DJ Highlights

WKNC DJs’ Top Albums of 2016!

The year of realizing things has almost come to a close. We asked our DJs what their favorite albums from this tumultuous year were and they responded! Thanks for sticking with us through this year and we’ll see you all for an amazing 2017.

DJ Casserole – Daytime
(In no particular order)

  1. MY WOMAN by Angel Olsen
  2. Geode by ELEL
  3. Jurassic Punk by T-Rextasy
  4. Shall We by Goth Babe
  5. Pile by A Giant Dog

DJ Short Stride – Daytime

  1. Shall We by Goth Babe
  2. Buds by Surf Curse
  3. Puberty 2 by Mitski
  4. So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club
  5. Bashful Creatures by Hippo Campus

Chuck Afterhours & Indie Rock

  1. Boronia by Hockey Dad
  2. Human Energy by Machinedrum 
  3. Sleeptalking by Travelers
  4. Temple by Matthew and the Atlas
  5. Pink Gum by Magic Potion

angel by shaggy – Specialty (Post Service)

  1. Demon City by Elysia Crampton
  2. Tempo by Olga Bell
  3. Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval
  4. A Seat At The Table by Solange
  5. Wildflower by The Avalanches

DJ VU Daytime/Specialty (That 80s Show)

  1. Human Ceremony by Sunflower Bean
  2. Year of the Rabbit by Eskimeaux
  3. Eating in Bed by Del Sure
  4. Pool by Porches
  5. It’s The Big Joyous Occasion, Let’s Stir the Honeypot by Teen Suicide

Cmd Shift Q Specialty (Rub-a-Dub Dub)
(In no particular order)

  1. Face Always Towards the Sun by Blithe Field
  2. Deluxe by Omni
  3. Homeworlding by Fraternal Twin
  4. It’s The Big Joyous Occasion, Let’s Stir the Honeypot by Teen Suicide
  5. Resolutionary by Vivien Goldman

galpal – Daytime

  1. Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval
  2. Warmth Equation by Infinity Crush
  3. Gymnastics by Sneaks
  4. Lamentations by Moses Sumney
  5. Cosmetic by Nots

DJGU3 Afterhours

  1. It’s Hard For Me to Say I’m Sorry by Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke 
  2. Elseq 1-5 by Autechre
  3. Love Streams by Tim Hecker
  4. Ultimate Care II by Matmos
  5. Capsule’s Pride by Bwana

DJ Mac Daytime

  1. The Ride by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  2. A/B by Kaleo
  3. Sunlit Youth by Local Natives
  4. How to Be A Human Being by Glass Animals
  5. Dissapear Here by Bad Suns

DJ2 –  Chainsaw

  1. Imperial by Denzel Curry
  2. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
  3. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold
  4. Terminal Redux by Vektor
  5. The Whole of the Law by Anaal Nathrakh

The Captain Specialty (That Emo Show & Two Dads, A Lot of Genres)

  1. Cardinal by Pinegrove
  2. Goodness by The Hotelier
  3. Promise Everything by Basement
  4. Versace Summer by JANK
  5. Laugh Tracks by Knocked Loose

Goldi Afterhours, Specialty (Lowkey R&B)

  1. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  2. American Boyfriend by Kevin Abstract
  3. Puberty 2 by Mitski
  4. We got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your service by A Tribe Called Quest
  5. Oh No by Jesse Lanza

Big Fat Sac Specialty (Both Kinds Radio)

  1. Nonagon Infinity by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 
  2. Midwest Farer’s Daughter by Margo Price
  3. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West 
  4. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson 
  5. A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

Case Sensitive – Afterhours

  1. Who Really Cares by TV Girl
  2. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  3. Coconut Oil EP by Lizzo
  4. Malibu by Anderson .Paak
  5. Freetown Sound by Blood Orange

DJ Iron Mic Underground

  1. Blank Face by Schoolboy Q
  2. Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown
  3. Learning to Live In A Day by P.A.T. Junior
  4. Take Notes by Professor Toon
  5. The Way I’m Living Makes My Mother Nervous by Well$

Double Duchess Daytime
(in no particular order)

  1. Emotion B-Sides by Carly Rae Jepsen
  2. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
  3. Lemonade by Beyonce
  4. Fun Christmastime Record Compilation by Quinton’s Fun Records
  5. Puberty 2 by Mitski

DJ JoshyPoshy Daytime

  1. Long Walk Home by Scenic Route to Alaska
  2. New by The Wldlfe
  3. Cinder by Cinder
  4. I Think You Too Much of Me by Eden
  5. Girl, Say by Vacation Manor

The Fuzz Specialty (NO DUDES PWR HR)

  1. Out of the Garden by Tancred
  2. Live in Nashville by Guerilla Toss
  3. Psychopomp by Japanese Breakfast
  4. Fell Off the Deep End by Neaux
  5. For Young Hearts by Soccer Mommy

mc-haela – Daytime

  1. Sunlit Youth by Local Natives
  2. Georgica Pond by Johnnyswim
  3. Absolute Loser by Fruit Bats
  4. Fools by Wild Child
  5. The Party by Andy Shauf

