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Mingus Mingus Mingus! on WXDU’s “Out There a Minute” Jazz Program for 7/3/2011

 Mingus Mingus Mingus! on WXDU’s “Out There a Minute” Jazz Program for 7/3/2011

 

The playlist for WXDU’s “Out There a Minute” Jazz Program on Sunday 7/3/2011 will be devoted to compositions by Charles Mingus.  

 

His work includes several well-known jazz standards, music for film (e.g., for John Cassavete’s Shadows), music to accompany spoken word/poetry (e.g., Weary Blues, with Langston Hughes), pieces designed for collective improvisation, as well as what George Kanzler, in his liner notes to the Mingus album, Let My Children Hear Music, describes as “ambitious attempts to build ‘tall buildings’ in jazz employing large ensembles and extended compositional structures”.  After MIngus’s death, The New Yorker wrote of him: "For sheer melodic and rhythmic and structural originality, his compositions may equal anything written in western music in the twentieth century” (mingusmingusmingus.com,).  Mingus’s music defies easy categorization, but it includes elements of traditional jazz, hard bop, free jazz, black gospel music, and classical music.     

 

 

WXDU Promotes Hopscotch Hip-Hop Compilation

Hopscotch festival is quickly gaining recognition as a powerhouse of local and national indie rock.  This year, Eric Tullis, an Independent Weekly writer, is spearheading a hiphop compilation project for hip hop artists in North Carolina to be featured at the festival.  So wat cha sayin is currently accepting songs and submissions for a chance to be on the first Hopscotch hip hop compilation album.  You can email sowatchasayinNC@gmail.com with your submissions or visit http://sowatchasayin.com/ for more info!

 

 

Bitter Resolve on Sunday 6/26

 To promote their upcoming full length 12" - album release party will be July 1st at the Nightlight - Bitter Resolve will be stopping by from 6-7 pm on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out.  You know the drill. 

 

Beloved Binge on I Liked You Better... Sunday 6/19

 Happy Father's Day! Maybe you should make him some vegan brownies or something...Beloved Binge knows how.  They'll be on ILYBBYSO this Sunday from 6-7 pm discussing their upcoming split 7" with Battlestar Canada and the release coming up on 6/25.

 

Sax Heroes on Divaville Lounge, 6/19 2-4 pm

In tribute to Clarence Clemons who died yesterday, today's Divaville Lounge will celebrate the saxophone. We'll hear saxophone legends like Sidney Bechet, Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Illinois Jacquet, Woody Herman, Johnny Hodges, Lester Young, John Coltrane and many more. Tune in for two hours of Sax Heroes.

 

The Science of Fitness w/ Science in the Triangle guest Laura Z. Powell, American Council on Exercise

There is much, and some say way too much, talk about Healthcare.  I sometimes feel that we're scaring people into an unhealthy state of mind.  And the discussions about Healthcare's needed reforms nearly exclusively address cost and fees and funding related programs.  I never hear much wisdom about serious, large scale programs centered on prevention or an approach to inspire healthy living amongst our citizens.  We have a sort of, 'hey, we need more money to help or we're going broke helping unhealthy people.'  I'd prefer some attention to us not becoming unhealthy as 60% of the nation's medical bills stem from some form of self-inflicted harm, usually food, drug or alcohol abuse. 

This lengthy preamble introduces Sunday's guest who makes a career of personal fitness: physical, spiritual and emotional.  Laura was a successful Duke tennis player; lived for 5 years in the PE epicenter of America, namely the environs of Denver, Colorado (you could look it up); and has tales of the therapeutic value of fitness programs for females in Afghanistan to help to offset the burdens and inconveniences they suffer just by being women, i.e. jumping-jacks in a burka have a high degree of difficulty.

At any rate, the glorious summer of North Carolina is upon us and there is more to our scientific community in the RTP than can be measured with a microscope; sometimes you may need an old-fashioned scale.

Interview will be repeated on iTunes, natch.  If you want to contact Laura Powell = laurazpowell@gmail.com.

 

Pink Flag on 6/12

 On I Liked You Better... on Sunday 6/12, the lovely gals of Pink Flag will be stopping by to promote their new EP, "King of Scene" - their first CD since 2008 (good grief)! The upcoming release will be 6/18 at the Motorco Music Hall here in Durham.  Finally.

 

Action Packed Sunday



Sunday 6/12 is packed with local music, including Last Year's Men playing live on-air at 4pm, followed by Pink Flag talking to Savannah about their brand-new King of Scene EP at 6pm. Don't miss 'em!

 

Time To Fall Back In Love with The Talking Heads (Sunday 7:30pm-9:00pm)

Tonight we will explore the music from the Talking Heads and do our best to convince you that college rock still NEEDS and SHOULD LOVE the Talking Heads.

 
 

Tales from the Twilight World: Power Metal! Saturday, June 4th from 6-8pm

This week's episode of Beyond Good and Evil will feature the epic sounds of power metal, which combined the guitar attack of classic British heavy metal with prog-rock grandeur. Power metal bands have drawn lyrical inspiration from Tolkien, Norse mythology, and the drummer's weekly Dungeons and Dragons game (probably). Tune it to hear Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Iced Earth, and others.