DJ Highlights

Local Beat Preview 9/11/09

This Friday’s Local Beat has to be one for the ages.  My fourth week on the show is gearing up to be the best so far with special guests Superchunk, Ryan Gustafson, and the Pneurotics.

Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of local legend Superchunk are calling in at 5pm to talk about their new book based on their label Merge Records: “OUR NOISE: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label that Got Big and Stayed Small”.  The book is set to be released Tuesday, September 15 via Algonquin Books.  Mac and Laura will be traveling across the state to promote the new book and play some tunes of their own at the following bookstores:


  • September 15th –  The Regulator Bookshop, 7:00 pm (Durham, NC)
  • September 17th – Bull’s Head Bookshop, 3:30 pm (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • September 17th – Quail Ridge, 7:30 pm (Raleigh, NC)
  • October 2nd – Malaprop’s, 7:00 pm (Asheville, NC)
  • Local blog Triangle Music did an excellent short review on the book which you can read here.

    You have been hearing Ryan Gustafson’s solo work on WKNC for a couple of weeks now, but at 6pm on the Local Beat Ryan is stopping by to chat about his CD Release party tonight at the Local 506 with two amazing bands, Mount Moriah and Mandolin Orange (show is $5 and starts at 9:30pm).  His album, Donkey LP, has certainly proven to be one of my favorites this summer and Spencer Griffith of The Indepdent Weekly gave the album an admirable review which you can check out here.


    The final hour of the show brings The Pneurotics on to chat up another new album and another Local 506 release party; this one their own.  The album is titled Second Skin and is set to be released Friday, September 18th at the 506 with The Travesties and Rat Jackson taking the stage as well (show is $8 and starts at 9:30pm). 

    So tune in to the Local Beat every Friday evening from 5pm-8pm.  If you are out of the area be sure to listen online!