WSUM DJs’ Anticipated Albums of 2014

A new year means new music. WSUM DJs highlight their most anticipated albums of 2014.
The Antipop, Songs for Dark Souls, DJ

1. Tool – TBA – A new Tool album is automatically my most anticipated release in any year.

2. Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2 – All I want is more of the same from El-P and Killer Mike, but I have a sneaky suspicion they will blow expectations out of the water.

3. Q-Tip – The Last Zulu – I still listen to Q-Tip’s last album, The Renaissance, six years later. If that album and his work on Busta’s “Thank You” are any indication, The Last Zulu will absolutely DESTROY PLANETS.

4. Mastodon – TBA – I will always and forever love Mastodon.

5. Down – TBA (EP) – Down continues their strategy of releasing EPs instead of LPs. The last one, The Purple EP, was quite good. I want to see where this goes.

Kayla Kush, U DUB, DJ

1. The Expanders

2. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

3. The Simpkin Project

4. Slightly Stoopid

5. Barrington Levy

James Runde, James’s Garage, DJ

1. Mac Demarco – Salad Days

2. Malkmus and the Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags

3. Shellac: Dude – Incredible

4. The Hold Steady – Teeth Dreams

5. Modest Mouse – TBD

Lorenza Zebell, Hodgepodge, Traffic Director


1. Beck – Morning Phase

2. Yellow Ostrich – Cosmos

3. Tycho – Awake

4. Hospitality – Trouble

5. Jay Electronica – Act II: Patents of Nobility (The Turn)

Jolene Esterline, Cooler Than You, DJ


1. The Apache Relay – TBA

Natalie Amend, Dimension 7,  Program Director


1. D’Angelo – TBA

2. Joanna Newsom – TBA

3. Mark McGuire – Along The Way

4. Real Estate – Atlas

5. Swans – TBA

DJ Dirty Dan, Dirty Money, DJ


1.  Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron 

2.  Mick Jenkins – The Water[s] 

Blaze (Paul Blazevich), Radio the Show, DJ


1. Com Truise – Wave 1

2. Real Estate – Atlas

3. Sampha – TBA

4. Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

5. Frank Ocean – TBA

6. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence

7. Kanye West – TBA

8. SZA – Z

9. Sam Smith – In The Lonely Hour

10. Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

There are so many more rumors and albums that may or may not be dropped. Some say albums will be dropped that there’s not even rumors about! So I’ll leave you with these ten titles, and if these are the only albums to come out this year of all the anticipated, I will be a very happy man.

Rayna Christman, DNC YRSLF DRTY, DJ


All my favorites came out with albums last year, but I’m excited to give the new St. Vincent a listen, I want new Kaiser Chiefs, and I definitely need some more Kanye.
DJ Friendship, Sex and Candy, DJ

1) Dr. Dre – Detox 

2) Chance the Rapper – Social Experiment

3) Bon Iver – *crosses fingers*

4) Frank Ocean – TBA

5) Kendrick Lamar – TBA

Honorable Mention: ScHoolboy Q – Oxymoron, Sampha – TBA, Kanye West/GOOD Music/Kanye x Jay collab pt. 2
Emili Earhart, A Spectacular Commodity, DJ

1. Artist: Swans
Album: To Be Kind
Scheduled release date: May 13, 2014
Label: Young God
Producer: John Congleton

2. Artist: Shellac
Album: Dude, Incredible
Label: Touch And Go

3. Apparently Health is coming out with their 3rd LP soon–hopefully this year

4. Artist: Xiu Xiu
Album: Angel Guts: Red Classroom 
Scheduled release date: February 4, 2014
Label: Polyvinyl
Producer: John Congleton
(WSUM already has this album–I just reviewed it–so I don’t know if this counts, but it’s not scheduled to be released until later)

5. Maybe Tool will finally release something new?

Sophia Jones, El Monde E Musiv, Website and Social Media Director

1. Robyn – TBA

2. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

3. MO – TBA

4. Amason – TBA

5. Ira Redig – TBA

DJ Nudie Judie (Catie Rutledge), Beats for the Bibliophile, Creative Director


1. St. Vincent – St. Vincent (February 25)

2. Chance the Rapper – TBA

3. Kendrick Lamar – TBA

4. Grimes – TBA (September 9)

5. The New Pornographers – TBA