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Live on WOBC: Honey Locust – Fear Is A Feeling EP

About a month ago the Nashville five-piece Honey Locust played a show at Fairchild Chapel with Calvin Johnson and the Hive Dwellers and Erin Earthling. The band also kindly came by the WOBC studios and played a few new tunes off of their new release Fear Is A Feeling EP.

We got a chance to talk to the band about their favorite experiences on tour and how they each know how to play so many different instruments. Honey Locust’s five members never seem to play the same instrument twice. During the live broadcast we saw a viola, banjo, piano, organ, accordion, guitar, ukulele, cello, mandolin, percussion, and bass.

You can find more information about the band and get a copy of their EP at their website. You can also stream the EP on their bandcamp.

Check out their live set below!

Fear Is A Feeling
Softer Someday
Walkin Shoes

-Will Floyd

Knomadik Live on WOBC

Knomadik live on WOBC 4/28/2012
Last week the annual WOBC Block Party was moved indoors due to rain. But Knomadik didn’t let that dampen our spirits: the septet broadcast live on the air from the lounge at the WOBC studios to an audience of dedicated WOBC listeners and DJs. The band creates a unique sound borrowing elements from hip-hop, electro, funk, gospel, progressive rock, and jazz. Check out their live set on WOBC below!

Knomadik live on WOBC 4/28/2012

Knomadik is…
De’Sean Jones: Saxophone, EWI, Synth
Aaron Janik: Trumpet, Effects
Conrad Reeves: Electric Guitar, Effects
Chase Jackson: Vibraphone, Electric Bass, Synth
Shea Pierre: Keyboards, Synth
Matt Adomeit: Electric and Upright Bass
Peter Manheim: Acoustic and Electronic Drums

Recorded using AKG C214 stereo pair as room mics.

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-Will Floyd

NEW MUSIC: THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE

THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE

Based in Seattle, THEESatisfaction is Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White. The duo writes, produces, and performs all their material, “funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip.”*

THEESatisfaction. Where are they coming from? Where are they going to? If we’re straight on our priorities, you’ll be listening to their album while I tell you about some of the answers…
First principle: they’re positive energy. Black energy, black women leaping oceans and continents at a single bound. With positive strength of purpose.
Further, they’re black purity. Hear that in their intonation. Without trickery. They know the gimmicks, scorn to use ‘em. Rather, they’ll face you and relate what’s in their hearts, faithfully and incorruptibly.*

awE naturalE, the group’s debut, is hard to describe and even harder to categorize; it’s been floating between the pop, r&b, and electronic sections of the WOBC new shelf since it arrived a week or so ago. But no mind. This album is funky, cosmic, purposeful, other-worldzly, higher plane, cool. Whatever you do, don’t funk with this groove.

Notably, longtime fixture of the Seattle rap scene, Palaceer Lazaro — Shabazz Palaces, Digable Planets — appears on “God” and “Enchantruss.”

awE naturalE
01. awE
02. Bitch
03. Earthseed
04. QueenS
05. Existinct
06. Deeper
07. Sweat
08. Juiced
09. God (feat. Palaceer Lazaro)
10. Enchantruss (feat. Palaceer Lazaro)
11. Needs
12. Crash
13. naturalE

-Will Floyd

The Archive Sounds: Oberlin Activism in the 1980s

The Archive Sounds: Oberlin and Activism in the 1980s engages critically with found sound from the largely neglected collection of old radio shows, news reports, and station IDs that make up the WOBC audio archive. The project highlights the peculiarity of an archive created and cared for haphazardly over three decades by various DJs and station staff. The Archive Sounds weaves interviews, speeches, and recordings of public events together to present an imagined, curated, narrative of Oberlin activism in the late 1980s.

With this project, I’m not looking to create an objective historical account of activism in Oberlin. Rather, I hope to present my version of the story as the archive might tell it. The program covers several themes including labor and union organizing, race, racism and gender in the city of Oberlin and within the institution of the College, and the anti-apartheid struggle for divestment from South Africa. In addition, the program draws on various audio ephemera played on WOBC in the 1980s and 90s in order to situate the social and political content within the more general context of WOBC programming during that time.

The Archive Sounds: Oberlin and Activism in the 1980s

Produced by Will Floyd, Senior Project in TIMARA, originally broadcast Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 4pm

Read on for more information about the project and listen to the original source recordings used in the program. Continue reading The Archive Sounds: Oberlin Activism in the 1980s

McFabulous – Oh, Interesting

I recently discovered this 2010 EP released by McFabulous, the alter-ego of a certain Chicago-based producer and Oberlin alum. Now, don’t get me wrong, I had heard of McFabulous before. He’s practically a legend. But he’s allusive. I once stumbled into a few s(l)ick beats labeled “McFabulous” floating around the iTunes library of an iMac in an internet cafe in Teaneck, NJ sometime in 2008. But there was no way to tell if those were ginuwine or not. So, it was to my surprise and amazement to find this gem surfing the internet just this year.

If you’re not already sold on McFabulous based on the cover art then I suggest you just walk away right now. It only gets better. Really, you just gotta listen to “Hobby Shop.” Beware, you might have to listen on repeat.


Click here to check out the rest of the EP.
-Will Floyd