Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: September 25th at 12:50 PM

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Chris DeMarco (Troma's War)
Tuesday, September 26th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Composer, songwriter and vocalist Chris DeMarco discusses his soundtrack for "Troma's War" which received its first ever release (on limited fireball splatter vinyl) by Ship To Shore Records in July. "Troma's War" was Troma producers Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman's 1988 follow up to the "Toxic Avenger" and "Class of Nuke 'Em High." From singing on Tom Scholz of Boston's first demos to fronting NYC's Riff Raff (the Sid Bernstein-managed band signed by Chris Blackwell/Island Records in 1977), Chris has a long and storied career slugging it out in the NYC, Boston and LA music scenes in the 1970s and 80s. Chris would later also compose for Troma's 1989 "Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie."

Special guest Prince Paul
Wednesday, September 27th, Noon - 3pm
Duane Train
From his tenure as Stetsasonic's DJ, to the classic albums he produced for De La Soul, 3rd Bass and Handsome Boy Modeling School, Prince Paul has inspired many with his originality, wit and sonic innovations. Duane Train is happy to have him on the train to discuss his forthcoming solo Instrumental album, as well as his storied career.

Joe Frank - "Sunday Morning Service" episode on Irwin's show
Wednesday, September 27th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. September 27th, we'll present "Sunday Morning Service" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. Maude tells of her infatuation with a French journalist. The Russian woman who lives upstairs from Larry expresses her contempt for him as both a father and husband. Joe tries to seduce a beautiful woman by arriving at her apartment dressed in a policeman’s uniform. You won't believe what happens next!

Creston Spiers of Harvey Milk
Thursday, September 28th, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane welcomes guitarist/vocalist/founder of uniquely heavy Harvey Milk for a chat and a Peer Pressure guest DJ segment. Tune in to hear a number of tracks he has curated and to find out what is next for him in the realm of music and what we can expect for the future from the entity that is Harvey Milk. He will be live on the program and listeners can post questions to the live comments board for Creston. The show is Noon-3pm; Creston will be on at 1pm sharp!

Ponderosa Stomp Preview Show
Thursday, September 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Various WFMU air personalities drop by Music To Spazz to gab and spin New Orleans 45s in advance of this year's Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans.

Special Guest Eric Carmen
Saturday, September 30th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd chats with Eric Carmen about the brand new Raspberries album Pop Art Live (Omnivore) and his career dating back to Cyrus Erie doing their 14 song Who medley and their 8 song Small Faces medley! Hear what one of the kings of Pow Pow Powerpop has to say.

The Safes and Reanimadores live in studio
Monday, October 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Summer may be over but it's not too late to catch some 'Tasty Waves' - that's the name of the new LP from The Safes, Chicago's finest purveyors of garage punk/power pop served up family style by the O'Malley brothers. The Safes will perform live and tell us how much more they love Jersey pizza over their hometown deep dish variety. Joe also brings in the Reanimadores. The non-nonsense quartet from Puerto Rico, returns to WFMU with a fresh batch of their patented island punk sounds.

Ship To Shore Records' Justin Martel and Aaron Hamel
Tuesday, October 3rd, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Ship To Shore Records co-founders Justin Martel and Aaron Hamel discuss some of the Brooklyn indie label's catalog and upcoming releases. In four short years, Aaron and Justin have released over 20 records, many on vinyl for the first time or from masters considered lost, including soundtracks for George Romero's "Martin," Hal P. Warren's "Manos," 1983 arcade revenge flick "Joysticks" and a two-fer of Joe Renzetti scores for "Basket Case 2" and "Frankenhooker" (revisit Devon's 2016 Joe Renzetti interview HERE, as well as for non-film soundtrack releases of Tiny Tim's "America" (the 2013 completion of demos started 42 years prior with his producer Richard Barone), reissues of MX-80 Sound's "Out of the Tunnel" and "Crowd Control," the Paul Williams' fronted 1968 band "Holy Mackerel," and two releases by Japanese 80s video game developer Taito's in-house production band Zuntato.

Special guest Joe McEwen (Mr. C)
Wednesday, October 4th, Noon - 3pm
Duane Train
Joe McEwen (Mr. C) is dropping by the Duane Train to discuss the fantastic new boxset he curated highlighting the genius of Isaac Hayes. It's called Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) and it's amazing!

Live from New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp, with Dave the Spazz (1-3pm) and Todd (3-6pm)
Saturday, October 7th, 1pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

WFMU and our sister station in New Orleans, WWOZ join forces again for a remote broadcast from New Orleans to celebrate The 2017 Ponderosa Stomp. Dave The Spazz and Todd-O-Phonic Todd join forces with Swamp Boogie and The Boudin Man and a cast of thousands to create mayhem and mirth, both musical and otherwise. Stomp performers include Gary U.S. Bonds, The Mummies, Roky Erickson, Barbara Lynn, Carla Thomas, The Gories and many more! The mischief takes place at The Ace Hotel, if you are in the neighborhood feel free to stop by!

The Hipshakes and Proto Idiot live on Burn it Down!
Sunday, October 8th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Burn It Down! with Nate K. is excited to present its first double-band extravaganza, with a twofer from Manchester, England. Legends in the making the Hipshakes offer a rowdy, pitch-perfect blend of raucous '60s frat rock and fuzzed-out punk, while Proto Idiot present a more stripped-down, "Wirey" flip side to that same classic coin. The two bands are touring the States together and will both be appearing at Gonerfest 14 (Sept. 28 - Oct. 1).Tune in Sunday, October 8, from 6 to 9 am to hear the ruckus.

