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Top 100 of 2010

1. Love Language...Libraries...Merge
2. Deerhunter...Halcyon Digest...4AD
3. Last Year's Men...Sunny Down Snuff...Church Key
4. Books...The Way Out...Temporary Residence
5. Beach House...Teen Dream...Sub Pop
6. Caribou...Swim...Merge
7. Portastatic...Make It Sound In Tune EP...Merge
8. Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday...Sub Pop
9. Various Artists...Psychedelic Disaster Whirl...Past & Present
10. Various Artists...Fire In My Bones: Raw Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007...Tompkins Square
11. Love...Love Lost...Sundazed
12. Spoon...Tranference...Merge

Top 100 countdown 1/1/11

Tune in tomorrow for the xth anual WXDU top 100 countdown!  We'll be going through the top records of the year from 9am to 11pm.  Here's the schedule:
9am-10am Andy R plays some of the top jazz releases
10-noon Andy B (100-81)
noon-1pm Georg looks at the best world music releases
1-2 Georg (81-71)
2-4 Kelly (70-51)
4-5 Wendy (50-41)
5-6 Wendy goes through the top RPM releases
6-9 Dan, Dave, and Matt (40-11)
9-10 J (10-1)
10-11 J plays the top hip hop albums



The Bad Plus Residency

Jazz trio extraordinaire The Bad Plus, who's new album Never Stop has been gracing our airwaves for the past few weeks, will be hanging out in Durham on Monday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 26.  There are lots of events planned, a full listing of which is available here.  A couple events stand out as being of particular interest to you WXDU-ites.  On Monday evening, the group will host a listening party at the Pinhook.


WXDU Top 100 of 2009

Thanks to everyone who tuned in and helped make our Top 100 countdown so successful!  In case you missed the show, here's the full list of our top albums and compilations of 2009.

Top 100 albums:


WXDU Top 100 of 2009 Countdown 01/01/10

WXDU presents its 2nd annual top-100 new year's day countdown!!  Join us all day (well, 10am-10pm) as we bring you the top 100 new albums/reissues (and top 20 compilations) from the WXDU airwaves of 2009.  The coundown is once again proudly sponsored by Bull City Records! There will be gift certificate giveaways and loads of fun.  Rest off that hangover with a day of 2009's best music, WXDU style!


Composer John Supko on Polyphonic Perversity 10/25

This week on Polyphonic Perveristy (Sundays noon-2pm) for an interview with composer John Supko.  John is a new assistant professor of music composition at Duke, and he is having his piece "Littoral" performed on October 25 at 8pm in the Nelson Music Room on Duke's East Campus.  We'll talk about his music, his impressions of the musical life of the Triangle, and various other things.  Tune in!


WXDU Top 88.7 for the first half of 2009

1.    66...Animal Collective...Merriweather Post Pavilion...Domino
2.    59...Dexter Romweber Duo...Ruins of Berlin...Bloodshot
3.    55...Andrew Bird...Noble Beast...Fat Possum
4.    53...Yelle...Pop-Up...Source Etc.
5.    51...Neko Case...Middle Cyclone...Anti-
6.    51...King Kahn & the Shrines...What Is?!...Vice
7.    50...AC Newman...Get Guilty...Matador
8.    50...Menagerie...Nous Non Plus...Aeronaut Records
9.    50...Cotton Jones...Paranoid Cocoon...Suicide Squeeze
10.    49...Western Civ...Shower the People You Love with Gold...s/r


A Bit Stranger, with harpsichords, on June 3

This week on A Bit Stranger (Wednesday, June 3, 4-6pm), I'll be joined by Jessica Wood, a graduate student from the Music Department here at Duke.  Her dissertation is on the harpsichord in pop culture in the 1950s-70s, and as a result she's amassed a huge collection of crazy harpsichord music.  I'm talking weirdo surf, garage, exotica, psychedelia, easy listening, and beyond, all of which involves harpsichord in some way or other.  You can see some of the album covers here.  So we'll be spinning all kinds of fun/ridiculous stuff.  Tune in!