Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Carter Thornton on Airborne Event, live from the Castello Plan
Monday, June 25th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event
Airborne Event will return for another live broadcast from Ditmas Park's Castello Plan restaurant on June 25th, featuring solo guitar atmospheres from versatile musician Carter Thornton and one other guest still to be confirmed. Listen on WFMU or join us live at Castello Plan, 1213 Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn by the Cortelyou Road Q train stop.


Jacobins
Monday, June 25th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
on
Minor Music with Jesse Krakow
Combining elements of emo, prog, and classic rock, Brooklyn-based rock quartet Jacobins have been making waves in the teenage indie scene for the last few years. They'll be popping by to play some tunes, chit chat about music, and prove to all that you're never too young to be an old soul.


Metta Word Peace & The War on Drugs
Monday, June 25th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Metta Word Peace (Queensbridge, NY) and The War on Drugs (Philadelphia, PA)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Archive.org founder Brewster Kahle (Radio Free Culture fills in for Too Much Information)
Monday, June 25th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Radio Free Culture
"Radio Free Culture" is a brand new monthly program that will explore the complex issues of Digital Culture. The program will air 6pm - 7pm on the last Monday of every month.

Tune in this Monday for the debut episode - Station Manager Ken Freedman speaks with Archive.org founder Brewster Kahle about his mission to copy and archive every piece of information on the planet.


Gentleman Jesse
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T is so excited to welcome Gentleman Jesse back to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Saturday, June 23. Gentleman Jesse is a power-pop dynamo, each of his songs packed with blazing power chords and unforgettable hooks. His latest album "Leaving Atlanta" (Douchemaster) is a masterpiece of modern heartache and has been getting the best reviews of his career. So whether you're a longtime fan of Gentleman Jesse or a lover of flawlessly constructed power pop, be sure to catch Gentleman Jesse and the Men on the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T on June 23!


Nancy Comics Expert Mark Newgarden
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Mark Newgarden about the ambitious new series of books from Fantagraphics that are re-printing every single daily strip of Ernie Bushmiller's classic Nancy comics in volumes covering three years - and about Mark's forthcoming book "How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels."


Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters
Friday, June 22nd, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In a rare East Coast appearance DJ Cue and Eddie Def of San Francisco's pioneering turntablist crew The Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters, who produced & released the very first DJ battle record two decades ago, will stop by WFMU for a live studio set. They will be in town for performances at the Tools of War produced True School Park Jam the day before and the NYC DMC battle the following day. Also in the studio and on the turntables will be DJ ALF as well as some other special surprise DJs. All happening live on "Put The Needle On The Record" with Billy Jam on Friday, June 22nd at 7pm on WFMU.


Shaved Women
Friday, June 22nd, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

St. Louis' Shaved Women are a fierce, true-of-heart American punk rock band. Their combination of pounding bottom end, slathered with inventive, sometimes angular guitar lines, and always-personal-never-business vocals set on top, is immediately grabbing. Your attention gets got. Reminiscent of early Black Flag and Circle Jerks in the best of ways. They're right in line with a great new generation of punk-rock bands that started somewhere around Cursed, and continues with The Ropes/Repos, Drunkdriver, Vile Gash, and so many others. Shaved Women are at the top of their class with those bands I mentioned, and their record is an instant mini-classic, first issued on vinyl by Rotted Tooth Recordings, now reissued on CD by Ektro, with bonus live material recorded at the St. Louis Apop store. Howabout that, supporting local talent!? WFMU's My Castle of Quiet is thrilled to catch Shaved Women on tour through our area, playing Brooklyn's Death By Audio on June 14, and Sixteen's in Philly the night of the 15th, right after recording a live set with us.


Filmmaker Drew Stone on Peer Pressure
Thursday, June 21st, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Filmmaker Drew Stone is celebrating the release of ALL AGES- The Boston Hardcore Film that he directed, with it's NY debut late in June. Drew is also the vocalist for New York Hardcore band Antidote. He will steer the Peer Pressure segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine with his take on film, music and what they've both contributed to him while emerged as a filmmaker and singer. The Peer Pressure segment runs from 1-2:30pm.


Will C.
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Duane Train

Somerville-based Hip Hop producer Will C. is paying a surprise visit to Duane's show. In the tradition of Dangermouse's "Grey Album" and Bullion's "Pet sounds: songs in the key of Dee", the 24-year-old Will C, has created "Adieu or Die" a Sampladelic instrumental Beach Boys hip hop tribute album.The 20 tracks on "Adieu or Die" are as much an ode to the Beach Boys' musical genius as it is to their melodies, which Will C. cleverly reinterprets and masks below layers of his own creation. Instead of front-loading tracks with samples from the familiar hits, Will C. digs in, taking less recognizable melodic themes -- only the bass line from "Good Vibrations," for example -- to leave a core on which he builds a unique reinterpretation. In doing so, he builds a bridge between modern, electronically produced music and the recording styles of a generation ago. The album is almost a monument to the Wilson brothers' process, in particular Brian. There's a 38-page booklet of liner notes included with the album and you can get it for free download on Will C's website.


