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Friday, August 16, 2013
This Week In WXYC

Thousands of students have just magically descended on UNC’s campus, and we are welcoming them with a fun week of programming.  Let’s see what’s in store for them!

 
Check out the Inside Track Friday night at 9 PM to hear the new release Swisher from Blondes.  This NYC techno duo earned a sort of ‘outsider’ dance tag through some 2k11 EPs on the label RVNG where the organic textures unfolded over understated drums. This album differs from its predecessors by being danceable with drums in the forefront, sometimes even resulting in hard techno runs. But, at the same time, some of the keyboard patterns are so intricate, the synths so captivating and the progression so natural to the point of sometimes eschewing straight-ahead beats. When it wants to go hard, it grabs you with a cold beat, even a little darkwave synth, and spits you out through garbled faint vocal samples. But when it’s relaxing, it’s beautifully delicate and explorative.

Start off Sunday at 10am with the Orange County Special, our weekly specialty show featuring the finest folk, traditional and neo-traditional music the station has to offer.
 
This week on Hell Or High Water, the music of Piedmont native, John Dee Holeman, will be pumped through the airwaves. Born just up the road in Hillsborough, Holeman relocated to Durham at the age of 25 and has lived there since. Featuring blues sounds from right here in the Piedmont and finding other inspiration from the Blues of Texas, Holeman provides us with a contemporary example of older stylings. Sunday at 1 PM!

This week's Broken Music will feature Decay & Persistence, a new hour-long installation piece from Corwall-based noise manipulator Alice Kemp. Out on the German label Fragment Factory, Decay was debuted in September 2012 at a week long residency in Serbia and later refined for a performance at the Venice International Performance Art Week that had evolved into interactive 24-hour audio and visual display. Kemp artfully distills both performances into a slowly building but eventually violently churning sea of noise. Tune in Sunday at 2 PM to hear Decay in its entirety.
 
This week on the Backyard BBQ Harrison will be hosting Heaven, a shoegaze band featuring members from NC but based in NYC. One of their members was a staple of the acclaimed Chapel Hill indie rock band, The Comas. Another one of their members was in the legendary shoegaze- dream-pop group Swervedriver, which gives a pretty close approximation of their sound.  Tune in Sunday night at 8 PM!
 
Join Sarah and Reilly Sunday night at 9 PM for Sports Rap.  Join these two sports and culture experts for everything from UNC athletics to ontological investigations into what makes a sport.  Slam Dunk!
 
Tune in Monday night at 9 PM for the Outside Track with the Meridian Bros.  Music from Bogota’s Meridian Brothers, fronted by Eblis Álvarez (Frente Cumbiero, Ondatrópica); this album features tracks culled from three albums which were previously available only through local Colombian label La Distrotofónica. Álvarez’ longtime fascination with the history of Colombian rock and his classical training in electronic music and signal processing converge here, in this relentlessly awesome exploration of the sounds of 60s and 70s Colombian rock, a lush and lucid amalgam of psych and surf rock, Highlife, and jazz elements with Colombian cumbias, salsas, and currulao. 
 
On Thursday night from 9 PM to Midnight WXYC's Thursday Night Feature will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of that most blueswailing of British Invasion acts, the Yardbirds.  Host Blastoff Bob and returning guest Jeff Jarema (local liner notes scribe for reissue labels like Sundazed Music) will spin three hours of the fuzzy guitar fireworks that launched a thousand garage bands. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013
This Week In WXYC

Ah, August.  Classes begin full force once more on campus, people begin to talk about the sport "football," the existential terror of July begins to fade, and WXYC continues its fun and exciting programming:

Throw away your children tonight at 9 pm, when the Inside Track presents Sondra Sun-Odeon's solo debut, "Aetherea." Sun-Odeon is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and member of the psych-folk outfit Silver Summit. What better way to reflect upon the particular afflictions of body and soul which are most likely to assail us under the sign of the Dog Star than to listen to her ethereal plangent folk songs? Collaborators include Helena Espvall of Espers and Ben McConnell of Beach House.
 
Start off Sunday at 10am with the Orange County Special, our weekly specialty show featuring the finest folk, traditional and neo-traditional music the station has to offer.
 
