Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week on Distort Jersey City we are joined by Cottaging from Providence RI. Noisy and fuzzed out punk through a post-Big Black, post-Chrome lens. Two thirds of the band come from the same Florida scene that brought the world Merchandise, Neon Blud, American Snakeskin, etc. Members of The Ukiah Drag, Cult Ritual, Slavescene, Diet Cokeheads, and Libyans. After recording this session, we ate at Benny Tudino's and a member of the band bought a bong at the head shop next store. So yeah, there's that.

Author Joseph Tirella
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
"Peace Through Understanding" was the theme of the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Chris T. and author Joseph Tirella (“Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World’s Fair and the Transformation of America”) celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair and help you understand why its creation was anything but peaceful.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014, Midnight - 3am
Nat Roe
The maniac from Milwaukee, Juiceboxxx, will be hanging out on Nat's program this Monday night, spinning some records and talking about his label Thunder Zone. Check out and for the backstory.

Author David Shoemaker
Monday, January 27th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
This Monday, January 27, The Most-Trusted Team in Sports-Talk Radio Today welcome David Shoemaker, author of "The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling," to discuss his book and take your calls about Ivan Putski, Master of Polish Power, the Fabulous Moolah, and Triple-H.

Detroit Techno Mafia
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Doc Matthews and T.Linder of the Detroit Techno Mafia crew invade the studios. DTM is a record label and DJ collective dedicated to preserving the legacy of true Detroit electronic music, and usually performs with multiple DJs at the same time. Small Change caught them in Detroit for the Movement festival and they always kill it...

Comedian Andy Blitz, musician Sean Yseult, Moby, and more!
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes comedian Andy Blitz and musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie, Star and Dagger) plus musical guest Bridget Everett in-studio. Calling in will be Moby.

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
Get ready for this live session from New York hardcore degenerates Goosebumps. This band has the most ignorant riffs in NYC, stomping out everyone in their path with their unapologetic anti-PC street anthems. If you thought their debut EP on Burn Books, "I Hate My Body," was a banger, their upcoming EP on Katorga Works, "Scared to See a Doctor," is an instant classic. That release also includes the track too controversial for the amazing NYC Ground Zero Hardcore complication on Toxic State and Always Restrictions. This live session includes a very slow version of their hardest song, and a new song written in the WFMU studio. You'd be real dumb not to get down with this.

Gwilly Edmondez Sings Chart Sweep Part 1 and 2
Monday, January 20th, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Listeners to DO or DIY and WFMU will be familiar with the cut up of two decades of Number 1 hits "Chart Sweep" and also the noise blatherer Gwilly Edmondez. Well now, oh joy, these two wonderful projects combine for one hour, and we bring you Gwilly singing Chart Sweep, in full on WFMU!

Gwilly Edmondez performs solo and in small groups using voice, guitar, pocket samplers, turntables and dictaphones. Music is mostly made up on the spot and usually seeks to align itself with idiomatic contexts rather than avoiding them. Gwilly has spent a lot of time resisting coherence and continuity, to the point where a willful anti-professionalism can be regarded as his music's defining chracteristic.

Live from Golden Fest - Brooklyn's Spectacular Balkan Bacchanal
Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

It's our sixth annual live broadcast from Brooklyn's legendary Balkan and East European music and dance blowout! Golden Fest is a massive two night gathering of musicians, folk dance enthusiasts and fans held at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn's South Slope. The festival kicks off with a multi-band dance party on Friday night January 17th. Then for the big event on Saturday night January 18th, some seventy bands will perform on four stages from 6 pm until the wee hours. We'll bring you Saturday night's early action live from the Grand Ballroom, center stage of this fabulous Balkan bacchanal.

DJ Boogieman
Thursday, January 16th, 2014, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
DJ Boogieman was part of the Lost and Found crew and has ridiculous crates in anything vintage and groovy. His taste is impeccable. Without a doubt one of Small Change's favorite DJs in NYC, tune in and hear why.

