Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Odglasi - Macedonian Traditions in NYC
Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

New York's one and only Macedonian-style folk band Odglasi brings the effervescent sounds of that mountainous Balkan land to WFMU! Odglasi blew us away at Golden Fest, the Balkan music-and-dance-lover's bacchanal, last January. Before they do it again at Golden Fest 2016 at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn next month, they'll rock WFMU Skopje-style tonight!

Jon Spencer
Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Influential New York musician/performer/socialite Jon Spencer joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd for 3 hours of chat, records and revelry. The mastermind behind such combos as Pussy Galore and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be spinning some wild tunes and talking about his career, his city and much more!

Azeem and Mac Mall
Friday, December 11th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
NJ born poet/emcee Azeem returns to the WFMU studios to premiere new tracks off the forthcoming album with Band Of Broken Puppets. He will also read excerpts from the new book "My Opinion" by Vallejo, CA rapper Mac Mall who will be calling in on the phone line to discuss some of the crazy stories he tells in the engaging just published autobiography.

Jack Rose Tribute
Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Tune in to this week's Long Rally to hear an extended tribute set in appreciation of the late great guitarist, Jack Rose, including some deep cuts, rare gems, live recordings, and living room rehearsal tapes.

Joe Frank - "A Landing Strip in the Jungle"
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "A Landing Strip in the Jungle," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 9th. Joe visits Sri Lanka where he develops an odd relationship with a young beggar. While living in lower Manhattan, Joe develops an odd friendship with a junkie who robs him at knifepoint on a regular basis. Later, Joe presides over the "Survivor of the Year" competition between people who have survived harrowing experiences.

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

It was in 2012 that New York City's Compactor grabbed many by the throat with Desensitization Reprocessing—a continuous and irresistible revel of molded, throbbing beats, and psychiatric-endurance-testing iced soul. From there onward, Derek Rush released a steady series of releases that have kept Compactor's thudding, tech-dungeon terror alive. For fans of the most-vintage, instrumental Throbbing Gristle, and beloved cult artists like Esplendor Geometrico, Compactor will be especially satisfying. Derek makes his second visit to WFMU (this time live & in real time) on the My Castle of Quiet program. Heaps of ugly fun.

Folking Around with Nath Ann Carrera (Julie fills in for Irene)
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Julie is joined in the earlier dark hours by Musician/DJ Nath Ann Carrera (Woahmone, Witch Camp, Justin Vivian Bond, The Loser's Lounge and various solo projects) to traipse melodically through songs and stories of (mostly) 60s (mostly) English folk musicians like Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson, Pentangle and Renaissance from the jangly to the psychedelic. He's promised to bring his guitar so he may even sing a song or two.

Jeff Russo (Fargo TV Series)
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Jeff Russo, composer of the Fargo FX television miniseries, guests on Morricone Island a few days before the December 14th second season finale. Many Coen Bros. fans were skeptical of the Noah Hawley-created series "inspired" by the 1996 film, but the pilot quickly allayed any fears. The show is scored more like a dramatic film than your typical TV series and the score pays homage, without copying, Carter Burwell's iconic main theme incorporating similar Scandinavian instrumentation and influence. Although Jeff found early success in the 90s with his L.A. rock band, it was Wendy Melvoin (one half of Prince duo Wendy & Lisa and close friend of Jeff's wife Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt) who introduced him to the world of scoring by referring him as a guitarist on a scoring session. Wendy & Lisa Coleman, film and tv composers since the 90's, shortly thereafter hired Jeff as their assistant.

Tom Scharpling
Monday, December 7th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Pull your loved ones close for night #1 of “The Best of Both Worlds”, two magical nights of radio concocted in the back of the Paramus Denny's by Dave and Tom Scharpling. On Monday, December 7, Tom will return to WFMU to be a guest on the Goddamn Dave Hill Show. And then the next night, which is to say Tuesday, December 8, Dave will head over to Best Show HQ down the road to appear as a guest on the Best Show. Together, these two nights of scorching hot radio will make for the most incredible thing that has happened in New Jersey since Venom played City Gardens at least.

Monday, December 7th, 2015, 8pm - 9pm
Infinite Distortion
Disquieting dreams, phasing in and out of consciousness, losing time, manufactured memories. Thus is the domain of Western Massachusetts' Streiber. The ambient project of Love Is The Law label master Erik Brown (Wish For Skin, Vanitism, Crashing Bores), this enigmatic journey of hazy electronics promotes a powerful sense of unease, but also an otherworldly sense of exploration and discovery.

XL Kings
Monday, December 7th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

WFMU is proud to welcome in this New York supergroup featuring Stephen Hunking (Hypnolovewheel, Dew Claw, etc), Dan Cuddy (The Special Pillow, Hypnolovewheel) and Eamonn Bowles (the Martinets, Fabians).

