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Sunday, February 9, 2014, 9-10pm marks the exact day and time the Beatles first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago. Love 'em or hate 'em, the Beatles' first short appearance on the show was arguably "the show that launched ten-thousand bands," ushering in the garage and psychedelic musical revolution in the mid-sixties. Music was never the same (And you won't be either, after you hear these novelty records)! Robby will be focusing on the humorous knock-offs, tribues, radio promos, and joke records released in the era just after "Beatlemania" hit the US shores. Tune in from 9-10pm Sunday night right here at WXDU!
Tune in at 4pm Sunday 2/2 for a live set by Lilac Shadows, in advance of the release of their debut full-length No Dark/No Light, out later this month on DiggUp Tapes.
Curtis Eller's American Circus will be joining us on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out on Sunday 1/26, to celebrate their upcoming album, "How to Make It In Hollywood"! (Or, in their words, "latest phonographic recording"!) They'll be chatting and playing live as well - Curtis might not be on the desk doing his signature kicks, but I can't promise he won't be. If you miss him doing so, catch them for their release party at Motorco Music Hall on Friday, 1/31. Tune in at 7 pm!
WXDU is giving away five pairs of tickets to the Pixies w/Cults concert at the Durham Performing Arts Center on Friday, January 31, 2014. For the chance to be a lucky winner, tune in to WXDU between Wednesday, January 22 and Sunday, January 26. Also check WXDU's Facebook and Twitter accounts daily for more information about ticket giveaways.
Tune in to wxdu Durham 88.7 this Wednesday from 2-4 for Flori-dayz/Holla Back Nights aka Misspelling Tampa aka Tampton Comes Alive aka Tampa Cares and learn about Florida's hardcore/noise scene straight from Florida punks Cottaging ahead of their show at the Nightlight with local favorites Whatever Brains. Music from The Scientists, Wire, Royal Trux and more mixed in with gems from the land of Floridays in the sun.
When a song becomes an evergreen, it can be sung again and again over the decades and sound fresh every time. On this week's Divaville Lounge we'll take 15 classic songs and compare the earliest recording with the version we now consider definitive. "Georgia on My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and Ray Charles; "Night and Day" by Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra; "Blue Moon" by Mel Torme and the Marcels, and many more. Tune in this Sunday from 2-4 pm for two takes on the standards!
Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our two-week countdown of the Top North Carolina releases of 2013. Here's the final list:
Spend New Year's Day with your friends at WXDU as we count down our annual Top 100 of 2013 + Top 25 Reissues of 2013 all day today! Noon-Midnight. 88.7FM local or listen online at wxdu.org. Here's our schedule for the day:
12pm-2pm: #100-#81 w/ John A.
2pm-4pm: #80-#61 w/ Michael D.
4pm-6pm: #60-#41 w/ Kate G.
6pm-8pm: #40-#21 w/ Dave R.
8pm-10pm: Top 25 Reissues of 2013
10pm-12am: #20-#01 w/ Dave R.
With 2013 coming to an end, here's a look at the individual "Best of the year" lists from just a few members of WXDU's 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 2013 sounded like to them!
JOHN A. (MUSIC STAFF)
Top 13 releases of 2013:
Sect Pig - Sect Pig (Nuclear War Now!)
Carl Kruger - Lazy Metal (Blue Spectrum)
Jaap Blonk - Lifespans (Kontrans)
Ashley Paul - Line the Clouds (R.E.L.)
No-Neck Blues Band - Gitanjali + The Nascent Stigma (Ri Be Xibalba)
Framtid - Defeat of Civilization (Crust War/Black Water)
Tiger Hatchery - Sun Worship (ESP Disk)
Black Sun Roof - Feral (VHF)
Suppression / No Comply - Suppression / No Comply (To Live A Lie)
(Unknown Artist) - r-15 demo (Rhinocervs)
RU-486 - Romanian Abattoirs (Destructive Industries / Fusty Cunt)
Bahru Kegne - In memory Of Ethiopia (Terp)
Tashi Dorji - Tashi Dorji (Headway)
We just uploaded a full set by Sorry About Dresden, recorded live in the WXDU Lounge on March 28, 1998, just five days after we had resumed broadcasting at full power via our newly rebuilt broadcast tower.