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Friday, October 17, 2014

what's-a goin' on everyone?
fall break? more like fall...fake (!?). wxyc is alive and well this week and i'm gonna tell you about our upcoming specialty programming as proof:
 
Hey freaks, Fall Break can’t stop the Inside Track, every Friday at 9 PM. Join us this week for Iko’s hidden hit record “’83.” This is the first reissue of a minimal synth gem from Montreal, Canada. Iko was a trio of 3 members who all apparently came from an academic background and met at the University of Montreal music department (they may have been studying electroacoustic composition?). The record lives up to the mystique that surrounds it. These are pretty masterful synth pop tracks and definitely stand out to me in a somewhat oversaturated and sometimes uniform genre. Big highlights are the killer synth hooks that give each track significant character and the vocals, which switch between unfamiliar samples and DIY, almost glam vocals. Medical Records seems to be very excited about this release because it’ll appeal to deep synth heads and also folks who have heard one or two Kraftwerk songs, and they’re right! Check it out!
 
WXYC's beat-oriented / dance / ~BODY MUSIC~ / "heavy contact" show is coming at you again this Friday night. Tune in to New Science Experience from 10pm til midnight to hear one of our favorite DJs spin some tunes. It'll be good, great, and maybe even "hot."
 
This week on Hell or High Water, let's slither on down to Southern Louisiana and hear some DEEP Cajun cuts from the Swallow Record Co. out of Ville Platte, La. We'll hear some rollicking recording from the Balfa Brothers as well as some accordian shredding from Nathan Abshire. Tune in from 1-2pm. It's bound to get hot!
 
Ever find yourself engulfed by peace and quiet on Sunday afternoons? If so, treat yourself to this week's edition of Broken Music, WXYC's corner of programming focused on longer form or more "challenging" "musical" "works" that otherwise might not be done justice squeezed in to a regular show. Snuggle up Sunday at 2pm.
 
This week on Sports Rap, a discussion on the merits of baths in red wine! Also, a discussion about the World Series, and a further debate about whether UNC will lose out its football season and how much we care about that. We might also talk some NBA preseason. We'll see! Tune in at 9 p.m. Sunday night.
 
Hey folks! Monday brings us the Outside Track at 9 PM! This week we will catch a new release from Su Wai entitled “Gita Pon Yeik.” Take it from the folks at Little Axe Records: “Su Wai is a modern virtuoso of the ancient Saung Gauk, a Burmese harp instrument of both royal and religious significance (fashioned to resemble a leaf of the bo tree which the Buddha attained enlightenment beneath) with roots as far back as the 6th century. In this collection of 8 traditional poem-songs, Wai unfurls clusters of melodic lines alongside a cyclical bell chime-pulse to accompany texts drawn from the Mahagita, a collection of 500 court songs not unlike the British Isle's Child Ballads.” How could you not tune in? 

this week on WXYC
Thursday, September 25, 2014

what's goin' on friends of WXYC,

it's starting to look a little bit like fall around chapel hill - the temperature of the air outside feels less bad, we've got the "football" games returning to sports, and the calendrical measurement of time continues. as we patiently wait for the leaves to slowly fall to their deaths and deal with our anxiety about appropriate outfits for the summer to autumn transition, let's sit back and relax and turn the dial back to 89.3 fm this week. lookin' pretty good:
 
Hey why don't we get local this Friday on the Inside Track at 9 PM. We are going to enjoy the new record from local boys Last Year's Men. Their sophomore effect, coming 4 years after their debut Sunny Down Snuff LP, has been hugely anticipated. Their brand of infectious, 60s-influenced pop rock will dig into your ear and probably never leave. Jangly guitar rhythms, a body-controlling rhythm section, and singer Ben Carr's howling voice bemoaning forlorn love. Good rock album for your Friday Night.
 
The New Science Experience is proud to present two hours of early Jamaican dub by local DJ Selector B Steady. Vinyl only! Check it out from 10 to midnight tonight to get yourself learnt about all things Jamaican Dub.
 
This week on Hell Or High Water, we will explore the music of Arkansas folk singing extraordinaire Almeda Riddle as she sings songs rooted in the traditions of the ballad. Born in Cleburne, Arkansas, Riddle performs numerous ballads less-often affiliated with her Ozark home. She claimed to be able to perform well over 500 songs from memory. Check out this documentary on her (http://www.folkstreams.net/film,131) and tune in on Sunday from 1pm-2pm.
 
Sunday afternoon on Broken Music, we explore the electronic works of renowned record producer Craig Leon. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Leon envisioned a wholly foreign music created by interplanetary beings and crafted a pair of records--Nommos andVisiting--in what he deemed to be its image. Leon employed a battery of modern synthesizers and tape delay to assemble a music far more daring than the rock records on which he staked his reputation. The RVNG Intl label recently compiled a collection of these recordings, including a Leon's meticulous recreation of the Nommos material. Tune in at 2pm.
 
On Sports Rap this week, your host is still not watching the NFL, but we'll (or I'll) talk about all the scandals facing the league and Roger Goodell's response from Friday afternoon. UNC-ECU's game will also be discussed, and hopefully a little MLB if I get my shit together and read up on the MLB regular season's home stretch and/or get a guest who knows anything about baseball. Or I'll just play dope music for most of the show and rage about Goodell in talk sets. Snoop Rion next week! (He's in Thailand this weekeend and can't do the show.) Tune in at 9 on Sunday!
 
Don't forget about the Outside Track brought to you by Home Depot. Monday at 9 PM we will explore a brand new one from techno/electronics weirdo Lee Gamble. His new release KOCH is pretty difficult to pin down. Is this an ambient drone album? Are these the hottest techno tracks I've heard this summer? Is this one of those post-modern, heady Critical Theory Blog-fodder records? I don't know but I can try to explain. Filled with spaced out vocal samples, twitching, uncomfortable bass beats, and massive synth washes, KOCH is a weirdo record for weirdo 2014. I kind of love it. Tune it at 9 PM to figure it out!