Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Seven Second Delaylive from at the UCB Theater, with Jules Feiffer, Jimmy "Rent is too Damn High" McMillan, Anna Copa Cabanna and more!
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to NYC on Wed Dec 15th at 6pm for another live radio broadcast from the stage of the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater. Ken and Andy's guests this month include legendary humorist Jules Feiffer, New York gubernatorial candidate and recording artist Jimmy "Rent is Too Damn High" McMillan, Powerpop / Folk / Death Metal Temptress Anna Copa Cabanna, and more! The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, (corner of 8th Ave). Admission $5.

Joe McPhee & Mary Halvorson
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The Miniature Minotaur asked, and received. Joe McPhee is a keeper of the post Ayler torch, but has a way of winnowing into any nook or cranny his playing partners create - a skill that has enabled him to meet such unexpected pairings as the Nihilist Spasm Band and the Cato Salsa Experience. And that made a pairing with guitarist Mary Halvorson seem a natural. She has erupted in post-punk sci-fi delight with Kevin Shea in the band People and has been a mainstay in Anthony Braxton's recent projects. Both of them lead celebrated projects of their own, and we're pleased to have them in a first-time meeting on our airwaves.

Steven Blush
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
Steven Blush, filmmaker and author, joins the brainiacs in the studio to discuss his latest book, "American Hardcore, Second Edition." It's the definitive reference to a great era in American music! Tuesday on Thunk Tank.

Lilian Hak
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Dutch musician extrodinaire Lilian Hak will perform live on This is the Modern World with Trouble.  Lilian's new album "Old Powder, New Guns" is full of gorgeous melodies, shimmering piano, warm guitars and...9 other instruments. Live, Lilian will thrill us with Hitchcock suspense in her gorgeous voice and music full of stories.

Sex Worker
Monday, December 13th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Daniel of the great SF art rock/no wave band Mi Ami returns to the WFMU studios to perform a solo set as Sex Worker. Expect creepy, dramatic out-of-body melodies against a driving beat, with plenty of noisy guitar interludes and fun with an echoplex. Fans of Zola Jesus, oOoOO, Cold Cave, and Nite Jewel will dig.

Kobo Town recorded live at WOMEX
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves leads Kobo Town, Toronto's spirited interpreters of vintage early 20th Century calypso style. Kobo Town revisits classic songs by Golden Age calypso greats like Roaring Lion, Lord Invader, King Radio and Attila the Hun. But Gonzalves and co. also craft witty new of-the-moment songs - applying the genre's rich and famously critical lyricism to contemporary topics like the war in Iraq, domestic violence, immigration, and globalization. Kobo Town performs songs from its debut album Independence as well as its forthcoming sophomore release in a session and interview recorded in collaboration with Jon Kertzer of KEXP Seattle's The Best Ambiance at the 2010 WOMEX World Music Expo in Copenhagen, Denmark.

So Cow
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is excited to welcome the amazing So Cow back to the WFMU airwaves Saturday December 11th. This Irish-by-way-of-Korea trio produces some of the most infectiously catchy lo-fi pop, bringing to mind legends like The Undertones and the Buzzcocks. They have a great new album, "Meaningless Friendly" out on Tic-Tac-Totally! Be sure to catch them rocking it out live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic on December 11th!

Isa Christ
Friday, December 10th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Isa Christ has been knocking out audiences with intensely physical performances of high-volume feedback manipulation, sometimes utilizing electric guitar, but more often than not, merely a quarter-inch cable, amplification, and a table or a tool-belt's worth of digital effects, and a critical element--his body, writhing, shaking, and sometimes stripping butt-naked--in a Saint Vitus' dance of volume-induced passion and power. Brooklyn residents are still talking about Isa's soul-flattening live collaborations with Telecult Powers. His sets are ecstatic, fierce and enveloping, both born out of a trance and trance-inducing, and though the magic of radio cannot transmit the visual, we can give you the audio, which on its own is likely to be similar to nothing you've ever heard. A one-man Theatre of Eternal Music? Perhaps. The tones and overtones bounce around the room, and the listener tends to forget the who, what and where, and get lost in the sonic assault. Isa Christ brings it live and in-the-moment to My Castle of Quiet, where he plans to "exploit the radio waves and format." Be ready for a one-of-a-kind presentation.

Title TK
Thursday, December 9th, 2010, 3am - 6am
Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate
Title TK is a band that talks about music rather than playing it. Cory Arcangel, Howie Chen (of New Humans) and Alan Licht all strap on guitars, hold them in their laps, and slide the rolling chairs up to the guest mics for a live improvised set. Think David Antin meets Spinal Tap.

