02.04.2013

Spring Applications Now Up!

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Applications for Spring Semester are due Sunday, February 10 at 11:59 PM. No experience necessary!

Apply at wobc.org/apply

01.24.2013

New Classical in 2012

Stainless Staining [EP] // Lisa Moore // Cantaloupe — Resonant, entrancing piano music by an Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, augmented with samples of G# overtones. [soundcloud]

Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, books 1-4 // Ronald Brautigam, Mendelssohn // BIS — Sensitive performances of early Romantic-era miniatures for solo piano, played on a historical instrument.

Norwegian Woods OST // Jonny Greenwood // Nonesuch — Radiohead guitarist would be doing pretty well for himself even if he just wrote movie soundtracks.

Johannes Brahms: The Complete Trios // Smetana Trio (w/ Premysl Vojta, Ludmila Peterkova) // Supraphon — This Czech trio brings it.

Where [we] Live // Sō Percussion // Cantaloupe — Album realization of a Kickstarter-backed, collaborative, multi-media performance exploring concept of ‘home’: toy percussion instruments, spoken word, singing, electronics — the works.  Based on this trailer, looks like ambitious stuff. Performance has already premiered at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, with future performance during the BAM Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn, December 19-22.  [soundcloud]

Heavy// ETHEL // Innova — Adventurous, rock-solid contemporary string quartet playing. Includes Don Byron’s ‘Four Thoughts on Marvin Gaye’ and works by Julia Wolfe and David Lang. [streaming on ETHEL website]

01.14.2013

Show of the Week: 1/14/13

This week’s installment of Show of the Week takes our attention to killer stud, long time WOBC enthusiast, and station Engineer during the semester, Ryan Caruso.

His show, Thrash Planet Ⓐ Part II: Call of the Wintermoon airs all this Winter Term on Wednesday nights from 8-10 PM. It’s one not to be missed. It’s two hours of black metal. Come on.

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The man himself, Ryan Caruso

Here’s what Ryan had to say
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1. What is your show?
Thrash Planet Ⓐ Part II: Call of the Wintermoon

2. How would you describe the show?
Its two hours of pure Norwegian/Scandinavian Black Metal: the darkest, coldest, most evil music ever created (with some other stuff mixed in when the mood strikes)

3. How would you describe yourself?
I like to chill, watch The X-Files, etc.

4. What inspires you to do your show?

5. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Don Carlos – Alone

6. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Chameleon Radio (saturdays noon-2pm)

7. Favorite foods?
shrimps

8. Favorite holidays?
shrimpmas

9. Final thoughts?

01.10.2013

Winter Term Programming Has Begun!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

WINTER TERM 2013 PROGRAMMING HAS BEGUN!

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!! Tune in right here at www.wobc.org or (if you’re in Oberlin) on the airwaves at 91.5 FM !!

Broadcasting happens live from Wilder 319 all throughout Winter Term:
M-F, 10 AM – 10 PM
Sat, 12 PM – 10 PM
Sun, 12 PM – 5 PM

Be sure to check out our awesome program to know what shows are happening and listen in to support freeform radio!

01.02.2013

Beats, Brits


2012 saw an influx in exposure to electronic music, from sources both domestic and abroad. Good beats abound in the States for sure yet I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out. This is entirely because over the last few years, electronic music has been graced by some really creative citizens of the U.K. Here’s a playlist of a bunch of them and the incredible new sounds they’ve made.

Both in and out of the limelight, acts such as James Blake, Rustie, and Actress have released tracks that set the standard for post-dubstep, experimental house, and maximalists genres, among others. This British surge isn’t simply dance music, nor is it only for listening, but rather a balance between the two: both experimental and reliable. A lot of the artists featured here toe the line quite expertly. Actress’ song “The Lord’s Graffiti” off his new Honest Jon’s release R.I.P., is simply the idea of the house, the absolute basics, but totally revisited. The track is fun and danceable but totally perplexing as well, as if there is too much material for contemplation to get up and jump around. In a similarly eclectic fashion, James Blake coos soft love ballads, satiates the cravings of bass-addicts, and experiments endlessly, all while sounding true to his own personal sound and style.

There’s more electronic music from more parts of the world than ever but admist the overload, there are some standouts worth clearing your head for. These are some of the British ones.

We Might Feel Unsound – James Blake

Wait – Airhead

Archangel – Burial

Fog (Jamie xx Remix) – Nosaj Thing

Before I Move Off – Mount Kimbie

4D – Koreless

All Nite – Rustie

You – Gold Panda

NYC – Burial

The Bells Sketch – James Blake

Maybes – Mount Kimbie

Harrier Attk – Actress

NY Is Killing Me – Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx

Ordinary Things – XXXY

This Is It – Addison Groove

The Lord’s Graffiti – Actress

12.29.2012

In Memoriam: Erwin Lee Armstrong (Bluegrass Erwin)

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Erwin Lee Armstrong (1944-2012)

The entire WOBC community mourns the loss of its longtime friend and station member Erwin Armstrong, known on air as Bluegrass Erwin. Featuring “the best bluegrass in the state of Ohio,” his show Bluegrass Special has been a fixture on the airwaves of WOBC since 2001. Since then Erwin has shared his love of bluegrass every Wednesday with Lorain County listeners, week in and week out up until this past semester. It was a true pleasure having Erwin on the air for the past eleven years, and it was an even greater pleasure getting to know him. As one of our most enthusiastic DJs, he will surely be missed by WOBC station members and all of his listeners. Our condolences go out to his family and many friends. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Cleveland Clinic Hospice, 6801 Brecksville Road, Suite 10, Independence, OH 44131.

In honor of Bluegrass Erwin, we will begin our Winter Term broadcasting with a two-hour-long tribute show during Erwin’s old timeslot featuring selections from his playlists over the past 10 years. Tune in on Wednesday, January 9th from 3-5 PM to listen in, and to perhaps call in and share some memories on air.

 

12.25.2012

September 3rd- December 14th: My Favorite Tracks of the Semester

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This is probably going to be my last blog post of the semester. It has been fun, and I appreciate any one who stuck with my posts through the good times and the bad times (my Looper movie review). Since the year is ending, I guess it’s time for a post about my favorite/most-listened to songs of the semester. Most of this listening occurred in a frantic stage of studying in the library, but there was some fun had too.

Here is my best of the semester:

Girls, “Hellhole Ratrace”
A classic, sorrowful Girls track that, through its repetitive nature, is about 3 minutes too long. Call me crazy, it’s my favorite song ever.

Danny Brown, “Monopoly”
I saw Danny Brown live, became obsessed with hip-hop, and found “Monopoly” to be one of his best, both in concert and on the album “XXX”.

Ariel Pink, “Reminisces”
It was great to have Ariel Pink at the Sco, and even though he didn’t play this track, it is still worth listening to. It’s a groovy instrumental that fits well into cohesively structuring the 2010 album “Before Today”.

Frank Ocean, “Forrest Gump”
Everyone loves Channel Orange. I think it is a bit overrated, but it’s still a great album. Forrest Gump is my favorite song, it’s just too catchy.

Holy Shit, “My Whole Life Story”
Combine Matt Fishbeck, Ariel Pink, and Christopher Owens. The best track on “Stranded at Two Harbors,” in which Fishbeck at one point sings the chords being played.

Death Grips, “The Fever (aye aye)”
Death Grips is insane, and “The Fever (aye aye)” successfully conveys this. Vocalist “MC Ride” screams and shouts, simultaneously making you love/hate the song.