Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Serena Jost
Tuesday, May 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Classically-trained singer/songwriter/cellist Serena Jost added her angelic singing and playing to the original line up of Rasputina before deciding to set out as a solo artist. Splitting her formative years between The Midwest, Switzerland and points in between, Serena says, "she found her cello wrapped in a brown blanket in a basement in northern Michigan," and has been writing gently eccentric songs with it ever since.. "Up To The Sky" is Jost's newest collection of songs for voice and cello, captured live in the historic St. Peter's Church in Chelsea, NYC. Serena Jost visits WFMU to play some of them live.


Klezmer, Their Own Way: Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird (originally heard on Continental Subway with Dave Dichelle)
Saturday, May 19th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Daniel Kahn's music has been described as "alienation klezmer" and "Yiddish punk cabaret". The Detroit-born, Berlin-based Kahn combines his own politically charged compositions with re-imaginings of pieces in Yiddish, English, German, and Russian. Daniel Kahn and his band The Painted Bird join fellow travelers Golem, Andy Statman, Pharaoh's Daughter, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All Stars and more Wednesday night June 13th at the Central Park Summerstage Yiddish Under the Stars concert extravaganza. Daniel and the band were recent guests on David Dichelle's wonderful show Continental Subway, broadcast out of Radio Blau in Leipzig, Germany and heard Tuesday's 4-7 pm (Garden State time) on WFMU's WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio stream. (And highly recommended especially if you like Rob's show!) We'll rebroadcast that interview and performance on our show this week.


Low Cut Connie
Saturday, May 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
From the land of cheesesteaks, The Broad Street Bullies and The Geator with The Heater come the piano driven sounds of Low Cut Connie. The band will be celebrating the release of their brand new album, Dirty Pictures (part 2) on Contender Records. Discover why The New York Times wrote: "Loud, wild and reverent of rock ‘n’ roll history...an ideal band for youngish music fans who wish they were alive to see the Rolling Stones or the Replacements in their respective heydays.." Catch Low Cut Connie at The Bowery Ballroom on May 18th.


Del McCoury
Saturday, May 19th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Bluegrass legend Del McCoury about his 50+ year career, his new album "Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass," and The Del McCoury Band's upcoming June 7th show in New York's Symphony Space.


Put the Needle on the Record Live Videocast
Friday, May 18th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)

Kalbells
Friday, May 18th, 3pm - 6pm
on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.

For over ten years, Annakalmia Travers has fronted and played saxophone in the super-festive Brooklyn indie-dance band, Rubblebucket. Then in 2013, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy in the midst of Rubblebucket’s tour and recording sessions. After being declared cancer-free, Annakalmia returned to her home state of Vermont for a two-month retreat, where she wrote the demos that would eventually make up her debut solo album, Ten Flowers. The sweet n’ whimsical single “Why?!steria?” is a testament to Annakalmia’s knack for writing the most tender melodies that are often sprinkled with whistles and coyote howls, and layered in harmonies. Kalbells has since evolved into a four-piece band, and they completely blew away Sheila B. at their recent performance at Union Pool. Sheila B. is counting down the days til Kalbells bring their joyful, high-spirited pop to Sophisticated Boom Boom and insists you tune in!


Another Batch of Live Ravioli Cookin’
Thursday, May 17th, 3am - 6am
on
Radio Ravioli with Olivia
Olivia will be cooking a fresh batch of radio ravioli live from WFMU’s own kitchen on her show on 3/17. Join her for new unique recipes and all manner of delicious audio treats!


God Is My Co Pilot Live Sessions + DJ Sets
Thursday, May 17th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Post punk/noise rock/avant jazz combo God Is My Co-Pilot taped a live session in Studio B a few months back, right before their recent UK tour, and Small Change is airing it this week. Plus interview and additional DJ sets from guitarist Craig Flanagin and bassist Jason Blackkat. Nickel and Dime Radio slides a little further off the rails this week...no complaints of course!


Stephin Merritt
Wednesday, May 16th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Stephin Merritt drops in on Irwin's program on Weds. afternoon May 16 for an extended non-performance visit. Merritt, the musical mastermind of Magnetic Fields, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes, will talk about his recent Magnetic Fields grand opus 50 SONG MEMOIR, for which he composed a tune about each year of his life. The entire song cycle will be performed across two nights at the Apollo Theater in New York on Friday June 15 & Saturday June 16. On this visit to WFMU Merritt will also feature material from his other projects, and he'll play DJ, offering tracks from some of his favorite recording artists.


SVUVN
Wednesday, May 16th, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Blending a variety of electronic influences ranging from experimental to catchy pop hooks and hip-hop, SVUVN creates a sound both unique and modern. Fresh from releasing his latest single, "Don't Leave," SVUVN makes his WFMU debut.


Susanna
Tuesday, May 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Norwegian songstress Susanna has been creating ethereal interpretations of rock and folk tunes, in addition to her own stunningly operatic tunes, since 2004 but is not well-known in the US. Susanna gained notice for her cover of an "Love Will Tear Us Apart" used in the TV show, "Grey's Anatomy." On "Go Dig My Grave," Susanna's 12th album, renditions of traditional and treasured old songs combined with one of her own are delivered in a semi-Baroque style. Susanna and some of her musical collaborators visited WFMU to record a session for Irene's show following a US tour.


