Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: October 18th at 5:02 PM

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Singles Going Seventies!
Wednesday, October 18th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
This Bay-area punk duo released their album The Envoy (Nervous Intent) earlier this year; it's a concept album based on books by Ursula K. Le Guin, but even if you can't tell Ursula Le Guin from Ursula Andress you'll get swept up in the band's raw energy and power. You'll think there must be more than bass and drums in the band, but you'll be wrong. Catch this live set on WFMU Wednesday November 8 at 9pm!


Ol' Stark
Thursday, October 19th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Longtime DJ and vinyl dealer Ol' Stark joins Small Change for mostly mod dance party for Singles Going Steady week. He threw all night 45s parties in Paris for 15 years, and involved soul/funk events here in NYC. Plus he has impeccable style. Put on your best 3 button suit and get ready to dance all night.


All B-Sides All Night Long
Thursday, October 19th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
This Singles Going Steady Week Dave the Spazz will once again be plugging the wrong side of the record. Often the forgotten underbelly of a 45 was usually more rockin’ and crazier than its more illustrious flip, but you knew that already. Turn on, tune in, flip out!


Jane Weaver
Friday, October 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
When Manchester-based producer, songwriter, and artist Jane Weaver released her ninth album, Modern Kosmology, earlier this year, music journalists lavished the record with praise, with Alex Petridis of The Guardian highlighting her "ability to alchemise her dusty source material into pop music.” It is precisely Jane Weaver’s blending of beautiful pop melodies with the mystical, the psychedelic, and the electronic that makes Jane Weaver and Modern Kosmology so appealing—both for fans of the avant-garde and pop. Jane Weaver will be making an appearance on Sophisticated Boom Boom to play material off her new album, and to chat with Sheila B. about her creative process, record collecting, and the Swedish artist who inspired Modern Kosmology.


Live Billy Jam video broadcast!
Friday, October 20th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Check out Billy Jam's live video broadcast by going to WFMU.org at 7pm this Friday.


Alvvays and Richard Gottehrer
Saturday, October 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Alvvays (pronounced Always) bring their magical brand of pop to Saturday afternoon. The Toronto group has really hit their stride on their second album for Polyvinyl, "Antisocialites". Alvvays continues to grow in popularity and will be headlining Brooklyn Steel on October 7th.

Richard Gottehrer chats with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about his amazing career as writer, performer, producer and industry magnate. Many of Richard's greatest numbers can be heard on the newly released Ace cd, "Smash Boom Bang!: The Songs and Productions of Feldman-Goldstein-Gottehrer". Get the lowdown on such great tunes as "Right Hand Man" and "Cara-Lin" directly from the source!


Singles Going Steady with Bob Balaban
Monday, October 23rd, 3am - 6am
on
Circle Time with Mark R.
"Hey, it's that guy," everybody says when they see Bob Balaban. An inauspicious film debut as a timid schoolboy performing oral sex on Jon Voigt in "Midnight Cowboy" blossomed into a film and television career that includes roles in over 100 movies and TV shows, including all four of Christopher Guest's improvised quasi-reality comedies, as Elaine's jilted NBC executive on "Seinfeld," roles in "Catch 22," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind,""Absence of Malice," and literally dozens of others, as well as numerous Broadway appearances. And that's just his acting resume. He's also served as director, producer (for the Academy Award-nominated "Gosford Park") and children's book author (the acclaimed "McGrowl" series, about a boy and his bionic dog). Yes, he's got stories. Tune in Monday morning at 3 am to hear a few.


BLAHA
Monday, October 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

BLAHA is the solo project of Mike Blaha from intense Minneapolis surf-psych band The Blind Shake. New album The Art of Not (Wet Bridge Records) and EP Fresh Horse (Slovenly) out now.


Scott Williams 20th Anniversary show!
Monday, October 23rd, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
Scott Williams's show
Scott's been on WFMU for 20 years! Help him celebrate this milestone on the radio, because he sure doesn't know how to do it.


Roger Anderson
Monday, October 23rd, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Roger Anderson is the founder of Jolly Roger Telephone Company, which creates robots to take your place when telemarketers call you on the phone. On Techtonic this Monday at 6pm, Mark Hurst will interview Roger about how his robots are protecting us from unwanted calls - and Mark will play some recordings of the robots in action with real live telemarketers. Mark will also have a ticket giveaway for Skeptech, the evening event he's hosting downstairs at Monty Hall a few days later on Thursday, October 26.


