Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Dennis Lambert
Saturday, October 11th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with songwriter/producer Dennis Lambert whose #1 hits include The Four Tops' "Ain't No Woman (Like The One I've Got)," Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds' "Don't Pull Your Love," Freddie & the Dreamers' "Do The Freddie" and Travares' "It Only Takes A Minute." Dennis is also the subject of the new documentary, "Of All The Things," about his Beatles-like celebrity status in the Philippines. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song has been left in Michael's Mailbox!


Stereolab - DJ set
Friday, October 10th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
HotRod's show
Stereolab drops by to rock your world and charm your speakers. Founding members Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier invade your homes with some of their favorite tunes.


WFMU Presents Wire and Times New Viking live from the Fillmore NYC at Irving Plaza
Thursday, October 9th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

The last show of WFMU's 50th Anniversary Free Concert Series is happening at the Fillmore NYC at Irving Plaza, featuring none other than UK artpunk legends Wire, touring on the heels of their brand new release Object 47 on their own Pink Flag label. If you've obtained advance tickets for the show (now sold out!), we hope to see you there, and get there early to check out opener WFMU pals Times New Viking! If you can't make it, you can hear Wire and Times New Viking live over WFMU's air signal and streams starting around 8 PM!


Paul Bartholomew, E*Rock and E*Vax
Thursday, October 9th, 2008, 2am - 6am
on
Night People
Night People bring out the stars when E*Rock, founder of Portland record label Audio Dregs and E*Vax of the unexplained band RATATAT discuss the possible existence of the monster Bigfoot with expert and author Paul Bartholomew as well as your trusty hosts Dave & (S)andy.


Takka Takka
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Local indie-rock guys Takka Takka come by to play a set of tunes from their latest album, Migration. They've ditched the rootsy Lou Reed stylings of their debut for a burbling understatement of interlocking guitars, ethereal synths, and overlapping rhythms, casually informed by Philip Glass, Balinese gamelan, and Afropop. The perfect soundtrack to declining temperatures.


Live Broadcast from Maxwell's
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Join Ken and Andy and other WFMU listeners for a special live remote broadcast from the front lounge of Maxwell's, located at 1039 Washington Street, at the corner of Washington and 11th, in Hoboken, NJ. There's no admission fee, unless you count the negative effects on your soul. But every minute with Ken and Andy is an extra minute at the end of your life, so save your receipt!


Jen Lin-Liu
Monday, October 6th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Author Jen Lin-Liu talks about her adventures in China and her new book, Serve the People: A Strir-Fried Journey Through China. Then, the Speakeasy's special film correspondent Bruce Bennett checks in with what's going on in the world of cinema.


Twi the Humble Feather
Sunday, October 5th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on Stochastic Hit Parade / A440 with Bethany Ryker

Twi the Humble Feather's music dangles between the underground avant-garde NYC scene and minimalist classical music influences. The group is a three piece of nylon classical guitars and voice, using classical and flamenco styles in a unique new approach. Their debut CD Music for has been praised for its originality and creativity. Other Music says: "It's been a long time there's been a record as unabashedly full of joy and generosity of spirit as this and the fact that it is a debut is great cause for rejoice." Members include Anthony Lebron, Hektor Fontanez and Bryan Doring.


Mamak Khadem
Saturday, October 4th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Iranian-born singer Mamak Khadem been a force on LA's massive Persian music scene for many years. Formerly with the crossover band Axiom of Choice, her new solo CD "Jostojoo" shows her rootsier side. The CD is grounded in Persian classical tradition but there are also influences from other countries in the region is in the mix as well. And from the rest of the world too: Musicians on the disc include Persian classical musicians but also jazz / improvisers like Eyvind Kang and Skuli Sverrison. Today she's joined by husband / santur (dulcimer) player Hamid Saeidi for a couple of live songs in a tune-up for her concert at the Rubin Museum of Art in lower Manhattan later tonight, Oct. 4, at 7:30 pm. We'll also hear from the new CD and talk about music and other issues - from writing music for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" to her efforts to improve women's status in the arts in Iran.


Black Time
Saturday, October 4th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Let Black Time stab you with their noisy punk-blues, calling to mind bands like the Pussy Galore, Drunks with Guns, Germs, Nation of Ulysses and Flipper! Black Time will have a new record out on In The Red on Oct 14, called "Double Negative" and they are currently on tour here in America. After you hear Black Time's noised-out punk buzz throb on the radio on WFMU, check 'em out live the following week in Brooklyn: Sat Oct 11 (4pm) at Passout Records, and Sat Oct 11 Brooklyn, NY (9:30pm) at Don Pedros.


