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Below are WXYC's top 20 albums of 2013, as voted on by the DJ body and as revealed last night on our Thursday Night Feature. Also peep the bottom for our station manager, programming director, and music directors' personal top 20s.

WXYC's Top 20 Albums of 2013
1. Chance the Rapper- Acid Rap (Save Money)
2. Lonnie Holley- Keeping a Record of It (Dust To Digital)
3. Kelela- Cut 4 Me (Fade To Mind)
4. Kanye West- Yeezus
5. Danny Brown- Old (Fool's Gold)
6. Julia Holter- Loud City Song (Domino)
7. Steve Gunn- Time Off (Paradise of Bachelors)
8. Circuit Des Yeux- Overdue (Ba Da Bing)
9. Run the Jewels- S/T (Fool's Gold)
10. Grouper- The Man Who Dies In His Boat (Kranky)

Jan 10 2014 - 11:34am
Mar 19 2014 - 11:23am

The results are in! WXYC's Best of 2013 airs tonight. Join Ryan Simmons and cohorts as they count down to midnight and the revelation of 2012's best, as voted upon by our very own deejays and calculated on assorted fancy machinery hidden inside our invisible zeppelin and released only upon the airship's landing.

Jan 9 2014 - 1:38pm
Mar 17 2014 - 8:23pm

Love WXYC? Well, why don't you become one of us? We're hiring this semester and all UNC students are eligible to apply, no experience required. We'll be having an interest meeting Tuesday the 14th at 6 p.m. and open houses in the radio station on the 13th and 14th at 5 p.m. Join the cult of radio!
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Jan 8 2014 - 12:14pm
Mar 10 2014 - 12:23pm

WXYC's Top 103 Records for the week of Sunday 12/29/13 - Saturday 1/4/14:

Rank (Plays) Artist - 'Title of CD/LP/EP/7-inch' (RECORD LABEL)
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1 (18) Pulse Emitter - Crater Lake (IMMUNE)
2 (16) Secret Boyfriend - This Is Always Where You've Lived (BLACKEST EVER BLACK)
3 (15) Mike Tamburo - Presence (INNER ISLANDS)
4 (14) Rodion G.A. - The Lost Tapes (STRUT)
5 (13) Daniel Bachman - Jesus I'm A Sinner (TOMPKINS SQUARE)
6 (13) Eleven Pond - Assemblage (DARK ENTRIES)
7 (13) Lea Bertucci - Resonance Shapes (OBSOLETE UNITS)
8 (12) Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel (PARADISE OF BACHELORS)
9 (12) RAUM - Event Of Your Leaving (GLASS, HOUSE)

Jan 7 2014 - 5:47am
Mar 5 2014 - 12:23pm
Jan 6 2014 - 4:30pm
Mar 2 2014 - 1:23pm

Tonight's Thursday Night Feature on WXYC remembers artists who passed on in 2013. Who would you like to memorialize?

Jan 2 2014 - 11:06am
Feb 25 2014 - 7:23pm

Tonight’s Thursday Night Feature on WXYC focuses on the work of jazz producer Creed Taylor. An alum of Duke jazz ensembles, Taylor founded the Impulse! sub-label before moving to Verve, where he brought the Brazilian bossa nova sound to American audiences before eventually founding his own label, CTI Records, in the 1970s. Taylor’s brilliance lay in keeping the jazz genre commercially viable while allowing artists to retain artistic credibility, widening the label’s reach while continuing to sign innovative artists – Nina Simone and Freddie Hubbard among them. Tune in nine to midnight Thursday, December 26, for three hours dedicated to Creed Taylor’s oeuvre.

Dec 26 2013 - 9:08am
Feb 23 2014 - 1:23pm

WXYC's Top 100 Records for the week of Sunday 12/15/13 - Saturday 12/21/13:

Rank (Plays) Artist - 'Title of CD/LP/EP/7-inch' (RECORD LABEL)
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1 (15) Secret Boyfriend - This Is Always Where You've Lived (BLACKEST EVER BLACK)
2 (14) Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel (PARADISE OF BACHELORS)
3 (14) RAUM - Event Of Your Leaving (GLASS, HOUSE)
4 (14) Rodion G.A. - The Lost Tapes (STRUT)
5 (13) Suzuki Junzo - SINGS II: Sings ballads of contemporary sadness point of views and general love and depression. (NOD AND SMILE RECORDS)
6 (12) Eleven Pond - Assemblage (DARK ENTRIES)
7 (12) Isabelle Gunn - Discographia 82-87 (GROVL TAPES)
8 (12) Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain (HYPERDUB)

Dec 23 2013 - 9:03am
Feb 20 2014 - 9:23pm

Tonight's WXYC's New Science Experience will be taken over by Party Illegal and DURTY Durham Art Collective DJs and producers. Big bass business from some of Durham's heaviest sound wizards! Mike S hosts.

