03.18.2015

Staff Picks!™, Part 2

Cleveland's own Pleasure Leftists are featured in this edition of Staff Picks.

Cleveland’s own Pleasure Leftists are featured in this edition of Staff Picks.

Nandita, talk: Asha Bhosle – Dum Maro Dum

Just chill enough to make you wanna be a dirty hippie, just shrill enough to remind you that hippie culture destroys everything.

Becca, library: Tonstartssbandht – Shot To La Parc

The album Overseas by Tonstartssbandht has a crazy variety of wavey psych soothy sounds and knee-dropping rock N roll jams that are sure to please a wide range of list’ners for just zer0 bandcamp $bucks$. Also sure to please – library workgroup! Saturdays at 4! come help us redecorize the station’s immensely impressive music library, explore the vaults, eat snacks, and relish in the camaraderie of librarians who shall never be “shh!” ‘ed.

Chuck, freeform: Amon Duul 11: Archangel Thunderbird

Madeleine, promo: My Bloody Valentine – Thorn

Arcadia, news: Pleasure Leftists – Not Over

Isaac, electronic: Marc Ribot + Kazu – I Cover the Waterfront

this is a beautiful rendition of the Green/Heyman jazz standard by marc ribot and kazu, inspired performance w strong visual sensibilities as well

Savannah, talk: Ibeyi – River

These are two really cool French-Cuban sisters who play Afro-Cuban influenced soul music.

03.16.2015

International Workgroup presents: Mixtape!

Check out this awesome mixtape of international music, courtesy WOBC’s international workgroup!

WOBC International Workgroup Playlist #1 from wobcinternational on 8tracks Radio.

03.10.2015

Staff Picks!™, Part I

Staff pick Sevdaliza.

Staff pick Sevdaliza.

The WOBC staff are not just supernatural music processing machines – they have tastes and feelings and hearts too. And here are their first Staff Picks! of the semester – what they’ve been listening to, what they love, what they want you to hear. Staff Picks! part 2 arriving soon. Board Picks!® arriving soon after that.

Mayowa, international: Sevdaliza – Sirens of the Caspian

svedaliza, super dope artist from the netherlands, getting a lot of attention right now; noisey, redbull music academy, sxsw, etc. check out her ep The Suspended Kid. definitely listened to this song on repeat during winter term, can’t wait to blast it on air/at the ‘Sco

Marcelo, international: Wang Rong Rollin – Chick Chick

A member of international workgroup told me about this song and video. It accurately reflects my current mood. Spring is almost here.

Orly, punk: Beat Happening – What’s Important

Nate, classical: “An amazing interview with Argentinian pianist Martha Agerich”

Anna Rose, Traffic: Farin Urlaub Racing Team – AWG

Shani, R&B/Funk/Soul: Sonnymoon – Nothing Thought

i like em, they’re lovely… and versatile!

Galen, hip-hop: munnblock – StackBitchz I Go Remix

Mark, metal: Teeth – To Dream is to Suffer

New Drill from the munnblock team out of Newark, NJ. Newark’s club scene is popping off, but a lot of exciting drill coming out of NJ right now too.
Enough dissonance to fell a herd of mammoths. Slow, painful, and deliberating, with absolutely putrid vocals. For fans of: Ulcerate, Artificial Brain, Primitive Man

Sophie, studio B: Deerhunter – Helicopter / He Would Have Laughed (live)

One of the best live music videos ever.

03.08.2015

New Genre Night Posters

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hip hop night

electronic night

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02.23.2015

Turn Up! The Radio

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¬ Wednesdays 5 – 6 P M

Keep a ! look out ! for this outreach program organized by WOBC DJ’s to engage youth of the Oberlin community in topics of radio broadcasting, including radio as a tool for social justice, community development, and personal, creative, and critical expression. Student-DJs will gain skills in radio broadcast to complement and engage their natural artistry in critical-thinking and storytelling. The dream is that they’ll have the opportunity to experience the chills and thrills of freeform community radio, encountering new music & ideas while sharing their own gems, too.

¬ ¬ ¬ Tune in to the first episode of Turn Up! The Radio: Volume I this Wednesday at 5 PM to hear middle school DJ’s do their thing!!

In honor of Turn Up! we are getting musically pedagogical and sharing with you some of our most nostalgic educational, “school-related,” and academically-reminiscent memories in music. Here are some sublime submissions from members from the fall and spring installments of Outreach Workgroup:

¬ Hannah Cook: Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody

When I was little my dad would often play to my sister and me the song Wake Up Everybody by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. While it’s not exclusively about school, it mentions teachers and children and stresses that future generations have the power to significantly change the world. This song is kind of cheesy but also inspirational and very catchy!!! 