Ricardo DeLima
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, 7pm - 9pm
on
Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Ricardo De Lima is a Colombo-Venezuelan visual artist, hacker, DJ, & resident agitator at Spectacle in Boston. He'll be cohost with Jesse as we broadcast live from Spectacle in Jamaica Plain, MA for two hours of song-swapping.


Sportsy Talk -- Bronwyn fills in for Chris T Tonight
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
This Tuesday, 6PM, Bronwyn C. fills in for Chris T.'s Aerial View with a full hour of call-in sports talk* radio. The Olympics! Lance Armstrong! Those two Australian swimmers in the gun store! Call in and get sportsy with the Iowa Firecracker, on Aerial View. (*and also probably some News of the Dead, and maybe Health Watch.)


Michael Chapman
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Join Brian today as he welcomes one of the true elder statesmen of British folk guitar and songcraft, easily on the same tier as musical cousins Roy Harper, John Martyn and Bert Jansch though stylistically more in tune with Harper's psychedelicized leanings. Chapman visits the USA on the heels of a flurry of releases; he's recently had output on Ecstatic Peace and some excellent reissues of his Harvest label material via Light in the Attic. Tompkins Square Records also has releaed a 2CD anthology and a brand new tribute disc called "Oh Michael, Look What You've Done", featuring Chapman's songs reworked by Lucinda Williams, Meg Baird, Bridget St. John and more. He plays Zebulon on June 18th, and Union Pool in Brooklyn on June 22nd.


Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Live Concerts and Demos from Beyond the Beyond
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony for three hours of French underground rock -- the francophone version of krautrock, perhaps? With unreleased live recordings from Wapassou and from four offshoots of Etron Fou Leloublan -- Art Moulu, Bruniferd, Octavo, and Ferdinand et les Philosophes -- plus demos from two ex-members of the band Pataphonie.


Jack Skuller
Monday, June 18th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
on
Minor Music with Jesse Krakow
Crooner, teen heartthrob, axeman, native New Yorker, these are just some of the words that have been used to describe Jack Skuller. An extraordinarily accomplished singer-songwriter & stage performer, he'll be stopping by to play some tunes, spin some others, and prove to all that you are never too young to be too debonair.


Willis Earl Beal & M83
Monday, June 18th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Willis Earl Beal (Chicago, IL) and M83 (Antibes, FR)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Msafiri Zawose and Kabbalah
Saturday, June 16th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Bands on the run - a far-flung twin bill of pre-gig sessions: First, Tanzanian virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Msafiri Zawose stops by on his way to play Barbes in Brooklyn later tonight, June 16th, part of his three month US tour. He'll introduce us to the fascinating Gogo musical traditions he learned from his late great father, Hukwe Zawose. Later, the sharp-edged and hyper-eclectic French outfit Kabbalah reflects the cultural mix of its hometown Marseille, blending East European, Middle Eastern and African influences with rock, klezmer and lots more. Kabbalah heads off to play at Mehanata in the Lower East Side right after the radio show - and wraps up its own big tour bright and early on Sunday morning, playing the City Winery Klezmer Brunch.


King Tuff
Saturday, June 16th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Vermont's King Tuff are led by Kyle Thomas, former frontman for stoner-rock legends Witch, but this time out things are more lo-fi garagey, bringing to mind the best of Ty Segall or Jay Reatard. King Tuff are on a nationwide tour to celebrate their new self-titled album (Sub Pop) See ‘em Jun 14 Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ ! King Tuff’s new LP will definitely make a lot of Top 10 Best Of lists at the end of 2012!


Live at The Admiral with Dr. Filth
Friday, June 15th, 2012, 3pm - 5pm (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)

Suishou No Fune
Friday, June 15th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
All the way from Japan, Suishou No Fune bring their hazy free psych to WFMU in the midst of a US tour. Laced with unhinged Tokyo Flashback-isms, Suishou No Fune's spare, transformational, spiritually heavy music is sure to bring the extra claustrophobic humidity to the sweet New Jersey summer. Or should I say bummer.


