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Friday, August 31, 2012
This Week on WXYC

This one goes out to all the Virgos in the house. 


Tonight, tune in to everyone's favorite college radio station (102Jamz isn't a college station, is it?) for the Inside Track with "Sequatchie Valley," the new album from old-time fiddler and banjo player Joseph Decosimo, who recently relocated from Durham to East Tennessee.  It's a thoroughly researched and beautifully rendered set of traditional tunes, most of which come from the Cumberland Plateau region - the Sequatchie Valley in particular - just north of Decosimo's hometown of Chattanooga.

Then, this Sunday on Broken Music, we explore recordings by Japanese composer and music critic Kuniharu Akiyama. Akiyama was a founding member of the Jikken-Koubou Experimental Workshop, producing musique concrete works for NHK radio, film, and puppet theater. Tune in at 2pm.
Tune in at 9pm for SportsRap. Why? Because it's Carolina football season. We're interviewing Larry Fedora's twitter live on air! 
Then, Monday on the Outside Track, tune in for the new Spider-Webs' release Brighton Beach (on Wholly Other). The longstanding improvisational rock duo featuring Texan electric guitarists Tom Carter and Sandy Ewen. It's full of feedback-drenched sonic landscapes, similar to the more experimental side of Charalambides or the heavier side of Six Organs of Admittance.

Saturday, August 25, 2012
This Week on WXYC

told y'all that this week was going to be the week for those who are not weak, so let us all take a peek. 
Sunday at 10am on OCS when James F will explore old-time stringband music from North Carolina and Virginia, featuring recordings from the 1920s and 30s up to the present day.
Sunday at 1pm on Hell or High Water, in conjunction with the Southern Folklife Collection's exhibit, symposium, and concert titled "Banjo: Southern Roots, American Branches," this week's Hell or High Water will feature a field recording of Haw River, NC banjo player Dink Roberts as well as selections from the 1957 Folkways LP American Banjo, Tunes and Songs in Scruggs Style.  Tune in and enjoy these very distinct recordings of banjo music and visit the SFC's blog to learn more about the events Saturday and the exhibit.  Wilson S will host. 
Fix music on your own time. At 2pm on Broken Music, American composer and sound artist Charlie Morrow will be front and center. Morrow's interest in sound began with his studies in composition at Columbia College and Mannes 
College of Music, although he largely favored outdoor venues and public spaces to the concert hall. Morrow quickly expanded his involvement to multi-media installations, sound design for films, and, most recently, development of 3D sound software. Over the hour, we will hear Morrow's works for large ensembles of single instruments, his audio collage portrait of Marilyn Monroe, and his sound poetry-infuenced chants. 
The Backyard Barbecue will feature interviews with Hopscotch heroes Greg Lowenhagen and Grayson Currin at 8 pm, but there is another barbecue with more barbecue. Check it out, Sunday at 5pm at CHUG. Live sets and free food by Schooner and Organos. 3 dollars at the door.
In Sporting News, the first SportsRap of the new school year preps the NFL with more NFL Preseason, discuss & predict the PGA FedEx Cup, go over Premier League opening weekend and some MLB chit-chat. Tune in and here some of your SportsRap favorites.Tune in at 9pm.
On the NSE at 10p, we got Edwin and Henry from DISCOVERY ( DISCOVERY is one of the best parties in the area right now, with phenomenal music and capacity crowds of good punters. Expect a mixture of house, future bass, jersey club, and middle school dance.
On Monday at 9pm we got a trax attack on the Outside Track, with Eternal Tapestry - Dawn in 2 Dimensions (Thrill Jockey)
"Dawn in 2 Dimensions" is the new album from Portland, Oregon space rockers Eternal Tapestry, who specialize in hazy psych rock with white hot guitar action, trippy arrangements and pounding caveman drums.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
WXYC New DJ Hiring

WXYC is hiring new DJs for Fall 2012! No prior experience is necessary. All UNC students are welcome to apply.

We are looking for students with an interest in a variety of musical genres who are willing to explore new music and expand their tastes.

We're hosting a station open house in the radio station from 5 - 6 pm on Tuesday, August 28; we're located in RM 3420 in the Union. Afterwards, there is an interest meeting in room 2423 of the Union. At the interest meeting, we will discuss basic info about the

 station, our mission and what we expect from new DJs. You will also get an application and sign up for a short, 10 minute interview time.

If you can't make the meeting but are still interested in applying, or if you have any other questions, please contact us at:

WXYC 89.3fm

Friday, August 10, 2012
This Week in WXYC

Since we last spoke, I've learned most of the rules to handball.

