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The music doesn’t stop when you leave the country.

When I arrived at the RDU airport after six weeks in Prague to the terminal from which I departede, I felt like I had been gone for about half of that, if not less. It was like a time warp.

Then I went to the WKNC studio for my return to the airwaves, and I was reminded just how long six weeks actually is in the world of music. I am trying to catch up with the latest releases as quickly as I can!

On my show last week, I played a new track from Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies of their EP II, which was great. I’m looking forward to checking out the latest from Bowerbirds out tomorrow! It will be strange to have to learn words to new songs after singing along to “My Oldest Memory,” “Bur Oak,” and “In Our Talons,” for so long.

Tune in for my show this Wednesday (and every Wednesday for the rest of the summer) from 2 to 3 p.m. as I make up for lost time.

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Local Beat preview 7/3/09

Just because the mailman ain’t delivering today doesn’t mean the Local Beat is taking a day off.  We’re having Corbie Hill from Battle Rockets and Where The Buffalo Roamed in at 5:00.

Corbie is the organizer of Let Feedback Ring, an alternative choice for weekend musical entertainment.  Alternative to what, you ask? Well, you know

Should be a good conversation.  Check out some of the music to be featured at “Let Feedback Ring” and the full lineup below.

Show is at Sadlack’s Heroes on Hillsborough Street and starts at 1pm

Goodbye, Titan

The White Cascade

Free Electric State

Battle Rockets


Once and Future Kings

Spy Satellite








Remembering the Walkman

My dad had told me it was the iPod of its day. He had told me it was big, but I hadn’t realised he meant THAT big. It was the size of a small book.

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Sony Walkman. As someone nearly that old myself, I felt it necessary to share this BBC article in which a 13-year-old boy trades in his iPod for its much older, distant cousin.

Music News and Interviews

Tune in 6/27 as 88.1 FM WKNC pays tribute to the King of Pop, MichaelJackson

Tune in Saturday night, June 27, as 88.1 FM WKNC pays tribute to the most successful recording artist in the history of music, with over 750 millions albums sold, the legendary, the incomparable, Michael Jackson.

Join me, and other special guest co-hosts, from 8 to 11 p.m. on “Saturday Night Soul and R&B” as we reminisce on our favorite memories of the ICON. Listen, as we reflect on Michael’s  influence on music, fashion and pop culture. We will also reveal little known facts about the 13-time Grammy Award Winner and discuss the media coverage and speculation surrounding his untimely passing.

As Jackson’s music was the soundtrack to many of our lives, expect to hear music from Hip-Hop and R&B artist directly influenced by him as well as our favorite hits.

Immediately following “Saturday Night Soul and R&B’, stay tuned for the "2.0 show” with D Cutta, as he mixes four hours of non-stop MJ classics from the past 40 years.

Help us celebrate the life of the most influential, inspirational and innovative singer in the HISTORY of music. R.I.P to the greatest entertainer of all time. His legacy will forever live on.

Share you favorite MJ memories here.

New Album Review

Chrisette Michele defies the Sophomore Jinx

Chrisette Michele: Epiphany
Released 5/5/09
4.5/5 stars

For many artists, the sophomore album is a crucial one. If its predecessor was a hit, the bar is set high, but if it was a flop, this album could feasibly make or break their career. Many artists have fallen into the curse that is the “sophomore jinx,"  but Chrisette Michele manages not only to meet the bar, she exceeds all previous expectations with Epiphany.

With Epiphany, Chrisette’s traditional vocal stylings have evolved into a more well-rounded R&B sound, retaining the jazz influences from her debut album,  I am, yet adding more of a modern, urban, youthful vibe. Epiphany mainly focuses on the joys and sorrows love brings from the viewpoint of a strong, independent woman, with a fragile heart.

 The first single "Epiphany,” bearing the albums title, begins with “It’s
over.” The Ne-Yo-produced piano driven single describes how Michele has
finally come to an important realization and decides that it’s time to
leave an unhealthy relationship. It is the perfect opening to a stellar

Following “Epiphany” is the beautifully written ballad “Notebook,”
describing how Michele is afraid to tell a prospective mate that she has
a crush and instead opts to confide in the pages of her notebook.

The album hit’s its stride with “Blame It on Me,” in which Michele
is at her finest vocally, confessing that she doesn’t care who takes the blame
for a failed relationship “as long as it’s over.”

Next is “All I Ever Think About.” Its old school R&B vibe, heavy bass and impassioned vocals make it the album’s best, as Michele bares her heart and soul over an imperfect relationship, which in fact is quite perfect.

Epiphany successfully moves from soulful melodies to urban-pop with
the acoustic guitar-ridden “Playin’ Our Song” and “On My Own.” The
former has Michele convincing herself that she’s fine after a breakup, but in reality she’s heartbroken, while the latter has Michele acknowledging its time to claim her independence and transform into a woman.

Many of the albums standouts were written and produced by R&B singer Ne-Yo, including  “Porcelain Doll, "Another One” and “What You Do.” Chrisette is a modern day Billie Holiday on the feisty empowering, “Porcelain Doll”, proclaiming boldly that she is no one’s trophy. “Another One” echo’s the sentiments of the aforementioned, as Michele confesses that she’s a “grown woman, dealing with grown woman things”. And with “What You Do”, Michele makes it clear that actions speak louder than words. 

The majority of Epiphany consists of ballads and mid-tempos, but “Mr.Right” and “Fragile”, prove Michele she can successfully tackle up-tempo’s as well. The Doo-Wop, Hip-Hop and Lauryn Hill influenced “Mr. Right” finds Michele explaining how she has found the perfect person for her. “Fragile” and “I’m Okay” expose Michele’s vulnerabilities and express how love has hurt her.

