Past Special Programs on WFMU
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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.


Taiwan Housing Project
Tuesday, January 19th, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Philly-based noise rock/post-punk meltdown with femme vox, Taiwan Housing Project is a collaboration between Mark Feehan (Harry Pussy) and Kilynn Lundsford (Little Claw), who are joined by Pat Ganley, Adam Cooper, and perhaps another local character or two. Aggro fun for the whole family!


Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds
Monday, January 18th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes Tim Daniels and Tom Reynolds, hosts of the podcast The Complete Guide to Everything, which they unleashed on an unsuspecting public from a Greenpoint basement only to go on to international acclaim and making out with a lot of English chicks on the regular.


Guest DJ Rommel Wood
Monday, January 18th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Rommel Wood hosts Ear Hammer, a fine radio show currently appearing on Internet radio station Radio Free Brooklyn. Rommel likes 45s, and she is bringing along a box of her favorites so that she and Joe can go mano a mano (or perhaps mano a womano?) for an extended Single File. Tune in for 45 frenzy!


From cover to cover, with guest DJ Julie
Sunday, January 17th, Midnight - 3am
on
100% Whatever with Mary Wing
Mary invites Julie from Dark Night of The Soul to help her spin three hours of cover songs, because who doesn’t like covers? There’ll be chat, laughs, and lots of songs you know--done by other people!


Live from Golden Fest - Brooklyn's Spectacular Balkan Bacchanal
Saturday, January 16th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

It's our eighth annual live broadcast from Brooklyn's legendary Balkan and East European music and dance blowout! Golden Fest is a massive two night gathering of musicians, folk dance enthusiasts and fans held at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn's South Slope. The festival kicks off with a multi-band dance party on Friday night January 15th. Then for the big event on Saturday night January 16th, some seventy bands will perform on four stages from 6 pm until the wee hours. We'll bring you Saturday night's early action live from the Grand Ballroom, center stage of this fabulous Balkan bacchanal.


Jacques Le Coque
Saturday, January 16th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Jacques Le Coque bring their own brand of music and mayhem to the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show with a live set. They will be celebrating their great new Windian 45 "Tip Of My Tongue" as well as their top selling cassette on Pizza King. We guarantee you Jacques Le Coque will leave listeners saying "Sacre Bleu!"


Zephaniah and the 18 Wheelers
Wednesday, January 13th, 8pm - 9pm
on Honky Tonk Radio Girl with Becky

This Wednesday, January 13th, Becky pays tribute to the patron saint of truckermusic, Red Simpson, with an hour of truck-driving country records and a live performance from Zephaniah and the 18 Wheelers.


David Bowie memorial broadcast (Kurt Gottschalk fills in for Amanda Nazario)
Wednesday, January 13th, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk will be giving an extended goodbye to Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, Thomas Jerome Newton, David Robert Jones and David Bowie in an extended Give the Drummer Some program Wednesday at noon.


Norbert Rodenkirchen, Albrecht Maurer and Robbie Lee
Tuesday, January 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Irene Trudel's show
Creating non-traditional music with medieval instruments is a passion with Norbert Rodenkirchen, Albrecht Maurer and Robbie Lee. In Germany Rodenkirchen and Maurer have collaborated on a number of albums, the most recent being "Loplop's Call" a musical tribute to the pioneering Dada artist Max Ernst. American multi-instrumentalist Robbie Lee entered the picture after a few collaboration sessions with Rodenkirchen on medieval flutes. Robbie and Norbert perform some flute improvs, then Norbert performs duos with Albrecht on medieval violin for WFMU.


Bowie Sound + Vision
Tuesday, January 12th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Morricone Island pays tribute to David Bowie's soundtrack work.


Bull Riding Champion J. B. Mouney
Tuesday, January 12th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
Two-Time Professional Bull Riding Champion J. B. Mouney, the $6 Million Dollar Man," will be our special guest! This is a big deal! We'll ask him about the professional bull riding circuit, hats versus helmets, and red-and-white cows!


Kevin Townley
Monday, January 11th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes actor, comedian, and musician Kevin Townley, whom you no doubt know from "Men in Black 3" and the three episodes of Law and Order he was on, to studio A for good times all the time. Danne D works the phones. Sorry about that.


