Past Special Programs on WFMU
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The Muffs
Saturday, October 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes The Muffs back to the show for a set of live music and a chat about their terrific new album “Whoop Dee Doo” and their tour that brings them to Brooklyn’s Bell House and Asbury Park’s Asbury Lanes.


Radiana
Thursday, October 16th, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

'90s goth goddess Lisa Hammer (Requiem in White, Mors Syphilitica) makes her much-awaited visit with the newly reformed Radiana. Formed in 2012 with partner Steven "Stevo" Deal (Bleached Black,Chopper) Radiana mixes Lisa's goth background with Steven's classic mod and britpop sound creating dreamy but danceable powerpop. On break since Deal's death in 2013, Radiana still recently reformed with new members. Also a filmmaker and voice actor (best known as Triana Orpheus on The Venture Brothers), Lisa's appearance with her band will also be featured in the upcoming Web series, Maybe Sunshine.


AM Gold Throwdown, with special guest Clay Pigeon!
Wednesday, October 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
The Great Power Pop Throwdown between EFD and Clay Pigeon is still being talked about (and listened to) around the world. Now these two titans of the turntables meet again in an exciting rematch, albeit with more soothing music. And if you think that this show is only going to include Top 40 hits, think again! AM Gold is a state of mind, man, not a chart position. Tune in Wednesday October 15th at 9pm to hear whose gold is greater!


Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "Pretender"
Wednesday, October 15th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. October 15th we'll air "Pretender," from Joe's WORK IN PROGRESS series. Joe chronicles a series of affairs he had with teachers at a prestigious New York private school. Each incident was a snapshot in frustration. Joe interweaves these personal fiascos with the quixotic saga of The Duke of Monmouth, who in 1685 attempted to overthrow his uncle, King James II, by leading a ragtag army of farmers and laborers in rebellion against the crown.


Kraut-Out, nummer drei
Wednesday, October 15th, Midnight - 3am
on
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
By popular demand, My Castle of Quiet once again presents a three-hour block of German rock, electronics, folk, hard rock & psych, from [roughly] 1968-1982. The method and sound of musicians / artists from Deutschland, post-WWII, remains wholly unique, a tremendously influential mini-movement, and an indelible mark on music history. also try: Kraut-Out v.1 | v.2.


Kevin Allison, Peter Bebergal, and Patrick Salt Ryan
Tuesday, October 14th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes Kevin Allison (RISK! podcast, The State), Season of the Witch author Peter Bebergal, and musician Patrick Salt Ryan.


The Gizmos
Tuesday, October 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

When you drop the phrase proto-punk, Bloomington, Indiana's Gizmos are synonymous with The Electric Eels, Styrenes and Rocket From the Tombs in terms of Midwest-bred, Creem-magazing-reading, Stooge-oid worshipping innovation. Now, the original 1976 Gizmos are coming to the East Coast following their return to the Midwest in June and an upcoming appearance at Gonerfest in Memphis. Founders Ken Highland and Eddie Flowers will bring the Gizmos experience to Union Pool in Brooklyn on October 11 and Boston on October 12, and laying it down at WFMU on the 14th for Brian's show.


The Epic Show: U.S and Canadian Prog & AOR
Tuesday, October 14th, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony as he shines a spotlight on the netherworld where prog meets AOR. Marvel as AOR borrows prog's long form and swirling synths; raise your voice in song as prog takes on some of AOR's upbeat commerciality. Expect lots of cheese, a few laughs, but also music most fair.


Ask Me Anything: Gaylord Fields
Sunday, October 12th, 5pm - 7pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Generally speaking, radio host Gaylord Fields is a rather circumspect person, who rarely acknowledges a life outside WFMU on the air and has divulged precious little personal information to his listeners. However, even though he started allowing comments on his playlist only a few months ago, Gaylord will open this particular show's online comments section — found on his live playlist at wfmu.org — to a full-fledged AMA session, inviting listeners to flood him with queries. While his typical freeform programming will be broadcasting as usual, feel welcome to post any question within reason and propriety in the comments section as the show transpires, keeping in mind that "Ask Me Anything" is not a binding contract that everything will be answered, or at least answered directly and/or truthfully.