This week on Hell Or High Water, Gina B will be playing the 1997 release "Shake the Devil Off" by Dorothy Norwood.  Norwood is a gospel singer and songwriter from Atlanta who has been performing since the 1940s.  This live album, recorded in a Rochester, NY church, features a mix of traditional gospel songs and original compositions.  Tune in for a super upbeat and religious start to your Sunday afternoon!
 
Settle down at 2pm with Broken Music for an exploration of all-female artists featuring the powerful, devastatingly beautiful drones and churning electronic improvisations of women such as Vanessa Rosetto, Maja Ratke and Hild Sofie Tafjord of Spunk, and Helena Gough. Challenging the notion of sugar, spice and everything nice,  Kat K will arrange an hour of sonic deconstruction to showcase the impressive presence of female artists in the world of experimental and avant-garde music.
 
Harrison is out of town, but The Backyard Barbeque is still on.  Join DJ Lincoln for an hour of the hottest local cuts from the hottest local bands.  Tune in Sunday at 9 PM.
 
Tune in to Sports Rap this Sunday to hear Reilly F, Sarah H, and friends talk about sports: previewing the fast-approaching college football season.  UNC, the ACC, and the NCAA landscape will all be on the menu.  Come prepared to call-in, tweet-at (@dunksbutts), and facebook-on to get in in the conversation! 
 
This week's Outside Track will be Jo Ha Kyu again.
 
Nah, tune in on Monday night at 9 pm to hear Chora(s)san Time-Court Mirage. The world premiere of the infinitary computer animation NUR and the accompanying infinitary computer sound composition SOLITON(E) STAR were given in NYC in 2005 for the celebration of La Monte Young's 70th birthday. Catherine Christer Hennix has now extended this installation in the tradition of the pentatonic blues for a live-electronic ensemble. Endless expanses.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
This Week In WXYC

 
We all agree, July was the worst month that anyone has experienced here at WXYC, so let's put this awful time to death with some exciting radio!

This Friday on the Inside Track, get ready to hear Dalhous' debut full-length, An Ambassador For Liang. This Edinburgh duo explores "dreamlike but treacherous terrain" with a tapestry of processed acoustic instrumentation, dubwise bass, and stacked percussion.

This week on Hell or High Water, Gina B will be playing the 1998 release The McGarrigle Hour which features Kate and Anna McGarrigle and a variety of their family and friends, including Loudon Wainright III (who is from Chapel Hill!), Rufus and Martha Wainright, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and more.  The album is primarily a folk album, with a variety of covers and original material.  According to Paul Busch of FasterLouder: Australia's online music community (!), "All these re-creations of old standard songs make you want to snuggle up by the fireplace with a glass of red and pretend you are listening to the wireless. The down home feel, the love, and the integrity leave you with warmth that is not easy to wash away."

Tune in Sunday afternoon to Broken Music to enjoy the works of American composer Lois V Vierk. Vierk's works employ an imaginative blend of sliding glissandos and a concept she calls "exponential structure".  She often writes for chamber ensembles, often featuring multiples of the same instrument. Vierk traces her unique approach to music to her ethnomusicology studies at UCLA, where she focused extensively on Japanesegagaku music, as well as her work at Cal Arts in composition and New Music. Tune in at 2pm.

Tune into the 4RuiT Sm∞thie Sunday at 5pm to hear Curt Cloninger of lab404, prolific first gen indie rock dad of internet art and modern day web alchemist, respond to rude and intrusive questions about religion, his hacking days, the mystical zone between language and oblivion, and what to do if the bar at the finish line of the Situationist river tubing venture he's organizing this Sunday on Asheville's French Broad closes before you drift to shore.

Harrison is back on the Backyard BBQ at 8 PM.  Tune in to listen to music from artists from the surrounding lands and Harrison’s really inviting voice.

On this week's Sports Rap Sunday at 9 join coordinator Reilly F and his co-host Sarah H as they talk with local E-sports personality Stirling Little about the fighting games season, the upcoming Dota 2 tournament, and his own game Carrboro Quest.  They'll also be breaking down the week in sports news, taking callers, and recounting their trip to the Greater NC ProAm Basketball League. Oh, and be sure to follow Sports Rap on Twitter @dunksbutts to stay in-the-know!

