James Siegfried is better known as James Chance or James White–one of the seminal figures of late-70s/early-80s New York No Wave, along with people like Lydia Lunch and Arto Lindsay. In the early days, he had two groups and personas going on–James Chance & the Contortions and James White & the Blacks. Both were bizarre amalgams of free jazz and R&B, the former a little more funkier, the latter a bit more disco. And so, we found ourselves with a great vault find, the 1982 album from the White & Black side of things called “Sax Maniac.” ”James White & the Blacks,” “Sax Maniac,” songs with titles like “Sax Machine” and “Irresistible Impulse”–too good to be true, right? It features, rather than a bunch of No Wave people, some actual R&B session musicians and singers of the time. Compared to his earlier work, it’s a bit less wild, a bit less disorienting, a bit less rough. But don’t worry, it’s still revolutionary and transgressive and all of that good stuff.
from Ryan Jennings, workgroup member:
I found the first four Robbie Basho records in the vault yesterday at vinyl workgroup. It’s sweet to imagine WOBC being sent the records upon release, but who knows how all four stayed intact since they’re pretty rare and expensive on e-bay. Robbie Basho was a cool dude on John Fahey’s Takoma Records, and he and Fahey went to college together (wow, just like us!) And the record’s mostly 12-string solo guitar American Primitivism and, like, folk music I guess, but he studied with Ali Akbar Khan, the #1 sarod master of the world, and changed his name in honor of the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. He sings on a lot too, but my favorite Basho record, “Falconer’s Arm I,” which is in the vault right now, is a masterpiece and completely instrumental. A very detailed and coherent record, each song represents a unique and beautiful story. “Babs” is a favorite track but I seriously recommend everyone to check out this haunting album on par with any Fahey and more accessible than a long winded raga!
Basho died in a freak chiropractic accident in the 80s.
from Olivia Simuoli, workgroup member:
This semester, I found in the vaults German progressive and space rock group Nektar’s concept album, “Remember the Future.” Recorded in 1973, the album features one song divided into two parts and tells the tale of the evolution of man through the eyes of a bird. The story begins with life originating in the sea and touches on other major milestones, such as man’s discovery of fire and invention of the wheel. The climax of the album occurs when mankind starts to wonder whether he is alone in the world or if there is some “Supreme Being” out there as well. Despite what may seem to be clichéd and at times bizarre subject matter, the album on the whole is pretty unique and interesting and has a good space rock feel with some nice funk undertones.
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Here are descriptions of the positions:
General Manager // The General Manager (GM) is the spokesperson for WOBC, the chair of the Board, and is responsible for the smooth operation of the organization as a whole. The GM, in conjunction with the other Board members, oversees the Station, its assets, its broadcasts, and coordinates the activities of WOBC staff and DJs. Most importantly, the General Manager ensures that tasks set forth by the board are accomplished and that those delegated those tasks have the resources they require. The station manager keeps frequent office hours and is on call 24/7.
Operations Manager // The Operations Manager oversees compliance with all FCC regulations and legal agreements with copyright holders. The Ops Manager works with the Student Engineer to maintain technical equipment and ensure that station members follow proper procedures. Tasks include organizing DJ training, reviewing daily operating logs, reviewing Radio Activity logs, and completing quarterly issues/program reports. The Operations Manager is on call 24/7.
Program Director // The Program Director is responsible for the fair and timely creation and maintenance of the schedule of shows. The PD ensures that radio show applications are publicized widely within the broadcast area, both in Oberlin and surrounding communities. The PD is the primary contact with DJs over programming issues. The PD works to ensure that WOBC’s broadcast is interrupted as infrequently as possible, including during interim periods. The PD works with the Ops Manager to keep track of who attends or misses their shows. The PD listens to the radio often, makes suggestions to DJs and contacts those who do not attend their show. The Program Director is on call 24/7.
Music Director // The Music Director oversees the station’s music collection, facilitates the processing of incoming music, and ensures music submissions continue. A large portion of the job entails talking on the phone with promotion companies and record labels to request music for the station and to track music the station has received. The MD organizes and oversees workgroups and the Music Blog. The MD produces weekly music charts, submits them to the College Music Journal, and posts them on the Music Blog. The MD should love and be familiar with a variety of music–more than just rock and pop. The Music Director is on call 24/7.
Treasurer // The Treasurer is responsible for managing WOBC’s finances, preparing the annual budget, and serving as the liaison with the SFC. The Treasurer purchases everything the station needs and work
The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!
1 WIRE Change Becomes Us
2 CAETANO VELOSO Abraçaço
3 THE MEN New Moon Sacred Bones
4 JAMES BLAKE Overgrown
5 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
6 PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold
7 MARNIE STERN The Chronicles Of Marnia
8 GILBERTO GIL Concerto de Cordas & MÃ¡quinas de Ritmo
9 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory
10 DEERHUNTER Monomania
11 THE MEN New Moon Sacred Bones
12 VARIOUS ARTISTS Think And Change
13 MAC DEMARCO 2
14 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
15 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
16 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
17 YO LA TENGO Fade
18 GHOSTFACE KILLAH 12 Reasons to Die
19 TAYLOR SWIFT Red
20 LUST FOR YOUTH Growing Seeds
21 DJ RASHAD Rollin EP
22 DEVENDRA BANHART Mala
23 BEE MASK When We Were Eating Unripe Pears
24 NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS The Snowbringer Cult
25 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold
26 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
27 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
28 SHLOHMO Laid Out Friends Of Friends
29 FUSHITSUSHA Mabushii Itazura Na Inori
30 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
DJs Roca and Raisin Bra(i)n tell me a bit about their show (and their lives). 100% pure airs on WOBC every Monday morning from 12 – 1 am.
What is stuck in your head?
Roca: I can’t stop “Fuck mixing let’s dance” zomby or Tsunami Breastfood
Raisin: A raisin-brain is a sticky thinking place.
Best call-in you’ve ever gotten?
Roca: “Hey man” Rob.
Raisin: …I think when I called in was the best.
Let’s go on a musical journey with words – describe a typical listener’s experience. Don’t look at the next question.
Raisin: …a typical listener’s experience big dog…
The last question was a trick because every listener experiences The Big Dirty in their own reality. What experience do you hope to provide for listeners?
Raisin: …I would agree with this rebuttal, however, I would just like to call you out at this point. Our show is not called “The Big Dirty” it is called “100%-Pure.”
What’s the word(s) on the tip of your collective tongue?
Roca: Listen, all I have to say is f*** your money.
Raisin: …please allow me to distance myself from that comment, and take us to intersection of80/90’s corporate aesthetic & fictional mystical experiences; My tongue tips on the edge of Jadzia.
Favorite other peoples’ shows on WOBC?
Roca : Steve man, our my main man.
Raisin: … now “12 INCH / Single”, his traditional slot on Friday at 6pm has always been our go-to.
I heard you two live together – seems like you do a lot together – do you fight?
Roca: LOL I don’t know
Raisin: […] we love
Independent radio is important because:
Roca: Big ideas and little details.
Raisin: we would never it make anywhere else.
A Sample Playlist:
Into My Soul – Aki Bergen ft. Carmen Sherry
Kerri Chandler – Time is Destiny
Nina Simone (Kerri Chandler Mix) – See Line Woman
Todd Edwards – Can’t You Believe
Rhythm and Sound with Shalom – We Been Troddin
Hype Williams – Meets Shangaan Electro
Moody Mann – I’m Doin Fine
Theo Parrish – Serengeti Echoes
Kassem Moss – B1 Untitled