Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: January 24th at 4:26 PM

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Put The Needle On The Censorship (Radio/Explicit Versions)
Friday, January 24th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
To highlight how the FCC’s rules distort the art form of hip-hop on the radio, Billy Jam will do two versions of his show; the “radio” clean FM broadcast version plus an uncensored explicit version for the WFMU archives only. In addition to music both WFMU’s Joe D and Ken Freedman will offer their insights on censorship. Put the Needle On The Record Friday January 24th at 7pm

The Josephine Network and Bob Mould
Saturday, January 25th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Josephine Network celebrates their brand new Dig Records long-player "Music Is Easy" on Dig! Records. Josephine will prove there is still room for yentas in pop music. While infamous as the leader of Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould has continued to make inspiring and relevant music. Todd-O-Phonic Todd will chat with him about his lengthy career, pro wrestling and his current solo tour.

Sounds of Siberia: Mind-Blowing Jaw Harp Playing and Overtone Singing Featuring Yuliyana Krivoshapkina and Nachyn Choreve
Saturday, January 25th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The duo Sounds of Siberia combines dazzling traditions of two neighboring regions: Yuliyana Krivoshapkina is a singer and master of the otherworldly-sounding khomus (jaw harp) of Yakutia. Nachyn Choreve is a multi-instrumentalist and master of Tuva's equally unearthly khoomei (overtone singing). Yuliyana honed her craft with stellar women's ensemble Ayarkhaan. Nachyn is a member of superb Tuvan-psychedelic band Hartyga. Sounds of Siberia is touring the west coast now and will be at SXSW in March. Experience their magical sounds on WFMU this Saturday!

Tribute to Neil Innes, with Ira Kaplan
Sunday, January 26th, 8pm - 10pm
Gaylord Fields's show
Gaylord Fields will be joined by Yo La Tengo member (and WFMU fill-in DJ) Ira Kaplan to talk a little about and play a lot of the music of the late Neil Innes. (Yo La Tengo has backed Innes live, cultivating a friendship in the process.) From the Bonzos to the Rutles to Innes' solo work and beyond, this program will merely scratch the surface in its attempt to honor the life and career of the master singer/songwriter/parodist and "seventh Python."

Penelope Trappes
Saturday, February 1st, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Penelope Trappes, one half of the band The Golden Filter, composed and recorded her first solo album over the course of 2016, just piano, vocals and effects. Her second release was a deeper dive, influenced in large part by the music of Scott Walker, and 4AD artists such as This Mortal Coil. Dark and moody synth, along with Penelope's haunting vocals, made the second album even more hypnotic than her first. The Golden Filter was touring in the States last autumn, and Penelope stopped by WFMU for a solo session. Originally from Australia, and now based in London, Penelope was actually a Jersey City resident for a number of years.

Nora Brown
Saturday, February 8th, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Nora Brown’s love for old-time music is evident the moment her fingers touch the strings of her banjo, and when she begins to sing. She plays the old songs with uncommon grace and beauty, and her singing is a great reminder that the artist is far more interested in seeking than in finding. The songs on Nora’s debut LP, “Cinnamon Tree” (Jalopy Records) were learned not only from recordings but often firsthand, from masters of old-time music. Nora will once again be on stage at the Brooklyn Folk Festival (April 17-19), and she is appearing at both Friday and Sunday evening sessions.

Jesse Hector
Saturday, February 8th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Jesse Hector's career dates back to 1959 when as an 11 year old in Britain he fronted his own Rock and Roll Trio. In the sixties he recorded with The Clique and formed Crushed Butler at the end of the decade. But he is best known for his work with pioneering pub/punk out The Hammersmith Gorillas (a.k.a The Gorillas). Just Add Water Records has just released a 2 lp Hammersmith Gorillas compilation entitled "Why Wait Til Tomorrow 1974-81".

The Wild Irish Roses
Monday, February 10th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

The Wild Irish Roses are a family band from upstate New York who have been getting some heavy airplay on WFMU for their Irish-inflected version of the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties." This 10-strong brood (Mom, Dad, and their 8 kids!) can do a lot more, though, and we'll hear them play their distinctive mix of traditional and modern fare live on today's show.

The Shivas
Saturday, February 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

The Shivas released one of 2019's best albums, Dark Thoughts (Tender Loving Empire). Don't miss these Portland pulverizers when they return to The Todd-O-Phonic Show and catch them at The Mercury Lounge the same evening!

Monday, April 13th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Green/Blue is a new project made up of Minneapolis post-punk veterans including Jim Blaha of the Blind Shake, Annie Sparrows and Daniel J. Henry of the Soviettes and Hideo Takahashi of the Birthday Suits.

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