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Steinski & Monica Lynch
Friday, May 14th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Pioneering cut-and-paste, hip-hop recording artist & regular WFMU contributor Steinski, who in the early '80s along with Double Dee crafted the highly influential, sample-based, sound collage "Lessons" series, revisits the WFMU studios after returning to the States fresh from from his latest European tour for an interview and live studio set. Also in the studio will be WFMU DJ and former President of Tommy Boy Records Monica Lynch to talk about the history of one of hip-hop's most important record labels.


T.O.M.B.
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Self-described by one of their members as "noise strictly under the evolution and domain of metal," and that is indeed apt. Sonically, though, T.O.M.B. have a world of mystery within their sound that reaches into exceptionally dark realms, more so than many artists that could be described as "noise" or "black metal." Most often, T.O.M.B. sound like restless, angry spirits, wringing out eternity and screaming and scraping at the walls. Insistent percussion, provided by a contact-mic'd gravestone, is accompanied by frightening, distant synthesizer moans and dissonant tones, eerie rumbling, and the screams of the dead. Moments of the afterlife landscape are viewed in haunted contemplation. T.O.M.B. are the stuff of waking nightmares, and their Castle set is much anticipated.


Nardwuar vs. Crispin Glover!
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
The Nard has interviewed Crispin a couple times over the years. This is their latest encounter. Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Live at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater on Wednesday May 12th from 6-7pm. Andy will be reunited with his only friend Ken, and they will both be joined by novelist Rick Moody, ragtime pianist and platform shoe-wearer Mark Birnbaum, and director of the forthcoming film "Ginger is the New N-Word" Flloyd Chambers. The UCB is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue.  Admission is $5, but Andy keeps a stack of fivers in his back left pocket, so help yourself on the way out.


Valley Lodge
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Power popsters extraordinaire Valley Lodge have the distinction of being the first EFD booking to come about as a direct result of Twitter! Sadly, details of the exchange are lost -- at least until the Library Of Congress gets that archive up and running. The band includes current and former members of Cobra Verde, Satanicide, Walt Mink, Sensefield, 2 Skinnee J's, Uptown Sinclair, and Tragedy (the world's greatest all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees). Their hooktastic songs are guaranteed to make fans of The Raspberries, New Pornographers and Cheap Trick stop what they're doing and turn up the volume. Their most recent album is Semester At Sea (Explosive). Don't miss this!


Big Troubles
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Big Troubles is the shoe-gazin' duo of Alex Craig and Ian Drennen from Ridgewood NJ. Live, they're joined by Sam Franklin (Fluffy Lumbers) and Luka Usmani, bringing thunderous drums and a wall of guitar noise to further electrify Big Troubles' whirling, reverb-drenched jangle-pop. Their debut 7'' on Blackburn Recordings is nearly sold out, but a new 7'' and a full-length LP are on the way from Olde English Spelling Bee. Big Troubles play Cake Shop in Manhattan on May 7th with Procedure Club, Sore Eros, and Alex Bleeker, and they play Brooklyn's Silent Barn on June 17.


Andy Moor & Yannis Kyriakides
Monday, May 10th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
On Monday May 10th, DJ Rupture will host guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex, Dog-Faced Hermans) and composer Yannis Kyriakides. They'll be talking about Greek rembetika music, as well as their incredible duo collaboration for guitar and electronics.


George Romero! George Romero!
Monday, May 10th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
On the eve of the dawn of "Survival of the Dead," George Romero's sixth movie of the undead (don't call them zombies!), Kurt Gottschalk gets to speak to the horror legend! So exciting. On the newly christened Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk, Sunday, May 9 at midnight.


White Mystery
Saturday, May 8th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

White Mystery is the new band fronted by the one and only Miss Alex White, who rocked the Clinic a couple years ago with the amazing Miss Alex White & the Red Orchestra. Her new band, White Mystery is just her on vox and guitar with her brother Francis on drums. But the wall of sound created is nothing short of breathtaking - you won't believe all that music is coming out of just two people! Miss Alex White is a force of nature with a voice like a Nor'easter, so check out White Mystery's new self-titled, self released album (available on their website and iTunes) and tune in Saturday May 8 to check out White Mystery live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic!


Live Remote from San Francisco Gallery 16's "100 Records"
Friday, May 7th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Musician/ artist/ curator Sonny Smith (of Sonny & The Sunsets who performed on WFMU during SXSW) currently has a unique exhibit at San Francisco's Gallery 16. Entitled "100 Records" it features the cover art for one hundred seven inch records by 100 bands/artists that never existed. Actually the band names & song titles (200 in all for Side A & B) were all dreamt up by Smith who then commissioned a hundred artists to create corresponding cover art for these fictional bands' singles. Smith then, with other musicians, set about making the music to go along with these imaginary 45s. He then built a jukebox (also on the display in the gallery) to playback these songs. This coming Friday WFMU will set up its remote broadcast unit smack in the middle of the "100 Records" exhibit when Smith will be among the many guests on the air. Also scheduled to stop by are Gallery 16's Griff Williams, Live Human, DnZ, Z-Man, B-Cause, and more to be announced. Gallery 16 is located at the corner of Bryant & Third Streets in downtown San Francisco and is open to the public. This WFMU broadcast of "Put The Needle On The Record" with Billy Jam happens at local San Francisco time noon to 3pm, which is 3pm to 6pm Jersey City time, on Friday May 7th.