The Sights
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Detroit's Sights return for their fifth appearance on WFMU following the release of their great new album Most of What Follows Is True (Alive). Frontman Eddie Baranek says he's trying to marry the two worlds of the Oblivians and the Beatles, and the result is powerful songs with hooks and harmonies aplenty. Listen now, or forever hold your peace! Catch the Sights live on Friday Dec 3rd at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, and on Saturday Dec 4 in Brooklyn (venue TBD), and then tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies show at 9pm on Wednesday the 8th!

Best Coast & J Cole
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with with Best Coast (Los Angeles, CA) and rapper J Cole (Fayetteville, NC) ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Lift-Off fundraising special
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, 9am - Noon
Ken's show
WFMU will be taking pledges to send Station Manager Ken aloft with helium balloons on Wednesday, December 8th, 11am-noon (pre-game show starts at 9am)! Ken will be seated in his favorite lawn chair in WFMU’s parking lot, and for every $1000 we raise, we’ll fill up a balloon and tie it to his chair. If we’re successful, Ken will lift off! We'll host a live video feed of the whole debacle, so you won't want to miss out.

Send Ken up, up, and away by pledging online, over the phone on December 8th, or by mail using the brochure that will be hitting your mailbox soon. We’ve got a brand new t-shirt and a baseball cap up for grabs, too!

The Old Codger fills in for Mac's Antique Phonograph Music Program
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
The Codger rarely strays from his bunker, but currently his turntables at home are without power after he used up his last hamster. Tune in next Tuesday and hear the Codger spin 78s "like they're goin' outta style." He's like a disc jockey -- only worse!

Station Manager Ken
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
Station Manager Ken joins WFMU's Chief Science Officer, Bronwyn C., to discuss the aeronautic research behind his lawn-chair-and-balloon fundraising launch, scheduled for Wednesday morning, 12/8. Plus, Bronwyn C. reads from her new book, "How to Win His Love!" It all happens this Tuesday at 7:00 PM on WFMU.

Caravan of Thieves
Monday, December 6th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

A combo of "Hot Club" swing and acoustic pop, Caravan of Thieves has has been rolling out their energetic shows from their Bridgeport, CT base for a few years now. these self-described "Gypsy Swingin' Serenading Circus Freaks" are fronted by husband/wife, guitar-spanking vocalists Fuzz and Carrie, and aided by fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson. Caravan of Thieves rolls into the WFMU studios for a live set in advance of their December 11th Bowery Electric show.

Sam Thomas of Asefa / NY Sephardic Music Festival
Saturday, December 4th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Guest DJ Samuel Thomas explores the roots of Sephardic Jewish music and gets us up to date on what's happening in the burgeoning Sephardic music revival. Thomas is a scholar of Sephardic traditions and leader of the group Asefa. Samuel is involved with two events in the sixth annual NY Sephardic Music Festival (which coincides with Hanukkah, December 1-8): Asefa performs at the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, 11 East 63rd St. on Sunday evening December 5; and Thomas moderates a Sephardic music seminar (with music by Vanessa Paloma and the d'Safi Takht Ensemble) at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. on Monday evening December 6.

The Parting Gifts
Saturday, December 4th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is honored to welcome The Parting Gifts to the WFMU airwaves this Saturday December 4th. This garage rock supergroup features the legendary Greg Cartwright and Dave Amels from Reigning Sound/Oblivians and Coco, Poni and Jem from the Ettes. Their stunning debut album "Strychnine Dandelion" - which just came out on In The Red - is a straight up pop masterpiece and is sure to be on plenty of 2010 Best Of lists. They'll be playing Friday December 3rd at Union Hall in Brooklyn and Sat, Dec. 4 at Wind Up Space in Baltimore, Maryland, but be sure to hear the Parting Gifts make their radio debut on the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T!

Stephen Arnoff
Friday, December 3rd, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on Aerial View with Chris T.

Stephen Arnoff of the 14th Street Y in NYC joins Chris T. to discuss Bob Dylan & The Band: What Kind of Love Is This, a gallery exhibition, symposium, and all-star concert going on all weekend long in venues throughout Manhattan (info here).

Bill Kartalopoulos of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival
Friday, December 3rd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Taking a break from setting up for the big all day (December 4th), Brooklyn Comics And Graphics Festival, event orchestrator Bill Kartalopoulos will talk over the phone with Billy Jam about the indie festival and its many panels whose speakers will include the likes of Bill Griffith, Anders Nilsen, Lynda Barry, and Francoise Mouldy.