JB Daytime

  1. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  2. 99.9% by Kaytranada
  3. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
  4. Yes Lawd! by NxWorries
  5. Wildflower by The Avalanches

The Mattador Daytime

  1. Cardinal by Pinegrove
  2. Talking Quietly of Anything With You by Free Cake For Every Creature
  3. Return to Love by LVL UP
  4. Puberty 2 by Mitski
  5. Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest

ncsu-guest Afterhours

  1. Blonde by Frank Ocean
  2. Freetown Sound by Blood Orange
  3. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired by Mothers
  4. Anti by Rihanna
  5. A Seat At the Table by Solange

DJ Whatsherface – Daytime

  1. Not to Disappear by Daughter
  2. Skip A Sinking Stone by Mutual Benefit
  3. Masterpiece by Big Thief
  4. Friends Share Lovers by And The Kids
  5. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired by Mothers


Our Recurring Favorites!
Blonde by Frank Ocean
Puberty 2 by Mitski
The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
Cardinal by Pinegrove
Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval

Concert Review

Angel Olsen at Cats Cradle

Angel Olsen performs live at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Photo by dJ/dx.

Friday night brought indie folk-rock artist Angel Olsen back to her home state for a performance at Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.  The openers, Nashville’s Promised Land Sound, kicked off the night with great energy, backing southern-style harmonies with their country-rock sound.  They even brought Olsen and her percussionist on stage for a song that they claimed to have only played together once before.

Olsen and her crew carried the night onward and upward with a shuffled setlist of new and old, alternating between songs from her most recent release Burn Your Fire For No Witness and tracks from older discography.  It was difficult to resist swaying along to the Missouri native’s enchanting vocals as the outlined the emotionally charged lyrics that I’ve been humming along to for months.  To the crowd’s delight (as indicated by the girly screeches erupting from the house), Angel surprised the crowd with a rendition of Rhiannon by the WKNC-beloved Fleetwood Mac.  Closing out the set with a solo performance of White Fire and Iota, Angel continued to hypnotize the audience without the assistance of her bandmates, leaving the crowd with a simple “thanks” and high hopes for an encore.  She returned to the stage with her bandmates to close out the night with the high-energy of Forgiven/Forgotten.  Overall, it was an impressive performance by a wonderful artist.  While many of her shows are selling out around the country, I’m glad I had the chance to see Olsen perform in the Triangle for the first time since last year’s Hopscotch Music Festival.  It’s always nice to see talented artists getting the attention they deserve.  For more information on Angel Olsen, including tour dates, merch, and news, you can visit her website at

– dJ/dx

New Album Review

New Daytime Music

Angel Olsen // Burn Your Fire For No Witness

To my ears this release is a lil’ more upbeat than previous AO releases, some of the songs almost have a punky feel, but if you have intense personal demons or a dark heart, Angel will speak sweet nothings to your inner void.

Juan Wauters // N.A.P. North American Poetry

This is put out by Captured Tracks, which means it’s laid-back guitar jams. Way less reverb on this then like Mac Demarco/Beach Fossils/Wild Nothing, so I think it finds a niche of being catchy acoustic music without being overly derivative of other CT bands.

Bleeding Rainbow // Interrupt

Upbeat shoegaze jams from Philly’s Bleeding Rainbow!! This album is so much fun and an improvement from their last one in my opinion.

Speedy Ortiz // Real Hair

Another release from 90’s acolytes Speedy Ortiz. If you like them, you know what to expect: 1995 vibes that sound exactly like Helium. In fact, if you like Speedy Ortiz, go listen to Helium, and you’ll be getting the authentic 90’s experience.

Warpaint // S/T

Female-fronted space-rock goodness from a band who’s brand of psych I’ve admired for a while. Very ethereal, and by ethereal I mean any other word that means ethereal because that word gets used a ton, damn

Dog Bite // Tranquilizers

Silky PBR&B from Toro y Moi’s labelmate Dog Bite. Very smooth.

Habibi // Habibi

I feel like my parents would dig this record, but in a good way…? This is an all-female Burger Records (well-known Cali garage rock label) band that updates the sounds of 60’s girl-pop with modern punk and post-punk tropes, yet manages to avoid sounding like Best Coast. Omg remember Best Coast?

Orthy // Emily EP

A slightly older release, but re-released by the industry in anticipation of new music..? Anyway, this album feels like someone dumping a big box of Polaroids on your head. Very chill.

XIU XIU // Angel Guts: Red Classroom

If you’ve ever listened to a Xiu Xiu record you know what kind of dark vibes to expect. This is a band that has an album called Dear God, I Hate Myself. Does that put you in the right mindset? Anyway, this is dark post-punk synthy music with lyrics that are really dark, even for this milieu. Not entirely my thing, but hopefully this finds the right people.

Together Pangea // Badillac

More Burger Records royalty. Super fun and upbeat, if you dig Wavves and Fidlar and all that surfy garage stuff, this is along the same lines.

Marissa Nadler // July

Marissa’s first album for Sacred Bones, this sounds at place on that usually-dark label, as this is an album of solid dusky folk music. Also the cover has good typography, because it’s a Sacred Bones release, duh.

Festival Coverage

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