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WXDU, as a member of the Duke University Union, exists to inform, educate, and entertain both the students of Duke University and the surrounding community of Durham through quality progressive alternative radio programming. WXDU seeks to give its staff the freedom to pursue their personal aesthetic within the framework of a cohesive format. WXDU aims to provide the listener with an alternative viewpoint untainted by commercial interests. WXDU resolves to maintain good relations with the music industry without compromising its integrity and nationally recognized commitment to quality programming. WXDU resolves to remain a laboratory where all members are free to make and learn from their mistakes.
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College Radio Primer - Who put the shield around the K? - 8-10pm tonight!

K Records was founded by Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Go Team, Dub Narcotic Sound System) in 1982 in Olympia, Washington. Incorporating the anti-corporate stance and DIY ethic of punk rock, K Records grew from a cassette-only label dedicated to releasing compilations of Olympia bands into a reknowned purveyor of independent pop music that transformed the sound of college radio. The K Records sound helped to make the Pacific Northwest into a Mecca for independent musicians and laid the foundations for Sub Pop, Kill Rock Stars, grunge, and modern indie-pop. Tune in to WXDU 88.7FM from 8-10pm tonight to hear the story of K Records: exploding the teenage underground into passionate revolt against the corporate ogre since 1982.

And stayed tuned afterwards for Nobody's Driving from 10-11pm for the best and weirdest of Pacific Northwest punk and hardcore!

 

MONDO MUNDO This Saturday, 2-4 PM: African Music Special

Santa Salsera hosts Mondo Mundo this week with an African music special, featuring in-studio guest Will Ridenour. Will is a local musician and African music aficianado, just back from touring in Senegal and Mali with his bandmates in the Carrboro-based, West African dance band, Diali Cissokho and Kairaba. We'll hear a sneak preview from the band's upcoming debut album, as well as tales from their trip, and lots of great African music from Will's personal collection!

MONDO MUNDO:  Saturday, January 7, 2-4 PM with host SANTA SALSERA

 

WXDU Favorite Albums of 2011 -- The Individual Lists

 
 
WXDU closes out 2011 with a look at the individual "Best of" lists from just a few members of our beloved Music Staff.  Each week, these DJ's & Genre Directors work hard to review & prepare the dozens of CD's, LP's & 7" that we add to our playlist every Sunday. Click above to see what 2011 sounded like to them!
 
 
 
ANDY B.
 

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.

8PM-10PM: 20-1 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.

I hope you will tune in, and I hope you will hear something that interests you.

Micheal Akutagawa

 

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!

This is a public event; please bring your friends!

Click here to see the facebook event. Please RSVP so that we can have an estimated tally of our guests.

 

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!