Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: July 24th at 11:51 AM

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Monday, July 24th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Is@s@ (pronounced "ee-sa-sa") is Conrado Isasa, a guitarist and composer based in Madrid, Spain. Inspired by American Primitive guitar pickers like John Fahey and the late Jack Rose, Is@s@ has developed his own unique style, which is relaxed, atmospheric, and highly spiritual. Tune in to Surface Noise today for a special live set of Is@s@'s beautiful guitar music performed live at WFMU in advance of his American tour.

Ben Model
Tuesday, July 25th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Silent film pianist and organist Ben Model joins Devon to discuss the three new Marion Davies Blu-Ray/DVDs his Undercrank Productions rare and lost silent film DVD label is releasing for "When Knighthood Was In Flower," "Beauty Worth" and "The Bride's Play." Ben has accompanied several hundred silent films internationally over the past 30+ years, carrying on the tradition learned from silent film organist Lee Erwin (1919-2000) and is a resident accompanist at MOMA and Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater (the latter of which will present his next performance on Sat. July 29th) and the co-founder and producer of The Silent Clown Film Series now in its 19th season. He's also the archivist of the Ernie Kovacs/Edie Adams collection recently curating two Ernie Kovacs television show DVD box sets for Shout! Factory and instrumental in the 2015 Library of Congress acquisition of the Kovacs film and videotape preservation.

The Stents
Tuesday, July 25th, 7pm - 8pm
on What's Happening?!?! with Matt M
(on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Don't miss a live performance from Baltimore's The Stents. These half Arthur Lee and half wild rock 'n rollers stopped by WFMU studio in preparation of their July 28th date in Brooklyn at Hank's Saloon.

The Old Codger fills in for the Antique Phonograph Music Program
Tuesday, July 25th, 8pm - 9pm
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
The Old Codger, whose radio career at WFMU began in 1928, fills in for the Antique Phonograph Music Program on Tuesday July 25th from 8–9pm (Eastern). His music is archaic, his mic breaks crude, and his manners are toxic. His bile is so pure a sample is kept under a bell jar in the National Institute of Standards. Tune in July 25th at 8pm Eastern to catch a whiff of one of Western Civ's worst role models. The music will redeem this broadcast, somewhat.

Couch Slut / Contempt FULL LP premiere
Wednesday, July 26th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

It's here! Couch Slut's second full-length; an ugly, leaky bag full of Contempt. After flattening Castle listeners with a live set back in January 2015 (playing two of these songs in embryonic form), NY's Couch Slut are back, this time with an exclusive WFMU / My Castle of Quiet album premiere. More rage and just riffing than most can handle in a straight dose, but you can try. Seven new songs; album releases the following Friday 7/28 on Gilead Media. *Audio presentation (not a live set.)

Wednesday, July 26th, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Statiqbloom is a dark, hallucinogenic trip through hard dance beats, haunting electronics and disorienting vocals pulsating into a raw vision reminiscent of early industrial and EBM sounds of the past. The Brooklyn based duo is not just a nod to a former time, however - one must be absolutely modern.. as is Statiqbloom.

Joe Frank - "At Last"
Wednesday, July 26th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. July 26th, we'll present "At Last" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. In this episode, Larry’s son Zach gets busted at school for pot-smoking, which incites Larry's paranoia about whether he's an abusive parent. Joe gets an intriguing wrong number call, which leads to a troubling encounter with a young woman who begins to stalk him. Debi spends an evening with her drunk girlfriend who wants to have one last fling before getting married.

Norbert Putnam
Saturday, July 29th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with studio bass player/producer Norbert Putnam about his new book "Music Lessons" which covers his 60 year career making music and documents some of the 9,000 songs his work can be heard on, including 100s of Elvis Presley sessions, The Vogues' "Five O'clock World," Tony Joe White's "Poke Salad Annie," The Newbeats "Bread And Butter," Arthur Alexander "You Better Move On" and tons more!