I have also learned that, tonight on the Inside Track, I will be playing Willie Lane - Guitar Army of One (Cord-Art)
Philadelphia experimental guitarist who's worked with MV/EE, Tower Recordings and Sunburned Hand of the Man. Beautiful multi-tracked electric guitarscapes that will appeal to fans of Chris Forsyth, Ignatz, etc. It's going to smell great!

Sunday at 1pm, tune in to Hell or High Water which will feature a large portion of the complete discography of the famous 20s British dance band The Savoy Havana Band. Formed by American saxophonist Bert Ralton in London in 1921, the group released a slew of jazz 78s between 1922 and 1927 that incorporated both American early jazz traditions brought to the table by Ralton as well as some elements of British dance band music played in ballrooms and dance halls throughout England in the early 20th Century.

Keep on breaking on at 2pm for Broken Music, which will delve into the works of the seminal French experimental composer, academic and instrumental builder Christian Clozier. Clozier, member of the hallowed musique concrete collective Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) and founder of the Institut international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges (IMEB), a performance and academic space dedicated to electroacoustic experimentation. Tune in from 2 until 3pm when selections of Clozier's compositions spanning three decades will explored.

Fair, local, and organic. This Sunday at 8pm on the Backyard BBQ, we'll be talking with WAUMISS (Carrboro psych-electronic) and spinning their new record. Tune in from 8 to 9 PM. -- PS. That's Clark from GOATTHROWUR.

U-S-A. U-S-A. U-S-A. On this week's SportsRap, the panel will discuss the Olympics, America's domination in the Olympics, Olympic basketball, probably Usain Bolt and more. In the spirit of NBC's broadcast, I've also decided that we're going to air this show on a tape delay. Kidding. Tune in at 8pm, all live all the time.

Then tune in Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, check out Glacial - On Jones Beach (Three Lobed)
Glacial is a trio of improvisers that includes guitarist Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), drummer Tony Buck (The Necks) and experimental bagpiper David Watson. Part drone, part avant-rock, part free jazz, and a strong contender for bagpipe album of the year.

Friday, July 20, 2012
This Week on WXYC

Do you ever get nervous? Do you love listening to WXYC? Do you ever think the shows you're listening to are listening to you? Well, some of them are. In general, the only prediction we can make about XYC programming is that the free jazz is lurking just around the corner, but there are a few breaks from our break from routine, and here they are:
Tonight (Friday) the Inside Track is a real treat with BLO - Step Three (Hot Casa). BLO was a 70s funk band from Lagos, Nigeria. Recorded in 1975, on the cusp of their mid-career transition to disco, "Step Three" retains their trademark psychedelic soul sound, but has heavier, funkier dance beats than their earlier work. Fans of the great Lagos Disco Inferno compilation will love this.
Then, Sunday kicks off at 10am with the Orange County Special hosted by coordinator "Uncle Randy" himself. Then Reilly F steps in at 1pm on Hell or High Water when he showcases the Memphis Jug Band--the most prominent jug band of Memphis, TN in the late 1920s.  Their unique sound was a product of a broad repertoire of styles (including blues, vaudeville, rags, etc) and uncommon instrumentation (which at times included kazoo, jug, washtub bass, harmonica, piano, and more).  The groups lineup changed frequently but regulars included Will Shade (Son Brimmer) and Charlie Burse. 
Break stuff! This Sunday at 2, Broken Music features Belgian multi-media polyglot Floris Vanhoof. Vanhoof's recordings are a mind-boggling hodge podge of modular synth blat, field recordings from parts unknown, and dizzying tape swirl. His live performances pair that with an equally bizarre slide show. Over the hour, we'll wade through Vanhoof's murkiest synthesized waters as well as take in a bit of his recent pinball concrète magnum opus.
In case you aren't counting down the days until the next LIVE Backyard BBQ (there's 9 days, btw, more on that next week), then maybe this week's regular show Sunday at 8 will help get you pumped up. ROBES (WXYC alum Chris Williams, Patrick Cudahy; Carrboro 'indie new-wave') is on The Backyard Barbecue this Sunday. Tune in for a live set and interview with the band from 8 to 9 PM.  Here's their bandcamp page for a quick listen:
Sports. Sunday. 9pm. On this week's Sportsrap, the panel discusses controversy surrounding the Joe Paterno statue at Penn State, discuss the NBA free agency, the week in baseball, along with the PGA's British Open (#gripitandripit). Also the panel will each bring in a specific topic to discuss, one including, but not limited to, the continuous discussion of best sports movie. Be sure to tune in.
At 10pm, the NSE is about beats, not words, so here's the brief: 1 part house, 1 part techno, 2 parts bass and a dash of crunk from dj yugen with special guest gut lightning.
More full albums! Monday at 9pm on the Inside Track re-up edition, we got Stephen Cornford - Binatone Galaxy (Senufo Editions). Tune in to hear the newest from UK installation artist Stephen Cornford. To create the sounds on Binatone Galaxy, Cornford removed the magnetic tape from cassettes, replacing it with tiny microphones to make "self-amplifying" tapes that "play" the sound of their own spinning within whatever cassette deck is holding them!
Finally, this Thursday at 9 on the Thursday Night Feature, we'll have a very special three hours of radio dedicated to Kitty Wells. The Clock Stopper passed away this past Monday at the age of 92, and we will go back in time through her 50+ year career, hopefully unearthing a few rare gems hidden in the station library.
You're a very special person and have a wonderful day,