Steve Wynn guest DJ's on Peer Pressure
Thursday, June 14th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Steve Wynn guest DJs on the PEER PRESSURE segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine from 1-2:30. From the Dream Syndicate to the Baseball Project and the Miracle Three, music has taken Steve all over the globe, with far reaching experiences to match. Listeners will be able to ask Steve questions via the live accuplaylist, and he'll be in charge of the music for that portion of the program!!


Hatch's show
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight

First Ever Re-run of the Famous Seven Second Delay Drunk Show
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay airs a very special re-run tonight. For the first time ever, we will re-broadcast the famous Ken Gets Drunk show, recorded at the UCB Theater on December 2, 2009. You'll roar as Ken nearly dies of alcohol poisoning as Andy struggles in his underwear to talk to a witch, Tony Shaloub, the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, author A.J. Jacobs and two broadway understudies.


Ryan Davies
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012, 7pm - 9pm
on
Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Ryan is a musician, music producer and DJ originally from Wales, based now in Boston, MA. He has the voice, we'll broadcast live from his music studio in Jamaica Plain, MA for two hours of trading songs.


Rafael fills in for TBA
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on
Side Show with Cruciferous Green

Supercute!
Monday, June 11th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
on Minor Music with Jesse Krakow

Fronted by dynamic duo Rachel Trachtenburg & Julia Cumming, Supercute! are a teenage pop band from Brooklyn who take ABBA and The Shaggs and throw them together in a multi-colored crock pot. Check out their live performance on the debut episode of "Minor Music", where musicians 18 and under have their say.


Michele Fills in for Too Much Information Tonight
Monday, June 11th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Michele's Michele Show

Potterhouse
Monday, June 11th, 2012, 3pm - 3:01pm
on
Jim Price's show
"Time hangs heavy on the vine/Let's make crime," Buck Williams (pronounced WILL-YUMS) sings in the sensual verse in Potterhouse's debut album from 1981. Buck has been tending his own musical vineyard for many years but has now reformed the 80's influenced Band and will play live on the Jim Price Show to promote their new album, entitled, "Palms Up".


The Suzan
Sunday, June 10th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
Hailing from Tokyo, Japan, The Suzan are causing the most colorful, adorable riot Brooklyn's ever seen or heard. Tune in to Beastin' the Airwaves! for a cute-splosion of shiny pop with a jungle beat, harmonic backup chants, and even some bird sound effects thrown in here and there!


Philip Sanderson
Saturday, June 9th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
Daniel Blumin's show
In 1980, Philip Sanderson (of the wonderful UK DIY underground experimentalists Storm Bugs and the Snatch Tapes label) released the outerdimensional Reprint cassette as Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey. 32 years later Philip returns to some of the ideas and techniques used on Reprint with a session of exclusive new tracks created with an analogue sequencer, synthesizer and 2-3 second delay unit, proving yet again that space is the place!

Keep an eye out for Philip's Hollow Gravity LP on Puer Gravy, check out this site for more details on the session, and drop by the comments page to chat with Philip live! Don't miss!


Mitra Sumara
Saturday, June 9th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Like Ethiopia, Iran had a vibrant popular music scene in the 60s and 70s that was snuffed out by political and social upheaval. The band Mitra Sumara revisits the sounds of pre-revolutionary Iran - blending Iranian traditional melody and rhythm with with rock, soul, pop, and more. Mitra Sumara may look to the past, but the band is also a player in the very of-the-moment funky-big-band movement in NY: Hot on the heels of tonight's NJ radio debut, the 9-piece juggernaut joins scene-mates CSC Funk Band and People's Champs for a big show - June 10th at Brooklyn Bowl.


Thumbscrew
Friday, June 8th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Long Rally vets Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (pronounced TOME-UH; drums) return to WFMU along with bassist Michael Formanek (Tim Berne's Bloodcount) for the radio debut of their new collective trio, Thumbscrew. Expect a batch of new tunes composed by some of the best jazz/improv/whatever players around. Sparks will fly.


OBN IIIs + Dan Epstein
Wednesday, June 6th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Austin's OBN IIIs were put together by Orville Bateman Neeley III in early 2011, mainly to fill some open slots at Beerland, the Austin club where Neeley runs sound. The response was so overwhelming that a couple of singles and a full-length LP soon followed, and now OBN IIIs are out on their first US tour. This is '70s-influenced garage-punk at its finest (that's right, '70s-influenced), so don't miss this live set! And see OBN IIIs live at Cake Shop on Friday, June 1, and at Don Pedro's on Saturday, June 2! Complete tour dates are here.

