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After over a month of well-deserved R&R;, the Feedback Farmers lit up the airwaves last night with a smoking return to their bi-weekly broadcast. Inspired by the newly implemented UNC campus ban on smoking within 100 feet of any building, cigarette smoking was the topic of discussion.

Missed it? Drag your mouse here (29MB MP3) to download and give the show a listen.

Global Music Show

Specialty shows are controversial on a free format radio station, so they need to be good as hell to justify their existence. Lord knows we've tried. So, instead of letting the global music radio waves disintegrate into nothingness somewhere over Durham, they've been meticulously recorded. They're all archived in chronological order and labeled with region, DJ, and guest Professor name. Give a little listen, and feed back to me if you'd like.

http://www.unc.edu/areastudies/publicprograms/global-music-audio.html

This show is one of the more overtly educational broadcasts on xyc, and I'm interested to know: has anyone learned anything? Have we promoted intercultural understanding? Or provided some context to music that was otherwise simply "foreign"?

The purpose of the show is to educate and entertain, but I think its real value is allowing interaction between xyc and the professors of our university. When profs come to the station, they aren't selling their knowledge like they do in class, they're sharing it. I know I'm sounding a little lovey dovey here, but xyc might be the only place on campus where students and professors interact on equal ground, and I like that.
Thanks for reading,
Reece

Femme French Pop?

Recently came across a blogspot devoted to 60s French Language Femme Pop Music, plus some other stuff - http://dansmoncafe.blogspot.com/

I haven't had a chance to really dig in, but this is a taste of the offerings:

Rogue Bloggers Unite

In the spirit of meta-blogging, I must remark that as a WXYC DJ we have both the privilege and the expectation to post entirely nonsensical or otherwise random content to the blog out of hazy motive voids.

I just watched my friend's dog eat some leaves off of a plant. Then she walked over behind the couch and vomited up the leaves, along with some green bile. Then she made another puke on the floor next to that spot. Then she went back and licked up the goop, but not the partially chewed hunks of leaves, which are still on the floor. Thus I am reminded of that age-old rhyme "fatty fatty two by four" - you know how it goes .. .


The Jig is Up, 2007 ...










The dwindling days of December are no laughing matter for the music geek. It's time to cut the bullshit, roll up the sleeves and get down to business sculpting an unnecessarily obsessive "Best of ---- List" for no reason in particular, other than a self-affirming display of "how I spent my spare time this year." So here's a compilation of my 100 favorite albums from '07 (give or take one or two), starting with a numerically ranked Top 20, followed by an arbitrarily-ordered list of 80 other records well-deserving of recognition. I already wrote out a more descriptive list over at Dusted; you can check that out here. Of course, I had to add several releases that previously slipped my mind or just arrived in the mail, so here's a more comprehensive, "final" version. Most of these filtered through the playbox at WXYC, and we were thrilled to broadcast such goodness over our frequency. We've got big plans for '08 at our station, so keep listening and thanks for reading. Onward!

1. Ohsees - Sucks Blood (Castle Face)
2. Devin the Dude - Waitin To Inhale (Rap-A-Lot)
3. Pumice - Pebbles (Soft ABuse)
4. David Watson - Fingering An Idea (XI) / Throats (Ecstatic Peace)
5. Group Inerane/Group Doueh (Sublime Frequencies)
6. Pole - Steingarten (~scape)
7. Las Malas Amistades - Patio Bonito (Honest Jon's)
8. Burning Star Core - Operator Dead, Post Abandoned (No Quarter)
9. DJ Jazzy Jeff - Return of the Magnificent (Rapster)
10. Uncle Woody Sullender and Kevin Davis - The Tempest is Over (Dead CEO)
11. Dielectric Field Recording All-Stars - RE: Record (Dielectric)
12. Authenticite: The Syliphone Years (Stern's Africa)
13. Panda Bear - Person Pitch (Paw Tracks)
14. Psychedelic Horseshit - Magic Flowers Droned (Siltbreeze)
15. Voice of the Seven Woods - s/t (Twisted Nerve/B-Music)
16. Stephen Vitiello - Listening to Donald Judd (Sub Rosa)
17. Phosphorescent - Pride (Dead Oceans)
18. Shackleton/Applebim - Soundboy Punishments (Skull Disco)
19. Susan Howe and David Grubbs - The Souls of the Labadie Tract (Blue Chopsticks)
20. Art of Field Recording Vol. 1 (Dust-to-Digital)

I get tired of ranking after 20, so these probably aren't in any particular order:

MF Grimm
- The Hunt For the Gingerbread Man (Class A)
No Age - Weirdo Rippers (Fat Cat)
People Like Us/Ergo Phizmiz - Perpetuum Mobile (Soleilmoon)
Theo Angell - Auraplinth (Digitalis)
DJ Elephant Power - Scratch the Hulu (Sonig)
La Drivers Union Por Por Group - Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana (Smithsonian Folkways)
Brian Harnetty - American Winter (Atavistic)
UGK - Underground Kingz (Jive)
Oren Ambarchi - In the Pendulum's Warm Embrace (Touch)
Noah Creshevsky
- To Know and Not to Know (Tzadik)
Wooden Shjips - s/t (Holy Mountain)
Kemialliset Ystavat - untitled (Fonal)
Ricardo Villalobos - Fabric 36 (Fabric)
Toby Dammit - The Legend of Apple Jack (Hit Thing)
Pan Sonic - Katadiviohe (Blast First)
Army of the Pharaohs - Ritual Battle (Babygrande)
Vibracathedral Orchestra - Wisdom Thunderbolt (VHF)
American Band - American Band's First Album (Blossoming Noise)
Dalek - Abandoned Language (Ipecac)
Disrupt - Foundation Bit (Werk)
Omar Souleyman - Highway To Hassake (Sublime Frequencies)
Tinariwen - Aman Iman (World Village)
Ov - Noctilucent Valleys (Soft Abuse)
Boxcutter - Glyphic (Planet Mu)
Demons - Evocation (No Fun)
Raccoo-oo-oon - Behold the Secret Kingdom (Release the Bats)
Robert Wyatt - Comicopera (Domino)
Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro Alabama - Singing Songs of Praise (Casequarter)
Flaming Fire - When the High Bell Rings (Silly Bird)
Von Sudenfed - Tromatic Reflexxions (Domino)
Circle - Katapult (No Quarter)
Akron/Family - Love Is Simple (Young Gods)
Dan Deacon - Spiderman of the Rings (Carpark)
M.I.A. - Kala (XL)
Deerhunter - Cryptograms (Kranky)
Keith Rowe - The Room (Erstwhile)
Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed - Hulgizey (Terp)
Mudboy - Hungry Ghosts! These Songs Are Doors (Digitalis)
Axolotl - Memory Theatre (Important)
Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores - The Blind Spot (Cuneiform)
Tujiko Noriko - Solo (Editions Mego)
High on Fire - Death Is This Communion (Relapse)
Ginaluca Becuzzi and Fabio Orsi
- The Stones Know Everything (Digitalis)
Wzt Hearts - Threads Rope Spell Making Your Bones (Carpark)
Henry Flynt and Nova’Billy - s/t (Locust)
Jeru the Damaja - Still Rising (Ashenafi)
Michael Hurley - Ancestral Swamp (Gnomonsong)
Carl Stone - Al-Noor (In Tone)
Sir Richard Bishop - While My Guitar Violently Bleeds (Locust)
Samara Lubelski - Parallel Suns (Social Registry)
Turf Talk - West Coast Vaccine (Sick Wid It)
Infinite Livez vs. Stade - Art Brut Fe De Yoot (Big Dada)
Wiley - Playtime Is Over (Big Dada)
Magik Markers - Boss (Ecstatic Peace)
Black Milk - Popular Demand (Fatbeats)
Area C - Haunt (Last Visible Dog)
Richard Youngs - Autumn Response (Jagjaguwar)
Standing Nudes - Ghost Story (True Panther)
Pig Destroyer - Phantomb Limb (Relapse)
Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon (XL)
Uke of Spaces Corners County -So Far on the Way (Corleone)
Flat Earth Society - Psycho Scout (Crammed)
Jazzkammer/Howard Stelzer - Tomorrow No One is Safe (Troniks/PacRec)
Yellow Swans - At All Ends (Load)
Burial - Untrue (Hyperdub)
Eats Tapes - Dos Mutantes (Tigerbeat6)
Babils - The Joint Between (Stilll)
V/A - I Belong To This Band (Dust to Digital)
Cadaver in Drag - Raw Child (Animal Disguise)
Jeff Rehnlund - Our Thin Mercy of Error (Hymns)
Exploding Customer
- At Your Service (Ayler)
Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam (Domino)
Lubos Fiser - Valerie and Her Week of Wonders OST (Finders Keepers)
Tom Recchion - Sweetly Doing Nothing (Schoolmap)
Megafaun - Bury the Square (Burly Time)
Religious Knives - Remains (No Fun)
MV & EE with the Bummer Road - Green Blues (Ecstatic Peace)
Shape of Broad Minds - Craft of the Lost Art (Lex)
DJ Scotch Egg - Scotchhausen (ADAADAT)

And since I already had these mapped out:

Compilations:
-Dust to Digital records in general
-Authenticite: The Syliphone Years (Stern's Africa)
-The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru (Barbes)
-Carolina Funk (Jazzman)
-Songs of the African Coast: Cafe Music of Liberia (Yarngo)
-Everything Is a Theory (Cephia's Treat)
-La Kodi Ya City Council (Mississippi)
-Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay (Numero Group)
-Box of Dub: Dubstep and Future Dub (Soul Jazz)
-Awon Ojise Olorun: Popular Music of Yorubaland 1931-1952 (Savannaphone)

Reissues:
-Prince Jammy - Prince Jammy Destroy
-Ju Suk Reet Meate - Solo 78/79 or Do Unseen Hands Keep You Dumb? (De Stijl)
-Orlando Julius - Super Afro Soul (VampiSoul)
-Don Cherry/Jon Appleton - Human Music (Water)
-Tim Hecker - Radio Amor (Alien8/Mille Plateaux)
-Lee Rockey - Lee Rockey Music (De Stijl)
-Terry Riley - Music For the Gift (Ellison Fields)
-Noah Howard - Black Ark (Bo'Weavil)
-Dorothy Ashby - The Rubiyat of Dorothy Ashby (Dusty Groove America/Cadet)
-Annea Lockwood - Early Works 1967-82 (EM)

7", 12", Singles, EPs:
-The Bug feat. Killa P and Flow Dan - "Skeng"/"Skeng (Kode9 Remix)" (Hyperdub)
-Yikes - Whoa Comas/Blood Bombs (Kill Shaman)
-El Jesus De Magico 7" (Columbus Discount)
-Cloudland Canyon - Silver-Tongued Sisyphus (Kranky)
-Parts and Labor - Escapers One 12" (Broklyn Beats)
-Ariel Pink - My Molly (Tiny Creatures)
-Bass Invadurrz (frequeNC)
-Duran Duran Duran - Face Blast 12" (Planet Mu)
-Gorge Trio/Uske Orchestra - Divorce6 split 7" (Ache)
-Gaybomb/Ironing split LP (Hymns)

