03.23.2011

Top 30: 3/22/11

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

Top 30 is  a weekly section of the blog where we show the 30 most played artists and albums on WOBC. Each entry links to the artist’s MySpace (or other free music player) so you can check out some of this music for yourself!

1. Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine
2. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
3. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High
4. Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence
5. Matt & Kim – Sidewalks
6. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
7. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
8. James Blake – James Blake
9. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
10. Yuck – Yuck
11. Sims – Bad Time Zoo
12. Those Darlins- Screws Get Loose *^
13. Gil Scott Heron & Jaime xx – We’re New Here
14. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers *
15. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong *^ You know, I’m not a big fan of naming your band after what your songs are about. That’s what album titles are for. Can you imagine how we’d feel about the Beatles if they’d only sang about entomology? There are exceptions to every rule (The Beach Boys come to mind), but for the most part it rubs me the wrong way. That said, I’m glad I didn’t let my own personal prejudices get in the way of checking this band out. Belong has been one of my favorite records to come across my desk in a very long time. Given the Alan Moulder and Flood production credit, comparisons to the Smashing Pumpkins are all but inevitable. But that doesn’t do this record justice. The songwriting and the sound take more cues from My Bloody Valentine’s early stuff (Ecstasy, namely), or Belle And Sebastian’s Boy With The Arab Strap. I’m a sucker for solid, honest songwriting and a razor-thin veneer of reverb and fuzz–if your tastes are like mine you’ll like Belong as much as I do.
16. Papercuts – Fading Parade
17. Teengirl Fantasy – 7am
18. Fashawn – Higher Learning vol. 2 *
19. J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
20. Royksopp – Senior *
21. Nite Jewel – It Goes Through Your Head *
22. Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings
23. Jad Fair – Beautiful Songs: The Best of Jad Fair
24. Mike Watt- Hyphenated Man
25. Kellarissa – Moon of Neptune *^
26. A Classic Education – Hey There Stranger * They’re coming to the Grog Shop on March 25 (that’s this Friday)!
27. David Lowery – The Palace Guards
28. Psychic Paramount – II
29. Carolina Chocolate Drops /Luminescent Orchestrii - Self Titled *
30. Computer Magic – Electronic Fences *^

* = New to the top 30
^ = new to WOBC

(Matt Orenstein)

03.20.2011

Interview with Steve Lampert

Steve Lampert - Venus Perplexed

Steve Lampert - Venus Perplexed

Part of what I love about my show, Somethin’ Else, on WOBC is that I am able to share music of relatively unknown, and certainly under appreciated, jazz musicians with a diverse audience of listeners. This past week I featured the profound music of Steve Lampert on the show.

Mr. Lampert has two albums out under his own name. The first, Venus Perplexed, was released on Steeplechase in 2004. The second, Music From There, was released on Bridge Records in 2007. I do believe that both of these albums are essentials in any jazz or new music collection. They are vastly unique and exciting pieces of music.

I was also fortunate to be able to be in touch with Mr. Lampert to ask him a few questions about his music, which draws on very diverse influences. He very willingly responded and I am happy to share this interview with the WOBC community.

-Aidan Plank via WOBC Jazz

Aidan Plank: Is there anything you’d like the WOBC audience to know about your music?

Steve Lampert: I’d like the audience to know that it really means a great deal to me that they would take the time to listen to my music and/or read this interview.

AP: Do you think of yourself as a trumpet player or a composer?

SL: I think of myself as a composer/trumpeter in that order.

AP: I love your music and it also perplexes me (which is part of what I love about it). I can’t pin you down. When I hear a lot of musicians play I can often say, “well, this person has listened to a ton of so-and-so’s music”. When I hear your compositions and your improvising, I can’t do that. So what I want to know is, who influences, or has influenced your music?

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03.16.2011

Top 30: 3/15/11

Asobi Seksu

Asobi Seksu

Top 30 is  a weekly section of the blog where we show the 30 most played artists and albums on WOBC. Each entry links to the artist’s MySpace (or other free music player) so you can check out some of this music for yourself!

1. Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
2. Warpaint – The Fool*
3. Toro y Moi – Underneath tbe Pine
4. Asobi Seksu – Fluorescense
5. Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
6. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
7. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for my Halo *^
8. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High
9. The Babies – The Babies
10. Brian Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea
11. Colleen Green – Green One
12. Lamb of God – Wrath
13. Panda Bear – Last Night at the Jetty
14. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over *^
15. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
16. Matt and Kim – Sidewalks
17. Shad – TSOL
18. Baths – The Nothing Nightly/Daily EP
19 . J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
20. Oneohtrix Point Never – Memory Vague
21. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Tao of the Dead
22. Sims – Bad Time Zoo
23. James Blake – James Blake
24. Psychic Paramount – II *^
25. Jad Fair – Beautiful Songs: The Best of Jad Fair
26. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
27. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
28. Papercuts – Fading Parade
29. Air Waves – Dungeon Dots
30. David Lowery – The Palace Guards *^

* = New to the top 30
^ = new to WOBC

03.13.2011

Sugar Ray Ballard Live on "It's About Time"

Tune in to WOBC this Thursday from 2-4PM for Sugar Ray Ballard’s live performance on “It’s About Time” with Mr. P, Baby Blue, and Betty Crocker. On Sunday Stella, Elissa, and I got a chance to see Ray bring down the house at Richard’s Premier Lounge in Lorain. We had a great time and can’t wait to hear him on the radio. Make sure to check out these videos of Sugar Ray on youtube.

