10.30.2012

Featured: We Are the Catalyst // Crash Symbols

We Are the Catalyst and Crash Symbols in partnership with WOBC present:

“Dope Mountain Sound”
–a mix tape featuring a cross section of old, new, and unreleased music from the Crash Symbols catalog.

Crash Symbols is a casette label with headquarters in West Virginia and North Carolina. Founders Jheri Evans and Dwight and Liz Pavlovic efforts have gained the attention of publications such as WIRED Magazine, NBC, Altered Zones, Rebel Magazine and many more. Their extensive catalog features recording artists such as Blackbird Blackbird, Beggars in a New Land, SPORTS, Born Gold, Honeydrum, and MillionYoung.

We Are the Catalyst is an emerging network and publication with content generated entirely by and about young artists. The We Are the Catalyst website launches December 5th. Until then catch Catalyst Radio on the air, Thursdays 11am-12pm on WOBC 91.5 FM and check out the We Are the Catalyst Facebook page for media and information about these rising artists.

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10.29.2012

WOBC Cover Band Showcase This Friday!

 

The 2nd WOBC showcase is coming up! It’s November 2nd, this Friday!

Cover bands rule, and you can make one with just a few easy steps. First, corral your friends, give them instruments and some wigs (optional), then think of a band name. This part is the most fun. Next, you’ll (probably) want to practice a few times, so you’ll make a big splash on the big stage. WOBC has some big shoes to fill after last year’s event, but this one should be a load of fun!

The showcase will start at 8PM, Friday @ Above Subway and will see 20 student cover bands including:

Rew Reed

Creed Paradise II: Studio on the Park

Avril Ravine

and many more!

And here are some sample ideas for inspiration:

Becker (Beck)

Cockblock Twins (Cocteau Twins)

Crosby, Pills, and Cash (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)

Juggalo Wrestling (Insane Clown Posse)

Smells Like American Spirits (Nirvana)

Steve Chiller Band (Steve Miller Band)

Email kthornto@oberlin.edu for more info and be sure to come out this Friday to the 2nd Annual Cover Band Showcase!

10.28.2012

TOP 30 10/23

MARK FELL Sentinel Objectif Actualite

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 MARK FELL Sentinel Objectif Actualite
2 DANIEL BACHMAN Seven Pines
3 WILLIAM HOOKER STRINGS 3 A Postcard From The Road
4 DEERHOOF Breakup Song
5 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky
6 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes
7 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
8 SANTIGOLD Master Of My Make Believe
9 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
10 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
11 FUSHITSUSHA Hikari To Nazukeyo
12 SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE Ancient Patience Wills It Again Part II
13 BRETT NAUCKE Home By Now
14 CAN The Lost Tapes
15 ROBERT TURMAN Flux
16 THE ORB The Orbserver In The Star House The End
17 DJ RASHAD TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi
18 TAME IMPALA Lonerism
19 TRAXMAN Da Mind Of Traxman
20 GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
21 LIGHT ASYLUM Light Asylum
22 MOUNT EERIE Ocean Roar
23 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
24 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze
25 CAT POWER Sun
26 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant
27 C S YEH Transitions
28 LA SERA Sees The Light
29 KAKI KING Glow
30 HOLY OTHER Held

10.28.2012

TOP 30 10/9

Swans - The Seer
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 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
2 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes
3 WOODS Bend Beyond
4 SWANS The Seer
5 DEERHOOF Breakup Song
6 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Centipede Hz
7 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
8 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky
9 DRAINOLITH Fighting
10 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
11 HOLY OTHER Held
12 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
13 SUN ARAW The Inner Treaty
14 FRESH AND ONLYS Long Slow Dance
15 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze
16 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
17 AARON DILLOWAY/JASON LESCALLEET Grapes And Snakes
18 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Americana
19 RANGDA Formerly Extinct
20 TEENGIRL FANTASY Tracer
21 MOON DUO Circles
22 THEE OH SEES Putrifiers II
23 TOMUTONTTU HYLYT
24 JOSEPHINE FOSTER Blood Rushing
25 MOUNT EERIE Ocean Roar
26 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant
27 GUIDED BY VOICES Class Clown Spots A UFO
28 ALFONSO LOVO La Gigantona
29 OUTER SPACE Akashic Record
30 THE XX Coexist

10.18.2012

My Search for New Music: 50s and 60s Country

School is great, Oberlin is fun, but it’s easy to get sick of everything. I spent about two weeks in a hazy, caffeinated state in a corner of Mudd preparing for finals and writing papers, effectively listening solely to either Girls’ Father, Son, Holy Ghost, James Blake, or Ariel Pink’s Before Today. After finals ended, I started summer with a tired, college-sucks mentality, and above all, I was completely sick of my music library. In trying to relax and de-stress, I went to a lot of movies, laughed a lot, and heard some intriguing soundtracks. Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson’s latest film, particularly helped me in my search for new music, by essentially delving into music of old.