ALSO: DAN EPSTEIN, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass -- the acclaimed history of baseball in the 1970s -- will be making a return appearance to the show! He'll fill us in on his new RollingStone.com rockers vs. baseball column High And Tight as well as the upcoming paperback release of Big Hair.... In honor of the paperback release Dan will be doing a reading and book-signing on Tuesday June 12 at Manitoba's - be sure to stop by! And don't miss this jam-packed edition of The Evan "Funk" Davies show Wednedsay night, June 6, at 9pm!


Javier Rodríguez
Tuesday, June 5th, 2012, 7pm - 9pm
on
Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Javier J. Rodríguez is a musician, amateur-ethnomusicologist and organologist from Puerto Rico who now lives in Boston via NYC. He is also a DJ/promoter of vintage Latin American and Caribbean music by the name El Cuchy Frito Man. He'll cohost with Jesse as we broadcast live from Jamaica Plain, MA for two hours of song and live music trading.


McHuge is filling in for Keili this morning
Sunday, June 3rd, 2012, 6am - 9am
on
McHuge Castanets

WFMU broadcasts live from the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, 3pm - Midnight
on
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
For a fourth year, WFMU returns to Barcelona, Spain to bring you the fullest coverage from anyone from the Primavera Sound festival! Tune in Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd from 3pm to Midnight ET and hear some hefty blocks of programming from assorted performing WFMU musical faves, with play by play from Liz Berg, Brian Turner, Scott Williams, Jason Sigal, and Scott Konzelmann. Schedule and full broadcast lineup TBA, but so far we'll be broadcasting Marianne Faithfull, Michael Gira, The Pop Group, Demdike Stare, Mudhoney, Thee Oh Sees, Ice Age, The Melvins, The Chameleons, Dirty Beaches, Codeine, Off!, Liturgy, Neon Indian, Olivia Tremor Control and more. Stay tuned, but check out the roster here! Past WFMU broadcasts have brought you sets from Swans, Glenn Branca, Diplo, No Joy, Oneohtrix Point Never, Pavement, Grinderman, Sunn o))), Ariel Pink, The Clean, Van Dyke Parks, Wire, Mission of Burma and dozens more! You can check those sets out on our Live Specials archive at wfmu.org, and some past Prima sets are even downloadable on the Free Music Archive. Don't miss this special live WFMU event!


WFMU broadcasts live from the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain
Friday, June 1st, 2012, 3pm - Midnight
on
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
For a fourth year, WFMU returns to Barcelona, Spain to bring you the fullest coverage from anyone from the Primavera Sound festival! Tune in Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd from 3pm to Midnight ET and hear some hefty blocks of programming from assorted performing WFMU musical faves, with play by play from Liz Berg, Brian Turner, Scott Williams, Jason Sigal, and Scott Konzelmann. Schedule and full broadcast lineup TBA, but so far we'll be broadcasting Marianne Faithfull, Michael Gira, The Pop Group, Demdike Stare, Mudhoney, Thee Oh Sees, Ice Age, The Melvins, The Chameleons, Dirty Beaches, Codeine, Off!, Liturgy, Neon Indian, Olivia Tremor Control and more. Stay tuned, but check out the roster here! Past WFMU broadcasts have brought you sets from Swans, Glenn Branca, Diplo, No Joy, Oneohtrix Point Never, Pavement, Grinderman, Sunn o))), Ariel Pink, The Clean, Van Dyke Parks, Wire, Mission of Burma and dozens more! You can check those sets out on our Live Specials archive at wfmu.org, and some past Prima sets are even downloadable on the Free Music Archive. Don't miss this special live WFMU event!


7 Second Delay at the UCB with Judah Friedlander, David Rees, & They Might Be Giants!
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Ken and Andy return to the stage of NYC's UCB Theatre for a live broadcast of Seven Second Delay. Special guests include comedian Judah Friedlander, known for his extensive collection of trucker hats & role as TV writer Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock; David Rees, artisanal pencil sharpener & author of the Get Your War On comic strip, & musical guest They Might Be Giants! Plus every attendee will be in the running to win a three hour radio show on WFMU. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission $5. Tickets can be purchased at the theater 15 minutes before the show.


Ivana XL
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Singer/composer/guitarist Ivana XL makes her live radio debut on Irwin's program, Wednesday, May 30, at 4:00 pm. Ivana, who lives and works in Brooklyn, releases free songs weekly at "Love, Santa" on Bandcamp.com. She's finishing up her first studio EP with pianist-producer Joe McGinty and Daniel Chen, and plans to tour in the Fall. For this WFMU appearance, she'll be accompanied by McGinty on keyboards and laptop. Joe is the founder and music director of the Loser's Lounge, and has worked with the Psychedelic Furs, the Ramones, Ronnie Spector, Devendra Banhart, Ryan Adams, Nada Surf and others.