Three Chord Monte Turns 21 - live remote from Union Pool in Brooklyn!
Saturday, July 29th, 3pm - 6pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Yes, the Three Chord Monte show is finally legal, and we're throwing the party of the summer to celebrate! Join in the fun in the rockin' backyard at Brooklyn's best venue, Union Pool (484 Union Ave), where there will be booze, a taco truck and of course a killer band lineup:

Dany Laj & the Looks - Montreal's finest purveyors of bubble-hockey, not bubblegum, rock n roll
Baby Shakes - NYC's top combo, combining '77 punk and '60s pop hooks and giving it all a swift kick in the butt into the 21st century
The Rubinoos - These original Beserkley Chartbusters and true power-pop legends are better than ever. Do not miss them!

Paul Major
Sunday, July 30th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Perhaps best known as the front man of epic psych outfit Endless Boogie, Paul Major is also one of the heaviest record dealers and collectors around. His catalogs over the years have provided a treasure map for discovering some of the weirdest and most wonderfully bizarre records from across the rock spectrum--many of which are now standards to anyone interested in underground obscurities. Paul dropped by Burn It Down! to play some of these lysergic curios and to discuss his new book, Feel the Music: The Psychedelic World's of Paul Major, a tribute and a distillation of his career doing the heavy lifting and the deep digging for all us squares. Tune in Sunday, July 30, from 6 to 9 AM when Nate K. and Paul Major go down the rock rabbit hole.

Gary U.S. Bonds
Saturday, August 5th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Buy U.S. Bonds! Gary U.S. Bonds talks to Todd-O-Phonic Todd about his amazing career. Gary's records like "Quarter To Three", "School Is Out", "New Orleans" and "I Wanna Holler" are among the most raucous and joyous singles ever. He will be performing the first weekend in October at The Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, backed by Los Straitjackets.

Alejandro Jodorowsky
Tuesday, August 8th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

A rare, in-person interview between Brian and one of the most iconoclastic and psychedelic filmmakers in the world: Chilean-born, 87-year-old, Alejandro Jodorowsky. Touted as godfather of midnight movies with the advent of 1970's El Topo and later epics The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre, Jodorowsky talks to WFMU right on the heels of the initial release of his brand new film Endless Poetry. This is the second of three installments in which the director chronicles his own life and upbringing among Chilean poets and artist friends, as well as his tumultuous family relationships. Throughout his life, Jodorowsky has approached every multi-faceted artistic avenue with ferocity, passion and defiance; studying mime with Marcel Marceau and enacting surrealist plays and events during his tenure in Paris, then migrating to Mexico to begin his journey into filmmaking, tarot, comic art, and psychomagic. His near-miss in creating an otherworldly screen rendition of Dune was well-recounted in a recent critically-heralded documentary. He even has an asteroid named after him. Decades of stunted distrubution due to hassles with Allen Klein's Abkco organization finally ceased in 2007 when his movies became majorly available again, and finally Jodorowsky's mindblowing aesthetic has seeped into more mainstream consciousness and inspired a whole new breed of artists and fans worldwide. Meanwhile, he has simultaneously loaded the decks for a myriad of current and future projects, which will all be discussed today. Also, there will be talk of music from his films, most recently composed by his son Adan (who also portrays his father in the new Endless Poetry).

Tony Ferretti - The "Sabu" Cassette
Wednesday, August 9th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Tony Ferretti was born in 1939 and raised in Jersey City. Under the name "Sabu," he had a long and successful career in Las Vegas as a celebrity impersonator, specializing in Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. In 1972, he mailed a lo-fi cassette letter to his childhood buddy DK, who was in a Jersey City hospital. Crooning in Sinatra's style and radiating affection, Ferretti reminisced about growing up with DK in Jersey City and about the characters on Brunswick Street. In the 1990s, unbeknownst to Ferretti, that charming, one-of-a-kind cassette made it onto the WFMU airwaves thanks to DK's nephew, the late WFMU DJ Frank Balesteri (a.k.a. The Vanilla Bean). Now, 45 years after he created this historic artifact as a favor to a beloved friend, Tony Ferretti visits Irwin's program on August 9th to talk about the tape, and to reflect on the former greatness of Jersey City.

