Grouper, a.k.a. Liz Harris, claimed the top spot this week.
(Nearly) every week, WOBC submits to College Music Journal the past week’s top plays of recent releases. What with fall break and all it’s been a second since our last CMJ top 10 – never fear, it returns:
2. Ivan, co-director, says, “I’ve been bumping Dirty Beaches‘ latest, Stateless[on Pitchfork Advance], lately in light of him retiring the moniker : (”
3. Taylor chose: Eric Copeland – Kash Donation
4. Tatum chose: Wanda Group – Enclave, Dome and Every Human Should Shut Their Mouth
5. Joe chose: Caldara – A Moog Mass, “a classic moogsploitation album from 1970. Its a collection of hymns and such done on a Moog synthesizer. Funny stuff.”
and Dr. Haijme Murooka – Lullaby from the Womb. “A doctor was looking for a natural way to put babies to sleep and ended up with a microphone in the womb of a pregnant woman. Starts out with intense sound of blood pumping, and later mixes the womb noise with light classical. What A Trip!”
Anna Rose Greenberg, co-Traffic Director and host of “Germaniacs”, Saturdays 9-10 PM, interviewed Dero Goi, lead singer of legendary German band Oomph! Around since 1989, Oomph!, as Anna Rose says, “set up the Neue Deutsche Härte movement, and inspired pretty much all of the modern German music scene.” Hear Dero talk about his songwriting process, what it’s like touring in the U.S., music before the reunification of Germany, why he likes Björk, and more:
Last week, we had some really stellar CD submissions that we listened to. Of course, there was the new Jackson Browne CD, “Standing in the Breach” that was highly anticipated but additionally there were two other artists who we super enjoyed. Michiale, “Life First” is a mix of eclectic vocal harmonies and experimental guitar strumming. Jacob Hungsberg’s “Mapril Sessions” is some new age Simon & Garfunkel with a soothing voice and chord progression–but eerily like Simon & Garfunkel.
One of the members of the workgroup, Anita, hosts a Celtic music show, All Things Irish, 6-8 PM on Tuesdays. Last week she interviewed The Willis Clan and she transcribed part of the interview to share with the public:
The Willis Clan
Twelve children, ages 22 to 3 years of age. In their website, the Willis Clan mentioned, “We have chosen to take paths less traveled and love it.” I posed a question to the mom, Brenda Willis, in regards to what inspired them to go in the direction of the “path less traveled.” While answering that question, I mentioned that I personally observed during their live performances how each of the kids exude confidence. They each know what they’re good at, and yet they know how to work together.
Brenda Willis responded with this:
“You know, it’s funny a lot of people enjoy our music very much. But to tell you the honest truth, the comments that I get are more with regards to the family and doing this together as a family, and how much they enjoy seeing brothers and sisters work together. I get everything from the music and the recording, but even setting up our gear beforehand and taking care of each other afterwards. It really is a blessing to people to see a family doing something together and working hard to accomplish something. And they enjoy all the traveling and the touring, meeting folks, and all the beautiful sites that we see. But it would really be impossible if they didn’t work together. So we do encourage them to work together and to set aside differences that are in every family. And I won’t lie. They’re normal kids. They all have their moments when they don’t want to get along. But they have to get through that and get past that. They’re not perfect. Nobody is. But you have to work through that if you want to accomplish something really great.”
Morbus Chron are #4 on metal workgroup’s playlist. Look how cool they look in this photo.
It’s metal workgroup’s turn – check out these six tunes of choice:
1. “Balkanized” – Pyrrhon
NY-based death metal Pyrrhon manipulate sounds on an abstruse, subterranean plane, coming across as uncomfortably human despite the alien nature of their music. “Balkanized” traces schizophrenic dissonance through grinding, urbanized construction zones and a detached form of antagonism.
2. “Nattens Barn” – Myrkur
“Nattens Barn” is an atmospheric yet intense track from one-woman Danish black metal outfit MYRKUR’s debut self-titled release.
3. “Yarilo” – Arkona
Russian pagan metal band Arkona combines accordions and balalaikas with wailing guitars, female growler Masha Scream bringing it all together in a thunderous worship of long-forgotten gods.
4. “Towards a Dark Sky” – Morbus Chron
Death metal with a sensitive side. There’s something nostalgic, something almost approaching folklore to the band’s 2014 album Sweven, but it’s in no way uninspired. “Towards a Dark Sky” incorporates contemplative chords alongside harsh, desperate vocals and a penchant for unorthodox harmonies.
5. “Dodge the Lightning” – Helms Alee
Seattle’s Helms Alee draws influence from both post-rock and metal, masterfully intertwining sludgy riffs, chugging rhythms, powerful melodic screamed vocals, and shoegazy atmosphere. Their album Sleepwalking Saliors is one of the most dynamic and interesting sludge metal albums released this year.
6. “Tunnels” – Solar Halos
Solar Halos from North Carolina trawl channels through murky atmospheres, adding edges to their psychedelia via husky, ethereal female vocals.
The promotions directors are happy to announce that the program guide is printed! There is a small booklet version, where the cover is the schedule and also a larger poster version of the schedule to hang up. Both versions are around campus at Azariahs, Wilder Desk and Decafe. Distribution will continue to locations in town, let us know at email@example.com if you have suggestions as to where. We hope you enjoy and tune in!