I feel much better now, thanks for your time. I hope you all have a very happy New Year ...

yrs,

-Cole-
cole@wxyc.org

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER PLAYBOX UPDATES

Just to give a quick breakdown, the WXYC new music playbox is structured around groups of like-minded records called "cards," each of which contains 4-5 records connected by a similar genre, approach, or style of music. It's uniquely formatted process that provides a diverse collection of releases, reflective of the free-format flag that flys high above WXYC headquarters. I've recently been compiling a list of the recent playbox additions and writing descriptions summarizing each release and elaborating on their associations with one another. The most recent compilation is a massive one, so here's a list of things that have made their way to WXYC's heavy rotation over the past several weeks:

-Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed - Hulgizey (TERP)
-V/A - Lipa Kodi Ya City Council (MISSISSIPPI)
-V/A - Black Mirror: Reflections in Global Musics (1918-1955) (DUST-TO-DIGITAL)
-V/A - Melodii Tuva (DUST-TO-DIGITAL)
-Prasant Radhakrishnan - East Facing (LOTUS MUSIC)


Quite a diverse roundup of exciting new/reissued world music releases we've got here. First up is a live recording from blind Ethiopian singer Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed, who sadly passed away almost one year ago on December 17, 2006 from a bad case of pneumonia. Jimmy's performance is still outstanding despite his poor health at the time, his voice dancing over longtime musical partners Mesele Asmamaw's 5-string harp-like instrument (called a krar) and Asnake Gebreyes' traditional percussion instrument, the kebero. Powerful stuff. Mississippi Records is a fantastic little label based in Portland, and their latest limited, hand-silkscreened LP is a compilation of incredible music from all over Africa, recorded between 1967-1972, and featuring a variety of styles and other-worldly sounds. How they found this stuff, I'd like to know. Reissue professionals Dust-To-Digital recently sent us an early Christmas package with two new compilations, both of which are expectedly spectacular. Black Mirror plays like a killer world music mixtape, compiled by Ian Nagoski (owner of True Vine records in Baltimore) from his massive collection of vinyl 78s, most tracks of which have never been issued on CD until now. It's an incredibly broad showcase of world music, so please take your time and explore - you really can't pick a bad track. Melodii Tuva is a collection of Tuvan throat singing that was originally released in the Soviet Union in 1969, just a few decades after the folk tradition began appearing in public performances. A variety of throat-singing styles are featured, ranging from acapella pieces to accompaniment by a variety of folk instrumentation. Prasant Radhakrishnan is a San Francisco saxophonist who has studied Carnatic music of South India since his teenage years, particularly exploring the oft scrutinized role of the saxophone in the genre, which he masterfully incorporates into this set of ragas with violinist B.U. Ganeshprasad. Plenty of choices here, and it'll be tough to make a bad one.

-Theo Angell and the Tabernacle Hillside Singers - Auraplinth (Digitalis)
-Samara Lubelski - Parallel Suns (Social Registry)
-Climax Golden Twins - 5 Cents A Piece (Abduction)
-Red Krayola - Sighs Trapped By Liars (Drag City)
-Damon and Naomi - Within These Walls (20/20/20)


A wide range of psychedelic acoustics with pop sensibilities here, everything from sleepy melodies to Sun City Girls-style jams. Brooklyn artist Theo Angell returns to WXYC rotation after his enchanting debut full-length last year, and his new record finds a more stripped down sound, relying mainly on his guitar, nasally croon and sparse choral accompaniment. Samara has just released her third solo full-length of frolicking whispers, though she's been actively involved in psych-folk scene since the early 90s with acts like Hall of Fame and Tower Recordings. Very nice and quite cozy. Climax Golden Twins make their Abduction debut after over a decade of music-making - a fitting home for their shambled field recordings and electric folk jams, served up on a lovely piece of 180 gram vinyl. Mayo Thompson has been crafting a variety of psych-rock and acoustic tunes under the Red Krayola name since he started it back in 1966, and the new record finds a return to collaboration with conceptual art collective Arts & Language, first explored on Kangaroo? in 1981. Ex-Galaxie 500 peeps Damon and Naomi return with their seventh overall full-length, inviting Ghost guitarist Michio Kurihara to add guitar lines to Naomi's sweet vocals and a new host of horn accompaniment. A very sophisticated group of records on this one - everyone's nicely dressed in a fly thrift store find ... but the collar is a bit crooked, jacket a tad too tight, and the tie is flashing neon ...


