11.06.2012

Headboggle: Performing Tonight at Fairchild Chapel

“Headboggle is the manifestation of Derek Gedalecia’s acoustic/electronic research utilizing the “kitchen sink” in every sense of the idiom: Moogs, Harmonica, Banjo, Harpsichord, Irish Harp, EMS Synthi, Violin, Drums, Clavinet, Serge Modular, field recordings and more! What makes “Headboggle” so special is the careful arrangement of sound, with painstaking attention to composition and sound direction. Disorienting magic is a key trait of the Head Boggle sound, one which captivates and commands repeated inspection.” – Editions Mego

Don’t miss out on this one. Headboggle plays at Fairchild Chapel tonight, November 6, at 8 PM with Collapsed Arc and local sillyboys Schweinmacht. Gonna get weird. See clip below of Headboggle live…

11.02.2012

Review: Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d. city”

I’m really into rap right now, probably a little too much. After last month’s A$AP Rocky concert, I can’t stop listening. It got to the point that my friends had to sit me down and remind me there is more music to be heard than solely Danny Brown. I realized I had to broaden my pallet; there is such a thing as overplaying an artist. But while staying within the confines of my beloved rap genre, I began to expand, listening to various other artists. In my expansion, I began listening to Kendrick Lamar. As his 2010 album, Section 80, was critically acclaimed, immense hype surrounded his latest release, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. I had to give it a listen. And though I can’t call it groundbreaking, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is nonetheless a great album.

Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

Although I don’t agree that “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is the instant classic it has been deemed by various music publications, it still is ultimately a success. The production is varied, encompassing pseudo- electronica and hard guttural beats, with Lamar effectively
navigating his way lyrically through each song. The lyrical content on the album is varied, and while contained mostly in today’s usual rap themes of women, money, poverty, there is creativity in all he says. The sole problem I have with “good Kid, m.A.A.d. city” is that it forces the listener to ask, is Kendrick Lamar really that good or is hip-hop today just that bad? Rappers are often given too much credit; if an artist manages to say something mildly creative or original they are excessively praised. Kendrick Lamar embodies this to an extent. Although in “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” Kendrick is able to avoid the Lil Wayne pitfall of rhyming “hoes” with “hoes”, overall he struggles to say something new. His lyrics are indeed good, but occasionally formulaic: while Kendrick strives for so-called “intellectual hip-hop,” lines like “I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel tower/so I can f*ck the world for 72 hours” don’t help his cause.

With my “Lil Wayne is killing hip-hop” rant aside, I need to emphasize that, while I don’t view “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” as wildly original, it still is to me the best rap album of the year.
I have no clue what that says about the hip-hop genre as a whole, but regardless, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is definitely worth a listen.

-Robert Cornell

11.01.2012

Radio Diversity Day: December 5

Hey!

Think radio programming should be more diverse?
Want to hear more local DJs across the country on the airwaves?
Want to see more local acts on the air?
Want to PROTECT PUBLIC RADIO?

Well so we do.
And so does the podcast group Soundtrack of the Week, who have initiated what they are calling
Radio Diversity Day.

The idea was inspired by the movie Corporate FM as a way for radio listeners to demand more diversity in radio broadcasting, both freeform and commercial. Essentially, SOTW proposes that on December 5th, 2012 radio listeners call into their local radio station to demand improvements to public radio, including broader programming, increased local participation in the form of “live, local DJs and local programing to serve the public interest”. Listeners should also call their local congressmen and elected officials to demand legislative action to defend and improve public radio. The radio is public property! Don’t let it slip away!

For more information on this event and how to get involved, check out this page. And be sure to get involved and call your local radio stations and legislators this December 5th!

10.30.2012

Featured: We Are the Catalyst // Crash Symbols

We Are the Catalyst and Crash Symbols in partnership with WOBC present:

“Dope Mountain Sound”
–a mix tape featuring a cross section of old, new, and unreleased music from the Crash Symbols catalog.

