WVAU Top Music of 2012: #2

Teta Alim, Molly Pfeffer

December 31, 2012

#2 Album: Frank Ocean – Channel Orange Frank Ocean’s debut studio album, Channel Orange, has not only charted here and internationally but has also won critical acclaim and popular attention worldwide. While leaders in the R&B genre such as Usher and Ne-Yo have veered towards pop, Ocean’s album further ...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #3

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December 30, 2012

#3 Album: Japandroids – Celebration Rock This is what you should hear when you turn on the radio. This is what you should have on your roadtrip mixtape. This is what should soundtrack the montage to your youth. This, simply put, is a celebration. The sophomore effort by the Canadian duo displays not so...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #4

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December 29, 2012

#4 Album: Beach House – Bloom Over the course of four albums, Beach House have grown into their own splendor, as their sound rose from Cocteau Twins-indebted, amateur-sounding “dream pop‰” to majestic heights. A huge Beach House fan myself, it didn‰'t matter if I was listening to my crappy...

WVAU Top Music 2012: #5

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December 28, 2012

#5 Album: Tame Impala – Lonerism “This could be the day that we push through, it could be the day that all our dreams come true.‰” The first line of Tame Impala‰'s incredible song “Apocalypse Dreams‰” is an accurate prediction of where their new album Lonerism has brought them since its rel...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #6

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December 25, 2012

#6 Album: Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory As soon as the somber piano of “No Future/No Past” introduces Attack on Memory, it’s clear that Cloud Nothings are no longer the snotty power-poppers we’ve known. Setting out to create “an attack on memory of what people thought the band was,” Attack is...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #7

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December 24, 2012

#7 Album: Ty Segall – Twins Even for someone as regularly prolific as Ty Segall, 2012 seemed a busy year. Between producing albums for Ex-Cult and Heavy Cream, touring, and pronouncing his last name (apparently it’s like “seagull‰Û), the king of the West Coast garage scene found time for ...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #8

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December 22, 2012

#8 Album: Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan Wow. Somehow, it’s already been a full decade since David Longstreth originally planted the graceful-fallen-mango seeds of what would eventually become the Dirty Projectors. Listening to this year’s astonishing Swing Lo Magellan, one gets the impression that Longst...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #9

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December 21, 2012

#9 Album: Grizzly Bear – Shields Grizzly Bear has established themselves as one of the most successful indie rock bands with Veckatimest, and Shields has only added to their success, reaching number 7 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums. It’s exactly what you want to see...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #10

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December 20, 2012

Welcome to WVAU’s third annual Top 10 countdown! Every year, WVAU DJs vote on their favorite albums and songs of the previous 12 months. Some make the list – and we write about them in our Top 10s. Some don’t – and we write about them too, in our eccentric and exquisite Overlooked Albums fea...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #1

Cameron Meindl, Peter Gill

January 3, 2012

#1 Album: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues In the spring of 2011, the stakes appeared to be set impossibly high for Fleet Foxes. Their debut LP was a massive critical and popular success that shot them into the upper echelon of indie stardom almost overnight; the three years Robin Pecknold &am...

Mixtape: Overlooked Songs of 2011

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January 3, 2012

Not all of your favorite songs made the cut for WVAU’s Top 10. Here are 10 honorable mentions, with music by Smith Westerns, Wild Flag and Neon Indian. ...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #2

Maxwell Tani, Cassie Wiegmann

January 2, 2012

#2 Album: St. Vincent – Strange Mercy It is more than understandable that Annie Clark is perhaps the most lusted-after woman in indie-rock today (she tops the list of Stereogum‰'s top indie crushes of 2011), but for slightly less obvious reasons than one might suppose. Beyond her stunningly...

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