Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Put the Needle on the Call-In Raps Rewind to '89 with G-Spot
Friday, May 24th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In 1986 Billy Jam, then a KALX Berkeley DJ, pioneered the “call-in raps” whereby he invited Bay Area radio listeners to phone in and freestyle over beats. A few years later in 1989 Gary “G-Spot” Baca became his co-host on the Northern California FM station when the two DJs expanded & elevated the call-in raps into a popular weekly feature. Currently on KPFK in LA, G-Spot will travel to NJ to re-join Billy Jam in the WFMU studios for Put The Needle On The Record on Friday May 24th @ 7pm on WFMU.

"Hoboken" Jack Silbert
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7pm - 8pm
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Jack Silbert, known on the WFMU message board as “Hoboken Jack” is known for his dedication and knowledge of the NY/ NJ music scene. He is also an author, editor, internet DJ, and frequent master of ceremonies. In the summer of 2016 after surgery on his abdomen, complications lead to the amputation of both of his legs below the knees. Jack candidly speaks of the transformation, physically and emotionally, through his ordeal and about the importance of community, music and the will to find positivity in any situation. Join In Real Life on Wednesday at 7pm as they share his story.

Daniel Clark, director of the documentary "Behind the Curve"
Monday, May 20th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
The new documentary "Behind the Curve" explores the Flat Earth community, a small but devoted group of people, brought together by YouTube conspiracy videos, who sincerely believe that the earth is flat. On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst speaks with Daniel Clark, director of "Behind the Curve," on making a movie about Flat Earthers without making fun of them.

Drunken Prayer
Monday, May 20th, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Morgan Geer has toured and recorded with Freakwater and The Handsome Family among others. Drunken Prayer is his own project; The music on Cordelia Elsewhere, Drunken Prayer's fifth album, is a direct, if slightly eccentric, descendent of outlaw country. The band plays live at WFMU, then later that night at Piano's in NYC.

Hearing Things
Monday, May 20th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Brooklyn's instrumental quartet Hearing Things takes you a lot of different places musically. As you listen, you could variously imagine yourself at the beach, at a smoky nightclub, in a spy film, or even adrift in space. Tune in for a live set from this dynamic group as they feature songs from their debut LP "Here's Hearing Things," as well as some exclusive numbers they haven't even recorded yet.

Ex Hex, Tacocat, David Johansen and Simon Bonney
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. 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 yet Tacocat are doing what they’ve always done so well: mingle 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.

David Johansen came to renown as the lead singer of the legendary New York Dolls. Since then he has performed as a solo artist under his own name, as Buster Poindexter, with The Harry Smiths and also reunited The Dolls, among other adventures. The day before David headlines The Hoboken Arts and Music Festival in his Buster Poindexter guise, he chats with Todd about his illustrious career.

Australian Simon Bonney formed Crime and The City Solution in 1977. For the last few decades he has been making music with his wife, Bronwyn Adams. His most recent release, Past, Present and Future is a stirring collection that culls both released and unreleased material from his solo career. Currently on tour with Mark Lanegan, Simon and Bronwyn take time out to perform live on Todd's show.

Midnight Matinee Presents: Harold and Maude
Saturday, May 18th, Midnight - 3am
on Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton

Hal Ashby's classic cult film gets Midnight Matineed for your... no, I would not say benefit. He is a 19 year old man obsessed with death, who stages suicides as a hobby. She is a 79 year old woman obsessed with life; compromising, enterprising, anything but tranquilizing. They fall in love. And then there's Cat Stevens.

DJ R Trane
Thursday, May 16th, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
From East Harlem to Hell's kitchen to Midtown to Soundview BX, DJ R Trane is an all city party rocking NYC DJ, for many years. expect some crisp mixing and dance floor friendly cuts! part of the Disco Originalz crew

Klaus Johann Grobe
Wednesday, May 15th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe have been an EFD favorite since the release of their first album back in 2014. The group brings in some of the dancier elements of Krautrock, prompting descriptions such as "if Can had jammed with Os Mutantes" and "Krautrock informed by early '80's New York punk funk pioneers such as ESG." The band's third album Du Bist So Symmetrisch (Trouble In Mind) is out now and they're currently on tour in the US. Hear them live on WFMU Wednesday night May 15!

