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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 These recordings were originally made by UNC folklorist William Ferris, but the tapes have sat idle at UNC until folklore student Vincent Joos learned of their existence and began an effort to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)

The concert will be held on Saturday, September 3rd at Fuze in Chapel Hill and will feature Birds & Arrows, Reese McHenry (Dirty Little Heaters), Stevie Murtaugh (Transportation), Rich & Mimi McLaughlin (The Pneurotics), The Alcazar Hotel, Norm Underwood (Fantastico!), New Town Drunks, Stu Cole (Squirrel Nut Zippers), Griffanzo, the Bopeeps, Jane Francis, Jess Donnell, Radar’s Clowns of Sedation, Hwyl, John Pardue (Puritan Rodeo), Jim Smith, Mara Thomas (Roxotica), Nathan Logan, Burke Hilburn, Simeon, Richard Klecka and more. Proceeds from the event will go to the Mercury Phoenix Trust.

You can join-in by calling 919 684 8870 or sending a message to our online request line during the program.



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)

The concert will be held on Saturday, August 28th at 4 PM in Durham Central Park and will feature Countdown Quartet, Birds and Arrows and The Mountain Goats. All proceeds will go towards building fences for chained dogs.

You can join-in by calling 919 684 8870 or sending a message to our online request line during the program.


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


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!

(just look for the sweaty WXDU t-shirt)


  • Modest Mouse
  • Eugene Mirman
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Michael Showalter
  • Wyatt Cenac
  • Robyn
  • Hannibal Buress
  • Liars El-P
  • The Tallest Man on Earth
  • Sharon Van Etten



Happy Birthday America, Sunday July 4 noon-4 pm

Step into the Divaville Lounge on Sunday, July 4 as we celebrate Independence Day! In this special four hour program from 12-4 pm, we'll hear a song for each of the United States. We'll hear classics like "Georgia On My Mind" and "Pennsylvania Polka," and rare tunes you might not have heard before. Every state will have its time to shine. And DC too!

Remember to tune in at noon, 2 hours early for this celebration of the United States in song!


Sacred Steel Guitar music live tonight on The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown"

Mt. Airy, NC's own Sacred Steel Guitar gospel group "DaShawn Hickman and Steel Moven" will be playing live on your radio tonight (Tues) around 7pm on  "The Bull City Cosmic Hoedown" here on WXDU.