Happy New Year! 2014! Wow! Truly incredible! The radio:
Tune in at 9 PM tonight to hear the Inside Track with a new release from White Manna called Dune Worship out on Holy Mountain. Dune Worship is the second album by this California psych-rock group. It's made up of six extended, fuzzed-out guitar jams, and as its title suggests it can feel like a trip through the desert- inducing either reverence or overheated discomfort in turn. With song titles like "Transformation" and "Ascension" and lyrics like "the truth is in your mind," White Manna are aiming to emulate a transcendent mental experience. Check it out!
Tune in tonight at 10pm to the New Science Experience to hear in-house DJ HI MOM and friend DJ Gray Area return to NSE and become 2014's first new scientists. They will attempt to do a conducive mix together -- the show is a small step in their plan of seizing the Chapel Hill club scene.
This week on The Orange County Special (Sunday 10am to 1pm) we'll be giving away a pair of tix for each of two upcoming ArtsCenter shows: Sparky & Rhonda Rucker on Sunday the 12th, and Chris Brashear, with Cliff Hale, Alice Gerrard, and Jim Watson on Friday the 24th. For full details on these, and other ArtsCenter events and happenings, go to artscenterlive.org or call 919-929-ARTS.
This week on Hell Or High Water, Gina B will be playing music from The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Most of the hour will be filled with songs from their 1959 Tradition Records release Come Fill Your Glass With Us: Irish Songs of Drinking and Blackguarding. "As indicated by the title, Come Fill Your Glass with Us is a virtual soundtrack of Irish pub life, perfectly evoking the hard-drinking, late-night atmosphere; songs include such traditional classics as 'Whisky You're the Devil,' 'Finnegan's Wake,' 'The Parting Glass' and 'A Jug of Punch'" (AllMusic). Whether you're interested in traditional Irish music, or interested in an excuse to start drinking in the early afternoon, tune in on Sunday at 1pm!
The first Sports Rap of the year will mostly be about (Sports) New Year's Resolutions, reflecting on the UNC football season, the start of ACC conference play for the men's basketball team, and the UNC men's basketball team playing against the Wake Forest men's basketball team. Listen live from 9-10PM. Use the internet to participate (@dunksbutts). Never fake the funk!
Monday features The Outside Track. This week turn on the radio for a new release from Ant Parade/No Milk on the local Carrboro record label Hot Releases.Tampa’s Brigid Ochshorn recorded first as Ant Parade and then/now as No Milk, both analog solo projects featuring an honest voice, synth manipulations, occasional guitar loops and some perfectly placed drum machines. But that sentence makes these two projects sound more similar than is fair. Instead, label-boss Ryan Martin has perfectly sequenced these ten never-before-pressed-to-vinyl gems in a way that charts Orchshorn’s shift (don’t call it an evolution!) from murky and overtly experimental beginnings on the A-side to more direct, brutally crisp outsider pop on the B-side. Even the way she uses/records her voice marks an incredible shift in style. This is the real deal, easily one of the most touching collections of songs we have heard this year.
Big news!!! The results are in! WXYC's Best of 2013 airs this Thursday, nine to midnight. Join Ryan Simmons and cohorts as they count down to midnight and the revelation of 2013'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. 2013 <3