12.06.2012

This Week in Oberlin

This weekend there is an awesome house show lined up.
It’s all going down this Saturday beginning at 10 pm!

The show will feature performances from:
Wax Monsters
Fauxtrot
Skeleton Zoo
Native Eloquence
Steamship
+++ Special Guests: DLSN on projections and DJ $nake aka Zach Freed spinning between sets.

@ The Bathtub (32.5 South Main St. above Ottica Eyecare)

Be sure to check this one out.

12.06.2012

TOP 30 12/4


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 CUT HANDS Black Mamba
2 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
3 BRIAN ENO Lux
4 EMERALDS Just To Feel Anything
5 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
6 NON/BOYD RICE Back To Mono
7 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
8 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
9 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
10 CAN The Lost Tapes
11 AVETT BROTHERS The Carpenter
12 ZS ZS
13 ANDY STOTT Luxury Problems
14 THE ORB The Orbserver In The Star House
15 TYVEK On Triple Beams
16 BEGGARS IN A NEW LAND Treatment [EP]
17 MARSHALL STACKS Mannequin Dojo
18 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man
19 THEO PARRISH Hand-made [EP]
20 MICHAEL HURLEY Back Home With Drifting Woods
21 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
22 ALICE COHEN Pink Keys
23 MOUNTAIN GOATS Transcendental Youth
24 TY SEGALL Twins
25 DEATH GRIPS The Money Store
26 PATTI SMITH Banga
27 SCOTT WALKER Bish Bosch
28 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
29 CAT POWER Sun
30 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS “Gremlins Crawl” [Single]

12.04.2012

From the Vault: Happy Mondays

 

The single ‘Loose Fit’ from the Happy Mondays came out in 1990.  Off of the label Elektra Records, the acid house band combines influences of funk, house, and dancehall hits.  Check ‘em out in the WOBC vault!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQCrgu8Am2U

 

 

12.03.2012

Final(s) Thoughts

Finals are coming: What are you listening to?

I had a lot of work due right before Thanksgiving break; it wasn’t terrible, but it reminded me that finals are approaching. I know I’m going to be barricaded in the library soon, so it’s really important to have some music to listen to. Some people can work to music, others can’t, and I find myself in between. I can’t really read as I bump Drake, but I can write as I bump to Drake, albeit a little bit slower. I find it a reasonable trade-off, mainly because music helps relieve some stress and it’s great for keeping time, in the “I’ll take a break when this song is over” sense.
In picking music, it’s important to listen to something familiar. I’m all for finding new stuff, but it’s probably not ideal to catch up on some “Best New Music” when you’re swamped with work. Listening to new music requires divided attention, and it’s hard enough to focus on your work without any distractions; stick with what you know.

I already have some music lined up for my busy weeks. Here is some stuff that I think is work getting familiar with:

“Guillotine”, Death Grips – The musical equivalent of “I-smoked-two-packs-of-cigarettes-and-drank-too-much-coffee.” However, pretty good for subtly “going hard” in the library.

“Marvin’s Room”, Drake – Marvin’s room is just R&B, crooning Drake, which is great easy listening. He gets pretty emotional too.

“Vomit”, Girls – Girls broke up, which is terribly sad. So is this song, but it is definitely pop oriented and kind of perky in some parts. Make sure to check out the guitar solo around the 2 minute mark of the song.

“Last Kiss”, Jay Frank Wilson – This song was released in 1964, so it’s fairly dated. It’s really catchy and it’s generally an exciting, old, simple song. The bass is pretty cool too.

12.02.2012

Vinyl Workgroup Finds

We picked this stuff from the vault this week:

These ladies are from New Orleans. They sounds like the Andrew Sisters. They are friends (see below).

Here is a sample of their music. This song is called Mood Indigo.

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This band is one of those bands from the 80s who made a website and never updated it. We like them anyways. They are kind of folk rock-ish. This picture is called Hanukkah Nights (see below).

This is a song by Antietam. Here- it is called Camp Folk.

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Exceedingly strange punk funk band out of Boston. “Dogzilla is made of up five people, each one of a different sex.” Here are some stills from their music video Lunch With Ed. Everything that happens in this video is crazy (see below).

Here is a sample of their music: The Sphinx.

12.02.2012

New in Classical

Recent additions of note to the WOBC classical collection:

JAKOB KULLBERG W/ SZYMON BYWALEC, NEW MUSIC ORCHESTRA: Momentum: Nordic Cello Concertos (Aurora) — includes Amers, a lush piece for cello, orchestra, and electronics by the never-disappointing Kaija Saariaho.

JONNY GREENWOOD: The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Nonesuch) — Radiohead guitarist once again demonstrates his composing chops with his work on a P.T. Anderson movie. Warm, organic compositional voice, sometimes mixing in just the right amount of paint thinner.

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: American Mavericks: Cowell, Harrison, Varèse (SFS Media) — iconoclastic American music, feat. Oberlin alum Jeremy Denk on the Henry Cowell Piano Concerto. [soundcloud]

SONAR QUARTETT: Walter Zimmermann, Songs of Innocence and Experience (mode) — works for string quartet and solo strings, sometimes with drones, tape, or voice. Folk melodies and children songs, seen through an avant-garde lens.

EDDY VANOOSTHUYSE W/ PAUL MEYER, BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC: John Corigliano, Elliott Carter, American Clarinet Concertos (aeon) — rewarding Belgian take on two engaging late-20th century American clarinet concertos.

THE KING’S SINGERS: Royal Rhymes and Rounds (signum) — crisply sung a capella vocal works centered around British monarchs, released for the Diamond Jubilee. Includes some works by Henry VIII — perfect Bring Up the Bodies reading music.

11.29.2012

TOP 30 11/27

can-the-lost-tapes
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 CAN The Lost Tapes
2 DIRTY PROJECTORS About To Die
3 TODD EDWARDS Searching [EP]
4 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man
5 HOME BLITZ Frozen Track [EP]
6 SCOTT AND CHARLENE’S WEDDING Para Vista Social Club
7 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
8 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
9 TENNISCOATS All Aboard!
10 CHARLES GAYLE TRIO Streets
11 EVENS The Odds
12 MOUNT EERIE Ocean Roar
13 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
14 JOSEPHINE FOSTER Blood Rushing
15 DEERHOOF Breakup Song
16 TIM HECKER AND DANIEL LOPATIN Instrumental Tourist
17 CLINIC Free Reign
18 RANGDA Formerly Extinct
19 PUFFY AREOLAS 1982: Dishonorable Discharge
20 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
21 IO ECHO IO Echo Iamsound
22 PAINTED PALMS Canopy [EP]
23 DEEP SEA DIVER History Speaks
24 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold
25 OF MONTREAL Daughter Of Cloud
26 IAN DRENNAN The Wonderful World
27 LEE GAMBLE Dutch Tvashar Plumes
28 SOCIAL STUDIES Developer
29 EGG, EGGS The Cleansing Power Of Fruit
30 SHADOW RING Remains Unchanged