Summer programming is over! The small-but-mighty summer staff are here to share what we’ll be listening to while we’re waitin for fall @ WOBC.
Max, summer engineer: Jamie XX
Off of Jamie XX’s new album In Colour, this song combines an addictive beat, verses by Young Thug, hooks by Popcaan, and holds it all together with extensive sampling from The Persuasions’ 1971 “Good Times” to create one of the best songs of the summer.
Nandita, summer station manager: Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment
An ode to Chance the Rapper’s grandma, also feat. a gospel choir and the lovely Jamila Woods. The whole album is good vibes and I’m addicted.
We proudly present two album reviews by WOBC DJ Joseph Peek. Catch his show, “Underground Railroad,” Mondays from 6-7 pm!
D’Angelo – Black Messiah
This is an album for any fan of D’Angelo NOT to miss, buy it a sight unseen! You won’t be disappointed. I continue to be impressed with D’Angelo’s growth, I can’t say production, because D’Angelo only puts out a major release every decade or so, so far, but his musical compilations are worth waiting for. His albums only seem to get better and this is rare as artists usually burst onto the scene with their initial hit release only to fall into their “sophomore slump syndrome” aided and abetted as much by their record co. constantly wavering search for the next pop king. In fact, some never regain their debut level of success. D’Angelo’s third release, Black Messiah, should be an exception to this rule. Although I don’t hear the one clear cut 3min 45sec. cookie cutter commercial radio hit, the entire album did not disappoint. D’Angelo’s soulful, blues & jazz influenced musicality intertwined with his patently complex yet sensuous harmonies and gospel inspired vocals, coming straight out of the African-American church and experience, what’s NOT to like!
This Album is funky and catchy yet as bright and positive as D’Angelo’s compared to Voodoo which was dark and depressing. Some people might say there is an undeniable Prince derivative to his music but Prince, in MY humble opinion, never quite gets this consistently funky and locked in the pocket over the course of an entire album. Black Messiah by D’Angelo is consistently appealing, with a song for everyone’s fancy and an album uniquely funky, as only a few in the present diaspora of African American musical performers can do (save George Clinton, Stevie Wonder and a precious few others).
This is a real Funkadelic album, not a P-funk All-Stars or George and Friends, but a genuine Funkadelic musical sighting in the 21st century. It is hot off the press with original sounds, songs, and artwork; a three CD release with a song for every year since funkadelic dropped their last album… are you kidding me!?
Any “almost fan” should get this album, and anyone looking to get a late pass on the Funkadelic soultrain, this is as good a time as any with the release of “First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate.” Though much of the live rhythm section has been replaced by sequenced bass-n-drums, the album still manages to have that trademark Ole School Funkadelic feel.
George Clinton, one of my all time favorite musicians, incorporates the modern sound of rappers, experiments with electronics and everything from hip hop to dubstep and back again to his purest origins, an all live band “rocking out” with the best of them in hard edged classic 70’s rock forms. George STILL manages to deliver the funk as only he can, with zany lyrics, infectious hooks, and the most soulful vocals of Mount Zion Baptist Church. The gospel and blues origination of the harmonies and melodies is why even old folks will groove to this one….”Who da hell knows or cares what he’s sayin, right?!” The hits are too many to mention, as is often the case with sophisticated musicianship but some songs require a few reviews to fully peruse their genius.
*Funkadelic will also be touring this Spring and in Cleveland at the House of Blues on Friday, May 8th
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:
Anna Rose Greenberg, co-Traffic Director and host of “Germaniacs” interviewed Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps, legendary German industrial/electronic band who, incidentally, wrote the song “Germaniacs” after which Anna Rose’s show is named – hear Engler talk about the difference between American and German music, his favorite music, his new label, and more.
A playlist of meticulously chosen tracks from your very own WOBC workgroup directors.
1. Orly, punk director: The Raincoats – No One’s Little Girl
“Always a favorite, I’m pretty sure I’ve played at least one song by The Raincoats each week on my show.”
2. Louis, jazz director: Art Tatum – There Will Never Be Another You
3. Marcelo, co-international director: Yelle – Complètement Fou
“This is an easy one for me. I have been completely obsessed with Yelle’s new release. Their big hit is the appropriately named Complètement Fou (“totally crazy”). As if the song weren’t good enough, the video is just to die for. As this article puts it, ‘Yelle is unusual for finding a fan base in the stubbornly monolingual American market, even though their shoulder-waggling, schoolyard taunts are still completely in French.’ I went to her concert at the Grog Shop, and if it wasn’t sold out, it was almost there.”
