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Friday, May 27, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Got some sick things in the works this week, check 'em out!
 
Tonight on the Inside Track, tune in for CP / BW, the collaborative project of low-key bangers from Chicago electronic producer Beau Wanzer and Texas industrial duo Corporate Park. You'll hear chaotic clanging of different electronic sound and sound bites that sound like "you took the wrong warped pipe in a Nintendo 64 game and now you've found yourself face-to-face with Metal Mario in some cybernetic alternate reality."
 
This Sunday, Broken Music features works by Japanese composer and sound artist Yoshi Wada. After coming to New York in the late 1960s, Wada took membership with the Fluxus and quickly honed his distinctive style. Wada's works typically employ long sustained tones performed on self-made pipe horns and expansive reed instruments similar to bagpipes, amplified at high volumes to heighten the overtones. Having also studied with Prandit Pran Nath, Wada also created many works for voice that also incorporate the interplay of overtones. Our show begins at 2pm.
 
On Monday's Outside Track, hear an outstanding release from two musicians from rual Niger, Fatou Seidi Ghali & Alammou Akrouni's Les Filles de Illighadad. They play two distinct styles of Taureg music, one in which Ghali's acoustic guitar melodies move with quiet determination and Akrouni's vocal's play gently into the mix. On the last track, the two are accompanied by the goatskin tende in a high-energy group performance. All of the recordings were made outside the desert of central Niger, adding an intimate yet expansive feel to the music. 

Friday, May 6, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey everyone,
WXYC has a lot of sick things in the works for this week. Take a peek:
 
 
On tonight’s Inside Track at 9pm, tune in to hear The Fifth of She by Tegucigalpan, for the debut cassette release for Carrboro local Clark Blomquist (Spider Bags, Waumiss, Kingsbury Manx). Side A (tracks 1-8) are a thrashy metal with anthemy riffs and distorted vox. Last 6 tracks step into a more electronically-oriented sound, sometimes dark and heavy techno, sometimes somber bedroom pop. Local special guests include Matt from MAKE, Eddie from Solar Halos and Love Language, Edaan and Brint from Earthly/Bonglestar Galactabong, DJ FiFi Hi-Fi, and WXYC DJ Dan P from Goat Thrower and Pine State. Carrboro, baby!!
 
 
Tonight's New Science Experience is coming at you live from our Twin Peaks inspired dance party at the Nightlight in downtown Chapel Hill. We are throwing a party to celebrate the end of the semester and departure of co-coordinator Beto! Expect extra-hype sets from Bridgey W, Marc T, Webb H, Alex Brown, DJ Candyboys and Beto T. Tune in from ten to midnight!
 
 
Join WXYC ride-or-die DJ Grubz at 1pm for this week's Hell or High Water, where he'll be featuring Professor Longhair's House Party New Orleans Style from the renowned Southern Folklife Collection at UNC Wilson Library.
 
 
And for Monday’s Outside Track, tune in at 9pm to hear a Technological Music Vol. 2 by DIY industrial/hardcore punk turned classical composer and oboist, Kyle Bruckmann. Citing influences from Western classical, free jazz, electronic and post-punk, this dude is like a WXYC dream come true. On this release, you'll find unedited improvisations by Bruckmann, featuring borrowed gear (including an oboe, English horn, heckelphone, mics and synths) to enhance the lack of predictability. He then takes those improvisations and heavily modulates and distorts them to make.... technological music. 

Friday, April 22, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey everyone,
 
There’s a ton of radio goodness coming your way this week! Here are some of the exciting shows you can expect to hear on WXYC:
 
On tonight’s Inside Track at 9pm, tune in for Qingxi, the latest release from DJ Sun. This collection of downtempo and midtempo house music explores DJ Sun's Asian heritage, telling the story of his ancestors' experiences as slaves in Qingxi in the mid 19th century.
 
