08.09.2011

TOP 5 ADDS, 8/9


top 5 adds is a weekly section of WOBC that displays the top 5 most played new albums at the station. each album links to the band’s myspace, last.fm, or other music player so you can check them out for yourself!

1    DIVA    The Glitter End

julianna barwick and grouper ran into some witches who merge-hexed them into DIVA. haunting, breathy vocals for lazy summer existentialists to vibe with.

2    EMMY THE GREAT    Virtue

3    SHENANDOAH DAVIS    The Company We Keep

something to tide you over between joanna newsom albums; the feathery vocals immersed in fantasy are eerily reminiscent of newsom’s.

4    YOU ME AND US    Paperweights

fuzzy california garage pop; along the same lines as BRILLIANT COLORS.

5    DOM    Family Of Love

-devra freelander

08.04.2011

TOP 5 ADDS 8/3

top 5 adds is a weekly section of WOBC that displays the top 5 most played new albums at the station. each album links to the band’s myspace, last.fm, or other music player so you can check them out for yourself!

1    THE BANDANA SPLITS    Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits

saccharine doo-wop from three cute girls; sounds like a mix of camera obscura and she & him. check out: ‘sometimes’, ‘my love’, and ‘you don’t have to be a baby to cry’.

2    FALL ON YOUR SWORD    Another Earth: Music From the Motion Picture

3    RADIATION CITY    The Color of Industry (Single)

understated indie pop with vocals that sound like a sleepy feist, and harmonies straight out of bitte orca.

4    HUDSON MOHAWKE    Satin Panthers    Warp

5    ARMY NAVY    The Last Place    Self-Released

-devra freelander

07.21.2011

An Interview with Laura Dreyer

Laura Dreyer

Like most jazz fans, I love Brazilian music. Why the marriage between jazz and Brasilian music works so well is hard to put into words. Perhaps it is the deeply moving sense of melody, or the adventurous sense of harmony, or the driving rhythmic core, or perhaps it is just the profound joy that both musics bring to this world. Regardless, in my personal collection of recordings and in my trips out to see live music, I have often sought out artists who have deep interests in jazz and Brazilian music. One such artist is Laura Dreyer.

I have had her album “Mysterious Encounter” on constant rotation in my stereo over the past few years. The album is a wonderful example of the grace of Brazilian jazz. Having played a few cuts from the album on the radio show in the past, I was very excited and hopeful to convince Laura to do an interview with me. Luckily, she agreed to do so. I am very pleased to share this wonderful and insightful interview with you here.

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

Laura Dreyer: Although I am a saxophonist, I think of myself as a composer first. I have always tried to write compositions that are melodically and rhythmically strong, with improvisation sections that are interesting and make sense harmonically. I think that is why I am attracted to Brazilian music. I have spent many years researching Brazilian musical styles and try to be as true to those styles as possible (When composing in the Brazilian jazz idiom, of course), but I also like to apply those principles to other styles of music.

AP: How would you describe your own music?

LD: Well currently, Brazilian jazz as well as jazz fusion. Again, I like strong melodies, interesting harmony, and rhythmic syncopation. Some of my music is more funky, some more traditional. I also like to interact with the band when I improvise. I think interaction is THE most important element in “Jazz.” I have deep roots in be-bop!

AP: Who influenced you as you were learning this music?

LD: As a writer, I started out being very influenced by musicians such as Bobby Hutcherson, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, Tom Harrell, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, and then later became so immersed in Brazilian composers like Egberto Gismonti, Dori Caymmi, Jobim, João Bosco, Gilberto Gil (The list goes on and on…).

I have also had some great saxophone teachers who influenced me a lot. I studied with Joe Henderson for a year before I moved to New York. He was a profound influence. I also studied with Joe Lovano briefly and he helped me with phrasing and rhythm. I had 2 great composition teachers, Jim McNeely, and Lyle Mays. I studied with Lyle for 5 years. He really transformed me as a composer. When I was learning jazz, I went to every jam session that would let me in the door. I went out to hear jazz almost every night of the week when I first moved to New York, and when I was in San Francisco. I think I absorbed a lot by osmosis!


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07.19.2011

TOP 30 7/19

top 30 is a weekly section of the blog where we share the  30 artists/albums that received the most play on WOBC this week. click on any entry to visit the myspace, last.fm, bandcamp, or website of that artist.

1    MOONFACE Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped
2    WASHED OUT Within And Without
3    PURE X Pleasure
4    BRILLIANT COLORS Again and Again

really excited about these guys from san francisco. this is their second release out on slumberland, and it sounds like a mix of best coast  and new order, but on sleeping pills.

