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

The Music of National Hispanic Heritage Month: A Retrospective

Ana MontielThe month that occurs between September 15 and October 15 is officially known as National Hispanic Heritage Month. For me, this past month has been filled with delicious food (tamales!!!), awesome salsa nights at the ‘Sco, and a great playlist of Latin artists on my iPod. As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, here is a mix of great music by Latin artists, perfect for anytime of the year.

1. Pacha Massive – “Don’t Let Go” from All Good Things

Pacha Massive is a duo from New York with Dominican and Colombian roots. “Don’t Let Go” was the first single from their debut album.

2. Cineplexx – “Nueva Sombra” from Nuevahola

Cineplexx is the dream pop project of Sebastián Litmanovich, an Argentine singer-songwriter.

3. Zigmat – “Machine” from Sounds of Machines

These synth rockers have a Puerto Rican lead singer, Monica Rodriguez.

4. El Guincho – “FM Tan Sexy” from Pop Negro

El Guincho is the alias of Spanish born musician Pablo Díaz-Reixa, who uses a lot of samples and incorporates genres such as afrobeat and tropicália into his music. Continue reading The Music of National Hispanic Heritage Month: A Retrospective

New Video: Sons of an Illustrious Father

Check out this new music video of Glass Nor Stone by Sons on an Illustrious Father, a 5-piece “heavy-meadow” band originally from the Hudson Valley of the State of New York. Directed by college senior Rafe Scoby-Thal, the video features some beautiful people and the serene summer landscape of Oberlin, Ohio. According to Sons guitarist and vocalist college senior Lilah Larson, the video does “a great job connecting visual movement to the song’s progression and cadence,” and that the unity and divergence of the girls throughout the video successfully embodies the song’s meaning.

Find out more about Sons on an Illustrious Father at their website and bandcamp.

October: Pop Group's Picks

Pop Workgroup here! We’d like to share with you some hits you can hear on our radio shows:

 Name: Alison Kozol
Show: Magic 91.5, Sundays at 10PM
Favorite Recent Song: Mariah Carey, “Emotions”

This is one of those perfect freakout moments when most don’t register the weirdness within the pop hit. Mariah hits this one note which must be something like a quadruple high C, and then she sings her own harmony with it. Pop perfection.

Name: Rachel Ishikawa
Show: What I Found, Fridays 8PM
Favorite Recent Song: St. Vincent “Cheerleader

The song gets me every time. As Annie Clarke moans about  adolescent woes, I melt. Sexy guitars paired with charming vocals; fulfills my pop dreams.

Name: Kalila (Kaylee) Holt
Show: Nomad (Or What!), Fridays 7AM
Favorite Recent Song: St. Vincent “Cruel”

This entire album is fantastic (I’ve been listening to it non-stop) and this is the first track off it I got obsessed with. I really like the dreaminess of it mixed with the guitars. St. Vincent is pretty much my idol.

Name: Michael Stenovec
Show: Uncle Mike’s Party Van, Thursdays 4 AM
Favorite Recent Song: The Middle East “The Darkest Side”

Although breathy harmonies and fast-strummed nimble fingerpicking are well-trod territories, The Middle East manages to sound fresh, desperate and beautiful. It’s catchy and morose, without wallowing in self-pity. Give it a shot.

Name: Aria Dean
Show: Tales & Tunez, Wednesdays 7 AM
Favorite Recent Song: Youth Lagoon “17”

This week as a fall chill swept through Oberlin, I broke out my sad, ambient pop playlist. This quickly led to me listening solely to Youth Lagoon. On this song in particular, Trevor Powers’ affected vocals get me every time.

Name: Fiz Poliks
Show: DREAMWAVEZZZZ. tues @ 10AM
Favorite Recent Song: “Oh My God,” Cults

Sugary-sweet, wistful song to sway to. Makes you think about growing up, running away, getting out, and proving everyone wrong.

Name: Anais Stewart
Show: Girls and the Big 4, Sundays @ 3 AM
Fav Recent Song: “A Long Time” by Mayer Hawthorne

A great song that talks about life struggles. Sounds sappy, but the music is pretty pop and bubbly.

Name: Zoë Madonna
Show: Permanent Wave, Wednesdays @9AM
Fav Recent Song: “Madder Red,” Yeasayer

Songs about the slow death of love should not be this catchy. This Yeasayer cut off of most recent album Odd Blood will have you humming all day. Beautiful and disturbing video starring Kristen Bell and something with lots of vestigial limbs.