Special Guest DJ Katie Lavoie [LEV-WAH]
Monday, December 7th, 2015, 9am - Noon
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Toronto DJ and nightlife doyenne Katie Lavoie [pronounced "LEV-WAH"] descends from the cold north to play us some hot records on today's Surface Noise. Expect soul, funk, disco, jazz and other surprises from one of our friendly neighbors from over the border!

DJ Jonny Semi-Colón (Jonathan Goldman) of Spanglish Fly - Boogaloo and Latin Soul Session
Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Jonny Semi-Colón (a/k/a Jonathan Goldman of Spanglish Fly) stops by to spin some of the seminal vintage tracks that have inspired New York's leading boogaloo and Latin Soul band. And if Semi-Colón's DJ session inspires you to see Spanglish Fly do its funky Latin thing live, you can catch them Friday Dec 11th at Barbes in Park Slope and Friday Dec 18th at SOBs in SoHo.

PMS & The Mood Swings
Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Finger ever on the pulsebeat, Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes New York's latest sensations, PMS & The Mood Swings for a live session! Besides having a great name, PMS & The Mood Swings play a wonderful hybrid of girl group, garage and pop that wins over even the toughest of hearts. Get in on the ground floor!

Johnny Pastorius (Jaco's son) and Robert Trujillo of Metallica
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 6pm - 7pm
The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon
This week's Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon features interviews with Johnny Pastorius (Jaco's son) and Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica). Both are in town for the cinematic debut of Jaco: A Documentary Film.

Norman Westberg
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Coming to WFMU this Thursday, long time Swans guitarist Norman Westberg will bring his guitar and treat us to a live in-studio, solo performance. While his guitar sound for Swans and a few other projects is legendary, what is less known is his recent work as a soloist, exploring the sonic qualities of guitar drones.

Brett Milano, author of "Don't Thank Me All At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller"
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Scott Miller probably needs no introduction to most WFMU listeners, but let's give him one anyway: leader of the bands The Loud Family, Game Theory, and Alternate Learning. His sudden suicide in the spring of 2013 stunned longtime fans and close friends alike.

Longtime rock journalist Brett Milano has assembled the story of Miller's life through conversations with nearly all of his past bandmates as well as collaborators and admirers such as Mitch Easter, Steve Wynn and Aimee Mann. Brett will join Evan "Funk" Davies tonight to discuss Scott Miller's life and share a few stories from the book. You'll also hear plenty of music from Scott Miller's bands and some of the songs he loved, plus some exclusive treats! Tune in at 9pm (EST) Wednesday night December 2 for this celebratory and revelatory look at the life of a pop genius.

Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (of Luna)
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
In the midst of winding down Luna's reunion tour (the band's first shows in over 10 years), Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips join Devon to discuss "Mistress America," the songwriting duo's latest film score and second for director Noah Baumbach (the first being 2005's "The Squid & The Whale"). The soundtrack, released on vinyl by Milan Records last Friday, is not the guitar-based, ethereal pop that we have all come to know and enjoy. Instead it's a synth-drenched 80s-throwback that still manages to maintain Dean & Britta's distinctive voice and spirit within all of the nostalgia.

Andrew Andrew
Monday, November 30th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and no one can believe it as Dave welcomes Andrew Andrew, two New York City DJs, performance artists, and more who live as one two-headed beast (or joint persona if the two-headed beast thing is a bit much), dressing and living identically each and every day right down to the food they eat, the tattoos on their skin, and the delicate care fabrics covering their nether regions. Dave will ask the tough questions and also offer them snacks in hopes of a better tomorrow. You’ll love it.

Author and Music Journalist Amanda Petrusich
Monday, November 30th, 2015, 9am - Noon
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Today on Surface Noise, Amanda Petrusich comes by to chat about music and play some favorite records. Amanda is the author of the recent book about 78 collectors Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records as well as the Nick Drake Pink Moon book in Continuum/ Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3rd series. She also writes intelligently about music for Pitchfork, the Oxford American, and The New York Times. Recently, she has started a series of articles for The New Yorker. Tune in for some great records and relaxed talk about music old and new.

Sunday, November 29th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Baltimore duo Wume explores polyrhythmic structures through the lens of kosmische; they call it "mutant new age music." Their new album, “Maintain,” was released in May on Ehse Records, and the six tracks are each a sparkling aural future city; the hypnotic synths and precise drumming create episodes of icy minimalism, sweeping grandeur, and freaky psychedelia. Prepare to be sonically transported when they play live on Mary Wing’s show, beginning at 1 am on November 29th!

Live at Monty Hall
Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Pat welcomes special guests Ike Ufomadu, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and music from Désir Decir.

Scott Fagan and Harry Shearer
Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes Scott Fagan for an interview and live performance. Fagan's first solo album, 1968's "South Atlantic Blues", has just been reissued and we'll hear the about his interesting and most unusual life. Also, multitalented Harry Shearer returns to the show to talk about his upcoming "Christmas Without Tears Tour" which stops at BAM Tuesday, December 1st.

