09.14.2013

WOBC Live From Studio B 001- Nagual

Live From Studio B is a new show on WOBC featuring live sessions of great local and touring bands!

Every Sunday at 1pm well go live on FM 91.5 and on WOBC.org with a new and exciting act playing just for you! Each session will be recorded and videotaped so after you listen on the radio, you can come to WOBC.org and watch the session as well as download the music!

The inaugural session comes from Nagual. Nagual is a musical duo formed in Oberlin in 2010. It consists of David Shapiro (Guitar, Loops) & Ian McColm (Guitar, Voice, Loops, Drums).

Tune in at 1pm on sundays (beginning on september 22) to catch the next installment!

This and all recordings made available for download here.

08.01.2013

Interview – Radiator Hospital

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Sam Cook-Parrott’s charmingly ramshackle guitar-pop provides an excellent soundtrack for driving fast, windows-down, through some anonymous sunny stretch of freeway. Unfortunately, I don’t have a car and I’m stuck in an office, so his music, under the name Radiator Hospital, instead provides a soundtrack for mindless data entry. We can’t always get what we want.

I sat down (in front of a computer) with Sam Cook-Parrott (who was in front of a different computer) to learn a little more about his project.

If you could play bocce ball and sip lemonade with any musician—any—who would it be and why? Mind the context. 

Prince. Or Chris Knox from Tall Dwarfs.

You wrote that your song The Great Escape is about “getting so lost in movies and records and books and tv that you wake up one day and realize you let your life pass you by.” Was there a particular moment that caused you to Wake Up? What was it?

I don’t really think I have. But the song came to me in the fall. I wanted to go see “Skyfall” the James Bond movie, but I got to the theatre and it was sold out so I went and saw the movie “Flight” with Denzel Washington instead. When I got out of the movie I still really wanted to see “Skyfall” so I checked the showings and there was still one that night so I got a ticket. I wrote the majority of the song at the theatre between the 2 movies.

What was the first R-Rated movie you ever saw? Was the viewing facilitated by your parents?

I think it was probably “Speed.” My parents were around and OK’d it but they weren’t watching it I don’t think.

You wrote that your Dad’s record-collecting habits were instrumental to your musical development. What music did you grow up around? Any artists in particular?

All kinds of stuff, anything from early rock ‘n’ roll to girl groups and doo wop to new wave and punk. Notable faves me and my dad share are Elvises Costello and Presley, the Clash, and Prince.

Which band(s) helped you survive middle school? 

Lots of different bands, of particular note Weezer’s “Pinkerton.”

Which band(s) are helping you survive the now? 

Lots of different bands, been really into Velvet Crush and Teenage Fanclub.

On your blog you mention that you spend a lot of time trying to get lost books/movies/etc., and that this record serves as an homage to the worlds that you get lost within. Which media—books, music, comics, video games—provides the best (or easiest) escape? Why? Any titles in particular?

That depends I guess. Everyone is different. For me it’s movies. I romanticize the movie theatre a bit too much. I’m sort of like Mia Farrow in “Purple Rose Of Cairo.” Music too though obviously, whether playing my own music or listening to records and being at a show. 

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Dj Maximum Mike aka Big Mike

07.17.2013

Show of the Week: Radio Bruxxsel

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Radio Bruxxsel, which airs every Friday at 8AM this summer, brings a multilingual mix of the fun and familiar from far away places. An homage to the trilingual and fun-loving kingdom of Belgium, we play retro, indie rock, nordic pop, french new wave, tropical beats, 80s & 90s dance, german synth, random selections from around Europe and beyond, in as many languages as possible.

We take our inspiration from Brussels, Belgium’s officially bilingual capital. Also the seat of the European Union, you can hear all the languages of Europe in its de-facto capital city. Brussels is also home to immigrants from around the world, so it’s not unusual to hear people speaking in the tongues of Africa, South America and Asia. This polyglot mix has inspired us to produce a multilingual hour of music every week this summer on WOBC.

Your hosts DJs Marceleaux and Miguelito will be playin a special all-Belgian edition this Friday July 19 in honor of the Belgian National Holiday. Belgium, that little country wedged between the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France, known worldwide for its beers, its fries, its waffles, and comic strip culture (think Smurfs, Tintin), has also produced an incredible amount of amazing music over the years. Some music you might even love and not know it’s Belgian. Technotronic and Jacques Brel come to mind. We will be playing a tiny selection of Belgian hits, in Dutch and French, the languages the majority of Belgians speak at home, but also in German, Spanish, and of course, in English, which many a Belgian artist make use of in their music. A set that will scream, Happy Birthday Belgium!

