Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: April 28th at 2:09 PM

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Live from the Record Fair
Saturday, April 29th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michel Shelley broadcasts live from the WFMU Record Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center. On this all vinyl show Michael will welcome some WFMU staff members to share a treasured recording they've picked up at a past fair!

Bloodshot Bill
Saturday, April 29th, 1pm - 3pm
on Fool's Paradise with Rex

The Montreal mauler performs live at the WFMU Record Fair under Rex's nervous gaze. The Canadian crusher is so authentic he has his own brand of grease! Not only will he be performing hits from his Norton Records catalog, he'll also be performing later that night at The Billy Miller Forever Celebration at Music Hall Of Williamsburg alongside such greats as Reigning Sound, Roy Loney, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages and The's.

Atlantic Thrills PLUS Baby Shakes PLUS Ronnie Fujiyama ('s) - Live at the WFMU Record Fair
Saturday, April 29th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Atlantic Thrills, Baby Shakes, and Ronnie Fujiyama ('s) rock The Brooklyn Expo Center live from The WFMU Record Fair. For those whose spouses won't let them attend record fairs, check out all the action on the radio. Rhode Island's high energy Atlantic Thrills are part of the Almost Ready anniversary shows happening Saturday and Sunday at Union Pool and Shea Stadium. Baby Shakes wonderful third album, Turn It Up, will be out this spring. Be sure and catch Baby Shakes at Monty Hall on Friday May 19th with Derv Gordon (of The Equals) and So What.

Ronnie Fujiyama from the's (a.k.a. Yoshiko) performs a special solo set live at The WFMU Record Fair. The's created an international sensation with their performance of "Woo Hoo" in "Kill Bill" but have been thrilling audiences with their Japanese interpretation of American rock'n'roll since 1986. The's are making two U.S. appearances, Friday 4/28 at Cafe Nine in New Haven and Saturday 4/29 at Music Hall Of Williamsburg as part of the power-packed Billy Miller celebration.

Riyaaz Qawwali interview: Sufi qawwali music and more, from the Lone Star State
Saturday, April 29th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

You may know the late great Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, whose ecstatic Sufi qawwali music broke through to international audiences. That success paved the way for other qawwali artists from South Asia to go global. But now there is a top-notch qawwali ensemble right here in the US: Houston-based Riyaaz Qawwali, who are in town to play Sunday night at Roulette in Brooklyn as part of the weekend-long World In Trance Festival. Riyaaz, with two albums out - Ishq and Kashti - has an emigre twist: While much of the material is based in Sufi mysticism, this multi-cultural ensemble - with members from several countries - incorporate Hindu, Sikh and other themes as well. We'll learn about that and more on this week's show!

Jon Glaser
Saturday, April 29th, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
This Saturday Pat welcomes writer/ comedian Jon Glaser to Prove It All Night! Jon will be talking to Pat about his many TV shows including Delocated, Late Night with Conan, GILRS, Jon Glaser Loves Gear, and his brand new season of Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter! Tune in and be enlightened!

Michael Yezerski
Tuesday, May 2nd, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Australian composer Michael Yezerski joins Devon to discuss his "ambient-doom-metal" score for horror film "The Devil's Candy," the soundtrack of which is receiving a vinyl release by Death Waltz Records in early May. "Devil's Candy" is writer/director Sean Byrne's follow up to "The Loved Ones". Michael's previous scores include Elissa Down's "The Black Balloon," Peer Pedersen’s "We Don’t Belong Here," Claire McCarthy's "The Waiting City," and HBO's "Only The Dead See The End of War."

Janel Leppin with Anthony Pirog
Tuesday, May 2nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Cello is multi-instrumentalist/composer Janel Leppin's main instrument, but she's equally adept at keyboards, vocals and guitar, creating lush sonic dreamscapes throughout her meditative music. Following last year's dual album releases, Leppin has a new one called "American God," filled with, as she describes it, "dream-pop vocal works, Persian classical glimpses, and psychedelic reveries." She is joined by guitarist Anthony Pirog, who weaves complementary sonics into Janel's music. The duo return to perform live on WFMU.

Barker Trio
Wednesday, May 3rd, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

The Barker trio plays free-jazz - and they do it damn well. The group clearly respects their roots but what makes them so exciting is their devil-may-care attitude towards tradition and the overwhelming sense that this is really happening NOW. Tune in to hear 3 totally improvised pieces from this explosive unit - not to be missed! Barker trio is: Andrew Barker on drums, Tim Dahl on bass and Michael Foster on soprano/tenor sax and electronics.

Joe Frank - "The Box" and "Third World Country"
Wednesday, May 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On May 3rd, we'll air two half-hour episodes. From Joe's THE OTHER SIDE series, we'll hear "The Box." Joe takes over the family business following his father's death. While working late one night, he's confronted by an enigmatic woman dressed in black holding a mysterious box. And from Joe's IN THE DARK series we'll hear "Third World Country." Wherever he goes, Joe is confronted by squalor, misery, and human suffering, and he reacts with brutal candor.

Thursday, May 4th, Midnight - 3am
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Liondub comes through Nickel and Dime radio. A longtime Brooklyn selector, his musical mindset was formed at the crossroads of major international bass vibrations originating from Jamaica, NYC and the UK. He runs Liondub International records, has a regular show on Kool London in the UK, and tours around the world pushing jungle, dancehall, reggae and beyond...

