Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: April 21st at 9:58 AM

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The Fall: 2-Week special with Stephen Hanley, Brix Smith Start, and Marc Riley, plus Spectre Folk covers the Fall live in studio
Tuesday, April 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

First Part of a two week special: today's entire three hours is dedicated to the exhuming of some stellar live tapes in Brian's collection from The Fall, mainly soundboard and FM broadcasts from mostly of the '78 to '96 era. As a bonus, three of the band's biggest instrumental anchors of that period, ex-guitarist Marc Riley (1978-83, and now a well-beloved BBC Radio6 DJ), post-Riley guitarist Brix Smith Start (1983-89) and ex-bassist Stephen Hanley (1979-98) speak to WFMU on life inside of and outside of the band; in fact Hanley has recently released a memoir called The Big Midweek. This week's show features Hanley, and as a double bonus, we get a live set in the WFMU studio of Fall covers courtesy of Spectre Folk (featuring members of Magik Markers, Sonic Youth, Pavement, Nation of Ulysses and Tall Firs). Next week, more live recordings and extended chats with Riley and Brix. Mark E. Smith's current lineup of The Fall releases an album, his 31st, on May 25th called Sub-Lingual Tablet.


No Stairway / No Teen Spirit / No Singing
Tuesday, April 21st, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
On a very guitar-centric Aerial View, musician Noah Wall - joins former Guitar Center employee Chris T. to discuss what's been described as "The absolutely worst concept album of all time.": Live At Guitar Center, which features "secret" recordings of dozens of Guitar Center customers noodling away. Let's shred!


Tribeca Film Festival Edition: Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Tuesday, April 21st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Composers Laura Karpman and Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum will join host Devon E. Levins in the studio this Tuesday, April 21st, while in town for the premier of "CODE: Debugging The Gender Gap" at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. CODE is the the latest documentary directed and produced by Robin Hauser Reynolds which exposes the dearth of female and minority computer software engineers and explores the reasons for the gender gap and digital divide. The film marks the two composers' most recent documentary co-composition, the last being Regarding Susan Sontag which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Lara and Nora are both students of late electronic music pioneer Milton Babbitt and have well over 100 combined film, documentary and television credits to their names, including Stephen Spielberg's miniseries Taken, The Tournament, Carrie (2002), Man in the Chair and Stockholm, Pennsylvania.


Mark Lerner (1948-2015) Memorial Show (BLT fills in for Duane)
Wednesday, April 22nd, Noon - 3pm
on
Radio BLT
Mark Lerner was an American folk enthusiast, railroad man, WFMU listener and supporter. Mark's cousin and WFMU fill-in DJ Daniel Arlein (DJ BLT) talks about his life through words and song. Join on as BLT curates a set of music from Mark's comprehensive folk record collection. Expect to hear everything from Bluegrass to Ragtime, The Blues, train whistles, American Primitivism and more!


Jon Langford PLUS Joe Frank - "Sleep"
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Noted painter and comic strip artist Jon Langford will be Irwin's guest on Weds. April 22 at 3pm. Langford, a UK native who has lived in Chicago since the early 1990s, has been lauded for his iconic portraits of country music legends and diabolic figures, which have graced galleries, album covers, books, and beer bottles. Those in the art world might not be aware that Langford has a musical side. He was a founding member of the Mekons, and has performed and recorded with the Waco Brothers, the Sadies, the Three Johns, the Old 97s, Sally Timms, Alejandro Escovedo, Rosie Flores, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and the Beatles. Langford will bring along his paint brush and his electric guitar, one of which will be used on the WFMU airwaves. On May 21, WFMU will screen the documentary, The Revenge of the Mekons in our Monty Hall performance space.

One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Sleep," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. April 22nd. A child dressed for bed attends an adult party where he witnesses a murder. Joe confesses past sins and appeals to God for leniency. A man calls an escort service and describes his ideal woman, but is deeply disappointed with the escort who arrives, who is ugly, overweight and shallow. Still, he falls in love with her.


Put The Needle On The Alameda, CA Live Remote from Dawgisht's Pad
Friday, April 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Billy Jam travels back to Northern California to visit the Alameda studios of beatmaker Dawgisht and do a remote WFMU broadcast with other guests performing live including the Bas-One, Lozelle, and DJ Six Kutter. The show will also feature a special skratch mix made for the show by Russian DJ Eliza May.


