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George Gershwin Tribute Sunday 9/26 2-4pm

Step into the Divaville Lounge on Sunday, September 26 for a birthday tribute to George Gershwin! One of the most important popular composers in American history, Gershwin sold his first song on Tin Pan Alley when he was only 17 years old and went on to write for Broadway, Hollywood, classical works, opera and ballet in a career that spanned just 20 short years before his untimely death in 1937. Tune in for two hours of the George Gershwin music that has come to define the Great American Songbook, performed by the greats and by Gershwin himself.

 

The Light Pines LIVE on the air, 4:00 pm Sunday 9/5

 Drug Horse Collective members The Light Pines will be playing live on the air this Sunday 9/5 at 4:00 p.m., in advance of their Hopscotch Music Festival appearance next Saturday night at the Pour House. Tune in & check them out!

 

Interview with Vincent Joos on newly discovered Mississippi Fred McDowell recordings Tues 8/31 at 7pm

 On Tues Aug 31, The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown will feature newly discovered recordings from 1967 of Hill Country bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell. These recordings were originally made by UNC folklorist William Ferris, but the tapes have sat idle at UNC until folklore student Vincent Joos learned of their existence and began an effort to release the recordings commercially.  Tune in during the 7:00pm hour to hear an interview with co-producer Vincent Joos, a discussion of the newly formed Devil Down Records and some of the newly released Fred McDowell songs.

 

Roberto Cofresi / Freddie For A Day, Interview Sunday 8/29 at 6 PM

Join us for a conversation with Roberto Cofresi of New Town Drunks along with Jess Donnell of Unwind and Stevie Murtaugh of Transportation. They'll be talking with us about the upcoming benefit concert, Freddie For A Day. (Click for more)

 

Countdown Quartet / Music for Fences, Interview Sunday 8/22 at 6 PM

Join us for a conversation with Steve Grothmann of Countdown Quartet and Amanda Arrington of the Coalition to Unchain Dogs. They'll be talking with us about the upcoming benefit concert, Music For Fences. (Click for more)

 

Fugs got the Cuckoo!?!! A Tuli Kupferberg memorial and bhūmis expressway in two parts.

Tune in, turn on and freak out this Sunday night as we fall into the depraved world of The Fugs!  This will be part one of two Cuckoos as we help to usher Tuli off to his next plane of existence.

So check it out this Sunday night, 8/15, on Who's Got the Cuckoo!!???!!

Part II will happen on 9/19

 

100th Show "Spectacular"

On Friday August 6, I am hitting my 100th WXDU broadcast milestone and I'm doing it in style with an 8 hour show (2PM-10PM)

2-4: Rotating Genre Show - Long Format Noise/Drone/Ambient
4-6: Rotating Soul Show - almost 100% Northern Soul
6-8: Funk Disco Dance Friday (FDDF)
8-10: No idea. I'll just grab things off the shelves. I also love requests.

Tune in 88.7FM / http://wxdu.org
-j

 

Mel York and Alison Martlew of the Butchies on Sunday 7/18

Mel York and Alison Martlew of legendary queercore band The Butchies will be on with Savannah and Joey O at 6 pm Sunday, July 17th on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out! We'll be discussing their reunion show at the Cat's Cradle which be happening on Wednesday, July 21st.  The Cuntry Kings will be hosting, and local favorites Pink Flag will be opening.  Check it out!

 

Intergalactic Blam! plays live on The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown - Tues July 6th at 7pm

Intergalactic Blam! - A high-octane old-time string band featuring musicians from Durham, Hillsborough and Boston, will be playing live on-air during "The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown" tonight (Tues) during the 7:00 hour.  Expect total chaos and destruction of stringed instruments as planets collide.

 

J is heading to the Pitchfork Music Festival (and bringing back lots of stuff)

 I will be on site and behind the scenes at the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival at the beautiful and quaint Union Park in Chicago, Illinois June 16-18. Check back here or on our Facebook page for exclusive photos and, hopefully (keep those fingers crossed), announcements for interview air times as well as other surprises!!!

Check out this enormous line up! So many heavy-hitters and up-and-comers. These are some XDU's favorite artists, all in one place.

 

Hope to see you there!