Burton Stahl & Rick Nesta of The Music Explosion
Saturday, October 4th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Burton Stahl & Richard Nesta who, as teenagers, formed The Music Explosion in Mansfield, Ohio and shortly after had a #2 hit with "Little Bit O'Soul." We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Kelly Jones has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Doug Gillard
Friday, October 3rd, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on Pseu's Thing With A Hook

Pseu celebrates her final Hook show of the season with the return of guitarist and songwriter Doug Gillard. As most famously the lead axe for indie-rock giants Guided By Voices, Doug brought electricity to their live shows and recordings with his unique and now often-copied Les Paul riffage. Gillard has a new home in NYC and has been going non-stop supporting bands like The Hold Steady, The Oranges Band and Richard Buckner. We will hear cuts from his new solo release Call From Restricted, a couple of live acoustic numbers and some mad chatter about Pop with Pseu.


WFMU Oakland, California Remote
Friday, October 3rd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's traveling remote broadcast crew goes on the road yet again. This time your favorite Jersey City radio station travels to Oakland, California for a special Left Coast remote broadcast of "Put The Needle On The Record" with Billy Jam when his many Bay Area guests will include DJ Quest, new Oakland hip-hop group The High Decibels, longtime Bay Area producer/political emcee Paris, electronic multi-instrumentalist Saul Goody, beatmaker Dawgisht, turntablist DnZ, saw player Brooke, vintage Oakland R&B/soul record collector Buck, and many more.


Brett Ratliff
Friday, October 3rd, 2008, 9am - Noon
on
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind
Doug Schulkind welcomes Kentucky mountain music maestro Ben Ratliff to the airwaves for a set of gorgeous old-timey wonderment. Brett plays the banjo like his life depends on it, and you can surely bet it does. His a capella balladry will chill and soothe your soul simultaneously.


Final Show
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Thursday Oct. 2nd Noah will be taking a little coffee break from the air. This is the final proper show until further notice. Thank you to everyone who has tuned in over the last few years. Great friends will swing by to drop hellos and live songs. Turn off your cell phones and tune in to some rap music. Some guests will be: DJ BrownBum, Baje1 & Snafu of Junk Science, Tone Tank of ILLER Than Theirs, DJ Ese, Bully Mouth (Espee, Exile T.C, J.S. Krillz, & Cap-Diesel), Thanksgiving Brown, Critical of Critical Madness, Poet of Delinquent Soundz, Brown Bag Allstars (Audible Doctor, J57, Koncept, Cold Codeine, Soul Khan, DJ GOO Punch, E Holla, & Deejay Element), & whoever else shows up.....


Ramadan Special
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Tune in for the Eid al-Fitr/Ramadan Special! Wednesday marks the end of Ramadan's month of fasting, and this episode of Mudd Up will be dedicated to gorgeous old recordings of religious music as well as new celebratory beats from around the Muslim world.


Steven Stapleton / Nurse With Wound
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
In 1979 Nurse With Wound entered a UK recording studio with no musical training whatsoever and created an album called Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella, which promptly was awarded a rating of five question marks from Sounds Magazine. Since then, NWW has confounded critics and listeners alike, both pioneering and mining the areas of improvisation, Krautrock-influence, electroacoustic experiments and more with unparalleled sense of invention and quite often humor. The shifting group's enduring central figure, Steven Stapleton, gives Brian a rare radio interview via phone today from his Irish goat farm, talking about NWW past, present and future. We'll also be playing choice cuts from Stapelton's 40+ album discography.


New Waving Goodbye
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show
Join Tony for his last-ever weekly show (he'll be back for occasional fill-ins). What's on the agenda, you ask? Something he's been meaning to bring you for a while: three hours of German new wave from the '80s. Thrill to the likes of Neue Welle greats Der Plan, Wirtschaftswunder, Siluetes 61, Die Todliche Doris, and Holger Hiller. Tony may even break out his long-retired in-theme, Pyrolator's "Im Zoo," to mark the occasion!


Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman
Monday, September 29th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
He's worked with everyone from Walt Disney to Luke Vibert to the freakin' Beatles. Been sampled by Dr. Dre, Ice-T, and Fatboy Slim. And at 80 years old, French electronic music pioneer Jean Jacques Perrey has a seriously kickass new spaghetti western-lounge-funk-space playland of an album called Destination Space, which he put together with Seattle composer Dana Countryman. Tune in to hear Messrs. Perrey and Countryman on Sound and Safe with Trent - they'll be talking about international collaboration, their impending East coast tour, and the what it's like to have your music in a Disneyland ride. Also, don't miss them performing live on October 1st at (Le) Poisson Rouge.


End of Summer 2008 Album Downloads
Monday, September 29th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on
Do or DIY with People Like Us
It's that time of the year again, when DO or DIY zip up their bags and... send it right over to you! Indeed, for the two final weeks of the WFMU Summer Season, DO or DIY with People Like Us are giving you an album sized chunk of all things avant retard - a lovely noisy collage, complete with artwork. Grab the Volume 1 download here, and check the blog to snag Volume 2 after the show tonight.


