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From the Vault: Cosmic Psychos

 

The Cosmic Psycho’s album Blokes You Can Trust is sheer gold from deep in the WOBC vault-mine.  The Australian punk band is hanging by their threads to keep playing.  Their ’91 album, off of Amphetamine Reptile Records was the first with guitarist Robbie ‘Rocket’ Watts, who died in 2006.

This one’s Angst with a capital A for sure. There’s a lot of easy, definitely relatable lyrics here. But these hard-drinking vulgarians from Melbourne are closet poets. In “Elle”, the last track on the album, we get ‘I see you standing on the boat, shedding your clothes to stay afloat’, while the back vocalist groans, ‘Break my arm, break heart, tear my shirt’.

The rest is a little less romantic.  ‘Back at School’ is nice, moshy and grimey.  Jump up and down for ‘Just good to be back at school’.  Tons of shredding.  ‘Loser’ and ‘Nightshift’ follow suit.  Come into WOBC’s vault for a listen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-v7nRiUMoU

 

WOBC Cover Band Showcase This Friday!

 

The 2nd WOBC showcase is coming up! It’s November 2nd, this Friday!

Cover bands rule, and you can make one with just a few easy steps. First, corral your friends, give them instruments and some wigs (optional), then think of a band name. This part is the most fun. Next, you’ll (probably) want to practice a few times, so you’ll make a big splash on the big stage. WOBC has some big shoes to fill after last year’s event, but this one should be a load of fun!

The showcase will start at 8PM, Friday @ Above Subway and will see 20 student cover bands including:

Rew Reed

Creed Paradise II: Studio on the Park

Avril Ravine

and many more!

And here are some sample ideas for inspiration:

Becker (Beck)

Cockblock Twins (Cocteau Twins)

Crosby, Pills, and Cash (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)

Juggalo Wrestling (Insane Clown Posse)

Smells Like American Spirits (Nirvana)

Steve Chiller Band (Steve Miller Band)

Email kthornto@oberlin.edu for more info and be sure to come out this Friday to the 2nd Annual Cover Band Showcase!

New Music: Spiritualized- Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized’s new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is the newest addition to the band’s  outer-spacey psychadelic oeuvre.  Together for 22 years, Jason Pierce & Co’s rocket ship is still a flight.  Out of Rugby, England, the band’s newest album comes off of Fat Possum Records.  It’s a nice return, their last album came out in 2008.  Their clanky epic high-school marching sweetheart jam-inspired work gives twirls and twirls of dream speech.  Hazy lo-fied bellows fill this crisp spring burst, and Pierce’s return brings an ecstasy-ringing melancholy that we could all use right about now.  ‘Get What You Deserve’ is a laid back jam with phases of guitar murkiness and tambourines.  Then comes some stringy mom homage in ‘Too Late’.  Fire up the grill for 8 minutes of shoegazey-inaudible-groan heaven in ‘Headin’ For the Top Now’.  ‘Mary’ has minimal instruments, so as to be more of a cry out, a ‘take me back, take me back’ kind of outburst.  This album certainly has spaceship earth aspirations: everything you could want is here and ready to be fed into you via tubes and wires.  Certainly a warm and cozy ride chalk full of beautiful views of the sun, nebulae, etc.

 

1.  Huh? (Intro)

2.  Hey Jane

3.  Little Girl

04 Get What You Deserve

5.  Too Late

6.  Headin’ for the Top Now

7.  Freedom

8.  I Am What I Am

9.  Mary

10.  Life is a Problem

11.  So Long You Pretty Thing

Album Review: Talkdemonic – Ruins

The instrumental duo Talkdemonic’s album, Ruins, has made it here to WOBC!  The duo of Kevin O’Connor and Lisa Molinaro’s avante-folk-electronica (the weirder the better, right?) makes quite the cannon ball splash.  Out of Portland and on Glacial Pace Records, the group’s guitary and drummy bits are mixed up with hard extra-squeaky violin effects.  Lots of long nice screech thrashes and vague song titles.  Try track 5 ‘city sleep’ for instance.  It starts out along these lines only to throw in some finger snaps.  Chalk-full of guessing games: are we hearing bowling pins in track 6, ‘violet’?  Then it turns into a percussion pick-up.  They’re great at doing weird things with ‘instruments’.  Take a look at their photo, such enigmas!  ‘Summer Glass’ is a real treat, some real nice bippity-bopping chilled out fleeting video games vibes.  Its like you’re dreaming you’re Mario, only in a haze just falling into that sweet gold earning free life after free life.  What a summer that’d be!  Track 9, ‘Cascading’ gets kind of icy, with a melodic beat and some light symbols hitting for us.  You know the vibe.  Ruins slips in and out of recognizable sounds, a great venture to get lost in.

Track List:

1. Slumber Verses
2. Ruins
3. Revival
4. Midcentury Motion
5.  City Sleep
6.  Violet
07 Summer Glass

08 Cascading

9.  Time Draws On
10.  Midnight Pass
11.  Chimera
12.  Palace Walk

Show of the Week: Le Whatever

            Every Wednesday morning at 11 here on WOBC , Le Whatever flails every which way, and somehow, someway, whatever it is you want to feel, seems to curl its way under those folds and seams of your summer T-shirt.  Somber and strolling as it is, this cartographic venture pays homage to a milieu of genres and times.  Its sophistication lies in its seeming arbitrariness.  Becca Nieto’s show is certainly eclectic-tronic, twenty minutes in you think it must be top heavy, but it perseveres.  So strong.  ESG’s Hold me Right: no strings attached here, holds on so tight.  Synthy Blondie-inspired bopping, electrifies your nervous system.  This hump-day roster is catalytic energy, light at the end of the work/school-week tunnel.  Exuma’s Dambala has that circle-chanting energy, ‘Melts Down Our Walls’.  Lyric after lyric, total sway-your-head vibes here.  The stuffing of this curatorial form exudes ‘the world is your oyster’.  Esoteric Tapioca makes us remember just how deep those big (hardly-cliché) piano chords hit us in the stomach.  And then Yo La Tengo hits.  Coffee spills at this heart-clench.  But don’t worry WOBC, Whatever has its bases covered.  Fleetwood Mac’s appearance takes us back to our station, ironically poses that we have come right back to one of our all-timers.  Heart’s ‘Crazy on You’, with its frisky guitar riffs, takes us back to early peaks into the coming-of-age, the after-school car rides, your favorite soundtrack, whatever.  Sleater-Kinney sweeps up this kitchen, it’s the grunge sweater that you put on top of that messy pile.  And Le Whatever is perhaps best described as a pile, a materialization of past and present icons that choreographs via improvisation, that circumlocates around a generational schema  that cannot be isolated through words, but perhaps through these songs.

Nina Simone- Angel of the Morning
The The- This is the Day
Blue Hawaii- Blue Gowns
Tennis- Origins
ESG- Hold me Right
Exuma- Dambala
Hazel- Day Glo
Excuse 17- 5 Acres
Esoteric Tapioca- Stay
Yo La Tengo- You Can Have It All
Fleetwood Mac- Can’t Go Back
The Fruit Bats- So Long
Heart- Crazy on You
Aimee Man- Save Me
Sleater-Kinney- Modern Girl