Adam Matta
Monday, January 11th, 7pm - 8pm
on Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah

Adam Matta is a virtuoso beatboxer. The Village Voice says "his ability to remix his own voice is remarkable...singing over a synced beat and then slowing it down, speeding it up, dubbing, scratching." He has appeared on TV and radio programs including Damon Wayans' "The Underground", "Mountain Stage," and "All Things Considered," and has performed Off-Broadway and at venues like Carnegie Hall, BAMCafe, and Joe's Pub. Vocal Fry is pleased that Adam will join us in the WFMU studios for some live beatboxing on January 11th.


The Preview Show to End All (World Musicky) Preview Shows
Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Thanks to a rare conference/festival convergence, a slew of superb multi-artist multi-culti musical events are coming to NYC. There's the annual Balkan music-lover's bacchanal Golden Fest Friday and Saturday January 15th and 16th. There's globalFEST, the annual 3-stage 12-artist world music extravaganza at Webster Hall on Sunday January 17th. AND there are a slew of bountiful showcases in the coming days that, like globalFEST, are pegged to the annual APAP arts presenter's conference. It's a world musicky fest-a-geddon! We'll whet your appetite with preview tracks by artists playing globalFEST and other big showcases. We'll play music WFMU recorded at Golden Fest 2015 c/o the Free Music Archive. (A week from tonight we'll once again broadcast live from Golden Fest.) And - we'll have ticket giveaways for some of the big shows!


Honky Tonk Radio Girl makes a guest appearance
Saturday, January 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
WFMU's own Honky Tonk Radio Girl makes a guest appearance to spread the word about her fantastic show which airs on Wednesday nights from 8-9 p.m.. Find out how Becky became so immersed in the great country and rockabilly sides she spins weekly and where she likes to go honky tonkin'!


Lloyd Price!
Saturday, January 9th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes "Mr. Personality" Lloyd Price to the WFMU studios for an in-person chat. From his millions sellers “Personality” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” to his newest book “sumdumhonky” - there will be plenty to discuss.


Joe Frank - "In the Dark, Pt. 2"
Wednesday, January 6th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "In the Dark, Pt. 2," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. January 6th. A night watchman reminisces about a long-ago love affair. Joe ponders how people get lost in life, ruminates over the deeper meaning of punctuation, and explains how people who ask questions cause trouble.


29 Hour Music People
Tuesday, January 5th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Founded on the mission of creating an album in a weekend, 29 Hour Music People is a loose collective of musicians fronted by Rob Christiansen. As they describe their process, the collective "brainstorms lyrics on Friday, writes and records music on Saturday, sings direct to tape, no AutoTune, on Sunday, and returns to normal life with their other bands on Monday, before anyone notices they have been missing. 29 Hour Music People's just released 3rd album, "Transportation," benefits Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and they visit Irene's show to play some of it live.


Warren Ellis (of Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Tuesday, January 5th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Warren Ellis joins Morricone Island to discuss his latest score for director Deniz Gamze Erguven's "Mustang," which depicts the life of five orphaned sisters who face the challenges of a conservative society in a remote Turkish village. The film has been nominated for a Golden Globe and selected as the French entry in the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Best known as a member of Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Ellis has been composing film and theater scores since 1998, first with Dirty Three for John Curran's "Praise" and then from 2004 to the present with Nick Cave for such films as "The Proposition," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," and "The Road." "Mustang" is Ellis's first feature length film score on his own. The soundtrack is available from Milan Records.


Dave Wyndorf PLUS Liam McEneaney
Monday, January 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
It’s 2016 and Dave is coming out with guns blazing as rock god Dave Wyndorf from New Jersey’s own Monster Magnet stops by for a quality hang, which totally rules. Also, Liam McEneaney swings by the studio to tell Dave about how he is recording his new comedy album at the Bell House on January 10. This is great for America.


Count It Down! with Nate K: A Burn It Down! Best of 2015 Special
Sunday, January 3rd, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Sure, politically, current events–wise, 2015 was a serious clunker. But musically, it was as rockin' a year as one could hope for. Nate K. kicks off 2016 with a look back at the past 365 days of jammage and counts down his favorite LPs, singles, and reissues. Who will snag that number one spot? Tune in and find out on January 3, 2016.


