KXUA’s Top 5 Of 2016: Station Manager Lucas Coberly

It looks like it's finally my turn! But we're still not done yet. We'll have at least one more top music article soon enough. -Ed. 

2016 marked my first anniversary with KXUA in October and my first semester as the station manager. It's been nothing short of exciting, and music has been even more present in my life than ever before. With that in mind, I'm glad to present my first albums of the year list.

  1. Mitski - Puberty 2

Mitski created the best album of 2016 without a doubt. Puberty 2 feels incredibly raw but carefully honed to perfection simultaneously. My favorite tracks from the album, "My Body's Made of Crushed Little Stars" and "Your Best American Girl," have some of the absolute best lyrics  I've ever heard, and I don't think I could adequately do them justice in this review. I eagerly look forward more from Mitski in the future, and to catching up on her previous albums that I've missed.

2. case/lang/veirs - case/lang/veirs

This album passed mostly under my radar when it was originally released this past summer, admittedly eclipsed by Mitski's album released around the same time. Looking back, it was me that decided to put this album into rotation, describing it as "like smoking a Marlboro light." I'm not sure that I agree with my own previous assessment, but I can say that this album's sound and lyrics make me nostalgic for when I used to only listen to country music.

3. Michael Mayer - &

I think I speak for a lot of us at KXUA when I say that there's a great appeal to a clean electronic music album that's mostly instrumental. Michael Mayer's contribution this year with just that sort of album is greatly appreciated, especially so in a year where no other such album has lived up to expectations. "&," however it is pronounced (ampersand? or just and?) has become one of my go-to albums when I'm not sure what to listen to.

4. clipping. - Wriggle

I used to think of clipping. as "discount Death Grips" before this EP landed in our office this summer and proved me dead wrong. The title song, "Wriggle," was one of my favorites this year. The percussion sounds like it's punching your ears in the best way possible. Another favorite from this EP, "Shooter," features some of my favorite wordplay I've heard in 2016.

5. Animal Collective - Painting With

While I missed Animal Collective's show in Fayetteville at George's this past year, I'm glad I got into Animal Collective with this year's album "Painting With." When this album came out, our station manager at the time became frustrated that the first track, "Floridada," was being played so often, but I was partially responsible for that. Of the Animal Collective albums that I've listened to repeatedly so far, this is among my favorites.

KXUA’s Top 5 of 2016: Associate Music Director Nick Logan

The new year is here, but we still have some lists to go to keep things interesting here during the winter break. Today's Top 5 list comes from our Associate Music Director Nick Logan, who tends our electronic/hip hop rotation. -Ed.

1) James Blake - The Colour In Anything

    JB blends R&B and RPM in a unique fashion, and, man, can he belt it out. There is not a bad track on this record.

2) BadBadNotGood - IV
    This album is a perfect example of what contemporary Jazz should be. The drum work drives me the best kind of crazy, and you know there's some sexy sax action.
3) Jerry Paper & Easy Feelings Unlimited - Toon Time Raw!
    BadBadNotGood worked on a lot of the instrumentals for this album, but Jerry Paper gives us a psychedelic twist to BBNG's Jazz-leaning sound.
4) Mourn - Ha, Ha, He
    I'm not usually the biggest fan of rock albums that lean punk, but Ha, Ha, He is an exceptional record. This young group has a bright future ahead of them.
5) Deakin - Sleep Cycle
    A long-anticipated release from Animal Collective member, Deakin, this EP ranges from ethereal and spacey on Just Am to hectic and head-banging on Footy.
Honorable mentions: Sales - Sales LP; MNDSGN - Body Wash; Mild High Club - Skiptracing; The Mystery Lights - The Mystery Lights; Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth

KXUA’s Top 5 Of 2016: Co-Music Director Ethan Owen

Now that finals have finished and the station is once again operating smoothly, we're proud to present our next top 5 list from our other Co-Music director, Ethan Owen. A disclaimer from him: "Making this list is extremely difficult for me and I am not confident in my choices. I love all of them."

1. El Perro Del Mar - KoKorro: I really enjoyed everything about this album, from beginning to end. Awesome sounds and influences and great songs.

 
2. Angel Olsen - My Woman: Definitely the biggest surprise of the year for me. This album rules and came at the perfect time. Couldn't stop listening to it for weeks.
3. Wild Nothing - Life of Pause: A band I really enjoy came out with their best album at the very beginning of the year. A great evolution of their sound and very listenable.
 
4. Paradis - Recto Verso: Most anticipated album for me. Great French electronic/house, beats.
 
5. Alexis Taylor - Piano: The main man from Hot Chip sits down at a piano and plays beautiful songs.
Honorable Mentions: Client Liaison - Diplomatic Immunity, Shit Robot - What Follows, Blood Orange - Freetown Sound, GL - Touch, Classixx - Faraway Reach, Luke Temple - A Hand Through the Cellar Door, Lambchop - FLOTUS
 

Off The Air, Day Two: A Quick Update

Dear listeners,

We're still in the midst of getting everything back into working order, and we are very sorry that we've been struck by some unexpected equipment problems. We're still working to get everything sorted, and we'll keep you updated on the situation here. We're not entirely sure when we will be back, but we want to resassure you that broadcasts will resume as soon as possible.

While I am not able to divulge many details at the moment, I do want to say that we are exploring all avenues possible for resolving this issue as quickly as possible and to prevent it from happening again in the future. For those of you curious for details as to why this happened and how we are going to prevent it from happening going forward, we'll share them once we've gone back on the air.

Hang tight, we'll be right back.

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