FROM THE VAULT: The (Very Nice) Plants – Rock For Horticulture

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!

I’ll include this again at the end, but if you own the rights to any of this music and want it taken down, e-mail wobc (AT) oberlin.edu and we will comply immediately.

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My friend Amiel found this record during filing workgroup last year and thought it looked too funny to pass up. Turns out, it’s pretty damn good, and pretty damn hard to find much information on. From what I can gather, The (Very Nice) Plants were a DC area band playing joints in the early 80s. Go! Records (again, hard to find much information on) released their 4 song 45 “Rock For Horticulture” in 1983 and must have sent it to WOBC where, 26 years later, we found it misfiled.

Rough contemporaries of The Replacements and the Young Fresh Fellows, The (Very Nice) Plants manage to deliver four great little pop gems that sound like glib, “Johnny Be Good” throwbacks. Roller rink organs, Marty McFly guitar solos, plant chants, it’s all here. The 45 is totally solid, but standouts include the dreamy-to-rippin’ “(I Know) It Couldn’t be Right” and “Groovy Girl,” a twangy, guitar-driven rockabilly number.

What happened to The (Very Nice) Plants? Was this music too fun to sustain? Did they rock too hard for horticulture? Were they smothered by riffs, keyboards, hard drugs and the prophetic knowledge of the potential of The lo-fi???

Who knows. No one, maybe? Regardless, enjoy the posted 45 and let us know what you think.

A1. The (Very Nice) Plants – (I Know) It Couldn’t Be Right
A2. The (Very Nice) Plants – Bellman
B1. The (Very Nice) Plants – Groovy Girl
B2. The (Very Nice) Plants – Plant Chant

Pooh Universe: 360o, 8 1/2 x 11"

From Kalan:

Pooh Universe: 360o, 8 1/2 x 11″ is a show I’ve been dreaming of elaborating for a few years now. Encompassing everything (see: Apocalypse-)Pooh, from Tao and Te to 17-layered remixes of euro-pop I’m-Just-a-Little-Black-Raincloud, the content is especially grounded in a series of critical essays written and compiled by Frederick Crews. This show features the queer liberation sex theory of the pseudo BigGloria3 to a backdrop of Harry Partch, John Zorn, and a small milieu of Piglets.

Pooh 3600 Episode November 3rd

Show Of The Week: It’s Da Pap! Fridays 7-8 AM

Pictured: DJ Charkira during her prime.

Described as “A pop show specializing in diehard bubblegum pop from the late 90’s- current times. Esoteric, poorly produced and highly addictive tunes,” DJ Charkira gives listeners the motivation to get an early start, and reminds us just how close we are to the weekend (TGIFM, Am I right?).

So with our inaugural “Show Of the Week” feature, we’ve decided to salute DJ Char and “Da Pap”. Here’s a Q+A with ms. pants:

1. How would you describe yourself? Teenybopper grown past their golden years. 

2. How would you describe the show? If Miley Cyrus’s little sister (Noah Cyrus) and Taylor Swift’s future child came together to record an album produced by Dreamstreet (Jesse McCartney’s first project before he went solo), you would have It’s Da Pap. 

3. What inspires you to do your show? I am inspired by look on the face of the librarians at the oberlin public library when I take out every Vanessa Hudgens album ever made.

4. What are you listening to RIGHT NOW? The new Lady Gaga jam, “Bad Romance”.

5. What is your favorite show on WOBC?  Chow Down with Meredith Simon Pearson and Cubby Dimling (Thursday @ 5PM).

6. Favorite food? Chocolate and no nuts.

7. Favorite holiday? T Gives. 

8. Final thoughts? SO honored! 

Nominations for next week’s Show of the Week can be made in the comments section to this post. 

Art Brut at the 'Sco: Nov.11.09(!!)

(some of) The British are coming! (to the Sco!)

Next Wednesday, Nov. 11th, indie favs Art Brut  bring their wry brand of punkish, angular (British) rock to the ‘Sco. Associated (by Press powers that be) with Franz F. and Bloc Party in the early Oughts, Art Brut stood apart by virtue of their ironic “it’s not irony, it’s rock’n’roll” attitude. They’re touring behind their third album “Art Brut Vs. Satan” which is pretty sweet and has songs about comic books and Paul Westerberg being pretty much old. 

The line between the charmingly self-aware/depreciating and the woefully obnoxious draws mighty thin. Art Brut, though, manages to stay on the sunny side, getting away with lines like: “I can’t stand the sound of the Velvet Underground…the second time around” and “we’re gonna be the band that writes the song that makes Israel and Palestine get along” because we feel like we’re in on the joke. (They’re talking to us, right? We understand irony and rock and roll! And having crushes on people too!)

Plus, they’re probably the kind of sarcastic British people we like, so come out to the ‘Sco as an act of reconciliation and good will. We’ll forget about that whole Revolutionary War thing, they can thank us for the Ramones and we’ll all just get on with it.

It’s fun, it’s (usually) smart and it’s only $7 with yr OC ID ($12 without).

Art Brut-Emily Kane

Connections-Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Radio Show

Produced by Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Connections hosts interviews (live and recorded) with individuals and groups in Oberlin, Lorain County and Northern Ohio who are involved in arts and culture, and social betterment and justice.

This week’s episode discusses international voting rights as well as the upcoming local elections.

Connections November 2nd

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