Joe Frank - The Other Side: "Insomnia"
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Joe Frank's radio dramas air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. January 15th we'll air "Insomnia," a one-hour episode from Joe's THE OTHER SIDE series. Joe can't sleep because he's consumed with bitterness, rage, envy and resentment. He envisions violent retribution against a series of malefactors, including his mother's cat, and he wants to know why radio listeners don't love him as much as they love Ira Glass.

The Great Gozleone
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014, 3am - 6am
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
DJ Disk Jockey welcomes legendary sideshow performer, world record holder, and co-owner of the "World of Wonders Show" - the largest, longest running, and only true traveling 10-in-1 sideshow left in the world today. Tune in to hear stories from the bally, weird side show facts, and tricks of the trade from this sideshow seasoned veteran.

Easy Rider
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week, Distort Jersey City is pleased to host a live session from New Brunswick, New Jersey's Easy Rider. They've got a real cool unique punk sound going on. Think Leatherface meets Criminal Damage meets pop punk. Members of Ugly Parts, Razorheads, Suburban Scum and Kicking Spit, aka Hub City Hardcore at its finest.

Speed the Plough
Monday, January 13th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event

New Jersey's Speed the Plough are longtime musical accomplices of WFMU. They return to our studios for a live performance on Airborne Event on January 13th. Speed the Plough was born in the infamous 1980s haze of lush acoustic instrumentation and psychedelic tunes that also gave us the related groups The Feelies and The Trypes. In 2010, the band was revitalized with the addition of a second generation -- the kids of some original members joined, and the group reopened the music spigot and let the new songs pour out. Their recent collection "The Plough & The Stars" pairs a best-of CD from their first 4 records with vinyl split between new tunes and a 1993 WFMU session.

Doug Wieselman
Monday, January 13th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

On his new album, "From Water," Clarinetist Doug Wieselman creates melodies that he "hears" in bodies of water – ocean beaches, streams, hot springs as well as wind. Doug is a notable sideman, who has played with the likes of Lou Reed, Yoko Ono, Martha Wainwright, Sam Amidon, Iron & Wine, Bettye Lavette, Marianne Faithful, Antony and The Johnsons, and tons others. He also was a founding member of the Kamikaze Ground Crew. For this album, Wieselman played vintage clarinets looped live through a vintage 1960 Vibrolux amplifier and used lots of room mics to build this lush landscape. Doug says, "Each melody is specific to the place. If I return to a beach, even after many years, I hear the same song." Doug Wieselman will play some of these melodies live on Irene's show and chats about the project.

The Bombay Royale: Australia's Retro-Bollywood Idols
Saturday, January 11th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The world's best retro-Bollywood band just may be from Australia. Melbourne's The Bombay Royale channels the Golden Age of Bollywood in song, dance and costume. The 11-piece juggernaut whirls through vintage classics as well as its own Bollywood-inspired songs. The Bombay Royale makes its US stage debut Sunday night at the season's biggest world music event: the prestigious globalFEST, a three-stage, twelve-band extravaganza at Webster Hall in the East Village. But you'll hear them here first, when these Melbourne Masala mirthmakers unleash their musical mayhem here on WFMU this Saturday night!

Dot Wiggin Band
Friday, January 10th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk

The unthinkable happened at a WFMU benefit last winter when Dot Wiggin took the stage and performed songs by her notoriously wonderful modern primative pop band the Shaggs. Dot and her sisters have rarely even spoken publicly about their 1969 homespun album and the reputation as both wonderful and abysmal that it has achieved over the years. But with the encouragement of WFMU DJ Jesse Krakow, Dot not only returned to the spotlight but stayed there. Now fronting a band (with Krakow as bassist and director), Dot has a new album and is mounting a concert tour, which she kicks of with this appearance on Miniature Minotaurs followed by a set the following night at Brooklyn Bazaar. Click here for more information.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "The End"
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "The End" airs Weds. October 30th at 4pm (Eastern). This program consists of an entertaining sequence of cinematic non sequiturs triggered by Joe believing he's on the verge of a heart attack. This might be the only radio program ever to dramatize a clown holocaust.