Holly Miranda
Thursday, May 6th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Holly Miranda live on This is the Modern World with Trouble. Straight out of Brooklyn...


Nardwuar vs. The Black Eyed Peas and Frog Eyes!
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Together for the first, last, and probably only time, The Black Eyed Peas (Los Angeles, CA)  and Frog Eyes! (Victoria, BC) Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Future Islands / Double Dagger
Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, 2am - 6am
on
Marty McSorley's show
The ultimate Baltimore brodown stops the WFMU studios to give you a double dose of beautiful, heart broken, post grunge, pop destruction hits that are destined to grace mixtapes for generations to come. Future Islands comes by the program for the second time with a brand new record on Thrill Jockey and Wham City homies Double Dagger in tote. It will be a party not to be missed.


White Hills
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Brooklyn's White Hills is frequently tagged as "space rock," and that's a fair enough starting point. But the band then layers in enough interesting elements - most notably a killer raw rock guitar sound that one reviewer non-ironically calls "Stoogewind" - so that non-heads (such as, ahem, your host) remain enthralled during even the longest jams. We figured three years was enough time for everyone's eardrums to recover from their previous appearance, so we're excited to welcome White Hills back to WFMU. They have a new self-titled release out now on Thrill Jockey.


The Dreams
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The Dreams feature Nafi and his girlfriend Armelle who have been behind a slew of French WFMU faves (A.H.Kraken, The Anals, Plastobeton, Scorpion Violente, Crack Und Ultra Eczema and have contributed to such imprints as Enfant Terrible, In The Red, Kill Shaman, Rococo, S.S., Permanent, Sweet Rot, TazProcess and others). Comparisons bandied about have included Naked on the Vague, early PiL, Malaria and Xmal Deutschland, and you can hear 'em live today, or check out Brooklyn upcoming gigs at Death By Audio (May 6th) or Glasslands (May 25th).


Live from Barbes: Shusmo, Zikrayat & Falu
Saturday, May 1st, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Another action-packed evening of wall-to-wall live music from Barbes, the beloved music bar at 376 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Featuring in this order: Shusmo's vibrant blends of jazz and Middle Eastern music; Zikrayat's artful Middle Eastern sounds inspired by the golden age of Egyptian film music; and the sublime South Asian vocal stylings of Falu. Admission is free during the broadcast - and we'll be doling out free FMU swag!


The Styrenes
Saturday, May 1st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is honored to welcome Cleveland legends The Styrenes to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Saturday May 1st from 3-6 PM. It's not hyperbole to call the Styrenes - whose members have also been in the equally legendary Electric Eels and the Mirrors - one of the greatest bands in rock history. Rolling Stone called the Styrenes 'post-punk before punk ever happened,' but that only scratches the surface of their genius and influence. They'll be playing at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on April 30th and Manhattan's Cake Shop on May 1st, but tune into the Cherry Blossom Clinic to hear them lay it down live on WFMU!


Julien Nitzberg, Director of the Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
Saturday, May 1st, 2010, 1pm - 3pm
on Fool's Paradise with Rex

Julien Nitzberg directed cult smash documentaries on Hasil Adkins and Jesco White (aka the Dancing Outlaw) and visits Rex on Fool's Paradise this Saturday, May 1st between 1-3PM to talk about his latest project, the Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia! The film, which runs at this year's Tribeca Film Festival, is a comic and tragic portrayal of Jesco's whole outlaw, hell-raising family, filmed over the course of a year. (Trailer link)


WFMU Live from Oakland Part 7
Friday, April 30th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's roving remote unit returns to Northern California for another live session broadcast from Oakland's Megasonic Studios when traveling WFMU host Billy Jam will be joined by a slew of Bay Area talent including producer 4AM, beatmaker Dawgisht, percussionist Jim Whitehead (Cat Five), multi-instrumentalist Saul Goody, and DJs DnZ, Mista B, Max Kane, & H.O.P. Also in the house will be Zion I producer/Radiohead remixer Amp Live, and Bay Area 1990's rap stars producer TC, and rapper Rappin4Tay who kick off the Frisco Legends tour later that same day.