Sachiko Kanenobu
Monday, May 14th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Late last year, Japanese music legend Sachiko Kanenobu was interviewed on Surface Noise in the wake of the Light in the Attic compilation "Even a Tree Can Shed Tears," which contained two of her songs. Sachiko enjoyed the experience so much that she decided to return to Surface Noise in person! Today on the show Sachiko performs songs from her 1972 classic folk album, "Misora," as well as two brand-new songs! Sachiko hasn't played on the radio in decades, so don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime live session.


Battle Of The Canadian Bands!
Saturday, May 12th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Canadian pop masters Sloan have just released their twelfth album..called coincidentally enough, 12 (Yep Roc). As Shindig magazine states of the band's music: "Pop songs, the old way, with soaring harmonies and very loud guitars. Love it." Don't miss Sloan live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show on May 12th and be sure and catch Sloan at The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday May 10th.

Dany Laj and The Looks are the heirs to Sloan's pop mastery. They were part of the amazing live 2017 Three Chord Monte birthday broadcast with Baby Shakes and The Rubinoos. Dany's heartfelt songs seamlessly meld together elements of rock, folk and punk without straying to far from the power-pop roots that give the tunes joy.


Bill Ward Appreciation Day - Happy 70th Birthday!
Thursday, May 10th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Mr. Bill Ward doesn't get enough love! Joel Gausten, Author of “From Satan to Sabbath: The Metal Interviews 2000-2009” said this last time he was on Diane's show. In honor of the Heavy Metal icon's 70th birthday on May 5th, Joel and Diane will honor the legend by focusing on his life, solo work, outtakes, rare recordings and more! This segment will start at 12:30!


Interdisciplinary artist Nina Katchadourian
Thursday, May 10th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
This is the Modern World welcomes interdisciplinary artist Nina Katchadourian. Nina will join Trouble to talk about art, music, birds, on-hold music and the merits of thinking on your feet. And what's up with music made for children? We will figure that out too...


Sandy Ewen, Paul Feitzinger, Michele Yom
Wednesday, May 9th, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Sandy Ewen, Paul Feitzinger, and Michele Yom specialize in a restrained and contemplative free improvisational approach that at times has more to do with the silence between notes rather than the actual sounds themselves. While obviously indebted to free jazz, the group pushes past any sort of pigeonholing and are working within a pure form of expression, uniquely their own.


Elk City
Tuesday, May 8th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Elk City's music is described as "soundscapes (that) encompass galaxies while retaining intimate and introspective thoughts and feelings, like epic adventures under the skin. "Everybody’s Insecure" is Elk City's fifth album, released in March 2018 on BarNone, and is filled with lyrical conversations with a late-night feel to them. At the core of this Montclair, NJ-based ensemble are lead vocalist Renée LoBue and drummer/producer Ray Ketchem, aided ably by guitarist Sean Eden (Luna) and extraordinary keyboardist Carl Baggaley.


Joe Belock Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Tuesday, May 8th, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Matt Warwick Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Monday, May 7th, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers
Monday, May 7th, 3am - 6am
on
Circle Time with Mark R.
Last month, independent journalist Susan Anello journeyed to Colin Moulding’s home in Swindon, about 70 miles west of London, to interview Colin and Terry Chambers, who have just released their EP as TC & I, “Great Aspirations.” Susan spoke to Colin (mostly) and Terry (a little) for over an hour about their new project, any plans to tour, and of course, inevitably, XTC. We heard Part 1 last week, and we'll hear Part 2 this week.


Ukrainian Village Voices
Saturday, May 5th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Ukraine has a great tradition of polylphonic group singing. New York's Ukrainian Village Voices is a vibrant choral ensemble dedicated to keeping those traditions alive. Their self-titled debut album is coming out in June on Brooklyn's Jalopy Records. They celebrate by performing at the Saint George Ukrainian Festival at Saint George Ukrainian Catholic Church, 30 E 7th St in the East Village on Friday night May 18th. And, the official Ukrainian Village Voices record release concert is on Sunday June 3rd at the same venue. But first, experience these rich ancient traditions live on WFMU!


The Harlem Gospel Travelers plus Eli Paperboy Reeds meets The High and Mighty Brass Band
Saturday, May 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Are you ready to testify? You better be! The Harlem Gospel Travelers were brought together by Eli Paperboy Reed when he was mentoring them as part of gospel class he was teaching. You can hear the glorious results on their debut 45 for Colemine Records and also at Monty Hall on Saturday May 5th as part of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap.

Eli Paperboy Reed meets The High and Mighty Brass Band- The High and Mighty Brass Band brings to New York the great buoyant sounds of New Orleans. Eli Paperboy Reed brings them the tunes! Don't miss them live April 26th at The Brooklyn Bazaar and pick up a copy of their debut Yep Roc album on Record Store Day!