Moondog Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, May 15th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in NYC during the 1950s, and was a musical genius who left behind a monumental catalog of fascinating works. On Weds. May 15, Moondog's biographer, Robert Scotto, makes his seventh visit to Irwin's program to celebrate this idiosyncratic icon. The three-hour tribute will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Scotto is the author of The Viking of Sixth Avenue, the only full-length chronicle of Moondog.

Jon Savage, author and journalist
Tuesday, May 14th, 9pm - Midnight
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Esteemed UK author and journalist Jon Savage ("England's Dreaming"; "Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture") drops by the show for a discussion of his gripping new oral history of Joy Division, "This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else," which features interviews with, among others, Pete Shelley, Tony Wilson, Martin Hannett, Deborah Curtis, and all three surviving members of Joy Divison.

Stephin Merritt
Tuesday, May 14th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Stephin Merritt stops by to discuss his upcoming original live score for Tod Browning's 1925 silent film "The Unholy Three" starring Lon Chaney at Town Hall on May 18th, with accordionist/novelist Daniel Handler and violist Pinky Weitzman. In addition to releasing albums with The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies and Future Bible Heroes, Merritt has composed for films "Pieces of April," "Eban and Charley" and "In The Courtyard" as well live scored the 1916 silent "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and Tod Browning's 1927 "The Unknown."

"The Age of Surveillance Capitalism"
Monday, May 13th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Shoshana Zuboff's new book "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" describes why Google, Facebook, and other Big Tech companies are so obsessed with spying on every moment of your life. Surveillance is only part of the agenda: what they're really building is a system of predicting and controlling your behavior. Hear Shoshana Zuboff explain on the next Techtonic.

Monday, May 13th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

NYC's Dares draw influences from late '70s post-punk to '80s and '90s American Indie Underground. The band recently moved from being a power trio to a power quartet. Tune in to check out a rocking live set!

Don Muro
Monday, May 13th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

In recent years, Don Muro's profile has been raised through a series of archival releases that reveal a true synthesizer pioneer and home recordist. His debut LP, "It's Time," came out in 1977, but he had already been pioneering D.I.Y. recording and performing methods for 10 years by then. Tune in for conversation with Don about his career as musician, innovator, author, and tech head, as well as a variety of his music, from experimental electronics to catchy pop.

Mari Kalkun: New Music From Estonia, Rooted in Tradition
Saturday, May 11th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Mari Kalkun is a gifted singer and composer from Estonia. She plays (among other things) the kannel, a traditional box zither. Her songs, both solo and with her band Runorun, are inspired by nature and Estonian poetry. She's coming our way for free performances at Scandinavia House in Manhattan this Tuesday night (May 14th); and as part of the weekly Roots and Ruckus night at Jalopy in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Wednesday night. And she'll join us live on WFMU!

Mystery Lights and John Paul White
Saturday, May 11th, 3pm - 6pm
on 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.

With The Hurting Kind, John Paul White has crafted a stunning album that draws on the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s. Yet these songs retain a modern feel, whether he's writing about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships, or the fading memory of a loved one. Don't miss the Alabama native at The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday May 11th.

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! AND, Michael chats with Mary Wilson on The Supremes about the groups career, her 60 years in show business & her May 11th Staten Island show.

Stanky of Stanky and the Coal Miners
Friday, May 10th, 6pm - 7pm
on Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu

Join Stashu as she welcomes Pennsylvania polka king John "Stanky" Stankovic and his wife Dottie to the show for conversation about his 50+ years making people dance to the polka!

Friday, May 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.

