Neal Cotter

Major: Spanish
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles
Favorite Artist: Joanna Newsom
Favorite Album: Ys

I’m a senior from Los Angeles, CA majoring in Spanish and Math, and I’m incredibly excited to be overseeing WRVU this year. I started training as a freshman after bumping into a WRVU DJ at a Smith Westerns concert, and the rest was history. I served as Training Director for three semesters after that, and then took a semester off to study abroad in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Now that I’m back, I’m looking forward to a great last year as a DJ and making WRVU even better than it was before as GM.

Vote in the WRVU Album of 2013 Tournament!

top ablums 2013 round 1

2013 is coming to a close, and that means it’s time to select our station’s top album of the year.  Our DJs have nominated the 16 albums in the image above, but we’re leaving it to our listeners to vote for their favorites within this group.  Head over to our Facebook page every day this week to weigh in!

Tullycraft – Lost in Light Rotation (Magic Marker)

PURE SUGARY TWEE POP BEAUTY. 1990s Seattle birthed one of the world’s greatest pop bands, and almost 20 years later they’re still (tully)crafting some of the best stuff out there.  Light, fun, undeniably cool, retro and youthful at the same time, LILR may even surpass Disenchanted Hearts Unite as their best yet.  Everything is ultra-catchy and pure radio.  So I would ask you to politely put down whatever wannabe’s tape is in your hand and spin anything from the true DIY mother of indie pop, please. Don’t lose this is light rotation (ha).

-Kate Koschewa

Bastille – Haunt EP (Virgin)

Damn, Bastille rocks! Giving a unique British soul twist on a rather familiar electronic-alt-rock format, frontman Dan Smith and company blow the doors down with a set of songs from their Spring 2013 debut album. k1 became a bit of a hit over the summer, and deservedly so; it’s the best on this release, closely followed by the new track, “Haunt.” Bastille shows impressive production reminiscent of Viva-era Coldplay, but simultaneously showcase raw talent in Mumfordesque harmonies. This EP has everything you want from a British electronic band. It’s got the big sound, the fantastic musicianship, and the catchiness of a great summer album.

-Austin Lyons

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)

Boards of Canada is a legendary Scottish electronic duo. Tomorrow’s Harvest is their long-awaited return, and it does not disappoint. This is an album of brooding, minimal instrumentals of the sort that only this pair seems capable of creating.

-Lucas Hillard

The Baptist Generals – Jackleg Devotional to the Heart (Sub Pop)

The Baptist Generals make unique indie rock with folk influences, reminiscent of the band Califone. The vocalist has a powerful, distinctive voice that sells lyrics that are nothing to rave about. Instrumentally, however, this band stands out. The compositions are full of strange instrumentation that gives the music a very untraditional sound.

-Lucas Hillard

Volcano Choir – Repave (Jagjaguwar)

Volcano Choir is a project featuring Justin Vernon from Bon Iver and the members of experimental rock group Collections of Colonies and Bees. Sonically, the album is not too much of a departure from Bon Iver’s sophomore album; however, Vernon’s vocal stylings do differ quite considerable. He frequently abandons the falsetto for a more anthemic Springsteen-esque howl. Surprisingly, it works well, and this album is a pleasure to hear.

- Lucas Hilliard

Neko Case Impresses on Stunning Return

A solo artist since the 90s and a core member of the Canadian supergroup The New Pornographers, Neko Case has worn many hats throughout her career.  But while her output has always been strong, her last release—2009’s “Middle Cyclone”—didn’t do much to push the envelope of Case’s sound, and it seemed as though we might’ve seen all she had to offer.  Fortunately, 20 years into her career, Case has crafted her most innovative and engaging album yet.

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