Marc Weiner talks about Puppets
Saturday, April 25th, 3am - 6am
on
Dance With Me, Stanley with DJ Stashu
Marc Weiner is a puppeteer known for his variety puppet show/game show called "Weinerville" that aired on Nickelodeon from 1993-1997. And if you don't know what the Weinerizer is... tune in and find out! There will also be plenty of dancing as per usual.


Steve Holtje of ESP-Disk
Sunday, April 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On World of Echo with Dave Mandl this Sunday (April 26, from 9 p.m. to midnight): Dave’s guest live in the studio will be Steve Holtje, who runs the ESP-Disk record label. ESP was at the forefront of the Greenwich Village avant-garde and hippie scene of the ’60s, releasing records by Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Timothy Leary, and the Fugs (among many others) in just its first few years, and is still releasing crucial jazz recordings today. Steve will be playing old and new ESP releases, including some rarities, and talking about the life of ESP’s legendary founder and visionary Bernard Stollman, who died just this week.


Mueran Humanos
Monday, April 27th, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
Scott Williams's show
This boy/girl duo from Argentina via Berlin manages to combine a dark synthwave heart with muy rockismo fuzz-bass and an effortless pop sensibility. Their return to WFMU for a visit to Scott's show promises to be very noiry, and very sexy.


The Fall: Second half of 2-Week special with Marc Riley and Brix Start Smith
Tuesday, April 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Second part of a two week special: today's entire three hours is dedicated to the exhuming of some stellar live tapes in Brian's collection from The Fall, mainly soundboard and FM broadcasts from mostly of the '78 to '96 era. As a bonus, three of the band's biggest instrumental anchors of that period, ex-guitarist Marc Riley (1978-83, and now a well-beloved BBC Radio6 DJ), post-Riley guitarist Brix Smith Start (1983-89) and ex-bassist Stephen Hanley (1979-98) speak to WFMU on life inside of and outside of the band; in fact Hanley has recently released a memoir called The Big Midweek. Last week's show featured Hanley and a live set from Spectre Folk performing Fall covers at WFMU, this week we have some chats with Marc Riley (guitarist 1979-83, now a BBC6 Radio DJ) and Brix Smith Start (former Mrs. Mark E. Smith and the band's guitarist from 1983-89 and 1995-6). Mark E. Smith's current lineup of The Fall releases an album, his 31st, on May 25th called Sub-Lingual Tablet.


Shulcoth!
Tuesday, April 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

As the debris from another year is cast aside, it signals the time for Shulcoth! --the mythic celebration of Citizen Kafka's life. Richie "Shulky" Shulberg passed in 2009 but lives afloat radio waves and MySpace rebroadcasts. The dearly departed one was responsible for some rather questionable but entertaining comedy on WBAI, was a fiddler in the equally questionable but entertaining Wretched Refuse String Band and a vast collector of obscure pieces of what one of the faithful calls "Shulbergalia." The usual cast of co-conspirators helps pay tribute to Citizen Kafka on Irene's show.


Chris O'Leary, author of "Rebel Rebel"
Wednesday, April 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

In 2009 Chris O'Leary started a blog discussing every David Bowie song, in chronological order. The first post was about Bowie's first single: "Liza Jane," by Davie Jones and the King Bees, which was released in June of 1964. That's also the starting point for Rebel Rebel, O'Leary's new book that is essentially a full-length revision of the blog entries covering the period from that 1964 debut through the release of Station To Station. In addition to singles and album tracks the book includes live performances, session outtakes and unreleased demos -- who recorded them, who played on and produced them, and when they were played live or broadcast on TV or radio. O'Leary will join Evan "Funk" Davies in the WFMU studios on Wednesday April 29 to listen to and discuss some of the more obscure songs discussed in the book - and maybe a few of the songs we all know and love as well. This show will be a must for David Bowie fans; tune in to WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday, April 29!


Squarepusher
Thursday, April 30th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher graces the WFMU studios with a rare live session. A virtuoso bass player and beat maker, Squarepusher has made a name for himself making uncompromising avant electronic music influenced by amen break jungle and heavy jazz fusion ala 70s Miles. With over 15 LPs and other EPs, Squarepusher shows no signs of stopping.


