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Sunday, June 28, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
Here are some of the cool things that will be featured on WXYC this week:
Broken Music, today from 2 to 3pm, will feature Eli Keszler, a multi-instrumental musician from New York. He plays things like sheet metal, engines, microprocessor-controller motors, and piano strings, often experimenting with percussion. His past in punk rock is only vaguely audible in his solo work. Much of his work is installation art, but his recorded works are equally ambitious. Collaborations with Ashley Paul, Tony Conrad, and Ambarchi are all notable.
Tune in from 5 to 6pm today to listen as the WXYC Reports team absconds with the sounds of other peoples voices and presents them as the substance of their own creation, exploring the theme of "appropriation" in one hour of story driven analysis and questioning, probing the topics of sex, gender, race, relationships, literature, and fan fiction.
From the host of Backyard BBQ, tonight 8-9pm:
Backyard BBQ
Your handsome host has returned
Local music y'all
-Haiku 383
On this week’s Sports Rap, tonight from 9 to 10pm, we'll be talking about the top picks of the NBA Draft, Charlotte's pick in the NBA Draft, the women's World Cup, and the U.S. matchup against China in the cup.
And on Monday 9-10pm, the Inside Track will be the album With Miur from Japanese experimental artist Keigo Igarashi's solo project Fifto. With Miur is a collection of mostly glitchy, sputtering minimalist soundscapes that verge on catchy.

Friday, June 19, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Check out some of the stuff we have coming up on WXYC this week:
On tonight’s Inside Track, at 9pm, we’ll be hearing Jamie XX’s new album In Colour. This album is full of some hard-hitting club jams with a melancholic twist.
After that, we're bringing the club to you on tonight's very special broadcast of the New Science Experience! Tune in from 10pm to midnight to hear the sounds from the Wild At Night party at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill. Expect dark and brooding vibes from Raleigh artists Eyes Low and Blursome and hypnotizing rhythms from their collaborative project Choked Out. The broadcast will also feature DJ support from DJ duo Hot Local Teens.
On Hell or High Water, Sunday 1-2pm, we’ll be listening to various girl groups from Detroit in the 1960s and 70s. Tune in to hear some R&B, soul, and Motown from groups like the Primettes, the Kittens, Corvells, and more!
Broken Music, 2-3pm on Sunday, will be a tribute to American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, and composer Ornette Coleman.
On a special Father's Day edition of Sports Rap, Sunday 9-10pm, your host and his dad will be discussing the conclusion of the NBA finals, the end of the Stanley Cup Finals, and what it's like to grow up an NC State fan and then go to Carolina. Calls are encouraged from dads or for sports stories about dads!
And Monday’s Outside Track, from 9-10pm, will feature the Supreme Jubilees. Originally starting off as a traditional gospel quartet from Fresno, CA in the late 1970s, the Supreme Jubilees are a Christian soul group. Tune in for smooth bass riffs, funky drumming, and ~heavenly~ vocals.

Friday, June 12, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Happy Friday everyone! This past week flew by...I can’t believe it’s already time for me to post about upcoming programming again.
That said, we have lots of cool things coming your way this week! Check it out:
Tonight’s Inside Track, from 9-10pm, will be Platform by Holly Herndon, which is an album of glitchy, cerebral electronic soundscapes that push the boundaries of pop and tekno as we know it.
On tonight's New Science Experience, 10pm-midnight, local mixmaster Mike D and NSE boss Beto Terwilliger will be going back2back. They'll be serving fishy diva jams, slowjam realness and disco oddities.
This week on Orange County Special, we’ll take a look at releases from local record label/nonprofit/all around cool guys and girls, the Music Makers Relief Foundation. This group specializes in preserving the livelihood and music of some truly great southern folk and blues musicians, all based in North Carolina. Tune this Sunday 11am-1pm!
Right after that, on Hell or High Water, we'll be hearing from Etta Baker, Piedmont blues guitarist from Morganton, NC known for her driving, rhythmic two-finger style guitar playing. Her guitar repertoire ranges from late 19th-century parlor music to intimation of blues music styles that would define the post-World War II urban electric blues that became popular in Chicago and Detroit and gave birth to Rock ‘n Roll.
Tune in to Broken Music this Sunday at 2pm to listen to selections from a new collection of live installation recordings from the cross-continental collaborative quartet SQID (featuring Angelica Castello, Burkhard Stangl, Mario de Vega and Attilaa Faravelli). Armed with an arsenal of instruments, toys, props and other found materials, the group created hours of recordings during a 2014 pilgrimage in the Hungarian countryside and then culled the material into a series of performances all over Europe. After the concerts, the very fine Russian avant-garde label Mikroton convinced the quartet to put together this new CD of the performances' highlights.
On Sports Rap, Sunday 9-10pm, we'll be discussing the surprise rise and fall of Matthew Dellavedova, the surprise fall and rise of the Golden State Warriors, and hopefully touching on the tight race for the Stanley Cup.
And on next week’s Outside Track, Monday 9-10pm, we’ll be hearing the compilation Mindbender: Stringtronics, out on the label Fifth Dimension. Released in 1972, this music was originally made for use in movies, TV shows, commercial, etc. to enhance tension in dramatic scenes or make relaxed and mellow scenes more so. Featuring an array of string arrangements, Latin grooves, and at times, rock-ish vibes.

