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Azucar y Candela featured album: CHEMBO CORNIEL

Join Santa Salsera on Facebook! Listen to Azucar y Candela every Wednesday 6-8 pm. Featured Album:  CHEMBO CORNIEL, Things I Wanted To Do

Nuyorican percussionist Wilson "Chembo" Corniel's dry tone, impeccable timekeeping and super tasty playing make him one of the most sought-after congueros in New York. Known as a team player in small ensemble settings, Chembo's roots as a salsa sideman go back to the 70s. In recent years, Chembo has forged a respectable role for himself as a Latin jazz leader, and this is my favorite of his three solo albums to date.  READ MORE>>>

 

Pistil & Lud this weekend at WXDU!

 Be sure to check out Durham's own PISTIL, who will be in the station from 5-6 pm Friday with Savannah on the Vinyl Revolution! They'll be talking to us about the band, life in general, Troika, and will be sharing some of their most influential artists.  Local legends Lud will also be on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out on Sunday, 6-7 pm with Savannah, instruments in hand for an acoustic set and interview.  Don't forget!

 

Composer John Supko on Polyphonic Perversity 10/25

This week on Polyphonic Perveristy (Sundays noon-2pm) for an interview with composer John Supko.  John is a new assistant professor of music composition at Duke, and he is having his piece "Littoral" performed on October 25 at 8pm in the Nelson Music Room on Duke's East Campus.  We'll talk about his music, his impressions of the musical life of the Triangle, and various other things.  Tune in!

 

Azucar y Candela featured album: WAITIKI 7

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This week's featured album on Azucar y Candela (WED 6-8p):

WAITIKI 7, "Adventures in Paradise"

Martin Denny first gave an exaggerated tropical feel to Latinesque lounge in the 50s, adding bongos and bird sounds to gentle Hawaiian melodies. Now, Lopaka Colon (son of Denny's bongocero Augie Colon) is part of a band called WAITIKI 7 that is out to prove that exotica is "not some formaldehyde-preserved relic but a viable, living genre."  READ MORE>>>>>

This vibes-ridden* groove evokes the intimate, bygone acoustics of Cuba's Egrem studios with hints of afro and swing, never veering into arch caricature or postmodern distance. Whereas exotica often evoked sonic stereotypes that quickly seemed kitschy or untenable, this band (whose members share Native Hawaiian, Chinese and Puerto Rican heritage), has found a way to return these sounds to a realm of unironic pleasure and cultural respect.

Exotica is back, baby. Not your typical "salsa dura," nonethless, the Latin backbone is authentic, the musical approach pure jazz. This album is a special liqueur. Recapture your own personal cocktail hour (drink recipes are included with the liner notes) and go with the wave.

*using a rare 1927 model Vibraharp 145

 

THE BEAST: WED 6 PM Interview on Azucar y Candela

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This week's featured artist on Azucar y Candela is The Beast, whose new CD "Silence Fiction" features raging Triangle salseros Orquesta GarDel. Join Santa Salsera with members of The Beast LIVE in the studio this WEDNESDAY (10/14) , during the first hour of Azucar y Candela (6-8 pm). 

LISTEN TO THIS INTERVIEW NOW:  iTUNES U ARCHIVED AUDIO LINK (free)

 

 

 

Melissa Thomas on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, Sun. Oct. 11

Be sure to tune in to WXDU from 5-6 pm Sunday evening! Melissa Thomas of 307 Knox Records and the Troika Music Festival will be in, talking about Troika history, artists, the local music community at large, along with the giving away of some Troika passes! For more info, please visit www.troikamusicfestival.org

 

Mystery Show October 11, 2009: A to Z of Dubstep

 Tune in this Sunday October 11, 2009 for the Mystery show where I will be spinning an A to Z of dubstep. I'll be bringing the heavy bass and dark beats from various UK and American dubstep artists. Tune in to 88.7 FM in Durham or wxdu.org online from 10-11 PM

 

Humble Tripe on the Vinyl Revolution, Fri. Oct. 9!

Listen in on WXDU from 5-6 pm this Friday when Humble Tripe will pop by the studio, perform, guest DJ, and play a bit off their brand new album. Also, we'll be talking about the Troika Music Festival coming up in less than a month! Don't miss it.
 

First Annual Milltown Record Swap this Saturday

Didn't get enough at the WXDU Record Fair last month? Hot on its heels...

Clarque and Caroline Blomquist will be hosting the first annual Milltown Record Swap and Vinyl Fair at Milltown in Carrboro Saturday Oct 10 from 2 to 6 pm.  Details:
* Local record labels, bands, distributors and collectors are invited to showcase and trade new releases, catalog and merchandise.
* Bring your own vinyl, CDs, posters, box sets, etc to sell and trade.
* NO TABLE FEE * ALL AGES WELCOME * FOOD AND DRINK SPECIALS ALL DAY

Milltown Restaurant

(919) 968-2460

307 East Main Street, Carrboro, NC

 

Azucar y Candela featured album: DISLOCADOS

Going to start featuring a new Latin release each week or so on Azucar y Candela, home of the Sweet Latin Heat! Listen in every Wednesday 6-8 pm...

This week's featured album on Azucar y Candela:  Ukrainian salsa band DISLOCADOS, "La Salida." (READ MORE>>>>>)