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Friday, May 10, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Hello friends of WXYC, meet your new weekly updater, Grant B.  The name may have changed but the love for sports is still the same, let’s see what’s coming up this week…
From 9-10 Friday night you can hear the Inside Track.  Tune in for Savages’ new release Silence Yourself out on Matardor.  This is the debut album from a UK post-punk, all-female quartet that is known for putting on a pretty intense live show and sites Black Sabbath as an influence because they are so heavy and confrontational, and believes that their music follows suit in a way that is not inherently gendered. Their bass recalls Joy Division and their guitars are somewhere between Gang of Four and Les Savy Fav with a budget. 
Don’t forget to tune into NSE from 10-12 PM Friday Night when DJ Robert Thomas Patton Williams celebrates his trochaic quadrameter name with a night of acid house.   
Tune in on Sunday for 4 hours of James F!  Starting with three hours of music from our OCS section, James F will then move into Hell or High Water and air archival radio broadcasts from WPAQ-Mt Airy's "Merry-Go-Round", a live radio show that featured (and continues to feature) some of the best old time and bluegrass musicians from Surry County and surrounding areas.
Next up on Sunday comes Broken Music.  DJ Grant Bisher will present a brand new release from James Rushford and Joe Talia entitled “Manhunter” out on Kye.  A quick blurb about the album from the web to get you excited: “an ebbing two-part suite for waning greyscale electronics, dehumanized drum machine, amorphous vocal fragments, and sundry devices, woven together in a fabric of despair.” To round off the hour we will hear the first part of another new release from Kye label owner Graham Lambkin and eai superhero Keith Rowe entitled “Making A.”  This record is out on Erstwhile and does briefly feature the Indigo Girls.  Tune in!
Then on Monday, tune in to the “Outside Track” for a new knock-your-socks-off release from New York composer/improviser Jeremiah Cymerman entitled “Sky Burial.”  This is the first release of Cymerman’s “Amplified Quartet,” a improvisation ultra-group composed of hard-to-define jazzman Matt Bauder, trumpet-deconstructer Nate Wooley, jazz-genius Peter Evans, and Cymerman himself.  With the creative possibilities of the combination of traditional jazz instruments and electronics in mind, listeners can look forward to some earthshattering bass tones, undefinable squeaks and squeals, and extremely in-depth explorations of the boundaries of the performer’s instruments.  Bring your nicest headphones!!!
Certainly don’t forget about next week's Thursday Night Feature, which will be devoted to artists who are playing SavageWeekend fest this coming weekend at Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Savage Weekend is a two-day festival featuring over 70 underground U.S. acts in back-to-back, non-overlapping sets that operate in the hard to define spaces of noise, techno, performance, pop, and various hard-to-define strains of sound. We will be hearing tracks from Unicorn Hard-On, Haves & Thirds, Russian Tsarlag, Form A Log, Sam V, Toe Ring, VVAQRT, S.P.Q.R., i_like_dog_face, Humanbeast, Housefire, Farewell My Concubine, Mincemeat or Tenspeed, Andrea Pensado, and more. "

Friday, April 19, 2013
This Week in WXYC


Did you like the 4/20 TNF last night? Turns out that amethyst is neither stone nor metal...IT'S A MINERAL. Now, onto this week in programming:
Tonight at 9pm on the Inside Track tune in to hear a new Sublime Frequencies compilation called "Ethnic Minority Music of Southern China". The collection features folk musicians from Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces recorded by Laurent Jeanneau between 2006-2012.
Then stay tuned at 10pm on the NSE as Donovan pumps out two hours of dirty bass and heavy beats. 

