Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Curtis Eller, followed by Benjamin Wetherill
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
New York City's angriest yodelling banjo player, Curtis Eller sings about pigeon racing, performing elephants and Jesus, all of which he has seen with his own eyes. He started his show-business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde Tyme Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to the banjo because that's where the money is. His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley and Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Eller and his band, The American Circus, have staggered their way into the hearts of audiences from funerals, horse races, burlesque revues and punk rock dumps. Curtis Eller appears, sans band, to cheer the WFMU audience with tunes about John Wilkes Booth, Joe Louis, Fidel Castro, Jack Ruby and Richard Nixon (as well as the usual tales of Civil War generals and Elvis Presley).

Then Benjamin Wetherill, who calls himself the "Cliff Richard of Folk," brings us beautiful folk tales from the other side of the pond. On his debut album, Laura, echoes of old-world charm are liberally sprinkled throughout the tunes, which were recorded in a castle in Budapest. With a gentle nod to the music of Nick Drake and John Fahey, Benjamin Wetherill visits from the UK to play live on WFMU.


Ryan Jewell
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Experimental percussionist and composer Ryan Jewell of Columbus, Ohio, stops by WFMU for an improvised performance. Jewell was last here in December, drumming with his housemates in Psychedelic Horseshit. His extensive list of collaborators includes C Spencer Yeh, Tatsuya Nakatani and Greg Kelley. He'll be playing solo, with a snare (but no sticks), Emergen-C in a bowl of water, and more!


Domenic Priore
Sunday, July 27th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

The Connoisseur of California Culture returns to the program, this time in his role as host of the film series "Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock, Rebellion and Hollywood Hippies," presented from now through September at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. Expect an evening of swingin' soundtrack songs and an overview of Hollywood's take on '60s youth and their music as depicted in flicks from "Wild in the Streets" and "Riot on Sunset Strip" to "Psych-Out" and "The Trip."


Habib Koite
Saturday, July 26th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

It seems like the hard-working Malian songwriter / guitarist / bandleader Habib Koite (HAH-Beeb Kwah-TAY) never stops touring. The effort has paid off; his recent CDs have established Koite as one of the biggest-selling African artists internationally. Tireless on the road, he did however take a break from recording. The new CD "Afriki" (Cumbancha Records) is his first studio recording in six years. He'll be making his second visit of the year to NYC on Sunday August 3rd to participate in Celebrate Brooklyn's annual all-day African festival. Koite draws inspiration from traditional Malian instruments and styles, but his own style is entirely contemporary. He'll give some insight into how he does it, including sonic evidence as he performs a few songs solo.


The Effigies
Saturday, July 26th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Effigies were the first hardcore punk band to come out of Chicago and they are highly regarded by rock cognoscenti for their influential crushing, dark sound. They played for a decade and broke up in 1990 but recently have reformed and will play live on Cherry Blossom Clinic just prior to their show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ!! Hear a taste of the Effigies on the radio, and then go see them that night at Maxwell's. You can also check them out the Friday night before (July 25) in Brooklyn at Southpaw.


Tony Joe White
Saturday, July 26th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with singer/songwriter Tony Joe White who had a Top 10 hit with his song "Polk Salad Annie" in 1969, and wrote Brook Benton's smash hit "Rainy Night In Georgia." We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Debbie D. has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Knitting Factory WFMU Live Remote Part II
Friday, July 25th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Billy Jam & WFMU return to the Knitting Factory for the second live remote broadcast of "Put the Needle On The Record" out of the downtown Manhattan club July 25th when the numerous guests will include J-Live (who will be headlining the venue that night), the Brooklyn Academy's Pumpkinhead & Block McCloud, Bisc-1, Rabbi Darkside, MC Ngozi Flux + producer Dot-Matic, hip-hop author Marcus Reeves ("Somebody Scream"), singer/guitarist Jason Ewald, and WFMU's main man-in-the-street Clay Pigeon from The Dusty Show. The broadcast will be open to the public so all WFMU listeners are invited to stop by the front bar of the Knitting Factory @ 74 Leonard Street from 3-6 PM on Friday, July 25th.