Although Hank Williams is considered the “father of country,” I had never heard his music. As I finished watching Moonrise Kingdom, the two Hank William songs featured in the film, sparked my curiosity; I essentially spent my entire summer listening to 1950’s and 1960’s country. The songs are simple, stripped down, but have meaning and purpose, whether it be the insatiable urge to “hit the road,” or the cliché of finding lost love. This music seems so natural, so pure, and there wasn’t a synthesizer or drum machine to be found, which I found too appealing. I got so enveloped in 1950’s and 1960’s country that I now have a radio show on WOBC solely dedicated to this genre. It’s on at 6am on Wednesday. Below is some good music from the time period, somethings you might hear on my show.

Hank Williams Ramblin’ Man

Lefty Frizzell Saginaw, Michigan

Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman

Marty Robbins El Paso

10.16.2012

The Name Game – Pop’s List of the Week 10/15

p-pop b-bop banana nana bo-bop POP!!! This week is names….roll call!!!

1. Stacey Grove – Marc Bolan & Tyrannosaurus Rex

::: So self-indulgent! This song evokes the classic ‘nice guys finish last’ archetype in a draining, mundane manner. That Stacey Grove must be quite the catch for Bolan to refer to her by her actual name instead of some weirdo 70′s sweet talk. Then again, I think most of us would prefer to partake in some hot love rather than have him get our name straight.

2. Angie – The Rolling Stones

::: The name Angie has never sounded so tragic.  It evokes memories of crying in my car after saying goodbye to my great love.  Just kidding, it only reminds me of the fact that I’ve never had a great love to say goodbye to.  Great song–what a jam.

3. Jocasta – Noah and The Whale

::: I like this song mostly for the clapping.

4. Madeline – Yo La Tengo

::: Slow and sad, but has a warmth to it that still brings a smile to my face.

5. Jasmine – Jai Paul

::: THIS SONG IS HOT. LIKE, REALLY HOT. THERE ISN’T MUCH ELSE TO SAY OTHER THAN HOW HOT THIS SONG IS

6. Vanessa – Grimes

::: Grimes is the queen of pop and the intergalactic princess.  You already love her and you probably already love this song so go ahead and give it another play.  Vanessa is pretty cool too. GRIMEZ4EVR.

10.15.2012

PROFILE: HOMEBOY SANDMAN

Homeboy Sandman is a rapper from New York City who is signed to the holy grail of all hip hop labels– Stones Throw, home to Madlib, Dilla, Doom, and a veritable treasure chest of other hip hop luminaries. Sandman’s latest release, First of a Living Breed, is his most refined release to date, and should hopefully give this earnest hip hop revivalist the recognition he deserves.

The keyword with Homeboy Sandman, and what sets him apart from other rappers, is grassroots. Through interviews, live shows, and ciphers, he has displayed an earnestness and clarity of purpose that is a breath of fresh air in a hip hop culture where the hype outweighs the substance a million to one. This grassroots ethic is embodied in his latest video, where Homeboy Sandman walks down a New York City Street in a single take, getting dap from fans and admirers, throwing down in an impromptu cipher, and signing records– all while rapping the lyrics to his ode to things staying the same. “People ask me if my life changed. Here’s what I might say: Not really.” These days, hip hop is high on excess, escapism and fantasy. Homebody Sandman brings it back to the source, by rapping straight from the heart about his experiences with a distinct lack of excess and frills. This music isn’t underground or mainstream– it’s just hip hop, plain and simple. This, for me, is what makes Homeboy Sandman an important hip hop artist.

Not Really – Homeboy Sandman

Here’s an excerpt from an article Homeboy Sandman wrote for Huffington Post:

“I’ve had the honor of becoming friends with Crazy Legs of Rocksteady Crew, the legendary breakdancing crew that was featured so prominently in early hip hop movies like Style Wars and Wild Style. A conversation that I had with him about hip hop’s birth (which he was there for in person in the 70s in the South Bronx) helped me formulate my theory about why hip hop has become the most popular musical genre among youth in the entire world, to where Rio de Janiero is denser with graffiti than Queens, and kids in the Czech Republic wear baseball caps and call each other n******. It’s because somehow all those broke South Bronx kids captured the essence of cool. The spirit of it. Couldn’t be cool because of money, everyone was broke. Couldn’t be cool because of where you lived, everyone was in the slums. Couldn’t feel good about yourself because of your school because schools were a nightmare, or even because of your family as families in the South Bronx in the 1970 were plagued with every societal ill that society has to offer. But if you were an athlete, you could be a bboy. If you had some charisma, you could be an emcee. If you were artistic, you could be a graffiti writer. This was the inception of hip hop. Being cool without anything. Without being any certain type of person. Being cool only because of your talent.”