Check out these videos from the latest Live from Studio B sessions. Don’t forget to catch the show on air, Sundays 2-3 pm!
WOBC is super excited to announce a new partnership with The Grape, Oberlin’s alternate student newspaper. Every other week, the Grape will feature an article about a show on WOBC. In the weeks between issues of The Grape, we’ll still feature a show of the week on our website. The inaugural spotlight, authored by Sam Hume, focuses on Jackie Milestone, pop director and host of “Movies, Sounds, and Tracks,” airing Tuesdays, 10-11 pm.
As part of the Grape’s mission to be the ultimate source of alternate news, we cover a wide range of the different artistic and cultural experiences on campus. Both to provide you, dear reader, with valuable insight on the many goings on in Oberlin, and more importantly, to help spread awareness about the many great artists on this campus and their varied crafts. From their lair atop the roof of Wilder, the people of WOBC asked us, in our dusty basement at the Grape, if we were interested in publishing a series of spotlight articles on their many wonderful DJs and hosts. The answer was, of course, a yes. For this edition’s WOBC spotlight I chose to focus on Jackie Milestone, who DJ’s Movies, Sound and Tracks, a show that focuses on music in film (and it airs every Tuesday from 10-11PM, give it a listen!).
Jackie, a junior, is a veteran WOBC DJ, having been a part of the program since she was a first semester freshman. She is now one of the station’s pop directors, a far cry from DJing a show from 3-4 Sunday morning. Similar to class and housing registration Freshmen get last pick when it comes to time slots, “paying their dues,” to the station. Though according to Jackie, “It’s just part of being in the station, I find doing the show[s] so much fun that it just pays off.” And rightly so, you have to crawl before you walk after all. When she started out, Jackie’s lineup was mostly folk rock from the 60s and 70s though through the semesters she has branched out to new things.
“I like [the show] that I have now because it allows me to pull from basically anything.” Jackie’s music choices are eclectic, though of course each show follows a central theme. Two weeks ago the theme was Disney. Though I did enjoy Disney movies in my youth (like many other youngsters) I had thought my appreciation for them had dropped off. Listening to Jackie’s show while frying some tofu, I found myself appreciating the breadth of the studio’s work. From the Jazzy lyrics of the Jungle Book to lines more reminiscent of the Blues from Robin Hood. Of course the Lion King’s fantastic soundtrack by Elton John took the cake (at least for me). Jackie “love[s] dabbling in all sorts of different genres.” Some shows have been dedicated to those “cult classics” we all know and love while others focused on certain genres like 80s pop rock.
Not all WOBC is chatting on air or dropping some sweet tunes; some of Jackie’s “middle years” were taken up with work groups. At WOBC work groups are open to people even if they don’t have a show and give some relief to aspiring DJs who might not be able to make their precarious times. The groups are divided between Studio B, who handle recording, and various genre work groups that go through and listen to all (seriously, if you haven’t you should check it out some time, WOBC has a shitload of cool music and they get more all the time) of the music that comes into the station deciding which of it is worth keeping. According to her this year has been, “a little more organized and focused…people seem to be really on top of their stuff.” It definitely shows.
Part 2 of International Workgroup’s playlist – a real Japanese pop star, a virtual Japanese pop star, an up and coming British singer of Ghanaian & Nigerian descent, and a legendary Malian singer with a U.S backing band.
1. Kyari Pamyu Pamyu (Japan) – Pon Pon Pon
This video is everything.
2. Hatsune Miku (Japan) – Sharing the world (“live” on David Letterman)
22nd century J-pop meets 20th century American TV.
3. Lola Rae (Nigeria’Ghana/UK)
There will be dancing.
4. The Sway Machinery featuring Khaira Arby (US and Mali)- Gawad Teriamou
Khaira Arby, also know as the Nightingale of the North hails from Mali.
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).