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Friday, May 29, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hey everyone,
 
It’s hot out here in Chapel Hill, but don’t fret because we’ve got some pretty ~chill~ programming coming your way this week:
 

Tune in to the Inside Track tonight at 9 pm to hear French producer Terence Fixmer's latest release, Depth Charged, out now on CLR. Don't miss Fixmer's signature style of heavy, industrial-tinged techno. A dark, emotional release for sure!
 
After that, DJ Beto Terwilliger will be on the decks for the New Science Experience. Tune in from 10pm-midnight!
 
On Orange County Special, Sunday 11am-1pm, we’ll be looking at Greek traditional folk and dance music, which enjoyed significant popularity in ethnic centers of New York in the 1930s and continues to influence modern Greek artists today.
 
From 1-2 pm on Sunday, Hell or High Water will be featuring music from the massive 120-voice choir of the Abyssinian Baptist Church from the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. These are recordings of the choir under the musical direction of Professor Alex Bradford, and include many of his original pieces.
 
Tune in to Broken Music this Sunday from 2-3pm to hear a recent release of manipulated field recordings courtesy of the young Montreal composer Chris Strickland. Titled Animal Husbandry and released on the Canadian avant-garde imprint Caduc, Strickland here takes source materials from all over Quebec and puts them through an electronic treatment, resulting in an hour's worth of dynamic composition that falls squarely between the realm of musique concrete and the looser confines of improvised electro-acoustic music.
 
From the Spring 2015 WXYC Reports Archive: This week, Sunday 5-6pm, Reports takes on the military. Black and white thinking is the easy way out of discussing war; in this episode, the reports team takes a harder route to discussion, venturing into the ambiguities and complexities of military service, politics, and occupation. You'll hear from the experience of ex-army artist Drew Cameron, American/African foreign policy expert Yadiel Shiferaw, student veteran Michael Hart, and from a local Burmese refugee. If experimental audio documentary/storytelling sounds like something you want to get involved with this summer, email wxycreports@gmail.com for more information!
 
Later on Sunday, 8-9pm, tune in to the Backyard BBQ for a great selection local jams!
 
Afterwards on Sunday, 9-10pm, Sports Rap will feature discussion of Lil B's curse on James Harden and his warning to the Cavs starting lineup. It’ll also be covering FIFA's corruption scandal, Friday's FIFA presidential election, Steph Curry vs LeBron James in the NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Finals.
 
For the Inside Track on Monday, 9-10pm, we’ll be hearing R. Hundro’s Invisible On Report. R. Hundro is the experimental bedroom rock solo act of Colin White, guitar player for rock band Big French (also on Wharf Cat). Invisible On Report, R. Hundro’s debut, is a spliced-up and stripped-down album with mechanical and sputtering grooves, bluesy guitar, and lo-fi vocals. The album is consistent across the board with with it’s angular, clunky, cog-like nature.

Friday, May 22, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hello out there,
 

The lazy days of summer are now in full swing, but that doesn’t mean lazy programming here at WXYC! We’ve got some killer stuff ahead of us this week that you won’t want to miss. Here’s the plan:
 

The Inside Track airs tonight at 9pm and will feature Soichi Terada’s Sounds from the Far East, out on Rush Hour Recordings. Terada is a Japanese composer, producer, and founder of the record label Far East Recordings; he’s perhaps best known for his work on the Ape Escape video game series. This release compiles the best of his tracks for Rush Hour as well as a few from producer Shinichiro Yokota.
 
Right after that, on tonight's New Science Experience, resident DJ Selector B Steady will be spinning a collection of heavy dub sides from the influential New York label Wackies. Tonight's show will also feature a very #rare interview between Selector B and Wackies boss Lloyd Barnes! Tune in from 10pm to midnight!
 

This Sunday from 11-1pm, Orange County Special will explore the legacy and influence of country guitarist Chet Atkins. Atkins' smooth, plucked guitar is a real treat, and as a producer at RCA, Atkins molded the sounds of Country and Nashville giants like Norma Jean, Eddy Arnold, and Waylon Jennings. Atkins was a true pioneer and a prolific artists whose songs never fail to delight, surprise, and astonish!
 

Hell or High Water, 1-2pm on Sunday, will feature a collection of late 1920s and early 1930s recordings of string bands from the Ashe County, NC area. Music will be selected from UNC’s own Southern Folklife Collection. Tune in to hear Frank Belvins & his Tar Heel Rattlers, Ephraim Woodie & the Henpecked Husbands, Grayson & Whitter, and much more!
 

Broken Music, Sunday from 2-3pm, will feature excerpts from a new tape set from the prolific British electronics experimenter, composer and linguist Simon Wickham Smith. A Hidden Life and Other Works centers around Wickham Smith's recent translation of the biography of the Sixth Dalai Llama to which he adds electronics, percussion, samples and vocal snippets from, among others, the late Robert Ashley. Though Wickham Smith has been involved in the British avant-grade scene for a few decades, including works with Richard Youngs, Neil Campbell and Matthew Bower, A Hidden Life represents a refreshing new challenge for his talents.
 

