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    WCYT Staff, November 20, 2015
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Top 10 of 2015 – Homestead Media Director Adam Schenkel

Written by Adam Schenkel. Posted in Lists, Music

The top 10 for 2015 was much harder to narrow down than 2013 or 2014 was. Truth is, both 2013 and 2014 have albums still at the top of my rotation and I can’t foresee many of these 2015 albums to dominate my 2016 playlists, sans #1 and #2. Like always, I am sure I will realize a few misses after the fact. Oh well, here goes nothing…

1. Tame Impala – Currents

Currents was an album I had no expectations for until I heard the first single, “Let It Happen,” prior to the summer. I thought then, and I think now, that it’s the best song in 2015. A few tracks from the album leaked and my anticipation for the band’s third album grew more by the day.
Finally, in mid-July we got Currents and immediately the album became the top album of the year for me. We have seen glimpses of Tame Impala’s (mainly Kevin Parker’s) brilliance throughout the years, but I feel this is the most complete work they’ve done.
“Let It Happen” leads off the album and the energy never fades throughout. The entire album is complex and screams of a supremely-talented artist that worked painstakingly days to perfect his craft. Parker did it with Currents. To me, this album reminds me of Kid A or Born To Run, an album way ahead of its time.
But like OK Computer, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and Random Access Memories before it, part of me thinks this is the peak for Tame Impala. That’s not a bad thing, though, because it is a masterpiece and every great band has one. And like the aforementioned albums and their bands, I still see great things in store for Tame Impala for many years to come, just maybe not as good as this.
Standout Tracks


 

2. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty’s second studio album, I Love You, Honeybear, had the designation of #1 album for most of the year. That is until Tame Impala released Currents. Still, for an album to come out in February and still be so high on my go-to playlist in December is saying something.
This album is more complete than 2012’s Fear Fun, but I don’t think there is a song better than that album’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” but this album has the capability to give you about four or five different favorite songs, which speaks of the greatness it has.
I criticize the lyrics of sometimes trying too hard, but it’s clear what Josh Tillman’s feelings are and he never waivers on them.
Standout Tracks

 

3. Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down…

I don’t know how anyone can’t enjoy Kurt Vile’s music, it’s so, for lack of a better term, real. Maybe nothing spectacular, maybe nothing overpowering, but there is no denying he has the American singer/songwriter thing down like so many have done perfectly before him.
When I hear Kurt Vile, I hear Tom Petty with more soulful lyrics and guitar riffs. On b’lieve i’m goin down…, Vile talks about himself more than most albums. The word “I” appears in almost every song, making you never question the sincerity of where it came from.
The album starts off with the catchiest song of 2015, “Pretty Pimpin”, and goes on an emotional roller coaster the rest of the way, something all great albums do, all the way until the perfect ending and heartfelt “Wild Imagination.” I just wish “Bad Omens” had lyrics to go with some of my favorite music from 2015. I hear banjos and pianos throughout, instruments that make all albums sound better.
Standout Tracks

 

4. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett exploded onto the indie music scene with her song “History Eraser” but it was this release that showed her true talent. A perfect album to play in the background of everyday life, this one was in rotation all year long.
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit has to be considered right up there with the best debut albums of the last decade. The thing I enjoy about is how much it seems Barnett isn’t trying to make it anything other than it is, a brilliant rock album.
Standout Tracks

 

5. Baio – The Names

Another debut album for an artist that cracked my top 5, Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend fame, went solo for The Names.
From the first single, the catchy “Sister of Pearl,” Baio proved he could create songs outside the realm of Vampire Weekend. This album, though maybe forced a little too much with filler music, has no low point on it from start to finish.
Standout Tracks

 

