Summer's in full swing, so beat the heat (or avoid the thunder, if that's more your thing) with a full week of specialty shows on WXYC. Whatever you do, make sure to scroll down to the bottom for one show your entire family won't want to miss!
Tonight (Friday) at 9pm on the Inside Track we'll listen to "Vision of Estonia" by Uku Kuut. It's a collection of cassette demos, forgotten masters, and other previously unreleased recordings made between 1982 and 1989 and brought to light by Peoples Potential Unlimited.
Then, tune in Sunday at 10am for three hours of traditional and neo-traditional music on the Orange County Special. And stick around for Hell or High Water at 1pm, when our host Reilly digs deep into Wilson Library's Southern Folklife Collection to put together an hour of tunes by Charlie Burse and James de Berry. Burse (1901-1965, a Virgo) came straight out of Alabama with a talent for the ukulele that could not be matched. De Berry was a blues singer from Arkansas perhaps best known for his work in the 70s with Walter Horton.
Then, Sunday at 2 Broken Music will feature works by Danish Fluxus member and composer Henning Christiansen. Active until his passing in 2008, Christiansen wrote for both instruments and tape, employing a unique charm and logic. His works are often built on seemingly unnatural juxtapositions of sounds with a particular bent for the sounds of nature. Over the hour we will hear solo pieces as well as collaborations with the likes of Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik.
Sunday at 5, Fusion Youth Radio will return to the topic of "Who Owns Hip-Hop?" The bi-weekly show is produced in collaboration with Sacrificial Poets and WXYC. FYR LIVE features youth spoken word artists, music, audio documentaries, and discussion around questions of social justice and concepts of community. The program creates bridges across traditional gaps between the university and the town by bringing high school students to the UNC campus and serves as a forum for discussing upcoming events and emerging issues. FYR is produced for youth by youth.
Americans in France is playing on the Backyard BBQ this Sunday at 8. They've been defunct for a while but are playing two shows (not including this BBQ) before Josh Lajoie (WXYC alum, sometimes does shows, also in Shit Horse) moves away... maybe for good? So catch this highly underrated, highly eccentric band while they're still here.
This week on Sportsrap, Sunday at 9, the panel wraps up the year for Carolina Baseball, highlighting the Diamond Heels ups and downs throughout the year, along with were the team plans to go. The panel will also continue coverage of the NBA Playoffs, along with a mini-draft preview, highlighting potential for the prospective Tar Heel (NBA) draftees. Listen in for special guest.
Finally for Sunday, tune at 10 for the NSE where the one-and-only Nicole will be spinning bass, UK garage and synth and mixing it live all for you.
Monday at 9 on the Inside Track, Bérangère Maximin is a French electroacoustic composer. Her new album, "No One Is An Island", is absolutely beautiful. It features some WXYC favorites, including Rhys Chatham (trumpet), Christian Fennesz (guitar), Frédéric D. Oberland (guitar) and Richard Pinhas (guitar), as well as vocals, laptop, guitar and other objects played by Maximin.
And finally, Thursday at 9pm, do not do not do not miss the Thursday Night Feature. Three hours of Prince. Three hours. Clear your calendar and book you and your boo a nice dinner for two at the swankiest restaurant in town, then let our very own DJ Nico take care of the rest.