Name: Asher Kaplan
Show: Mothers of Motown, Sundays 4-6am
Fav Recent Song: “A Cold Freezin’ Night,” The Books

An audio sample of a sibling rivalry is chopped up and sprinkled over a skittery beat on this track from The Books latest, The Way Out. Check out the music video too–nothing I’ve ever seen looks or sounds quite like it.

TOP 30 9/20

Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact // This Thursday at the Sco!

top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the top 30 most-played albums at the station that week. all of these albums are in the station, and most of them are on the new music shelf, so check them out!! they are good!!

1 GANG GANG DANCE – Eye Contact
playing this thursday at the sco, with chart mates laurel halo. sick~
2 GIRLS Father, Son, Holy Ghost
fresh from the new music shelf, the second full-length from the first guys to capture the spirit of girlfriends, pizza, and bottles of wine does not dissapoint.
3 JOHN MAUS We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
filling the sco with dark synth arpeggios, just for you, on october 6. don’t miss this, dudes!!
4 BEIRUT The Rip Tide
zach condon’s masterful blend of balkan pop has only gotten tighter over the years.
we love these guys!! hazy pop-punk from san fransisco; perfect vibes.
6 SLEEP OVER Forever
7 TORO Y MOI Freaking Out [EP]
8 PURE X Pleasure
9 WASHED OUT Within And Without
11 TY SEGALL Goodbye Bread
12 PATTI SMITH Outside Of Society
13 ST. VINCENT Strange Mercy
14 BRIAN ENO Drums Between The Bells
15 OTIS REDDING the very best of otis redding
16 MOONFACE Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped
17 CHEVEU 1000 mile
18 TWIN SISTER “Bad Street” [Single]
19 TUNE-YARDS Whokill
20 D’ANGELO brown sugar
thank you to all the sex-jam r+b shows responsible for bringing d’angelo back to the charts.
21 PICTUREPLANE Thee Physical
22 DIVA The Glitter End
23 THE BANDANA SPLITS Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits
24 PETER WOLF CRIER Garden Of Arms
25 R KELLY 12 play
26 FRUIT BATS Tripper
27 LAUREL HALO Hour Logic
28 WU LYF Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
29 ARMY NAVY The Last Place
30 MALE BONDING Endless Now
stay tuned for more charts as our broadcasting season continues!!
-devra freelander

An Interview With John Goldsby

As a jazz fan with a particular soft spot for bassists, I am beyond pleased to share this interview with John Goldsby. As the bassist for the WDR Big Band, John is happily busy playing with the world’s greatest jazz musicians. His great groove, inventive ideas, and masterful technique make him one of the most respected bassists on the globe (and a personal favorite of my own). I am very honored and grateful for John’s wonderful responses.

An Interview with John Goldsby:John Goldsby

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

John Goldsby: I think a connection to the jazz tradition is the most important thing that I want to convey through my music. I play all types of jazz and modern improvised music, and I like to present forward-looking styles that are rooted in the traditions of the jazz legends. I have found my path by walking in the footsteps of giants.

AP: I seem to remember that you have played at Oberlin before. Is that true? And if so, what was your impression?

JG: I think I played at Oberlin years ago with Claude Bolling, a French pianist and composer. He was doing his “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano,” and “Suite for Guitar and Jazz Piano.” I don’t really remember much about Oberlin because the gig was at least 20 years ago!

AP: I am curious who influences your playing. What music really struck you as being significant as you were forming your own concept?

JG: I started out playing rock music, like many players of my generation. From rock, I discovered jazz fusion, like the ’70s music of Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report. From there, I explored ’60s jazz and then bebop. When I moved to NYC in 1980, I played mainstream, straight-ahead jazz, but then I found myself often on gigs with swing players, playing music from the ’30s and ’40s. I got into early Ellington, Basie, Jimmie Lunceford.

The thing I came to realize about all of the music that I love is that good jazz has a great groove—whether it’s Ellington from 1930, or Miles Davis from 1965. All great jazz has an underlying pulse which is compelling and joyful. There are, of course, huge technical advances in the abilities of jazz players over the years, but technique alone does not make for great music. I am inspired by the players who have a great command of rhythm, melody and drama—the ones who can really tell a story.

As for specific influences on my bass playing, I would have to say Jimmie Blanton (w/Duke Ellington), Oscar Pettiford, Red Mitchell, Paul Chambers—and countless other bass players. From a solo perspective, I’d say players like Lester Young and Sonny Rollins inspire me greatly, as do guitar players like Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Raney. Continue reading An Interview With John Goldsby