Staff Picks, March 12, 2013

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Here’s some of what the WOBC staff is listening to this week:

Brian Becker, station manager: LARRY HEARD PRESENTS MR. WHITE The Sun Can’t Compare

Arielle Edelman, program director: TETA LANDO Muato Wa N’gingila
a social-justice oriented musician from angola. i got the song from a larger compilation of 60s african garage rock called cazumbi, which i would highly recommend! real jangly n nice.

Ryan Caruso, engineer: SEIGE Conform

Aaron Braun, treasurer: THE RAINCOATS Fairytale in the Supermarket

Nick Plett, assistant engineer: THE BEETS You Don’t Want the Kids to Be Dead

Harlee Ludwig, pop: VANITY 6 Nasty Girl
Prince created this. ‘Nuff said.

Emily Schkolnick, vinyl: RICHARD AND MIMI FARINA Mainline Prosperity Blues

Mark Mortiz-Rabson, metal: INTER ARMA The Survival Fires
Atmospheric, blackened death/doom from Richmond, VA. Reminiscent of Ulcerate.

Madeline Meyer, punk: THE SPITS All I Want

Jack Lazar, hip hop: OG DUTCH MASTER Raw Dope
Been listening to this all week. The sample is “Every Single Night” by Fiona Apple — I love imagining these guys bumpin’ Fiona Apple in the lab.

Cole Evelev, traffic director: JASON HOGANS Warmfuzzy

Emily Weber, promotions: EKOPLEKZ Dead Escalator Suite

Eve Peyser-Sappol, promotions: THE TEMPTATIONS Fiddler on the Roof Medley
I’ve been obsessed with this mix my dad’s friend, David Suisman (former WFMU DJ/history professor), gave him called “Black Sabbath,” which is a compilation of black musicians covering Jewish songs. Out of all the song on Black Sabbath, I think this one has the most ‘insane’ mix of sounds. To listen to more weird songs, listen to my radio show, Beer in my Bed, Thursdays noon-1pm on WOBC. xox, Eve

Amanda Mummery, outreach: AL STEWART In Brooklyn

Alex Tell, webmaster: ELIZABETH COTTEN Shake Sugaree

Sophie Kazis, news: X-RAY SPEX Germ Free Adolescents

stay tuned for more staff playlists to come.

TONIGHT: Cult of Youth + BLK’D OUT @ The ‘Sco

Come check out The ‘Sco TONIGHT, Tuesday March 12, for two killer acts:


>>CULT OF YOUTH<<2k13 neo-folk post-punk rockers from Brooklyn, NY. Record on Sacred Bones alongside The Men, Amen Dunes, Psychic Ills, and Zola Jesus. These guys have a new take on folk-punk in the 21st century, incorporating a sinister darkness with catchy, melancholy folk riffs. Vox like Calvin Johnson or Swan's Michael Gira. These guys are on the rise so don't miss out!Have a listen


a special performance from
>>BLK’D OUT<Don’t miss ’em!

10 PM
$3 w/ OCID // $7 w/out

Featured Show: Cheap Thrills with DJ Emmylou


This blog post spotlights Cheap Thrills with DJ Emmylou, which is currently in its third installment.

How would you describe the overall sound and vibe of your show?

DJE: I have my limbs straddling about a dozen musical thresholds when I plan a show. I am enamored by so many different types of music–psychedelic rock, old folk standards, shoegaze, 90s grunge, proto-punk… the list goes on. So I have never felt comfortable devoting a show to one single genre or sound. Instead of taking that programming route, my shows, to be unintentionally vague, are based around a centering “vibe.” When I plan Cheap Thrills every week, I work off of viscera that music can make almost tangible. That might sounds pretentious or like a cop-out, but that’s truly the case. My shows have coherence, but not necessarily stylistic coherence.

What do you like best about having a weekly radio show and about radio in general?

DJE: Having a radio show has been a great creative and emotional outlet for me. Planning and putting on a show have always proved cathartic activities, and I like the idea of creating a product with the audience (listener) in mind. Working with WOBC has been a highlight of my time at Oberlin. Being involved with the station has given me an appreciation for radio–as a medium of expression, resistance, information–that I never could have imagined prior.

What is your wildest dream?

DJE: Recently I’ve been fantasizing a lot about the Sistine Chapel (I’ve never been). I’ve been fantasizing about Jimi Hendrix for a long time now. So I guess a crazy dream of mine would be to live in the Sistine Chapel as Jimi’s wife. We would take over The Vatican and replace Catholicism with some sort of magical/witchy religion vaguely resembling Wicca, with Hecate as its primary deity. Our daughter would be named Lillith, and Axis: Bold as Love our mantra. Continue reading Featured Show: Cheap Thrills with DJ Emmylou

WOBC Outreach Invites the Oberlin Community onto the Airwaves


Hello Oberlin!  This semester WOBC’s outreach coordinators are hosting a weekly radio program, Within Reach, every Saturday from 5-6 pm. This hour is dedicated to the voices, stories and opinions of members of our immediate and greater community. We hope to provide a platform for creative and empowering self-expression and an opportunity for those with or without previous radio experience to get onto the airwaves.