This week on Hell or High Water, Sunday at 1pm, Kiever H will be focusing on the music of the Blue Sky Boys. Consisting of Hickory, NC raised brothers Bill and Earl Bolick, the Blue Sky Boys ooze authenticity and were doing the whole brother duet thing before others, like the Louvin Bros. Deriving their name from Western North Carolina's nickname, the "Land of the Blue Sky," one can hear the mountainous influences in their musicianship. Retiring from the game in the 1950s when refusing to adopt the modern sounds of Country, with its electric and honkeytonk-esc sounds, these fellas are to be respected as setting the groundwork for a new era of Country.   

Sunday at 2pm, Broken Music this week features electronic music composer Maggi Payne. Active since the 1970's, Payne's childhood interest in the flute has cast a strong influence on the layered, harmonic-laden nature of her electronic works for analog and digital synthesizer, Apple II computer, and early sampling devices. Her long-standing collaborative relationship with video artist Ed Tannenbaum has given way to a prolific catalog of works. Payne is a graduate of Mills College's electronic music and recording media program and currently acts as co-director of the school's Center for Contemporary Music. 
Then at 5pm on WXYC Reports, tune in for an hour dedicated to this week's segment: Social Media and Dating: Dispatches from the wild world of the internet as we explore some of the most salient forms on online dating and romance, including Second LIfe, Grindrrr, OKCupid, and Craigslist Missed connections. Don't Miss out!
I miss college basketball, but this week on SportsRap, even with the semester coming to a close, SportsRap pushes on. Following some good news this week, the group analyzes the return of PJ/JMM and what it means for the Tar Heels upcoming season. The panel also previews the upcoming NFL draft, review the first month of MLB highlights, recap the #1 Diamond Heels match-up with dook, while breaking down the NBA playoffs. All that and more on the Sportsrap.

Then, Sunday at 10 on Should Does Does Radio, It may be the 21st of April, but there’s still plenty of time to turn on your radio, tune to 89.3 FM, and drop out! Expand your literary consciousness from 10-12 PM with the help of Chapel Hill-area literary magazine Should Does. Great works of art will be discussed, and maybe a few great works of art will even be created on the spot. Listen to it, man. All the cool kids are doing it.

Finally, Monday at 9pm, the Outside Track is "Duets with Tyshawn Sorey & special Guest Hugh Ragin", out on Wild Hive, and it is the latest from Chicago avant-garde jazz legend Roscoe Mitchell, who co-founded the AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago.  Sorey's percussion and Ragin's trumpet playing complement the 72-year-old Mitchell's challenging saxophone explorations.

Friday, April 12, 2013
This Week in WXYC: Kickball Edition

Did you know that, for seventeen years before UNC even had a radio station, WXYC was an organization devoted entirely to kickball? Well, it's not true, but once a year, your hometown heroes travel down tobacco trail and battle the WXDU DJs in the annual no-shame show-down known as the WXYC/WXDU kickball match. We will be taking most of this week to prepare for the match, but maybe just maybe we will have a few specialty shows in between kicking drills. If we were to have these shows, they would be:
Tonight, on the Inside Track, tune in to hear "Haw", the newest album from Durham folk-rock-country-boogie outfit Hiss Golden Messenger, out on the local Paradise of Bachelors label. Songwriter MC Taylor is joined by an all-star group that includes William Tyler, Phil Cook (Megafaun) and Nathan Bowles (Black Twig Kickballers/Pelt), as well as longtime HGM collaborators Terry Lonergan, Scott Hirsch and more. An instant classic, just in time for spring.

