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Thursday, September 25, 2014
this week on WXYC

what's goin' on friends of WXYC,

it's starting to look a little bit like fall around chapel hill - the temperature of the air outside feels less bad, we've got the "football" games returning to sports, and the calendrical measurement of time continues. as we patiently wait for the leaves to slowly fall to their deaths and deal with our anxiety about appropriate outfits for the summer to autumn transition, let's sit back and relax and turn the dial back to 89.3 fm this week. lookin' pretty good:
Hey why don't we get local this Friday on the Inside Track at 9 PM. We are going to enjoy the new record from local boys Last Year's Men. Their sophomore effect, coming 4 years after their debut Sunny Down Snuff LP, has been hugely anticipated. Their brand of infectious, 60s-influenced pop rock will dig into your ear and probably never leave. Jangly guitar rhythms, a body-controlling rhythm section, and singer Ben Carr's howling voice bemoaning forlorn love. Good rock album for your Friday Night.
The New Science Experience is proud to present two hours of early Jamaican dub by local DJ Selector B Steady. Vinyl only! Check it out from 10 to midnight tonight to get yourself learnt about all things Jamaican Dub.
This week on Hell Or High Water, we will explore the music of Arkansas folk singing extraordinaire Almeda Riddle as she sings songs rooted in the traditions of the ballad. Born in Cleburne, Arkansas, Riddle performs numerous ballads less-often affiliated with her Ozark home. She claimed to be able to perform well over 500 songs from memory. Check out this documentary on her (,131) and tune in on Sunday from 1pm-2pm.
Sunday afternoon on Broken Music, we explore the electronic works of renowned record producer Craig Leon. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Leon envisioned a wholly foreign music created by interplanetary beings and crafted a pair of records--Nommos andVisiting--in what he deemed to be its image. Leon employed a battery of modern synthesizers and tape delay to assemble a music far more daring than the rock records on which he staked his reputation. The RVNG Intl label recently compiled a collection of these recordings, including a Leon's meticulous recreation of the Nommos material. Tune in at 2pm.
On Sports Rap this week, your host is still not watching the NFL, but we'll (or I'll) talk about all the scandals facing the league and Roger Goodell's response from Friday afternoon. UNC-ECU's game will also be discussed, and hopefully a little MLB if I get my shit together and read up on the MLB regular season's home stretch and/or get a guest who knows anything about baseball. Or I'll just play dope music for most of the show and rage about Goodell in talk sets. Snoop Rion next week! (He's in Thailand this weekeend and can't do the show.) Tune in at 9 on Sunday!
Don't forget about the Outside Track brought to you by Home Depot. Monday at 9 PM we will explore a brand new one from techno/electronics weirdo Lee Gamble. His new release KOCH is pretty difficult to pin down. Is this an ambient drone album? Are these the hottest techno tracks I've heard this summer? Is this one of those post-modern, heady Critical Theory Blog-fodder records? I don't know but I can try to explain. Filled with spaced out vocal samples, twitching, uncomfortable bass beats, and massive synth washes, KOCH is a weirdo record for weirdo 2014. I kind of love it. Tune it at 9 PM to figure it out!