Diemo Schwarz/Hans Leeuw duo
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on
Nat Roe
Diemo Schwarz is a monumental figure in contemporary sound research. Working at IRCAM in Paris, Schwarz developed cataRT, a musical interface that cuts sound into microscopic pieces and graphs them visually for live playback. cataRT is particularly useful for manipulating live sound on the fly. For Nat Roe's show, Hans Leeuw will create fodder for Schwarz with electric trumpet. This "electrumpet" is a cutting-edge hybrid instrument that augments a typical trumpet with buttons and sensors. This is future music, do not miss it!


Live Remote Broadcast from Bryant Park!
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
on The Ragged Antique Phonograph Program with MAC and Mike the Barber

The Antique Phonograph Music Program RETURNS to Bryant Park for a night of music and revelry on Tuesday, May 29th. Music starts at 7pm with the broadcast transmitted from 8pm-9pm. If you can't make it, tune in!


Vela Phelan
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012, 7pm - 9pm
on
Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Vela is an active member of the New England performance/art community both through the MEME gallery, as a member of the noise/performance group GangClanMafia and as a solo installation artist and performer. He creates energy from objects, sounds and actions while blending subconscious with spirit and allowing the unknown to present itself. He'll cohost with Jesse as we broadcast live from Roxbury, MA for two hours of song trading.


Damn - I got scammed!
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Have you ever been the victim of a con? What happened & how much did it cost you?


The Enthusiasts
Tuesday, May 29th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Straight ahead rock and roll out of Ardsley, NY will make you an Enthusiasts enthusiast!


William Jans & Kendrick Lamar
Monday, May 28th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with photographer William Jans (Vancouver, BC) and rapper Kendrick Lamar (Compton, CA)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Ceremony + Mark Sultan
Saturday, May 26th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Cherry Blossom Clinic is stoked to welcome Ceremony to the WFMU airwaves on May 26 Sat 3-6pm. The Rohnert Park, CA band has been pummeling audiences with their brand of hardcore for nearly a decade. With their latest excellent album "Zoo" - their first for Matador - they're refining their attack, adding the precision of Mission of Burma and Wire into the mix. Their live shows are already legendary for their intensity, so tune in Sat May 26 between 3-6pm to the Cherry Blossom Clinic to hear Ceremony bring it hard and live!

JUST ADDED!! ALSO on the The Cherry Blossom Clinic we welcome MARK SULTAN to the WFMU airwaves! Sultan has been a favorite of the Cherry Blossom Clinic, from his work as one-half of the King Khan and BBQ Show and as a member of the Almighty Defenders in addition to his amazing solo work. He combines the fury of prime garage rock with a 50s/punk swagger and he's only getting better as proven by his new album WAR ON ROCK AND ROLL!!


Tift Merritt
Saturday, May 26th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Country/folk singer-songwriter Tift Merritt, with four studio albums and two live albums over the course of a decade (and another record on the way), graced the WFMU studios on a recent sunny Saturday afternoon and recorded an electrifying set of six songs, accompanying herself on guitar and piano. Possessing an extraordinarily beautiful voice, and in complete command of her powers, this is not a set you will want to miss. Tift also produces a show on KRTS out of Marfa, Texas, called "The Spark", which "explores the real lives and processes of the people behind great works of art." As if that isn't enough, her muses entice her now and again into picking up a camera as well.


Memorial Day Memories from the Underline Gallery
Friday, May 25th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Visitors to the Underline Gallery in Manhattan's Meat-Packing District are being asked to record memories as a part of Jordan Sullivan's show "Natural History." Those audio reflections are being collected for a future limited edition CD release, but some of them will be shares on "Miniature Minotaurs" at the beginning of Memorial Day weekend.

Artist Jordan Sullivan deals with themes of Americana and remembrance via photography, prose, artifacts, and sculpture. The exhibition "Natural History" explores his grandparents’ relationship through the lens of WWII Germany, where they first met. Using such touchstones, Sullivan widens the scope in which memory is conceived, sliding between individual and collective registers.


