Category Archives: Music

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

FROM THE VAULT: Alice In Chains – Sap

Alice In Chains was one of the great bands of the 1990s. Being a lead act in Seattle’s music scene, Alice In Chains released three albums and three EPs within the span of five years. Their music made an immense contribution to not only grunge, but rock music in general. They’ve influenced numerous bands, including already established Metallica. The harmony between lead singer Layne Staley and guitarist and backing vocalist, Jerry Cantrell was the most important asset of Alice In Chains. Their contrasts brought a compelling listen to their audiences. As Alice In Chains are mostly known for their heavy metal sound that was present in all three of their studio albums, the band, however, wanted to experiment with a softer sound, which ultimately led to the creation of their respective alter ego EPs, Sap and Jar of Flies. The band went into the studio in 1991 to record demos for their next album. However, the songs they recorded ended up being five acoustic songs. According to drummer, Sean Kinney, he had a dream about creating an EP called Sap. The band decided to leave the recordings as they were and release the short collection of songs as an extended play, Sap. Released in 1992, Sap was intended to experiment with a new sound, regardless the risk of losing fans of the band. Sap was successful and was certified gold. The EP had great acknowledgement in the light of the newly formed genre of grunge and Nirvana’s release of Nevermind in 1991. In 1994, another version of the song “Got Me Wrong” was featured on Kevin Smith’s film, Clerks. This brought more attention to the songs and the EP.

Alice In Chains – Got Me Wrong

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Live On WOBC: Ghetto Teknitianz Takeover WOBC

DJ Rashad, DJ Manny, J Cush and Lite Bulb will be mixing live on WOBC tonight from 8-9pm before they play at the Sco’ at 10. Keep it Locked and check out the event on Facebook and don’t forget to stream online at soundtap.com/madness to help us beat WFMU.

Missed the broadcast? Check out the set:

GhettoTekz, DJ Rashad DJ Manny LIVE 3-20

Album Review: Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong

Nothing is Wrong is the second album released by the Laurel Canyon natives who make up the band Dawes. The quartet includes a sibling pair (classic rocking siblings) and their equally talented (and did I mention foxy) band mates. The Dawes sound comes out of a heavy tradition of  singer-songwriters and rockers  who found inspiration in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood during the 60’s and 70’s. To name a few: Joni Mitchell, CSN (Crosby, Stills, and Nash), Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, and Jackson Browne. The album relies heavily on the poignant vocals of lead singer Taylor Goldsmith matched with consistently on-point harmonies. The lyrics echo a search for identity, home and love familiar to any twenty-something but voiced in a refreshing and decidedly sensitive way. Classic rock with contemporary alt country undertones- lovin’ it.

Find Nothing is Wrong on the folk new shelf.

1. Time Spent in Los Angeles
2. If I Wanted Someone
3. My Way Back Home
4. Coming Back to a Man
5. So Well
6. How Far We’ve Come
7. Fire Away
8. Moon in the Water
9. Million Dollar Bill
10. The Way You Laugh
11. A Little Bit of Everything

-T Hoffman

FROM THE VAULT: The Olivia Tremor Control – Black Foliage: Animation Music

The groups involved with Georgia’s Elephant 6 collective sure have some strange names. Until recently, I only knew three: of Montreal, Neutral Milk Hotel and The Apples in Stereo.

Then, one night, I found this song, off of the album Black Foliage: Animation Music.

The Olivia Tremor Control – I Have Been Floated

The Olivia Tremor Control mixes jagged noise and primary-colored pop tunes, with excellent results. I’m definitely late on the punch with these folks, as these reviews indicate. But on the odd chance you haven’t heard of them, check them out. Check them out now.

-Love, Uncle Mike

Album Review: Grimes – Visions

Grimes – Vowels = Space And Time

Musician-artist-icon Grimes (Claire Boucher) is looking down at the rest of our own top 30 charts, and the music video from her smash hit single Oblivion is YouTurbulence in the making.  A lot to celebrate for someone who turned 24 this past St. Patrick’s day. This ascending star is devastatingly alluring.  Her climb has been inevitable: Who can resist the quirky girl in a cloak with pink hair squeaking electronic gasps into the part of our hearts we didn’t know existed?

