10.11.2012

Halloween pt. 1 – Pop’s List of the Week 10/10

The wind is blowing, the air is cold and all of those black cats that live in town started walking around Wilder Bowl at night and you see their eyes glowing at night and it makes you walk the other way or maybe call ride-line. Pop group picked some songs that represent that freaky feeling that something scary is going to happen.

1. Pere Ubu – Thriller!

An unpredictable left turn on Dub Housing, this B-side track haunts and moans for way longer than any other song on the record. Inconsistent yet repetitive, scratchy and loud, “Thriller!” is the perfect song for squealing like a little piggy all the way home.

2 . Suicide – Ghost Rider

Slow droning synth backdrop and lo-fi, quavery vocals that creep up on you like a hooded figure. Intense. Good luck getting that beat out of your head when it’s over.

3. Timber Timbre – Demon Host

Eerie and haunting enough to echo that unshakable chill in the air. I mean, look, I’m not the kind of person to go around sitting in cemeteries night, but like, if I were, I would totally play this. Full moon preferable, but not required.

4. Tom Waits – Clap Hands

My mom used to play Tom Waits when we cleaned the house. I was always scared of his deep husky voice that would reverberate in the living room. When I was in middle school I made a horror film and used Tom Waits as my soundtrack. As spooky images of a dripping sink, footsteps on an old staircase, and a desolate backyard flashed across the screen, Tom Waits husked away in the background. He is what nightmares sound like.

5. Marilyn Manson – Dope Show

Creepy and uncomfortable, Mason always does it right.  He’s fresh and sounds really blood almost all then time.  What else would you ever want for Halloween? 90′s creep at its best.  Listen to the whole album for extra spooky realness.

6. “Piggies” – The Beatles

My dad being an avid Beatles fan, growing up, I always felt like there was constantly a Beatles album being played in the background of my house. I took to the White Album, but this track never ceased to frighten my young mind. To this day, anything with maniacal laughing continues to give me the creeps.

 

 

10.09.2012

Underground System Afrobeat at the Sco, 10/11


On Thursday, October 11 at 10 pm, Underground System Afrobeat will bring their Brooklyn-ized stamp on the classic afrobeat style to the ‘Sco. An 11-piece ensemble led by trilingual frontwoman Domenica Fossati (vocals, flute, percussion), the band packs a ton of energy into their performances and is sure to turn the Sco into an all-around get-down. The show is free and open to the public.

10.09.2012

Danny Brown: Toothless Rapper Extraordinaire

I went to Cleveland for the second time, Friday. There was rap and more rap and more rap at the House of Blues. It was a new experience; I had never been to a rap show before. But I really like Danny Brown. A$AP Rocky, with Schoolboy Q, headlined the show, which was fine, excitable even, but Danny Brown was my motivation. He opened, went on at 8:00 and was backstage with a 40 before 9:00. The set was short, but Danny Brown played what you needed to hear, maybe not as his fan, but as someone who wanted good music.

Danny Brown is unique to his genre of music; he once claimed 50 Cent refused to sign him to G-Unit Records because he wears skinny jeans. I believe him. He doesn’t look like a rapper, but he is, no question about it. Every song he performed at the House of Blues exuded arrogance, every line ego, and everyone loved it. Although the crowd was initially sparse, Danny filled the void with energy, playing favorites such as “Monopoly” and “I Will” as the crowd grew and closed in around him. When the audience was ready, Danny finished with “Blunt After Blunt.” Everyone knew it would be his closer, but yet it was still unexpected. He snarled and wailed his way through the song, pausing only to allow the crowd the option to fill the chorus. We did; everyone screamed until they couldn’t, gathering air while he rapped another verse, waiting to unleash another Blunt After Blunt.

As Danny Brown finished, and as Schoolboy Q began to set up, there was a short intermission, with the majority of the crowd filed outside for a quick cigarette. Although everyone eagerly awaited the show’s continuation, Danny Brown’s performance had clearly captivated the audience. You could feel it. I met this guy from Florida who articulated it best, claiming “I came for A$AP. I didn’t know who Danny Brown was, but, yo, that motherfucker was sick.” And as people smoked cigarettes, Danny Brown really was the only thing worth talking about.