4. Mayowa, co-international director: Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces
“This is one of my all time faves. Average White Band formed in Scotland, but they quickly gained international attention. My parents used to play them a lot when I was little, so this song definitely evokes some nostalgia.”
5. Galen, hip-hop director: Rich Homie Quan Ft. Young Thug – Chainsaw Massacre
“New track from Rich Homie and Young Thug, who have been putting out some of the weirdest and most exciting hip hop out of Atlanta right now. Rich Homie Quan called his relationship with Young Thug the hottest duo since Andre 3 stacks and Big Boi, and I’m inclined to agree..”
6. Mark, metal director: Imperial Triumphant – Goliath
USBM never sounded so French. Imperial Triumphant are based in Brooklyn, but their skronky, helter-skelter interpretation of black metal reeks of Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord. Goliath is riddled with swampy grooves and schizophrenic slides, antagonistic to the core; the EP manifests truly biblical levels of aggression. It only makes sense that the EP was produced by Colin Marston, New York’s patron saint of dissonance. FFO: Pyrrhon, Ulcerate, Abigor
7. Isaac, electronic director: Sub Luna City – 2 Cats (Interlude) / Weed and Warfare
“smooth vibes from a king krule side project”
8. Jackie, co-pop director: Richie Aldente – Take My Party Serious
“This gem we found during pop workgroup recently. They are essentially a modern S Club 7 in sound, but possibly more ironically bumpin? Get down to this if you’re trying to have a real goofy night.”
9. Chuck, co-freeform director: Neel – The Secret Revealed
10. Ivan, co-freeform director: Palm – Fleshtones
“Palm are simply one of the best bands around today. always pushing forward with structure, dynamics and rhythms in a rock band context while never losing momentum and originality. they excite me in ways i can’t even begin to describe. soon the masses will understand the greatness of Palm. soon.”
11. Max, vinyl director: Vulfpeck – 1612
12. Mia, folk director: Johanna Warren – We Fell
“From her kickstarter: ‘Back in April 2014, my beloved engineer Bella Blasko and I borrowed some recording equipment from friends and fashioned ourselves a makeshift studio in an empty apartment unit on the surreal and wintry shores of Wildwood, NJ. We tracked for nine days…stopping when the dogs upstairs went into barking fits.'”
13. Sivan, music director: Howard Skempton – Simple Piano Piece
“Howard Skempton is a British composer whose music is sometimes referred to the ’emancipation of consonance,’ a play on Arnold Schoenberg’s ’emancipation of dissonance’. Very informed by the experimental traditions and chance procedures of composers like John Cage and Cornelius Cardew, Skempton developed a style of hyper-simplicity – every note seems to be in exactly the right place in an utterly exquisite way, and yetit’s never predictable and each new listen sounds different.”
2. Ivan, co-director, says, “I’ve been bumping Dirty Beaches‘ latest, Stateless[on Pitchfork Advance], lately in light of him retiring the moniker : (”
3. Taylor chose: Eric Copeland – Kash Donation
4. Tatum chose: Wanda Group – Enclave, Dome and Every Human Should Shut Their Mouth
5. Joe chose: Caldara – A Moog Mass, “a classic moogsploitation album from 1970. Its a collection of hymns and such done on a Moog synthesizer. Funny stuff.”
and Dr. Haijme Murooka – Lullaby from the Womb. “A doctor was looking for a natural way to put babies to sleep and ended up with a microphone in the womb of a pregnant woman. Starts out with intense sound of blood pumping, and later mixes the womb noise with light classical. What A Trip!”
Anna Rose Greenberg, co-Traffic Director and host of “Germaniacs”, Saturdays 9-10 PM, interviewed Dero Goi, lead singer of legendary German band Oomph! Around since 1989, Oomph!, as Anna Rose says, “set up the Neue Deutsche Härte movement, and inspired pretty much all of the modern German music scene.” Hear Dero talk about his songwriting process, what it’s like touring in the U.S., music before the reunification of Germany, why he likes Björk, and more:
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