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Music Reviews from WOBC staff. Includes Best New Music and From the WOBC Vault.

Pop Picks 11/19

Here are songs that WE INDIVIDUALLY OF POP GROUP have been listening to. They are all new and we like and recommend them to you dagnabbit!

Alison:

James Ferraro – SO N2U

Check out SUSHI — gooey caprisun mixed with gatorade powder — snort it.

Asher:

Dinosaur Jr. – Watch the Corners

Old dogs new tricks.

Sally:

Railbird – Mirrors

High energy it’ll get you out the door feelin right.

Fiz:

TRUST – Dressed For Space

Perfect for those who just wanna dance to the sound of the imminent apocalypse.

Jackie:

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

One of those upbeat folk-y bands: simple, but still great.

Ivan:

Liars – No. 1 Against the Rush

A standout for me off of Liars’ latest album WIXIW. Tight, clean electronic production with a motorik beat.

Adrian: 

Dan Melchior – The Night Comes In

Refreshingly able songwriting for a new old Future.

 

From the Vault, vol. 274

WOBC has a lot of records. It’s a well-known fact that if you line up all the vinyl the WOBC vault has, it will circle the equator three times. If you stacked all of the records on top of each other, you will reach the exosphere. The weight of all of our vinyl will crush the Eiffel Tower. The combined speed of the RPM of our vinyl is enough to go back in time. So what to do with all these records? Well, sometimes they sit around on the third floor of Wilder — lonely… unseen… untouched. Sometimes, though, they get taken out and played on air! And sometimes, they’re corralled and examined and analyzed by “Vinyl Workgroup,” or “those geeky losers.” Well here’s a quick sampling of stuff you might not know is in the WOBC vault…

So the vault has, among other things, an incredible selection of Anthony Braxton records, something like 10 or 15 of his most important stuff from the 70s and 80s. This is fantastic. “For Alto” was maybe his first big record, from 1968 — it’s more than an hour of just him and a saxophone. An alto saxophone. I’m bad at writing about music I like, so I’ll just give it to you. This one is “To Pianist Cecil Taylor.” (We have some of Cecil in the vault too.)

Anthony Braxton – To Pianist Cecil Taylor

There’s this section at the end of all the pop stuff that’s called “Anthologies.” Mostly it’s record companies in the 60s and 70s sending samples of their artists to WOBC. Warner and Reprise happened to do one of these in 1971 called, for whatever reason, “Non-Dairy Creamer.” There’s usually a reason these people needed some extra publicity on the labels’ parts, but it’s always a great artifact. Here’s a prog-rock band called “Curved Air,” and it quickly becomes pretty obvious that the song is called “It Happened Today.”

Curved Air – It Happened Today

Clarence Clemons made a solo album. He actually apparently made quite a few, and of course in the vast ocean of mostly anonymous, mostly mediocre 80s rock the vault contains it would stand to reason that you’d find a Clarence Clemons solo album. This one is from his debut effort, with “The Red Bank Rockers.” This song’s called “A Man in Love,” and yeah, it kind of sounds like Springsteen. It’s not bad.

Clarence Clemons – A Man in Love

WOBC DJs — there’s more in the vault that awaits your discovery!

TOP 30 11/15


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 PATTI SMITH Banga
2 TITUS ANDRONICUS Local Business
3 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
4 WHY? Mumps, Etc
5 CLAMS CASINO Instrumental Mixtape 2
6 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes
7 PATHOLOGY The Time Of Great Purification
8 CAN The Lost Tapes
9 HOMOSTUPIDS New York Jammin’
10 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
11 KENDRICK LAMAR Good Kid In A M.A.A.d City
12 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
13 ODDISEE People Hear What They See
14 EMERALDS Just To Feel Anything
15 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
16 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
17 TOM ZE Tropicalia Lixo Logico
18 SUN KIL MOON Among The Leaves
19 STEVE HAUSCHILDT Sequitur
20 BROTHERS UNCONNECTED Unrock The House
21 TEENGIRL FANTASY Tracer
22 NON/BOYD RICE Back To Mono
23 EL PERRO DEL MAR The Pale Fire
24 ELI KESZLER Catching Net
25 TALK NORMAL Sunshine
26 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze
27 PINK REASON “Ache For You B/w Darke Mexican Summern Daze” [Single]
28 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
29 TAMARYN Tender New Signs
30 FRESH AND ONLYS Long Slow Dance

