07.10.2015

Apply for the Summer Coverband Showcase!

the coverband showcase is an age-old WOBC tradition and a chance for YOU and YOUR PALS to get up on stage and transform into your favorite ban!

you don’t have to be affiliated with WOBC or Oberlin College to apply! we’d love to include everyone who wants to perform. if we get more applications than expected we will try to prioritize people who haven’t performed at a lot of Oberlin events & bands that a lot of the audience will know//want to sing along to!

email applications to wobc@oberlin.edu and include:

  • the people in your band and the instruments they’ll be playing
  • the band/musician you would like to cover
  • your band name (historically these have been spin offs of the original name, i.e. a Police cover band called Oberlin P.D., a No Doubt coverband called Mrs. No Doubtfire)
  • your set list (3-4 songs you’ll be covering)

apps are due Friday July 17th and you’ll hear back by the 19th

showcase is on July 31st!!! Location TBA.

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06.15.2015

We’re BACK!

WOBC is on for the summer! Tune in between 8AM and 4PM every weekday for the best sounds around.

05.26.2015

Apply for a summer show!

It’s that time of year! If you’re around Oberlin for the summer and are thinking about getting a radio show, you should head on over to wobc.org/apply and fill out the form by 11:59 PM on Friday,June 5th.  No experience necessary!

Summer programming will run from June 15th through August 7th.

If you have any questions large or small, feel free to email us at wobc@oberlin.edu.

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05.11.2015

Wretched Wisdom: A WOBC Interview With Mick Barr of Krallice

Photo credit http://www.invisibleoranges.com/2013/04/live-photosvideo-absu-krallice/

With an all-star (and fully original) lineup that counts among its ranks multi-instrumentalist and producer Colin Marston (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Behold The Arctopus, etc), ever-busy bassist Nick McMaster (Geryon, Gath Smane, ex-Castevet), endurant skinsman Lev Weinstein (Geryon, Bloody Panda), and outre solo guitarist Mick Barr (Octis, Ocrilim, Crom-Tech), New York’s Krallice are nearly a supergroup at this point. The USBM pioneers have always possessed a single-minded drive for the experimental, drawing from yet ultimately eschewing both the riff-heavy paradigms established by the Scandinavian black metal progenitors and the occult dissonance of newer European BM. This approach is manifest in Krallice’s preoccupations with texture, atmosphere, and spontaneity, and it’s one that’s rendered the band controversial in the eyes of black metal traditionalists. But whatever your opinions may be about Krallice’s music, you can’t deny that it’s something different, and it’s only become more so over the last few years. The band’s last album, 2012’s Years Past Matter, saw the band traveling further outside the realm of BM conventions, incorporating clean guitars and a notable increase in aggression. WOBC Metal recently spoke to guitarist Mick Barr, who touched on some of the background of the group as well as on Krallice’s current pursuits and future plans.

It’s been almost 7 years since the first Krallice record came out. What do you think has changed most about your sound since then?

Our lives have evolved, and our brains and music must follow suit. However, our working methods haven’t changed much. We still write music using roughly the same methods; one of the 3 songwriters will bring forth a skeleton, and all 4 of us will write to it. We still practice and record at Colin’s studio Menegroth. We still have roughly the same gear. Writing-wise, we have been allowing more of our personal styles to rear their heads in our music: more death metal, more technicality, less repetitive black metal structuring. And I suppose the biggest change since the first album is Nick McMaster no longer just does “additional vocals”…

You all juggle a number of different side projects. Is Krallice your collective first priority? 

It seems like first priority usually goes to the band/project that books the individual member’s time the furthest in advance. This band is very important to all of us, but we aren’t the type of people to limit ourselves to one particular priority. Music is our first priority, and it takes many forms. And i don’t think any of us views anything we do as a “side-project”. However, Krallice is my personal first priority as far as “bands” I’m in. But I’m in way less bands than the other 3 members in Krallice, so I sometimes lament the lack of prioritization while we discuss scheduling.

One thing I find striking about your records is the sonic clarity that you achieve. How does this translate to a live setting? Does anything get lost? 

It seems to translate alright I guess. I strive to not worry much about live sound, as it seems to be a losing battle. I’m sure many things get lost, but many other things get found in the live setting. Things that might have been a bit clouded in the recording might ring louder. Also, how riffs are played evolve over time, which only gets a chance to be shown while being performed.


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05.10.2015

Remote Broadcasting

Hey Oberlin Community!

Part of an organization that wants to raise its voice across campus?

Interested in having an event broadcasted live on WOBC?

WOBC has the capability to broadcast live events over the airwaves with our Remote Broadcast Antenna. This semester, we have updated our protocol for use of the Remote Broadcast Unit, complete with a new and detailed application process!

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A Screen Grab of WOBC’s New Remote Broadcast Application Form!

If you are part of an organization on campus or around Oberlin, and have an event or concert, speaker or forum you think should be broadcast on WOBC, Remote Broadcasting is an excellent resource to reach a wider audience and increase awareness in community events. Get in contact with us at engineer@wobc.org for more information or any questions.

And in the meantime, check out our new protocol list and application to get acquainted, and most importantly — make something happen!

05.06.2015

Pop Workgroup’s Favorite Songs from the Year We Were Born

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4 Non Blondes – so 90s!

