09.22.2011

Venus X Live on WOBC Thursday – Friday 1AM

Venus XFresh off a big Fashion Week, New York DJ, performer and founder of one of NYC’s most forward-thinking and exciting parties, GHE20G0TH1K, Venus X will be DJing live and being interviewed at 1 am tommorrow night after She and GHE20G0TH1K partner $hayne open up for Gang Gang Dance.

09.20.2011

TOP 30 9/20

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Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact // This Thursday at the Sco!

top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the top 30 most-played albums at the station that week. all of these albums are in the station, and most of them are on the new music shelf, so check them out!! they are good!!

1 GANG GANG DANCE – Eye Contact
playing this thursday at the sco, with chart mates laurel halo. sick~
2 GIRLS Father, Son, Holy Ghost
fresh from the new music shelf, the second full-length from the first guys to capture the spirit of girlfriends, pizza, and bottles of wine does not dissapoint.
3 JOHN MAUS We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
filling the sco with dark synth arpeggios, just for you, on october 6. don’t miss this, dudes!!
4 BEIRUT The Rip Tide
zach condon’s masterful blend of balkan pop has only gotten tighter over the years.
5 BRILLIANT COLORS Again And Again
we love these guys!! hazy pop-punk from san fransisco; perfect vibes.
6 SLEEP OVER Forever
7 TORO Y MOI Freaking Out [EP]
8 PURE X Pleasure
9 WASHED OUT Within And Without
11 TY SEGALL Goodbye Bread
12 PATTI SMITH Outside Of Society
13 ST. VINCENT Strange Mercy
14 BRIAN ENO Drums Between The Bells
15 OTIS REDDING the very best of otis redding
16 MOONFACE Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped
17 CHEVEU 1000 mile
18 TWIN SISTER “Bad Street” [Single]
19 TUNE-YARDS Whokill
20 D’ANGELO brown sugar
thank you to all the sex-jam r+b shows responsible for bringing d’angelo back to the charts.
21 PICTUREPLANE Thee Physical
22 DIVA The Glitter End
23 THE BANDANA SPLITS Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits
24 PETER WOLF CRIER Garden Of Arms
25 R KELLY 12 play
26 FRUIT BATS Tripper
27 LAUREL HALO Hour Logic
28 WU LYF Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
29 ARMY NAVY The Last Place
30 MALE BONDING Endless Now
stay tuned for more charts as our broadcasting season continues!!
-devra freelander
09.14.2011

SPOTLIGHT ON: hostage crisis

Another semester of great programming begins at WOBC, wednesday 9/14 at 6pm!

dj simon jesse toop reading a goosebumps novel

Kicking off the semester is DJ Simon Toop’s HOSTAGE CRISIS, a shhhhtshow of weirdo-punk jams that starts off punk nite rite….

1.  How would you describe yourself? i’m a junior creative writing major. likes and influences: napping, i just woke up. space. satan. bbq. sports. scott walker. taco bell. rush hour. kfc. wing night. the mall. jean-paul belmondo. the beach. 40s. and those big cans of arizona iced tea

2.  How would you describe the show? 
some songs by weirdos and jerks to stress you out. some songs to help you stay mellow in these mellow times. some classic tunes. one unforgettable hour.

3.  What inspires you to do your show?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQmFWYWqTZAhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iesyfwj-1eI,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77MP7FC5ymwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHJhBUiVqNcye, tonetta

4.  What are you listening to right now?  just finished listening to jon hassell & brian eno, fourth world vol. 1: possible musics pre-nap.

5. Favorite foods? see above

6. Favorite holidays? christmas ’98. halloween ’05. new year’s eve ’10.

7. Sample show? listen and find out dudes!

Listen to HOSTAGE CRISIS

wednesday 9/14 at 6pm

09.02.2011

An Interview With John Goldsby

As a jazz fan with a particular soft spot for bassists, I am beyond pleased to share this interview with John Goldsby. As the bassist for the WDR Big Band, John is happily busy playing with the world’s greatest jazz musicians. His great groove, inventive ideas, and masterful technique make him one of the most respected bassists on the globe (and a personal favorite of my own). I am very honored and grateful for John’s wonderful responses.