It's Johnny's Birthday!
Monday, October 9th, 3am - 6am
Circle Time with Mark R.
Monday, October 9th, 2017, marks the 77th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon. We're going to devote a full hour of our program exclusively to the music of John Lennon, with and without the Beatles, and we're inviting you, the listeners, to participate with your suggestions. As a special Into the BlackI October Fundraiser bonus, anyone who becomes a Swag-for-Life member or ups their existing Swag-for-Life pledge, can request two (2) songs, which Mark GUARANTEES will be played on the air, even if that means playing nothing but John Lennon's music for a whole month. You can even make me play that one where John just plays guitar while Yoko looks for her hand in the snow. Celebrate Johnny's birthday and help WFMU get Into the Black, too!

Tuesday, October 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

A return to the program six years since their last visit, Wire perform live in studio on WFMU. Formed in 1976, the group immediately staked its place as one of Britain's most celebrated exports of art-punk whose first three records (Pink Flag, 154, and Chairs Missing) are universally regarded as picture-perfect documents of innovative experimentation in songcraft. Traversing the lines between raw minimalist punk and complex experimentations, they've influenced everyone from Minor Threat to My Bloody Valentine, and continue to create new soundways with their latest release Silver and Lead. Wire's 40 years have been marked by constant flux, side projects, regrouping and reinvention, yet they have been without fail pushing their futuristic ideas into the present, never resting on past laurels. The current lineup of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey and Matthew Simms visit Brian Turner while in town for a three-night, sold out stand at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn from September 28-30.

Osman Murat Ertel (of BaBa ZuLa)
Tuesday, October 10th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Osman Murat Ertel, co-founder of Istanbul-based psych/Turkish folk/electronic band BaBa ZuLa, discusses his latest soundtrack to director Imre Azem's documentary "Turkey On The Edge" about Turkey's struggle in the current divisive state, post-failed alleged 2016 coup attempt with the recent erosion of liberties and consolidation of power into Erdogan's hands. The score features the Turkish instrument saz played acoustically and amplified with effects creating electronic sounds from a minimal sound source. BaBa ZuLa as a band has also composed for film, television and documentary since its inception in 1996 including "Somersault In A Coffin," "I Scream, I Scream," "Biz Size Asik Olduk," "Hyena" and "Mustang."

J-Zone and Pablo Martin visit the Duane Train
Wednesday, October 11th, Noon - 3pm
Duane Train
Hip Hop villain and Duane Train wacky neighbor, J-zone is BACK! This time with Pablo Martin, his partner in his instrumental funk band the Du-Rites. They have a brand new album coming out this week, and they'll drop by to chat about it.

Joe Frank - "Silent Sea"
Wednesday, October 11th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. October 11th, we'll present "Silent Sea" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. Joe dreams of reuniting with Kate—by stalking her. T.S. Eliot reads from his work. Debi celebrates a drunken Halloween in New York and meets an Italian man who gives her the best kiss of her life. Joe questions Debi's approach to achieving world peace and curing cancer.

The Thunderroads
Thursday, October 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Tokyo's own Thunderroads return to Music To Spazz By to perform a live set of their jet-fueled, high-powered rock 'n' roll! https://www.facebook.com/The-Thunderroads-1434555840161132/

Protomartyr live encore broadcast from Montgomery Hall
Sunday, October 15th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Simpy put, Detroit's Protomartyr are one of the most dynamic rock bands working today. Let's make it even simpler, they're one of the best. The band's dark, anthemic post-punk, combined with frontman Joe Casey's literary sing-speak vocals, will bring to mind certain UK acts from that formative, much-worshiped era just after '77, but Protomartyr's sound remains 100 percent in line with the twenty-first-century US of A, a necessary and vaguely triumphant soundtrack to counteract the festering decay and descent into oblivion swirling around us. The band recently played an astounding set at Montgomery Hall, and Burn It Down with Nate K. is very excited to present an encore broadcast of that show. It will be followed by a brief interview with singer Joe Casey.

The Music of Shooby Taylor
Monday, October 16th, 7pm - 8pm
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah
William "Shooby" Taylor called himself "The Human Horn" and turned up on the fringes of the 70s and 80s New York jazz scene playing "air saxophone." Few took him seriously, so Taylor paid for studio time to record himself scatting over his favorite records, or with live accompanists. He achieved belated renown when WFMU discovered one of his tapes in the 1990s. Taylor even visited the station in 2002, shortly before passing away at age 73. Two years later, WFMU Wednesday afternoon host, Irwin Chusid, acquired dozens of Shooby's master tapes. Irwin recently issued two digital volumes featuring 45 tracks of Taylor's strange vocalizing via Bandcamp and iTunes. Irwin visits Vocal Fry on Monday October 16th to showcase the fascinating legacy of Shooby Taylor, the Human Horn, and maybe even share a few exclusive tracks with us.

Singles Going Soundtrack
Tuesday, October 17th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Morricone Island host DJ Devon E. Levins spins some of his favorite 7" OSTs. Expect some hits from Schifrin, Goldsmith, Mancini and, of course, Morricone.

All B-Sides All Night Long
Thursday, October 19th, 9pm - Midnight
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!

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.

Fabio Frizzi (the Italian soundtrack legend returns!)
Tuesday, October 24th, 7pm - 8pm
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).

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".

Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 26th, 9pm - Midnight
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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

Macho Blush plus Gaute Granli
Tuesday, November 14th, 3pm - 6pm
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."

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.

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.

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