Blog / Great radio needs a great record


By Wendy

On Tuesday morning, September 14, I am carefully driving my friend Peter’s portable record player over to our local public radio station.
That’s right: no turntable exists at the studios of WUNC-FM in the American Tobacco Complex.
I can’t be that surprised in this world of iTunes and MP3 downloads.
But we need a record player to bring alive a work of art created by Xaviera Simmons, a 12-inch LP record called
“Thundersnow Road, NC.” Xaviera will be sharing the live noon hour (Tuesday, September 14) with Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan, Trevor Schoonmaker, the Nasher Museum’s Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, and Frank Stasio, host of “The State of Things.”
For her multi-media project, Xaviera created photographs of the North Carolina landscape and solicited musical responses from musicians such as My Morning Jacket’s Jim James (as Yim Yames), TV On the Radio members Kyp Malone (as Rain Machine), Tunde Adebimpe (as Prolex with Ryan Sawyer), and Jaleel Bunton, along with Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan collaborating with Les Savy Fav’s Harrison Haynes, and more.
The only way to hear the original songs is at the exhibition “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl,” where music from the 12-inch record plays on a loop with Xaviera’s  installation of photographs.
If we can get the record player properly wired, some of Xaviera’s record will air during “The State of Things” at noon and again at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16. Tune in at 91.5, WUNC-FM.

Xaviera is visiting as Duke’s artist in residence all week. Here are other opportunities to meet her:

Thursday, September 16
6 PM Superchunk band members sign records
7 PM Artist Talk: Xaviera Simmons discusses her project and her art practice
8:30 PM Superchunk Concert (release of “Majesty Shredding,” their first album in nine years)
Tickets: 919-684-4444 or

Sunday, September 19
BBQ and Vinyl Listening Party
1-4 PM
Xaviera Simmons will play her 12-inch record commissioned for The Record. Special guests will play some of their favorite records. The listening party is free, and North Carolina BBQ and beer will be available for purchase.

IMAGE: Superchunk poster for the Nasher Museum concert featuring original art by Ron Liberti.

The Superchunk concert at the Nasher Museum is sponsored by Duke-Semans Fine Arts Foundation. Additional support comes from the advertising agency McKinney and Duke Performances.

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