The Dum Dum Girls & The Vaselines
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with San Diego's Dum Dum Girls plus all the way from Glasgow, Scotland, The Vaselines ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo !

Chie Mukai
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, Noon - 3pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Chie Mukai has been involved in improvised performance since 1975, when she participated in the East Bionic Symphonia group and later the Marginal Consort. Her haunting vocals and er-hu playing defined the acoustic psych band Che Shizu who recorded for the PSF label in the '90s. Since then she has worked with Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Los Angeles Free Music Society, Jim O'Rourke and former Boredoms guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto, and has released a recording of drone-based Ramones covers. She also organizes the annual Perspective Emotion mixed media arts festival in Tokyo, and will be performing solo, and live, on Miniature Minotaurs.

How To Win Her Love
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
Author (and former WFMU Volunteer) Rudy Delson, of "Maynard and Jennica" fame, will discuss his new book "How to Win Her Love," a non-fiction advice manual (sort of like "How to Pick Up Chicks" for the McSweeney's set, only full of really useful tips and a certain amount of pure smut). It's a three-way on the airwaves, this Tuesday on Thunk Tank.

Justin Broadrick
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane will air an interview with Justin Broadrick -- the human behind Godflesh, Jesu (pron: yay-zoo), Napalm Death, Grey Machine, etc. His body of work spans decades and is more varied than most artists' record collections! In the past year, Godflesh did a couple of reunion performances, and have another one scheduled for 2011; the Pale Sketcher release came out not long ago, and the Jesu release "Heart Ache & Dethroned" is in the new bin right now, which consists of an unreleased EP from 2003 and a re-release of the first Jesu 2-track record. He's been very busy, and is taking the time to speak to WFMU's listeners! The program will also feature a lot of Broadrick's music, past and present! Tune in for an afternoon of hearing Justin, his machines and his music!!

Lucinda Black Bear
Monday, November 29th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As Lucinda Black Bear describes themselves as, "... a burst of sonic longing, a soulful fusion of cellos, feedback, loops, pianos, drums, and oddly tuned acoustic/electric guitars." Their latest album, titled "Knives," was released at the beginning of November and Lucinda Black Bear plays some of it live on WFMU.

Viva L'American Death Ray Music
Monday, November 29th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Glammy garage rockers Viva L'American Death Ray Music (V.L.A.D.R.M.), originally from Memphis, are back at it after a few years' hiatus. Band members are now separated by geography and have had a few musical distractions over the years (Golden Triangle and Polyphonic Spree to name a few), but they've converged here in the NYC area to celebrate the release of their new record "Miles of Smiles Towns of Frowns." Fans of Roxy Music, the Fall, costumes, and good times will be pleased. Witness the fun live on Liz's show, and also be sure to check out V.L.A.D.R.M. at Death By Audio on Nov. 22nd (with Tulipss), or catch their free record release party at Zebulon on Nov. 24th (guest DJs and freebies are promised).

Tre Orsi
Saturday, November 27th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is excited to welcome the amazing Tre Orsi to the program on Nov 27. This powerhouse Texas trio lay out a sound that is sweeping and intense, bringing to mind bands like Silkworm and Unwound but with a dynamism that is all their own. Their Comedy Minus One release "Devices + Emblems" is guaranteed a spot on Terre's Best Faves of 2010, so get on board early and check them out on the CBC on Nov. 27!

Friday, November 26th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Aerial View with Chris T.
It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma as Chris T. delves into the JFK assassination via interviews, commentary and actual period airchecks.

Tony Castles
Thursday, November 25th, 2010, 3am - 6am
on Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate

Brooklyn trio Tony Castles anchor their not-too meandering pop songs with touchy R&B hooks, but still give a nod to their time spent in cathartic post-collegiate psychedelic thrash bands. Back from a tour with the Tom Tom Club, you can hear the shining vocals of lead singer Paul Sicilian, scattershot guitar solos from Willie Miesmer, and backbeats by Gabriel Wurzel laid down all nice on their new EP on Famous Class records.

Alex Cox
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with director Alex "Repo Man, Sid 'n Nancy, Walker"  Cox who just has re-released an expanded version of his 1987 classic "Straight To Hell." Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Michael Holt
Monday, November 22nd, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

After playing slightly off-kilter pop for eight years with The Mommyheads, Michael Holt began focusing on his own songs, full of delicate, intricate melodies. Now, after a 10-year hiatus, The Mommyheads  are now back together with Michael for a new album and tour. He joins Irene in the studio to play a few new tunes and chat about the reunion project.

