Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Child Abuse
Friday, June 19th, Midnight - 3am
Nick Name's show
On Nick Name's first ever session , Child Abuse drop by the WFMU studio's to record songs from their latest LP 'Trouble In Paradise.' Bassist/vocalist Tim Dahl (Lydia Lunch Retrovirus), drummer Oran Canfield, and Keyboardist Eric Lau showcase their unique sound, which has been described as 'somewhere in between noise, metal, and avant-jazz. LINK:

Cold Beat
Wednesday, June 17th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
San Francisco's Cold Beat was started by Hannah Lew as an outlet for songs she'd been working on while playing in Grass Widow, but "didn't feel like Grass Widow songs." With that band on unannounced and indefinite hiatus, Lew completed those songs and continued writing on her own, releasing an EP in 2013 and the full-length album Over Me (Crime On The Moon) last year with a band that also includes former Erase Errata drummer Bianca Sparta. Reviewers struggled to put the album's sound in a familiar box, describing it variously as "surf-rock," "post-punk," "punkish," "poppy" and (gasp) "new wave." You can decide for yourself when Cold Beat play live on The Evan "Funk" Davies show Wednesday, June 17, at 9pm.

Brian Wilson Birthday Bash
Wednesday, June 17th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Brian Wilson turns 73 on June 20. That's as good an excuse as any to spend three hours playing and analyzing his music. On June 17th, Irwin invites Beach Boys historian (and occasional drummer) Dennis Diken down for an afternoon of deep cuts, session tracks, outtakes, rarities, and sonic artifacts that demonstrate why Brian Wilson is a musical science project.

The Music of Christopher Lee Films
Tuesday, June 16th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Morricone Island pays a film music tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, the Master of Horror, who passed away at the age of 93 on June 7. Lee was best known as Count Dracula in the Hammer Horror Films but his career spanned nearly nearly 70 years with over 250 film and television credits including those of Lord Summerisle in 1973's The Wicker Man, Bond villain Francis Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, Count Dooku in the Star Wars series, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. He will be missed but fortunately his work will live on forever.

Tony Ortega on Aerial View to Discuss Scientology
Tuesday, June 16th, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View with Chris T.
On Aerial View this Tuesday Chris T. is joined by special guest Tony Ortega, executive editor of Raw Story and former editor of the Village Voice, who's been investigating Scientology for twenty years and whose website The Underground Bunker documents the outrages of the "Church." Tony discusses his new book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, about the journalist Paulette Cooper, who exposed inner workings of the church only to experience Scientology's full wrath in a coordinated "Fair Game" campaign to ruin her life.

Tony was also seen in Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary Going Clear, (based on the Lawrence Wright 2013 book of the same name.

The Kurt Baker Band
Monday, June 15th, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Kurt Baker is a singer, songwriter and rock n’ roll performer from Portland, Maine who has always gone by the famous saying “Have a Good Time All the Time”. Now residing in Spain, Kurt and band stop by WFMU during a rare (these days) New York appearance.

Live from Monty Hall, taped on May 30th: Michelle Wolf, Matt Koff, Primitive Sound System and music from The Hamiltons!
Saturday, June 13th, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Pat broadcasts his eighth variety show recorded live from Monty Hall on May 30th. With stand up comedy from Michelle Wolf and Matt Koff! Also, making their WFMU debut that night will be The Hamiltons from Toronto Canada! And a DJ set from Primitive Sound System! 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.

Spider Bags
Saturday, June 13th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd
Merge Recording stars Spider Bags kick out the jams live on Todd-O-Phonic Todd's show 6/13. This stellar 3 piece combo features 3 Jersey high school pals including former D.C. Snipers member Dan McGee. Their high energy brand of unruly rock'n'roll is wonderfully displayed on their most recent album, Frozen Letter, and will be just the thing for a Saturday afternoon. Be sure and catch them opening for Ex Hex at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 6/12 and appearing with local heroes The Ribeye Brothers (performing with The Detroit Cobras @ Monty Hall on 7/17) at The Anchor's Bend in Asbury Park on 6/13.

Urochromes on Infinite Distortion
Wednesday, June 10th, 8pm - 9pm
Infinite Distortion
Two Western Mass wastrels unite to choke out snotty reflections on our pitiful planet over catchy, bold riffs that demand your attention as much as their progenitors demand sympathy. Driven by a drum machine fever and a panicked sense of imminent mortality, Urochromes are one of the best punk bands currently scratching out meaning from this parched earth. Hear them on Infinite Distortion on June 10th, at 8pm Eastern.

