04.07.2013

A Peek into 1980s WOBC

Below are some images of the same WOBC station in Wilder that we broadcast out of today before Radioactivity, pre-recorded PSAs, and undercuts dominated the scene. The DJs below were spinnin’ on Oberlin College & Community Radio circa 1984.

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All images courtesy of Oberlin College Archives.

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Your Station Historian

04.03.2013

Show of the Week: Vibes & Respect

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Station Manager Brian Becker talked to DJ Will DiMaggio (Jaw Jam) about his show Vibes & Respect. Check out a recording of Jaw Jam here and tune into his show on WOBC, Thursdays 9-10 pm.

1. What is your show?
Vibes & Respect

2. How would you describe the show?
Hour long live mix of techno, house, and garage cuts. I try to strike a nice balance of new material and classic tunes. Deep(ish) vibes

3. How would you describe yourself?
an alright guy

4. What inspires you to do your show?
I got into DJing early and now do it pretty regularly under the moniker Jaw Jam. This show is a bit of an outlet for the house and techno stuff I don’t really get to play out as often when I perform.

5. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Ronnie McNeir – I’m So In Love With You Baby

6. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
12 INCH / Single with Disco Steve

7. Favorite foods?
Okra

8. Favorite holidays?
Thanksgiving

9. Final thoughts?
“I only believe on acid house”

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04.02.2013

WOBC Events This Week

WOBC is hosting some great events this week around Oberlin:

GOTH/NEW WAVE NIGHT AT THE FEVE THURSDAY APRIL 4TH
WOBC presents a night of goth/new wave/dance music upstairs at the Feve (30 S. Main St).
Featuring WOBC college and community DJs
$2 baskets of tots – $2 shots – WOBC T-shirts
Free and open to all ages /// 9 PM – 1 AM

METAL NIGHT AT THE ‘SCO featuring Meat and Existential Animals SUNDAY APRIL 7TH
WOBC and Concert Board present METAL NIGHT, featuring homegrown talents MEAT and EXISTENTIAL ANIMALS.
MEAT (stoner doom groove)
Existential Animals (instrumetal + prog)
The perfect evening of headbanging and rage. FREE with OCID (or $2 without)

Hope to see you there!

04.02.2013

New in Classical, 4/1/13

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The Edge of Light // Gloria Cheng and Calder Quartet // Harmonia Mundi UK — Radiant sonorities by Messiaen and Saariaho, including Saariaho’s Prelude and Ballade, two works for solo piano.

Le Cirque // Anderson-Fader Duo // Furious Artisans — Contemporary classical played by guitar duo with refreshingly catholic tastes, from Wuorinen to Lang. Despite this variety, the album holds together well — maybe because things can’t help sounding good on guitar duo, including a haunting Gillian Welch arrangement here.

Handel: Bad Guys // Xavier Sabata with Il Pomo d’Oro and Riccardo Minasi // Aparté — Grab bag of villainous Handel arias, incongruously written for the warbling counter-tenor range. Sabata sings strongly and expressively, but he’s not going to make anyone quiver in their (historically informed) boots.

Haydn: Piano Concertos, Nos. 3, 4 & 11 // Marc-André Hamelin with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie // Hyperion — Remarkably clear and lively performance, though Hamelin’s playing is sometimes too dry & distant for my taste

