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Friday, February 22, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Tonight (Friday) at 9 on the Inside Track check out Royal Band de Thies with 'Kadior Demb' on Teranga Beat. This is a progressive Mbalax (Senegalese traditional music) outfit formed in the mid-70s, and Kadior Demb is the first non-bootleg recording of the group, from 1979, featuring intricate percussion and muscular, driving horn work meet great dual male vocals and smoking guitar action. (ERD).

Then, on the NSE at 10, local techno veteran Billie Blaze ( joins us in the studio for an hour of dancefloor techno including selections from his forthcoming EP. One Duran follows up with his usual depth of selection of house and bass.

Sunday at 1 pm on Hell or High Water Blanche B. will be focusing on Gullah culture. The Gullah or Geechee people are African-American communities that have preserved much of their African linguistic and cultural heritage and are from the "Lowcountry" of the south (mostly coastal regions in South Carolina and Georgia). I will be playing sacred and secular music, animal stories, tradition stories, shout music, and clips that talk about the Gullah dialect (Enlgish-based creole language).

This week on Broken Music on Sunday at 2pm, we will explore two pieces by American composer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Robert Ashley.  Although he is known primarily as a composer of "avant-garde opera," this first piece, "Automatic Writing," can only tentatively pushed into this category.  Composed by carefully capturing Ashley's "involuntary speech" which arises from a mild form of Tourette's Syndrome, this piece explores the nature of composition, intent, and speech.  The second piece, an excerpt from Ashley's opera for television "Perfect Lives" displays the notable characteristics of Ashley's operas:  Narrative fluidity, a colorful conglomeration of philosophical dialogue, and highly expressive instrumentation.  Tune in!!!

Then, on WXYC REPORTS at 5pm, the show's theme this week is mental health, and we'll be exploring this theme from a variety of perspectives - from scientific research going on at UNC, to the stories of students and community members.

Business as usual on this week's Sportsrap at 8pm on Sunday, as the panel delves into another weekly  game & lineup recap for Tar Heel basketball. The group will also break down ACC play for the week, while prepping the NBA's 2nd half and recap the diamond heel's recent contests. All that and more on Sportsrap.
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Plunderphonics continues Sunday at 10 with lots of sounds you may or may not have heard before at speeds faster than the speed of light, yet slower than the speed of smell.

Finally, on the Outside Track Monday at 9, check out the new release 'Sonic Prayer Jam' by Earthless out on Gravity. Earthless were a San Diego-based heavy psych trio from the early-mid 00s who released a few different versions of a track called 'Sonic Prayer Jam' around 2005. This is a remastered live version of the original from 2007 as well as an alternate take AND a never-before released live cut that is pure fire. Members of this band were in Rocket From The Crypt, Hot Snakes, Nebula and Clikitat Ikatowi. Pounding drums, thundering bass and overdriven guitars illustrate that while Earthless really brought it live.

Friday, February 15, 2013
This Week in WXYC

RE duke game: Don't wanna talk about it.

RE 2000's dance tomorrow night: WANNA TALK ABOUT IT.
WXYC is hosting its semi-annual 2000s dance at Chapel Hill Underground this Saturday night at 9:30 pm! There will be Nelly.

Tonight on the Inside Track at 9pm, listen up for Pantha du Prince & the Bell Laboratory's album 'Elements of Light' on Rough Trade.
Berlin's Hendrik Weber here presents his composition for electronics, percussion and corillon (i.e. the collection of several pitched bells often connected to a keyboard for playing) and the effect is an ambient techno piece aiming for a Moondog-meets-gamelan otherworldliness.

Then keep it locked at 10pm for NSE, where we will deliver two hours of the finest live-mixed dance and electronic music.

Sunday at 1pm on Hell or High Water, Kiever H. will be introducing us to the Five Royales. Hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, these dudes really knew how to have a good time. Playing during the era of 1950's R&B, they truly understood how to perfect both the "rhythm" and "blues." However, they didn't stop here. They weren't afraid to synthesize expected R&B sounds with tidbits of gospel, doo wop, and even some "beachy" rock and roll. Recording most of their hits in 1952 and 1953, the "5" Royales were vital in assisting to establish the "future" sounds of R&B to come in the mid-late 50s.

Then tune in at 2pm as Broken Music explores the recorded works of French sound artist composer Éric La Casa. La Casa's unique ear for field recording explores a wealth of sonic phenomena in both urban and natural settings. Often his work is built on embellishing and magnifying the aural shape of a landscape rather than manipulating those sources.

This Sunday from 5 to 6, Fusion Youth Radio will be focusing on Domestic Violence. There will be two short audio pieces related to the topic in addition to a live discussion focusing on the root causes of Domestic/Interpersonal Violence. The youth participants will also be talking with Rachel Valentine from the Orange County Rape Crisis Center and the show will be featuring poet Jake Jacoby as well.