Don Bryant
Saturday, May 6th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Memphis soul music legend Don Bryant whose recording career started in 1958 and includes classic recordings with Willie Mitchell on the Hi Records label, a songwriting catalog that includes titles recorded by Solomon Burke, Albert King, Fontella Bass, Otis Clay, Etta James and his wife Ann Peebles’ biggest hit “I Can't Stand The Rain”. Don’s upcoming album ''Don’t Give Up On Love” is out May 12 on Fat Possum, and features performances by The Hi Rhythm Section, and The Bo-Keys.

Black Lips
Saturday, May 6th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Black Lips will make for an even more chaotic Todd-O-Phonic Todd show than usual. Atlanta's finest are releasing their latest opus, "Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?" the day before. Produced by Sean Lennon, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n’ roll. Catch Black Lips at Webster Hall on Friday May 5th.

The Amazing Kreskin, Will Miles, Patti Harrison, Tim Platt, Special Surprise Music Guests and More!
Saturday, May 6th, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Saturday May 6th marks the return of Pat Byrne's Prove It All Night! variety show to Montgomery Hall. This show will feature talk show legend and famous mentalist The Amazing Kreskin! Comedy from: Will Miles, Patti Harrison, and Tim Platt! Plus, live music from TWO very special surprise musical guests! Check the WFMU homepage and the Prove It All Night playlist page for live video of the show starting between 9 and 9:30. If you're local, swing by Montgomery Hall for fun starting at 9pm with Primitive Sound System! $10 suggested donation with all money going to benefit WFMU radio, but if your feeling cheap, $5 will still get you in.

Tom Wilson's Music Factory #16 - Appletree Theatre
Wednesday, May 10th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
In 1967 and '68 the charismatic record producer Tom Wilson hosted a free-form radio program called "The Music Factory," sponsored by MGM-Verve Records. The series has been gone from radio ever since, but Irwin is airing episodes on alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern). On May 10th, Tom Wilson welcomes to the Factory John Boylan, one-half of the two-brother band Appletree Theatre. In addition to presenting tracks by Appletree from their album "Playback," Wilson spins tunes by Jimmy Smith, Ultimate Spinach, the Blues Project, and Pat Williams. Also in the program, Wilson and Pauline Rivelli, editor of Jazz & Pop magazine, discuss the increasing confluence of jazz and rock, name-checking Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Zappa, Sun Ra, and John Coltrane along the way.

Tuesday, May 16th, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner's show
In what Brian hopes to be the kickoff of a series of live guests named after Russian dogs, today's program welcomes the trio known as Borzoi out of Austin, Texas. Kicking up a blitzkreig of noise combined with a more subtle leaning towards hooks, the band's fast and furious squall has made itself evident on 7" singles on Pau Wau and most recently 12XU Records. See them live May 20th at Pet Rescue, on a bill with Language and Rathaus.

Quadruple header! Featuring So What, Holly Macve, RMBLR, and Bash & Pop
Saturday, May 20th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Big Combo Series mounts a comeback as three bands appear on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd Show:

So What are a brand spanking new glam and high energy power pop band from the Bay Area. Their first full-length on Just Add Water is an explosion of hooks and melodies. Heavily influenced by The Equals, it is fitting that they are Equals' vocalist Derv Gordon's backing band for his shows at Monty Hall on Friday 5/19 and Baby's All Right Saturday 5/20. They will also be doing their own set each night.

In their four star review of her eponymous debut, Record Collector says Holly Macve is like "an ethereal offspring of Nick Cave blessed with the stark musical backdrop of Johnny Cash's American series, 21 year-old Macve turns country music on its head." Check out her new album on Becca Union and see her perform at Rough Trade on May 17th.

RMBLR is the rambunctious brain-child of former Dino's Boys frontman Chase Tail. Beer soaked and gin fueled rock'n'roll is what you would expect and what you get and you'll be damn happy about that. These good ole Southern Boys have a sizzling 7" EP on Fat Possum and will be playing with So What, Daddy Long Legs and Derv Gordon at Baby's All Right on Saturday 5/20.

"Anything Could Happen," the recent album by Bash & Pop is one of 2017's best albums and rivals front man Tommy Stinson's work with The Replacements. Look forward to hearing songs from this great release performed live and perhaps some stories of rock'n'roll debauchery. Bash & Pop perform at The Bell House on May 18th.

The Mighty Manfred (of the Woggles) PLUS Tiger! Tiger! (Matt M. fills in for Todd-o-phonic Todd)
Saturday, May 27th, 3pm - 6pm
What's Happening?!?! with Matt M
While Todd-o-phonic Todd is soaking up the Jersey sun, Matt continues the cavalcade of stars! He welcomes The Mighty Manfred of the legendary Woggles for a chat about their upcoming local shows. Also on the show will be a live set from Atlanta garagers "Tiger! Tiger!" who will be playing at Gold Sounds in Brooklyn that night.

Marshall Crenshaw
Saturday, June 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Pop purveyor Marshall Crenshaw hangs out with Todd-O-Phonic Todd to play some of his favorite records and chat about his illustrious career as musician, DJ, and fan. This one is going to be a treat!

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