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Sonic Youth guitarist/co-founder returns to Brian's show for a live session amidst a busy year of world travels, and making his latest Matador Records release Last Night On Earth. Since last visit, Lee's live sets and recordings have definitely taken on a dynamic of a more developed band relationship; players Steve Shelley on drums, Tim Luntzel on bass, and second guitarist Alan Licht still explore expansive electric jams, but also have worked to frame Lee's songcraft and lyrical poeticism into even sharper realms. Lee and the Dust headline at the Bell House in Brooklyn January 11th, with Steve Gunn and Spectre Folk also on the bill.

Dirty Fences
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

New York punk rock in the spirit of New York punk rock! The riffs, the hooks, the fun, the danger ... It's all here!

Chris & Cosey
Monday, January 6th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti have been charting the outer fringes of music and culture since the 1970s. Cosey was part of performance art unit COUM Transmissions, with Genesis P-Orridge. Later, Chris & Cosey made innovative electronic music with Throbbing Gristle and their still-active duo. In the US for a rare visit, Chris & Cosey stop by Dan Bodah's Airborne Event to chat and spin some unreleased Throbbing Gristle material. You can still catch them playing at the Metro Club in Chicago on January 9th, and then at Santos' Party House in Manhattan on January 11th.

Kevin Howlett, author of The Beatles: the BBC Archives: 1962-1970
Saturday, January 4th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Kevin Howlett, author of The Beatles: the BBC Archives: 1962-1970 which draws on previously unpublished transcripts of interviews from the BBC television and radio archives and interviews with presenters, producers, and studio staff to reveal the creative and personal evolution of the band and the stories behind the performances.

DJ Disk Jockey Fills in for Keili this Snowbound Morning
Friday, January 3rd, 2014, 9am - Noon
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne

Lisa Fancher of Frontier Records
Thursday, January 2nd, 2014, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
A former employee of BOMP! ; Lisa Fancher started Frontier Records in 1980 and has released early records by the likes of the Circle Jerks, Adolescents, Weirdos, TSOL and more. She'll join Diane for PEER PRESSURE and take the reigns of Guest DJ. Listeners can ask her questions via the live interactive playlist. Find out how she got to write the liner notes for the first Runaways record and much more!

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Tomorrow"
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Tomorrow" airs Weds. January 1st. It's a story about sickness, betrayal, infidelity, hubris, death, and other forces of renewal. Happy New Year.

Pizza Underground
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
The ultimate Velvet Underground / Pizza tribute band stops by for a radio pizza party. With hits like "Waiting for the Delivery Man," "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice" and "All the Pizza Parties" you will be sure to get your fill.

Cumbiabomba: Mexico's La Sabrosa Sabrosura
Saturday, December 28th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

La Sabrosa Sabrosura plays what it calls "Cumbiabomba". Just what is Cumbiabomba? We hear it may involve a significant dose of cumbia, plus a bit of funk, a dash of Jamaican sounds, and maybe a sprinkling of electronics. If not for snow we would have found out two weeks ago. Happily we have another chance: We've rebooked this high-energy Mexico City outfit for tonight (Saturday). After the radio show, you can continue your course in Cumbiabomba when La Sabrosa Sabrosura plays on a massive multi-artist Barbes Records / Electric Cowbell showcase at Drom in the East Village on Saturday Jan 11th.

Dennis Wilson Tribute with co-host Dennis Diken
Saturday, December 28th, 2013, 9am - 11am
Bob Brainen's show
Dennis Wilson, The Beach Boys drummer & the only surfer in the band, drowned in the Pacific ocean blue 3 days past Xmas 1983 at the age of 39. On this, the 30th anniversary of his passing, Bob & Dennis will be celebrating his spirit with a show featuring music he wrote, produced, played on and/or sang.

