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WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 1/17 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tune in at 6:00 for the latest in science news, research and developments on The Endless Frontier.

Then at 6:30, we join With Good Reason for a conversation with an author who discusses her time growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, in an episode titled "Coming Home to Big Stone Gap." This episode also discovers the Appalachian past through efforts to collect oral histories of the region's old-timers.

 

WXDU Top 100 + Top 25 Reissues

TOP 100

 

1. 64...Gospel Machine...Your Holy Ghost...self-released

2. 64...Kurt Vile...b'lieve i'm going down...Matador

3. 62...Viet Cong...Viet Cong...Jagjaguwar

4. 60...Panda Bear...Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper...Domino

5. 56...Des Ark...Everything Dies...Graveface

6. 54...Shannon and the Clams...Gone by the Dawn...Hardly Art

7. 53...Various...Daptone Gold II...Daptone

8. 53...Deerhoof...La Isla Bonita...Polyvinyl

9. 52...Yo La Tengo...Stuff Like That There...Matador

10. 51...Sagan Youth...Cela...Break World

11. 51...Hiss Golden Messenger...Southern Grammar...Merge

12. 50...Celestogramme...Wish Vehicles...In Situ

13. 49...Twerps...Range Anxiety...Merge

14. 48...Low...Ones and Sixes...Sub Pop

15. 48...Destroyer...Poison Season...Merge

16. 47...Ryley Walker...Primrose Green...Dead Oceans

17. 47...The Souljazz Orchestra...Resistance...Strut

18. 46...Phil Cook...Southland Mission...Thirty Tigers

19. 45...Daniel Bachman...River...Three Lobed

20. 45...See Gulls...You Can't See Me...Potluck

21. 45...Father John Misty...I Love You, Honeybear...Sub Pop

22. 44...Colleen Green...I Want to Grow Up...Hardly Art

23. 43...Mavis Staples...Your Good Fortune...Anti-

24. 43...Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators...Happiness in Every Style...Timmion

25. 43...U.S. Girls...Half Free...4AD

26. 42...Boulevards...Boulevards EP...Don't Funk with Me

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 1/3 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Up first at 6:00 is The Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science show. Tonight's episode continues year-end coverage of the top science news of 2015. Tune in for a recap of Nature magazine's 10 most important people in science, as well as a discussion of the improvements to CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, the development named Breakthrough of the Year by Science magazine.

Then at 6:30, With Good Reason profiles the Mexo-Americana band David Wax Museum in an episode titled “Where Did You Come From?” This episode is named after the opening track on Watching the Nighttime Come, an album featuring lullabies by Suz Slezak, one of the members of David Wax Museum. Suz joins Sarah McConnell along with band member David Wax to discuss the challenges they've faced on the road. The episode also explores achieving balance, with an interview with Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin, authors of Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family and Life.

 

Top Releases of 2015 - Individual DJ Lists

Brett D.

Colleen: Captain of None

PC Worship: Basement Hysteria

Alessandro Cortini: Risveglio

Drew McDowell: Collapse

John Luther Adams: The Wind in High Places

Lack: Perhorrences

Six Organs of Admittance: Hexadic I + II

Julia Holter: Have You in My Wilderness

Evan Caminiti: Meridian

Yonatan Gat: Director

Jerusalem in My Heart: If He Dies, If If If

Sannhet: Revisionist

Jessica Pratt: On Your Own Love Again

Liturgy: The Ark Work

Zs: Xe

Viet Cong: Viet Cong

The Holydrug Couple: Moonlust

 

Michael D., WXDU Americana Director

Top 15 Albums of 2015 (in alphabetical order):

Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (ATO)

Anna & Elizabeth - Anna & Elizabeth (Free Dirt)

Daniel Bachman - River (Three Lobed)

Built to Spill - Untethered Moon (WB)

Phil Cook - Southland Mission (Thirty Tigers)

 

The top 124 local releases of 2015

It's time for our annual countdown of the top local releases of the year, as determined by a count of spins by all of our WXDU DJs.

Numbers 68-36 are being counted down Sunday 12/27 from 4-6 p.m, and numbers 35-1 will be counted down on Sunday 1/3, again from 4-6 p.m.

