Can’t get enough end-of-the-year lists? Thought so. Here’s the “Best of 2011” by former DJ Sexxx Luther and former Music Director Matthew Lionel Orenstein of their blog Bathroom On The Right:
Now seems to be as good a time as any to look back on the year in music that was. Best-of lists can be divisive things — I never agree with anyone else’s, most likely no one will agree with mine. The hope here is that you’ll check out some of these records that you haven’t yet. So, here’s my two cents.
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WOBC News Editor: The news editors are responsible for the production of WOBC news segments and ensuring that WOBC news segments are released daily. A new editor will have experience with sound editing software (Pro Tools, Logic, Audacity, etc) and be prepared to train reporters in how to conduct interviews, write scripts for stories, and edit audio. The news editors are responsible for assigning stories which are expected to cover events on and off campus. News editors should expect to commit ten hours or more to the position per week. You can receive Practicum in Journalism credit for this position. This is a paid position (inquire for details).
Outreach Director: The Outreach Director’s main priorities are to build connections with the Oberlin and Lorain County communities, to seek additional alumni support for WOBC, and to increase the station’s listenership. The Outreach Director works to develop relations with WOBC alumni and produces a newsletter to send to alums. The Outreach Director is also responsible for coordinating partnerships with local businesses and organizations, and for organizing public events like the annual block party.
Music Librarian: The Librarian is responsible for keeping the WOBC music library organized and accessible. The Librarian should be familiar with WOBC’s music collection and work to keep WOBC’s digital record of music accurate and up to date. The Music Librarian holds a weekly workgroup and is responsible for taking initiative to maintain the library as well as initiate new projects to improve it. The Music Librarian organizes and runs the Filing Party each semester.
Punk Director: The genre director is primarily responsible for processing new music in their genre that the station receives and managing their genre’s section of the music library. Genre directors lead a workgroup of station members to process new records and file old records within their genre. The genre director is responsible for posting regularly about new music in their genre on the WOBC blog. Genre directors are also expected to recruit DJs to apply to shows within their genre, work with the Promotions Directors to raise awareness about their genre and assist the Program Director in evaluating applications within their genre. Knowledge of musical styles in a particular genre and familiarity with the community of musicians and aficionados of that genre on campus is a plus in this position.
1 AVEY TARE Down There
2 TOM WAITS Bad As Me
3 THEE OH SEES Carrion Crawler/The Dream [EP]
4 SLOW CLUB Paradise
5 BEACH BOYS The Smile Sessions
6 REAL ESTATE Days
7 M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
8 ATLAS SOUND Parallax
9 KATE BUSH 50 Words For Snow
10 NEIL YOUNG Harvest
11 DIRTY PROJECTORS AND BJORK Mount Wittenberg Orca
12 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN born in the u.s.a
13 MAGNETITIC FIELDS 69 love songs
14 JOHN MAUS We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
15 HANK WILLIAMS lovesick blues
16 ARCADE FIRE The Suburbs
17 TYCHO Dive Ghostly
18 STILL CORNERS Creatures Of An Hour
19 WISE BLOOD These Wings [EP]
20 GIRLS Father, Son, Holy Ghost
21 JOAKIM Nothing Gold
22 ST. VINCENT Strange Mercy
23 R.E.M. Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011
24 TWIN SISTER In Heaven
25 BJORK Biophilia
26 FRIENDS College Sampler
27 TY SEGALL Singles 2007-2010
28 JUSTICE Audio, Video, Disco
29 OLOF ARNALDS Olof Sings
30 SUMMER CAMP Welcome To Condale
As the last album to feature founding member and drummer, Bill Berry, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, released in 1996, has the most diverse set of songs by R.E.M. The process of the album is unusual in that most the songs were written while R.E.M. was on tour for their 1994 album, Monster, and were recorded live with eight-track recorders. As a result, most of the album centralizes itself on themes of motion and travel. This album mixes the country sound found in their previous albums, Out of Time and Automatic for the People, with more of a rock feel found on Monster and Lifes Rich Pageant. I believe that although critics had mixed dispositions about the album, New Adventures in Hi Fi is one of R.E.M.’s best efforts, especially from the 1990s.
The album begins with the pleasant groove of “How The West Was Won and Where It Got Us”. This is probably the catchiest tune from the album with its highly recognizable and memorable piano staccato riff. Michael Stipe’s yell at the end of each chorus gives the song most of its power. The next song takes the listener to a fast pace run with “The Wake-Up Bomb”. It carries itself with a hard rock guitar riff. “New Test Leper” plays with religious themes with more of an acoustic sound. The band takes another turn to a light groove with “Undertow”. The bass carries this song as the guitar riff guides it towards its climatic chorus. This song also uses religious references that are subtle, in which Stipe contemplates about life. The chorus is surprisingly in a major key as Stipe yells “I’m drowning….” The most well-known song off this album is “E-Bow The Letter” and for a good reason. It is one of the most charming tracks from the album with Patti Smith featured as a guest vocalist behind Stipe’s echoes of sadness. Continue reading FORM THE VAULT: R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi→
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