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Friday, March 4, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey everybody,
It’s Friday yet again, which means it’s time for your weekly WXYC programming update! Check out some of the sweet stuff we have planned for this week:
Catch tonight’s Inside Track to hear Untitled Arpeggios and Pulses, a piece that Christian Wallumrød, a Norwegian jazz musician, was asked to compose for the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Kongsberg Jazz Festival. An ensemble chock-full of musicians creates a four-part piece that is really diverse in style. The title of this piece is a pretty apt guide to its sound world.
Tonight's New Science Experience will feature live mixes by WXYC's own Primordial Puss and Beto Terwilliger. Expect evil techno bangers and dancefloor oddities from 10pm to midnight!
Tune in to Hell or High Water Sunday from 1 to 2pm to hear this week’s feature from UNC's esteemed Southern Folklife Collection. This week, we're proud to present the music of Curtis Mayfield, one of the pioneers in soul-filled, politically-conscious African American music from the Civil Rights Era up until his death in 1999. Perhaps you've heard of The Impressions, or his epithet "The Gentle Genius." Either way, WXYC DJ Sam S will be providing the history and context of a most formative musician.
Sunday afternoon, Broken Music will delve into the recorded artifacts of the Once Festival of New Music, a multi-disciplinary symposium spanning five years of musical innovation. Five composers based out of the University of Michigan School of Music--Robert Ashley, George Cacioppo, Gordon Mumma, Roger Reynolds, and Donald Scarvarda, referring to themselves as the Once Group--spearheaded the Ann Arbor-based festival, inviting fellow musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, and choreographers from across the country to present original works.Over the hour we will cover a mere sampling of the diverse works produced for the event. Tune in at 2pm!
Monday’s Outside Track will feature Let Them Grow, the fifteenth release from Slovenia-born, Austria-based composer, who composes for a variety of mediums, in a wide variety of genres, while utilizing her voice, field recordings, lo-fi devices, and found objects, among others. This record explores the dynamics of relationships, while utilizing Osojnik’s eclectic compositional style.
And on this week’s Thursday Night Feature, DJ Katie H will present a preview of the Big Ears Festival in Nashville! Tune in on Thursday from 9pm to midnight 

Friday, February 19, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
Hope you’re having a excellent sunny Friday so far. To make things even better, WXYC has some awesome shows coming your way this week:
Tonight’s Inside Track, at 9pm, will feature a Best Of compilation of music from Khwanta Fasawang, a leader in the Lam Phaen style of Thai music in the 1980s.
After that, on the New Science Experience, NSE bosses Alex B and Beto T will be spinning an eclectic mix of house, R&B, and techno. It’ll be all over the place - check it out from 10pm to midnight!
Join DJ Cooper M at 1pm on Sunday for Hell or High Water as he explores the catalog of the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC's Wilson Library. This week, the show will feature the 2006 Trikont release In Prison: Afroamerican Prison Music from Blues to Hip Hop. In a nation that imprisons more of its citizens than any other, the system of mass-incarceration heavily impacts the African American community; nearly half the overall prison population is black, and one out of eight African American men between 20 and 35 is in jail. The prison experience has far-reaching repercussive effects on African American culture and society, its music included. This compilation piece "brings together work songs of the chain gangs, imprisoned bluesmen like Robert Pete Williams, the prison-soul of the Escorts, the enraged hip hop accusations of Tupac Shakur, Brand Nubian and K-Solo as well as prison songs by Bobby Womack, Curtis Mayfield, the Last Poets, Nina Simone, the Temptations, and more."
Check out the Backyard BBQ this Sunday from 8 to 9pm for the usual hour of sick local tunes.
Tune in to Monday’s Outside Track at 9pm to hear the latest album from 68 year-old pianist Lubomyr Melnyk, the originator of ‘continuous music,’ a piano technique “based on extremely rapid notes and complex note series usually with the sustain pedal held down to generate overtones and sympathetic responses.” Rivers and Streams is his take on water and the way it moves in large and small bodies. A really beautiful release!
And for this week's Thursday Night Feature, 9pm to midnight, we'll be looking at the music of David Wise, who worked for British video game developers for 24 years. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Donkey Kong Country series for Super Nintendo and the Battletoads series. Wise's music features diverse instrumentation, natural sounds and catchy melodies.

Friday, February 12, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
Look below for a few updates on WXYC’s programming this upcoming week:
Tune in to the Inside Track tonight at 9pm for twelve Preemptive Musical Offerings To Satisfy Our Future Masters from multi-instrumentalist Adi Gelbart. Somehow reminiscent of film noir scores, maximalist classical smooth library music, music concrete, and Sun Ra simultaneously, Gelbart's music has something to offer for everyone.
Tonight's New Science Experience, 10pm to midnight, will feature ZenSoFly of Raleigh, NC - she couldn't join us IRL but did the next best thing by sending over a pre-recorded mix. ZenSoFly helps run Youthful Records in Raleigh and is a performing artist/producer/DJ. When she's not DJing she works as a recording engineer out of her own studio in Raleigh. Expect deep house/hip hop/R&B vibes. Gonna be fantastic.
The Backyard BBQ is back out here this week! One hour of local tunes this Sunday from 8 to 9pm. TUNE IN FOR FUN.
Monday’s Outside Track, at 9pm, will feature a collection of textured, industrial electronic sound experiments from Antwerp-based sound artist Yves De Mey.
And tune in this coming Tuesday from noon to 2pm to hear a very special on-air interview with members of Timmy’s Organism and Regression 696 (Nate Young and Jim Baljo of Wolf Eyes) in support of Third Man Records’ Audio Social Dissent tour!

