Category Archives: Music

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

Live In Studio: This Frontier Needs Heroes

This Frontier Needs Heroes

This Sunday afternoon, This Frontier Needs Heroes, folky siblings from Brooklyn, dropped by WOBC’s Studio B.

You can listen to their interview with Live Box host Daniel Abramson, posted below, or can skip right on to their Studio B set (also posted below).

The band is on tour through the end of November.

Interview with This Frontier Needs Heroes on Live Box

This Frontier Needs Heroes In-Studio on WOBC

FROM THE VAULT: The (Very Nice) Plants – Rock For Horticulture

From the Vault will be a reoccurring feature here on the WOBC blog where fearless DJs plunge into the depths of the station vaults to bring you the freshest stuff gone stale! In addition to a massive vinyl collection, we’re also sitting on hundreds and hundreds of 45s, lots of which are super rad and super rare. We’ll be posting cuts from these recordings for your enjoyment, so let us know what you think!

I’ll include this again at the end, but if you own the rights to any of this music and want it taken down, e-mail wobc (AT) oberlin.edu and we will comply immediately.

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My friend Amiel found this record during filing workgroup last year and thought it looked too funny to pass up. Turns out, it’s pretty damn good, and pretty damn hard to find much information on. From what I can gather, The (Very Nice) Plants were a DC area band playing joints in the early 80s. Go! Records (again, hard to find much information on) released their 4 song 45 “Rock For Horticulture” in 1983 and must have sent it to WOBC where, 26 years later, we found it misfiled.

Rough contemporaries of The Replacements and the Young Fresh Fellows, The (Very Nice) Plants manage to deliver four great little pop gems that sound like glib, “Johnny Be Good” throwbacks. Roller rink organs, Marty McFly guitar solos, plant chants, it’s all here. The 45 is totally solid, but standouts include the dreamy-to-rippin’ “(I Know) It Couldn’t be Right” and “Groovy Girl,” a twangy, guitar-driven rockabilly number.

What happened to The (Very Nice) Plants? Was this music too fun to sustain? Did they rock too hard for horticulture? Were they smothered by riffs, keyboards, hard drugs and the prophetic knowledge of the potential of The lo-fi???

Who knows. No one, maybe? Regardless, enjoy the posted 45 and let us know what you think.

A1. The (Very Nice) Plants – (I Know) It Couldn’t Be Right
A2. The (Very Nice) Plants – Bellman
B1. The (Very Nice) Plants – Groovy Girl
B2. The (Very Nice) Plants – Plant Chant