Apache PLUS Andy Blade of Eater
Saturday, August 12th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Being a band that smokes their weight in weed and spends more time in the hospital than the studio can take its toll. Apache knows it won’t last forever, but after watching them play, you will quickly realize THEY DON’T CARE. Like musicians on the Titanic, they’re going down, playing to the cold bitter end. Long story short, Apache is the cockroach family in your floorboards. Try and kill them all you want, but honestly you are probably better off moving or setting the building on fire. The Bay Area bozos rip it up live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show.

Eater were one of the first wave of British punk bands, beginning their career in the golden year of 1976. Acts like The Buzzcocks, The Damned and Sham 69 opened for them. They received a lot of notoriety for being the youngest band on the block (their ages at the time were 14-17). The band's second single "Thinking Of The U.S.A." is classic. Eater appeared on the Live At The Roxy compilation alongside The Adverts, Wire, X-Ray Spex and more. Andy will be performing a set of Eater songs backed by an all-star band featuring J. Mascis and members of Daddy Longlegs at The Meltasia festival at The Blackthorne Resort in East Durham, New York September 8th through the 10th.

Tuesday, August 15th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

W-2 are the duo of Sam Weinberg and Flying Luttenbachers member Chris Welcome, who for the last couple of years have been purveyors of the more splattery end of Brooklyn's DIY/No-Jazz movement. On tenor sax and synthesizer respectively, W-2 blur the lines of sound in an almost electroacoustic realm, making their instrumentation sound like anything but its traditional application. Their latest release is an LP on Astral Sounds entitled Fanatics.

Winfield Parker
Saturday, August 19th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes soul singer, songwriter and saxophonist Winfield Parker to discuss his 60th year in show business - which has included backing a slew of artists (including Little Richard) at Carr’s Beach, a segregated summer resort near Annapolis, and recording great soul sides for Ru-Jac, Spring, Wand, Calla, ATCO, GSF, P&L and Arctic and his upcoming October gig in New Orleans at The Ponderosa Stomp.

Saturday, August 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Needles//Pins are a ferocious trio hailing from Vancouver. Their hellacious new album "Good Night, Tomorrow" is out on the renowned Mint label and is sure to make this summer even hotter. Combine heavy riffage with incredibly catchy songs and you can't lose! Don't miss Needles//Pins at Diviera Drive in Brooklyn later that same evening.

Guest DJ Tom Lax from Siltbreeze Records
Tuesday, August 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner's show
The annual visit from our pal Tom Lax, bringing up yet another assortment of obscuro and extremely special 7" singles wax from Siltbreeze headquarters in Philadelphia. If you've checked out this special in past years you know that you will certainly be hearing a lot of DIY/post-punk and general oddball stuff you will probably not hear anywhere else (and see as well, as we will be posting the sleeve art on the playlist page live). Not to be missed!

Tin Foil
Sunday, August 27th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
The members of Tin Foil have been bumming around Detroit playing in one band or another for over a decade now. And though none of those acts made it too far out of the environs of the Motor City, with Tin Foil, the boys are ready for the big time (or, at the very least, to play live on WFMU). The band released its self-title debut EP—a messy, lo-fi basher with a deceptive sense of precision and craftsmanship that plays like a punked-up Buffalo Springfield—earlier in the summer on Almost Ready Records. Check them out live on Burn It Down! with Nate K. Sunday, August 27, 6 to 9 am.

Al Margolis
Sunday, August 27th, 10pm - Midnight
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On Sunday, August 27th, Dave welcomes Al Margolis for his annual visit to FMU. Al, who runs the avant-garde label Pogus Productions among many other projects, will be bringing yet another batch of obscure cassette recordings, strange and lovely music from all corners of the world, and sneak previews of upcoming Pogus releases. Sunday, August 27, 10 p.m. to midnight.

Tropical Trash
Tuesday, August 29th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Not to be confused with the waste disposal agency in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the Louisville version of Tropical Trash liquify the proceedings with their unique blend of fried hardcore and no-wave trailerpark anthems. They play live today on the heels of their new Sophomore Lounge single and expect to headline The Rock's Presidential Victory concert in 2020.

James Hand
Saturday, September 2nd, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with one of the world's greatest songwriters, Texas legend James Hand, who developed hid utterly unique style in a forty year career spent mostly in smoky dives and dancehalls performing for a slowly widening circle of admirers.

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