Tri Minh's Quartet: Groundbreaking Trad / Modern Blends from Vietnam
Saturday, October 11th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Vietnam's indie, experimental and improv music scene is still in its early days. Keyboardist and electronic musician Tri Minh is one of its driving forces. He's the mastermind of Vietnam's first international electronic / experimental music festival, Hanoi Sound Stuff. And he brings together traditional and modern instruments and motifs both as a sound-artist and bandleader. His innovative trad / modern hybrid quartet is on its first US tour thanks to the US State Dept's Center Stage program - which aims to build mutual understanding through cultural exhange. Tri Minh's Quartet brings its international goodwill mission to WFMU tonight!


Dennis McNally's author of “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom”
Saturday, October 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Dennis McNally's author of “On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom.”


Torturing Twitter with Adachi Tomomi
Friday, October 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
"Torturing Twitter" is an interactive performance by Berlin-based Japanese performer/composer/sound poet Tomomi Adachi. Singing and reciting a realtime stream of Twitter hashtags and search words Adachi will do a "destructive reading" live on the air on Miniature Minotaurs, 3-6 pm on Friday, October 10. The Twitter timeline becomes a realtime text generator and live score for the performance. Listeners will be invited to attempt to shape the performance by tweeting using a hashtag that will be announced during the show.

You can hear a past Torturing Twitter performance here.


Special new episode of A Rough Mix with Steinski
Friday, October 10th, 3pm - 4:15pm
on
A Rough Mix with Steinski (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Audio maestro Steinski is back with an all-new sonic concoction. Titled "Accidents, Mistakes and Emergencies," this uncensored thrill ride weaves together news coverage, actualities and original source audio of calamitous and disturbing events to create a tense, absurd, shocking—emotional—journey. Good times!


The Kate Bush Reunion Special with special guest Zohra Atash
Thursday, October 9th, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
At the great expense of time, blood and money,international fans flocked to the first Kate Bush concerts in 35 years. Zohra (Azar Swan, Religious to Damn) and Julie are two of those crazy people. It'll be a belated Katemas as Zohra and Julie compare KT notes and play songs from Kate's long but relatively unproductive career. Warning:may contain non-Kate content.


Mayhem In The PM: The Mayhemming
Wednesday, October 8th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Scads of great power-pop, punk, post-punk and new wave records came out from 1978 through 1982, and EFD will be playing some of his favorites on tonight's show! Some of them are probably YOUR favorites too; others will become new faves instantly. It's always one of the most anticipated shows of the year, so make sure you don't miss it! Tune in to WFMU Wednesday October 8th at 9pm.


Bridey Elliott, Nick Flanagan, Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell
Tuesday, October 7th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes comedians Bridey Elliott and Nick Flanagan and musical guests Ambrosia Parsley and Chris Maxwell.


The Figgs
Tuesday, October 7th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Twenty-five years, 10 or so albums, one car commercial - The Figgs are simply one of the best bands in America. Coming together in upstate New York in the late 1980s, the band has covered so much territory - power pop, garage, any other kind of rock and roll you can think of - that they are hard to pigeonhole. You can always count on great songs, amazing hooks and high energy.


Pop Waves in the Basement: The Unheard '80s, American Style
Tuesday, October 7th, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony for 3 hours of obscuro '80s fun from the U.S. of A. Not the experimental / art wave stuff, but oodles of homemade but poppy new wave, with smidgeons of synth pop and power pop as well. Expect lots of self-released and small-label stuff, along with a few major-label releases that slipped by unnoticed.


Debby Schwartz
Sunday, October 5th, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

This Hoboken-based singer-songwriter has participated in a wide array of musical styles throughout her decades as a performing and recording artist, starting as the lead vox of the all-female Aquanettas in the late Eighties. But she's also a giving sort: When she's not exploring and sharing her own musical landscape, as found on her recently issued solo album, A Garden of My Own, she can be found backing artists including the progressive folk of P.G. Six and fellow acoustic goddess Ember Schrag. For this live session, there just might be a violin and/or a hurdy-gurdy giving her plangent voice and nimble guitar picking a suitable musical bed. Call her folkish, call her folky — but do know that Debby Schwartz is just plain good folks.


