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During the mid-to-late 1970s disaffected European psych-rock musicians, inspired by the music of Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Sun Ra, Olivier Messiaen, and Soft Machine, as well as by the politics of the radical left, formed a loose collective of bands that came to be known as the Rock in Opposition movement. Spearheaded by bands like the UK's Henry Cow and Belgium's Univers Zero, the movement produced dense, challenging, and at times startlingly beautiful music that used surreal and dadaist lyrics to advance a message of anti-fascim, anti-capitalism, and anti-consumerism. Tune into Polyphonic Perversity tomorrow from noon to 2pm to listen to the music of Rock in Opposition movement and the musicians that continue to uphold the tradition today.
Hey WXDU listeners! Come to the 7th annual FDDF (funk disco dance Friday) Throwdown at Wheels next Friday, Dec. 9 from 10pm-1am!
You'll be skating all night while DJs Viva, Stephen Conrad, Matt Tauch, and Nate Smith bring us the tunes to boogy on the skate floor.
There will be a bus shuttling attendees from Duke East Campus to Wheels from 10pm to 1am, so there's no need to drive.
This event will be FREE to those with a Duke ID, and $5 to those without. Skate rental is included!
Join us Monday Nov. 28 from 8-10 PM as we plumb the depths of beloved Seattle label Sublime Frequencies' output. The label is headed by Alan Bishop, of the experimental band Sun City Girls (1979-2007), along with Hisham Mayet, and releases esoteric original and live recordings, re-released music, field recordings etc. (and DVDs) mainly from Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. There's a lot to choose from... decisions decisions! Send, call in requests!
After the Pinhook Numero Group panel on Friday November 18, tune in to WXDU from 8-10PM for a special post-Funk Disco Dance Friday show featuring Numero co-founder Rob Sevier and A&R rep Jon Kirby. The two will be on to spin records and discuss the forthcoming Eccentric Soul Revue at the Carolina Theatre presented in conjunction with Duke Performance featuring Chicago soul artists the Notations, Renaldo Domino, and Syl Johnson. Expect good radio vibes, giveaways,
High unemployment, racial tensions, the rise of Margaret Thatcher, and the Falklands war all provided fertile ground for politically inclined British musicians to sow their discontent in the 1980s. The Red Wedge tour, officially sponsored and supported by the Labour party, was one of the most publically visible avenues of political expression by pop musicians. Organized by Billy Bragg and Paul Weller, the tour featured a diverse palette of British artists including Bragg, The Style Council, The Communards, Madness, Junior Giscombe, and Prefab Sprout. Tune in tonight from 8-10pm to hear selections from all of these artists and the musicians who influenced them!
This Sunday on Polyphonic Perversity (noon-2pm), we'll explore film music by composers who you don't normally think of as film composers. So no Ennio Morricone or Bernard Hermann, just fantastic film music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Toru Takemitsu, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, and Alfred Schnittke. This program is preparation for the upcoming Duke New Music Ensemble concerts, titled "Old Film | New Music," on Sunday, November 11, at 8 p.m.
Tune in to College Radio Primer tonight for a glimpse into the groundbreaking post-punk sound of Rough Trade Records. Influenced by the DIY techniques pioneered by early punk groups like the Buzzcocks, Desperate Bicycles & Scritti Pollitti, Geoff Travis (with help from a group of like-minded friends/music nuts) would turn his tiny West London record shop into one of the UK's most exciting & influential independent record labels. Along the way he would release singles & albums from a wide variety of artists, including the Swell Maps, Delta 5, Television Personalities, James Blood Ulmer, This Heat, Monochrome Set, The Pop Group, LiLiPUT, Young Marble Giants and tons more. Hear it all TONIGHT, 8-10pm
What did space ships sound like before space ships? What about lasers and robots and time-traveling police boxes? This Sunday during Polyphonic Perversity, join DJ Slip 'n' Slide for a special two hour exploration of the history, accomplishments and legacy of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the group of eccentric musicians, mathematicians, engineers and artists responsible for some of the most influential sounds in science fiction. Using nothing but magnetic tape, razor blades, and the most primitive, often homemade, tape manipulators, the Radiophonic Workshop dreamed up the sounds of the future.
Going to CMJ 2011? How bout just looking for some great new music? Check out the CMJ 2011 Preview Playlist on the NPR Music website! Recently, WXDU (alongside 7 other universities) were invited to help curate a playlist for the CMJ 2011 Festival (10/18 - 10/22). We chose 11 fantastic bands & artists who deserve your attention at this year's festival (and anywhere else for that matter).
WXDU's official choices include: Psychic Ills, Hans Chew, Vaz, Parts & Labor, Talk Normal, Alina Simone, Death, Shonen Knife, Nina Nastasia, Davila 666 and Pterodactyl!