Pramrod Sexena live from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, May 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Audio sadism for early entry shoppers! The evil spawn of Mr. Dorgon and Jamie Saft, Pramrod Sexena will play live on Miniature Minotaurs, unleashing a thorough beat-down not seen since the heyday of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Crushing turntable diatribes will go up against 8-string fretless bass guitar and Gemini FlashFormers in evil distortion chambers straight from the dungeons of the underworld.


Put The Needle On The Leonard Cohen Record
Friday, May 1st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Conspiracy Of Beards - the unique 30 member male acapella choir from San Francisco who do interpretations of Leonard Cohen's music - will return to WFMU to join Billy Jam for a very special live in-studio performance on "Put The Needle On The Record" broadcast live from the WFMU Record Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center on WFMU, Friday, May 1st at 7pm 2015.


Todd-O-Phonic Todd's Show Of Shows live from The WFMU Record Fair: Bambi Kino, The Baseball Project, Miriam, and more!
Saturday, May 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Join Todd-O-Phonic Todd live from The Brooklyn Expo Center as he presents an all-star spectacular. Live performances from Bambi Kino and The Baseball Project plus appearances from celebrities such as Norton Recording Star Miriam, AP Mike, Ira Kaplan, Joe Belock and most likely many more! Thrills galore!


Hydra
Tuesday, May 5th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Brooklyn’s newest vocal creature, Hydra, basks in dark, thick harmony. As they describe themselves, "I sing for you… to us… as one, as three. We speak five languages – English, Albanian, Spanish, Macedonian and HydraTongue – and we’d like to learn yours." With members Sarah Small (Black Sea Hotel), Yula Be'eri, and Rima Fand, Hydra brings its vocal dance to the WFMU Love Room.


Put The Needle on LIC Arts Open @ LP
Friday, May 8th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's Billy Jam returns to Long Island City to broadcast another live show from LP (Local Project) where this time he's invited an emcee cipher curated by Jose Castillo aka Jon Doesociety, plus an interview with LP's Carolina Peñafiel about the former 5Pointz site where the independent arts space was once located, and about the five day LIC ARTS OPEN festival that opens May 13th. Following the broadcast from 7pm to 8pm, Mr Fine Wine's show will be played loud in the gallery.


Amy Rigby
Saturday, May 9th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Amy Rigby about her return to life as a solo artist (after three collaborative albums with husband Wreckless Eric) and her first solo shows in almost a decade (every Thursday in May at HiFi Bar in NYC).


Ambrosia Parsley
Tuesday, May 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

After her tune with Shivaree, "Good Night Moon," became a huge hit playing under the credits for "Kill Bill 2," Ambrosia Parsley retreated into the world of child-rearing and solo performance. Parsley's voice is equal parts smoke and silkiness, and she's performed for bright lights from Laurie Anderson to Chuck D to Hal Wilner. There were several failed attempts to release a solo album, and a French label finally released Ambrosia's "Weeping Cherry," in 2013. Now it's been released in the US on Barbès Records and Ambrosia Parsley performs some of the album's dark, sweet songs on Irene's show.


Rev Billy & Stop Shopping Choir
Friday, May 15th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Some WFMU on air performers need to be seen as well as heard hence why Billy Jam has invited the Reverend Billy and his 50 member Stop Shopping Gospel Choir back onto WFMU for a live audio & video streamed one-hour, concert from the stage of WFMU's Monty Hall on May 15th. Never one to keep silent on the injustices of society he sees around him the the notorious, lifelong activist Reverend Billy, whose most recent arrest was in January during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, will sing and preach and inform along with his extended Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, on Friday May 15th @ 7pm live broadcast/concert from Monty Hall (Free admission to the Monty Hall concert) on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.


The Cellar and Point
Tuesday, May 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Calling themselves a "garage chamber" ensemble, The Cellar and Point meld modern classical, downtown jazz and a touch of rock to form their other-worldly music. Drummer/producer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist Christopher Botta are childhood friends who made music together, resulting in this ensemble. Their sound is prog-ish, filled with eccentric electronics, soaring strings and a menacing vibraphone to a driving beat The Cellar and Point's debut, "Ambit," is out on Cuneiform Records, and they visit WFMU to play live.



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