Carter Thornton plus Tom Carter / Steve Gunn duo
Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Start Thanksgiving the WFMU way. Carter Thornton (GNAW, Zashiki-Warashi, Pigeons, Enos Slaughter) brings a solo guitar set to WFMU. He's a relentless & restless innovator whose releases span the gamut from abstract classical guitar, experimental metal, field recordings, and destroyed songs. His new series of releases, Mapping the Ghost, begins this fall on Soft Abuse records.

Afterwards, guitar comrades Tom Carter & Steve Gunn will play in a duo. Tom Carter is a prolific musician who founded Charalambides in 1991 with Christina Carter. He's recently been focused on his bands with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano as well as solo performances in collaboration with filmmakers. Tom's electric guitar work weaves melody into towering long-form drones, sculpting high-volume grit and charged silence together. His new LP is Long Time Underground (on Three Lobed).

Steve Gunn has numerous lauded solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. You can usually find him playing with his band, but he also finds time to serve as guitarist in Kurt Vile’s Violators or play duos like this with old friends. His playing shows the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic jazz, and Gnawa and Carnatic music. His most recent record is the acclaimed Way Out Weather (on Paradise of Bachelors).

Stephen and Scott fill in for Ken and Andy
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 6pm - 7pm
The Listener Hour
Stephen Ignatious, an aspiring alcoholic and comedian repeatedly voted most attractive artist on Staten Island teams up with co-host Scott James, is a musician/comedian/director, to find truth in life at the bottom of a bottle of quality bourbon. Stephen and Scott work independently, and together organizing art & music events, performing comedy, producing videos in and around the Staten Island area. They will bring food into the WFMU main studio.

Joe Frank - "Pilgrim (Parts 1 & 2)"
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. Two half-hour episodes entitled "Pilgrim (Parts 1 & 2)," from Joe's In the Dark series, air Weds. November 25th. In Part 1, Joe recounts, in nauseating detail, the annual ritual of overindulging at a lavish family Thanksgiving dinner. He then offers the history of the feast, the story of the Pilgrims, and chronicles of pilgrimages around the world. In Part 2, Joe pays a stranger $15,000 for a battered 1953 Buick convertible that's only worth a few hundred. He then fills the tank and sets out on a pilgrimage from Atlantic to Pacific to revel in the splendors of manifest destiny.

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Who would have thought that a crafty black metal band—one that weaves King Crimson-like beauty, arrangements & melodic intensity into the nails-dragging-down-stone fervor we expect from the genre—would exist in WFMU's own back yard? Not us. Think Enslaved, through an American filter—but also think thoroughly modern, with rock power, and soaring, Baroque, 2/4 cadences as black as the blackest riffs by Cultes Des Ghoules. My Castle of Quiet is very proud to present a unique / exclusive live set, slated for future release, from Hercyn, Jersey City's earnest purveyors of black-metal artistry.

Morricone Iceland Pt. 2: DR. GUNNI (of S.H. Draumur) on the "History of Icelandic Soundtrack Music"
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Dr. Gunni (aka Gunnar Larus Hjalmarsson), a central figure of the Icelandic underground music scene, curates the "History of Icelandic Soundtracks" this week on Morricone Island. His 2012 comprehensive book "Blue Eyed Pop: The History of Icelandic Popular Music" has recently been published in English. Dr. Gunni is a jack-of-all-trades author, solo artist and member of Iceland's S.H. Draumur, Bless and Unun, radio and tv show host, and even a judge on the upcoming "Iceland's Got Talent" tv program. Fans of Icelandic music or cinema will not want to miss this one.

Comedians Todd and Adam Stone
Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave is joined live in-studio by Todd and Adam Stone, twin brothers who make up the bizarre and hilarious comedy duo Stone and Stone. Tune in to find out whether they can actually communicate telepathically or if that is just a made up thing. Dave also shares secret Thanksgiving recipes that probably won’t make you all that sick really.

Low Doses
Monday, November 23rd, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Jersey City's Low Doses deliver a heavy dose of power pop and rock and roll hooks, enough so that they have been backing up the legendary Paul Collins over the last few months. Tune in today to hear how they earned that prestigious gig!

Hanna Khoury of Philly Arab Culture Hotbed Al-Bustan
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Violin virtuoso Hanna Khoury is Music Director of Philadelphia non-profit Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, dedicated to sharing Arab culture through the arts. He'll lead Al-Bustan's ensemble and many guests at a big concert Saturday December 5th at Bryn Mawr college. It's the culmination of a season-long project, Words Adorned, blending ancient and contemporary musical and poetic forms. Hanna is also an in-demand accompanist for artists from Fairuz to Shakira - and he's pursuing a doctorate in ethnomusicology. He'll still manage to find a little time to visit with us on today's show.

Those Darlins PLUS Cyril Jordan and George Alexander of the Flamin' Groovies
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Nashville's Those Darlins head east and rock the set of The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show! Find out why Paste Magazine had this to say about the tremendous trio: "Whether you thought they were a quirky-obnoxious novelty act or a gang of infinitely charming, boots-are-made-for-rockin’ Americana party girls, forget your initial impression of Those Darlins. Because, over the last few years, the band has become the spirit of rock ’n’ roll incarnate—a slightly older, wiser, modern-day Southern-garage version of The Runaways." Those Darlins are appearing at Terminal 5 on Wednesday Nov. 11th, opening for Shakey Graves.