Rooftop Films' Dan Nuxoll
Tuesday, June 9th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Host Devon E. Levins welcomes Dan Nuxoll, Co-Founder of Rooftop Films, the non-profit organization which brings the outdoor film series every summer to NYC. The 2015 Rooftop Films Summer Series includes over 40 screenings in 19 different venues throughout the city. The 19th year of the series kicked off on May 29th weekend with screenings of short films of cinematic escapes and Bob Byington's 7 Chinese Brothers (Jason Schwartzman) and runs until August 22nd. Other highlights include Sundance offerings Sean Baker's Tangerine, Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack and Bryan Carberry's Finders Keepers. Screening this week is Desperate Measures: Short, Spellbinding Mysteries, Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker's Welcome to Leith, and Love Comes Later: Romantic Short Films. Check for the schedule.

Mark Dwinell
Tuesday, June 9th, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner's show
Brian welcomes Mark Dwinell for a session of just intonation farsfisa work in the spirit of his new LP Golden Ratio (Amish Records). Dwinell, a member of the Brooklyn combo Forma (and onetime of the Boston group Bright) incorporates both static pulsing drones and heavily arpeggiated passages, culminating in melodic lines that epitomize a unique musical vocabulary as developed over the last twenty years.

Damien Echols & Lorri Davis, authors of "Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row" and also musical guest Jounce.
Monday, June 8th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave's guests on the show are Damien Echols (West Memphis Three) and Lorri Davis, authors of the book "Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row" and also musical guest Jounce.

Tonic Train
Sunday, June 7th, 9pm - Midnight
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On Sunday, June 7, on World of Echo with Dave Mandl, Dave will be presenting a live set by electronics/circuit-bending duo Tonic Train (Knut Aufermann and Sarah Washington), who stopped by the FMU studios last week during a rare visit from their home in Germany. Knut and Sarah play a tableful of hi- and lo-tech gear, including transistor radios, toys, transmitters, and other unidentified flying gadgets. That’s Sunday, June 7, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Roy Loney
Saturday, June 6th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd
Roy Loney, former lead vocalist of the fabulous Flamin' Groovies, will join Todd-O-Phonic Todd on Saturday June 6th, 3-6 pm. Roy will show off his impeccable taste by spinning some of his favorite tunes and also perform a few numbers (not necessarily yesterday's). Todd and Roy will also discuss The Bay Area's musical golden age and their mutual passion for The San Francisco Giants.

Graham Parker on Michael Shelley's Show
Saturday, June 6th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes Graham Parker to chat about his current tour, his return to working with The Rumour and their new album Mystery Glue.

Put The Needle On The Northern California Live Remote from Dawgisht's Studios
Friday, June 5th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the final show of the current WFMU radio season Billy Jam will travel back to Northern California to set up the FMU remote broadcast unit in the Alameda studios of producer Dawgisht for a live jam session that, in addition to the veteran Cali beatmaker, will include performances from DJ Six-Kutter, MC Dopestyle, Bas-One, and Dub Esquire.

Joe Frank - "Iceland Part 1"
Wednesday, June 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Iceland Part 1," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. June 3rd. Joe itemizes the annoying habits of his unreliable and unfaithful girlfriend Lila. He chronicles his adventures traveling around the world, digressing on the convoluted nature of truth in a manner that will have you hungering for lies.

Scandinavian Prog Special
Wednesday, June 3rd, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

It's no secret that the Scandinavian nations have had a unique voice in the universe of rock, sometimes underscored by their indigenous folk music, artists like Theodore Kittelsen and writers like Tolkien, but just as often, hippies, rebels, and counterculture conspirators to the North created a unique, regional distillation of what was happening worldwide in the 1970s and beyond. Groups like International Harvester channeled Swedish folk and The Velvet Underground equally, while Hansson & Karlsson made exquisite psychedelic blues, akin to Jimi Hendrix but with only an organ and a drum kit. Tune in for a full three hours of musical wonders from our wildly creative brethren to the North...aka "more songs by guys named Jukka and Bo."

Olivia Chaney
Tuesday, June 2nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Equally moving as an interpreter of traditional British folk songs and of her original tunes, Olivia Chaney possesses an expressive voice reminiscent of the best moments by Anne Briggs, Sandy Denny or Joni Mitchell. Chaney brings a passion to her slowly unwinding traditional songs of love and longing on guitar, piano and exquisite Indian harmonium. Olivia Chaney's debut, "The Longest River," is out now on Nonesuch and she returns to Irene's show for a live set.

Varese Sarabande's Robert Townson
Tuesday, June 2nd, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Devon welcomes Robert Townson, Varèse Sarabande's executive producer who has personally produced over 1,000 soundtracks including those by Jerry Goldsmith, Miklós Rózsa, Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein and show namesake Ennio Morricone. As the most prolific producer of film music in the world, Robert has averaged one new album release a week for over 25 years. Founded in 1978, Varèse is the first label dedicated solely to film music and the most prolific film music label in the world boasting well over 1,500 soundtracks with 60 to 70 titles added each year. Varèse recently launched a subscription series "LP to CD" featuring vinyl albums never released on CD kicked off by Charles Bernstein’s April Fool's Day, as well as Varèse Live Entertainment which focuses on live film music with a debut concert scheduled June 11 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in collaboration with the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Maestro Steven Allen Fox entitled "Back In Time. . .1985 Live!" with guest performances by composers David Newman, Bruce Broughton, David Shire, Christopher Lennertz and Jeff Beal.