04.01.2013

TOP 30 3/19

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The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Radioactivity’s crash a few weeks back and the disruptions of Spring Break mean that this post is a little anachronistic but, nevertheless, check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 BRIAN ENO Lux
2 NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
3 MY BLOODY VALENTINE MBV
4 BAD BRAINS Into The Future
5 DAVID BOWIE The Next Day
6 MAC DEMARCO 2
7 DEVENDRA BANHART Mala
8 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
9 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
10 CELTIC THUNDER Mythology
11 DIRTY PROJECTORS About To Die
12 NEW ORDER Lost Sirens
13 DROPKICK MURPHYS The Season’s Upon Us
14 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
15 ANDREW BIRD Hands Of Glory
16 WAXAHATCHEE Cerulean Salt
17 SHINEE Chapter 1. Dream Girl: The Misconceptions Of You
18 TAYLOR SWIFT Red
19 ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS Strychnine
20 CLEAN BANDIT A And E
21 FUSHITSUSHA Mabushii Itazura Na Inori
22 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
23 KENDRICK LAMAR Good Kid, M.A.A.d City
24 PERE UBU Lady From Shanghai
25 EX-COPS True Hallucinations
26 PARQUET COURTS Light Up Gold
27 THE MEN New Moon
28 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
29 JOHN CALE Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood
30 ALEXANDRE DESPLAT Zero Dark Thirty

04.01.2013

Album Review: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

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When I was in elementary school, my physical education experience, while standard in many aspects, required all students to gather on the blacktop at least 3 times a week and learn to dance. Aside from a fantastic medley of country songs, pop boy-band ‘NSYNC, which was at the height of their popularity, was also a constant choice amongst the athletic coaches. Within my social circles, we all despised ‘NSYNC and constantly complained about having to dance to this dreaded music. Justin Timberlake was primarily at the receiving end of our animosity, continually being the subject of elementary schoolboy satire, but I must emphasize, we all really did like ‘NSYNC, we just would never admit it. I am now older, perhaps a little more secure and confident, and I can now admit I like Justin Timberlake and enjoy his music. However, my enjoyment of Justin Timberlake music aside, his latest release, The 20/20 Experience, while a welcomed change in sound from previous Timberlake albums, lacks musical variation within the album, suffers at times from horrid lyrics, and features a few throw-away songs; although I do recommend a listen of The 20/20 Experience, I can’t do much more.

The 20/20 Experience opens relatively strong, with the initial track Pusher Love Girl, a slow, diverse R&B song, serving as an effective platform for the rest of the album, and a transitional piece to perhaps the most well-known single, Suit and Tie. Suit and Tie, while not as catchy as 2006’s SexyBack, documents a successful growth within Timberlake’s music, with the appearance of Jay Z confirming The 20/20 Experience to be a more mature project. And in many aspects, maturity and growth dominate the album, as Timberlake, heavily distanced from his promiscuous, all-denim wearing days, now boasts of marriage, old love, and women wearing ball gowns. I do not see this change as problematic, but in some instances, Timberlake seems torn between channeling his new sound along with consolidating the past pretensions of “Future Sex/Love Sounds.” Lyrics such as “Stop, let me get a good look at it. Oh, so thick, now I know why they call it a fatty…” result, highlighting Timberlake may no longer be the same artists who once readily claimed to be the force behind the resuscitation of sexiness.

Past Pusher Love Girl and Suit and Tie, the album predominately maintains consistency, yet suffers to truly expand musically past the tone set in the initial songs of The 20/20 Experience. In this sense, every track sounds similar to the next, and while that’s not entirely a negative aspect, a diverse array of songs would obviously be more effective. In moments when Timberlake does in fact attempt to broaden his sound, tracks such as Don’t Hold the Wall and Let the Groove Get In are enlisted, but these songs hold no cohesive place within the album, serving as misplaced filler tracks. Essentially, The 20/20 Experience is a listenable paradox, in that it suffers largely due to the fact that it maintains too similar of a sound throughout, yet when Timberlake diverts from this format, the album fares worse. Gone are irresistible songs such as Cry me a River and My Love, but Timberlake, in my opinion, is indeed transitioning musically in a positive direction; it is just a long, arduous process that he hasn’t fully realized. The 20/20 Experience is decent, even good at times, and the second installation of the album, which Timberlake plans to release in November, hopefully will avoid the redundant pitfalls of its first half, and expand upon Timberlake’s maturation and growth.

-Cornell

03.31.2013

Soundtap Madness 2013

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Soundtap Madness 2013 begins today, April 1st! WOBC will compete in a bracket against college-affiliated radio stations across the country. Register for Soundtap today and begin listening to WOBC through Soundtap!

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