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Friday, March 15, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Tonight (Friday) at 9pm on the Inside Track, check out the Black Twig Pickers with 'Rough Carpenters' on Thrill Jockey. The 6th album from the Black Twig Pickers, an old-time string band based mostly in Southwest Virginia who have collaborated with Jack Rose and Charlie Parr. It's a mixture of driving dance numbers and slow, stately tunes that reallyemphasize the dronelike quality of old-time music, and they’ve expanded their usual trio – Isaak Howell and Pelt members Nathan Bowles and Mike Gangloff – to include fiddler Sally Anne Morgan.

Stay tuned at 10pm for the NSE, which will feature 2 hours of live-mixed beat-oriented music. It'll be a good soundtrack for basketball.

Sunday at 2pm, Broken Music this week will focus on the long and innovative career of Australian composer, improviser and instrument builder Ernie Althoff. Since the mid-70s Althoff has been created hundreds of unique instruments and composed scores for other improvisers on his instruments in addition to creating large installations all over Australia and Europe based on his inventions. We will spend the hour immersing ourselves in excerpts from a battery of live and studio recordings featuring Althoff exploring the nature of acoustic sound through the lens of his homemade instruments.

Sunday at 8pm on SportsRap, the panel is going to talk about the unfolding drama that is March Madness, ACC version. Tune in for the last ever fast-paced ACC tournament before the snowstorm that is Syracuse basketball joins the conference. We'll talk about our Heels and, just throwing this out there, the word 'inconsistent' will be used a lot. And then, we'll preview the field of all 68 teams that are lucky or (in Creighton's case) plucky enough to be competing for a chance to hang out at DisneyLand with Justin Bieber for a whole week! Oh and if there's time, SportsRap will focus on other sports, such as professional basketball, too. SLAMDUNK.

Then at 10pm, we will continue Sarafina May's exploration of the influence of Portuguese music on Cape Verdean, Brazilian, and Angolan music.

Then Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, we got the Yoni Kretzmer 2bass Quartet's new album 'Weight' out now on Out Now. Tune in for the young but very talented Israeli saxophonist Kretzmer and his enjoyable set of new quartet pieces featuring an unorthodox grouping of two upright bassists (Sean Conly and Reuben Radding) and a drummer (Mike Pride), all of whom are American and none of whom have worked with Kretzmer before. Kretzmer’s horn work is pretty fiery, intense and enjoyable and the idea of the accompaniment of two bassists leads to some pretty cool results.

Friday, March 8, 2013
This Week in WXYC

While WXYC will not be broadcasting the Duke game, we encourage you to mute Dick Vitale and listen to WXYC on your home radio instead. It will be amusing.

Tonight at 9pm on the Inside Track, tune in for Lucrecia Dalt's album 'Commutus' out on Human Ear Music. Lucrecia Dalt, Barcelona-by-way-of-Columbia geotechnical engineer and bedroom pop Wunderkind, gives her Human Ear Music debut with Commotus. Dalt coos over sounds sourced primarily from her bass guitar, creating sexy, subdued, genre-elusive pop pieces. Like hearing the echoes of a late night bolero floating up through someoneʼs creaky, pipe-clanking apartment.

Then keep it locked in at 10p for NSE. For the first hour, check out DJ None One, who has been rocking dance parties in Chapel Hill and Durham for years with deep ghetto-bass selections and hip-hop favorites. Then bass and deep-end steppers from Yugen will take you to midnight.

This Sunday at 1 on Hell or High Water, Gina B. will be playing Peter Was a Fisherman: The 1939 Trinidad Field Recordings of Melville and Frances Herskovits.  These are primitive field recordings from the village of Toco.  There are elements of African folk, African American gospel, and early calypso. Check it out if you're interested in Caribbean music but want a rawer sound!

Then stay tuned at 2 on Broken Music which features the 1973 breakthrough work of Parisian composer Eliane Radigue, Ψ 847. Previously unreleased due to format constraints and performed only a handful of times since its premiere, the 84 minute work for ARP 2500 and magnetic tapes is a picture perfect representation of Radigue's aesthetic as a composer. Gentle, sustained layers develop slowly and with grace, creating an immersive environment within the listening space. As in the several ARP pieces that followed, Radigue's patience and restraint shine in the work.