-Disrupt - Foundation Bit (Werk)
-Burial - Untrue (Hyperdub)
-Rockford Kabine - Italian Music: 31 Invalid Movie Themes (Combination)
-Prefuse 73 - Preparations (Warp)]
-Blockhead - Uncle Tony's Coloring Book (Ninja Tune)


Here we've got an RPM card that started with dubbed-out intentions, but developed a bit differently. Disrupt is the moniker for Jan Gleichmar, who makes electronic dub textures played at a slow rollick, with digital flashes, evolving bass and saturated delay skulking throughout. Very well done, slow and steady. You probably remember Burial from his masterful debut LP that was recently in rotation, and Untrue is his much-anticipated follow-up, kicking up the tempo just a tad and incorporating a more discernible level of R&B; vocal samples. Not quite as captivating as the debut, but still nice for late-night loners. Scott Herren and his Prefuse 73 project might be familiar as well, and Perparations is his fourth full-length, continuing down his well-worn path of twirling beat soundscapes. Blockhead (aka Anthony Simon) is a producer from Manhattan, who's received the most recognition for his work with Aesop Rock, providing the beats for his latest record, None Shall Pass. Uncle Tony's Coloring Book is another solo joint from Simon, featuring instrumental beat breaks with a bevy of colliding funk samples. Rockford Kabine is a German duo/media production team consisting of Antony Sharas and Marlon Marlon, and they've created a bizarre little concept record that plays as the soundtrack to a fictional Italian horror film, with 31 rather minimal, brief instrumental beats - a combination of "snippet-pop" and "acid smurf" (the latter of which they claim to have invented). Check out the trailer via their Myspace page: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendi...

-High on Fire - Death Is This Communion (Relapse)
-Mammal - Lonesome Drifter (Animal Disguise)
-Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb (Relapse)
-Om - Pilgrimage (Southern Lord)


Metal returns to rotation for the first time in a while - aren't you excited? Ex-Sleep guitarist Matt Pike and his power trio High on Fire release their fourth full-length, employing Jack Endino on production and stepping up to an even glossier finish than their last Albini-produced album - removing pretty much all traces of stoner sludge and focusing on instrumental pyrotechnics. The former Sleep membership continues with Om: the band's two members, Al Cisneros (bass, vocals) and Chris Hakius were also members of the group along with Pike. Their last full-length, Conference of the Birds, crept into WXYC's Best of '06 list, and Pilgrimage is another outing of meditation metal, droning in a monotonous vocal tone and dark psychedelia. Mammal is the project for Detroit-based Gary Beauvais, wading in a stagnant stench of biting guitar distortion and sparse drum machine accompaniment, treading in lurid circles. Pig Destroyer have been active in the DC harDCore scene since '99, and Phantom Limb is their fifth full-length, showcasing an impressive display of searing guitar leads, brutal vocal roars and blast beat abuse. Just because they have a silly name doesn't mean they can't kick your ass.


-V/A - Carolina Funk (Jazzman)
-V/A - Jamaican Funk (Soul Jazz)
-Dorothy Ashby - The Rubiayat of Dorothy Ashby (Cadet/Dusty Groove America)
-The Ikettes - Can't Sit Down ... Cos It Feels So Good! (Ace)
-V/A - The Roots of Chicha (Barbes)


Our beloved freely-associated funk card, linking everything from hometown soul goodness to Peruvian working class jams. WXYC's own former station manager Jason Perlmutter is the star of this one, curating the much-anticipated compilation of 60s and 70s funk music from North and South Carolina. And boy, it's good - featuring a variety of styles and very well-researched/written liner notes that are obviously required reading. The other comp with funk in the name hails mainly from Kingston, and showcases Jamaican artists who incorporated a heavy funk/soul influence into their distinct reggae-rooted sounds. The Rubiayat of Dorothy Ashby is a reissue from 1970, featuring arrangements by Chicago soul-man Richard Evans, melting into a funky stew of delay and bubbling breeze, dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam. Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith, and Venetta Fields make up the Ikettes, who sang backup for Ike Turner in the 60s while recording several singles for Modern records. UK reissue label Ace has remastered their only full-length, the Modern singles, and some unreleased cuts for this collection. The Roots of Chicha has been burning up my stereo quite a bit lately, and features six different Peruvian bands that existed in the late 60s/early 70s who blended Columbian cumbias and tropical percussion with the electric guitar and organ flare of the American/British psychedelic explosion. Take a deep breath and explore accordingly.

-Phosphorescent - Pride (Dead Oceans)
-MV & EE with the Bummer Road - Gettin ' Gone (Ecstatic Peace)
-Akron/Family - Love Is Simple (Young God)
-Michael Hurley - Ancestral Swamp (Gnomonsong)


A nice variety of folk-based takes from several interesting artists. MVⅇ are back again after their Green Blues release on Ecstatic Peace earlier in the year, finding the group steering their stoned folk wanderings into a more straightforward Crazyhorse direction. Brooklyn hippie-folk Akron/Family deliver a lyrically sappy but musically great record - their second full-length - coming off a tour with Raleigh-based Megafaun as their backing band. Michael Hurley is an old favorite, and his new record is charming as ever, his first for freak-folk dude Devendra's Gnomonsong label, and a welcoming blend of acoustic beauty. Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck gets the card pick here from me though with his third full-length, crafting a warm, heartfelt release of downtrodden gospel and empty whiskey bottles. Oldham comparisons are still legit, though don't be so quick dismiss Houck's songwriting skill and well-executed recording haze.

-V/A - Everything is a Theory (CEPHIA'S TREAT)
-WZT Hearts - Threads Rope Spell Making Your Bones (CARPARK)
-Eric Copeland - Hermaphrodite (PAW TRACKS)
-Sunroof! - Panzer Division Lou Reed (VHF
)

This one's a doozy. Weird digital warmth and confrontational catastrophes, with some familiar faces to WXYC rotation. David bought the Cephia's Treat comp from some Tampa-based peeps at the final Farrior road basement show in Raleigh, and it features 26 unreleased cuts from a slew of like-minded havoc-wreakers who have played in the Florida/Tampa area together, including: Pengo, 16 Bitch Pile-Up, Sword Heaven, Dead/Birds, etc. etc. WZT Hearts' first album was in rotation about a year ago, and their new one is slathered with more electronic prickles and digital static manipulations, bathed in laptop constructions and a thunderous drum foundation. You might be familiar with Eric Copeland and his membership in Brooklyn-based Black Dice (who's new record has also just been added to rotation as well), and Hermaphrodite is his first solo album, compiled from recordings he did over the past couple years. UK underground god Matthew Bower and his Sunroof! project is back and at its most crushing yet, featuring abrasive distortion walls and contributions from John Moloney (drums) and Mick Flower (guitar) for the opening jam. Be careful and be safe.