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05.06.2013

TOP 30 5/7

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
2 OS MUTANTES Fool Metal Jack
3 DEAD C / RANGDA Dead C Vs. Rangda
4 DEVENDRA BANHART Mala
5 THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual
6 SOURCE FAMILY The Source Family
7 JEPH JERMAN Rundle
8 IGGY AND THE STOOGES Ready To Die
9 THEE OH SEES Floating Coffin
10 WIRE Change Becomes Us
11 FELA KUTI The Best Of The Black President 2
12 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
13 REPLACEMENTS Songs For Slim
14 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
15 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
16 KURT VILE Wakin On A Pretty Daze
17 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
18 THE MEN New Moon
19 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
20 JANDEK Richmond Sunday
21 FIRE ORCHESTRA Exit
22 JOHN ZORN The Mysteries
23 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety Software
24 SUN CITY GIRLS Eye Mohini
25 FLAMING LIPS The Terror
26 DEERHUNTER Monomania
27 GHOSTFACE KILLAH Tweleve Reasons To Die
28 RICHARD THOMPSON Electric
29 AUTECHRE Exai
30 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown

05.03.2013

TOP 30 4/30

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
2 YO LA TENGO Fade
3 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
4 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
5 LANA DEL REY Paradise
6 REPLACEMENTS Songs For Slim
7 WIRE Change Becomes Us
8 BRIAN ENO Lux
9 MEAT PUPPETS Rat Farm
10 JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE The 20/20 Experience
11 SODOM Epitome Of Torture
12 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
13 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory
14 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
15 M83 Oblivion
16 BLEACHED Ride Your Heart
17 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold
18 SIX FEET UNDER Unborn
19 TORTURE KILLER Phobia
20 BLUE HAWAII Untogether
21 BABIES Our House On The Hill
22 JAMES FERRARO Cold
23 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
24 THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Nanobots
25 TOKIMONSTA Half Shadows
26 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
27 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
28 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety Software
29 NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Push The Sky Away
30 PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold

04.29.2013

TOP 30 4/23

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 KURT VILE Wakin On A Pretty Daze
2 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
3 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
4 WOLF EYES No Answer : Lower Floors
5 WIRE Change Becomes Us
6 JANDEK Richmond Sunday
7 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
8 REPLACEMENTS Songs For Slim
9 THE KNIFE Shaking The Habitual
10 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
11 SUN CITY GIRLS Singles Vol. 3
12 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
13 BARDO POND Rise Above It All
14 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
15 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
16 AARON DILLOWAY Corpse On Horseback
17 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
18 BRIAN ENO Lux
19 GHOSTFACE KILLAH Adrian Younge Presents: 12 Reasons To Die
20 FIRE ORCHESTRA Exit
21 PERE UBU Lady From Shanghai
22 DUCKTAILS The Flower Lane
23 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
24 NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Push The Sky Away
25 RICHARD THOMPSON Electric
26 AUTECHRE Exai
27 THEE OH SEES Floating Coffin
28 DEERHUNTER Monomania
29 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
30 FUSHITSUSHA Mabushii Itazura Na Inori

04.27.2013

Guitarist Erik Lindmark (Deeds of Flesh, Unique Leader Records): The WOBC Interview

Erik Lindmark is the remaining founding member of the brutal death metal band Deeds of Flesh, and is a co-founder of Unique Leader Records, both based out of Los Osos, CA. I spoke with Erik to discuss both the record label and Deeds of Flesh’s upcoming eighth full-length, Portals to Canaan.

WOBC: Hey Erik. Can you give us a little background about Unique Leader?

Erik Lindmark: Yeah, it started back in ’99, with Jacoby [Kingston, former Deeds of Flesh bassist and vocalist] and myself. We used to work for a CD manufacturing plant and there were some investors that wanted to start a label. They knew that we had a name that could start the label, so they gave us an offer and a hefty advance to run the label and to release… at the time it was “Path of The Weakening” – and they wanted us to bring in other bands and basically work the label, which we did. And it kind of all fell apart, where Jacoby and I ended up buying them out. From then, we built the roster that we have now. And a few years ago, I actually ended up buying out Jacoby. He just ended up doing something different with his life; we’re still friends and everything but it was his time to part ways with the whole music scene. So yeah – we specialized in technical, brutal, extreme death metal, and we’ve stuck with that niche ever since the beginning. We’re here today and we have about 90 releases and thing are going good!