Live Remote at Public Assembly with Split Signals and The Above
Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
This is going to be one hell of a an all day and night slap bang do dang event at the Public Assembly in Brooklyn, NY. Doors at 2pm with Vintage, Records Food for sale (and a free copy of Bananas mag #2!). From 3-6pm is the WFMU live radio remote portion when Terre T will kick off her live broadcast of Cherry Blossom Clinic from Public Assembly... besides the usual rockin' platters and witty banter, Terre will introduce garage supergroup The Split Signals and Brooklyn's own Beat/R'n'B combo the Above for live sets on her show! Your screams of delight will carried live on the airwaves across a wide swath of the tri-state!

Gary Lachman (aka Gary Valentine)
Saturday, November 20th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes Gary Lachman (aka Gary Valentine) the original bass player of Blondie, writer of some of their best songs and author of many books including "New York Rocker: My Life in The Blank Generation."

Barn Owl
Friday, November 19th, 2010, 9am - Noon
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Barn Owl's hazy and languid blend of drone and jam satisfies several freak music quotients, touching on dense layered metal-like passages and cosmic-minimal-free exploring.  The duo of Evan Caminiti (guitars, vocals) and Jon Porras (guitars, vocals, drums, harmonium) stop by WFMU's Love Room in the middle of their East Coast tour to play songs from their new Thrill Jockey album "Ancestral Star," and coat the place in drone.  Also, catch them the night before this airs, November 18th at Issue Project Room, with Tom Carter and High Aura'd.

Friday, November 19th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Jon Nicholson, aka Porkchop Central, is the bubbling cosmic nucleus at the center of Excepter's intricate, weblike operation. He presents as a warm-hearted and wise, light-powered deacon in a '70s science-fiction film, with a personal and musical aesthetic to match, and Wm. was bound to be swept up in his many-colored undertow. Jon seems to DJ and play shows like an unstoppable machine, mixing cyborg energy with Ancient Egyptian tenacity, and one could probably see Jon do *something* live at least 2-3 nights a week. Check out this video, to experience a full set of Jon's psycho-Krauto-noiseo-dubbo sonic continuum, recorded by Wm. last April, and you'll understand why SSPS are way overdue for a dance on the WFMU airwaves. The "highly anticipated" bit goes without saying. Oops, too late! SSPS are an experience to be experienced.

Brian Wilson Shock Treatment
Thursday, November 18th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The latest chapter in the Brian Wilson Shock Treatment's ongoing saga of punked-out psychedelic rock about zombies, mummies, aliens, outer space, love, death and insanity is entitled "Druid Time Lords." Tune in, turn on your radio, and be dropped out of your mind!

"Girl Talk" w/ Peter DiCola [10am] // Human Eye [11am]
Thursday, November 18th, 2010, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Peter DiCola calls in to talk GIRL TALK [10am] --
then: live music from Detroit's scifi sloppunk heroes HUMAN EYE [11am]

Jon Kirby
Thursday, November 18th, 2010, 3am - 6am
Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate
Winston-Salem native and renowned freelance writer Jon Kirby brings his gift of gab and complimentary musical selections up from the South for a special live DJ set of all things Carolina(s), prattle about his contributions to, and the finest in mic-break pleasantries.

Persephone's Bees
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

After 10 years in the Bay Area, Persephone's Bees recently relocated to NYC and they're bringing their edgy pop sounds to WFMU for your enjoyment. The vocals of Russian-born lead singer Angelina Moysov fall somewhere between the Cardigans and Komeda, according to the Onion A/V Club -- who also described their music as "instantly likeable." Hear them for yourselves Wednesday the 17th at 9pm on the Evan "Funk" Davies show, and maybe you'll hear their Status Quo cover. And keep an eye out for their third LP, coming soon.

Grant Lawrence (Part 2) & Yelawolf
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Part 2 of an interview with Grant Lawrence from The Smugglers about his new book "Adventures in Solitude," plus Alabama rapper Yelawolf! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo !

Ken and Andy Live from the UCB Theater
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to NYC for another live radio broadcast from the stage of the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater. Ken and Andy's guests this month include Andrew VanWyngarden of the band MGMT (who will not perform), Author, Fantasy Baseball Inventor and former New York Times Ombudsman Dan Okrent and author / gambling expert / former bookie Beth Raymer. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, (corner of 8th Ave). Admission $5.

Eid al-Adha special
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
The brainiacs observe Eid al-Adha with a discussion of religion. Eid mubarak, everybody! This week on Thunk Tank.

