Tune in to WOBC this Winter!

Winter Term Programming on WOBC has begun!! Tune in to 91.5 FM or the online stream all week to hear fresh new shows and some of your old favorites!

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We’ll be broadcasting live from Wilder 319 all throughout Winter Term during the following hours:
Monday-Friday: 8am-10pm
Saturday: noon-10pm
Sunday: noon-5pm

Stay warm, but stay cool
-WT managers Becca & Galen

Questions? Email wobc@oberlin.edu

Winter Term Show Applications ONLINE NOW!

 

creative_funny_snowman_ideas_04Staying on campus this January? Apply for a winter term radio show! No experience necessary! It’s a great opportunity to have a show if you’ve never had one before or to try out a new theme that’s too **cool** for a normal show during the school year.

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY NOW!

 

Important dates:

Applications due 11:59pm on Thursday, January 8th

Schedule posted outside the station (Wilder 319) by 6pm on Friday, January 9th

All Station Meeting – time & location TBD

Programming begins at 8am on Monday, January 12th

 

Questions? Contact WT managers Becca and Galen at wobc@oberlin.edu

Metal Workgroup’s Year In Review

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2014 has been as tumultuous a year for metal as it has been for Oberlin and the world at large. Formerly rigid classifications have been bent backwards and broken, warped into positions a chiropractor wouldn’t even dream possible. This lack of regard for convention has allowed metal genres to shake off some of the stagnancy of the early 2010s, and has paved the way for seemingly disparate elements to synergize in unexpected harmonies, culminating in some of the most compelling metal music that’s ever been produced. Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of the most intriguing records metal workgroup has looked at over the course of the last year, dominated by Profound Lore and Relapse Records. Links to listen to album or song streams are available in the respective album titles:

Artificial Brain – Labyrinth Constellation (Profound Lore)

The Body/The Haxan Cloak – I Shall Die Here (Rvng. Intl)

Conan – Blood Eagle (Napalm)

Earth – Primitive And Deadly (Southern Lord)

Electric Wizard – Time To Die (Spinefarm)

Ethereal Riffian – Aeonian (Mulligore Production)

Gridlink – Longhena (Selfmadegod)

Indian – From All Purity (Relapse)

Inter Arma – The Cavern (Relapse) (most-chosen album by workgroup participants)

Job For A Cowboy – Sun Eater (Metal Blade)

Lord Mantis – Death Mask (Profound Lore)

Old Man Gloom – The Ape of God (Double Release – Pt 1 Pt 2) (Profound Lore)

Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)

Pyrrhon – The Mother of Virtues (Relapse)

Sterilizer – Sterilizer (Independent)

Swans – To Be Kind (Young God)

Today Is The Day – Animal Mother (Southern Lord)

Wrekmeister Harmonies – Then It All Came Down (Thrill Jockey)

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Week 3/14- 3/21: Hip-Hop Releases

The last week of school coincided with a fairly active period of hip-hop releases including Mike Will Made-It’s awaited mixtape Ransom, Kirko Bangz follow-up to Progression IV, Progression V, and the mastered version of the Chief Keef and Kanye West collaboration Nobody. Each offering deserved a listen, albeit all for varying reasons:

Mike Will Made-It, Ransom
Ransom debuted December 15th, hoping to build off the tapes single, “Buy the World” featuring Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and Future. An incredibly popular producer who has dominated the mid-2010’s with collaborations spanning Miley Cyrus to Gucci Mane, Mike Will maintains a strong group of contributors with a plethora of Atlanta based artists including Rich Homie Quan, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, and iLoveMakonnen amongst other notables.
In its vast roster, the album is a lot of fun, with pretty much every popular rapper of the last 3 years making an appearance providing both variety and familiarity; there is a level of diversity in hearing a different individual per song, yet Mike Will’s productions are solid and formulaic.
6/10

Kirko Bangz, Progression V
After Progression IV consisting of only freestlyes, Kirko Bangz released all original music in his mixtape Progression V: Young Texas Player on December 16th. The tape largely fits the title, as the music is extremely Texas based in production, content, and guest-features; everything is codeine colored, chopped and screwed, and Houston legends Bun B, Pimp C, and Riff Raff join the mix.
Kirko legitimately shows a lot of promise, and appears to be the setting himself up as the next major artist coming out of Texas since Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, and Slim Thug enjoyed success throughout the 2000s. His music employs rap, singing, autotune, and a mixture of all three over classic southern instrumentals. Highlights include “Banging Screw” and “My Dawg.”
7+/10

Chief Keef x Kanye West, “Nobody”
Chief Keef has released an absurd amount of music through his GloGang Worldwide’s Soundcloud. “Nobody” was a track previewed for the last couple of months, but it wasn’t until this week that a mastered, relatively official version was released.
The single itself is anything but similar to Keef’s Chicago drill-rap image, as it is a slow autotune balled with Kanye over a Chance the Rapper Acid Rap sample. Although Kanye doesn’t actually provide a verse, his influence is evident throughout the song, with “Nobody” playing like 808’s and Heartbreak meets the last three minutes of “Runaway” off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
This is probably Chief Keef’s first release with a flute accompaniment.
8/10

Interview with Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps

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Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps

Anna Rose Greenberg, co-Traffic Director and host of “Germaniacs” interviewed Jürgen Engler of Die Krupps, legendary German industrial/electronic band who, incidentally, wrote the song “Germaniacs” after which Anna Rose’s show is named – hear Engler talk about the difference between American and German music, his favorite music, his new label, and more.

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