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Friday, January 18, 2013
This Week in WXYC

 

Tonight (Friday) at 9 pm on the Inside Track, tune in for Legowelt's new album The Paranormal Sound on Clone Jack For Daze records. This is an album of Dutch analog house and techno from the ridiculous Danny Wolfers, who goes at this project by piling up neat-o vintage synthesizer tones that snake and wind all over the place in creative melodies. 

 

Then, keep it locked at 10pm tonight (Friday) for the new time of NSE, WXYC's beat-matching and electronic-music based program that will now serve as the perfect soundtrack for those Friday nights where you decide that, just this once, you're not going to stay in with a cup of tea and read ahead for class.

 

Sunday at 10am on the Orange County Special, Margot is putting together an Inauguration-themed OCS focusing on songs both celebrating and criticizing US presidents throughout history. Turns out people used to care about politics!

 

Then, get it broken Sunday at 2pm on Broken Music featuring Luc Ferrari's pivotal Presque Rien series. Ferrari began his first installment of the series in 1967, recording the early morning sounds of a Dalmation fishing village where he and his wife Brunhild were vacationing. Over the next three years, Ferrari reassembled those recordings, condensing hours of tape into a 20 minute hyperreal scene of dawn silence. Though Ferrari faced derision from his GRM colleagues over the piece for its relative lack of abstract sounds, the piece served as a turning point for Ferrari. The approach became synonymous with Ferrari's work, as he soon built a catalog of imaginative and often autobiographical audio diaries. Over the hour, we will hear the four Presque Rien pieces. Tune in at 2pm.

 

Speaking of which, at 9pm on SportsRap, the panel keeps its weekly basketball discussion, by continuing the overview of the Heels' foray into ACC-conference game, recapping the Maryland game, previewing the Georgia Tech game and analyzing the selected starters for the NBA all star game. This and more of the national stories of the week (Armstrong, Teo) on the sportsrap. 

 

Finally, Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, tune in for Nels Cline and Elliot Sharp's release Open The Door on Public Eyesore. This release is a very cool set of classical guitar duos from two of the biggest names in the avant-garde guitar world that allows them to both incorporate elements of folk and blues as well as jazz, resulting in something sort of like Fahey meeting Derek Bailey.

Friday, January 18, 2013
This Week on Broken Music

This Sunday, Broken Music features Luc Ferrari's pivotal Presque Rien series. Ferrari began his first installment of the series in 1967, recording the early morning sounds of a Dalmation fishing village where he and his wife Brunhild were vacationing. Over the next three years, Ferrari reassembled those recordings, condensing hours of tape into a 20 minute hyperreal scene of dawn silence. Though Ferrari faced derision from his GRM colleagues over the piece for its relative lack of abstract sounds, the piece served as a turning point for Ferrari. The approach became synonymous with Ferrari's work, as he soon built a catalog of imaginative and often autobiographical audio diaries. Over the hour, we will hear the four Presque Rien pieces. Tune in at 2pm.

Friday, January 11, 2013
WXYC is Hiring New DJs!

All UNC students are welcome to apply and no prior experience is necessary. We are looking for people with an interest in a variety of genres of music who demonstrate a willingness to learn and expand their musical knowledge.

We're hosting a station open house at 5:00 in the radio station (Union Rm. 3420) on Tuesday, January 15. Stop by to meet some of our current DJs and tour the music library and DJ control room. *This is optional. You do not need to attend in order to apply and be hired as a new DJ. 

After the open house, we will be holding an interest meeting for anyone interested in becoming a WXYC DJ. The interest meeting will be held in Union Room 2420 beginning around 6 p.m. We will discuss the application process, general info about the station and describe the new DJ process. At this meeting, you will receive an application and sign-up for a quick and casual 10 minute interview. 

If you can't make the interest meeting but would still like to apply or if you have any other questions please email: info@wxyc.org

Friday, December 7, 2012
This Week in WXYC

 
Tonight on the Inside Track at 9pm, check out the compilation 'Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 5' out on Tompkins Square. The 5th in the label's series features some of the best solo acoustic guitar players working today. This volume was curated by Vermont musician Sam Moss and features several xyc-favorites like Steve Gunn, Daniel Bachman, Bill Orcutt, Yair Yona, and more. 
Then, tune in Sunday at 1pm for Hell or High Water as Blanche  will focus on music from the cotton mill industry in the 1920s and 1930s South (mostly from North Carolina). Prepare to learn about the 1929 Gastonia Strike (along with other simultaneous textile mill strikes) and the work and protest songs that provided the soundtrack for the 1920s labor movement. Specific names include: the Dixion Brothers, Dave McCarn, Ella May Wiggins, and Malvina Rynolds among others!!
Take a break at 2pm on Broken Music as David H will survey the soundtrack work of Australian experimental film maker Arthur Cantrill. For the last five decades, Arthur and his wife Corinne have amassed a dazzling body of work, covering art documentaries, children's films, and a number of innovative, multi-screen experimental pieces. Arthur's soundtracks form the backbone to many of these works, pieced together on several Revox tape machines from his arsenal of environmental recordings, household objects and violin work. Tune in at 2pm.
Then, at 8pm, take a break from studying with SportsRap, as the panel welcomes back a couple special guests, while breaking down Carolina Basketball & Volleyball, give some insight into the men and women's soccer team, and more Carolina Basketball. Listen up and call in. 
Finally, Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track we have the latest by Ital, 'Dream On,' out on Planet Mu. 'Dream On' is the newest from Daniel Martin-McCormick's project Ital and it is exactly what you expect when you let a rhythm-bent punk rocker make dance music. The synths quickly grab you in, the rhythms get a bit contorted without ever feeling intentionally weird. Enjoy the ride!

