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Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Join host Gabby B for tonight's Thursday Night Feature on Soulection at 9 PM. After beginning life as a college radio show on KBeach radio in Long Beach near LA, Soulection has grown into a multimedia platform with global reach. A self-described "record label, radio show and niche collective of creative music makers and programmers worldwide," Soulection now has a radio show on London's rinse.FM and uses social media and apps to spread their music, art, and style.
 
Soulection is less interested in adhering to particular genres or cultivating a cohesive "sound" than they are dedicated to finding and promoting "the sound of tomorrow." Their mission is to foster "community, discovery, transparency, DIY growth and the artistry of music."

We'll take a tour through the Soulection catalog, starting with some faves like Sango, Goldlink, Lakim and Taku. Expect also to hear some Evil Needle, Iamnobodi and plenty of others from Soulection's expansive discography.
 
This Sunday at 1 PM on Hell or High Water, DJ Monty Morris explores some of the deep soul and warm funk of the Memphis Sound. Led by Hi Records and Stax Records, Memphis, Tennessee labels put out some of the best American music of the 1960s and 1970s. We'll hear some of the hits and more obscure gems from Stax subsidiaries (Volt, Enterprise) and more regional labels like Goldwax and Pepper.
 
This week on Sports Rap, we’ll be talking about the nerd’s sport: marching band. Tune in this Sunday from 9-10pm to learn a little more about that thing you thought was lame in high school, hear about that one time at band camp, and listen to us discuss the athletic merit of marching band and determine whether or not it deserves to be recognized as part of the sports world.

Sunday, July 16, 2017
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This Sunday at 2 PM, Broken Music features a recently unearthed missive by the late Tony Conrad. Ten Years Alive on the Infinite Plain is one of Conrad's earliest pieces, a uniquely throbbing piece for violin and other instruments of his own design. This document captures the 1972 premiere performance of the piece, with Conrad sawing away on violin while Rhys Chatham listens intently and offers counterpoint glissandos on Conrad's Long String Drone and Laurie Spiegel joins them in the lower register. Conrad returned to the piece many times, adapting it for various ensembles and using it as the skeleton to his solo performances during his later years. The immersive works ranks alongside Four Violins and his recording with Faust as one of his most pivotal works.
 
Monday's Outside Track will feature Maison Rose, the final 1977 LP by French experimental folk artist Emmanuelle Parrenin.  Reissue notes situate her style of ethereal, mindwormy folk somewhere between the delicacy of Linda Perhacs and formal boldness of Brigitte Fontaine. Tune in to hear mind-bending drum machine experiments, siren vocals, and washes of gorgeous ambience.

Friday, July 7, 2017
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Tonight at 9 PM, tune into the Inside Track to hear the Félicité OST by the Kasai Allstars and the Kinshasa Symphonic Orchestra. The Allstars are a Congolese supergroup known for their mixture of traditional and contemporary sounds. The movie itself follows the tribulations of a single mother struggling to make it as a bar singer.
 
 This Sunday at 9 PM on Sports Rap we’re talking about American Ninja Warrior! Apex, North Carolina is now the home of an American Ninja Warrior course, so Blue Cadet-3 and friends are going to go check it out and compete with some of the other Warriors there, and report back to the WXYC listeners.
 
Monday's Outside Track will feature Vessel in Orbit, an album of group improvisations between NYC free jazz drummer Whit Dickey, violist Mat Manneri and pianist Matthew Shipp. The work is conspicuously melodic sometimes even peaceful in a way a great deal of the genre is not.
 

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
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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.

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