10.09.2012

POP PICKS 10.8.2012

Another week, another batch of new music sent to the WOBC station. We heard the good, the bad, and the excruciating! Here’s our favorites of the bunch.

Animal Collective // Centipede HZ:

This new album has a more cohesive feel than Animal Collective’s previous productions. It tends more towards a consistent (at times almost dance) beat, toning down the trippy, constant shifts in melody that used to be essential to much of Animal Collective’s music.

Tame Impala // Lonerism:

Spectacular second album from the genius mind of Kevin Parker, the man behind Australian psych-rock outfit Tame Impala. More spaced out, psychedelic and layered than their debut Innerspeaker, Lonerism gets comfortable with more poppier songs and structures, while still showcasing gorgeous and unique sounds and textures that you can seldom here anywhere else in popular indie music today.

The Mountain Goats // Transcendental Youth:

A full horn section compliments John Darnielle’s storytelling in the newest album from The Mountain Goats.  The songs are polished but still have JD’s signature nasally, emotional, frantic crooning that we all love.  It’s their best in a while.

 

Peace.

 

10.06.2012

Fall is Here, Hear the Yell

 

corn and grain, corn and grain

all that falls shall rise again

- Wiccan harvest chant

Yes, it is October- not quite the beginning of the academic year, not too close to winter, but the remaining obstacle between us and fall break.  The change in the seasons and resulting hibernation//death of many fauna may sometimes cause feelings of disorientation [not to be confused with Disorientation] and perhaps a little gloom.   But here is a playlist of the good things: staying healthy, a little cheer, and some pensive tracks to help y’all feel well and re-orient with the times       —->stay well, friends, because it’s all part of the cycle of the seasons.

01: Be Healthy – Dead Prez

02: Tomorrow Comes Today – Gorillaz

03: Apple Blossom – White Stripes

04: Stop Your Sobbing – the Pretenders

05: You Don’t Have To Cry – Crosby, Stills, & Nash

06: I’m Only Sleeping – the Beatles

07: 9 Ghosts I – nine inch nails

08: Playground Love (Vibraphone Version) – Air

 

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10.05.2012

Meat Puppets Giveaway and Meat and Greet!!

Credit: Jamie Butler

In preparation for their 10/13 show, Meat Puppets will be giving away free merch and tickets all week on WOBC!

Five shows throughout the week will be giving away 1 free ticket and a chance to win 1 of 5 prizes at the Meat Puppets show!

  • 4th place: 1 of 2 signed copies of Meat Puppets’s “II” on vinyl
  • 3rd place: 1 signed copy of Meat Puppet’s “Up on the Sun” on vinyl
  • 2nd place: 1 Meat Puppets band t-shirt
  • Grand Prize: One signed original print drawing from Kris Kurtwood
All prizes are to be picked up from the band at a Meat and Greet after the show!
Listen to any of the shows for a chance to win. When you hear a Meat Puppets song, call in at 440-775-8139!
  • Deep Sea Fantasy, Saturday @ 11am
  • Destination: Onward!, Tuesday @ 10 am
  • i won’t hurt you, Thursday morning @ midnight
  • EARWAX, Thursday @ 3pm
  • Cheap Thrills, Friday @ 9am
For those that aren’t so lucky, tickets are on sale at Wilder Desk and etix.com, $6 w/OCID, $12 W.O. Here’s some MP jams to get you excited! Also, look out for details about the Meat Puppets Saturday 10/13 interview!
10.04.2012

Pop Picks: 10/3

A new school year, a new batch of hot pop hits. Check out what we just added to the vault written by new members of pop workgroup!

How to Dress Well – Total Loss

IF YOU HAVE EVER HAD FEELINGS THIS ALBUM IS FOR YOU. A spacey, dark take on R&B with a lots of haunting falsetto. End-track “Ocean Floor For Everything” will probably kill you, just a little bit. – Fiz

Woods – Bend Beyond

If you like woodsy, synth pitched music this is for you.  Not totally on the synthpop side and still grounded in indie alternative woodsy music.  Tracks are a great blend of the two distinct styles. – Harlee

David Byrne and St. Vincent – Love this Giant

Anything that St. Vincent works on (besides that one Andrew Bird song…) is pure bliss. St. Vincent minus the guitar, plus major brass and Talking Heads’ genius member gives me chills. So good. – Rachel