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WXDU Top 100 Albums & Top 25 Comps/Reissues of 2012

01.)  Swans...The Seer...Young God...Rock
02.)  Bowerbirds...The Clearing...Dead Oceans...Rock
03.)  The Mountain Goats...Transcendental Youth...Merge...Rock
04.)  Dum Dum Girls...End of Daze...Sub Pop...Rock
05.)  Can...The Lost Tapes...Mute...Rock
06.)  Flying Lotus...Until the Quiet Comes...Warp...RPM
07.)  Gross Ghost...Brer Rabbit...Grip Tapes...Rock
08.)  Thee Oh Sees...Putrifiers II EP...In the Red...Rock
09.)  Tame Impala...Lonerism...Modular...Rock
10.)  The Flute Flies...Yes Means Maybe...Potluck...Rock
11.)  Ty Segall...Twins...Drag City...Rock
12.)  Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti...Mature Themes...4AD...Rock
13.)  Divine Fits...A Thing Called Divine Fits...Merge...Rock
14.)  The Souljazz Orchestra...Solidarity...Strut...World
15.)  Nathan Bowles...A Bottle, A Buckeye...Soft Abuse...CBGF
16.)  Cantwell, Gomez & Jordan/Phil Cook & His Feat...The John Tape

WXDU Top 100 Countdown all New Year's Day!!!!

Nurse that New Year's Day hangover with WXDU as we countdown our annual Top 100 Albums of 2012, all day Sunday!  Starting at 12PM, WXDU DJ's will be playing songs from our 100 most played albums of the year & chatting about the results.   This year's list is a healthy mix of local music, indie rock, CBGF (Country-Bluegrass-Folk), R&B/Soul, Electronic & World music that'll be sure to give you an idea of what 2012 sounded like to us.  Also be sure to check out our Top 25 Comps, Collections & Reissues Show in the evening (8-10pm) before we countdown the final Top 20 from 10pm-midnight.

12pm-2pm:  #100 - #81

2pm-4pm:    #80 - #61

4pm-6pm:    #60 - #41

6pm-8pm:    #40 - #21

8pm-10pm:  Top 25 Comps, Collections & Reissues

10pm-12am: #20 - #01




The Home of Easy Credit Live on WXDU TONIGHT 7PM

WXDU is excited to host an in-studio interview & live performance from NYC free-improv duo The Home of Easy Credit TONIGHT at 7pm.  The duo, comprised of Danish multi-instrumentalist Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen and bassist Tom Blancarte, released a fantastic record earlier this year on Northern-Spy Records.  They will be stopping by to chat & play before heading to the NIGHTLIGHT in Chapel Hill for a live show later tonight with Horse Lords.  Be sure to tune in!!


Man Forever Interview/In-Studio Performance THURSDAY 6/24

Tune in this Thursday (6/24) for a special interview & in-studio performance from Man Forever, the new percussion-heavy project led by Brooklyn-based multi-intstrumentalist & Oneida/People of the North drummer Kid Millions.  The group, who have been described as "a punk-infused Metal Machine Music for drums", have a brand new record out on Thrill Jockey (Pansophical Cataract) and are currently touring North America.  You can catch them at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill (http://www.nightlightclub.com) with Le Weekend & Conspicuous Convulsion tomorrow night.  But first, they'll be stopping by WXDU for a special in-studio treat.  The fun begins around 3:00pm.  Be sure to visit our Twitter page (twitter.com/wxdu) for any updates.


Tonight 4/2--Siltbreeze Records on the College Radio Primer

TONIGHT (4/2) on the College Radio Primer, we spend a full FOUR HOURS tracing the history of Philadelphia's Siltbreeze Records and its impact on the outer fringes of indie rock through the 80s, 90s, 00s and today.  Started in 1989 by fanzine writer Tom Lax, Siltbreeze helped bridge a gap between the avant-garde and indie rock, releasing records from some of experimental rock's most influential artists: The Dead C, Charalambides, Harry Pussy, The Shadow Ring, Strapping Fieldhands, Alan Licht and many, many more.  Hear them all TONIGHT, 8PM-12AM.  Listen live on 88.7 FM or stream it at http://www.wxdu.org



WXDU Favorite Albums of 2011 -- The Individual Lists

WXDU closes out 2011 with a look at the individual "Best of" lists from just a few members of our beloved 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 2011 sounded like to them!

WXDU Top 100 of 2011--New Year's Day (1/1/12)

Nurse that New Year's Day hangover with WXDU as we countdown our annual Top 100 Albums of 2011, all day Sunday!  Starting at 10AM, WXDU DJ's will be playing songs from our 100 most played albums of the year & chatting about the results.   This year's list is a healthy mix of local music, indie rock, CBGF (Country-Bluegrass-Folk), R&B/Soul, Electronic & World music that'll be sure to give you an idea of what 2011 sounded like to us.


10AM-12PM: 100-81 plus a CBGF Wrap-Up w/Mark J.

12PM-2PM: 80-61 w/ Dave R./Andy B.

2PM-4PM: 60-41 w/ Georg

4PM-6PM: 40-21 w/ Kelly

6PM-8PM: Top 20 Reissues & Comps w/ Andy B. & Dave R.

8PM-10PM: 20-1 w/ Andy B. & Dave R.


Rough Trade 1977-1981 TONIGHT (11/7) on College Radio Primer 8-10pm

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


WXDU Helps NPR Music with CMJ 2011 Preview Playlist!


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!


Manchester 1977-1985 TONIGHT on the College Radio Primer 8-10pm

Tonight on College Radio Primer: WXDU explores the highly influential punk, post-punk & new wave scene looming in heart of the "industrial wasteland" that was late 70's/early 80's Manchester.   Tune in and hear the legends (The Fall, Joy Division, Buzzcocks, Magazine), the unsung heroes (Blue Orchids, A Certain Ratio, God's Gift, Foreign Press) and a band called Crispy Ambulance....  TONIGHT 8-10pm!