Pre-Walpurgisnacht psychic bonfire starring Hex Breaker Quintet
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

All are welcome, to hear what happens when two of the most compelling electronic, sound-shaper crews alive today combine to make music magic. It's Telecult Powers + Grasshopper + some creepy dude with a nice smile and leath'ry wings. What to expect? How about a Venn Diagram of current drone and abstract electronic music--the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse with Grasshopper and Telecult together, but with surprisingly pulled-back reins...much more of a haunting and reflective sound compared to Ghops nightmare blasts and Telecult's omega pulsations. The Hex Breaker Quintet is awesome and will defy volcanic forces to bring you the earth's center-hottest jams. And though it's two nights early, witches, demons, lovers and lycanthropes are welcome, nay encouraged, to strip naked and dance and fornicate in the moonlight.


Nardwuar vs. The Cribs (Part Two!) & Foxy Shazam!
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
A new interview with Cribs (Wakefield, UK) and Johnny Marr (Portland, OR) plus Foxy Shazam (Cincinnati, OH) makes an appearance!? Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Russell Mael of Sparks
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Formed in 1970 Sparks has churned out an amazing catalogue of glam, power-pop, chamber music, and collaborated with Giorgio Moroder and certainly found themselves on the ground floor of the electronic music movement. But the Mael Brothers, Russell and Ron, have never easily been pigeonholed, which accounts for their massive influence in a variety of spheres with one of the most hardcore fanbases of any popular music act. Russell Mael talks to John Allen about the latest Sparks album, "The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman" on his show, Wednesday April 28th from 6-9AM!


GB pka Gateaux Blasters
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

GB is the duo of Olmo (aka Uiutna) and Elia (aka Exteenager), from Geneva, Switzerland. They describe their approach as "impro-ritual music" with "attitude (and sounds!) from lo-fi galaxies". GB, Uiutna, and Exteenager are all part of the "bedroom all-stars" collective of Swiss experimental electronic musicians, centered around the Das Andere Selbst and Zonoff netlabels, and the Wildrfid label. GB make their USA debut this April, with tour dates available here.


Jooklo Duo
Tuesday, April 27th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

From the Italian countryside, Jooklo Duo brings their brand of ecstatic free jazz to WFMU.  Inspired by the back catalogs of ESP-Disk' and BYG/Actuel, Virginia Genta (tenor sax) & David Ranzan (drums) play a constantly searching raw and impassioned improvisation that recalls the likes of Arthur Doyle, Don Cherry, and Rashied Ali's duo with Frank Lowe as much as Taj Mahal Travellers. Jooklo Duo's April US tour includes several shows in the northeast as well as a west coast leg, go see them if you have the chance!  Also, check out their many collaborations and records on Qbico and their own Troglosound label. Rejoice!


Bike Snob NYC
Monday, April 26th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
Bob W.'s show
To launch a series of on-air events for Bike Month, BikeSnobNYC -- cycling's most prolific, well-known, hilarious, blogger, and author of a new book -- will be live in the studio for an interview to discuss the pretensions and absurdities of bike culture, while conversely sharing his contagious enthusiasm for cycling itself. Questions from listeners will be solicited by email, as well.


The World's Greatest Music Experts!
Saturday, April 24th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
By popular demand Michael welcomes the return of The World's Greatest Music Experts - discussing musical minutiae, cracking wise & taking your calls and speaking with Gary Calamar, author of "Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again." Got a question for the The World's Greatest Music Experts? Email it to: theworldsgreatestmusicexperts(at)wfmu.org!


"White Lines And The Fever: The Death Of DJ Junebug" Documentary Makers
Friday, April 23rd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The hip-hop documentary "White Lines And The Fever: The Death Of DJ Junebug," which premiered at SXSW and will be screened again during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month, is the story of the Bronx old school hip-hop mecca Disco Fever and one of its central musical figures - the late great hip-hop pioneer DJ Junebug. The documentary, which includes interviews with such legendary old school hip-hop artists as DJ Hollywood, Disco Bee, Sweet G, and Kurtis Blow, tells the story with a tragic ending of the super talented DJ Junebug's double-life as a turntablist and drug dealer. Directed by Travis Senger the film was inspired by the 2004 Wax Poetics article "When The Fever Was The Mecca," penned by Mark Skillz who co-wrote the film. Skillz and Senger, in town for the Tribeca Film Festival, along with Disco Bee and Sweet G will stop by WFMU to join Billy Jam.


Away from Voivod
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
At 11:15pm, Diane chats with Michel Langevin, better known as Away, the legendary drummer and artist/concept man behind Canadian space age metallers- Voivod. He's released a limited edition book called "Worlds Away," chronicling the timeline of the band through art and words--which they discuss, as well as happenings with Voivod--future, past and present. Most recently the band played in Russia, and made four club appearances at South by Southwest in Austin.


Nardwuar vs. Florence & The Machine, VV Brown & Matisyahu!
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Florence & The Machine (Camberwell, UK), V.V.  Brown (London, UK), and Matisyahu (Brooklyn, NY)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with Al Jaffee, Jeffrey Lewis, Miss Brooklyn and More
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to NYC's Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater next Wednesday night, April 21st from 6-7pm for a live radio broadcast. This week, Ken and Andy welcome Mad Magazine Fold-In and Snappy Answer guy Al Jaffee, author and journalist David Hajdu on the demonization of comic strips, the great musician and cartoonist Jeffrey Lewis and Mallory Hagan, Miss Brooklyn 2010! The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, and this time, we guarantee $5.20 worth of entertainment.