Drew McDowall (ex-Coil)
Tuesday, June 2nd, 3am - 6am
Ning Nong Radio
Ning Nong Radio presents a live modular synth set by ex-Coil member Drew McDowall. A true master of the instrument, McDowall elevates the modular synthesizer beyond the realm of the gear fetishist and brings us as close as we can get to experiencing the unique magic that Coil were achieving upon their untimely demise.

Loudon Wainwright
Monday, June 1st, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes the one and only Loudon Wainwright as a guest tonight.

Junk Boys
Monday, June 1st, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Their producer described them as bluesy boozy rock and roll, and we couldn't agree more! Ex-members of Organs and Dream Police.

Beech Creeps
Sunday, May 31st, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K

Beech Creeps formed out of a variety of Brooklyn outfits, including Ex Models, Knyfe Hyts, Pterodactyl, and Yeasayer. The trio plunges into the depths of rock's primordial sludge and emerges wielding a massive blob of fiery, lysergic skree. We'll put it this way: If the arms of the T. Rex were as powerful as the Beech Creeps song of the same name, dinosaurs might have actually avoided extinction, as the fabled comet would have been easily smashed to bits. The band recently dropped by Burn It Down! for a live set featuring songs from its self-titled debut LP on Monofonus.

Live Broadcast from the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Day 2
Saturday, May 30th, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

Once again WFMU returns to the amazing Primavera Sound festival as official USA radio ambassadors broadcasting full sets live over the weekend of May 29th and 30th! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Evan "Funk" Davies as we carry performances by Ex Hex, Mdou Moctar, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Swans, Belle & Sebastian, Earthless, Einsturzende Neubauten, Arthur Russell Instrumentals Project, Julie Ruin, Twerps, Run the Jewels, Disappears, Babes In Toyland, Giant Sand, Mikal Cronin, Pharmakon, Voivod, The Church, Sleaford Mods, Thee Oh Sees, and more TBA! Stay tuned to this page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific set times! Some will be archived, some not!

Monty Hall
Saturday, May 30th, 3am - 6am
Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu
Join us as Monte Halprin, better known as Monty Hall of the game show "Let's Make A Deal," answers some questions, solves some problems, and talks about what it's like to be Monty Hall. Come see what is behind this door on this very special episode of DWM,S!

Live Broadcast from the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Day 1
Friday, May 29th, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

Once again WFMU returns to the amazing Primavera Sound festival as official USA radio ambassadors broadcasting full sets live over the weekend of May 29th and 30th! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Evan "Funk" Davies as we carry performances by Ex Hex, Mdou Moctar, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Swans, Belle & Sebastian, Earthless, Run the Jewels, Disappears, Einsturzende Neubauten, Arthur Russell Instrumentals Project, Julie Ruin, Twerps, Babes In Toyland, Giant Sand, Mikal Cronin, Pharmakon, Voivod, The Church, Sleaford Mods, Thee Oh Sees, and more TBA! Stay tuned to this page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific set times! Some will be archived, some not!

Peer Pressure Guest: Ron "U-Ron Bondage" Bond
Thursday, May 28th, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Ron "U-Ron Bondage" Bond, vocalist of Houston Punk/HC legends, Really Red joins Diane this week. Alternative Tentacles just released an anthology collection of all of Really Red's output. Ron Bond will be on the air with Diane at 1pm for Peer Pressure. Tune in at noon to hear lots of Really Red leading up to Ron's appearance. Listeners can post questions for Ron on the live comments board!

Wednesday, May 27th, 8pm - 9pm
Infinite Distortion
For almost two decades, Kenny Sanderson has honed his mastery of harsh noise under the name Facialmess. Characterized by frenetic cut ups, moments of deathly silence interspersed with churning static blasts, an ingenious employment of sampling, and a thrilling unpredictability that speaks to the complete control of his craft, Facialmess recorded a session at WFMU while in the States from Japan during the Ende Tymes festival. Listen in on May 27th to Infinite Distortion with DJ Bosh at 8pm Eastern to hear his set as well as an interview about his musical history, influences, life, and other projects.

Moondog: 99th Birthday Tribute
Wednesday, May 27th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in ancient Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in New York during the 1950s, and was a musical genius. Biographer Robert Scotto revisits Irwin's program to pay tribute to the majestic Moondog for two hours on May 27 in honor of the late musician's 99th birthday. The show will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Moondog recorded with animals, self-made instruments, and tugboat horns; composed percussion pieces, chamber music, and works for 25 saxophones. Scotto is the author of The Viking of Sixth Avenue, the first full-length biography of Moondog. This is his fourth visit to Irwin's program.

