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Sunday, September 1, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Happy Friday friends.  We just hired SEVENTEEN NEW DJS. Very exciting!  Very fun.  Be sure to tune in between the hours of 3-8 AM to hear them find their way through the radio waves.  Otherwise, enjoy our weekly programming for the coming days!

Tonight starting at 9 PM tune in for a super special 3 hours of radio on WXYC!  From 9-Midnight DJs Caroline, JJ, and Grant will be spinning tunes exclusively from artists featured at this year’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh.  We will be giving our thoughts on artists we especially love, sharing experiences from previous Hopscotch Festivals, and generally gushing about this killer event.  Rock, Drone, Hip-Hop, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Rock.  Tune in!
This week on Hell or High Water, Gina B will be playing the music of Kinky Friedman, a Jewish Texas country singer and humorist.  Prepare to laugh and/or be shocked!  One of Friedman's most famous numbers, "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore" is about beating up a drunken white racist.  However, lest you think Kinky's politics are easily pigeon-holed, another song, "Get Your Biscuits in the Oven and Your Buns in the Bed," lampoons feminism and caused a huge, concert-ending fight at a show in New York.  Regardless of your views, I encourage you to tune in at 2pm on Sunday for this unique hour of radio! 
This Sunday, Broken Music concludes its August series on Belgian experimental music by looking at works produced at the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music in Ghent. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the IPEM. Founded by Belgian Radio and Television and the State University of Ghent, the IPEM's electronic workshop was created as both a creative studio and a research institution. Over the hour, we'll hear works from the IPEM's first director Louis de Meester, along with David Van de Woestijne, Stefan Beyst, Helmut Lachenmann, Peter Beyls, Raoul De Smet, and several others. Tune in at 2pm.
Tune in Sunday night at 8 PM to welcome your new Backyard BBQ host Lincoln.  Lincoln has been around in the Triangle music scene for longer than I have been alive, so give him a warm welcome.  Join Lincoln to hear some records from local bands who will be performing at next week’s Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh.  Check it out!
Tune in at 5 PM on Sunday to hear Fruit Smoothie!  This week, Rachel explores local art through an interesting medium: The record label.  Rachel will be in the studio with Brendan from the local record label Paradise of Bachelors to talk about what a record label does, what it means for the community, and what kind of fruit smoothie Brendan likes. 
On Sports Rap this week it's all football! We'll be reviewing Thursday's game and looking ahead, talking about the NFL's concussion deal and Johnny Manziel's suspension. Join us at 9 PM on Sunday and call in! Slam Dunk!
At 9 pm on Monday night on the Outside Track we'll be exploring Julianna Barwick's new release, Nepenthe, out now on Dead Oceans. Barwick's third full-length LP (not including her 2011 collaboration with Ikue Mori) finds her continuing to explore her own voice's harmonic potential in echoing, highly resonant atmospheres.

Saturday, August 24, 2013
This Week In WXYC

Radio excitement!  We are hiring new DJs this week, so get ready to hear some new voices during the sweet hours of 3-9 AM.  We welcome them with this fun week of programming:

Tune in Friday night for the Inside Track to hear the new record from Superchunk 'I Hate Music,' put out by none other than Merge Records.  Here we have the second post-draught album by longtime Chapel Hill scene king/queen-pins Superchunk, and it's a killer that instantly ranks up there with 'No Pocky For Kitty' as an all-time classic. Ranging from their own, friendly-but-still-badass take on early punk rock to a few of their catchiest pop songs yet, tune in tonight to hear what the people behind Merge Records hate so much. And check out their show tomorrow(Saturday) night at the Cat's Cradle.

This week on Hell or High Water at Sunday at 2 Pm, DJ Ryan R will play Peter Was a Fisherman: The 1939 Trinidad Field Recordings of Melville and Frances Herskovits, Vol. 1.  Melville Herskovits is better known as a prominent sociologist and author of the massively influential work The Myth of the Negro Past than as a musicologist.  However, during field work in Trinidad, he brought along a tape recorder and recorded over 250 Trinidadian songs.  This release presents 30 of the best examples of those recordings.

Directly after, Broken Music continues its series on Belgian experimental composers, turning to the works of Lucien Goethals. Goethals studies serial composition and electronic music under Gottfried Michael Koenig and Louis de Meester, soon taking a producer post at the Institute of Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM).