Antiguo Automata Mexicano
Monday, September 29th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Angel Sanchez Borges makes a return visit to Liz Berg's show as Antiguo Automata Mexicano, this time with Carlos Icaza on drums. AAM is the dark, minimal electronic project of these 2 former members of Las Comadrejas. From Monterrey to Mexico City, they are powerhouses of the Mexican underground, with their tentacles in many projects (Los Fancy Free, Seekers Who Are Lovers, Evil Hippie, El Pan Blanco, and probably 5 more bands by the time you read this). AAM will be playing at Hecho en Dumbo on 9/25, and at Silent Barn on 9/26 (both venues are in Brooklyn).


Ai Aso
Saturday, September 27th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Ai Aso is part of the well loved Michio Kurihara/Boris/White Heaven stable of Japanese psych/rock/folk artists, here making her touring US debut, and her only New York area appearance. Her album Chamomile Pool, released last year on Pedal Records, was a masterpiece, blending fragile psych folk, pop, and even prog rock (also showcased on her covering of "Islands" by King Crimson on her split 7" with Wata from Boris). Ai Aso will be joined with Souichiro Nakamura from White Heaven, and Chiaki Teranishi, her collaborators on Chamomile Pool, for her set on WFMU.


Electric Kulintang
Saturday, September 27th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

As Electric Kulintang (EK), multi-talented percussionists Susie Ibarra and Roberto Rodriguez explore Susie's Filipino roots. Kulintang is a melodic/percussive tradition from the Philippines with some similarity to Indonesian gamelan. EK's music re-imagines kulintang. It's experimental and electronic, but there are also strong connections to the roots. EK gives us a live in-studio preview of their Oct. 4 gig at Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette St. in lower Manhattan.


Mad Mike Radio Special
Saturday, September 27th, 2008, 1pm - 3pm
on
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Rex hosts a two hour special devoted to Pittsburgh Radio Great Mad Mike, the cat who made Camel Walk, Hanky Panky, Goo Goo Muck, and Psycho the hits they are today, forty years ago! Mad Mike Maven Miriam Linna will blast Mad Mike exclusives.


Don Wilson of The Ventures, plus Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric
Saturday, September 27th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Don Wilson who co-founded The Ventures 50 years ago. With over 110 million albums sold worldwide they are, by far, the #1 instrumental rock group of all time. Also: Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric will drop by to talk about their new album, living inFrance & married life!We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in.


Earl Palmer Tribute
Thursday, September 25th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
A three hour salute to the greatest rock & roll drummer of all time.


Mattin
Thursday, September 25th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Spanish sound artist Mattin joins Kurt Gottschalk on the Brother Lucy Show to play vintage Basque punk records. Music in the big Bilbao 1983-1993 from Punk to Getxo Sound: Vulpes, Eskorbuto, Cancer Moon, Lord Sickness, Inte Domine and more.


David Stelfox
Wednesday, September 24th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Today British music journalist Dave Stelfox will join Rupture to share a special selection of UK 'deejay' music, "lots of fastchat and maybe a little grime." Expect: wow-thing tunes, deep crates, and the knowledge the match. Widely regarded as one of the leading writers on reggae, Stelfox covers reggae and regional US hip-hop for a number of publications, including The Guardian and Wire.


Brothers Unconnected: Alan and Richard Bishop
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The Sun City Girls ceased to be last year when the trio's Charles Gocher shuffled off this mortal coil, leaving behind brothers Alan and Rick Bishop and countless hours of amazing sounds through their decades of activity. The Bishops paid homage to Charlie this summer on a US tour which opened each night with a screening of some of their lost compadre's fantastic films, then, as the Brothers Unconnected, regaled crowds with two hours of acoustic Sun City Girls songs drawn from their entire 27-year history. Today, join Brian as he broadcasts the duo's June 22nd performance from NYC's Knitting Factory and say so long to Charlie and the Girls.


Matt Wolf, Director of Arthur Russell documentary "Wild Combination"
Monday, September 22nd, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Experimental film director Matt Wolf originally wanted to make an expressionistic account of Arthur Russell's life and music, but then he met Russell's parents and boyfriend and a new scope emerged. While there's still a lot of art in the film, like Wolf running through cornfields with a VHS camera in Russell's native Iowa, Wild Combination is very much a historical document. Phillilp Glass, Allen Ginsberg, Russell's parents, and onetime AR boyfriend Tom Lee (among others) take time in front of the camera to shed light on a brilliant musician who combined and altered the courses of dance and avant-garde music in New York in the 70's and 80's. Matt will talk about and play clips from Wild Combination, which will run beginning Friday 9/26 at the IFC Center in New York and the ICA in London - check the website for screenings in other cities.


