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