10.23.2014

Folk workgroup presents: An interview with The Willis Clan & a playlist

Last week, we had some really stellar CD submissions that we listened to. Of course, there was the new Jackson Browne CD, “Standing in the Breach” that was highly anticipated but additionally there were two other artists who we super enjoyed. Michiale, “Life First” is a mix of eclectic vocal harmonies and experimental guitar strumming. Jacob Hungsberg’s “Mapril Sessions” is some new age Simon & Garfunkel with a soothing voice and chord progression–but eerily like Simon & Garfunkel.

One of the members of the workgroup, Anita, hosts a Celtic music show, All Things Irish, 6-8 PM on Tuesdays. Last week she interviewed The Willis Clan and she transcribed part of the interview to share with the public:

The Willis Clan

The Willis Clan

Twelve children, ages 22 to 3 years of age. In their website, the Willis Clan mentioned, “We have chosen to take paths less traveled and love it.” I posed a question to the mom, Brenda Willis, in regards to what inspired them to go in the direction of the “path less traveled.” While answering that question, I mentioned that I personally observed during their live performances how each of the kids exude confidence. They each know what they’re good at, and yet they know how to work together.

 Brenda Willis responded with this:

“You know, it’s funny a lot of people enjoy our music very much. But to tell you the honest truth, the comments that I get are more with regards to the family and doing this together as a family, and how much they enjoy seeing brothers and sisters work together. I get everything from the music and the recording, but even setting up our gear beforehand and taking care of each other afterwards. It really is a blessing to people to see a family doing something together and working hard to accomplish something. And they enjoy all the traveling and the touring, meeting folks, and all the beautiful sites that we see. But it would really be impossible if they didn’t work together. So we do encourage them to work together and to set aside differences that are in every family. And I won’t lie. They’re normal kids. They all have their moments when they don’t want to get along. But they have to get through that and get past that. They’re not perfect. Nobody is. But you have to work through that if you want to accomplish something really great.”

Folk workgroup’s playlist:

1. James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up

2. Mikayla McVey – eyebrow blues/ Mother California

3. Neil Halstead – Wittgenstein’s Arm

4. Big Mama Thornton – They Call Me Big Mama

5. Lucinda Williams – Can’t Let Go

6. Sugar Pie Desanto – Rock Me Baby

7. Howlin’ Wolf – Evil

8. Lonnie Johnson - Too Late to Cry

9. Taj Mahal – Checkin’ Up On My Baby

10. Mary Jane Lamond – Mo Ghille Mór Foghain’each

11. Loggins and Messina – Danny’s Song

12. Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats

13. Jackson Browne – The Birds of St. Mark’s

14. Forrest Sun – Coming Along

10.16.2014

Metal Workgroup Presents: Songs We’ve Been Listening To

Morbus Chron are #4 on metal workgroup's playlist.

Morbus Chron are #4 on metal workgroup’s playlist. Look how cool they look in this photo.

It’s metal workgroup’s turn – check out these six tunes of choice:

1. “Balkanized” – Pyrrhon

NY-based death metal Pyrrhon manipulate sounds on an abstruse, subterranean plane, coming across as uncomfortably human despite the alien nature of their music. “Balkanized” traces schizophrenic dissonance through grinding, urbanized construction zones and a detached form of antagonism.

2. “Nattens Barn” – Myrkur

“Nattens Barn” is an atmospheric yet intense track from one-woman Danish black metal outfit MYRKUR’s debut self-titled release.

3. “Yarilo” – Arkona

Russian pagan metal band Arkona combines accordions and balalaikas with wailing guitars, female growler Masha Scream bringing it all together in a thunderous worship of long-forgotten gods.

4. “Towards a Dark Sky” – Morbus Chron

Death metal with a sensitive side. There’s something nostalgic, something almost approaching folklore to the band’s 2014 album Sweven, but it’s in no way uninspired. “Towards a Dark Sky” incorporates contemplative chords alongside harsh, desperate vocals and a penchant for unorthodox harmonies.

5. “Dodge the Lightning” – Helms Alee

Seattle’s Helms Alee draws influence from both post-rock and metal, masterfully intertwining sludgy riffs, chugging rhythms, powerful melodic screamed vocals, and shoegazy atmosphere. Their album Sleepwalking Saliors is one of the most dynamic and interesting sludge metal albums released this year.

6. “Tunnels” – Solar Halos

Solar Halos from North Carolina trawl channels through murky atmospheres, adding edges to their psychedelia via husky, ethereal female vocals.

10.13.2014

CMJ Top 10 10/14/14

Flying Lotus's new album "You're Dead!" captured the top spot in this week's CMJ charts.

Flying Lotus’s new album “You’re Dead!” captured the top spot in this week’s CMJ charts.

Every week, WOBC submits to College Music Journal the past week’s top plays of recent releases. What follows is this week’s top 10…

1. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead!

2. Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love

3. Deerhoof – “Exit Only” [Single] [Ed. Note: New album La Isla Bonita out Nov. 4!]

4. Ricky Eat Acid – Three Love Songs

5. Alex G – DSU

6. Spoon – They Want My Soul

7. Ben Frost – A U R O R A

8. Tonstartssbandht – Overseas

9. Twin Peaks – Wild Onion

10. SZA – Z [EP]

10.12.2014

WOBC Program Guide is Here!

The promotions directors are happy to announce that the program guide is printed! There is a small booklet version, where the cover is the schedule and also a larger poster version of the schedule to hang up. Both versions are around campus at Azariahs, Wilder Desk and Decafe. Distribution will continue to locations in town, let us know at promo@wobc.org if you have suggestions as to where. We hope you enjoy and tune in!

STAFF&BOARD final (1) copy

10.09.2014

Punk Workgroup presents: Songs We’ve Been Listening To

Punk pioneers Wire in 1977.

Punk pioneers Wire in 1977.

A punk playlist from punk workgroup.

1. Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer

2. Nü Sensae – Spit Giftin

3. Punch – How Nothing Lasts

4. The Bags – We Will Bury You

5. NoFX – The Irrationality of Rationalist

6. Nomeanso – It’s Catching Up

7. The Delmonas – I Feel Alright

8. Mary Monday – I Gave My Punk Jacket to Rickie

9. Perfect Pussy – Big Stars

10. Blackbird Raum – Honey in the Hair

10.07.2014

CMJ Top 10 10/7/14

WOBC’s top 10 most played recent releases this week:

FKA Twigs, ICA, London

1. FKA Twigs – LP1 [ed. note - #3 last week, has claimed the crown this week!]

2. Priests – Bodies and Control and Money and Power

3. Common – Nobody’s Smiling

4. Growlers – Chinese Fountain

5. Die Antwoord – Donker Mag

6. Pyrrhon – The Mother of Virtues

7. Chuck Inglish – Glam (feat. Chance the Rapper with Macie Stewart) [single]

8. The Knife – Shaken Up Versions

9. Range – Panasonic

10. Yung Lean – Unknown Memory

10.02.2014

WOBC-LFSB 102: L.A. Girls

L.A. Girls

Live from Studio B presents Oberlin’s own L.A. Girls:

Live from Studio B airs on WOBC every Sunday from 2-3 pm.

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