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Lukas Kaiser
Monday, April 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave returns from a weekend in the woods to welcome comedian Lukas Kaiser, the man responsible for bringing the book "Macho Sluts" to Dave's attention, back to studio A for a record third appearance. Pull your loved ones close!


8th Annual All Covers Show Show with Live Set by Sarah Murcia (Kurt Gottschalk fills in for Therese)
Monday, April 4th, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs returns to the airwaves filling in for Therese with the 8th Annual All Covers Show Show with a live set by Sarah Murcia's Never Mind the Future playing all Sex Pistols covers.


The Lopez
Sunday, April 3rd, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Pittsburgh-based duo the Lopez play a delightfully uncategorizable take on scuzzy, bratty, hook-filled rock. Throwing synths and drum machines into the mix and penning odes to their cat, the Pittsburgh-based outfit are as much spiritual heirs to the sort of everything-and-the-kitchen sink approach of '90s stalwarts like the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion or Dub Narcotic Sound System as they are products of the current garage punk scene. The Lopez barnstormed their way up the east coast and back recently, and found some time to drop by WFMU to play a few songs along the way.


Live from Barbes in Park Slope - Global Sounds of NYC
Saturday, April 2nd, 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 a jam-packed four-act evening of sounds from around the world. Admission is free of charge!

- Neel Murgai, sitar and Sameer Gupta, tabla of the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective open the show with the sublime classical sounds of India;

- Sofie Salonika concocts captivating Sephardic / Balkan / jazz / improv blends;

- Bulla en el Barrio rocks the Afro-Colombian percussive roots;

- and Innov Gnawa takes it home with cathartic Moroccan Gnawa spiritual music

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 (free of charge) isn't enough, we'll be giving away free FMU swag too!


Sid Griffin
Saturday, April 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Sid Griffin of The Long Ryders (and author of books on Dylan and Gram Parsons) joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd to discuss the epic 4 CD Long Ryders box set, "Final Wild Songs," released by Cherry Red. Find out if Sid is still looking for Lewis and Clark and hear all about The Long Ryders reunion.


Jimmy Curtiss
Saturday, April 2nd, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Jimmy Curtiss - whose long and prolific career started in the late 1950s with the doo-wop group The Emjays, includes stints writing commercial jingles (Yum Yum Bumble Bee, Bumble Bee Tuna...), three albums as a member of psychedelic-folk-rockers The Hobbits, the cult classic 1969 psych-pop solo lp "Life" and the truly amazing 1967 bubblegum cult classic "Psychedelic Situation."


Francisco López
Thursday, March 31st, 3pm - 6pm
on Strength Through Failure with Fabio

Sound artist Francisco López will be visiting Fabio's show to discuss his month-long audio installation called JUNGLE-IZED: a sort of virtual walking tour/soundscape of the Amazon jungle that will overlay onto a large area of Times Square in Manhattan, composed by Soundwalk Collective and recorded by López for this event.


Brooklyn Folk Festival preview
Tuesday, March 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

For the past 7 years The Brooklyn Folk Festival has been growing as a NYC alternative to the Newport version. Festival producer, folklorist and musician Eli Smith (who plays in the Downhill Strugglers) will join Irene, along with Don Fiero, who has streamed audio and hosted the festivals over Jalopy Theatre's Down Home Radio. Don and Eli will be bringing recordings from past festivals and bring some musicians by to play in advance of this year's Brooklyn Folk Festival, which takes place April 8th-10th.


Andrzej Korzyński
Tuesday, March 29th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Polish composer Andrzej Korzyński joins Devon during his first ever U.S. trip to attend Lincoln Center's "Spotlight on Andrzej Zulawski" which included the U.S. premiere of "Cosmos," his final collaboration with Zulawski who passed days before the series on February 17, 2016. Their collaborative efforts spanned four and a half decades beginning with "The Third Part of the Night" (1971) and continuing with the banned "Diabel" (1972), "Possession" (1980), "On The Silver Globe" (1988) and "Szamanka" (1996). Maestro Korzyński got his start with Poland's other great "Andrzej" director, Andrzej Wajda, with "Everything For Sale" (1968) and notably later "Man of Marble" (1977) and its sequel, Cannes Palme D'Or winner "Man of Iron" (1981). For a primer, check out Devon's 75th birthday tribute to Korzyński (Morricone Island's 3-3-2015 archive) and the many recent Finders Keepers Records releases.


Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram
Tuesday, March 29th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Join Brian as he celebrates the first-ever New York visit of renowned experimental Romanian composers Iancu Dumitrescu and his wife Ana-Maria Avram, with a two hour special from 4-6pm. He'll be showcasing their amazing recordings through the years, and host an exclusive interview with them at WFMU's studios while in town to present their music at Columbia University's Miller Theater March 1-5. Pairing learned concepts of Phenomenology with Acousmatic-leaning composition, Dumitrescu led the charge in outlining a new objectivity over purely academic approach to the creation of music. He and Ana-Maria both share the philosophies of being Spectralist composers, utilizing sonographic and mathematic data visuals as decision-making elements in sound with acoustic, electronic, and tape sources; it's something touched on by the likes of Varese and Xenakis in the past, made prominent by the French, but never done as uniquely-stylized as with them. They've influenced many avant composers in recent decades, and even legions of Noise kids with their detailed attention to finely-crafted chaos. Tune in for heavy sounds and discussion on the essence of music with two major innovators.


Volt Direction
Monday, March 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave is back from across the pond, specifically Scotland, as he wrestles back the reins from Danne D and welcomes New Jersey-based ambient synthwave duo Volt Direction into the studio to chat and play the hits.


David Ellenbogen's World Music Concert Treasure Chest
Saturday, March 26th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

David Ellenbogen, producer of the podcast NYC Radio Live and veteran of WKCR as well as Radio Univers in Ghana, shares choice selections from his bountiful archive of world music concert recordings.


Dion PLUS Death By Unga Bunga
Saturday, March 26th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The king of the New York streets, Dion, converses with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about Belmont Ave. in The Bronx, his great folk-rock era on Columbia Records and his brand new album, "New York City Is My Home". Be sure and catch Dion Saturday April 9th at The Kings Theatre where he will be performing along with the great Ronnie Spector.

Then, from Norway with love comes the amazing rock'n'roll band Death By Unga Bunga. Pineapple Pizza, their new album on Jansen is a dazzling array of pop hooks with punk energy. Be sure and catch them 3/23 at The Mercury Lounge and 3/26 at The Saint in Asbury Park.


Midnight Matinee returns
Saturday, March 26th, Midnight - 3am
on
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Midnight Matinee presents Can't Stop The Jesus, a genetic merging of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Village People's early eighties movie Can't Stop The Music. It's 39 lashes of non-stop ear-piercing fun. John will be joining us live on the comments board.


Greg Cartwright guest hosts the show, interviews Don Nix of the Mar-Keys
Friday, March 25th, 7pm - 9pm
on
Debbie Does WFMU with Debbie D. (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Tune in Friday, March 25th when Greg Cartwright from the Oblivians and Reigning Sound fills in for Debbie Does WFMU. Greg interviews Don Nix from the Mar-Keys & spins some of his favorite 45s.


Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Justine"
Wednesday, March 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. March 23rd we'll air an episode entitled "Justine," from Joe's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE series. After going thru a devastating breakup, Joe begins stalking his ex-girlfriend late at night. Later a female friend explains to Joe why she's attracted to older men. Then, in a dream, Joe witnesses his own death and resurrection.


Collapsible Shoulder
Tuesday, March 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

A quartet of vets from NYC's Downtown/Brooklyn Music scenes come together to form Collapsible Shoulder's trippy-tronica sound. Guitarist Chris Cochrane pulled the ensemble together, featuring Brian Chase, Kato Hideki, and Kevin Bud Jones. "Everywhere" is Collapsible Shoulder's debut, and they describe it as "neo-psychedelic with unpredictable twists and turns, an electronic-acoustic-sonic mash." Collapsible Shoulder plays live on Irene's show.


Jon Brion & Ryan McAdams ("Punch-Drunk Love")
Tuesday, March 22nd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Composer Jon Brion and conductor Ryan McAdams discuss the Wordless Music live score screening of Paul Thomas Anderson's 2002 film "Punch-Drunk Love" at BAM on Saturday, March 19 performed by Brion, the 50-piece Wordless orchestra, percussionists Yuri Yamashita-Morales and Wilson Torres, and Norah Jones who sings "He Needs Me," originally written by Harry Nilsson for Shelley Duvall in Robert Altman's 1980 film "Popeye" which features prominently in the film. Joanna Newsome covered the part at the recent L.A. screening. Brion has produced the likes of Elliott Smith, Fiona Apple, Kanye West and Aimee Mann, and scored Michele Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia," David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees" and Judd Apatow's "Trainwreck." Tickets are still available here.


WFMU's 2016 Marathon Finale with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia
Sunday, March 20th, 7pm - Midnight
on Marathon Finale
(on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
WFMU closes out our 2016 Marathon with the highly entertaining, and somewhat embarrassing spectacle of live band karaoke featuring the station's house band, the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia, and your favorite DJs belting out their versions of the hits. It's an annual tradition and also the reason none of us can ever run for public office. Don't miss it! MC'ed by Jo Firestone, DJ sets by Station Manager Ken with his co-hosts Jim the Poet and DJ Trouble.