Friday, July 18, 2014
this week on WXYC

what's up,
hope y'all are doing Good. this week, things are happening all over the world. you got your News, you got your Sports, your Interpersonal Stuff, then most importantly your Radio Delights on WXYC 89.3 fm. by all means:
FRIDAY NIGHT. Here comes the Inside Track at 9 PM. Catch some new club-ready hip-hop from Brazilian artist Karol Conka. Her new CD release Batuk Freak pushes Brazilian hip hop to the next level with grinding beats and rapid-fire flow. This album is four years in the making and it shows. Excellent production featuring sharp percussion, dripping electro beats and grimy bass that feels straight out of Bristol. Party hard.
Every once in a while New Science Experiencers have a chill weekend. This week on the New Science Experience we'll be checking out some sweet dance tracks that have been hiding in the XYC library for years. Tune in at 10 PM tonight.
This week on Hell or High Water we will delve into the music of Al Ferrier. Referred to as the "King of Louisiana Rockabilly," Ferrier wears that crown well. Being from Louisiana, one can hear the the swampy blues and Cajun influences at the core of Ferrier's music, thus re-imagining the Rockabilly traditions to better fit his region. Tune in Sunday at 1 pm!
Tune in to Broken Music this Sunday at 2pm to beat the heat by listening to four new recordings revolving around the sonic dynamics of moving water. During the show listeners will be treated to a set of prepared field recordings by Chris Silver T utilizing the Ionian Sea, a new Artificial Memory Trace LP featuring sounds recording off the Australian coast, a composition by London bassist Dominic Lash melding his own recordings of the River Thames with live string preparations and finally a new work by Jeph Jerman that finds him setting up contact mics under water and then submerging the source material tapes to add another layer of wet oddness to the whole affair.
This week on Sports Rap, we'll discuss whether the Cavs should trade Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love if they can, Lance Stephenson's new contract with the Hornets, and rank Drake's most awkward moments at the ESPYs! Join us at 9 pm Sunday night and we'll give you candy.
Get spooky with us this Monday at 9 PM with the Outside Track. Check out a new one from Gordon Ashworth entitled S.T.L.A. Originally releases as a super limited cassette release, this album found itself repressed on vinyl recently this year. Ashworth has a background in noise and black metal groups, but nowadays he is focusing on tape and field recording work. S.T.L.A. shows Gordon at his best, synthesizing gorgeous public sound with beautiful looped instrumentals. Extremely beautiful!

Friday, May 23, 2014
This week in WXYC

Hi everyone! I'm Anne, and I'll be here for the next 50 or so Fridays telling you what's going on with programming at WXYC. Glad to be here. Also glad to announce that we just hired 14 new piping hot DJs to keep the station alive in the wee hours of the night this sweltering summer. Can't wait. Otherwise, here's what's cookin' this week at WXYC:

Your suffering ends tonight at 9 PM with The Inside Track here on WXYC. This week, tune in to catch the brand new release from Chicago-resident Ryley Walker All Kinds of You out on Tompkins Square. After swallowing endless comparisons to Bert Jansch, the 24 year-old Walker hits us with a remarkably solid full-length release. With lush arrangements, sharp production and just smart song-writing, this new LP is the pleasurable folk-rock album we’ve been asking for at the start of summer. Check it out!

Tonight at 10pm Tune in to WXYC's beat-oriented specialty show the NEW SCIENCE EXPERIENCE to hear highlights from last week's killer SAVAGE WEEKEND music fest. You'll hear clips from Profligate, VVAQRT, Mincemeat or Tenspeed, Unicorn Hard-On, and moooooreee!!!!!!!!!!

This Sunday afternoon at 1pm on Hell or High Water the music of Uncle Dave Macon will be explored. Born in 1870 in Smartt Station, TN, the "Dixie Dewdrop" was an old-time banjo player, singer, songwriter, and comic. Being the first star of the Grand Ole Opry, Macon helped to blur and blend the lines of vaudeville performance and American folk music.

Tune in to Broken Music this Sunday at 2pm as we explore the interesting catalog of Italian-born but Berlin-residing electronic experimenter Claudio Rocchetti. Known best as one third of the improvisational rock trio 3/4HadBeenEliminated, Rocchetti has been recording solo material since 2003, including a recent set of manipulated field recordings from China and a collage made up of layers of dozens of noise cassettes. Lock in at 2pm to hear a smattering of these and much more!

You ever heard of a game? What about court? Did you watch Spiderman 2 in a theater with stadium seating? If you answered yes to any of these questions, tune in for Sports Rap on Sunday at 9pm and let it speak to your inner athlete. Make sure to stretch beforehand.

Doom, darkness and death this Monday on The Outside Track. Tune in at 9 PM for the new one from White Suns entitled Totem. This noise-rock band from New York City traffic in pure destruction. This record is a pure doomsday audio assault, seemingly without structure, but certainly intended to disturb the peace. Heavy feedback and a destroyed drum-kit. You might not be able to deny the pleasure in this pain however, as it’s abundantly clear that these rockers have made much more than loud sounds. Tune in and find out!  

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!

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