WVAU’s #3 Song of 2014: Real Estate – "Crime"

Drew Sher

December 29, 2014

Courtesy of Domino Records. "Crime‰” was first released on Youtube, ahead of Real Estate‰'s third LP Atlas, as a how-to-play guitar tab music video. Both lead and rhythm guitar parts are tabbed out in a sing-along style video, appealing to their masses of guitar fans. But while “Cr...

WVAU’s #4 Album of 2014: Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2

Richard Murphy

December 28, 2014

Courtesy of RTJ. On their first record, Run The Jewels proclaimed that they were "the new Avengers,‰” a statement which was only half true. They‰'re gonna save the world, no doubt about it, but this isn‰'t a PG-13 summer funtime adventure. RTJ are the sonic equivalent of a hard-R action masterpiece wi...

WVAU’s #4 Song of 2014: Sia – "Chandelier"

Ryan Shepard

December 28, 2014

Courtesy of Popjustice.Yes, I went to one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country for high school and I attend one of the best universities in the country, but I just learned what the word “chandelier‰” meant about fifteen minutes ago. Seriously? Yes. Thanks Webster‰'s!Back to the ...

WVAU’s #5 Album of 2014: Alex G – DSU

Molly Pfeffer

December 27, 2014

Courtesy of Orchid Tapes. DSU is poison in disguise. In chemistry courses, you are taught the dose is what matters. So after listening to this record more times than any other album in my entire life, the concern is not that I don‰'t know what to feel about it, it‰'s that I am numb. So here‰'s a look at WVAU‰...

WVAU’s #5 Song of 2014: Radiator Hospital – "Fireworks"/"Fireworks (Reprise)"

Katie Cheyne

December 27, 2014

Courtesy of Radiator Hospital's Bandcamp. Radiator Hospital‰'s sophomore album, Torch Song, reminds us of all of those times in high school when we wanted to lay in bed because we believed it would mend a broken heart, and reassures us that they still occur when we‰'re no ...

WVAU’s #6 Album of 2014: St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Mike Creedon

December 26, 2014

Courtesy of I Love St. Vincent. The last time we saw St. Vincent‰'s Annie Clark on her own, she was behind a sheet of white latex screaming on 2011‰'s Out of Reach-referencing Strange Mercy. Now, having taken the chicken bone our of her mouth, St. Vincent has returned with 2014...

WVAU’s #6 Song of 2014: Alex G – "Harvey"

Emma Bartley

December 26, 2014

Courtesy of Orchid Tapes.In all honesty, “Harvey‰” is not actually my favorite song from Alex G‰'s debut full-length album DSU. I‰'m drawn more to the disorienting, maze-like melodies found in “Icehead‰” and “Hollow.‰” But because I have an unwavering devotion to this rec...

WVAU’s #7 Album of 2014: Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

Lauren Peressini

December 25, 2014

Courtesy of Captured Tracks. While an album called Salad Days may seem like it'd leave you hungry, in reality it fills you up like you just ate a three course meal. Between Mac DeMarco‰'s soft vocals, chill rhythms, and gentle guitar-laced beats, Salad Days has a lot to offer. The albu...

WVAU’s #7 Song of 2014: FKA twigs – "Lights On"

Eli Fosl

December 25, 2014

Courtesy of Complex.Sex is weird. It is full of awkwardness, anticipation, and - sometimes - ecstasy. The first full song on FKA twigs‰' LP1 establishes all of these things and more. It builds gradually, from bizarre background patterns of percussion to whiny, abrasive synths that have co-producer Arca‰'s fingerprints all ...

WVAU’s #8 Album of 2014: Perfume Genius – Too Bright

Sean Meehan

December 24, 2014

Courtesy of Matador Records. The cliche line about Too Bright is that after two albums of the saddest, most beautifully gut-wrenching music ever made, Mike Hadreas finally let his anger out. While it‰'s true that Too Bright is angrier than anything Hadreas has ever made, to reduce this album to one emotion is to ...

WVAU’s #8 Song of 2014: Banks – "Alibi"

Andrea Diaz

December 24, 2014

Courtesy of BANKS' Soundcloud. “Alibi‰” is the perfect build-up song for a crowd; it‰'s the beat-driven first minute, produced by SOHN, where BANKS' blurred words become a mysterious tale we yearn to know more of. This dark-haired valley girl has a story to tell.After this mesmerizing min...

WVAU’s #9 Album of 2014: Caribou – Our Love

Allen Nguyen

December 23, 2014

Courtesy of Merge Records.  2014 was, undoubtedly, the year of the “feels.‰” Suffice it to say, the "feels" encompasses being emotionally connected, engaging in meaningful interpersonal interactions and absorbing one‰'s environment. These days, it‰'s a frequently-used phrase; "feel" ...

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