DJ Greg de Villanova Spins Classic Vinyl from Africa and the Americas
Saturday, October 4th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

French-Brazilian DJ, producer and vinyl connoisseur Greg de Villanova, a driving force of the tropical music scene in Paris, spins classic tracks he's collected in over two decades of musical journeys to Africa & the Americas.


Tiny Ruins
Saturday, October 4th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
New Zealander Hollie Fullbrook began performing solo as Tiny Ruins but soon found herself leading a trio with Cass Basil and Alexander Freer, and they began releasing albums beginning in 2011. Her songs, which may give the appearance of poetry written in moments of inspiration, are actually carefully crafted and highly polished jewels of great beauty, easily putting her in the first rank of songwriters working today. The band stopped by the WFMU studios recently at the tail end of a tour. Hollie joins Sharon Van Etten on tour for most of October.


Moppa Elliott
Friday, October 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Moppa Elliott is the bassist and leader of one of New York City's hottest jazz bands, Mostly Other People Do the Killing. The group gained notice in 2007 with its first record, not just for the hot, contemporary take on hard bop but for the cover, which lifted the design of a 1960 Art Blakey record. Since then they have continued to "borrow" covers of great jazz albums for their releases. The logical extension of that is to borrow the music, which MOPDtK does on the new, note-for-note remake of Miles Davis's Kind of Blue. Moppa will stop by Miniature Minotaurs on Friday, October 3, from 3-6 pm to guest DJ and talk about replication and tribute in music.


Elect Erode
Friday, October 3rd, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Psychedelic Techno wizards from the future stop by for a rare live in-studio set. Legends of the European fringe techno scene for almost a decade, this marks their first North American appearance!


Mark Stewart
Thursday, October 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
After 35 years of un-reissued silence, the Pop Group is finally doing it! They are re releasing We Are Time as well as a new collection, Cabinet of Curiosities later this year. Diane will speak to him about the releases, the Pop Group reunited and what it means to him to be with this seminal band that made an impact on so many to come, while the band members were still in their teens.


The Pink Tiles
Thursday, October 2nd, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Fresh from Melbourne, Australia come The Pink Tiles, a band whose sound is neatly encapsulated by their name: bubblegum pop with a hard edge. Today they appear on Surface Noise playing songs from their just released self-titled LP. Don't miss!


John Strausbaugh PLUS Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "Stories for Nothing"
Wednesday, October 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
John Strausbaugh is the author of the widely acclaimed history of Greenwich Village, The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues. One of Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2013, it has just been reissued in paperback. On Thursday Oct 9, Strausbaugh will celebrate the paperwork edition with a talk and book signing at Cornelia Street Cafe in the heart of the Village, at 6pm. Strausbaugh will visit Irwin's show on Weds. Oct. 1, from 5-6pm, to share colorful chronicles about the Village's heralded history.

One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. October 1st we'll air an episode entitled "Stories for Nothing," from Joe's WORK IN PROGRESS series. A travel journal with a series of stories, including vignettes of a Third World hotel with one toilet and a long line of tourists suffering dysentery; a bored housewife who walks out on her family and hitches a ride with drugged hippies; the show trial of a penny-ante cult leader; and more.


Citizen Blast Kane
Wednesday, October 1st, 3am - 6am
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
North and South American habitual Regatta winners and jungle animal communicators, who enjoy discovering rare and unusual coins, down hill skiing techniques from 1980's movies and late night programming on Cinemax. They hail from Hackensack, New Jersey, play ultra raw and snotty garage punk and are pretty sore about having to wait for their sandwiches when they wanna eat.


Phil Anselmo, Mike Bocchetti, and Team Spirit
Tuesday, September 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave's special guests will be Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Down, etc.), comedian Mike Bocchetti, and musical guest Team Spirit.


