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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

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.


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


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


The Instro Summit 2011 on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, 4/10

 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!


Inside the Batcave and Beyond: Goth Music of the 1980's - Tonight, April 4, 8-10pm

Influenced by the glam and punk movements of the 1970's, post-punk goth rock reflected the emerging goth subculture of the early 1980's. Founding bands included Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, The Cure, Alien Sex Fiend, Christian Death, Specimen, etc. The legendary London nightclub, The Batcave, opened in 1982 and would become a center for this new music genre. Goth music encompassed not only gothic rock but also deathrock, darkwave, industrial and new wave music genres. Tune in tonight as we explore 80's goth on WXDU's College Radio Primer from 8-10pm.