Tune in on Monday for the Outside Track, which will be Gaspar Claus' Jo Ha Kyo. This French cellist fronts an audacious ensemble of 10 Japanese musicians, among them Keiji Haino, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Otomo Yoshihide. The ensemble's string instruments sound off into a chaotic space of drone, noise, and corrupted vocalizations. 
 

Monday, July 15, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Boy oh boy do we love radio here at WXYC.  Here's what we can offer you for the week:

Start off with OCS at 10am with the Orange County Special, our weekly specialty show featuring the finest folk, traditional and neo-traditional music the station has to offer.
 
Join DJ Kiever H on Hell of High Water at 1 PM as he plays old archival recordings from Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection.  Music he will be playing will feature the washboard, the jug, the kazoo and plenty of other interesting folk doodads.
 
This Sunday's Broken Music will be the second part of a two week examination of the works of Dutch sound artist Felix Hess. Born in The Hague in 1941, Hess studied and worked as a nuclear physicist for almost 20 years until a lifelong interest in the interplay between natural communication systems and analytic codes blossomed into an almost 30-year career of both musical pieces and sound installations. In his work Hess creates semi-autonomous sound recording devices to capture 'natural' communication sources as disparate as air pressure fluctuations from a geyser, rushing water and frog calls and then processes them electronically (similar to the works of, among others, Rolf Julius and Akio Suzuki). This week's show will focus on Hess's recordings and installation works over the past 15-20 years, the most fruitful period of his recording career. 
 
Sunday at 5pm on 4RuiT sm∞thie, Rachel J will talk with young & gettin it Melbourne artist Hamisihi Jama Farah about what it means to be a painter in 2013, how to navigate a constant flash flood of images, and Marina A v. Jay Z .
 
Harrison is back on the Backyard BBQ at 8 PM.  Tune in to listen to music from artists from the surrounding lands and Harrison’s really inviting voice.
 
Tune in for Sports Rap for a farewell show for long-time host and “sports-dude” Abe.  Wipe away your tears to catch up with the big news in sports and then meet the new Sports Rap leadership for the year. 
 
This week on the Outside Track, Guersson Record’s compilation of 70’s Chicago psych-rock outfit, Athanor. Flashback consists of both sides of three 45s the English teacher/music journalist duo released between ’73 and ’75, as well as demos and a new(er) track recorded in 2006. Rare psych from Lennon, 12-string guitar obsessed dudes.
 
Always wanted to travel, but never had the time or the seven league boots? Tune in to Should Does Does Radio this week to catch the triumphant return of our managing editor, Reilly Finnegan, from his travels abroad. He'll regale us with his adventures, and should he get too boring we'll have plenty of other things to regale you with as well." 
 
Finally, tune in on Thursday at 9 PM to hear the Thursday Night Feature.  This week on the TNF, DJ Grant B brings you repeated rhythms and space drones as we explore the theme “Krautrock by People Who Aren’t German.”  Sure, the word krautrock is a huge lie: a title made up by semi-disdainful British music critics to describe the new sounds emanating from the politically turbulent post-war Germany.  Is it the commune-based, weirdo-rock furor of Amon Düül?  The tight rhythms and rock experimentation of kraut-kings Can?  Or even the spacey synth echoes of Cluster or Tangerine Dream? Who knows!  But those Germans were definitely on to something, so let’s check out some artists who were inspired by their styles and, at the very least, rock out for three hours. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013
This Week In WXYC

WXYC had a pretty wyld 4th of July.  How was yours?  Ease off of this holiday week with a few days of cool programming at WXYC.  Check out what’s coming up:

