Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
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Down South Jukin': Southern Rock Special
Thursday, August 21st, 9am - Noon
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Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
What do you get when you combine rock 'n' roll with Rebel Yell and a bunch of longhaired hippies from below the Mason-Dixon line? Why, you get that uniquely American musical form called Southern Rock. This special episode of Surface Noise is devoted to that golden decade (the 1970s) when the South really tried to do it again. They didn't, but along the way, a lot of guitars got twanged, a lot of whiskey got drunk, and a lot of Southern cities got namechecked. Tune in for some favorites as well as some obscurities as we plumb the depths of this oft-maligned subgenre of American racket: Three full hours of down South jukin'!


Ace Frehley (Todd-o-phonic Todd fills in for Michael Shelley)
Saturday, August 23rd, 11am - 1pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
In the tradition of The Michael Shelley show, fill-in DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd interviews the legendary Ace Frehley. What a meeting of the minds! Discussion will range from the early years of Kiss to Ace's brand new LP "Space Invader" on EOne Music.


Spider Bags
Sunday, August 24th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K
The Spider Bags are the handiwork of Jersey expat and former D.C. Sniper Dan McGee. After relocating from the Garden State to North Carolina in the late 2000s, McGee traded in the smash-and-grab punk approach of the Snipers for a scruffier, sweatier, more roots-oriented take on the whole garage rock routine. The band’s new album, "Frozen Letter," its first for Merge, splits the difference between drunken no-chaser rave-ups and lengthier, more poignant trips to the seedier side of town. The Spider Bags bring their brand of hellfire to Burn it Down! with Nate K, Sunday morning, August 24.


Black Sea Hotel
Monday, August 25th, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Known as Brooklyn's practitioners of "Balkan Vocal Pyrotechnics," Black Sea Hotel creates an ethereal blend of tight, sublime women's harmonies in the ancient Eastern-European tradition. "The Forest is Shaking and Swaying" is the latest from these wonderful singers, who are equally at home on club stages as they are in large concert halls worldwide. Black Sea Hotel performs live on WFMU, in advance of a couple of local shows.


The Martinets
Tuesday, August 26th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Formed shortly before the turn of the century, and inspired by pre-punk artists such as the New York Dolls, Mott The Hoople, Stooges, Flamin’ Groovies and MC5, The Martinets have been bashing out rock and roll with a 1977 New Yawk City vibe for over a decade and a half. With Daniel Rey on guitar (producer/guitarist/songwriter for the Ramones, Joey Ramone, Ronnie Spector , The Dictators NYC, Masters Of Reality, etc), Dave Rick on bass (Bongwater, Yo La Tengo, King Missile, Phantom Tollbooth, Robert Pollard, etc), Roger Mudock on drums (King Missile, Ronnie Spector, Joey Ramone, Leslie West) and Eamonn Bowles (The Fabians) on vocal and guitar, The Martinets have just unleashed their fourth album “Rock and Roll Will Probably Never Die” on MuSick Recordings.


Guest DJ Tom Lax from Siltbreeze Records
Tuesday, August 26th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Another great annual visit from Siltbreeze Records honcho Tom Lax, bringing yet more esoteric, uncategorizable and otherworldly slabs of wax to confound even the most obscuro-hound WFMU listeners. Even after several years of guest DJ sessions, we've barely scratched the surface of the fabulous motherlode of DIY recordings Tom has in the vaults; expect high grade entertainment, and of course, uploaded photos on the playlist page of the great cover art from the wax he brings.


Episode Six of Radio Harvester with Street Eaters, also Guest Host Reed of Distort Jersey City
Wednesday, August 27th, 8pm - 9pm
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Infinite Distortion
On Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, get your appetite ready for Radio Harvester #6 with NYC's top pizza punk, THE SLICE HARVESTER. This time, Colin sits down with the East Bay's legendary punk act STREET EATERS over a hot pie to talk about love, life, and finding yourself at an all ages DIY gig. It's 8pm eastern on INFINITE DISTORTION, with guest host REED DUNLEA - of the late, great DISTORT JERSEY CITY.


