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Shayne Miel on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out Sunday, 5/1

 May Day!! Shayne Miel makes his triumphant return to the stage with Future Kings of Nowhere Saturday, May 7th at the Motorco Music Hall here in Durham - and he'll be here to chat about it with us.  Tune in on Sunday May 1st, 6-7 pm!

 

I Stuck My Head in a Fire Hydrant: The Past and Present of Outsider Pop

Tonight's College Radio Primer will cover the strange and fascinating world of Outsider Pop. College radio has long been a haven for artists who operate outside of the mainstream, but what about the fringes of the fringes? What about the musicians who are unable or unwilling to conform to mainstream musical, lyrical, or production standards? What about the musicians who are shut out of the mainstream by personal or institutional barriers? Tune in tonight from 8-10pm to hear the pop music that comes from these outsider spaces- The Fugs, The Shaggs, Captain Beefheart, Jandek, and more will all be played for your listening enjoyment.

 

Instro-Summit Preview on Tonight's "Who's Got The Cuckoo?!" April 24, 2011

DJ Robby and guest Mr. Crispy will preview some of the acts who will be playing at next week's Instro-Summit on tonight's Who's Got The Cuckoo, WXDU's weekly garage rock show. The Instro-Summit features all-instrumental music: "All Rockin', No Squawkin'!" for three days at the Cave in Chapel Hill next weekend. Tune in at 9-10pm right here at WXDU.ORG, or tune in to 88.7FM. 

 

Delible: Disappearing Independent Hits from the Golden Age of College Rock (1985-1990) is tonight's College Radio Primer

Tonight's College Radio Primer
 
College Rock was the term used to describe the music played on non-commercial radio stations throughout the 1980s. Although “college rock” isn’t necessarily genre specific, the non-commercial radio band was used mainly to focus on music that was being largely ignored by the mainstream, and much of that was influenced by the previous non-mainstream styles such as punk, post-punk and garage music. “The Golden Age of College Radio” is a term that is now used to describe the second half of this decade. It’s not only defined by the popularity of the underground music of the time, but also the fact that many of these bands were getting so popular that they were getting signed by major labels, thus blurring the lines between underground and mainstream. As this happened the term “college rock” became less useful and (ironically) a new term emerged: Alternative. Later the term “Indie Rock” was used to differentiate a new non-mainstream.
 

Birds & Arrows on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out 4/17

From 6-7 pm Sunday 4/17, Birds & Arrows will be dropping by the station to chat, as well as play some tracks from their upcoming album, "We're Gonna Run", which will have its release party on May 7th at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill.  Tune in!

 

Rough Weather approaching on Wednesday, 4/13

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
8pm-10pm

DJ John S. will be hosting a special performance and DJ set by Rough Weather, an electroacoustic duet from Milwaukee and Brooklyn.

Rough Weather is Erik Schoster (computer, electronics) and Brendan Landis (guitar). They focus on non-idiomatic improvisation, short-form compositions, and rocking out as hard as possible all the time. You can hear their music at:

www.someprettyroughweatherwouldntyousay.com

They will also be spinning some records! Key words include computer music, experimental, avant pop, traditional Japanese music, netlabels, and rocks in a blender.

 

You Can Miss Out School

You Can Miss Out School: Comparing and Contrasting The Kinks and Small Faces from 1965-1969

Tonight's College Radio Primer

8-10pm

Hosted By Alison

 

"Out There A Minute" on Sunday 4/17, 10 a.m. - noon

The playlist for the “Out There a Minute” jazz program on Sunday 4/17, 10 a.m. until noon, will take as its point of departure the song “Woke Up This Morning”, from the 1997 album, Exile on Cold Harbour Lane, by Alabama 3.  You may have heard an abbreviated version as the theme song for the popular drama series “The Sopranos”.

 

The spoken word opening of the song (excised from the version used for “The Sopranos”) includes references to nearly a dozen jazz or blues composers, musicians or singers:  Charles Mingus and the album Pithecanthropus Erectus; J. R. Monterose; Jackie McLean; Eric Dolphy; John Coltrane; Duke Ellington; Lester Young; Billie Holiday; Ella Fitzgerald; Jimmy Reed; Muddy Waters; and Howlin’ Wolf.

 

 

Science in the Triangle on Sunday 10 April at 830 pm: interview with CEO of Aten Inc

Aten is a start-up in the RTP housed in the Park Research Center on Alexander Drive.  Taking advantage of the strength of the gaming community in our RTP, our topic in the first program of the semester, they are making a business of adapting gaming models and interfaces for middle school education.  My guest will be Thomas Vaidhyan, Founder and CEO of Aten.  We'll talk about his company's purpose and composition as well as his success and obstacles in helping North Carolina take advantage of the national educational emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  I assure you that you'll find Thomas to be a well-rounded and interesting guest.   /cp