Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: March 26th at 10:08 AM

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Station Manager Ken Broadcasts Live from Birmingham UK
Friday, March 27th, 3pm - 6pm
Ken's show
On the eve of the UK premiere for the WFMU documentary 'Sex and Broadcasting,' the station itself has moved from New Jersey to Birmingham UK for the night. With People Like Us's help, Station Manager Ken will be DJing and VJing from 3-6pm (US time) during Kurt's show, which is 7-10pm UK time. The party happens at Warwick Bar 158 Fazeley St., Digbeth in Birmingham. LINK.

Put The Needle On The Eire/UK Hip-Hop Sessions
Friday, March 27th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For his first post-2015 WFMU Marathon show Billy Jam will feature two recorded sessions from his recent Irish/UK trip: an exclusive DJ Loop Skywalker mix of Welsh/Irish/Scottish hip-hop plus a special live DJ/MC session with West of Ireland emcee Sebi C and Irish turntablist/producer extraordinaire Jimmy the Hideous Penguin - recorded for WFMU in Jimmy's Galway studios two Saturday nights ago. Put The Needle on the Eire/UK hip-hop with Billy Jam Friday March 27th at 7pm on WFMU.

Tal National in Concert: Electrifying Rock and Roots from Niger
Saturday, March 28th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Niger's roots rock powerhouse Tal National is a culturally diverse band, with members from Niger's Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations. The band transforms elements from all those traditions into high energy electric dance music, driven by hypnotic and cathartic guitar-led workouts. Tal National blew away audiences during its North American debut tour in 2013. And the band is back on tour in North America now supporting an excellent new LP, Zoy Zoy (FatCat Records) - with stops at at Pace University's Schimmel Center on Thursday April 2nd and at the Falcon in Marlboro, NY on Friday April 3rd. We get a taste of Tal National's awesome powers tonight with highlights from a rousing October 2013 show at the Mercury Lounge.

David Rees, Maeve Higgins, live music from EZTV, and special surprise guests!
Saturday, March 28th, 9pm - Midnight
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
Pat kicks off his fifth live variety show from Monty Hall with a visit from David Rees- star of Nat Geo's "Going Deep with David Rees", stand up comedy from Maeve Higgins and live music from Brooklyn's, EZTV! Not to mention- surprise guests that you do NOT want to miss! (So please don't)

Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne
Sunday, March 29th, 9pm - Midnight
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Dave's guests live in the studio will be the Brooklyn-based acoustic duo of Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne. Help Mark and Mary usher in spring with their haunting, gorgeous folk tunes before they head to the UK for an appearance at the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival (with Chris Wood, Clannad, Billy Bragg, among others). That's Sunday, March 29, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Dom La Nena
Tuesday, March 31st, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On Tuesday March 31 , 9-noon, Brazilian-born cellist, singer and songwriter Dom La Nena will return to WFMU. Dom studied classical cello in Paris and Buenos Aires before taking up her first pop gig playing with Jane Birkin. That two year stint produced her desire to write and record her own pop gems. Her first release ELA was a gorgeous mix of influences from Brazil, Paris, Argentina, classical music, and pop. Dom la Nena's second release SOYO is released this month. Singing in Portugese, Spanish, French and English, recorded in Mexico City, Paris and Lisbon this new record continues her modern take on making gorgeous music. While visiting This is the Modern World, Dom La Nena's long wandering melodies, interwoven with solo cello will be sure to entrance.

Put The Needle On The Two Guest DJs: Mista B and DJ ALF
Friday, April 3rd, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Living up to its name "Put The Needle On The Record" will feature a very special live freeform turntablist session when show regular DJ ALF will drive up from Maryland, and DJ Mista B will fly in from California to put needles on records and create beautiful skratch magic when they join Billy Jam on Put The Needle On The Record, Friday April 3rd at 7pm.

Rev. Bill Alberts, PHD
Saturday, April 4th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Rev. Bill Alberts, PHD about his unusual 1968 Date Records single "Teenage Son's Open Letter To His Father"/"Hey God" - the A-side of which is told from the point of view of a young man in jail for burning his draft card, and the B-side of which is an open letter to God, urging God to get "with it" and "care for all his children."