Arc Waves
Thursday, August 28th, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Brooklyn purveyors of dreampop with a touch of twang, Arc Waves came to visit the WFMU studio shortly after being featured in a Huffington Post music column. Singer Elaine's vocals float above guitar-heavy songs that bounce from light to dark to chaos and back again.


Fade Kainer
Thursday, August 28th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
The voice and textural contributor in Batillus, member of Theologian, InSwarm, plays live with Jarboe and is a multi instrumentalist and audio engineer. We wonder how he will have time to actually make an appearance, but will be psyched to hear the music he has picked! He will be live and listeners will be able to ask him questions via our live playlist and comments board!


Music Blues
Tuesday, September 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Stephen Tanner plays bass in the much-beloved and somewhat uncategorizable Georgia band of heavies known as Harvey Milk, these days calling Brooklyn home and whipping up all kinds of good food for public consumption therein. In 2010 he spent some downtime (as in crawling away from society) holed up at fellow Milk member Creston Spiers' Georgia abode where he wrote, played, and recorded his solo work Things Haven't Gone Well, now coming out on the Thrill Jockey label. It's touted as being a more cinematic variation of his work in Harvey Milk, though no less sludge-leaning and definitely full of some more personal imagery/life chronicling/dark issues being dealt with. He's put together a touring band for this project as well, live today on Brian's show.


Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Lost Soul"
Wednesday, September 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
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Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. September 3rd we'll air an episode entitled "Lost Soul," from Joe's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE series. A young priest named Father Tristan is posted to a remote fishing village, where he attempts to comfort the locals, who undergo a series of personal and community disasters. He learns that the food chain is a hierarchy of violence and there is more sadness in the world than he can imagine. Father Tristan then falls in love with a young parishioner—and things get worse.


Tashi Dorji + Sir Richard Bishop live from Monty Hall
Tuesday, September 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Tashi Dorji is Bhutan-born guitarist absorbed a childhood full of shortwave radio before moving to the US and discovering Derek Bailey and Albert Ayler and incorporating all his musical loves into a truly varied and forward-thinking vocabulary. In this era some may have chalked up the guitar to have exhausted itself as a means of breaking new boundaries in expression, yet Dorji, now in North Carolina, has wowed such advanced axemen as Bill Orcutt, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls who is part two of tonight's bill, making his second appearance on Brian's show. As a bonus, you can attend the taping of this night at WFMU's ground floor performance space, Monty Hall. Set time is 8pm on Sunday, September 7th, at 43 Montgomery Street in Jersey City (near Exchange Place and Grove PATH stops). Admission to the public is $12, with advance tickets purchasable at wfmu.org on our home page news!


WFMU Listener Meet-Up & live broadcast in Portland OR!
Wednesday, September 10th, 9pm - Midnight
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The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Evan "Funk" Davies is taking his show on the road, and you're invited! EFD will be broadcasting live from Beech Street Parlor in Portland as part of a WFMU PDX Listener Meet-Up Wednesday night, Sept. 10, from 6pm - 9pm Portland time! WFMU's Tony Coulter will be on hand as well, and there will be special guest DJ sets and more! If you're in Portland come on down to Beech Street Parlor, 412 NE Beech St, to say hi to Tony and Evan, meet some fellow listeners, and grab some WFMU swag. If you can't attend in person then join the fun through your radio during EFD's show Wednesday night, Sept. 10. See you there!


P.F. Sloan
Saturday, September 13th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes songwriter/performer P.F. Sloan whose hits including "Eve of Destruction" for Barry McGuire, "You Baby" for The Turtles, "A Must to Avoid" for Herman's Hermits and "Secret Agent Man" for Johnny Rivers and hundreds more. His new album "My Beethoven" and new memoir "What's Exactly the Matter with Me?" have both just been released.


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 New York City 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!


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).



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