04.10.2013

The Most Perfect YouTube Video

Let this brighten your rainy day! Holy moly!

-Your Station Manager

04.07.2013

Staff Picks, April 7, 2013

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Here’s your monthly WOBC staff playlist: volume two, april 2013!

Check out what we’ve been listening to.

Arielle, program director: THE MONKS Shut Up

Ryan, engineer: DOCK BOGGS Oh Death
Dock Boggs is the epitome of shred. He recorded four sides of gnarly appalachian-style folk music in 1927 but because of the depression they were totally unsuccessful. All out cash, he pawned off his banjo, gave up music and began working in the Virginia cole mines. 30+ years later he was rediscovered by the people at Folkways Records, they tracked him down in Virginia, brought him a banjo and told him he had to relearn his entire repertoire and they were going to record every song he knows. This track is from that first 1964 recording session.

Brian, station manager: ENRTO SENESTRE Uncertain Tragedy

Sivan, vinyl: V3 American Face
Jim Shepard was something like the definition of an American punk cult figure until he tragically committed suicide in 1998. He was one of the most important people to come out of the mid-90s scene of my hometown, Columbus, OH, along with bands like Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, New Bomb Turks, Gaunt, and Bassholes. V3 was his main project, and “American Face” was one of his best songs, displaying that typical mix of anger, cynicism, witticism, and a dash of empathy. And it rocks pretty hard, y’know?

Emily, vinyl: THE FUGS Carpe Diem

Mark, metal: BLACK SHEEP WALL Agnostic Demon
The world is bright, the sun is shining; you’re listening to Black Sheep Wall.

Amanda, outreach: KARNATAKA COLLEGE OF PERCUSSION Fisherman
i dont know much about this song or what its about – i think a fisherman. i like it very much and have been listening to it in the am and pm both. good for concentration – simultaneously relaxing and upbeat- several complex rhythms that change quickly throughout but holds down a steady beat. beautiful mystery or masters of percussion? the answer is masters of percussion.

Harlee, pop: BLOOD ORANGE Champagne Coast
Lightspeed Champion= Blood Orange = Musical God= This song

Jack, hip-hop: VAN DYKE PARKS The All Golden
The wackiest track ever.

Emily, promotions: IRON CURTAIN Love Can Never Die

Eve, promotions: TEENAGE JESUS AND THE JERKS The Closet
This no-wave staple is the most played song in my iTunes. I listen to it when I feel angry at the patriarchy.

Nick, assistant engineer: DUSTIN WONG Toe Tore Oh

Asher, librarian: PARQUET COURTS Borrowed Time
My roommate played this song really loud in our room every day from winter term to spring break. At first I thought it was that same kind of bothersome punk rock and roll which is destroying our nation’s youth and which he always plays really loud in our room but one day when he wasn’t around I put it on and did a dance all by myself.

Sophie, news: HASIL ADKINS Missing You Baby

Alex, web: TY SEGALL & WHITE FENCE Time
Kind of feels like the 1970s.

Madeline, punk: THE PASTELS Nothing To Be Done

Victoria, historian: SUICIDE Ghost Rider

Isaac, studio B:DARIUS Maliblue

Adam, classical: ANDERSON-FADER GUITAR DUO WITH HALEH ABGHARI My Morphine
Gothic Americana adapted for 21st-century classical guitar duo.

Drew, hip-hop: DA BUZE BROVAZ Tag Team Taktikz

Ali, talk: ANGEL OLSEN The Waiting

Simon, freeform: THE GHETTO BROTHERS There Is Something in My Heart

Zach, electronic: DJ DEEON Ping Pong
This is a great track on Chicago’s Dance Mania label.

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.

Love,

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