At 5 o'clock your bi-weekly dose of WXYC Reports is back at it. This week on WXYC Reports, 'Working the Land:' stories about the philosophy of going back to the land and people who did just that. We hear from a few people who have farmed, with mixed results, and a student who is learning how to be a farmer. For anyone who has considered pursuing their green-thumb, tune in at 5.

This week on WXYC Reports, 'Working the Land:' stories about the philosophy of going back to the land and people who did just that. We hear from a few people who have farmed, with mixed results, and student who is learning how to be a farmer, maybe. For anyone who has considered pursuing their green-thumb, tune in at 5:00 on Sunday.
Sunday at 9 on this week's Sportsrap, we got some UNC-dook. The panel recaps the Tar Heels' regular season finale, w/ post game audio & analysis. This week's panel will also preview next weekend's ACC tournament, as well as recap the national landscape in college basketball. All this and more on Sportsrap.

Remember, at 10 o'clock every Sunday this month, Sarafina May is looking at the influence of Portuguese music on Cape Verdean, Brazilian, and Angolan music.

Then, Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, check out the new album by The Whammies called 'Play the Music of Steve Lacy' out on Driff. The Whammies are an all-star quintet led by Jorrit Dijkstra, featuring Han Bennink (drums), Nate McBride (bass), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Mary Oliver (violin) and Raleigh resident Jeb Bishop (trombone). Here, they tacklessome of the delightfully quirky, colorful and most well-known Steve Lacy tunes in one of several tributes since his death in 2004.

Friday, March 1, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Tonight (Friday) at 9 on the Inside Track, check out Endless Boogie with their new burner 'Long Island' out on No Quarter. The latest from NYC rockers Endless Boogies continues to follow the trail blazed by 70s legends like Canned Heat. They take classic blues-rock riffs and extend them into seemingly infinite stretches of Kraut-like chugging.

Expect heavy contact on the NSE this Friday at 10PM. Mike S runs the communications while DJs Dirty Gypsy and Hennesey hold it down with special guests Kid Cola and Twilight (Sub-Culture, Fayetteville). Definitely want to lock your speakers down for this one unless you want to rattle your neighbors' windows...

Sunday at 1pm on Hell or High Water, James F will be be airing an archival radio broadcast of the "Merry-Go-Round" radio show on WPAQ-Mount Airy. This series is one of many great gems that you can only find at Wilson Library's Southern Folklife Collection.

At 2pm on Broken Music, we listen to the works of Danish tape music composer Jørgen Plaetner. Although Plaetner composed for chamber ensembles, choirs, and theater, it is his energetic and often bizarre electronics works that garnered him the most attention. From 1960 to the end of the 1970s, Plaetner composed upwards of 50 works for tape. Tune in at 2pm to hear a small selection of those.

On this week's Sportsrap, Sunday at 9pm, the gang delves into another round of hoops talk, as the panel discusses this week's slate of games for the Heels, as well as previewing the Tar Heel's fine week of regular season ACC play--including the March 9th match-up with Dook. Also included will be a weekly wrap-up of ACC and analysis of the 'new' Big East. All that and more on this week's Sportsrap. "

NEW SPECIALTY SHOW ALERT. Sundays 10-midnight for the month of March, tune in as Sarafina May explores the exportation of musical styles to the colonies.  Specifically, she is looking at the influence of Portuguese music on Cape Verdean, Brazilian, and Angolan music.

Finally, Monday on the Outside Track, tune in for The Group's 'Live' release out on NoBusiness. The Lithuanian jazz label NoBusiness has unearthed these 1986 live recordings of a short-lived sextet known simply as "The Group", which featured an all-star lineup that included Marion Brown, Ahmed Abdullah, Billy Bang, Andrew Cyrille, Fred Hopkins and Sirone. They never recorded a proper studio album, so this concert is one of the only documents we have of this amazing group of improvisers.

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.
Beat State

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.

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