Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: September 30th at 2:03 PM

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John Strausbaugh PLUS Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "Stories for Nothing"
Wednesday, October 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
John Strausbaugh is the author of the widely acclaimed history of Greenwich Village, The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues. One of Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2013, it has just been reissued in paperback. On Thursday Oct 9, Strausbaugh will celebrate the paperwork edition with a talk and book signing at Cornelia Street Cafe in the heart of the Village, at 6pm. Strausbaugh will visit Irwin's show on Weds. Oct. 1, from 5-6pm, to share colorful chronicles about the Village's heralded history.

One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. October 1st we'll air an episode entitled "Stories for Nothing," from Joe's WORK IN PROGRESS series. A travel journal with a series of stories, including vignettes of a Third World hotel with one toilet and a long line of tourists suffering dysentery; a bored housewife who walks out on her family and hitches a ride with drugged hippies; the show trial of a penny-ante cult leader; and more.


The Pink Tiles
Thursday, October 2nd, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Fresh from Melbourne, Australia come The Pink Tiles, a band whose sound is neatly encapsulated by their name: bubblegum pop with a hard edge. Today they appear on Surface Noise playing songs from their just released self-titled LP. Don't miss!


Mark Stewart
Thursday, October 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
After 35 years of un-reissued silence, the Pop Group is finally doing it! They are re releasing We Are Time as well as a new collection, Cabinet of Curiosities later this year. Diane will speak to him about the releases, the Pop Group reunited and what it means to him to be with this seminal band that made an impact on so many to come, while the band members were still in their teens.


Elect Erode
Friday, October 3rd, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Psychedelic Techno wizards from the future stop by for a rare live in-studio set. Legends of the European fringe techno scene for almost a decade, this marks their first North American appearance!


Moppa Elliott
Friday, October 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Moppa Elliott is the bassist and leader of one of New York City's hottest jazz bands, Mostly Other People Do the Killing. The group gained notice in 2007 with its first record, not just for the hot, contemporary take on hard bop but for the cover, which lifted the design of a 1960 Art Blakey record. Since then they have continued to "borrow" covers of great jazz albums for their releases. The logical extension of that is to borrow the music, which MOPDtK does on the new, note-for-note remake of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue. Moppa will stop by Miniature Minotaurs on Friday, October 3, from 3-6 pm to guest DJ and talk about replication and tribute in music.


Tiny Ruins
Saturday, October 4th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
New Zealander Hollie Fullbrook began performing solo as Tiny Ruins but soon found herself leading a trio with Cass Basil and Alexander Freer, and they began releasing albums beginning in 2011. Her songs, which may give the appearance of poetry written in moments of inspiration, are actually carefully crafted and highly polished jewels of great beauty, easily putting her in the first rank of songwriters working today. The band stopped by the WFMU studios recently at the tail end of a tour. Hollie joins Sharon Van Etten on tour for most of October.


Debby Schwartz
Sunday, October 5th, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

This Hoboken-based singer-songwriter has participated in a wide array of musical styles throughout her decades as a performing and recording artist, starting as the lead vox of the all-female Aquanettas in the late Eighties. But she's also a giving sort: When she's not exploring and sharing her own musical landscape, as found on her recently issued solo album, A Garden of My Own, she can be found backing artists including the progressive folk of P.G. Six and fellow acoustic goddess Ember Schrag. For this live session, there just might be a violin and/or a hurdy-gurdy giving her plangent voice and nimble guitar picking a suitable musical bed. Call her folkish, call her folky — but do know that Debby Schwartz is just plain good folks.


The Figgs
Tuesday, October 7th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Twenty-five years, 10 or so albums, one car commercial - The Figgs are simply one of the best bands in America. Coming together in upstate New York in the late 1980s, the band has covered so much territory - power pop, garage, any other kind of rock and roll you can think of - that they are hard to pigeonhole. You can always count on great songs, amazing hooks and high energy.


Mayhem In The PM: The Mayhemming
Wednesday, October 8th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Scads of great power-pop, punk, post-punk and new wave records came out from 1978 through 1982, and EFD will be playing some of his favorites on tonight's show! Some of them are probably YOUR favorites too; others will become new faves instantly. It's always one of the most anticipated shows of the year, so make sure you don't miss it! Tune in to WFMU Wednesday October 8th at 9pm.


The Kate Bush Reunion Special with special guest Zohra Atash
Thursday, October 9th, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
At the great expense of time, blood and money,international fans flocked to the first Kate Bush concerts in 35 years. Zohra (Azar Swan, Religious to Damn) and Julie are two of those crazy people. It'll be a belated Katemas as Zohra and Julie compare KT notes and play songs from Kate's long but relatively unproductive career. Warning:may contain non-Kate content.


Torturing Twitter with Adachi Tomomi
Friday, October 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
"Torturing Twitter" is an interactive performance by Berlin-based Japanese performer/composer/sound poet Tomomi Adachi. Singing and reciting a realtime stream of Twitter hashtags and search words Adachi will do a "destructive reading" live on the air on Miniature Minotaurs, 3-6 pm on Friday, October 10. The Twitter timeline becomes a realtime text generator and live score for the performance. Listeners will be invited to attempt to shape the performance by tweeting using a hashtag that will be announced during the show.

You can hear a past Torturing Twitter performance here.


Dennis McNally's author of “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom”
Saturday, October 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Dennis McNally's author of “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.”