Friday, July 13, 2012
This Week on WXYC

It's not 100 degrees outside, but don't worry, that doesn't mean that WXYC programming won't go on as usual (or that it will be 100 degrees in a couple of days).
So, if you're not filling in for Blake Griffin on Team USA, you have no reason to not listen to The Inside Track tonight at 9. Tonight we got the comp Fire Star: Synth-Pop & Electro-Funk from Tamil Films 1985-1989 (Bombay Connection) a new compilation of 1980s Tamil film music produced by legendary South Indian composer Ilaiyaraaja, AKA "The Maestro". What would happen if you blended 1980s hip-hop beats with funky cold wave synth instrumentals and sprinkled them with over-the-top Tamil lyrics? Tune in to the Inside Track find out.
Then, on Saturday, parlez-vous xyc? You say Bastille Day, but we say HAPPY WOODY GUTHRIE DAY. Woody was born 100 years ago on this day, so I'm sure you're going to be hearing quite a bit of his music on the radio. Call in and request your personal favorites, please!
Sunday Sunday Sunday Hell or High Water at 1pm will feature archival recordings from Chicago bluesman Arbee Stidham. Born in 1917 in rural Arkansas, Stidham grew up around music, with his father playing guitar for Jimmie Lunsford and his uncle being a prominent member of the Memphis Jug Band. After teaching himself saxophone in his early teens, Stidham formed The Southern Syncopators at age 13 who become Bessie Smith's backing back for two years. In the mid-40s Stidham moved to Chicago where he recorded many singles on RCA Victor, Checker and States (including one #1 hit in 1947). We will listen to lots of his late 40s/early 50s recordings as well as some early 70s recordings featuring Stidham on guitar (which he switched to in the 60s after a car accident injury). 
Put the bro back in Broken Music right after at 2pm when we will be listening to some of the more out-there recordings of the late Lol Coxhill. Coxhill, one of the jazz world's preeminent soprano saxophonists,  died this week at the age of 80. He cut his teeth playing with different Canterbury scene groups such as Delivery and Kevin Ayers' post-Soft Machine outfit Kevin Ayers & the Whole World, and, starting in the early 70s, recorded lots of improvisational music both by himself as well as with folks like Derek Bailey, The Damned, Brotherhood of Breath and Mike Oldfield. This particular show will feature, among other pieces, excerpts from a 1980 minimal electronics/sax duet between Coxhill and Mott The Hoople keyboardist Morgan Fisher as well as a sax/cello improvisation between Coxhill and Spontaneous Music Orchestra member Colin Wood.
Local music is local at 8, beats will ride at 10, but in between on Sports Rap at 9pm, the panel this week tackles UNC's 2010 redacted documents (and what it means), USA Olympics (including the 2012 Olympic basketball team and how it stacks up to the '92 Dream Team), Free Agency, along with 2nd half baseball predictions and more. Special guest planned, be sure to tune, call in."
Then on Monday, back to the Inside Track at 9pm with Mark Fosson - Digging in the Dust (Tompkins Square)
Tune in to hear a collection of Fahey-esque solo 12-string guitar songs by Kentuckian Mark Fosson. These home recordings, made in 1976, were demos for an album that was supposed to be released on John Fahey's Takoma label, but didn't see the light of day until 2006. It's a mixture of shorter, piedmont blues inspired fingerpicking and longer, more expansive pieces, and it's all great.

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