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this week on WXYC
Friday, October 24, 2014

well well well,
days keep getting shorter which only means one thing: trick or treat! it's the week leading up to halloween. if you find yourself feeling very scared please turn to the nurturing sounds of your favorite college radio station's specialty programming:
 
It's Friday night which means it's Inside Track on WXYC starting at 9 PM. This week we are really going to lead into the New Science Experience with a release I'm calling the moody techno full-length of the year. I'm talking about Tin Man's new release Ode. Tin Man is Johannes Auvinen of California, although I think he currently resides in Vienna. Tin Man makes his mark with signature lonely-synths, restrained dub rhythms, a working man’s kick drum and some understated vocal tracks. Stand-out feature of this full-length is the demure flatness of the tracks; these aren’t really engineered as club bangers, but as almost depressive, morose mood music. I mean, there’s a track called “Depleted Serotonin.” The music seems to come from empty space. Check it out and get in the mood!
 
On tonight's New Science Experience Dublin DJ Alex Milne-Turner will be spinning some hot tunes. Check it out from ten to midnight!!
 
This week on Hell or High Water, we'll pay special tribute to an instrument near and dear to everyone's heart, the hammered dulcimer! It's tough to say why the hammered dulcimer is so resonant in Appalachian music, for it is unknown why the instrument appeared in Appalachia, but it is a sound that helps define the region. Tune in for some true shredding on the dulcimer from 1pm-2pm.
 
On Broken Music this Sunday, we feature second generation composer Tashi Wada. Tashi Wada brief recorded catalog examines the intricate tonal clusters produced when pairing multiple bowed string instruments. His work is influenced largely by the experiments in the just intonation tuning system of La Monte Young, James Tenney, and his father, Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada. His most recent work, Duets, pairs cellists Judith Hamann and Charles Curtis in four exercises in playing in unison, resulting in a sparkling array of harmonics and difference tones as the two players dare to achieve the impossible. Our show begins at 2pm.
 
This week on Sports Rap: So, the Wainstein report came out. It was very thorough and revealing. It has implications for a lot of different sports at UNC. Ol' Roy's behavior is just the slightest bit suspicious. Butch Davis appears to have been totally aware of everything. Anson Dorrance might have used the idea of easy paper classes to recruit players for our Women's Soccer team. Mike Fox also probably knew about them. We'll talk about all of it, including whether the report danced around the NCAA-sized elephant in the room.

But, in cheerier news, basketball season is upon us! We'll break down UNC basketball's preseason game from Friday. We'll also probably spend a little time on UNC football's game against Virginia. Tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday night!
 
Monday night brings us the Outside Track at 9 PM. We've got some newly unearthed and extremely hot Turkish psych hits from Cem Karaca. Here we go, the bad boy of Turkish psych. Cem Karaca is a flamboyant radical leftist punk embroiled in Turkish political turmoil and its expression in the Istanbul scene. Here’s a collection of singles from the 60s and 70s - originally released in 1975 - entitled Nem Caldi? Karaca’s voice is grandiose as any Turkish psych track may demand, but he manages to blend his snarling, politically charged, radical-bad boy vibe into his vocal style, which is probably the standout feature of these tracks. Well, maybe it's the KILLER keyboards and synths that dominate these songs that truly stand out. It’s pure prog keyboard indulgence and I want more.
 

this week on WXYC
Friday, October 17, 2014

what's-a goin' on everyone?
fall break? more like fall...fake (!?). wxyc is alive and well this week and i'm gonna tell you about our upcoming specialty programming as proof:
 
Hey freaks, Fall Break can’t stop the Inside Track, every Friday at 9 PM. Join us this week for Iko’s hidden hit record “’83.” This is the first reissue of a minimal synth gem from Montreal, Canada. Iko was a trio of 3 members who all apparently came from an academic background and met at the University of Montreal music department (they may have been studying electroacoustic composition?). The record lives up to the mystique that surrounds it. These are pretty masterful synth pop tracks and definitely stand out to me in a somewhat oversaturated and sometimes uniform genre. Big highlights are the killer synth hooks that give each track significant character and the vocals, which switch between unfamiliar samples and DIY, almost glam vocals. Medical Records seems to be very excited about this release because it’ll appeal to deep synth heads and also folks who have heard one or two Kraftwerk songs, and they’re right! Check it out!
 
WXYC's beat-oriented / dance / ~BODY MUSIC~ / "heavy contact" show is coming at you again this Friday night. Tune in to New Science Experience from 10pm til midnight to hear one of our favorite DJs spin some tunes. It'll be good, great, and maybe even "hot."
 
This week on Hell or High Water, let's slither on down to Southern Louisiana and hear some DEEP Cajun cuts from the Swallow Record Co. out of Ville Platte, La. We'll hear some rollicking recording from the Balfa Brothers as well as some accordian shredding from Nathan Abshire. Tune in from 1-2pm. It's bound to get hot!
 
Ever find yourself engulfed by peace and quiet on Sunday afternoons? If so, treat yourself to this week's edition of Broken Music, WXYC's corner of programming focused on longer form or more "challenging" "musical" "works" that otherwise might not be done justice squeezed in to a regular show. Snuggle up Sunday at 2pm.
 
This week on Sports Rap, a discussion on the merits of baths in red wine! Also, a discussion about the World Series, and a further debate about whether UNC will lose out its football season and how much we care about that. We might also talk some NBA preseason. We'll see! Tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday night.
 
Hey folks! Monday brings us the Outside Track at 9 PM! This week we will catch a new release from Su Wai entitled “Gita Pon Yeik.” Take it from the folks at Little Axe Records: “Su Wai is a modern virtuoso of the ancient Saung Gauk, a Burmese harp instrument of both royal and religious significance (fashioned to resemble a leaf of the bo tree which the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath) with roots as far back as the 6th century. In this collection of 8 traditional poem-songs, Wai unfurls clusters of melodic lines alongside a cyclical bell chime-pulse to accompany texts drawn from the Mahagita, a collection of 500 court songs not unlike the British Isle's Child Ballads.” How could you not tune in?