Epiphany encompasses all the qualities needed to produce a classic album, with its colorful production, catchy melodies and complex vocal arrangements, thoughtful lyrical content and unique, edgy vocals. Chrisette Michele has truly reinvigorated the world of R&B music, as Ephiphany is one of the years best.

For more on Chrisette Michele click here.

88.1 WKNC DJ Pick of the Week is published in the print edition of the Technician, as well as online at and

Music News and Interviews

Free Music + Artists Get paid $ = OMG

Full Disclosure: Mz. Kelly is a summer intern at ReverbNation where she is learning about technology, how to help artists, and continuing to love music.

With the RIAA hacking away at illegal downloaders, musicians enduring the great-unknown future of the music industry, and everyone feeling the effects of a struggling economy, creative ideas for survival are needed.  In an attempt to provide solutions to changing times, local company ReverbNation has paired with Microsoft Windows to provide an answer, and it’s called “Sponsored Songs.”

The idea is simple.  Fans get free legal downloads of songs from a surplus of bands.  Bands are paid money for every unique download of their song.  The sponsor’s brand image, or advertisement, is embedded with the song’s cover art so that it travels from listener to listener.  Each download equates to fifty cents so if you can’t go to a music show you can always support by downloading. If the program is successful it could include other sponsors in the future— anyone thinking possible Outback Steakhouse Sponsored Songs, presented by Of Montreal?

ReverbNation has provided the platform for the program.  Many local artists are included in the launch of the program (check out Jake Seaton’s list here), including WKNC favorite, Hammer No More The Fingers, who were included in the official press release.  Joe Hall, of HNMTF, said, “We’re always looking for ways to reach new fans, and the team at ReverbNation is always working hard on new and creative ways to help Artists like us succeed.  With Microsoft’s participation in the Sponsored Songs program, Artists earn money for their hard work and fans get free music.”

For all the bands available for download, check out

And for the weekly featured downloads, check out Windows on MySpace.

Concert Review

NIN|JA, A tour which left a hole

Trent Reznor has decided to hang up the Nails. After 20 years of touring and making music, on the twentieth anniversary of Pretty Hate Machine, Trent has decided that it is time for Nine Inch Nails to stop making music and touring. Before embarking on the aptly named, Wave Goodbye Tour, he said, “It’s time to make NIN disappear for a while. What this tour meant to me, was one last hurrah.”

The emotion and energy shown by Trent was astronomical. He, and the rest of the members of the band made it a show I will never forget. From me screaming at the top of my lungs, and dancing in my seat to songs like “Wish,” “Survialism,” and the epic closure “Head Like A Hole.” I will never forget the goosebumps I got upon hearing “The Fragile,” “Le Mer,” and the haunting but beautiful “Hurt.” It’s a sad day to see them go, but hopefully they will grace us with their presence sometime down the road with an album that will blow us away, and show us why Trent Reznor is one of the greatest musicians of all time. Until that time comes, I will always remember the show, and the pain in his voice as he sang “You can have it all, my empire of dirt. I will let you down, I will make you hurt.” As NIN left the stage, I was still in awe of their show and all I could do was wave goodbye.


  1. Home
  2. Somewhat Damaged
  3. Wish
  4. March of the Pigs
  5. Piggy
  6. Metal (Gary Numan cover)
  7. I’m Afraid Of Americans (David Bowie cover)
  8. Head Down
  9. Burn
  10. Gave Up
  11. La Mer
  12. The Fragile
  13. Non-Entity
  14. The Downward Spiral
  15. Survivalism
  16. Suck
  17. Hurt
  18. The Hand That Feeds
  19. Head Like A Hole (with Eric Avery)
DJ Highlights

This Week on Strictly Reggae

As usual, WKNC is getting listeners the hook up. This week it comes in the form of a pair of 311 tickets. Did I mention Ziggy Marley and The Expendables will be preforming as well? This Sunday is your chance to snag the tickets. And as if that wasn’t enough, I will have a special guest in the studio to help give them away. Curry Don is coming in for and interview to talk about his recently release, “Perseverance,” and his upcoming show with local roots band “Anchants” which is scheduled for July 12 at Berkley Cafe.

Music News and Interviews

Finally, The Love Language in-studio interview from 5/8/09

Go ahead, pull out the wooden ruler and lay down a good whack across the top of my hands.  I’ve been a bad WKNC blogger.  If I was being graded on timeliness, there would be a big red “F” at the top of this blog, but, thankfully, you as a blog-reader & lover of WKNC would never employ such emotional damage like that of my former college professors, right?

And although this does not relate to the interview, I wanted to post this pic.  Jake Seaton over at Music.MyNC deilvers a wonderful tweet,, and this picture was in his feed recently.  Jake, I won’t ask why you weren’t blasting WKNC 88.1fm.  I will assume that  you must have been driving your car, nearing the US-Canadian border, out of our 25,000 watt listening area.

The Love Language in-studio interview, 5/8/09

:hearts and guitars:

Mz. Kelly,

DJ Highlights

24 Hours on the Air with Kyle

WKNC has been good to me over the past 4 years.  I had the privilege of sharing some awesome tunes with everyone through the Dance Dance Revolution, and during my term as General Manager over the past academic year we did some awesome things here at WKNC, we even launched this very blog.

Unfortunately as a recent graduate of NC State University society has pressured me into “moving on with my life” which entails me leaving Raleigh and the warm embrace WKNC.  But before I bid you all farewell please join me and listen in as I take control of the studio for 24 straight hours from Tuesday, June 23rd at noon to Wednesday, June 24th at noon. I will be pumping up all of your favorite WKNC jams for a whole day across Daytime, Local Lunch, Underground, and Afterhours formats. No artists will be repeated.

Stay classy, triangle. (Especially you, Durham)