Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: August 29th at 1:32 PM

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Helado Negro
Tuesday, September 2nd, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
The wonderful inventive sounds of Helado Negro will take over This is the Modern World with Trouble, on Tuesday September 2. Helado Negro is that perfect equilibrium of electronic music with a foot in kraut rock, while sudsily bathed in mesmerizing loops with gorgeous melodies. This live performance is not to be missed.


Music Blues
Tuesday, September 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Stephen Tanner plays bass in the much-beloved and somewhat uncategorizable Georgia band of heavies known as Harvey Milk, these days calling Brooklyn home and whipping up all kinds of good food for public consumption therein. In 2010 he spent some downtime (as in crawling away from society) holed up at fellow Milk member Creston Spiers' Georgia abode where he wrote, played, and recorded his solo work Things Haven't Gone Well, now coming out on the Thrill Jockey label. It's touted as being a more cinematic variation of his work in Harvey Milk, though no less sludge-leaning and definitely full of some more personal imagery/life chronicling/dark issues being dealt with. He's put together a touring band for this project as well, live today on Brian's show.


Prove It All Night variety show with Pat Byrne!
Wednesday, September 3rd, 3am - 6am
on
Redundancy Radio with DJ Disk Jockey (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
You can listen to --and WATCH-- the first Prove it all Night variety show, that was recorded live from our new Monty Hall theater. Featuring performances by: Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen, an interview of John Holmstrom from PUNK magazine, and stand up comedy from John F. O'Donnell, Dan Licata, Livia Scott and more! Check out the madness hosted by Pat Byrne and find out why critics are voting it as the 38th best DIY late night variety show on the internet!

Tune in to the WFMU homepage or our mobile apps to watch the video as it airs.


Marco Benevento PLUS Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Lost Soul"
Wednesday, September 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Keyboard virtuoso and composer Marco Benevento offers a live trio set on Irwin's show Weds. September 3 at 5pm. Marco has played and recorded as part of the New York jazz and experimental music scene for over 15 years. Besides recording under his own name, he's performed and recorded with Garage A Trois, The Jazz Farmers, Bitches Brew Revisited and Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing. Marco often uses circuit bent toys to alter the sounds produced by standard instruments, and amplifies the piano with guitar pickups and electronic devices. His sixth album, SWIFT, has just been released on the Royal Potato Family label, and features Marco singing as well as handling keyboards. On the WFMU date, Benevento will be accompanied by Dave Dreiwitz on bass and Andy Borger on drums.

One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. September 3rd we'll air an episode entitled "Lost Soul," from Joe's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE series. A young priest named Father Tristan is posted to a remote fishing village, where he attempts to comfort the locals, who undergo a series of personal and community disasters. He learns that the food chain is a hierarchy of violence and there is more sadness in the world than he can imagine. Father Tristan then falls in love with a young parishioner—and things get worse.


The Judy Blooms
Thursday, September 4th, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

And now for something completely different. The Judy Blooms are not goth, shoegaze or even psychedelic but the duo bring their own special plaintive sound to the Dark Night. Jake Giesige's vocals are as haunting as any darkwave band but his guitar, more reminiscent of prog rock, destroys any attempt to place them in a "wave" category. Let Jake and drummer Angel take you on a melancholy journey.


Bombay Rickey's Multi-Culti Musical Mixology
Saturday, September 6th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Brooklyn's Bombay Rickey serves up exquisite sonic cocktails blending everything from surf rock to cumbia to Bollywood soundtrack music - each one topped off by the coloratura soprano stylings of Kamala Sankaram. The multi-culti musical mixologists of Ditmas Park celebrate the release of debut CD Cinefonia at Joe's Pub on Monday September 8 and right here on WFMU tonight!


Yonatan Gat
Monday, September 8th, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Israel's Monotonix delivered one of the most memorable Record Fair performances ever back in 2008 (video here), and today the group's guitarist Yonatan Gat returns to WFMU under a new guise with powerful guitar riffs of a psychedelic persuasion. Although his days of scaling walls and playing amongst flying garbage and flaming cymbals may be over, Yonatan's frenetic energy hasn't diminished one bit. Let your hair down and rock out to jams from his latest release "Iberian Passage" (Joyful Noise Recordings), and don't miss seeing Yonatan live at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Fri Aug 29th or in October during CMJ.


Tashi Dorji + Sir Richard Bishop live from Monty Hall
Tuesday, September 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Tashi Dorji is Bhutan-born guitarist absorbed a childhood full of shortwave radio before moving to the US and discovering Derek Bailey and Albert Ayler and incorporating all his musical loves into a truly varied and forward-thinking vocabulary. In this era some may have chalked up the guitar to have exhausted itself as a means of breaking new boundaries in expression, yet Dorji, now in North Carolina, has wowed such advanced axemen as Bill Orcutt, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls who is part two of tonight's bill, making his second appearance on Brian's show. As a bonus, you can attend the taping of this night at WFMU's ground floor performance space, Monty Hall. Set time is 8pm on Sunday, September 7th, at 43 Montgomery Street in Jersey City (near Exchange Place and Grove PATH stops). Admission to the public is $12, with advance tickets purchasable at wfmu.org on our home page news!