-Little Brother - Get Back (ABB/Hall of Justus)
-MF Grimm - The Hunt For the Gingerbread Man (Class A/Day By Day)
-Percee P - Perseverance (Stone's Throw)
-Rob Sonic - Sabotage Gigante (Def Jux)


For this round of fresh hip hop we've got local Durham boys Little Brother dropping their third full-length, returning to ABB after dropping both Atlantic records and founding member/producer 9th Wonder from their roster, who produces only one track on the new album. Percee P is a seasoned veteran in the underground game, an extremely talented "fast-rapper" finally seeing his solo "debut" full-length with Mr. Madlib on production, after two decades of releasing a variety of singles and collaborations. Rob Sonic hails from Brooklyn and harps heavily on lightning-quick apocalypse, with amped-up adrenaline rhymes about weapons of mass destruction. MF Grimm is the winner on this one - a delightfully deranged tour through Candyland, following the exploits of Grimm's alter ego, the Gingerbread Man ( Gingy). Full of clever candy metaphors and sinister beats, The Hunt ... is a sophisticated gangster masterpiece reduced to child's play, engaging from start to finish.

-Ju Suk Reet Meate - Solo 78/79 or Do Unseen Hands Keep You Dumb? (De Stijl)
-V/A - From the Kitchen Archives 4: Composers Inside Electronics (Orange Mountain)
-David Watson - Fingering an Idea (XI)
-Area C - Haunt (Last Visible Dog)
-Brian Harnetty - American Winter (Atavistic)


Odd experimental crackles and droning jubilee surround this group. Ju Suk Reet Meate is a founding member of weirdo collective Smegma, and this lost classic compiles four compositions that he recorded all by his lonesome in 1978-79, reissued by the good folks at De Stijl. It's a truly bizarre trip throughout, featuring decomposing blues, tape trickery and early plunderphonics interwoven into an odd mash of manipulated radio broadcasts and wandering guitars tossed in a cement mixer with a trumpet, some Robitussin and a bag of broccoli. I hope you're not tired of New Zealand native David Watson and his amazing approach to the bagpipe, because Fingering an Idea is an incredible two-disc package: disc 1 containing intoxicating pipe drones and disc 2 showcasing contemplated bursts of cold guitar mechanics. Area C hail from Providence, formed by Erik Carlson and expanded here to include fellow Farfisa enthusiast Jeff Knoch. Together, they cultivate humming guitar/organ dissonance that clamors and coalesces interchangeably. Brian Harnetty was one of the first Appalachian Music Fellow at Berea College in Kentucky, and has since relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he's been crafting a crackling blend of reel-to-reel meanderings, radio plays, toy piano, and prepared piano tinkerings, culminating in this full-length for Atavistic. The fourth installment in the Kitchen Archives series finds live compositions from the likes of David Tudor, Martin Kalve, John Driscoll, Bill Viola, and Phil Edenstein, all performed with a variety of homemade electronics at the Chelsea in NYC. Have a seat, and please administer your medication if you haven't already.

-Ear Pwr - We Less Than 3 (frequeNC)
-Sunburned Hand of the Man - Fire Escape (Smalltown Supersound )
-Black Dice - Load Blown (Paw Tracks)
-Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - (Hall of Records)
-Oh Astro - Champions of Wonder (Illegal Art)


The focus here emphasizes electronic-infused zaniness, from silly roller-rink beats to twisted electronic loops. Asheville duo Ear Pwr drop an exciting 12" EP for local frequeNC imprint, showcasing erotic synth thumps and booty-moving anthems. The latest from Massachusetts psych/ stoner-improv collective Sunburned Hand finds the group getting a studio treatment from the likes of Mr. Four Tet himself (Kieran Hebden), who arranged, edited and produced a four-hour recording session of the group at his London studio. A confusing concept for the group, yes, but a little direction doesn't hurt every now and then. Black Dice keep delving further into weird technoise, and their fourth full-length is a disorienting spin of dismantled beats and grumbling electronics. Mr. Pink releases another collection of pre-recorded material with his Haunted Graffiti moniker, with jams all laid to tape in 2000-01. They still sound very nice - if you don't get distracted by the melted cassette passages, maybe you can sing along. Oh Astro is the moniker for plunderphonic husband/wife duo Jane Dowe and Hank Hofler, who mangle a variety of lifted samples through cut and paste digital processing, ending up with twisted digi-pop. An eclectic mix of damaged goods and florescent hayrides from this group ... TAKE THE TICKET.

Thanks for listening,

-WXYC Music Dept.

The Simpsons! Radiohead!


There, that should just about cover all my bases, audiencewise. But yes, they are related! How does he do it?

Check out Making the Case for Fanboyism, a music-nerdy op-ed by me (an WXYC alum) in The Morning News (a Brooklyn-based online magazine). It's an essay about music criticism that somehow includes Radiohead, R. Kelly, Jens Lekman, and The Simpsons. Also, maybe you, and this guy:

Cheers.

