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WVAU Top Music of 2012: #8

General Manager

December 22, 2012

#8 Album: Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan Wow. Somehow, it’s already been a full decade since David Longstreth originally planted the graceful-fallen-mango seeds of what would eventually become the Dirty Projectors. Listening to this year’s astonishing Swing Lo Magellan, one gets the impression that Longst...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #9

General Manager

December 21, 2012

#9 Album: Grizzly Bear – Shields Grizzly Bear has established themselves as one of the most successful indie rock bands with Veckatimest, and Shields has only added to their success, reaching number 7 on the Billboard 200 and number 1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums. It’s exactly what you want to see...

WVAU Top Music of 2012: #10

General Manager

December 20, 2012

Welcome to WVAU’s third annual Top 10 countdown! Every year, WVAU DJs vote on their favorite albums and songs of the previous 12 months. Some make the list – and we write about them in our Top 10s. Some don’t – and we write about them too, in our eccentric and exquisite Overlooked Albums fea...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #1

Cameron Meindl, Peter Gill

January 3, 2012

#1 Album: Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues In the spring of 2011, the stakes appeared to be set impossibly high for Fleet Foxes. Their debut LP was a massive critical and popular success that shot them into the upper echelon of indie stardom almost overnight; the three years Robin Pecknold &am...

Mixtape: Overlooked Songs of 2011

General Manager

January 3, 2012

Not all of your favorite songs made the cut for WVAU’s Top 10. Here are 10 honorable mentions, with music by Smith Westerns, Wild Flag and Neon Indian. ...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #2

Maxwell Tani, Cassie Wiegmann

January 2, 2012

#2 Album: St. Vincent – Strange Mercy It is more than understandable that Annie Clark is perhaps the most lusted-after woman in indie-rock today (she tops the list of Stereogum‰'s top indie crushes of 2011), but for slightly less obvious reasons than one might suppose. Beyond her stunningly...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #3

Maeve McDermott, Jesse Paller

January 1, 2012

#3 Album: Bon Iver – Bon Iver “This is not a place,‰” Justin Vernon coos on the album’s glacial introduction, “Perth.‰” Bon Iver’s first album (2008’s haunting For Emma, Forever Ago) is largely associated with its creation during his heartbroken retreat to an isolated nor...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #4

Cameron Meindl, Sharon Din

December 30, 2011

#4 Album: EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints Past Life Martyred Saints is an album that encompasses the feelings of disappointment and creeping failure that singer EMA experienced after moving to California to become an artist; her own account being that of devastation and emotional implosion that...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #5

Maeve McDermott, Peter Gill

December 30, 2011

#5 Album: M83 – Hurry Up, We‰'re Dreaming M83 takes its name from Messier 83, a galaxy 15 million light years away, and that‰'s precisely where Hurry Up, We‰'re Dreaming inhabits. From its dreamlike interludes to its expansive synth melodies to Anthony Gonzales‰' career-making vocal perform...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #6

Alex Rudolph, Brian Waligorski

December 28, 2011

#6 Album: tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l This year’s lists of best songs and albums feature a fair amount of work from solo musicians, or at least bands with a strong leading presence (your M83s and your Girls, for example). The bedroom-recording boom of the last few years has been conducive...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #7

Maxwell Tani, Maeve McDermott

December 27, 2011

#7 Album: Yuck – Yuck The main complaint against Yuck, as written by bloggers or lamented by WVAU executive board members (past and present), goes something like this: “I don‰'t know man, if I wanted to listen to music from the nineties, I‰'d listen to (insert Dinosaur Jr., Built to Spill, Yo ...

WVAU Top Music of 2011: #8

Sean Meehan, Sharon Din

December 26, 2011

#8 Album: Fucked Up – David Comes to Life There is hardly any aspect about the band Fucked Up that isn‰'t in some way polarizing or complicatedly multifaceted. Citing dysfunction as a source of their namesake, you can understand how seemingly self-contradictory concepts are often what build F...

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