Dave Feldman of Wyldlife
Saturday, January 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Dangerous Dave Feldman, lead vocalist of the ace rock'n'roll combo Wyldlife, joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd for the final hour of the show to unveil his best of 2015 and also to discuss Wyldlife's upcoming sizzler "Out On Your Block" (being released this spring on Rock and Rule). Find out why Mr. Feldman is a man not only of distinction but also of taste.


Billy Jam does a 3-hr show today (fill-in for Shut Up Weirdo and Downtown Soulville)
Friday, January 1st, 6pm - 9pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Giving the hosts of both "Shut Up Weirdo" and "Downtown Soulville" the first day of the new year off, Billy Jam will present a special one-time, extended three-hour "Put The Needle On The Record" show. For this January 1st music & talk special, guests will include Mad Skillz and Eboness B, the hip-hop highlights of 2015 will be played back and the WFMU listener phone lines will be opened up for predictions for 2016 and contests for giveaways.


New Year's Eve All-Star Cavalcade of DJs Spazztacular!
Thursday, December 31st, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Blast into 2016 with Music To Spazz By as your drunken, hedonistic, rock ‘n’ roll monkey orgy soundtrack! Your favorite WFMU Top Jocks drop by to spin party platters plus a mystery live band will astound and confuse you. A radio event not to be missed!


Remembering Lemmy: 3 Full Hours
Thursday, December 31st, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
We have lost the man that embodied Rock n Roll in every way, shape and form. Diane pays tribute to Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who passed away on Monday with many, many, Motorhead, Hawkwind and other related tunes as well as some anecdotes from a number of people who knew the man. He would never condone a weepy tribute, so we are turning it up even louder for three hours. A fitting way to end 2015! Listeners are encouraged to share Lemmy stories on the comments board, and Diane will take time to read a few as well!


David Lang (of Bang on a Can)
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer Prize for Music award-winning composer David Lang joins Morricone Island to discuss his latest film score for Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda. "Simple Song #3" from "Youth" was nominated for the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and is a likely contender for an Academy Award nomination. Lang has also scored "(Untitled)" and documentary "The Woodmans" as well as writing the arrangements for the Kronos Quartet in "Requiem for a Dream."


Live Sessions Time Capsule
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Join BT this week as he plows through the vaults and showcases some of the 200-plus live sessions he's hosted on his program through the years! Dig in to excerpts from the likes of The Oblivians, Rocket From the Tombs, Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, Lightning Bolt, Jandek, The Ex, Wire, Legendary Pink Dots, Blues Control, Bill Orcutt, Negative Approach, Skullflower, Deerhoof, Country Teasers, Doom, Complete, Henry Kaiser, Spray Paint, and more who have visited the confines of WFMU's Studio B and made a glorious noise.


2015 Faves from the Free Music Archive
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on
Liz Berg's show
At the close of each year, Liz compiles an epic list of her favorite hits found on the Free Music Archive. It turns out that 2015 was a killer year for free jams, and you won't want to miss this 3-hour explosion of the best alternatively-licensed music the web has to offer.


Jo Firestone PLUS Lukas Kaiser
Monday, December 28th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes Jo Firestone, host of WFMU’s Dr. Gameshow, to the program. Also comedian Lukas Kaiser is coming back because he didn’t get to talk nearly enough last week and, man, that guy is great! Also, Dave has a bad cold and is about to lose his voice. This show is a profile in courage.


Worse
Monday, December 28th, 2015, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Members of Pollution, Shoxx and No Power converge yet again to bum out audiences and service their hunger for disgusting noise rock. Lose some more of your hard earned self-respect with this degrading adventure into positively negative music.


Christmas Extravaganza!
Thursday, December 24th, 2015, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
For the fifth year running, it's time to celebrate Christmas music Imaginary Radio style! Enjoy a morning eggnog, feed the reindeer, then whack the Tió de Nadal with a stick and out will drop all your holiday favorites in a nice pile! Yes, you will actually hear nothing but holiday music for three hours so bring the kids and lie to them about Santa!


Joe Frank - "The Best"
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "The Best," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 23rd. In this program, Joe juxtaposes historical figures against one another to judge who is superior. Norman Rockwell as a visionary, plumbing the depths of our collective unconscious, is matched against Keane, who painted portraits with large saucer-like eyes. The work of Christo, the environmental artist, is compared to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Pol Pot is measured against Charles Manson, and Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone Box is compared to the ballads of Barry Manilow.



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