A Comedy of Errors


The Feedback Farm has disappointed yet again. After promising that they were organized and ready to put on a great show, in their most recent episode the Farmers came across as unprepared and unprofessional as the show was seemingly plagued by technical difficulties and short tempers. After 60 minutes they still hadn't explored--or revealed!--the topic they came "prepared" to discuss!

How much longer will WXYC management continue to allow this sort of absurdity to occupy prime listening hours?

If you didn't hear what I am describing above, I recommend you download the programme here (29MB MP3), listen to it, take notes, and lodge your complaints with the Feedback Farmers to see if they will mend their ways. Email them at wxycfeedbackfarm at gmail dot com.

Bonus MP3

Music Department News

-Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed - Hulgizey (TERP)
-V/A - Lipa Kodi Ya City Council (MISSISSIPPI)
-V/A - Black Mirror: Reflections in Global Musics (1918-1955) (DUST-TO-DIGITAL)
-V/A - Melodii Tuva (DUST-TO-DIGITAL)
-Prasant Radhakrishnan - East Facing (LOTUS MUSIC)


Quite a diverse roundup of exciting new/reissued world music releases we've got here. First up is a live recording from blind Ethiopian singer Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed, who sadly passed away almost one year ago on December 17, 2006 from a bad case of pneumonia. Jimmy's performance is still outstanding despite his poor health at the time, his voice dancing over longtime musical partners Mesele Asmamaw's 5-string harp-like instrument (called a krar) and Asnake Gebreyes' traditional percussion instrument, the kebero. Powerful stuff. Mississippi Records is a fantastic little label based in Portland, and their latest limited, hand-silkscreened LP is a compilation of incredible music from all over Africa, recorded between 1967-1972, and featuring a variety of styles and other-worldly sounds. How they found this stuff, I'd like to know. Reissue professionals Dust-To-Digital recently sent us an early Christmas package with two new compilations, both of which are expectedly spectacular. Black Mirror plays like a killer world music mixtape, compiled by Ian Nagoski (owner of True Vine records in Baltimore) from his massive collection of vinyl 78s, most tracks of which have never been issued on CD until now. It's an incredibly broad showcase of world music, so please take your time and explore - you really can't pick a bad track. Melodii Tuva is a collection of Tuvan throat singing that was originally released in the Soviet Union in 1969, just a few decades after the folk tradition began appearing in public performances. A variety of throat-singing styles are featured, ranging from acapella pieces to accompaniment by a variety of folk instrumentation. Prasant Radhakrishnan is a San Francisco saxophonist who has studied Carnatic music of South India since his teenage years, particularly exploring the oft scrutinized role of the saxophone in the genre, which he masterfully incorporates into this set of ragas with violinist B.U. Ganeshprasad. Plenty of choices here, and it'll be tough to make a bad one.

-Theo Angell and the Tabernacle Hillside Singers - Auraplinth (Digitalis)
-Samara Lubelski - Parallel Suns (Social Registry)
-Climax Golden Twins - 5 Cents A Piece (Abduction)
-Red Krayola - Sighs Trapped By Liars (Drag City)
-Damon and Naomi - Within These Walls (20/20/20)


A wide range of psychedelic acoustics with pop sensibilities here, everything from sleepy melodies to Sun City Girls-style jams. Brooklyn artist Theo Angell returns to WXYC rotation after his enchanting debut full-length last year, and his new record finds a more stripped down sound, relying mainly on his guitar, nasally croon and sparse choral accompaniment. Samara has just released her third solo full-length of frolicking whispers, though she's been actively involved in psych-folk scene since the early 90s with acts like Hall of Fame and Tower Recordings. Very nice and quite cozy. Climax Golden Twins make their Abduction debut after over a decade of music-making - a fitting home for their shambled field recordings and electric folk jams, served up on a lovely piece of 180 gram vinyl. Mayo Thompson has been crafting a variety of psych-rock and acoustic tunes under the Red Krayola name since he started it back in 1966, and the new record finds a return to collaboration with conceptual art collective Arts & Language, first explored on Kangaroo? in 1981. Ex-Galaxie 500 peeps Damon and Naomi return with their seventh overall full-length, inviting Ghost guitarist Michio Kurihara to add guitar lines to Naomi's sweet vocals and a new host of horn accompaniment. A very sophisticated group of records on this one - everyone's nicely dressed in a fly thrift store find ... but the collar is a bit crooked, jacket a tad too tight, and the tie is flashing neon ...


-Disrupt - Foundation Bit (Werk)
-Burial - Untrue (Hyperdub)
-Rockford Kabine - Italian Music: 31 Invalid Movie Themes (Combination)
-Prefuse 73 - Preparations (Warp)]
-Blockhead - Uncle Tony's Coloring Book (Ninja Tune)


Here we've got an RPM card that started with dubbed-out intentions, but developed a bit differently. Disrupt is the moniker for Jan Gleichmar, who makes electronic dub textures played at a slow rollick, with digital flashes, evolving bass and saturated delay skulking throughout. Very well done, slow and steady. You probably remember Burial from his masterful debut LP that was recently in rotation, and Untrue is his much-anticipated follow-up, kicking up the tempo just a tad and incorporating a more discernible level of R&B; vocal samples. Not quite as captivating as the debut, but still nice for late-night loners. Scott Herren and his Prefuse 73 project might be familiar as well, and Perparations is his fourth full-length, continuing down his well-worn path of twirling beat soundscapes. Blockhead (aka Anthony Simon) is a producer from Manhattan, who's received the most recognition for his work with Aesop Rock, providing the beats for his latest record, None Shall Pass. Uncle Tony's Coloring Book is another solo joint from Simon, featuring instrumental beat breaks with a bevy of colliding funk samples. Rockford Kabine is a German duo/media production team consisting of Antony Sharas and Marlon Marlon, and they've created a bizarre little concept record that plays as the soundtrack to a fictional Italian horror film, with 31 rather minimal, brief instrumental beats - a combination of "snippet-pop" and "acid smurf" (the latter of which they claim to have invented). Check out the trailer via their Myspace page: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendi...