Chinese Beatboxer Conrad Ma
Friday, December 27th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Born and raised in Yantai, Shandong in China, Conrad Ma was drawn to the hip-hop style of beatboxing from the very first moment he encountered it at age eleven. Ever since then he has been both an avid fan and practitioner, dedicating all of his free time to perfecting this form of vocal percussion, even adding his own style and flavor to it: his specialties include creating helicopter, water, owl, and electronic sounds. He has done countless performances and entered (and won) such competitions as the Chinese High School Beat Box contest. A year ago at age 17 he moved to the United States to finish his final year of school in North Carolina. Later this month, while in NYC to do a series of shows at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and the Village Underground, Conrad Ma will join Billy Jam in the studios of WFMU for an interview and live performance on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU on Friday December 27th at 7pm.

Spazz Xmas Fiasco: Holiday Hangover Edition!
Thursday, December 26th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Local rock 'n' roll superstars drop by to give the holidays one final musical kick in the Santa pants!

Jason Rosenberg, Part 2
Thursday, December 26th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on Sinner's Crossroads with Kevin Nutt

Jason Rosenberg returns to Sinner's Crossroads for another hour of amazing gospel rarities, whose scarcity is only exceeded by their excellence. (Qualities not often found in tandem in such situations.) If you missed the first part of this special aired on December 12th, be sure to check out the archives to catch that broadcast, too.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "God"
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "God" airs Weds. December 25th. Joe meets a hooker who, along with her customary practices, provides stenography services with her fee. So Joe dictates a letter to his seriously ill Uncle Murray. But there's a lot he doesn't know about Murray. He soon finds out.

Tired of slouching towards Bethlehem? (Tim Lacy fills in for Ken)
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013, 9am - Noon
Music from Daddy's Hideaway
Welp, you can just cancel those other plans, set your widening gyre on automatic, and tune into WFMU for Music From Daddy's Hideaway (Tim Lacy fills in for Ken) on Wednesday, December 25, from 9am to Noon, Western Civilisation Time. Hardly are these words out, before Tim will ask the musical question: Whose Lion Is It Anyway?

Pepper Laramie
Tuesday, December 24th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
Dinosaur erotica audio book voice artist Pepper Laramie comes by the show to talk about her most recent work that includes titles such as "Ravished by the Triceratops," "Taken by the Pterodactyl," and "Raptors Beneath the Big Top."

Hearty White fills in for Jim Price
Monday, December 23rd, 2013, 3pm - 3:01pm
Jim Price's show

Live From Homeboy Sandman's Uptown Apartment
Friday, December 20th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU broadcasts live from the living room of Homeboy Sandman's apartment when Billy Jam visits the uptown Manhattan, Inwood district home of the Stones Throw Records artist where other emcee guests will include Tone Tank, I Am Many, and YC the Cynic.

Keith Richards 70th Birthday Special with co-host Ted Barron
Thursday, December 19th, 2013, 2pm - 5pm
Matt Fiveash's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Keith Richards turns 70 this week. He and his Rhythm & Blues combo the Rolling Stones, in their long and checkered career, have managed to encapsulate, at their best, everything we love about Rock & Roll, and at their worst everything we hate about it. Ted Barron joins Matt this week for a special 3-Hour program to argue, rant, and play Stones bootlegs and try to make sense of it all.

Rick Wartell
Thursday, December 19th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Rick Wartell, guitarist and founder of Chicago's doom pioneers Trouble, will be Diane's PEER PRESSURE guest at 1pm. Listeners will be able to ask Rick questions via the playlist. Trouble has recently released its' 9th full length: "The Distortion Field," featuring vocals by ex-Exhorder (and ex-Trouble) vocalist Kyle Thomas who recently rejoined the band. Tune in at 1pm!

Emily Danger
Thursday, December 19th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Emily Danger, now a duo, returns to spend Christmas with us again. The original lineup's trademarks -- Emily's powerful voice, Cameron's staggering violin skills -- remain, but the stripped down sound gives a starker more electronic feel to their dark rock sound.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "A Natural Disaster"
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "A Natural Disaster" airs Weds. December 18th at 4pm (Eastern). On this program about natural catastrophes, Joe recites a list of historic earthquakes and their death tolls. A man trapped in his house following an earthquake, calmly phones for help and describes the wonders of making love in the rubble. Joe seeks vengeance on nature by stabbing the earth with a knife and imprisoning air in a balloon and passing it through a filthy vacuum cleaner.

