Top 5 Adds is a weekly section of the WOBC Blog 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. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High EP – I’d been waiting for this record for a while … those of you who saw them play with Girls in Oberlin can attest that this band is the real deal. The layer of fuzz on the DDG’s earlier releases is gone, but the clarity of this album showcases just how talented this band is. Includes a cover of The Smiths’ “There is a Light That Never Goes Out” that’s pretty faithful to the original.
2. Jad Fair – Beautiful Music: The Best of Jad Fair – This album was my introduction to Fair’s music. Never knew how much I had missed. This album is a three-disc set that runs about a hundred songs (and some change). Idiosyncratic without being cutesy, pop-y without being saccharine. Though a hundred songs is a bit much for a best-of comp, odds are you’ll find something in this bunch to grab onto.
Every Friday at 12:15 pm, the Oberlin jazz community gathers for Jazz Forum at the Cat in the Cream, where audience members are treated to short sets from 2 or 3 of Oberlin’s small jazz ensembles. At the second forum of the semester, Jazz Studies upperclassmen Tim Bennet and Peter Manheim each led his own quartet in a fine display of musicianship and improvisation. -Adam Hirsch
Welcome to the Top 30 section of the WOBC Blog! A big part of my job is reporting to CMJ what exactly WOBC plays every week. This chart shows the 30 most played albums, while the Adds chart (posted yesterday) tells CMJ what of the most recent batch of albums we’ve been spinning most. So this post, like the Top 5 Adds, will come at you weekly. So here’s what we’ve been spinning:
Welcome to the first installment of “Top 5 Adds!” A big part of the Music Director’s job here at WOBC is reporting to CMJ what we’re playing, and a big part of the reporting is the Adds Chart. More so than the Top 200 Chart, this one highlights new records that we’ve added to the station this week. This chart is a really good place for up-and-coming bands (or bands that have already been established) to get their due. I’ll be posting the adds every week as long as I’m the MD here (for the rest of the semester). I’ll be coming at you weekly with these, and I’ll do the same with the general top 30 chart. So, without further ado, THE ADDS:
1. Radiohead – The King of Limbs. Real shocker here. Biggest band in the world gets the number one slot on this chart. Since its Friday release, this album has had 20 plays on WOBC. This is tops for the Top 200 Chart as well. If you prefer Radiohead’s Headphone Records (Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Theif) to ones that sound more like people with electric guitars (The Bends, OK Computer), you’ll love this one.
3. Air Waves – Dungeon Dots. (Album cover pictured above). This band came to Oberlin three semesters ago and crashed on my floor. They’re all great (underwater) people. They’ve re-recorded a lot of stuff from earlier releases for this album, so it sounds cleaner than their first EP. Another strong showing of sparsely produced indie-pop from the Underwater Peoples community.
4. Shad – TSOL (Bonus Version). I always freak out a little bit when I see Shad’s name in my inbox, because I always misread it as “Shaq.” But I’m glad it’s indeed Shad. This record is just an EP, but it’s characteristically strong. RIYL: K-OS, Dam Funk, Dilla, Ant, etc.
Digging around in WOBC’s vault of folk vinyl for my country show last summer, I came across a compilation called Country and Eastern. I didn’t think I would like it because the part of country that is western and not eastern is what usually appeals to me. But on that record is a track by Nanci Griffith (“I Wish It Would Rain”) that got me thinking beyond the parameters of raspy old man country music.
It turns out that we’ve got a whole lot of Nanci Griffith in the vault here, including her 1986 album Lone Star State of Mind. The record does well what country music does best: songs about really sad things that don’t make you sad, and songs about getting out of town. My favorite is “Ford Econoline,” because I love songs about ladies pursuing happiness by taking to the open road, and “Cold Hearts/Closed Minds” is a really sweet contribution to the I’m-gonna-leave-you-in-the-morning classification of sad songs. -Stella