Fabio Frizzi (the Italian soundtrack legend returns!)
Tuesday, October 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Italian horror soundtrack legend Fabio Frizzi returns to Morricone Island in anticipation of his first ever New York City performances at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 29th (a live score of director Lucio Fulci's "The Beyond" by the Frizzi 2 Fulci Orchestra) and October 30th (a tribute to Frizzi's close friend and collaborator Fulci who passed away in 1996 which will include suites with visuals from Zombi 2, Seven Notes in Black, The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and Manhattan Baby). Il Maestro will also be in attendance for a Q&A at Nitehawk Cinema's November 2nd screening of Fulci's "City of the Living Dead." Reacquaint yourself to Frizzi's work by revisiting Morricone Island's archive of its two-part 2015 Frizzi special here: Pt. 1 (the music primer) and Pt. 2 (the interview).


Philip Lewin
Tuesday, October 24th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

In 1975, Philip Lewin released a charming homebrew of an album, all of 300 copies worth. "Am I Really Here All Alone?" was barely noticed outside of Toronto where it was created. In time, Lewin's album was sought after by collectors, fetching a premium price for this collection of melancholic folk with a mildly psychedelic tone. Tompkins Square rescued Philip's album from obscurity, and he's been touring in support of the re-release. Philip Lewin stops by to play a few tunes for WFMU.


Víktor Lux Cruz
Wednesday, October 25th, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Víktor Lux Cruz, founder of the Barcelona based electronic/experimental label and event space, Magia Roja, drops by WFMU to discuss the current music scene in Spain, where unique blend of industrial inspired electronic music has been cropping up since the economic upheaval in 2011. Magia Roja has been on the forefront of showcasing the new "post-industrial" scene both through releases, shows and late night DJ sessions going into the early hours of the morning. Along with the interview, Marcel will be playing selections that will showcase music from Magia Roja and the local scene.


Punk/Post-punk/Power Pop/New Wave Throwback!
Wednesday, October 25th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Evan "Funk" Davies returns to his college radio roots and plays nothing but punk, post-punk, power pop, and new wave records (that’s right, records!) from the late '70s and early '80s — all from his personal collection. It’s one of EFD's most popular shows of the year, and it’s become an October tradition, so don’t miss it! Tune in to WFMU Wednesday night, October 25, at 9pm


Texas Women In Punk - Mydolls
Thursday, October 26th, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

A discussion featuring members of Mydolls, a female fronted punk band formed in 1978 in Houston, Texas. We'll talk about their experiences as a predominantly female band in the infancy of the Texas punk scene, and celebrate their new EP, "It's Too Hot For Revolution".


Jesse Pollack
Thursday, October 26th, Noon - 2pm
on
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
To celebrate the spooky season Underwater Theme Park has invited Jesse Pollack, author of Death on the Devil's Teeth: The Strange Murder That Shocked Suburban New Jersey and a writer for Weird NJ, to come share stories of his research and experiences on the field. Ghost stories, murder stories and the unexplained!


Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Count Spazzula and Bingo the Gorilla bid you welcome for another dark house ride on the spooky side of the street. Tricks, Treats and Zombie Tex Antoine await you if you dare!


Lea Thomas
Saturday, October 28th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Hawaiian-born singer/songwriter Lea Thomas has always had a deep and profound connection to the natural world. Moving to Brooklyn did not weaken that connection but rather made her work even harder to maintain that thread. Her songs became deeper as a result. Her January 2017 release, Want For Nothing (Tacky Records) is a portrait of the songwriter seeking greater meaning. This session runs over an hour, and thus will begin at 7:55am.


Ian Hunter
Saturday, October 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Todd-O-Phonic Todd chats with Ian Hunter about his life and wild times with Mott The Hoople, his illustrious solo career, David Bowie and much more. From his early days, Ian has been one of the sharpest and most observant rockers out there. Tune in to hear Todd mercilessly exploit his knowledge and kindness. Ian Hunter performs at Outpost In The Burbs in Montclair on November 17th.


Evie Sands performs live in studio
Sunday, October 29th, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Evie Sands may have embarked upon her celebrated recording career in the early ’60s as a teenage vocalist, but more than 50 years and dozens of beloved songs later, she has steadily added songwriter, guitarist, producer, engineer, and record label head to her curriculum vitae. And beyond that she has no intention of collecting dust, as evinced by her new EP, Shine for Me, supplemented with a brace of live performances with band accompaniment, including shows on Oct. 21 at the Cutting Room in Manhattan and on Oct. 22 at Brooklyn's Union Pool.

In an exclusive session at and for WFMU, Evie's five-piece combo will revisit a career's sampling of her work from various eras, bringing forth classic and newer songs in all their soul, folk-rock and country shadings, carried by her incredible vocal instrument. Please honor Evie's gifts by tuning in to hear a true musical titan giving a master's class in performance and songcraft. Entertainment and enlightenment are guaranteed.


