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

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

Calkie Fisseha, General Manager

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 anyone did or said to keep us down, we sprang back up and did it better than ever. All we needed was...

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

Michael Lovito

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 2012 release, Half Way Home. A mousy, country influenced ditty, “The Waiting‰” finds Olsen in lo...

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

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

Lauren Peressini

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 been. Frank Ocean‰'s first album, Channel Orange, was released in 2012. 2012 was such a differen...

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

Calkie Fisseha

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 hell of a year we‰'ve all had, I decided to delete everything I‰'ve already said. I don‰'t need...

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

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

Sean McCarthy

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 don‰'t sound like they‰'ve just inhaled too much helium while on an acid trip, they bark and growl...

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

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

Lauren Peressini

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 my eyes, Rihanna can do no wrong. My friends and I incessantly tag one another in flawless images...

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

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

Meg Mowery

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 Leave Me Alone, I found out dancing and expressing your feelings go pretty hand in hand. Every song on ...

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

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

Tristin Ralph

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 Bout You‰” singer finally emerged from his hiatus to bless us all, kicking off his highly-anticipated...

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

Erzsebet Helmeczy

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 for me to take a listen to: Car Seat Headrest‰'s Teens of Denial. I wasn‰'t prepared for the ...

WVAU’s #8 Song of 2016: "The Season/Carry Me" by Anderson .Paak

WVAU’s #8 Song of 2016: "The Season/Carry Me" by Anderson .Paak

Calkie Fisseha

December 24, 2016

“The Season/Carry Me‰” is the perfect introduction to Anderson .Paak. There is no doubt that this dude is nothing short of amazing. SERIOUSLY. His type of music can't even be restricted to one or two genres. And those damn drums. THOSE DRUMS! The switch up between “The Season‰” and “Carry...

WVAU’s #9 Album of the Year: "MY WOMAN" by Angel Olsen

WVAU’s #9 Album of the Year: "MY WOMAN" by Angel Olsen

Michael Lovito

December 24, 2016

All and all, I‰'ve found being a music fan in 2016 to be pretty frustrating. It‰'s hard to think of a high profile release this year that didn‰'t have an over the top or torturously prolonged roll out (Blonde) or insisted on itself by putting out supposedly brilliant but in reality scattershot and unfo...

WVAU’s #9 Song of 2016: "16 Shots" by Vic Mensa

WVAU’s #9 Song of 2016: "16 Shots" by Vic Mensa

Sean McCarthy

December 24, 2016

Part way through the first verse of Vic Mensa‰'s bombastic “16 Shots‰” he drops the lines, “And we all know its cause cause he black/Shot ‰em 16 times, how fucked up is that?‰” The track, a fiery response to the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, marks Mensa‰'s emergence as the voice of Chicago‰'s...

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