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Staff Picks of 2017

As the year wraps up, we checked in with some of our staff to see what they were listening to this year!

Evie King, Production Director

  • Birds of a Feather, We Rock Together – Mr. Finish Line – Vulfpeck (ft. Antwaun Stanley)

Laura Bryant, Promotions Director

  • Slack Jaw – What Now – Sylvan Esso
  • Slow Mover (single) –  Angie McMahon
  • Palace – The Thrill of it All – Sam Smith
  • Creature Comfort – Everything Now – Arcade Fire
  • It’s Getting Old – Sixteen – Cottonwood Firing Squad

Hayden Molchan, DJ

  • Peak Magnetic – Death Peak – Clark
  •  Leitmotiv – Theory of Colours – Dauwd
  •  Andromeda (Bonobo Remix) – Single – Gorillaz (feat. D.R.A.M.)
  •  Piano Boy – 1987 – Amtrac
  •  Show You The Way – Drunk – Thundercat

Corey Lightner, Volunteer

  • Reddi Whip – Heart Break On A Full Moon – Chris Brown
  •  Droptop In The Rain – Beach House 3 – Ty Dolla $ign
  •  Crew – At What Cost – Goldlink
  •  Everybody Knows – Heart Break On A Full Moon – Chris Brown
  •  Take You Home – No Album – Angel

Sean Pritchard, DJ

  • Alterlife – RINA – Rina Sawayama
  • Legendary Iron Hood – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream – Open Mike Eagle
  • Mythological Beauty – Capacity – Big Thief

Anh Nguyen, DJ

  • June – spin – Tigers Jaw
  • Sunshine Type – Good Nature – Turnover
  • 24 Hours – Paradise – Knox Fortune
  • Sand People – Little World – Zack Villere
  • Only in the West – Sebastian – Yeek

Kiara Walker, Programming Director

  • The Weekend – Ctrl – SZA
  • Tailwhip (single) – Men I Trust
  • Road Head – Soft Sounds from Another Planet- Japanese Breakfast
  • Running- An Open Letter – Nicotine’s Famous Honey
  • Loving is Easy (single) – Rex Orange County

The 2017 Dominion Energy Christmas Parade on WVCW

In case you missed it, here are photos and the audio from our 8th annual coverage of the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade! You can find more photos on here on our Facebook page.

The Monday Morning Lady Lovers hosted the Parade Preshow this year!

This years coverage was hosted by Jon Carpenter, Jacob McFadden, Kiara Walker, and for the final time, senior, Katie Moody.

Concert Review: Primus at The National

Primus put on a spectacular performance Wednesday, October 25 at the National. As they exploded onto the stage with Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver to a collective chanting of “Primus Sucks” by young and old fans alike, the symphony of heavy bass, cymbal crashes and drunken mirth set the tone for the rest of the evening.

The trio consists of Les Claypool on bass/vocals, Larry LaLonde on guitars and Tim Alexander on drums, each member bringing their own distinct styles to the stage, blending together into a dynamic, psychedelic eruption that seems to always catch the audience off guard at every performance. This night was no exception, the band blazed through their first set, playing old favorites like “American Life” and “Too Many Puppies.” The crowd did their best to sing along, losing themselves quickly in the band’s lengthy jams and hypnotic visual imagery.

At the turn of the second set, the band stole onto the stage, dressed in druid-like garb, surrounded by artificial foliage to set the theme of their new material off “The Desaturating Seven.” The crowd found themselves entranced at the story of rainbow goblins being told over the band’s baroque instrumentals. The performance carred on through several musical transitions before closing with “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver,” putting a satisfying end to the evening. The coming together of experienced fans of the band and those new to their uncanny style was truly a spectacle that can only reinforce the notion of good music bringing those together in such divisive times.