Tom Staley of N.R.B.Q.
Saturday, May 5th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with N.R.B.Q.'s original drummer Tom Staley about his life and career, and the making of the band's newly re-released self titled 1969 debut album - for the very first time on cd!


Matt Warwick Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Friday, May 4th, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Members of Pallbearer on Peer Pressure
Thursday, May 3rd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
From Little Rock, AR, Pallbearer stands head and shoulders above those in the doom genre. They start their tour next week and will be in NYC at the Gramercy Theater May 5th. Diane will talk to one or two folks from the band (TBD) while they are on the road, they've got a playlist from the band as a collective ready!


Matt Warwick Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Thursday, May 3rd, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Matt Warwick Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Wednesday, May 2nd, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Empty Shapes
Wednesday, May 2nd, 3am - 6am
on
What Was Music? with Marcel M
Fuzzy wah'd out guitars screeching over a booming rhythm section held together by a wheezing organ with a wild man screaming his lungs out... if this sounds like some sort of fevered dream scenario - you're in luck. Empty Shapes has your fix. Tune in for their WFMU debut.


Shulcoth! The Annual Citizen Kafka Tribute
Tuesday, May 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

The Annual Citizen Kafka Tribute - Once again, Ed Haber, Kenny Kosek and Marty Cutler gather on Irene's show to celebrate The Citizen aka Richie Shulberg, a notable character, collector of 78 RPM discs and fine folk fiddler. Expect the usual confluence of comedy bits from WBAI's Citizen Kafka Comedy Hour, fiddling around with the Wretched Refuse String Band and other bits of silliness. Comments and memories of The Citizen are always welcome!


Special 2 Hour Edition of Morricone Island
Tuesday, May 1st, 6pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Jeffrey Lewis sings the songs of Tuli Kupferberg
Tuesday, May 1st, Midnight - 3am
on
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
NYC mainstay Jeffrey Lewis sings songs from and discusses Works By Tuli Kupferberg, 1923-2010, a new collection of songs by the late co-founder of the Fugs, out now on Don Giovanni. Pairing Fugs favorites like "Morning Morning" with unrecorded classics like "After the Orgy," it is the first attempt to assemble Kupferberg's songs in one place. Called the "oldest living hippie" by Allen Ginsberg, and referenced in Ginsberg's poem "Howl," Kupferberg sometimes took backseat in the Fugs to activist frontman Ed Sanders, but receives a well-deserved spotlight from Lewis, who organized the album with former Fug Peter Stampfel. A prolific songwriter and visual artist, Jeffrey Lewis appears with his band Los Bolts at Pianos on May 3rd.


Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Monday, April 30th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Seattle, Washington's Delvon Lemarr Organ Trio represent the latest flowering of a grand instrumental tradition: the Hammond organ trio. In the '60s, players like Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, and Booker T. Jones made the sound of the Hammond organ ubiquitous in R&B and jazz, and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio carries on in that funky style with a mix of soul evergreens and originals from their new album Close But No Cigar. Don't miss this smokin' live set that will most certainly have you dancing!


Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers
Monday, April 30th, 3am - 6am
on
Circle Time with Mark R.
Last month, independent journalist Susan Anello journeyed to Colin Moulding’s home in Swindon, about 70 miles west of London, to interview Colin and Terry Chambers, who have just released their EP as TC & I, “Great Aspirations.” Susan spoke to Colin (mostly) and Terry (a little) for over an hour about their new project, any plans to tour, and of course, inevitably, XTC. This interview in two parts, part one will air on April 30th and part two will air on May 7th shows.


Petula Clark
Sunday, April 29th, 8pm - 10pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Petula Clark recorded her first songs in 1949. Her most recent release (a French-language album) debuts on April 22nd. Within a career as a singer, songwriter, and actress that has spanned eight decades, Pet Clark has been responsible for a treasure trove of perfect pop tunes, including but by no means limited to songs ranging from 1965's "Downtown" to 2013's "Cut Copy Me." This radio show host is honored to be able to chat with one of the truly great vocalists of the 20th (and 21st) century and celebrate her career in music with WFMU's listeners.


LIVE from the Record Fair- Wreckless Eric, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Hurry, Brower and Jonathan Toubin!
Saturday, April 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Hurry are a Philadelphia trio playing pop music of the highest order. The great new album is called Every Little Thought and features some of the best Philly songwriting since Gamble and Huff!

Jonathan Toubin a.k.a. The New York Night Train has redefined what it means to be a dj. His Soul Claps are the stuff of legend and his Friday night weekly dance party "Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down" at Home Sweet Home is one of the longest running parties in the Big Apple. Jonathan will offer a teaser of what he will be spinning at Diviera Drive later that evening and at The Monty Hall Soul Clap on Saturday May 5th!

Wreckless Eric! Wreckless Eric burst onto the pop scene with the unforgettable "Whole Wide World" in 1977. And he has been a thorn in the side of polite society ever since! His new album Construction Time & Demolition is another wonderful notch on the belt of a remarkable career. Don't miss him performing live at The WFMU Record Fair or May 3rd at Berlin in The East Village.