In 2017, Syria-born Azniv Korkejian adopted the name Bedouine and released a thoughtful, delicate folk album that found a receptive audience worldwide. She will be making her second appearance on Sophisticated Boom Boom to share stories and songs from her forthcoming album, Bird Songs Of A Killjoy, due out on Spacebomb Records on May 31st.

Lee Fields visits WFMU
Thursday, May 9th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On Thursday May 9 Lee Fields is coming out to WFMU to chat about his new record and the secrets to staying in the soul biz for 50 years!! Pat Longo will be spinning his favorite soul 45's on the wheels of steel. You know it's going to be great! Tune in to This is the Modern World with Trouble between 9-noon.

Vivien Goldman, author of REVENGE OF THE SHE-PUNKS
Wednesday, May 8th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Author/Musician/Educator Vivien Goldman, sometimes known as "The Punk Professor," joins Evan "Funk" Davies to discuss her new book Revenge Of The She-Punks (University Of Texas Press). The book, subtitled "A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot," covers female punk musicians around the world from the mid-1970s through the present day — a subject she is acquainted with personally thanks to her classic 1981 tune "Launderette." Goldman will be appearing at McNally-Jackson bookstore on Prince St. this coming Sunday, May 12, at 3pm.

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.

Roger McNamee, author, "Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe"
Monday, May 6th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee was an early advisor to Mark Zuckerberg in the early days of Facebook. McNamee's new book "Zucked" tells the story of his disillusionment, then horror, as Facebook created a "catastrophe" for users, and democracies, around the world. Hear Roger's story on the next Techtonic.

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.

Jason Olds, host of "Two Minutes To Late Night"
Sunday, May 5th, 10pm - Midnight
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh

Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh fills in for Therese this week, and Keilidh's bringing a guest with her! She'll sit down with Jason Olds – you may know him as "Gwarsenio," the corpse-painted host of Brooklyn's resident metal-themed late night talk show, "Two Minutes To Late Night." Tune in for two hours of Satan-hailing and puns no one asked for!

Austin's Atlas Maior: Middle Eastern Modes Meet Jazz Improv
Saturday, May 4th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Atlas Maior is an exciting band from Austin, Texas that combines Middle Eastern microtonal modality and other global influences with jazz-based improvisation. They celebrate an excellent new album, Riptide, with their first-ever NYC shows: Tuesday night May 14th at the Brooklyn Maqam Hang at Sisters, a wonderful bi-weekly series; and Wednesday night May 15th as part of a star-studded Rubulad event in Bushwick. We meet Atlas Maior's Joshua Thompson and hear the music on this week's show!

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.

DJ Time Travel
Wednesday, May 1st, 7pm - 8pm
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Kimzilla and Emily visit DJ Time Traveler on the job. When he's not busy playing sweet and soulful tunes on his show Travel Zone (3-6am Tuesdays) you can probably find him on the #PATH train, traveling from Journal Square to 33rd Street, NY as a train conductor. They'll be sharing some great stories, sporadic songs, and more positive energy than you can shake a PATH card at!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Natu Camara, a Wonderful New Voice From West Africa
Saturday, April 20th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Natu Camara is an exciting new face on the African music scene. She grew up in Guinea and led West Africa's first all-female hip-hop group, The Ideal Girls. Now she's out on her own with an efferevescent solo debut album, Dimedi. She'll celebrate with a big record release show at SOBs on Friday night April 26th. And we'll meet Natu Camara on our show this week!

Tough Shits, Sonny and The Sunsets, The Smarthearts and Reese McHenry
Saturday, April 20th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Philly's Tough Shits have been toiling in the dark recesses of rock'n'roll for a decade or so, but on their new album Burning In Paradise (Burger Records) they completely step up their game. An early entry in the 2019 best album field, The TS's drop 10 super charged power pop garage gems here that you won't soon forget. Rejoice listeners!

