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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.

 

WXDU News, Sports and Information Sunday 11/15 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Catch up on the latest in science news at 6:00 with the Endless Frontier, WXDU's own science discussion show.

Then at 7:30, stay tuned for Sports with Martin Kang. On tonight's show, Ike Rofe reports with a wrap-up of the Duke men's final exhibition game, plus their first regular-season game with comments from Coach K. Then Angelo Moreno's got a recap of yesterday's Blue Devils football loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers, including post-game comments from players and Coach Cutcliffe. Next up, Martin's got the latest on first-round NCAA women's soccer tournament action with Duke's 5-0 win over James Madison Friday, along with post-game interviews with players and Coach Robbie Church. Finally, Martin will report on the Duke women's basketball squad after Friday's winning start to regular season play, with post-game comments from the team's last exhibition match-up against Saint Leo from Duke Coach Joanne McCallie and second-season Saint Leo Coach Missy West, a former Blue Devils player who helped the team capture two ACC titles.

 

WXDU News, Sports, and Information Tonight (10/8) 6:00-8:00

Veteran's Day is Wednesday, November 11, and tonight on WXDU, we'll share two programs that profile the experiences of American veterans.

First at 6:00, in "Coming Home: Stories of Veterans Returning from War," State of the Re:Union explores the challenges modern service members experience when they return home from active duty in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Then at 7:00, Rumble Strip Vermont shares the stories of four World War II veterans who were taken as prisoners of war in the Battle of the Bulge in "Prisoners of War, The Battle of the Bulge."