Tom Scharpling, Special Marathon Co Host!
Saturday, March 19th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
This Saturday, Pat welcomes back Tom Scharpling to Studio B as his final marathon show co host! Laughs and hi-jinks will be had with some surprise guests and more! Members of Pat's house band the All-Nite-Tears, will be writing custom theme songs to pledgers who donate $100 or more! Tune in live from 9pm till Midnight or catch the live video on the homepage as well as Pat's playlist. A special Scharpling & Wurster signed 3 poster set will be given away at the end of the show to one lucky listener!


Frank O'Toole and his co-host Julie
Monday, March 14th, 6am - 9am
on
(More Than A Few) Exciting Moments with Frank O'Toole

Yo La Tengo plays YOUR requests in exchange for pledges with Todd-o-Phonic Todd and Gaylord Fields!
Saturday, March 12th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Once more with feeling! That's right, the day of the year that EVERYONE looks forward to is upon us yet again! Yo La Tengo perform for pledges! Pledge $100 or more during the show(or even better send those pledges/requests in advance) with a song request and the brilliant men and woman of Yo La Tengo will do their best to perform YOUR REQUEST! The more songs and pledges that come in the less Todd-O-Phonic Todd and Gaylord will talk! The band will be performing at The Landmark Loew's Theatre in Jersey City on Saturday April 9th.


Station Manager Ken with his co-host Bethany
Wednesday, March 9th, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show

A Garbage Time Dream Come True with Matt and Micah!
Wednesday, March 9th, 3am - 6am
on
Garbage Time with Matt Warwick

Söndörgő - String-Driven Serbian Sounds of Hungary
Saturday, March 5th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

When you think of Hungarian folk music, you might think of the violin. But Hungary's tamburitza band Söndörgő (SHOW-en-DOOR-go) is a different animal. The group comes from a village near Budapest with a strong Serbian tradition. And their music is driven by breakneck jams on the tambura - a small, bright-sounding long-necked lute. The virtuosic and charismatic outfit kicks off a bi-coastal tour in New York at Joe's Pub, Saturday April 2nd. Tonight's FMU session is an exclusive sneak preview!


Tygapaw
Thursday, March 3rd, 3am - 6am
on
Champ Sound with DJ Guy
DJ and Producer Tygapaw (pronounced Tig-ah-paw) visits the Champ Sound to mix live on the air and discuss Shottas, the monthly party which she help organize in Brooklyn. Tygapaw plays self-described "sultry club" music and strives to create uplifting and inclusive spaces for the queer Caribbean community in New York.


Comedian Jacqueline Novak
Monday, February 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedian Jacqueline Novak on the eve of the release of her excellent new book "How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows." Also, Dave has finally watched Vinyl and is condemning it because it rips on Slade.


Live at Monty Hall: Aparna Nancherla, Dan Chamberlain, live music from My Teenage Stride and MORE!
Saturday, February 27th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Pat's second live late night variety show of 2016 comes to Monty Hall this Saturday. With stand up comedy from Aparna Nancherla and Dan Chamberlain! A live music set from My Teenage Stride, special guest DJ Gaylord Fields! Plus, the usual cavalcade of surprise guests! You can watch live video of the show over at the WFMU.org homepage from 9:30 - 11:30. The video will also appear on the WFMU phone apps, and Pat's playlist page. Or, if you're near by- swing by Monty Hall and see the show in real life. What a time to be alive!


Evan Rapport on Central Asian Jewish Music
Saturday, February 27th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Bukharian music - music of Jews from predominately Muslim countries of Central Asia - is a fascinating blend of Middle Eastern modal traditions with Jewish and Western influences. We'll learn all about it and hear lots of the music tonight with New School Prof, Ethnomusicologist, and musician Evan Rapport, author of Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus
Saturday, February 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes noted performer and philosopher Patrick Stickles of the highly acclaimed band Titus Andronicus. Patrick will be playing some of his songs live and doing some DJing and chatting as well. Get ready for lots of Jersey Talk! Be sure and catch Titus on tour, starting with Webster Hall on Feb. 29th.


Emitt Rhodes!
Saturday, February 27th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes back to the show Emitt Rhodes, whose "Rainbow Ends" (his first full-length release in over 40 years) comes out this week. Emitt started making great music while still a teen first as the drummer of The Palace Guard, then as the front man of The Merry Go Round, then after three solo albums in 18 months he was burned out at age 23. Although he surfaced occasionally his life was a series of battles (legal, mental, physical) and throughout his fallow period his influence steadily grew as new generations discover his music, unfortunately, his troubles grew as well. His new record brings a new chapter to the story - as Emitt collaborates with an all-star line up of backing musicians and reflects on his journey in his new songs.


Jukebox Special
Friday, February 26th, 9am - 3pm
on Hinky Dinky Time with Uncle Michael
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
This Friday from noon to 3:00 PM Eastern Time, join Uncle Michael as Hinky Dinky Time celebrates the jukebox on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio. On February 26th, 1906, John Gabel submitted the patent application for his "Automatic Entertainer;" the first coin-operated device that allowed patrons to select from multiple records. 110 years later Uncle Michael is punching the buttons and supplying the nickels.