Friday, June 5, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Dear everyone,
An amazing week of programming is ahead of us on WXYC (starting in just a half hour!). You won’t want to miss any of these upcoming specialty shows:
Get in it tonight from 9-10pm with some sugary club bangers from German DJ/producer Lauer on the Inside Track.
Right after that, on tonight’s New Science Experience, resident DJ Alex Brown goes in for two hours of dark Berlin-style techno and atmospheric house jams. Expect selections from Rødhåd, Frank & Tony, Daniel Avery and the like. Check it out -> 10pm to midnight!
On the Orange County Special, Sunday 11am-1pm, Jane DW will be hosting a great selection of traditional and neo-traditional music from around the world.
Hell or High Water, 1-2pm on Sunday, will feature recordings from UNC’s Southern Folklife Collection of Jean Ritchie, influential Appalachian dulcimer player who passed away earlier this week. Also featured on these recordings is Doc Watson (from Deep Gap, NC) on guitar.
This Sunday’s Broken Music, 2-3pm, will explore the works of the Montreal-based sound artist Emmanuel Madan, including his collaborations with the installation artist Thomas McIntosh in [The User]. Madan and McIntosh continue the Fluxus tradition of using everyday objects to create sound--clocks, light fixtures, and most famously, printers. Madan's collaborative work with Francis Dhomont and his solo work may also be featured.
On Sunday from 8-9pm, grill master DJ Mucho Mango will be flippin’ some well-done tune burgers by local artists on the Backyard BBQ.
After the BBQ, stick around from 9-10m for Sports Rap, which will feature discussion on how Kyrie Irving's fractured kneecap could turn an already lopsided finals into a sweep, UNC's release of the NCAA's notice of allegations, and if winning game 1 can really propel the Blackhawks to victory in the Stanley Cup. Other topics will include the Women's World Cup and Sepp Blatter's resignation as president of FIFA.
And on Monday’s Outside Track, from 9-10pm, we’ll be hearing the release Aleatoric Inspirations from pianist/composer Florian Wittenburg. This release is comprised of music made by chance-based processes, where Wittenburg has started with a series of random notes on a page from which he's discerned melodic patterns that he can group into phrases. The result is a series of meandering, atonal pieces.

Friday, May 29, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hey everyone,
It’s hot out here in Chapel Hill, but don’t fret because we’ve got some pretty ~chill~ programming coming your way this week:

Tune in to the Inside Track tonight at 9pm to hear French producer Terence Fixmer's latest release, Depth Charged, out now on CLR. Don't miss Fixmer's signature style of heavy, industrial-tinged techno. A dark, emotional release for sure!
After that, DJ Beto Terwilliger will be on the decks for the New Science Experience. Tune in from 10pm-midnight!
On Orange County Special, Sunday 11am-1pm, we’ll be looking at Greek traditional folk and dance music, which enjoyed significant popularity in ethnic centers of New York in the 1930s and continues to influence modern Greek artists today.
From 1-2 pm on Sunday, Hell or High Water will be featuring music from the massive 120-voice choir of the Abyssinian Baptist Church from the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. These are recordings of the choir under the musical direction of Professor Alex Bradford, and include many of his original pieces.
Tune in to Broken Music this Sunday from 2-3pm to hear a recent release of manipulated field recordings courtesy of the young Montreal composer Chris Strickland. Titled Animal Husbandry and released on the Canadian avant-garde imprint Caduc, Strickland here takes source materials from all over Quebec and puts them through an electronic treatment, resulting in an hour's worth of dynamic composition that falls squarely between the realm of musique concrete and the looser confines of improvised electro-acoustic music.
From the Spring 2015 WXYC Reports Archive: This week, Sunday 5-6pm, Reports takes on the military. Black and white thinking is the easy way out of discussing war; in this episode, the reports team takes a harder route to discussion, venturing into the ambiguities and complexities of military service, politics, and occupation. You'll hear from the experience of ex-army artist Drew Cameron, American/African foreign policy expert Yadiel Shiferaw, student veteran Michael Hart, and from a local Burmese refugee. If experimental audio documentary/storytelling sounds like something you want to get involved with this summer, email for more information!
Later on Sunday, 8-9pm, tune in to the Backyard BBQ for a great selection local jams!
Afterwards on Sunday, 9-10pm, Sports Rap will feature discussion of Lil B's curse on James Harden and his warning to the Cavs starting lineup. It’ll also be covering FIFA's corruption scandal, Friday's FIFA presidential election, Steph Curry vs LeBron James in the NBA Finals, and the Stanley Cup Finals.
For the Outside Track on Monday, 9-10pm, we’ll be hearing R. Hundro’s Invisible On Report. R. Hundro is the experimental bedroom rock solo act of Colin White, guitar player for rock band Big French (also on Wharf Cat). Invisible On Report, R. Hundro’s debut, is a spliced-up and stripped-down album with mechanical and sputtering grooves, bluesy guitar, and lo-fi vocals. The album is consistent across the board with with it’s angular, clunky, cog-like nature.

