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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.

Friday, July 6, 2012
This Week on WXYC

Summer Jamz has come and gone, but WXYC's specialty programming is 4ever. You. Us. Tonight. 9pm. Inside Track. Plant and See - S/T (Paradise of Bachelors). Newly-reissued 1969 album by Plant and See, a soulful psych-rock band from Robeson County, NC, led by the great Lumbee guitarist/songwriter Willie Lowery (RIP). It's filled with beautiful vocal harmonies and badass guitar solos, as well as the country, blues and gospel influences that make it a true North Carolina masterpiece. 
We take no responsibility for what happens on Saturday, but can assure you that by the time you make it to Sunday, the stars have aligned in such a way as to guarantee that on the Orange County Special at 10a, James F will feature music from the great state of Louisiana: Cajun, Zydeco, Country, Blues, R&B, Swamp Pop and more. At 2pm, Broken Music explores works that draw on the ideas of psychoacoustics, recordings that exploit the way the ear perceives sound. We will listen to early works like the the sound localization experiments of Alvin Lucier and the inner ear music of Marianne Amacher, as well as recent entries from Florian Hecker, Marcus Schmickler and others. It will be an hour not for the timid of ear, but don't let this warning scare you away! If you go too far, you'll miss SportsRap! at 9pm, when the panel goes over Wimbledon, the NBA Free Agency & UFC 148, Silva-Sonnen II (Kyle predicts Silva KO in 3). Also starting this week, SportsRap begins its weekly debate series, in which the panel argues over some of the most heated topics in sports. This week, the panel debates the NFL's top QB, the NBA's top PG. 
Keep around for Monday when The Inside Track returns with the debut album from The Home of Easy Credit - S/T (Northern Spy). The Home of Easy Credit is the husband-wife duo of Louise D.E. Jensen (sax/flute/electronics) and Tom Blancarte (double bass), whose music falls "somewhere between Colin Stetson's layered brass sound and Charalambides's free-folk".
And yo: 
Question: What do Arthur Alexander, Tommy Roe, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Cher, Paul Simon, Willie Nelson, the Osmonds, Millie Jackson, Mac Davis, Paul Anka, Bob Seger, and Bob Dylan have in common? 
Answer: They all recorded hits in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
This weeks Thursday Night Feature (9 pm) showcases music recorded in Muscle Shoals. Beginning in the early 1960s, the studios in Muscle Shoals churned out R&B, pop, country, and rock hits for hundreds of musicians. At one point during the 1970s, the area christened itself the “Hit Recording Capital of the World.” Tonight you can hear the familiar, and the tracks you’ve long forgot as we sample some of the “Muscle Shoals sound.” 
And I know this is more long-term, but remember to cheer for America in the olympics!

Friday, June 22, 2012
This Week on WXYC

Have you ever turned on the radio in your car only to find out that that other station just played that song you like, but then when you switch to wxyc there's a really awesome program on that you wish somebody had told you about. Well, today, I am that somebody.
First up, tonight (Friday) at 9 on the Inside Track, we got KonKoma's self-titled release. The young British Afro-funk revivalists team up with veteran Ghanaian musicians to revive the sounds of 1970s Ghana. The band includes guitarist Alfred Bannerman, featured on the "Ghana Special" comp with his teenage group Boombaya, and keyboardist/singer Emmanuel Rentzos, formerly of the 70s group Santrofi.
Then, Sunday at 10a on the Orange County Special, Mr. Mikey G himself is going to take you through your weekly three hour workout of traditional and neo-trad jams. In case any of y'all missed Lucero the other night, Mikey's got you, and will play a few choice cuts throughout his set.
At 1pm, Hell or High Water will be a rare album called Music from the Hills of Caldwell County (Physical Records) which features Theopolis Lacey Phillips, Etta Baker, Babe Reid, and other Caldwell County, NC traditional musicians. Jamee E will host.
If it ain't broke, tune in at 2 for Broken Music when Will Vizuete shares his experiences from his recent trip to the Vision Festival in Brooklyn New York. The vision festival is a week long event that features music, dance, spoken word performances, visual arts, and panel discussion all in celebration of avant-garde jazz. This year celebrated the work of Joe Mcphee in various bands featuring New York City's best and brightest jazz artists such as Mathew Shipp, William Parker, Kidd Jordan and Hamid Drake. Come listen while we play and discuss the artists from the festival.
On this Sunday's BYBBQ, I'm previewing the local bands that are playing at next weekend's Buried Underground festival at Chapel Hill Underground. So, I'll be playing MAKE, Bitter Resolve, Irata, Caltrop, Systems, Grohg, Colossus, Fin Fang Foom, and others. I also have a pair of weekend passes to give away during the show. Tune in at 8p, and BYOearplugs for this one.
Too much rock, not enough sports! That's what 9pm is for. On this week's Sportsrap, the panel analyzes and( /or) wrap up the 2012 NBA Final, along with discussing the BCS's proposed playoff system (along with ifs ramifications on the College Football Scene) and the Roger Clemens court decision, and how it'll affect baseball and the HOF.
Heat the beats on NSE at 10pm for two hours of thoughtful, artful and in youir face live mixing courtesy of Heather W.
Finally, Monday at 9p, the Inside Track re-ups with Kelan Philip Cohran/Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Another self-titled release, this one features 85-year-old trumpeter Kelan Philip Cohran, a veteran of the Sun Ra Arkestra and a founding member of the AACM, teams up with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which happens to include of 8 of his children!