The Electric Mess
Tuesday, September 30th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Electric Mess don't mess around, delivering super-tight snarling garage-punk from New York City. Check out their latest LP, 'House On Fire' (their third album), then check out this killer live set then get out and get messed up in person at the Fall Freakout - Friday Oct. 3 at Don Pedro in Brooklyn with Quitty and the Don'ts and Mikey and the Drags.


Joel Hodgson
Monday, September 29th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Night People
Tune in to a very special Night People as Mystery Science Theatre 3000 creator Joel Hodgson checks in to discuss everything from his career as a stand-up comic to his work with Cannae's impossible space drive.


Spanish Caribbean Double Bill: Raquel Z. Rivera’s Songs of Love and Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica’s Accordion Rave-Ups
Saturday, September 27th, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
First: Rey Vallenato Beto Jamaica is a star of vallenato, rousing accordion-driven music from the sierras of Colombia’s Caribbean region. He earned the honorific “Rey” by being named King of the music’s biggest event, the Vallenato Legend Festival, in 2006. Beto is on the road supporting his first US release, Rey de mi Folklor and to perform as part of a big Arhoolie Records / Chris Strachwitz celebration at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn tonight (Saturday Sept. 27). But first he stops by FMU to show us how he soared to squeezebox supremacy!

Then Raquel Z. Rivera and members of her group Ojos de Sofía. Raquel and co. join us amid an East Coast swing that also brings them to Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens on Friday September 26th, and Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Saturday October 4th. They'll serenade us with selections from Raquel's project Las Décimas del Amargue & Other Songs of Love - new music rooted in ageless poetry and song styles from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.


Glenn Tilbrook
Saturday, September 27th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes amazing singer/guitarist/songwriter and Squeeze front man Glenn Tilbrook to the studio to play a few songs and chat about his long history, his new LP "Happy Ending" and current tour that brings him across the country & back, with stops at NYC's City Winery & Iridium and The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, NJ!


Humble Tripe
Saturday, September 27th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Humble Tripe is the musical project of Shawn Luby, who at one point walked away from music altogether. A classically-trained guitarist, Luby left performing for nearly a decade and somehow this brought him to a place where he felt he could express himself as a songwriter. His songs are deeply heartfelt, perhaps especially so, as they come from someone who has, in essence, re-discovered himself. His current collaborator, the other half of the band, is Stud Green, another musician with serious chops, and as a result they create a kind of Americana whose sound does not fit neatly into any category.


Jon Zazula
Thursday, September 25th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Known as Jonny Z, he formed Megaforce Records, to release the first Metallica record in 1982 after hearing their demo. The label lead the drive of thrash metal becoming a force in music by also releasing first records by Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and more. Also known for his Crazed Management and style, we'll be talking to Jon about his history and experiences as an icon of metal. He will be live, and listeners can post questions to the interactive playlist board.


Michael Chapman
Thursday, September 25th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Michael Chapman is a British singing/songwriting/guitar-playing legend. He made his debut with the "Rainmaker" LP in 1969, and his run of classic Harvest Records releases are currently being reissued by the Light in the Attic record label. More active than ever, Chapman continues to tour and record, deep into an incredibly varied and extensive career. Today, he drops by Surface Noise to play a few recent numbers on his acoustic guitar, including one he wrote on the plane over!


Winkie
Thursday, September 25th, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

More than your average shoegaze band, this duo frames a classic wall of noise with melodic female vocals and a fuzzy bass line. Relying on synth and bass instead of droning guitars, Winkie goes from the dark and moody to ethereal upbeats. Noisy and haunting, turn it up and wake the neighbors.


DJ Ripley and DJ Searchlight
Thursday, September 25th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
$¢ rolls out the red carpet for 2 esteemed selectors, DJ Ripley and Chicago's DJ Searchlight. DJ Ripley has been slaying dancefloors since 1995, and a member of Dutty Artz (NY), Surya Dub (SF). She is also a journalist, activist, and professor of music and media studies. Searchlight is the founder of Party Time Society Radio, and has been doing non-commercial radio with WNUR 89.3 FM in Chicago for over a decade. For a day gig, Searchl1te teaches reading, writing and music production to incarcerated youth in Chicago. Expect to hear a lot of proper modern bass sounds from around the world.