Easy Action
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Detroit's Easy Action! Featuring Negative Approach/Laughing Hyenas vocalist John Brannon, Easy Action is down and dirty rock n roll with the feel of being in a ghetto ghost town! Brannon's still as frightening in his vocal assault as he ever was in his previous 2 bands, but more focused and truly more powerful. That shotgun blast is no longer all over the place, he burns the audience with a taser, up close. The band's swagger is overall highlighted by the angular and mesmerizing guitar sound of Harold Richardson (ex-Gravitar), and a powerful rhythm section of Tony Romeo (bass) and Matt Becker (drums).

Check out their Myspace page.  They are playing at the Acheron in Brooklyn on Monday the 15th, and at Asbury Lanes on Thursday the 18th. Prepare your radio speakers for shredding!!! Set is scheduled to air around 12:30 pm, set your life to this event!!

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur
Monday, November 15th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

When he founded the seminal Kweskin Jug Band, the group's Old-Timey stance was rooted in Jim Kweskin's encyclopedic knowledge of traditional folk song and guitar-work, music he still plays today. Geoff Muldaur, one of the founding members of the Jug Band, has enjoyed a healthy solo career which encompasses writing, producing and performances with multiple instruments and his beautiful, clear tenor. Kweskin and Muldaur join Irene in the WFMU studio mid-tour for some song and chat.

Things We Heard at WOMEX: New Directions in World Music
Saturday, November 13th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
WOMEX is the annual worldwide world music industry expo, something like a SXSW or CMJ for world music moguls, musicians, pundits and enthusiasts. If you want to learn about new artists, new trends, new happenings in the worlds of world music, WOMEX is the place to be.
This week Rob and three fellow travelers post-mortem WOMEX 2010, held October 27-31 in Copenhagen, playing the music and sharing the scuttlebutt: Gerald Seligman, whose impressive CV includes stints as WOMEX General Director, label honcho (he launched the EMI Hemispheres imprint), music journalist and even FMU DJ; journalist Tom Pryor, editor of the National Geographic World Music website and one of North America's leading authorities on world musics; and Olivier Conan, proprietor of the esteemed Park Slope music spot Barbes and record label of the same name, and bandleader of acclaimed Amazonian surf-cumbia revivalists Chicha Libre - who played a prestigious WOMEX showcase last month.

Box Elders
Saturday, November 13th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is stoked to welcome the Box Elders to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Nov 13. This Nebraska trio's brand of fuzzy guitar pop has been unstoppable for the last few years, and their Goner Records debut album "Alice and Friends" got a ton of play from Terre T and others. So tune in to the Cherry Blossom Clinic and find out what the excitement is all about!

Chip Taylor
Saturday, November 13th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes the return of Chip Taylor to the show. Chip will fill us in on his new release "The New Bye and Bye," which compiles the best of his work with Carrie Rodriguez, and tell us the secret behind writing hits like "Angel of the Morning," "Wild Thing," "I Can't Let Go," "Any Way That You Want Me" and "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)."

Schoolly D, Erk Tha Jerk, and DJ Shadow
Friday, November 12th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In the mid eighties, even before it was dubbed 'gangsta rap,' Philadelphia rapper Schoolly D was making hardcore gangster hip-hop. His landmark 1985 recording "P.S.K. What Does It Mean," a no-holds-barred graphic sex, drugs, & violence rap that referenced the Philly gang, Park Side Killas, that he was closely affiliated with, is widely recognized as the original true hardcore gangsta rap song. Ever active in the years since his recent projects include making music for Cartoon Network's Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Meanwhile unique West Coast newcomer, rapper/producer Erk Tha Jerk, who releases his official debut album "Nerd's Eye View" on November 9th, has been gaining accolades all over these days including in XXL Magazine who feature him in their latest Show & Prove section. Also from Northern California is longtime turntablist/producer DJ Shadow whose current "Live From The Shadowsphere" tour is previewing music from his forthcoming still untitled 2011 album. DJ Shadow, Erk Tha Jerk, and Schoolly D will each talk with Billy Jam about their respective takes on hip-hop music on Put The Needle On The Record on Friday November 12th 3-6pm.

Heavy Medical
Friday, November 12th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Philadelphia's Heavy Medical blast through our area on tour, with shows at Death by Audio (11/10) and Party Expo (11/18), paying a visit to the Castle in the same wide swing. Where all of us have seen more than a few bands take the metal/punk-to-noise/experimental route, Heavy Medical have done the opposite, releasing a few enigmatic, high-caliber recordings under the name Nervous Sex, and now arriving at a sound more akin to Melvins by way of prime Lightning Bolt, or to drop an even more obscure reference, mid-80s SoCal legends Blue Daisies, without brakes -- saying what needs to be said in violent, catchy, two-minute bursts. You can download the combo's excellent Threats e.p. for a mere $2 at the group's bandcamp page. Wm. welcomes Heavy Medical live and bloody to this week's My Castle of Quiet broadcast.

