WVAU Top Music of 2010: #1

Alex Rudolph, Brad Barbour

December 25, 2010

#1 Album: LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening The two things everybody focuses on with This is Happening are that James Murphy is now forty and that this is the last LCD Soundsystem release we‰'re going to get for a little while. Neither of those ideas really matters. First, this isn‰'t an alb...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #2

Victoria Rocco, Morgan Wheaton

December 25, 2010

#2 Album: Beach House – Teen Dream Last spring, my friend begged me to go to see Beach House with her. I was adamant about not going because all I knew about Beach House was that they had a song about a zebra. “A song about a zebra,‰” I thought, “I‰'m not hip enough to understand that man...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #3

Zarek Chase, A.B.

December 24, 2010

#3 Album: Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz Sufjan said fuck. The news came in the heart of autumn and trumped all tales of midterm smackdowns, TSA patdowns, or intelligence file crackdowns. My headline of the moment became Sufjan Stevens, Americana‰'s altar boy of celestial pop, uttering an obsceni...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #4

Dan Raby, Carrie Walters

December 22, 2010

#4 Album: Arcade Fire – The Suburbs When Arcade Fire played Merriweather Post Pavilion this past summer, I got a ride back to the Metro from a fellow fan. Naturally we started talking about The Suburbs, Arcade Fire‰'s third album. He summed up the album quite nicely: “You know how rappers like T.I...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #5

Emily White, Kevin Kunitake

December 22, 2010

#5 Album: Kanye West ‰ÛÒ My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy After his self-imposed exile, Kanye West found his way back into the public consciousness via Twitter (“Why girls from Stockholm be so fresh????!!!!”) and has come back in the biggest way possible. Over the most grandiose production of the y...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #6

Cameron Meindl, Maxwell Tani

December 21, 2010

#6 Album: Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest On their followup to 2008‰'s Microcastle/Weird Era Cont., Bradford Cox and his four-piece Deerhunter finally make it to the big leagues with a more mature, sonically diverse album. Halycon Digest is immediately more accessible than previous Deerhunter records....

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #7

Kevin Kunitake, Nico Chapin

December 19, 2010

#7 Album: The National – High Violet Coming off their success of their breakthrough album, Boxer, it would have been easy for the National to sit back on their newfound success and play it safe. Fortunately, High Violet is much more then Boxer Pt. 2. It is, on first lesson, nothing less then a religi...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #8

Emily White

December 19, 2010

#8 Album: The Black Keys – Brothers We’ll get a write-up on here soon! Until then, here are some songs from the album. Listen for yourself to see why the DJs have made Brothers one of our most-played albums of the year here at the station. #8 Song: Twin Sister – All Around and Away We Go...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #9

Faith Masi, Peter Gill

December 17, 2010

#9 Album: Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty If you are looking for a commercial hip-hop album with lyrics about “Popping Bottles in the Club‰” or “Throwing Your Hands Up in The Air‰” Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty is not for you. This musical gem by B...

WVAU Top Music of 2010: #10

Maeve McDermott, Dan Raby

December 16, 2010

#10 Album: Janelle MonÁe – The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) I imagine that somewhere in Atlanta twenty-something years ago a mad scientist was trying to create the perfect artist. Stealing DNA from James Brown, Andre 3000 (he‰'s a very forward thinking scientist), Donna Summer, 1920s flappe...

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