16. Motherland by Yvonne Chaka Chaka (South Africa)
What is the biggest inspiration for your show?
The motherland and the dismal lack of African music you hear being played here in the U.S., while in many parts of Africa the billboards are topped with U.S. artists.
If you could have anyone alive or dead listen to your show, who would it be?
We’re 4.5% sure that Lupita Nyong’o already listens, but if she like called in every Monday and was like “Hey guys you’re the best let’s all party with Jared Leto” it would be super awesome.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Mayowa (DJ Pumbaa)- I think I’ll always hold a special spot in my heart for Phoenix, because that was the first concert I went to
Eni (DJ Timon) – BET 106&Park tour It was the best as in it was the cheapest, I got to see Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Young Joc, and some other obscure artists for 10 bucks my freshman year of high school.
What is your favorite WOBC show?
Bruxxsel …we don’t know what the title means, but the music is groovy! Sundays at 9 pm
The name means “you wanna be American” in the Neapolitan dialect of Italian. It comes from a 50s Neapolitan pop song of the same name. As far as Italian music goes, I like to play 60s bubblegum pop w/ background dancers, anti-war political songs, 70s giallo/horror film soundtracks, spaghetti Western soundtracks, 80s synth pop, Italian takes on dream pop and shoegaze, and Italo-Disco. I also play American music that’s somehow relevant to Italy, like songs about lasagna and pizza, or Ella Fitzgerald performances in Rome. I get a lot of suggestions from my Italian friends that I met over the summer, but I also find a lot of the music on my own.
what animal do you think your show is most like?
A pig – a roasted pig. Every culture has their own version of roast pig. In Italy they call it porchetta, and it’s smothered in herbs and the skin gets so crunchy you could break a tooth on it. In America we call it pulled pork. Commonalities between cultures, such as our shared love for slowly roasted pig, is what brings people together.
instead of “i’ll be there for you”, what song would you pick for the opening credits of the tv show “Friends”
My Little Airport – Leo, Are You Still Jumping Out Of Windows In Expensive Clothes?
who do you wish could listen to your show — dead or alive?
My 70-something-year-old Italian host mom, Flavia, but she doesn’t have Internet at home.
best concert you’ve been to?
Mirah at the Cat last fall – I took a picture with her and got her autograph! If only she could have brought Thao Nguyen with her, I think I would have been the happiest person in the world. Oh, but I also saw Brian Blade/Christian McBride/Chick Corea performing together in Finney in fall 2010, and I got to meet all three of them. So I think that was better.
Franco Battiato – Summer on a Solitary Beach
Fausto Leali – A Chi (I first heard this song in the film La meglio gioventu – highly recommended – but check out this video for the backup dancers that have absolutely no rhythm at all)
Luciano Cilio – Primo quadro della conoscenza (This album as a whole is one of the best pieces of modern composition I know – unfortunately, Cilio committed suicide in 1983, leaving behind only a single album.)
My show is Jesse’s Juicy Patties. Catch me on WOBC every Friday Midnight to 1 AM (technically saturday morning). I play only the finest hand-selected trax from the collections of the one and only DJ. J. Walnut. only the hottest r&b cla$$ics, hip hop gold, p funk jamz, irie riddems, & all things tight for your friday night.
a quick sampling of some Juicy Patties played on my show:
Summer Time (NOLA BOUNCE REMIX) – The Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff
if you could have anyone alive or dead hear your show, who would it be?
If I could have anyone listen to this show, it would be Funk Master Flex, then he could further my radio career and give me late nights on HOT 97, also Michelle Obama, because I think she would like it alot. ( I love WOBC though, I wish I could have a show on wobc for the rest of my life. 100% serious, doing my radio show is without a doubt the best hour of my week every week, and I try to make it the same way for my listeners)
is your show more of a dog or cat person?
My show is definitely more of a dog person, atomic dog that is. or a hot dog, fresh n juicy.
what’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
the best concert I’ve ever been to? that’s really tough. I saw the P-Funk allstars several years ago at the BB King club and I seriously lost my shit at that show. I saw James Brown a year before he died, and I feel really lucky to have seen that. As far as oberlin shows go, Freddie Gibbs was really fun, first person I’ve seen to spark a ***** in the sco and he got the whole crowd to shout “**** police” over and over which I found pretty entertaining. There’s too many good shows to count, and I know as soon as I send this interview I’m gunna remember one thats way better than all these.
if you could only hear one album for the rest of your life what would it be?
One album for the rest of my life? another tough question but I’ve already thought about this so its easy. “The Low End Theory” by A Tribe Called Quest. I think Tribe is as close as you can get to perfect music. this album fits every mood, I can party to it, chill to it, eat to it, put it on first thing in the morning to get up and goin, or put it on at night before I go to bed, I even lost my virginity to this album. hands down, The Low End Theory for the rest of my life. done and done.
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The show name means “the sixties” in Japanese. I play a lot of garage and psych music from East Asia, as well as from Southeast and South Asia. I have a heart for ballads though, so it can be very sentimental at times. Sometimes i speak really bad Japanese on the show. I often get scared that my dad is listening.
what is the best live show you’ve ever seen?
When I was 15 I went to an Of Montreal concert in New York City. They really know how to entertain – there was a white horse on stage, and Kevin Barnes sat on it while wearing tiny metallic gold underwear.
what inspires your radio program?
Shout out to my roots. I was living in Japan last semester and got involved in the Tokyo electronic scene. I came back to the states and thought, “What was the stuff my dad listened to while growing up?” I like listening to old Japanese pop songs, a lot of it can be really bad though, so I started checking out other music coming from Asia during that time period. Indonesia killed it with garage music. Korea has some wonderful more balladic music that features really strong women vocals.
if your radio show was a flavor of ice cream, what would the flavor be?
I think it would be dark chocolate, but that’s just because I like it.
what’s the best mix cd u ever got?
From this person who was crushing hard on me. The person almost exclusively listened to punk, and chose the best, most sentimental songs. Kitchen’s floor and Little Joy were both on the mix! I was in love…except I really wasn’t.
what’s your fav radio show?
Really hard, but I enjoy Bruxxels Radio. One time they were having a give away to the 4th caller. I called in, and I am pretty sure I was not the 4th caller, but the show was going to end soon. They sent me a mix cd and some creepy blue smurf candies. Smurfs are the worst.
Truly a hard question because we’re shreddin’ this semester. Earwax is always excellent (DJ MJ, Tuesdays 4-5 pm). Junky Bea’s got great taste and is super fun ‘cause you never know when she’s gonna be popping in for a set. 12-Inch Single (Steve Friday’s 6-8) is the perfect soundtrack to get you jazzed for the weekend. But I’m honestly most excited about Live From Studio B because it’s as good as anything any “professional media outlet” puts out and also I love Oberlin bands and TV.
favorite band right now
Probably Game Theory. They’re not new or anything but they’ve got a big catalog of weirdo pop songs, kind of a midway point between 80s pop and the work of the late Lou Reed. Recommended for weirdos.