Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: July 28th at 11:50 PM

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Put The Needle on the Medical Marijuana (live from CBCB in Berkeley, CA)
Friday, July 29th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
As part of his Summer 2016 series of live broadcasts from Northern Cali, Billy Jam will set up the WFMU remote unit at Berkeley's CBCB medical marijuana dispensary. The weed themed one hour hip-hop radio show will feature guests DJ Kure All, emcee Kenny Loafers, and longtime cannabis reform activist Debby Goldsberry. Put the needle on the Record, Friday July 29th 7pm on WFMU = 4pm local Pacific time. Open to the public but must have a California state approved medical marijuana card.


Daniel Menche
Friday, July 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Daniel Blumin's show
Having released music on labels such as Editions Mego, Sub Rosa, and Touch and collaborated with the likes of KK Null, Kevin Drumm, Alan Courtis and Andrew Liles, renowned experimental sound artist Daniel Menche returns to WFMU for a bang-up DJ set! Though he will not be bringing his single string cello, piano innards, tapes, or gongs, he will be slinging choice musical platters, exclusive unreleased and forthcoming material and a piquant story or three. Don't miss it!

Catch Daniel Menche live! Issue Project Room and Pioneer Works present a mammoth summer concert in Red Hook, Bklyn featuring Daniel along with Container, Ben Vida, Greg Fox, Horse Lords, Eartheater, and Profligate. Saturday July 30th, 2016. Doors at 5pm. Pioneer Works: 159 Pioneer St., Brooklyn.


Margo Price PLUS Rocket From The Crypt PLUS William Bell PLUS Jody Stephens
Saturday, July 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
After appearing on Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night Live, Margo Price now ascends to the upper rung of the show business ladder. That's right...The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. Margo's album on Third Man, "Midwest Farmer's Daughter", has received great and deserved acclaim and is one of the best country albums in years. Be sure and hear her perform selections from it live.

Rocket From The Crypt blast off on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show! Speedo, Petey X, Notorious ND, Apollo 9. JC 2000, Ruby Mars, and Atom bring their thrilling otherworldly high energy punk and rock'n'roll sounds from San Diego to Jersey City. Be sure and catch their incendiary live show at Irving Plaza on July 28th and The Stone Pony on July 29th.

Soul Music legend William Bell converses with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about Stax Records, his excellent new album (This Is Where I Live) and race in America. William is still a fantastic perfomer...don't miss him Saturday August 6th at Pier 97 (Hudson River Park) with The James Hunter Six.

Jody Stephens, drummer of the legendary Big Star and front man for the hopefully soon to be legendary Those Pretty Wrongs joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd to talk about his two sweet pop bands, Ardent Studios and the Memphis scene. Be sure and check out Those Pretty Wrongs wonderful debut album (Ardent cd/Burger vinyl) and catch them in the New York City area Thursday 8/4 at Monty Hall, Friday 8/5 at Rough Trade and Saturday 8/6 at Lincoln Center.


Democratoz - Powerful roots, rock and rai tinged reggae from Algeria
Saturday, July 30th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Dynamic Algerian seven-piece Democratoz, from Oran, the country's cultural capital, is at its essence a reggae band. But their music draws on elements of Oran's famous rai music as well as other pop and traditional styles from the Maghreb, sub-Saharan African music, rock, and more. They're also inspired by classic reggae's (often) socially conscious lyrical spirit. Democratoz wraps up their first US tour, supported by NEFA and the US State Department's cultural exchange initiative Center Stage, with several dates in California through August 5th. And they make their first-ever full-band radio appearance right here on WFMU!


Karaoke All Night! Live at Monty Hall
Saturday, July 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Karaoke All Night! Prove It All Night with Pat Byrne celebrates its 2-year anniversary wiith a live karaoke show at Monty Hall (tix $5 at the door). Special guests include: Tom Scharpling, Dave Hill, Sunshine & The Rain, Ana Fabrega, Julio Torres, Brett Davis + many more!!! And insane surprises you will not want to miss!!!