-High on Fire - Death Is This Communion (Relapse)
-Mammal - Lonesome Drifter (Animal Disguise)
-Pig Destroyer - Phantom Limb (Relapse)
-Om - Pilgrimage (Southern Lord)


Metal returns to rotation for the first time in a while - aren't you excited? Ex-Sleep guitarist Matt Pike and his power trio High on Fire release their fourth full-length, employing Jack Endino on production and stepping up to an even glossier finish than their last Albini-produced album - removing pretty much all traces of stoner sludge and focusing on instrumental pyrotechnics. The former Sleep membership continues with Om: the band's two members, Al Cisneros (bass, vocals) and Chris Hakius were also members of the group along with Pike. Their last full-length, Conference of the Birds, crept into WXYC's Best of '06 list, and Pilgrimage is another outing of meditation metal, droning in a monotonous vocal tone and dark psychedelia. Mammal is the project for Detroit-based Gary Beauvais, wading in a stagnant stench of biting guitar distortion and sparse drum machine accompaniment, treading in lurid circles. Pig Destroyer have been active in the DC harDCore scene since '99, and Phantom Limb is their fifth full-length, showcasing an impressive display of searing guitar leads, brutal vocal roars and blast beat abuse. Just because they have a silly name doesn't mean they can't kick your ass.


-V/A - Carolina Funk (Jazzman)
-V/A - Jamaican Funk (Soul Jazz)
-Dorothy Ashby - The Rubiayat of Dorothy Ashby (Cadet/Dusty Groove America)
-The Ikettes - Can't Sit Down ... Cos It Feels So Good! (Ace)
-V/A - The Roots of Chicha (Barbes)


Our beloved freely-associated funk card, linking everything from hometown soul goodness to Peruvian working class jams. WXYC's own former station manager Jason Perlmutter is the star of this one, curating the much-anticipated compilation of 60s and 70s funk music from North and South Carolina. And boy, it's good - featuring a variety of styles and very well-researched/written liner notes that are obviously required reading. The other comp with funk in the name hails mainly from Kingston, and showcases Jamaican artists who incorporated a heavy funk/soul influence into their distinct reggae-rooted sounds. The Rubiayat of Dorothy Ashby is a reissue from 1970, featuring arrangements by Chicago soul-man Richard Evans, melting into a funky stew of delay and bubbling breeze, dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam. Robbie Montgomery, Jessie Smith, and Venetta Fields make up the Ikettes, who sang backup for Ike Turner in the 60s while recording several singles for Modern records. UK reissue label Ace has remastered their only full-length, the Modern singles, and some unreleased cuts for this collection. The Roots of Chicha has been burning up my stereo quite a bit lately, and features six different Peruvian bands that existed in the late 60s/early 70s who blended Columbian cumbias and tropical percussion with the electric guitar and organ flare of the American/British psychedelic explosion. Take a deep breath and explore accordingly.

-Phosphorescent - Pride (Dead Oceans)
-MV & EE with the Bummer Road - Gettin ' Gone (Ecstatic Peace)
-Akron/Family - Love Is Simple (Young God)
-Michael Hurley - Ancestral Swamp (Gnomonsong)


A nice variety of folk-based takes from several interesting artists. MVⅇ are back again after their Green Blues release on Ecstatic Peace earlier in the year, finding the group steering their stoned folk wanderings into a more straightforward Crazyhorse direction. Brooklyn hippie-folk Akron/Family deliver a lyrically sappy but musically great record - their second full-length - coming off a tour with Raleigh-based Megafaun as their backing band. Michael Hurley is an old favorite, and his new record is charming as ever, his first for freak-folk dude Devendra's Gnomonsong label, and a welcoming blend of acoustic beauty. Phosphorescent's Matthew Houck gets the card pick here from me though with his third full-length, crafting a warm, heartfelt release of downtrodden gospel and empty whiskey bottles. Oldham comparisons are still legit, though don't be so quick dismiss Houck's songwriting skill and well-executed recording haze.

-V/A - Everything is a Theory (CEPHIA'S TREAT)
-WZT Hearts - Threads Rope Spell Making Your Bones (CARPARK)
-Eric Copeland - Hermaphrodite (PAW TRACKS)
-Sunroof! - Panzer Division Lou Reed (VHF)


This one's a doozy. Weird digital warmth and confrontational catastrophes, with some familiar faces to WXYC rotation. David bought the Cephia's Treat comp from some Tampa-based peeps at the final Farrior road basement show in Raleigh, and it features 26 unreleased cuts from a slew of like-minded havoc-wreakers who have played in the Florida/Tampa area together, including: Pengo, 16 Bitch Pile-Up, Sword Heaven, Dead/Birds, etc. etc. WZT Hearts' first album was in rotation about a year ago, and their new one is slathered with more electronic prickles and digital static manipulations, bathed in laptop constructions and a thunderous drum foundation. You might be familiar with Eric Copeland and his membership in Brooklyn-based Black Dice (who's new record has also just been added to rotation as well), and Hermaphrodite is his first solo album, compiled from recordings he did over the past couple years. UK underground god Matthew Bower and his Sunroof! project is back and at its most crushing yet, featuring abrasive distortion walls and contributions from John Moloney (drums) and Mick Flower (guitar) for the opening jam. Be careful and be safe.

