Ben Sharp of Cloudkicker – Live Interview Sunday December 5th at 11am

Live Radio Interview Sunday December 5th at 11am with Ben Sharp, the man behind the music of Cloudkicker

Cloudkicker, the solo project of Ben Sharp, features complex compositional styles blending into vast emotional soundscapes along the lines of progressive post rock/shoegaze/metal. Cloudkicker stretches the limits of modern musical production and distribution. Continually posting all his music on the internet for free, Cloudkicker represents one man’s true artistic expression. With three EPs and two full-length albums including the recently released album Beacons, Cloudkicker is rapidly gaining the recognition it deserves.

Cloudkicker is the most epic, creative, and mind-blowing music I have listened to in a long time and is definitely worth a listen. All the music made by Cloudkicker can be downloaded for free at http://cloudkicker.bandcamp.com. Check out the music and tune in on December 5th at 11am to hear Ben Sharp speak about his music!

-noah jones

SHOW OF THE WEEK: In Context

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Fridays 1-2pm, Eilis O’Neill, with producers Jake Purcell and Joanna Johnson, develops an international news show analyzing various world events to attempt to broaden Oberlin students’ understanding of these events. They get 2-3 guests on-air per show, so the show is ridiculously awesome (and intellectually stimulating!). Show of the week status granted.

1.  How would you describe yourself?

I’m a senior from Seattle.  I like producing radio, moving (between cities), reading, and running.

2.  How would you describe the show?

In Context is an international news analysis show.

3.  What inspires you to do your show?

I think that the international news coverage in most U.S. news outlets is pretty slim, so I try to talk to people who can help my listeners and me understand the complexity of the world’s events

4.  What are you listening to right now?

I just finished listening to some interviews I did yesterday for a NewsCorps piece about the regional cross country meet.

5. Favorite foods?

I am awfully fond of smoked salmon.

6. Favorite holidays?

My favorite holiday is Christmas, because it is the only time of year when my siblings and parents and I are all in one place.

7. Sample show?

This week, we are discussing the current political crisis in Italy for half the show and the issue of detainee rights (in Guantanamo and other U.S. detention centers around the world) for the second half.

To vote for next week’s Show of the Week, email pd@wobc.org.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: Heavy Tweaks

F 5-6am

Fridays 5-6am, Jack Patterson drags himself out of bed and to WOBC and to play “variegated, scintillating ‘vibes'” with “damaged pop sensibilities.” (FROM THE PROGRAM GUIDE — PAPER COPIES AVAILABLE NOW). We know he’s got listeners all over the area every week, so show of the week status granted.

1. How would you describe yourself?
I’m a freshman. I’m from Baltimore. No major. Vibe out hard 2 alot of soundz.

2. How would you describe the show?
I play music I like: psych and electronic, noise/free improv occasionally; I’ve been trying to keep a mix of agreeable vibes and harsher confusing stuff. It’s also fun to layer music on music there in the station, mixing stuff together on the spot.

3. What inspires you to do your show?
1) The death of chillwave. 2) Lil B the Based God, his based world, and based lifestyle (serious about my respect for Lil B and his music, for his extreme levity and experimentation).

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Tower of Blood/Infinite Valley

6. What is your favorite food?
Korean seafood pancakes.

7. Favorite holidays?
n/a

8. Sample Playlist?
Cluster – Hollywood
Fennesz – Made In Hong Kong
Lil B – Ready for Battle
DJ Dog Dick – Lap Dog
Faust – Mamie Is Blue
Sun Araw – Deep Temple
Fenn O’Berg – Floating My Boat
Oval – Storecheck
Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People

9. Final Thoughts?
n/a

To vote for next week’s Show of the Week, email pd@wobc.org.

SHOW OF THE WEEK: I Walked On Your Face

W 2-3am with Ari Orenstein
W 2-3am with Ari Orenstein

Wednesdays 2-3am, Ari Orenstein plays energy-boosting music ranging from the trashy to oldies to pure awesomeness– making you feel like you’ve walked on the moon. (Get it?) Show of the week status granted.

1. How would you describe yourself?
I’m an Orenstein, which means my pinkies are abnormally long, my forehead is tilted back slightly, and I am chronically spacey.

2. How would you describe the show?
It’s pretty silly. I mean, how serious are songs about the moon, anyway?

3. What inspires you to do your show?
The moon.

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
The gurgling of my radiator and the beeping of a truck backing up. And also Blue, by good ol’ Joni Mitchell.

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
It’s a toss-up between Gathering Hope House Radio and Sexxx Luthor’s Grab Bag.

6. Favorite foods?
Bacon, mozzerella cheese, dark chocolate with espresso, and strawberries are all delicious (but probably not when they’re mixed together, if I had to guess).

7. Favorite holidays?
My favorite official holiday is probably the fourth of July–I love fireworks. But I also love celebrating unbirthdays; they’re totally underrated.