Dec 20 2013 - 7:42am
Feb 16 2014 - 2:23pm

Tonight’s Thursday Night Feature on WXYC is a double! Starting off at eight, spike your egg nog with a little soul. Nanci O Is Hip Hop brings the fourth annual edition of her Christmas special, featuring hip hop and soul from the Carolinas and beyond, including an exclusive interview with recently retired independent rapper Shelly B! Then at ten, Gwen brings us her lesser-known Christmas favorites and yours, along with readings from poems and stories.

Dec 19 2013 - 8:16am
Feb 14 2014 - 3:23pm

Hey y'all, we're still voting on our favorite albums of 2013 over at WXYC, but one of our music directors, JJ Lang, has already made a mix of some songs from his favorite releases this year.

Dec 16 2013 - 12:35pm
Feb 13 2014 - 3:23pm

WXYC's Top 94 Records for the week of Sunday 12/8/13 - Saturday 12/14/13:

Rank (Plays) Artist - 'Title of CD/LP/EP/7-inch' (RECORD LABEL)
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1 (17) Lonnie Holley - Keeping A Record Of It (DUST-TO-DIGITAL)
2 (17) RAUM - Event Of Your Leaving (GLASS, HOUSE)
3 (16) Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel (PARADISE OF BACHELORS)
4 (15) Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain (HYPERDUB)
5 (15) Lucrecia Dalt - Syzygy (HUMAN EAR)
6 (14) Circuit Des Yeux - Overdue (BA DA BING!)
7 (14) John Wizards - John Wizards (PLANET MU)
8 (14) Larry Nozero - Time (180 Proof)
9 (14) Rodion G.A. - The Lost Tapes (STRUT)
10 (12) Danny Brown - Old (FOOL'S GOLD)
11 (12) Deltron 3030 - Event II (75 ARK)

Dec 16 2013 - 12:21pm
Feb 9 2014 - 1:23pm

Tune in nine to midnight for a retrospective on jazz pianist Bill Evans, of the eponymous and famed trio. An alum of Miles Davis's ensemble, Louisiana schooling, and the New York jazz scene, Evans innovated and championed equal interplay among individual voices in an ensemble, a feature along with his stellar piano work that makes the Bill Evans Trio sound eminently recognizable.

Dec 12 2013 - 6:12pm
Feb 6 2014 - 10:23pm

WXYC's Top 103 Records for the week of Sunday 12/1/13 - Saturday 12/7/13:

Rank (Plays) Artist - 'Title of CD/LP/EP/7-inch' (RECORD LABEL)
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1 (17) Daniel Bachman - Jesus I'm A Sinner (TOMPKINS SQUARE)
2 (17) Robbie Basho - Visions of the Country (GNOME LIFE)
3 (14) John Wizards - John Wizards (PLANET MU)
4 (14) Kuupuu - Sisar (EM)
5 (14) Natural Snow Buildings - Daughter of Darkness (BA DA BING!)
6 (13) Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain (HYPERDUB)
7 (13) Lonnie Holley - Keeping A Record Of It (DUST-TO-DIGITAL)
8 (13) William Winant - Five American Percussion Pieces (POON VILLAGE)
9 (12) Beautiful Swimmers - Son (FUTURE TIMES)
10 (12) Burton Inc - L.A. Will Make You Pay $$$ (JAZZMAN)

Dec 8 2013 - 7:48am
Feb 3 2014 - 7:23pm

Tonight’s Thursday Night Feature on WXYC remembers Frank Zappa on the twentieth anniversary of his death. Popularly known for his novelty songs like “Yellow Snow” or “Dancing Fool,” Zappa is considered by the music world to be one of the most important serious composers of the twentieth century. He composed and performed all kinds of music, from doo-wop to pop, rock to jazz, and classical and electronica to musique concrete, as well as and pieces impossible to categorize but uniquely identifiable as Zappa creations. Tune in 9PM to midnight for this retrospective, hosted by WXYC’s own chief engineer and erstwhile DJ, Howie Hoyt.

Dec 5 2013 - 2:27pm
Feb 2 2014 - 3:23pm