Friday, January 29, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey there,
Take a gander at a few of the shows we have planned for this upcoming week on WXYC:
Tonight’s Inside Track, at 9pm, will be a collection of essential songs from Hongthong Dao-udon, one of the great Thai singers of the "third generation" of Molam singers. Experience her rich vibrato, her masterful control, and the undeniable emotional power of her voice, carrying us from joy and whimsy to melancholy and desolation. An amazing artist and release!
On tonight's New Science Experience, WXYC alum Misty Touch will be gracing the decks for two hours of house, techno, and disco oddities. You can catch Misty Touch playing at the always-amazing Disco Sweat Roller Skating party at Wheels Fun Park in Durham this Saturday evening. Tune in from 10pm to midnight!
Tune in this Sunday for a Hell or High Water of true exploration! Tune in as DJ Marc T embarks on a personal exploration of Southern Blues music of Memphis and North Carolina; this Hell or High Water show looks into why violin, piano, harmonica, etc. works so well for the blues. Additionally, comments will be made about how these musicians name themselves. What an hour this will be! We hope you won't miss it.
Tune in to Broken Music from 2 to 3pm this Sunday to hear a selection of electronically treated location recordings from the prolific Hawaii-based sound artist Jon Tulchin. Tulchin has spent the better part of the past two decades compiling field recordings from all over the world and the and/OAR labeled has recently put together a curated collection of Tulchin's favorite sounds in a limited edition 2-CD set. Armed with only a portable DAT recorder and an army of microphones, these recordings show how Tulchin has been able to turn the sounds around him into improvised music.
This week, WXYC Reports kicks off its season with a live interview and discussion with members of Durham's Black Ops theater group. The group's mission: "Black Ops is a multidisciplinary theatre company that is committed to the exploration of provocative, cutting edge art. Black Ops will utilize the talents and expertise of local Black Artists while providing additional training that is often lacking in a vibrant but select arts market like Durham. Through collective troupe training and workshops we are devoted to breaking down the frequent barriers that Black artists face. Using unconventional spaces, we will present work that is outside of the norm for artists of color, encouraging them to reach their full creative potential. Additional goals include reimagining classics through the life experiences of young black artists." More info about Black Ops here:  Tune in, this Sunday 5-6pm!  
Check out the Backyard BBQ this Sunday from 8 to 9pm. Tune in for great local songs, side-splitting laughs, and everlasting memories.
And catch the Outside Track on Monday at 9pm to hear the latest release from free-jazz collective, Test. Taken from the group’s 1999 longform live improvisations, Always Coming from the Love Side is full of emotional melodies that rise and fall with the grace and might of a ship on the sea.

Friday, January 22, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hello everyone,
It’s a spooky, icy world out there in Chapel Hill. Stay safe, stay warm, and tune in to WXYC:
Tune in to the Inside Track, tonight at 9pm, to hear True Tempo by Bank. Laid-back, funky pop from 90s Tokyo underground pop vets Dai Nakamura, Nobuyuki Ohashi, Tadashi Kitami, Fumio Hirami, and Bo Suzuki. Inspired by the Tokyo Neo-acoustic scene as well as early “club music” styles like Acid Jazz, Rare Groove, etc., this album provides funky bass, guitars, synthesized drums, and smooth + passionate vocals.
On tonight's New Science Experience, DJs Alex B and Beto Terwilliger are serving electronic vibes and snow day moods from 10pm to midnight. Check it out!
This Sunday, Broken Music will feature sound artist Hugh Davies. His sound sculptures, art composed from hand-made instruments, and work in the Music Improvisation Company will be covered. Tune in from 2-3pm!
***This week on Sports Rap***: will the Warriors win 73 games? Lebron, why u alwaaays lyiiiiin? Plus an NFL playoff recap! You can catch the show this Sunday at 9pm.
And tune in to the Outside Track to hear Ayelet Rose Gottlieb's latest album, Shiv'a. Jerusalem-born Ayelet Rose Gottlieb wrote this piece for the ETHEL string quartet and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi. Composed following the death of three of her dear friends in 2007, Shiv’a explores her process of grief and mourning. She displays her proclivity for incorporating traditional jazz, Middle-Eastern, and Jewish musical influences, drawing from Jewish and Buddhist traditions to create a beautifully textured, seemingly improvised work that could help anchor her in the process of dealing with this chain of losses.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Wednesday Interviews for New DJ Applicants Rescheduled

Due to power outages at the Union, we have had to reschedule all of Wednesday's scheduled interviews to Thursday. If you had signed up for a Wednesday interview, please check your email for further details.
Any questions, comments, etc? Please send us an email at
Thanks for your patience and understanding!

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