Halley's Comet: Around the Piano with Mark Twain and John Davis
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
On April 21st, the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death, pianist John Davis offers a musical tribute to America's greatest author on Irwin's program. Davis has a new CD, Halley's Comet: Around the Piano with Mark Twain, which chronicles the 19th century author's seemingly contradictory relationship with the keyboard. Twain often publicly claimed a distaste for the piano, yet privately had a particular affection for it and was involved with the instrument and its players his entire life. The CD features performances by Davis of nine piano works connected to Twain, interspersed with readings of Twain's sardonic observations about the instrument.


Vialka
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Vialka are the French duo of Eric Boros and Marylise Frecheville, creating a rich tapestry of European prog rock, funereal folk, Saharan blues, gypsy punk, trad Chinese ballads, mathy rock excursions and input from multiple cultures this band has soaked in via constant touring. Spirited, joyfully, equally refined and splattery sounds as the band arrives right off a plane from Chinese via Australian shows.


SIIK
Monday, April 19th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

The man with the best plan for breathing new life into hip-hop and R&B from 1990 to the present drops in with a set of music full of feeling. SIIK, pronounced like "SICK," also has some brand-new unreleased blends that will turn your Monday inside out.


Scythian Stones / Kyrgyzstan vs. TriBeCaStan
Saturday, April 17th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
This week, a cornucopia of uncommon acoustic instruments from around the world. First, musicians from Yara Arts Group's new theatre piece Scythian Stones, a musical exploration of tensions between tradition and modernity for women in Central Asia and Ukraine. (The piece runs from April 16 to May 2 at La Mama E.T.C.) Including: Kyrgyz multi-instrumentalist Nurbek Serkebaev playing ancient instruments. Plus acclaimed Ukrainian folk singer Nina Matvienko.

Later, the hyper-eclectic musical mad scientists TriBeCaStan serenade us on some of the many far-flung instruments they deployed recording their forthcoming (April 27) release 5 Star Cave. They'll be tuning up for the cd release show at Joe's Pub on May 8.


Joe South
Saturday, April 17th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with one of the world's greatest songwriters, Joe South, who wrote the hit songs "Games People Play," "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden," "Hush," "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" & "Down In The Boondocks" - made some amazing records, played on sessions for Bob Dylan & Aretha Franklin, and walked away from it all when it just got to be too much.


Terry Adams, Tom Ardolino, and P.J. O'Connell
Saturday, April 17th, 2010, 9am - 11am
on
Bob Brainen's show
Terry and Tom - former half of NRBQ - will be guest DJs, joined by P.J. O'Connell.


Shing02, DJ Icewater, DJ Skizo, DJ ALF, and Reverend Billy
Friday, April 16th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Shing02 (pronounced Shingo) the Japanese emcee/producer and creator of the Vestax Faderboard, along with California DJ/producer (and current DJ with the Pharcyde) DJ Icewater, Italian turntablist/battle champ DJ Skizo, and WFMU regular DJ ALF will perform an improv turntable based session in the WFMU studios. On that same day, the Rev Billy Talen from the activist performance group, The Church Of Life After Shopping, will revisit WFMU to talk about his latest anti-consumerism pranks and what to expect from his group's Highline Ballroom concert two days later.


Patrizia Mazzuccolo (aka Miss Pee)
Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane chats with music journalist Patrizia Mazzuccolo  (MAZ WUO KOLO), the curator of an upcoming seminar being held at the Scandinavian House: the subject being Norwegian Black Metal! The program is entitled: 'A Blaze In The Northern Sky - Norwegian Metal and the Culture That Spawned it.' Also known as Miss Pee, her radio persona for years while living in Norway, Patrizia will lead the seminar in a unique radio show/lecture combination format.

Featuring guest speakers at the seminar: Harald Fossberg - 1st vocalist for Turbonegro, Gaahl ex-vocalist of Gorgoroth, and Nocturno Culto of Darkthrone. Miss Pee will explore and promote the genre and its country through audio clips of bands, an audience Q & A session, interviews and guest speakers. She and Diane will play relevant Norwegian black metal and talk about the genre and subject as well as the upcoming lecture in depth. 'A Blaze In The Northern Sky' is held at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016 on Thursday, April 29th (starts at 7pm). Check this page for more details.


Tommy James
Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Just looking at a list of Tommy James' musical hits is a lesson in pop music history: Hanky Panky, I Think We're Alone Now, Mirage, Mony Mony, Crimson and Clover, Sweet Cherry Wine, Draggin' the Line and others. Tommy still puts on a great show and his recently released autobiography, "Me, The Mob, and the Music," is a jaw-dropper. TJ will drop by Music To Spazz By to discuss his incredible career.