This Sunday Harrison will be signing out of The Backyard Barbecue for the last time. He'll be hosting "Ill Family", a Chapel Hill- based 1960s psychedelic rock revival- esque outfit. Their sound falls somewhere between the more folk- rock song structured side of the Grateful Dead and the heavily acid- inflected spaciness of Pink Floyd. They also bear a strong influence from the vibrato- based vocal delivery and Dionysian charisma of Devendra Banhart. The set will be all acoustic, as their bass player recently left the band.  Sunday at 8 PM!

We aren’t ALL about music here at WXYC, sometimes we talk about Sports!  Tune in to Sports Rap on Sunday from 9 to 10 PM to hear hosts Reilly Finnegan and Sarah Hirsch talk the latest news in Sports. Slam dunk!

Monday night’s got the Outside Track, this week: Richard Youngs’ 'Regions of the Old School' out on MIE Music. Do you like noisy guitars that convey a personal, emotional sadness unlike anything else in the normally-too-aggressive genre? Do you like manic British vocals? Do you like flutes? What about over-the-top electronics exercises by Astral Social Club? Joan La Barbara vocal exercises and manipulations more your thing? If you don't hate all of these musics, then there's something on this album by British-born, Glasgow-based oddball experimental songwriter that will make you realize this is the best album of the year. Be sure to check out his set Saturday, September 7 at Hopscotch!

Tune in to Should Does Does Radio this week out of more than just habit. Should Does Editor Alex Karsten will be discussing gender neutral housing on campus, songwriting, and just about everything else that can be considered an art, sport, or science.  Wednesday night at 9 PM!

Tune in Thursday night at 9 PM for the Thursday Night Feature to hear station engineer Howie preview some of the bands that are playing at Chapel Hill’s own progressive rock festival ProgDay.  Let us progress rock together!!!

Friday, August 16, 2013
This Week In WXYC

Thousands of students have just magically descended on UNC’s campus, and we are welcoming them with a fun week of programming.  Let’s see what’s in store for them!

Check out the Inside Track Friday night at 9 PM to hear the new release Swisher from Blondes.  This NYC techno duo earned a sort of ‘outsider’ dance tag through some 2k11 EPs on the label RVNG where the organic textures unfolded over understated drums. This album differs from its predecessors by being danceable with drums in the forefront, sometimes even resulting in hard techno runs. But, at the same time, some of the keyboard patterns are so intricate, the synths so captivating and the progression so natural to the point of sometimes eschewing straight-ahead beats. When it wants to go hard, it grabs you with a cold beat, even a little darkwave synth, and spits you out through garbled faint vocal samples. But when it’s relaxing, it’s beautifully delicate and explorative.

Start off Sunday at 10am with the Orange County Special, our weekly specialty show featuring the finest folk, traditional and neo-traditional music the station has to offer.
This week on Hell Or High Water, the music of Piedmont native, John Dee Holeman, will be pumped through the airwaves. Born just up the road in Hillsborough, Holeman relocated to Durham at the age of 25 and has lived there since. Featuring blues sounds from right here in the Piedmont and finding other inspiration from the Blues of Texas, Holeman provides us with a contemporary example of older stylings. Sunday at 1 PM!

This week's Broken Music will feature Decay & Persistence, a new hour-long installation piece from Corwall-based noise manipulator Alice Kemp. Out on the German label Fragment Factory, Decay was debuted in September 2012 at a week long residency in Serbia and later refined for a performance at the Venice International Performance Art Week that had evolved into interactive 24-hour audio and visual display. Kemp artfully distills both performances into a slowly building but eventually violently churning sea of noise. Tune in Sunday at 2 PM to hear Decay in its entirety.
This week on the Backyard BBQ Harrison will be hosting Heaven, a shoegaze band featuring members from NC but based in NYC. One of their members was a staple of the acclaimed Chapel Hill indie rock band, The Comas. Another one of their members was in the legendary shoegaze- dream-pop group Swervedriver, which gives a pretty close approximation of their sound.  Tune in Sunday night at 8 PM!
Join Sarah and Reilly Sunday night at 9 PM for Sports Rap.  Join these two sports and culture experts for everything from UNC athletics to ontological investigations into what makes a sport.  Slam Dunk!
Tune in Monday night at 9 PM for the Outside Track with the Meridian Bros.  Music from Bogota’s Meridian Brothers, fronted by Eblis Álvarez (Frente Cumbiero, Ondatrópica); this album features tracks culled from three albums which were previously available only through local Colombian label La Distrotofónica. Álvarez’ longtime fascination with the history of Colombian rock and his classical training in electronic music and signal processing converge here, in this relentlessly awesome exploration of the sounds of 60s and 70s Colombian rock, a lush and lucid amalgam of psych and surf rock, Highlife, and jazz elements with Colombian cumbias, salsas, and currulao. 
On Thursday night from 9 PM to Midnight WXYC's Thursday Night Feature will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of that most blueswailing of British Invasion acts, the Yardbirds.  Host Blastoff Bob and returning guest Jeff Jarema (local liner notes scribe for reissue labels like Sundazed Music) will spin three hours of the fuzzy guitar fireworks that launched a thousand garage bands. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013
This Week In WXYC

