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WXDU Top 100 Albums and Top 20 Compilations of 2011

At the end of every year, WXDU compiles its Top 100 Albums and Top 20 compilations through the unbiased and highly scientific* process of counting the albums and comps that were played the most by our DJs. We now share with you our lists of WXDU's most-played albums and compilations of 2011. Please enjoy this snapshot of the year that was 2011 at WXDU.

 

 

WXDU Top 100 of 2011--New Year's Day (1/1/12)

Nurse that New Year's Day hangover with WXDU as we countdown our annual Top 100 Albums of 2011, all day Sunday!  Starting at 10AM, WXDU DJ's will be playing songs from our 100 most played albums of the year & chatting about the results.   This year's list is a healthy mix of local music, indie rock, CBGF (Country-Bluegrass-Folk), R&B/Soul, Electronic & World music that'll be sure to give you an idea of what 2011 sounded like to us.

Schedule:

10AM-12PM: 100-81 plus a CBGF Wrap-Up w/Mark J.

12PM-2PM: 80-61 w/ Dave R./Andy B.

2PM-4PM: 60-41 w/ Georg

4PM-6PM: 40-21 w/ Kelly

6PM-8PM: Top 20 Reissues & Comps w/ Andy B. & Dave R.

 

Christmas Day 2011 "Out There a Minute" Jazz Program on WXDU 88.7 FM

“Out There a Minute” on Christmas Day will re-present highlights, favorites, and fits from eleven of the jazz program’s dates in 2011. The playlist will include performances and music from The 5.6.7.8s; David Axelrod; Billy Bang; Brooklyn Funk Essentials; Oscar Brown, Jr.; Edd “Kookie” Byrnes; The Claudia Quintet; Marty Grosz; Coleman Hawkins; Iswhat?!; Charles Mingus; Aaron Neville; New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble; Junko Onishi; The Charlie Parker Remix Project; Kenneth Patchen; Dexter Rombweber & The New Romans; Pharoah Sanders; John Scofield; Shamalamacord; Sun Ra; Tortoise; and Warren Zevon. Marc Ribot will have the sign-off song. 

Program time is 10:00 a.m. - noon.

 

Dex Romweber Duo on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out Sunday 12/16

Tune in on Sunday 12/16 on the new time slot for ILYB, 8 pm, for the Dex Romweber Duo! Dex & Sara have just come off a lot of touring (including opening up for the Meat Puppets - no kidding!) to promote their latest CD, "Is That You In the Blue?" It'll be interesting... 

 

Living in the Heart of the Beast: Rock in Opposition - Sunday, December 4th (noon-2pm)

During the mid-to-late 1970s disaffected European psych-rock musicians, inspired by the music of Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Sun Ra, Olivier Messiaen, and Soft Machine, as well as by the politics of the radical left, formed a loose collective of bands that came to be known as the Rock in Opposition movement. Spearheaded by bands like the UK's Henry Cow and Belgium's Univers Zero, the movement produced dense, challenging, and at times startlingly beautiful music that used surreal and dadaist lyrics to advance a message of anti-fascim, anti-capitalism, and anti-consumerism. Tune into Polyphonic Perversity tomorrow from noon to 2pm to listen to the music of Rock in Opposition movement and the musicians that continue to uphold the tradition today.

 

WXDU Funko Disco Dance Party @ Wheels Skating Rink on Dec. 9

Hey WXDU listeners! Come to the 7th annual FDDF (funk disco dance Friday) Throwdown at Wheels next Friday, Dec. 9 from 10pm-1am!

You'll be skating all night while DJs Viva, Stephen Conrad, Matt Tauch, and Nate Smith bring us the tunes to boogy on the skate floor.

There will be a bus shuttling attendees from Duke East Campus to Wheels from 10pm to 1am, so there's no need to drive.

This event will be FREE to those with a Duke ID, and $5 to those without. Skate rental is included!

 

Sublime Frequencies special tomorrow! Nov. 28th

Join us Monday Nov. 28 from 8-10 PM as we plumb the depths of beloved Seattle label Sublime Frequencies' output. The label is headed by Alan Bishop, of the experimental band Sun City Girls (1979-2007), along with Hisham Mayet, and releases esoteric original and live recordings, re-released music, field recordings etc. (and DVDs) mainly from Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.  There's a lot to choose from... decisions decisions!  Send, call in requests!

 

Numero Group on WXDU Friday 11/18

After the Pinhook Numero Group panel on Friday November 18, tune in to WXDU from 8-10PM for a special post-Funk Disco Dance Friday show featuring Numero co-founder Rob Sevier and A&R rep Jon Kirby.  The two will be on to spin records and discuss the forthcoming Eccentric Soul Revue at the Carolina Theatre presented in conjunction with Duke Performance featuring Chicago soul artists the Notations, Renaldo Domino, and Syl Johnson.  Expect good radio vibes, giveaways,

 

The World Turned Upside Down: Billy Bragg and the Red Wedge Tour - TONIGHT (11/14) on College Radio Primer - 8-10pm

High unemployment, racial tensions, the rise of Margaret Thatcher, and the Falklands war all provided fertile ground for politically inclined British musicians to sow their discontent in the 1980s. The Red Wedge tour, officially sponsored and supported by the Labour party, was one of the most publically visible avenues of political expression by pop musicians. Organized by Billy Bragg and Paul Weller, the tour featured a diverse palette of British artists including Bragg, The Style Council, The Communards, Madness, Junior Giscombe, and Prefab Sprout. Tune in tonight from 8-10pm to hear selections from all of these artists and the musicians who influenced them!

 

Polyphonic Perversity 11/13: Film Music

This Sunday on Polyphonic Perversity (noon-2pm), we'll explore film music by composers who you don't normally think of as film composers.  So no Ennio Morricone or Bernard Hermann, just fantastic film music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Toru Takemitsu, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, and Alfred Schnittke.  This program is preparation for the upcoming Duke New Music Ensemble concerts, titled "Old Film | New Music," on Sunday, November 11, at 8 p.m.