Friday, June 15, 2012
This Week in WXYC

There is so much going on this week in XYC. The first thing going on inside the radio is...

The Inside Track tonight (Friday) at 9pm, featuring the new Numero Group compilation WTNG: 89.9 FM, A mock 1970s radio station compilation featuring regional soft rock jams along the lines of Steely Dan and Loggins & Messina, including two little known North Carolina groups: The Leder Brothers and The Roach Band. Tune in for a new level of Smooth.

On Sunday at 10am for Orange County Special, listen up to hear a couple numbers by singer-not-songwriter Jonny Corndawg, who will be playing Monday night at the Local 506. A man of mystery to the core, you gotta tune in to find out what he's about. 

Keep listening for Hell or High Water Sunday at 1 for an overview of the immensely talented R&B/soul vocalist Shirley Ellis. Born in The Bronx in 1941, she first started performing in the mid-50s with The Metronomes, which led to her marrying their lead singer Alphonso Elliston in the 1959 and using his connections to secure a deal with Congress, a subsidiary of Kapp Records, in 1960. She then recorded two Billboard Top 10 hits for Congress; "The Nitty Gritty" in 1963 and "The Clapping Song" in 1965. Despite having these two top 10 singles, Ellis sunk into obscurity by 1968. We will be listening to most of her Congress Records recordings from 1961-1965, recordings that were influential to, among others, Gladys Knight, Madeline Bell and many others. 

Then, keep it up at 2 for Broken Music which will focus on the experimental tape work of German composer Rudiger Rufer. Born in the early 30s, Rufer started out as the sound engineer at the Electronic Studio of the Technische Universtitat Berlin where he worked until the early 70s and then became a professor of electroacoustic music at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater in Hannover. We will focus on recordings from the early 70s until the mid 80s. 

At 8, the Backyard BBQ will feature BOYKILLER, an ~all girl band~ composed of Theresa Stone (Organos, North Elementary), Ginger Wagg (Veelee) and Catherine Steele (Animal Alphabet). They are also going to be playing WXYC's first live! BBQ show at CHUG, so this will be an awesome preview. If you can't wait, check out 

"On this week's SportsRap, Sunday at 9, the panel discusses the latest results from the US Open (PGA), figuring which golfer stands atop of the leader boards. Following, the group will discuss the recent documentary analyzing the 1992 USA Men's National Basketball team (The Dream Team), along with a mini preview of this year's Olympic basketball team. The crew will also pick up last week's NBA Finals analysis, along with a Basketball/Baseball draft preview/wrapup, analyzing Tar Heel potential in their respective leagues. "

Then, wrap up yr weekend with the NSE from 10-midnight. WXYC DJ Mike S teams up with The Sound Cartel ( for a night of Deep and Soulful House. 

Monday, get back Inside that Track at 9pm with 'V' by KTL. The fifth studio album by the drone duo of Stephen O'Malley, a founding member of Sun O))), and Peter Rehberg, who runs the Editions Mego label, V moves away from the harsher, noisier side of their previous work, and finds KTL working with unexpected guests like Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. It's an engaging and enveloping listen.

