11.08.2014

Staff Picks, Vol. MMXIV, Book 2

The Raincoats

The Raincoats

A playlist of meticulously chosen tracks from your very own WOBC workgroup directors.

1. Orly, punk director: The Raincoats – No One’s Little Girl

“Always a favorite, I’m pretty sure I’ve played at least one song by The Raincoats each week on my show.”

2. Louis, jazz director: Art Tatum – There Will Never Be Another You

3. Marcelo, co-international director: Yelle – Complètement Fou

“This is an easy one for me. I have been completely obsessed with Yelle’s new release. Their big hit is the appropriately named Complètement Fou (“totally crazy”). As if the song weren’t good enough, the video is just to die for. As this article puts it, ‘Yelle is unusual for finding a fan base in the stubbornly monolingual American market, even though their shoulder-waggling, schoolyard taunts are still completely in French.’ I went to her concert at the Grog Shop, and if it wasn’t sold out, it was almost there.”

4. Mayowa, co-international director: Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces

“This is one of my all time faves. Average White Band formed in Scotland, but they quickly gained international attention. My parents used to play them a lot when I was little, so this song definitely evokes some nostalgia.”

5. Galen, hip-hop director: Rich Homie Quan Ft. Young Thug – Chainsaw Massacre

“New track from Rich Homie and Young Thug, who have been putting out some of the weirdest and most exciting hip hop out of Atlanta right now. Rich Homie Quan called his relationship with Young Thug the hottest duo since Andre 3 stacks and Big Boi, and I’m inclined to agree..”

6. Mark, metal director: Imperial Triumphant – Goliath

USBM never sounded so French. Imperial Triumphant are based in Brooklyn, but their skronky, helter-skelter interpretation of black metal reeks of Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord. Goliath is riddled with swampy grooves and schizophrenic slides, antagonistic to the core; the EP manifests truly biblical levels of aggression. It only makes sense that the EP was produced by Colin Marston, New York’s patron saint of dissonance. FFO: Pyrrhon, Ulcerate, Abigor

7. Isaac, electronic director: Sub Luna City – 2 Cats (Interlude) / Weed and Warfare

“smooth vibes from a king krule side project”

8. Jackie, co-pop director: Richie Aldente – Take My Party Serious

“This gem we found during pop workgroup recently. They are essentially a modern S Club 7 in sound, but possibly more ironically bumpin? Get down to this if you’re trying to have a real goofy night.”

9. Chuck, co-freeform director: Neel – The Secret Revealed

10. Ivan, co-freeform director: Palm – Fleshtones

“Palm are simply one of the best bands around today. always pushing forward with structure, dynamics and rhythms in a rock band context while never losing momentum and originality. they excite me in ways i can’t even begin to describe. soon the masses will understand the greatness of Palm. soon.”

11. Max, vinyl director: Vulfpeck – 1612

12. Mia, folk director: Johanna Warren – We Fell

“From her kickstarter: ‘Back in April 2014, my beloved engineer Bella Blasko and I borrowed some recording equipment from friends and fashioned ourselves a makeshift studio in an empty apartment unit on the surreal and wintry shores of Wildwood, NJ. We tracked for nine days…stopping when the dogs upstairs went into barking fits.'”

13. Sivan, music director: Howard Skempton – Simple Piano Piece

“Howard Skempton is a British composer whose music is sometimes referred to the ’emancipation of consonance,’ a play on Arnold Schoenberg’s ’emancipation of dissonance’. Very informed by the experimental traditions and chance procedures of composers like John Cage and Cornelius Cardew, Skempton developed a style of hyper-simplicity – every note seems to be in exactly the right place in an utterly exquisite way, and yet it’s never predictable and each new listen sounds different.”

11.06.2014

The CILC blogs about WOBC

The Cooper International Learning Center – find them at Peters Hall – blogged about the many international and multilingual shows on the WOBC schedule. Whether sung on record or from the mouths of DJs themselves, there are a ton of opportunities to hear languages other than English on WOBC! Check out the list supplied by the CILC below:

Show Time Description
Dazed&Confucius Mondays 11am – 12pm Modern/Contemporary East Asian ethnic/minorities Folk music. :::: DJ KarmaKa$h
samba esquema sonsual Mondays 1pm – 2pm Music from Brazilian POC greats from the golden age of musica popular brasileira. :::: Samantha Spaccasi
Black Conciousness Movement Mondays 9pm – 10pm Black Conciousnessment Movement is a show that brings an eclectic mix of sounds from Africa and the African diaspora. The show will move across time and space and genre, from traditional African music forms like Secousse and Pantsula to modern Afrobeats to Raggae and African-American hip-hop and RnB
zazous et plus Tuesdays 7am – 8am Fresh French music for all. Covering a vast array of genres– from early 20th century blues inspired ‘chanson realiste’ to french rap, punk, house, & disco. The title of my show ‘zazous’ comes from the French youth music movement during WWII that incorporated flamboyant clothing style & swing/jazz music as a means of expression & political resistance, later culminating in the ye-ye pop sensation. :::: Sanjana Iyer

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11.04.2014

CMJ Top 10 11/4/14

Grouper, a.k.a. Liz Harris, claimed the top spot this week.

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:

1. Grouper – Holdings

2. Shellac – Dude Incredible

3. Fatima – Yellow Memories

4. Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends [single] [ed. note: first album in 10 years out soon!]

5. Foxygen – …And Star Power

6. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else [ed. note: from Cleveland!]

7. Alex G – DSU [ed. note: third straight week on this last or something crazy like that!]

8. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

9. Botanist – VI: Flora

10. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – Between Bodies

11.02.2014

Freeform Workgroup Presents: Songs We’ve Been Listening To

Flying Saucer Attack (David Pearce and Rachel Brook), hangin out sometime in the 90s, probably.

Flying Saucer Attack (David Pearce and Rachel Brook) of Flying Saucer Attack, hangin out sometime in the 90s, probably.

Freeform Workgroup, destroyers of genre, explorers of distant sounds, clergy in the Church of the Other, present the following playlist:

1. Chuck, co-director, chose: Marble Sky – Pulling Up Grass Under Blanket

2. Owen chose: Flying Saucer AttackMy Dreaming Hill and Popul Vuh 1


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 GroupEnclave, 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!”

10.30.2014

Interview with Dero Goi of Oomph!

Dero Goi

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:

10.23.2014

Folk workgroup presents: An interview with The Willis Clan & a playlist

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

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.”

Folk workgroup’s playlist:

1. James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up

2. Mikayla McVey – eyebrow blues/ Mother California

3. Neil Halstead – Wittgenstein’s Arm

4. Big Mama Thornton – They Call Me Big Mama

5. Lucinda Williams – Can’t Let Go

6. Sugar Pie Desanto – Rock Me Baby

7. Howlin’ Wolf – Evil

8. Lonnie Johnson – Too Late to Cry

9. Taj Mahal – Checkin’ Up On My Baby

10. Mary Jane Lamond – Mo Ghille Mór Foghain’each

11. Loggins and Messina – Danny’s Song

12. Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats

13. Jackson Browne – The Birds of St. Mark’s

14. Forrest Sun – Coming Along

10.16.2014

Metal Workgroup Presents: Songs We’ve Been Listening To

Morbus Chron are #4 on metal workgroup's playlist.

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.