Then, stay on first base for the NSE at 10pm. DJ Yugen will be hosting Kid Kameleon + Tinker and bringing us 2 hours of dubstep, trap, burner and aggressive bass.
HOME RUN. This week on Heel Or High Water Sunday at 1pm, Gina B will be playing the 1999 release Iguana Iguana by Reptile Palace Orchestra.  Don't let your past experience with acoustic international folkdance bands bias you against these dudes!  Featuring Sigtryggur Baldursson of The Sugarcubes (co-founded by Bjork), a Brian Eno cover, a doumbek, cello, accordion and more, this album is a pleasant reminder that world fusion music doesn't have to be excruciating.  Although, a caveat, an appreciation for camp is required for some of these songs and no one would ever call this album understated. 
FOUL BALL! On Broken Music Sunday at 2pm,, we will enjoy the works of composer Philip Perkins. Among the few American practicioners of musique concrete, Perkins works largely with location recordings, urban and rural alike, introducing an imaginative array of processing. In addition to his work in experimental music, Perkins is a prominent sound engineer, often providing his sound effect design for film projects.
With college basketball season coming to a close this week, Sportsrap returns Sunday at 8pm kickball with a slew of topics including college basketball (recapping this week's title game, kickball, as well as players leaving early, and what it means to the Heels/ncaa), NBA playoff kickball push, Kickball, the Masters, and a little kickball bit of baseball (MLB opening weeks & the Diamond Heels' kickball team). Be sure to tune in. KICKBALL!
On the Outside Track, tune in Monday at 9 to hear Israel Martinez with 'The Minutes' out on Aagoo. The 5th full-length from Mexican sound-and-installation artist Israel Martinez features processed field recordings from across his native country - birdsong playing alongside what sounds like an engine failing to start, cafe chatter awash in glacial tones in digital hiss.
Then, finally, Thursday night at 9pm on the Thursday Night Feature, looks like 4/20 came a little bit early this year. Myself, Madeline M and maybe a few other members of the WXYC Kickball Team will be bringing you three hours of stoner rock, stoner metal, and a special segment called 'stone or metal?' hosted by resident geologist Kevin Q. And in honor of the recent announcement that SLEEP will be playing Hopscotch this year, I think I just might play all of Dopesmoker. So follow the riff to the promised land, order a couple pan-pizzas and tune in to zone out.

Friday, April 5, 2013
This Week in WXYC


Tonight (Friday) at 9pm on the Inside Track tune in for the new album 'Confrontations' on everybody's favorite double-negative-wielding label Not Not Fun*. Umberto is the solo project of Kansas City's Matt Hill, and it's pretty spooky stuff, in a fun-loving way. If you ever got mad that you had to choose between listening to 70s horror flick soundtracks and Italo-Disco, look no further than this album. 

Then at 10PM the NSE goes "heavy contact" again with Mike S hosting as DJs Dirty Gypsy and Hennesey run the decks. Special guest DJ Miss Behave will be bringing the massive drum 'n' bass sounds.

Sunday at 1pm on Hell or High Water, James F will air a 1977 broadcast of the "Merry-Go-Round" radio show on WPAQ-Mount Airy, featuring performers Melvin Slaydon and Vernon Smith.

Stay tuned at 2pm for this week's Broken Music, which will feature pieces from the most recent works of Brighton-based experimental musician Dylan Nyoukis. We will hear excerpts from 2-4 different projects from late 2012 through early 2013 that feature Nyoukis (and in a few instances his duo Blood Stereo featuring his wife Karen Constance) mercilessly torturing listeners with manipulated vocals, cello, electronics, electric guitar and reel-to-reel tapes as well as some seriously demented sound collage work. 
On this week's Sportsrap, the panel returns from the holiday to wrap up the UNC basketball season; how did the season stack up, and what's in store for the heels to come in the immediate/distant future. Also this week, a final four preview, MLB opening weekend and potentially some NBA. So put mad men on mute and listen to Sportsrap. 


This Sunday from 10 PM to midnight listen in as Should Does does radio! Should Does is an online Chapel Hill-based literary and arts magazine which will print anything, provided it's great. On Sunday listen as their staffers read original work, interview intriguing folks, and drop knowledge of the human condition.

Monday on the Outside Track at 9pm, tune in for the Mind Over Mirrors album 'Check Your Swings' on Hands in the Dark. Check Your Swing is the 3rd LP in a little over a year for Mind Over Mirrors, aka Jaime Fennely. Fans of Zomes will love the repetitive, droning ecstasies that Fennely creates with harmonium, tape delays, oscillators and synths - a record that pulsates with astral energy.

