Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: November 21st at 1:53 PM

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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 Montana 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.

Up With People Torture Session: A Thanksgiving Mind Control Special
Tuesday, November 21st, 6pm - 7pm
Music of Mind Control with Micah
Join Micah for his second Thanksgiving Up With People special. Listen to 17 year old Glenn Close and her brainwashed teenage buddies sing out for freedom, world peace and traditional American values enforced upon them by a religious right wing mind control cult. There’s only one way to prep your gut for the white meat and this is it!

Groovy Movies
Tuesday, November 21st, 7pm - 8pm
What's Happening?!?! with Matt M (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Tune in for a live set from Hidden Volume Records recording stars, Philadelphia's Groovy Movies! Brain child of Nick Carlisi, it's a smattering of psychedelic-pop meets Sunset Strip action!

Jonathan Hertzberg
Tuesday, November 21st, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Soundtrack fanatic Jonathan Hertzberg returns to Morricone Island to spin a selection of his favorite "source music" cues written for film. Source music refers to music that is a part of the fictional narrative actually heard by the actors in the scene, as opposed to the underscore which is only heard by the viewer. It could be emanating from a car stereo or over a PA in a restaurant or discotheque. Most often these source pieces are previously recorded songs which were not written or performed with the movie in mind. However, Jonathan will be focusing on the occasional song that was recorded specifically for the project. His exhaustive knowledge of John Lindsay/Ed Koch-era NYC as portrayed in film can be enjoyed through his "Dirty Old New York aka Fun City" video series. Check out his past Morricone Island-curated shows of music from films featuring NYC preserved in all of its glory, teen-oriented coming of age flicks and films of 1981 (the last year of the 70's).

Daniel Blumin's show
Friday, November 24th, 9pm - Midnight
One half of Mountains (Thrill Jockey), sound/visual artist Koen Holtkamp has also been conjuring transportive swells of cosmic flow on his own for nearly a decade. For this session, Holtkamp will be reworking the process machine music material of Beast, his latest project on Pre-Echo Press. Prepare to pass through all 14 phases of hypnogogic hallucination with modular synth whoosh and warble, burbling electronic rhythms and a virtual instrument or three!

Sure, it's harder to levitate after Thanksgiving, but to them that will, ways are not wanting! Tune in!

Interview with Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden
Saturday, November 25th, 11am - 1pm
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), and "Mr. Personality" Lloyd Price calls in to tell us about his Thanksgiving and his upcoming NYC show December 1st at The Cutting Room.

Polish Roots Revival Special Featuring Kapela Maliszów Live at WOMEX
Saturday, November 25th, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
There's a booming folk and roots music revival in Poland. And the fiddle-driven family trio Kapela Maliszów* is one of the most compelling bands on the scene. They have a superb new album, Wiejski Dżaz** - Village Jazz - on Poland's adventurous Unzipped Fly label. And they join us this week for an exclusive live session, recorded in Poland last month at the WOMEX world music expo. Join us for a very special session with this exceptional group, plus lots more great new roots music from Poland!

*Kapela Maliszów is pronounced "kah-PELL-uh / Mah-lee-SHOOV"
**Wiejski dżaz is pronounced "VEE-skee / JAZZ"

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 solo 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.

The World of Captain Beefheart
Tuesday, November 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

The World of Captain Beefheart - Giving a few new spins to the music of Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart is a natural move for Guitarist Gary Lucas, who was a part of that world for a time. And who better to breathe new life into the Captain's vocals than the Soul Diva Nona Hendryx, founding member of Labelle and a much in demand singer. On a new 12-song disc, Hendryx and Lucas energetically dive into tunes from throughout Beefheart's catalog, with helped along the way by Drummer Richard Dworkin (Microscopic Septet), Bassist (and former WFMU host) Jesse Krakow and Keyboardist Jordan Shapiro. Nona Hendrix and Gary Lucas, along with their bandmates, play live and discuss how this all came together.

Sal Maida
Saturday, December 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Sal Maida returns to the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to discuss his new book "Four Strings, Phony Proof and 300 45's" published by HoZac. Sub-titled "Adventures from Roxy Music, Sparks & Milk'n'Cookies", 3 bands that Sal played bass for. Find out why Noisey says, "Sal Maida is one of the coolest 70s Rock Stars you've never heard of."

Sparrow Steeple
Sunday, December 3rd, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

From the ashes of Philadelphia's legendary Strapping Fieldhands has risen Sparrow Steeple. Sparrow Steeple offers a fractured, eccentric take on psychedelic pop, rock, and folk. Yet, for as off-kilter and beguiling as the band can be, it's only a matter of finding one's aural sea legs before it becomes clear just how catchy the band's songs really are. On the heels of an excellent full-length on Richie Records in late 2016 and with a new EP on ever/never records due later this fall, Sparrow Steeple drops by Burn It Down with Nate K. for a live session. The band will also be playing the ever/never records holiday party in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 2.

Kazuki Tomokawa
Tuesday, December 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Kazuki Tomokawa's radical music took its roots from Bob Dylan and the heyday of Japan's 1970's folk and theater movements; he began performing solo with acoustic guitar in 1985 and immediately staked his own sonic terrain with a fiery and passionate vocal delivery that has been depicted as "an exorcism." Through the years, his international profile has been raised thanks to the legendary PSF record label which has issued scores of releases, as well as a prominent appearance playing songs in director Takeshi Miike's film Izo. He continues to create music, poetry, paintings, and is a foremost commentator on bicycle races for Japanese television. His short (but completely intense) set in the WFMU studios was recorded during the week of his first ever performance in New York City at Greene Naftali in Chelsea, put on by Blank Forms.

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!

The Love-Birds
Monday, December 11th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The latest and greatest pop export from San Francisco. Check out their 7-inch EP from this past summer on Empty Cellar, and look for the debut full-length album soon on Trouble In Mind Records. Catch them at Alphaville in Brooklyn on Dec. 6!

Spazz Xmas Fiasco!
Thursday, December 21st, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Celebrate the holidays with Spazzy Claus and his very special musical guests Sleigher!

Count It Down! with Nate K: A Burn It Down! Best of 2017 Special
Sunday, December 31st, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Last year was terrible, this year, 2017, has been even worse. So let's kick it to the curb in style and let the countdown to better days commence! Pre-game it with Nate K. as he looks back at his favorite LPs, singles, and reissues of the past 365 days. Who will snag that number one spot? Tune in and find out on New Year's Eve morning, December 31, 2017.

Ronnie Hawkins
Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 11am - 1pm
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!

The Louis Armstrong House Museum's Ricky Riccardi
Saturday, January 13th, 2018, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Director of Research Collections of The Louis Armstrong House Museum to discuss the Corona, Queens landmark, to which Armstrong moved in 1943. The house remains virtually untouched from the day Armstrong died there in 1971.

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