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2022 KAMP Picks of the Year!

2022 KAMP Picks of the Year

The new year is here and we can reflect on everything that has happened in KAMP. This past fall there were shows every single day of the week and most days had shows every hour from noon to 10pm. That kind of DJ participation is what makes KAMP so great and having a show is something so many members look forward to during the week.

Beyond running a show, plenty of club members took advantage of all the other opportunities available through KAMP. So many members worked with music directors to get press opportunities for concerts and wrote reviews on their experiences. KAMP hosted a 24-hour radio marathon in honor of College Radio Day. The sports department continued to expand and welcome new members who were eager to commentate. We hosted two in-studio concerts before our production board broke (how tragic) and we threw countless CDs at passing students on the mall to get them interested in KAMP.

2022 was a special year for KAMP. There was so much enthusiasm from new and veteran members. In keeping with tradition we asked KAMPers to send in their picks of the year for 2022.

Trey Cardi - Alternative Music Director

The King of genres and is back in 2022 with his picks of the year. Here are Trey Cardi’s picks:

My Top 50 Songs of 2022

limited to one song per artist and one song per album

2022 was an extremely strong year for music, boasting the releases of many future classic records. The following tracks defined this great year in music, and will continue to define the music landscape for years to come. If you’re interested in my top full releases of the year, please feel free to navigate to my profile! In the meantime, let’s count down the top 50 songs of 2022…

50. Ugly Perfection - Quisp

49. Cities Aviv - The Sun the Moon the Spa

48. ABBATIA - Heebie Jeebies

47. Tim Bernardes - Leve

46. Soul Glo - Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((By the Future))

45. Beatrice Harrison - Nightingales and Beatrice Harrison – Londonderry Air

44. Skullcrusher - Lullaby in February

43. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Magenta Mountain

42. Alex G - Runner

41. Quadeca - House Settling

40. Backxwash - Vibanda

39. Branko Mataja - Susti bagrem beli

38. Martín Escalante, Teté Leguía & Weasel Walter - Castles of Helical Hands.

37. CMAT - Nashville

36. Bladee & Ecco2k - The Flag Is Raised

35. Djo - Half Life

34. Ben McElroy - How I Learnt to Disengage From the Pack

33. Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul - Ceci n'est pas un cliché.

32. Kendrick Lamar - N95

31. Širom - Grazes, Wrinkles, Drifts into Sleep

30. Anna von Hausswolff - Ugly and Vengeful

29. Mabe Fratti - Cada músculo

28. James and the Shame - Believe Me

27. Boris - She Is Burning

26. Diamanda Galás - Broken Gargoyles II. Abiectio

25. Florist - Sci-fi Silence

24. Alvvays - Easy On Your Own?

23. Steve Lacy - Bad Habit

22. Bailey Miller - Balm

21. Perfume Genius - Pop Song

20. Beach House - Superstar

19. Kali Malone - Living Torch II

18. Tatsuro Yamashita - ミライのテーマ

17. Natalia Lafourcade - Pajarito colibrí

16. Ghais Guevara - Shirk

15. The Weeknd - Less Than Zero

14. Father John Misty - Q4

13. Searows - Sleeping With the Lights On

12. Regina Spektor - Loveology

11. Ethel Cain - American Teenager

10. Daniel Rossen - Unpeopled Space

9. Black Midi - Eat Men Eat

8. Beirut - Elephant Gun

7. Viper - Hey, Maybe One Day You'll See Me Again

6. Everything Everything - Jennifer

5. Jens Lekman - Sipping on the Sweet Nectar

4. Big Thief - Simulation Swarm

3. Tamino - My Dearest Friend and Enemy

2. Jakey - Pine Barrens

1. Black Country, New Road - Snow Globes

Peyton Riegel - News Director

Picks of the year: My pick of the year is Wendell and Wild, the Netflix original film. This movie perfectly encapsulated the imaginative spirit and spooky essence of the Halloween season. I love how the movie was extremely self-aware and inclusive while simultaneously breaking the barriers in stop-motion animation. I hope to see more movies like this in the future!

Carlos Montes

Here are Carlos’ collection of picks across various forms of media:

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies (Movie)

  • Inside Job Season 2 (Show)

  • Better Call Saul [Final Season] (Show)

  • Once Twice Melody by Beach House (Music/Album)

  • Asian Glow (Artist)

  • Drain Gang (Artist Group)

  • The Brains (Buddies of mine)

  • SuperMega Saves the Troops (Book)

  • My Mom’s Cookies!!

Fae Campbell - KAMP Rookie of the semester

Here are Fae’s top albums of 2022:


  • SOS - SZA

  • Freddie’s Inferno - Freddie Dredd

George Romero - Alternative Music Director / Head Magic Director

The inaugural Head Magic Director is always up to something devious. But this list of movie picks from George appears pretty straightforward… maybe.

Top 10 movies I watched for the first time in 2022:

  1. Drive My Car (2021) - Watched this in January during its theatrical run and it changed my life. Watching it a second time in July on an airplane and it changed my life again. I don’t want to talk about this movie anymore.

  2. Close-Up (1990) - This permanently changed my expectations for what film can be. If I watched this any earlier in my life I would probably be a much better person now. Completely refreshing approach to both documentary and narrative filmmaking.

  3. Ratcatcher (1999) - Insanely devastating portrayal of guilt. The only time I’ve ever cried during an in-class screening of a movie.

  4. Triangle of Sadness (2022) - I really hope this isn’t the closest Ostlund ever gets to making the PERFECT movie, but I would not be mad if this is as close as he gets.