Friday, November 30, 2012
This Week in WXYC: 90s Throwback Edition

Do you remember the Spice Girls? Other stuff from the 1990s? Was hair metal the 1990s? No? Join us TONIGHT at the Local 506 for the WXYC 90s dance to remember everything. Special guest president Bill Clinton will judge a costume contest (I'm just kidding, it's Bob Dole). 10 pm. 

 

And on your ride over, I know what you're going to be listening to. And if you keep reading, you will, too. At 9pm tonight on the Inside Track we got the latest from CS Yeh, 'Transitions' out on De Stijl. A pop record from Burning Star Core violin-drone master Yeh, 'Transitions' takes the form of chunky versions of indie anthems, darkwave brooders, and mutant disco. Arrive in style!

 

Tune in Sunday morning at 10am for Orange County Special because it's the first Sunday of the month. What does that mean? Like every first Sunday it means that former coordinator and longtime contributor Jane will be spinning magic out of your soon-to-be favorite traditional and neo-traditional folk music from the around the globe. 

 

Keep the dial right there at 1pm for Hell or High Water. Gina B will be focusing on selections from a couple collections of traditional Irish folk music recorded in the 1950s and 60s by first-generation immigrants to the US, including The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem, who according to Wikipedia (!) are "widely credited with popularizing Irish traditional music in the United States."  They were a primary influence on a young Bob Dylan and many other emerging artists.  Tommy himself is known as the Godfather of Irish Music. Revolutionize yourself! 

 

Then break off an hour of Broken Music at 2. This Sunday, Broken Music features works by Lithuanian composer and sound artist Arturas Bumsteinas. Bumsteinas studied composition at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and also participates in a number of improvising ensembles, with the laptop as his instrument. Much of his work, whether computer based or instrumental, centers on conjuring a sense of place and transporting the essence of inspired locations. 

 

Keep it unfair, local and inorganic on the Backyard Barbecue at 8pm. Guest host Ryan Martin, local label head and performer, will be sharing a weirder, wilder side of the Triangle Music Scene. Melt faces!

 

Speaking of local music: SPORTS. On SportsRap at 9pm, the panel will delve into a smattering of topics, including UNC basketball,  a quick overlook of the BCS national title game, the NBA, some UNC soccer and a wrap up of fall sports and accolades. All in all, a smörgåsbord of topics for this week's show. Be sure to post comments & questions (and like) the facebook page:
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Getitgotitgood? Monday at 9pm on the Outside Track, check out Lonnie Holley with 'Just Before Music' on Dust-to-Digital. Known primarily as a sculptor and visual artist, Lonnie Holley makes his musical debut with "Just Before Music", layering stream-of-consciousness lyrics over soft, atmospheric compositions - this one is definitely a contender for album of the year, so don't miss it!

Friday, November 16, 2012
This Week in WXYC

As we all wait until 11 to watch our Fightin' Rams play basketball in Hawaii against the Long Beach State Sharkmonsters, we all gasp in unison, realizing nobody told us what the week's specialty programming had in store for us on wxyc 89.3 fm 'the noise.' Fear not! This story is fictitious! This programming update is real!

Tonight (Friday) for the Inside Track at 9pm we got some of that new new by Eternal Tapestry with 'A World Out Of Time' (released by Thrill Jockey). This is the 2nd LP of 2012 from Portland, Oregon hippy space travelers Eternal Tapestry. More concise songs this time, but they still feature wailing guitar and organ-based grooves that build into exultant psychedelic jams.

Then, Sunday at 10am for The Orange County Special, our host Evan D will guide us as we leave Orange County and explore a smorgasbord of rare and private press Christian folk/country/light psych LPs from all over America and at least 2 other continents, all recorded between 1965 and 1980. 

 

Stay locked in for Hell or High Water at 1pm immediately after OCS with our host Evan D as the outsider Christian music train keeps rolling with an hour filled with 60s recordings from outsider Christian folk singer/world class Christian music collector John Ylvisaker. We will sample his LPs Cool Livin' and A Love Song that are now sort of Holy Grails of Christian light psych. Apparently he's been called at times both the 'Christian Bob Dylan' and the 'Christian Scott Walker'.

 

Don't break your concentration, break music instead! This week on Broken Music from 2-3pm will feature excerpts from three newly released experimental electronic recordings from former Loop frontman Robert Hampson. Hampson's focus the past few years has been to create improvised analogue electronics pieces and systems which are used either as performance pieces or more likely as sonic backdrops to everything from art installations to planetarium shows. Austrian weird music titan Editions Mego has kindly released 3 LPs of Hampson's recent works and we will be listening to parts of all three. Hosted by Evan D.

Last week I told y'all that at 5pm on Sunday, Fusion Youth Radio would be on. I lied, but this week I tell the truth: this sentence is true I tell ya! Capital T true!
This episode of FYR is on the theme of "Religion." The FYR crew will cover some current events, including the Presidential election and deferred action for undocumented youth, and they'll discuss stories and questions about religion and faith. We'll be hosting a musician for the first time as our featured folk musician Jeremiah from Saxapahaw!

On Sportsrap Sunday at 9pm, we will talk about UNC's great win (or awful loss, depending), question why we never talk about non-revenue sports, and alk about baseball.

Monday at 9 pm on the Outside Track, we have Feltbattery with 'Behold A Golden Throng' (released on Migration Media). Nightlight noise regular and Hillsborough dude Feltbattery (Ben Trueblood) gives us...manipulated found drones: a locust swarm; Spring Peepers from Belline creed; and 'other frogs, crickets or swarms sourced from ponds and ditches of greater Orange Co.transmutes the chaos of his sources into truly ecstatic meditations.

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