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Scrap Exchange Interview 5/29

 Ann Woodward, director of the Scrap Exchange, will be on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out this Sunday 5/29.  ILYB not only has in bands and musicians, but what we like to call "community enablers", and this organization is no exception.  After the roof collapsed on Liberty Warehouse, the Scrap Exchange is going to have to move - and there will be a series of benefits around Durham, starting with one at the Casbah 6/4.  We'll be playing a mess of the bands that will be contributing!


Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, 5/22

Tune in on Sunday 5/22 from 6-7 pm to catch Shannon Morrow, founder of the Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra, along with Christopher Thurston and Bendte Fagge, to promote their upcoming show at Motorco Music Hall this Wednesday, 5/25.  TSO was founded as a "real time" composing ensemble, and they'll be playing alongside ZAHA, a soundpainting group from New York as well.  There will be some live tracks from shows heard as well.  There will be a workshop for composing at 6 pm before the performance at Motorco as well! We'll be discussing it all on I Liked You Better...  


HOG on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out Sun. May 5/15

 Hey all! The great and mighty HOG will be joining with Savannah this Sunday from 6-7 pm! Their new EP, Archetypes, is coming out now as well as a few shows coming up.  They'll also be the first metal band on I Liked You Better..., so it'll be interesting.  Right? 


Program for "Out There a Minute" Jazz Show on Sunday 5/8 (10 a.m. - noon) is "Be-Bop Spoken Here"

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.  



Th' Bullfrog Willard McGhee plays live on The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown - May 3rd 7pm

 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



Shayne Miel on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out Sunday, 5/1

 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!


I Stuck My Head in a Fire Hydrant: The Past and Present of Outsider Pop

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.


Instro-Summit Preview on Tonight's "Who's Got The Cuckoo?!" April 24, 2011

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. 


Delible: Disappearing Independent Hits from the Golden Age of College Rock (1985-1990) is tonight's College Radio Primer

Tonight's College Radio Primer
College Rock was the term used to describe the music played on non-commercial radio stations throughout the 1980s. Although “college rock” isn’t necessarily genre specific, the non-commercial radio band was used mainly to focus on music that was being largely ignored by the mainstream, and much of that was influenced by the previous non-mainstream styles such as punk, post-punk and garage music. “The Golden Age of College Radio” is a term that is now used to describe the second half of this decade. It’s not only defined by the popularity of the underground music of the time, but also the fact that many of these bands were getting so popular that they were getting signed by major labels, thus blurring the lines between underground and mainstream. As this happened the term “college rock” became less useful and (ironically) a new term emerged: Alternative. Later the term “Indie Rock” was used to differentiate a new non-mainstream.

Birds & Arrows on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out 4/17

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!