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

Preview: Lil B – I'm Gay


It’s sometimes absurd to consider Lil B, a.k.a Based God, a.k.a. Brandon McCartney. Few rappers have a fanbase even half of Lil B’s, fewer have the ability to pump out the ludicrous number of songs as Lil B has and even fewer, if any, have the nerve to call their album I’m Gay — especially if the rapper in question does not identify as gay.

Lil B’s 2011 album, I’m Gay, defies the rules of hip hop just as much as the rapper does. Straight out of San Fransisco’s hyphy scene, Lil B emerged at age 16 to huge notoriety with skate-rappers The Pack. Now, at Lil-B23, Lil B has forged a massive solo career with over 1800 tracks on countless Myspace pages, most of which can be found on Lil B’s website, Every song, whether it be one of his biggest hits like “Wonton Soup” riddled with catchy hooks and quotable lyrics, or a disaster like “BasedGod, What Are You Doing?” with a Linkin Park sample and barely any flow, is comprised with a similar formula. Almost every Lil B song has multiple celebrity references (from Charlie Sheen to Jessica Simpson to J.K. Rowling) and a reference to the BasedGod himself; also, most songs start with an ubiquitous “oh my God!”. More notable is Lil B’s signature enthusiasm present on every track he’s ever released: it’s no wonder why he’s attracted such a large, diverse group of fans.

Lil B’s fanbase is currently rearranging in new ways directly following the announcement of the title of the new album: while the rapper has reported to have received death threats, others instantly gained respect for him. Lil B believes that this move will perpetuate equal rights in hip hop’s all too homophobic climate. Speaking with MTV News earlier this week, Lil B says:

“In a hundred years, people gonna thank me because people gonna be free…I spoke up and I did it, and I don’t regret it…I’ma keep pushin’ for the human rights, and for people to be happy…and I’m not gonna stop.”


Lil B will be in Cincinatti at Bogart’s this Thursday, April 28th. Tickets will be given away Tuesday, April 26 from 11:00-12:00pm on Ryan Jenning’s “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” and 4:00-5:00 pm on Jack Patterson’s “Drift Studies”.

-Alison Kozol

Greg Haines | Nils Frahm | Lituya Bay | 5/7 | Fairchild Chapel | Free

Concert Board presents Greg Haines and Nils Frahm with opener Lituya Bay:

Nils Frahm by Antje Jandrig
Nils Frahm

Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer in Berlin…. .. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work. As the recognition continues to grow for his previous solo piano works ..’Wintermusik’.. and ..’The Bells’.., we are pleased to announce that winter 2010/11 will see his next album release on ..Erased Tapes….. .. A tantalising taste of what’s to come, ….’Unter | Über’…. is a rather microscopic affair and yet a record that perfectly captures the last days of summer before winter sets in. The under two-minute song twins must be one of the shortest singles released this year. Recorded on Nils’ own piano in his Berlin studio flat, these are two of the most personal and optimistic pieces of music we have heard in a long time.
Nils Frahm – Somewhere Nearby
Nils Frahm – Over There, It’s Raining
Nils Frahm – Said and Done


Greg Haines is an English musician and composer currently living in Berlin, who specializes in exploring the middle-ground between the academic world of contemporary classical music and the freedom found in the desire to manipulate and experiment with sound itself… He was born in a small Southern-English town in the 1980’s, where through boredom with his surroundings he began to take an interest in music and started to develop a particular interest in the idea of technology not simply being used to record instruments, but instead being used as the instrument itself. Around this time, an enthusiastic music teacher began to introduce Haines to the works of ‘Minimalist’ composers such as Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Philip Glass and more – composers that he still considers major influences over his work. At this turning point, Greg began to develop his piano (and eventually cello) playing, feeling the desire to pursue his interest in textural and deceptively-complex contemporary classical music.

-Concert Board

Top 30: 4/20!!!, 2011

Shannon and the Clams
Shannon and the Clams

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. Envy – Recitation
2. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
3. Faust – Something Dirty
4. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers *
5. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
6. Andrew Graham and the Swarming Branch – Andrew Graham’s Good Word *
7. James Blake – James Blake
8. The Flaming Lips with Neon IndianThe Flaming Lips with Neon Indian *
9. Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
10. Panda Bear – Tomboy
11. Bibio – Mind Bokeh
12. Peter Bjorn and John – Gimme Some
13. Low – C’Mon
14. Sims – Bad Time Zoo
15. Unkle – Only the Lonely *
16. Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
17. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
18. As We Draw – Lines *
19. Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence
20. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High
21. Hunx and his Punx – Too Young to Be in Love *
22. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light *
23. Shannon and the Clams – Sleep Talk *^
24. Joan as Police Woman – The Deep Field *
25. Kellarissa – Moons of Neptune
26. Oh Land – Oh Land *
27. Wye Oak – Civilian
28. Computer Magic – Electronic Fences
29. Daedalus – Bespoke *
30. Middle Brother – Middle Brother *


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

Monopoly Child Star Searchers | Dolphins Into The Future | Floris Vanhoof | Family Underground | Fairchild Chapel | 4/19

Oberlin College Concert Board Presents a FREE show at 9 PM on 4/19 at Fairchild Chapel with:

MONOPOLY CHILD STAR SEARCHERS (ex-The Skaters with James Ferraro)

