04.02.2013

New in Classical, 4/1/13

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The Edge of Light // Gloria Cheng and Calder Quartet // Harmonia Mundi UK — Radiant sonorities by Messiaen and Saariaho, including Saariaho’s Prelude and Ballade, two works for solo piano.

Le Cirque // Anderson-Fader Duo // Furious Artisans — Contemporary classical played by guitar duo with refreshingly catholic tastes, from Wuorinen to Lang. Despite this variety, the album holds together well — maybe because things can’t help sounding good on guitar duo, including a haunting Gillian Welch arrangement here.

Handel: Bad Guys // Xavier Sabata with Il Pomo d’Oro and Riccardo Minasi // Aparté — Grab bag of villainous Handel arias, incongruously written for the warbling counter-tenor range. Sabata sings strongly and expressively, but he’s not going to make anyone quiver in their (historically informed) boots.

Haydn: Piano Concertos, Nos. 3, 4 & 11 // Marc-André Hamelin with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie // Hyperion — Remarkably clear and lively performance, though Hamelin’s playing is sometimes too dry & distant for my taste

04.01.2013

TOP 30 3/19

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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. Radioactivity’s crash a few weeks back and the disruptions of Spring Break mean that this post is a little anachronistic but, nevertheless, check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 BRIAN ENO Lux
2 NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
3 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
4 BAD BRAINS Into The Future
5 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
6 MAC DEMARCO 2
7 DEVENDRA BANHART Mala
8 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
9 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
10 CELTIC THUNDER Mythology
11 DIRTY PROJECTORS About To Die
12 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
13 DROPKICK MURPHYS The Season’s Upon Us
14 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
15 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory
16 WAXAHATCHEE Cerulean Salt
17 SHINEE Chapter 1. Dream Girl: The Misconceptions Of You
18 TAYLOR SWIFT Red
19 ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS Strychnine
20 CLEAN BANDIT A And E
21 FUSHITSUSHA Mabushii Itazura Na Inori
22 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
23 KENDRICK LAMAR Good Kid, M.A.A.d City
24 PERE UBU Lady From Shanghai
25 EX-COPS True Hallucinations
26 PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold
27 THE MEN New Moon
28 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
29 JOHN CALE Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood
30 ALEXANDRE DESPLAT Zero Dark Thirty

04.01.2013

Album Review: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

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When I was in elementary school, my physical education experience, while standard in many aspects, required all students to gather on the blacktop at least 3 times a week and learn to dance. Aside from a fantastic medley of country songs, pop boy-band ‘NSYNC, which was at the height of their popularity, was also a constant choice amongst the athletic coaches. Within my social circles, we all despised ‘NSYNC and constantly complained about having to dance to this dreaded music. Justin Timberlake was primarily at the receiving end of our animosity, continually being the subject of elementary schoolboy satire, but I must emphasize, we all really did like ‘NSYNC, we just would never admit it. I am now older, perhaps a little more secure and confident, and I can now admit I like Justin Timberlake and enjoy his music. However, my enjoyment of Justin Timberlake music aside, his latest release, The 20/20 Experience, while a welcomed change in sound from previous Timberlake albums, lacks musical variation within the album, suffers at times from horrid lyrics, and features a few throw-away songs; although I do recommend a listen of The 20/20 Experience, I can’t do much more.

The 20/20 Experience opens relatively strong, with the initial track Pusher Love Girl, a slow, diverse R&B song, serving as an effective platform for the rest of the album, and a transitional piece to perhaps the most well-known single, Suit and Tie. Suit and Tie, while not as catchy as 2006’s SexyBack, documents a successful growth within Timberlake’s music, with the appearance of Jay Z confirming The 20/20 Experience to be a more mature project. And in many aspects, maturity and growth dominate the album, as Timberlake, heavily distanced from his promiscuous, all-denim wearing days, now boasts of marriage, old love, and women wearing ball gowns. I do not see this change as problematic, but in some instances, Timberlake seems torn between channeling his new sound along with consolidating the past pretensions of “Future Sex/Love Sounds.” Lyrics such as “Stop, let me get a good look at it. Oh, so thick, now I know why they call it a fatty…” result, highlighting Timberlake may no longer be the same artists who once readily claimed to be the force behind the resuscitation of sexiness.

Past Pusher Love Girl and Suit and Tie, the album predominately maintains consistency, yet suffers to truly expand musically past the tone set in the initial songs of The 20/20 Experience. In this sense, every track sounds similar to the next, and while that’s not entirely a negative aspect, a diverse array of songs would obviously be more effective. In moments when Timberlake does in fact attempt to broaden his sound, tracks such as Don’t Hold the Wall and Let the Groove Get In are enlisted, but these songs hold no cohesive place within the album, serving as misplaced filler tracks. Essentially, The 20/20 Experience is a listenable paradox, in that it suffers largely due to the fact that it maintains too similar of a sound throughout, yet when Timberlake diverts from this format, the album fares worse. Gone are irresistible songs such as Cry me a River and My Love, but Timberlake, in my opinion, is indeed transitioning musically in a positive direction; it is just a long, arduous process that he hasn’t fully realized. The 20/20 Experience is decent, even good at times, and the second installation of the album, which Timberlake plans to release in November, hopefully will avoid the redundant pitfalls of its first half, and expand upon Timberlake’s maturation and growth.

