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Friday, October 30, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hey everyone,

Happy Halloween weekend! WXYC has lots in store for you this coming week to help keep things ~spooky~. Check it out:

Tune in to the Inside Track, tonight at 9pm, to hear a new mixtape from Malian DJ Sandji. This release features cut-up Malian pop music, Coupé Décalé, Hip Hop, Kuduro, and Naija Pop - common music for Balani Show, an informal street/block party controlled by an MC and DJ with kids’ games, dance contests, and acrobatic dance troupes. Getting up to 170 bpm at times, this will be pretty darn hype!

This week’s New Science Experience, tonight from 10pm to midnight, will be a special **Halloween Edition** and will feature some abrasive and terrifying music from several different genres (hip hop, house, footwork, acid, and more). Tune in to get scared!

“Is that folk?” That’s what you’ll be asking when you tune in to this week’s Orange County Special. You’ll here some rare music you’ve never heard before as well as some music you might not know what to think about right away. We’ll skirt around the very fringes of what’s considered folk, taking forays into folk-inspired jazz, classical, electronic, and avant-garde music. Tune in this Sunday from 11am to 1pm to hear it all!

Since this Saturday is Halloween and this Sunday is El Día de Los Muertos, this weekend's episode of Hell or High Water is dedicated to the poltergeists among us. Tune in this Sunday at 1pm to hear Wilson Library's Southern Folklife Collection's Mondo Zombie Boogaloo, a Yep Roc Records compilation featuring The Fleshtones, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Los Straitjackets. To further bait you into listening, song titles include "Ghoulman Confidential" and "Haunted Hipster."

And Monday at 9pm, on the Outside Track, we’ll delve into the fifth LP from drone project Infinite Body aka Kyle Parker. Avolition is shimmering drone sourced primarily from organ music and cut-up and collaged vocal samples.

Friday, October 23, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
It’s that time again - time for me to let you know about the exciting programming WXYC has coming up in the near future. Here’s what to expect on the airwaves this week:
Tonight at 9pm on the Inside Track, tune in to hear f(x) by Carter Tutti Void! British industrial/darkwave couple Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti (of Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, and Carter Tutti) are joined here by Nik Colk Void (Factory Floor). The release is propulsive, industrial, and full of whispers, various dungeon moans, and decay.
After that, tonight's New Science Experience will be the first installment of '*"NSE and Friends"*', in which we train a group of first time DJs and have them mix on air together during the broadcast! We'll hear an eclectic mix of dance music concepts - it should be a good time. Tune in from 10pm to midnight!
Tune in to the Orange County Special this Sunday, 11am to 1pm, for traditional and contemporary folk music from the South and beyond. As patron saint of American folk, Woodie Guthrie, once said: “Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.”
This Sunday on Hell or High Water, from 1 to 2 pm, Cooper M will be serving up some classic folk tunes from legend and king of Greenwich Village, Dave Van Ronk. Tune in to hear some blues, jazz, and gospel inspired folk from the man who served as an inspiration to likes of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell.
This week on Sports Rap, Sunday from 9 to 10pm, will be NBA Season Preview Bonanza! (FLEX BOMB). The Sports Rap Boys will be talking NBA, NBA, and more NBA (shoutout Michael Jordan).
And catch the Outside Track, Monday from 9 to 10pm, to hear Insomni by Simon Scott, a British sound artist who has been active in creating installation art and soundtracks since 1990. Insomni showcases a variety of techniques that Scott has experimented with throughout his career. Tune in for field recordings, blasts of feedback, soft ambient synths, synth noise, glitch, acoustic guitar work, wind instruments, and voices interwoven throughout. 

Friday, October 9, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
Check out all this exciting stuff we have coming up on WXYC this week:
Tonight at 9pm: tune in to the Inside Track to hear the debut release from UK-based producer Luke Meads (aka EVM128). Expect to hear some great dance tracks influenced by the broken-beat movement that hit UK dance clubs in the early 1990s.
This week’s New Science Experience, tonight from 10pm to midnight, will feature WXYC's very own Anjan S and Ryan J. They'll be spinning some Hip Hop selections from Memphis, Chicago, and Atlanta. It should be a good time!
This Sunday on the Orange County Special, 11am to 1pm, we’ll survey contemporary American folk, including 2015 releases from the likes of Boduf Songs, Duke Garwood, Jessica Pratt, and more.
During this Sunday’s Sports Rap, 9 to 10pm, Diego M and Femi Z will be talking NBA off-season drama. That's right: we're talking Matt Barnes, Derek Fisher, and much, much more. Diego and Femi will also cover this Sunday’s football action.
And on Monday’s Outside Track, 9 to 10pm, check out the shimmering black metal sounds of Locrian on their latest record, Infinite Dissolution. Out of a cinematic and sweeping soundscape the group carves apocalyptic shadows and ghostly dirges, and we're all for it.

