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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

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
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.  

Friday, March 20, 2015
this week on WXYC

greetings everyone,
happy first day of spring! how nice! celebrate the convenience of weather as a neutral conversation topic by tuning in to WXYC 89.3 fm this week - we've got some cool specialty programming on the radar:
These days anyone w/ a PC can torrent a DAW, make beats, then upload them to the ~internet~, but never fear! The Inside Track is bringing the best in creativity and innovation with Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife. (Side note, Sremmurd will be performing with local rapper Well$ at CUAB's Spring Concert). And folks, the beats are only half the appeal - Sreummurd’s playfully energetic-yet-spacey punchline/metaphorical flows make for bouncy songs that can be played over and over again and they never really get old. Tune in at 9pm tonight!
On tonight's NEW SCIENCE EXPERIENCE local dj PLAYPLAY will be spinning from ten to midnight tonight. Tune in some serious juke, vogue house, and footwork!
This week on Hell or High Water, we will be featuring the music of the Bailes Brothers. Born and reared just outside Charleston, WV, the Bailes Brothers actually consisted of four brothers (Kyle, Johnnie, Walter, and Homer), but they rarely all played together. The Bailes Brothers became the first musicians from West Virginia to play as apart of the Grand Ole Opry. Tune in to hear the soaring vocal harmonies only familial ties can create. Sunday from 1pm-2pm.
This Sunday, Broken Music reviews the recordings of Californian sound artist Joe Colley. Active for over two decades, Colley has explored the transformative properties of audio phenomena through sound installations, live performances, and a number of recordings. Early recordings were issued under the Crawl Unit moniker, and were driving by a fascination with unstable systems of audio feedback. Feedback is an ongoing element in Colley's current work, along with the use of tape systems and amplified natural phenomena. Tune in at 2 pm.
Tune in this week to Sports Rap at 9 p.m. because it's really our time to shine. It's basketball season, y'all. We have so much to talk about. UNC barely squeaking by Harvard, UNC's game against Arizona is tomorrow, Duke's inevitable upcoming loss to Robert Morris. Plus there's the rest of tournament! And also, holy shit, Kevin Durant is being shut down for the season! What?! Ahhhhh. It'll be a boss show.
Monday night, listen your blues away on the Outside Track and pine for the Romantic South with Georgia native turned Durhamite Jake X Fussell. Fussellgrew up with a folklorist father who took him along on the fieldwork excursions around the Southern United States where he learned folk tunes first hand from iconic folk and blues figures including George Daniel, Steve Mann, and Etta Baker. This album is a collection of traditional folk and blues songs re-worked in Jake’s own straightforward yet emotional style that harkens back to the Southern storytelling, with a balance between reverence for struggle portrayed in the tunes and a light, playful aura of hope and a sense of connection to the root of the music <333 feel the love, y’all. 

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