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Friday, September 23, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey all,
This is what's happening this week at XYC, take a peek:
 
On Tonight's Inside Track, NC label New Body Tapes brings us Our Shadows Will Walk the latest release from Belgian dark techno producer Damaskin. Get ready for classic, trance-like repetitive bangers followed by longform dark ambiance.
 
Tune in to NSE this Friday for a carniverous night of bangin’ ballroom, footwork, and outsider house from the plush and very cute DJ Webkinz of Baltimore, MD. You’ll hear from the likes of Le1f’s producer LSDXOXO, morsels from 1080p’s roster including Body-San, J Albert, and Mongo Skato as well as some footwork up-and-comers (DJ Earl, Kush Jones, DJ Manny, Cakedog and DJ Chap), and some DJ Rashad (R.I.P) deep cuts. 
 
This fall on Hell or High Water, we are taking a close look at artists and bands who either had a connection to or a strong influence on North Carolina's (both historical and modern) music industry and culture, highlighting both our state's well known personalities and hidden gems. Tune in this Sunday for the sweet blues from the famous guitarist, singer and North Carolina native, Etta Baker.
 
On Monday's Outside Track we'll be playing the recently issued recording of Julius Eastman's Femenine. Facing prejudice as a black gay man and for the confrontational nature of his performances, he was largely forgotten at the time of his death. Fortunately, there has been a recent growing interest in his work and with that comes this recently discovered performance from 1974. Femenine is a triumph of minimalism, featuring a repeated motif of mallet percussion and bells that extend through the entire piece and slowly shifting, improvisational lines from piano, woodwinds, and synthesizer.  

Friday, August 12, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Take a peek at what's cooking this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track features Fallen, the new record by Steven Julien (aka Funkin Even). It's a bare bones release that's both simple and expansive, jazzy and starry-eyed. It's title references fallen angels, and follows that progression, beginning with utopic sounds and ending in the dark of night.
 
Check out the New Science Experience hosted by DJ Harmony M at 10pm tonight to get down to some beat-oriented trax from the future.
 
Tune in to the Backyard BBQ this Sunday at 8pm for a special one hour block of local music.
 
On Monday's Outside Track, WXYC staple Khun Narin Electric Phin Band is back with II – a record that maintains the relaxed yet propulsive improvisational nature of their original. The style of this music is called phin prayuk, referring to a traditional Thai instrument called a phin that is a 3 string lute that has been electrified and customized with some Fender pickups. It can warmly surround and envelop whatever activity, thought, or feeling you are having at the moment or invite you to lose yourself in focus in the interplay of continuously evolving rhythmic patterns and melodies.
 

Friday, July 15, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Check out what's going on this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track hear MIZUNOKUNI, the collaborative tape release from Gr◯un土 (DJ Ground) and Kabamix. Together they start with minimal beats and evolve and layer their sound with samples, voices, and chirping synthesizers to create a lush and otherworldly environment. Start your weekend on a chill note.
 
 
Tune in from 9 to midnight tonight to get down to the future/industrial beats of Carrboro’s very own Tegucigalpan on the New Science Experience. If high BPM dark wave dance tracks seem at all interesting to you, this will be right up your alley.
 
 
Tune in to the Backyard BBQ this Sunday at 8pm for a special one hour block of local music
 
 
Monday's Outside Track will feature Amputation, the latest album from experimental guitarist Stian Westerhus. Although well known in the avant-garde jazz scene, Amputation finds Westerhus flirting with singer-songwriter stylings while still keeping a strange, noisy, and totally original guitar sound. It's at turns industrial and screeching, at turns beautiful and orchestral, and all of it's composed from voice and guitar.  

Friday, July 8, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Big things cooking this week. Here's a little snippet of what we got:
 
On tonight's Inside Track, tune in for Social Housing the new album from Marquis Hawkes. A celebration of the public housing development he and his wife live in and an attempt to reject some of the negative connotations surrounding them, Social Housing is an infectious house album full of lush synths, crisp hi-hats, tight drum riffs and heavy baselines. It also features contributions from British key and synth superstar Tim Black and prolific American R&B singer Jocelyn brown. An anthem for your summer dance parties.
 
Check out New Science Experience at 10pm tonight to get down to some beat-oriented trax from the future
 
Tune in to the Backyard BBQ this Sunday at 8pm for a special one hour block of local music
 
Monday's Outside Track will be a new live album from Georgian saz (long-necked lute) performer Nargilә Mehtiyeva (aka Aşıq Nargilә) entitled Yurt Yeri. Participating in an one of the oldest musical oral traditions, Mehtiyeva combines traditional melodies with words from Destan epics, region poetry, and her own original lyrics. The performance you'll hear was recorded live at Cafe Oto and is both is immediate and powerful, creating a beautiful intersection of of cultural participation and individual expression. 

Friday, June 24, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hey XYCers! Check out the shows this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track, tune in for Phoebe Guillemot's fourth full-length album as RAMZi. These tracks are spacey productions combining organic percussion with computer bleeps, found sound, and ethereal, distorted vocals. The real and grounded sounds collide and intertwine with the surreal, artificial, robotic and disembodied machinations poignantly throughout.
On Sunday at 5pm WXYC Reports is looking into alleged sexual harassment by members of the men's lacrosse team after returning from the national championship, both by interviewing an eyewitness to give the story more exposure and seeing the mechanisms there are to prevent incidences like it inthe future.
 
On Sunday at 5pm WXYC Reports is looking into alleged sexual harassment by members of the men's lacrosse team after returning from the national championship, both by interviewing an eyewitness to give the story more exposure and seeing the mechanisms there are to prevent incidences like it in the future.
 
Tune in to the Backyard BBQ this Sunday at 8pm for a special one hour block of local music
 
On Monday's Outside Track, we'll hear the summery jazz of Hanami's The Only Way to Float Free. Alto sax/clarinetist Mai Sugimoto leads the show, with bass clarinet, electric guitar, and busy, flourished drums following suit. Even when they get rowdy, they're playful and welcoming. Hanami is the Japanese custom of admiring the transient beauty of the cherry blossom. The color and warmth of springtime are imbued in this group's debut album. 

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. 

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