Oberlin alum and resident reports on the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico in honor of today’s day of solidarity.
Two WOBC DJs, Ariel Miller and Rachel MacLean, report on a recent concert visit…
I’m not sure what sort of crowd we expected at Alt-J’s show in Detroit on November 10th. I guess we expected more college-aged folks with undercuts, but the crowd seemed to be in their late 20s-30s with pretty average hair cuts. Maybe it was because they were tall and took up the most space, but there seemed to be a lot of tall white dudes. Suddenly we started to worry if we were, in fact, edgy and cool, or just as mainstream as the chicks in front of us obscuring our view with their flower crowns.
Some Mikky Ekko fellow opened for Alt-J. Things Mikky Ekko is into: how high he can sing, listening to himself sing, rain/leaving/love/smiles/the sun. His beat was fairly predictable, as were his lyrics. There was nothing about him that really pushed boundaries. We were bored, and this reinforced our sense of superiority. We were cool. Mikky Ekko was not.
Alt-J! Alt-J! Alt-J finally came on, accompanied by scores of e-cigs and vaporizers booting up around the room. Triangle hands all around! ∆∆∆∆∆∆∆∆
Alt-J is great. Their new album, This Is All Yours, is indistinguishable from their old album, An Awesome Wave, but we don’t even care because both have the same weird, catchy, danceable sound. At the concert, they played it safe, balancing the old and the new. It would have been nice to actually see them through their obscuring shroud of fog and lighting, and even nicer to see some energy or movement. But overall, they sounded just like they do on record, which was good enough for us.
The deadline for the WOBC Zine has been extended until the end of November. We want playlists, art, essays, opinions comics, interview, show listings, concert reviews. Whatever works! Send submission/questions to email@example.com by November. Submissions boxes will also be in Mudd and the station, if you want to drop off a physical copy. Leave your name and email on copies that you want returned!
The international workgroup playlist – part 1 – is here! Check out: a Belgain rapper whose video has more than 200 million views; beautiful Korean folk pop; toetapping “electro-cumbia” from Mexico; a 60s French classic; and breathtaking Russian throat singing.
1. Stromae (Belgium) – Papaoutai
Belgium’s finest rapper and pop auteur takes a trip to the uncanny valley.
2. Lee Lang (Korea) – 이랑 잘 알지도 못하면서 (translates to “You Don’t Really Know”—a full translation is available here)
Korean singer-songwriter makes thoroughly charming folk music from circular melodies.
3. Afrodita (Mexico) – Guerros
Duo from DF, Mexico – Irreverent electrocumbia pop
4. Jacques Dutronc (France) – Cactus
Classic French rock.
5. Huun Huur Tu (Tuva, Russia) – Chiraa-Khoor
Throat singing distinctive of folk music from the Mongolian regions of Mongolia, Inner Mongolia (China) and Tuva (Russia).
Do you want to play live music but have had trouble finding an outlet? Do you crave fame and/or glory? Do you routinely write in the margin of your notebook bad band name puns (Geezer, Velvet Underwear, Def Jeopardy)?
Then apply for the COVER BAND SHOWCASE! Applications are due on November 19, and the fun will take place on December 12.
Please submit applications to firstname.lastname@example.org including: band name, songs you will cover, members of band, and instruments played. In order to make this event as inclusive as possible, we ask that individuals only apply for one cover band.
May Jovi be with you.
WOBC DJ’s favorite new releases this past week:
1. Sophie – Lemonade b/w Hard [ed. note: fresh off a ‘Sco show!]
2. Priests – Bodies and Control and Money and Power [ed. note: second time this year in the top 10]
3. The Roots – …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
4. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead! [ed. note: second time this year in the top 10]
5. Hundred Waters – The Moon Range Like a Bell [ed. note: also fresh off a ‘Sco show]
6. Inter Arma – The Cavern [EP]
7. Dean Blunt – Black Metal
8. Mr Little Jeans – Pocketknife
9. Iceage – Plowing into the Field of Love
10. SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
While you wait expectantly for the CMJ Top 10 tomorrow, here are 5 new releases from the past week sure to excite:
1. Deerhoof – La Isla Bonita [ed. note: yeah that’s right, they have a new album!]
2. Cooly G – Wait ’til Night [ed. note: Hyperdub!]
3. Paperhead – Africa Avenue [ed. note: featuring Oberlin album Ryan Jennings!]
4. Scott Walker and Sunn O))) – Soused [ed. note: insanely unexpected & insanely good collaboration]
5. Dean Blunt – Black Metal [ed. note: also check out his album Redeemer from last year]