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

03.05.2013

TOP 30 3/5

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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 NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS Push The Sky Away
2 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
3 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
4 GROUPER The Man Who Died In His Boat
5 DAVID BOWIE “Where Are We Now?” [Single]
6 ACTRESS Silver Cloud
7 MOGWAI Les Revenants
8 EKOPLEKZ Devesham Dub
9 TRUS’ME Treat Me Right
10 813 Recolor [EP]
11 PAT METHENY Orchestrion
12 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
13 TAME IMPALA Lonerism
14 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
15 JONNY GREENWOOD The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
16 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold Asthmatic Kitty
17 CRYSTAL CASTLES III
18 TAYLOR SWIFT Red
19 MATMOS The Marriage Of True Minds
20 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
21 TYVEK On Triple Beams
22 DANIEL BACHMAN Seven Pines
23 ROBERT TURMAN Beyond Painting
24 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
25 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
26 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
27 OMAR-S Triangulum Australe
28 SKIP SKIP BEN BEN Sacrifice Mountain Hills
29 LEVON VINCENT Rainstorm II
30 EL PERRO DEL MAR The Pale Fire

02.27.2013

TOP 30 2/26

my-bloody-valentine-mbvThe 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 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
2 YO LA TENGO Fade
3 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
4 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
5 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky
6 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
7 BRIAN ENO Lux
8 CS YEH Transitions
9 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
10 BRANDY Two Eleven
11 THEE OH SEES Putrifiers II
12 BOB DYLAN Tempest
13 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
14 PERE UBU Lady From Shanghai
15 JONNY GREENWOOD The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
16 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
17 KINGDOM VIP Edition Fade to Mind
18 TAYLOR SWIFT Red
19 PETE SEEGER Pete Remembers Woody
20 THOMAS NEWMAN Skyfall
21 TORO Y MOI Anything In Return
22 CAT POWER Sun
23 EELS Wonderful, Glorious
24 RHYS CHATHAM Reve Parisien
25 AARON DILLOWAY After The Showers
26 TYVEK On Triple Beams
27 SCOTT WALKER Bish Bosch
28 PRURIENT Through The Window
29 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety
30 SKY FERREIRA Ghost

01.24.2013

New Classical in 2012

Stainless Staining [EP] // Lisa Moore // Cantaloupe — Resonant, entrancing piano music by an Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, augmented with samples of G# overtones. [soundcloud]

Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, books 1-4 // Ronald Brautigam, Mendelssohn // BIS — Sensitive performances of early Romantic-era miniatures for solo piano, played on a historical instrument.

Norwegian Woods OST // Jonny Greenwood // Nonesuch — Radiohead guitarist would be doing pretty well for himself even if he just wrote movie soundtracks.

Johannes Brahms: The Complete Trios // Smetana Trio (w/ Premysl Vojta, Ludmila Peterkova) // Supraphon — This Czech trio brings it.

Where [we] Live // Sō Percussion // Cantaloupe — Album realization of a Kickstarter-backed, collaborative, multi-media performance exploring concept of ‘home’: toy percussion instruments, spoken word, singing, electronics — the works.  Based on this trailer, looks like ambitious stuff. Performance has already premiered at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, with future performance during the BAM Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn, December 19-22.  [soundcloud]

Heavy// ETHEL // Innova — Adventurous, rock-solid contemporary string quartet playing. Includes Don Byron’s ‘Four Thoughts on Marvin Gaye’ and works by Julia Wolfe and David Lang. [streaming on ETHEL website]

01.02.2013

Beats, Brits


2012 saw an influx in exposure to electronic music, from sources both domestic and abroad. Good beats abound in the States for sure yet I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out. This is entirely because over the last few years, electronic music has been graced by some really creative citizens of the U.K. Here’s a playlist of a bunch of them and the incredible new sounds they’ve made.

Both in and out of the limelight, acts such as James Blake, Rustie, and Actress have released tracks that set the standard for post-dubstep, experimental house, and maximalists genres, among others. This British surge isn’t simply dance music, nor is it only for listening, but rather a balance between the two: both experimental and reliable. A lot of the artists featured here toe the line quite expertly. Actress’ song “The Lord’s Graffiti” off his new Honest Jon’s release R.I.P., is simply the idea of the house, the absolute basics, but totally revisited. The track is fun and danceable but totally perplexing as well, as if there is too much material for contemplation to get up and jump around. In a similarly eclectic fashion, James Blake coos soft love ballads, satiates the cravings of bass-addicts, and experiments endlessly, all while sounding true to his own personal sound and style.

There’s more electronic music from more parts of the world than ever but admist the overload, there are some standouts worth clearing your head for. These are some of the British ones.

We Might Feel Unsound – James Blake

Wait – Airhead

Archangel – Burial

Fog (Jamie xx Remix) – Nosaj Thing

Before I Move Off – Mount Kimbie

4D – Koreless

All Nite – Rustie

You – Gold Panda

NYC – Burial

The Bells Sketch – James Blake

Maybes – Mount Kimbie

Harrier Attk – Actress

NY Is Killing Me – Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx

Ordinary Things – XXXY

This Is It – Addison Groove

The Lord’s Graffiti – Actress

12.25.2012

September 3rd- December 14th: My Favorite Tracks of the Semester

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This is probably going to be my last blog post of the semester. It has been fun, and I appreciate any one who stuck with my posts through the good times and the bad times (my Looper movie review). Since the year is ending, I guess it’s time for a post about my favorite/most-listened to songs of the semester. Most of this listening occurred in a frantic stage of studying in the library, but there was some fun had too.

Here is my best of the semester:

Girls, “Hellhole Ratrace”
A classic, sorrowful Girls track that, through its repetitive nature, is about 3 minutes too long. Call me crazy, it’s my favorite song ever.

Danny Brown, “Monopoly”
I saw Danny Brown live, became obsessed with hip-hop, and found “Monopoly” to be one of his best, both in concert and on the album “XXX”.

Ariel Pink, “Reminisces”
It was great to have Ariel Pink at the Sco, and even though he didn’t play this track, it is still worth listening to. It’s a groovy instrumental that fits well into cohesively structuring the 2010 album “Before Today”.

Frank Ocean, “Forrest Gump”
Everyone loves Channel Orange. I think it is a bit overrated, but it’s still a great album. Forrest Gump is my favorite song, it’s just too catchy.

Holy Shit, “My Whole Life Story”
Combine Matt Fishbeck, Ariel Pink, and Christopher Owens. The best track on “Stranded at Two Harbors,” in which Fishbeck at one point sings the chords being played.

Death Grips, “The Fever (aye aye)”
Death Grips is insane, and “The Fever (aye aye)” successfully conveys this. Vocalist “MC Ride” screams and shouts, simultaneously making you love/hate the song.