"This ain't no country for hipsters or posers. It's real, raw, mean-and-evil-bad-and-nasty bidness that makes an ass-kickin sound mighty fine."- No Depression Sarah Shook and the Disarmers have a sensational new album called Years (Bloodshot Records) and they will be playing some of the stunning songs from it at The WFMU Record Fair and later that evening at Berlin.

and...Brower Nat Brower and his eponymous Brooklyn band of no-counts are introducing the world to a new musical format: POWER GLAM! Featuring members of such stellar combos as Dirty Fences, The Brooklyn Bluebirds, Velveteen Rabbit and Metalleg, Brower's songs have so many hooks you are probably going to get caught on them. Watch out for their Dig! Records full length later this year.


Anna & Elizabeth
Saturday, April 28th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
The duo Anna & Elizabeth are without doubt among the foremost exponents of ballad singing today. More than nearly everyone else, they delve deep into archives and field recordings in search of songs which have weathered the ages, and some of which had nearly been forgotten. Their voices rival the great singers of yesteryear. Playing guitar, banjo and fiddle, their music contains the magic of the old players, a magic sometimes missing from traditional bands today. Not content to merely imitate the earlier styles, they are adding contemporary sounds into the mix, creating a music both deeply rooted in the past and carrying it into the future. Their new album, The Invisible Comes To Us, is just out on Smithsonian Folkways.


Honky Tonk Radio Girl is Guest Hosting for Downtown Soulville from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, April 27th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine

Special 2 Hour Edition of Put the Needle on the Record!
Friday, April 27th, 6pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Put The Needle On The Record Fair (Extended Mix) This week Billy Jam will do an extended two hour show radio, coming live from the WFMU Record Fair at the Brooklyn Expo, where guests will include the emcees Rabbi Darkside and MC Paul Barman.


Bruce Tantrum
Thursday, April 26th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Longtime club editor and ace selector Bruce Tantum comes down for a return visit to Nickel and Dime Radio. According to his bio, he "writes, DJs, has fun and does other stuff." a true NYC original with lots of stories. leans towards house and disco but anything goes.


Rasputina
Tuesday, April 24th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

With a fondness for all things Victorian, Rasputina has been making cello-heavy music for some 20+ years now. Melora Creager's singular vision drives Rasputina, which they describe as a "historically based women's cello rock band that includes men." In advance of a show a headlining at The Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday April 25th, Rasputina plays live for WFMU.


Cliff Martinez
Tuesday, April 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Cliff Martinez returns for a second week to continue his discussion regarding his 30+ year soundtrack career (Steven Soderbergh's "sex, lies, and videotape," "The Limey," "Traffic," "Solaris" and "The Knick," Nicolas Winding Refn’s "Drive," "Only God Forgives" and "Neon Demon," Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers), his years spent drumming for the likes of Captain Beefheart, The Weirdos, The Dickies, Lydia Lunch, Jim Thirlwell and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and what's on the horizon. For those who missed it live, be sure to first visit Devon's interview with Cliff last week.


Brandy Live Session
Sunday, April 22nd, 10pm - Midnight
on
Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl
For the 100th episode of Spin Age Blasters, Creamo Coyl brings you a special live session by NYC rock trio Brandy. Consisting of former members of notable groups Pampers & Running, Brandy splits the difference and delivers nerve-shredding good times expertly captured by engineer Ernie Indradat. Tune in at 10 PM sharp this coming Sunday (4/22) to hear Brandy slay the dragon for Spin Age Blasters' 100th episode.


Robert Gordon, Author of Memphis Rent Party
Sunday, April 22nd, 8pm - 10pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Memphis-born-and-raised writer and filmmaker Robert Gordon (books: It Came From Memphis, Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story; films: All Day and All Night; Best of Enemies) takes this show host, along with this program's cohost and producer, Debbie D. of WFMU's Rock & Soul Ichiban fame, on a tour of Musical Memphis through the city's recording studios and juke joints in honor of his most recent book, Memphis Rent Party. Gordon's collection of essays, many previously unpublished, bring to life important figures ranging from Sam Phillips to Alex Chilton to James Carr to Junior Kimbrough to both Lewises (Furry and Jerry Lee), among many others. The program will be accompanied by musical examples of these great figures of Southern song, some of which can be found on the accompanying Memphis Rent Party LP.


Plates of Cake
Sunday, April 22nd, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Every description or review of Plates of Cake seems to reference a different music style, genre, or scene from the next. You'll get British Invasion references; then the Soft Boys and Nick Lowe; the maybe post-punk, new wave, or glam; George Harrison or Television. Sure, they're all accurate to one degree or another. But if these somewhat disparate descriptions, in the end, tell you little to nothing about this Brooklyn band, don't worry, you can check them out and come up with your own questionable and limiting elevator pitch when they drop by Burn It Down!


Joshua Hedley, The Shacks and Chris Stamey
Saturday, April 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Joshua Hedley brings his first class brand of traditional country music to The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. His stunning Third Man Records debut, Mr. Jukebox arrives the day before. This live set will be one is for fans of Johnny Paycheck and George Jones. As Joshua states: "Classic country is like a suit. Nothing about a men's suit has changed in like 100 years. Classic never goes out of style. Something can't be a throwback if it's never been out of style." Don't miss Joshua at Union Pool on April 18th.