Cover Band Showcase Follow-Up: Shakir A’neal

The cover band showcase was great. Not only was it fun, but the bands seemed to have genuinely put some work into actually sounding good. I can’t say I had any favorites, but the Shakira cover band, Shakir A’neal sounded awesome.

Maxim and Carla, hanging out.

After the show, I caught up with lead singer, Carla, and lead Guitarist, Maxim, and asked them a few cover band related questions:

Why did you choose to cover Shakira and how did the band name come about?
Max and Carla were sitting out in wilder bowl, postponing our midterm studying, and as soon as we started talking about the cover band show case, we immediately thought of Shakira. We knew the energy was right. There were really no other options, just Shakira. It was perfect. We asked a few passerby if they’d be in the band. None of them ended up in the band. But they were all extremely interested.
The band name is just a hybrid between Shakira and Shaquille O’neal. There’s really not much to it.

What songs did you cover and why did you pick those particular songs?
We covered “Wherever, Whenever,” the Spanish version of “Objection (Tango),” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” which medley-ed into “Underneath Your Clothes.” The first song was a given. For the second song, we thought it was necessary to do a true Spanish ballad, given that our singer was well versed in Spanish, and Shakira herself is practically fluent. “Hips Don’t Lie” was a crowd pleaser. And then Max was hanging with a Shakira fan late into the night at Tank, and she expressed the need for “Underneath Your Clothes.”


What was your general impression of the cover band showcase and how did you feel about your performance?

Wow! Wow! Wow! We wished that we could be more aggressive in the venue, but given the floor was nearly breaking, we understood that this wasn’t an option. Other bands were great. [We] couldn’t hear any vocalists. Maroon Four killed it. We really messed up “Hips Don’t Lie,” but the crowd was too drunk to care, so that was awesome.


Will we see Shakir A’neal again?

You’ll definitely see us hanging out on campus. And we might not all be together again, but individually you’ll definitely see us.

Staff Picks: Program Director

here’s a sampler of things ive been listening to lately. enjoy!

-arielle

Flying Saucer Attack- My Dreaming Hill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLzjsJgIUhs

Beat Happening- Collide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-u68Ar80Zs

My Bloody Valentine- Slow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxtoqK0WMtM

Round of Applause- Wacka Flocka Flame
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9n3UVPVIBI

Arvo Pärt- Cantus In Memory of Benjamin Britten
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUcazplAc58

The Germs- The Other Newest One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9fsKSjlcYU

TOP 30 11/6


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 KENDRICK LAMAR good kid, m.A.A.d city
2 JASON LESCALLEET Songs About Nothing
3 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
4 NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
5 BILL ORCUTT Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People?
6 OMER AVITAL Suite Of The East
7 OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW Carry Me Back
8 SWANS The Seer
9 CLAMS CASINO Instrumental Mixtape 2
10 HEAD BOGGLE Headboggle
11 BAND OF HORSES Mirage Rock
12 CHRIS COHEN Overgrown Path
13 AVETT BROTHERS The Carpenter
14 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields Warp
15 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
16 MOON DUO Circles
17 PURITY RING Shrines
18 ANGEL OLSEN Half Way Home
19 MOUNTAIN GOATS Transcendental Youth
20 TALK NORMAL Sunshine
21 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
22 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Centipede Hz
23 TRAXMAN Da Mind Of Traxman
24 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
25 ROBERT TURMAN Flux
26 NON/BOYD RICE Back To Mono
27 TEENGIRL FANTASY Tracer
28 KAKI KING Glow
29 TAMARYN Tender New Signs
30 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze