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Sleater-Kinney – No Cities To Love

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No Cities To Love is punk outfit, Sleater-Kinney’s first album after a nine-year hiatus. No Cities begins with “Price Tag”, a punchy anthem to consumerism. From minute one of the short thirty-three minute (ten song) album you’re hit with the hard-driving tempo that carries it throughout. “Fangless” is a tad funkier than the rest with a more danceable tune. “A New Wave” conquers the dilemma of identity, as much of the album does, with some welcome harmonizing. “Surface Envy” is arguably the crowning jewel, featuring quite a bit of dual guitar play. No Cities To Love definitely follows on in the path of their previous work yet seems a bit more concise. There’s no respite for the listener, each song gets straight to the point and before you can recover you’re thrown back in.

-Sarah Guirguis

Viet Cong – Viet Cong

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Death plays a major part in Viet Cong’s composition. Aside from being the title of the epic final track on their debut album, it is death that initially brought the band together. After the tragic death of Women’s guitarist Christopher Reimer, Bassist/vocalist Matt Flegel and Drummer Michael Wallace formed Viet Cong, continuing the creation of anxiety fueled post-punk. Since their Cassette Ep, Viet Cong have incorporated synthesizers and drones of Swans intensity, further expanding their sound. “March of Progress” begins with a repetitive drum rhythm over minimal synth chords and tape loops, leading to metallic arpeggiating guitars and a verse that builds with full intensity, highlighting Wallace’s precise drumming and their ability to interweave guitars. The presence of Christopher Reimer lurks through each track, inspiring much of the content lyrically and musically. On Continental shelf, Flegel sings, “Don’t want to reminisce” and “Don’t want to face the world, it’s suffocating”, further revealing his emotional angst. On the album’s closer “Death”, Viet Cong play with driving force, exemplifying their greatest strengths and abilities. At just over 11 minutes, “Death” takes many forms, patiently building up into a throbbing drone until a sudden shift, changing the pace and playing at unusual time signatures similar to Women’s “Heat Distraction”. Viet Cong is an incredibly consistent album that stretches the boundaries of their previous work, blending familiarity with a certain freshness.

-Ben Houston

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Hey! So here’s how we put this together: We prepped a small editorial team made up of outgoing music directors (Alec & I) as well as our incoming music directors (Brett, Trevor, Jonny). We, along with 32 other WUOG staffers submitted ranked lists of what we considered to be the best albums of 2014. The editors then paired our (weighted) album rankings with the rankings of our staffers and created a definitive Top 50 list that we feel best represents the opinion of WUOG as a whole. We’ve disregarded WUOG’s on-air philosophy here, so Billboard success wont exclude any deserving artists from the list or effect their ranking. After the jump are our top ten choices accompanied by write-ups from various members of our editorial team (I made everyone write a little something about our #1 pick, whether they liked it or not). You can see the full Top 50 list, ranked in order of how many “votes” each album received, at the bottom of the post. Also, side-note, this is the last thing I’m ever going to write for WUOG. Bye everybody, it’s been fun hanging with y’all for the last 3 years :’). - Nathan Kerce, outgoing music director, former blog editor, nice enough guy. 

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What’s new on WUOG? Strangest collab of the year, Helium/Autoclave/Wild Flag’s Mary Timony’s newest band and a buncha Canadian garage punks!

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During an annual fundraiser for their radio station, two student DJs at California Polytechnic State University’s KCPR offered to send pictures of their genitals over Snapchat in exchange for cash donations. Whether meant as a joke or not, the university’s administration was not pleased.

The station was labeled “rogue” and complaints about lack of oversight and professionalism on KCPR surfaced. A faculty member even had her name removed from the station’s FCC license, and administration began devising a panel to oversee changes in the station.

All of these moves could have been expected from the raucous fundraiser exploits, but one note from the Dean of the Liberal Arts College struck a different chord.

“I am beginning to believe that we should sell the radio license (we have had an offer),” said Douglas Epperson in an email obtained by CalCoastNews.

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If you tune into WUOG you might hear the latest from Texas post-rockers This Will Destroy You and California dance-poppers Lemonade. Both albums have blue covers, so this article is visually pleasing.

This Will Destroy You – Another Language
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Many have heard of Texas post-rock band Explosions in the Sky. Their atmospheric sound has made it into the hit TV show (and movie) “Friday Night Lights”, bringing music lovers’ attention to the Texas Post-Rock scene. Although Explosions in the Sky is usually the headliner when talking about this style of music, San Marcos, TX quartet This Will Destroy You is revolutionizing the scene. The biggest difference is that most post-rock bands such as Explosions in the Sky will follow the same formula for each song: Intro, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action. This Will Destroy You was also guilty of following this set formula, but they seem to have break away from it in their latest record Another Language.

TWDY have been active since 2004 and they have come a long way in developing their sound. This record seems to realize the emotional effect certain sounds can evoke in a person’s mind. The band strays from using strictly guitar with delay pedals and pounding drums, focusing more on layering sounds and recognizing their effect on the listener. In tracks such as “Mother Opiate” the drums only use brushes to capture the hazy nature of opiates, while the spacey minor key offers a tone of depression and loss to the whole mix. The album ends with “God’s Teeth”, a track that I listened to constantly over and over again. The guitar swells drone in the back while a piano offers a progression that is calming. While that fades away, there are more sounds that come in offering the listener a pushing and pulling feeling, much like the internal struggle of someone struggling with faith, or someone on their deathbed. The song fades to black at the end, offering an eerie solace. This album is the perfect example of how music itself can speak so much to the soul. I highly recommend This Will Destroy You’s Another Language.

-Shubham Kadam

Lemonade – Minus Tide

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This album by Lemonade provides the perfect synthesis between heavy electric beats and muted dance music. The vocals are harmonic and follow nicely with the instrumentals, creating a smooth synth pop experience for the listener. Sampling sexy saxophone for their ballads and heavy drums for the dance numbers Minus Tide is an extremely versatile album. The lyrics are the true gem. while dance music focuses on the beat and lyrics can fall by the wayside, that is not the case with Lemonade’s Minus Tide, as they combine inspirational lyrics with their tunes. The 80’s inspired vocals mesh well with the modern electronic beats, especially with softer songs such as “Durutti Shores,” providing pleasing hazy sounds, while “Water Colored visions” shows the lyrical capability of the band and the more dance music inspired “OST” allows for a high energy ending.

-Isabella Ballew