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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.
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.
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!
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
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:
They will also be spinning some records! Key words include computer music, experimental, avant pop, traditional Japanese music, netlabels, and rocks in a blender.
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.
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
The Instro Summit is a three day instrumental rock-only festival spanning the weekend of April 29th, 30th, and May 1st - and WXDU has all the info on it! Fast becoming the largest instro rock fest in the Southeast, we're going to club and drag in "chief instigator" Crispy Bess to prepare the populace for the lyric-free onslaught. Tune in from 6-7 pm on Sunday, Apr. 10th. Fun will be had. For more information, look up the Instro Summit 2011 on Facebook!