Dear Vinyl Workgroup–

“I still like you, but I don’t trust you anymore.”

We chose this music for you.

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Lady BJ Crosby is from New Orleans. She is also a singer.

Here are her sweet tunes. Below you see a picture of Lady BJ.

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This singer, Michael Quatro, sounds like Bowie and Queen AND a glass of iced Malibu that has been left on the table since 1976. It’s good. We hope you like it.. He is pretty cute, then and now.

Then                                                                  Now

TOP 30 12/4

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 CUT HANDS Black Mamba
4 EMERALDS Just To Feel Anything
5 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
6 NON/BOYD RICE Back To Mono
7 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
8 FLYING LOTUS Until The Quiet Comes
10 CAN The Lost Tapes
11 AVETT BROTHERS The Carpenter
12 ZS ZS
13 ANDY STOTT Luxury Problems
14 THE ORB The Orbserver In The Star House
15 TYVEK On Triple Beams
17 MARSHALL STACKS Mannequin Dojo
18 BAT FOR LASHES The Haunted Man
19 THEO PARRISH Hand-made [EP]
20 MICHAEL HURLEY Back Home With Drifting Woods
21 TIMES NEW VIKING Over And Over [EP]
22 ALICE COHEN Pink Keys
23 MOUNTAIN GOATS Transcendental Youth
24 TY SEGALL Twins
25 DEATH GRIPS The Money Store
27 SCOTT WALKER Bish Bosch
30 SHANNON AND THE CLAMS “Gremlins Crawl” [Single]

Final(s) Thoughts

Finals are coming: What are you listening to?

I had a lot of work due right before Thanksgiving break; it wasn’t terrible, but it reminded me that finals are approaching. I know I’m going to be barricaded in the library soon, so it’s really important to have some music to listen to. Some people can work to music, others can’t, and I find myself in between. I can’t really read as I bump Drake, but I can write as I bump to Drake, albeit a little bit slower. I find it a reasonable trade-off, mainly because music helps relieve some stress and it’s great for keeping time, in the “I’ll take a break when this song is over” sense.
In picking music, it’s important to listen to something familiar. I’m all for finding new stuff, but it’s probably not ideal to catch up on some “Best New Music” when you’re swamped with work. Listening to new music requires divided attention, and it’s hard enough to focus on your work without any distractions; stick with what you know.

I already have some music lined up for my busy weeks. Here is some stuff that I think is work getting familiar with:

“Guillotine”, Death Grips – The musical equivalent of “I-smoked-two-packs-of-cigarettes-and-drank-too-much-coffee.” However, pretty good for subtly “going hard” in the library.

“Marvin’s Room”, Drake – Marvin’s room is just R&B, crooning Drake, which is great easy listening. He gets pretty emotional too.

“Vomit”, Girls – Girls broke up, which is terribly sad. So is this song, but it is definitely pop oriented and kind of perky in some parts. Make sure to check out the guitar solo around the 2 minute mark of the song.

“Last Kiss”, Jay Frank Wilson – This song was released in 1964, so it’s fairly dated. It’s really catchy and it’s generally an exciting, old, simple song. The bass is pretty cool too.

Vinyl Workgroup Finds

We picked this stuff from the vault this week:

These ladies are from New Orleans. They sounds like the Andrew Sisters. They are friends (see below).

Here is a sample of their music. This song is called Mood Indigo.

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This band is one of those bands from the 80s who made a website and never updated it. We like them anyways. They are kind of folk rock-ish. This picture is called Hanukkah Nights (see below).

This is a song by Antietam. Here- it is called Camp Folk.

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Exceedingly strange punk funk band out of Boston. “Dogzilla is made of up five people, each one of a different sex.” Here are some stills from their music video Lunch With Ed. Everything that happens in this video is crazy (see below).

Here is a sample of their music: The Sphinx.

New in Classical

Recent additions of note to the WOBC classical collection:

JAKOB KULLBERG W/ SZYMON BYWALEC, NEW MUSIC ORCHESTRA: Momentum: Nordic Cello Concertos (Aurora) — includes Amers, a lush piece for cello, orchestra, and electronics by the never-disappointing Kaija Saariaho.

JONNY GREENWOOD: The Master: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Nonesuch) — Radiohead guitarist once again demonstrates his composing chops with his work on a P.T. Anderson movie. Warm, organic compositional voice, sometimes mixing in just the right amount of paint thinner.

MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: American Mavericks: Cowell, Harrison, Varèse (SFS Media) — iconoclastic American music, feat. Oberlin alum Jeremy Denk on the Henry Cowell Piano Concerto. [soundcloud]

SONAR QUARTETT: Walter Zimmermann, Songs of Innocence and Experience (mode) — works for string quartet and solo strings, sometimes with drones, tape, or voice. Folk melodies and children songs, seen through an avant-garde lens.

EDDY VANOOSTHUYSE W/ PAUL MEYER, BRUSSELS PHILHARMONIC: John Corigliano, Elliott Carter, American Clarinet Concertos (aeon) — rewarding Belgian take on two engaging late-20th century American clarinet concertos.

THE KING’S SINGERS: Royal Rhymes and Rounds (signum) — crisply sung a capella vocal works centered around British monarchs, released for the Diamond Jubilee. Includes some works by Henry VIII — perfect Bring Up the Bodies reading music.

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