An action-packed weekend of musical events is coming up this weekend in Oberlin. On Friday night at the Sco, Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV (pictured above) will be performing accompanied by Oberlin’s own Aaron Dilloway (!!!). An opening set will be performed by Robert Turman (former member of Non). In addition to the show, Genesis will present their lecture in Mudd 050 entitled “Breaking Sex” Saturday at 4 PM. More information can be found here
Saturday night Traxman and Deejay Manny perform at the Sco. Footwork music’s been popular on the airwaves this year, and these two guys are some of the best in the game. This one is not to be missed! Free for students, $5 for non-students. More information here
>>>>>>>>>THIS IS GOING TO BE SICK. BE THERE.
On Sunday, the Feve will be transported back to the 60s during the Scopitone Party. Scopitones were 16mm film jukebox machines used mainly in Europe in the 1960’s and were the precursor of music videos. Lots of Goofy Rock and Roll, Go-Go Dancing, French Pop Ye-Ye, and more. Free.
The cover band showcase was great. Not only was it fun, but the bands seemed to have genuinely put some work into actually sounding good. I can’t say I had any favorites, but the Shakira cover band, Shakir A’neal sounded awesome.
After the show, I caught up with lead singer, Carla, and lead Guitarist, Maxim, and asked them a few cover band related questions:
Why did you choose to cover Shakira and how did the band name come about?
Max and Carla were sitting out in wilder bowl, postponing our midterm studying, and as soon as we started talking about the cover band show case, we immediately thought of Shakira. We knew the energy was right. There were really no other options, just Shakira. It was perfect. We asked a few passerby if they’d be in the band. None of them ended up in the band. But they were all extremely interested.
The band name is just a hybrid between Shakira and Shaquille O’neal. There’s really not much to it.
What songs did you cover and why did you pick those particular songs?
We covered “Wherever, Whenever,” the Spanish version of “Objection (Tango),” and “Hips Don’t Lie,” which medley-ed into “Underneath Your Clothes.” The first song was a given. For the second song, we thought it was necessary to do a true Spanish ballad, given that our singer was well versed in Spanish, and Shakira herself is practically fluent. “Hips Don’t Lie” was a crowd pleaser. And then Max was hanging with a Shakira fan late into the night at Tank, and she expressed the need for “Underneath Your Clothes.”
What was your general impression of the cover band showcase and how did you feel about your performance?
Wow! Wow! Wow! We wished that we could be more aggressive in the venue, but given the floor was nearly breaking, we understood that this wasn’t an option. Other bands were great. [We] couldn’t hear any vocalists. Maroon Four killed it. We really messed up “Hips Don’t Lie,” but the crowd was too drunk to care, so that was awesome.
Will we see Shakir A’neal again?
You’ll definitely see us hanging out on campus. And we might not all be together again, but individually you’ll definitely see us.
This semester we’re doing it. Bringing it back, I suppose. No matter, here we go:
For the first of this semester’s Show of the Week, Program Director Arielle Edelman selected Jamie Yelland’s great gamelan show, Metallophonie (Tuesdays @ noon).
Here’s what Jamie had to say:
1. How would you describe yourself? That’s a hard question. In a few words? How about, “multifaceted”, or “overcaffeinated”. I hate describing myself; I prefer to slowly divulge secrets and let people form their own opinions…
2. How would you describe the show? Metallophonie showcases gong music from around the world. In reality it’s mostly classical gamelan from Java and Bali, or contemporary American pieces that incorporate gamelan, because those are what I know and like best. But sometimes I play gong music from Sumatra, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand. Lately I’ve been finding some cool minimalist music that borrows from gamelan sounds without using any of the instruments (e.g. Steve Reich).
People often seem surprised that there’s enough gong music in the world to play on a radio show, and that it’s often part of refined classical traditions. Metallophonie aims to bring some amazing, complex music from another part of the world into the Oberlin community. I always hope that what I’m playing is a pleasant surprise for listeners.
3. What inspires you to do your show?
I started getting really into gamelan when I took the Intro to Javanese Gamelan EXCO two years ago. Then I went to Java over winter term last year to study music intensively, thanks to a Shansi grant, and now I teach that same EXCO. I would say that I have a moderate obsession with Javanese gamelan music, and I have to share it with the community somehow. Some people at Oberlin know what gamelan is, but most don’t know that we have opportunities to hear and play gamelan at Oberlin. I try to announce that every once in a while on the radio, hoping that people will like the music enough to check it out in person.
4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Currently, I am listening to Ensemble Modern’s rendition of Frank Zappa’s “Night School”. If I had to pick an all-time favorite musical figure, Zappa would probably be the one.
5. What is your favorite show on WOBC? Mundo Mixto, which is on right before mine, is awesome. Caroline plays great music.
6. Favorite foods?
Undoubtedly the durian, which is a fruit from southeast Asia. It looks like a weapon of mass destruction, smells like “onion socks” according to one of my friends, and tastes like an incredible marriage of banana, almond, and caramelized onion. People either love it or hate it, but it’s the kind of thing you have to eat at least once just to say you’ve done it.
7. Favorite holidays?
Election Day, duh. When else do you feel so good about partying on Tuesday night?
8. Final thoughts?
Are you looking for something fun to do next semester? Take the Intro to Javanese Gamelan EXCO!!