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Friday, January 25, 2013
This Week in WXYC

On the Inside Track tonight (Friday) at 9pm we will hear the new compilation Strange Passion: Explorations in Irish Post Punk, DIY, and Electronic Music 1980-83 out on Finders Keepers/B Music. This is a titillating compilation of early 80's Irish music that is either pretty punk or has pretty synths {or both!!!}.
 

Then, keep it locked at 10pm when NSE is getting settled into its new Friday night slot and we're feelin' it pretty hard.  This week: One Duran (Darren H) will bring an hour of UK House. Yugen (TJ W) will deliver a 30 min live PA of house and techno, followed by a selection of some of the best recent stateside techno. The perfect soundtrack to your Friday night.
Then, Sunday at 1 on Hell or High Water Gina B will be playing a 1970s recording of stories, advice, and general talking by Mississippi native Ray Lum (1891-1977), a mule skinner, livestock trader, and auctioneer.  A west Texas newspaper reported his fame this way: "He is known all over cow country for his honest fair dealing and gentlemanly attitude..... A letter addressed to him anywhere in Texas probably would be delivered." He sounds like this (!!!!):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEsB0S6xXYM
This Sunday's Broken Music features works by Swiss composer Pierre Mariétan. While initially a serialist composer, during the 1960's Mariétan's work shifted toward an approach that intersected composition and improvisation, performed largely by the GERM ensemble, which he led. His output since the 1970's has sought to incorporate composed music with environmental sounds, essentially pairing music of the interior with music of the exterior. The show begins at 2 pm.
Lots to talk about on this week's SportsRap Sunday at 9, as the panel recaps the basketball team's games against Georgia Tech and Nc State from the week, analyzing the contests, while previewing upcoming ACC play for the Heels. Also on the show, the group previews next week's Super Bowl, with game prediction's and analysis of the season. And lastly, the panel breaks down the 2012-2013 NBA All Star selections and recap the year so far. All that and more on Sportsrap.
Finally, Monday on the Outside Track, check out the new compilation New Music for Old Instruments, which is a stunning set of new tracks compiled by preeminent lutist Jozer Van Wissem on his own label Incunabulum. basically some pretty big-name instrumentalists playing instruments as ancient as reproduction of a 14th century swan neck lute but as ‘new’ as a 40-year old Farfisa organ. Beautiful contributions from, among others, station favorites like Susan Alcorn, Cam Deas, C. Spencer Yeh, Stephan Matthieu and R. Kenan Lawler.

Friday, January 18, 2013
This Week in WXYC

 

Tonight (Friday) at 9 pm on the Inside Track, tune in for Legowelt's new album The Paranormal Sound on Clone Jack For Daze records. This is an album of Dutch analog house and techno from the ridiculous Danny Wolfers, who goes at this project by piling up neat-o vintage synthesizer tones that snake and wind all over the place in creative melodies. 

 

Then, keep it locked at 10pm tonight (Friday) for the new time of NSE, WXYC's beat-matching and electronic-music based program that will now serve as the perfect soundtrack for those Friday nights where you decide that, just this once, you're not going to stay in with a cup of tea and read ahead for class.

 

Sunday at 10am on the Orange County Special, Margot is putting together an Inauguration-themed OCS focusing on songs both celebrating and criticizing US presidents throughout history. Turns out people used to care about politics!

 

Then, get it broken Sunday at 2pm on Broken Music featuring Luc Ferrari's pivotal Presque Rien series. Ferrari began his first installment of the series in 1967, recording the early morning sounds of a Dalmation fishing village where he and his wife Brunhild were vacationing. Over the next three years, Ferrari reassembled those recordings, condensing hours of tape into a 20 minute hyperreal scene of dawn silence. Though Ferrari faced derision from his GRM colleagues over the piece for its relative lack of abstract sounds, the piece served as a turning point for Ferrari. The approach became synonymous with Ferrari's work, as he soon built a catalog of imaginative and often autobiographical audio diaries. Over the hour, we will hear the four Presque Rien pieces. Tune in at 2pm.

 

Speaking of which, at 9pm on SportsRap, the panel keeps its weekly basketball discussion, by continuing the overview of the Heels' foray into ACC-conference game, recapping the Maryland game, previewing the Georgia Tech game and analyzing the selected starters for the NBA all star game. This and more of the national stories of the week (Armstrong, Teo) on the sportsrap. 

 

Finally, Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, tune in for Nels Cline and Elliot Sharp's release Open The Door on Public Eyesore. This release is a very cool set of classical guitar duos from two of the biggest names in the avant-garde guitar world that allows them to both incorporate elements of folk and blues as well as jazz, resulting in something sort of like Fahey meeting Derek Bailey.

Friday, January 18, 2013
This Week on Broken Music

This Sunday, Broken Music features Luc Ferrari's pivotal Presque Rien series. Ferrari began his first installment of the series in 1967, recording the early morning sounds of a Dalmation fishing village where he and his wife Brunhild were vacationing. Over the next three years, Ferrari reassembled those recordings, condensing hours of tape into a 20 minute hyperreal scene of dawn silence. Though Ferrari faced derision from his GRM colleagues over the piece for its relative lack of abstract sounds, the piece served as a turning point for Ferrari. The approach became synonymous with Ferrari's work, as he soon built a catalog of imaginative and often autobiographical audio diaries. Over the hour, we will hear the four Presque Rien pieces. Tune in at 2pm.

Friday, January 11, 2013
WXYC is Hiring New DJs!