Julissa Vale
Wednesday, February 24th, 7pm - 10pm
on Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Brooklyn-bred drummer and percussionist Julissa Vale studied with Johnny “Mr. Boogaloo Blues” Colon and Jimmy Delgado, a journey that led her to perform with numerous artists, including Victor Jones, Mino Cinelu, and Tato Torres y Yerbabeuna. She has been artist in residence for several New York City colleges and hosts “On the Rocks with Jules” Mondays from 7pm – 9pm on KPISS.FM. Julissa visits the bodega to share some of her grooviest tracks from Latin America.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and "Raymond"
Wednesday, February 24th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Joe Frank radio dramas air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. Two half-hour episodes from Joe's IN THE DARK series will air on Weds. February 24th. In the episode "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," Joe lists the things we lose in life, and laments that despite our efforts to better ourselves, everything leads to decay. Later, Joe goes to a hospital to visit an elderly woman exhibiting signs of dementia, and talks to her about sex and death. In the second episode, "Raymond," Joe extends a helping hand to a homeless man, but the gesture turns into a nightmare when the vagrant sets up quarters behind Joe's house.


Cape of Bats
Wednesday, February 24th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Cape of Bats (from Philadelphia) visit WFMU for a real-time live strafing. With their Spider-Baby aesthetic, and the barely controlled sound of their unique occult-a-billy, Cape of Bats combine punk & post-punk song styles with black-metal shriek, Rowland Howard guitar twang, and horror-host piano intros & interludes. Their songs are great, catchy and wildly energized, and while labels like "raw black metal" or "dark punk" might attach themselves, Cape of Bats shake off genre-fixation the second they start playing. A blast of feral energy and meaty riffage, Cape of Bats' reputation among fellow musicians and fans seems ever-growing. Their first full-length, Violent Occultism, further cements Cape of Bats' well-earned reputation as one of the best, most-originally conceived USBM bands today. My Castle of Quiet welcomes the band for this very special, exclusive LIVE performance.


Davis Rogan
Tuesday, February 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

New Orleans pianist/songwriter Davis Rogan is one of those local characters whose story is is as large as the community he's a part of. Rogan scored the HBO series "Treme," drawing on his longtime residency in that neighborhood, and the Davis McAlary character, played by Steve Zahn, was even based on him. He's DJ'd at WWOZ-FM, rapped with ’90s funk-rap band All That, and even taught music in the Orleans Parish Public Schools. On his three album releases Davis shows a passionate love of New Orleans culture and music, twisted together with his oddball sense of humor. Davis Rogan is joined by Afroskull percussionist Jason Isaac for a live performance on Irene's show.


The Ragged Phonograph Program with Mike the Barber
Tuesday, February 23rd, 8pm - 9pm

Morricone Island's 2016 Oscars Party
Tuesday, February 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
You and a guest are cordially invited to attend Morricone Island's 2016 Oscar Party. Black tie/formal attire only please. A primer will be presented on the five nominated soundtracks of the 74 that the 88th Academy deem eligible for this year's Best Original Score category. Will it be Carter Burwell's "Carol," Thomas Newman's "Bridge of Spies," John Williams' "The Force Awakens," Johann Johannsson's "Sicario" or Ennio Morricone's "Hateful Eight"? Help ensure an informed opinion in the category in your very own Oscar pool this year.


Comedian Kulap Vilaysack and Writer Mike Sacks
Monday, February 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave struggles with his wardrobe in this ever shifting climate as he welcomes writer and comedian Kulap Vilaysack, host of the popular Who Charted? podcast and creator of the new TV show Bajillion Dollar Properties. Also, writer and Vanity Fair editor Mike Sacks, author of Poking a Dead Frog and other exhilarating titles, makes his triumphant third appearance on the program. No one can believe it.


Freakwater
Monday, February 22nd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Freakwater's Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin first put their distinctive harmonies to tape under a swinging Kentucky country ham in Janet's parent's basement in 1985. Over three decades and eight infrequently released albums, Catherine and Janet's unflinching lyrics and compelling vocal harmonies can stab you in the heart from a mile away. Freakwater continues its tradition of defying classifications on the new album, Scheherazade, coming February 5th.


Sunshine & the Rain + Life Eaters
Saturday, February 20th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Pat will kick off his program Saturday night by checking in with live audio of the opening bands at the sold-out Rye Coalition Monty Hall show. Returning guests Sunshine & the Rain, and long time wishlist guest- Life Eaters will both be featured live over the air before headliner, Rye Coalition kick out their respective jams. Due to time and FCC restraints, the Rye set, will be posted later on the WFMU Vimeo portal.