5    TORO Y MOI Saturday Love [Single]
6    REAL ESTATE It’s Real [Single]

yeah!!!! this sunny, viscous single from real estate fits right in on any muggy summer afternoon. isn’t it so nice when a band from your hometown is actually good??

7    BON IVER Bon Iver
8    MEMORY TAPES Player Piano
9    BEACH FOSSILS What A Pleasure [EP]
10  WOODS Sun And Shade
11  PICTUREPLANE Thee Physical

playing a show at the grog shop’s b-side liquor lounge on july 27, with oberlin cuties teengirl fantasy. want tickets? hit us up!!

12  JULIANNA BARWICK The Magic Place
13  HANDSOME FURS Sound Kapital
14  DESTROYER Kaputt
15  SAN CISCO Golden Revolver
16  GROUPER AIA: Dream Loss/Alien Observer
17  SELEBRITIES Delusions
18  ICEAGE New Brigade
19  BATTLES Gloss Drop
20  CULTS Cults
21  SHABAZZ PALACES Black Up
22  WHITE DENIM D
23  COM TRUISE Galactic Melt
24  CHAD VALLEY Equatorial Ultravox
25  BLACK LIPS Arabia Mountain
26  BJORK “Crystalline” [Single]
27 SONIC YOUTH The Eternal
28  NEIL YOUNG A Treasure
29  BILL CALLAHAN Apocalypse
30 GIVERS In Light

and be sure to stay tuned for an upcoming review of last sunday’s moonface show at the grog shop!! spoiler alert: it was really good.

-devra freelander

07.12.2011

TOP 5 ADDS 7/11

Washed Out - Within and Without

washed out – within and without – just when you think you’re finally over chillwave, washed out comes out with a new album and you feel all warm and dizzy inside. don’t fight it. if ‘life of leisure’ was last summer’s jam, then ‘within and without’ is it’s snowy counterpart, glistening and melancholic, arctic and balearic. listen to ‘soft’ or ‘you and i’, and pretend you are on a train in the alps. see what i mean here?

moonface – organ music not vibraphone like i’d hoped – spencer krug (wolf parade, sunset rubdown, swan lake, etc.) returns again, with yet another weird moniker (is there a formula to these?), and if you like him, you will like him. (is that not helpful?)

pictureplane – thee physical – pulsing aerial dance beats chopped and screwed in outer space. everyone is starting to sound like shannon funchess, and pictureplane is doing the best job of it. check out ‘trancegender’ for those deep house vocals and a catchy, swelling hook.

brian eno with rick holland – drums between the bells – rick holland is a ‘thinker and a writer’, according to his blog. brian eno is an ‘ambient legend’, according to more internet.

sole & the skyrider band – hello cruel world – experimental hip-hop with appearances from lil b, xiu xiu, and pictureplane (these dudes are everywhere).
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-devra freelander

 

07.07.2011

TOP 5 ADDS 7/5

Pure X – Pleasure

Top 5 Adds is a weekly section of the WOBC Blog that displays the Top 5 most played new albums at the station. Each album links to the band’s myspace, Last.fm, or other music player so you can check them out for yourself!

1. Pure X – Pleasure // Austin, Texas’ Pure X–though you may remember them as Pure Ecstasyfinally released their debut full-length album: the aptly named Pleasure. Regardless of their slight name change, these dudes are still making the same signature dreamy garage pop, washed out in reverberating fuzz. Check out ‘Easy’ or ‘Dream Over’ if you’re sitting on a porch and just want to exist.

2. Memory Tapes – Player Piano // The biggest difference between Player Piano and 2009’s hit Seek Magic is the prominence of Dayve Hawk’s voice; while  previously obscured behind echoed filters and glistening chillwave (back when we were still excited about it), on Player Piano you can actually… hear it. Whether or not this is a positive thing remains to be determined.

3. Com Truise – Galactic Melt // Deep, retro synthesizer vibes.

4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver // It got a 9.5 on pitchfork!! Isn’t that exciting??

5. Selebrities – Delusions // New-New Wave.

-devra freelander

05.23.2011

Heat from the Vault, pt. II

curtis knight - down in the village 1970

Curtis Knight - Down in the Village (R&B/Rock)

Curtis Knight was a guitar player who’s musical output was sadly overshadowed by his connection to Jimi Hendrix. This entire album is consistently amazing, with floor-shaking drums and bass (play it in the booth), and top-notch songwriting by Mr. Night. The WOBC copy is cleaner and more crackle-free than the youtube clip.

His other releases are worth checking out too. The self-produced “UFO” shows off his versatility.

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