From the Vault: Greetings from the WOBC Library Workgroup!

Map of the WOBC Library designed by the wondrous Claire Kotarski
Map of the WOBC Library designed by the wondrous Claire Kotarski

Library workgroup specializes in maintaining and exploring the immense and diverse WOBC Music Library on Saturdays from 4-5pm. Check out some of these gems that our librarians were able to find among the thousands of CDs, LPs, cassettes, and 45s that the station has to offer! Wanna learn more about the WOBC library or explore it for yourself? Come hang out with library workgroup or email WOBC Librarian Becca Winer at!


Danny: Mogwai – Happy Songs for Happy People
Happy Songs for Happy People displays a mid-period Mogwai at their finest. It boasts the rousing buildups of Young Team, but also offers electronic-tinged moments that suggest the krauty weirdness of later records. Super deep cut – I don’t know why more people don’t love this album.

Sabina: Hole – Celebrity Skin
Hole helped me get through my freshman year. In Celebrity Skin, their raw sound  is more polished and upbeat than in their earlier work, but the angst is ever-present.
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Julia S:
Joy Division – Closer
I used to listen to this with my dad while he taught me how to drive. He’d tell me about being a DJ and booking bands at Carnegie Mellon, and I’d run a red light or forget to use my turn signal because his stories were too distracting.
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Matt: Mountain Goats – Why You All So Thief?
“Deep cut.”
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Julia B: Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place

I chose a 45 of “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads.  It’s one my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands and just the other day, my dad was telling me about when he saw them live at Finney Chapel when he was at Oberlin in 1979.

Becca: Talking Heads – Fear of Music

I also chose Talking Heads because if there’s anything I love more than workgroup snacks, it’s workgroup jams to Tina Weymouth bass riffs. This was the first album that made me feel like the coolest kid in school when I listened to it while romping around my middle school hallways – a very, very special connection. Finding it in the WOBC Library (in many different formats) made me want to bop and flop my way over to Social Studies just like the good ol’ days. Wow this album is the best ever.

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Owen: Gong- Radio Gnome Invisible Pt. 2: Angel’s Egg

Cool record, from a very eccentric British Canterbury-Scene prog-rock band.  Not the best of the Radio Gnome Invisible trilogy, but it was the only one in the vault. It’s still pretty cool nonetheless.  The band’s founder, Daevid Allen, passed away recently at age 77.
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The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin and Burrito Deluxe
“I think it was in pop.”
-special guest librarian Julia S’s twin sister
Lya: Tim Buckley – The Dream Belongs To Me

NSFW: Tim Buckley’s voice makes all of my internal organs melt into a puddle of orgasmic liquid wonder. I only recently got into him when I started looking into artists to play on my psych/prog folk radio show this semester. I think “Sing a Song For You” off this album is really beautiful. If you’re into beautiful wonderful passionate things, you should check out the better Buckley. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