Friday, May 22, 2015
This Week on WXYC

Hello out there,

The lazy days of summer are now in full swing, but that doesn’t mean lazy programming here at WXYC! We’ve got some killer stuff ahead of us this week that you won’t want to miss. Here’s the plan:

The Inside Track airs tonight at 9pm and will feature Soichi Terada’s Sounds from the Far East, out on Rush Hour Recordings. Terada is a Japanese composer, producer, and founder of the record label Far East Recordings; he’s perhaps best known for his work on the Ape Escape video game series. This release compiles the best of his tracks for Rush Hour as well as a few from producer Shinichiro Yokota.
Right after that, on tonight's New Science Experience, resident DJ Selector B Steady will be spinning a collection of heavy dub sides from the influential New York label Wackies. Tonight's show will also feature a very #rare interview between Selector B and Wackies boss Lloyd Barnes! Tune in from 10pm to midnight!

This Sunday from 11-1pm, Orange County Special will explore the legacy and influence of country guitarist Chet Atkins. Atkins' smooth, plucked guitar is a real treat, and as a producer at RCA, Atkins molded the sounds of Country and Nashville giants like Norma Jean, Eddy Arnold, and Waylon Jennings. Atkins was a true pioneer and a prolific artists whose songs never fail to delight, surprise, and astonish!

Hell or High Water, 1-2pm on Sunday, will feature a collection of late 1920s and early 1930s recordings of string bands from the Ashe County, NC area. Music will be selected from UNC’s own Southern Folklife Collection. Tune in to hear Frank Belvins & his Tar Heel Rattlers, Ephraim Woodie & the Henpecked Husbands, Grayson & Whitter, and much more!

Broken Music, Sunday from 2-3pm, will feature excerpts from a new tape set from the prolific British electronics experimenter, composer and linguist Simon Wickham Smith. A Hidden Life and Other Works centers around Wickham Smith's recent translation of the biography of the Sixth Dalai Llama to which he adds electronics, percussion, samples and vocal snippets from, among others, the late Robert Ashley. Though Wickham Smith has been involved in the British avant-grade scene for a few decades, including works with Richard Youngs, Neil Campbell and Matthew Bower, A Hidden Life represents a refreshing new challenge for his talents.

Later on Sunday, from 8-9pm, the Backyard BBQ will keep things simple and sweet: tune in to hear one hour of music from awesome local artists. Don't miss out!

On Sports Rap, 9-10p this Sunday, we’ll be discussing the first few games of the NBA Conference Finals and looking forward to the NBA Finals. Other topics will include the Conference Finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and being Steph Curry with the shot.
And this week's Thursday Night Feature, airing Thursday from 9pm-midnight, is entitled Hear This: Sound Art. It will be hosted by the students of Hong-An Truong's summer sound art class (the first of it's kind at UNC!). The show will explore the concept of deep listening and investigate the ways in which sound as art shapes our experiences of both space and time. It will feature works by artists ranging from John Cage, Steve Reich, and Alvin Lucier to contemporary works by artists and collectives like Francisco Lopez and Ultra-red. The show will also feature short audio pieces composed by sound art students, and a conversation with Hong-An Truong, who was introduced to the concept of sound art through her own work as a video artist.

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