11.28.2012

THIS WEEK IN OBERLIN

OBERLIN COLLEGE CONCERT BOARD PRESENTS:

Thursday, November 29

Zs and Nagual @ the Sco.

Sam Hillmer’s experimental project Zs returns to Oberlin to perform at the Sco along with Oberlin duo Nagual (Ian McColm ’13 & David Shapiro ’12). The show is FREE and starts at 10 PM. There’s sure to be some crazy stuff go down. Rumor has it drum-powerhouse Greg Fox (ex-Liturgy, Guardian Alien) will be joining Zs this time around, which makes prospects of the show even more exciting.

+++ Zs will be giving a masterclass on Friday, 11/30, in the Kohl Building (room #106) in the Conservatory. The masterclass will happen at 2 PM.
+++++ Zs will be playing a house show FRIDAY NIGHT at 107 E. College St starting at 8:30 PM.

If you don’t get your Zs fix this week, you’re messing up…
more info here

then,

Friday, November 30

SLAVA and BEGGARS IN A NEW LAND @ the SCO

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Brooklyn electronic producer Slava will bring his fast-paced juke dance act to the Sco this Friday. He will be joined by NJ electronic duo Beggars in a New Land, who will equally be sure to drop some awesome trap/house beats on the unsuspecting minds of Oberlin students.

This one is not to be missed. It will be DOPE.
It’s FREE and starts at 10 PM.

more info here

11.25.2012

From the Vault: Cosmic Psychos

 

The Cosmic Psycho’s album Blokes You Can Trust is sheer gold from deep in the WOBC vault-mine.  The Australian punk band is hanging by their threads to keep playing.  Their ’91 album, off of Amphetamine Reptile Records was the first with guitarist Robbie ‘Rocket’ Watts, who died in 2006.

This one’s Angst with a capital A for sure. There’s a lot of easy, definitely relatable lyrics here. But these hard-drinking vulgarians from Melbourne are closet poets. In “Elle”, the last track on the album, we get ’I see you standing on the boat, shedding your clothes to stay afloat’, while the back vocalist groans, ‘Break my arm, break heart, tear my shirt’.

The rest is a little less romantic.  ’Back at School’ is nice, moshy and grimey.  Jump up and down for ‘Just good to be back at school’.  Tons of shredding.  ’Loser’ and ‘Nightshift’ follow suit.  Come into WOBC’s vault for a listen!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-v7nRiUMoU

 

11.20.2012

Office Hours Picks – 11/20

Kissing the Pink – Never Too Late to Love You

Yamashita Tatsuro – Merry-Go-Round

Silver Pozzoli – Around My Dream

Ricchi e Poveri – Acapulco

Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down (Live)

Mutant Beat Dance – Sketch III

-Your Station Manager

11.20.2012

TOP 30 11/20

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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. Check out what our DJs are spinning!

1 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Psychedelic Pill
2 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
3 STEVE HAUSCHILDT Sequitur
4 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man
5 BRIAN ENO Lux
6 BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Cobra Juicy
7 FLUME Flume Future Classic
8 CAIRO GANG The Corner Man
9 WHY? Mumps, Etc
10 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
11 TAMARYN Tender New Signs
12 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes
13 TIM HECKER AND DANIEL LOPATIN Instrumental Tourist
14 JON MUELLER AND JAMES PLOTKIN Terminal Velocity
15 KING TUFF “Screaming Skull” [Single]
16 ZS Zs Box
17 EMERALDS Just To Feel Anything
18 TITUS ANDRONICUS Local Business
19 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
20 PINK REASON “Ache For You B/w Darke Mexican Summern Daze”
21 JOSEPHINE FOSTER Blood Rushing
22 CAN The Lost Tapes
23 NON/BOYD RICE Back To Mono
24 LAUREL HALO Quarantine
25 AUTRE NE VEUT Anxiety Software
26 WILD NOTHING Nocturne
27 STARS The North
28 CHILD ACTOR Victory
29 ANGEL HAZE Classick
30 SIX FEET UNDER Undead

11.19.2012

Pop Picks 11/19

Here are songs that WE INDIVIDUALLY OF POP GROUP have been listening to. They are all new and we like and recommend them to you dagnabbit!