Todd-O-Phonic Todd goes dream pop by welcoming The Shacks for a live set. This New York based band made a name for themselves with their excellent cover of Ray Davies' "This Strange Effect". Now they have released their Big Crown debut album Haze. There are elements of doo-wop and early, pre-Elvis rock in their musicianship. Combine that with a deeply personal songwriting approach and it’s a familiar-yet-fresh sound. Like The Five Keys met Neil Young and cut a record with Brigitte Bardot — but in English.

Chris Stamey interviews Todd-O-Phonic Todd! That's right, former dB Chris will ask Todd questions about their shared experiences surrounding the CBGB's scene, Hoboken and more. This is in celebration of the publication of Chris' autobiography "A Spy In The House Of Loud: New York Songs and Stories" (University Of Texas Press). Earlier in the week Evan Davies will be asking Stamey questions. Chris will be doing readings at Little City Books in Hoboken on April 20th and Rough Trade in Brooklyn on April 21st prior to interviewing Todd.


Tony Crane of The Merseybeats
Saturday, April 21st, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Tony Crane who formed The Merseybeats in 1962, came up through the same club circuit as The Beatles, and landed eight singles on the British top 40 charts including “"Wishin' and Hopin' ", "Last Night (I Made A Little Girl Cry)", "I Stand Accused" and “Really Mystified" - The Merseybeats morphed into The Merseys who had a huge hit with their version of “Sorrow” - and they're still at it, 55 years after their formation.


Put The Needle on the 42018
Friday, April 20th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
It’s been six years since Billy Jam’s favorite holiday 4/20 fell on a Friday. Hence for his Friday, April 20th 2018 show he plans to celebrate with an all weed hip-hop themed show (classics and new tracks) that will also feature updates on the latest marijuana legal stats been posted to the show’s accompanying accuplaylist live comments board.


Renata Zeiguer
Friday, April 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.

Argentinian-Filipino-American musician, singer + songwriter, Renata Zeiguer has worn many musical hats. She first trained in jazz and classical violin and piano, then took up with a long list of New York bands including Landlady, Ava Luna, Twin Sister, and Quilts, before settling on a solo career—first under alias Cantina, then as Renata Zeiguer. With such a wealth of musical pursuits, it’s no surprise Renata’s debut album, Old Ghost is such a tickling listen, and one so wonderfully described as “a timeless portal where Les Paul and Mary Ford meet Os Mutantes and the Pixies.” On Friday April 20th, Renata and her bandmates will be stopping by Sophisticated Boom Boom to delight us with live versions of songs from Old Ghost.


Video Broadcast of Hearty White
Thursday, April 19th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Listen and watch! Join Hearty White for the broadcast of his live and in person 2018 marathon appearance at Monty Hall entitled “The Seven Bridges of Jersey City”, a walking tour of consciousness. Listen on the radio and watch the performance online at WFMU.org or on your mobile device during Hearty's regularly scheduled Miracle Nutrition show on Thursday April 19th at 7pm EST.


Chris Stamey
Wednesday, April 18th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer/label owner/arranger/engineer/mixer/musical director/movie producer and now author Chris Stamey has been in the vanguard of independent American music for decades. His new memoir, A Spy In The House Of Loud (University Of Texas Press) largely covers his time in NYC from the mid-'70s to the early '90s. Initially conceived as an annotated songbook, the songs serve as a jumping-off point for a fascinating look at the nascent New York underground music scene, Stamey's time with the legendary dB's, and his ever-improving skills on both sides of the recording studio glass.
Chris calls in to The Evan "Funk" Davies show on Wednesday, April 18 to chat about the book and fill us in on his upcoming book tour readings/performances in our area, including Thursday the 19th at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Soho; Friday April 20 at Little City Books in Hoboken; and Saturday April 21 at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg. (Visit chrisstamey.com for info on events in North Carolina and Los Angeles)


Vodou High Priestess Manbo Dòwòti Désir
Wednesday, April 18th, 7pm - 8pm
on
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Think you know what 'voodoo' is all about? Think again--tonight on In Real Life, join Kimzilla and Emily as they sit down with Vodou High Priestess Manbo Dòwòti Désir [MAHN-bo doh-WOT-ti deh-ZIR] in part one of a two-part episode to find out what Vodou really is--and what it isn't. Put down that doll and pick up your radio. 7-8pm EST.


Cliff Martinez
Tuesday, April 17th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Composer, percussionist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Martinez discusses his recent scores for "Den of Thieves" and "Game Night." After spending much of the 80s drumming for Captain Beefheart ("Ice Cream For Crow"), The Weirdos, The Dickies, Lydia Lunch, Jim Thirlwell and Red Hot Chili Peppers (the Andy Gill-produced debut and George Clinton-produced "Freaky Styley"), Cliff turned to film and tv composing, first for "Pee-Wee’s Playhouse" and Steven Soderbergh’s debut "sex, lies, and videotape," and then Soderbergh's "The Limey," "Contagion," "Traffic," "Solaris" and "The Knick" as well as Nicolas Winding Refn’s "Drive" and "Neon Demon" and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," incorporating his custom-constructed mammoth steel drums, gamelan metallophone and Baschet Cristal with electronics.


