Arista/Freedom Records is the focus of this week’s Thursday Night Feature on WXYC. The label, founded by producer Alan Bates in 1968 before being purchased by Arista, threw economic viability to the wind and distributed many of the early 1970s jazz world’s cutting edge artists, making their music accessible to fans both in small towns and big cities. Albert Ayler, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Stéphane Grapelli, and Julius Hemphill are a handful of the many innovative and adventurous artists who contibute to the Arista/Freedom discography. Will Vizuete hosts, nine to midnight, this Thursday, January 16th, only on WXYC!
TONIGHT at 9PM: Sports Rap will be interviewing Mary Willingham and Jay Smith live on WXYC!
Mary Willingham is the learning specialist, researcher, and whistleblower who has been an important figure in the athletic/academic fraud scandal over the past year and a half. Very recently, she has been in the national and state news again, discussing her experience and findings with regard to reading levels of players in revenue sports at UNC. University administrators and high profile members of the AD alike have reacted strongly and negatively to her comments about her research this week. She is writing a book with History Professor Jay Smith, an outspoken critic of how the University handles athletics.
Hello DJs, labels, community members and unwilling subscribers!
Below are WXYC's top 20 albums of 2013, as voted on by the DJ body and as revealed last night on our Thursday Night Feature. Also peep the bottom for our station manager, programming director, and music directors' personal top 20s.
WXYC's Top 20 Albums of 2013 1. Chance the Rapper- Acid Rap (Save Money) 2. Lonnie Holley- Keeping a Record of It (Dust To Digital) 3. Kelela- Cut 4 Me (Fade To Mind) 4. Kanye West- Yeezus 5. Danny Brown- Old (Fool's Gold) 6. Julia Holter- Loud City Song (Domino) 7. Steve Gunn- Time Off (Paradise of Bachelors) 8. Circuit Des Yeux- Overdue (Ba Da Bing) 9. Run the Jewels- S/T (Fool's Gold) 10. Grouper- The Man Who Dies In His Boat (Kranky)
The results are in! WXYC's Best of 2013 airs tonight. Join Ryan Simmons and cohorts as they count down to midnight and the revelation of 2012's best, as voted upon by our very own deejays and calculated on assorted fancy machinery hidden inside our invisible zeppelin and released only upon the airship's landing.
Love WXYC? Well, why don't you become one of us? We're hiring this semester and all UNC students are eligible to apply, no experience required. We'll be having an interest meeting Tuesday the 14th at 6 p.m. and open houses in the radio station on the 13th and 14th at 5 p.m. Join the cult of radio! https://www.facebook.com/events/195279504009252/?ref=22
Tonight’s Thursday Night Feature on WXYC focuses on the work of jazz producer Creed Taylor. An alum of Duke jazz ensembles, Taylor founded the Impulse! sub-label before moving to Verve, where he brought the Brazilian bossa nova sound to American audiences before eventually founding his own label, CTI Records, in the 1970s. Taylor’s brilliance lay in keeping the jazz genre commercially viable while allowing artists to retain artistic credibility, widening the label’s reach while continuing to sign innovative artists – Nina Simone and Freddie Hubbard among them. Tune in nine to midnight Thursday, December 26, for three hours dedicated to Creed Taylor’s oeuvre.
WXYC's Top 100 Records for the week of Sunday 12/15/13 - Saturday 12/21/13:
Rank (Plays) Artist - 'Title of CD/LP/EP/7-inch' (RECORD LABEL) --------------------------------------------------------------- 1 (15) Secret Boyfriend - This Is Always Where You've Lived (BLACKEST EVER BLACK) 2 (14) Chris Forsyth - Solar Motel (PARADISE OF BACHELORS) 3 (14) RAUM - Event Of Your Leaving (GLASS, HOUSE) 4 (14) Rodion G.A. - The Lost Tapes (STRUT) 5 (13) Suzuki Junzo - SINGS II: Sings ballads of contemporary sadness point of views and general love and depression. (NOD AND SMILE RECORDS) 6 (12) Eleven Pond - Assemblage (DARK ENTRIES) 7 (12) Isabelle Gunn - Discographia 82-87 (GROVL TAPES) 8 (12) Laurel Halo - Chance of Rain (HYPERDUB)
Tonight’s Thursday Night Feature on WXYC is a double! Starting off at eight, spike your egg nog with a little soul. Nanci O Is Hip Hop brings the fourth annual edition of her Christmas special, featuring hip hop and soul from the Carolinas and beyond, including an exclusive interview with recently retired independent rapper Shelly B! Then at ten, Gwen brings us her lesser-known Christmas favorites and yours, along with readings from poems and stories.