Later on Sunday, from 8-9pm, the Backyard BBQ will keep things simple and sweet: tune in to hear one hour of music from awesome local artists. Don't miss out!
 

On Sports Rap, 9-10p this Sunday, we’ll be discussing the first few games of the NBA Conference Finals and looking forward to the NBA Finals. Other topics will include the Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and being Steph Curry with the shot.
 
And this week's Thursday Night Feature, airing Thursday from 9pm-midnight, is entitled Hear This: Sound Art. It will be hosted by the students of Hong-An Truong's summer sound art class (the first of it's kind at UNC!). The show will explore the concept of deep listening and investigate the ways in which sound as art shapes our experiences of both space and time. It will feature works by artists ranging from John Cage, Steve Reich, and Alvin Lucier to contemporary works by artists and collectives like Francisco Lopez and Ultra-red. The show will also feature short audio pieces composed by sound art students, and a conversation with Hong-An Truong, who was introduced to the concept of sound art through her own work as a video artist.
 

Friday, May 15, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hello,
 
How is everybody? I'm doing well. This is my first time writing one of these, so go easy on me...
 
We've got some sick programming coming up this week on WXYC. It's got me so pumped that I feel the need to tell y'all about it!
 
Tonight on Inside Track, we'll be hearing the album Aksak by Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Mertin. Liebezeit, founding member/drummer from Can, pairs up with multi-percussionist Mertin to explore aksak, a Turkish folk music rhythmic system based on irregular musical meters and patterns. Featuring countless different percussion instruments, from spoons and bowls to bongos, tambourines, hand cymbals and so so so many more, the release is a pretty sick rhythmic exploration. Tune in at 9pm!
 
After that, on tonight's New Science Experience, local DJ veteran ONE DURAN will be gracing the decks for two hours of choice dance selections. Check it out from 10pm to midnight!
 
On Hell or High Water, Sunday from 1-2pm, DJ Jonathan G will present a selection of music from UNC's own Southern Folklife Collection housed in Wilson Library.
 
This Sunday from 2-3pm, join Broken Music to explore the work of American new age composer Craig Krupka. Krupka crafted his serene pieces as "music for relaxation", intending them for use in meditation, yoga, and generally quiet times. Over several albums, he crafted a catalog of spacious and imaginative arrangements, using a number of keyboard instruments, trombones, and digital effects.
 
And don't forget the Backyard BBQ from 8-9pm this Sunday! DJ Mucho Mango will be spinning an hour of some local tunes that you won't want to miss.
 
Happy weekend!

Friday, May 1, 2015
this week on WXYC

hey everybody,
hope everything's okay. me, i just got out of a four hour critique and this is my last announcement email as programming director. it's been real, y'all. my name's anne by the way. anyway, back to business - WXYC very good radio programming all the dang time:
 
Friday on the Inside Track, party on with Disco Dildar: a compilation of pop and drum-heavy disco rhythms from Lollywood, alternative Pakistani studio. These tracks are sourced from fuzzed out and synth-driven 45s, a collection of under-the-radar hits from teen movies of the 70's and 80's that might have played in the most rebellious bars and night spots in their day. Let the DIY funk and disco roll at 9pm.
 
Tonight - Friday night from 10-midnight, WXYC's New Science Experience will be having a LIVE SHOW --> tune in to hear Liquid Asylum, Archaeli, + Mr. Miracle do live sets on air. Also watch them in action on your streaming device at http://ustream.tv/channel/wxyc-nse
 
Hell Or High Water's back again with sweet selections from UNC's very own Southern Folklife Collection housed in Wilson Library. What will this Sunday at 1pm bring us? Who knows! Only way to find out is to tune in.
 
This week, Broken Music will explore the work of the acousmatic composer, Bernard Parmegiani in his work in television at ORTF, and later in film and video. Both his classical and electronic compositions will be explored with a stronger focus on his electronic work. The show begins at 2pm.
 
This week on Sports Rap, we'll break down the final games of the first round of the NBA playoffs and preview the next round. Also, your host will discuss why he didn't watch Mayweather-Pacquiao. And Ryan will maybe talk about the NFL draft, which your host also did not watch. We'll see! Tune in Sunday night at 9 p.m.!
 
Tune in Monday at 9pm to hear the newest release from Ben Chasny a.k.a. Six Organs of Admittance on the Outside Track. Chasny has always gone between genres, skirting folk, rock, and noise, and Hexatic is even farther out from his usual comfort zones with sparser melodies, sharper screeches, and a little more disturbing than normal. Check it out!