Also today, Cyril Jordan and George Alexander of The Flamin' Groovies join Todd-O-Phonic Todd to chat about their incredible history, The Beatles and much more. Along with Chris Wilson and Victor Penalosa they have been playing live and doing material from the brilliant era of "Shake Some Action". The Flamin' Groovies will be performing at Monty Hall that very evening and at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Sunday 11/22.

Joe McEwen, producer of the new Staple Singers box set "Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976"
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Joe "Mr. C" McEwen, producer of the new limited edition, career-spanning box set of the Staple Singers, to discuss the music and history of one of America's greatest musical families.

Terry Adams of NRBQ
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 9am - 11am
Bob Brainen's show
Terry Adams returns to the show just in time for the release of "Talk Thelonious" featuring a dozen Monk tunes recorded with NRBQ plus guests, available on both CD and vinyl at We'll talk about Monk as well as Sun Ra and other artists who have influenced the band which will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary next year. Join Us!

David Garland
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
David Garland spends an hour (or more) with Irwin on Weds. November 18 at 4pm. Garland has been an active composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer since the 1980s; his songs are tuneful, experimental, and heartfelt. His new music is inspired by a unique guitar, playing with proportion, and by the evocative landscapes of upstate New York. Many WFMU listeners know Garland as the host of WNYC's eclectic Spinning On Air, which ran for nearly 30 years.

Al Kent
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on The Duane Train

The "Walter Gibbons of Scotland" is a highly respected producer who has gain loads of respect over the years for his pure disco, dancefloor friendly style of Deejaying and producing. This Disco Re-edit Juggernaut also runs the Million Dollar Disco label and has also put out acclaimed re-edits on stilov4music and also on BBE, Razor-N-Tape and Tronicsole. This is his first time playing on WFMU ahead of his debut gig on Saturday night on 11/21/15, and the Duane Train couldn't be more excited to have him as a co-conducter this week!

Anna von Hausswolff
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

As a child, Anna von Hausswolff was often enchanted by family stories of a gorgeous area from her native Sweden with a complicated past. She'd heard Sweden’s traditional folk music began in this naturally beautiful place, but a momentous uprising against the country’s king left its landscapes bathed in blood. Anna calls the place "Miraculous" and has based her new album on these storied lands. von Hausswolff’s voice echoes this beauteous but ghastly past, as she swoops from whispered incantations to ghastly shrieks. Anna von Hausswolff brings her band to WFMU to play some of these epic tunes.

Stephen Coates (of The Real Tuesday Weld) on Mikael Tariverdiev [Mi-Kah-il TEAR-river-diev]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Stephen Coates, film composer and leader of U.K.'s The Real Tuesday Weld, discusses Mikael Tariverdiev, one of Russia's most prolific film composers with over 130 credits but virtually unknown outside of his country. Stephen first encountered Tariverdiev's music on the stereo in a Moscow cafe while dodging the cold on tour in 2011. The chance encounter led him down a path resulting in a beautiful 51-track 3LP / 3CD boxset with 24-full page color booklet which Stephen co-produced closely with Tariverdiev's widow and will be released by Earth Recordings (U.S. distribution by Light in the Attic) on November 20th. Nostalgic Cold War excitement.

Jake Meginsky
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Having studied under legendary free percussionist Milford Graves, Massachussetts native Jake Meginsky operates under a more electronic umbrella, albeit one that incorporates his teacher's sophisticated palette of textures into a wide range of atmospheres. Meginsky has released two LPs on Open Mouth (a label run by Body/Head guitarist Bill Nace) full of fractured minimal techno, near-silent dub passages, gnarly fields of stuttering noise, tonal mayhem and non-linear rhythms to amazing effect. He's live at Trans-Pecos on November 11th, and live on Brian's show today.

JFK & JAF special
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 10am - 11am
Aerial View
Tuesday on a special “JFK & JAF” edition of the Aerial View Pod(iatry)cast, Chris T. visits with musican & writer Josh Alan Friedman at the Grassy Knoll in Dallas, Texas.

Comedians Chris Duffy & Jay Mohr
Monday, November 16th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave has just returned from a heavy metal journey and has the outfits to prove it as he welcomes comedian Chris Duffy, host of Boston's WBUR radio show You're The Expert, where three comedians try to guess what a scientist studies all day. Dave also gets a call from comedian and SNL alum Jay Mohr, whose new album "Happy. And a Lot." was written entirely by his wife, actress Nikki Cox.