Jacob Plasse of Los Hacheros, Torchbearers for the Golden Age of Latin Music
Saturday, February 20th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Jacob Plasse (PLASS-see) of Los Hacheros joins us to preview the youthful old-school Latin quintet's exhilarating new album, Bambulaye. Los Hacheros revisit classic dance styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, as well as bomba, a fiery traditional rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico. Jacob will also introduce us to other artists on his Chulo record label - and spin some of the songs that got him hooked on the classic styles that have inspired Los Hacheros. And if you like what you hear, catch the band in action Sunday nights at Verlaine on the Lower East side as well as at their free record release party Friday February 26 at Django at the Roxy Hotel in Tribeca.


Put The Needle On Syl Johnson
Friday, February 19th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For this week's show, Billy Jam interviews former WFMU DJ turned filmmaker Rob Hatch-Miller about his critically acclaimed new documentary "Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows" that screens in San Francisco this weekend as part of the Noise Pop 2016 festival. The film's subjects include Syl Johnson devotees RZA, Prince Paul, and Peanut Butter Wolf who each weigh in on this highly influential, albeit little known, soul music great whose records rank among the most sampled in hip-hop history.


Lesely Gore Tribute
Friday, February 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
On Friday February 19th, Sophisticated Boom Boom will pay tribute to the late Lesley Gore, America's strawberry-blonde icon who gave rise to an unforgettable feminist anthem and countless pop classics. Sheila B. will be airing an interview with Ms. Gore from October 2013, and journeying through her extensive 60s catalogue.


JJ Doll
Thursday, February 18th, 3am - 6am
on
Champ Sound with DJ Guy
Brooklyn punk rockers JJ Doll do their thing live on Champ Sound. Hitting that perennial sweet-spot between Amerikan hardcore and sleazy downtown punk, JJ Doll rip! For fans of pizza, the J train, bodegas that take food stamps for beer, etc.


​ Andrew Horn, director of "We Are Twisted F*​*​ king Sister!"
Wednesday, February 17th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Before they took the rock world by storm in 1984, before MTV even existed, Twisted Sister spent nearly 10 years ​playing six nights a week at rock club​s across the tri-state area and beyond. Director Andrew Horn (who also directed the critically acclaimed Klaus Nomi documentary The Nomi Song) focuses on this ​early ​part of the band's career in his new documentary We Are Twisted F*​*​king Sister!. Andrew will join Evan "Funk" Davies in the WFMU studios Wednesda​​y night Feb 1​7​ at 9pm to talk about the film and play ​some music from this era of the band and from some of their NYC contemporaries.

The documentary has its New York City premiere at Cinema Village on Friday Feb 19, and there will be a Q & A session at the screening with Andrew and Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French. Tune in to WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday the 17th for a fascinating look at a band you've probably heard but might not know.


Hiroshi Hasegawa / Desiccant
Wednesday, February 17th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Hiroshi Hasegawa makes his first visit to WFMU / My Castle of Quiet. A living legend of Japanese noise, Hiroshi Hasegawa co-founded C.C.C.C., cementing a near-Krautrock approach to Japanoise, one that had been hovering over it since Magical Power Mako, and later Merzbow, but C.C.C.C. really brought it home—with disk-long compositions/performances, that allowed listeners to float off on a cosmic bed of multicolored squeal and rumble. Hasegawa has continued this creative arc, through such projects as his solo Astro material, and the Astromero collaborations with Damion Romero.

Returning to our show are two seasoned and celebrated Castle guests; Mat Rademan (of FUN, Newton) and Andy Borsz (of Slasher Risk & countless collabs.), playing together as Desiccant; both of them natural improvisers, intuitive players who work at ease with unconventional sounds, their union sure to be full of excitement and surprise.


Scott Johannsson (Ondes Positives Recordings/LARVA)
Tuesday, February 16th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

"Put the mask on now!"...or at least your 3-D glasses...when Scott Johannsson, co-owner of limited edition vinyl and cassette soundtrack label Ondes Positives Recordings and member of UK-based live score band LARVA, joins Morricone Island to discuss the "The Mask" aka "Eyes of Hell" (1961). "The Mask" is both Canada's first "horror" film and 3-D motion picture and Ondes Positives has recently released a limited double vinyl LP of Myron Schaeffer's original score (blue vinyl) along with Larva's 2013 re-score (red vinyl). The result is not that far from Bebe and Louis Barron's groundbreaking "Forbidden Planet" (1956). The album coincides with the 3-D Film Archive restoration of the film (and Kino blu-ray release) which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in Sept. 2015. Scott is also the co-host of the likeminded soundtrack podcast The Damn Fine Cast with Tony Giles.


Comedian Bob Walles
Monday, February 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave tries to figure out what a polar vortex is and if he has one. Also, comedian Bob Walles drops by Studio A for some tough talk about a lot of the topics out there today. Danne D works the phones, brings cookies, and hopefully doesn't do anything to enrage Dave.


