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Originally published by The Oberlin Reivew, May 20, 2011
Oberlin, Ohio is somewhat of an anomaly. Despite being home to a world-class conservatory of music and allocating more than $100,000 each year to student organizations devoted to booking bands, the town is — at first glance — not home to a single record store. However, with a little searching one reveals itself. A simple Google search comes up with a mailing address only: Hanson Records, MPO Box 73, Oberlin, Ohio, 44074.
Started when he was still in high school in Brighton, Michigan, musician Aaron Dilloway has been running Hanson Records, primarily as a distributor and record label, since 1994. Hanson was initially birthed out of frustration. While waiting for another label — Bulb Records — to release a record by his band Galen, Dilloway decided to fund the project himself. Bulb ultimately co-released The Heroin Bench with Hanson, and there has been a steady stream of releases ever since. Notable releases have included albums by Baltimore’s Nautical Almanac, Dilloway’s own successful industrial band Wolf Eyes, noise overlord Kevin Drumm, sound poets Blood Stereo, power electronics creep Prurient, Cincinnati violinist C. Spencer Yeh, avant-dementoids To Live and Shave in L. A. and Cleveland kosmische droners Emeralds. Although the label focuses primarily on noise music, there are also some surprises. One Andrew Wilkes-Krier got his start releasing weirdo sound collages with little indication of the party metal he would later coin as Andrew W. K.
Another significant artist on Hanson’s roster is Oberlin resident Robert Turman. Turman is an accomplished solo musician, working primarily with tape, electronics, noise, guitar and, most uniquely, the electric fan-driven rotoguitar. Turman was also a founding member of pioneering industrial band NON with the controversial High Priest of the Church of Satan and renowned prankster Boyd Rice in the late ’70s. In addition to touring, Turman plays frequent shows in Oberlin both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians such as Aaron Dilloway.
Last Wednesday, members of Kenyon’s WKCO traveled to Oberlin for a softball “death-match” against WOBC’s Rohirrim. After a fierce battle in which many souls perished, the game ended in a stalemate. Both sides, of course, will return another day to finish what was started.
WOBC would like to thank everyone from WKCO for coming out! It was a beautiful day for a game of softball. Click here to visit WKCO on the web.
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To most, April 20th is notable only as the birthday of master percussionist Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater. However, according to eyewitness accounts, many at Oberlin College consider the date a sacred holiday accompanied by several meaningful rituals and ceremonies.
Among the rituals observed at Wilder Bowl on Tuesday were the sale of beaded trinkets, grooving to reggae music, “sitting,” “chowing,” and “chilling.” Although many spiritual observers could be spotted in small groups participating in similarly strange rituals around the town of Oberlin, most congregated in Wilder Bowl, arranging themselves in elaborate interlocking circular patterns reminiscent of the crop circles depicted in the Mel Gibson biopic, Signs.
While participants in the spiritual ceremonies at Wilder Bowl seemed calm and at-ease, Oberlin College officials became concerned about the gathering when the sacraments reached a feverish height at approximately 4:20pm.
College employee, Tina Barnes, reported hearing “whooping, hollering, and howling” and alerted the Department of Safety and Security.
Responding to the incident, eight Safety and Security officers descended upon Wilder Bowl, confiscating personal vestments and other religious paraphernalia.
According to College Sophomore, Ricky Bailey,”it was just a bunch of dudes trying to have a good time.”
To Safety and Security officer James Gering, the matter was something else entirely. “[It was] a wholly irresponsible display of immaturity, hedonism, decadence, and lack of judgment,” Gering said.
College officials estimate the gathered swarm to be in excess of 500 observers strong.
Of the many participants who were cited for distributing peace and congregating happily, most have decided to fight the charges on the grounds of spiritual discrimination.
As of press time, no vestments have been returned.
In this edition, Correspondent Allison Chomet presents a feature story on the the Street Law course at Oberlin High School, and News Editor Caroline Lewis contributes a story on Georg Essl, Conductor of the The Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble, who visited campus this Monday.
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