The Cellar and Point
Tuesday, May 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Calling themselves a "garage chamber" ensemble, The Cellar and Point meld modern classical, downtown jazz and a touch of rock to form their other-worldly music. Drummer/producer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist Christopher Botta are childhood friends who made music together, resulting in this ensemble. Their sound is prog-ish, filled with eccentric electronics, soaring strings and a menacing vibraphone to a driving beat The Cellar and Point's debut, "Ambit," is out on Cuneiform Records, and they visit WFMU to play live.

Nick Forté
Tuesday, May 26th, 3am - 6am
Ning Nong Radio
Many people know Forté as a guitarist for the likes of Rorschach and Raspberry Bulbs, but he has also released a considerable amount of work outside the realms of Punk and Metal. His impressive resume includes an LP on Schematic in 2003, an LP (as part of Christmas Decorations) on Kranky in 2002, and many other collaborative projects. His new solo electronic LP will be released by Amish Records June 2nd, and this live set will give listeners an idea of what to expect from it.

Pigeons (Dan Bodah fills in for Jesse)
Tuesday, May 26th, Midnight - 3am
on Airborne Event

Check out this live set from Pigeons as the band returns to WFMU when Dan Bodah fills in for The Frow Show. Their new record "The Bower" has been called "old new noise pop lullaby prog earthly outer space future sounds." That jumble of words just manages to begin describing the rich rural psychedelic pop vibes of this new record. The group features Wednesday Knudsen & Clark Griffin (ex-Sea Donkeys) and Rob Smith (Rhyton).

Kevin Corrigan PLUS Dan Dratch
Monday, May 25th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes actor Kevin Corrigan and writer and Hollywood gossip columnist Dan Dratch.

Flesh Lights
Monday, May 25th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

They may be named after a sex toy but Flesh Lights are the real thing, baby! This Austin trio has the great hooks and tunes, the power AND the pop!

Mindy Tucker, Jeremy Levenbach, Billy Nord, and music from Sammy Kay
Saturday, May 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Mindy Tucker, photographer and chief documenter of the NY comedy scene for almost 10 years swings by the studio to share stories and insight on how her passion has given her a career and a big name for herself. Also swinging by, will by Jeremy Lenenbach and Billy Nord, two main stay producers of the NY comedy scene who book dozens of big shows all across the boroughs and then some. Winding down the night, will be music from Sammy Kay, a NJ folk and blues master who's about to hit the road with Mumford and Sons and The Alabama Shakes to name a few.

Las Alegres Ambulancias - Afro-Colombian Palenque Legends
Saturday, May 23rd, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Las Alegres Ambulancias come from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, a remote village with a rich African heritage - it was the first town formed by freed slaves in the Americas. The ensemble originated as a drum-and-vocal group way back in 1905, and their mission is to carry on centuries-old Afro-Colombian traditions. But these are living traditions - so nowadays the band spices things up with electric guitar and more. Tonight we'll hear a sizzling live session by these coastal Colombian cultural icons - recorded live at WFMU during their 2014 US tour.

Bobby Hart
Saturday, May 23rd, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Bobby Hart back to the show to talk about his new biography "Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles" and his appearance at WFMU's Monty Hall on Friday May 29th for a screening of the documentary "Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em".

Put The Needle On West Coast Connection with Lyrics Born and DJ Frane
Friday, May 22nd, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For his latest musically adventurous solo hip-hop album longtime Bay Area emcee Lyrics Born traveled down to New Orleans to collaborate with members of Galactic along with some of the Big Easy's most talented musicians including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty, and members of Dumpstaphunk and Rebirth Jazz Band. The Latyrx/Quannum crew member will discuss the new album and share tracks on WFMU this week when, also in the studio with Billy Jam, will be Los Angeles DJ/producer DJ Frane doing a special live set.

Joe Frank - "Islands"
Wednesday, May 20th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Islands," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. May 20th. A father and son find themselves lost in a deserted city; Joe chronicles a litany of complaints against his aggravating girlfriend, Ceil; and a strange woman dressed in black brings a mysterious box into Joe’s office, refuses to explain what's in it, and forces him to keep it.

Live Broadcast from the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn
Tuesday, May 19th, 8pm - 9pm
on The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC

The Ragged Antique Phonograph Program will host a LIVE BROADCAST on May 19th at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn from 6:30pm-9pm. Join MAC and Mike for an evening of creepy old shellac 78s (made from dead beetles), cocktails, and morbid fun!

