11.12.2012

Cover Band Showcase Follow-Up: Shakir A’neal

The cover band showcase was great. Not only was it fun, but the bands seemed to have genuinely put some work into actually sounding good. I can’t say I had any favorites, but the Shakira cover band, Shakir A’neal sounded awesome.

Maxim and Carla, hanging out.

After the show, I caught up with lead singer, Carla, and lead Guitarist, Maxim, and asked them a few cover band related questions:

Why did you choose to cover Shakira and how did the band name come about?
Max and Carla were sitting out in wilder bowl, postponing our midterm studying, and as soon as we started talking about the cover band show case, we immediately thought of Shakira. We knew the energy was right. There were really no other options, just Shakira. It was perfect. We asked a few passerby if they’d be in the band. None of them ended up in the band. But they were all extremely interested.
The band name is just a hybrid between Shakira and Shaquille O’neal. There’s really not much to it.

What songs did you cover and why did you pick those particular songs?
We covered “Wherever, Whenever,” the Spanish version of “Objection (Tango),” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” which medley-ed into “Underneath Your Clothes.” The first song was a given. For the second song, we thought it was necessary to do a true Spanish ballad, given that our singer was well versed in Spanish, and Shakira herself is practically fluent. “Hips Don’t Lie” was a crowd pleaser. And then Max was hanging with a Shakira fan late into the night at Tank, and she expressed the need for “Underneath Your Clothes.”


What was your general impression of the cover band showcase and how did you feel about your performance?

Wow! Wow! Wow! We wished that we could be more aggressive in the venue, but given the floor was nearly breaking, we understood that this wasn’t an option. Other bands were great. [We] couldn’t hear any vocalists. Maroon Four killed it. We really messed up “Hips Don’t Lie,” but the crowd was too drunk to care, so that was awesome.


Will we see Shakir A’neal again?

You’ll definitely see us hanging out on campus. And we might not all be together again, but individually you’ll definitely see us.

11.11.2012

Staff Picks: Program Director

here’s a sampler of things ive been listening to lately. enjoy!

-arielle

Flying Saucer Attack- My Dreaming Hill

Beat Happening- Collide

My Bloody Valentine- Slow

Round of Applause- Wacka Flocka Flame

Arvo Pärt- Cantus In Memory of Benjamin Britten

The Germs- The Other Newest One

11.09.2012

Vault Vinyl Jamz: 11.08.12

Leon Russell – Midnight Lover

Van Morrison and Your Dad

Tyron Davis – In the Mood

Smooth, baby.

Steve Martin – King Tut

Lubricated Goat – Spoil the Atmosphere

Rahhh

 

Love,

Vinyl Workgroup

11.08.2012

Show of the Week: Metallophonie

This semester we’re doing it. Bringing it back, I suppose. No matter, here we go:

For the first of this semester’s Show of the Week, Program Director Arielle Edelman selected Jamie Yelland’s great gamelan show, Metallophonie (Tuesdays @ noon).

Here’s what Jamie had to say:

1. How would you describe yourself? That’s a hard question. In a few words? How about, “multifaceted”, or “overcaffeinated”. I hate describing myself; I prefer to slowly divulge secrets and let people form their own opinions…

2. How would you describe the show? 
Metallophonie showcases gong music from around the world. In reality it’s mostly classical gamelan from Java and Bali, or contemporary American pieces that incorporate gamelan, because those are what I know and like best. But sometimes I play gong music from Sumatra, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand. Lately I’ve been finding some cool minimalist music that borrows from gamelan sounds without using any of the instruments (e.g. Steve Reich).

People often seem surprised that there’s enough gong music in the world to play on a radio show, and that it’s often part of refined classical traditions. Metallophonie aims to bring some amazing, complex music from another part of the world into the Oberlin community. I always hope that what I’m playing is a pleasant surprise for listeners.

3. What inspires you to do your show?
I started getting really into gamelan when I took the Intro to Javanese Gamelan EXCO two years ago. Then I went to Java over winter term last year to study music intensively, thanks to a Shansi grant, and now I teach that same EXCO. I would say that I have a moderate obsession with Javanese gamelan music, and I have to share it with the community somehow. Some people at Oberlin know what gamelan is, but most don’t know that we have opportunities to hear and play gamelan at Oberlin. I try to announce that every once in a while on the radio, hoping that people will like the music enough to check it out in person.

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Currently, I am listening to Ensemble Modern’s rendition of Frank Zappa’s “Night School”. If I had to pick an all-time favorite musical figure, Zappa would probably be the one.

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Mundo Mixto, which is on right before mine, is awesome. Caroline plays great music.

6. Favorite foods?
Undoubtedly the durian, which is a fruit from southeast Asia. It looks like a weapon of mass destruction, smells like “onion socks” according to one of my friends, and tastes like an incredible marriage of banana, almond, and caramelized onion. People either love it or hate it, but it’s the kind of thing you have to eat at least once just to say you’ve done it.

7. Favorite holidays?
Election Day, duh. When else do you feel so good about partying on Tuesday night?

8. Final thoughts?
Are you looking for something fun to do next semester? Take the Intro to Javanese Gamelan EXCO!!

11.07.2012

TOP 30 11/6


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 KENDRICK LAMAR good kid, m.A.A.d city
2 JASON LESCALLEET Songs About Nothing
3 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
4 NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
5 BILL ORCUTT Why Does Everybody Love Free Music But Nobody Loves Free People?
6 OMER AVITAL Suite Of The East
7 OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW Carry Me Back
8 SWANS The Seer
9 CLAMS CASINO Instrumental Mixtape 2
10 HEAD BOGGLE Headboggle
11 BAND OF HORSES Mirage Rock
12 CHRIS COHEN Overgrown Path
13 AVETT BROTHERS The Carpenter
14 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields Warp
15 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
16 MOON DUO Circles
17 PURITY RING Shrines
18 ANGEL OLSEN Half Way Home
19 MOUNTAIN GOATS Transcendental Youth
20 TALK NORMAL Sunshine
21 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
22 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Centipede Hz
23 TRAXMAN Da Mind Of Traxman
24 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
25 ROBERT TURMAN Flux
26 NON/BOYD RICE Back To Mono
27 TEENGIRL FANTASY Tracer
28 KAKI KING Glow
29 TAMARYN Tender New Signs
30 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze

11.06.2012

Pop Picks 11.6.2012

Election day is today, and we’re all writhing with excitement. Also, we listened to some good music today. Here’s the newest pop additions to the Pop WOBC Vault:

Prince Rama // Top Ten Hits at the End of the World

Party at the end of the world! Everyone’s invited! Prince Rama’s greatest hits album got tarred and glittered and then electrocuted itself during a bubble bath. Huge, glamorous production — so obsessed with itself…deprived of oxygen from too much hair gel. A+++

Onuinu // Mirror Grazer

Surprise! Chillwave is still not over. And I am totally OK with it, and all of that funky/fuzzy synthy bouncy poppy-pop that this CD brings to the party.
FYI: pronounced “on you in you,” which makes sense, sort of.

Why? // Mumps, etc

Partial raps, good beats, good vibes.

Peace.

11.06.2012

Office Hours Picks – Station Manager and Music Director Make Choices

Deacon Blue – Real Gone Kid

Brainbombs – After Acid

Fishmans – Night Cruising

Jim Pepper – Newly-Weds Song

Lust For Youth – Cover Their Faces (Live)

Lou Reed – Like A Possum