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WOBC: You guys have a new album coming out this June. It’s been 5 years since Of What’s To Come – what’s changed for you guys since then?

EL: Yeah, it’s been about four and a half years or so. I wouldn’t say much has changed since that album. I would say our change came with Of What’s To Come, where we really took a different approach in working with the concept and concentrating a bit more on the second guitar. Every album before Of What’s To Come, we wrote with the mindset that we were a three-piece, because in the past, we have been a three-piece. We’ve had lots of live guitarists, but we usually tour as a three-piece, and we never wanted to do anything on our albums that we couldn’t recreate live. It just sounds hollow to me when you have lead work going on with the bass backing it up; it just doesn’t fly for us. So what we decided to do [on Of What’s To Come] was take the approach that we would always be a four-piece from now on, and worked a bit more on adding that second guitar and really bringing it to the forefront of our writing.

The vocals were a bit different too; since Of What’s To Come, we’ve approached them where it’s a bit more in-your-face. When we wrote the vocals before, we’d kind of play the riff and just kind of see how the vocals would fit while playing guitar at the same time, whereas recently we made up patterns and made them flow better rather than just changing as the guitar changes. There are a lot more syllables, and counts, and measures. I’d say those are the biggest changes from our previous albums until Of What’s To Come and this album. This one definitely takes off where Of What’s To Come left off. And of course, we have a couple new members – Craig Peters and Ivan Mungula from Arkaik. There were no hard feelings with the old guys – it was just their time to move on from music, which is fine. With Erlend [Caspersen, bassist of Spawn of Possession], it was a little different. We kind of wanted to be closer together if we needed to practice, or if we wanted to get together for band shots, or do one-off shows or whatever. But with Erlend being in Scandinavia, and us being here in the United States, it was kind of difficult to do. Now we’re all in California and it’s a bit easier, so that was the reason for that decision. Craig and Ivan are good guys and hard workers, and they shred.

WOBC: You had tendonitis last year – did that affect your writing process at all?

EL: Yeah, unfortunately I’m still battling that, which is why we haven’t done any shows. We’re still deciding what to do. I was trying to just let it heal, and now that the album is done, I’ve just been staying away from playing guitar and using my arm in any strenuous way. That’s the reason for the live hiatus. But as far as writing and recording went, it didn’t affect me because I was still able to play. I just couldn’t play for an extended amount of time. At about a minute and a half to two minutes in, if I’m playing a song straight through, it just starts to burn and burn to the point where I can’t get any pressure on the frets, and it just gives out. But when you’re recording, you record in sections, so if I’m doing 30-second sections or whatever, I’m able to do that.

Playing live, and playing songs all the way through, is unfortunately impossible right now. If the arm heals, we’ll probably go back to using another frontman vocalist like we were going to do originally. It was going to be Corey from Flesh Consumed, who was a huge help in the concept and the writing of the album. At the time, I didn’t have the problem, so he was going to take Jacoby’s spot as the vocalist and I’d be able to focus more on guitar and maybe background vocals. If the arm doesn’t heal, I’ll probably do vocals, and we’ll get a second guitar player. It’s still up in the air, but that’s why we haven’t been going out on the road or playing any shows. At least right now, we can still put out albums and write.

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WOBC: Can you go over some of the gear you use?

EL: Over the years, it’s varied. I’ve used rack gear – Mesa, ENGL – as far as cabs I just use Marshalls. There’s some direct stuff I use. For the last album we ended up using a mix of the Dual Rectifier and the ENGL Special Edition, and it worked really well. It was an idea that Zach [Ohren] of Castle Ultimate Studios had. I’d say my favorite head that I’ve used is probably the ENGL Special Edition, just because of how cutting and razor-sharp the notes are rather than being a more open woofy sound like a Rectifier has. We blended the two – best of both worlds.

WOBC: Any favorite guitars?

EL: Well, I’m endorsed by Jackson. I like the Soloist, and I like the R1T. Another thing I forgot to mention that we did on this album that we haven’t done before was the incorporation of seven-strings. We have that low end going on, which we haven’t used before.

WOBC: Anything else you’d like to add?

EL: I hope people like the new album; we put a lot of effort into it. Stay patient with us as far as getting out on the road. That’s the biggest thing we really want to do again. Thanks for the support.

Portals to Canaan comes out June 25 on Unique Leader. Preorder packages are available here. The 9th annual Bloodletting North America tour, featuring Unique Leader artists Gorod, Inanimate Existence, and Kamikabe, will be stopping in Lakewood on May 13. Full dates available here.