King Salami and the Cumberland 3
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

It's the WURST that could happen - boogaloo soul-twistin' rock n roll! Insane!

Jessie Evans
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
Goth goddess turned glitter space vamp Jessie Evans (ex Vanishing / Autonervous) returns to the WFMU studios with her unique blend of sexy sax, burlesque beats, and world grooves for a live set.

Mexico's La Sabrosa Sabrosura plays Cumbiabomba
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

La Sabrosa Sabrosura plays what it calls "Cumbiabomba". Just what is Cumbiabomba? We hear it may involve a significant dose of cumbia, plus a bit of funk, a dash of Jamaican sounds, maybe a sprinkling of electronics... but the only way to know for sure is to tune in as this high-energy Mexico City outfit as performs live on our airwaves tonight (Saturday). Or, we suppose you could check them out in person at their big show at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Sunday. Or why not do both?

White Mystery
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Rock-n-roll siblings, Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White, AKA WHITE MYSTERY return to the Cherry Blossom Clinic in support of their newest record "Telepathic"! WHITE MYSTERY deliver molten bursts of anthemic, hook-laden rock & roll simmering in massive washes of fuzz and reverb. With nods to T. Rex, the Who, the Cramps etc White Mystery make an epic racket for a duo. They bring that racket from their hometown of Chicago to the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T this Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 pm.

Jason Brewer from The Explorers Club
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Jason Brewer from The Explorers Club about their plans for a series of online singles to be released in 2014, and we'll world premier the group's new holiday single “Christmas Must Be Tonight!”

Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
January of this year saw the debut recording by Torres (Mackenzie Scott). The self-titled disc is good from beginning to end, and is as impressive a first album as you're likely to hear. Her approach to writing is that of the singer/songwriter, giving us songs of emotional honesty and depth, not rock bombast. Her voice matches her lyrics, making her a most compelling performer. Though customarily appearing in concert fronting a trio, Mackenzie agreed to do a more subdued solo set, just her and her electric guitar, for our Saturday morning listeners.

Friday the 13th: At the Movies
Friday, December 13th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
How thin can the premise run? Kurt's fifth Friday the 13th special zooms in on music from the movies - scary, bloody, imaginary and forgotten.

Jason Rosenberg, Part 1
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on Sinner's Crossroads with Kevin Nutt

Gospel researcher (White Sox fan) and proprietor of Jason Rosenberg dons the DJ hat again and joins Sinner's Crossroads for an hour of stunning gospel unknowns and rarities. Jason always brings a stack of 78s, 45s and one-off acetates making their Sinner's Crossroads and Internet debuts. Not to be missed. But wait: One hour isn't enough! Jason will also join Sinner's Crossroads on December 26th for another hour of gospel impossibles. Be sure to tune in then.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Athan Maroulis (Spahn Ranch, Black Tape for a Blue Girl) returns with his dark electro-pop project Noir. The industrial-inspired beats are danceable but the ear and heart are drawn to Athan's inimitable voice (crooning without cringing) and haunting lyrics.

Melissa Laveaux
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Haitian-Canadian Melissa Laveaux’s style is self-assured: a combination of folk, indie pop, and her signature percussive finger-style blues guitar. Her writing is personal, her voice youthful and sensual, but the arrangements brightly burst of creativity, placing emphasis on rhythm and electronic sounds. Now living in France, Melissa stopped by the WFMU studio during her visit to New York City to promote her new 4-track EP, “Memory Is A Strange Bell” which was released on December 3rd. Hear her perform live on Mary Wing’s show on Thursday morning at 1 am!

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Just a Closer Walk With Thee"
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" airs Weds. December 11th at 4pm (Eastern). Joe lists the things we lose in life, and laments that despite our efforts to better ourselves, everything leads to decay. On the bright side, Joe goes to a hospital to visit an elderly woman exhibiting signs of dementia, and talks to her about sex and death.