Our community radio station is a valuable and powerful resource and we aim to make involvement with WOBC as open and accessible as possible. We are also interested in hearing your ideas about how WOBC can further serve and enrich our community.  If you have a story to tell, music to play or an issue/idea to discuss we’d love to hear from you! We would also love to show you around the station and chat about all things radio and beyond. Participants of all ages and abilities are encouraged, from 0 – 100 +, just contact us at


Wildness Screening and Q&A with Director Wu Tsang

Tomorrow, Thursday March 7th, at 7pm in King 106 there will be a screening of 2012 documentary Wildness followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and artist Wu Tsang.

“Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, WILDNESS is a documentary portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar in the MacArthur Park area that has been home for Latin/LBGT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish, the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a group of young artists create a weekly performance art/dance party (organized by director Wu Tsang and DJs NGUZUNGUZU & Total Freedom) called Wildness, which explodes into creativity and conflict. What does “safe space” mean, and who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers to these questions creates coalitions across generations.”

Among other things this is a film about the idea of “safe spaces”, gentrification, and what happens when two worlds overlap and collide. In light of everything that has been happening in our community this year, hopefully this film will add some perspective.

TOP 30 3/5

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!

2 SONIC YOUTH Smart Bar Chicago 1985
4 GROUPER The Man Who Died In His Boat
5 DAVID BOWIE “Where Are We Now?” [Single]
6 ACTRESS Silver Cloud
7 MOGWAI Les Revenants
8 EKOPLEKZ Devesham Dub
9 TRUS’ME Treat Me Right
10 813 Recolor [EP]
11 PAT METHENY Orchestrion
12 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
13 TAME IMPALA Lonerism
15 JONNY GREENWOOD The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
16 SUFJAN STEVENS Silver And Gold Asthmatic Kitty
19 MATMOS The Marriage Of True Minds
21 TYVEK On Triple Beams
23 ROBERT TURMAN Beyond Painting
24 MILK MUSIC Cruise Your Illusion
25 ICEAGE You’re Nothing
26 GUIDED BY VOICES The Bears For Lunch
27 OMAR-S Triangulum Australe
28 SKIP SKIP BEN BEN Sacrifice Mountain Hills
30 EL PERRO DEL MAR The Pale Fire

Programming in Response to Discriminatory Attacks


[Expired] DJS— PLAY THIS PSA AT LEAST TWICE AN HOUR: PSA In Response to Discriminatory Attacks

AUDIO FROM Solidarity March (please note: speeches start @ 7’15): Solidarity March (2:00-3:00 pm)

AUDIO FROM All Campus Convocation in Finney Chapel (note: speaking starts @ 6’30): Convocation, March 4th 2013

ON-AIR INTERVIEW with long-time WOBC station member and activist, Meeko Israel, on today’s events: Meeko Israel Interview

(This will be aired live on WOBC at 5pm— tune in!)

STATEMENTS FROM One Town Campaign, Sexual Information Center (SIC), and Multicultural Resource Center (MRC): Statements from One Town, SIC, MRC

EXCERPTS FROM 8AM-NOON BROADCAST in response to discriminatory attacks:
(due to technical difficulties some audio was sadly lost)
In light of recent hate crimes and bias attacks on campus, there will be several important events and convocations held today.

ALL DAY: COVERAGE ON WOBC 91.5 FM (We encourage people to listen on radio – our webstream is max’ing out).

10:00 am: Action Planning and Banner Making with the MRC in Wilder 208
12:00 pm: Teach-In/Sit-In in Lord Lounge hosted by the Africana Studies Department
2:00 pm: Campus Rally starting in Wilder Bowl
3:30 pm: All Campus Convocation in Finney Chapel

In addition, stay tuned to WOBC throughout the day for news and updates on today’s events and actions. On a day like today, community radio stations reveal their importance as essential outlets for communication and news within the communities that they serve.

UPDATE: WOBC is looking for volunteers to help us maintain a full day of on-air coverage in response to the racist, queerphobic, anti-semitic, and overall discriminatory events of last night and the weeks prior. If anyone is willing to come into WOBC today to discuss individual and community experiences, or to update the airwaves on today’s progress, we welcome you to visit us at the station on the third floor of Wilder Hall 319. Please do spread the word — Anyone with interest in joining the conversation can and should. If convenience is an issue, feel free to call into the station at 440 775 8139; we can put you on the air over the phone. Our goal is to have our community discuss these issues (as casually or formally as feels natural) for every hour of today’s broadcast. We encourage you to forward this message to any list serves you have access to, or individuals that may have interest in participating.

From Oberlin Musician, De’Sean Jones: “In support of Our Solidarity Movement, I am offering a song that I arranged, as I feel that song embodies the message of our hearts as a collective…”

[PLEASE NOTE: due to heavy server traffic you may experience difficulty with the web stream– if you are in Lorain County and have access to a radio receiver please tune in at 91.5 FM rather than online]

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