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Friday, December 23, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
 
Here's what we have going on this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track we'll hear Disclosure, the new record from Kassem Mosse (a.k.a. Gunnar Wendel - who has released music under various aliases including Kassem Mosse, Siege of Troy, and Seltene Erden). All of these tracks exist within the realm of deconstructed house. All of the layered noises and the complicated timing signatures feel very sculptural and most of the tracks on this album are slow burners - no track is static but they evolve slowly and subtly. This album is more experimental than KM’s previous, and it's worth hearing in full!
 
Monday's Outside Track will feature Never Forget Me, the lovely second album of Thai musician Angkanang Kunchai, which was originally released in 1979. It’s mostly in the Phleng Luk Thung style, or “Child of the field” songs, or “Thai Country,” which blends western horns with Thai traditional instruments like the khaen and phin and features poetic, pastoral lyrics. In this style she delivers both traditionally-structured pop ballads and more exploratory numbers where a repetitive rhythm section lays a foundation for Kunchai’s acrobatic and winding vocal melodies. All of it’s self-produced and Kunchai’s backed by her own hand-picked band, a somewhat radical move at the time. However, it meant losing the support of music industry executives, which explains the title: a direct plea to her fans to support her anyways. While it (unfortunately) received minimal distribution and has languished in uber-obscurity since then, stick it to those record executives and listen along as we play this album in full.
 

Friday, December 16, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here's what we have on tap this week:
 
Friday's Inside Track brings you a different kind of dance music with Tomaga's The Shape of Dance, the fourth album from this London-based duo of percussionist Valentina Magaletti and bass player/ electronic musician Tom Relleen. Together, they step away from typically structured music to explore experimental improvising on various percussion, bass, organ, modular synths and many other sounds. A smattering of industrial noise and psyched out jams, many of the tracks have a percussive grooves to the give the Dance some Shape.
 
Monday's Outside Track is a subtle debut of cold-weather music from Berlin-based musician Carla dal Forno titled You Know What It's Like. It's plain-speaking art pop over simple drum machines and ambient whirring and rustling that's got an atmosphere appropriate for "in-between days" (as dal Forno herself claims) or evoking an "ominous cathedral vibe." Tune in to contemplate existence with some music perfect for a dark December night.

Friday, December 2, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here's what we have going on this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track, we'll hear from Dylan Scheer with her new album as Via App, Sixth Stich. Her latest work, as she puts it, is "a series of uncanny disturbances stitched together towards an encrypted noir." In other words this is is a disparate collection of noises, beats, and sounds that go from dance-floor bangers to ambient soundscapes. If you dug Scheer's set live on WXYC a few months ago, you'll be sure to dig this.
 
Monday's Outside Track will feature All Over There, an archival recording of illbient hip-hop from Aquadab and MC A. Recorded in 2005 but shelved until now, MC A delivers a series of rapid-fire impressionistic lines over Aquadab's sparse, moody, and dubby instrumentals. The duo allegedly recorded these tracks in just a few hours each, and it definitely captures a spontaneous, lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry between the two musicians.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Interview with Radio Cacophony author, Michelle Dove

Tune in at 9pm tonight to hear an interview with Michelle Dove, a Virginia-born, Durham-based author who has recently published her first book, Radio Cacophony.
 
In 120 vignettes, Dove’s pseudo-memoir captures glimpses into the subculture of being a college radio DJ - the anxiety of talking on-air for the first time, the beer-hazed memories of house shows, the naive over-glorification of veteran DJs, the banality of the late night discussions on the importance of whatever genre or whatever band, the fear of losing funding, etc. With a brutally honest, quick-witted self-awareness, Dove shares the endearingly painful experience of finding herself as a young woman in the niche community of college radio DJs.
 
Copies of Radio Cacophony are available for order through Big Lucks Books or at http://biglucks.bigcartel.com/product/radio-cacophony-by-michelle-dove.  

Friday, November 25, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
 
Here's what we have going on this week, take a peek:
 
On tonight's Inside Track we've got a treat, Les Gracies' Low Doses, the new cosmic journey from Eric Douglass Porter (Afrikan Sciences) and Gael Segalen. Together they make out-minded dance music that combines jazzy electronics with manipulated field recordings. The record runs the gamut from free form jams to dense soundscapes and is a trip through and through.
 
Monday's Outside Track is the latest, self titled album from guitar wizard and WXYC favorite, Daniel Bachman. Combining gorgeous, contemplative acoustic guitar with touches of steely drone, this record is both a great entry in Bachman's discography and the perfect way to come down after Thanksgiving break. Relax with us on Monday night before pre-finals dread start sinking in.

Friday, November 11, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone! Here's what we have going on this week:
 
On Tonight's Inside Track, get ready for the polyrhythmic Miami sounds of Alpha 606's (aka Armando Martinez) Afro-Cuban Electronics. Melding live percussion with futuristic, dense electronics they produce what Martinez deems Electronica Afro-Cubano. The result is cohesive with the hand drumming blending seamlessly with the synthetic 808 sounds. It's a release saturated with triumphant political commentary, especially critical of foreign involvement in Cuba's capital city. Overall, these tracks are smooth, energizing, and a reminder of the deep history that modern electro has in Latin music.
 

Monday's Outside Track will feature the music of Cretan folk musician George Xylorius and rock drummer Jim White. Together they're Xylorius White and Black Peak, their new album on Bella Union, is massive cross-cultural genre fusion. Xylorius brings a deep lineage of Cretan folk music to the table, and is one of the most esteemed modern lute players in Greece. Black Peak features both his stellar lute playing and his powerful baritone voice. White's drumming, meanwhile, helps this album to pack a real punch, filling the album with inventive poly-rhythmic, post-rock drum riffs.

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