Unfortunately, there isn't enough airtime to count down all 124 releases, so here are the lower 56:

69: Polyorchard: Color Theory in Black and White

70: Lowland Hum: Lowland Hum   

71: Patois Counselors: Patois Counselors 7"

72: No Love Dogs//Wolves 7"

73: Bandway: Buddies

74: Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods

75: Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends: Nobody's Darlin'

76: Lack: Atemporal

77: American Aquarium: Wolves

78: Monologue Bombs: Single

79: Ruscha: 2015 EP

80: 6 String Drag: Roots Rock N Roll

81: Boneslinger: Boneless Cuts

82: Dogs Eyes: 2015 EP

83: Mandolin Orange: Such Jubilee

84: Terrace Heater: Harris Teeter

85: AL Riggs and The Inconveniences: And I You

86: Alpha Cop: Acid Cop

87: Magnolia Collective: Coldest Winter

88: Songs from the Road Band: Traveling Show

89: Tashi Dorji: Appa

90: Villages: Procession Acts

91: Canine Heart: Sounds Live on the Moon

92: Greg Hawks: What Goes Around

93: Weedeater: Goliathan

94: Lost Trail: One Day We'll All Walk Outside and Stare Up at the Blameless Sky and Wait for Something to Happen

95: Malcolm Holcombe: The RCA Sessions

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 12/20 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Get the latest in science news and developments on this week's episode of The Endless Frontier first at 6:00 tonight.

Then at 6:30, With Good Reason explores the impact of music in an episode called "Here We Come A Caroling." In this episode, host Sarah McConnell speaks with a music therapist to learn why music is so integral to the holiday season. The pair also discusses an all-female a cappella group that addresses the issues facing young women, the Sephardic Jewish song tradition behind one accordionist's work and the Virginia Military Institute band's quest for the Tournament of the Roses Parade.

 

The Bondsmen on WXDU's Who's Got The Cuckoo! 12/20 9-10pm

Tune in Sunday 12/20 for an hour with Durham's very own BONDSMEN! Phil Lee and Ken Haywood will join DJ Robby for and interview, and spin a few old 45s from the Bondsmen catalog. And don't forget, they'll be playing a show on 12/27 at Motorco with Thee Dirtybeats!

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 12/13 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Up first tonight at 6:00, Helen Yu profiles the Inside-Outside Alliance on Discovering Durham. The Inside-Outside Alliance is a community organization that advocates for current and former Durham County jail inmates and their families. On this episode, Helen sits down with Cynthia Fox, a member of the Inside-Outside Alliance whose son was previously incarcerated in Durham County, and Steve Lorenze, one of the organization's founders.

Then at 7:00, we join BackStory with the American History Guys for a look at religion in America. On "American Prophets: Religions Born in the U.S.," the Guys examine both the impact and evolving face of this nation's spirituality, from the Pilgrims' immigration to America in search of religious freedom, to the conversion of Native Americans to Christianity, to the effect of the Civil Rights Movement on African American faith.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 12/6 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Catch up on the latest in science news and research with the Endless Frontier first at 6:00.

With Good Reason is up next at 6:30. On this episode, titled "Health in the Heart and Mind," host Sarah McConnell explores the heart-related causes of sudden death in young people, plus how researchers are brain scans to develop personalized treatments for depression.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Sunday 11/22 6:00-8:00 p.m.

First at 6:00 tonight, we join Deutsche Welle's Inside Europe for the stories behind the major European headlines. This week's show examines the responses of EU leaders and football fans to the attacks in Paris, the effect of Russia's assessment of the Metro jet crash on international relations, the renewed fears of European Muslims, Syrian refugees' evolving paths of entry into Europe and the modern relevance of the Dayton peace agreement.

Then at 7:00, BackStory with the American History Guys gets us ready for Turkey Day with a look at the holiday's past, in "American as Pumpkin Pie: A History of Thanksgiving." On this episode, the Guys uncover the true origins of the holiday as they discuss the role of Thanksgiving Day football play, compare the modern Thanksgiving feast with the fare the Pilgrims would have eaten, trace the tradition of granding a turkey a presidential pardon, and more.