Alice In Chains was one of the great bands of the 1990s. Being a lead act in Seattle’s music scene, Alice In Chains released three albums and three EPs within the span of five years. Their music made an immense contribution to not only grunge, but rock music in general. They’ve influenced numerous bands, including already established Metallica. The harmony between lead singer Layne Staley and guitarist and backing vocalist, Jerry Cantrell was the most important asset of Alice In Chains. Their contrasts brought a compelling listen to their audiences. As Alice In Chains are mostly known for their heavy metal sound that was present in all three of their studio albums, the band, however, wanted to experiment with a softer sound, which ultimately led to the creation of their respective alter ego EPs, Sap and Jar of Flies. The band went into the studio in 1991 to record demos for their next album. However, the songs they recorded ended up being five acoustic songs. According to drummer, Sean Kinney, he had a dream about creating an EP called Sap. The band decided to leave the recordings as they were and release the short collection of songs as an extended play, Sap. Released in 1992, Sap was intended to experiment with a new sound, regardless the risk of losing fans of the band. Sap was successful and was certified gold. The EP had great acknowledgement in the light of the newly formed genre of grunge and Nirvana’s release of Nevermind in 1991. In 1994, another version of the song “Got Me Wrong” was featured on Kevin Smith’s film, Clerks. This brought more attention to the songs and the EP.
DJ Rashad, DJ Manny, J Cush and Lite Bulb will be mixing live on WOBC tonight from 8-9pm before they play at the Sco’ at 10. Keep it Locked and check out the event on Facebook and don’t forget to stream online at soundtap.com/madness to help us beat WFMU.
Nothing is Wrong is the second album released by the Laurel Canyon natives who make up the band Dawes. The quartet includes a sibling pair (classic rocking siblings) and their equally talented (and did I mention foxy) band mates. The Dawes sound comes out of a heavy tradition of singer-songwriters and rockers who found inspiration in L.A.’s Laurel Canyon neighborhood during the 60′s and 70′s. To name a few: Joni Mitchell, CSN (Crosby, Stills, and Nash), Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, and Jackson Browne. The album relies heavily on the poignant vocals of lead singer Taylor Goldsmith matched with consistently on-point harmonies. The lyrics echo a search for identity, home and love familiar to any twenty-something but voiced in a refreshing and decidedly sensitive way. Classic rock with contemporary alt country undertones- lovin’ it.
This morning starting at 9am, WOBC’s terrestrial FM signal will cease broadcasting for two hours for scheduled maintenance. However, our programming will continue via our online stream. We ask that you help support this station and show some Oberlin pride by listening online: a great excuse to sign up & listen to WOBC online at soundtap.com/wobc.
As you may have heard through our incessant internet chatter, excessive postering, and excited conversations around town, WOBC is in the midst of a fierce listenership competition at soundtap.com: ”a crowd-sourced, show-specific way to enjoy independent radio. All of the stations [on soundtap] are non-commercial (college or community) radio stations and all of the shows are added by users.” Soundtap is a really great site that allows you to listen to the best independent radio stations all in one place.
Soundtap is running an 18-day tournament that pits dedicated listeners against other dedicated listeners to see which of the “top sixty-four non-commercial radio stations in the world” can log the most hours of “air play” on the site. In the first round, WOBC held off WLUW of Loyola University in Chicago. We’re now up against WFMU, the longest running freeform station in the US, broadcasting from Jersey City, NJ (and repeated in New York). Thanks to all of you, we’re now holding on to a narrow lead. However, we have to last one more day against this freeform behemoth to move on to the next round.
Due to scheduled maintenance on our radio tower atop Wilder Hall this morning, we’ll be shutting off our FM signal briefly today. So turn off those radios, turn on your wifi gadgets, and sign-up & listen to WOBC at soundtap.com/madness.
The Olivia Tremor Control mixes jagged noise and primary-colored pop tunes, with excellent results. I’m definitely late on the punch with these folks, asthesereviews indicate. But on the odd chance you haven’t heard of them, check them out. Check them out now.
Musician-artist-icon Grimes (Claire Boucher) is looking down at the rest of our own top 30 charts, and the music video from her smash hit single Oblivion is YouTurbulence in the making. A lot to celebrate for someone who turned 24 this past St. Patrick’s day. This ascending star is devastatingly alluring. Her climb has been inevitable: Who can resist the quirky girl in a cloak with pink hair squeaking electronic gasps into the part of our hearts we didn’t know existed?
-I plead guilty.
She’s a one-woman band, but it is not clear band is the right word here. She paints her own album art, she directs her own music videos, etc. She and her ex-boyfriend tried to float down the Mississippi River in a house-boat with potatoes, and they got as far as Minneapolis. And she’s not quite pursuing a noise so much as a generational anthem. Take her video for example: in Oblivion she sings to herself in headphones alongside shirtless jocks at a motocross track, a high school football game, and in a men’s locker room. Lean with a few dreadlocks, she is a sore thumb, and loving every second of it. Her glance is hopelessly lost in the grime of twenty-first century, but her voice has a reconfiguring, transformative power. The long chipmunk squeals turn the jumps of the motorcyclist into heaps of optimism. The letters painted on the brutish football fans scramble into poetry. In her own othering and her impeccable immanence, she unites the Montreal landscape and grasps a collective identity deemed impossible in late capitalism. We are now together as grimes,rather than mere grime. Read More →