Kandia Crazy Horse & Kwes
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
The Duane Train
Kandia Crazy Horse returns to the Duane show for an interview celebrating the release of her brand new cosmic country record "Stampede" out now on Bluebilly Records.

An interview with young Warp records recording artist/producer Kwes will also be featured. His S/T debut is garnering rave reviews as well as impressive collaberations with Bobby Womack, Solange...and Beyonce. Kwes will be there to discuss it all.

The Numbers Band
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, 6am - 9am
JA In The AM with John Allen
Blues run the game wednesday morning (12/11) during The John Allen Show as WFMU welcomes Robert and Jack Kidney of the legendary Kent, OH band 15-60-75, commonly referred to as the Numbers Band. David Thomas of Pere Ubu once called the 1976 LP Jimmy Bell's Still in Town "the only good album ever recorded by anyone" and their legend after nearly 40 years continues with the LP reissue of Jimmy Bell this month on Exit Stencil records. Known for their driving and strangely hypnotic rock working outside of the seventies mainstream, the late Peter Laughner wrote in a 1974 review that "their live performance draws on the incredible vein of mystery and sex that predominated the best rock and blues of the sixties. Their rhythm section is as obsessive as a jukebox". The Kidney Brothers will be interviewed and perform a couple songs as gtr/harmonica/vocal duo, joined on one number by another legend Tony Maimone on bass. 6-9 am

Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon/ Pierced Arrows)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

Distort Jersey City is very pleased to host the return of outsider legends Fred and Toody to the WFMU airwaves. In this 45 minute session, the Portland-based husband and wife duo (who are in their 60's and still doing DIY tours around the world) play stripped down versions of their Dead Moon cult punk anthems. Not to be missed.

The Encounter: New Directions in Iranian and Syrian Pipes, Drums and Flutes
Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Encounter takes Silk Road traditions in new directions. The genre-bashing Iranian-Syrian trio blends modern and traditional styles, featuring the rarely heard bagpipes of Southern Iran plus percussion and Syrian wind instruments. The Encounter makes its New York debut tonight, Saturday December 7th at the Asia Society on Park Avenue (with a live video webcast too). And the adventurous trio performs at Alwan for the Arts downtown on Sunday evening. But you'll hear this exciting new collaboration first right here on WFMU.

Nick Lowe
Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes back Nick Lowe to about his new Christmas album "Holiday Street" and his 40+ year career!

Hugh Cornwell
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Hugh Cornwell will be on the phone live with Diane at 1pm this coming Thursday. He's on tour in the US in support of his Steve Albini-produced release: Totem and Taboo. If you get on the interactive playlist fast enough, Diane might ask Hugh one of your questions!! The ex-Stranglers frontmand will be at the Record Collector in Bordentown on the 6th, the Brighton Bar in Long Branch the 7th, or his NY City show at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday December 8th. Hugh has just added Ian Rubbish to the Highline Ballroom appearance.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Pilgrim (Part 2)"
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Pilgrim (Part 2)" airs Weds. December 4th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe pays a stranger $15,000 for a battered 1953 Buick convertible that's only worth a few hundred. He then fills the tank and sets out on a pilgrimage from Atlantic to Pacific to revel in the splendors of manifest destiny.

Wax Darts
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Punk rock and roll from Jersey City via Lawrence, Kansas. If you dig catchy riffs, great songs and cool harmonies the Wax Darts will hit the bullseye for you! Playing a FREE show Nov. 29 at Lot 13 in Bayonne, NJ, along with Overlake.

Soldier Kane
Monday, December 2nd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Dismantling the Blues, the Great American Songbook and R&B dance hits is the latest collaborative effort by Violinist/Musical Eccentric Dave Soldier and Percussionist Jonathan Kane. As a quote from the New York Times states, "One thing about having an approach as idiosyncratic as Dave Soldier's is that once listeners know your work at all, they realize that coming to new works with any expectations about style, form or language is fruitless." And Jonathan Kane's most recent ensemble, February, produces some beautifully powerful yet minimalistic trance-rock. The melding of the two is Soldier Kane, and they perform live on Irene's show.