The Gate
Friday, May 25th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

"...and so it came to pass, that seeds of Jazz were sown, yet sometime later, it was instead Doom that broke the dirt, hungering for sunlight." Thus The Gate were born. Originally known as The Dan Peck Trio (debut LP, Heat Retention Records, 2009), The Gate play doom like no other band that has earned that label. Doom conveys its tension not so much in the hits, the downbeat, but rather, power often lurks in the pregnant space between those hits—the lingering, hovering anxiety that wades in the space between the punches. The Gate are unique in many ways, firstly and most-obviously it's the tuba (played by Dan Peck) that guides the mighty beast on its path of destruction, joined by double (aka upright) bass (Tom Blancarte) and drums (Brian Osborne) on its take-no-prisoners journey. The debut LP was right impressive, for those who heard it, consisting of three intense chunks of jazz-doom, quite instantly defining its genre as its territory was staked. With a name change, and a new full-length (Destruction of Darkness, this time on CD from Carrier Records), The Gate peel back another layer of their own mystery, with three more slabs of heavyweight playing, but with the sensitivity that comes from individuals who really know their instruments, and communicate like seasoned improvisers. My Castle of Quiet is thoroughly excited to present this unique and fresh combo, with power and sophistication in every blow, absolutely LIVE on the WFMU airwaves, early Friday a.m., 5/25. Check out this brief, exciting promo clip for their CD.


Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp Night
Thursday, May 24th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
To commemorate the DVD release of this exceptional 1970 chimpanzee TV series, original producer Allan Sandler and music composer Bob Emenegger drop by Spazz HQ to fling some facts about "A.P.E.," "C.H.U.M.P.," and everything you need to know about "The Evolution Revolution".


Roomrunner
Thursday, May 24th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Denny Bowen, drummer of Baltimore's late great Double Dagger, fronts Baltimore's Roomrunner. They've got a self-titled cassette and a brand new 12" EP, Super Vague, on Fan Death. The group brings their infectious grungey riff rock on a tour that includes May 20th at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium, and May 24th on WFMU!


Charles Nesson
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Charles Nesson, Internet Lawyer and Harvard Professor, discusses Supreme Court refusing to hear appeal of Joel Tenenbaum vs. RIAA $675K fine for downloading 30 songs illegally.


+DOG+
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Formed in Osaka in 1990 but residing in Southern California since 1997, +DOG+ has been a central project of Steve Davis' excellent Love Earth Music label and scene, with a group output of 36 albums to date. Direct, adrenalin-jolt ugliness abounds in a sound that has been called the noise equivalent to an amalgamation of Ildjarn, Poison Idea, and Black Flag's Damaged. Oppression, destruction, power electronic chaos today!


The Long Gones
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Long Gones take their name from the song "Long Gone" by Cinicinatti legends the Customs, and continue that band's fine Queen City tradition of high energy rock and roll!


Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Live Concerts and Demos from Beyond the Beyond
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony for the third installment of "Tape Hiss." This week's program focuses on the great French underground '70s band Heratius, who only released one official album, 1978's Gwendolyne Blues. Featured will be two private cassette recordings, a test press of an unreleased 2nd LP, and a 1981 single released in an edition of 3, featuring group leader Armand Miralles together with Pascal Comelade. As always with "Tape Hiss" programs, this show will not be archived.


World Goth Day Celebration with special guest DJ Avril "Bronxelf" Korman
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Upside down bats rejoice! May 22nd is World Goth Day and the world goes dark for 24 hours. Guest DJ Bronxelf joins Julie as Dark Night goes into goth mode as they celebrate 30+ years of music for nightwalkers. Lay out your capes and pour your Jager as cobwebs fill the corners of your soul.


White Lung
Monday, May 21st, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An Interview with White Lung (Vancouver, BC), plus White Lung play some of their favourite records! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Dave Foster & Mark Humble
Monday, May 21st, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
As a founding member of the pop purveyors Bubble, Dave Foster moved on to making music with the Losers Lounge. Dave then started hosting "Bubble Do the Beatles" for adults and their children. He's also released a couple of solo albums of power-pop wonderfulness. Mark Humble is a longtime friend and fellow musician, first heard on WFMU's airwaves at the Simon & Garfunkel-inspired duo "Perry Humble." Mark Humble just released CD, One Centre Street, featuring many melodic, moody and often quite funny tunes. Humble has also contributed songs and soundtracks to Scrubs, A&E’s Biography and The Smithsonian Institute. They both drop by to pay a few solo tunes in WFMU's Love Room.


Sarah Aroeste
Saturday, May 19th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Sarah Aroeste writes and sings in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish dialect developed by Sephardic Jews after they were kicked out of Spain in 1492. Sarah will give us a guest-DJ-style musical introduction to the language: She'll spin some of the music that has inspired her as well as selections from her new Ladino-electric CD Gracia - the release of which she'll celebrate with a big gig at Joe's Pub on Thursday May 31st.


Deniz Tek
Saturday, May 19th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T is excited to welcome Deniz Tek to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Sat May 19 Sat 3-6pm! Deniz is a straight-up living legend; he was a founding member and chief songwriter of Radio Birdman, Visitors and the New Race, helping to put the Australian rock scene on the map. He's been rocking for four decades now and shows no signs of slowing down. If you've never seen Deniz Tek live you can catch him at the Bowery Electric in Manhattan on May 18th and Maxwell's in Hoboken on May 19th. But be sure to catch Deniz Tek live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Sat May 19 between 3-6pm!