The Gizmos
Tuesday, October 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

When you drop the phrase proto-punk, Bloomington, Indiana's Gizmos are synonymous with The Electric Eels, Styrenes and Rocket From the Tombs in terms of Midwest-bred, Creem-magazing-reading, Stooge-oid worshipping innovation. Now, the original 1976 Gizmos are coming to the East Coast following their return to the Midwest in June and an upcoming appearance at Gonerfest in Memphis. Founders Ken Highland and Eddie Flowers will bring the Gizmos experience to Union Pool in Brooklyn on October 11 and Boston on October 12, and laying it down at WFMU on the 14th for Brian's show. As an added bonus, Flowers (who's also been active in chronicling great underground rock through the years via his Slippytown site, Gulcher Record label, writing, and his L.A. band Crawlspace) is gonna reprise his WIUS Bloomington radio show "Divine Decadence" with Ken and transport everybody back to 1974 with some obscuro heavy jams!


Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "Pretender"
Wednesday, October 15th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. October 15th we'll air "Pretender," from Joe's WORK IN PROGRESS series. Joe chronicles a series of affairs he had with teachers at a prestigious New York private school. Each incident was a snapshot in frustration. Joe interweaves these personal fiascos with the quixotic saga of The Duke of Monmouth, who in 1685 attempted to overthrow his uncle, King James II, by leading a ragtag army of farmers and laborers in rebellion against the crown.


AM Gold Throwdown, with special guest Clay Pigeon!
Wednesday, October 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
The Great Power Pop Throwdown between EFD and Clay Pigeon is still being talked about (and listened to) around the world. Now these two titans of the turntables meet again in an exciting rematch, albeit with more soothing music. And if you think that this show is only going to include Top 40 hits, think again! AM Gold is a state of mind, man, not a chart position. Tune in Wednesday October 16th at 9pm to hear whose gold is greater!


The Muffs
Saturday, October 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes The Muffs back to the show for a set of live music and a chat about their terrific new album “Whoop Dee Doo” and their tour that brings them to Brooklyn’s Bell House and Asbury Park’s Asbury Lanes.


Even Twice
Sunday, October 19th, 9pm - Midnight
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On Sunday, October 19, on World of Echo w/Dave Mandl, Dave's guests will be the punk/prog/metal duo Even Twice. The Brooklyn-based bass-and-drums pair will be performing a set of their blistering eight-alarm music live in Studio B, and playing some songs from their new self-titled CD, starting at 9:30 p.m.


Little Band of Sailors
Monday, October 20th, 3:01pm - 6pm
on Scott Williams's show

Streaming video (and audio) of a live performance by NYC glam-folk-metal performance group Little Band of Sailors. LBOS is the musical outlet for sculptor/filmmaker/performance artist Rachel Mason. Expect theatrics in an Alice Cooper vein, unusual instrumentation, unbridled gymnastics, and some haunted caterwauling. (Added bonus: c'mon out to the taping of this event in our Monty Hall space on Monday 10/13 at 8pm! Free.)


Lloyd Cole
Wednesday, October 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

30 years to the month after the release of Rattlesnakes English-by-way-of-Western-Massachusetts singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole stops by WFMU to play some songs, talk about his latest album, and even take part in Singles Going Steady Week! That new album, Standards (Omnivore), comes out in the USA this month; it is, as Lloyd himself says, "a rock record" made up of 10 original tunes and one cover. Lloyd Cole will appear on WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday night, Oct. 22, just ahead of his solo acoustic performance at City Winery in NYC on Thursday, Oct. 23. Be sure to tune in!


Pat Dinizio
Thursday, October 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Vocalist for NJ's own Smithereens, has a very distinctive voice that has set the band apart. We will talk to him about past and current Smithereens dealings, just prior to their appearance that following Saturday at the Chiller Expo in Parsippany NJ. He will be live, and listeners can post questions to the interactive playlist board.


Singles Going Steady
Friday, October 24th, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Chris M. has got all kinds of 7" records and he's gonna play them! You won't believe the crazy things you'll hear on this show. It's going to be 7" records, 45s, tiny 33s, the variety of small records will be limitless! Will Chris M. survive? Even he doesn't know! Check it out!


Singles Going Steady: Punk & New Wave Special
Friday, October 24th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
They said it couldn't be done. Or at least they said Kurt couldn't do it without messing it up. And indeed he hasn't done it yet. Tune in to Miniature Minotaurs on from 3 to 6 pm on Friday, Oct. 24 to see if Kurt can hold true to his word and play three hours of vintage anti-hippie vinyl.


Deke Dickerson
Saturday, October 25th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley chats with noted author, mind blowing guitarist, crack song writer, road warrior and member of show business Deke Dickerson about his career and new collaborative album "Los Straitjackets: Deke Dickerson Sings The Instrumental Hits" (released October 7) and tour (which brings the super group to Brooklyn's Bell House 10/31).


Ultimate Painting
Wednesday, October 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Ultimate Painting is a new band started by James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes. After their bands toured together the two began exchanging demos and getting together for casual jam sessions. That led to some dates opening for Parquet Courts followed by a single release in August and a full-length album, due out at the end of the month on the Trouble In Mind label. The songs have a quiet guitar-driven feel reminiscent of the Velvet Underground or later-period Wire. They're playing at Cake Shop on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 25; if you miss that show you can catch them live on WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday, Oct. 29.


Mischief Night Halloween Spooktacular!
Thursday, October 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Join Dave the Spazz and Bingo the Chimp for scary songs all night long!


Halloween III
Friday, October 31st, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
For the third year running it's the Halloween special! Three hours of spooky songs; a real horror show! It's famous!


Miniature Minotaurs Halloween Special
Friday, October 31st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
What's scarier than classical and classic rock?


Alex Chilton biographer Holly George-Warren
Saturday, November 1st, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes author Holly George-Warren for a discussion of her recent book “A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man.”



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