WVAU’s #9 song of 2014: Cloud Nothings – "I’m Not Part of Me"

Michael Lovito

December 23, 2014

Courtesy of Stereogum. A refrain that repeats “I‰'m not telling you all I‰'m going through‰” sounds like something you might find in a Papa Roach song, an unpolished, unambitious exercise in wallowing in one‰'s own misery. But in “I‰'m Not Part of Me,‰Û  Cloud Nothings mast...

WVAU’s #10 Album of 2014: Caddywhompus – Feathering A Nest

Cameron Stewart

December 22, 2014

Courtesy of Community Records. Despite their makeup of mere guitar, drums, and vocals, New Orleans duo Caddywhompus covers a jaw-dropping amount of sonic and structural ground in six songs. The pair can sustain musical movements such as the title track, which shifts from bombastic drums and gigantic chords to delicate fingerpicking and fals...

WVAU’s #10 song of 2014: Ty Segall – "Feel"

Drew Sher

December 22, 2014

Courtesy of Stereogum. Ty Segall‰'s last full length, 2013's Sleeper, was an acoustic album, a departure from his usual heavily distorted guitars. Well for those out there who missed the electric guitar, it returned on "Feel," but keeping some elements from the last album. ...

WVAU 2014: Most Overexposed Albums of the Year

December 21, 2014

Here's the fun one; the evil twin of our last category. These are our most overexposed albums, albums we've heard too much about this year. Albums that our DJs felt weren't worth all the attention they got. Albums that many of us would be happy if we never heard about again!  3. Iggy ...

WVAU 2014: Most Underexposed Albums of the Year

December 21, 2014

These are our top three underexposed albums of 2014 (sort of an oxymoron, but w/e). In other words, these are the three albums that our DJs felt that deserved far more attention, promotion, and hype than they got. Furthermore, they deserved more attention than lesser albums that got a lot more hyp...

WVAU 2014: Best EPs

Brendan Principato, Teta Alim, Jesse Paller, Mary Wright, Sydney Gore

December 20, 2014

Sometimes a preliminary set of ideas and sometimes a complete, compact musical statement, the EP has always been a release filled with mystique. It allows artists to reveal a bit of their musical vision without a full disclosure. Here we have both established artists offering hints of n...

WVAU 2014: Best Album Covers of the Year

Jesse Paller

December 20, 2014

Album cover art has always been an essential aspect of the way we perceive a musical artist's being. Certain albums have burned their way into society's brain with instantly iconic art, while others showcase cover images that are beautiful approximations of the music they embody. Eve...

WVAU 2014: Style Icons

Ryan Shepard, Carson Bear, Anonymous

December 18, 2014

Continuing the fun activity of ranking musical artists on a completely non-musical basis, here are our top three style icons of 2014. While an artist's clothing style may have nothing to do with their music, it is indeed a major part of their perception and often an extension of their art. These ...

WVAU 2014: Best Twitter Presence

December 18, 2014

#best #twitter #presence (Twitter please sponsor us)3.Patrick Stickles (@TitusAndronicus)[email protected] An intense and deeply troubled young artist [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Hey, everyone. It's me, Twitter. You have a good 2014? Mine's been pretty great. Not sure if you've heard, but social media is changing things. Retweets ...

WVAU 2014: Best Live Acts

Cameron Stewart, Katie Cheyne, Andrea Diaz

December 17, 2014

An essential part of the enjoyment of a band is their live show. If they can express and enhance the feeling of their recorded work, then they've succeeded. WVAU voted and our top three choices came to three very different acts, who share little but an amazing ability to express their music in a ...

WVAU 2014: Best Music Videos

December 16, 2014

Music videos have come a long way from the hair metal days. Musicians use their videos to explore new sides of their artistic persona, adding visuals to an already formed sound. Our top five videos span genres and moods, from goofy to surreal to sexual (guess who). 5. The Flaming Lips feat....

WVAU 2014: Best Newcomer

Molly Pfeffer

December 15, 2014

This year, we're going to have a whole week of 2014 retrospective pieces covering such topics as our DJs' favorite music videos, live shows, twitter presences, album covers, and more! Our first post in this vein, fittingly, is the 'Best Newcomer' distinction, which goes to... Girlpool C...

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