Night Birds
Thursday, May 17th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Although they are local fellas, Night Birds sounds as if they were born and bred in California in the '80s. Their influences range from The Adolescents to Universal Monster Movies and everything in between. A great mix of hardcore, punk, and sinister teenage thoughts, the Night Birds will be performing live on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine at 12:30 pm Thursday May 17th. They will also be jetting to a show with the Queers and Screeching Weasel at Baltimore's Sonar later the evening of May 17th. Catch them now before they explode all over your walls!


The Yellow Dogs and the Free Keys
Thursday, May 17th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Two Iranian bands have braved the underground indie scene in Tehran: the Yellow Dogs and the Free Keys. They have moved to Brooklyn to be able to play music without the fear of being arrested. Both bands are featured in the movie "No One Knows About Persian Cats," where the musicians from Tehran are documented trying to make music. Both bands will be performing live sets along with an interview and taking over Meghan's show, basically, playing the music that influenced them growing up in an area where free speech & rock and roll are illegal.


Translator Humphrey Davies
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
On Wednesday May 16th, DJ Rupture will host award-winning translator Humphrey Davies (The Yacoubian Building, Naguib Mahfouz, Elias Khoury). Davies will share some of his favorite sounds and songs from Cairo and the Middle East, as well as discuss his literary translations from Arabic to English.


7 Second @ the UCB Theatre with A.J. Jacobs, Dr. Laurie Hess & more TBA!
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
This live broadcast of Seven Second Delay at NYC's UCB Theatre features special guests A.J. Jacobs, stunt journalist who immerses himself in an extreme lifestyle and writes about it & Dr. Laurie Hess, exotic pet vet and expert as seen on Animal Planet & more. They will also be joined by musical guest Michael Hearst & his "Songs for Unusual Creatures," playing the theremin, daxophone and other unusual instruments. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission $5. Tickets can be purchased at the theater 15 minutes before the show.


Goodiepal
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on
Nat Roe
Goodiepal is one of the greatest oddball computer musicians and theorists of our day. He is infamous for building mechanical singing birds, lecturing at length on transhumanist sci-fi scenarios, and he recently traversed Europe on a recumbent bicycle after becoming wanted by Danish authorities. Goodiepal and Nat Roe will discuss time, robotics, and Goodiepal's upcoming publications on the air. Expect the unexpected.


Hatch hosts the Best Show this week
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling

Angela Sawyer
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 7pm - 9pm
on
Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Proprietor of Weirdo Records and member of bands like Preggy Peggy and the Lazy Babymakers, Exusamwa and Duck That!, Angela Sawyer has been a fixture on the Boston noise/records scene for many exciting years. She'll be the co-host collaborator on the first real live episode of Kaminstky Kamoutsky with Jesse Kaminsky on Give The Drummer Radio.


Tonight on Aerial View
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Direct from Jury Duty, Chris T. examines this annoying lynchpin of Democracy and asks "Have you served on a jury? If not, how did you get out of it?" PLUS: Actual Voir Dire questions!


Fahey! and Spirit Family Reunion
Monday, May 14th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event
Airborne Event will broadcast live from Ditmas Park's Castello Plan restaurant on May 14th, featuring the guitar & drums duo Fahey! and the high-octane Brooklyn Appalachia of Spirit Family Reunion. Fahey! is Will Graefe on hollow-body guitar and Jeremy Gustin on drums, playing warped blues inspired by, of course, John Fahey. Spirit Family Reunion are a swirling maelstrom of banjo, guitar, violin and footstompin' good times. Sing along to your radio or join us live at Castello Plan, 1213 Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn.


A$AP Rocky & Grimes
Monday, May 14th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with rapper A$AP Rocky (Harlem, NY) and Grimes (Vancouver, BC)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


The Next More or Less Annual Citizen Kafka Memorial Programme
Monday, May 14th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Old time fiddler, band leader, record collector, poet, artist, unterKultur archivist and antiques dealer Richard Shulberg created the Citizen Kafka persona ca. 1976. "Shulky" passed a few years ago but he still lives afloat the radio waves and myspace rebroadcasts of the much adored and reviled "Citizen Kafka Show." Longtime co-conspirators Marty Cutler, Edward Haber and Kenny Kosek bring an audio tribute to the Citizen on Irene's show.