Tonight's New Science Experience will be a continuation of the NSE Technician Showcase. The Technician Showcase is the culmination of the newly minted NSE Technician Training program led by NSE coordinators earlier last month. The show coordinators worked with 15 WXYC DJs to show them how to use our fancy industry-standard club DJing equipment. They'll be taking over the NSE airwaves through the end of the month demonstrating their new skills.Tonight we'll hear sets from Earl, Tamara, and Chloe. Check it out from 10pm to midnight!
 
This month WXYC Reports has teamed up with Herban Garden, a Hope Gardens initiative which uses food cultivation to nurture and inspire local youth. We will be exploring the history and contemporary spaces of black farming in the US, as well as discussing how Herban Garden is seeking to foster the growth of community supported agriculture through their presence in Chapel Hill. Tune in this Sunday at 5pm!
 
And for Monday’s Outside Track, tune in at 9pm to hear a new collaboration between three Norwegian musical entities: guitarist/composer Kim Myhr, vocalist Jenny Hval, and the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra. A combination of improvisation and arranged forms, every piece seems to be sculpted out of multiple instances of sonic expansion and contraction, existing in a constant, deliberate dichotomy of movement. This stuff is beautiful and intense!
 

Friday, April 15, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey everyone,
 
I have just a few updates for you on WXYC’s programming this week. Take a look:
 
Tonight at 9pm, the Inside Track will feature Sort By Dragging, the latest release from Bremen, Germany based electronic musician Ulli Bowmans. Allegedly inspired by Fritz Lang's Metropolis, these dark and gloomy ambient soundscapes capture the industrial despair and listlessness of the laborers working in the smoky depths of Metropolis. This is a face-dive into a digital abyss and there's enough electro-gloom on here for everyone!
 
On tonight's New Science Experience we will be continuing our NSE Technician Showcase. The Technician Showcase is the culmination of our newly minted NSE Technician Training program led by NSE coordinators earlier last month. We worked with 15 WXYC DJs to show them how to use our fancy industry-standard club DJing equipment. They'll be taking over the NSE airwaves through the end of the month demonstrating their new skills. Tonight we'll hear sets from Kevin R, Katie H, and Sufi N. Check it out from 10pm to midnight!
 
Every Sunday, from 1 to 2pm, join us in exploring the traditions of the American South on Hell or High Water! This hour features music from the shelves of UNC's renowned Southern Folklife Collection, one of the nation's most illustrious archival resources for American folk music and culture. A WXYC DJ will put everything in its context throughout the show, letting you know where we are, where we've been, and who's been there.
 
And tune in Monday at 9pm for the Outside Track, featuring a reissue of the 1974 self-titled debut from Batsumi, a South African group fusing American jazz and traditional musics (most tracks have parenthetical references to specific groups, like "Xhosa African Jazz"). This album shows some of the compositional left turns they take -- they're not afraid to throw in a drum and mouth harp duet or quote Beethoven -- but it also features tons of great melodies from a warm inviting pallet of flute, rhythmic acoustic guitar, hand percussion, and upright bass. It's inviting, melodic, and sounds about as fun to make as it is to listen to.

Friday, April 8, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey everybody,
 
There’s a ton of stuff to look forward to on WXYC this week! Check it out:
 
Tonight on the Inside Track at 9pm, tune in for Trotro, the most recent release from DJ Katapila on Awesome Tapes From Africa. DJ Katapila (Ishmael Abbey) is a DJ from Accra, Ghana and this is a recent issue of his 2009 tape release. Named for the popular minibus taxis of Ghana, this album forms up-tempo, driving beats in the Ga traditional dance style. There is a noticeable influence from American dance music from the 80’s and 90’s, including Detroit techno and Chicago acid house. Beeps, boops, and 808 goodness. Katapila often yells and raps over his beats adding a feeling of genuine fun and spontaneity to the mix.
 
On tonight's New Science Experience we will be continuing our NSE Technician Showcase. The Technician Showcase is the culmination of our newly minted NSE Technician Training program led by NSE coordinators earlier last month. We worked with 15 WXYC DJs to show them how to use our fancy industry-standard club DJing equipment. They'll be taking over the NSE airwaves through the end of the month demonstrating their new skills.Tonight we'll hear sets from Wesley D, Marc T, Bridget W. Check it out from 10pm to midnight!
 
