Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: November 27th at 12:31 PM

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Jazztacular #1
Friday, November 28th, 6am - 9am
Knuckle Sandwich with Dave Bombay
Join the people's champion, Dave Bombay, for a very special Jazztacular on Knuckle Sandwich this week. For no particular reason, Mr. Bombay will seduce you for 3 hours with an awkward and mildly erotic array of jazz. Wake up, tune in, then fall back asleep to the smooth sounds of JAZZTACULAR NUMBER ONE. Bebop-ski-doo-wop pow. JAZZ.

Maja Ratkje
Friday, November 28th, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Celebrate the horror known as Black Friday with the extraordinary Norwegian vocalist and composer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. She's playing the last week of Thanksgiving at the Stone in the East VIllage and will jet across the river for a live solo performance and, possibly, some shopping tips.

Dan Bodah fills in for Martha tonight with a live set from Rhyton
Friday, November 28th, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Rhyton brings together string multi-instrumentalist Dave Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer), bassist and organist Jimy SeiTang [pronounced Jimmy Say - Tang] (of Stygian Stride, formerly of Psychic Ills) and drummer Rob Smith (of Pigeons). Despite all of the members' other involvements, Rhyton is very much its own band. It's deeply psychedelic music with a focus on mixing ancient and futuristic elements. Rhyton pours fierce rock improvisation into Greek and Middle Eastern traditions, all funneled together through groove.

Peter Guralnick plus Michael Spörke
Saturday, November 29th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley chats with noted music journalist Peter Guralnick who this month begins releasing his back catalog as enhanced e-books with newly shot video interview segments, audio of his original interviews and new chapters. Michael also welcomes Michael Spörke author of "Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music" to discuss the singer's struggles and successes in life and in the music business.

Ronnie Spector
Saturday, November 29th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd chats with girl group legend Ronnie Spector about her upcoming Christmas shows, Beyond The Beehive, Columbo and more!

The Nots
Sunday, November 30th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K
Whether delivering their rock action as a trio or a quartet, Memphis's Nots are power just the same. The all-female outfit, which features members of Ex-Cult and Manatees among others, reside somewhere on that slippery spectrum of punk and post-punk and new wave, and make an urgent spiky noise full of white-hot guitars and destructo synths. The band are on tour in support of their debut full-length on Goner Records, We Are Nots, and were kind enough to bring their patented River City skronk to the WFMU airwaves on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

The Blind Shake
Monday, December 1st, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
As the Minneapolis three-piece gets set for its third appearance at WFMU, we turn it over to Midheaven for the blurb: The Blind Shake crafts dense, massive locomotive music—powerful sounds with the ability to careen through one cinematic, post-apocalyptic chase scene after another. The band’s latest album Breakfast of Failures comes clanging and crashing through these confused times. With six full-length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with downstroke warrior John Reis, The Blind Shake continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch-red noise.

Mitchell Kezin, director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” and Neil Norman director of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard”
Saturday, December 6th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes two directors of music documentaries: Mitchell Kezin director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” a new documentary about world of alternative Christmas music and Neil Norman director of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard” that documents the influential L.A. punky/garage/flower-power/acid-rock band.

Quitty & the Don'ts
Monday, December 8th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

It's a ferry across the Mersey to Brooklyn today as the kings of King County garage, R&B and beat come to WFMU! Quitty & the Don't DO rock and NEVER quit! These youngsters are soaring up the charts with the single of the year, "Running Out of Time" b/w "(She's Gonna) Break Your Heart" on Hidden Volume Records and will be opening up for the legendary Real Kids at Bowery Electric on Dec. 13.

Sad Songs with Sylvie Simmons
Wednesday, December 10th, 6am - 9am
The John Allen Show
Born and raised in London, Sylvie Simmons ran away to Los Angeles in the late '70s to become a rock critic. Widely regarded for her early writings at Sounds, Cream and Kerrang!, as well as later at The Guardian, Rolling Stone and chiefly at MOJO since the magazine’s inception, she has also written books on Serge Gainsbourg, Neil Young, and most recently, Leonard Cohen. All the while she has been studying the art of the song, particularly sad songs. This month marks the magical debut of a singer and musician who’s spent her whole life in music but hasn’t gone public until now. “Sylvie” is a hauntingly beautiful collection of ukelele songs, just released on Light In The Attic, that is dreamy, intimate and timeless. This in-studio performance will be followed with selections of sad songs Sylvie chose from the FMU library.

Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "Tell Me What To Do"
Wednesday, December 10th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Tell Me What To Do," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 10th. A marketing executive begins a tumultuous and clandestine affair with a flirtatious colleague who works under him. He is married, and she has an alcoholic boyfriend and a dark family secret.

Retired Texas Gym Teacher Dale Irby
Saturday, December 13th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes genius Dale Irby who recently retired after teaching Phys-Ed for forty years - and wearing the exact same shirt & sweater vest in all forty yearbook photos.

A Very Vince Martin Christmas Special
Wednesday, December 17th, 6am - 9am
The John Allen Show
Brooklyn born and raised Vince Martin first recorded with the Tarriers in 1956 on the hit single "Cindy, Oh Cindy." He became more widely known in the early 1960s through his duo recordings with Fred Neil and became very popular and influential on the burgeoning folk (and later folk rock) scene. Cited by the Coen Brothers as one of the musicians who influenced their movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”, Ethan Coen describes Vince Martin as “the Italian kid who decided to be Vince Martin”. This program will feature 3 hours of holiday cheer.

Celebrate Xmas eve morning with Daniel Knox
Wednesday, December 24th, 6am - 9am
The John Allen Show
Daniel Knox will perform Christmas related songs, as well as some of his own recent numbers about consumerism. He will also DJ some holiday records and read about crimes and disasters that took place at Christmas time, like the Iroquois Theater Fire. The Chicago based pianist and composer/songwriter is known for his darkly distorting traditional American popular song styles—inspiring collaborations with David Lynch and Jarvis Cocker along the way. His self-titled third album will be released in the new year (Jan 20th).

Joe Carducci Spins 3 Hours of Early '70s Heavy Rock
Wednesday, December 31st, 6am - 9am
The John Allen Show
Best known for his music writing, Joe Carducci’s 1991 “Rock and the Pop Narcotic” is the ultimate book on the aesthetics of rock music. As an A&R man and one time co-owner of the legendary SST Records, Joe’s legacy traces a bit further back as one of the bedrock figures in American early-80’s independent music. His previous visits to WFMU centered on his time working in music, and the history of LA punk; this time he’ll play records from his formative years guiding us thru the musical connective tissue of Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Egg, Uriah Heep etc. to Sacharrine Trust, SWA, St. Vitus, and Tom Troccoli’s Dog.

They Might Be Giants
Saturday, January 10th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes John Flansburgh and John Linnell from Then Might Be Giants to the studio to play a few live songs and discuss their 30+ years of collaboration, their endless touring, their unusually devoted fans and their newly relaunched Dial A Song!

Steve Boone from The Lovin’ Spoonful
Saturday, January 17th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes bassist of The Lovin’ Spoonful Steve Boone who has written a new memoir "Hotter Than A Match Head, Life on the run with The Lovin' Spoonful."

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