11.10.2014

Top 5 Adds

Dean Blunt's new album "Black Metal" is #5 on our top 5 adds this week.

Dean Blunt’s new album “Black Metal” is #5 on our top 5 adds this week.

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]

11.09.2014

“If punk is the ultimate anti-establishment scene, why is it still run by all these white men?”

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That’s the title of this incredible piece in The Guardian by Alyssa Kai, former WOBC DJ and Oberlin alum – you’ve got to check it out here.

11.08.2014

Staff Picks, Vol. MMXIV, Book 2

The Raincoats

The Raincoats

A playlist of meticulously chosen tracks from your very own WOBC workgroup directors.

1. Orly, punk director: The Raincoats – No One’s Little Girl

“Always a favorite, I’m pretty sure I’ve played at least one song by The Raincoats each week on my show.”

2. Louis, jazz director: Art Tatum – There Will Never Be Another You

3. Marcelo, co-international director: Yelle – Complètement Fou

“This is an easy one for me. I have been completely obsessed with Yelle’s new release. Their big hit is the appropriately named Complètement Fou (“totally crazy”). As if the song weren’t good enough, the video is just to die for. As this article puts it, ‘Yelle is unusual for finding a fan base in the stubbornly monolingual American market, even though their shoulder-waggling, schoolyard taunts are still completely in French.’ I went to her concert at the Grog Shop, and if it wasn’t sold out, it was almost there.”

4. Mayowa, co-international director: Average White Band – Pick Up the Pieces

“This is one of my all time faves. Average White Band formed in Scotland, but they quickly gained international attention. My parents used to play them a lot when I was little, so this song definitely evokes some nostalgia.”

5. Galen, hip-hop director: Rich Homie Quan Ft. Young Thug – Chainsaw Massacre

“New track from Rich Homie and Young Thug, who have been putting out some of the weirdest and most exciting hip hop out of Atlanta right now. Rich Homie Quan called his relationship with Young Thug the hottest duo since Andre 3 stacks and Big Boi, and I’m inclined to agree..”

6. Mark, metal director: Imperial Triumphant – Goliath

USBM never sounded so French. Imperial Triumphant are based in Brooklyn, but their skronky, helter-skelter interpretation of black metal reeks of Deathspell Omega and Blut Aus Nord. Goliath is riddled with swampy grooves and schizophrenic slides, antagonistic to the core; the EP manifests truly biblical levels of aggression. It only makes sense that the EP was produced by Colin Marston, New York’s patron saint of dissonance. FFO: Pyrrhon, Ulcerate, Abigor

7. Isaac, electronic director: Sub Luna City – 2 Cats (Interlude) / Weed and Warfare

“smooth vibes from a king krule side project”

8. Jackie, co-pop director: Richie Aldente – Take My Party Serious

“This gem we found during pop workgroup recently. They are essentially a modern S Club 7 in sound, but possibly more ironically bumpin? Get down to this if you’re trying to have a real goofy night.”

9. Chuck, co-freeform director: Neel – The Secret Revealed

10. Ivan, co-freeform director: Palm – Fleshtones

“Palm are simply one of the best bands around today. always pushing forward with structure, dynamics and rhythms in a rock band context while never losing momentum and originality. they excite me in ways i can’t even begin to describe. soon the masses will understand the greatness of Palm. soon.”

11. Max, vinyl director: Vulfpeck – 1612

12. Mia, folk director: Johanna Warren – We Fell

“From her kickstarter: ‘Back in April 2014, my beloved engineer Bella Blasko and I borrowed some recording equipment from friends and fashioned ourselves a makeshift studio in an empty apartment unit on the surreal and wintry shores of Wildwood, NJ. We tracked for nine days…stopping when the dogs upstairs went into barking fits.’”

13. Sivan, music director: Howard Skempton – Simple Piano Piece

“Howard Skempton is a British composer whose music is sometimes referred to the ‘emancipation of consonance,’ a play on Arnold Schoenberg’s ‘emancipation of dissonance’. Very informed by the experimental traditions and chance procedures of composers like John Cage and Cornelius Cardew, Skempton developed a style of hyper-simplicity – every note seems to be in exactly the right place in an utterly exquisite way, and yet it’s never predictable and each new listen sounds different.”