Chuck Prophet
Thursday, November 11th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Chuck first surfaced as lead guitarist in the legendary Green on Red in the 1980s but over the last 20 years has carved out a distinguished, amazing solo career. His latest album, "Let Freedom Ring," is filled with political songs for non-politcal people. Catch Chuck live on WFMU then later the same night at the Bowery Electric in New York.

Dave Haynes (Soundcloud / Music Hack Day / Open Music Media)
Thursday, November 11th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Dave Haynes is VP Business Development for SoundCloud and was recently listed by the British Council as one of the UK's Young Music Entrepreneurs. He is also the founder of Music Hack Day and OpenMusicMedia, which hit NYC this week for a free discussion on "Music Discovery: Humans vs Hackers". The OMM event took place at the Lower East Side bar formerly known as Robots, where -- after a few whiskeys -- Jason caught up with Dave to chat about open source, freemium, Justin Bieber, and the music industry's slow embrace of technological innovation.

Grant Lawrence (Part 1)
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Part 1 of an interview with Grant Lawrence from The Smugglers about his new book "Adventures in Solitude." Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Jen Shyu
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Jen Shyu's enchanting singing has floated through Steve Coleman's jazz group and Anthony Braxton's opera, not to mention her own work which calls her Chinese heritage into an improvised music setting. Gearing up for her appearance at the Vital Vox festival, Shyu will appear on the Miniature Minotaurs program, accompanying herself on piano, er hu and moon guitar.

Sam Derse
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
On this week's Thunk Tank with Bronwyn and Jay, it's more rootin'-tootin' Putin as the brainiacs welcome their special guest, Sam Derse, the creative genuis behind Vladimir Putin Action Comics! Tune in as Murder Cat joins Snowy the War Bear to welcome a surprise new member of the Putin Animal Friends, this Tuesday on Thunk Tank.

Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Dapwell
Monday, November 8th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
DJ Rupture will host guests Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Dapwell ("the funniest Das Racist"). Brilliant writer and editor Julianne will be discussing her taste in current dance music & divas via a special selection of tunes. As for Dapwell -- call him the skeptic.

Chris Morris
Monday, November 8th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Next Monday on TMI British Comedy legend Chris Morris talks with Benjamen Walker about his new film "Four Lions," a comedy about suicide bombers in London. They also talk about humor, radio, and the power of idiots.

Irish Traditional meets Irish Hip-Hop
Friday, November 5th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the second time in 2010 WFMU's remote broadcast unit travels to the West of Ireland for a unique live broadcast from Bell, Book, & Candle in Galway where a variety of hip-hop, experimental, and traditional Irish artists will perform live on WFMU. Guests to include The Old Soul Brigade, Pervish, MC Mimmic, Vince Mack Mahon crew, MyNameIsJohn, Chiwawa Studios, Bitwise and Madec, Rumble Digits, Lineage Crew, Mupeid, Sebi C, Longy, and Irish beatboxing champion Mr. L. all on Put The Needle On The Record November 5th 3-6pm (7pm to 10pm local Irish time - open to the public).

Incapacitants live at the LAFMS Fest
Friday, November 5th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

The Japanese noise duo Incapacitants, active since the early 1980s, have given special permission for this exclusive airing of their performance from last month's LAFMS Fest in London. Recorded on-site by My Castle of Quiet associate Bob Bellerue.

The Piggies
Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Brooklyn rock & rollers The Piggies drop by Spazz HQ for a set of live music in the rock & roll vein.

Matt LeMay on "Living in the Age of Art vs Content"
Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Matt LeMay is a writer, musician, coder and generally thinky/talky dude. His latest article, "Living in the Age of Art vs Content", is an in-depth answer to the question Zach Baron posed in the Village Voice: "Is It Possible to Sell Out in 2010?". We'll try not to say too many brand names over the course of this 12-minute convo.

Jon Rafman
Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 3am - 6am
on Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate

Artist Jon Rafman talks about his newly completed film Codes of Honor, which mixes documentary footage of New York's pro Street Fighter arcade game scene with a fictional narrative "filmed" in the 3D world of Second Life. Jon plays a set of video game music that inspired the project, and talks about how video games and their soundtracks have subconsciously exposed American youth to the forces of Japan's economy, social codes, and pop culture. (Check out the Arcade Hustla youtube channel for extensive interviews with Chinatown's finest players.)