Christian Dawid and Giuseppe Sciarratta
Tuesday, April 17th, 4pm - 7pm
on
Continental Subway with David Dichelle (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Berlin clarinetist and saxophonist Christian Dawid (Trio Yas, Konsonans Retro, Bluer than Blue, Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird and other projects) will be returning to Continental Subway to be joined this time by Leipzig-based clarinetist Giuseppe Sciarratta (Klezmer Muskelkater, Fantasma, Traces of Thrace, and others) to combine their woodwind sounds and talk about the importance of the clarinet in Klezmer as well as the most influential clarinetists of that tradition.


Dave Weckerman
Monday, April 16th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Feelies percussionist Dave Weckerman takes center stage as the primary singer /songwriter for Yung Wu, a 1987 project that includes all of the Good Earth era Feelies members plus John Baumgartner, keyboardist for The Trypes and Speed the Plough. Dave fills us in on the long-awaited reissue of this gem on April 20 via Bar/None Records.


Gunn-Truscinski Duo
Monday, April 16th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Late last year, guitarist Steve Gunn and percussionist John Truscinski released their third collaboration together as the Gunn-Truscinski Duo, "Bay Head." Like their two previous releases on Three Lobed Recordings, their latest album mixes Eastern modalities, a touch of psychedelia, and a grounding in roots music to produce a highly individual instrumental sound that's equal parts fiery and meditative. Today on Surface Noise, the duo plays an exclusive live set of their compelling, semi-improvised instrumental music.


DJ Adam Stafford
Sunday, April 15th, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Los Angeles indiepop DJ and musician Adam Stafford comes town to spin records at Brooklyn's Alphaville on Thursday, April 12, 10pm–midnight. But what's even more germane to WFMU listeners is that a few days later he will stop by WFMU's studios to offer up a stash of coveted indiepop 45's for airplay during this radio program, promising a special concentration of singles released by Mike Alway's late, lamented él Records. The show host may join his guest and spin a few pop favorites of his own from the '80s and '90s, and possibly from before and beyond.


Tin Foil
Sunday, April 15th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Second time's a charm! Lined up for a live set last summer that never happened, Detroit's Tin Foil are back and ready for the big time (or, at the very least, a live set on WFMU). Hitting an unexpected sweet spot somewhere between the acid-tinged guitar noodling of the Meat Puppets and a more traditional sort of garage-punk stomp, Tin Foil make a sound that's just perfect for what we're aiming for here at Burn It Down!


April Centrone with Maraliz Campos
Saturday, April 14th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Multi-talented April Centrone has immersed herself in music of the Arab world. Her roots are playing the drum kit - in fact she's currently in two all-women rock bands (on two continents) - Jane, based in New York, and Iklil, based in Beirut. But she's also learned a range of Arab percussion and stringed instruments. She's toured with major Arab artists. She co-founded the NY Arabic Orchestra. She's also a music therapist. One thing April didn't have on her extensive CV was a solo album. But that all changes with the release of New Moon, which she celebrates with a big concert featuring members of the NY Arabic Orchestra - including renowned flutist Saba - Thursday night April 26th at Greenwich House in the West Village. April Centrone is joined by Maraliz Campos to play and chat on this week's show.


Les Lullies
Saturday, April 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Les Lullies- Les Lullies- Sacre bleu! Todd-O-Phonic Todd presents the sizzling punk sounds of the French combo Les Lullies. Hot off their wild "Don't Look Twice" EP on Slovenly, these wildmen hit the U.S. for shows including the Mercury Lounge on Tuesday April 4th and Debauch-A-Reno the next weekend.


Put The Needle On The Less Stress Record
Friday, April 13th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In recognition of National Stress-Awareness Month, Billy Jam's opening set of his Lucky Friday 13th show this week will feature stress-themed hip-hop songs while Arizona's turntablist/hip-hop self-help guru DJ ZeroStress will curate the live comment-board offering his top anti stress tips.


Marc Gaffney of Gozu
Thursday, April 12th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Marc Gaffney of GOZU joins Diane the day before the release of the Boston band's newest effort: Equilibrium. He talks about the albums leading up to this one, producers, and vocal influences, among other things. Marc has submitted a song list for Diane to play for the audience, and she'll be airing some Gozu tracks, so it will be a rocking time for sure! Marc's segment starts at 1pm, and has been pre-recorded.


Sarah Napoli and Poetcurious
Thursday, April 12th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
This week on Nickel and Dime radio we talk about the intersection of Hip Hop and education, with guests Sarah Napoli and Poetcurious. Poetcurious is a London based HipHop poet, DJ, artist and educator. He hosts several open Mic Poetry and HipHop events in the UK, and the Reaching Out Show with veteran UK MC TY and Darren Chetty. Co-conveyor of HipHopEd UK.