The Beastie Boys samples show
Thursday, April 15th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Meghan has fellow WFMU DJ Noah (Coffee Break for Heroes and Villains) in to go over the infamous Beastie Boys album "Paul's Boutique".  We will be playing the sampled songs from the album.  Tune in to hear what makes this Beastie Boys album so special.  


Diablo
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Electronic composer/improvisor/technician Bob Bellerue continues to roll out his newest face, that of Diablo, this time live on Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet radio program. Bob's done so many different things in his 20-plus years of manipulating the sonic landscape, that it's hard to say what Diablo will actually sound like--will it be the sheets of light-to-piercing laptop drone generated by Redglaer, the power feedback of Amplified Piano Duets (his collab with Jarrett Silberman), the amalgamated satchel of sound that are Bob's "collabs" with halfnormal, or a combination of re-imagined/contact mic'd native instrumentation and found junk? Diablo is a masculine noun--it means Demonio, he-devil. Bob has a pointy beard--just sayin'. However the sonic cookie flambés, the brazier is hot, and Bob Bellerue as Diablo is surely not to be missed.


Nardwuar vs. Snoop Dogg (2010) & Surfer Blood
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
A brand new interview with Long Beach, CA's Snoop Doggy Dogg plus an interview with another "beach" band, Surfer Blood from West Palm Beach, FL! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Malcolm McLaren Interview (1983)
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Entrepreneur/provocateur/raconteur Malcolm McLaren died last week at age 64. To commemorate the icon's passing, Irwin will feature an interview with McLaren he produced and originally aired in 1983. The half-hour program offers McLaren's pontifications about punk, hip-hop, square dancing, the Zulus, and his own central role in the development and decay of Western civilization. The feature airs at 4pm.


CSC Funk Band
Wednesday, April 14th, 2010, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Colin from USA is a Monster and Matt from Talibam! have teamed up with a sick horn section, funky bassist, and kickn drummer, commandeered the mothership and set a course though the rarely explored territory of psych funk noise rock. If they don't have you have you on the floor dancing, they will put you in the back corner on your knees praying that this just a bad adic trip, either way good times! And be on the lookout for their hit single Bad Banana Bread on Electric Cowbell  records and taring up the airwaves on WFMU.


The Laureates
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

This Chicago band has been an EFD favorite going back to their first EP in 2007, and they're finally heading east for a couple of NYC shows! They've drawn comparisons to Guided By Voices and Big Dipper, among others, with production that hints at a more twisted wall of sound than even Phil Spector could have imagined. Their songs are plain-spoken and plaintive, with more hooks than a fleet of tow trucks. Catch them live at Arlene's Grocery on Friday April 9, and Pianos on Saturday the 10th; their new EP No Kontrol is out now on the Funambulist label.


Spectre Folk
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Extended, tuneful psych guitar jammage in the house today live with the trio of Magik Markers drummer Pete Nolan swapping out for guitar and vocals, joined today by Peter Meehan on guitar and Steve Shelley on drums. They're promising to perform some tracks from their sublime new LP Compass, Blanket, Lantern, Mojo, out recently on the Arbitrary Signs label.


All Covers Show
Monday, April 12th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The Second Annual All Covers Show Show. A show of covers. Cover versions. People doing songs that done been done before. Requests will be considered and likely rejected.


Colombian Music in New York
Saturday, April 10th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Over the coming weeks, New York's Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) is presenting a series of workshop / performances around the city featuring musicians from the Colombian emigre community. We'll hear what's happening from CTMD's Columbian Community Initiative project director, folklorist Gabrielle Hamilton. And we'll have live music and chat with several of the artists to be featured, including: Martin Vejarano of the band La Cumbiamba eNeYe who will bring his gaita (end-blown flute); marimba player Diego Obregon, cuatro (small guitar) player Johanna Castaneda and percussionist Ronald Polo.


The Above
Saturday, April 10th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is high in the clouds happy to present Brooklyn, NY's The Above live. These cats rock a 6Ts London R&B sound calling to mind The Kinks, Pretty Things and Yardbirds! No mere copycatters, The Above are amazing musicians and write great hooky songs! They've got a new self-titled self released CD out which u can pick up on their website. Check em out live on the radio on Sat April 10 btwn 3-6pm, then that night go and see The Above, The Electric Mess and The Runaway Suns perform at Brooklyn's Union Pool for a triple record release party!!


Terry Adams and Tom Ardolino
Saturday, April 10th, 2010, 9am - 11am
on
Bob Brainen's show
Terry and Tom - former half of NRBQ - will be guest DJs.