Random Pull: The Return
Monday, October 30th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
It's almost Halloween, and Joe has decided to do something scary. What's the scariest thing a DJ can do? That's right: Program a radio show comprised entirely of artists he's never heard of playing music he's never heard before! On today's show, Joe randomly dips into the WFMU record library and pulls out music that's new to you as well as to him. He will not audition it in advance, so you will both be hearing it for the first time together. It might be good, it might be bad, it might be a combination of both – tune in and find out!


Xetas
Monday, October 30th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The most dangerous letter in the DIY Greek alphabet, XETAS are greeting 2017 with their sophomore album, The Tower. As serious as a heart attack and more fun than the drugs they give you in the hospital after the medics bring you back to life. Pumping through Austin's clogged Red River arteries since 2014, the Austin firebrands have temporarily broken their vows of Shaolin silence with ten tracks of unadulterated defibrillation --an electrifying monument to distorted melody and verbal hooks brought to a full boil.


It's Halloween!
Monday, October 30th, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
Scott Williams's show
It's Halloween, it's Halloween, it's Halloween...


A Halloween Spook-tacular!
Tuesday, October 31st, 9pm - Midnight
on
Irene Trudel's show
Since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, Irene gets to spin a spooky sonic web to transport you through the darkness to the midnight hour.


The Paranoid Style and Proper Ornaments
Wednesday, November 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
From our nation’s capital we welcome The Paranoid Style to the WFMU studios! Their album Rolling Disclosure landed in EFD’s Top 10 of 2016 with a winning combination of catchy poppy tunes and clever lyrics. They’re back with a new EP, Underworld U.S.A. (Bar/None) plus a show at Union Hall in Brooklyn on Friday October 27th. Fans of the New Pornographers, in particular, will want to tune in for this live set.

Also on tonight’s show: London’s Proper Ornaments, fronted by James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (TOY, Pink Flames). They’ve been making records since 2011, and their latest, Foxhole (Slumberland), came out earlier this year. Not surprisingly it’s filled with warm guitar-driven psych tunes, and the band delivers that same sound — perhaps more stretched out — in this live set. Tune in Wednesday November 1 at 9pm for both of these live sets!


The Proletariat
Thursday, November 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane welcomes members of Boston band The Proletariat to the Fun Machine! They will be enroute to their performance that night at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ, and will stop by for some talk and to spin some great tunes. Although not a hardcore-by-the-numbers band, they were at heart of the Boston hardcore scene from the 80's, and the band reformed a couple of years ago and have been playing gigs to reviews of being tirelessly energetic and poignant, Diane is happy to bring them to the listeners November 2. Go see them and tune in!


Chris Difford
Saturday, November 4th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Chris Difford , co-founder and lyricist or the band Squeeze. We'll find out about what Squeeze is up to and Chris' new autobiography "Some Fantastic Place - My Life In And Out Of Squeeze"


Greg Ashley
Saturday, November 4th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Greg Ashley performs live on The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. A seminal part of the burgeoning Oakland scene back to his days with The Cuts and Gris Gris, Greg has embarked on a fabulous and prolific solo career. HIs latest album on Trouble In MInd, Pictures Of Saint Paul Street, continues Greg's exploration of the dark underbelly of everyday life in a way that would make both Charles Bukowski and Tom Waits proud. Don't miss Greg at Montgomery Hall on November 3rd.


Vin Scelsa
Sunday, November 5th, Noon - 3pm
on
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
New York radio personality Vin Scelsa will join Jonesey & X. Ray to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first WFMU broadcast. On November 5th, 1967 Vin debuted on WFMU Radio. It was the beginning of freeform on WFMU as well as the start of his career in radio. Vin would travel up and down the dial including two stays at the legendary WNEW-FM, WXRK, WABC-FM (WPLJ), WBAI, WLIR, WFUV and Sirius XM. Since his 'retirement' in 2015, he has sporadically hosted a podcast with his daughter, author Kate Scelsa. His unique journey in broadcasting brings him back to WFMU on Sunday, November 5th, noon to 3PM.


Ikebe Shakedown
Monday, November 6th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

New York City's soulful groove merchants Ikebe Shakedown are just the people to have around if you want to start a party. Their instrumentals include elements of Afrobeat, funk, R&B, and soundtrack sounds, all of which are in evidence on their new record "The Way Home." The band plays a smoking live set on today's show. Bring your moneymakers for shaking.