All UNC students are welcome to apply and no prior experience is necessary. We are looking for people with an interest in a variety of genres of music who demonstrate a willingness to learn and expand their musical knowledge.

We're hosting a station open house at 5:00 in the radio station (Union Rm. 3420) on Tuesday, January 15. Stop by to meet some of our current DJs and tour the music library and DJ control room. *This is optional. You do not need to attend in order to apply and be hired as a new DJ. 

After the open house, we will be holding an interest meeting for anyone interested in becoming a WXYC DJ. The interest meeting will be held in Union Room 2420 beginning around 6 p.m. We will discuss the application process, general info about the station and describe the new DJ process. At this meeting, you will receive an application and sign-up for a quick and casual 10 minute interview. 

If you can't make the interest meeting but would still like to apply or if you have any other questions please email: info@wxyc.org

Friday, December 7, 2012
This Week in WXYC

 
Tonight on the Inside Track at 9pm, check out the compilation 'Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 5' out on Tompkins Square. The 5th in the label's series features some of the best solo acoustic guitar players working today. This volume was curated by Vermont musician Sam Moss and features several xyc-favorites like Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman, Bill Orcutt, Yair Yona, and more. 
Then, tune in Sunday at 1pm for Hell or High Water as Blanche  will focus on music from the cotton mill industry in the 1920s and 1930s South (mostly from North Carolina). Prepare to learn about the 1929 Gastonia Strike (along with other simultaneous textile mill strikes) and the work and protest songs that provided the soundtrack for the 1920s labor movement. Specific names include: the Dixion Brothers, Dave McCarn, Ella May Wiggins, and Malvina Rynolds among others!!
Take a break at 2pm on Broken Music as David H will survey the soundtrack work of Australian experimental film maker Arthur Cantrill. For the last five decades, Arthur and his wife Corinne have amassed a dazzling body of work, covering art documentaries, children's films, and a number of innovative, multi-screen experimental pieces. Arthur's soundtracks form the backbone to many of these works, pieced together on several Revox tape machines from his arsenal of environmental recordings, household objects and violin work. Tune in at 2pm.
Then, at 8pm, take a break from studying with SportsRap, as the panel welcomes back a couple special guests, while breaking down Carolina Basketball & Volleyball, give some insight into the men and women's soccer team, and more Carolina Basketball. Listen up and call in. 
Finally, Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track we have the latest by Ital, 'Dream On,' out on Planet Mu. 'Dream On' is the newest from Daniel Martin-McCormick's project Ital and it is exactly what you expect when you let a rhythm-bent punk rocker make dance music. The synths quickly grab you in, the rhythms get a bit contorted without ever feeling intentionally weird. Enjoy the ride!

Friday, November 30, 2012
This Week in WXYC: 90s Throwback Edition

Do you remember the Spice Girls? Other stuff from the 1990s? Was hair metal the 1990s? No? Join us TONIGHT at the Local 506 for the WXYC 90s dance to remember everything. Special guest president Bill Clinton will judge a costume contest (I'm just kidding, it's Bob Dole). 10 pm. 

 

And on your ride over, I know what you're going to be listening to. And if you keep reading, you will, too. At 9pm tonight on the Inside Track we got the latest from CS Yeh, 'Transitions' out on De Stijl. A pop record from Burning Star Core violin-drone master Yeh, 'Transitions' takes the form of chunky versions of indie anthems, darkwave brooders, and mutant disco. Arrive in style!

 

Tune in Sunday morning at 10am for Orange County Special because it's the first Sunday of the month. What does that mean? Like every first Sunday it means that former coordinator and longtime contributor Jane will be spinning magic out of your soon-to-be favorite traditional and neo-traditional folk music from the around the globe. 

 

Keep the dial right there at 1pm for Hell or High Water. Gina B will be focusing on selections from a couple collections of traditional Irish folk music recorded in the 1950s and 60s by first-generation immigrants to the US, including The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, who according to Wikipedia (!) are "widely credited with popularizing Irish traditional music in the United States."  They were a primary influence on a young Bob Dylan and many other emerging artists.  Tommy himself is known as the Godfather of Irish Music. Revolutionize yourself! 

 

Then break off an hour of Broken Music at 2. This Sunday, Broken Music features works by Lithuanian composer and sound artist Arturas Bumsteinas. Bumsteinas studied composition at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and also participates in a number of improvising ensembles, with the laptop as his instrument. Much of his work, whether computer based or instrumental, centers on conjuring a sense of place and transporting the essence of inspired locations. 

 

Keep it unfair, local and inorganic on the Backyard Barbecue at 8pm. Guest host Ryan Martin, local label head and performer, will be sharing a weirder, wilder side of the Triangle Music Scene. Melt faces!

 

Speaking of local music: SPORTS. On SportsRap at 9pm, the panel will delve into a smattering of topics, including UNC basketball,  a quick overlook of the BCS national title game, the NBA, some UNC soccer and a wrap up of fall sports and accolades. All in all, a smörgåsbord of topics for this week's show. Be sure to post comments & questions (and like) the facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sportsrap-WXYC-893-FM-Chapel-Hill/200845013278113?ref=ts&fref=ts
Getitgotitgood? Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, check out Lonnie Holley with 'Just Before Music' on Dust-to-Digital. Known primarily as a sculptor and visual artist, Lonnie Holley makes his musical debut with "Just Before Music", layering stream-of-consciousness lyrics over soft, atmospheric compositions - this one is definitely a contender for album of the year, so don't miss it!

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