Joe Pop-O-Pie
Friday, April 9th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Joe Pop-O-Pie was the man behind the early 80's SF punk-with-a-twist band the Pop-O-Pies, who recorded such underground West Coast classics as "The Catholics Are Attacking," "Fascists Eat Donuts" and of course their version of the Dead's "Truckin," which they would regularly force fans to endure as they played extended, seemingly never ending versions of the hippie anthem at such SF old school punk meccas as the Mabuhay Gardens. Disbanded for many many years Joe recently decided to reform the Pop-O-Pies and they will open for Faith No More in SF on April 12th. A few days earlier Joe Pop-O-Pie will talk by phone with Billy Jam on Put The Needle On The Record.


Nardwuar vs. Roky Erickson & Will Sheff, Mistah Fab and Killer Mike
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Roky speaks! Mistah Fab raps! Killer Mike educates! Check out some interviews Nardwuar did at SXSW this year! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Jessica Kane
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Artist/storyteller Jessica Kane joins Irwin for two hours of collaborative programming. Music will be interspersed with tracks from Kane's new 4-CD collection of autobiographical vignettes, "Straining to Parallel Park in an Empty Field." Kane's stories segue from her childhood with an overbearing, sarcastic single mom, to her screwed-up apartment life in hipster Brooklyn, to rural cabin-dwelling in the Adirondacks with her part-caveman husband Chris. Kane devotes quite a few stories to chronicles of her ongoing love-hate relationship with Chris.

On Friday April 9, Kane will appear at a release party for her CD set at New York's Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th Street, from 7:30-8:30.


Bare Wires
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Head Wire Matthew Melton describes his band's sound as "slop-pop" or "smooth punk," the result of merging the songwriting sensibility of, say, Arthur Lee with the glam-rock production techniques of Slade or The Sweet. The result is a kind of Real Kids meets Clone Defects sound that's catchy and irresistible. Go ahead, tune in on Tuesday April 6 at 11pm and try to resist. You can also see them live on Friday the 2nd at Don Pedro's and Saturday the 3rd at Bruar Falls, both in Brooklyn; then they head back across the US to their home in Oakland. And be sure to pick up their "Artificial Clouds" album on Tic Tac Totally.


2 bands: The Bamboo Kids and the Ribeye Brothers
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Bamboo Kids have been mainstays of the New York scene for a decade, carrying the torch of the city's punk-rock past into the 21st Century. Their newest release is "The Way things Are" on Drug Front Records.

The Ribeyes, from Red Bank, N.J., make their third appearance at WFMU, bashing out their own special blend of garage/swamp/barnyard rock.


Seijiro Murayama
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
All the way from France, Seijiro Murayama stops by WFMU on his first tour in the US since 1982 when he came as a member of Keiji Haino's band. In the past, he's collaborated with the likes of Tom Cora, KK Null and Fushitsusha.  Today Seijiro will surely drop some otherworldly and spacious sounds on the Love Room with his minimalist solo snare drum setup.  Get ready.


All Cassette Show
Monday, April 5th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
My cassette pets. A whole show of cassettes. Tapes. In little plastic shells. Hi bias.


Live from Portland, Oregon with FMU expats Belinda, Hova and Tony Coulter
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A live broadcast from WFMU's northwestern retirement outpost, Portland Oregon. Rob trades tracks as well as Portland record store, restaurant, cafe and craft brew tips with established emigres Belinda and Hova as well as PDX newcomer Tony Coulter. Tony returns to the FMU airwaves for the first time since he hitched his wagon in July.


WFMU Remote from Community Skratch Games Galway, Ireland
Friday, April 2nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's globetrotting remote broadcast unit will return to Ireland for its fifth visit when Billy Jam will broadcast live from Galway during the Community Skratch Games - the annual European hip-hop scratch DJ event held each Easter weekend in the West of Ireland. Scheduled live performances for the special WFMU showcase will include Ireland's premiere turntablist crew Vince Mack Mahon, Scotland's Nonima & The Audiologist, Johnny Doobs, Jimmy Penguin and Ventolyn & Becotyde, Bitwise Operator, Tony Higgins (former drummer with So-Cow), the emcees Jay Red and Muipead, plus more TBA. Put The Needle On The Record, WFMU live remote from Galway's Bell Book and Candle bookstore/cafe on April 2nd, Good Friday: 8pm to 11pm local time, or 3pm to 6pm Jersey City time.


Tony Conrad, Genesis Breyer P. Orridge, and Eddie O'Dowd
Thursday, April 1st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Tony Conrad began his career in the early 1960's in New York city's underground film and music scenes (his "Flicker" is a landmark of experimental cinema, and he worked alongside LaMonte Young, John Cale, and Angus Maclise, etc. in the development of early minimalism in music). Genesis Breyer P. Orridge started out in the late 1960's with art collective Coum Transmissions, followed by the groundbreaking music/performance group Throbbing Gristle and followed yet again by another influential group: Psychic TV, which continues today as PTV3, among other projects. Tony and Genesis were introduced several years ago and later decided to work together. They have graciously agreed to come to WFMU to perform live for us and our listeners in this rare appearance. Tune in!