Tune into this Sunday's Hell or High Water at 1pm for a groovy special close to home when we feature songs from Tobacco-A-Go-Go, a Durham, NC release off of Blue Mold Records. This 3-volume compilation features 1960s rock n roll, psychedelia, and more—all from the great state of North Carolina. Compiled by WXYC alum and goes-without-saying music freak Ken Friedman, this is a show you don't want to miss, y'all.
 
Monday’s Outside Track at 9pm will feature Relucent, a new release from longtime Chicago-based percussionist Tim Daisy. While Daisy has been involved with some of the city's leading avant-garde jazz efforts (the Vandermark Five and the NRG Ensemble to name two) as well as lots of excellent collaborations (with, among others, Jeb Bishop, Jeff Parker and the late Fred Anderson), Relucent marks his first full-length foray into the world of multitracked solo improvisations. Utilizing a whole battery of percussive tools (marimba, cowbell, hi-hat, bongo to name a few) as well as electronic manipulations of turntables, Daisy offers up an engaging set of tracks that are chock-full of thumps, rattles, gurgles and hisses.
 
And join host Michael P on this week’s Thursday Night Feature for a tour through the catalog of Paradise of Bachelors alongside the label's main married man Brendan Greaves. Since Twenty-aught Ten, over a score and five records, PoB has remained deeply rooted amidst worldwide acclaim. PoB reissues are celebrated for their resonance with contemporary politics as well as popular culture, and we'll put em in sonic and historical dialogue with PoB's releases of new music across a widening array of vernacular american genres. Let's hear some of Brendan's favorites, along with a story or two about them - and hear about their upcoming release of two classic Terry Allen albums! Catch the show Thursday from 9pm to midnight.

Friday, April 1, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey everybody,
 
Hope your Friday is going well. If it’s not, good news: WXYC’s bringing lots of cool stuff your way this week. Check it out:
 
Tonight on the Inside Track, tune in for Once Upon a Time in Japan, a compilation of 15 hot cuts of Japanese house from the early to mid 90’s, compiled by French DJs Brawther & Alixkun. Expect lots of lush synthesizers and soulful vocals. Some tracks show producers taking a basic house template and mixing it with more traditional Japanese sounds, others wouldn’t sound out of place on a comp of American house from the same time. An interesting comp with plenty of different moods and sounds to explore!
 
On tonight's New Science Experience we will be continuing our NSE Technician Showcase. The Technician Showcase is the culmination of the NSE Technician Training program led by NSE coordinators earlier last month. We worked with 15 WXYC DJs to show them how to use our fancy industry-standard club DJing equipment and asked them to prepare a set to play during the NSE. Tonight we'll hear sets from Trent, Kyle and Julia. Tune in from 10pm to midnight!
 
This Sunday, from 1 to 2pm, join us in exploring the traditions of the American South on Hell or High Water! The hour will feature music from the shelves of UNC's renowned Southern Folklife Collection, one of the nation's most illustrious archival resources for American folk music and culture. A WXYC DJ will put everything in its context throughout the show, letting you know where we are, where we've been, and who's been there.
 
Sunday afternoon, Broken Music will feature works by experimental ensemble Common Objects. The group pulls its members from the worlds of improvised music and sound art, calling on saxophonist John Butcher, Rhodri Davies on amplified harp, violinist Angharad Davies, and the amplified objects of Lee Patterson. Together, they explore the timbrel options of their instruments with great patience, crafting spacious works that cast a spotlight on an unusual juxtaposition of textures. Their recordings capture the group in a variety of modes, some completely improvised and others responding to Rhodri Davies' graphic scores. The show begins at 2pm.
 
And Monday’s Outside Track at 9pm will feature MI WO, a new release from Japanese artist Ytamo. Conceived as an accompaniment to an exhibition by the Argentine plush sculptor Natali Katz, it somehow sounds just like that. Ytamo kneads a swath of synths, horns, bells, clicks, plucks, snaps, and other electric detritus into sticky groovers that tighten up over the course of the album - hard to describe, but easy to enjoy.

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