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Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Hometown Hideaway Vol. 1 


Most bands are short lived and fade away into local folklore and unknown obscurity.  Today these bands can release a cassette, cd, or 7 inch single, but rarely are they able to afford releasing an entire LP.  Back in the day, local bands more often did release full length albums, often released on small private labels that were pressed in small batches of 500-1,000 copies.  The records were passed along to family members, sold at local concerts, and occasionally at local record stores, often ending up in thrift stores and yard sales.  These records are now sought out by collectors and historians who want to hear what these bands/times sounded like.  Join guest host Jack Bonney of Carolina Soul  to hear a wide variety of private press releases from the 70's and 80's.  Highlights will include local NC private press releases by Xian Psych stalwarts The Bridge out of Greensboro, new wave/power pop groups on Chapel Hill based Moonlight Records, along with a smattering of rare/random releases by groups that represented their hometowns for a brief shining moment.  


Tune into this show live on Thursday Mary 24 from 9pm-midnight or later on Thursday Night Feature's archive.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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This week's Thursday Night Feature will honor the composer and guitarist, Glenn Branca, who died this week at the age of 69. Beginning with his 'no-wave' band Theoretical Girls (and also, briefly, The Static), and then as a solo composer and ensemble leader, Branca combined the drone and duration of minimalist music with the bombast and theatrics of rock and punk. He exerted tremendous influence over the downtown NYC scene during the late 70s-early 80s, and without him (for starters) there would be no Sonic Youth, Branca's most famous acolytes.
(Lee Ranaldo and later Thurston Moore both played on some of Branca's guitar symphonies. if you like SY but don't know Branca, then you'll want to tune in.)
We'll sample some of Branca's signature works and performances and hear from some of the bands who came to embody his aesthetic and proudly wear his influence on their artfully torn sleeves.
Tune in this Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 9pm to midnight or listen to it later on TNF’s archive.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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Join us this Thursday to celebrate the music of influential and innovative hip-hop producer James Yancey, otherwise known as J Dilla or Jay Dee. Raised in Detroit J Dilla had by the 2000’s perfected his style of laid back beats and abstract samples and was in demand everywhere from Erykah Badu to De La Soul. He also created amazing music through his Slum Village group and with collaborations with Madlib as the band Jaylib. Although he died at 32 in 2006, he managed to leave us a treasure trove of beats and bass lines which we will explore and celebrate for you on the radio. 

This show will be live on Thursday April 19 from 9pm-midnight and can be found after it airs on TNF's archive.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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Thursday Night Feature pays respects to the recently departed Cecil Taylor. A conservatory-trained free jazz pioneer, Taylor refused jazz and classical orthodoxies, and expanded the piano's possibilities with a unique style both confrontational and delicate.
He was for decades reviled as well as revered for his unholy marriage of european and african-american aesthetics, before ultimately accumulating accolades like a MacArthur grant and a solo show at the Whitney Museum devoted to his art, poetry and dance as well as his music. 
This week's tribute show will unfold in three hour-long movements: First, a sample of some of Taylor's most celebrated recordings; next, a showcase of Taylor's poetry and the interplay between his music and words; and then, TNF coordinator tall mountain will showcase some of taylor's many collaborations. Requests and appreciations welcome.
This show will be live Thursday April 12 from 9pm-midnight and can be found after it airs on the TNF archive.

Monday, April 2, 2018
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The phone has transformed the ways we connect with others and live our everyday lives. Since they were introduced in the 1870s phones have become more accessible, portable, and functional. One such enhancement was the addition of ringtones: No longer were our ears subject to a generic and grinding beep. Ringtones became a new way to express ourselves in an era of personalization and consumer electronic culture. Medium shaped art, as the limited computing power of phones birthed a unique genre of music. Ringtones were also a social experience; phones were a platform that individuals designed for and shared with. In this TNF DJ 05 Elantra will break down the evolution of the phone, and delve into the development of the sonic experiences we have with them today.
Listen to this conversation live this Thursday, April 5th from 9pm to midnight or tune in afterwards on TNF's archive.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Eighties alternative music is a broad, diverse category, and this "new wave" enjoys considerable nostalgia even thirty years later. As time has passed, however, many new wave acts with rich catalogs have been reduced to one or two signature hits. Groups like A-ha, the Human League, and Soft Cell have so much more to offer than their signature songs. For this edition of the Thursday Night Feature, Twentieth Century Boy curates a selection of brilliant tracks you may have forgotten (or never heard in the first place) by some of the best-loved new wave acts.

Tune in on Thursday, March 29 from 9-midnight to hear this show with Twentieth Century Boy or catch it afterwards on the TNF archive.

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