Wear your team colors, make your town proud! At 9pm on SportsRap, the panel continues to wrap up the first half of the NBA, by recapping the year and this week's All Star Weekend that's occurring in Houston. As well as probably live updating the all star game. Also, the group recaps the Heel's matchup with UVA, as well as a quick look at the start of the UNC men's baseball team. Lastly, the panel takes solace in the fact that they, instinctively, are not as awful as any Plumlee brother. All that and more, on the SportsRap.

At 10pm, Plunderphonics continues. This week Andrew N and Jayce W are taking us to a land called "Plunderphonix: Space Dementia." If you have a cheesy Star Wars name, please call in and suggest it. The theme is outer (inner?) space/sci-fi. Expect some soundtrack music, TV & movie clips, space-age madness, and a healthy dash of Sun-Ra. It's gonna be out of this world! Maybe even some astrology? Maybe.

Finally, on Monday at 9pm for the Outside Track, tune in for Jozef Van Wissem's new work Apokatastasis out on Incunabulum.
JVW is a Dutch-born but Brooklyn-residing lutist Van Wissem returns with a wonderful set of improvised lute pieces. Get stoked for some pure and unadulterated lute bliss.

Friday, February 1, 2013
This Week in WXYC

According to ESPN, this year the Indiana/Michigan rivalry is more important than the UNC/Duke rivalry in basketball. Can I get an "as if?" Also, there is going to be a new surprise on this list. For ever Sunday from 10-midnight the rest of the semester, we're going to have a rotation specialty show. This will be a chance to test out some new ideas and keep the format exciting and fresh for the listener. Each month will be a new topic. This month's is plunderphonics, and keep reading below to find out more!

Anyways, onto tonight's Inside Track. Tune in at 9pm tonight for The new Sublime Frequencies compilations "Pop Yeh Yeh: Psychedelic Rock From Singapore and Malaysia, 1964-70", which might be helpful to think of as "Candy-Psych Surfabilly" that draws on 60s British and American rock n roll but was also influenced by the Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian and European presence in the musicians' home countries.

Then, stay hype at 10pm for the NSE. Mike S hosts DJ tag team duo Dirty Gypsy and Hennessey from Always Dirty (Raleigh). Taking heavy cues from the likes of Youngsta, Kryptic Minds, Seven, Truth, J:Kenzo, Icicle, Distance and more, they try to maintain the thickest bass music foundation to keep things as deep, dark, and dangerous as possible.

Sunday, tune in at 1pm for Hell or High Water as James F will be playing selections from Rounder's classic "Old Originals" series, which features field recordings made by Tom Carter and Blanton Owen on a trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1976. You'll hear great North Carolina and Virginia old-time musicians like Albert Hash, Thornton Spencer, John Patterson, Hus Caudill and many more.

Keep it broken at 2pm on Broken Music, featuring pieces from "I Want The Beatles To Play At My Art Center," an outstanding new collection of archival materials from the illustrious Norwegian art center Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK). Prisma records along with HOK curator Lars Morch Finbroud have compiled two LPs full of heretofore unreleased live works from experimental musicians such as John Cage, Arne Nordheim, Soft Machine and much more, all vividly documenting HOK's past, present and future mission to, as stated in the center's opening in 1968, "take the first step into the future."

As per WXYC tradition, SportsRap will be taking the week off to watch the SuperBowl and have more to talk about next week. This means our internal panel will be made up of a former middle-school football benchwarmer, the only person cut from her middle school basketball team, and probably a few other people who like biking and are turned off by sports on more of a conceptual level. Expect updates on the recent Tata Steel chess tournament and astrology, as well as an attempt to answer the eternal question of "art or sports?"

HERE IT IS. At 10pm on Sunday, tune in for the first installment of Plunderphonics. This project, led by DJ Jayce W, will be focused on intentionally layering and looping sounds to create a deep listening experience open to the interpretation of the listener. Could this be our next Feedback Farm?!

Then on Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, fans of cosmic, new-age-sounding acts (Dolphins Into the Future, Julian Lynch) will enjoy Monopoly Child Star Searchers, the project of Spencer Clark. "The Garnet Toucan" is a melting, vision quest of an album featuring synth-sloppy exotica reminiscent of wood flutes, chimes and animal hide drums.

Friday, January 25, 2013
This Week in WXYC

On the Inside Track tonight (Friday) at 9pm we will hear the new compilation Strange Passion: Explorations in Irish Post Punk, DIY, and Electronic Music 1980-83 out on Finders Keepers/B Music. This is a titillating compilation of early 80's Irish music that is either pretty punk or has pretty synths {or both!!!}.