Charles Berlitz, former agent for boy band, The Skaters, has been inventing landscape music for years, and runs his own productions company called PACIFIC CITY SOUND VISIONS. Engelbert and Humpledinck have raved that: `Monopoly Child Star Searchers is a fusion music, but not a fusion of genres of music, but t…hat of a fusion of the Stars, the Sun, and the Tschungle!` He has albums out on Olde English Spelling Bee, Rose City Aquariums Unlimited, and Blauwe Oceanic Records. Charles will be presenting to the East Coast his new sound `StarSwept`, which he explains as: “A memory blast of the beauty and evil that was experienced at the Spectacle of Light Festival in Salt Lake City 1988.” Expect immediate Hallucination. (Alec Baldwin)”


“(…) like Caspar David Friedrich, i bow my head in deep mahalo and aloha…. because there, at Kealakekua, i learned how important beauty is. it is that deep, beautiful pallet of colors. that heart of the metaphorical Cetacean Nation. that collection of water, coral reefs, cliffs, spirit, animals, salt, trees and waves. which made me resonate myself with the artist. it’s an egg, the artist that radiates either mystical realities or actual facts. sprung from the Olde Saturn. my music is a landscape. a ku’ono for your mind to hike in. for the exploration of a personal jungle. for the atonement of a world out there, above there, in there. a spring of harmonies. a bay of sound. a natural and abstract composition, rooted in romance and subconsciousness. Dolphins Into The Future has released albums on Kraak, Notnotfun and Release The Bats, and has upcoming releases on Aguirre, Experimedia, and Olde English Spelling Bee.”

“Filmmaker and musician Floris Vanhoof (Belgium, 1982) approaches the celluloid of his films and the electronic components of his instruments closely. Electronic circuits are vivified inspired by the liveliness of what happened around structural film and West Coast Free- and Tape music. With an arrangement of electronic gear and film- or slide projectors he searches for the essence and potential of multi media performance. Every concert becomes a hybrid form of projected images, an electronic patchwork and field recorded sounds. After releases on Breaking World Records and Taped Sounds his Vinyl debute came out on Ultra Eczema. A split with Dolphins Into The Future will be released by Experimedia and he’s now recording for Kraak.”


“Family Underground is a duo out of Copenhagen- Denmark. Formed as a trio in 2000 under the name F,.L.O.W.E.R- Aquiring the name FU in 2003, in recognition of the need to express a new way to bend and mend the traditions of psychic sound wich has been the creative core in the band. Weaving intricate layers of electric storms always with the love for pulsing rhythms. Inspiration and motivation throughout the whole existence of FU has been the will to try and explore some of the same questions what others before us has asked.”

Top 30: Week of 4/11/11

PJ Harvey
PJ Harvey

After 3 long weeks, Top 30 is back! For all you newcomers, 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. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
2. Panda Bear – Tomboy *
3. Brian Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea
4. MellowHype – BlackenedWhite *
5. Jad Fair – Beautiful Songs: The Best of Jad Fair
6. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
7. Envy – Recitation *
8. The Weeknd – House of Balloons *
9. Bibio – Mind Bokeh *
10. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
11. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
12. Family Portrait – Family Portrait LP
13. Asobi Seksu – Fluorescence
14. Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
15. Kellarissa – Moons of Neptune
16. Rosetta – A Determinism of Morality
17. Faust – Something Dirty ^
18. Wye Oak – Civilian *
19. The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck *
20. Vivian Girls – Share the Joy *
21. Joan as Police Woman – The Deep Field *
22. Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen *
23. Earth Girl Helen Brown – Story of an Earth Girl *
24. The Strokes – Angles *
25. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
26. Low – C’Mon *^
27. Darlings – Warma EP
28. J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
29. Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
30. Psychic Paramount – II

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

JANDEK @ The 'Sco on Sunday 4/10

Oberlin College Concert Board presents:
A rare appearance by JANDEK.

JANDEK - The Living End (1989)
JANDEK - The Living End (1989)

Jandek is the musical project of an outsider musician who operates out of Houston, Texas. Since 1978, Jandek has self-released over 60 albums of unusual, often emotionally dissolute folk and blues songs without providing any biographical information and having only ever granted two interviews. Jandek often plays a highly idiosyncratic and frequently atonal form o…f folk and blues music, often using an open and unconventional chord structure. Jandek’s music is unique, but the lyrics closely mirror the country blues and folk traditions of East Texas.

Officially, Jandek is not a person. Albums and live performances are credited to “Jandek”, but the man on the album covers and on stage is “a representative from Corwood Industries”. Corwood is the record label; “Jandek” is the musical project. Both are directed by the same individual. The trinity of Jandek, Corwood, and “the representative” is both three and one.

The enigmatic musician has also been the subject of a feature-length documentary film, Jandek on Corwood, which features interviews with music critics, obsessed fans and musicians.

In an issue of Spin circa 1993, Kurt Cobain said “He’s not pretentious, but only pretentious people like his music.”

For this very special performance, the Representative from Corwood Industries will be joined by:

Aaron Dilloway (ex-Wolf Eyes, Hanson Records) on tapes/electronics/guitar.
Robert Turman (ex-NON) on tapes/electronics/guitar.
Peter Blasser (visiting Technology In Music And Related Arts professor at Oberlin) on tuba.
Austin Vaughn on drums.

$3 for students, $7 for the public.

Tickets available at Wilder Information Desk or by calling Oberlin College Central Ticket Service at 440-775-8169 starting April 4th.