Julianna Barwick
Thursday, April 1st, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble will welcome the lovely and talented Julianna Barwick on This is the Modern World on April 1. Her otherworldly voice will charm the April Fool's Day out of you. Stay tuned from 9am-noon for transcendental lift-off.


Fluorescent Vibes
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Fluorescent Vibes (Corey Bauer & Phillip Gerson, electronics) coat early-Cluster & Eno-like washes and analog pulsations with a coalescing layer of powdered concrete crunch. These guys have a plan, as opposed to the perhaps more common (though often effective) methodry of slamming on a few pedals and hoping for the best. Their cassettes for Obsolete Units and Baked Tapes reveal an album-based mindset, where each tape side comprises a fully enveloping composition. Also look soon for a new C-15 on Cryptic Carousel (Corey's own label) of 2009 live excerpts. You can also check out great vimeo sets from Fluorescent Vibes, first "Monochrome Splash" as well as this live clip on the My Castle of Quiet vimeo channel.


Nardwuar vs. John Lydon
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
A brand new interview with John Lydon who is up and gigging again with Public Image Limited! How long can Nardwuar last? How long can Johnny last? How long can you, the WFMU listener, last? Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Pissed Jeans
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Someday they may settle down and listen to Tom Petty and Astrud Gilberto like the rest of us, but now several records down the line Eastern Pennsylvania's Pissed Jeans continue to churn out ugly, malevolent, sexually alienated/frustrated and boredom-damaged rock music. At a total peak right now with their latest "King of Jeans" on Sub Pop, the Jeans have aged and matured' but instead of going soft they've only honed in on the fine art of destruction with even more precision in channeling the frayed-cable attack of Black Flag, Flipper, Drunks With Guns and more. In October, they turned the stage of WFMU Fest in Brooklyn into a wasteland of broken mic stands and (much) vomit, and might have put in rock show of the year. Hear 'em with Brian in the WFMU studios today.


The Saucy Jacks
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Classic powerpop steeped in garage goodness from San Francisco.


Malachai Live + Original Source Materials
Monday, March 29th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

It's OK if you haven't heard Malachai yet, because they just got here from another planet.  Well, they went to Bristol first, made an album called "Ugly Side of Love" for Domino Records, and now they're coming to the United States for the first time. Definitely will be their first time in Jersey City. Sound-wise? A little Kinks stomp, a little dark Portishead turntablism, and the otherworldy party vibe of the Avalanches - blended to become more than the sum of those parts. Catch them live March 24th at Le Poisson Rouge or for a DJ set on the 25th at Treehouse.


Bonnie Jones and Samita Sinha
Monday, March 29th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Bonnie Jones and Samita Sinha create a new and ethereal kind of vocal music. Jones was born in South Korea and raised by dairy farmers in New Jersey, and works with Joe Foster in the duo English. Sinha has studied the Mandarin language and classical Hindustani vocal music. Their two voices, when met with electronic processes, constitutes a beauty you've not heard before.


South By Southwest World Music Review
Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Rob and National Geographic World Music's Tom Pryor report back on the world-musicky goings on at SXSW Music 2010, sampling selections by showcasing artists and sharing their impressions. Among the many events Rob and Tom will revisit are Dengue Fever's climactic set at the WFMU / Aquarius showcase at Encore (as heard live on WFMU), the annual world / international showcase presented by public radio show "The World" at Momo's, the Remezcla alt.latin showcase at Antone's featuring (among others) Colombian up and comers Choc Quib Town and Bomba Estereo, and Mexico's legendary indie rock pioneers Maldita Vecindad; and lots more. Plus Austin chow memories (from migas and jalapeno kielbasa to kimchi tacos and birria - Jaliscan meat soup). Plus, your host and guest's thoughts about how world music fared at SXSW Music 2010 - and how world musicky artists and fans can find unlikely opportunities at this massive but overwhelmingly rock and roll-oriented festival / conference / youth culture bacchanal.


Jeff Lescher of Green and Jimmy Walker of The Knickerbockers
Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with two pop music legends: Jeff Lescher of the Chicago band Green whose recently re-release debut LP set the standard for exciting college rock when it was released in 1986. Lescher discusses the trials of keeping an indie band together and making quality music for 25+ years. Jimmy Walker, drummer of The Knickerbockers, tells the story behind the band's #1 hit "Lies" and their rollercoaster ride through the '60s music business.


Tamio Shiraishi/Brian Osborne/Jeffrey Shurdut Trio
Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 2am - 6am
on
Nat Roe
With one of the most violent yet conceptually restrained sounds this side of Albert Ayler, the new Shiraishi/Osborne/Shurdut group is a veteran trio of sax, guitar and drums. Shiraishi's unrelenting wails in the sax's high register meld with blistering feedback from Shurdut's guitar. Brian Osborne's scattered drumming style lends some dynamic depth to the assault. On their own, each of these musicians has performed with top players in free jazz and noise. Together, the band is on a clear mission; to challenge your mind until brain hemorrhaging occurs.