Hayden Molchan, WVCW

WVCW’s Favorite Songs of 2016

For many, 2016 was a tough year. From the loss of multiple celebrities to the mess of politics that occurred this year, things could have been better. However, there was one especially bright light amidst seemingly endless darkness: music. This year brought us a number of great songs and breakout artists. Here our a few of WVCW’s staff members top song picks for 2016!

Note: Some of the songs on this list are explicit!

Leah Dickshinski- DJ

  1. No More Parties in L.A.- Kanye West
  2. Identikit- Radiohead
  3. Your Best American Girl- Mitski
  4. FloriDada- Animal Collective
  5. Pneumonia- Danny Brown
  6. Obsidian Counterpoint- Tim Hecker
  7. Frankie Sinatra- The Avalanches
  8. Judas- Esperanza Spalding
  9. I Can’t Give Everything Away- David Bowie
  10. Sister- Angel Olsen

Courtney Miller-DJ

  1. Too Dark- Frankie Cosmos
  2. Heart Shaped Face- Angel Olsen
  3. Desert Island Disk- Radiohead
  4. Mondays- Sales

Sean Pritchard-DJ

  1. Really Doe- Danny Brown
  2. Vignette: Panacea- Disasterpeace
  3. How I Died Today- Jeremy & Lynne
  4. Pain- De La Soul
  5. Ain’t It a Sin- Charles Bradley

Nia McLeod- DJ

  1. Same Drugs – Chance the Rapper
  2. Backseat – Ari Lennox
  3. Neighbors – J. Cole
  4. Redbone – Childish Gambino
  5. Me & Your Mama – Childish Gambino
  6. Caroline – Amine
  7. Stay – Mac Miller
  8. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  9. Smile – Isaiah Rashad
  10. Maniac – Jhene Aiko
  11. Wifi – D.R.A.M feat. Erykah Badu
  12. Girlfriend – NAO
  13. Wolves – Kanye West feat. Sia & Vic Mensa

Brandon Herbin- DJ

  1. I Love You So Much- V.Rose ft. Tripp Lee
  2. Skittles and Iced Tea- Hostyle Gospel ft. John Givez
  3. Ain’t Worried- Mike Bell, Legin, Sinai ft. T-Haddy
  4. Home- Sean C. Johnson
  5. Arthur Agee- K-Drama
  6. We Live It- B-Fade ft. Brvndon P & Pray Area
  7. Wanna Be- Drew Smith

Kayla Pangilinan- DJ

  1. Never Be Mine- Angel Olsen
  2. Your Best American Girl- Mitski
  3. Gemini Feed- Banks
  4. Ivy- Frank Ocean
  5. Hopeless- Khalid
  6. Wedding Singer- Modern Baseball
  7. This Song Is a Mess but So Am I- Joyce Manor
  8. Floated In- Frankie Cosmos
  9. Versace On the Floor- Bruno Mars
  10. I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore- Lucy Dacus
  11. Aquasun- Basement
  12. Barely 21 (feat. Tavi Gevinson)- Seth Bogart

Alan Booth- General Manager

  1. Radio- Sylvan Esso
  2.  Wild Horses- Bishop Briggs
  3.  Take It All Back- Judah & the Lion
  4.  Getaway- Saint Motel
  5.  Money- Con Brio
  6.  If You Want It- The Sam Roberts Band
  7.  Grand Canyon- The Wind and The Wave
  8.  Take It From Me- The KONGOS
  9. Loud(y)- Lewis del Mar
  10.  HandClap- Fitz and the Tantrums
  11.  Banshee- Santigold
  12.  Once in a While- Timeflies

Kiara Walker- Programming Director

  1. Somebody Else- The 1975
  2. Gemini Feed- Banks
  3. Room in Here- Anderson.Paak (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)
  4. YOURE THE ONE- Kaytranada ft. SYD
  5. C’mon- Big Gigantic ft. GRiZ
  6. 33 “GOD”- Bon Iver
  7. Have Some Love- Childish Gambino
  8. Junie- Solange
  9. Innocence- Flume ft. AlunaGeorge
  10. Alaska- Maggie Rogers