Sonny and The Sunsets are a beautiful West Coast thing. Birthed from the sand, the surf, and twilight campfires down in Ocean Beach, Sonny & the Sunsets’ busted beach-pop songs spark recollections of doo wop’s otherworldly despair, a dose of goofball humor from the Michael Hurley school, and positive possibilities exuded by Jonathan Richman. Their new lp, Hairdressers In Heaven, arrives on April 5th. Catch them at The Bell House in Brooklyn on 4/19.

The Smarthearts are a Philly based punk band that's fueled by a winning mixture of rockabilly and power pop. Featuring members of Sheer Mag, their catchy as hell songs will bring a smile to your face and movement to your feet. Catch the Smarthearts on tour with Sheer Mag at Brooklyn Bazaar on 4/20 and White Eagle Hall on 4/26.

Reese McHenry came up swinging in Northern Minnesota and she didn’t sit still for very long. A true troubadour, her powerful voice has driven her from the fresh greens of Eau Claire to the dusty motels of Albuquerque and everywhere in between. The glorious results can be heard on her new album "No Dados" out 4/12 on Suah Records and live at Alphaville on 4/16.

WFMU Weed Remote From Oakland
Friday, April 19th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Continuing in the long-running WFMU 4/19 (not 4/20) celebration of marijuana Billy Jam will curate his pot-themed and THC-fueled annual weed hip-hop special; this year coming live from Oakland CA (where it’s legal) on Friday April 19th (4/19) at 7pm (4pm local Pacific time) on WFMU

Friday, April 19th, 3pm - 6pm
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
When asked what inspired her latest album, Mazy Fly, Berkeley-based artist Spellling (born Chrystia Cabral) credits clowns, witches, Stevie Wonder’s 'Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants,' Ursula K. LeGuin, The Neverending Story, and Miranda July. The album is as adventurous and fantastical as her list of influences suggest, like a carnival set to music with her jarring yet dreamy voice at the center. She’ll be stopping by Sophisticated Boom Boom for an interview and live performance of songs off Mazy Fly.

Stephane Wrembel (Django a GoGo 2019)
Tuesday, April 16th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
French virtuoso guitarist Stephane Wrembel discusses his 12th "Django a GoGo Festival" celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt. Stephane brings another world-class team of French guitarists to join him at Town Hall on April 27th including Simba Baumgartner (Reinhardt’s great grandson). In addition to leading The Django Experiment and The Stephane Wrembel Band, Stephane composed the theme to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," performed in Hans Zimmer's supergroup at the 2012 Academy Awards and has scored a number of films.

Clive Thompson, author of "Coders"
Monday, April 15th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Clive Thompson's new book "Coders" goes deep into the wild world of computer programmers - what makes them tick? And what new digital things do they have in store for us? Find out on the next Techtonic: Clive Thompson, live in-studio.

Girls On Grass
Monday, April 15th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Melodic roots-rockers that can get garage-y or noisy when the mood strikes. The Brooklyn quartet returns to WFMU in support of their brand-new second LP, Dirty Power, produced by the legendary Eric 'Roscoe' Ambel!

The X-Ray Burns Memorial Party at Monty Hall with live video!
Sunday, April 14th, Noon - 3pm
The Glen Jones Radio Programme (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)

Wu Man, Pipa Superstar
Saturday, April 13th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Wu Man is a master of the Chinese lute, the pipa. Search "P-I-P-A" on YouTube and Wu Man dominates the results. Not surprisingly she's in high demand: On Saturday April 27th, her longtime collaborators Kronos Quartet will perform one of her compositions at NY's Town Hall. Meanwhile in California, Wu Man joins another longtime collaborator, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, for several concerts starting April 26th. We’re honored she’ll take time from her busy schedule to join us on WFMU!