Creep” by Radiohead
Released on Pablo Honey February 22 1993
Serena Creary

I grew up a strange child and had never really heard a song by Radiohead until high school. One day, as my father was driving me home from school, he asked me “Do you have the song ‘Creep’ by Radiohead?” Being a hip young child who supposedly listened to such wonder, I nodded, even though I’d never even heard or heard of the song, nor owned it. “Great,” he said “‘cause I’d love a copy!” So as soon as we arrived back at the house, I turned on the computer and downloaded the track, like a good little daughter. What I heard was absolutely wonderful. I’d gone through a tough time with a guy I was interested in at the time, and the lyrics really echoed what I was feeling. These lyrics also echoed the feelings I’d always felt as a child going through my prime awkward stage. Eight years later, and I’m dealing with the same situation; a different guy but the same pain; “I want you to notice when I’m not around. You’re so f**king special, I wish I was special.” I recently got into the habit of creating playlists for how I’m feeling; this song is listed among the favorites that I’ve chosen to describe the feelings that I have for this guy. This song is universal, and is loved by so many. I feel that it describes something we’ve all been through; pain, invisibility, heartbreak, etc. The song is 22 years old, and still speaks wisdom to us today.

“Always” by Erasure
Released April 26th, 1994
Alex Wilder

When it comes to ‘90s music, it’s fair to say I’m out of the loop. In fact, when tasked with finding a song from my birth year, I had to do a quick google search. Imagine my surprise and utter glee when I discovered that this glorious mound of cheese is just a handful of months older than I am. If you love fantasy, bazaar sound effects, and the subtle feeling that you’re being creeped upon, you will love this track. Also contains lyrical gems such as “Open your eyes, I see / Your eyes are open” and the chorus, from whence the song draws its name: “Always, I want to be with you / And make believe with you / And live in harmony, harmony oh love”. This ecstatic orgasm of embarrassing fantasies, vomited into the vessel of a weirdly produced song, is sure to put a smile on your face (or at least make you feel slightly queasy). Bonus: Featured in Adult Swim’s legendary game you may have played incessantly in high school: Robot Unicorn Attack.

Not a Pretty Girl” by Ani DiFranco
Released July 18, 1995
Rachel Maclean
Ani DiFranco’s album Not a Pretty Girl came out on July 18 1995, only 10 days before I was born. I really dig this album, and it was actually an album I listened to a lot during high school. This album talks a lot about being comfortable with yourself and your own complexity, and it also talks about being queer and angry and independent. These are all things I really clicked with in high school (and some I really click with now), so I’m glad that me and this album ‘came out’ around the same time. One song that I like in particular is the title track “Not a Pretty Girl.” It’s a soft, acoustic song with lyrics that hammer down at the patriarchy and traditional gender roles. DiFranco lays out the patriarchal idea that men need to save women and that women are perceived as irrational because of their anger in lyrics that tell a story and tell men off.

“Long View” by Green Day
Released February 1, 1994
Willa Rubin

Oh, Green Day—classic Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong-eyeliner-wearing-coke-inhaling-bleached-hair-quintessential Green Day—“Long View” is iconic for so many reasons. Firstly, it was on Dookie, Green Day’s third album, which enabled their rise to stardom. Green Day (at least in their early days) is known for showing that they have good taste in music, and many of said traits are embodied in “Long View.” For example, a steady, walking-ish and yet declarative baseline drives the melody, kind of like those found in many songs by the Clash or the Jam; but while those mod/early punk groups might have written about politics and social inequalities, the lyrics in “Long View” aren’t so deep. They’re still angry, sure, but the lyrics are simple, and full of adolescent restlessness and general angst. These attitudes are also replicated in the few power cords repeated throughout, something found in basically every Ramones song ever. Also, the music video—featuring the violent destruction of a couch—always makes for an exciting watch (to say the least, I was terrified and intrigued when I saw this at age 11). In all seriousness though: think what you want about Green Day as a whole, but Mike Dirnt’s bass line here made me want to learn the instrument.

“What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes
Released June 23rd, 1993
Jackie Milestone

It’s always great to see a rockin’ all-lady band, even if 4 Non Blondes wasn’t destined for fame and greatness. They were only together 5 short years (1989-94), but they gave the world “What’s Up” in the year of my birth, and for that I am eternally grateful. Not a fast jam, maybe not even a “catchy” jam, but somehow “What’s Up” will stick in your spine like the residues of LSD, and send your world kicking every now and then. You won’t even know why, but suddenly you’ll find yourself singing: “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah, Yeah, yeah, yeah… I said hey! What’s goin’ on?!”

The song holds a certain nostalgia for me, because of it’s random emergence in the halls of Dascomb throughout the 2012-3 school year. As a wee freshman, I would be sitting on my bed, doing homework, wondering why everything was dumb (in classic freshman-style), and out of nowhere I would faintly hear some boys in my hall singing, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah…” It must have happened four or five times throughout the school year, but at 1-2 month long intervals apart. Strange how “What’s Up” comes to haunt or comfort us in the best of times and the worst of times.

04.26.2015

An Interview With Max Pokrovskiy of Nogu Svelo!

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Anna Rose Greenberg, co-Traffic Director and host of “Germaniacs,”  recently interviewed Max Pokrovskiy (the frontman of Nogu Svelo!, a highly influential Russian rock band). Hear Pokrovskiy talk about his recent album, his songwriting process, his time as a reality TV star, American fast food, and more!