Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: January 21st at 6:47 PM

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Jimmy Sturr
Monday, January 22nd, 8pm - 9pm
Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu
DJ Stashu causes quite a Sturr this Monday on Dance with Me, Stanley when she welcomes the one and only polka king Jimmy Sturr to the program for an interview. The 18-time Grammy winner talks what it was like growing up Irish in a Polka town and why he chose music as a career.

Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird
Tuesday, January 23rd, 4pm - 7pm
on Continental Subway with David Dichelle
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Berlin-based Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird will be bringing their radical mix of "alienation klezmer" and "Yiddish punk cabaret" to Leipzig and Continental Subway. Originally from Detroit, Kahn has been a part of the Berlin and international klezmer scene as a songwriter, translator, and performer for over a decade, combining his own politically charged compositions with re-imaginings and transformations of well-known pieces in Yiddish, English, German, and Russian.

Tuesday, January 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

On their latest project, "For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War," the Chamber-Rock ensemble Barbez cover vintage Anti-Fascist anthems. Barbez liberally incorporates avant-rock, contemporary classical, cumbia and flamenco styles to refresh anthems like “L’Internationale” (The International) and “Viva la Quince Brigada” (Long Live the Fifteenth Brigade). Bandleader Dan Kaufman is also a journalist. who has written extensively on the Spanish Civil War for The New York Times, The Nation, and The New York Observer. Over the course of that reporting he got to know many veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, inspired by their story enough to come up with this musical tribute. Barbez plays some of these anthems live on WFMU.

Live Ravioli Cookin'
Wednesday, January 24th, 3am - 6am
Radio Ravioli with Olivia
Join Olivia as she does a special broadcast from the kitchen of WFMU. The form will be 100% cooking show, "infected" with every sort of electromagnetic intervention!

Wednesday, January 24th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
On Monday January 15th, legendary radio storyteller Joe Frank passed away at age 79. His radio dramas have aired on WFMU sporadically since the mid-1980s, and continue to air biweekly on Irwin's Wednesday afternoon program. On Weds. Jan. 24, Irwin will devote his entire three-hour show to Joe Frank. We'll hear dozens of memorable segments spanning 35 years of Joe's creative legacy, as well as an interview Irwin conducted with Joe at KCRW in January 1991.

Delbert McClinton
Saturday, January 27th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Delbert McClinton to talk about his early years backing touring blues acts in the mob run bars around Fort Worth, Texas and cutting a series of 45s that are unique for their combination of Country, Blues and heavy doses of Beatles’ influence.

Ben Vaughn and Tie Reds
Saturday, January 27th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Ben Vaughn sits in with Todd-O-Phonic Todd to blast some tunes and discuss his storied career. Ben came to attention in the mid-80's with the great Ben Vaughn Combo. He went on to a solo career and also produced such artists as Charlie Feathers and Arthur Alexander, and also collaborated on an album with Alex Chilton and Alan Vega. Ben has also composed for many films and TV shows including "3rd Rock From The Sun" and "That 70s Show". Most importantly, Ben is responsible for introducing the host of this program to the wizardry of Jerry Blavat.

Plus... The Tie Reds perform their overheated brand of rock'n'roll live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. The Tie Reds 2003 release, "Holy Crap It's The Tie Reds" was issued on vinyl on 2017. They are reuniting for a rare show later that night at Union Pool with Some Action and The Little Killers, an event not to be missed!

Pink Slip Daddy/Mike Sacks and Mark Rozzo
Monday, January 29th, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Pink Slip Daddy make an ultra-rare New York appearance and stop by WFMU on the way. The legendary Philly supergroup - Mick Cancer, Palmyra Delran, Sal Mineo's Only Son (aka Ben Vaughn) and Barb Dwyer - are an even more deranged version of the Cramps' sleazy aesthetic and sound, combing the best (or is it worst?) elements of The Gun Club, A-Bones and Fabian into something that has to be heard to be believed!

Plus... Get your CB ears on! An all-star cast led by Jon Hamm takes to the highway in Stinker Lets Loose, an immersive audiobook adventure by best-selling author Mike Sacks. Based on the supposed novelization of a forgotten 1970s cult trucker movie, Stinker pack a comedic punch with Rhea Seehornm Paul F. Tompkins and Andy Richter joining Hamm. Mark Rozzo, from such great bands as Maplewood and Bambi Kino, produced the soundtrack featuring the original songs of C.J. McKnight.Keep on truckin'!

Peter Nashel (I, Tonya)
Tuesday, January 30th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Peter Nashel joins Morricone Island in the studio to discuss his latest film soundtrack release for director Craig Gillespie's "I, Tonya," the bio-pic on complicated ice-skating champ Tonya Harding starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney and Bobby Cannavale. Peter has scored for film, television and documentaries over the past 20+ years with credits including "Bee Season," "Freakonomics," Alex Gibney's "Client 9," Eugene Jarecki's "The Trials of Henry Kissinger," Sundance's "Iconoclasts" and 90's animated MTV series "The Head."

Hasil Adkins Night
Thursday, February 1st, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
On February 10th, 2018, one man band legend Hasil Adkins will be posthumously inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. In advance of this esteemed honor, Norton Records co-founder Miriam Linna will drop by the show with rare tracks, wild tales and several cases of commodity meat to commemorate this auspicious event.

Dave Aguilar
Saturday, February 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Dave Aguilar, lead vocalist of the legendary San Jose garage band The Chocolate Watch Band talks to Todd-O-Phonic Todd about the Sunset Strip Riots, Mike Curb, how they chose their songs and much more. Many people discovered The Watch Band through the inclusion of "Let's Talk About Girls" on Lenny Kaye's original Nuggets collection and their stature has grown ever since. The group's new 45 will be receiving it's world premier on this show.

Heather Christian (Lemon)
Tuesday, February 6th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Heather Christian joins Devon in the studio to discuss her first feature length film score released on Node Records for director Janicza Bravo's "Lemon," starring Brett Gelman, Judy Greer, Michael Cera, Jon Daly, Martin Starr, Rhea Perlman and Megan Mullally. A longtime collaborator with Bravo, Heather is an Obie Award winning composer/performer and recent Sundance Fellow. Her short film scores include "Gregory Go Boom" which took a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize. Heather also fronts Heather Christian & the Arbornauts.

Frank Allen of The Searchers
Saturday, February 10th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Frank Allen of The Searchers back to program to talk about the new reissue of the band's late 70's/early 80's work for the Sire Records label which saw the 60's hit-makers sounding more contemporary & selecting covers from some unexpected sources.

Tropical Trash
Sunday, February 18th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, Tropical Trash are the raw, nasty, yet (make no mistake) all-around swell punk-rock alter egos of former Burn It Down! guests State Champion. If the former band embody a mellow Saturday afternoon spent with a six pack, Tropical Trash represent the weirdness that happens when day devolves into night. Providing the perfect soundtrack for destroying a dear friend's living room.

Famous Logs in History
Sunday, March 4th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
With two members of the late great art punks Imaginary Icons and a former siren for the hi-lonesome outfit Small Potatoes, Brooklyn newbies Famous Logs in History bring just the sort of varied pedigree to the table we embrace around here at WFMU. The Logs, specifically, are steeped in the finest moments of assorted DIY underground movements, with maybe a touch of street punk 'tude thrown in for good measure. Their kitchen-sink approach to it all is instantly familiar while standing quite firmly on its own two feet. Catch them on the way up and then go see them at Hank's Saloon, Saturday, March 10.

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