Alison:

James Ferraro – SO N2U

Check out SUSHI — gooey caprisun mixed with gatorade powder — snort it.

Asher:

Dinosaur Jr. – Watch the Corners

Old dogs new tricks.

Sally:

Railbird – Mirrors

High energy it’ll get you out the door feelin right.

Fiz:

TRUST – Dressed For Space

Perfect for those who just wanna dance to the sound of the imminent apocalypse.

Jackie:

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

One of those upbeat folk-y bands: simple, but still great.

Ivan:

Liars – No. 1 Against the Rush

A standout for me off of Liars’ latest album WIXIW. Tight, clean electronic production with a motorik beat.

Adrian: 

Dan Melchior – The Night Comes In

Refreshingly able songwriting for a new old Future.

 

11.18.2012

From the Vault, vol. 274

WOBC has a lot of records. It’s a well-known fact that if you line up all the vinyl the WOBC vault has, it will circle the equator three times. If you stacked all of the records on top of each other, you will reach the exosphere. The weight of all of our vinyl will crush the Eiffel Tower. The combined speed of the RPM of our vinyl is enough to go back in time. So what to do with all these records? Well, sometimes they sit around on the third floor of Wilder — lonely… unseen… untouched. Sometimes, though, they get taken out and played on air! And sometimes, they’re corralled and examined and analyzed by “Vinyl Workgroup,” or “those geeky losers.” Well here’s a quick sampling of stuff you might not know is in the WOBC vault…

So the vault has, among other things, an incredible selection of Anthony Braxton records, something like 10 or 15 of his most important stuff from the 70s and 80s. This is fantastic. “For Alto” was maybe his first big record, from 1968 — it’s more than an hour of just him and a saxophone. An alto saxophone. I’m bad at writing about music I like, so I’ll just give it to you. This one is “To Pianist Cecil Taylor.” (We have some of Cecil in the vault too.)

Anthony Braxton – To Pianist Cecil Taylor

There’s this section at the end of all the pop stuff that’s called “Anthologies.” Mostly it’s record companies in the 60s and 70s sending samples of their artists to WOBC. Warner and Reprise happened to do one of these in 1971 called, for whatever reason, “Non-Dairy Creamer.” There’s usually a reason these people needed some extra publicity on the labels’ parts, but it’s always a great artifact. Here’s a prog-rock band called “Curved Air,” and it quickly becomes pretty obvious that the song is called “It Happened Today.”

Curved Air – It Happened Today

Clarence Clemons made a solo album. He actually apparently made quite a few, and of course in the vast ocean of mostly anonymous, mostly mediocre 80s rock the vault contains it would stand to reason that you’d find a Clarence Clemons solo album. This one is from his debut effort, with “The Red Bank Rockers.” This song’s called “A Man in Love,” and yeah, it kind of sounds like Springsteen. It’s not bad.

Clarence Clemons – A Man in Love

WOBC DJs — there’s more in the vault that awaits your discovery!

11.18.2012

Show of the Week: The Real Nitty Gritty

For this week’s Show of the Week, we turned to the Real Nitty Gritty, a rockin’ show hosted by duo Tania and Thomas.

Here’s what they had to say:

1. How would you describe yourselves?
Thomas: a howlin’ rock and roll werewolf
Tania: the Devil Bat’s daughter

2. How would you describe the show?
60 minutes of the True rock and roll hoodoo, the vinyl voodoo, the hip shakin’ nerves a quakin’ primitive spew, the untamed and the unhinged — all the way from us to you

3. What inspires you to do your show?
fervor

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Seeing as it’s Sunday: Archie Brownlee and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Cuttin a Rug at the Proto Punk Party Place (Cruddy Holly)

6. Favorite foods?
“The Greasy Chicken” and “Bacon Fat”

7. Favorite holidays?
Halloween

8. Final thoughts?
the zoommeratin alphabet

Be sure to check out The Real Nitty Gritty on WOBC, Tuesdays at 10 PM.