Sarah Napoli is the director for the center for inclusion at Manhattanville College in NY, she also works writing Hip Hop History curriculum for the Schomburg center for research in Black Culture in Harlem. Sarah has been teaching for almost 20 years and conducts workshops on social justice. She has worked all over the USA and in several international contexts, including Japan.


Kendra Morris
Wednesday, April 11th, Noon - 3pm
on Duane Train

Kendra Morris recalls singers who straddled soul and rock during the early '70s, such as Ruth Copeland and Chaka Khan. After touring with legendary guitarist Dennis Coffey and releasing a series of singles which included "Concrete Waves," whose b-side was remixed by DJ Premier, Morris released the album Banshee (2012) on Wax Poetics. In 2013, Morris returned with the covers album Mockingbird.

2018 will mark the release as of yet untitled full-length studio album on Peter Agoston's new imprint PAPI. The lead-single a winding, uptempo progressive-narrative 'Nothing' came out in Feb and her 2nd single 'Playing Games' b/w 'Virgin' boasts appearances from both Dam-Funk and hip-hop legend Greg Nice (Nice & Smooth). Duane Train is excited to have Kendra and her band do a live performance and interview in anticipation of this stellar release.


Erik Friedlander
Tuesday, April 10th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Cellist and composer Erik Friedlander joins Devon to discuss his recent soundtracks for director Cory Finley's "Thoroughbreds" and Atsuko Hirayanagi's "Oh Lucy!," both currently in theaters. As a veteran of NYC's downtown experimental music scene, Erik has been a frequent collaborator of John Zorn (Filmworks, Masada, The Big Gundown), Laurie Anderson, Ikue Mori and Cyro Baptista. In addition to releasing over 20 albums as a leader, including the upcoming "Artemisia" 3-vinyl LP, Erik has composed for film, documentaries and dance works and performed on countless soundtracks, including those for Carter Burwell, Terrence Blanchard and Teho Teardo. A record release show for Artemisia takes place on April 11 at Dixon Place with Uri Caine, Ches Smith and Mark Helias.


Janne Halonen on Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble's Cross-Cultural Musical Creations
Saturday, April 7th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Finnish guitarist Janne Halonen joins us to introduce We Are Together, the excellent new album by Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble on the roots-worldly Bafe's Factory label. Janne leads the trans-continental band along with Benin-based singer / percussionist Noel Saizonou. We'll learn what brought musicians from two far-flung countries together and get a taste of their distinctive Vodun-rock / jazz-tinged concoctions on this week's show.


Put the Needle on the Record Live Videocast
Friday, April 6th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Once a month, with the assistance of WFMU's Ruth in the Video Booth, Billy Jam does a video simulcast version of his weekly one hour hip-hop show with the UStream video version found embedded on the WFMU website show playlist page. For the April 2018 video version, among the visual clips to be played will include new music videos from The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra, Dr Octagon, and Cut Chemist.


Martin Rev
Thursday, April 5th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
An interview with MARTIN REV -Renowned visionary and musician, one-half of Suicide and a solo artist for years, Martin talks about working solo, being in the NYC art scene and how that has changed, and much more! He will be performing at Elsewhere (Brooklyn) along with Wolf Eyes and Insect Ark on Sunday April 15th. Interview will be aired at 1pm, and has been pre-recorded.


Painted Doll
Wednesday, April 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Painted Doll is a new band formed by WFMU’s own Dave Hill (also of Valley Lodge, Witch Taint, Cobra Verde, and others)and metal legend Chris Reifert (Autopsy, Abscess, and other others). The band came together after Chris and Dave crossed paths in San Antonio a couple of years ago, went to a Goblin show together, and started trading their favorite obscure Dutch and UK psych tunes from the '60s and '70s. They ended up recording their self-titled album right here in New Jersey, and it's just been released on the Tee Pee label. The album is full of catchy rock hooks, drawing comparisons to Blue Öyster Cult, Nazareth, and the 13th Floor Elevators, among others. They cap off a quick tour of the Northeast with a visit to the WFMU studios, so tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies Show Wednesday night, April 4, to hear them play live!


Station Manager Ken gives a State of the Station Chat, filling in for Seven Second Delay
Wednesday, April 4th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Ken's show

Snake Union
Wednesday, April 4th, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Snake Union is a rhythmic exploration of sound in which structure and form collide with freedom and improvisation delivering an at times, psychedelic, fuzzy, delicate and ethereal experience. This will be their WFMU debut. Snake Union is Chuck Bettis and David Grant.


Vinnie Favale (Asbury Park Music & Film Festival) / Danny DeVito Soundtracks
Tuesday, April 3rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Vinnie Favale of the Asbury Park Music & Film Festival (not to mention SVP of CBS, Late Night with David Letterman/Stephen Colbert, Howard Stern regular and longtime WFMU listener) joins Devon in the studio to discuss the Festival's fourth year on April 27 - 29. Expect to hear a ton of soundtracks from Danny DeVito films and television shows as "An Evening With Danny Devito" is the headline event at the historic Paramount Theater. Other highlights include the world premiere of "Break On Thru: A Celebration of Ray Manzarek and The Doors" with John Densmore in attendance along with documentary screenings of "Stay Human" (with a performance by Michael Franti), the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's "A Tuba To Cuba" (pre-tuba theft), the Grateful Dead's "Long Strange Trip" and Dylan Archives III, and music performances by Built To Spill and North Mississippi Allstars. Go to apmff.org for the full schedule and tickets.