Bob Bert
Saturday, April 13th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Bob Bert has been part of the downtown New York scene since the 1970's. Not only has he performed in bands such as Sonic Youth and Pussy Galore, he also documented this scene and more with his fanzine BB Gun. HoZac Books has just published his first book, "I'm Just The Drummer" which combines original material with excerpts from BB Gun. Bob will be discussing his life in music, both as a drummer and fan with Todd.

A conversation and live performance with Dave Davies of The Kinks AND a live performance from Wire Troop
Saturday, April 13th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes singer, songwriter & Kinks lead guitarist Dave Davies for a chat about his long career and life, and the story behind his new release, Decade, which complies Dave’s previously unreleased ‘70s recordings. AND Michael welcomes Wire Troop for a live set as the band celebrates the release of their debut album “Trio Power”

Otis Fodder of Sheena's Jungle Room Channel fills in for Sheila Today
Friday, April 12th, 3pm - 6pm
Live Broadcasts and Special Events

Kevin Nutt
Thursday, April 11th, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
$mall Change rolls the red carpet to Montgomery Alabama to host fellow WFMU DJ and Sinner's Crossroad's host Kevin Nutt! While he's known for his gospel, we're featuring a rare funk/soul/etc set taped from his regular gig at Leroy Lounge. Plus interview

Bad Sports
Wednesday, April 10th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Texas punk rockers Bad Sports stop by the WFMU studios to drop a live set of garage-punk-pop on your hyphen-loving ears. Stacked with Lone Star luminaries, the band includes members of OBN IIIs, Mind Spiders, and High Tension Wires, to name just a few. They've just released their fifth album (and third for Dirtnap Records), and they're currently on tour on the East Coast. Check them out live on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show Wednesday night, April 10!

David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) & Sam Green (Director of "A Thousand Thoughts")
Tuesday, April 9th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Kronos Quartet founder/violinist David Harrington and filmmaker Sam Green (The Weather Underground) discuss their April 25th Town Hall NYC debut of the live documentary "A Thousand Thoughts." The multimedia performance combines Kronos on stage revisiting their body of work, performing music by George Crumb, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, Clint Mansell and others, while Green narrates the 45-year story of the quartet along with on screen archival footage and interviews with the likes of Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Terry Riley.

Les Lullies and Tommy and the Commies
Monday, April 8th, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Sacre bleu! Brace yourselves for the return of the sizzling punk sounds of the French combo Les Lullies to WFMU. And Tommy And The Commies from Ontario sound like classic ’70s British mod-punks who just weren’t in the right place or time to make it into history. If you can't wait for the broadcast, catch these crazy combos at Union Pool in Brooklyn on April 7!

Kinloch Nelson
Monday, April 8th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Kinloch (sounds like "Kin-Law") Nelson is a master of many genres on his finger-picked guitar. He can play Bach, Miles Davis, Flatt & Scruggs, John Fahey – in short, just about anything. His earliest recordings, made when he was in student in the late '60s, have just been issued by Tompkins Square records under the title Partly in Time. On this episode of Surface Noise, Kinloch drops by to talk about the record and play some songs in advance of his gig at Troost in Brooklyn later that day.

Joe McGinty and the Loser's Lounge Present the Music of Queen
Sunday, April 7th, 8pm - 10pm
Gaylord Fields's show
The long-running musical tribute revue known as The Loser's Lounge, led by keyboardist Joe McGinty, will be making their return to WFMU's airwaves after an absence of about two decades. As such, they will be coming back strong by presenting several choice selections honoring the glorious pomp and bombast of the rock group Queen. In the wake of their shows at Joe's Pub and in advance of their live Jersey City debut at White Eagle Hall on Saturday, April 13th, a vocally gifted array of singers will breathe new life into the vast catalog of Freddie Mercury, et al., backed by a combo whose meticulous arrangements serve to do the originals justice.

Nick Lowe, Daddy Long Legs and Uncle Floyd!
Saturday, April 6th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Nick Lowe stops by for afternoon tea with Todd. They will discuss his remarkable career from the Kippington Lodge days to his upcoming "Love Starvation" EP. Todd as always relishes the opportunity to interview a guest Michael Shelley has spoken with so he can display what a superior interviewer he is. Don't miss Nick and Los Straitjackets at The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday April 13th.