Timothy Hill
Monday, November 16th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah

Timothy Hill, as a member of David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, pioneered the art of harmonic singing, prompting the New York Times to call him "a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique." Timothy visits Vocal Fry on November 12th to share some of his overtone singing. Timothy is also a singer-songwriter and has worked with an incredible range of musicians, including John Cage, Keith Jarrett, Bill Frisell, Jeff Buckley, Allen Ginsberg, Odetta, Pete Seeger, and Pauline Oliveros. Timothy will appear later in the week as part of the Vital Vox Vocal Festival, happening on November 18th and 19th at The Wild Project, 195 E. 3rd St in NYC.

Charlie Megira & the Bet she'an Valley Hillbillies
Monday, November 16th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Surf poetry and rockabilly from Israel's answer to Tav Falco!

Sunday, November 15th, 2015, 7pm - 10pm
on Hello Children with Faye

Hello Children welcomes Brooklyn-based dream pop group GINGERLYS for a reverb-laced live set. In the vein of Pains of Being Pure at Heart & Love is All, these shoegazey melodies will tug at your heartstrings in true Hello Children tradition! Gingerlys are kicking off a mini tour this November so look for them in a DIY friendly venue near you!!

Guitar Lightnin' Lee and His Thunder Band
Sunday, November 15th, 2015, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
The legendary Guitar Lightnin' Lee and His Thunder Band play the kind of stomping, high-energy blues found in the backwoods and on the backstreets of the Deep South, when it's even found at all these days. A true son of New Orleans, Lightnin' infuses his sound with swamp pop grooves, vintage R&B, and even a Cramps cover, and he's backed by a crew of youngins (relatively speaking) from the Crescent City's garage and punk scenes. It's that musical gumbo you hear so much about. BURN IT DOWN! was lucky enough to get Lightnin' and his band into the studio during their recent tour of New York City. Tune in Sunday, November 15, to hear the results.

Syl Johnson documentary-makers PLUS Alejandro Escovedo
Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
After almost 6 years of production, the feature-length documentary film, Syl Johnson: Any Way The Wind Blows, will be having its NYC premiere at DOC NYC film fest on Sunday, November 15th at 2pm at the SVA Theatre and Wednesday, November 18th at 3:00pm at the IFC Center.

To celebrate the release of the film director Rob Hatch-Miller and producers, Puloma Basu and Michael Slaboch will stop by WFMU to talk about the film (where the first filming was done in 2010 on DJ Trouble's show!) and play some records with Todd-O-Phonic Todd.

Also on the show, Alejandro Escovedo joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd to plays some songs, records and chat about his amazing career and baseball. Alejandro is a musical treasure, having performed in such acts as The Nuns, Rank & File, The True Believers and more before embarking on a highly impressive solo career. He is also a member of one of America's greatest musical families, with such relatives as the late percussionist Coke Escovedo and Sheila E.. Alejandro will be performing at Outpost in The Burbs in Montclair later that evening and doing 3 shows at City Winery in January.

Tom Petty biographer Warren Zanes
Saturday, November 14th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Warren Zanes whose new book "Petty: The Biography" takes a deep and unflinching look at the life and work of the inscrutable Tom Petty.

John Schnall’s Midnight Matinee - John And Tony Die At The End
Saturday, November 14th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton

The universe is on the verge of chaos. Aliens live among us, the Jets and the Sharks are fighting, and Beastiology is rampant. Clearly, it's time for: John And Tony Die At The End; the ultimate radio mush-up of the beloved musical West Side Story and the cult classic John Dies At The End. Only on WFMU, at the stroke of midnight on Friday the 13th, on Rich Hazelton's Inflatable Squirrel Carcass program. Be there or... well, let's not even consider the alternatives; it's just too dreadful to contemplate.

"The Lost Arcade" documentary-makers
Friday, November 13th, 2015, 9am - Noon
Marty McSorley's show
Filmmakers Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin stop by to talk about their new documentary "The Lost Arcade." Premiering at DOC NYC this week, the film the story of Chinatown Fair, the legendary arcade located in the heart of New York’s Chinatown.

Ben Chasny
Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 9am - Noon
on Imaginary Radio

Living legend Ben Chasny (of Six Organs of Admittance, Comets On Fire) stops by for a beautiful live acoustic set and to talk about his fascinating book, "The Hexadic System." The book details an interesting new way of approaching playing the guitar using a deck of playing cards and provides inspiring and unique ideas to think about. We discuss these things and it's cool so please listen to this great show. Thanks in advance.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 6am - 9am
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Manchester free rock power trio Chalaque stops by WFMU on their November East Coast tour. Expect epic guitar disintegration and endless in-the-red wreckage invoking Mainliner or Marble Sheep. No joke. This configuration of Nick Mitchell's trio will include members of Albany's shred kings Burnt Hills.

Mark Thomas PLUS Daniel and Isaac Franco
Thursday, November 12th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
$mall ¢hange has a full show on Nickel and Dime radio this week. A short interview with UK activist/comedian/troublemaker Mark Thomas, who's one man show Cuckooed is running for 2 more weeks in NYC. Then sets from Daniel and Isaac Franco. Daniel aka Brother Daniel has deep crates and worked at the club APT for many years. His younger brother Isaac is one half of the duo De-Lux and have a record out on Innovative Leisure out of LA. all happening Wednesday night Mid-3am.