Eli Wolf
Thursday, July 24th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Eli Wolf is the Vice President of A&R at Blue Note Records and has been a part of their team for the last 13 years. He most recently executive produced the 2008 Al Green comeback album "Lay It Down" and has spearheaded numerous albums involving Blue Note's catalog including "Shades Of Blue" with dj-producer Madlib. Tune in as Eli talks about the label and spins some classic jazz breaks.


Steve Wynn
Thursday, July 24th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Singer-songwriter-jet-setter Steve Wynn returns to WFMU for the ninth or 10th time (we've lost count) with a flurry of activity to report on. The former Dream Syndicate leader has a new solo album, "Crossing Dragon Bridge," recorded in Slovenia with Chris Eckman of the Walkabouts. He's also one-third of The Baseball Project with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M./The Minus Five - new songs based on our national pastime. And Steve will be performing the Dream Syndicate's classic LP "The Days of Wine and Roses" with his band the Miracle 3 July 25 at Maxwell's in one of the seminal club's 30th anniversary concerts.


Blanketship
Monday, July 21st, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Bay Area sound collage sample avant pop composer Jared Blum's Blanketship turns the darker side of 60's-70's pop, warped free jazz, easy listening, random conversations, micro tonal synthesis, sounds of the world, fluttered tape playbacks, disturbing melodies and quiet passages along with some broken turntables into mini 4 minute epics. His most recent release "Teen Sounds" will attest to that. Blanketship returns to the air with a new radio piece created exclusively for DO or DIY.


Meth Teeth
Monday, July 21st, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Oregon lo-fi rockers Meth Teeth swing by WFMU to perform stripped-down, dirty, and addictive tunes live on Liz's show. Appropriately, the band is playing shows in the area with Pink Reason, Sic Alps, Cause Co-Motion, and Home Blitz, and they've released a new 7" entitled "Bus Rides" (Sweet Rot). Catch them at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on Sat (7/19) or at Don Pedro's on Sun (7/20).


Poingly
Monday, July 21st, 2008, 3am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Spazz pop extraordinaire Poingly stops by the studio for a live set. Citing Paula Abdul as a life changing musical experience, Poingly crams all his favorite hits into a meat grinder to create a one of a kind platter of bloody pop genius.


Bing and Ruth
Sunday, July 20th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on Stochastic Hit Parade / A440 with Bethany Ryker

Formed in 2006 by Brooklyn based composer and pianist David Moore, ambient chamber band Bing and Ruth crafts expansive soundscapes and quiet microtonal textures - or, as TimeOut says, "mesmerizing driftworks." The live broadcast features an ensemble of eight players (2 clarinets, 2 voices, cello, bass, percussion, and piano) with wide-ranging backgrounds who team together Moore's slow-developing, visceral compositions.


Andrea Kalima Zawose + Okello Kelo Sam + Robert Ajwang
Saturday, July 19th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A rare visit by three East African traditional musicians: Okello Kelo Sam is creative director of Uganda's internationally-known Ndere Troupe and he's also a playwright. Robert Ajwang is a musician, dancer, and choreographer from northern Tanzania. Andrea Kalima Zawose studies traditional music at the legendary Bagamoyo College of Arts in Tanzania. All three are here to participate in East Africa Speaks, a series of free theatrical performances and events at CUNY's Martin E Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Avenue July 21-22. They'll stop by at the top of the show to demonstrate traditional instruments rarely heard around here, and talk about the music and their work.


Big Dipper
Saturday, July 19th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is fired up to welcome the legendary Big Dipper to the WFMU studios for a live session two decades in the making! After nearly twenty years, the original Big Dipper lineup of this classic Boston indie band reformed for a few, exceptional reunion shows in NY, NJ and Boston a few months back. Merge Records recently released a 3-disc set retrospective of Big Dipper material called Supercluster, compiling BooBoo, Heavens and Craps records (plus mucho rarities and unreleased material!) and the scarce shows were in celebration of these records finally being back in print! Big Dipper are not planning on reuniting and touring like before, so if you missed those shows here your chance to experience what you missed! So if you were a fan back in the day, or you're looking for your next favorite band, tune in!