Ah, August.  Classes begin full force once more on campus, people begin to talk about the sport "football," the existential terror of July begins to fade, and WXYC continues its fun and exciting programming:

Throw away your children tonight at 9 pm, when the Inside Track presents Sondra Sun-Odeon's solo debut, "Aetherea." Sun-Odeon is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and member of the psych-folk outfit Silver Summit. What better way to reflect upon the particular afflictions of body and soul which are most likely to assail us under the sign of the Dog Star than to listen to her ethereal plangent folk songs? Collaborators include Helena Espvall of Espers and Ben McConnell of Beach House.
Start off Sunday at 10am with the Orange County Special, our weekly specialty show featuring the finest folk, traditional and neo-traditional music the station has to offer.
This week on Hell Or High Water, Gina B will be playing the 1997 release "Shake the Devil Off" by Dorothy Norwood.  Norwood is a gospel singer and songwriter from Atlanta who has been performing since the 1940s.  This live album, recorded in a Rochester, NY church, features a mix of traditional gospel songs and original compositions.  Tune in for a super upbeat and religious start to your Sunday afternoon!
Settle down at 2pm with Broken Music for an exploration of all-female artists featuring the powerful, devastatingly beautiful drones and churning electronic improvisations of women such as Vanessa Rosetto, Maja Ratke and Hild Sofie Tafjord of Spunk, and Helena Gough. Challenging the notion of sugar, spice and everything nice,  Kat K will arrange an hour of sonic deconstruction to showcase the impressive presence of female artists in the world of experimental and avant-garde music.
Harrison is out of town, but The Backyard Barbeque is still on.  Join DJ Lincoln for an hour of the hottest local cuts from the hottest local bands.  Tune in Sunday at 9 PM.
Tune in to Sports Rap this Sunday to hear Reilly F, Sarah H, and friends talk about sports: previewing the fast-approaching college football season.  UNC, the ACC, and the NCAA landscape will all be on the menu.  Come prepared to call-in, tweet-at (@dunksbutts), and facebook-on to get in in the conversation! 
This week's Outside Track will be Jo Ha Kyu again.
Nah, tune in on Monday night at 9 pm to hear Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage. The world premiere of the infinitary computer animation NUR and the accompanying infinitary computer sound composition SOLITON(E) STAR were given in NYC in 2005 for the celebration of La Monte Young's 70th birthday. Catherine Christer Hennix has now extended this installation in the tradition of the pentatonic blues for a live-electronic ensemble. Endless expanses.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
This Week In WXYC

We all agree, July was the worst month that anyone has experienced here at WXYC, so let's put this awful time to death with some exciting radio!

This Friday on the Inside Track, get ready to hear Dalhous' debut full-length, An Ambassador For Liang. This Edinburgh duo explores "dreamlike but treacherous terrain" with a tapestry of processed acoustic instrumentation, dubwise bass, and stacked percussion.

This week on Hell or High Water, Gina B will be playing the 1998 release The McGarrigle Hour which features Kate and Anna McGarrigle and a variety of their family and friends, including Loudon Wainright III (who is from Chapel Hill!), Rufus and Martha Wainright, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and more.  The album is primarily a folk album, with a variety of covers and original material.  According to Paul Busch of FasterLouder: Australia's online music community (!), "All these re-creations of old standard songs make you want to snuggle up by the fireplace with a glass of red and pretend you are listening to the wireless. The down home feel, the love, and the integrity leave you with warmth that is not easy to wash away."

Tune in Sunday afternoon to Broken Music to enjoy the works of American composer Lois V Vierk. Vierk's works employ an imaginative blend of sliding glissandos and a concept she calls "exponential structure".  She often writes for chamber ensembles, often featuring multiples of the same instrument. Vierk traces her unique approach to music to her ethnomusicology studies at UCLA, where she focused extensively on Japanesegagaku music, as well as her work at Cal Arts in composition and New Music. Tune in at 2pm.