11.04.2014

CMJ Top 10 11/4/14

Grouper, a.k.a. Liz Harris, claimed the top spot this week.

Grouper, a.k.a. Liz Harris, claimed the top spot this week.

(Nearly) every week, WOBC submits to College Music Journal the past week’s top plays of recent releases. What with fall break and all it’s been a second since our last CMJ top 10 – never fear, it returns:

1. Grouper – Holdings

2. Shellac – Dude Incredible

3. Fatima – Yellow Memories

4. Sleater-Kinney – Bury Our Friends [single] [ed. note: first album in 10 years out soon!]

5. Foxygen – …And Star Power

6. Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else [ed. note: from Cleveland!]

7. Alex G – DSU [ed. note: third straight week on this last or something crazy like that!]

8. Sun Kil Moon – Benji

9. Botanist – VI: Flora

10. The World Is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – Between Bodies

11.02.2014

Freeform Workgroup Presents: Songs We’ve Been Listening To

Flying Saucer Attack (David Pearce and Rachel Brook), hangin out sometime in the 90s, probably.

Flying Saucer Attack (David Pearce and Rachel Brook) of Flying Saucer Attack, hangin out sometime in the 90s, probably.

Freeform Workgroup, destroyers of genre, explorers of distant sounds, clergy in the Church of the Other, present the following playlist:

1. Chuck, co-director, chose: Marble Sky – Pulling Up Grass Under Blanket

2. Owen chose: Flying Saucer AttackMy Dreaming Hill and Popul Vuh 1


2. Ivan, co-director, says, “I’ve been bumping Dirty Beaches‘ latest, Stateless [on Pitchfork Advance], lately in light of him retiring the moniker : (

3. Taylor chose: Eric Copeland – Kash Donation

4. Tatum chose: Wanda GroupEnclave, Dome and Every Human Should Shut Their Mouth

5. Joe chose: Caldara - A Moog Mass, “a classic moogsploitation album from 1970.  Its a collection of hymns and such done on a Moog synthesizer.  Funny stuff.”

and Dr. Haijme Murooka – Lullaby from the Womb. “A doctor was looking for a natural way to put babies to sleep and ended up with a microphone in the womb of a pregnant woman.  Starts out with intense sound of blood pumping, and later mixes the womb noise with light classical.  What A Trip!”

10.31.2014

Apply For Winter Term Board at WOBC

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Looking for something to do this winter term?

Wanna be on campus?

Wanna earn college credit?

Interested in radio management, audio engineering, community outreach, and/or music?

If so, we’d love for you to consider applying for one of WOBC’s winter term staff positions! We are looking for a winter term station manager and engineer to keep our station running smoothly. Both of these positions are non paid but count as a full credit winter term project.

Here are the Job Descriptions:

General Manager The General Manager (GM) is the spokesperson for WOBC, 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.

Student Engineer WOBC has a contracted engineer who is called in when we have problems with the transmitter, but any smaller repairs around the station of headphones, turntables, the main board, etc. are handled by the student engineer. The student engineer is on call, and must be able to be up at the station the day that a problem occurs, and is reported.

To apply, please send an email to wobc@oberlin.edu with the following subject line:

winter term board application

in the message, please include: your name year past experience with WOBC why you’re interested in the position one project idea you have for winter term.
This could be anything, from more upkeep oriented (for instance, archiving, organizing, or fixing) outreach oriented (a concert, event, fundraiser), social media based (blog concept?) or, well, anything else you can dream up.

while any current oberlin college student is welcome to apply, we especially encourage (and likely will prioritize) non senior students.

apps must be submitted by Wednesday, November 5th at 8pm.

email sophie at wobc@oberlin.edu with any questions.

10.30.2014

Interview with Dero Goi of Oomph!

Dero Goi

Anna Rose Greenberg, co-Traffic Director and host of “Germaniacs”, Saturdays 9-10 PM, interviewed Dero Goi, lead singer of legendary German band Oomph! Around since 1989, Oomph!, as Anna Rose says, “set up the Neue Deutsche Härte movement, and inspired pretty much all of the modern German music scene.” Hear Dero talk about his songwriting process, what it’s like touring in the U.S., music before the reunification of Germany, why he likes Björk, and more: