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With 2013 coming to an end, here's a look at the individual "Best of the year" lists from just a few members of WXDU's music staff. Each week, these DJ's & genre directors work hard to review & prepare the dozens of CD's, LP's & 7" that we add to our playlist every Sunday. Click above to see what 2013 sounded like to them!
JOHN A. (MUSIC STAFF)
Top 13 releases of 2013:
Sect Pig - Sect Pig (Nuclear War Now!)
Carl Kruger - Lazy Metal (Blue Spectrum)
Jaap Blonk - Lifespans (Kontrans)
Ashley Paul - Line the Clouds (R.E.L.)
No-Neck Blues Band - Gitanjali + The Nascent Stigma (Ri Be Xibalba)
Framtid - Defeat of Civilization (Crust War/Black Water)
Tiger Hatchery - Sun Worship (ESP Disk)
Black Sun Roof - Feral (VHF)
Suppression / No Comply - Suppression / No Comply (To Live A Lie)
(Unknown Artist) - r-15 demo (Rhinocervs)
RU-486 - Romanian Abattoirs (Destructive Industries / Fusty Cunt)
Bahru Kegne - In memory Of Ethiopia (Terp)
Tashi Dorji - Tashi Dorji (Headway)
We just uploaded a full set by Sorry About Dresden, recorded live in the WXDU Lounge on March 28, 1998, just five days after we had resumed broadcasting at full power via our newly rebuilt broadcast tower.
Tune in Saturday (12/14) for a special broadcast of the massive, seven hour release Daughter of Darkness by Natural Snow Buildings. This recording was originally released as a limited-run, six cassette box set in 2009. Earlier this year, Ba Da Bing! Records released box sets in CD and LP formats of these mostly side-long drones. Natural Snow Buildings is a French duo consisting of Mehdi Ameziane and Solange Gularte. Here's a great introduction to the band published earlier this year in The Out Door.
Starting at 9am, we will play Daughter of Darkness in it's entirety with minimal station interruptions. We also plan to play a bonus track originally found on the Daughter of Darkness V release.
Tune in to Polyphonic Perversity this Sunday, November 24 from noon-2pm for a conversation with composer John Supko and New Music Raleigh's Shawn Galvin. The two will talk about NMR's upcoming performance of Supko's All Souls at CAM Raleigh on Monday, November 25, presented by North Carolina Opera. To prepare, check out Chris Vitiello's excellent preview/profile in this weeks Indy Week. Hope you can tune in.
There will be a special Friday edition of I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, with Small Apartments! This is the new project of Shirle and David Koslowski, of Free Electric State and Gerty fame, and they'll be coming down from Baltimore to stop by WXDU in time for their show tonight (11/15) at The Pinhook, alongside Goner and Prisms. We'll be discussing their cassette and digital release of their first effort, Secrets Within. Join us at 5 pm.
Goner put out one of our favorite albums of 2013, Faking the Wisdom, and now they'll be joining us to perform those tracks (and perhaps some others) live in our lounge. 4pm Sunday 11/10.
Over the years we have amassed a pretty substantial collection of live recordings, primarily bands who have played live on our Sunday local-music show. We'll be posting them, a year at a time, on our new bandcamp page, wxdu.bandcamp.com. We started off with the 1996 benefit fundraiser CD, Power of Tower. Check it out!
Eros & the Eschaton are from Greensboro; earlier this year they released their debut, Home Address for Civil War, on the storied Hoboken label Bar/None. They're a duo, but their spacey layered music calls to mind the throbbing intensity of bands like My Bloody Valentine.
They'll be joining us Sunday, November 3 at 4pm for a live in-studio performance. Tune in to hear how two people can magically sound like at least a half-dozen.
Tune in to Polyphonic Perversity this Sunday, November 3, from noon-2pm for an interview with Rob Moose and C.J. Camerieri of the group yMusic. This New York based new music sextet blurs all the distinctions between indie rock, electronica, hiphop, and classical music, having worked with people as diverse as Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, St. Vincent, Son Lux, Dirty Projectors, Nico Muhly, and many, many more. Their debut album Beautiful Mechanical on New Amsterdam Records features compositions by Son Lux, St. Vincent, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Gabriel Kahane, Judd Greenstein, and My Brightest Diamond. They're in town for a Duke Performances concert on Tuesday, November 5 at the Casbah. Tickets, recordings, videos, and more information here. Hope you can tune in!
In October of 1983, Duke University’s AM radio station flipped over to FM with the broadcast of David Bowie’s “Station to Station,” and marked the birth of WXDU - 88.7. Celebrating 30 years of broadcasting, WXDU is throwing a party at the Duke Coffeehouse on Saturday, November 9th. A testament to the lively interplay between WXDU and the wider community, organizers say several old Triangle bands are reuniting for the show. The line-up features long time members of the WXDU staff and many supporters of the station.