Dylan Curran, Irish web developer
Monday, April 2nd, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst interviews Dylan Curran, a web developer in Ireland who achieved sudden worldwide fame a few days ago by posting this: "Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it." Mark and Dylan talk about the disturbing level of surveillance that Google and Facebook conduct on all of us, much of it without our knowledge or consent, and whether we should all just go live in the woods.


Juliana Hatfield
Monday, April 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Juliana's stellar 30-plus year career as a singer/songwriter/guitarist has included work with the Blake Babies, the Lemonheads, The Juliana Hatfield Three, a dozen solo records and many other collaborations. Her latest project is "Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John," and she checks in with Three Chord Monte to discuss how hopelessly devoted to the Aussie pop legend she is.


Gary Wrong
Sunday, April 1st, 10pm - Midnight
on
Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl
Rising up from the fetid swamps of Alabama, Gary Wrong is a mutant punkoid organism made half-brain-dead after a lifetime of huffing Chrome fumes. Pimping out last year's double LP collection released by 12XU, Gary will be playing a solo set LIVE on Spin Age Blasters. This Sunday, April 1st, the Day of Fools and other celestial beings, tune in & turn on to Gary Wrong.


Patsy's Rats
Saturday, March 31st, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Patsy is Patsy Gelb, formerly of Scavenger C*nt and occasional collaborator of her father, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand. Her Rats consist of main-squeeze Christian Blunda (erstwhile Billy Jeans of Mean Jeans) and a rotating door of rock ‘n’ roll vermin-for-hire. They are making their first trip to the East Coast and of course wanted to join Todd-O-Phonic Todd's Cavalcade Of Stars. Don't miss them at Ceremony on Friday March 30th and Union Pool Saturday March 31st.


Erik Larson - Drummer, Guitarist - Backwoods Payback, The Might Could, Alabama Thunderpussy, Kilara, Avail
Thursday, March 29th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Richmond's Erik Larson joins Diane for a full live Peer Pressure session! Erik has played drums and also guitar in a handful of heavier bands over the years - Avail, Alabama Thunderpussy, Kilara, the Might Could, and most recently, he drums in Backwoods Payback; their most recent release, Fire Not Reason is metal-laden rock noise, fueled by Erik's relentless drumming. We'll catch up with Erik in real time and listen to music that makes a difference to this man who is no stranger to playing gigs and letting the music move him!


Mad Max Special Pt. 2: Tim Burns and Paul Johnstone (Johnny The Boy and Cundalini of Mad Max)
Tuesday, March 27th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Paul Johnstone (aka Cundalini) returns with his mate Tim Burns who portrayed Johnny The Boy in George Miller's "Mad Max" (1979) to discuss their experiences in the original Australian dystopic action film. Tim is also known for his roles in "Chain Reaction" (1980) and "Monkey Grip" (1982). Devon will debut the once thought lost George Miller-rejected "End Credits" that Paul recorded for the film with Stewart D'Arrietta, David Cafe and George's brother Bill Miller. "If you're going to waste the bronze, you gotta do it big!"


Eva Salina and Peter Stan - Great Balkan Romani Songs
Saturday, March 24th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Eva Salina may be North America's finest vocal interpreter of Sevdalinka - popular Romani (or Gypsy) songs from the former Yugoslavia.
On Sudbina, her new album with accordionist Peter Stan, Eva interprets the songs of late great Serbian Roma singer Vida Pavlovic.
Eva and Peter celebrate the album's release with an intimate show at Greenwich House in the West Village on Thursday night March 29th. And they'll be at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday night April 7th as part of the three-day Brooklyn Folk Festival. But first: Eva Salina and Peter Stan visit WFMU to introduce us to this significant artist who's little-known in the US. And of course they'll play for us!


Put The Needle On DJ Premier, Evidence, L'Orange & Black Milk
Friday, March 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In addition to sending out multitudes of Thank-Yous to all the wonderful supporters of WFMU during the recent 2018 Marathon, Billy Jam's post-Thon show will also feature interviews with "hip-hop's greatest producer" DJ Premier, LA producer/emcee Evidence, Detroit emcee/producer Black Milk, and North Carolina producer L'Orange.


Hollie Cook
Friday, March 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.

Daughter of the Sex Pistols’ drummer Paul Cook and Boy George’s backing singer Jeni Cook, Hollie Cook made her first foray into music as the “second singer” in the Slits, when lead singer Ari Up reformed the group in 2006. Hollie credits her time in the Slits with turning her onto the reggae-pop sound that she would fully embrace as a solo artist. Her latest and third album, Vessel Of Love, is a gorgeous collection of easy, breezy, blissed-out songs, which she describes as “tropical pop.” On Friday March 23rd, she’ll be stopping by Sophisticated Boom Boom for a live set and interview before she heads into Brooklyn for an evening performance at Elsewhere.



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