yo La Tengo’s “Periodically Double or Triple” MP3
WATCH: Videos Below the Jump

As if we needed another reason to love Yo La Tengo for their kooky brilliance, they bestow unto us the Popular Songs music videos.  Every week leading up to their upcoming album’s September 8th release, the band will put out an accompanying video to each song off the album.

Fruit, triangles, and airplanes; when you watch this series of music videos for Popular Songs, you feel like you’re watching Sesame Street (but only the trippiest, best-when-watched-under-the-influence episodes, of course). In each of the three clips, the focus is on something so ordinary, we rarely take the time to think about it or its purpose. These videos have such a simple, childlike aura about them, but considering the source, you can’t help digging deeper, and analyzing their intent.

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20 Watts Reviews Wilco (with Yo La Tengo) at Keyspan Park in Brooklyn, 7/13/09 by JohnCassillo
July 16, 2009, 2:46 am
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Wilco confirmed their reputation as America's best live band in Brooklyn

Wilco confirmed their reputation as America's best live band

At what was probably one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, Wilco and Yo La Tengo both tore up Brooklyn’s Keyspan Park throughout a fun and lengthy set that went from 7 p.m to almost 11 p.m. Wilco played 18 songs (19 if you count the crowd’s rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”), then played another eight combined in the first and second encore, for a grand total of 27.

Among the encore guests were Feist, Grizzly Bear‘s Ed Droste and Yo La Tengo in its entirety. As ridiculous as it may seem, I was actually holding out for a Wilco rendition of “Two Weeks” for a couple minutes, but it never came to be. Continue reading