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Friday, May 9, 2014
This Week in WXYC

Hi, everyone. I'm Anne and I'll be here for the next 51 Fridays, telling you wassup with WXYC programming. Happy to be here! School's out!!!!!!! Exams may have ended, but radio is forever. As we all tread the waters of sign-ups and eagerly await the summer schedule, let's cling to the buoys of sweet, sweet, programming this week at WXYC 89.3 FM:

Tonight at 9pm on the Inside Track, catch the most recent release from Nicole Mitchell, a celebrated jazz flutist originally from upstate New York. She’s also been a lecturer at several universities across the states while releasing a handful of awesome jazz works as a solo performer and leading her Black Earth Ensemble. Intergalactic Beings is Mitchell’s second recording designed after the works of Octavia Butler, a really fantastic African-American science fiction writer whose works incorporate the popular themes of science fiction with race and gender politics. The resulting sounds are far-out and strange orchestral grooves and fiery free-jazz explosions.

Tonight from 10-midnight tune in for WXYC's beat oriented music show THE NEW SCIENCE EXPERIENCE! Tonight we'll hear live recordings from SAMANTHA VACATION and local legend LAZY MAGENT. Check it out for excellent free form / improvised dance music on serious hardware. It will be fun :).

Tune in Sunday at 1pm for some archival recordings culled from Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection on Hell Or High Water. This week will be featuring the music of Frank Stokes and his Memphis Blues contemporaries. Born in 1888 just south of Memphis, TN and just shy of the Mississippi line, Stokes is often credited as being the father of the Memphis Blues guitar style. Recording 38 tracks with Paramount and Victor, Stokes never found commercial success and continued to roam the blues circuit well into his later years until he died of a stroke in 1955. Tune in to hear the man and sounds that set the cornerstones for Memphis's rich music history.

This Sunday at 2pm on Broken Music, we enjoy recordings of Liverpool, UK based large ensemble Ex-Easter Island Head. The group looks to expand on the vocabularies established in Rhys Chatham and Glenn Branca's experiments with large guitar ensembles. Beginning with three guitar and percussion, the group delved into the sound possibilities nuanced through striking open-tuned guitars with mallets and bamboo sticks, soon incorporating various string preparations as well. Most recently, E-EIA premiered an expanded lineup for twelve guitars that ties together the techniques and timbres of their earlier works. Tune in at 2pm.

From 9 to 10PM on Sunday, the Sports Rap crew will be talking more about the NBA playoffs and everything else $PORT$. Anything goes! Tune in and express your athleticism via "Twitter" @dunksbutts!

At 9:00 pm on Monday we'll be queuing up The Outside Track, Raleigh native King Mez's fourth mixtape Long Live the King deals with the tensions attendant to the pursuit of his art - compromise (or the refusal to) and negotiations, hangers-on, empty dreams - and also with a darker personal history of witnessing domestic abuse, heavy drug use, and violence. Not just a critique or a diagnosis, the album is wholly redemptive. With cross-genre sampling in the backing tracks and great guest spots by women producers, this is all really good! 

Monday, May 5, 2014
This Week In WXYC

Summer's starting here at WXYC which means 1). A new schedule 2). New DJs 3). Sweating in the control room 4). Swimming pool in the rock CDs room. It also means a little less than you'd expect from these emails, but I have to say...there's some great stuff lined up for the week. Check it out!

Weather's getting warm and everyone's starting to smell a bit ripe. So stay in and listen to The Inside Track tonight alone or with a few understanding friends at 9:00 pm sharp. We'll be playing Zea's recent release, The Swimming City, out now on Makkum Records. Since 2008 Zea has been the solo project of Arnold De Boer, singer and guitarist for Dutch anarcho punk band The Ex (and a native Frisian speaker! Neat!) This is Zea’s fifth album, and it follows years of extensive touring around the world, including in Ethiopia and Ghana, where the Ex have found many friends and like-minded musicians. Hard-nosed punk and no wave that have mellowed just a bit; electronic beatmaking; sound sampling; Ethiopian Azmari and afrobeat vibes weaving in and out of these tracks. Funky and angry and uncompromising.
This week tune into the New Science Experience to hear DJ Rashad tribute set from WXYC DJ Alex B. Rashad, a footwork/juke pioneer and one of the founders of the Teklife crew, passed away on Saturday at the age of 34. His most recent album Double Cup was well received and featured on WXYC's top 20 albums of 2013.
Tune in Sunday at 1pm for some archival recordings culled from Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection on Hell Or High Water. This week, explore the works of Artus Monroe Moser. Moser (1894-1992), writer, educator, and historian, spent much of his life collecting ballads in and around his home in Western North Carolina in an effort to document the folk traditions of Appalachia. Moser wrote extensively about the folk songs, folklore, and history of Appalachia, and recorded numerous Appalachian performers onto acetate discs. In 1945, the Library of Congress provided Moser with the equipment to collect and record more material, which was later placed in the LC's Archive of American Folk Song. Check some of these recordings out this week on WXYC!
Join us at 2pm on Sunday Afternoon for an hour long exploration intro strange sounds and noises on Broken Music. It’s the best time of the week to appreciate the sounds of a seemingly broken radio with some of the most strange and unfamiliar compositions we can find. Join DJ Evan this week for a great hour of radio.
From 9 to 10PM the Sports Rap crew will be talking about the NBA playoffs, the death of Rufus the Bobcat, the Donald Sterling story, and more! Tune in and participate! @dunksbutts!
At 9:00 pm on Monday we'll be queuing up The Outside Track, which this week will be the latest release from Christian Fennesz, Becs. The last time Fennesz, Austrian guitarist and electronic musician, released an album on Mego was in 2001 and that album was Endless Summer. Now he’s back on Editions Mego with his first full length release since 2008. Bécs (Hungarian for Vienna) departs from some of his more recent guitar-manipulated-into-ethereal-drones stuff in favor of the electronics drippy, disjointed contemporary pop like from way back in 2001. 