-I plead guilty.

She’s a one-woman band, but it is not clear band is the right word here.  She paints her own album art, she directs her own music videos, etc.  She and her ex-boyfriend tried to float down the Mississippi River in a house-boat with potatoes, and they got as far as Minneapolis.  And she’s not quite pursuing a noise so much as a generational anthem. Take her video for example: in Oblivion she sings to herself in headphones alongside shirtless jocks at a motocross track, a high school football game, and in a men’s locker room.  Lean with a few dreadlocks, she is a sore thumb, and loving every second of it.  Her glance is hopelessly lost in the grime of twenty-first century, but her voice has a reconfiguring, transformative power.  The long chipmunk squeals turn the jumps of the motorcyclist into heaps of optimism.  The letters painted on the brutish football fans scramble into poetry.  In her own othering and her impeccable immanence, she unites the Montreal landscape and grasps a collective identity deemed impossible in late capitalism.  We are now together as grimes, rather than mere grime. Continue reading Album Review: Grimes – Visions

CarnivOINC Celebrates Improvisation at Oberlin

Last week, the Oberlin Improvisation and Newmusic Collective (affectionately known as OINC) hosted CarnivOINC: a series of lectures, workshops, and concerts on campus, focusing on the art of improvised music. Visiting Professor of Electronic Music Per Bloland, Director of OINC, organized the five-day event, and helped to bring professional improvisers to campus to work and perform with students. These special guests included duo Tim Feeny and Vic Rawlings, duo Mike Strauss and Dana Jessen, duo Mike Bullock and Seth Cluett, and local musician Aaron Dilloway (founding member of the noise group Wolf Eyes).

From Tuesday through Saturday, the visiting improvisers worked in various capacities with Oberlin students, members of OINC, and community members. Public workshop events included an electroacoustic instrumentation and hardware workshop with Vic Rawlings, and a lecture entitled “Rehearsal Techniques of the BSC” given by BSC members Rawlings and Tim Feeny. The visiting professionals also worked privately with OINC members and TIMARA students in rehearsals and workshops throughout the week, showing examples of their work both inside and outside the realm of improvisation.

The first CarnivOINC concert took place Wednesday night in Fairchild chapel. The show began with a set from Feeny and Rawlings, and was followed by a set from the duo with eight members of OINC. Thursday night’s show featured one set from Mike Strauss and Dana Jessen with seven members of OINC, and Friday night’s show featured a set from local ensemble WAM (Women’s Art Music), followed by a set from Mike Bullock and Seth Cluett with seven members of OINC. Saturday night’s concert was the CarnivOINC grand finale, beginning with a set by Aaron Dilloway with nine members of OINC, followed by two sets from Dilloway with the OINCestra, which featured every member of OINC alongside all of the event’s visiting guests.

This legendary event was the first of its kind at Oberlin, and did an extraordinary job of both showcasing and strengthening Oberlin’s improvised music scene. Find more information about CarnivOINC here.

-A Hirsch

FROM THE VAULT: Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind)

She’s here! She’s family! Loretta Lynn’s  album “Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’,” has been added to WOBC’s folk vault! It’s an exciting time. For all of y’all who don’t know Loretta Lynn- this lady is a real gem. Lynn’s music is characterized by its honesty; set against the classic country twang of the late 60’s and 70’s are lyrics that discuss domestic abuse, alcoholism, and poverty.

“Don’t Come Home A Drinkin’,” hit Billboard’s #1 on the country album chart in 1967 and was given a “Gold” certification by the RIAA, the first album from a female country singer to receive this.

This album will not disappoint. Look for it on the new folk shelf, yay!

Side One
1. Don’t Come Home A Drink’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)
2. I Really Don’t Want to Know
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. There Goes My Everything
5. The Shoe Goes on the Other Foot Tonight
6. Saint to a Sinner

Side Two
1. The Devil Gets His Dues
2. I Can’t Keep Away From You
3. I’m Living In Two Worlds
4. Get What ‘Cha Got and Go
5. Making Plans
6. I Got Caught