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WXDU -Science in the Triangle: Sunday at 830pm

Tessa of Blue Pane Studio and I partner with the RTP Foundation to sponsor www.scienceinthetriangle.org.  Its mission is to offer people who are curious about science, but not necessarily scientists, a place to find out what is happening in related ways around our RTP.  While promoting SIT, it occurred to me that many academics and scientists have an interest and talent for music.  Obvious to many at our station, of course. 

Having this 30 minute show gives me the chance to reveal that often unknown side of people in our science community (which we interpret broadly) while making the show appealing to our XDU audience.  I am grateful for this chance to experiment.  If I luck out, we'll come across as a regional version of Terry Gross and Radio Lab. Dream on!

The first guest will be Tyler Dukes who covers the gaming beat in the Triangle which is the second largest concentration of gamers in the country.  There are more than 40+ related companies including Epic and Emergent.  We'll hear Tyler's opinion of the industry and the how/who picks their music.

 

Flex Your Head: Washington D.C. Hardcore 1978-1985 - Tuesday 2/8 10pm-midnight

Tonight, Nobody's Driving will feature the Washington D.C. hardcore scene that (among other things) birthed the straightedge movement, revitalizing and refocusing punk and hardcore music during the early 1980s (all in the shadows of Capitol Hill and Ronald Reagan). Tune in to hear the bands like Bad Brains and Minor Threat who forever altered the trajectory of hardcore music as well as some underrated and forgotten classics like Void, Faith, Double-O, and Untouchables.

 

We're Not Crazy: The No Wave Scene (1977-1983) 8-10pm Tonight!

Tonight, College Radio Primer focuses on the 2nd generation of weirdos and misfits that kept the NYC underground afloat after punk exploded across America.  Artists like Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Arto Lindsay and Glenn Branca created new and exciting ways to mix art with punk energy and created a scene that became breeding grounds for some of the most important alternative bands of the past 30 years, most notably Swans and Sonic Youth.   Tune in tonight!  8-10pm. 

 

Crass Records on Nobody's Driving - Tuesday, 2/1, 10pm to midnight

 

Crass, the British punk band/collective credited with spawning the anarcho-punk movement/aesthetic, established a record label to release their own work. Upon the success of their first records they reinvested their capital in like minded artists, under the premise that the bands receive all profits and move on to create their own labels. On this edition of Nobody's Driving we will review the output of this label, often overlooked and overshadowed by Crass the band. 

 

DiggUp Tapes on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out 1/30

 Nathan and Brian of DiggUp Tapes will be dropping by to talk about their upcoming cassingles box set release show at Kings February 10th and 11th! Brian will be a bit familiar already to some of you, as he's in Lonnie Walker, so we'll chat about their recent re-release of their CD by DiggUp as well.  Tune in!

 

The Songs That Saved Your Life: and evening of music by The Smiths!

Tonight we bring in guest hosts Catie Braly and Molly Jones to spin their favorite Smiths songs and talk about the band.  Tune in to the College Radio Primer tonight from 8-10pm.

 

Filthybird & Moving Island - 1/23

 On I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out this coming Sunday, we're going to have a chat with Renee and Brian of Filthybird, about their upcoming shows, latest CD "Songs For Other People" and life in general.  We'll also be sharing our time with the good folks at Moving Island, a community education facility with the focus on arts and living.  They'll be having the "Buoyancy Benefit" for Moving Island's jump start! You can find more information at movingisland.org 

 

SF Bay Area Avant-Freaks: Late 70s-Early 80s -- College Radio Primer tonight from 8-10pm

Put on your eyeball heads and prepare yourselves for a Monday evening of surreal freakish music by the likes of The Residents, Tuxedomoon, Factrix, Minimal Man and others as DJ Decker traces the 1980s Avant Garde Performance Art scene that broke out of the San Francisco Bay area.

 

DTFH Records 2 Year Anniversary Party

 This coming Sunday, January 16th, Savannah and Joey O will be sitting down to chat with Scotty Sandwich from Death To False Hope Records (www.deathtofalsehoperecords.com) on the upcoming DTFH Records 2 Year Anniversary Party, that will be hosted at the Motorco Music Hall here in Durham on Friday, Jan. 21st & Saturday, Jan. 22nd! The lineup includes:

Less Than Jake

Brendan Kelly

Sorry About Dresden

Red Collar

Hammer No More the Fingers

...and more! Check it out at the Motorco website: motorcomusic.com/dtfh-records-anniversary-day-1

 

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1. Love Language...Libraries...Merge
2. Deerhunter...Halcyon Digest...4AD
3. Last Year's Men...Sunny Down Snuff...Church Key
4. Books...The Way Out...Temporary Residence
5. Beach House...Teen Dream...Sub Pop
6. Caribou...Swim...Merge
7. Portastatic...Make It Sound In Tune EP...Merge
8. Happy Birthday...Happy Birthday...Sub Pop
9. Various Artists...Psychedelic Disaster Whirl...Past & Present
10. Various Artists...Fire In My Bones: Raw Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel 1944-2007...Tompkins Square
11. Love...Love Lost...Sundazed
12. Spoon...Tranference...Merge
13. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists...The Brutalist Bricks...Matador
14. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti...Before Today...4AD
15. Cassis Orange...Cassis Orange...s/r
16. Wavves...King of the Beach...Fat Possum
17. Teenage Fanclub...Shadows...Merge
18. Titus Andronicus...The Monitor...XL
19. The Fall...Your Future Our Clutter...Domino
20. Schooner...Duck Kee Sessions...Cytunes.org
21. Veelee...Future Sight...Grip Tapes
22. Harlem...Hippies...Matador
23. Dum Dum Girls...I Will Be...Sub Pop
24. Archie Bronson Outfit...Coconuts...Domino
25. Vaselines...Sex with an X...Sub Pop
26. Dara Puspita...Dara Puspita 1966-1968...Sublime Frequencies
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