Friday night at 9 PM on the Inside track we're excited to present Immaterial Visions, the recently-released 2nd LP from The KVB. The KVB are UK sorcerers Klaus Von Barrel and Kat Day, who combine shoegaze guitar, minimal synth, pulsing drum machines, and gauzy vocals in a sticky stew of dancefloor darkness.
James F returns on Hell or High Water at 2 pm as he presents more archival radio broadcasts from WPAQ-Mt Airy's "Merry-Go-Round", a live radio show that featured (and continues to feature) some of the best old time and bluegrass musicians from Surry County and surrounding areas.
This Sunday's Broken Music at 2 PM will be the first part of a two week examination of the works of Dutch sound artist Felix Hess. Born in The Hague in 1941, Hess studied and worked as a nuclear physicist for almost 20 years until a lifelong interest in the interplay between natural communication systems and analytic codes blossomed into an almost 30-year career of both musical pieces and sound installations. In his work Hess creates semi-autonomous sound recording devices to capture 'natural' communication sources as disparate as air pressure fluctuations from a geyser, rushing water and frog calls and then processes them electronically (similar to the works of, among others, Rolf Julius and Akio Suzuki). This week's show will focus on Hess's earliest recordings as he was turning his full attention towards his musical endeavors. 
This week on Sunday at 8 PM Harrison will be hosting the Carrboro- based musician Ezekiel Graves on The Backyard BBQ.  Zeke has been closely involved with local music in a variety of contexts for many years. In the early 2000s he was one of the core members of the Carrboro based experimental post- punk band, Cold Sides. After that he spearheaded a "dubwise electro" project called Datahata. Today he focuses on an american primitive, folk, and old time project, and this is the kind of music he will perform on the show. He has also become an accomplished banjo- maker which should make for some interesting interview material.
Catch up with Sports Rap right after at 9 PM for a recap of the biggest news in sports last week.  Tune in to welcome the new Sports Rap coordinator, Reilly F
9 PM Monday night on the Outside Track we are throwing a welcome back party for Colleen (Cécile Schott.) The Weighing of the Heart is Colleen's 4th album, her first after a 6 year hiatus. She has returned with her guitar, clarinet, piano, toy gamelan, frame drum, voice (for the first time!), and an array of other instruments to deliver compositions at once restrained and lush.  Tune in!

Monday, July 1, 2013
This Week in WXYC

Celebrate this 4th of July week with a fun week of radio at WXYC!  Check it out:
 
Friday nights are always better with the Inside Track at 9 PM.  This week, check out “Enormous Door,” the first new full-length in 3 years by Dutch punk band/best band on earth, The Ex, here with an all-brass cross-continental quartet including noisy-jazz all-stars Mats Gustafsson and Ken Vandermark. 
 
Hell Or High Water returns this week on Sunday at 1 PM with DJ Blanche.  Blanche is digging deep into Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection to present field recordings of various blues musicians collected in Florida in 1935.  Tune in!
 
This week on Broken Music join Grant B at 2 PM on Sunday as we explore a couple fantastic pieces by German composer Jakob Ullmann.  These quiet and extremely beautiful live performances were recently released on a collection entitled “Fremde Zeit Addendum.”  Each piece is an exercise of sorts in hearing music.  The pieces move extremely slowly but at a tenuously perceivable pace as tones expose themselves from a distinct sound space, forcing the listener into a very peculiar listening situation of heightened attentiveness if they wish to hear the piece at all.  Hearing one of these pieces is like learning how to listen to music again.  Tune in!
 
Support local music!  This week on Sunday at 8 PM on the Backyard BBQ, Harrison offers you an hour of radio featuring the music of artists from Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas. 
 
How high can you throw a ball?  Is LeBron a nice guy?  What’s an NBA draft?  These questions and more answered this week on Sports Rap.  Sunday night a 9 PM.
 
The Outside Track is Monday at 9 PM.  Turn on your radio to hear “Secret Rhythms 5” from Friedman & Liebezeit.  Friedman (of Nine Horses, Flanger, and Nonplace Urban Field) and legendary percussionist Jaki Liebezeit (can, drums off chaos) are on an array of archaic metal and non-standard-drum-kits and the technique is super precise with Friedman laying some synth on top. like an aw3somer age of empires soundrack in a good way.
 
This Wednesday tune in to Should Does Does Radio for a dip into that refreshing cesspool we like to call the arts. This week's subjects will include art, the cinema, cinema as art and vice versa!

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