  5. Late Spring (1949) - Might have been higher on this list at one point but I’m burnt out from watching this so many times this year. Couldn’t stop watching it and flew too close to the sun.

  6. Amores Perros (2000) - This feels like the fastest movie I have ever seen? Amazing. I need to watch more Iñárritu movies but I’m scared none of them will be as good as this.

  7. We’re All going to the World’s Fair (2021) - Another one that changed how I looked at movies! Such a terrifyingly accurate depiction of what it was like to be a teenager on the internet in the early 2010’s.

  8. TÁR (2022) - TÁR.

  9. Hoop Dreams (1994) - The near three hour run time just flies by. I almost wish it was even longer. It does such a great job at investing you emotionally in William and Arthur’s lives while also speaking on larger societal issues. Perfect sports movie and perfect documentary.

  10. Climax (2018) - Made me freak out and throw up.

Honorable mentions:

  1. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

  2. Force Majeure (2014)

  3. Persona (1966)

  4. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

  5. Bones and All (2022)


These are Ezra’s top album picks of the year:

  • Cloe and the Next 20th Century - Father John Misty

  • Quitters - Christian Lee Hutson

  • The Family - Brockhampton

  • Heroes and Villains - Metro Boomin

  • It’s Almost Dry - Pusha T

  • And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow - Weyes Blood

Sophia Troetel

For best album, I am torn between Midnights by Taylor Swift, or Girls Like Me Don’t Cry by Thuy. They’re both such good pop albums. Midnights is a new side of Taylor Swift, but it feels real and relatable. Girls Like Me Don’t Cry is a new pop album by Vietnamese-American singer, Thuy. Amazing pop music with dramatic instrumentals, definitely gives big Bratz energy.

Liam Larkin-Smith - KAMPer of the semester

Best Movies from 2022: Tar, Mad God, Nope, The Northman Elvis, The Batman, Top Gun: Maverick,

Best Movies I saw that didn't come out in 2022: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Fallen Angels, The Tree of Life, Lawrence of Arabia, Walker, Blow Out, Nashville, City of God, The End of Evangelion, Cloud Atlas, Zardoz, Aguirre The Wrath of God, Lost Highway, Miami Vice, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Thief and the Cobbler, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Southland Tales

Best Music from 2022: Wet Leg-Wet Leg, All of the REMXNG EPs-clipping., Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam-The Comet is Coming, Butcher Brown Presents Triple Trey, Melt My Eyez See Your Future-Denzel Curry, Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms, and Lava-King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Scry-Cole Pulice, Animal Drowning-Knifeplay, De Todas las Flores-Natalia Lafourcade, Every Motherfucker is Your Brother-Oort Smog, Luv 4 Rent-Smino, And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow-Weyes Blood.

Best Music I was Recommended this year: Progmatron-Zoe, Deloused in the Comatorium-The Mars Volta, Damaged-Black Flag, Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada-Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Trick-Alex G, Within and Without-Washed Out, Spiderland-Slint, Amir-Tamino, The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom-Jens Lekman, Stratosphere/Contemporary Movement (2 Albums)-Duster, Ghosts of the Great Highway-Sun Kil Moon, After the Disco-Broken Bells, EMEFE-EMEFE, Embryonic-The Flaming Lips, Frengers: Not Quite Friends but Not Quite Strangers-Mew, Parsley Sounds-Parsley Sound, Sonic Jihad-Snake River Conspiracy, MOTOMAMI-Rosalia, Keasby Nights-Catch 22, What a Time to Be Alive-Drake and Future, High Top Mountain-Sturgill Simpson, Cuttin Grass Vol 2-Sturgill Simpson, Lungs-Florence+The Machine.

Favorite books I read this year: Inherent Vice, Watchmen, Programmed to Kill, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

My favorite band that I played in this year was Moon Nite.

Ellis Laveen - Production Director

Picks of the year:

  1. Like Clockwork (album) by Queens of the Stone Age - Instrumentals make this album what it is. They are complex layered. Instrumentals often leave me wanting more, but with this album every want is satisfied instrumentally. Four songs to highlight are: The Vampyre of Time and Memory, I Appear Missing, Kalopsia, and Like Clockwork. The album stands out to me because the musical style is so different from all of their previous work. It marks a shift that can be seen through their following discography.

  2. Ben Folds Tiny Desk Concert - He keeps messing up on the piano and I love it. His interaction with the NPR staff is so fun and all the music he plays “off the new record” is perfect. I also love that he keeps playing music even though he is already late for a flight.

  3. Crucifire by Desert Sessions (music video) - The song is chaotic and the music video feels like someone took the movie I was envisioning in my head and made it a reality.

  4. Sasquatch .22 (Live) by Bay Faction - Such a sad song, but a beautiful performance from a group that is no longer together sadly.

  5. Two Blue Lights by Songs: Ohia - Dazzling and delicate tune that only lasts two minutes but leaves you wanting more and more

  6. Static on the Radio by Jim White, Aimee Mann, M. Ward, Joe Henry - The instrumentals of this tune are fantastic and slightly ominous. I love how the instrumentals and lyrics give the sense that I’ve gone back in time and it feels like I’m watching an old western movie.

  7. Live and Die by the Avett Brothers - I first heard this song last winter break while watching This is 40. I love the banjo in this song and I love singing along to this song in the car.

  8. Big Daddy Kane Tiny Desk Concert - The Smoothest Operator ever. He took everything the band practiced and then changed and improvised everything on the spot.

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