WVAU’s #2 Album of 2015: "Carrie & Lowell" by Sufjan Stevens

Luke Palermo

December 30, 2015

Courtesy of Wikipedia Sufjan Stevens‰' musical journey has left few territories uncharted - over the course of his career, the Detroit native has explored acoustic folk, ambient rock, orchestral ballads, electronic, and everything in between. But on his latest album, he strips everything down t...

WVAU’s #2 song of 2015: "Should Have Known Better" by Sufjan Stevens

WVAU's #2 song of 2015: "Should Have Known Better" by Sufjan Stevens

Matthew Reise

December 30, 2015

Courtesy of The Daily Gazette Ah, yes, the token feelsy Top 10 songs. Because even us angsty college hipsters have to let our dammed-up emotions flood out in private every once in a while. The wide appeal of “Should Have Known Better‰” likely stems from its versatility as both a good sob-i...

WVAU’s #3 Album of 2015: "I Love You, Honeybear" by Father John Misty

Luke Palermo

December 29, 2015

Courtesy of Wikipedia In I Love You, Honeybear Josh Tillman AKA Father John Misty takes a big, gaudy, rhinestone-lined heart and sews it onto his sleeve for all to see. According to Tillman, himself, the album is a concept album of his life, and it focuses very heavily on the past, present, and...

WVAU’s #3 Song of 2015: "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)" by Father John Misty

Kathleen Lovito

December 29, 2015

Courtesy of  Village Voice Say what you will about Father John Misty- trash his grimy hippie persona, poke fun at his hackneyed lumbersexual hairdo scoff at this pompous interview responses- but the man knows how to write a love song. And not just any love song, but a love song that truly speaks to...

WVAU’s #4 Album of 2015: "The Most Lamentable Tragedy" by Titus Andronicus

Jonathan Skufca

December 28, 2015

Courtesy of Merge Records It‰'s not every day that a band announces that their next album is going to be a rock opera. Sure, they were en vogue in the 70‰'s and 80‰'s, ushered in by the Who‰'s Tommy and Quadrophenia, but the rock opera, arguably with the depreciation of the album as an art form, has not been as pop...

WVAU’s #4 Song of 2015: "Pedestrian at Best" by Courtney Barnett

Jack Marsden

December 28, 2015

Courtesy of  E-Verse Radio Just like any other weekend, my friends and I were in my beat up Volvo cruising around suburban New Jersey with no destination in mind. The routine was simple: pile the whole friend group in the small sedan, fill up on gas, and turn on WFMU. A lot of my time in high school was spent listening...

WVAU’s #5 Album of 2015: "Painted Shut" by Hop Along

Eli Fosl

December 27, 2015

Courtesy of Rolling Stone The second record from Philly rock band Hop Along starts with an awakening, with a dream immediately tugged away from consciousness in the early morning. From there it moves discordantly, but assuredly. From story to story, from paradox to paradox, it never stops to let us realize what i...

WVAU’s #5 Song of 2015: "In Time" by FKA Twigs

December 27, 2015

Courtesy of Genius Beneath the modular synth and electronic string construction of “In Time‰” lies the girlfriend you don‰'t want. Like, really don‰'t want. Maybe you‰'ve already even broken up with her, but her texts keep coming in, and she shows up to all the same parties as you, and- wait...

WVAU’s #6 Album of 2015: "Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit" by Courtney Barnett

December 26, 2015

Courtesy of Wikipedia In the penultimate song of Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett somewhat climactically claims, “I‰'m just a reflection of what you want to see, take what you want from me‰Û. While that sounds like something Bob Dylan would have said in t...

WVAU’s #6 Song of 2015: "My Baby Don’t Understand Me" by Natalie Prass

Michael Lovito

December 26, 2015

Courtesy of Space Bomb I‰'m not entirely sure you can classify “My Baby Don‰'t Understand Me‰” as a “break-up song.‰” Break up songs usually contain a sense of closure: either the singer‰'s left their lover, or the lover‰'s left the singer, and either party can be angry, sad or happy ...

WVAU’s #7 Album of 2015: "Sound & Color" by Alabama Shakes

Ian Evans

December 25, 2015

Courtesy of Consequence of Sound Although Pitchfork might‰'ve thought themselves too progressive or cool to include Sound and Color in their list of the 50 best albums of 2015, WVAU did not. Let‰'s face it, though, Alabama Shakes' 2012‰'s debut Boys and Girls made waves the twenty-something-ye...

WVAU’s #7 Song of 2015: "Sorry" by Justin Bieber

Jack Fitzpatrick

December 25, 2015

Courtesy of Spotify Think back to January 1, 2015. While nursing those NYE hangovers, we were eagerly anticipating chart-topping releases from Kanye West, Drake, Frank Ocean, Adele, Fergie, and Kendrick Lamar (half of which still have not been released yet) If I told you that Justin Bieber would have multi...

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