Eyelids PLUS Baby Shakes
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Baseball season might be over, but there's still a doubleheader happening on the next Evan "Funk" Davies show! Tune in Wednesday night, November 11, for sizzling live sets from New York City's punky-poppers Baby Shakes and Portland's secret jangle-psych heroes Eyelids. Eyelids are currently touring with Charlatans UK(!), and they'll be playing at Webster Hall in NYC on Tuesday Nov. 10. Their recent self-titled EP has drawn comparisons to Flying Nun and Paisley Underground bands, and it includes Dream Syndicate and John Cale covers. The band includes musicians who are or were in Boston Spaceships, The Decemberists, Guided By Voices, The Jicks, and the Minus 5.

Baby Shakes pulls together all the catchiest, sunniest elements of your favorite punk and power-pop records and then gives it an extra kick in the butt. Think Nikki Corvette meets the Undertones meets Stiv Bators. Alright, meeting adjourned! Baby Shakes have a new album out called Starry Eyes (Li'l Chewy), and they'll be playing downstairs at Monty Hall on Saturday Dec. 12 with the Real Kids and Wildlife. Don't miss this twin bill of rock on WFMU this Wednesday night, Nov. 11, starting at 9pm!

Joe Frank - "Thank You, You're Beautiful"
Wednesday, November 11th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "Thank You, You're Beautiful," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. November 11th. A woman telephones her ex-lover to explain the bitter truth about his failings as a romantic partner. Joe unpacks his journal of absurd, philosophical anecdotes and reflections.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on The Duane Train

J-Zone the hip hop villain is back to co-conduct the train this week. This Hip Hop scribe, producer, rapper, and collector is always fun to have on the show, and this week he'll be talking about the brand new "Seoul Power" 7-inch he just dropped, the new band he's formed with the legendary Prince Paul and expect another high-powered 45 funk set from our fave cantankerous Hip Hop Critic.

Ennio Morricone's 87th Birthday Tribute
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Devon pays tribute to the namesake of the show. One of the most prolific film composers of all time composing for over 500 films and selling over 40 million records worldwide, Ennio Morricone scored for many of the greats, e.g. Sergio Leone, Dario Argento, John Carpenter, Roman Polanksi, Mike Nichols, Brian De Palma and Guiseppe Tornatore. Il Maestro turns 87 on November 10th and doesn't appear to be easing up his workload with recent scores announced for Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick somehow squeezed in between his never-ending "60 Years of Music" world tour with 200-piece orchestra and choir.

Kurt Gottschalk and Matthew from Fiery Furnaces fill in for Bronwyn and Jim
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
With the Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio on hiatus this week, Miniature Minotaurs host and sportsy know-nothing Kurt Gottschalk will fill in for Sportsy Talk Tuesday the 10th at 6pm. Helping him field listener calls will be noted sports commentator and philosopher Matthew Friedberger, who in his spare time also makes music, sometimes with his sister as the Fiery Furnaces.

The Ex with Ken Vandermark: Video and Audiocast Live From Monty Hall
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

In case you weren't able to attend, Brian Turner's program put together a night at WFMU's Monty Hall on October 23rd headlined by The Ex (who were joined by Ken Vandermark on sax), and he'll be airing the full set on his program today at 4PM ET. But as a special bonus during the broadcast, you can simultaneously view the entire video of the set shot multi-cam that night, via Ustream linked from WFMU's home page! See Holland's greatest musical exports blow the roof off the joint in front of a full house of attendees, and while it may not be the same as "being there", you will get a pretty good idea of why this band's not-frequent-enough US tours are the stuff of legend. The Ex are in their 33rd year of existence, and listeners may remember they performed one of WFMU's 50th Anniversary shows with a full big band and an assortment of Ethiopian musicians on a colossal Lincoln Center Outdoors bill in 2008. Today, you'll see a comparatively stripped-down core lineup of Terrie Hessels, Katherina Bornefeld, Arnold DeBoer, and Andy Moor tear up the smaller confines of Monty Hall with the help of Vandermark. Tune in!

Dead Rat Orchestra Live at the Brighton Dome
Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 3pm - 5pm
Eclectic Music for Mind and Bodhi with Peter Nelson (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
The Dead Rat Orchestra play a mixture of old folk tunes and lyrics with modern compositions, played upon a variety of instruments including harmonium, mandolin, thumb piano, bells and laptop, vocals often delivered with hollers and hoots. This 30 minute concert was recorded on October 28th 2015 at the Brighton Dome, as the support act for Godspeed You! Black Emperor's UK tour.

Smoke Fairies
Monday, November 9th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This Monday, Dave welcomes London dream pop duo Smoke Fairies back for their record second appearance on the show. Smoke Fairies were the first UK act to be released on Jack White's Third Man label. They have really cool guitars, and even cooler accents, and are so good at music you should probably have a change of pants ready before tuning in.