Crash Symbols is a casette label with headquarters in West Virginia and North Carolina. Founders Jheri Evans and Dwight and Liz Pavlovic efforts have gained the attention of publications such as WIRED Magazine, NBC, Altered Zones, Rebel Magazine and many more. Their extensive catalog features recording artists such as Blackbird Blackbird, Beggars in a New Land, SPORTS, Born Gold, Honeydrum, and MillionYoung.

We Are the Catalyst is an emerging network and publication with content generated entirely by and about young artists. The We Are the Catalyst website launches December 5th. Until then catch Catalyst Radio on the air, Thursdays 11am-12pm on WOBC 91.5 FM and check out the We Are the Catalyst Facebook page for media and information about these rising artists.

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10.29.2012

WOBC Cover Band Showcase This Friday!

 

The 2nd WOBC showcase is coming up! It’s November 2nd, this Friday!

Cover bands rule, and you can make one with just a few easy steps. First, corral your friends, give them instruments and some wigs (optional), then think of a band name. This part is the most fun. Next, you’ll (probably) want to practice a few times, so you’ll make a big splash on the big stage. WOBC has some big shoes to fill after last year’s event, but this one should be a load of fun!

The showcase will start at 8PM, Friday @ Above Subway and will see 20 student cover bands including:

Rew Reed

Creed Paradise II: Studio on the Park

Avril Ravine

and many more!

And here are some sample ideas for inspiration:

Becker (Beck)

Cockblock Twins (Cocteau Twins)

Crosby, Pills, and Cash (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)

Juggalo Wrestling (Insane Clown Posse)

Smells Like American Spirits (Nirvana)

Steve Chiller Band (Steve Miller Band)

Email kthornto@oberlin.edu for more info and be sure to come out this Friday to the 2nd Annual Cover Band Showcase!

10.28.2012

TOP 30 10/23

MARK FELL Sentinel Objectif Actualite

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 MARK FELL Sentinel Objectif Actualite
2 DANIEL BACHMAN Seven Pines
3 WILLIAM HOOKER STRINGS 3 A Postcard From The Road
4 DEERHOOF Breakup Song
5 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky
6 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes
7 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
8 SANTIGOLD Master Of My Make Believe
9 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
10 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
11 FUSHITSUSHA Hikari To Nazukeyo
12 SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE Ancient Patience Wills It Again Part II
13 BRETT NAUCKE Home By Now
14 CAN The Lost Tapes
15 ROBERT TURMAN Flux
16 THE ORB The Orbserver In The Star House The End
17 DJ RASHAD TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi
18 TAME IMPALA Lonerism
19 TRAXMAN Da Mind Of Traxman
20 GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
21 LIGHT ASYLUM Light Asylum
22 MOUNT EERIE Ocean Roar
23 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
24 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze
25 CAT POWER Sun
26 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant
27 C S YEH Transitions
28 LA SERA Sees The Light
29 KAKI KING Glow
30 HOLY OTHER Held

10.28.2012

TOP 30 10/9

Swans - The Seer
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 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
2 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes
3 WOODS Bend Beyond
4 SWANS The Seer
5 DEERHOOF Breakup Song
6 ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Centipede Hz
7 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
8 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky
9 DRAINOLITH Fighting
10 GRIZZLY BEAR Shields
11 HOLY OTHER Held
12 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
13 SUN ARAW The Inner Treaty
14 FRESH AND ONLYS Long Slow Dance
15 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze
16 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
17 AARON DILLOWAY/JASON LESCALLEET Grapes And Snakes
18 NEIL YOUNG AND CRAZY HORSE Americana
19 RANGDA Formerly Extinct
20 TEENGIRL FANTASY Tracer
21 MOON DUO Circles
22 THEE OH SEES Putrifiers II
23 TOMUTONTTU HYLYT
24 JOSEPHINE FOSTER Blood Rushing
25 MOUNT EERIE Ocean Roar
26 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant
27 GUIDED BY VOICES Class Clown Spots A UFO
28 ALFONSO LOVO La Gigantona
29 OUTER SPACE Akashic Record
30 THE XX Coexist