Friday, March 28, 2014
This Week In WXYC

How’s everyone doing? Bleak day today. Bleak day every day. Happy to begin your weekend. Let’s see what’s in store…
Put a spoon in your mouth. This is an antenna. Twist your nose until you hear WXYC Chapel Hill. You are a radio. Tune yourself to 89.3 FM tonight (Friday!) at 9:00 PM to hear Psychic Wheels' new LP, Peripheral Drift on The Inside Track. Psychic Wheels is a new band fronted by Spencer Adam Morgan, who also started the Columbus-based label Superdreamer. The sound is a pleasant lo-fi indie pop a la Jesus and Mary Chain given a bit more of a garage rock stomp.
Tonight on the New Science Experience we've got two WXYC serving up some original mixes for your aural pleasure. From 10-11pm DJ Billy M is dishing out summer jams, and DJ Robert W's got ambient 'n moody house 'n techno from 11pm to midnight.
This week Hell or High Water will feature the Blues of Spartanburg, SC native Clara Smith. Commonly referred to as "Queen of the Moaners," Clara's work evokes references to Bessie Smith. This dynamic character found her voice in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance and is true to the tradition of female blues of the period; raunchy and riddled with innuendo. Tune in for one hot hour of music.
This week tune in to Broken Music for some works by David Tudor. pianist, composer, and long time collaborator with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Tudor is especially notable for his work with no-input feedback. Expect to hear from his sound installation Rainforests and his intricate no-input system Neural Synthesis, paralleling the instantaneous connections of neural synapse through the use of a sophisticated computer chip.
An unexpected security crisis on UNC’s campus last week led to the delay of this month’s WXYC Reports. Tune in this weekend to hear the delayed premier! A quick reminder: When was the last time you listened to an hour of radio and only hear the voices of women-identified people? You'll have that opportunity this Sunday, from 5-6pm, on WXYC Reports. This month's show is called Bechdel Test and it features back to back stories united by the fact they are told by and about women, even when they concern a man. Tune In!
Sports! Talking! Take a break from the music from 9-10PM on Sunday by tuning in to Sports Rap. This week hosts Ryan and Reilly will be talking about the second weekend of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, the fate of UNC's women's (Sweet 16) basketball team, the final month of the Charlotte Bobcats, and more! Few topics are off limits and as always, you are encouraged to listen live and participate! @dunksbutts! Don't fake the funk!
Check out our Outside Track this Monday at 9:00 pm as you plot your ruthless tricks on friends and loved ones. We'll be hearing new music from Digital Primatives. Chad Taylor (drums), Assif Tashar (tenor sax, bass clarinet, m’bira), and Cooper-Moore (generally piano, here a diddly bo, mouth bow, fretless banjo, and a one-stringed ‘twinger’ he made) are three of the bigger names in NYC free jazz. But on their latest release, "Lipsomuch/Soul Searching," they are lining their sensibilities up with some prewar delta blues and serious groove-rockin’.
This week Should Does Does Radio is hosting the Southern Oral History Project for an hour of oral histories, ethnopoetic transcriptions, and ear-to-ear smiles. Put the kettle on and tune-in this Wednesday at 9pm!