Horror Composer Jeff Grace
Tuesday, May 19th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Jeff Grace joins host Devon E. Levins on Morricone Island for an in-depth discussion and listen to his film music. With over 20 feature length film credits to his name, including Jim Mickle's Cold in July, Stake Land and We Are What We Are, Ti West's The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves and Tze Chun's Cold Comes The Night is quickly becoming the go-to horror fan favorite. The two will be covering a lot of territory in this one hour special including how he got his start working closely with Robert Ruggieri and Howard Shore (the latter on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Martin Scorsese's The Gangs of New York) as well as providing orchestration and arrangements for Angelo Badalamenti.

Author Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Tuesday, May 19th, 6pm - 7pm
on Aerial View with Chris T.

On May 19 Chris T. will be joined in studio by his longtime friend Melissa Holbrook Pierson, whose new book The Secret History of Kindness: Learning From How Dogs Learn "...examines how kindness works to motivate all animals, including the human one."

Dorit Chrysler
Tuesday, May 19th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
The multi-instrumentalist Dorit Chrysler will perform feats of witchcraft on the theremin, May 19. The most magical and beguiling of instruments, Dorit will charm and entrance.

Hospital Productions special with live music from Dual Action
Tuesday, May 19th, 3am - 6am
Ning Nong Radio
DJ Ning Nong will speak to Dominick Fernow (Prurient) and producer Kris Lapke about the making of the new Prurient 3xLP/2xCD Frozen Niagara Falls, while a test pressing of the forthcoming vinyl version is played in its entirety. Dual Action, one of the more rhythmically-leaning electronic acts on the current Hospital Productions roster, will perform a live set.

Ashley Brooke Roberts, Giulia Rozzi, PLUS Acid
Monday, May 18th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedians Ashley Brooke Roberts and Giulia Rozzi, plus musical guest Acid.

Mac McCaughan
Saturday, May 16th, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Pat welcomes Mac McCaughan, who stopped by Monty Hall this week on his tour for his solo album, "Non-Believers." Hear the set plus an exclusive interview which was a lot different than any other he's ever done. Listen in to find out why.

Live from Barbes in Park Slope - global sounds of NYC and beyond
Saturday, May 16th, 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 five-act evening of sounds from around the world. Admission is free of charge!
- Kane Mathis opens the show with explorations on Middle Eastern oud and West African kora
- Karavika concocts captivating raga / folk / chamber blends
- Rana Santacruz deftly mixes Mexican roots, bluegrass and more
- The Breizh-Amerika Collective (visiting from France) collaborates with African-rooted Garifuna drummers from the Caribbean via NY
- Tipsy Oxcart takes it home with youthfully energized Balkan-inspired romps
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!

Hope for Agoldensummer
Saturday, May 16th, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Hope for Agoldensummer, a band from Athens, Georgia, has at its core the sisters Claire and Page Campbell. On tour in April, they paid a visit to WFMU to weave some of their magic and to spend some time in mirthful conversation. Their music has a sweetness and a rustic charm which belies songwriting of tremendous depth and beauty. Their music has been described as beguiling, luminous, moody, captivating, and eloquent, and yes, it is all of those things.

Detroit Artist Tyree Guyton
Saturday, May 16th, 3am - 6am
Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu
On this episode ​folk a​​rtist ​Tyree Guyton ​known for​ ​transforming a blighted community by painting​ ​houses with colorful polka dots ​talks about new things in store for Detroit and the art world. ​After our chat we indulge in Detroit-centric music that might even make you dance.

Rev Billy & Stop Shopping Choir
Friday, May 15th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Some WFMU on air performers need to be seen as well as heard hence why Billy Jam has invited the Reverend Billy and his 50 member Stop Shopping Gospel Choir back onto WFMU for a live audio & video streamed one-hour, concert from the stage of WFMU's Monty Hall on May 15th. Never one to keep silent on the injustices of society he sees around him the the notorious, lifelong activist Reverend Billy, whose most recent arrest was in January during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, will sing and preach and inform along with his extended Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, on Friday May 15th @ 7pm live broadcast/concert from Monty Hall (Free admission to the Monty Hall concert) on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.

Hugh Cornwell
Thursday, May 14th, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
At 1pm this Thursday, Diane will be speaking to HUGH CORNWELL, - he has a special announcement, he will be making on the program! Prior to his brief phone in, she will air some live tracks that are as of yet unreleased. Hugh has always been noted for his live performances - in 2010, he performed his solo material as well as Stranglers tunes, live in the WFMU studios. Tune in to hear some more live tracks and to hear what Hugh has to say Thursday on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine!

Celebrating WHTG and station owner Faye Gade
Wednesday, May 13th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
From 1984 until 2000 New Jersey was the home of one of the most respected and beloved commercial rock radio stations in the country, WHTG-FM (aka FM 106.3). The station broadcast from a house in Asbury Park NJ where the station's owner, the late Faye Gade, also lived. There weren't many radio stations playing "modern rock" or "alternative" music at the time, nor were there many stations owned by women. Gade played a key role in nurturing the station's independence and giving DJs an unusual amount of freedom for a commercial radio station, which led to a loyal and devoted listenership.