Orphan program
Sunday, September 21st, 2008, 3pm - Midnight
WFMU will be broadcasting and streaming live at assorted times Saturday and Sunday from All Tomorrow's Parties festival (curated by My Bloody Valentine) up at Kutsher's Resort near Monticello, New York.It's a huge, two stage roster, and as of right now, here are our set presentations for Sunday, September 21st:

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
The Lilys
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Mercury Rev
6:15 PM - 6:45 PM Spectrum (joining in progress)
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM Yo La Tengo
9:15 PM - 10:00 PM Bob Mould
10:00 PM - 11:00 PM Dinosaur Jr.
11:00 PM - 11:45 PM Brian Jonestown Massacre

It's an unbelievable bill, and communications are still in the works for carrying more of the remaining artists over WFMU, so stay tuned to our site and blog for further announcements. Tickets are now sold out for the festival.


WFMU Broadcasting from All Tomorrows Parties Festival
Saturday, September 20th, 2008, 1pm - 3am
on Orphan program

WFMU will be broadcasting and streaming live at assorted times Saturday and Sunday from All Tomorrow's Parties festival (curated by My Bloody Valentine) up at Kutsher's Resort near Monticello, New York. It's a huge, two stage roster, and as of right now, here are our set presentations for Saturday, September 20th:

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM Growing
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM Wooden Shjips
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Harmonia
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM Om
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM Low
8:30 PM - 9:15 PM Polvo (in progress, cutting away from Low)
9:45 PM - 11:15 PM Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra
12:45 AM - 1:30 AM Lightning Bolt

It's an unbelievable bill, and communications are still in the works for carrying more of the remaining artists over WFMU, so stay tuned to our site and blog for further announcements. Tickets are now sold out for the festival.


Billy J. Kramer & David Marks of The Beach Boys
Saturday, September 20th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Liverpool singer Billy J. Kramer who had a batch of hits including the Lennon & McCartney compositions "I'll Keep You Satisfied", "From A Window", "I Call Your Name" and "Bad To Me." Michael also checks in with former Beach BoyDavidMarks aboutDavid's solo work with The Marksmen finally gettinga CD release.We'll also find out what number one hit has been left in Michael's mailbox& we'll get thedirton recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in.


Booksy Talk special show
Friday, September 19th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
It's the Back-to-School Booksy Talk special, reviewing all the books sent to us by our Literary Listeners and featuring genius works by Eye Rocket Books, pulp trash with a characer named Kelly Jones, a french book about hand washing, and some things sent in by a guy in Amsterdam. Impress your friends who don't know how to read!


Uninhabitable Mansions
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
In celebration of their forthcoming debut 7", Brooklyn art/music collective Uninhabitable Mansions stops by the Long Rally to play some itchy and fuzzy alterna-pop with nods to Monochrome Set, Aztec Camera, and '90s indie rock.


Nick the Bard sings Black Sabbath's "Sabotage"
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Remember when Nick the Bard sang Black Sabbath's first album on Kenny G's show? Well, relive those carefree days when, by the demand of himself, he returns again again to sing Sabbath's sixth album, "Sabotage." More metal, more mumbling, more MAR-BLES, more everything! Except baseball.Listen in and live a little already.


The Fallen Leaves
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

School may be back in session, but you can put away your compass and protractor; your ears are all you need to map the connection from The Kinks and Downliners Sect via The Prisoners and Thee Headcoats to today's hottest British beat-punk sensations, The Fallen Leaves! Featuring original Subway Sect guitarist Rob Symmons, among other luminaries, the Fallen Leaves cap off their whirlwind first-ever visit to the USA with a live set on WFMU! Their new album It's Too Late Now (Parliament) picked up a four-star review from London's Sunday Times -- tune in and hear why! And don't miss their only live appearances in the US: Friday September 12 at Maxwell's, and Saturday the 13th at Don Pedro.


Crom
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
The grindcore kings of Los Angeles take time out from obsessing over Glenn Danzig's house to book a bonafide East Coast tour and stop by Brian's show. For the uninitiated, this band gets a heavy goofus tag for all their Arctic-warrior, sword-wielding, cocaine-sniffing album artwork, ridiculous lowbrow culture samples and, well, generally limited attention span. But when they crank and get things going they create some of the most chaotic, freeform metal out there. Epic, furious blasts of the heavy and classic vein today from a bunch of guys who are true students of all forms of metal.


Rock Band 2 Live on WFMU
Monday, September 15th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
Rock Band 2: It's like Rock Band, but with more songs. Hear your favorite WFMU DJs (and others) slaughter the classics (virtually) via the brand new hyper-karaoke video game. If you'd like to play live in the studio or remotely on Xbox Live, email trent at wfmu dot org.


Dana Falconberry
Monday, September 15th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Hailing from Austin via Arkansas, Dana Falconberry has one of those beautiful, plain-sung voices that draw you into every song she writes. Dana's style is simply direct, embelished on her new album, new album, "Oh, Skies of Grey," by a full band. Falconberry describes her songs as, "... darker and more complex, but there's a thread of optimism running through it that was absent from my writing before."She drops by with the band to play live on WFMU.