Daddy Long Legs return to The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show on Saturday April 6th. They will be belting out soon to be classics from their upcoming Yep Roc debut, Lowdown Ways. The most blues wailing New York trio has stayed true to their roots but simultaneously branched out on this great new album. Be sure to join them in the "Winner's Circle" on April 6th.

Two comedy legends join forces as Todd-O-Phonic Todd chats with Uncle Floyd about his illustrious career. We will chart the meteoric rise of his career from Channel 68 to Temple Beth-El in Jersey City where he will performing later that evening for All Points Borscht.

The return of Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass!
Saturday, April 6th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass returns to the show to discuss the story behind “Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) and to let us know what to expect at his April 16th show at Rockwood Music Hall!

DJ Sampsa Vilhunen
Friday, April 5th, 3pm - 6pm
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
Marine biologist Sampsa Vilhunen has dedicated much of his life to amassing a jaw-dropping collection of jazz, Brazilian, funk, disco, and soul records. Over the past twenty years, he has hosted regular DJ parties in his hometown of Helsinki and has toured all across Europe. He’s headed stateside for a brief record-digging trip and will be stopping by Sophisticated Boom Boom to play a mix of his latest sweet soul, Thai, Brazilian, and disco favorites.

John Carbonella aka Jungle Cat
Thursday, April 4th, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
When not going under his Jungle Cat name for DJing, John plays congas and drums in the Budos Band, Shaolin's finest funk outfit. now based in California, he throws a dance party called 'Boogie Night' in San Luis Obispo

Robin Lane
Wednesday, April 3rd, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Robin Lane began her music career in the late ‘60s as part of the legendary Laurel Canyon scene in Los Angeles, including a collaboration with Neil Young. Ten years later she was in Boston, where she formed Robin Lane & The Chartbusters. Their song “When Things Go Wrong” was a local smash, and the video was popular in the early days of MTV, but the group never had that national breakout. A new Robin Lane & The Chartbusters career-spanning 3-CD set, Many Years Ago (Blixa Sounds) has just been released and Robin will be calling in to talk about it with Evan “Funk” Davies on Wednesday night, April 3. Tune in!

Interview with Bob Bellerue of Ende Tymes Festival
Wednesday, April 3rd, Midnight - 3am
What Was Music? with Marcel M
Tune in to hear an interview with Bob Bellerue, curator of the Ende Tymes Festival happening April 4-7 at Secret Project Robot. Bob will be discussing this year's festival and experiences from the past and we will be hearing selections from the upcoming performers. We'll also be giving tickets away to the opening night.

Ren G.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 7pm - 10pm
on Neighbors Noise with Jesse Kaminsky
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Ren G is a DJ & producer based in Ridgewood, Queens. She is 1/4 of Xiao Ma Party Controllers (XMPC), and the co-founder of the party series Club Eat. This mix was recorded in one take using vinyl from her inherited collection of records from her father & uncle, as well as her own collection.

RIP Andre Previn
Tuesday, April 2nd, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
The RIPs keep coming. Morricone Island pays belated tribute to jazz and classical pianist, conductor and composer Andre Previn who died in Manhattan on February 28th at 89. Previn started his career in LA in 1946 as an arranger, conductor and composer for MGM while still in high school, eventually composing over 50 films before turning his nose to the world of film scoring after 1975's "Rollerball." However, his work on "Valley of the Dolls" never allowed him to shake his Hollywood past.

Sam Schwartz
Monday, April 1st, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Self-driving cars are here, and we're not ready for them. On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst speaks with Sam Schwartz, aka "Gridlock Sam," whose new book "No One At the Wheel" discusses how autonomous vehicles will affect our lives. They're coming at us, faster than we think.