Pass The Mic 2010
Friday, March 26th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU Pass The Mic 2010 is this year's installment of the annual live roundtable freestyle hip-hop MC session - when emcees Bisco Smith, Homeboy Sandman, Broke MC, Preacher, Eagle Nebula, Propaganda Anonymous and Rabbi Darkside will all improv their rhymes 100% off the tops of their heads on Put The Needle On The Record.


The Moto-Gators
Thursday, March 25th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Rock & roll, R & B and surf music gets an instrumental workout live in the studio courtesy of the awe-inspiring Moto-Gators.


DJ set by Joel from Tropicalia in Furs
Thursday, March 25th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble welcomes Joel from The fab New York City record store "Tropicalia in Furs" for a guest DJ set. Joel has recently released the most outrageous and fabulous compilation of previously overlooked Brazilian psychedelia, and he is coming out to WFMU to share the good tunes and good vibes.


Aluk Todolo, live from WFMU Fest, 10.1.2009
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

These very busy, talented Frenchmen (whose combined credits also include the black metal band Diamatregon, the insane hard rock of Gunslingers, and the excellent Amourtout productions label) opened WFMU's 3-day music festival this past October at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band combines black metal gooey cobweb vibes and hyperdrive 2/4 with a thudding, Krautrock insistence, and no messy vocals. Just when you're chugging along--big, ugly, stone doors open and monsters come out. Thanks to Brian Turner for coaxing AT across land and sea, and for all his hard work on the mighty Fest, and to Scott Williams for the recording. These tracks, collectively a 28-minute excerpt of Aluk Todolo's set, were remixed and wax-stamped by the band themselves. Tune in for Wm. Berger's exclusive airing of these tracks (which, per the band's request, will be aired this once, and will not be available for download via our blog or FMA).


The Peanut Butter Underwear Episode of Seven Second Delay, at The UCB Theater next Wednesday March 24th
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to NYC's Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater next Wednesday, March 24th from 6-7pm for the great Peanut Butter Underwear live broadcast. After making his fashion statement, Andy joins Ken in welcoming comedian Eugene Mirman, poetry memorizer Poez, and musician Franklin Bruno. Hilarity is scheduled to ensue and not because of Andy's attire. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, and this time, we guarantee $5 worth of entertainment.


Andy Shernoff
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The legendary songwriter/founder/bassist of the Dictators and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom has put together a new show called "When Giants Walked The Earth: A Musical Memoir by Andy Shernoff." Andy brings it to Maxwell's in Hoboken on March 27 and stops by FMU to play a few tunes and give us a preview.


Larisa Mann AKA DJ Ripley
Monday, March 22nd, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
On the radio tonight: special guest from Oakland, Larisa Mann AKA DJ Ripley! She'll start by sharing some Jamaican "answer tunes" which will flow into a larger discussion of music as a dynamic social practice (and not simply a collection of objects/recordings).


Jon Rose
Monday, March 22nd, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Experimenter, inventor, innovator and provocateur Jon Rose doesn't just play the violin, he is about the violin. He has played with and played off of violin history and iconography through recordings, books, theatrical productions and film. He is also one of the world's preeminent barbed wire fence players. He visits WFMU to talk about his instruments and his passions.


Turkish Rock Special
Saturday, March 20th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Meet members of Turkey's most adventurous and innovative rock bands, through interviews Rob recorded last year on location in Turkey: Barkin Engin, guitarist with Istanbul's dark and dynamic Replikas, one of Turkey's longest running indie bands - notably featured in Fatih Akin's Istanbul music documentary film Crossing the Bridge. And Işık Sarıhan, drummer with Ankara's neo-psychedelic explorers Hayvanlar Alemi.


WFMU & Aquarius Records SXSW Showcase live from Austin, TX
Friday, March 19th, 2010, 8pm - 2am
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

WFMU teams up again this year with our pals at Aquarius Records in San Francisco to drop a 14-band live extravagaza in Texas! Once again, we'll be hosting our very own showcase at SXSW in Austin, and broadcasting live. It all happens on Friday, March 19th at 7pm (central) at Encore (formerly Spiro's) on 611 Red River downtown. Our lineup is a mix of the heavy, damaged, darkly, punk, weird, noisy, poppy, trippy sounds, some hometown NY/SF heroes representing in Austin, and even a full on Cambodian psych-pop dance party at night's end! WFMU curated: Pierced Arrows, Liturgy, Sonny & the Sunsets, Dengue Fever, Drunkdriver, Home Blitz, Moon Duo. From Aquarius: True Widow, Shit & Shine, Todd, Epileptinomicon, Headdress, Iron Man, and Speedwolf! Check out our home page for links to more info and sounds to preview from the bands! WFMU's Liz Berg, Scott Williams, Brian Turner, Diane Kamikaze and Jason Sigal will be in attendance so if you're in Austin come on down and say hi! WFMU will have some swag, as well as posters specially designed by famous UK artist Savage Pencil!



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