Mors Ontologica
Monday, September 15th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Angular, raspy, garbage rockers Mors Ontologica make their 2nd visit to WFMU as part of a short visit to the NYC area. The band hails from the musical babylon of Columbus, Ohio (home of Times New Viking, Psychedelic Horseshit, and so many more great bands), and will be playing a few shows in Brooklyn: Friday 9/12 at Goodbye Blue Monday (free early show) and The Charleston (midnight late show), and Saturday 9/13 at the Knitting Factory.


Tim Berne / Nels Cline / Jim Black
Sunday, September 14th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on
Stochastic Hit Parade / A440 with Bethany Ryker
Saxophonist Tim Berne, guitarist Nels Cline, and drummer Jim Black - three iconoclastic masters of creative improvised music - have all played with each other in various contexts (including a good ten + year run for Black as the drummer in Berne's quartet Bloodcount). This week, though, marks their first meeting as a trio, in a set of improvisations that should be a natural fit for their mutually rugged, driving playing styles, if not a complete coup given their nearly incompatible schedules. Drop everything and tune in, as it could be another twenty years before they play together again.


Crystal Stilts
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Formed in the prolific musical environments of North Brooklyn and the now late NYC record store Rocks in Your Head, Crystal Stilts began as a duo, making stripped-down, moody pop songs. The band has fleshed out their sound with a full line-up and has developed into a live force to be reckoned with - bringing to mind the well-loved UK/Kiwi pop axis of Creation/Cherry Red/Flying Nun (think the Smiths, House of Love, Doublehappys, and Felt), as well as 60's staples like the Velvet Underground's third record and Detroit legends, the Index. Crystal Stilts are one of those rare bands who can capture the reflective end-of-summer sound.


Live from Barbes: Red Baraat Festival, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Deep Singh & Ikhlaq Hussain, and Kiran Ahluwalia
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A pre-Navratri South Asian musical spectacular! Brooklyn Qawwali Party morphs the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Sufi devotional songs into splendiferous jazz / improv tours-de-force. Percussionist Sunny Jain's Red Baraat Festival, New York's first Indian brass band plays boisterous wedding, folk and Bollywood songs. Tabla whiz Deep Singh and lightning-fingered sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain play spine-tingling duets. Plus a special appearance by internationally acclaimed vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia, who will sing a couple of Punjabi folk songs. With guest host / tech guru Irene Trudel. Free admission, free FMU swag, and fun for all at the cozy musician's hang at 376 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


The Friggs
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is proud to present the reunion of the legendary queens of garage-pop, The Friggs! From their first 7-inch single in 1991, "Come Now," the Friggs defined chick-driven garage rock, mixing it up with punk, garage, 60s pop, surf and girl-group influences. The Friggs unque blend of rock-n-roll calls to mind Suzi Quatro, The Ramones,The Pleasure Seekers and the Shangri-Las. The Friggs legendary out-of-print vinyl singles are now available on a CD comp titled "Today is Tomorrow's Yesterday" through Apex East Recording. After you hear a sample of their greatness check out their special Press Here Presents NYC show on Tuesday, September 16 at the Mercury Lounge.


Vic Waters
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats withVic Waters who burst out of the 60's Tampa club scene onto the charts with his eleven piece band and their #1 hit "I'm White and I'm Alright."We'll also get thedirton recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Ken Freedman has left in Michael's Mailbox!


The Boss Martians
Thursday, September 11th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
The Boss Martians will be stopping by before their show that evening at Don Pedro's w/ Muck & The Mires, Stalkers, Ex-Humans and Sleepies, to discuss touring and their new album on MuSick Records, "Pressure in the SoDo."


Street Sound Special with Filastine
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture

Barcelona-based musician Filastine joins DJ Rupture to discuss field recording, street music, and the transformative political possibilities of sound in public space. Filastine will share with us on-site recordings he has made from India to Morocco, not to mention at outside the Republican National Convention.


Guest DJ Dominick Fernow of Hospital Productions
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Besides being the driving force behind Prurient, Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions label has grown into a major force of the USA Noise underground releasing quality titles from the likes of Burning Star Core, Ramleh, Akitsa, Maurizio Bianchi and more. He's also just literally come out of the underground, with his Hospital record store taking over the expanded upstairs space of the former Jammyland record store on 60 East 3rd Street in Manhattan. Dom's dropping by today with an assortment of his favorite metal, black noise and who knows what else. Tune in for total obliteration!


Robert Downey, Sr. plus John Pizzarelli
Monday, September 8th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Maverick filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr, visits. His early works are showing at the Anthology Film Archives Sept 12th-18th. Also on the program will be jazz guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli. He has a new CD, With a Song in My Heart, and will be performing with his wife Jessica Molaskey at The Carlyle in NYC.


