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FALL 2015 SCHEDULE IS UP — ALL-STATION MEETING THURS 9/10 9PM

The program schedule is now up outside of the station, please come by and initial your show’s notecard!

All DJs are required to attend the All Station Meeting, which will be held this Thursday, September 10th, at 9pm in Dye Lecture Hall in the Science Center. We will go over all there is to know about broadcasting on WOBC, as well as some new information about DJ requirements and station happenings. All DJs must also sign up for trainings at this meeting. If absolutely cannot make the meeting shoot an email to Willa Rubin at ops@wobc.org

Even if you do not have a show this semester stop by the all-station meeting to learn about ways to remain involved with the station, sign up for workgroups, and put your name on the substitute DJ list.

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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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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.

OUTREACH WORKGROUP Presents… TUNES TO CARRY YOU ONWARD UNTIL WOBC BLOCK PARTY

 

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BLOCK PARTY

WE ARE ON THE EDGE OF OUR SEATS IN ANTIPICATION OF

¬ THE 6TH ANNUAL WOBC COMMUNITY BLOCK PARTY 2015

¬ SATURDAY APRIL 25TH 

¬ 1 PM to 4 PM in PARK ST. PARK [40 S. PARK ST.]

Can’t hold your horses?

Not to fret. WOBC WORKGROUP is leaving you with some WARM COMMUNITY GATHERING music to help get you in the mood as we wait for BLOCK PARTY 2015 to bless our Saturday.

KHALIL – “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

JACK – “Fool’s Paradise” by Valerie Harrison

The block party is no fool’s paradise but this song is good so heck yea

KAELA – “Oogum Boogum” by Brenton Wood

HANNAH – “Grazing in the Grass” by The Friends of Distraction

A groovy tune about hanging outside!!  Alternatively– GREAT Raven Symone cover 

LILY – “Sold My Soul” by Goldfish

SAM – “Let’s Get It Started” by The Black Eyed Peas

I would always request this song at all of the school dances and would shake my bony boody in a way that said, “this girl is bringing it down!”. Also I would dance to this song in my room with my door closed the blinds down, and try out different dance moves in the mirror. The best of times! 

TANYA – “Springtime” by Arlana

DJ Review: La Dispute in Philadelphia

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Danny Rosenberg Daneri, a.k.a. DJ Slam Punk, recently saw La Dispute play a show in Philadelphia. This is his account of that fateful day:

On March 28th, the post-hardcore band La Dispute played a “seated show” to a sold out crowd in the chapel of the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia. Not dissimilar to an “MTV Unplugged” event, the group performed semi-acoustic arrangements of their songs while a crowd of mostly teenagers practically fainted at the sight of their favorite band being so sweet and vulnerable. While I certainly consider myself a fan of La Dispute, this was the kind of show where you realize how much more into the band other people are.

The setlist was mostly comprised of songs from Rooms of the House (their latest, pretty boring) and Wildlife (they opened with a weak, tinny version of the album’s first track, “A Departure”). As someone who gets into bands like La Dispute primarily for their punk rock elements, the show was mostly a disappointment. For the more devoted fans who come to the band by way of Say Anything and Taking Back Sunday, however, this event was a dream come true. In between songs, vocalist Jordan Dreyer would make the teenagers giggly, and people like me uncomfortable, with his nervous and mostly uninteresting banter. In any case, once I was able to switch gears and begin to think of it more as an indie/emo show, the band at least commanded my attention.

They broke up the set with a Q and A with the audience that mostly consisted of predictable questions like, “What’s your favorite song of yours?” and “What’s your favorite album of all time?” For favorite album, Jordan Dreyer chose All Hail West Texas by the Mountain Goats, bassist Adam Vass chose a Saves the Day album, drummer Brad Vander Lugt chose an album called Time by an obscure new German composer, and guitarist Chad Sterenberg copped out with an album that he recently discovered in a box full of old funk records. It turns out that none of them are into punk/hardcore. My general frustration was calmed slightly when someone asked how their approach to composition has changed since their first (really shitty) EP, Vancouver, and Jordan Dreyer laughed and said, “When’s the last time anyone listened to Vancouver?

Just two days before the event, I was at a high-point in terms of my La Dispute fandom when I walked out of their (more traditional/standing/moshing/swarming) show at Union Transfer near Philly’s Center City neighborhood. While the venue was too large for my taste, the band played a solid set beginning with “King Park,” a fan favorite from Wildlife. The rest of the set was dominated by songs from Rooms of the House and Wildlife, but they showed signs of self-awareness when they ended with a flawless, gripping performance of perhaps my favorite song, “The Last Lost Continent” from their first studio album, Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair.

Ultimately, I’m glad I got to see the band from such different angles. It helped confirm some opinions that I suspect many La Dispute fans share—Somewhere… is their best album, they’re on the emo end of the post-hardcore scene, and jumping around and shouting at the top of your lungs is a lot more fun than sitting quietly in church.