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The playlist for the “Out There a Minute” jazz program on Sunday 5/8, 10 a.m. until noon, will explore the conjunction of jazz and poetry, a concept that goes back to the mid-1950s. According to Leonard Feather’s liner notes for the album, Weary Blues with Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus and Leonard Feather (Verve, 1990), “Possibly there were earlier examples, but it was not until then that pure jazz, belatedly accepted by the intelligentsia as a legitimate art form, was recognized in turn by the poets.”The program is entitled “Be-Bop Spoken Here” because much of the jazz background or accompaniment happened to be “be-bop” jazz, and because much of the spoken word and lingo of the times also consciously tried to reflect the “language” of jazz.
Raleigh bluesman Th' Bullfrog Willard McGee will play live on The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown, Tues May 3rd in the 7:00pm hour... Bullfrog has a great love for our local Piedmont Blues and plays many tunes from the likes of The Rev Gary Davis, Blind Boy Fuller, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, John Jackson and many others... His subtle guitar playing and big gravely voice make up his trademark sound. Bullfrog is also a great illustrator and spends a lot of time drawing pencil and ink drawings of local blue-men and women
May Day!! Shayne Miel makes his triumphant return to the stage with Future Kings of Nowhere Saturday, May 7th at the Motorco Music Hall here in Durham - and he'll be here to chat about it with us. Tune in on Sunday May 1st, 6-7 pm!
Tonight's College Radio Primer will cover the strange and fascinating world of Outsider Pop. College radio has long been a haven for artists who operate outside of the mainstream, but what about the fringes of the fringes? What about the musicians who are unable or unwilling to conform to mainstream musical, lyrical, or production standards? What about the musicians who are shut out of the mainstream by personal or institutional barriers? Tune in tonight from 8-10pm to hear the pop music that comes from these outsider spaces- The Fugs, The Shaggs, Captain Beefheart, Jandek, and more will all be played for your listening enjoyment.
DJ Robby and guest Mr. Crispy will preview some of the acts who will be playing at next week's Instro-Summit on tonight's Who's Got The Cuckoo, WXDU's weekly garage rock show. The Instro-Summit features all-instrumental music: "All Rockin', No Squawkin'!" for three days at the Cave in Chapel Hill next weekend. Tune in at 9-10pm right here at WXDU.ORG, or tune in to 88.7FM.
From 6-7 pm Sunday 4/17, Birds & Arrows will be dropping by the station to chat, as well as play some tracks from their upcoming album, "We're Gonna Run", which will have its release party on May 7th at the Local 506 in Chapel Hill. Tune in!
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
DJ John S. will be hosting a special performance and DJ set by Rough Weather, an electroacoustic duet from Milwaukee and Brooklyn.
Rough Weather is Erik Schoster (computer, electronics) and Brendan Landis (guitar). They focus on non-idiomatic improvisation, short-form compositions, and rocking out as hard as possible all the time. You can hear their music at:
They will also be spinning some records! Key words include computer music, experimental, avant pop, traditional Japanese music, netlabels, and rocks in a blender.
The playlist for the “Out There a Minute” jazz program on Sunday 4/17, 10 a.m. until noon, will take as its point of departure the song “Woke Up This Morning”, from the 1997 album, Exile on Cold Harbour Lane, by Alabama 3. You may have heard an abbreviated version as the theme song for the popular drama series “The Sopranos”.
The spoken word opening of the song (excised from the version used for “The Sopranos”) includes references to nearly a dozen jazz or blues composers, musicians or singers: Charles Mingus and the album Pithecanthropus Erectus; J. R. Monterose; Jackie McLean; Eric Dolphy; John Coltrane; Duke Ellington; Lester Young; Billie Holiday; Ella Fitzgerald; Jimmy Reed; Muddy Waters; and Howlin’ Wolf.