Friday, October 2, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
It’s finally October, the spookiest month of them all! It’s also Friday, arguably the best day of the week, and time for me to let you know about some of the programming we have coming up on WXYC.
Tonight’s Inside Track, 9 to 10pm, will be some PIPIN' HOT techno tracks from Carrboro sweetie Nathan Taylor (not to be confused with WXYC Music Director n8 Taylor). His 11 track self-released album, Mainsprings of My Desire, is dark, uptempo, and the perfect way to start off the first weekend of October.
On tonight's New Science Experience, 10pm to midnight, we'll hear a choice mix of off-kilter pop jams from NSE resident DJ HI_MOM and then some screwed up beats and broken electronics from John A.
Tune in for a special Hell or High Water this Sunday from 1 to 2pm to get ready for this Tuesday's Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture honoring author (and musician) Clyde Edgerton. The show will feature his album Walking Across Egypt, which is accompanying music to two of his novels.
You can catch On-Air Confessions with DJ Lon this Sunday from 9 to 10 pm, where we'll discuss ~stinky confessions~, debut our new Twitter feed, and put phone calls on air!
And this week's Outside Track, Monday 9 to 10pm, will be the release Sounds & Cries of the World by Jen Shyu. On top of being an esteemed experimental jazz vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Jen Shyu is also known for the intensive research and fieldwork that goes into her music. Very mindfully composed with a base layer of jazz, this album is the product of Shyu’s travels and studies in East Timor, Korea, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

Friday, September 25, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hey all,
Check out what we’ve got coming up on WXYC this week:
Tonight on the Inside Track, 9 to 10pm, be sure to catch DJ Richard's exploration of “the border between civilization and the ocean” in his latest release Grind. Not something you’d expect to hear on a hype dance floor, yet undoubtedly birthed from the same place, Grind sees DJ Richard exploring something close to home by using house music as his canvas.
On tonight's New Science Experience, Jay Cole Slaw will be killing the decks with an extra deep set of house and techno jams. Tune in from 10pm to midnight!
This week on Hell or High Water, Sunday from 1 to 2pm, DJ Davis G is going to be featuring the music of Kentucky folk artist Jean Ritchie, specifically the release Ballads from Her Appalachian Family Tradition. Get ready to learn about the wildly undervalued area of Appalachia through songs about the folks that live there!
This Sunday's Broken Music, from 2 to 3pm, will feature the Dutch mixed media/acoustic sound artist Raymond Dijkstra. The show will focus on solo recording but may also cover his work in groups such as Nivritti Marga, Asra, bhaavitaaH bhuutasthaH, and others.
Turn your lights down and your volume up; from identity to experience to social function, this month WXYC Reports is giving you an hour of sex on the radio. You can catch the show on Sunday from 5 to 6pm.
And on Monday’s Outside Track, 9 to 10pm, you can hear more eerie yet gorgeous, ambient sound art from LA-based artist Richard Chartier on his latest release under the moniker Pinkcourtesyphone.

Friday, September 18, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hey everyone,
It's been awhile! This blog's been collecting dust because of some technical difficulties, but everything's been sorted out and now we're back in business!
Take a look at all this sweet new stuff we have coming up on WXYC this week:
Tonight at 9pm on the Inside Track, be sure to catch the deep, moody, minimal ambient techno from Body Boys with their new Opal Tapes release, No Face. Expect, big, pulsating, driving beats on top of tense ambience. These are excellent Fall lite bangers for sure.
Tonight's New Science Experience, 10pm to midnight, will be broadcasting live from the Wild at Night party at the Carrboro ArtsCenter. Tune in to hear excerpts of live experimental electronic sets from Glacial and C/\L/\PSE. Check out this facebook event page for more information:
Tune in to our folk speciality show Orange County Special this Sunday from 11am to 1pm for folk tunes from North Carolina and beyond.
On this Sunday’s Hell or High Water, airing from 1 to 2pm, DJ and resident bad man Cooper Bucket M will be taking y'all on a Southern Journey with the Southern Folklife Collection's "Southern Journey Vol. 5: Bad Man Ballads." Get ready to play those heart strings, y'all!
You can catch Broken Music right after that, this Sunday from 2-3pm, to listen to excerpts from two recent recordings from the prolific and talented Icelandic electronics experimenter Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson. Sigmarsson has been recording and performing as part of the longtime Reykjavik experimental music outfit Stilluppsteypa for over 20 years but recently has focused on creating abstract and challenging solos pieces on labels like Chocolate Monk, Bottrop Boy, Helen Scarsdale Agency, Ultra Eczema, Hanson, Bennifer Editions, Korm Plastics and Trente Oiseaux. We will listen to exciting new excerpts from both a solo CD on Helen Scarsdale from earlier this spring and a brand new collaborative LP with the Swedish field recording manipulator BJ Nilsen.
Tune in to the Backyard BBQ this week for an hour long block of local tunes. Sunday from 8 to 9pm.
This week on Sports Rap, co-hosts Femi and Diego will tackle a plethora of sports and sports-adjacent news. Have we seen the best of Peyton Manning? What's the greatest basketball movie of all time? How bout them heels? No really, how are they doing? Check it out on Sunday from 9 to 10pm.
On the Outside Track, Monday at 9pm, explore the dream-like underbelly of ambient pop with F Inger's new release, Hide Before Dinner. Deep synthesizer, gentle guitars and plenty of wtf noises set a sub-aquatic aural landscape in this release of structureless sound experiments. Sure to be a hit amongst fans of Grouper and the like!
And on this week’s Thursday Night Special, Thursday from 9pm to midnight, you can catch music from Greece, which has seen a growing scene of quality sludge and desert rock. What started as a couple of low-key sessions bands around 2008 has turned into a distinct and thriving community, all against the background of political and economic turmoil.

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