Single File with Special Guest Todd-O-Phonic Todd
Monday, February 15th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Joe McGasko likes 45 rpm records. Todd-O-Phonic Todd also likes 45 rpm records. Today on Surface Noise Todd-O-Phonic Todd is going to get up REALLLLLLLY early to play some records on Joe's show for a special extended Single File segment.


Tenniscoats
Sunday, February 14th, 7pm - 10pm
on
Hello Children with Faye
Faye presents a short, beautiful, & heartwarming set from Japanese acoustic duo Tenniscoats as a valentine's gift for you listeners!


Musical Travelogue with Richard Gehr: India's Saptak Festival
Saturday, February 13th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Music journalist Richard Gehr recently attended the Saptak Festival, one of India's foremost Hindustani Classical Music festivals. The Saptak Festival spotlights superstars as well as emerging artists. Join us as Richard shares the music - with live recordings from the festival - and the memories.


Will Oldham
Thursday, February 11th, 9am - Noon
on Imaginary Radio with Chris M.

Music legend the Bonnie "Prince" Billy stops by to perform some songs and to talk at length about a great variety of projects and points of interest. His new Peel Sessions album is called Pond Scum and is out now on Drag City. Check out this Imaginary Radio Session as well!


The Unspeakable Practices
Thursday, February 11th, 6am - 9am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
The Unspeakable Practices is an all-star team conceived by the novelist Rick Moody and Kid Millions (Oneida, Man Forever, etc.) along with bassist Brad Truax (Home, Interpol), bassist Richard Hoffman (Sightings), guitarist Shahin Motia (Ex-Models), organist David Grubbs (solo, Gastr del Sol), saxophonist Michael Foster (Barker Trio) and trumpeter Jaimie Branch (Weasel Walter, Chris Pitsiokos Quartet). They merge to play blasting post-punk improvisation with layers, accompanied by molten Rick Moody rants. Sure to clean your bean.


Blazer Soundsystem
Thursday, February 11th, 3am - 6am
on
Champ Sound with DJ Guy
Guy welcomes Blazer Soundsystem to the Champ Sound. Deeply devoted to soundsystem culture, for the past few years Blazer have been throwing some of the best reggae parties in New York City. They bless the FMU airwaves with an extended mix of roots and dub. Heavy is an understatement!


Joe Frank - "Love Is"
Wednesday, February 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "Love Is," from Joe's The Other Side series, airs Weds. February 3rd. At an airport, a man has a strange encounter with an old woman who insults him, then passes out and dies in front of him. He sees his wife waiting in an arrival lounge to meet another man. Told that he has terminal cancer, he’s offered a highly unorthodox, experimental treatment that involves meeting a surgeon dressed as Santa Claus. Viewing a photograph that reveals his contempt for his son, he feels he deserves nothing less than death. Then things take a turn for the worse.


Andorkappen
Wednesday, February 10th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

My Castle of Quiet celebrates its 300th broadcast, with special live guest Andorkappen. Currently strafing the US with graveyard ambience & funereal filth, a talented artist of many masks, staring you down hard from 1,000 vantage points atop 1,000 noisy pies—vocalist / percussionist in KILT, Lord Time in Harassor, Lord Time in Lord Time, and guru of Universal Consciousness Records. A mad hatter of many hats, it all comes together under the flag of Andorkappen—a project that nicely stews the many voices of Sandor Finta, and a real-time sound-smashing to help us crack the champagne on Castle show #300.


Marcelo Zarvos
Tuesday, February 9th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Brazilian-born/NYC-based soundtrack composer Marcelo Zarvos joins Devon in the studio to discuss his most recent Milan Records release for "The Choice," directed by ("Lost in Translation" producer) Ross Katz. Marcelo has nearly 65 scoring credits to his name, including five for director Barry Levinson, Robert DiNero's second directorial film "The Good Shephard," Cary Fukunaga's "Sin Nombre" and current Showtime television series "Ray Donovan" and "The Affair."


Girls On Grass
Monday, February 8th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Roots-cowpunk-country outta New York City. Girls on Grass was formed by singer-guitarist Barbara Endes (ex-Elk City, the Lovelies) and drummer Nancy Polstein (the Silos, Cheri Knight). The Girls woodshedded throughout 2014, recruiting bassist Dave Mandl (of WFMU's Hoof and Mouth Sinfonia) and lead guitarist Sean (Luna, Elk City) before heading into the studio to capture the initial burst of songwriting. The result is an amazing self-titled debut album. Find out what all the fuss is about with what is sure to be an incendiary live session!


Akoko Nante Ensemble - Drums of West Africa in NYC
Saturday, February 6th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Percussion juggernaut Akoko Nante Ensemble bases its powerful music on folk traditions of Ghana. But their dynamic sound also reflects the angst and energy of growing up in Queens, New York. After bringing their percussive onslaught to WFMU, Akoko Nante celebrates the release of debut CD Nkrabea / Destiny with two shows in Harlem: At The Shrine later tonight (Saturday February 6th); and at Silvana on Saturday February 27th.


