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Friday, January 13, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
 
Here's what we have coming up this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track will be the new record from SW. (aka Stefan Wust), Sued 15, the first full length LP for the label he co-runs with Sven Rieger. Wust creates subtle house filled with breakbeats and loops of organic percussion amid a sea of ambient synthesizers and shimmering cymbals. Over the course of its eleven untitled tracks, Wust explores a variety of moods and intensities, from floating explorations with the low end completely sucked out of them to driving and club-ready groovers, all while maintaining a strong atmospheric and emotional quality.
 
Monday's Outside Track is a victory lap for WXYC's favorite album of 2016 as voted by our DJ body: Solange's A Seat at the Table. It's an album both personal and political, discussing race and justice through the lens of her own family's history. These themes are developed through a series of psychedelic R&B instrumentals that look to the ideas and sounds of the 60's and 70's while still sounding modern and transcending homage or backwards-facing pastiche. We definitely weren't the only people who enjoyed this album, but it's for good reason that it showed up on a lot of our year-end lists. Whether you've heard it or not, Monday's a great chance to celebrate this record.

Friday, January 6, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here's what we have going on this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track is a cosmic journey brought to you by Deepblack co-founder Aybee and his new album The Odyssey. Although a somewhat more conventionally structured than some of his previous work, The Odyssey delivers a selection of oddball house tracks that move without ever quite settling into a four on the floor pattern. If interplanetary music is your thing, strap in and enjoy the ride.
 
This week's New Science Experience features Chapel Hill based musician and NSE vet Matt Stevenson doing a hardware set followed by an hour of DJing. Expect minimal techno jams ready for the dance floor, and check out his release Infrastructure which we rotated last fall to get yourself psyched up.
 
Contemplate (what's left of) the snow for Monday's Outside Track with the electro-acoustic wonderland of Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler's Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s Le Révélateur. This collaboration between harpist (Lattimore) and multi-instrumentalist (Zeigler) originated as a live score to the 1968 silent film and has since been tweaked and adapted over the last few years. It's a mix of wandering, whimsy-laden harp, synth & multilayered acoustics, and distorted noise. It's as equally suited to score an abstract French film as it is a cold Monday night.

Friday, December 23, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
 
Here's what we have going on this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track we'll hear Disclosure, the new record from Kassem Mosse (a.k.a. Gunnar Wendel - who has released music under various aliases including Kassem Mosse, Siege of Troy, and Seltene Erden). All of these tracks exist within the realm of deconstructed house. All of the layered noises and the complicated timing signatures feel very sculptural and most of the tracks on this album are slow burners - no track is static but they evolve slowly and subtly. This album is more experimental than KM’s previous, and it's worth hearing in full!
 
Monday's Outside Track will feature Never Forget Me, the lovely second album of Thai musician Angkanang Kunchai, which was originally released in 1979. It’s mostly in the Phleng Luk Thung style, or “Child of the field” songs, or “Thai Country,” which blends western horns with Thai traditional instruments like the khaen and phin and features poetic, pastoral lyrics. In this style she delivers both traditionally-structured pop ballads and more exploratory numbers where a repetitive rhythm section lays a foundation for Kunchai’s acrobatic and winding vocal melodies. All of it’s self-produced and Kunchai’s backed by her own hand-picked band, a somewhat radical move at the time. However, it meant losing the support of music industry executives, which explains the title: a direct plea to her fans to support her anyways. While it (unfortunately) received minimal distribution and has languished in uber-obscurity since then, stick it to those record executives and listen along as we play this album in full.
 

Friday, December 16, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here's what we have on tap this week:
 
Friday's Inside Track brings you a different kind of dance music with Tomaga's The Shape of Dance, the fourth album from this London-based duo of percussionist Valentina Magaletti and bass player/ electronic musician Tom Relleen. Together, they step away from typically structured music to explore experimental improvising on various percussion, bass, organ, modular synths and many other sounds. A smattering of industrial noise and psyched out jams, many of the tracks have a percussive grooves to the give the Dance some Shape.
 
Monday's Outside Track is a subtle debut of cold-weather music from Berlin-based musician Carla dal Forno titled You Know What It's Like. It's plain-speaking art pop over simple drum machines and ambient whirring and rustling that's got an atmosphere appropriate for "in-between days" (as dal Forno herself claims) or evoking an "ominous cathedral vibe." Tune in to contemplate existence with some music perfect for a dark December night.

Friday, December 2, 2016
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here's what we have going on this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track, we'll hear from Dylan Scheer with her new album as Via App, Sixth Stich. Her latest work, as she puts it, is "a series of uncanny disturbances stitched together towards an encrypted noir." In other words this is is a disparate collection of noises, beats, and sounds that go from dance-floor bangers to ambient soundscapes. If you dug Scheer's set live on WXYC a few months ago, you'll be sure to dig this.
 
Monday's Outside Track will feature All Over There, an archival recording of illbient hip-hop from Aquadab and MC A. Recorded in 2005 but shelved until now, MC A delivers a series of rapid-fire impressionistic lines over Aquadab's sparse, moody, and dubby instrumentals. The duo allegedly recorded these tracks in just a few hours each, and it definitely captures a spontaneous, lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry between the two musicians.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Interview with Radio Cacophony author, Michelle Dove

Tune in at 9pm tonight to hear an interview with Michelle Dove, a Virginia-born, Durham-based author who has recently published her first book, Radio Cacophony.
 
In 120 vignettes, Dove’s pseudo-memoir captures glimpses into the subculture of being a college radio DJ - the anxiety of talking on-air for the first time, the beer-hazed memories of house shows, the naive over-glorification of veteran DJs, the banality of the late night discussions on the importance of whatever genre or whatever band, the fear of losing funding, etc. With a brutally honest, quick-witted self-awareness, Dove shares the endearingly painful experience of finding herself as a young woman in the niche community of college radio DJs.
 
Copies of Radio Cacophony are available for order through Big Lucks Books or at http://biglucks.bigcartel.com/product/radio-cacophony-by-michelle-dove.  

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