Friday, March 14, 2014
This Week In WXYC

Spring Break! Winding to a close though…sickening. The dirge will be expressed in the form of a week of killer radio from your friends at WXYC. Check it out:
Invite all your friends over tonight (FRIDAY!) at 9 pm. Then tell them to go home so that you can listen to The Inside Track! Tonight you'll hear music from Ethiopian Azmari musician Chalachew Ashenafi. The Azmari is a combination of a troubadour, a minstrel and a jester. These improvisers comment on politics, religion and everyday life in a style which is both mocking and very humorous. Chalachew Ashenafi was an Azmari whom The Ex met in Addis Ababa in the late aughties. He went on to tour with The Ex in Europe, and recorded this CD of his favorite traditional Amharic songs in The Netherlands in 2011. Call-and-response vocals; the twang of Ashenafi’s masinko, or one-stringed fiddle; and his backing band on krar, or bowl-shaped lyre; kebero, a double-headed conical drum.
Tune in to the New Science Experience: Sprang Brakk edition tonight from 10 midnight. 00Trevyn will be serving up a deep-dish-house-(audio)pizza with a sprinkling of UK pop tracks and a touch of disco.
Greasier then a bucket of fried chicken coated with banana pudding, the Chapel Hill originated group Southern Culture On The Skids will be the feature of this Sunday's Hell or High Water. Coinciding with the opening of the Southern Folklife Collection's 30 Year Retrospective on the group, Lard Have Mercy!, join Zaki G for a sleazy, sweaty, grimy, groovy good time
Tune in Sunday for an hour of early feedback works by Broken Music perennial favorite Eliane Radigue. The Paris-born composer began as a student and assistent to Pierre Henry and soon built her own home studioto realize her distinctive longform works. These tape pieces date to the early 1970s, predating her fascination with Tibetan buddhism and the instruments of Donald Buchla. Radigue is among those rare composers whose works are recognizable regardless of the medium--whether using tape feedback, Buchla synth, or her recent forrays into acoustic instrumentation, the outcome is always undeniably identified as Radigue. Tune in at 2pm.
This month Fusion Youth Radio is doing a show on female rapppers, discussing and dissecting what it means to be a woman in hip hop today. There will also be a music appreciation section and guest spoken word poet. Listen in this sunday from 5 to 6 pm.
Sports on Sundays every week at 9 PM on Sports Rap. Join hosts Reilly and Ryan for a hour long investigation into the latest of issues in sports, including Carolina Basketball, sports politics, and whether or not baseball is politically regressive. Join us!
Join us, won't you, at 9 pm on Monday evening for The Outside Track? This week it'll be new music from prolific California-based producer Brian Pyle a.k.a. Ensemble Economique offers up a mesmerizing 40 minute long, two track collage whereby Pyle intersperses bits and pieces of radio excerpts from all over the world with pristine and precise piano, haunting electronic production and sparse and abstract guitar flourishes.
This week Should Does Does Radio is premiering a five-layer sound collage, taking you on a second person narrative, and opening up the phone lines for an installment of our call-in advice show "You Might As Well Live." Prop up your feet and tune-in this Wednesday at 9pm!

Friday, March 7, 2014
This Week In WXYC

You may be on Spring Break but WXYC never stops! Let’s check out #SB2K14 here at XYC…
Get your jollies from Friday's Inside Track at 9:00 pm sharp! Give Love To Your Children was Zambian group Musi-O-Tunya’s second album, pressed in 1975 in Nairobi. Musi-O-Tunya's music described the era’s troubles and also negotiated with them, extolling the virtues of family and community life, making a very joyful noise that drew musical inspiration from the likes of James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Fela Kuti. Like Round-Up for your winter doldrums.
On tonight's New Science Experience -- WXYC's beat-oriented specialty show -- WXYC DJ Robert W is spinning a dark and moody set serving post-midterms and freezing rain vibes from 10pm to 11pm. Then be sure to not to miss an exclusive live set of CONTAINER playing his signature gnarled-up and rough-around-the-edges techno recorded at Nightlight early February, going on 'til midnight.
Tune in this Sunday at 1pm to listen to an hour-long retrospective of the music of the late, great songwriter David Ackles on Hell Or How Water. Though he recorded four critically-acclaimed LPs between 1968 and 1972 and worked with folks like Al Kooper, Julie Driscoll, Bernie Maupin and members of The Band, Ackles' blend of folk, country, rock and vaudeville garnered no commercial success and he retired from making music in 1973. On this week's show we will hear excerpts of all four records, focusing especially on Ackles' interest in marrying country sounds with operatic orchestration.
This Sunday's Broken Music will feature new and recent recordings from the Parisian electroacoustic composer Francois Bonnet, whom has been delving into the realm of musique concrete under his alias Kassel Jaeger since the mid 2000s. Bolstering Jaeger's compositional credentials is his long-time occupation as a sound engineer at the famous Groupe De Recherches Musicales (GRM) studio, arguably the most important modern composition studio in the world. Listen from 2 to 3pmfor excerpts from at least five of Jaeger's (mostly) limited-edition works.
Classes will be canceled; offices will be closed beginning at 9 pm Monday, March 10. CONDITION OUTSIDE TRACK. Tune in to hear the new LP from the Chicago Underground Duo: Locus. Composed of Rob Mazurek (cornet, synth, game boy, electronics, bamboo flute, voice) and Chad Taylor (drums, mbira, guitar, and balaphone) this duo stirs a dark & stormy pot of synthy grooves, Ghana big band, glitchy EDM atmospherics. & MORE.
Join Ryan, Bradley and Sam for Sports Rap this Sunday at 9p to hear about the Carolina-Duke basketball game. We will also discuss the Heels' match up against the Blue Devils, and of course the men's basketball team's regular season finale in Durham. Don't miss us preview the ACC Tournament: Will Carolina play Duke again? Also, what's with NBA teams wearing t-shirts? Is Al Jefferson the best player on Earth right now? Are the 76ers the worst thing to happen to sports since they ended SlamBall? Who hates children's laughter more, Boeheim or Krzyzewski?
Tune in Wednesday night at 9PM for the return of the Global Music Show. This month listen in for A Transcultural Genre: The History and Roots of Salsa Music Across Latin Communities. Find out how Salsa music is an example of how a genre of music can defy geographical, ethnic and cultural borders to encompass various Latin communities everywhere, from Cuba to the United States. Hosted by Juan Alamo, assistant professor, Department of Music and DJ Sarah H, this should be an interesting and education evening program for the midweek grind.