The Wilful Boys
Sunday, July 31st, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

This Australia-via-NYC four-piece play the kind of desperate, gritty bad-mood rock that folks have come to rely on from bands with such a combined geographic pedigree. Offering burly, grumbling basslines, razor-sharp guitar riffs, and easily the most howlingly crazed drummer-vocalist since Don Henley, the Wilful Boys invite you to join them for a few beers for breakfast on Sunday morning, July 31, as they drop by Burn It Down! with Nate K. for a live set.


Al Margolis
Sunday, July 31st, 8pm - 10pm
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On Sunday, July 31st, Dave Mandl welcomes musician, label-head, and experimental-music pioneer Al Margolis to FMU for their annual summer broadcast. Al runs the esteemed avant-garde label Pogus Productions, performs live as "If, Bwana," and has been a key figure in the worldwide experimental music network for years. He'll be bringing a stack of rare and wonderful LPs, CDs, and cassettes to play for you.


Noise Nomads
Monday, August 1st, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Western Massachusetts noise legend Noise Nomads brings the quiet violence of the wooded hills from which he emerges to WFMU through the reality warping and synapse shredding cruel electronic experiments that have come to define his practice. Tune in for the second to last episode of Infinite Distortion on August 1st at 8PM to hear Noise Nomads on FMU.


Andy Hull and Robert McDowell (of Manchester Orchestra)
Tuesday, August 2nd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, singer/guitarist and lead guitarist, respectively, of Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra, discuss their first film score for "Swiss Army Man," the first feature film by music video directing team Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (aka "The Daniels"). The melodic yet quirkily unconventional score uses primarily "a cappella" layered voices (save a little percussion here and there), designed to approximate what Paul Dano's castaway character would imagine for himself while discovering and befriending a dead body played by Daniel Radcliffe. The soundtrack includes a cappella re-workings of "Cotton-Eyed Joe" and John Williams' "Jurassic Park Theme," authorized by the master himself.


The Oswalds
Sunday, August 7th, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Reactivated after a 25-year recording hiatus, The Oswalds are acclaimed writer and songsmith Camden Joy (vocals, rhythm guitar) abetted by Hudson Valley music scene stalwarts Mark Donato (drums) and Mark Lerner (bass, multi-instruments). The fruit of this reunion is the 12-song cycle Hasta La Bye Bye, released last October. The songs are lyrically and musically adventurous vignettes of characters and consequences of the Mexican Drug wars--on both sides of the border. Joy aptly describes the project as "a mongrel sound; narcorridos as garage rock." (Narcorridos is a drug outlaw-inspired subgenre of traditional romantic folk ballads from Northern Mexico known as norteno corrido.) Noisy, skittish, comic, and profoundly imaginative, hear them play live on Mary Wing’s show at 1 am!


Gino and the Goons
Sunday, August 7th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
To paraphrase Dolly Parton’s famed adage about costing money to look cheap, it takes a lot of brains to rock as dumb as Gino and the Goons. The Tampa, Florida–based troublemakers do keep it simple, though, with their bruising beer-bash punk, channeling greats like the Ramones, the Heartbreakers, and the MC5. But Gino and his gang are no humdrum revivalists, they are dedicated keepers of the good-times flame and they have the hooks to prove it. The band drops by Burn It Down! on Sunday, August 7, to deliver their own true testimonial.


Solo Organ
Monday, August 8th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
San Francisco's Douglas Katelus performs under the name Solo Organ whenever he plays solo - on, you guessed it - an organ. Earlier this year, he released the amazing album "Atom Heart and Beyond the Infinite," which featured the Pink Floyd epic "Atom Heart Mother" on one side and original compositions on the other, all played solo on the organ.Today, Doug takes a crack at the Lowry organ in WFMU's Studio B for a unique live session.


Final Infinite Distortion Episode
Monday, August 8th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
DJ Bosh is packing it in and bringing Infinite Distortion to a close, just as it became a staple of the culture and a nationwide topic of controversy and intrigue. Listen in for an emotional finale as guests like Rip Torn, Valerie Solanas, and the Ruts join DJ Bosh in the studio.


