Thanks for applying for shows everyone! The schedule will be posted tonight, Wednesday February 13th at 7:00 pm in front of the station (Wilder 319). The mandatory all-station meeting will take place on Thursday, February 14th at 8:00 pm in West Lecture Hall in the Science Center.
Stainless Staining [EP] // Lisa Moore // Cantaloupe — Resonant, entrancing piano music by an Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy, augmented with samples of G# overtones. [soundcloud]
Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, books 1-4 // Ronald Brautigam, Mendelssohn // BIS — Sensitive performances of early Romantic-era miniatures for solo piano, played on a historical instrument.
Norwegian Woods OST // Jonny Greenwood // Nonesuch — Radiohead guitarist would be doing pretty well for himself even if he just wrote movie soundtracks.
Johannes Brahms: The Complete Trios // Smetana Trio (w/ Premysl Vojta, Ludmila Peterkova) // Supraphon — This Czech trio brings it.
Where [we] Live // Sō Percussion // Cantaloupe — Album realization of a Kickstarter-backed, collaborative, multi-media performance exploring concept of ‘home': toy percussion instruments, spoken word, singing, electronics — the works. Based on this trailer, looks like ambitious stuff. Performance has already premiered at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, with future performance during the BAM Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn, December 19-22. [soundcloud]
Heavy// ETHEL // Innova — Adventurous, rock-solid contemporary string quartet playing. Includes Don Byron’s ‘Four Thoughts on Marvin Gaye’ and works by Julia Wolfe and David Lang. [streaming on ETHEL website]
2012 saw an influx in exposure to electronic music, from sources both domestic and abroad. Good beats abound in the States for sure yet I can’t help but feel like I’m missing out. This is entirely because over the last few years, electronic music has been graced by some really creative citizens of the U.K. Here’s a playlist of a bunch of them and the incredible new sounds they’ve made.
Both in and out of the limelight, acts such as James Blake, Rustie, and Actress have released tracks that set the standard for post-dubstep, experimental house, and maximalists genres, among others. This British surge isn’t simply dance music, nor is it only for listening, but rather a balance between the two: both experimental and reliable. A lot of the artists featured here toe the line quite expertly. Actress’ song “The Lord’s Graffiti” off his new Honest Jon’s release R.I.P., is simply the idea of the house, the absolute basics, but totally revisited. The track is fun and danceable but totally perplexing as well, as if there is too much material for contemplation to get up and jump around. In a similarly eclectic fashion, James Blake coos soft love ballads, satiates the cravings of bass-addicts, and experiments endlessly, all while sounding true to his own personal sound and style.
There’s more electronic music from more parts of the world than ever but admist the overload, there are some standouts worth clearing your head for. These are some of the British ones.
The entire WOBC community mourns the loss of its longtime friend and station member Erwin Armstrong, known on air as Bluegrass Erwin. Featuring “the best bluegrass in the state of Ohio,” his show Bluegrass Special has been a fixture on the airwaves of WOBC since 2001. Since then Erwin has shared his love of bluegrass every Wednesday with Lorain County listeners, week in and week out up until this past semester. It was a true pleasure having Erwin on the air for the past eleven years, and it was an even greater pleasure getting to know him. As one of our most enthusiastic DJs, he will surely be missed by WOBC station members and all of his listeners. Our condolences go out to his family and many friends. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Cleveland Clinic Hospice, 6801 Brecksville Road, Suite 10, Independence, OH 44131.
In honor of Bluegrass Erwin, we will begin our Winter Term broadcasting with a two-hour-long tribute show during Erwin’s old timeslot featuring selections from his playlists over the past 10 years. Tune in on Wednesday, January 9th from 3-5 PM to listen in, and to perhaps call in and share some memories on air.