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Saturday, May 13, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hello listeners, here's a rundown on our upcoming programming:
 
Phillips Ambassador and WXYC DJ Eliza Farren will be reflecting on her trip to China through a special radio show tonight (05/13). Tune in to 98.3FM from 9-10pm to hear a song selection inspired by her experience in the Phillips Ambassador program.
 
Monday's Outside Track is Bloodroot, a lovely set of prepared-piano compositions from composer and pianist Kelly Moran. Not unlike what Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has been doing with the Buchla synthesizer, Moran brings a sense of melody and (even) pop-sensibility to an instrument usually heard on more left field classical releases. The pieces are alternately, tense, freewheeling, or floating in gentle beauty, and there's a lot to get both from Moran's unique sound and the pieces she composes.

Friday, April 28, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here’s what we have planned this week:
 
This week's Inside and Outside track is a one-two punch of new music from the experimental tape label Phinery.
 
On Friday's Inside Track, it's the latest from Portland-based musician Pulse Emitter (a.k.a. Daryl Groetsch), Through the Portal. Groetsch has been releasing (emanating?) as Pulse Emitter since 2004. Composed using only synthesizer and found sound, Through the Portal gives us playful, deep-ass, new age synth pieces with ecological sci-fi song titles. It made our review feel like "an RPG avatar, a digital Adam, composed of like 5 pixels, drifting on a raft through a 16-bit hicolor estuary." Maybe you'll pick up similar vibes? Tune in and find out.
 
Monday's Outside Track is Redundancy Suite, the new album from G.S. Sultan (a.k.a. Roy Warner). Following his first two releases on Umor Rex and Orange Milk, Redundancy Suite sees the artist heading down experimental but enjoyable paths, creating a warbling, shiny 3D chaos of synths that bring to mind the early synth greats of the 60s and 70s.
 

Friday, April 21, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
 
Here’s what we have coming up this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track is a reissue of the 1986 collaboration between Mexico-based musicians Jorge Reyes and Antonio Zepeda, A La Izquierda Del Colibrí. Drawing on contemporary electronics and pre-Hispanic musical traditions, this record features the constant murmurings of el idioma otomí (indigenous language to Mexico), trance percussion, flutes, and natural sounds of insects and water. It's a prophetic, mysterious, and unrelenting record that's easy to get lost in.
 
Monday's Outside Track will be the self-titled debut from Israeli skronk-rockers Sall Hardali. Featuring noisy, punky, improvisation, the five musicians on the album deliver a fusion of sounds and ideas that should appeal to fans of Guerrilla Toss and Fire! Orchestra alike.

Friday, April 14, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hi everyone,
 
Here is what we have planned this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track is Just Dust, the latest cassette release from Appalacian techno producer Bary Center. Although he's know for noisy, maximalist techno, this takes him a more nuanced, dynamic direction. There's still frenetic breakbeats and torrential bursts of tape hiss and feedback, but there are quieter moments too, like the Suzanne Ciani-esque synths on "Leech Therapy." All in all its another stellar release from NC label New Body Takes.
 
Monday's Outside Track will be Wadada Leo Smith's latest album, an ode to America's National Parks. In an interview he said, “Our national-parks system contains a beautiful idea about preserving common spaces for everybody.” Over the span of this sprawling dedication, he transmits that perceived beauty. His usual quartet, piano, double bass (amazing playing from John Lindberg here), drums, plus cello from Ashley Walters drifts attentively between jazz and classical dynamic music, always reinventing itself unexpectedly. Smith has a long view for these compositions; they cast wide to catch and account for every floating sentiment. 

Friday, April 7, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
 
Here's what we have coming up this week:
 
Tonight's Inside Track is Incisivi Tribolazione III N IV, the second album from Carrboro-based artist Clark Blomquist’s under the moniker Tegucigalpan. Originally from Clearwater, FL, Clark has been living in Carrboro for a long time and he’s played in local acts of note like Waumiss, The Kingsbury Manx, and Spider Bags (among many others). Similar to last year’s Fifth of She, Incisivi is broken into two seemingly disparate halves. The first 6 or 7 tracks are off-kilter bedroom pop songs that recall Clark’s days in Waumiss, while the second is darker and more inorganic, demonstrating Clark's taste for dub and techno--with just a dash of Suicide thrown in for good measure.
 
Monday's Outside Track features Bronze, the new album from Hen Ogledd, an experimental folk group primarily composed of Richard Dawson Rhodri Davies. Taken from a live performance in 2015, and featuring three additional musicians (Dawn Bothwell, Laura Cannell, and Jeff Henderson), the recordings here cover a ton of ground over their two sides. There’s electronics-augmented free imrpov , skronky jams, pounding noisy electronics, and sparse ballads. All of it’s cemented by an attention to detail to dynamics and texture and a really strong sense of synergy between the musicians. None of these musicians have a conventional approach to playing their instruments, and the way they come together on the album feels like an invitation to the listener to join them in the joy of expression and discovery.  

Friday, March 31, 2017
This Week on WXYC

Hi all,
 
Here’s what we have planned this week:
 
On tonight's Inside Track, we'll hear The Labyrinth of the Straight Line, the latest album from Cindytalk, a long-running experimental group who’ve been putting out music since the mid-80’s. This record here is a really nice collection of swirling, dynamic drones, sometimes anchored by melodic elements, sometimes anchored by spoken word poetry, sometimes anchored by pounding synthetic rhythms that hearken to their industrial past, and sometimes simply allowed to float free in its own abyss. Sharp’s described it as a revelry in obtuseness and surreality, and I really appreciate the way that manifests in the album’s strange and complex soundscapes. Although in some ways difficult to dissect, there’s still a lot of immediacy and visceral force behind these tracks, and the album is gripping the whole way through.
 
On Monday for the Outside Track we'll hear the 8th album from Tinariwen, Elwan. In the world of Tuareg music Tinariwen are something of an international cross-over force, and this album features a slew of indie and American musicians including Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, and Matt Sweeney. The album takes a more acoustic direction for the band, and sees them combining the distinctive guitar twang of the genre with sharp, political and personal lyrics that reflect on their home country, Mali. Despite their international presence, Tinariwen have always been connected to and wrote about where they’re from, and their relationship to the North African desert is one that’s as clear here as it’s ever been.  

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