Michael Holt, and possibly The Mommyheads
Monday, September 8th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Michael Holt, and possibly The Mommyheads - When he visited WFMU last year, Michael Holt had just released another wonderful album called "Windows." This year Michael returns as a member of the newly re-formed Mommyheads. After as ten-year hiatus The Mommyheads are releasing a new album, "You're Not a Dream," and doing a brief tour this autumn. Michael drops by, hopefully with some of the band, to play live on WFMU.


Silver Jews
Monday, September 8th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on
Benjamen Walker's show
The Silver Jews are famous for a distinct low-fi-countryfied-indie-ish rock and roll sound and David Berman's poetic lyrics. The new CD, "Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea," is a fine example of both.Berman is also known as a bit of a recluse, but not when it comes to WFMU! Tune in at 11 am to hear a live set.


Vivian Girls
Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
The new darlings of the music blog world, the Summer of 2008 will be remembered as having belonged to the Vivian Girls. The scarcely one-year-old workaholic New York City/New Jersey trio have completed two full tours, released three records, including their debut full length, and emerged as the brightest hope in the now vibrant Indie/Noise Pop scene. Their reverb-drenched pop sound combines elements of the classic C86 sound (Shop Assistants, Jesse Garon & the Desperados, Bubblegum Splash, etc.), the American bands who loved it (Black Tambourine), while maintaining an invigorating contemporary rawness. Their self titled debut full length, which sold out hours after release will be reissued on In the Red in September.


Polka Madre y la Comezon and Tidawt
Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Two very different WFMU live performance debuts in one show. Polka Madre is a Balkan / Polka / thrash mashing Mexican / Euro / US combo based in a warehouse in Mexico City. After their FMU session, they wrap up an extended tour of the boroughs by playing the Celebrate Mexico Now festival show at Hecho en Dumbo, 111 Front St., Bklyn on Sept 11. Tidawt (playing the Highline Ballroom Sept 22) is a stripped-down but compelling Tuareg guitar band from Niger in West Africa: just guitars and percussion, but very similar in style and intensity to Tinariwen.


Chris Montez
Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Chris Montez who at age 19 had a top ten hit with "Let's Dance" and a string of Herb Alpert produced hits like "Call Me" & "Time After Time" - we'll also find out the story behind the story that Chris once punched John Lennon after Lennon poured a beer over Montez' head and we'll hear about the documentary being made about Chris & the three albums he making! We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song has been left in Michael's Mailbox!


Yak Ballz
Thursday, September 4th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Queens native, Yak Ballz is a member of The Weathermen (El-P, Cage, Aesop Rock, Tame One) and has been dropping singles, mixtapes, and albums for the last bunch of years. He was also one of the last artists to have a record on Bobbito's seminal hip-hop label, Fondle 'Em, before it shut down. Earlier in the year, released "Scifentology II" and it's been a staple on the show since. Tune in for some chit chatter and music.


Gerry Hemingway
Thursday, September 4th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Drummer Gerry Hemingway, who has worked with Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, BassDrumBone and many, many others joins Kurt Gottschalk on the Brother Lucy Show to spin some early country and blues sides.


Slasher Risk
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Brooklyn's Slasher Risk stops by the WFMU studios to demonstrate their unique blend of psyche noise rock awesomeness. Winning a spot on Megan's Marathon Premium "In MySpace No One Can Hear You Scream " through votes from listeners like you, Slasher Risk is on their way to fame and fortune. Armed with guitars, drums, harmonicas and flutes and a few well placed pedals Slasher Risk will not be ignored (and they will make sure of that by being really really loud!). Tune in and send them off as they embark on their first tour of Japan!


Chris Dyer
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008, 9am - Noon
on
Hatch's show
Hatch catches up with Chris Dyer, an Iraq war veteran and former candidate for Congress who also happens to be one of several dozen Republican National Convention delegates pledged to Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Chris will be speaking to us live from Minnesota, where he'll be attending the RNC as well as Congressman Paul's "Rally For The Republic."


Live from Lake Owassa
Saturday, August 30th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
As summer fades, Rob takes his show to Station Manager Ken's dacha and DJ re-education compound on the shores of Lake Owassa. At considerable personal risk: bears have been sighted in the vicinity. Will a DJ finally be eaten on the air? Can bears be placated by Bollywood love songs? Or is it really Sasquatch out there - ? Finally, we learn the truth.


Big Special Sportsy Guest C. Kiel
Friday, August 29th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
C. Kiel, of the Green Bay Packer's Hall of Fame, will join Bronwyn and Kelly live in the studio for some serious Sportsy Talk as the NFL preseason ends and the real season begins. Will Michael Stahan return to the Giants, now that Osi Umenyiora is out for the season? What's the deal with Bret Favre and the Jets? And how come if it's spelled F-a-v-r-e, it's pronouced Farve? Listen, call in, and get sportsy with C. Kiel.