Krist Novoselic
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Krist from 1991, 1999 and 2009!   Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010, 3am - 6am
Nat Roe
Long a bass heavy drone duo of Alex and Britt Brown, LA's Robedoor has come out recently as a trio, with Ged Gengrass added on drums. Their new 7", Pacific Drift, is the latest of a small mountain of wonderful releases, many of which are on Britt's own label, the seminal Not Not Fun. This set with some previously unreleased material is a blues based psych-doom reduction sauce on a bed of caramelized beets/beats. Their clout will cloud your vision.

Zombie Expert Nick Robbins
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
It's the Dia de los Muertos Especial, with Zombie Expert Nick Robbins. (The guest so nice, we had him on twice, only this time we're actually going to let him talk.) The ostensible topic is how death is viewed in various cultures--especially in regard to zombies. Plus News of the Dead, Salutin' Putin, and a FourLoko review by the Brainiacs.

Legendary Pink Dots
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Formed in London in 1980 by mainstays Edward Ka-Spel and Philip Knight and relocated to Amsterdam in 1984, the Legendary Pink Dots have created a massive discography of over 40 LPs, not counting the many Ka-Spel solo outings. On the latest, "Seconds Late For the Brighton Line", they continue their enduring, abstract, psychedelicized vision that has landed them as somewhat spiritual kin to the likes of Nurse With Wound and Current 93: dark, keyboard-inflected pop, Kraut-informed electronics, acidy industrial soundscapes all meld with Ka-Spel's unique lyrical and vocal stamp. They stop by WFMU's studios to play on Brian's show today, and also play live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on October 29th.

Altar Live at ATP
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane will be airing a large portion of the Altar live set from September 5th's ATP appearance! Altar is SunnO))) and Boris together, along with other contributors. The airing will commence at 12:30 pm on the Fun Machine and is going to be available for a limited period of time, so if you cannot listen live, be sure to check it out quickly, as WFMU will only stream it for three weeks. These songs redefine the words: Crush, Kill, Destroy very subtly, if that is possible. Tune in!

Dustin Wong
Monday, November 1st, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Dustin Wong plays guitar in two of Liz's favorite bands, Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine, and he's just released a lovely solo album of intricate instrumentals called "Infinite Love." Tune in as Dustin flutters blissfully about the fretboard, weaving and looping in harmonies on parallel sonic planes. It's too pretty to be called mathrock. Be sure to check out Dustin live in Brooklyn: he's playing at Death By Audio on 10/26 and in the Monster Island Basement on 11/2.

Tony Joe White
Saturday, October 30th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes singer-songwriter/guitarist Tony Joe White, best known for his 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie." Tony Joe drops by with his guitar to play a few songs & discuss the art of songwriting. For a Tony Joe White primer, check out Michael's 2008 interview!

Live from Dublin, Ireland
Friday, October 29th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU does yet another hip-hop based live remote broadcast from Dublin, Ireland. This year's guests will include Whitenoise, Mayhem, MosChops, Tu Ki, DJ Mek, Exile Eye, Rob Kelly, and many more. If you happen to be in Dublin, Ireland on October 29th stop by the live broadcast at CRU located on Crown Alley in the Temple Bar district of the city centre where the broadcast is 8pm to 11pm local time which 3-6pm Jersey City time on WFMU.

Danny Moore (Family Treasures)
Friday, October 29th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Daniel J. Moore creates pulsating, meditative heavy electronics, like Cluster II with the grime factor set on very high. He's released several excellent tapes -- his "Black Totality" cassette (as Family Treasures) for Temple of Pei is four tracks of hovering, churning menace, while his release on Tape Drift from earlier this year, "Altars of Ashes," plays it relatively subtle on the electronics and percussion, allowing sax player Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut to dance La Monte Young-like over Danny's essential atmospheres. Danny now brings it live and in the moment to My Castle of Quiet. Check out these two video clips from the MCoQ vimeo channel --- 13 Thames | INC 2010 @ Silent Barn

Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 28th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Werewolves, mummies, zombies and monsters from undisclosed locations conspire to make this year's Music To Spook By Hauntfest the scariest and stupidest ever!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Daniel Pujol writes infectious garage-punk channeling the classic vibes of his hometown, Nashville TN. After playing in countless local bands (including Meemaw. Wizardz, and Denny & The Jets) Pujol's eponymous solo project has taken flight with Sean Thompson on guitar, Joey Scala on bass, and Adam Tanaka on drums. He's also got the support of Jack White, whose Third Man label is released a Pujol 7'' produced by the White Stripe himself. Pujol's discography already includes releases on Jeff The Brotherhood's Infinity Cat Recordings. And a new 7'' helped launch the Turbo Fruits' Turbo Time imprint. Pujol is touring with Turbo Fruits through mid-November -- (tourdates here).