Sean Yseult from White Zombie, taxidermist Beth Beverly, and more!
Tuesday, September 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave's guests this week will be Sean Yseult from White Zombie and Star & Dagger and also her bandmate Dava She Wolf from Star & Dagger. Also, taxidermist Beth Beverly!


Doom
Tuesday, September 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The kings of crust are here today. Starting in 1987 in Birmingham, Doom tore up the British touring circuit and John Peel programs with their pioneering style of anarcho metal and proto-grindcore, swerving into a heavier punk direction upon departure of Mick Harris for Napalm Death. Along with Discharge, few UK heavies have had such a worldwide influence on extreme music as Doom, who toured heavily into the '90s. After the passing of singer Wayne Southworth in 2005, the band remained dormant until 2010 and now with vocalist Denis locked in continue their worldwide assault with NYC shows at the Wick on Sept 19th and the Acheron on the 20th, and on Brian's show today.


Alice Boman (and friends)
Tuesday, September 23rd, 3am - 6am
on
Dance With Me, Stanley with DJ Stashu
Tune in to a very special DWM,S as Alice Boman and 3 others from Malmo Sweden check in to grace us with ghostly voices, ethereal sounds and down tempo upbeat lullabies.


Arrington de Dionyso & Greg Saunier
Monday, September 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event
Arrington de Dionyso (ex-Old Time Relijun) is a multi-instrumentalist and throatsinger from the West Coast who's taken to singing Indonesian translations of William Blake poems, blasting trance saxophone improvisations over backing tracks on lathe-cut plastic dinner plates, and generally creating a transcendental din of inspired rapture. He'll stop by WFMU to play in a duo with lightning drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof while visiting NYC for a handful of shows later this month.


Put The Needle On The Roc Raida
Friday, September 19th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
On September 19th, 2009 DJ extraordinaire Roc Raida of the X-Ecutioners tragically died from cardiac arrest at the age of 37. Since then the legacy of the world renowned New York City DJ/producer, who is among the handful to have been bestowed with the Grandmaster title, has grown greatly. In honor of the fifth anniversary of Grandmaster Roc Raida's passing Billy Jam will pay tribute to the artist by playing his music, airing a never broadcast 2005 interview with Roc Raida, along with interviews with others, such as Mista Sinista and Red Alert, offering their thoughts on Roc Raida.


Dante Boon and Varispeed live from Monty Hall
Friday, September 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs takes Monty Hall for two performances and a live broadcast from 3-6 pm on Sept. 19. Pianist Dante Boon of the Walndelweiser collective will play compositions by Tom Johnson, Taylam Susam, Jürg Frey and himself and the ensemble Varispeed will perform an original arrangement of "The Bank" from Robert Ashley's serial opera "Perfect Lives." The public is invited to attend, tickets will be $5 at the door. Dante Boon's appearance is made possible in part by the support of the Performing Arts Fund NL.


Kid Congo Powers
Thursday, September 18th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Enroute to the Pink Monkey Birds show in Kingston, NY, Kid Congo will be checking in from the road! Let's hope this legendary guitarist keeps his seat belt on while chatting with Diane about his latest effort: Haunted Head, the band's upcoming show at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on Friday Sept 19th, and his colorful history with The Cramps, the Gun Club, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and many, many more! Listeners can post their questions to him on the live interactive playlist!


Joe Frank - Work in Progress: "The Road to Hell"
Wednesday, September 17th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. September 17th we'll air an episode entitled "The Road to Hell," from Joe's WORK IN PROGRESS series. Joe rides the rails as a hobo, exploring America's boxcar pilgrims. Later he plots ludicrous guerrilla tactics against corporate execs, including slipping huge amounts of laxative in the office coffeemaker.


