03.19.2014

MIDTERM MUSIC: VERY FREAKY FOLK

The weather is super sad and so are you. You have like three papers and two tests and you have to leave campus pretty soon.. Here’s some freak-folk to get you through the rough times.

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The Tower Recordings – Q Delmak 

90s bedroom folk. includes members of mv + ee. almost trip-hop, but instead stripped, subtly rhythmic and lo-fi. loses it’s own place towards the end and tapers out with an ambient/noisey outro. 

Lau Nau – Painovoimaa, valoa

for those who like grimes’s baby voice, imagine it desolate and fuzzy in an open field. add weird assortment of instruments, both traditional and outlandish and oh yeah everything is in Finnish too.

Espers – Rosemary Lane

Philly psych folk. this album, the weed tree, is comprised of covers of the likes of blue oyster cult and nico. this one covers Burt Jansch and takes his loopy picking to a synthesized fantasy realm. kinda nerdy but i don’t mind.

Fursaxa – Sunhead Bowed

not as overdubbed as most of her vocal performances, yet still quite powerful. acid folk from PA. despite a lack of instruments, this song is able to build an intense and dynamic wall of sound. it never gets too loud, but it feels very loud.

Palace Music – Viva Ultra

bonny is the ultimate pro of strategically creating nostalgic AND foreign melody with little material. everything here is necessary and nothing more.

-AK

03.17.2014

SHOW OF THE WEEK : GROOVE THEORY

JUST LIKE WZAK

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name and time of show:

Groove Theory, Tuesdays 2AM-3AM

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sample playlist:
- Afro Blue – Robert Glasper, Erykah Badu

- Slowly Surely – Jill Scott

- Keep Tryin’ – Groove Theory

- Temptation – Destiny’s Child

- Diary – Alicia Keys, Tony! Toni! Toné, Jermaine Paul

- Say Yes – Floetry

- With You – Marsha Amrbosius

- I n I – Amel Larrieux

- Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder) – Maxwell

- Halfcrazy – Musiq

- Makeda – Les Nubians

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your show in three words:
Grooves With Feeling
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if you had to listen to one song forever what would it be?:
It’d probably be For Real by Amel Larrieux.
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ideal setting to hear your show?:
Late night/musing/alone or with one or two other people
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what are some other theories you like?:
Not sure if I’m misinterpreting this question but I’ve been really into early 1970s house music (Warehouse Club in Chicago, Frankie Knuckles-era, etc) and how it made house into its own form of dance
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your fav wobc show:
Pause… Queer Rap & Hip Hop (Ed note: Sat, 1 AM)
03.17.2014

WOBC’s CMJ Top Ten Playlist 3/17/14

ANGEL OLSEN IS SO MOSTLY PLAYED RIGHT NOW

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1. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

2. Mac Demarco – Salad Days

3.  Liars – Mess

 4. Perfect Pussy – I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling

5.  Real Estate – Atlas

6. Julie Byrne – Rooms with Walls and Windows

7. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

8. Ava Luna – Electric Balloon

9. Swans – To Be Kind

10. Future Islands – Singles

DOES THIS LOOK ACCURATE? SEND FAN/HATE MAIL TO MUSIC@WOBC.ORG

 

03.16.2014

WOBC Showpaper #5 3/17-3/21

“It’s not spring break yet”

Monday, March 17

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MMG Presents: Nick Hennies, Bromp Treb + Stranahan-Miralia Duo: @ Fairchild Chapel, 9:30pm, Free

Sivan waxes poetically: Who ARE Nick Hennies + Bromp Treb?

Tuesday, March 18

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Guest Recital: Sunho Kim (’03) @ Bibbins Hall 233, 3:30pm

Violinist performing Messiaen, Brahms & Prokofiev. OC alum ’03!

Senior Recital: Dan Pappalardo (Bass)
Junior Recital: Alex Matranga (Tuba)

Wednesday, March 19

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Faculty Recital: Alexa Still and Michael Rosen @ Stull Hall, 8 PM, Free

Flute and percussion. Performing: Debussy, Bennett, Takemitsu, Purser, Shapey + Farr

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Faculty Recital: Jonathan William Moyer @ Warner Hall, 8 PM, Free

Organ. Performing: Bach, Messiaen, Kee, Ligeti, Schoenberg + Bolcom

Junior Recital: Yunfeng Yao (Bassoon)

Thursday, March 20

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Metal Night w/ Artificial Brain, Existential Animals, Wings Denied + Tithe @ ‘Sco, Free w/OCID, 8:30pm

Two touring + two Oberlin METAL bands. Prog, stoner/doom, death….. AS METAL AS IT GET HERE

