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Electric Beginnings
Since the departure of the Transmissions festival of electronic and experimental music to Chicago a few years back, the Triangle hasn't had a consistent place in which these artistic styles could germinate on a local level. The many organizers bringing out-of-town artists to town, running experimental nights like the monthly Recess night at Nightlight or self-releasing their work in hopes of starting something, are vital in this capacity, but sometimes having a common headquarters can be a good thing.

A promising prospect for fitting this bill is now on the starting blocks. A new Chapel Hill label, Unschooled Records, is interested in forward-thinking electronica, with a label-sampling compilation titled ENTER under its belt that features artists from Virginia, Iceland, Scotland, and Vancouver, B.C. These artists work varies from off-kilter sampling and digital production to beat-oriented workouts.

The label was founded by Howard Hecht, who has longtime ties to electronic music circles, to support left-of-center electronic music. Hecht has an interest in involving local artists, and promoting events on a regional level too, so hope, well, springs eternal. For more info on the label and sound samples of the artists, visit their site, www.unschooled.com.

All That's Jazz
The St. Joseph's Historic Foundation is hosting a monthlong art exhibit on that distinctly American art form called jazz. It'll focus on its various influences and the forms it has taken in different disciplines. Titled Jazzin' in July: Improvisations in Art, Music and Spoken Word, the series of musical and spoken-word performances with discussions of these styles, along with a visual art gallery show, runs through July 31. There's a reception on Saturday, July 19, from 6-8 p.m. in the St. Joseph's Performance Hall, with dialogues on art on Sunday, July 20 from 3-5 p.m., and a set of spoken work during the same times on July 27. For more info, visit www.hayti.org, or call 683-1709.

Dead Air
While tuning into WXDU, 88.7, the Duke community station, listeners noticed an unexplained stillness on their frequency over the holiday weekend. The building housing the station's station-to-transmitter link was vandalized, leaving the equipment inside to overheat when the entry door to the facility was broken down. Nothing major, it seems, has come from the break-in, with repairs made early last week. The station should be up and running at the time of this printing.

Best Blues Clues of the Week
Found in the Music Maker Relief Foundation's summer newsletter, a blues music-themed crossword puzzle asks these fine questions, among others: 17 Across: Name shared by both Minnie and Slim or 2 Down: Last name of musician who killed wife with guitar. To try the puzzle yourself, and read the great accompanying articles on North Carolina and other Southern states' roots musicians, visit www. musicmaker.org. EndBlock

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