WFMU Listener Meet-Up & live broadcast in Portland OR!
Wednesday, September 10th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Evan "Funk" Davies is taking his show on the road, and you're invited! EFD will be broadcasting live from Beech Street Parlor in Portland as part of a WFMU PDX Listener Meet-Up Wednesday night, Sept. 10, from 6pm - 9pm Portland time! WFMU's Tony Coulter will be on hand as well, and there will be special guest DJ sets and more! If you're in Portland come on down to Beech Street Parlor, 412 NE Beech St, to say hi to Tony and Evan, meet some fellow listeners, and grab some WFMU swag. If you can't attend in person then join the fun through your radio during EFD's show Wednesday night, Sept. 10. See you there!


P.F. Sloan
Saturday, September 13th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes songwriter/performer P.F. Sloan whose hits including "Eve of Destruction" for Barry McGuire, "You Baby" for The Turtles, "A Must to Avoid" for Herman's Hermits and "Secret Agent Man" for Johnny Rivers and hundreds more. His new album "My Beethoven" and new memoir "What's Exactly the Matter with Me?" have both just been released.


Magnificent multi-culti sounds of NYC: Live from Barbes in Park Slope
Saturday, September 13th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg


Join Rob and illustrious co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel at Barbes, the music-lover's haven at 9th St and 6th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn for another jam-packed night of live music. Tonight's stellar lineup proves once again that when it comes to seeing and hearing amazing music from around the world, there's no better place than right here in NYC:
- Joel Forrester, the prolific composer (1600+ tunes including the theme to public radio's Fresh Air) and co-founder of the renowned twisted jazz outfit Microscopic Septet, opens the show on the domestic front, with a solo piano set
- We move on to India, as Brooklyn Raga Massive mainstays shuffle over from their weekly Wednesday sessions at Art Cafe in Prospect Heights for a special Park Slope showcase: Camilia Celin (sarod), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), and Ehren Hanson (tabla).
- Then we open the cross-cultural floodgates as Brandon Terzic's Xalam Project blends sounds of the Islamic World, West Africa, the Balkans and beyond with downtown jazz improv, rock and lots more.
- And to put the cherry on top, special guests all the way from Mexico - but of course playing East European music! La Internacional Sonora Balkanera from Mexico, creators of the Balkanazo Tropical sound, close the show with a bang (plus they'll play another set off-air after the broadcast).
Join us at Barbes or via the airwaves for three solid hours of music. And if you do make it to Barbes, if the great music isn't enough, we'll be giving away free FMU swag too!


Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "The Road to Hell"
Wednesday, September 17th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. September 17th we'll air an episode entitled "The Road to Hell," from Joe's WORK IN PROGRESS series. Joe rides the rails as a hobo, exploring America's boxcar pilgrims. Later he plots ludicrous guerrilla tactics against corporate execs, including slipping huge amounts of laxative in the office coffeemaker.


Dante Boon and Varispeed live from Monty Hall
Friday, September 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs takes Monty Hall for two performances and a live broadcast from 3-6 pm on Sept. 19. Pianist Dante Boon of the Walndelweiser collective will play compositions by Tom Johnson, Taylam Susam, Jürg Frey and himself and the ensemble Varispeed will perform an original arrangement of "The Bank" from Robert Ashley's serial opera "Perfect Lives." The public is invited to attend, tickets will be $5 at the door.


Peter Jeffries
Tuesday, September 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Throughout the 1980's and 1990's Peter Jefferies created a stunning body of work via assorted New Zealand combos like Nocturnal Projections, This Kind of Punishment and Plagal Grind, as well as collaborating with various staples of Bruce Russell from the Dead C's legendary Xpressway label. His sound blended the somber richness of John Cale with raw minimalist power amped up by the utilization of basic recording means; his first stateside release in 1990 "Last Great Challenge in a Dull World," and the 1994 "Electricity" LP have just seen vinyl reissues by DeStijl and Superior Viaduct respectively. Last September in Auckland Brian saw Peter's first show in 11 years (opening for Amanda Palmer who had been championing him again), and he was in great form; it's great thrill to have him back in the States and stopping by the show today for some live songs and an interview on the eve of his Issue Project Room show October 1st.


The Kate Bush Reunion Special with special guest Zohra Atash
Thursday, October 9th, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
At the great expense of time, blood and money,international fans flocked to the first Kate Bush concerts in 35 years. Zohra (Azar Swan, Religious to Damn) and Julie are two of those crazy people. It'll be a belated Katemas as Zohra and Julie compare KT notes and play songs from Kate's long but relatively unproductive career. Warning:may contain non-Kate content.


Dennis McNally's author of “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom”
Saturday, October 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Dennis McNally's author of “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.”


The Gizmos
Tuesday, October 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

When you drop the phrase proto-punk, Bloomington, Indiana's Gizmos are synonymous with The Electric Eels, Styrenes and Rocket From the Tombs in terms of Midwest-bred, Creem-magazing-reading, Stooge-oid worshipping innovation. Now, the original 1976 Gizmos are coming to the East Coast following their return to the Midwest in June and an upcoming appearance at Gonerfest in Memphis. Founders Ken Highland and Eddie Flowers will bring the Gizmos experience to New York City on October 11 and Boston on October 12, and laying it down at WFMU on the 14th for Brian's show. As an added bonus, Flowers (who's also been active in chronicling great underground rock through the years via his Slippytown site, Gulcher Record label, writing, and his L.A. band Crawlspace) is gonna reprise his WIUS Bloomington radio show "Divine Decadence" with Ken and transport everybody back to 1974 with some obscuro heavy jams!


Deke Dickerson
Saturday, October 25th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley chats with noted author, mind blowing guitarist, crack song writer, road warrior and member of show business Deke Dickerson about his career and new collaborative album "Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits" (released October 7) and tour (which brings the super group to Brooklyn's Bell House 10/31).



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