(HINT: A Big Tip for the Big Dip fan: Big Dipper will do another rare show on 9/30 with Bob Pollard's new band Boston Spaceships at the Paradise in Boston!)


Chris Montez
Saturday, July 19th, 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. 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!


Saul Williams & Jello Biafra
Friday, July 18th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Since a dozen years ago when he won the title of 1996 Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion and was featured in the consequent documentary film "SlamNation," Saul Williams has been on a creative roll. The New York born writer, actor and musician - best known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop and for his leading role in the independent film Slam - will be Billy Jam's phone-in guest.

Additionally Jello Biafra, who is in New York this weekend for the Last HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) Conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania, will be calling in between panels from the event be to talk on WFMU about the state of American politics '08, his recent 50th birthday concert celebration in San Francisco, and what he will be addressing as featured speaker in the HOPE conference on Sunday.


Chatham County Line
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This Raleigh, North Carolina quartet merges traditional bluegrass and top-notch picking with the prolific songriting of guitarist Dave Wilson's unique songwriting for a sound all their own.


Ellery Eskelin
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Saxophonist, composer, and longtime WFMU friend Ellery Eskelin visits the studio to play some of his favorite contemporary classical recordings.


The Shamblers
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
The Shamblers shamble all the way from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to the WFMU studios to drop their amateurish but not amateur brand of stomp. With fuzzed out female vocals and a simple guitar/drums set up, this trio fuses Beat Happening and '60s garage punk via Ice-T's "Copkiller". You won't wanna miss this! Shamble on, baby!


Shearwater
Monday, July 14th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Live performance from Austin's Shearwater at 4PM.


Monotonix and Los Fancy Free
Monday, July 14th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on
Liz Berg's show
Often leaving a trail of flames, garbage, and spilled beer in their wake, Tel Aviv's Monotonix are an unparalleled live act. Their blur of guitars, swirling hair, and roaming drumkit recall moments of the Jesus Lizard, Sabbath, the Butthole Surfers, and the Stooges. Check out their newest CD, "Body Language" (Drag City), tune in to get splattered with sweat through your radio, and good god check them out live if you still believe in rock and roll!

Also on the program today will be a set from the catchy Mexican pop rock band, Los Fancy Free, featuring Carlos Icaza of Las Comadrejas, Evil Hippie, and countless other excellent projects south of the border.


Jowe Head
Saturday, July 12th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Punk Rock and Roll legend Jowe Head graces the WFMU studios with an amazing mix of new and vintage material. Jowe Head's been playing pioneering, remarkable music since the early 1970s in bands such as Swell Maps and Television Personalities! He also had his side-projects Househunters, Palookas, and currently Angel Racing Food! He also does wonderful art! Jowe Head's prolific creativity is rarity for the level of high quality of these endeavors. He played recently in the US and WFMU was able to record a session with him (his band in the US consisted of Mad Scene-r Lisa on drums, plus underground rock legend and DJ Bill Berger on guitar plus WFMU's own Brian Turner on bass!!) Will the session have any rare versions of some Swell Maps tunes? Ya hafta tune in to find out!


Birds of Avalon
Thursday, July 10th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Birds of Avalon return to WFMU for a second visit, and the first since their debut LP, Bazaar Bazaar and subsequent EP, Outer Upper Inner (produced by Mitch Easter), have been unleashed on the public. Psychedelic meets progressive is a starting point to describe this thrilling band. Notlame.com sums it up best: The band's debut is a freewheelin' ode to most of what's great about rock'n'roll.


RIAA
Monday, July 7th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on
Do or DIY with People Like Us
RIAA is the mashup/sound collage project of Los Angeles dj/musician Mr. Fab and his various friends and cohorts. Fab is an occasional DJ at mashup club event BootieLA, and writes the world's longest running strange-music blog "Music For Maniacs." He beat out 50 other entries to win WFMU's "Remix Rudy" contest. People Like Us presents the first peek at "USA," a massive mix still in progress that attempts the impossible task of painting a sonic portrait of the United States, as seen through the surreal funhouse-mirror view of found sounds.