Décimas: Music and Poetry of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with Raquel Z. Rivera and Bryan Vargas
Saturday, November 30th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Raquel Z. Rivera and her group Ojos de Sofía are giving new life to a very old Hispanophone Caribbean poetic form, the décima. They're bringing contemporary lyrical and instrumental flair to the 500-year-old décima and the earthy musical styles it has long inspired, like Puerto Rican jibaro music and old-school Dominican bachata. Ojos de Sofia will show off their old/new creations at a couple of free workshops in early December and a concert at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery Performance Space on E 10th St. Sunday afternoon December 8th. Raquel and Bryan Vargas from Ojos de Sofia stop by today to introduce us to this ancient form and show us how they're turning it into something very new.

Allysen Callery
Saturday, November 30th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Rhode Island singer-songwriter Allysen Callery was in New York recently for a gig at Pianos, and stopped by one early Saturday morning to treat us to a live set of her gorgeous singing and ever more assured guitar-picking. She has hit her stride as a writer, spinning out poetic, spare and haunting songs. Her second WFMU live appearance consists of selections from her most recent release, "Mumblin' Sue" (75 or Less) and a sneak preview of a couple of new ones as well.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Pilgrim (Part 1)"
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Pilgrim (Part 1)" airs Weds. November 27th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe recounts, in nauseating detail, the annual ritual of overindulging at a lavish family Thanksgiving dinner. He then offers the history of the feast, the story of the Pilgrims, and chronicles of pilgrimages around the world.

Aye Aye Rabbit
Monday, November 25th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Aye Aye Rabbit is the trio of Ed Pastorini, Indigo Street, and Greg Saunier. All are consummate musicians with deep creative roots. What they do in Aye Aye Rabbit is what usually gets called "improvisation." But in this case it would be accurate to call them spontaneous composers, because their rapport is such that they make impromptu songs that seem to surface in fully-crafted condition. It's a joy to hear them work together.

Scott from "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live"
Monday, November 25th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with Scott from the Documentary "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live"! Doot doo!

Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Undancing In The Dirt with Thomas Storck
Detroit's Protomartyr visits WFMU after a one-off NYC weekend hang-out to play a set of nearly all-new material! Indescribable and irresistible music. Wire + baseball + The Fall + ???????

Terry Adams of NRBQ and P.J. O'Connell
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 9am - 11am
Bob Brainen's show
Bob welcomes back musicians and fellow music obsessives Terry Adams of NRBQ and P.J. O'Connell. They'll both choose some tunes, I'll choose some of their tunes, and you should tune in!

Lora Faye
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Since Lora Faye and band were here about a year ago, their profile has risen, helped in part by two CD releases and a recent two-night stand at Joe's Pub. Their sound, an amalgam of rock, jazz and cabaret, used to have more of an old-timey country flavor, but now they've added a dab of funk and soul. The personnel has changed considerably, and they are a tighter outfit overall. Tune in for a rousing set!

JFK 50th Anniversary Show
Thursday, November 21st, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
What better way to commemorate the eve of the 50th anniversary of this tragic event than with novelty JFK songs from the stupid to the sublime?

Valley Lodge
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Valley Lodge returns to WFMU for their second session on The Evan "Funk" Davies show, in support of their excellent new album Use Your Weapons. Some say they sound like Cheap Trick, T. Rex, Big Star, the Raspberries, Matthew Sweet, Slade and the Kinks! Well, actually they say that themselves, probably hoping that those names will be used to attract people's attention. Mission accomplished!