Finally, tune in Thursday night at 9pm for the Thursday Night Feature. This week's TNF focuses on the last 20 years of modern garage rock.  Starting with the 1990's heyday of bands cranking out 45s on Estrus and Sympathy for the Record Industry and traveling to the present crop of bands on labels like Hozac, Goner, and Dirtnap, DJ Montgomery Morris will spin three hours of vinyl designed to be short, fast, and LOUD!

Friday, June 8, 2012
This Week on WXYC

Summer's in full swing, so beat the heat (or avoid the thunder, if that's more your thing) with a full week of specialty shows on WXYC. Whatever you do, make sure to scroll down to the bottom for one show your entire family won't want to miss!


Tonight (Friday) at 9pm on the Inside Track we'll listen to "Vision of Estonia" by Uku Kuut.  It's a collection of cassette demos, forgotten masters, and other previously unreleased recordings made between 1982 and 1989 and brought to light by Peoples Potential Unlimited.


Then, tune in Sunday at 10am for three hours of traditional and neo-traditional music on the Orange County Special. And stick around for Hell or High Water at 1pm, when our host Reilly digs deep into Wilson Library's Southern Folklife Collection to put together an hour of tunes by Charlie Burse and James de Berry. Burse (1901-1965, a Virgo) came straight out of Alabama with a talent for the ukulele that could not be matched. De Berry was a blues singer from Arkansas perhaps best known for his work in the 70s with Walter Horton.


Then, Sunday at 2 Broken Music will feature works by Danish Fluxus member and composer Henning Christiansen. Active until his passing in 2008, Christiansen wrote for both instruments and tape, employing a unique charm and logic. His works are often built on seemingly unnatural juxtapositions of sounds with a particular bent for the sounds of nature. Over the hour we will hear solo pieces as well as collaborations with the likes of Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik. 


Sunday at 5, Fusion Youth Radio will return to the topic of "Who Owns Hip-Hop?" The bi-weekly show is produced in collaboration with Sacrificial Poets and WXYC. FYR LIVE features youth spoken word artists, music, audio documentaries, and discussion around questions of social justice and concepts of community. The program creates bridges across traditional gaps between the university and the town by bringing high school students to the UNC campus and serves as a forum for discussing upcoming events and emerging issues. FYR is produced for youth by youth.


Americans in France is playing on the Backyard BBQ this Sunday at 8. They've been defunct for a while but are playing two shows (not including this BBQ) before Josh Lajoie (WXYC alum, sometimes does shows, also in Shit Horse) moves away... maybe for good? So catch this highly underrated, highly eccentric band while they're still here. 


This week on Sportsrap, Sunday at 9, the panel wraps up the year for Carolina Baseball, highlighting the Diamond Heels ups and downs throughout the year, along with were the team plans to go. The panel will also continue coverage of the NBA Playoffs, along with a mini-draft preview, highlighting potential for the prospective Tar Heel (NBA) draftees. Listen in for special guest.


Finally for Sunday, tune at 10 for the NSE where the one-and-only Nicole will be spinning bass, UK garage and synth and mixing it live all for you. 


Monday at 9 on the Inside Track, Bérangère Maximin is a French electroacoustic composer. Her new album, "No One Is An Island", is absolutely beautiful.  It features some WXYC favorites, including Rhys Chatham (trumpet), Christian Fennesz (guitar), Frédéric D. Oberland (guitar) and Richard Pinhas (guitar), as well as vocals, laptop, guitar and other objects played by Maximin.


And finally, Thursday at 9pm, do not do not do not miss the Thursday Night Feature. Three hours of Prince. Three hours. Clear your calendar and book you and your boo a nice dinner for two at the swankiest restaurant in town, then let our very own DJ Nico take care of the rest.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tonight's TNF: The Roots of Modern Dancehall

Rub-A-Dub Style -- 9 to midnight.
Tonight's feature explores music from the newly released book by Beth Lesser, "Rub-A-Dub Style: The Roots of Modern Dancehall," an unprecedented volume that covers the emergence of Dancehall music in Jamaica in the 1980's. Tune in for three hours of Jamaican music from the 80's and early 90's as well as a live interview with Nuno Gomes, creator of the book's cover art, design and layout.  A free download of "Rub-A-Dub Style" can be found at:

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