Friday, April 17, 2015
this week on WXYC

hi everyone,
here's what's playing on WXYC's specialty shows this week:
 
Tune in Friday at 9pm to hear the Inside Track, another important and beautiful release from Katie Crutchfield a.k.a. Waxahatchee. Ivy Tripp is her third album as Waxahatchee although Crutchfield has just about a dozen releases, collaborations, and guest spots total. Approachable yet intimate, fun and introspective, Ivy Tripp is a lo-fi folk gem you don't wanna miss.

On tonight's NEW SCIENCE EXPERIENCE resident dj Rome Prize will be throwing down an eclectic mix of house and pop and hip hop from ten to midnight check it out!
 
This week on Hell or High Water, we will be featuring the comedic works of Butterbeans and Susie. Popular in the 1930s, husband and wife duo Jodie and Susie Edwards sang funny little ditties known commonly as the "dirty blues." Tune in to hear hits like "I Want A Hot Dog For My Roll" this Sunday from 1pm-2pm!
 
Sunday afternoon, join Broken Music as we delve into the catalog of Peruvian experimental composer César Bolaños. Initially studying piano, Bolaños became interested in electronic music in the late 1950s. He developed his own electronic studio at the Latin-American Center of High Musical Studies (CLAEM) shortly after his arrival there in 1963. Following these early tape pieces, Bolaños pursued electroacoustic and computer music, producing a small but innovative collection of works. Tune in at 2pm.
 
This week on Sports Rap, it's time for the *deep voice* NBA plaaaaaayoooooofffs. We've been waiting for this all year, so tune in Sunday night at 9 p.m. for our review of the first days' games and preview of the rest of the playoffs. We'll make series predictions, talk about injury situations, talk about MVP stuff, etc. It'll be a blast, so make sure to listen in, starting Sunday at 9pm!
 

Monday, get ready to get LOUD on the Outside Track. Doom-y sludge metal born of the colossal Southern-influenced powers and DIY metal Kings The Body and Thou, conjoined in this double-album: the first half is the 2014 EP Released from Love, which was originally strictly vinyl-only; the second half, You, Whom I Have Always Hated, was recorded while touring together last year. The overrunning concept is a cute one: “a twilight dungeon crawl exploring the winding, ruined halls of Mad King Duro’s Castle, best friends at your side, enemies crushed beneath your heels, mysteries solved, and treasures found.” There are few moments of respite in this loud, screeching sonic journey so tune in at 9pm because this time of year (as many students know) is not for the faint of hear

Friday, April 3, 2015
this week on WXYC

hi friends,
good friday! hope everyone's looking forward to a nice long weekend. it's april, which means there's another week of on-point WXYC specialty programming coming up. read more below:
 
 
This Friday at 9pm on the Inside Track we will be playing Dub Syndicate's newest Hard Food, an album that was finished just before famous drummer Lincoln Valentine "Style" Scott's murder in his home in Manchester, Jamaica. Hard Food is the Dub Syndicate's first album in eleven years, and is the final recording of this stunning style-defining drummer's legacy. This music is rich in harmony and warmth and is a wonderful celebration of this musician's life.
 
 
Two hours of house n techno from local dj and WXYC alum JACK WARD on tonight's New Science Experience. Check it out from ten to midnight.
 
 
This week on Hell or High Water, Jane DW will be delving into some mountain ballads from Madison County, NC as well as some ballads deep from the coal mines of Appalachia. Tune in from 1pm-2pm this Sunday to hear expressions of suffering as well as hope in an effort to transcend beyond the corporal pain of life's hardships!
 
 
This Sunday tune in at 2pm for Broken Music. This week will feature the work of Norwegian vocalist and composer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. This singular musician explores the range of dynamic sounds and textures of the voice with virtuosic technique. Her collaborations range from subtle and tense, to loud, free, and joyful. Don't miss a chance to be amazed by this awe-inspiring woman.
 
 
This Sunday from 5 to 6 pm tune in for Fusion Youth Radio!! This month this awesome group of high school students will be exploring public education through a variety of lenses: the common CORE what is it and why does it matter, teachers?!, school to prison pipeline, curriculum etc. There will be some spoken word poetry, some short audio docs, and an on air interview with education justice organizers
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This week on Sports Rap, we'll complain about the NCAA pretending to be ethical with Indiana's dumbass "religious freedom" law even while they perpetuate one of the largest frauds in American culture. Also on Sports Rap: isn't Stephen Curry unbelievable? Tune in Sunday night at 9 pm!
 
 
Tune in Monday at 9pm to hear Durham locals Cantwell, Gomez and Jordan on their newest 7-song self-released album on the Outside Track. This avant-garde, experimental rock n roll, no-wave, punk group has been playing their hot-headed and shakin' brand of skronky rock since 1999 and have kept the momentum going.  

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