After more than ten years, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti manages to stay relevant despite the current over saturation of the chillwave/chillcore/chillout/dreamwave/dreampop genre. With the release of their latest single, “Round and Round,” from the album, Before Today, the band sprints ahead of the pack.
The song includes elements that can be found on previous Haunted Graffiti albums, such as Ariel’s frequent use of harmony and poppy melodies, and gives them some extra attention in the production studio. The listener is left with a shinier, more polished sound than what can be found on previous albums.
Not only does the song boast better production quality, but it is more accessible than past singles. “Round and Round” is catchy, infused with highly melodic vocals over a steady, bouncy baseline. Although it’s a pop song that can rival any on the airwaves today, Pink’s unique sound is undoubtedly at its core. The song chooses to employ the help of a mid tempo beat that stays constant throughout and works well with the baseline. “Round and Round” is driven by its instrumental elements and Pink, singing more clearly than usual, sews all of the parts of the song together with well-crafted vocal tracks.
Plenty of artists are associated with the baby-making genre that is currently flooding the radio waves and invading dancefloors everywhere. Ariel Pink is not one of them. The music from previous albums, home recordings wrapped in indiscernible lyrics, manipulated vocals and driven by distorted synthesizers and guitars, usually doesn’t come to mind when the candles are low and your special gentleman or lady friend is looking for inspiration. But with the release of “Round and Round,” the band has the potential of earning a place in the hearts of poorly-lit dancefloor patrons everywhere. Whether intentional or not, the song is sexy in its own right and marks a new era for Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. — Aba Essel
Every Thursday this summer tune into 91.5 FM, Oberlin College and Community Radio, at 3PM to catch Doc Gooden’s latest sports wisdom on WE CAN STILL GET THESE RUNS BACK. Broadcasting from WOBC’s sports desk, Gooden covers the biggest stories in the wide world of sports from the World Cup of Soccer to your favorite Lake Erie Crushers baseball.
In this week’s special episode, WE CAN GET THESE LEBRONS BACK, Gooden was joined by longtime personalities Tommy Morello and Matt Orenstein to discuss the future of Lebron James. The show also featured a play-by-play reenactment of Wednesday night’s “Keep LBJ in CLE” Crushers’ game. (The final score was Freedom 5, Crushers 4 in 12 innings.) Other highlights include a brief appearance by Coach Orenstrong to promote a newly created sport called “basketball,” and the weekly Weekend Box Office Roundup.
From the Vault will be a reoccurring feature here on the WOBC blog where fearless DJs plunge into the depths of the station vaults to bring you the freshest stuff gone stale! In addition to a massive vinyl collection, we’re also sitting on hundreds and hundreds of 45s, lots of which are super rad and super rare. We’ll be posting cuts from these recordings for your enjoyment, so let us know what you think! ===========================
It’s been a while since we posted any cuts from the archives, but want no longer! Here’s a 45” from an old Oakland area band The Nonce (feat. Rookie Phenom). This got pulled on the merits of its title and turned out to be pretty awesome. The A side, “Roadie For The Kinks” is a fun homage to Davies, Davies & Co. (the sleeve also bears the plea: HELP PUT THE KINKS IN THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME! call 415-648-9405) but the real winner is the B side, “Sometimes I Wonder.”
Spanish In The Elementary Schools (SITES) allows Oberlin College students to teach Spanish to Oberlin public school students. For their final project, Mr. Codney’s 4th grade class at Prospect Elementary School learned about community radio and then students planned, practiced and recorded their own radio program to show off what they learned this year. Parents, students, and anyone else can listen to the audio, which includes the following segments:
1. “Bienvenido”- A welcome from the class 2. “Introducción”- An intro about the date and weather 3. “La Familia”- Students talking about the members of their families 4. “El Alfabeto”-The call-and-response alphabet song 5. “Los Animales”- Students teaching each other how to say different animal names in Spanish 6. “¡Pies Pies Pies!”- A song that students sing about the body, “el cuerpo”. Accompanied by an exhausting dance! 7. “¿Qué quieres ser?”- Students share what they want to be when they grow up 8. “¡Adiós!”- The “Goodbye” song
The piece was recorded by Spanish teachers Caroline Lewis and Chris Gollmar and produced by Caroline Lewis. Thanks to Professor Codney’s class for a great year!