The Best Shows Punk Workgroup Experienced This Past Summer 2015

Though it seems like too long ago to even recall, Summer 2015 was a thing. As some people are inclined to do, members of this semester’s Punk workgroup attended several live music shows during this period and experienced some things. More often than not these were good things. Here are the best of those things. And guess what! The shows were not strictly “punk”. There you have it. Also: Punk workgroup meets Mondays at 5pm in the station. Come!

Boredoms, courtesty of Ivan Krasnov
Boredoms, courtesty of Ivan Krasnov
Ivan Krasnov, Punk workgroup director, fourth year
Boredoms playing with 88 (!) cymbal players
as part of Doug Aitken’s Station to Station show at the Barbican Centre in London, England
27 June 2015
Yes, I will admit to dozing off during this Boredoms set. I was sweating and wriggling around in my seat in all kinds of bizarre ways, completely transfixed by the monster that was being birthed right in front of me, only to feel my eyes start to glaze over and blood rush away from my brain. This was not due to any sort of lack of sleep, however. No way. The Japanese noise-rock titans Boredoms, with the aid of eighty-eight (yes, 88) cymbal players surrounding them in a huge concentric circle, were pummeling each and every one of my senses. It became so exhausting that my body just gave in, I guess. Such was the visceral nature of this performance. Yamantaka Eye played the cult leader, conducting an orchestra of devoted cymbal players to create crescendos that felt like an ocean’s waves crashing right into you and sweeping you away. The 2 hour plus performance saw multiple guitars, drummers and noises enter in a most tasteful and surprisingly consonant fashion. The chords and short progressions they created together remain in my mind as bright, full-bodied pastel colors shining through the chaos. These were truly vital in grounding me, the listener and spectator, during an otherwise rhythmically heavy and thundering performance. Truly unlike anything I have ever experienced before.

Alex Chalmers, Punk workgroup devotee, fourth year
Numb Bats/Beat Awfuls 

at Bric-a-Brac Records in Chicago
Some time in July I think?
The opener was some Chicago band whose name I can’t recall – they weren’t all that good. Sort of off time and the levels were never quite right, so someone was always drowning out the rest of the band. But Beat Awfuls came on second and really blew me away. They played drone-y Southern garage rock with lots of reverb. Their songs are haunting and painfully beautiful, with heavy heavy lyrics (something along the lines of “I sold my little brother ecstasy, and now he takes it 5 times a week”). Their set paved the way for Numb Bats, a post-punk trio from Phoenix, Arizona. Like Beat Awfuls, their songs are big and reverb-y, but with more punk edge, wittier lyrics and a more driving rhythm. The bass player uses distortion a lot (so punk), their harmonies are on point, and they have an incredible energy on stage. Moments that stuck with me are basically just snatches of their songs: “You’re so pretty!”, “And he may walk with a grin, but he’ll shake you thin/his fits are so ugly, and his tummy so hungry/i keep waking up at night, and i feel like a child!”
Confession time: I bought their album Gentle Horror at the show, and have been listening to it on repeat in my car since. Definitely a band to listen to, watch, become obsessed with.

Tune in: Surcando El Terreno to interview ethnomusicologist John McDowell on October 28

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On Wednesday, the 28th of October from 1-2pm, we will have the honor of interviewing John McDowell, the chair of the folklore department at the University of Indiana Bloomington and expert ethnomusicologist. We will discuss contemporary and classic corridos from Mexico. Professor McDowell, with his extensive knowledge of the corrido, will certainly have interesting insights to provide.

Below are a few examples of corridos that we play on our show, “Surcando El Terreno: En la Sierra y la Cuidad.”

Continue reading Tune in: Surcando El Terreno to interview ethnomusicologist John McDowell on October 28

FALL 2015 SCHEDULE IS UP — ALL-STATION MEETING THURS 9/10 9PM

The program schedule is now up outside of the station, please come by and initial your show’s notecard!

All DJs are required to attend the All Station Meeting, which will be held this Thursday, September 10th, at 9pm in Dye Lecture Hall in the Science Center. We will go over all there is to know about broadcasting on WOBC, as well as some new information about DJ requirements and station happenings. All DJs must also sign up for trainings at this meeting. If absolutely cannot make the meeting shoot an email to Willa Rubin at ops@wobc.org

Even if you do not have a show this semester stop by the all-station meeting to learn about ways to remain involved with the station, sign up for workgroups, and put your name on the substitute DJ list.

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Staff Picks, Summer Edition

Summer programming is over! The small-but-mighty summer staff are here to share what we’ll be listening to while we’re waitin for fall @ WOBC.

Max, summer engineer: Jamie XX

Off of Jamie XX’s new album In Colour, this song combines an addictive beat, verses by Young Thug, hooks by Popcaan, and holds it all together with extensive sampling from The Persuasions’ 1971 “Good Times” to create one of the best songs of the summer.

 

Nandita, summer station manager: Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment

An ode to Chance the Rapper’s grandma, also feat. a gospel choir and the lovely Jamila Woods. The whole album is good vibes and I’m addicted. 

 

Apply for the Summer Coverband Showcase!

the coverband showcase is an age-old WOBC tradition and a chance for YOU and YOUR PALS to get up on stage and transform into your favorite ban!

you don’t have to be affiliated with WOBC or Oberlin College to apply! we’d love to include everyone who wants to perform. if we get more applications than expected we will try to prioritize people who haven’t performed at a lot of Oberlin events & bands that a lot of the audience will know//want to sing along to!

email applications to wobc@oberlin.edu and include:

  • the people in your band and the instruments they’ll be playing
  • the band/musician you would like to cover
  • your band name (historically these have been spin offs of the original name, i.e. a Police cover band called Oberlin P.D., a No Doubt coverband called Mrs. No Doubtfire)
  • your set list (3-4 songs you’ll be covering)

apps are due Friday July 17th and you’ll hear back by the 19th

showcase is on July 31st!!! Location TBA.

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