Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: April 19th at 5:11 PM

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David Cousins of the Strawbs
Monday, April 22nd, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

For over 50 years, David Cousins has been the mainstay of the Strawbs. The Strawbs originally played American bluegrass and folk music before linking up with Sandy Denny (who first sang "Who Knows Where the Time Goes" with them) and then going on to fame in the realms of both folk and progressive rock in the '70s. On April 26–28th, the band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a 3-day festival in Lakewood, New Jersey featuring band members past and present. On this episode, Joe talks to David about the festival and the band's impressive history while spinning some Strawbs favorites.

Paul Mozur, New York Times journalist
Monday, April 22nd, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Surveilled by cameras *and* secret police: Paul Mozur was recently in China, researching a story about surveillance there, and he was followed everywhere he went - by Chinese secret police. And he was watched by some of China's *two hundred million* surveillance cameras. On the next Techtonic, the growing police-state that is modern China.

Ilan Eshkeri Returns
Tuesday, April 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
British composer Ilan Eshkeri returns to discuss his latest score for "The White Crow," a biopic of Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, directed by Ralph Fiennes who also stars in the film. This is Fiennes' third collaboration with Ilan who h as nearly 75 film, documentary and television credits to his name, including scores for "Kick Ass," "Still Alice," "Alan Partridge," "Stardust," "Coriolanus," "Hannibal Rising" and David Attenborough documentaries, as well as collaborations with David Gilmour, Annie Lennox and Amon Tobin. Ilan got his start working with film composers Michael Kamen and Edward Shearmur.

The Golden Pelicans
Tuesday, April 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
The Golden Pelicans infuse their brutal, knuckle-headed basement punk with a solid dose of the kind of guitar pyrotechnics you get from classic '80s burnout metal. They deliver the auditory equivalent of getting sprayed in the face with beer, spit, sweat, and maybe a little blood, and yet they somehow leave you wanting more. The band also plays the Glove in Brooklyn on Friday, April 19.

Deonna Kelli Sayed
Wednesday, April 24th, 7pm - 8pm
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Deonna Kelli Sayed is a writer, activist, storyteller, and practicing Muslim. Her work has been featured in several anthologies about Muslim women and faith, including the New York Time's featured, Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. Tune in this Wednesday from 7-8pm EST to hear about her formative years in the rural south, life as a white Muslim woman in the states and abroad, trauma, self-love, the dialogue with Israel, and the importance of storytelling.

Dave the Spazz DJ's Live from the WFMU Record Fair!
Saturday, April 27th, 11am - 1pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

David Hall (Director of “Where In The Hell Is The Lavender House? The Longmont Potion Castle Story”)
Tuesday, April 30th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
David Hall, co-director with Thomas D. Rotenberg of the documentary Where In The Hell Is The Lavender House? The Longmont Potion Castle Story, provides a peek behind the curtain of absurdist, avant garde, anonymous prank phone call legend Longmont Potion Castle. Beguiling victims with his surrealist phone work since 1987 and releasing 16 albums, LPC is the subject of the film which includes interviews with Rainn Wilson, Andrew Bujalski, Pissed Jeans, Municipal Waste, Pig Destroyer, Weyes Blood, Cattle Decapitation, Pinback and more.

The documentary will be screened at WFMU's Record Fair on Saturday, April 27th at 5:15 pm in the Movie Lounge.

Hearty White Video Broadcast of the "MIrror Island Adventure Tour"
Thursday, May 2nd, 7pm - 8pm
Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Ever want to see Hearty White wildly gesticulate instead of just imagining it? Tune in May 2 from 7-8pm for a video simulcast of his 2019 marathon appearance at Monty Hall. Entitled “Mirror Island Adventure Tour”, it’s some old-fashioned, down-home storytelling about recursion, memory, and the dangers of anti-propaganda.

McKinley James
Saturday, May 4th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
McKinley James is a 17 year old rock'n'roll guitarist and singer from Rockin' Rochester. His father, Jason Smay (JD McPherson band, Los Straitjackets, Hi-Risers) helped raise McKinley in a very musical household. He started on the Hammond B3 organ at age 7, but discovered his passion for guitar at 10. His influences range from Link Wray to Freddie King to Otis Redding. The first live gig McKinley caught was a Sonics matinee show at Maxwell's. Be among the first to discover this prodigy live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show and later that evening at Hank's Saloon.

John S. Hall
Monday, May 6th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

John S. Hall is an American poet, author, singer and lawyer best known for his work with King Missile, his recently reactivated band who will be performing on May 11 at Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn along with Dogbowl and Ray Brown.

The Dogs
Tuesday, May 7th, 9pm - Midnight
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Hitting the Michigan scene slightly after the first Molotov cocktails were tossed by the likes of the MC5 and Stooges, and arriving in NYC just prior to the crest of the CBGB "new wave," the Dogs hit a sweet spot right between the proto and the punk. Their killer 1978 EP, "Slash Your Face," is a pinnacle of raw rock 'n' roll moxie and malevolence. Burn It Down! is honored to welcome this legendary outfit to the show for a live performance in celebration of their return to active duty. The band also plays Union Pool on Friday, May 3.

Mr. Zero of The Kings
Saturday, May 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Mr. Zero founding member of Canada's The Kings, best remembered for their 1980 monster two song segued hit "This Beat Goes On / Switchin' to Glide." We'll find out about their years playing bars had how a chance encounter with the producer of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" lead to them getting a major record deal, and we'll hear about their new single - also a two song segue!

Mystery Lights
Saturday, May 11th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Originally from the small town of Salinas, California and now based in NYC, Mystery Lights live shows gradually became the stuff of legend as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery. The Lights’ sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own. Look for their new Wick lp Too Much Tension on May 10th and catch them at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on May 18th.

Ex Hex and Tacocat
Saturday, May 18th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
On It’s Real, Ex Hex's second album, the trio's commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined their debut album Rips has grown in scale and ambition.On It’s Real, the group’s second album, Ex Hex’s commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined their debut album Rips has grown in scale and ambition. See Mary Timony and crew in all their live glory at Elsewhere on May 9th and hear them on Todd's show May 18th.

This Mess Is a Place, Tacocat's fourth full-length and first on Sub Pop, finds the band waking up the morning after the 2016 election and figuring out how to respond to a new reality where evil isn’t hiding under the surface at all—it’s front and center. Despite current realities being depressing enough to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and sleep for a thousand years, Tacocat are doing what they’ve always done so well: mingling brightness, energy, and hope with political critique. This Mess Is a Place is charged with a hopefulness that stands in stark contrast to music that celebrates apathy, despair, and numbness. Catch their boundless energy at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Friday May 17th.

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