Faye Gade passed away earlier this year, so to celebrate her memory and the legacy of WHTG Evan will be joined in the studio by former WHTG staffers Jerry Rubino and Neal Adams (Neal is also a former WFMU DJ). Throughout the night they'll be talking with other past FM 106.3 DJs and, more importantly, playing some of the music that made the station stand out among its peers. Tune in Wednesday night, May 13, from 9pm-12 midnight!

Ambrosia Parsley
Tuesday, May 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

After her tune with Shivaree, "Good Night Moon," became a huge hit playing under the credits for "Kill Bill 2," Ambrosia Parsley retreated into the world of child-rearing and solo performance. Parsley's voice is equal parts smoke and silkiness, and she's performed for bright lights from Laurie Anderson to Chuck D to Hal Wilner. There were several failed attempts to release a solo album, and a French label finally released Ambrosia's "Weeping Cherry," in 2013. Now it's been released in the US on Barbès Records and Ambrosia Parsley performs some of the album's dark, sweet songs on Irene's show.

Mikal Cronin
Tuesday, May 12th, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

From garage rock anthems to gorgeously orchestrated pop melodies, Mikal Cronin's third solo album, "MCIII," is the perfect sunny antidote to a long New Jersey winter. Get all warm and fuzzy inside as Mikal and his band play the WFMU studios before they head to Europe later this month.

Tuesday, May 12th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
After a three year hiatus, Vetiver just released a gorgeous new album, "Complete Strangers." The warmth of this album is paired with a sense of being from another place and time. Song to song they create a new sonic atmosphere that builds upon that sunny California vibe they are known for. One of the harbingers of the neo folk scene when they first appeared in 2003, Vetiver has created the definitive album of this season.

Bobcat Goldthwait
Monday, May 11th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This week, Dave welcomes comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, plus a musical guest TBA.

Bigg Butt
Monday, May 11th, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Garage punk, Jersey style. One 'g' just wasn't enough!

Rwandan musical trailblazer Sophie Nzayisenga and musical globetrotter Jeremy Danneman
Saturday, May 9th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Sophie Nzayisenga is the only female professional player of the Rwandan traditional trough-zither, inanga. Woodwind player and apostle-of-street-performance Jeremy Danneman started playing with Sophie on the streets of Rwanda. Sophie later went on to tour with the acclaimed musical and ecological Nile Project. Now that the Nile Project tour is over, Sophie and Jeremy are teaming up (along with William Parker and Tim Keiper) on a crowded-funded cross-cultural exchange / album project.
You can get a taste of the work-in-progress with live shows at Silvana in Harlem on Friday May 15th and the Why Not Jazz Room in the West Village on Sunday May 17th. Sophie and Jeremy are also playing as a duo at various Farmers Markets in our area and they will tell their tales and play for us on WFMU this Saturday night.

Amy Rigby
Saturday, May 9th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Amy Rigby about her return to life as a solo artist (after three collaborative albums with husband Wreckless Eric) and her first solo shows in almost a decade (every Thursday in May at HiFi Bar in NYC).

Put The Needle on LIC Arts Open @ LP
Friday, May 8th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's Billy Jam returns to Long Island City to broadcast another live show from LP (Local Project) where this time he's invited an emcee cipher curated by Jose Castillo aka Jon Doesociety, plus an interview with LP's Carolina Peñafiel about the former 5Pointz site where the independent arts space was once located, and about the five day LIC ARTS OPEN festival that opens May 13th. Following the broadcast from 7pm to 8pm, Mr Fine Wine's show will be played loud in the gallery.

Roadburn Recap
Thursday, May 7th, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane is excited to be able to present ROADBURN RECAP, because she was unable to attend this year! The Recap will be hosted by JJ Koczan (KOEzan) of, who attended, and also wrote the daily Weirdo Canyon Dispatch for attendees, published each morning. This special starts at noon, as it will take the full 3 hours of the program!

Joe Frank - "Iceland Part 2"
Wednesday, May 6th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Iceland Part 2," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. May 6th. As we witness the decline of civilization and people feel spiritually disconnected, Joe announces the founding of a new radio ministry, begins recruiting clergy, and solicits your monetary donations!

Chris Galloway of Soft Rocks recordings/Roots Unit
Wednesday, May 6th, Noon - 3pm
on Duane Train

The Brighton based Chris Galloway is a founding member of the Soft Rock Collective, who have made a name for themselves with stellar cosmic re-edits and remixes for 10 years plus. It would be no understatement to say that Chris & co. are at the forefront of the neo-cosmic disco movement and whether releasing pysch-disco rock on their label or on noted labels like ESP Institute, DFA and more, their dub house project Roots Unit pushes the boundaries on the electronica end. The Duane train is honored to have Chris DJ a guest set ahead of his NYC gig w/ the ShareGroove Collective @ Good Room 5/8.

