Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: November 15th at 9:48 AM

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Steady Holiday
Friday, November 16th, 3pm - 6pm
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
Rarely have such pretty pop melodies been paired with lyrics about pyramid schemes, evil-doers, and the morally corrupt, yet Steady Holiday’s Dre Babinski relishes in the clash between the sinister and the sweet. A whiff of spookiness floated over her debut album, 'Under the Influence' and crept further into last year’s 'Terror' EP. But she’s at her darkest and most delicate on her new album, 'Nobody’s Watching,’ released this past summer on Barsuk Records. At her recent gig at Mercury Lounge, she captivated the crowd with her haunting, dazzling performance, switching between guitar and violin, and singing the most devastating of break-up songs. After a quick chat at the merch table, a last-minute live session was arranged, and Sheila B. is absolutely thrilled to bring Steady Holiday to this Friday’s Sophisticated Boom Boom!

Live music from Glasgow’s Starry Skies & "Anything For A Hit" author Dorothy Carvello
Saturday, November 17th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Scottish music makers Starry Skies for an unplugged performance of songs from their new lp “Be Kind,” and Michael chats with Dorothy Carvello about her new book “Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry” which details the her rise from being secretary to Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun, to becoming the first female A&R executive at Atlantic, and the years of rampant sexual harassment she was subject to and horrible behavior she was witness to in the male dominated industry.

Msafiri Zawose's Tantalizing Tanzanian Music of Past, Present and Future
Saturday, November 17th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Msafiri Zawose superbly carries on the musical traditions of central Tanzania, learned from his late great father, Dr. Hukwe Zawose. And he gives the music a 21st century spin on his latest album, Uhjamiaji, on the venerable Soundway label. The album is a roots / electronic collaboration between Msafiri and Sam Jones of the cultural / humanitarian non-profit Soundthread. Old-school or new, this is captivating music not quite like any other in the world. We're thrilled Msafiri will join us to play and chat on this week's show.

Turkey Day Musical Feast!
Thursday, November 22nd, 8pm - 9pm
Make With The Shake with DJ Pat K (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Can't stand the after-dinner conversation on Thanksgiving? Or just want to re-live the culinary highs and lows of a long day spent gorging? Make With The Shake has got you covered either way with our annual Turkey Day Musical Feast episode, where Pat K puts on his chef's hat and spins nothing but food songs! Get your earbuds salivating to the sounds of hot grits, mashed potatoes, and chicken necks!

Put the Needle On The Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters Part Two
Friday, November 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The second part of the San Francisco turntablist crew, the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters’ live WFMU turntable orchestration session (plus interviews) in honor of the veteran crew’s 25 year anniversary of their landmark DJ battle/break record “Hamster Breaks” with DJ Quest, DJ Cue, DJ Marz, Eddie Def plus MC Eddie K will air on Put The Needle On The Record on Friday Nov. 23rd at 7pm.

John Schnall’s Midnight Matinee: Psycho
Saturday, November 24th, Midnight - 3am
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
At midnight on November 24, as the tryptophan leaves the system, John Schnall's Midnight Matinee returns to the airwaves presenting Alfred Hitchcock's classic frightener Psycho. Be warned: this show is rated L for Loopiness and VV for violent violins.

Michael welcomes background singer extraordinaire Ron Hicklin
Saturday, December 1st, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

In the 1960’s & ‘70s when the L.A. studio scene was at its most prolific The Ron Hicklin singers were the go to group for background vocals, adding their unique blend to countless session including TV themes “Batman” and “Love American Style,” jingles ("Kawasaki, let the good times roll" & McDonalds’’ “You Deserve A Break Today”) and hit records from Gary Lewis, The Partridge Family & The Monkees and hundreds more. Tune in to find out the story behind one of the world’s most heard voices.

Cloud Nothings and Ricky Hell and The Voidboys
Saturday, December 1st, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Cloud Nothings began as the solo project of Cleveland's David Baldi. His project soon grew into a quartet. Cloud Nothings have been making music for almost a decade now With their new album "Last Building Burning" (Carpark) David and company show no signs of letting up. Catch the fury of a Cloud Nothings show December 1st at Warsaw.

No, that is not a typo. Ricky Hell & The Voidboys are clearly inspired by the 70's sounds of bands like...well, Richard Hell and The Voidoids. Hailing from Cleveland, they also carry on in the tradition of influential Ohio bands from the same decade such as Devo, The Bizarros and Pere Ubu with their art damaged approach to rock'n'roll.

Beginner's Mynd, Dean Wareham + Chevral Sombre and Brower
Saturday, December 8th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Originally conceived as a solo home recording project, The Beginner's Mynd is Dan McNabb’s long-distance call to a bygone psychedelic era. This D.C. combo blends garage rock and pop psychedelia into a sound all their own through the exclusive use of vintage instruments, retro recording techniques, and analog technology. While influenced by the past they are in the present. Catch them live at Diviera Drive in Brooklyn after their performance on Todd's show with The Ar-Kaics, Brower and The Elevator Operators.

Dean Wareham and Chevral Sombre have released an album of "western dream pop" on Double Feature Records. The long player features ten covers of songs from the likes of Marty Robbins, Blaze Foley, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan and more. Dean and Chevral sing wonderfully together and receive excellent backing from the likes of Britta Phillips (Luna), Anthony LaMarca (The War On Drugs) and others. The result is somewhat akin to mixing Luna and The Grand Canyon. See for yourself at LPR on Friday Dec. 7th.

After a raucous set earlier this year from the WFMU Record Fair, Brower return to the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to celebrate the release of their debut album Buzzsaws (Dig Record Co.). This Brooklyn based quartet serves up a healthy dose of their patented "power glam" on cuts like "Real Girl", "U N Him", "Better Days" and the title track. Don't miss the buzzsaw sound of Brower at Diviera Drive on Dec. 8th alongside The Ar-Kaics, Beginner's Mynd and The Elevator Operators.

Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5
Saturday, December 15th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5 the Galveston Beach band who honed their sound playing five upbeat hours a day to drunken frat boys while avoiding ass kickings from Texans suspicious of their hair and far out clothes. They created a huge regional following, but never cracked the national charts. We’ll delve into the history of this fascinating band and the mid '60s college party crowd Texas scene.

Governor Phil Murphy
Saturday, December 15th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The 56th Governor of the great state of New Jersey chats with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about the arts and diners. Tune in for a rare chance to hear a politician discuss something other than politics.

Michael welcomes Dennis Diken of The Smithereens
Saturday, January 5th, 2019, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Dennis Diken drops by the studio to spin some records and talk about the history and the future of The Smithereens. The band formed in Carteret, New Jersey in 1980 and is still going strong despite the passing of lead singer Pat DiNizio in December of 2017. We’ll hear tales of the road, recording in The Capitol Records tower, the making of MTV videos and the band’s upcoming plans.

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