Group Doueh (video and audiocast from Montgomery Hall)
Tuesday, November 7th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Full video and audiocast of the October 7th visit to WFMU's Montgomery Hall from one of the most blasted psychedelic Western Saharan combos to hit American shores. Founded in the 1980's, headmaster and guitarist Doueh's raw distorted electric guitar stylings juxtapose western elements of Hendrix and James Brown with the poetry of Hassania language in Saharawi folk tradition, all centered around a big band environment that includes two vocalists. "Unhinged virtuosity" is a common phrase attributed to the sound of Group Doueh, truly a spectacle to behold, and thanks to some high profile releases on the Sublime Frequencies imprint, the band's audience has grown greatly. The full concert will stream on wfmu.org home page November 7th on Brian's program, but listeners are strongly encouraged to attend! Tickets are on sale at Monty Hall's site, and the October 7 show, presented by Brian Turner's program, also features NYC's excellent 75 Dollar Bill supporting. A rare and not-to-be-missed stateside event!


Street Eaters
Wednesday, November 8th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
This Bay-area punk duo released their album The Envoy (Nervous Intent) earlier this year; it's a concept album based on books by Ursula K. Le Guin, but even if you can't tell Ursula Le Guin from Ursula Andress you'll get swept up in the band's raw energy and power. You'll think there must be more than bass and drums in the band, but you'll be wrong. Catch this live set on WFMU Wednesday November 8 at 9pm!


Drew Carolan
Thursday, November 9th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Between 1983 and 1985, New York City photographer Drew Carolan photographed patrons of the now infamous hardcore matinees that were going on at the seminal underground music club, CBGB. Carolan was working as an assistant to Richard Avedon, and on weekends he set up a makeshift studio across the street from CBGB and intercepted kids on their way to the afternoon shows. The result is a collection of photographs capturing the unbridled energy of youth during the height of the Reagan years. His book is called MATINEE, and the collection is a 10"x10" hardcover volume featuring nearly 150 pages of images. On November 18th, from 7-10 pm, The Matinee Book Release and Signing event will be happening at NY's Generation Records, including a live performance by New York Hardcore legends, The Mob.

Drew will have a playlist of bands that were the heart of the NY Hardcore scene, and talk about the process of the life of a book that has finally emerged after 30+ years.


The Crystal Robots
Saturday, November 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes The Crystal Robots in person to talk about their new album & play a few songs live in the studio!


Macho Blush plus Gaute Granli
Tuesday, November 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
A twofer of live sonic disruption on the program with a US-tour pitstop at WFMU's studios. Macho Blush is the project of Austin, Texas artist Gina Probst, whose sound alchemy transcends the normal noise and collage zones, creating otherwordly atmospheres broken up and reconstructed before your very ears. She's on tour with Norwegian guitarist Gaute Granli whose past combos have included Freddy the Dyke and Skadne Krek. His set promises some further abstractions, or as once eloquently stated by Sound Projector: "riffs like a baboon casting coconuts from a tree, and percussion effects that stumble blindly about the room like a hooded goblin."


Matt Lucas
Saturday, November 18th, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes powerhouse singer, drummer, and songwriter Matt Lucas, best known for his crazy rocked-up 1963 version of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On".


Pere Ubu
Tuesday, November 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Pere Ubu follow up their 2016 performance program with a grand return, while on tour to support their latest release "20 Years In a Missile Silo". Undoubtedly one of the most important bands in the history of the American underground, Pere Ubu emerged from Cleveland in 1975 to challenge art and rock music to step outside its well-trodden '70s safety zone. They're often credited with being thee missing link between the Velvet Underground and the late 70's punk explosion, but have also established a solid discography of records way beyond that continuing into the modern era, continually reinventing their own identity and always looking forward. Pere Ubu plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg November 12th, and we're honored to have them back on the program.


Interview with Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden
Saturday, November 25th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with co-authors Mark Newgarden, Paul Karasik about their new long awaited book "How To Read Nancy" (with foreword by Jerry Lewis)


The Rebel
Tuesday, November 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Inhabiting the strange zone somewhere in between William Burroughs, The Fall, George Jones and The Residents, The Rebel AKA Ben Wallers has existed as the solo (and more prolific) extension of London's beloved-slash-undernourished Country Teasers. Through countless recordings, Wallers' songs of whimsy and dripping societal observations and indictments have made for a solid catalogue of true English outsider greatness; in fact his 2008 visit to Brian's show with band in tow resulted in the great live LP "Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable" on the Sacred Bones label. Wallers visits the program on the heels of a European tour with Austin pals Spray Paint, and his latest LP release "Poems With Water Triology" is out on Texan imprint Monofonus Press.


Narvel Felts
Saturday, December 9th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Narvel Felts about his 50+ year career – which started in the 1950s with some classic Rockabilly singles and peaked in the early 70s starting with a top 10 cover of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" – the start of a string of 20 singles Narvel placed on the Country Charts!


Ronnie Hawkins
Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Ronnie Hawkins (aka "Mr. Dynamo," "Sir Ronnie," "Rompin' Ronnie," or "The Hawk") about his 60 years making great Rock And Roll!



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