To vote for next week’s Show of the Week, email pd@wobc.org.

Teengirl Fantasy – “Koi Pond” from full-length 7AM

TEENGIRL FANTASY – KOI POND (Ivy Meadows Visual Dub) from Camilla Padgitt-Coles on Vimeo.

Oberlin’s own Teengirl Fantasy–a.k.a. Nick Weiss and Logan Takahashi–recently released their debut full-length, 7AM, on True Panther Sounds. Check out this SWEET CUT off that LP, “Koi Pond,” and a visual dub from Camilla Padgitt-Coles.

You can grab 7AM, LP and mp3 from true panther, also iTunes. — will

SHOW OF THE WEEK: The tOwnies

Every Tuesday 8 to 9pm, Janna Powell & Saige McNeal come and play their favorite tunes, discuss Oberlin town and college, and have an all around good time. We like to hear them chat about life and music, SO show of the week status granted!

1. How would you describe yourselves?
Janna: Well, I’m pretty short and I’m attempting to dread my hair. Just the typical Obie I suppose. But yeah, other than that I just like to think I’m just a pretty chill girl.
Saige: Uh, lets just say…It’s best to meet me in person. I like for people to form their own opinions (yea I know…super lame)

2. How would you describe the show?
Janna: I think our show is often just a time where despite what type of day we had, we like to chill, have fun, and enjoy the hour we have to share music with others over the airwaves. Saige and I both have a love for all types of music…so you never really know what to expect. Just listen. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂
Saige: I believe that “The tOwies” represents who we are day to day and our take on our surroundings. AND! the music we play is a reflection of two very different people from different places coming together in one very special place thinking…”damn! We are musically compatible!”

3. What inspires you to do your show?
Janna: I started working with Meeko Israel on his show last fall when I moved to Oberlin. He immediately was family and became a mentor to me. After spending so much time in the station with him just sharing our love for music and watching how he expresses not only himself, but the common struggles within the human race, I began getting really interested. Eventually he started pushing me to get a show, and I went with it. He’s been my big radio inspiration thus far.
Saige: MUSIC, Oberlin, Janna, and the future.

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Janna: Aminals by Baths. Soooooo good for the ears!
Saige: CNN..haha

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?
Janna: The World Famous Meeko Show (Sundays 3-5, tune in!)
Saige: Electronic Fantasy Seduction because I like Electrónica…I like Fantasy…and I like Seduction…

6. Favorite foods?
Janna: Pizza. But from back in Philly…not here.
Saige: Korean FOOD!

7. Favorite holidays?
Janna: Christmas! Not because of the presents…but snow, friends, bon fires, apple pie, train rides! Gah, I love it.
Saige: Other peoples’ birthdays!

8. Final thoughts?
Janna: This song is SO good!
Saige: Listen to the tOwies on WOBC on Tuesdays from 8-9pm. The show is filled with good music, random conversations, and is hosted by the none other than Saige and Janna.

To vote for next week’s Show of the Week, email pd@wobc.org.

Nation Beat Plays the ‘Sco

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On Thursday September 29th, as we celebrated the first month of school, the group Nation Beat played at the Sco. They are known for mixing together sounds from northeastern Brazil and the southern United States. “They are rhythm gatherers, harvesting the fruit of 500 years of cultural crossbreeding, which is why the sounds of the northeast of Brazil and the southern United States blend together so seamlessly (www.nationbeat.com/)”. Nation Beat originally hails from Brooklyn, New York and were just returning from two world music festivals, one in Chicago and one in Iowa. They played classic country tunes tunes like Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonely I Could Cry” as well as popular, Brazilian, carnaval tunes such as “Morena Tropicana”. To the western songs they added Brazilian maracuta drumming and instruments like Pandeiro and Oboe (I’m guessing the oboe is a Brazilian thing?). To the Brazilian songs they added appalachian fiddle music.

While they were here they also taught a singing and drumming class at the Conservatory, and in the middle and at the end of the concert they invited the con jazz kids up on stage to play. The stage, filled with a mixture of new and familiar faces, made an adorable family style picture, and the music they produced sizzled. Nation Beat is known for collecting and synthesizing rhythms, and that night they managed to collect and synthesize our very own Oberlin Conservatory sounds with the rhythms and languages of their own cultures. Several times the members of Nation Beat gave the Conservatory students the opportunity to break out into a solo. The electric guitar, played by WIll Darity, a jazz guitarist, jived particularly well with the Brazilian grooves, and it really blew everyone away at the end. This music was great to dance to, and the lead singer, Liliana encouraged us to clap and even taught the audience a few Brazilian dances.

Liliana was mesmerizing on stage in her colorful, full body traditional gown, dancing and entreating us to enjoy ourselves. Her opening statement sums up nicely what Nation Beat is all about. “The United States and Brazil, making music together, to put the world a little better.”

— Clay Contee

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