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Coming in On a Wing and a Prayer 24 May 2009 @ 2pm

Step into the Divaville Lounge on Sunday, May 24 from 2-4 pm as we pay tribute to men and women in uniform on the day before Memorial Day. We'll hear classic songs from the war years, songs meant to inspire the troops and comfort those back on the homefront. We'll also hear performances from Armed Forces Radio broadcasts like Command Performance and Jubilee. Plus wartime public service announcements about war bonds, rationing and victory gardens. Tune for an afternoon of music in honor of the troops. 

Visit divavillelounge.org for more information.


A Decade Sans Bi-Qs

It was 10 years ago this month that the Bicentennial Quarters played their last show -- Memorial Day of 1999. I've loved plenty of local bands over the past 17 years, but the Bi-Qs were special. Nobody -- before or since -- could match their dedication to the triple pillars of Art, Rock, and Absurdity. Bassist Chris Eubank & drummer Shannon Morrow locked in so tight they could fool you into thinking they were loose, and guitarist Walker Martin would pursue any idea far past its logical conclusion. Every show felt like a high-wire act -- a Dada high-wire act, performed in full-panic death-defying fashion along a chalk-line drawn on the sidewalk.

Drummer Shannon Morrow moved to Chicago literally days later (though she's since returned to Durham, and leads the Scene of the Crime Rovers guerilla marching band). Guitarist Walker Martin moved to Los Angeles, of all places. Chris Eubank stuck around, and has played in dozens-if-not-hundreds of bands since (much as he had before the Bi-Qs came along).

This Sunday the 24th, in honor of Memorial Day, I'll celebrate this anniversary by playing a recording of that final Bi-Qs show on the air at 4:00 p.m.


Live in-studio interview with Aminal, 17 May 2009 @ 6pm

Join us for an in-studio interview with local band Aminal. Their recently released pair of EPs, A Face to Fight and A Will to Fight, have together been named album of the month by the Independent Weekly.  They'll chat with us about their delicious melange of art rock, roots, garage and pop.

Tune in at 6 pm on 88.7 FM or on our internet stream.


New Website! (again!)

You're looking at the latest (and hopefully the last for a while) redesign of WXDU.org

Whereas the last redesign was mostly visual (it was a *huge* change), this one is more functional. We're excited to be able to blog (and have our listeners able to *find* our blogs). We're also excited about the events listing in the right-hand column.

Take a look around, kick the tires, and let us know what you think!


Canned: TIEMPO LIBRE Giveaway Today, Wed (5/13)

Today on AZUCAR y CANDELA, 6-8 pm Wednesday May 13, I will be giving away Tiempo Libre's new CD, Bach in Havana together with a can of Café Bustelo coffee! Listen in to find out how to win...
For more on the Miami-based Cuban expat band Tiempo Libre, including my review of the new album, go here:
-DJ Santa Salsera


Chino XL squeezes North Carolina into his 90 bars.

"Claiming you thorough, but don't want no drama/but say you wanna fight but then the first in flight like North Carolina"


Orville and Wilbur Wright probably aren't head-nodding in their caskets right now, but if they were it'd be to this track by Chino XL.  Go 'head and count how count how many metaphors and similies and punchlines that Chino lets off in this 90 bar display.  Don't worry . . . I'll wait. 

Listen to "The Fresh Factory" this Sunday night from 12am - 2am to hear this and more from other generals of hip hop's literati.


We Still Refuse To Call Them "The Lo".

A while back, some genius at Camp Lo's new record label (SRC/Universal) made the cruddy desicion to rename the group to The Lo.  The idea failed and was probably what jinxed them and led to their first single, "Lumdi", being virtually ignored by Top 40 radio and club deejays.  It was strange because, at the time that the song was released, it easily trumped any party/dance record that was out at the time.   

Here's the new video for their most recent single "On Smash/89 Of Crime feat. Styles P".  The version of "On Smash" you'll be hearing for the next several weeks on my Sun. night show,  "The Fresh Factory" (here on 88.7FM) also features Pete Rock, who you won't find in the video.  But you will find Chapel Hill's very own beat king and one of Camp Lo's resident producers, Apple Juice Kid, who makes a pretty creepy appearance in the video.  He wouldn't have looked so out of place if he would have at least bobbed his head a little bit harder and not smiled so goofily.



Things are getting ugly.

I like my music old and crusty.  Layers of dirt over scratched black vinyl only makes me want to play it more.  Small obscure labels with unknown bands etched into that vinyl makes me excited.  What does it sound like, how was it recorded.  Sometimes the sounds coming off the vinyl makes me cringe but sometimes this atheist finds heaven.

Regular listeners to my show (Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00 am) will know the section I play thrift store finds.  The sound quality may not be crisp and clean but the emotion expressed is the thing for me.  The sound of some spotty youth crying their heart out whether in anger or love, I don't care.  Raw, nasty and ugly is beauty to me.

So the day I found the huge boxes of 60's soul 45's was a good day for me.  Hidden amongst the Motown and Stax I picked up all the small independent labels releases.

- The Falcons (with The Ohio Untouchables) made me cry... seriously, tears fell.  Little did I know the voice was a very young Wilson Pickett doing one of the earliest soul releases in a gospel style.  "I Found Out" & "Swim" on Lu Pine records out of Detroit was a ground breaker.

And yikes the rest of the pile was great too.....  listen for more.


Willie Nelson representing at wxdu...

I dj'd yesterday morning, and i have to say that Willie Nelson has returned to my personal listening rotation in a big way.  His new album, teaming up with Asleep at the Wheel, is really excellent.  Classic western swing songs.  My toe is still tapping.

As if this wasn't enough to get you listening to Willie again, then there is also the new Phosphorescent release, To Willie.  In the image of the classic To Lefty, From Willie,  Matthew Houck does his darndest and turns out a really good collection of Willie songs.  I always thought that Phosphorescent was like a really really good Palace Brothers / Will Oldham cover band (and I mean that in the best way possible), but its nice to see them branch out a bit more by covering Willie (I know that sounds weird).  Anyway, Phosphorescent is a good band and this album follows suit.  By the way, you can see Phosphorescent at the Duke Coffeehouse on March 26th.

More Willie please.


Kanye saves


The divisiveness of 808s & Heartbreak is amazing... (so amazing... it's amazing...)  I'd like to hear from other people who've heard this record.  How many times have you heard it?  Is it a "grower"?  Do you find it therapeutic?  Most importantly, do you think 808s & Heartbreak can SAVE LIVES?  William Bowers' article has me thinking... with your emotional well-being in the balance, which way do you tip on Kanye's new album?