Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: November 21st at 2:48 PM

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Brian Coleman
Friday, November 21st, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Hip-hop author Brian Coleman's just published "Check the Technique Volume 2" picks up where the 2007 published first volume and its 2005 predecessor left off with "more liner notes for hip-hop junkies." The thick book's 25 fact-packed chapters contain over 80 interviews that meticulously present the back story to 25 classic hip-hop albums. The Boston-based author will join Billy Jam on this week's "Put The Needle On The Record" Friday, November 21st at 7pm on WFMU.

Vashti Bunyan
Saturday, November 22nd, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Vashti Bunyan's 1970 album, "Just Another Diamond Day", is considered one of the keystone recordings of that UK music scene, as its sound and backstory seem the very distillation of that time and place. Her rediscovery by a new generation of musicians led to her 2005 "Lookaftering" and now her brand new "Heartleap", which bookend her 1970 LP. Each of the records is connected by being at once a look back to another time, of being very much in the present, and also possessing an out-of-time quality, all of which continue to beguile listeners. In a recent phone conversation, she and I spoke at length about the time leading up to her debut album and also about the making of her two subsequent records.

Jonathan Richman!
Saturday, November 22nd, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes one of the world’s greatest and most influential songwriters and performers to the show: Jonathan Richman!

James Lovell: Garifuna Music - African Roots in Central America
Saturday, November 22nd, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Singer, bandleader and educator James Lovell, originally from Belize, has dedicated his life to spreading the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture and language through music. On Saturday November 29th he'll perform at Silvana on W 116th St. in Harlem to celebrate a deeply meaningful holiday in Belize: Garifuna Settlement Day, which commemorates the settlement of the Garifuna people in Belize after being exiled from the Grenadines by the British army. And he'll spread Garifuna culture and music over WFMU's airwaves tonight!

AJ Davila Y Terror Amor
Monday, November 24th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

A.J., bassist and chief songwriter for those crazed garage-punkers from San Juan, Davila 666, released his first solo effort "Terror Amor" in February of this year. To take it on the road, he put together a band under the same name as the LP and that combo, which includes another Davila 666 alum in lead guitarist Johnny Otis Davila, has spent all of 2014 touring the world, becoming super tight and super prolific, cranking out enough new material for a second LP in 2014. That album, "Beibi", will be out soon on Burger Records.

Gary Troxel of The Fleetwoods
Monday, November 24th, 8pm - 9pm
Night People
Lead vocalist of The Fleetwoods, Gary Troxel checks in with Night People to discuss the early years of Rock and Roll and the stories behind hits like "Come Softly" and "Mr. Blue".

Chris March from "Project Runway" and musical guest Bright Brown
Monday, November 24th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This week, Dave welcomes Chris March from "Project Runway" and musical guest Bright Brown.

Author Nick Bertozzi
Tuesday, November 25th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Let the celebrations begin! Illustrator and Author Nick Bertozzi will be a guest on This is the Modern World with Trouble on Nov 25, 9-noon . While paying hommage to the gods of NaWriNoMo, we'll be talking about why explorers leave on long arduous journeys in October, and how to write a graphic novel. What, you don't follow the path of NaWriNoMo? It's National Write a Novel Month, people! Get your read on.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Pilgrim (Part 1)"
Wednesday, November 26th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Pilgrim (Part 1)" airs Weds. November 26th. Joe recounts, in nauseating detail, the annual ritual of overindulging at a lavish family Thanksgiving dinner. He then offers the history of the feast, the story of the Pilgrims, and chronicles of pilgrimages around the world.