An Interview with John Goldsby:John Goldsby

Aidan Plank: Is there anything you would like the WOBC audience to know about your music?

John Goldsby: I think a connection to the jazz tradition is the most important thing that I want to convey through my music. I play all types of jazz and modern improvised music, and I like to present forward-looking styles that are rooted in the traditions of the jazz legends. I have found my path by walking in the footsteps of giants.

AP: I seem to remember that you have played at Oberlin before. Is that true? And if so, what was your impression?

JG: I think I played at Oberlin years ago with Claude Bolling, a French pianist and composer. He was doing his “Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano,” and “Suite for Guitar and Jazz Piano.” I don’t really remember much about Oberlin because the gig was at least 20 years ago!

AP: I am curious who influences your playing. What music really struck you as being significant as you were forming your own concept?

JG: I started out playing rock music, like many players of my generation. From rock, I discovered jazz fusion, like the ’70s music of Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report. From there, I explored ’60s jazz and then bebop. When I moved to NYC in 1980, I played mainstream, straight-ahead jazz, but then I found myself often on gigs with swing players, playing music from the ’30s and ’40s. I got into early Ellington, Basie, Jimmie Lunceford.

The thing I came to realize about all of the music that I love is that good jazz has a great groove—whether it’s Ellington from 1930, or Miles Davis from 1965. All great jazz has an underlying pulse which is compelling and joyful. There are, of course, huge technical advances in the abilities of jazz players over the years, but technique alone does not make for great music. I am inspired by the players who have a great command of rhythm, melody and drama—the ones who can really tell a story.

As for specific influences on my bass playing, I would have to say Jimmie Blanton (w/Duke Ellington), Oscar Pettiford, Red Mitchell, Paul Chambers—and countless other bass players. From a solo perspective, I’d say players like Lester Young and Sonny Rollins inspire me greatly, as do guitar players like Wes Montgomery and Jimmy Raney.
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08.30.2011

Apply Now for a Fall Radio Show

WOBC 91.5FM

Apply now for a weekly radio this Fall season (September – December). Anyone is welcome to apply and there is no experience necessary. Music shows of all types as well as talk and public affairs shows are welcome. You can apply as an individual, as a group, or as an organization. You can find more information and the application at wobc.org/apply. Questions should be directed to pd@wobc.org.

08.09.2011

TOP 5 ADDS, 8/9


top 5 adds is a weekly section of WOBC that displays the top 5 most played new albums at the station. each album links to the band’s myspace, last.fm, or other music player so you can check them out for yourself!

1    DIVA    The Glitter End

julianna barwick and grouper ran into some witches who merge-hexed them into DIVA. haunting, breathy vocals for lazy summer existentialists to vibe with.

2    EMMY THE GREAT    Virtue

3    SHENANDOAH DAVIS    The Company We Keep

something to tide you over between joanna newsom albums; the feathery vocals immersed in fantasy are eerily reminiscent of newsom’s.

4    YOU ME AND US    Paperweights

fuzzy california garage pop; along the same lines as BRILLIANT COLORS.

5    DOM    Family Of Love

-devra freelander

08.04.2011

TOP 5 ADDS 8/3

top 5 adds is a weekly section of WOBC that displays the top 5 most played new albums at the station. each album links to the band’s myspace, last.fm, or other music player so you can check them out for yourself!

1    THE BANDANA SPLITS    Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits

saccharine doo-wop from three cute girls; sounds like a mix of camera obscura and she & him. check out: ‘sometimes’, ‘my love’, and ‘you don’t have to be a baby to cry’.

2    FALL ON YOUR SWORD    Another Earth: Music From the Motion Picture

3    RADIATION CITY    The Color of Industry (Single)

understated indie pop with vocals that sound like a sleepy feist, and harmonies straight out of bitte orca.

4    HUDSON MOHAWKE    Satin Panthers    Warp

5    ARMY NAVY    The Last Place    Self-Released

-devra freelander