Senyawa
Tuesday, August 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Hailing from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Senyawa forged new directions in sound by wedding experimental approach with strong elements of their cultural traditions and their musical folklore. Together, Senyawa employs extended vocal techniques with oddly-rigged and heavily amplified instruments of primitive make. Founder Rully Shabara also led the mathy-rock combo Zoo, until meeting Wukir Suryadi, an East Javanese musician who created a bamboo-based electric instrument called the Bambuwukir and began collaborating. Senyawa explores the possibilities of stringed and percussive textures, both plucked, and bowed, noised up, and again dosed with a heavy element of tradition. A number of their recordings can be found on the Free Music Archive, and New Yorkers can see them live August 10th at the Bridget Donahue Gallery 99 Bowery, 2nd Floor.


Terry Gibson of The Downliners Sect
Saturday, August 13th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
This one is for all you Sect Maniacs! Todd-O-Phonic Todd is proud to welcome Terry Gibson, guitar player of the original Downliners Sect, to The Cavalcade Of Stars! The Downliners Sect are among the rudest and crudest of the original British r'n'b bands. Terry has just written a wonderful book about his days with the band entitled "Sect Appeal: The Downliners Sect 1963-1966."


Prince Rama
Monday, August 15th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson founded Prince Rama in 2008 to express their philosophy of the "Now Age," a concept embodying elements of spiritual quest and transcendental thinking. Whereas this philosophy was initially expressed in folky, neo-psychedelic sounds, these days, inspired by an obsession with extreme sports and an unquenchable thirst for energy drinks, the sisters have injected their music with the non-stop excitement of a dance club. Tune in today as Prince Rama play songs from their new album "Xtreme Now"--a record of dance party hits with a metaphysical undertow.


Rosali
Tuesday, August 16th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Rosali Middleman has just released Out of Love, a gorgeous collection of hazy, introspective, acoustic songs mining terrain somewhere in between NYC primitive urban folk of the ESP era and pre-Mac Buckingham Nicks demos of the early '70s with contemporary originality. Personal ballads with a touch of lilting psychedelia encompassed by an embracing voice, live in the studio today. Out of Love is out now on Siltbreeze Records.


The Mystery Lights
Saturday, August 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Mystery Lights might be the next great New York rock'n'roll band. Their sound is so captivating that Daptone Records started a new rock imprint just to release their powerful debut longplayer. Check out The Mystery Lights in all their caterwauling glory on The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show Saturday afternoon and at Monty Hall with The Electric Six that evening.


Sumac
Tuesday, August 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Best described as "pugilistic rhythm-and-noise", the trio known as Sumac have just released their second album "What One Becomes", and have hit new peaks of dense, complex, face-punching, feedback-drenched chaos. The band is made up of Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mammifer) on guitar, Nick Yacyshyn on drums (Baptists), and Brian Cook on bass (Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch). They'll be at St. Vitus in Brooklyn a couple of nights earlier, August 18th, but hear them metallicize WFMU's studio B today.


Guest DJ Tom Lax from Siltbreeze Records
Tuesday, August 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on
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!


The return of mastering engineer Greg Calbi
Saturday, September 10th, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
When Creg Calbi was a guest on Michael’s show in June the plan was to talk and play some examples of Greg’s exemplar work (Beatles, Dylan, Ramones, Bowie, etc.) – but the stories were so good Michael & Greg just talked for a solid hour – no music. So, as promised, Greg returns – and this time the pair will do their best to spin some Greg’s work between hearing another batch of Greg’s great stories.


Baby Shakes Guest DJ set
Saturday, September 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
New York's sweetest glam pop quartet The Baby Shakes will be spinning some of their favorite glam, power pop and rock'n'roll sounds, both old and new, on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. This quartet is so high energy they will force Todd to turn it up a notch or two. Don't miss Baby Shakes at Berlin Friday September 16th with Cozy and The Jeanies!



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