Strictly Kev aka DJ Food
Thursday, October 28th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

The ever so friendly Strictly Kev of DJ Food will swing by and play some round platters of plastic as well as verbalizing the English language.

Jello Biafra
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
A new interview with Jello Biafra plus writer Bill Mullan talks about his recently re-released 1990 movie Terminal City Ricochet! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Phill Niblock
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Just prior to his appearance at the Ear to the Earth Festival in NYC, drone pioneer Phill Niblock will pay a visit to the WFMU studios to chat and guest DJ. While his own music is noted for its length and stillness (he does a 6-hour concert at his loft every December), Niblock is a huge fan of early jazz and bebop, and will be bringing some of his favorite high-speed saxophone music to play on the air.

Barbara Henry
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
Barbara Henry, American poet of the news, will be Bronwyn and Jay's guest on this week's Thunk Tank. Ms. Henry is the author of extremely fine poems that are *ripped from today's headlines* -- literally. She also is an internationally renowned letterpress printer and print-maker. (Plus, she lives in Jersey City, so we've got our New Jersey-content quotient covered.) Tune in for a lot of talk about words, plus some very fine poetry, this week on Thunk Tank.

Hugh Cornwell
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane is ecstatic to welcome the legendary Hugh Cornwell to the Fun Machine. Front man for the Stranglers for years, he's currently touring with his all star band featuring Clem Burke (Blondie, Romantics) and Steve Fishman (Contortions). They'll be playing a few live numbers in the studio and then Diane will speak about music with the punk icon! His latest release is a double CD called "New Songs for King Kong," on the Invisible Hands Music label. Catch his shows at the Record Collector in Bordentown NJ on Oct 22, The Brighton in Long Branch on Oct 23rd, or right after the WFMU special in town at the Mercury Lounge on October 26th. On this tour, Hugh is playing 2 sets -- a mix of his solo work and Stranglers songs, followed by a performance of "Rattus Norvegicus IV", the Stranglers first album in its entirety. Not to be missed! Tune in, show up, or BOTH!

Chico Mann + Jimmy McMillan
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
Chico Mann alter ego and lazer infused, future funkafied, groovy Afro-Cuban soul jams of Antibalas' guitarist, Marquitos Garcia. Marcos and the band will be stopping by the WFMU studios for a live set fresh off the road from an Australian tour and right be before their record release show Santo's Party House on the 27th to support their new album "Analog Drift," dropping Wax Poetics.

You may know Jimmy McMillan as the most amazingly bearded Karate expert running for Governor of New York, but Marty will introduce you to the man behind some of the sweetest DIY, synth-funk, pop jams you will ever hear. Seriously check out this track.

Singles Going Steady in Dublin - Simulcast with Power FM
Friday, October 22nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For this year's Singles Going Steady week on WFMU, Billy Jam will cross the pond to Ireland for an all seven inch records show (hip-hop, funk, soul, and other) with sets by Irish crate-digging DJs Laz-E, Tu-Ki, Cool C, Gerry Beatfinder, Baz Hickey, and Tall Paul Lowe. The show, which will also feature OG Irish party rocker (Dublin circa 1950's/60's) DJ Brennie, will be a simulcast radio broadcast with Dublin radio station Power FM and will simulcast from its downtown Dublin studios in real time on both the Irish and New Jersey stations, plus a webcam feed via Put The Needle On The Record, October 22nd 3-6pm (8pm to 11pm local Irish time).

South African 45rpm special
Monday, October 18th, 2010, 9am - Noon
Liz Berg's show
In celebration of Singles Going Steady Week, Liz busts out a giant pile of 7"s that her brother brought back from his recent trip to South Africa. Funk, disco, soul, and traditional music from the crates of Johannesburg to your radio. Vuvuzela-free.

Singles Going Steady Week
Sunday, October 17th, 2010, 7pm - Sunday, October 24th, 2010, 7pm
From October 17th - 24th, WFMU throws technology into the circular file and celebrates the little records with the big holes, in anticipation of our annual Record Fair, which takes place Oct 22-24 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. For one full week, our DJs will play nothing but seven inch records, many of which will rotate at the recommended 45 revolutions per minute. The music will span all eras and genres, but the physical format remains the same!

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