Daddy Long Legs
Saturday, February 6th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The most blues-wailing Daddy Long Legs join Todd-O-Phonic Todd to destroy Saturday afternoon. Find out why these Norton recording artists are the toasts of both Europe and Bushwick! The closest thing we will ever see to a cross between Slim Harpo and Harpo Marx.


Kowloon Walled City bassist Ian Miller
Thursday, February 4th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's Peer Pressure guest this week is Ian Miller, bassist for the Bay area's Kowloon Walled City. Their new record, "Grievances" is on the Neurot records label, and is in heavy rotation on the Fun Machine! Ian will be live on the air, so listeners can ask him questions via the live comments board - that is, if Diane can stop talking about HIS Voivod fan page long enough to field any other questions!


The Sharp Things
Tuesday, February 2nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Reminiscent of the best 1970's era bands, The Sharp Things play pleasant chamber-pop floating on a cloud of tight harmonies and horn-filled orchestrations. Their new album "EverybodyEverybody" the fourth in a conceptual opus, part of a series of albums called The Dogs Of Bushwick, in tribute to The Kennel, a now defunct studio. Bandleader Perry Serpa describes it as "...a straight stream of music and sound from top to (almost) bottom." The Sharp Things play live on Irene's show.


Music of NFL Films (Super Bowl Special)
Tuesday, February 2nd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Anyone who remembers the old NFL Films highlight shows ("NFL Game of the Week") will fondly remember the music of synth pioneer Sam Spence or KPM library music production composers Johnny Pearson, Syd Dale and Keith Mansfield. For most football fans, the music is etched into their memories. Nobody knew the names of the songs nor the composers but they surely recognized the music when they heard it. Tune into Morricone Island, your source for all things soundtrack, this Super Bowl week, as host Devon E. Levins' spins highlights of his favorite NFL Films Music records. Music that football fans and (non-football) soundtrack fans alike are guaranteed to all get behind.


Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet
Monday, February 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This Monday Dave welcomes Goddamn Dave Hill Show favorite Dave Wyndorf back to studio A for more rock-n-roll good times before he heads off to Europe with his band Monster Magnet. Also, Danne D is off of house arrest and will hopefully bring cookies.


Giulia Rozzi, Colin Burgess, Dogs On Acid and MORE!
Saturday, January 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Pat's first live late night variety show of 2016 comes to Monty Hall this Saturday. With stand up comedy from Giulia Rozzi and Colin Burgess. A live music set from Dogs On Acid, DJ Primitive Sound System, and surprise guests! You can watch live video of the show over at the WFMU.org homepage from 9:30 - 11:30. The video will also appear on the WFMU phone apps, and Pat's playlist page. Or, you can come to Monty Hall and see the show in person and meet others who also listen to this radio station! Maybe even your future spouse...


A Visit to the 2015 Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo - Part 2 of 3
Saturday, January 30th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place every summer at the fascinating Sarawak Cultural Village outside of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, on the spectacular tropical island of Borneo. It's a fabulous festival at a remarkable site and Rob was fortunate enough to be invited by the Sarawak Tourism Board to attend this past August. Tonight's show looks at day two of the three-day gathering, with concert excerpts and sound bites from the festival. For more, check out Rob's show covering day one of the festival and stay tuned, there's still one more installment to come.


Robyn Hitchcock PLUS Author Rick Moody
Saturday, January 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Robyn Hitchcock stops by The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show for a live performance and some chit chat. From The Soft Boys through his present day solo career, Robyn his never been short on whimsy and excellent songwriting and this visit should display plenty of both. Catch Mr. Hitchcock later that evening at The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

Author Rick Moody drops in to chat with Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Mr. Moody is the author of the highly acclaimed novel "The Ice Storm". His fascinating new novel, "Hotels Of North America", purports to be the RateYourLodging.com review of Reginald Edward Morse but winds up as his biography. Later in the evening Rick will be reading and performing his own songs with Yo La Tengo associate Dave Schramm at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfied St. in Hoboken.


Eddi Front
Wednesday, January 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Eddi Front is the solo project of Brooklyn-based, Las Vegas-born artist Ivana Carrescia, who will perform live on Irwin's program on January 27. Eddi's debut album, “Marina," is set for release on March 4th. The album, produced by Dan Chen, was recorded in Brooklyn, and follows Front’s sultry 2012 self-titled debut EP. Eddi first performed on Irwin's program in 2012 under the name "Ivana XL."


Imperial Trumpet
Wednesday, January 27th, Midnight - 3am
on
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
WFMU's My Castle of Quiet presents our first live-music event of 2016. For many of you, this will be the first time hearing this USBM supergroup of sorts, featuring members of Yellow Eyes and Vorde, both of those bands having graced us with live sets in the past. Imperial Trumpet sound not quite like either of those related projects, though—with their own signal—a special, candlelit dirge, a trudge through ever-primitive times, with excellent song composition and a forceful presentation all their own.