Mark Van Hoen
Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
Daniel Blumin's show
Looped & time-stretched ghost bounce lovers take note: Mark Van Hoen, founding member of pioneering UK outfit Seefeel and producer of rhythmic electronic drift as Locust visits WFMU for the first time! Van Hoen recently released the terrific "The Revenant Diary" album on Editions Mego, but for this live in-studio session expect exclusive new material brimming w/ an army of analog synths and sonic sorcery. Tune in and oscillate wildly!


Mount Carmel
Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T is thrilled to welcome Mount Carmel to the Cherry Blossom Clinic. Mount Carmel are a Columbus Ohio-based heavy blues rock power trio armed with massive riffs and throaty vocals that bring to mind all-timers like Cream, Humble Pie and Free. Their second album "Real Women" is out on Siltbreeze and it's a lock for Terre's top picks for 2012. If you've been wondering where The Rock went, tune in Sat May 12 between 3-6pm to the Cherry Blossom Clinic to hear Mount Carmel bring it back in full force!


Don Bikoff
Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Guitarist Don Bikoff, a contemporary of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, drew from the same influences in American music, also adding Eastern scales. In the late 1960's, his lone LP, "Celestial Explosion" was released, and sits comfortably among the great guitar soli records. He stopped by the WFMU studios recently and treated us to a set of instrumentals, plus a cover of Dylan's "Rocks and Gravel."


Man Forever
Friday, May 11th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Drummer/composer Kid Millions (Oneida) stops by WFMU with Man Forever, his rotating, outer-limits drum project, exploring the phasing and overtones of repetitive patterns, drum rolls and layers of percussive pounding. Today's version of Man Forever will include Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) with the possible addition of a guitar and/or Farfisa player. Tune in and thump along at home.


The Spiritual Switchboard
Friday, May 11th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
The Spiritual Switchboard (formerly Night Travelers) are the latest splinter faction / collaboration to come out of Brooklyn's continually vibrant and prolific analog electronics scene. The project brings together two of Brooklyn electronics' major players; Jesse DeRosa, Baked Tapes impresario and member of both Grasshopper and The Hex Breaker Quintet /Quartet, and Joshua Slusher, of OPPONENTS, Creeplings, and The Grand Selector, someone who in my observation treats electronic music with a solemn, almost holy reverence. Their one cassette release, on Baked Tapes, under the early name of Night Travelers, is a moody masterpiece that will grow on you like a weed, is heavy without shying away at all from melody and counterpoint, and is very much its own thing while pleasantly recalling Popol Vuh, Edgar Froese / T-Dream, and The Residents' Eskimo. Hear The Spiritual Switchboard emanating 100% LIVE from WFMU / My Castle of Quiet on May 11.


Raleigh Moncrief
Thursday, May 10th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

If you've dug the sound of new records by Ganglians and Dirty Projectors, or the guitar work in Marnie Stern's band, then you're already a fan of Raleigh Moncrief's work. The Sacramento-based producer took the web by storm with his beat-oriented Combed Over Chrome EP on the Obstructive Vibrations netlabel. Last year, he signed with Anticon to release Watered Lawn, a fantastically eclectic LP of electronic soul and psychedelic folk-hop. Raleigh Moncrief plays Brooklyn's Glasslands on April 23rd with Hubble and Jonas Reinhardt.


Bad Noids (Deed Runlea fills in)
Thursday, May 10th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

From the town that brought you 9 Shocks Terror, H100s and Inmates, the new school of Cleveland Ohio hardcore punk is here with Bad Noids. On tour with the 4th pressings of their fantastic EP, Bad Noids pay us a visit for a live set and interview in the WFMU studios. Simple, anthemic, catchy punk rock for simple, anthemic, catchy people. Did I mention that their singer Oddjob lights his hair on fire while playing? Did I also mention that they have a harmonica solo that might be even better than Gorilla Biscuits? A lot of bands wish they were from Cleveland, others actually are. Up the gamma toaster punks.


The Old Codger fills in for Mac
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
on
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
On WFMU this evening, there will be an unreasonable facsimile of a disk jockey in the 8 to 9pm hole. Courtney T. Edison, a.k.a. The Old Codger, will be filling in for Mac's Antique Phonograph Hour. On tap will be dubious recollections, insolent assertions, and glorious 78 rpm records in between the claptrap.


Dark Shadows Day
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
That Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie opens on Friday, so this week's special guest will be Matt Hall, who grew up in the shadow of "Dark Shadows:" his mother, actress Grayson Hall, was a star of the original TV series; his dad, Sam Hall, was one of the writers who turned Barnabas Collins into a complex, sympathetic vampire; and Matt himself was one of the writers of the Dark Shadows revival series. PLUS: Thunk Tank salutes Night Shift Workers Day, May 9. Get your shift together! It's one of the most benighted Thunk Tank shows ever!



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