Gerry Roslie of The Sonics
Saturday, April 4th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd is honored to host one of the greatest shouters in rock'n'roll history, none other than Gerry Roslie of The Sonics. In recent years The Sonics place in rock'n'roll and popular culture has only been elevated. The Sonics will be performing at Irving Plaza on April 8th and The Stone Pony on April 9th to support their new album, "This Is The Sonics," on Revox Records.

Joe Frank - "Night Pt. 2"
Wednesday, April 8th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Night Part 2," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. April 8th. Floods, fires, and crime rage through a California canyon. Kevin, a pool cleaner and short order cook, finds solace at The Circus of Love, where he meets Donna, an ex-stripper with a colorful past. Turner, a former pilot in Vietnam, serves prison time for selling drugs before he moves into the wilderness.

7th Annual All Covers Show
Friday, April 10th, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs observes its 7th Annual All Covers Show with another round of reconsidered and potentially ill-conceived renditions or popular favorites and forgotten folklore.

Denny Tedesco, director of "The Wrecking Crew"
Saturday, April 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Denny Tedesco, director of "The Wrecking Crew" - a documentary almost twenty years in the making that chronicles the studio musicians that gave birth to the West Coast Sound of the 1960's - a small group who worked mostly behind-the-scenes racking up hits with an incredibly diverse list of artists like The Monkees, The Byrds, The Association, The Mamas & The Papas, The Beach Boys, Gary Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis, Phil Spector and tons more.

Live performance from The Cactus Blossoms
Saturday, April 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

After having his mind blow seeing The Cactus Blossoms (Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum) open for a recent Nick Lowe show Michael is please to welcome the duo to the show with their hypnotic harmonies and fantastic original songs.

The Fall special with Stephen Hanley and Marc Riley, plus Spectre Folk covers the Fall live in studio
Tuesday, April 21st, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner's show
Today's entire three hours is dedicated to the exhuming of some stellar live tapes in Brian's collection from The Fall, mainly soundboard and FM broadcasts from mostly of the '78 to '96 era. As a bonus, two of the band's biggest instrumental anchors of that period, guitarist Marc Riley (1978-83, and now a well-beloved BBC Radio6 DJ) and bassist Stephen Hanley (1979-98) speak to WFMU on life inside of and outside of the band; in fact Hanley has recently released a memoir called The Big Midweek. And as a double bonus, we get a live set in the WFMU studio of Fall covers courtesy of Spectre Folk (featuring members of Magik Markers, Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Tall Firs). Hope we can pack it all into three hours!

Joe Frank - "Sleep"
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Sleep," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. April 22nd. A child dressed for bed attends an adult party where he witnesses a murder. Joe confesses past sins and appeals to God for leniency. A man calls an escort service and describes his ideal woman, but is deeply disappointed with the escort who arrives, who is ugly, overweight and shallow. Still, he falls in love with her.

Pramrod Sexena live from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, May 1st, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Audio sadism for early entry shoppers! The evil spawn of Mr. Dorgon and Jamie Saft, Pramrod Sexena will play live on Miniature Minotaurs, unleashing a thorough beat-down not seen since the heyday of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Crushing turntable diatribes will go up against 8-string fretless bass guitar and Gemini FlashFormers in evil distortion chambers straight from the dungeons of the underworld.

Put The Needle On The Leonard Cohen Record
Friday, May 1st, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Conspiracy Of Beards - the unique 30 member male acapella choir from San Francisco who do interpretations of Leonard Cohen's music - will return to WFMU to join Billy Jam for a very special live in-studio performance on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU Friday, May 1st 2015.

Rev Billy & Stop Shopping Choir
Friday, May 15th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Some WFMU on air performers need to be seen as well as heard hence why Billy Jam has invited the Reverend Billy and his 50 member Stop Shopping Gospel Choir back onto WFMU for a live audio & video streamed one-hour, concert from the stage of WFMU's Monty Hall on May 15th. Never one to keep silent on the injustices of society he sees around him the the notorious, lifelong activist Reverend Billy, whose most recent arrest was in January during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, will sing and preach and inform along with his extended Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, on Friday May 15th @ 7pm live broadcast/concert from Monty Hall (Free admission to the Monty Hall concert) on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.

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