Congratulations to Oberlin College third-year, Casey Silverstein on winning our online giveaway and snagging a pair of free weekend passes to VIA Music & New Media festival this weekend in Pittsburgh!
In its fourth year, VIA festival is an annual week-long celebration of people who are defining what’s next in music, art, and culture. Starting today, Oct. 1st, and ending on Oct. 6, VIA will feature performances, screenings, video game installations, 3D body scans and more. The lineup includes some great acts – some of whom have recently played shows in Oberlin including Slava, Container, Unicorn Hard-On, Richard Pinhas, and Aaron Dilloway.
Check out some tracks from VIA artists below and head to http://via-pgh.com/ for more information.
VIA Festival will also feature work from visual and performance artists such as Casey Jane Ellison, LaTurbo Avedon, and many more. So if you’re looking to get out of town/looking for a good time/ looking for an excuse to go to Pittsburgh, grab some friends and head out to VIA. You can buy tickets here.
Today marked the first On-Air session of Live From Studio B!! We kicked it off with Novice, an Oberlin based, high energy Math-rock group. Keep your eyes/ears pealed for footage and recordings of the session!
And keep listening to Live From Studio B! Sundays 1-2!
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!
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.
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!
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
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