6. Beirut – No No No

7. Pure Bathing Culture – Pray For Rain

8. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color

9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

10. Beach House – Depression Cherry

Top Ten – WCYT Station Manager Andy Dunn

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Lists, Music, Uncategorized

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 My honorable mentions for my 2015 top ten list goes to Torres with her sophomore album Sprinter, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s strangely danceable Multi-Love and Dan Deacon’s wildly fun Gliss Riffer. These albums may not have cracked the final top ten after all listening sessions were completed, but each of the albums have earned my respect in one way or another to be considered for the top ten at one point. While I enjoyed releases like Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens, Panda Bear, Kurt Vile and many more this year, these albums listed below are solid from top to bottom and I have come back to these albums multiple times. These albums may not surprise some of the heaviest of listeners of WCYT, as you have most likely heard songs from each of these albums so let me know your thoughts hit me up on twitter @Thepoint91

10) Viet Cong – Viet Cong


9) Mitski – Bury Me At Make Out Creek


8) Beach House – Depression Cherry


7) Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Style


6) Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.


5) Grimes – Art Angels


4) Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People


3) Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon


2) Tame Impala – Currents


1) Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear


WAVVES – V

Written by WCYT Staff. Posted in Music, Reviews

 

 

The alternative American rock band Wavvewavves-vs has recently released a new album titled “V” as of October 2nd. “V” is a collection of upfront song titles like “Way Too Much” and “My Head Hurts”, with equally as raw sounds from guitar and vocals. Nathan Williams, Wavves’ lead singer and songwriter, Takes no time to perfect his vocal melody, his sounds are real and organic. He uses combination of shouts and moans for a gritty alt rock feel, keeping “V” honest and upbeat. This album is an ideal soundtrack for a road trip with friends down to San Diego California, where the band first originated in 2008. “V” engulfs you in youthful rock music with a carelessly scratch guitar and drum banging.  An easy favorite track from this album would be “Heavy Metal Detox”, standing out from the rest of their messier melodies. If you are at all interested in the band Wavves or their new album “V”, they are currently touring in the UK, but will be stopping by in St. Louis Missouri in early December. Also check out some of their other recent albums made within the last 5 years, such as “Afraid of Heights” and “King of the Beach”.

Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

Written by Mike. Posted in Music, Reviews

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Protomartyr is an American post-punk band formed in 2008 in Detroit, and is a seasoned band with 3 full length albums and 1 EP to date. The Agent Intellect, their newest album to date was released on October 9th 2015. Protomartyr keeps their cool and collected tone throughout this album as well as on their last to, so nothing new has really changed for the band. Joe Casey, the lead singer of Protomartyr still talks about his verses more than he sings, which is not a terribly bad thing. It’s helped the band grow and mature, and be fairly different overall. Not to many songs stood out in the album to me as being interesting, or wow, but the ones that did stand out were just that. Songs that really stood out to me as individual tracks on The Agent Intellect with The Devil in His Youth and Pontiac 87. While the most riveting song on the album has to be Cowards Starve, which really shows insight into the bands career as a whole, with lead vocalist Joe Casey putting in a real “I don’t care, or couldn’t care less about anything, anymore” vibe that strives to be a very depressing tone. Each song buzzes on to the next, with fairly nice transitions in between to keep a listener interested. I also thought that Dope Cloud was a pretty special song on the album as well, which seems like a very well written poem, brought through with a slur of words and moments of desperation and sadness that roll together with verses harmonizing on top of that. In the end, I would give The Agent Intellect a solid 7 out of ten. I really did enjoy some of the songs that the band had produced, but a majority of them I just found to be too oversimplified. Although, the songs I did enjoy were outstanding, and sounded more like a deep introspective poem that I just wanted to read over and over again until my eyes exploded. The overall vibe that this album gives off is very mysterious, unexpected, and at times soothing. I hope the best for Protomartyr and I do hope to hear more of what the band creates in the future.

WCYT Award Winners

Written by The Point 91fm. Posted in Music, Sports

Terri Award

 

The Point 91fm DJ’s Kolin Davis and Austin Render have been recognized by Columbia College Chicago for 1st place in  Radio Sportscasting / Play by Play (Render) and 1st place in Radio Station Promotion / Production. (Davis) The two are recipients of the Terri Hemmert High School Student Radio / Audio Award.

You can hear Austin Render call the first Ladies Spartans Basketball broadcast on November 24th at 7:30 and you can hear Kolin on his shows Three’s Company and The Entertainment Interruption every Friday starting at 2:45

 

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