¬ Samantha Beetler: Tori Amos – A Sorta Fairytale

One of my favorite songs from my childhood/school days is Sorta Fairytale by Tori Amos. My mom brought me home the album when I was about nine, knowing that I loved her hit Sorta Fairytale after hearing it on the radio a number of times. Also, I would watch the MTV music videos every Saturday morning while helping my family clean house, and I got to see the video to that song. Simply put, that was my song, and I got to have the album. Sha-bang! I would listen to the album front to back, but Sorta Fairytale got played a lot more than the rest. If I had a bad day that was my go to song to cheer me up! 

¬ Julian Meltzer: The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me

¬ Kaela Sanborn-Hum: Flo Rida – Club Can’t Handle Me ft. David Guetta

¬ Tanya Lyon: Rick Wilhite – Tribute & Respect

¬ Matt Loretti: DNA – Taking Kid to School , Dead Kennedys – Straight A’sThe Ramones – Rock ‘N’ Roll High School

¬ Victoria Valesco: The Smiths – The Headmaster Ritual

moz the student wants to go home. a classic tune for the kids who question authority.

Smog – Back to School

the saddest back 2 school song ever.

12.28.2014

Metal Workgroup’s Year In Review

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2014 has been as tumultuous a year for metal as it has been for Oberlin and the world at large. Formerly rigid classifications have been bent backwards and broken, warped into positions a chiropractor wouldn’t even dream possible. This lack of regard for convention has allowed metal genres to shake off some of the stagnancy of the early 2010s, and has paved the way for seemingly disparate elements to synergize in unexpected harmonies, culminating in some of the most compelling metal music that’s ever been produced. Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of the most intriguing records metal workgroup has looked at over the course of the last year, dominated by Profound Lore and Relapse Records. Links to listen to album or song streams are available in the respective album titles:

Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation (Profound Lore)

The Body/The Haxan Cloak – I Shall Die Here (Rvng. Intl)

Conan – Blood Eagle (Napalm)

Earth – Primitive And Deadly (Southern Lord)

Electric Wizard – Time To Die (Spinefarm)

Ethereal Riffian – Aeonian (Mulligore Production)

Gridlink – Longhena (Selfmadegod)

Indian – From All Purity (Relapse)

Inter Arma - The Cavern (Relapse) (most-chosen album by workgroup participants)

Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater (Metal Blade)

Lord Mantis – Death Mask (Profound Lore)

Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (Double Release – Pt 1 Pt 2) (Profound Lore)

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)

Pyrrhon – The Mother of Virtues (Relapse)

Sterilizer – Sterilizer (Independent)

Swans – To Be Kind (Young God)

Today Is The Day - Animal Mother (Southern Lord)

Wrekmeister Harmonies – Then It All Came Down (Thrill Jockey)

12.16.2014

My Dawg

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Week 3/14- 3/21: Hip-Hop Releases

The last week of school coincided with a fairly active period of hip-hop releases including Mike Will Made-It’s awaited mixtape Ransom, Kirko Bangz follow-up to Progression IV, Progression V, and the mastered version of the Chief Keef and Kanye West collaboration Nobody. Each offering deserved a listen, albeit all for varying reasons:

Mike Will Made-It, Ransom
Ransom debuted December 15th, hoping to build off the tapes single, “Buy the World” featuring Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and Future. An incredibly popular producer who has dominated the mid-2010’s with collaborations spanning Miley Cyrus to Gucci Mane, Mike Will maintains a strong group of contributors with a plethora of Atlanta based artists including Rich Homie Quan, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, and iLoveMakonnen amongst other notables.
In its vast roster, the album is a lot of fun, with pretty much every popular rapper of the last 3 years making an appearance providing both variety and familiarity; there is a level of diversity in hearing a different individual per song, yet Mike Will’s productions are solid and formulaic.
6/10

Kirko Bangz, Progression V
After Progression IV consisting of only freestlyes, Kirko Bangz released all original music in his mixtape Progression V: Young Texas Player on December 16th. The tape largely fits the title, as the music is extremely Texas based in production, content, and guest-features; everything is codeine colored, chopped and screwed, and Houston legends Bun B, Pimp C, and Riff Raff join the mix.
Kirko legitimately shows a lot of promise, and appears to be the setting himself up as the next major artist coming out of Texas since Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, and Slim Thug enjoyed success throughout the 2000s. His music employs rap, singing, autotune, and a mixture of all three over classic southern instrumentals. Highlights include “Banging Screw” and “My Dawg.”
7+/10

Chief Keef x Kanye West, “Nobody”
Chief Keef has released an absurd amount of music through his GloGang Worldwide’s Soundcloud. “Nobody” was a track previewed for the last couple of months, but it wasn’t until this week that a mastered, relatively official version was released.
The single itself is anything but similar to Keef’s Chicago drill-rap image, as it is a slow autotune balled with Kanye over a Chance the Rapper Acid Rap sample. Although Kanye doesn’t actually provide a verse, his influence is evident throughout the song, with “Nobody” playing like 808’s and Heartbreak meets the last three minutes of “Runaway” off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
This is probably Chief Keef’s first release with a flute accompaniment.
8/10