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Friday, September 21, 2012
This Week on WXYC

If the words "Heisman Candidate" don't mean anything to you, then you probably want to know what's going on this week on your favorite radio station whose digits sum to 20.


First, at 9 pm on tonight's Inside Track we got the new one from William Parker Orchestra, called 'Essence of Ellington' on AUM Fidelity. Bassist Parker leads an 11-piece big band that includes Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, Darius Jones and others, paying tribute to The Duke, recorded live in Milan earlier this year.  Pretty great. This is a double-disc release that goes well over an hour, so don't worry, we'll cut it off at 10 (unless you ask us nicely). 


Then, tune in Sunday from 10am-1pm for OCS when DJ TyFy takes us through a tour of some his favorite folk and neo-traditional jams. He got a really nice haircut recently, so be sure to call him and let him know. And hopefully y'all know that every Sunday at 1pm on Hell or High Water one lucky DJs gets to explore the annals of the Southern Folklife Collection and play some really wonderful stuff you won't find anywhere else. 


At 2, on Broken Music, Joe W is going to bring us Anton Batagov's 2001 "Prostration to the 35 Buddhas": two pieces which combined run for  ~62 minutes. According to Batagov's notes: "The first movement (for piano and vibraphone) is a 40 minute long meditation on emptiness... The second movement is written for piano, vibraphone, Javanese gong and antique cymbal. This movement is based on the traditional text 'Protration to the 35 Buddhas'. The text is recited in English by Ven. Ani Karin.


At 8pm, on the Backyard BBQ, Julianna is bringing us an interview with Reid from The Flute Flies (it's a band with Ivan Howard (from the Rosebuds) and Zeno Gill (Pox World Empire) that is releasing their new record on CyTunes, the label that donates money to the Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke). Reid was sick last week, but this week he'll be healthy enough to interview! Hopefully you'll stick around for SportsRap at 9, where we'll talk about everything from the Fightin' Fedoras to the Prancin' Panthers. 


Finally, on the Outside Track on Monday at 9pm, we got 'Great Howl at Town Haul' by the Deep Listening Band. Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster and David Gamper are the Deep Listening Band here, a group who've been exploring resonance for over 20 years. Great Howl was culled from this trio's very final recording sessions;  Gamper passed away in September 2011 and this release is mesmerizing. 


Friday, September 14, 2012
This Week on WXYC

Did y'all see the Packers' defense last night?!


Moving on, I'm stoked to announce that tonight's Inside Track is the new compilation of tracks by Burrell Brothers called The Nu Groove Years 1988-1992 (Rush Hour). Brothers Rheji and Rhano Burrell helped launch the Nu Groove label back in the late 80s. This compilation focuses on the Burrells' productions during its peak years, and often sounds more smooth, jazzy, and atmospheric than the more robotic Detroit or Chicago scenes...mileage may vary depending on how much synth-flute solo and 90s orchestra stabs you can handle.


Then, Sunday it's Billy Buzzkill on the Orange County Special Sunday at 10am. Expect some smatterings of American primitivism, feelings of driving across American landscapes, and of course some Basho. 


Keep tuned in at 1pm for Hell or High Water to hear the first in a two part exploration of 'Cult Music' of the Caribbean. Featuring Folkways field recordings from the early 40s through the early 60s, we'll listen to praise music's intersection with secular and 'native' sounds including Yoruba-derived percussion, the rhythmic breathing of the 'audible trumping' movement, Rastafarianism and the Shango Cult movement. 


Then, break up your routine at 2pm on Broken Music, which will feature a brand new limited edition box set stuffily entitled Victorian Electronics, a drone-heavy experimental electronics bonanza courtesy of the Leeds-based Striate Cortex CDr label. Featuring noisy numbers from Astral Social Club, Daniel Thomas, Midwich and Ashtray Navigations, these no holds barred walls of noise and feedback arose from a couple years worth of live recordings from The Victorian Hotel in Leeds. 


Remember remember the Sunday evenings. Every Sunday at 8, the Backyard BBQ focuses on some great area music. And don't forget about those monthly live shows. At 9, on SportsRap, hopefully we'll have more reasons to talk about football. And then at 10 we have two hours of beat-driven music on the NSE. 


Monday at 9pm, the Outside Track will be the Aaron Dilloway and Jason Lescalleet pairing known only as Grapes and Snakes (PAN). Two twenty-minute separately recorded duo pieces by former Wolf Eye Aaron Dilloway and current song-about-nothing-writer Jason Lescalleet. Both are working with tapes and synths, and it is one of the more gripping releases on PAN. It really heats up!

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.

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