-Will Floyd

03.13.2011

Review: Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me

Last month, Ohio native Jessica Lea Mayfield came out with a new album called Tell Me. And at only 21 years old, she has managed to produce a third release that brims with both candid sincerity and sophistication.

I think that it is first and foremost her voice—one moment shaking and vulnerable, the next conversational, the next smoky and wise—that makes every line of these songs so compelling. Her lyrics are fairly straight-forward, usually speaking to some variation of loneliness and/or confusion. But her delivery and melodies make simple observations such as “I waited for the sun, but it never came out” (as sung in “Sometimes at Night”) feel at once heartbreaking and deeply profound.

In terms of production and instrumentation, Tell Me is far more adventurous than either of her two previous releases. Vocals are layered, as distorted or reverb-drenched harmonies of Mayfield’s own voice intermingle with the clear melody lines. Almost smack in the middle of the album, we get “Grown Man,” which kicks off with a catchy synth melody that recurs throughout, sitting comfortably on top of the song’s carnival-inspired keyboard line. The title track, “Tell Me,” features what sounds like a bird-call along with rhythmic, heavy breathing. In “Trouble,” chords changes are announced with the ringing of church bells. Even with all this experimentation, though, Mayfield and producer Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) keep a consistent vibe throughout the record with grumbling electric guitars and swooping lap-steel lines that ground us in country and rock n’ roll.

You can get a free download of the single (and my personal favorite) from the album, “Our Hearts Are Wrong,” on her website, where you can also stream most of With Blasphemy So Heartfelt. Or, if I’ve already convinced you, click here to go straight to the store to buy either a digital download, a CD, or a vinyl copy of Tell Me.

Happy Ohio Spring, and happy listening!

-Lizzie Conner

03.13.2011

Live at Jazz Forum: Shea Pierre Ensemble and Julia Chen Ensemble

Image courtesy of The Nocca Institute

Every Friday at 12:15 pm, the Oberlin jazz community gathers for Jazz Forum at the Cat in the Cream, where audience members are treated to short sets from 2 or 3 of Oberlin’s small jazz ensembles.

This week, freshman pianist Shea Pierre led his sextet in a set of demanding original compositions, all written by members of the group. Despite the challenging nature of the chord changes and arrangements, the group played with confidence and cohesion, resulting in a fantastic half-hour of modern jazz.

Shea Pierre Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 3_11_11

  • Shea Pierre – Piano
  • Alex Cummings – Alto Saxophone
  • Aaron Janik – Trumpet
  • Conrad Reeves – Guitar
  • Dan Stein – Bass
  • Miles Labat – Drums
  1. “Trolley Stop” – Shea Pierre
  2. “Anthem” – Conrad Reeves
  3. “C++” – Alex Cummings

Pianist Julia Chen’s quintet followed with a fine set of more traditional pieces. The group showed off its large dynamic range, startling the audience with a classic Dizzy Gillespie bop composition at blazing speed, and following with the slow, rollicking blues that Roland Kirk composed for his own funeral march.

Julia Chen Ensemble @ Jazz Forum 3_11_11

  • Julia Chen – Piano
  • Pat Adams – Trumpet
  • David Wise -Tenor and Baritone Saxophones
  • Matt Adomeit – Bass
  • Miles Labat and Sonny Tabler – Drums
  1. “Escapade” – Kenny Dorham
  2. “Dizzy Atmosphere” – Dizzy Gillespie
  3. “Black and Crazy Blues” – Rahsaan Roland Kirk

-Adam Hirsch

03.11.2011

FROM THE VAULT: Vinyl Mix 3/11/2011

Blaque

Here’s this week’s mix…bookended with two pieces by American composer/visionary Robert Kelly.

R.Kelly – Feelin’ On Yo Booty

Simple Minds – Promised You A Miracle

Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down

R. Stevie Moore – Puttin’ Up The Groceries

Dead Milkmen – Instant Club Hit (You’ll Dance To Anything)

Blaque – Can’t Get It Back

R. Kelly – Feelin’ On Yo Booty (Remix – Street Edit)

-Brian Becker and the Vinyl Workgroup