Staff Picks, Vol. MMXIV, Book 2

The Raincoats
The Raincoats

A playlist of meticulously chosen tracks from your very own WOBC workgroup directors.

1. Orly, punk director: The Raincoats – No One’s Little Girl

“Always a favorite, I’m pretty sure I’ve played at least one song by The Raincoats each week on my show.”

2. Louis, jazz director: Art Tatum – There Will Never Be Another You

3. Marcelo, co-international director: Yelle – Complètement Fou

“This is an easy one for me. I have been completely obsessed with Yelle’s new release. Their big hit is the appropriately named Complètement Fou (“totally crazy”). As if the song weren’t good enough, the video is just to die for. As this article puts it, ‘Yelle is unusual for finding a fan base in the stubbornly monolingual American market, even though their shoulder-waggling, schoolyard taunts are still completely in French.’ I went to her concert at the Grog Shop, and if it wasn’t sold out, it was almost there.”

4. Mayowa, co-international director: Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces

“This is one of my all time faves. Average White Band formed in Scotland, but they quickly gained international attention. My parents used to play them a lot when I was little, so this song definitely evokes some nostalgia.”

5. Galen, hip-hop director: Rich Homie Quan Ft. Young Thug – Chainsaw Massacre

“New track from Rich Homie and Young Thug, who have been putting out some of the weirdest and most exciting hip hop out of Atlanta right now. Rich Homie Quan called his relationship with Young Thug the hottest duo since Andre 3 stacks and Big Boi, and I’m inclined to agree..”

6. Mark, metal director: Imperial Triumphant – Goliath

USBM never sounded so French. Imperial Triumphant are based in Brooklyn, but their skronky, helter-skelter interpretation of black metal reeks of Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord. Goliath is riddled with swampy grooves and schizophrenic slides, antagonistic to the core; the EP manifests truly biblical levels of aggression. It only makes sense that the EP was produced by Colin Marston, New York’s patron saint of dissonance. FFO: Pyrrhon, Ulcerate, Abigor

7. Isaac, electronic director: Sub Luna City – 2 Cats (Interlude) / Weed and Warfare

“smooth vibes from a king krule side project”

8. Jackie, co-pop director: Richie Aldente – Take My Party Serious

“This gem we found during pop workgroup recently. They are essentially a modern S Club 7 in sound, but possibly more ironically bumpin? Get down to this if you’re trying to have a real goofy night.”

9. Chuck, co-freeform director: Neel – The Secret Revealed

10. Ivan, co-freeform director: Palm – Fleshtones

“Palm are simply one of the best bands around today. always pushing forward with structure, dynamics and rhythms in a rock band context while never losing momentum and originality. they excite me in ways i can’t even begin to describe. soon the masses will understand the greatness of Palm. soon.”

11. Max, vinyl director: Vulfpeck – 1612

12. Mia, folk director: Johanna Warren – We Fell

“From her kickstarter: ‘Back in April 2014, my beloved engineer Bella Blasko and I borrowed some recording equipment from friends and fashioned ourselves a makeshift studio in an empty apartment unit on the surreal and wintry shores of Wildwood, NJ. We tracked for nine days…stopping when the dogs upstairs went into barking fits.'”

13. Sivan, music director: Howard Skempton – Simple Piano Piece

“Howard Skempton is a British composer whose music is sometimes referred to the ’emancipation of consonance,’ a play on Arnold Schoenberg’s ’emancipation of dissonance’. Very informed by the experimental traditions and chance procedures of composers like John Cage and Cornelius Cardew, Skempton developed a style of hyper-simplicity – every note seems to be in exactly the right place in an utterly exquisite way, and yet it’s never predictable and each new listen sounds different.”

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