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Staff Year End List: Marketing Director Keenan Cronyn’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

1. Acid Rap – Chance The Rapper
This album is flawlessly produced and ridiculously unique. It’s one of the top 5 most important mixtapes of all time and the replay value is untouchable.
Key track: Cocoa Butter Kisses

2. Yeezus – Kanye West
I still can’t decide if this or 808s is my least favorite Ye album. That being said, this is still one of the most cohesive and ground breaking records from 2013.
Key track: Blood on the Leaves

3. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon – King Krule
Archy Marshall is an immediate love hate for people. You’re either down or instantly turned off. Side note: I saw him live at the Fonda in Hollywood on the 18th and it was the best show I’ve been to in 2 years.
Key track: Baby Blue

4. Old – Danny Brown
Listen to this in the car. This album BUMPS. Danny Brown shouldn’t be boxed into a genre, this album is all over the place but the track listing brilliantly organizes this album.
Key track: Lonely

5. Avalanche – Quadron
This album is beautifully produced and composed and contains one of my top five tracks from the year “Sea Salt”
Key track: Sea Salt

6. PARTYNEXTDOOR – PARTYNEXTDOOR
EASILY my guiltiest pleasure from 2013. I bumped this in my car all summer. It’s short and sweet but there’s not a single low point on the project.
Key track: TBH

7. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
When I first put this album in my car I was terribly disappointed. 3 weeks later with a set of headphones, I felt like an idiot. Beautiful.
Key track: Touch

8. Majid Jordan – afterhours
You’ll recognize the name from Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home” but this little project stays in heavy rotation for me. He’s going to have a huge 2014.
Key track: Chill Pad Deluxe

9. Summer Knights – Joey Bada$$
I’m a huge Joey fan and this album was perfect for summer cruising or kicking it outside with my friends. Sentimental pick for sure, but it’s up there.
Key track: Death of Yolo

10. Paracosm – Washed Out
This is a real slow burner and it’s best enjoyed front to back. It was my go to study album and my go to go to sleep album. Great vibes all around.
Key track: It All Feels Right

Honorable Mentions
Wolf – Tyler, The Creator
Again, another rap album that breaks the norm and managed to stand out in this years sea of big names and big labels.
Key track: Awkward

My Name is My Name – Pusha
EVERYTHING IS PUSHA T! One of the most cohesive and carefully curated rap albums from the year. A lot of features but this project is all Pusha and helps him plant his feet firmly as a solo artist.
Key track: Hold On

Ideas + Drafts + Loops – Flying Lotus
These are just a bunch of leftovers from FlyLo. But it’s still FlyLo and it’s still a great collection to have.
Key track: Flotus

Get Home Safely – Dom Kennedy
I’m a huge fan of west coast hip hop and even though this project is hit or miss it’s caught a lot of rotation in the car. Definitely worth a listen.
Key track: Black Bentleys

Life Changes – Casey Veggies
Casey’s most focused project has a ton of plays in my iTunes library. It was all I was listening to this spring and I still will bump some tracks from this one.
Key track: Whip It

Staff Year End List: Music Director Michelle Feghali’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Let’s face it, I’m no Rolling Stone Magazine writer or NPR music aficionado… but I do have a specific, codified list of what I consider to be my favorite albums of 2013. Unfortunately this year, nothing really stepped up and wowed me like how I felt with Alt-J and Frank Ocean’s albums in 2012. Regardless, I did enjoy quite an eclectic handful of albums that debuted in 2013.
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Top Eight Unfortunate Social Media Phrases of 2013

Our arsenal of apps and sites grows daily, and our vocabulary grows with it. To move Impact 89FM’s end of the year lists along, Exposure host Abbie Newton breaks down eight of the most common phrases we’ve heard this year in regards to the media that connects (or tethers) us all together.

8. “Wait, do I follow you on Instagram?”
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This phrase was most frequently said by two foodies having a photogenic lunch together.
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Staff Year End List: Content Director Kevin Glide’s “Top 10 Albums of 2013″

After absolutely destroying all that Rolling Stone loves with my article “Top 10 Reasons to Disagree with Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2013″ I felt that the time was right for the Impact to take their rightful place as the foremost authority on music lists. Being the Content Director at WDBM Impact 89FM, I tasked my co-workers with composing their end of the year “Top 10 Albums of 2013.” All week long, we’ll be sharing staff picks. Here’s my totally unbiased, super objective, unopinionated, fair and balanced list.

#10 – Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend
I didn’t care for this album too much, but I love this band dearly. It’s kinda like if your significant other got an ugly haircut, you know?
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Review of Until the Ribbon Breaks’ A Taste of Silver EP

“Straight outta Cardiff…” boasts the bio section on the Facebook page of Pete Lawrie Winfield, aka Until the Ribbon Breaks. If this quip doesn’t persuade you to look into this artist, maybe this album review will. Last week, this talented Welshmen dropped A Taste of Silver, a 5 track EP that refuses to be restricted to contemporary standards and genres. Using chill electronic percussion, airy keyboards, and good ol’ fashioned soul power, UTRB pushes the frontier of “future R&B” reminiscent of acts like Frank Ocean and The Weeknd.
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Finals Week Playlist

Fingers stained with coffee and highlighter. Hallucinations brought on by sleep deprivation. Lecture halls brimming with pajama-clad students. No student is safe from the wrath of Finals Week. Here is a playlist for all-nighters, study groups, and other miscellaneous academic emergencies. It’s chill but has just the right beat to keep you from falling asleep in the stacks. Included are a some deep tracks to guide you on your 4:30am existential crisis and the occasional 80s power ballad to ensure that not all hope is lost.

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Top 10 Reasons to Disagree with Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2013

Brace yourselves, people. It’s about to get meta up in here. Our generation’s obsession with Buzzfeed and Cracked ranked lists is something that John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity would be proud of. Personally, I think they’re a great way to get people pissed off and into heated debates about something as subjective as music.

Yesterday, Rolling Stone magazine released their Top 50 Albums of 2013. Say what you will about RS, but they’re the one of the most accessible and oldest music journals out there. That doesn’t mean we have to like it. Here’s my list of the Top 10 Reasons to Disagree with Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of 2013.
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