Cheetah Chrome, Shonali Bhowmik, and Jo Firestone
Tuesday, September 16th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes Cheetah Chrome, musician Shonali Bhowmik, and comedian Jo Firestone.


Rachel Ries
Monday, September 15th, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As the daughter of missionaries, Rachel Ries spent her early musical life immersed in Mennonite hymns, Suzuki violin and The Carpenters. Ries melded those influences into a considerable talent, with a freewheeling, often breezy storytelling style to her songwriting. Rachel is a frequent collaborator with Anaïs Mitchell, and released her lovely third album, "Ghost of a Gardener," earlier this year. Rachel Ries plays live for Irene in advance of a show at the Cornelia Street Cafe.


Jad Fair & Danielson
Saturday, September 13th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Hello Children with Faye
On this day underground music legend Jad Fair performs LIVE on Hello Children with Faye, backed by none other than that excellent pop outfit Danielson! You might know Jad from his extensive oeuvre of star studded collaborations with the likes of Daniel Johnston, Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, the Pastels & more! Oh yeah... and he's fronted a band called HALF JAPANESE! You might even recognize his iconic visual art which has decorated many an album cover & even a WFMU promo or two. Tune into Hello Children this week to hear magical tales & tunes be spun.


Magnificent multi-culti sounds of NYC: Live from Barbes in Park Slope
Saturday, September 13th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg


Join Rob and illustrious co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel at Barbes, the music-lover's haven at 9th St and 6th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn for another jam-packed night of live music. Tonight's stellar lineup proves once again that when it comes to seeing and hearing amazing music from around the world, there's no better place than right here in NYC:
- Joel Forrester, the prolific composer (1600+ tunes including the theme to public radio's Fresh Air) and co-founder of the renowned twisted jazz outfit Microscopic Septet, opens the show on the domestic front, with a solo piano set
- We move on to India, as Brooklyn Raga Massive mainstays shuffle over from their weekly Wednesday sessions at Art Cafe in Prospect Heights for a special Park Slope showcase: Camilia Celin (sarod), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), and Ehren Hanson (tabla).
- Then we open the cross-cultural floodgates as Brandon Terzic's Xalam Project blends sounds of the Islamic World, West Africa, the Balkans and beyond with downtown jazz improv, rock and lots more.
- And to put the cherry on top, special guests all the way from Mexico - but of course playing East European music! La Internacional Sonora Balkanera from Mexico, creators of the Balkanazo Tropical sound, close the show with a bang (plus they'll play another set off-air after the broadcast).
Join us at Barbes or via the airwaves for three solid hours of music. And if you do make it to Barbes, if the great music isn't enough, we'll be giving away free FMU swag too!


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

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


Vaniish
Thursday, September 11th, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

California's Vaniish is the new Project of Keven Tecon (Soft Moon, Wax Idols, Veil Veil Vanish). Their dark postpunk/shoegaze appeals to the depressive within while the frantic beat -- masterfully played by Nick Ott using a combination of acoustic and electronic drums -- inspires you to tap your combat boots. Their sound may take you back to the kings of 80s goth but Vaniish manages to take the ingredients to create their own original gloom.


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


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

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


Stephen Bartolomei
Monday, September 8th, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Eleven years ago Stephen Bartolomei began releasing songs filled with folky rock, cassette loops and rustic instruments under the alter-ego of Mal Madrigal. The Omaha, Nebraska native often performed with the likes of Bright Eyes, Azure Ray and The Good Life, to name a few well-known locals. Bartolomei recently moved to NYC, dropped his previous moniker, and released "All the Ghosts" under his own name last year. Stephen moves easily from wistful folk to electrified minor key moodiness throughout the album, captured with a light touch by Steve Albini. Stephen Bartolomei plays a solo set of his songs for WFMU.


Yonatan Gat
Monday, September 8th, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Israel's Monotonix delivered one of the most memorable Record Fair performances ever back in 2008 (video here), and today the group's guitarist Yonatan Gat returns to WFMU under a new guise with powerful guitar riffs of a psychedelic persuasion. Although his days of scaling walls and playing amongst flying garbage and flaming cymbals may be over, Yonatan's frenetic energy hasn't diminished one bit. Let your hair down and rock out to jams from his latest release "Iberian Passage" (Joyful Noise Recordings), and don't miss seeing Yonatan live at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Fri Aug 29th or in October during CMJ.