Tune into the 4RuiT Sm∞thie Sunday at 5pm to hear Curt Cloninger of lab404, prolific first gen indie rock dad of internet art and modern day web alchemist, respond to rude and intrusive questions about religion, his hacking days, the mystical zone between language and oblivion, and what to do if the bar at the finish line of the Situationist river tubing venture he's organizing this Sunday on Asheville's French Broad closes before you drift to shore.

Harrison is back on the Backyard BBQ at 8 PM.  Tune in to listen to music from artists from the surrounding lands and Harrison’s really inviting voice.

On this week's Sports Rap Sunday at 9 join coordinator Reilly F and his co-host Sarah H as they talk with local E-sports personality Stirling Little about the fighting games season, the upcoming Dota 2 tournament, and his own game Carrboro Quest.  They'll also be breaking down the week in sports news, taking callers, and recounting their trip to the Greater NC ProAm Basketball League. Oh, and be sure to follow Sports Rap on Twitter @dunksbutts to stay in-the-know!

Tune in on Monday for the Outside Track, which will be Gaspar Claus' Jo Ha Kyo. This French cellist fronts an audacious ensemble of 10 Japanese musicians, among them Keiji Haino, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Otomo Yoshihide. The ensemble's string instruments sound off into a chaotic space of drone, noise, and corrupted vocalizations. 

Monday, July 15, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Boy oh boy do we love radio here at WXYC.  Here's what we can offer you for the week:

Start off with OCS at 10am with the Orange County Special, our weekly specialty show featuring the finest folk, traditional and neo-traditional music the station has to offer.
Join DJ Kiever H on Hell of High Water at 1 PM as he plays old archival recordings from Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection.  Music he will be playing will feature the washboard, the jug, the kazoo and plenty of other interesting folk doodads.
This Sunday's Broken Music will be the second part of a two week examination of the works of Dutch sound artist Felix Hess. Born in The Hague in 1941, Hess studied and worked as a nuclear physicist for almost 20 years until a lifelong interest in the interplay between natural communication systems and analytic codes blossomed into an almost 30-year career of both musical pieces and sound installations. In his work Hess creates semi-autonomous sound recording devices to capture 'natural' communication sources as disparate as air pressure fluctuations from a geyser, rushing water and frog calls and then processes them electronically (similar to the works of, among others, Rolf Julius and Akio Suzuki). This week's show will focus on Hess's recordings and installation works over the past 15-20 years, the most fruitful period of his recording career. 
Sunday at 5pm on 4RuiT sm∞thie, Rachel J will talk with young & gettin it Melbourne artist Hamisihi Jama Farah about what it means to be a painter in 2013, how to navigate a constant flash flood of images, and Marina A v. Jay Z .
Harrison is back on the Backyard BBQ at 8 PM.  Tune in to listen to music from artists from the surrounding lands and Harrison’s really inviting voice.
Tune in for Sports Rap for a farewell show for long-time host and “sports-dude” Abe.  Wipe away your tears to catch up with the big news in sports and then meet the new Sports Rap leadership for the year. 
This week on the Outside Track, Guersson Record’s compilation of 70’s Chicago psych-rock outfit, Athanor. Flashback consists of both sides of three 45s the English teacher/music journalist duo released between ’73 and ’75, as well as demos and a new(er) track recorded in 2006. Rare psych from Lennon, 12-string guitar obsessed dudes.
Always wanted to travel, but never had the time or the seven league boots? Tune in to Should Does Does Radio this week to catch the triumphant return of our managing editor, Reilly Finnegan, from his travels abroad. He'll regale us with his adventures, and should he get too boring we'll have plenty of other things to regale you with as well." 
Finally, tune in on Thursday at 9 PM to hear the Thursday Night Feature.  This week on the TNF, DJ Grant B brings you repeated rhythms and space drones as we explore the theme “Krautrock by People Who Aren’t German.”  Sure, the word krautrock is a huge lie: a title made up by semi-disdainful British music critics to describe the new sounds emanating from the politically turbulent post-war Germany.  Is it the commune-based, weirdo-rock furor of Amon Düül?  The tight rhythms and rock experimentation of kraut-kings Can?  Or even the spacey synth echoes of Cluster or Tangerine Dream? Who knows!  But those Germans were definitely on to something, so let’s check out some artists who were inspired by their styles and, at the very least, rock out for three hours. 

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