Robert Kimbrough Sr.
Monday, April 1st, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Robert Kimbrough Sr continues the Cotton Patch Soul Blues style created by his father, the legendary Junior Kimbrough, coming to WFMU with his band Blues Connection for what promises to be a killer live set (This is not an Elvis Costello-type April Fools joke -- this is for real!).

Roy Vucino
Friday, March 29th, 3pm - 6pm
Friendly Persuasion with Otis Fodder (on Sheena's Jungle Room Stream)
Roy aka Choyce will drop in to play some movie scores, soul music, hip hop and some weirdo punk rock. Roy aka Choyce has played in numerous Montreal garage oufits like Les Sexareenos, Pypy and CPC Gangbangs and now plays with Red Mass, Nightseeker (from the TV show FUBAR) and experimental pop rock band Birds of Paradise

A Tribute to Scott Walker
Friday, March 29th, Noon - 3pm
Hinky Dinky Time with Uncle Michael (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
On WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio, Uncle Michael will present a career-spanning memorial tribute to Scott Walker on Hinky Dinky Time, from Noon till 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Scott Walker, whose artistic evolution over a span of 57 years as a recording artist is surpassed by absolutely no one, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019. On Friday's program, Uncle Michael will present the world premier of a Scott Walker recording from 1959.

Michele Mercure
Thursday, March 28th, Noon - 3pm
Radio Ravioli with Olivia
Visionary composer and producer Michele Mercure released a series of cassettes in the mid 1980s and 90s, which circulated through various tape-trading networks in the electronic music scene. Late last year, RVNG Intl. compiled an anthology of these cassette works in a double LP entitled Beside Herself. A fascinating figure who's existed on the fringes of the American underground, Mercure gives us this rare radio performance - tune in!

Thursday, March 28th, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Navarro has been holding it down in NYC for decades, crazy digger, ran a few labels over the years and has a large collection of obscure alcohol. pour some of your finest and enjoy some choice selections.

Kevin Dugan, New York Post reporter
Monday, March 25th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, New York Post reporter Kevin Dugan discusses his new story on "Earnin," a startup with over $100 million in Silicon Valley venture capital, which allows users to get an advance payment on their paycheck. But the startup claims that they're not engaging in payday loans - which happen to be highly regulated. Mark Hurst will try to get to the bottom of what's really happening.

Iberi Choir: Sublime Vocal Polyphony From the Republic of Georgia
Saturday, March 23rd, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Republic of Georgia is known for its ancient tradition of vocal polyphony and improvisation. New groups like Iberi - led by a rugby star who gave up the sport to sing - are bringing the tradition into the 21st century. Iberi sings their way into your hearts on WFMU this Saturday - ahead of an east coast tour including Manhattan shows downtown at Joe's Pub Wednesday night April 3rd and a free concert uptown at Our Saviour Lutheran Church Sunday afternoon April 7th.

Nick Waterhouse, Crazy and the Brains and Brenda Sauter
Saturday, March 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Nick Waterhouse is a master of acknowledging his musical inspirations while simultaneously creating new and exciting sounds. This is in evidence once again on his new self-titled album for Innovative Leisure. Waterhouse combines the soulful strut of the great soul 45's he cherishes with the electricity of sixties garage rock. Catch a blistering live set from Nick and his stellar combo on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show and don't miss him May 14th at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.

Crazy and The Brains stand alongside Healy's as a great Jersey City institution. Their new album, "Into The Ugly", continues their manic mission to be the funniest, most melodic and irreverent band out there. Don't miss them on tour this spring with The Bouncing Souls and live on Todd's show!

Brenda Sauter is best known as the bass player for The Feelies, but her musical career does not begin and end there. She has also performed in such winning combos as Speed The Plough and Wild Carnation. On Saturday March 23rd at Monty Hall, Brenda will give a musical overview of her career, performing with these 3 bands and more as part of a tribute to local female performers that will also include Karen Kuhl, Wygalator and Long Neck. Brenda stops by Todd's show earlier in the day to chat about her history.

