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Sunday, October 6, 2013
This Week In WXYC

It is generally agreed that the month of October best captures the ethos of WXYC.  We kick off this sacred time with the following:

Turn on the radio tonight at 9 PM to hear the Inside Track.  This week we are featuring the brand-new, explosive release from Daniel Lopatin AKA Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven.  Lopatin has come a long way since his mid-aughts cosmic synth explorations (which rule); nowadays he is working with intense, sample-based collage ruminations.  Stop by for some vocal manipulation and post-modern indulgence.
Kick off your weekend with 2 hours of sweaty, grooving, and DEEP rhythms on the New Science Experience, Friday nights from 10 to midnight.  This week tune in for two one hour long sets from DJs Nate and Trevyn.  Dance!
On this week's Orange County Special, we'll be initiating a monthly ArtsCenter ticket giveaway.  Listeners will have a chance to win tickets to see/hear/enjoy Down Hill Strugglers (with The Hushpuppies) on Thursday, October 10th.  We'll also be giving away a pair of tix to see The Jon Shain Trio, on the 11th.  More info on events at the Carrboro ArtsCenter can be found at
This week on Hell Or High Water, to follow up last week's Sacred Harp, Zach G will be doing a second series on "harp" music, featuring the Autoharp, with selected cuts from "Mountain Music Played on the Autoharp" as well as songs from autoharpist and singer Bryan Bowers.  Tune in on Sunday at 1pm!
At 2pm, Broken Music explores the electroacoustic works of French composer Jacques Lejeune. A student of PIerre Schaeffer and François Bayle, Lejeune joined the GRM in 1968, soon leading their "music for images" department. His works follow the trajectory of electroacoustic music from tape composition to synthesis and computer music. Since 1978, Lejeune has taught musique concrete composition through a partnership between the INA-GRM and the Town of Paris.
This Sunday on the Backyard BBQ we are pleased to have Scott Endres (MAKE, Sons, Hem Of His Garment) talking with us about the new release from his solo project The Pod.  Join him and host Lincoln as they play a couple of tracks off of "Faded Memory From A Dying Sun" and discuss the finer things in life such as show tunes, rabbits, kale, Lucky Charms, Newt Gingrich, Faygo, Pop Rocks, Number Theory, the otherness of Detroit, and other sundries.  It should be a real hootenanny!  Tune in at 8 PM to experience resonant tones and laughter.  We will even play music. Thumbs up!
From 9-10PM tune in for Sports Rap as hosts Reilly F, Sarah H, and Ryan S investigate the good, the evil, the profound, and the absurd of sports. This week: Condoleezza Rice on the college football playoff selection committee, football, football, football. Listen live and tweet (@dunksbutts), facebook, or call-in to give your thoughts! Slam dunk!
Grace your Monday with the Outside Track at 9 PM.  This week you’ll hear Promised Land Sound, a baby-aged garage rock from Nashville who wowed label boss Brendan of Paradise of Bachelors when he saw them live.  They have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them a can’t miss up and coming rock band.
Tune in Wednesday night from 9-10 PM to catch the lovely literati of Should Does Does Radio.  Personal anecdotes, ruminations on childhood, local issues, Dungeons and Dragons, falling in love, it’s all there on SDDR!

Friday, September 20, 2013
This Week In WXYC

The Harvest Moon has come and we have made the appropriate sacrifices to the radio gods.  Feast upon our crop: 