Then, keep it locked at 10pm when NSE is getting settled into its new Friday night slot and we're feelin' it pretty hard.  This week: One Duran (Darren H) will bring an hour of UK House. Yugen (TJ W) will deliver a 30 min live PA of house and techno, followed by a selection of some of the best recent stateside techno. The perfect soundtrack to your Friday night.
Then, Sunday at 1 on Hell or High Water Gina B will be playing a 1970s recording of stories, advice, and general talking by Mississippi native Ray Lum (1891-1977), a mule skinner, livestock trader, and auctioneer.  A west Texas newspaper reported his fame this way: "He is known all over cow country for his honest fair dealing and gentlemanly attitude..... A letter addressed to him anywhere in Texas probably would be delivered." He sounds like this (!!!!):
This Sunday's Broken Music features works by Swiss composer Pierre Mariétan. While initially a serialist composer, during the 1960's Mariétan's work shifted toward an approach that intersected composition and improvisation, performed largely by the GERM ensemble, which he led. His output since the 1970's has sought to incorporate composed music with environmental sounds, essentially pairing music of the interior with music of the exterior. The show begins at 2 pm.
Lots to talk about on this week's SportsRap Sunday at 9, as the panel recaps the basketball team's games against Georgia Tech and Nc State from the week, analyzing the contests, while previewing upcoming ACC play for the Heels. Also on the show, the group previews next week's Super Bowl, with game prediction's and analysis of the season. And lastly, the panel breaks down the 2012-2013 NBA All Star selections and recap the year so far. All that and more on Sportsrap.
Finally, Monday on the Outside Track, check out the new compilation New Music for Old Instruments, which is a stunning set of new tracks compiled by preeminent lutist Jozer Van Wissem on his own label Incunabulum. basically some pretty big-name instrumentalists playing instruments as ancient as reproduction of a 14th century swan neck lute but as ‘new’ as a 40-year old Farfisa organ. Beautiful contributions from, among others, station favorites like Susan Alcorn, Cam Deas, C. Spencer Yeh, Stephan Matthieu and R. Kenan Lawler.

Friday, January 18, 2013
This Week in WXYC


Tonight (Friday) at 9 pm on the Inside Track, tune in for Legowelt's new album The Paranormal Sound on Clone Jack For Daze records. This is an album of Dutch analog house and techno from the ridiculous Danny Wolfers, who goes at this project by piling up neat-o vintage synthesizer tones that snake and wind all over the place in creative melodies. 


Then, keep it locked at 10pm tonight (Friday) for the new time of NSE, WXYC's beat-matching and electronic-music based program that will now serve as the perfect soundtrack for those Friday nights where you decide that, just this once, you're not going to stay in with a cup of tea and read ahead for class.


Sunday at 10am on the Orange County Special, Margot is putting together an Inauguration-themed OCS focusing on songs both celebrating and criticizing US presidents throughout history. Turns out people used to care about politics!


Then, get it broken Sunday at 2pm on Broken Music featuring Luc Ferrari's pivotal Presque Rien series. Ferrari began his first installment of the series in 1967, recording the early morning sounds of a Dalmation fishing village where he and his wife Brunhild were vacationing. Over the next three years, Ferrari reassembled those recordings, condensing hours of tape into a 20 minute hyperreal scene of dawn silence. Though Ferrari faced derision from his GRM colleagues over the piece for its relative lack of abstract sounds, the piece served as a turning point for Ferrari. The approach became synonymous with Ferrari's work, as he soon built a catalog of imaginative and often autobiographical audio diaries. Over the hour, we will hear the four Presque Rien pieces. Tune in at 2pm.


Speaking of which, at 9pm on SportsRap, the panel keeps its weekly basketball discussion, by continuing the overview of the Heels' foray into ACC-conference game, recapping the Maryland game, previewing the Georgia Tech game and analyzing the selected starters for the NBA all star game. This and more of the national stories of the week (Armstrong, Teo) on the sportsrap. 


Finally, Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, tune in for Nels Cline and Elliot Sharp's release Open The Door on Public Eyesore. This release is a very cool set of classical guitar duos from two of the biggest names in the avant-garde guitar world that allows them to both incorporate elements of folk and blues as well as jazz, resulting in something sort of like Fahey meeting Derek Bailey.

Friday, January 18, 2013
This Week on Broken Music

This Sunday, Broken Music features Luc Ferrari's pivotal Presque Rien series. Ferrari began his first installment of the series in 1967, recording the early morning sounds of a Dalmation fishing village where he and his wife Brunhild were vacationing. Over the next three years, Ferrari reassembled those recordings, condensing hours of tape into a 20 minute hyperreal scene of dawn silence. Though Ferrari faced derision from his GRM colleagues over the piece for its relative lack of abstract sounds, the piece served as a turning point for Ferrari. The approach became synonymous with Ferrari's work, as he soon built a catalog of imaginative and often autobiographical audio diaries. Over the hour, we will hear the four Presque Rien pieces. Tune in at 2pm.

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