-Little Brother - Get Back (ABB/Hall of Justus)
-MF Grimm - The Hunt For the Gingerbread Man (Class A/Day By Day)
-Percee P - Perseverance (Stone's Throw)
-Rob Sonic - Sabotage Gigante (Def Jux)


For this round of fresh hip hop we've got local Durham boys Little Brother dropping their third full-length, returning to ABB after dropping both Atlantic records and founding member/producer 9th Wonder from their roster, who produces only one track on the new album. Percee P is a seasoned veteran in the underground game, an extremely talented "fast-rapper" finally seeing his solo "debut" full-length with Mr. Madlib on production, after two decades of releasing a variety of singles and collaborations. Rob Sonic hails from Brooklyn and harps heavily on lightning-quick apocalypse, with amped-up adrenaline rhymes about weapons of mass destruction. MF Grimm is the winner on this one - a delightfully deranged tour through Candyland, following the exploits of Grimm's alter ego, the Gingerbread Man ( Gingy). Full of clever candy metaphors and sinister beats, The Hunt ... is a sophisticated gangster masterpiece reduced to child's play, engaging from start to finish.

-Ju Suk Reet Meate - Solo 78/79 or Do Unseen Hands Keep You Dumb? (De Stijl)
-V/A - From the Kitchen Archives 4: Composers Inside Electronics (Orange Mountain)
-David Watson - Fingering an Idea (XI)
-Area C - Haunt (Last Visible Dog)
-Brian Harnetty - American Winter (Atavistic)

Odd experimental crackles and droning jubilee surround this group. Ju Suk Reet Meate is a founding member of weirdo collective Smegma, and this lost classic compiles four compositions that he recorded all by his lonesome in 1978-79, reissued by the good folks at De Stijl. It's a truly bizarre trip throughout, featuring decomposing blues, tape trickery and early plunderphonics interwoven into an odd mash of manipulated radio broadcasts and wandering guitars tossed in a cement mixer with a trumpet, some Robitussin and a bag of broccoli. I hope you're not tired of New Zealand native David Watson and his amazing approach to the bagpipe, because Fingering an Idea is an incredible two-disc package: disc 1 containing intoxicating pipe drones and disc 2 showcasing contemplated bursts of cold guitar mechanics. Area C hail from Providence, formed by Erik Carlson and expanded here to include fellow Farfisa enthusiast Jeff Knoch. Together, they cultivate humming guitar/organ dissonance that clamors and coalesces interchangeably. Brian Harnetty was one of the first Appalachian Music Fellow at Berea College in Kentucky, and has since relocated to Columbus, Ohio, where he's been crafting a crackling blend of reel-to-reel meanderings, radio plays, toy piano, and prepared piano tinkerings, culminating in this full-length for Atavistic. The fourth installment in the Kitchen Archives series finds live compositions from the likes of David Tudor, Martin Kalve, John Driscoll, Bill Viola, and Phil Edenstein, all performed with a variety of homemade electronics at the Chelsea in NYC. Have a seat, and please administer your medication if you haven't already.

-Ear Pwr - We Less Than 3 (frequeNC)
-Sunburned Hand of the Man - Fire Escape (Smalltown Supersound )
-Black Dice - Load Blown (Paw Tracks)
-Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - (Hall of Records)
-Oh Astro - Champions of Wonder (Illegal Art)

The focus here emphasizes electronic-infused zaniness, from silly roller-rink beats to twisted electronic loops. Asheville duo Ear Pwr drop an exciting 12" EP for local frequeNC imprint, showcasing erotic synth thumps and booty-moving anthems. Mind the FCC-dirty tracks though, please. The latest from Massachusetts psych/ stoner-improv collective Sunburned Hand finds the group getting a studio treatment from the likes of Mr. Four Tet himself (Kieran Hebden), who arranged, edited and produced a four-hour recording session of the group at his London studio. Ac confusing concept for the group, yes, but a little direction doesn't hurt every now and then. Black Dice keep delving further into weird technoise, and their fourth full-length is a disorienting spin of dismantled beats and grumbling electronics. Mr. Pink releases another collection of pre-recorded material with his Haunted Graffiti moniker, with jams all laid to tape in 2000-01. They still sound very nice - if you don't get distracted by the melted cassette passages, maybe you can sing along. Oh Astro is the moniker for plunderphonic husband/wife duo Jane Dowe and Hank Hofler, who mangle a variety of lifted samples through cut and paste digital processing, ending up with twisted digi-pop. An eclectic mix of damaged goods and florescent hayrides from this group ... TAKE THE TICKET.

Happy Turkey Day


'Twas the night before Thanksgiving, so what else could the boys talk about? The Feedback Farmers sat down at the table and had a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving show last time out. You can hear it for yourself here (30MB MP3).

Word on the street is that the Farmers are more organized than ever for their next programme. Usually the show is haphazardly patched together, and even then things work out OK 15% of the time. There's no telling what heights they can reach when they actually prepare, and this might be the week we all find out.

You won't want to miss the next exciting episode of the Feedback Farm! Tune in Wednesday at 9pm WXYC time (North Carolina, USA) at 89.3FM in the Chapel Hill area or wxyc.org!