Mellow Harsher
Monday, November 9th, 2015, 8pm - 9pm
Infinite Distortion
Masters of sleaze. Godfathers of filth. Disgusting, demented Midwestern grind hits a new low. The heat has never been more oppressive. Easily the best band since INXS. Come taste a "New Sensation" with your horrible ears this Monday night at 8pm on WFMU's INFINITE DISTORTION with DJ Bosh.

Purple Rain in the Saharan Desert - Monty Hall Movie Preview
Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

We're screening something fun and a bit different at the next Monty Hall movie night a week from Saturday: The first ever Tuareg-language rock-u-drama! Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai - or Purple Rain in the Saharan Desert - is a collaboration between first-time filmmaker Christopher Kirkley and the standout artist on Kirkley's Sahel Sounds record label, guitarist and singer Mdou Moctar. The movie stars Moctar as an aspiring guitar hero overcoming family pressures, a jealous and underhanded competitor, and romantic challenges. Kinda like, well, Purple Rain and other classic music-driven feature films - but shot in the desert city of Agadez, Niger and chock-full of spellbinding psychedelic Sahel guitar music! Akounak is showing one time only, Saturday night November 14th at 8 at WFMU's Monty Hall. We'll chat with Kirkley and spotlight Mdou Moctar's amazing music on tonight's show.

Albert Mudrian
Thursday, November 5th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Albert Mudrian is Editor in Chief of Decibel Magazine, and author of "Choosing Death: The Improbable History Of Death Metal and Grindcore," and he'll be Diane's guest, ready with the brutalist of playlists! His book, "Choosing Death", that was originally released in 2004, has recently been re-released, with 100 more pages of content, as well as a new cover. Albert will be live, so listener questions will be fielded from the comments board. Tune in to hear the mightiest of metal!

Charlie Waters Trio plus guests
Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Chroma Colossus, the latest album from saxophonist and composer Charles Waters (Gold Sparkle Band, Acid Birds), is a love letter to New York City, a musical representation of the everyday struggle and joy of city life and the century-old New York jazz tradition. He'll bring his regular trio plus guests down to WFMU to play from his NYC songbook and celebrate the re-release of Chroma Colossus.

Ian Fisher and The Reverend John DeLore
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
Irene Trudel's show
After a move to Germany, singer/songwriter Ian Fisher said, “I’ve really lost my Americanism, the majority of it anyway, and one of the reasons I’ve turned back to country music is in an attempt to find a part of me that I lost.” His debut album "Nero" was released in October and he brings his band in to WFMU to play some of it live. Additionally, Ian is a longtime friend of The Reverend John DeLore, who has been quietly releasing a number of fine Americana-laden albums from his Brooklyn base. The Reverend will play a few tunes as well.

Tape Op Editor Larry Crane (Recording Soundtracks)
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Tape Op editor Larry Crane guests on Morricone Island this Tuesday. Recent Tape Op Issue No. 107 focused on the recording of soundtracks including interviews with composer/music supervisor Brian Reitzell, recording/mixing engineer John Rodd and filmmaker Denny Tedesco on The Wrecking Crew documentary. Larry famously recorded Elliott Smith's "Miss Misery" which received a Best Original Song Oscar nomination for its later appearance in the closing credits of 1997's Good Will Hunting. The last time Larry visited WFMU, it was 1992 when DJ Gerard Cosloy invited his band Vomit Launch on his show at the old East Orange studio.

Comedian Greg Barris
Monday, November 2nd, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
November is here. No way! Anyway, Dave is excited to welcome comedian Greg Barris into the WFMU lair. He also get a report from Goddamn Dave Hill Show European correspondent Harry Deansway, calling on a broken phone from London.

Josh Rosenthal, author of "The Record Store of the Mind"
Monday, November 2nd, 2015, 9am - Noon
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Over the years, Tompkins Square Records has resurrected great American folk, gospel, and American Primitive guitar sounds, as well as presenting new releases by the likes of Ryley Walker, James Blackshaw, and Michael Chapman. This year, Tompkins Square celebrates its 10th anniversary, and label head Josh Rosenthal has commemorated this milestone by penning a book that shines the spotlight on some of his favorite neglected artists. We'll talk with Josh about the book and play some songs by some of the artists from the book. Tune in and be enlightened!

Stephen Chopek
Monday, November 2nd, 2015, Midnight - 3am
Therese's show
Singer/songwriter Stephen Chopek stopped by WFMU to play some songs from his debut album, "Things Falling Apart Together," and discuss relocating from Jersey City to Memphis and making the switch from drummer (The Everymen, Chico Mann, Norah Jones, Charlie Hunter...) to solo performer.