Political hip-hop artist Paris
Friday, August 29th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Ever since the video for his first single, "The Devil Made Me Do It," was banned by MTV Bay Area hip-hop artist Paris has been stirring up controversy. The lyrics for his nineties track "Bush Killa" which suggested taking a hit on then president Bush Senior resulted in him getting dropped by his label, the Warner distributed Tommy Boy Records. Since then Paris has stayed true to his confrontational truth telling lyrical ways. Five years ago he caused more controversy with his album Sonic Jihad which strongly suggested that 9/11 was an inside job. His soon-to-drop new album, "Acid Reflex," whose release will deliberately coincide with the upcoming presidential election is packed with more of his no-holds-barred political beliefs. The artist, fresh back from an Australian tour, will talk via phone with Billy Jam.


Ken Mansfield
Thursday, August 28th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Aug. 29 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apple Records in the United States. To commemorate the occasion, we'll talk with Ken Mansfield, who was Apple's first U.S. president. Ken has collected his experiences of working with the Beatles and other music giants like Roy Orbison, Nick Gilder and Upsala College's own Allen Klein into a great book called The White Book.


Diamanda Galas
Thursday, August 28th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Composer, pianist, activist, and shamanistic chanteuse Diamanda Galas joins Kurt Gottschalk on The Brother Lucy Show to play vocal musicfrom Greece, Anatolia, and Turkmenistan.


Carolina Gonzalez
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Accordion lovers of the world unite! Or at least tune in this evening to DJ Rupture's show from 7-8pm, as special guest, writer Carolina Gomez, will give us a tour of the accordion styles across Latin America. Gomez co-authored the first guidebook on Latino culture in NYC, Nueva York: the Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, and will be breaking out rare vinyl and wonderful stories of the squeezebox as it travels around Latin America.


Nick the Bard sings Black Sabbath
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Now that Jethro Tull, Joni Mitchel and Pink Floyd have been RUINED FOREVAR for you, Nick the Bard returns to Intelligent Design to do the same for Black Sabbath and their first album (and maybe some other stuff) in its (their?) entirety, and yes, Evil Woman WILL be included. Will Nick give up half way through?Will Kenny know what's going on?Will the listeners riot the station? Will you stop reading this promo?Tune in August 27th and find out.YOU MUSTCHECK IT!!


Guest DJ set from Tom Lax of Siltbreeze
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

After delivering 3 great hours of New Zealand music last year on Brian's show, Siltbreeze Records proprietor Tom Lax trucks some more records up the turnpike from his Philly HQ and lets 'em flow over WFMU. Expect an all-7" singles afternoon: obscuro DIY artifacts, demented psych-punk rarities, and other music forms uncategorizable (and unfindable) to say the least.


DNC Bonanza With WNYC's Rob Christiansen & Obama Delegate Molly Lombardi
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on
Hatch's show
Special guest correspondent Rob Christiansen of WNYC checks in from the Democratic National Convention in Denver with a behind-the-scenes report on all the useless ephemera no one else will bother to cover. Also, Hatch talks to first-time convention attendee Molly Lombardi, a Barack Obama delegate from New York's 8th Congressional District.


8bit Blowout: Game Boys vs. CDJs with Bit Shifter
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Hard, hard, raw, live Nintendesque music with the pioneering, booked-up attitude of Bad Religion circa "Suffer." The co-founder of the genre-defining Blip Festival and friends stop by to detune a few minds on their way to a Friday show at Grassroots Art Facility in Jersey City and Saturday show at Knitting Factory.


Rank Sinatra
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Rank Sinatra is the bastard crooning brother Frank never had. Rank simply murders the hits, big ballads are his specialty, bringing the romance back to noise. Since his 'Chairman Of The Bored' release, Rank has toured extensively around Europe and also Japan. As well as destroying hits and making the girls cry Rank also finds time to run Goulburn Poultry Fanciers Society records. Tune in to to DO or DIY and bathe in the splendour of Mr. Sinatra regurgitating all your favourite tunes. (BBC Review of Rank Sinatra)


Kenny Barron and Chico Hamilton
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Two legends of the jazz world in one show! Pianist Kenny Barron talks about performing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, and his new CD, The Traveller. Kenny will be performing at the Village Vanguard this Tuesday through Sunday, August 26 - 31. Drummer Chico Hamilton also visits. He has several recent releases, including, this year, "Alternative Dimensions of El Chico" and "It's About Time." Chico will be performing with Euphoria on Tuesday, August 26 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.