Andre Williams Tribute
Thursday, March 21st, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
A celebration of the life and career of recently departed singer/songwriter/producer/poet Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams. Andre cemented his place in R&B history with his own hits ("The Greasy Chicken," "Bacon Fat," "Jail Bait") as well as writing and producing sides for Mary Wells, The Temptations, Little Stevie Wonder, The Dramatics, Alvin Cash, The Five Du-Tones, John Sayles, Sir Mack Rice and countless other. Tune in for three hours of hits, deep cuts and excerpts from Andre's visit to WFMU in 2010.

State of the Station with Station Manager Ken, filling in for Seven Second Delay
Wednesday, March 20th, 6pm - 7pm
Ken's show
Station Manager Ken, aka Staysh, gives a State of the Station report to the listeners in the wake of the 2019 Fundraising Marathon. If you have any questions or comments about the recent fundraiser, or anything WFMU related, please email Ken ahead of time at ken at wfmu dot org

Simon Hanes
Wednesday, March 20th, 3pm - 5pm
Ridgewood Radio with David Weinstein (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Ridgewood Radio presents Simon Hanes, Naked: The composer/bandleader and movie soundtrack aficionado live in studio with rare and obscure recordings from his projects Tredici Bacci and ANONYM plus select eclectica from Olivier Messiaen and Jerry Goldsmith to Ennio Morricone and Frank Zappa. Blessed and obsessed.

Carla Bley and Steve Swallow interview
Wednesday, March 20th, 9am - Noon
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
In this interview recorded a few days ago in their home in the Catskills, Carla Bley and Steve Swallow talk about the people and history of their lives in music since the 1950s and 60s. Carla Bley is a composer, pianist, and improvisor, who was an elemental figure in the development of free jazz in the 1960s. She is often recognized as one of the greatest living jazz composers. Steve Swallow is an electric bassist, improvisor, and composer, who played with Thelonious Monk before switching to electric bass. The two play together with saxophonist Andy Sheppard as the Carla Bley Trio with live dates at The Jazz Standard in NYC on March 19th and 20th.

Dennis Bovell (Matumbi) & Brinsley Forde (Aswad)
Tuesday, March 19th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Dennis Bovell & Brinsley Forde discuss the first U.S. theatrical release of Franco Ross's 1980 British film "Babylon" starring Forde as a dancehall DJ in Thatcher-era South London pursuing his musical ambitions while battling the xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police and the National Front. Written by Martin Stellman (Quadrophenia) with cinematography by two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges (The Killing Fields/The Mission), the incendiary film is set to a reggae, dub and lovers rock score by Bovell. Check Kino Lorber's site for screenings near you.

Marathon 2019 Finale, with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia, MC DJ Stashu, Station Mgr Ken, Michele, Clay Pigeon and YOU! Listen, or WATCH via live video stream.
Sunday, March 17th, 7pm - Midnight
on Marathon Finale
(on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)

Friday, March 15th, 6pm - 7pm
Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Staysh and Stash together again! Let us gather round the Marathon (Human) Maypole and watch Miss Stashu get ALL WRAPPED UP! Listen live at and watch the live stream on the main page to find out what the heck we're talking about!

Emily and Kimzilla and MC Pseu Braun plus Swagbot!
Wednesday, March 13th, 7pm - 8pm
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Tune in to this special live video marathon edition of In Real Life. Pseu will be the girls MC, but we also have a special live video cam for Swagbot, who will offer pledgers of over $75, bad robot fortunes, and if your lucky Swagbot might even dance for you. AND if the gIRLs on Fire make their goal, they will reveal Swagbots real DJ identity!

The Seven Second Delay Wheel of Fate Episode with Ken and Andy
Wednesday, March 13th, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Tune into the Annual Seven Second Delay Wheel of Fate! Watch the all the antics LIVE at

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