Tuesday, May 5th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Brooklyn’s newest vocal creature, Hydra, basks in dark, thick harmony. As they describe themselves, "I sing for you… to us… as one, as three. We speak five languages – English, Albanian, Spanish, Macedonian and HydraTongue – and we’d like to learn yours." With members Sarah Small (Black Sea Hotel), Yula Be'eri, and Rima Fand, Hydra brings its vocal dance to the WFMU Love Room.

Brett Davis PLUS Adrien Reju
Monday, May 4th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedian Brett Davis and musician Adrien Reju.

Sunday, May 3rd, 7pm - 9pm
Daniel Blumin's show
Ren Schofield aka Container releases his 3rd LP on Spectrum Spools on June 9th. Get a taster of the new material as Ren returns to WFMU to play live! If you like distortion and 909's in your technoid diet, you know not to miss this business! The live session promises to rattle that rib cage, move that body and force a new elasticity into those limbs. Don't miss Container playing on a bill with Eric Copeland at Palisades on April 25th. Then tune in on May 3rd to get perforated all over again.

Video Simulcast: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll Revival - at WFMU's Monty Hall!
Saturday, May 2nd, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

WFMU had the honor of hosting an extraordinary concert earlier this week - a celebration of Cambodia's Golden Age of rock and roll, from the mid-60s until the Khmer Rouge literally wiped it out in 1975. An acclaimed new film, Don't Think I've Forgotten (now playing at IFC Center in the West Village and screening around the country this spring and summer) documents this musical era for the first time. And director John Pirozzi assembled a remarkable cast of musicians to perform together and help bring the film to life: Members of Cambodia's first guitar band, Baksey Cham Krong, and 70s hard-rockers Drakkar Band; and singers including Sinn Sethakol (singing songs of his iconic grandfather Sinn Sisamouth) and Dengue Fever's Chhom Nimol. Tune in or go to for the video simulcast at 7 pm Garden State time Saturday night, and you can share this amazing and inspiring experience!

Todd-O-Phonic Todd's Show Of Shows live from The WFMU Record Fair: Bambi Kino, The Baseball Project, Miriam, and more!
Saturday, May 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd
Join Todd-O-Phonic Todd live from The Brooklyn Expo Center as he presents an all-star spectacular. Live performances from Bambi Kino and The Baseball Project plus appearances from celebrities such as Norton Recording Star Miriam, AP Mike, Ira Kaplan, Joe Belock and most likely many more! Thrills galore!

William Wegman talks about dogs and painting
Saturday, May 2nd, 3am - 6am
Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu
On this episode the multi-media artist known for his photos of Weimaraners has some things to say about painting, photography, and what it's like to dress up dogs. Then shortly after, there will be a dance party. Maybe with dog barks.

Put The Needle On The Leonard Cohen Record
Friday, May 1st, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Conspiracy Of Beards - the unique 30 member male acapella choir from San Francisco who do interpretations of Leonard Cohen's music - will return to WFMU to join Billy Jam for a very special live in-studio performance on "Put The Needle On The Record" broadcast live from the WFMU Record Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center on WFMU, Friday, May 1st at 7pm 2015.

Pramrod Sexena live from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, May 1st, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Audio sadism for early entry shoppers! The evil spawn of Mr. Dorgon and Jamie Saft, Pramrod Sexena will play live on Miniature Minotaurs, unleashing a thorough beat-down not seen since the heyday of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Crushing turntable diatribes will go up against 8-string fretless bass guitar and Gemini FlashFormers in evil distortion chambers straight from the dungeons of the underworld.

Thollem McDonas
Thursday, April 30th, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
The improvising road dog/pianist Thollem McDonas stops by WFMU on his way to another airport for a solo session. Having played well over 1000 gigs in the last decade, and heard recently on recordings with Brian Chase, Michael Snow, Lukas Lugeti, Sara Lund (from Unwound), William Parker and Nels Cline, you can expect a player with some ideas. For this session Thollem will be manipulating a modified chopped-in-half Yamaha PF-10 keyboard from 1980. Whatever happens it is guaranteed to exist in the eternal now.

Thursday, April 30th, Midnight - 3am
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher graces the WFMU studios with a rare live session. A virtuoso bass player and beat maker, Squarepusher has made a name for himself making uncompromising avant electronic music influenced by amen break jungle and heavy jazz fusion ala 70s Miles. With over 15 LPs and other EPs, Squarepusher shows no signs of stopping.