Matt Baldwin
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Fingerstyle guitar aficionado Matt Baldwin last appeared on WFMU following the release of The Berkely Guitar trio album on Tompkins Square. Baldwin is now stepping into his own, stretching out at a Prog angle from his Fahey-esque roots. Matt builds a wall of guitars on his debut album, "Paths of Ignition," and is described as "...the visionary wildcard of today's solo guitar music, the ambitious fever dreamer, the serpent in the grass." Matt Baldwin drops by WFMU for a solo set.


The Lost Patrol
Monday, August 25th, 2008, Midnight - 3am
on Andrew Listfield's show

Surf, western and rock all come together in The Lost Patrol's "widescreen music for empty western landscapes." We can look for all new stuff: they're finishing up their new CD, due out sometime later this year.


Field Recordings from West Africa
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A field-recording show and tell with two young sonic explorers Wills Glasspiegel and Drew Alt. The two college buddies recorded lots of traditional music during their travels in West Africa. Wills is a project manager at 651Arts and a producer for Afropop Worldwide, and he spent some time with David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, among other things. And in his college days at Yale, Drew used to lead Sonido Unidad, an Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra.


Two Bands: Apache, plus Skybombers
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
From the Bay Area of California, APACHE features Carlos P (formerly of The Cuts !) They play glamtastsick power-pop and early 7Ts sounding punk rock calling to mind The NY Dolls, Milk 'N' Cookies, Gizmos, The Zeros, Big Star and Hollywood Brats. Their full-length, Boomtown Gems on Birdman Records is a SMOKIN HOT great rock record! APACHE will be playing this Saturday, August, 23 at the Cake Shop in NYC right after their WFMU radio session so hear a taste and then go see' em live while they are on the East Coast! And then all the way from Melbourne, Australia come The SKYBOMBERS ! Skybombers, are a legendary live band back in OZ, are hitting the States to tour for their debut full-length, Take Me To Town, produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dandy Warhols). SKYBOMBERS will be playing this Saturday August, 23 2008 at Saint (w/ PIP) in Asbury Park, New Jersey! So go check 'em out live after u hear how hot they are on the WFMU


WFMU Live from the Knitting Factory Pt. III
Friday, August 22nd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's week of remotes wraps up this Friday, as Billy Jam and Clay Pigeon with Trent and Scott Williams return to lower Manhattan for their third installment in the "WFMU Live from the Knitting Factory." Tune in or better still, stop by the downtown venue located at 74 Leonard Street in Manhattan, which will soon be moving to Brooklyn. It's free! Guests include Jean Grae, Dr Boxer, Prop, Homeboy Sandman, DJ I-Dee, Nola Darling, Silent Knight, Cymarshall Law, plus many more to participate in the freestyle session to the drum machine accompaniment of WFMU's Trent. And Clay Pigeon (of the Dusty Show) will again take his mic out on the street to interview random folks.


Tatsuya Nakatani
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Master drummer Tatsuya Nakatani stops by the WFMU studios for a live improvisation using his set up of bowed gongs, singing bowls of various shapes, bent cymbals, his own breath, a variety of drums and who knows what else for a deep exploration of the possibilities of percussion. Drone and clatter, clatter and drone.


WFMU Broadcasting live from Lincoln Center! The Ex with Getatchew Mekurya, Either/Orchestra with Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete, Extra Golden
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 6pm - 10pm
on Orphan program

WFMU continues its 50th Anniversary celebrations and its ongoing Free Music Series of events with a special collaboration with Lincoln Center's Out of Doors series! We'll be broadcasting and streaming live from Damrosch Park (W. 62nd and Amsterdam in Manhattan) from 6-10PM with an unbelievable line-up never seen before together in the USA: first up it's American/Kenyan Benga outfit Extra Golden, followed by lengendary Ethiopian singers Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete with the Either/Orchestra, and finally the first ever NYC pairing of Dutch avant-punk greats the Ex and Ethio sax giant Getatchew Mekurya! Entry to the park is FREE to the public, with no advance ticketing, so get there early, and say hello to the WFMU crew in attendance! Transpacific Sound Paradise's Rob Weisberg will be DJing over the airwaves between sets and talking to some of the musicians. More info on WFMU's site and Beware of the Blog.


Ken broadcasts from a boat
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show
WFMU's Week of Remote Broadcasts continues Wednesday morning, when Ken does his show from a rowboat in the middle of Lake Owassa in Northwest New Jersey. Thanks to the miracle of oars, anchors and wireless technology, WFMU's first waterbound broadcast takes place on the edge of the Great Bear Swamp.


Future Islands
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Part of the ever amazing Wham City crew, Future Islands are here now with a special brand of Baltimore post-wave synth rock. If their bouncin' beats, kickin' keys, and happenin' hooks don't win you over, their energetic vocalist will, as he howls out heartfelt lyrics of love, loss, and friendship. With their debut full length and a split 7'' with America's Sweetheart Dan Deacon about to hit the streets Future Islands are bound for fame. Tune in before you have to wait in line at the Whitney!



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