Tune in Wednesday night, Nov. 20, to hear Valley Lodge play songs from their entire discography! Then go see them Friday Nov. 22 at Union Hall (part of the Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets comedy/music extravaganza, hosted by Valley Lodge's Dave Hill), and again on Dec. 7 at Arlene's Grocery.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week we are pleased to be joined by Profligate from Chapel Hill NC, recently hailing from Philadelphia. This one man project is a layered swamp of freak techno music, in the vein of his Form a Log band mate and Distort Jersey City alumni Container. Check out Profligate's new EP on Atlanta label DKA Records, and get ready for this heavy half hour session.

Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals
plus: Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Problems"

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Once upon a time, when American industry ruled the earth, business and Broadway had a baby. This mutant offspring, glimpsed only at conventions and sales meetings, was the industrial musical. It was like a Broadway show, except the audience consisted of sales managers and field reps, and the catchy songs were about bathtubs, Ford tractors, or electrical power distribution management.

Steve Young and Sport Murphy have collaborated on the book EVERYTHING’S COMING UP PROFITS (Blast Books), a history of alt-universe musical theater featuring song & dance about life insurance, corrosion-free silicone, and Westinghouse appliances. Some of these shows were hilariously lame. Some were pretty good, and some were flat-out fantastic.

Young and Murphy will appear on Irwin's program on Weds. November 20, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm (Eastern), along with publisher/book designer Laura Lindgren. For 90 minutes they'll chronicle the genre and spin dozens of mind-boggling songs from rare industrial show LPs.

Young and Murphy will also offer a showcase of archival industrial musical film clips at this year's WFMU Record Fair, on Saturday afternoon, November 23.

JOE FRANK: Irwin will also air an installment of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, entitled "Problems," Joe laments his flawed father and eulogizes his idealized mother.

Ursula 1000 (Small Change fills in for Duane)
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Hey party ppl, $mall ¢hange is filling in for Duane this week, and bringing out ace DJ/Producer Ursula 1000. He's put out a number of LPs on Thievery Corporation's ESL label, and has a new project in the works called Quentin Quatro. For this show he's put together a playlist called FUTURE SHOCK---tracks that defied and/or defined that period from the early '80s that flirted with elements of post punk funk/electro breakdance/new wave weirdness---be there or be square! Noon-3pm on Wednesday.

WTF JFK? I'm 50!
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Miriam Linna of Norton Records returns to discuss the new release Tragic Songs From The Grassy Knoll and the music that was on the radio the day JFK died. We'll also hear original audio from the first Dallas radio station to report the dreadful news from Dealey Plaza! And we of course want to know who YOU think killed JFK!

Yoko Ono
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
Back on Brian's show after their lengthy 2010 chat; this time a quick catch up on what Yoko Ono has been up to since then, which is a dizzying avalanche of activity for this tireless 80-year-old legendary artist. Exhibitions, books, videos, touring museum retrospectives worldwide, environmental activism, concerts, and a brand new album called "Take Me To the Land of Hell." And much more. Yoko is a force of nature to be reckoned with and we're excited to chat with her yet again on the program.

Russell Quan
Monday, November 18th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Russell Quan spins some toons! Doot doo!

Wooden Shjips
Monday, November 18th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Therese's show

Recorded after Shjip's captain Ripley Johnson relocated to Portland, Oregon, psych stalwarts Wooden Shjips' fourth album, "Back to Land" (Thrill Jockey), is more open and song-oriented than their previous releases. The band will stop by WFMU's studios during the first leg of a tour that will ping-pong across North America and Europe.

Sex Tide
Sunday, November 17th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Undancing In The Dirt with Thomas Storck
Bare-ass guitar choogle cave-stomp gar(b)age rock music. Pussy Galore wetting their lips with the blood of Teenage Jesus. From Columbus, OH.

The Flamin' Groovies
Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Not much explaining necessary on this one. The legendary Flamin' Groovies - with Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan will be rocking it hard on the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday! Fresh from blowing the doors off of Warsaw Friday night at the Norton Records Sandy First Anniversary Weekend, the Flamin' Groovies will keep the power going on with Terre T. A not to be missed show!

Robert Gordon author of "Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion"
Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with author Robert Gordon about his new book "Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion" which chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the Memphis based Stax label.

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