Bombay Rickey's Multi-Culti Musical Mixology
Saturday, September 6th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Brooklyn's Bombay Rickey serves up exquisite sonic cocktails blending everything from surf rock to cumbia to Bollywood soundtrack music - each one topped off by the coloratura soprano stylings of Kamala Sankaram. The multi-culti musical mixologists of Ditmas Park celebrate the release of debut CD Cinefonia at Joe's Pub on Monday September 8 and right here on WFMU tonight!


Put The Needle on the Denver Colorado WFMU Remote
Friday, September 5th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Following the past three weeks of consecutive stops in California, New Jersey, and New York, this week Billy Jam travels west to Colorado with the WFMU remote broadcast unit to transmit live from The Meadowlark in Denver with guests/contributors including DJ Shake-One, Kalyn from WSC, Asia 1, Mace Windu (Youth On Record), Fast4ward, Babah Fly, Trini Rael, and Chris Karns (formerly known as DJ Vajra). Friday September 5th. Open to the public. The Meadowlark is located at 2701 Larimer Street, Denver, Colorado. 5pm (local mountain time) 7pm on WFMU in NJ.


Sonny Smith (Jesse Jarnow fills in for Kurt Gottschalk)
Friday, September 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
San Francisco artist and songwriter Sonny Smith will be appearing as himself as he stops by The Frow Show for a solo performance before leading his ever-morphing band of Sunsets for a full show that evening at Death by Audio in Williamsburg. Whether recording under his own name, with Sonny and the Sunsets, or the some hundred personas invented for a hand-built jukebox stocked with 45s of Smith's creation, his songwriting projects a singular imagination at play in the fields of popular song. Come hang with the Frow Show and find out how Sonny spent his summer.


Imaginary Video Radio Party
Friday, September 5th, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M. (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Three hours of music videos on the radio! What is a music video, you ask? It's like a slide show except the pictures move faster and there's music playing in the background. Trust me, you'll like it. Watch live on wfmu.org this Friday (video will not be archived)!


Cheri Pi
Thursday, September 4th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane welcomes Cheri Pi, to Peer Pressure this week! Cheri is royalty on the comments board-- this WFMU listener has earned her own place on Peer Pressure. People will want to know about her amazing avatar, her musical taste and playlist picks, and will find out how on earth she has a job where she can jump on her desk, tear down the walls of her cubicle and throw her computer out the window week after week, without getting fired... Tune in at 1pm and ask her your own questions!


The Judy Blooms
Thursday, September 4th, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

And now for something completely different. The Judy Blooms are not goth, shoegaze or even psychedelic but the duo bring their own special plaintive sound to the Dark Night. Jake Giesige's vocals are as haunting as any darkwave band but his guitar, more reminiscent of prog rock, destroys any attempt to place them in a "wave" category. Let Jake and drummer Angel take you on a melancholy journey.


Marco Benevento PLUS Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Lost Soul"
Wednesday, September 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Keyboard virtuoso and composer Marco Benevento offers a live trio set on Irwin's show Weds. September 3 at 5pm. Marco has played and recorded as part of the New York jazz and experimental music scene for over 15 years. Besides recording under his own name, he's performed and recorded with Garage A Trois, The Jazz Farmers, Bitches Brew Revisited and Bobby Previte's Coalition of the Willing. Marco often uses circuit bent toys to alter the sounds produced by standard instruments, and amplifies the piano with guitar pickups and electronic devices. His sixth album, SWIFT, has just been released on the Royal Potato Family label, and features Marco singing as well as handling keyboards. On the WFMU date, Benevento will be accompanied by Dave Dreiwitz on bass and Andy Borger on drums.

