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WVAU’s #1 Song of the Year: "Ultralight Beam by Kanye West

WVAU's #1 Song of the Year: "Ultralight Beam by Kanye West
January 1, 2017

This is the opening track to Kanye West‰'s seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, and it serves as a sample for what one can expect for the rest of the album ‰ÛÒ a rapper reflecting on life through...

WVAU’s #2 Album of 2016: "Life of Pablo" by Kanye West

WVAU's #2 Album of 2016: "Life of Pablo" by Kanye West
December 30, 2016

Oh, high school me. How naÌøve you were. I now laugh at the amount of times I turned up my nose at the fantastic music that Kanye put out, while secretly hoping that “ Gold Digger‰” would come on...

WVAU’s #2 Song of 2016: "Your Best American Girl" by Mitski

WVAU's #2 Song of 2016: "Your Best American Girl" by Mitski
December 30, 2016

I have a problem with the cinematic classic Grease: namely the message sent when Sandy Dee transforms from pastel-clad bobby soxer to cigarette-puffing, rule-breaking sex kitten for the attention of some...

WVAU’s #3 Album of the Year: “A Seat at the Table” by Solange Knowles

WVAU's #3 Album of the Year:
December 29, 2016

I don‰'t know what the world did to deserve Solange, but girllllll I‰'m so thankful for her. We can all admit that 2016 wasn‰'t the best. In a year full of turmoil, black girls shined. No matter what...

WVAU’s #3 Song of 2016: "Shut Up Kiss Me" by Angel Olsen

WVAU's #3 Song of 2016: "Shut Up Kiss Me" by Angel Olsen
December 29, 2016

It‰'s impossible to discuss “Shut Up Kiss Me‰” -- the highlight single from Angel Olsen‰'s My Woman ‰ÛÒ without also discussing “The Waiting,‰” probably the most accessible track on Olsen‰'s...

WVAU’s #4 Album of 2016: "Blonde" by Frank Ocean

WVAU's #4 Album of 2016: "Blonde" by Frank Ocean
December 28, 2016

Frank Ocean‰'s most recent album, Blonde, is the musical embodiment of blue balls. Anyone who remotely cares about R&B has been waiting for this album for what seems like years because it truly has...

WVAU’s #4 Song of 2016: "Cranes in the Sky" by Solange Knowles

WVAU's #4 Song of 2016: "Cranes in the Sky" by Solange Knowles
December 28, 2016

I constantly make the mistake of agreeing to write about things I am too emotionally invested in. “Cranes in the Sky‰” is one of them. As I sit here writing about what this song means to me and this...

WVAU’s #5 Song of 2016: "Really Doe" by Danny Brown

WVAU's #5 Song of 2016: "Really Doe" by Danny Brown
December 27, 2016

Danny Brown doesn‰'t follow the rules. Rappers don‰'t have their big break at 30, they peak with their debut album at 22. Rappers don‰'t sign to Warp Records, they sign to Def Jam or Atlantic. Rappers...

WVAU’s #6 Song of 2016: "Needed Me" by Rihanna

WVAU's #6 Song of 2016: "Needed Me" by Rihanna
December 26, 2016

First off, Rihanna is an icon. So maybe I am biased in that she could have recorded herself making a cup of coffee and I would have adored it. On second thought, I doubt Rihanna makes her own coffee. In...

WVAU’s #7 Album of the Year: "Leave Me Alone" by Hinds

WVAU's #7 Album of the Year: "Leave Me Alone" by Hinds
December 25, 2016

I‰'ve never been good at expressing my feelings in a non-self-deprecating-with-a-hint-of-meme way. I‰'ve always liked dancing, though. When the Spanish all gal garage rock band Hinds dropped their album...

WVAU’s #7 Song of 2016: "Nikes" by Frank Ocean

WVAU's #7 Song of 2016: "Nikes" by Frank Ocean
December 25, 2016

On August 20th, I found out that boys do, in fact, cry. After fours years of cryptic messages, twitter memes, and seemingly endless delays, Frank Ocean surprised us all with “Blonde‰Û. The “Thinkin...

WVAU’s #8 Album of 2016: "Teens of Denial" by Car Seat Headrest

WVAU's #8 Album of 2016: "Teens of Denial" by Car Seat Headrest
December 24, 2016

Here I was, working one of my long weekend shifts at a catering company in (where else but) Ithaca NY during this past summer vacation. I was stocking back, and threw on a new album that had been recommended...

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