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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!
I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out returns this month on Sunday, October 16th, with Misty Dawn Briggs, Tony Raver, and riding shotgun, Roberto Cofresi and Diane Koistinen, for the No More Fake Labels Showcase coming up at CMJ! Also, Kym Register of Midtown Dickens and owner of the Pinhook here in Durham, will come in to discuss the venue's Kickstarter project for a new sound system and to promote that cause...
Join DJ Stephen and special guest Jason Summers (director of "Unknown Passage: The Dead Moon Story") for a special 2-hour Who's Got The Cuckoo! They'll be previewing the Pierced Arrows show (Tuesday night at the 506) as well as digging deep within the Weeds/Lollipop Shoppe/Rats/Dead Moon/etc. catalog. This is a "can't miss" show!!
WXDU will be giving away one pair of all-weekend passes to Moogfest (Asheville, NC October 28-30) on October 16! Listen in to win some concert tickets for local shows this week to be a contender for the massive goodness of all-weekend passes to Moogfest! Head here for the Moogfest Lineup: http://moogfest.com/
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!