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


DJ Marcelle Van Hoof (Amsterdam/Another Fine Mess)
Wednesday, September 3rd, Noon - 3pm
on Duane Train

DJ Marcelle van Hoof is a seminal Dutch based DJ who has had an insatiable appetite for new exciting underground music since the punk era in 1977. A huge fan and later close friend of Radio One's The John Peel Show, she herself is often called 'the female John Peel' for her weekly radio show "Another Nice Mess" which she broadcasts live every Tuesday between 7-9pm on DFM which sees many John Peel fans tuning in. She also works as a freelance journalist, practices Reiki, plays football, loves reading books, smiling, riding on her Vespa scooter and doing nothing! She's a Scorpio which she says therefore makes her 'very intense...'.

Next month her new double vinyl album ''DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess Meets Most Soulmates At Faust Studio Deejay Laboratory'' will be released. It's the fourth album in a series on the German Klangbad label, set up by a founding member of legendary German Krautrock band Faust. The Duane train is excited to have DJ Marcelle come on board for an interview and a special eclectic guest DJ set.


Prove It All Night variety show with Pat Byrne!
Wednesday, September 3rd, 3am - 6am
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
You can listen to --and WATCH-- the first Prove it all Night variety show, that was recorded live from our new Monty Hall theater. Featuring performances by: Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen, an interview of John Holmstrom from PUNK magazine, and stand up comedy from John F. O'Donnell, Dan Licata, Livia Scott and more! Check out the madness hosted by Pat Byrne and find out why critics are voting it as the 38th best DIY late night variety show on the internet!

Tune in to the WFMU homepage or our mobile apps to watch the video as it airs.


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

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


Helado Negro
Tuesday, September 2nd, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
The wonderful inventive sounds of Helado Negro will take over This is the Modern World with Trouble, on Tuesday September 2. Helado Negro is that perfect equilibrium of electronic music with a foot in kraut rock, while sudsily bathed in mesmerizing loops with gorgeous melodies. This live performance is not to be missed.


Put the Needle on the NY Remote
Friday, August 29th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In his quest to do four WFMU shows in four different states in four consecutive weeks, Billy Jam, who did the last two weeks' shows from both New Jersey and California and will do next week's show from Colorado, travels to New York this week. Billy sets up the WFMU remote broadcast unit at LP (Local Project) indie arts space in Long Island City his guests will include curator Carolina Penafiel, aerosol artist DEMEROCK, NYC's Broke MC, LGBT emcee Safiel Vonay and more. Put the Needle on the Record with Billy Jam on WFMU, Friday August 29th 7pm.


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


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

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


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


Three Hours of Videos on the Radio
Wednesday, August 27th, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Station Manager Ken will broadcast three hours of music videos that you can watch OR listen to on Wednesday August 27th from 9am to Noon. If you're at a computer or on a smartphone during the show, the three-hour video feed will appear on the WFMU homepage, on Ken's playlist page or on the WFMU Android and iPhone apps. The videos will NOT be archived, although the audio will.


Awkward Girls
Wednesday, August 27th, 3am - 6am
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
Jersey City based punk rock quartet, Awkward Girls make their WFMU debut with a LIVE 3am set! And then afterwards, they're going to hang out and eat pizza.


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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


Sete Star Sept
Wednesday, August 20th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Tokyo, Japan's SETE STAR SEPT are a two-piece force of nature, perpetually circling the globe with their jaw-dropping brand of grindcore, harsh noise, free jazz, noisecore, and improvisational brilliance. They stopped by Studio B to lay down a searing set that YOU, fair listener, can hear August 20th at 8pm on WFMU's INFINITE DISTORTION. Stick around to hear them reminisce about their strangest gigs and reflect on their inspirations!


Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Mountain Rain"
Wednesday, August 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. August 20th we'll air an episode entitled "Mountain Rain," from Joe's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE series. In this episode, while Joe is mourning the death of his father, his mother dies during the funeral. On the road to the cemetery to bury both, the funeral cortege is beset with accidents in which a number of mourners are killed. Later in the program Joe attempts to lead a group of untrained climbers up Kashmir mountain K2, the world's 2nd tallest and the most dangerous. Things happen.



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