Matt and Meagan again with another dispatch from the Southwest US. It’s been a couple days since we last wrote, and what a couple of days it’s been. We had a show the night after the Phoenix show in Albuquerque at the Gold House with Daniel Rhinier (Teenicide), The Arsonist, and Carlosaur, all of whom played great sets. They brought a fair amount of people, too, and they were all totally receptive and nice and just plain into it, which felt great. Nothing but positive vibes in that house, and I can only hope that the other shows on the tour will be that great.
The next day was a different sort of adventure. We’ve got more pix coming your way as soon as we can figure out how to load them…long story short, we drove for 16 hours from New Mexico to Austin on a drive that should’ve taken 11. There’s a large part of Texas that at least for the time being Matt will imagine as being bathed in pitch darkness. Not a bad thing, but from what he gathers it does get light around here sometimes. So after 3 mix tapes, two hours of the To Kill A Mockingbird audiobook, and a couple traipses in the wrong direction, we rolled into Austin at 4am. And that’s where we are now. We’ve got another show this evening at Natrix Natrix house with David Isreal, Literature, and Jacob Borshard. If you’re in Austin and like having a good time, come on down.
Love and BLOOD
-MLO & MMD
Editor’s Note: WOBC’s Matt Orenstein (pop director) AKA LIONEL O and Oberlin student Meagan Day AKA WISDOM TOOTH will be blogging their winter tour for WOBC.org. Keep checking this site for updates!
We — being Meagan Day (Wisdom Tooth) and I — are about to head to Albuquerque, but I figured I’d drop a line before the two of us hit the road. We’re touring the Southwest, moving east. Last night was the first show. It was in Phoenix at a house called The Tribe, and I can’t imagine a better way to start a tour. We had a couple other shows to compete with: one house show, and Sonic Youth. Given that, we drew a few people, and they all seemed to like what Meagan, Stephen Steinbrink, and I played. They were also a lot of fun to hang out with before, during, and after the show. Nice people around here. I’m glad we’re spending as much time in the SW as we are. Stephen and his Mom were kind enough to let us sleep at their house, and we had the good fortune of having Stephen show us some of Phoenix. Pix are forthcoming. I’ve never been to this part of the country, so I’ve never seen anything like it. I have a hard time fathoming anything other than snow and gray in the wintertime, and blue sky in grass in the summer. I’m not being melodramatic. The last couple weeks in Minneapolis were colder than cold, and the weeks leading up to those in Ohio were slightly less cold but no less gray. Not so down here. 60 degrees is sweater weather. What a place. I love it.
There’s really not a whole lot else to tell at this point. Tonight we have another show, tomorrow we don’t. My latest album, “Stranger,” will hopefully be up on iTunes while we’re on the road, so if you’re inclined keep your eyes peeled. There’s a WOBC connect here: Jesse, our manager, was kind enough to help me with the artwork.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you soon.
WOBC will be off the air until January 11th. Have great holidays. We’ll be thinking about you.
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The Community Radio Exco created programs for hypothetical community radio stations as their final projects. These audio documentaries are definitely worth a listen.
Becca Nieto created Lexicon Box a program for a radio station which would concern literacy support and public domain story-sharing.
Anna Park created Relaxation Station a program for a radio station which would encourage meditation and relaxations techniques.
Arielle Lewis-Zavala created Gender and Sexuality Forum a program for a radio station which would discuss issues facing the LGBTQ community.
Gender and Sexuality Forum
Meli Wortman created a storytelling program en Espanol.
Miles Pulsford created WHAT Radio a station which would give voice to elderly communities. His program features a true-life narrative from the Korean war.
Pictured: Brandon, Michael, Darryl, Francesca, Brittany, Karyn, and Max.
The Gathering Hope House Radio Show is a program produced by members of the Gathering Hope House, a peer-managed mental health recovery center in Lorain, OH. Every Thursday evening, college students bring recording equipment to Gathering Hope House and take away stories, songs, jokes, testimonials, and poems about the road to recovery.
This week’s episode discusses the difficulty of being misunderstood when you are dealing with mental health issues, the reasons for pursuing a GED and coping with the holidays.
Click link below to listen:
Gathering Hope House Radio Show December 13th
produced by Caroline Lewis and Max Rivlin-Nadler
American Prison Systems is a talk show with Francesca Krihely about the state of American Prisons and the structures that cause cycles of recidivism, incarceration and crime. This program hopes to revive the resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex on Oberlin Campus and Community, as well as bring knowledge about local resources and nation-wide projects to listeners.
This episode features three of Francesca’s students from her Experimental College class about contemporary problems in the prison industrial complex. They discuss issues of recidivism, the death penalty, juvenile justice and local projects aimed at reducing incarceration.
Special thanks to Amber Walker, Kayla Brandt, Hadass Silver and Tazri Afrin for sharing their thoughts and knowledge on the show.
American Prison Systems Episode 12/6