Faye fills in for Evan w/guests Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong
Wednesday, November 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on Hello Children with Faye

Faye welcomes Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, master weavers of electronic sound, voice, & guitar to the WFMU airwaves on this special edition of Hello Children! When Dustin Wong, former member of Ponytail & purveyor of beautiful guitar landscapes returns to WFMU with Japanese electronic musician/composer Takako Minekawa (who's worked with the likes of Cornelius & Buffalo Daughter) fantastical melodies are created in all colors of the imagination. Echoes of Haruomi Hosono, YMO, & the Tenniscoats can be heard throughout. All this topped off with a lovely interview about making electronic music in Japan! Their latest collaborative record "Savage Imagination" was released in September on Thrill Jockey.

Maja Ratkje
Friday, November 28th, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Celebrate the horror known as Black Friday with the extraordinary Norwegian vocalist and composer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. She's playing the last week of Thanksgiving at the Stone in the East VIllage and will jet across the river for a live solo performance and, possibly, some shopping tips.

Dan Bodah fills in for Martha tonight with a live set from Rhyton
Friday, November 28th, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Rhyton brings together string multi-instrumentalist Dave Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer), bassist and organist Jimy SeiTang [pronounced Jimmy Say - Tang] (of Stygian Stride, formerly of Psychic Ills) and drummer Rob Smith (of Pigeons). Despite all of the members' other involvements, Rhyton is very much its own band. It's deeply psychedelic music with a focus on mixing ancient and futuristic elements. Rhyton pours fierce rock improvisation into Greek and Middle Eastern traditions, all funneled together through groove.

Peter Guralnick plus Michael Spörke
Saturday, November 29th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley chats with noted music journalist Peter Guralnick who this month begins releasing his back catalog as enhanced e-books with newly shot video interview segments, audio of his original interviews and new chapters. Michael also welcomes Michael Spörke author of "Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music" to discuss the singer's struggles and successes in life and in the music business.

The Nots
Sunday, November 30th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K
Whether delivering their rock action as a trio or a quartet, Memphis's Nots are power just the same. The all-female outfit, which features members of Ex-Cult and Manatees among others, reside somewhere on that slippery spectrum of punk and post-punk and new wave, and make an urgent spiky noise full of white-hot guitars and destructo synths. The band are on tour in support of their debut full-length on Goner Records, We Are Nots, and were kind enough to bring their patented River City skronk to the WFMU airwaves on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

The Blind Shake
Monday, December 1st, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
As the Minneapolis three-piece gets set for its third appearance at WFMU, we turn it over to Midheaven for the blurb: The Blind Shake crafts dense, massive locomotive music—powerful sounds with the ability to careen through one cinematic, post-apocalyptic chase scene after another. The band’s latest album Breakfast of Failures comes clanging and crashing through these confused times. With six full-length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with downstroke warrior John Reis, The Blind Shake continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch-red noise.

Mitchell Kezin, director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” and Neil Norman director of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard”
Saturday, December 6th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes two directors of music documentaries: Mitchell Kezin director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” a new documentary about world of alternative Christmas music and Neil Norman director of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard” that documents the influential L.A. punky/garage/flower-power/acid-rock band.

Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "Tell Me What To Do"
Wednesday, December 10th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Tell Me What To Do," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 10th. A marketing executive begins a tumultuous and clandestine affair with a flirtatious colleague who works under him. He is married, and she has an alcoholic boyfriend and a dark family secret.

Retired Texas Gym Teacher Dale Irby
Saturday, December 13th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes genius Dale Irby who recently retired after teaching Phys-Ed for forty years - and wearing the exact same shirt & sweater vest in all forty yearbook photos.

They Might Be Giants
Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes John Flansburgh and John Linnell from Then Might Be Giants to the studio to play a few live songs and discuss their 30+ years of collaboration, their endless touring, their unusually devoted fans and their newly relaunched Dial A Song!

BLT fills in for Small Change tonight
Thursday, January 15th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
Radio BLT

Steve Boone from The Lovin’ Spoonful
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes bassist of The Lovin’ Spoonful Steve Boone who has written a new memoir "Hotter Than A Match Head, Life on the run with The Lovin' Spoonful."

BLT fills in for Small Change tonight
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, Midnight - 3am
Radio BLT

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