Friday night beckons you with the Inside Track.  Tune in this week at 9 PM for the new record Yessir Whatever by Quasimoto.  The third album from Quasimoto, Madlib’s helium-infused identity, is a collection of tracks compiled from across a twelve-year period. Included are raps from Lord Quas and a deeper-pitched Madlib, fluttering synths, easy-listening soul and jazz samples, and druggy skit interludes.
Tune in every Friday night from 10-12 PM for WXYC’s own dance-orientated music exploration, the New Science Experience. Tonight, join WXYC DJ Andy S as he takes us on a guided tour of deep space for your listening pleasure.
Tune in on Sunday at 1 PM for Hell Or High Water! This week DJ Kiever will focus on banjo music from Appalachia.  Being such an isolated region, the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky have been a cradle that has nurtured bluegrass for generations. Steeping for centuries, the music to come out of these hills makes your bones ache for some good ole mountain dew. I'll focus on the more popular banjo pickers to come out of Kentucky like Roscoe Holcomb and Buell Kazee, but will also pay delicate attention to other lesser known artists
Broken Music this week will feature Ólafur Arnald's recent album For Now I am Winter.   His third main release, For Now I am Winter, deals with the idea of hope and "that no matter how bad things seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel...For Now I am Winter is asserting that the winter is never forever".  With lyrics written and performed by Arnór Dan of Agent Fresco, Ólafur Arnald's major label debut delivers captivating sonically dense and diverse, yet minimalist musical pieces.
WXYC Reports is proud to announce our first show of the semester and first ever *live* show! This Sunday, from 5-6pm, we will be exploring the beautiful and mysterious territory of M E M O R Y. The show will feature live conversations on the topics of: past lives, mis-remembered first dates, brain-health culture, and cognitive philosophy.*Don't forget* to tune in!
Join local music connoisseur Lincoln Sunday night at 8 PM for an always interesting and revealing exploration of music from our lovely Triangle on The Backyard BBQ.  Rock.
Wind down after the weekend with a nice chat about sports from the lovely hosts of Sports Rap.  Tune in for updates about the most recent and striking updates in the sports-world and for discussions about the ethics, economics, and ethos of Sports.
Get weird on Monday with the Outside Track.  This week features a new release from Belgian label Sub Rosa entitled Correspondences by Daniel Aspuru/Mauricio Montero/Steven Brown. This is the latest chapter in Sub Rosa’s ‘New Series Framework’ which focuses on a ‘transductor eolico’, a massive, semi-autonomous recording device created by Oaxaca-based composer Aspuru. The TE absorbs source material and manipulates its sound leading a set of intricate jazzy and way-out-there improvisations which, on some of the tracks, are paired with vocals.
Tune in on Wednesday night at 9 PM to hear musings of local literati and true creative nerds on Should Does Does Radio.  Should Does revels in variety, so tune in for an eclectic and fun/not fun experience!

Monday, September 16, 2013
This Week In WXYC

Hey friends.  I hope you are excited for this week of programming.  We have some returning shows that looking pretty neat!  Check it out:

Tune into the Inside Track at 9 PM tonight Swedish electro vets Frak offer up their best record to date with pleasureful and aggressive robot thumps expertly tempered with chilled out and intentionally stark percussive work. Fantastic amalgram of freaked out electro a la Crème or Clone Records, churning house music and light industrial sounds, with almost no filler whatsoever.
Tonight on the New Science Experience DJ's Rob and Trev will be working the ones and twos exploring the WXYC library. From ten tomidnight they'll be spinning the classics and unearthing the oddities -- all for your aural pleasure! 

This week on Hell or High Water, you'll be hearing Hawaiian Steel Guitar Classics 1927-1938, a collection of the best lap steel players Hawai'i had to offer.  Featuring unreleased tracks from revivalist Bob Brozman's private collection, the album contains both virtuosic playing and a fun tropical vibe.  Be prepared to listen and dance along Sunday from 1-2 pm!
This week's Broken Music will feature the first of a two part series featuring the Electronic Voice Phenomenon (EVP) recordings compiler Michael Esposito. For over 30 years the Chicago-based Esposito has captured allegedly paranormal communications from locations all over the world, including Jim Morrison's gravesite and a number of haunted buildings. This week's show will highlight Esposito's collaborative recordings of processed EVP materials with artists like CM Von Hausswolf, Leif Elggren, FM Einheit, Kommissar Hjuler, John Duncan and others.
Tune in at 8 PM on Sunday for the Backyard BBQ with your lovely host Lincoln!  Catch up with your buddy as his spins some familiar and forgotten local tracks for your viewing pleasure.  VIVA LA TRIANGLE.
From 9-10PM Sports Rap hosts Reilly F and Sarah H (and friends) will recap the week in college, professional, and fantasy football. They will also ask the question: if college athletes should not be paid, who else shouldn't? Listen, call in, tweet in (@dunksbutts)! 

Don’t forget about the Outside Track at 9 PM on Monday!  Tune in this week for this week’s release from Richard Youngs, Summer Through My Mind. Described by Youngs as his “country album”, this release is strictly composed of acoustic guitar-playing with occasional slide overdubs. Youngs’ vocals are familiarly crooning and his lyrical content ranges from somber to uplifting to wistful.
We are starting the first Global Music Show series of the semester this Wednesday at 9 PM with a show that will focus on Lebanese, Syrian, Egyptian and Tunisian underground artists in the context of the Arab uprisings since 2011. The show, "Underground Music and the Arab Uprisings," will feature special guest UNC professor Dr. Zeina G. Halabi who teaches modern Arabic literature and culture in the Asian studies department. 

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. 

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