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Live in-studio interview with Aminal, 17 May 2009 @ 6pm

Join us for an in-studio interview with local band Aminal. Their recently released pair of EPs, A Face to Fight and A Will to Fight, have together been named album of the month by the Independent Weekly.  They'll chat with us about their delicious melange of art rock, roots, garage and pop.

Tune in at 6 pm on 88.7 FM or on our internet stream.

 

New Website! (again!)

You're looking at the latest (and hopefully the last for a while) redesign of WXDU.org

Whereas the last redesign was mostly visual (it was a *huge* change), this one is more functional. We're excited to be able to blog (and have our listeners able to *find* our blogs). We're also excited about the events listing in the right-hand column.

Take a look around, kick the tires, and let us know what you think!

 

Canned: TIEMPO LIBRE Giveaway Today, Wed (5/13)

Today on AZUCAR y CANDELA, 6-8 pm Wednesday May 13, I will be giving away Tiempo Libre's new CD, Bach in Havana together with a can of Café Bustelo coffee! Listen in to find out how to win...
For more on the Miami-based Cuban expat band Tiempo Libre, including my review of the new album, go here:
http://ondacarolina.blogspot.com/2009/05/radio-alert-azuquita-pal-cafe-g...
-DJ Santa Salsera
 

 

Chino XL squeezes North Carolina into his 90 bars.

"Claiming you thorough, but don't want no drama/but say you wanna fight but then the first in flight like North Carolina"

http://www.sicksymphonies.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/chinoxl_90...

Orville and Wilbur Wright probably aren't head-nodding in their caskets right now, but if they were it'd be to this track by Chino XL.  Go 'head and count how count how many metaphors and similies and punchlines that Chino lets off in this 90 bar display.  Don't worry . . . I'll wait. 

Listen to "The Fresh Factory" this Sunday night from 12am - 2am to hear this and more from other generals of hip hop's literati.

 

We Still Refuse To Call Them "The Lo".

A while back, some genius at Camp Lo's new record label (SRC/Universal) made the cruddy desicion to rename the group to The Lo.  The idea failed and was probably what jinxed them and led to their first single, "Lumdi", being virtually ignored by Top 40 radio and club deejays.  It was strange because, at the time that the song was released, it easily trumped any party/dance record that was out at the time.   

Here's the new video for their most recent single "On Smash/89 Of Crime feat. Styles P".  The version of "On Smash" you'll be hearing for the next several weeks on my Sun. night show,  "The Fresh Factory" (here on 88.7FM) also features Pete Rock, who you won't find in the video.  But you will find Chapel Hill's very own beat king and one of Camp Lo's resident producers, Apple Juice Kid, who makes a pretty creepy appearance in the video.  He wouldn't have looked so out of place if he would have at least bobbed his head a little bit harder and not smiled so goofily.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHvE2DSul3c

 

Things are getting ugly.

I like my music old and crusty.  Layers of dirt over scratched black vinyl only makes me want to play it more.  Small obscure labels with unknown bands etched into that vinyl makes me excited.  What does it sound like, how was it recorded.  Sometimes the sounds coming off the vinyl makes me cringe but sometimes this atheist finds heaven.

Regular listeners to my show (Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 am) will know the section I play thrift store finds.  The sound quality may not be crisp and clean but the emotion expressed is the thing for me.  The sound of some spotty youth crying their heart out whether in anger or love, I don't care.  Raw, nasty and ugly is beauty to me.

So the day I found the huge boxes of 60's soul 45's was a good day for me.  Hidden amongst the Motown and Stax I picked up all the small independent labels releases.

- The Falcons (with The Ohio Untouchables) made me cry... seriously, tears fell.  Little did I know the voice was a very young Wilson Pickett doing one of the earliest soul releases in a gospel style.  "I Found Out" & "Swim" on Lu Pine records out of Detroit was a ground breaker.

And yikes the rest of the pile was great too.....  listen for more.

 

Willie Nelson representing at wxdu...

I dj'd yesterday morning, and i have to say that Willie Nelson has returned to my personal listening rotation in a big way.  His new album, teaming up with Asleep at the Wheel, is really excellent.  Classic western swing songs.  My toe is still tapping.

As if this wasn't enough to get you listening to Willie again, then there is also the new Phosphorescent release, To Willie.  In the image of the classic To Lefty, From Willie,  Matthew Houck does his darndest and turns out a really good collection of Willie songs.  I always thought that Phosphorescent was like a really really good Palace Brothers / Will Oldham cover band (and I mean that in the best way possible), but its nice to see them branch out a bit more by covering Willie (I know that sounds weird).  Anyway, Phosphorescent is a good band and this album follows suit.  By the way, you can see Phosphorescent at the Duke Coffeehouse on March 26th.

More Willie please.

 

Kanye saves

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/node/148662

The divisiveness of 808s & Heartbreak is amazing... (so amazing... it's amazing...)  I'd like to hear from other people who've heard this record.  How many times have you heard it?  Is it a "grower"?  Do you find it therapeutic?  Most importantly, do you think 808s & Heartbreak can SAVE LIVES?  William Bowers' article has me thinking... with your emotional well-being in the balance, which way do you tip on Kanye's new album? 

 

Robby's Top 10 (or so...)

 

Below are my top 10 (or so) released this year, in no particular order. It's been a pretty good year for music. I've especially enjoyed the reverby vocals of Blitzen Trapper, and the fun vocal mishmosh of Fleet Foxes. Seems that there have been all these bands with "woodsy" themed names in the past few years, just recently reaching a fevered pitch. To wit: Grisly Bear, Fleet Foxes, Department of Eagles, Silver Antlers, The Mountain Goats, Donkeys, Gregory + The Hawk. Many bearded men.

 

I dug these records this last year:

 

Fleet Foxes - S/T (Sub Pop): Amazing orchestration of vocals. Melody structures are evolved from the voice. I love their rhythmic structures. Kind of other-worldly. Great mix of folk and pop, reminds me of 70s soft rock in a weird way (but a good one.. I think). They really experiment with vocals, it's a very different approach than most bands would take.

 

 

Faves from 2008

Thirteen of my favorite songs from last year.

1. "strange overtones" :: Brian Eno & David Byrne (Everything That Happens Will Happen Today)

2. "killa soundboy" :: Fort Knox Five (Radio Free D.C.)

3. "bob" :: Otto (What's Happening in Pernambuco)

4. "the whistling song" :: the Pinker Tones (Wild Animals)

5. "policia" :: Pistolera (En Este Camino)

6. "nouveau americain" :: Brazilian Girls (New York City)

7. "i hold the mic" :: Meat Beat Manifesto (Autoimmune)

8. "vampires" :: Thievery Corporation w/ Femi Kuti (Radio Retaliation)

9. "the house of games" :: Adrian Sherwood (Becoming a Cliché)

10. "harampa rija" :: Cankisou (Le La)

11. "here sat i (off jumps the don) :: Don Cavalli (Cryland)

12. "move" :: Q-Tip (the Renaissance)

13. "this will never end" :: All Girl Summer Fun Band (Looking Into It