Chris O'Leary, author of "Rebel Rebel"
Wednesday, April 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

In 2009 Chris O'Leary started a blog discussing every David Bowie song, in chronological order. The first post was about Bowie's first single: "Liza Jane," by Davie Jones and the King Bees, which was released in June of 1964. That's also the starting point for Rebel Rebel, O'Leary's new book that is essentially a full-length revision of the blog entries covering the period from that 1964 debut through the release of Station To Station. In addition to singles and album tracks the book includes live performances, session outtakes and unreleased demos -- who recorded them, who played on and produced them, and when they were played live or broadcast on TV or radio. O'Leary will join Evan "Funk" Davies in the WFMU studios on Wednesday April 29 to listen to and discuss some of the more obscure songs discussed in the book - and maybe a few of the songs we all know and love as well. This show will be a must for David Bowie fans; tune in to WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday, April 29!

An Hour of Ellington
Wednesday, April 29th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
In celebration of the 116th birthday of Edward Kennedy Ellington, Irwin will play 60 minutes of his recordings on Weds. April 29. Every decade from the 1920s to the 1970s will be covered, but not sequentially. It'll be a free-form mix, highlighting the astonishing stylistic diversity of one of America's greatest composers. Tune in at 4:00pm (Eastern) for an hour of pure musical joy.

Henry Maldonado (Son of Sound, House 2 House, Urban Culture) & Recloose (Rush Hour/ Planet E)
Wednesday, April 29th, Noon - 3pm
Duane Train
Wow! A double shot of Deep House goodness on Wednsday. First we welcome the talented Queens-Bred NYC DJ/Producer Henry Maldonado, who is a man of many aliases. His early '90s releases on the classic Strictly Rhythm label are some of the most treasured, yet underrated releases on that prolific label. Tracks like "Hypnotize Me" Straddled the line between deep house and rave/techno and are still major staples in the sets of such luminaries as Derrick May, Moby and Tony Humphries. His new self-titled forthcoming album is under the Son of Sound moniker and it's a great fusion of Patrick Adams Disco and funky deep NYC House that is dripping with soul!

Swinging back to Detroit. Matt Chicoine aka Recloose was at the forefront of the Detroit electronic Renaissaince of the late '90s early oughts. Alongside luminaries such as Dwele, J dilla, Carl Craig and Slum Village. Chicoine carved out his own unique brand of high-tech 4/4 soul that incorporated bits and pieces of all of his contemporaries, but with a more prevalent Techno edge.

Wednesday, April 29th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Vorde are quite simply one of the best US black metal bands working today. Now based in Brooklyn, originating from California, mere words will unquestionably fall short of describing their assertive, eerie, sonic envelopment. Their self-titled, debut album (Psychic Violence / Fallen Empire) feels like a walk through a haunted house—your footing is immediately lost, spectres run at you from all sides, and you're blinded by smoke and chaos. Prolonged, murky synth figures slowly give way to chattering blast beats, call-to-violence riffs and gurgling vocals (ala "De Mysteriis..." era Mayhem.) Baroque melodies ride atop a wave of restless spirits. Some bands in the genre are adept at immediately crafting a unique, personal sonic environment, "welcome to our world of horror," so to speak, and with this record, Vorde have done so in spades. Whether or not they will bring their haze of purplish light and smoke to WFMU remains to be seen, but you'll feel it, hear it, just by listening.

Tuesday, April 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

As the debris from another year is cast aside, it signals the time for Shulcoth! --the mythic celebration of Citizen Kafka's life. Richie "Shulky" Shulberg passed in 2009 but lives afloat radio waves and MySpace rebroadcasts. The dearly departed one was responsible for some rather questionable but entertaining comedy on WBAI, was a fiddler in the equally questionable but entertaining Wretched Refuse String Band and a vast collector of obscure pieces of what one of the faithful calls "Shulbergalia." The usual cast of co-conspirators helps pay tribute to Citizen Kafka on Irene's show.

The Fall: Second half of 2-Week special with Marc Riley and Brix Start Smith
Tuesday, April 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Second part of a two week special: today's entire three hours is dedicated to the exhuming of some stellar live tapes in Brian's collection from The Fall, mainly soundboard and FM broadcasts from mostly of the '78 to '96 era. As a bonus, three of the band's biggest instrumental anchors of that period, ex-guitarist Marc Riley (1978-83, and now a well-beloved BBC Radio6 DJ), post-Riley guitarist Brix Smith Start (1983-89) and ex-bassist Stephen Hanley (1979-98) speak to WFMU on life inside of and outside of the band; in fact Hanley has recently released a memoir called The Big Midweek. Last week's show featured Hanley and a live set from Spectre Folk performing Fall covers at WFMU, this week we have some chats with Marc Riley (guitarist 1979-83, now a BBC6 Radio DJ) and Brix Smith Start (former Mrs. Mark E. Smith and the band's guitarist from 1983-89 and 1995-6). Mark E. Smith's current lineup of The Fall releases an album, his 31st, on May 25th called Sub-Lingual Tablet.

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