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Faculty Recital: Quartet-In-Residence Jupiter String Quartet @ Kulas Hall, Free, 8pm

Viola, Cello + 2 Violins. Famous. Performing: Beethoven + Bartók

Junior Recital: Molly Murphy (Bassoon)

Friday, March 21

Junior Recital: Clara Shannon (Violin)
Senior Recital: Holden Wan Hong Lai (Marimba + Percussion)

 

03.14.2014

Pop Picks 3/14/14

hey world,

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Once again this is POP! workgroup coming at ya with a new half-semester’s worth of albums and EPs we added to the station’s collection. You can find these CDs on our New Pop Shelf in the broadcast room facing the couch! Feel free to take a gander and play them on your show (but please put them back!) : – ) Pop workgroup meets every Monday and Thursday evening at 9pm in the station – stop by if you’re lonely and wanna see some smiles. Here are some highlights:

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Dum Dum Girls – Too True

Mogwai – Rave Tapes

Holy Wave – Relax

David Grubbs – The Plain Where The Palace Stood

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Ivan Krasnov & Asher Kaplan

Pop 2014

03.12.2014

Listen Up, Listen In

*trigger warning, this post speaks about sexualized violence*

I’ve listened to the song Oblivion, by Grimes, bazillions of times.  I waltzed back and forth to it in my freshman dorm on saturday nights, cooed along with it while doing my homework, defended Grimes when people started to say she was a lame sugar coated fairy princess and she wasn’t doing anything original (whatever guys, I still luvvv her)

Then, a few months ago, one of my friends told me that the song is actually about Claire Boucher’s experience with a sexual assault.  Boucher gave an interview to Spin Magazine in which she said that she sings this song at every one of her shows.  She talks about her identity as this super feminized, sweet kind of girl, and how this song quietly subverts that image.  Says Boucher:

 ”Oblivion” embodies that kind of archetype, going into this masculine world that is associated with sexual assault, but presented as something really welcoming and nice. The song’s sort of about being — I was assaulted and I had a really hard time engaging in any types of relationship with men, because I was just so terrified of men for a while.

Blue Stockings published a wonderful piece that goes into this more — they say it better than I can.  However, I wanted to share this song with you all as we reach our half way point in our station wide Sexual Harassment workshops. Thank you to all who’ve attended, and if you haven’t please do — not only is it actually mandatory, but it is also something that is super meaningful and relevant to our community.  One thing that we’ve talked about at all of these workshops is the meaning of rape culture, and I think that this little song really drives it home.  Rape culture it not something that we engage with every once in a blue moon — it’s a part of our daily lives.  It’s a culture that reinforces racism, sexism, queerphobia, transphobia, ableism, and many other forms of marginalization and oppression.  And it’s a culture that comes precisely from the places we don’t expect, like music.

As DJs at this community station, we make the choices about what we play, and the messages we put into the airwaves.  As you put together your playlists this week, remember this: we have the amazing, beautiful freedom as media makers to reject and transform the things that piss us off, and to celebrate the things that make us feel powerful.

I’ll be playing a little bit of Grimes.

–Sophie, News Director

Below you will find a digital, color version of our zine, Listen Up, Listen In.  

03.12.2014

Who ARE Nick Hennies and Bromp Treb?

Nick Hennies, Bromp Treb, and the Stranahan-Miralia duo are playing at Fairchild Chapel on March 17 at 9:30 PM. FB Event.

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Why should I watch a man play nothing but a single snare drum for twenty minutes? Because that man is Nick Hennies.

Nick Hennies is about as versatile as someone who bangs on things  for a living can get. Classically trained, he studied with renowned contemporary music guru Steve Schick at UC-San Diego. He then found himself in Austin, where he co-founded critically acclaimed band The Weird Weeds. Meanwhile, he also became known for his performances of experimental contemporary music by composers like John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Peter Ablinger, and even revered outsider artist Jandek. He’s also a composer in his own right. So saying Nick Hennies would be doing nothing but playing a single snare drum for twenty minutes is like saying you’d be doing nothing but listening to a single Pink Floyd album for twenty minutes. Yes, I am saying that a single snare drum can equal a Pink Floyd album in depth and complexity. If you’re not a huge fan of Pink Floyd, it will surpass it easily. Just don’t expect him to do any covers.

If Nick Hennies is the stoic liberator of hidden sounds, Bromp Treb is the court jester peddling the wonderful and weird. Perhaps you know him as a member of celebrated avant-rock masters Fat Worm of Error (Oberlin visitors just a couple years back). Bromp Treb is a surprise at every turn, a ritual-like hodgepodge of noises and dramatic gestures, mixed up so much until you’re not sure what is man and what is machine.