Friday, February 28, 2014
This Week In WXYC

Weird month, huh? When isn’t February weird though? Shortest month, never really learn how to spell it until like 7th or 8th grade, Valentine’s Day. Some very great parts about it too, no doubt, but always a weird one. We will usher in the March with the following cool pieces of radio programming:
Death death death. The Inside Track is back this Friday at 9 PM with a new one from Have A Nice Life, The Unnatural World. Long-awaited sophomore LP for a post-industrial-meets-indie-rock-candy CT-based duo HANL, featuring Dan and Tim of experimental/metal/extreme label Enemies List Home Recordings. It's like a three-dimensional rework of their 2008 debut, "Deathconsciousness," where we still have the overblown drum programming, sing-along-we-just-beat-Duke bro harmonies, and despair guitar feedback churning into Pixies-style riffs out of nowhere. But now everything is more vibrant, resulting in one of the most off-kilter, exciting rock albums of recent memory.
Tonight's New Science Experience features local talent Yugen ( and Lady Fingers ( They'll be spinnin some good vibes from 10pm-12am, check it out!!
Hell Or High Water returns on Sunday at 1 PM. Join DJ Addison H for a lovely selection of music culled from UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection housed in Wilson Library. This hour long show is always a unique treat, so tune in!
Get broken this week on Broken Music. This week, we explore the early works of Somei Satoh, two of which have just been reissued on Edition Omega Point's Obscure Tape Music of Japan series in a volume called 'Echoes.' Somei Satoh is a contemporary Japanese composer, whose work is purposefully uneasily classified. As a self-trained composer, Satoh incorporates influences from Shintoism, traditional Japanese musical forms, and Western thoughts on music. Tune in for a provoking hour of sounds!
It’s the first Sunday of the month which means it’s time for a new installment of Fruit Smoothie, the once monthly interview show with a local artist/practitioner/person. This month, DJ Sinead gives us an inside look at an Eastern tradition from a Western perspective. Tune in to find out more about Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese system that integrates physical posture, breathing techniques, and focused intention for overall wellness.
At 9PM Sunday it's Sports Rap time--tune in for Reilly, Ryan, and pals chatting about the best and the worst of the sporting world. Topics will include: the Charlotte professional basketball team, the NBA playoff picture, UNC's men's basketball team's game versus NC State's men's basketball team, UNC's women's basketball team's game versus Duke's women's basketball team, Jason Collins, Mary Willingham, and more! Listen and participate! @dunksbutts
Tune in Monday for the Outside Track, home of the world famous XYC Burger. Listen in this week for a new release from Carla Bozulich entitled Boy put out by Constellation records. For those familiar with “art-punk heroine” Carla Bozulich’s expansive and commanding body of unsettlingly gorgeous avant-punk under her Evangelista moniker Boy, the third album released under the artist’s own name, offers another example of Bozulich’s command of deconstruction and narrative expression. Bozulich wrote, produced, and mixed the album mostly on her own while working closely with John Eichenseer and recruited drummer Andrea Belfi. Called a “pop” album by Bozulich herself, the atmosphere of industrial, drone-based sounds present in her other work acts as the raw material from which Bozulich has forged 10 sinister dirges that eschew the pleasantries associated with this buzzword genre.
This week Should Does Does Radio is returning to our favorite serial story, discussing what writers' favorite songs say about them, and opening up the phone lines for the second installment of our call-in advice show "You Might As Well Live." Light the fire and tune-in this Wednesday at 9pm!

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