Sunshine & the Rain
Sunday, November 1st, 2015, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

This duo of Jersey City–based singer-bassist Ashley Anderson Morey and guitarist Justin Angelo Morey are former members of Hudson County’s finest freakbeat band, the late and lamented Black Hollies. And though the husband-and-wife pair still have a ’60s-grounded ear for melody, their music is as much Psychocandy sheet-of-noise as Spectorian wall-of-sound. With several live appearances on WFMU already under their belt, Sunshine & the Rain have plans to release an upcoming single on the Ernest Jenning Record Co. label to follow their winning track, “C’mon and Take a Ride,” which debuted on the compilation cassette Serious Rockers: An Unblinking Ear Mixtape.

John Early, Mary Houlihan, live music from Vic Ruggiero and MORE! Live From "Haunty Hall"
Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Join Pat and the gang for the kind of nightmare one can only expect to see on Halloween night! Comedy from John Early, most recently seen in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Mary Houlihan of Cartoon Monsoon and Live 'n' Good, live music from the one and only Vic Ruggiero, and a plethora of surprise guests! You can watch live video of the show over at from 9:30 - 11:30. The video will appear on the WFMU phone apps, the WFMU homepage and Pat's playlist page. Or, you can come to "Haunty Hall" and see the show in person and buy some very reasonably priced popcorn! You can't escape! You WON'T escape! (This ones haunted, brah!)

Ichiban Halloween Special
Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 6pm - Midnight
Debbie Does WFMU with Debbie D. (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Join WFMU's Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban webstream on Sat, Oct 31st for your trick or treating soundtrack! Tune in for spooky sets from The Real Nitty Gritty, What's Happening?!?!, Fringe Factory, Whig Out, Crayons To Perfume, Debbie D, Weird-O-Matic Wax, Live from The Admiral with Dr. Filth + MORE. 6 pm until who knows! If you dare!

Radio Jarocho with Zenén Zeferino Huervo: Exhilarating Son Jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico
Saturday, October 31st, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

If you know the song La Bamba, you have heard son jarocho. Ritchie Valens revamped a song from this centuries-old Afro / European / Indigenous tradition from Veracruz, Mexico and turned it into a pop hit. But there is a lot more to the music than La Bamba. And today a revival has led bands like New York-based Radio Jarocho as well as artists back home in Veracruz like Zenén Zeferino Huervo to update the genre's beloved canon with new songs and new musical twists. Speaking of beloved Mexican culture, today happens to mark the beginning of Day of the Dead - the three-day Mexican holiday in honor of the deceased. Radio Jarocho, along with acclaimed poet and jarana player Zeferino, will honor the ancestors right here on FMU tonight, as well as at the end of the holiday on Monday night at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens.

Put The Needle on the Park Blvd Records & Tapes
Friday, October 30th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Going against the trend of record stores going out of business, Oakland CA's Park Blvd Records & Tapes has been thriving since it opened up shop a few months ago. With its focus on hip-hop/rap records and tapes, it attracts collectors and music fiends from all over including, this week, WFMU when we will broadcast live 4pm to 5pm (local Pacific time). Billy Jam will be joined by the specialty store's two knowledgeable owners/popular bloggers Andrew Nosnitsky (Cocaine Blunts) and Jason Darrah (12ManRambo) for sets of all Bay Area hip-hop music.

Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Werewolves, mummies, monkeys, zombies and more monkeys conspire to make this year's Music To Spook By Hauntfest the scariest and stupidest one ever!

Halloween 4D
Thursday, October 29th, 2015, 9am - Noon
Imaginary Radio
The annual Halloween spooktacular is back in all its pumpkin circumstance! And this time it's in all four dimensions! Sounds to scare to, music to murder by! Ahhhhh!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
These San Francisco neo-glam rockers stop by WFMU to drop a set of punky power-pop on your heads that's more power than pop. If you enjoy the Heartbreakers, Time Flys, Bare Wires/Warm Soda, Starz, and the like then you'll quickly become a fan of Dancer. They'll be playing at Palisades in Brooklyn on Friday Oct 23 with Terry & Louie (ex-Exploding Hearts), Daddy Long Legs, and Fletcher C. Johnson (part of Tuff Weekend). Go see that show, and then tune in to WFMU on Wednesday the 28th to hear Dancer again!

Scary Stories
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
DIFM (Do It For Me) with Pseu Braun
Call in to WFMU's #DIFM show Wednesday night at 7pm with your creepy stories, about anyone or anything real or make-believe at 201-536-9368. Do It For Me will simultaneously be video-casting spooky stuff!

Joe Frank - "Dear Annie"
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "Dear Annie," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. October 28th. Joe recounts the joy and despair of his relationship with a much younger woman. He knows their breakup is inevitable, and so does she, but they're both waiting for the decisive moment.

Simpsons Time: The Feast of Maximum Occupancy
Wednesday, October 28th, 2015, Noon - 2pm
Nazario Scenario (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
A true cavalcade of whimsy awaits you on Nazario Scenario Oct. 28th! Join Amanda and a record number of special guests for Simpsons theory, Simpsons tunes, and much more -- including live commentary on Treehouse of Horror 5 just in time for Halloween.

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