John Woods (Nitehawk Cinema Programming Director)
Tuesday, January 26th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Nitehawk Cinema Programming Director (and all around film music fanatic) John Woods joins Morricone Island this week to curate a selection of his favorite punk soundtracks. Many know John as the co-founder of Williamsburg's Reel Life Video way back in 1997...or as the lead singer of New York hardcore band Hell No or editor of Hot Poop fanzine...but John has since been responsible for the fearless programming at Williamsburg's Nitehawk, including next month's punk-driven screenings of "Return of the Living Dead" and "Positive Force: More than a Witness," as well as March 3rd's WFMU doc "Sex and Broadcasting" which includes a Q&A with station manager Ken Freedman and director Tim K. Smith.


Comedian Joe Pera
Monday, January 25th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedian and Buffalo native Joe Pera back to studio A to discuss the blizzard, something called "clootie dumplings", and other topics of great importance.


The Deafening Colors
Monday, January 25th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Local four-piece The Deafening Colors recently released their second album, Carousel Season, an album that brims over with beautiful and poignant pop music. Today the band plays a special live session on Surface Noise.


Jesse Wagner & Vic Ruggiero - Live Music Set
Saturday, January 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
This Saturday, Pat welcomes Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites and frequent guest, Vic Ruggiero back to debut a special live set of music featuring the songs of their recently released collaboration: "Reggae Workers of the World." Don't be tricked by the name, this album features much more than one genre. The two singers share an unequivocal reverence for reggae, rhythm n‘ blues and rock n‘ roll classics.


Sal Maida
Saturday, January 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Sal Maida chats with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about the resurgence of Power Pop darlings Milk 'N' Cookies as well as his time served playing bass for Roxy Music. Be sure and catch Milk 'N' Cookies playing the hits at Baby's All Right on Sunday Jan. 24th.


Eric Wagner of The Skull
Thursday, January 21st, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane welcomes Eric Wagner, vocalist for The Skull to the Fun Machine! As the former vocalist for doom masters Trouble, he's a master in the world of doom and heavy music. The Skull is releasing an EP this week and we will debut some of those tracks, as well as chart out their upcoming European tour! Listeners can ask questions of Eric via the interactive playlist, as he will be live on the show at 1pm!


Rova Saxophone Quartet
Thursday, January 21st, 6am - 9am
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

The Bay Area-based Rova Saxophone Quartet has been making music since 1977, mining free jazz, contemporary composition and avant rock to create their idiosyncratic blend of ecstatic horn blues. Rova's in town to play a concert called Channeling Coltrane: Rova's Electric Ascension at Le Poisson Rouge for Winter Jazz Fest on January 17th, as well as a residency at The Stone from January 19-24, where they'll pair up with a variety of locals. Amidst this flurry of activity the band found time to grace the WFMU live room with their music and it is sure to blow minds!


Choreographer Steve Paxton, Composer Tom Hamilton and Producer Mimi Johnson
Thursday, January 21st, 3am - 6am
on
Champ Sound with DJ Guy
These folks will be in the studio discussing Quicksand, an opera by the late Robert Ashley. All three collaborated with Ashley to produce the work which will have a run at The Kitchen at the end of the month. We talk about their history of collaboration with the legendary composer, how and what they chose to contribute to this new work and what they see as the future of Ashley's legacy. The performance dates at the Kitchen are: January 28, 29, 30 and February 4, 5, 6, 2016 at 7 p.m.


Savak
Wednesday, January 20th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

The band Savak (pronounced "sah-vawk) (I think) was formed last year by members of The Obits, Holy F*ck, Nation of Ulysses, and The Cops. Their influences range from '60s Texas psychedelia to British pub rock to early-'80s American hardcore, with some Zamrock and Chicha thrown in for good measure. Tune in to WFMU Wednesday night, January 20, and hear them connect the dots from The Adverts to Bubble Puppy to The 101ers to MDC, with some Chrissy Zebby Tembo, Los Mirlos, and the like thrown in for good measure. Their first album is coming out later this year on the Comedy Minus One label, and you can see them live Friday the 22nd at Union Pool in Brooklyn (with Kerbivore) and Saturday the 23rd at Songbyrd Music House in Washington DC.


Joe Frank - "Windows"
Wednesday, January 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "Windows," from Joe's The Other Side series, airs Weds. January 20th. Joe chronicles Michael, a lonely apartment-dweller who imagines he's in love with a single woman who lives in an apartment across the courtyard, and whose daily routine he follows obsessively. When her daily routine changes, Michael is devastated. In a long and graphic telephone conversation, Joe's friend Debi mocks the men in her life.



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