-Cornell

03.25.2013

Metal Workgroup Recommends…

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Suggestions from Metal from the March 21st workgroup session!

Botanist – Sophora Tetraptera (IV: Mandragora)

Denouncement Pyre – The Deceiver (Almighty Arcanum)

Nero Di Marte – Convergence (Nero Di Marte)

Intronaut – The Welding (Habitual Levitations: Instilling Words With Tones)

Cerekloth – Halo of Syringes (In the Midst of Life We are in Death)

O.L.D. – Freak Now (The Musical Dimension of Sleastak)

Axeman – Metnal (Place of Fear) (Arrive)

Email metal@wobc.org with questions or recommendations.

03.20.2013

Vinyl Workgroup Recommends…

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Attached are some of the latest tracks unearthed by Vinyl Workgroup. Have a listen, and maybe fall in love with something new.

Misty Eyes by Richard Lloyd (Alchemy)

Screwed Up by Sparks (Big Beat)

Shine a Light by Spiritualized (Lazer Guided Melodies)

Sons of Stone by The People’s Temple (Sons of Stone)

London Town by Chris Spedding (The Only Lick I Know)

Daddy’s Gonna Treat You Right by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet (Ozone

Want us to digitize a track or full record from the station’s extensive vinyl vault? E-mail vinyl@wobc.org.

03.12.2013

Staff Picks, March 12, 2013

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Here’s some of what the WOBC staff is listening to this week:

Brian Becker, station manager: LARRY HEARD PRESENTS MR. WHITE The Sun Can’t Compare

Arielle Edelman, program director: TETA LANDO Muato Wa N’gingila
a social-justice oriented musician from angola. i got the song from a larger compilation of 60s african garage rock called cazumbi, which i would highly recommend! real jangly n nice.

Ryan Caruso, engineer: SEIGE Conform

Aaron Braun, treasurer: THE RAINCOATS Fairytale in the Supermarket

Nick Plett, assistant engineer: THE BEETS You Don’t Want the Kids to Be Dead

Harlee Ludwig, pop: VANITY 6 Nasty Girl
Prince created this. ‘Nuff said.

Emily Schkolnick, vinyl: RICHARD AND MIMI FARINA Mainline Prosperity Blues

Mark Mortiz-Rabson, metal: INTER ARMA The Survival Fires
Atmospheric, blackened death/doom from Richmond, VA. Reminiscent of Ulcerate.

Madeline Meyer, punk: THE SPITS All I Want

Jack Lazar, hip hop: OG DUTCH MASTER Raw Dope
Been listening to this all week. The sample is “Every Single Night” by Fiona Apple — I love imagining these guys bumpin’ Fiona Apple in the lab.

Cole Evelev, traffic director: JASON HOGANS Warmfuzzy

Emily Weber, promotions: EKOPLEKZ Dead Escalator Suite

Eve Peyser-Sappol, promotions: THE TEMPTATIONS Fiddler on the Roof Medley
I’ve been obsessed with this mix my dad’s friend, David Suisman (former WFMU DJ/history professor), gave him called “Black Sabbath,” which is a compilation of black musicians covering Jewish songs. Out of all the song on Black Sabbath, I think this one has the most ‘insane’ mix of sounds. To listen to more weird songs, listen to my radio show, Beer in my Bed, Thursdays noon-1pm on WOBC. xox, Eve

Amanda Mummery, outreach: AL STEWART In Brooklyn

Alex Tell, webmaster: ELIZABETH COTTEN Shake Sugaree

Sophie Kazis, news: X-RAY SPEX Germ Free Adolescents

stay tuned for more staff playlists to come.

03.12.2013

TONIGHT: Cult of Youth + BLK’D OUT @ The ‘Sco

Come check out The ‘Sco TONIGHT, Tuesday March 12, for two killer acts:

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>>CULT OF YOUTH<<

2k13 neo-folk post-punk rockers from Brooklyn, NY. Record on Sacred Bones alongside The Men, Amen Dunes, Psychic Ills, and Zola Jesus. These guys have a new take on folk-punk in the 21st century, incorporating a sinister darkness with catchy, melancholy folk riffs. Vox like Calvin Johnson or Swan's Michael Gira. These guys are on the rise so don't miss out!

Have a listen

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a special performance from
>>BLK’D OUT<<

Local hardcore favorites return to The 'Sco for the first show of their new incarnation. No longer the BLK OUT of yesteryear, the group is now a tightened up four-piece featuring WOBC Engineer Ryan Caruso, TIMARA sophomore Noah Chevan, Jazz drummer extraordinaire Parker Hall, and vocal thrasher/art historian Eli Wright. These guys are sure to set the stage for the night and to rip up said stage at the same time. Don’t miss ‘em!

TONIGHT
THE ‘SCO
10 PM
$3 w/ OCID // $7 w/out