Friday, March 29, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Tonight (Friday) at 9pm on a very special Inside Track, UNC MFA student Michael Iauch's hour-long piece 'Hymn To The Night' will be played in its entirety here on WXYC. Iauch made a recording of the night soundscape and then played this recording back to the following night. He then made a recording of this second night and layered it on top of the first night. He ~then~ played this layered recording back to the third night, and continues to layer new nights on top of one another, playing each recording back to the following night, until the sound dissolves into complete noise. Informed by the song "Racing in the Street" from the album Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) by Bruce Springsteen as well as The Social Production of Space by Henri Lefebvre, this project conceptualizes the night as a space upon which hopes, dreams and desires are endlessly projected in the search to be fulfilled. Tune in at 9.

Then keep it spooky at 10pm on the NSE. We got UK Slickness from Spoiled Boys (AKA Philip R) and house & disco from Cosmic Liberation Front comrade Mike D.

Sunday at 1pm on Heel or High Water, I will be playing early recordings of Cal Stewart, known better as Uncle Josh Weathersby. Around the turn of the 20th century, Thomas Edison's studios asked him to cut a series of recordings as Uncle Josh, who came from the fictional New England town of Punkin Center. Part comic, part vaudeville, Stewart continued recording until his death in 1919.

Sunday at 8 on the Backyard BBQ, check out Carrboro mainstay Secret Boyfriend. Performing live, we will check in with solo performer Ryan Martin for a healthy dose of noise music as well as some subtly beautiful songs.

Then at 9 on the SportsRap we will talk about Florida Gulf Coast's thrilling/predictable win/loss against Florida, how Coach Crean somehow seemed surprised by Syracuse's 2-3 zone, how we don't have to talk about 'the streak' anymore, and potentially the hit new film 'Spring Breakers.'

Friday, March 22, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Wouldn't it be cool if you got to hear the entire album 'Eye Mohini: Singles volume 3' by Sun City Girls out on their own label Abduction? Just because they're not a band anymore doesn't mean we aren't getting a new release from them every year! Here, we have more rare tracks, singles, and one live freakout from this psychedelic, world-folk chimera of a rock band. This material is culled from the gap between the recording of Sun City Girls' 2nd LP, Grotto of Miracles, in '86, and the launch of their Abduction label in '93. Last time bassist Alan Bishop was in town as Alvarius B, he complained about UNC's uniforms, saying that if they're really that good of a basketball team, they should show up on the court dressed in all black. Maybe tonight is the night?

Stay tuned at 10 for the NSE as Donovan D is gonna do a variety of house and general EDM for the first hour and the second hour and his friend Kyle is gonna do more hip hop and trap music from 11 until midnight.

Then at 1pm on Sunday for Heel or High Water Kiever H is going to be focusing on Stax Records. Founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, the Memphis, Tennessee based Stax Records was an integral in the creation and progression of Southern Soul while staying true to gospel, jazz, and blues sounds. Rugs will be cut.

Stay broken at 2pm on Broken Music as David H explores the electroacoustic and computer works of Polish composer Krzysztof Knittel. Knittel's training in composition and computer programming gave way to a unique approach to music, often incorporating mathematical logic and the juxtaposition of acoustic and electronic forms. Since 1973, Knittel has remained a prominent member of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, where he also became involved with the composers group KEW, along with Elzbieta Sikora and Wojciech Michniewski.

At 9pm on SportsRap, March Madness. That is all.

Then at 9pm on the Outside Track tune in for 'Wound Response' by Rhodri Davies out on Altvinyl. Davies is a London-based improvisational Harpist who has played with everyone from Derek Bailey to John Butcher. The music here ranges from gorgeous acoustic strumming reminiscent slightly of Irish folk all the way to noisier pieces with as many notes as OV-period Orthrelm and the general ambiance of Skullflower.

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