Indian Jewelry
Monday, July 7th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Houston-based Indian Jewelry bring layered, jangly, crunchy psych guitars with electronics to WFMU. Delicious distorto-fuzz and tambourines are the perfect soundtrack to keep you in an echo-chamber of consciousness as you teeter on the brink of a post-lunchtime coma. Also be sure to check out their lovely new CD, "Free Gold."


Turbo Fruits
Saturday, July 5th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

From Nashville, Tenn, featuring Jonas Stein and John Eatherly of Be Your Own Pet, Turbo Fruits crank out amazing garage and punk in the smart-dumb way that's just so rare to find these days! Their self-titled album on Ecstatic Peace Records was one of Terre's BEST Faves last year. They will playing a crazy 4th of July show at The END in Nashville! Check them out live on the radio and the Internet the day after!


Sam Butera
Saturday, July 5th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with saxophone legend Sam Butera who was born & raised in New Orleans and after years playing clubs there was discovered by Louis Prima, for whom he lead The Witnesses for 20 years. We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Debbie D. has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Sonic Youth Live at Battery Park
Friday, July 4th, 2008, 3pm - 7pm
on HotRod's show

WFMU will be broadcasting Sonic Youth's set live from Battery Park on July 4th! Tune in somewhere around 4:45 PM during HotRod's fill-in for Billy Jam and join FMU's parkside contingent as we usher in freeform/freakform guitar fireworks with Thurston, Lee, Steve, Kim, and Mark! If you've got tickets for the show (it's sold out) don't forget to come early for the return of the Feelies at 3:30. Gates at 2PM. The show is presented by River to River and Downtown Alliance with special support from WFMU as part of our 50th Anniversary and ongoing 2007-2008 Free Music Series.


The Loto Ball Show
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Mood swings funneled in to calliope death rock; the Loto Ball Show from Chicago will air on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine, right after the 3:30 mic break. Loto Ball, former vocalist for the SF Bay area morbid punkers, The Phantom Limbs (among other musical outfits), leads this sextet. Their new CD, "Levy on the Eyeway" has just been released on Gifted Children Records. Tune in to hear some nightmarish nursery rhymes and eclectic sounds. They're a key-board driven form of No-Wave post-punk with hints of jazz syncopation and Middle-Eastern scales, but you're much better off tuning in to hear the wonder that is the Loto Ball Show, than worrying about the description. You won't be sorry!


Kode 9
Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Today on MuddUp, Rupture will have special guest Kode 9! DJ, producer, and label-owner, Kode 9 is one of the most consistently innovative leaders of the dubstep scene. He'll be playing exclusive tunes, doing a live mix, and discussing low-end theory from J.G. Ballard dystopianism to dub's viral nature.


Times New Viking
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Columbus, Ohio trio's return to WFMU after cleaning up massive acclaim with their two Siltbreeze label records and their latest "Rip It Off" on Matador. For everyone missing the lysergic anthems of early Clean, Perfect Sound Forever-era Pavement and the glory of treble-blaring DIY pop through broken speakers, Beth, Adam and Jared have exhuberantly provided the goods and then some. You can also check them out live at the Whitney Museum here in NYC on June 27th, also Maxwells in Hoboken July 18th and the Siren Fest in Coney Island July 19th.


Freddy McGuire
Monday, June 30th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Freddy McGuire (pronounced Free-de McGuire) is Anne McGuire, accompanied by electronic musician Wobbly (Jon Leidecker). Together they perform as The Freddy McGuire Show, in twisted lounge mode. Anne is widely regarded for her video work, and has a screening at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh this June. Wobbly performs and releases his anti-pop collage music quietly and occasionally internationally, and will be opening for Matmos on the West Coast wing of their upcoming Summer tour.

DO or DIY have picked the best from two shows of Over The Edge with Negativland's Don Joyce (KPFA) plus an exclusive on stage recording in Dublin.


Kris Ife
Saturday, June 28th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with 60's UK Pop star Kris Ife, most known for recording the version of "Hush" that inspired Deep Purple's hit. We'll also get the low down 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!


Birthday Blowout
Thursday, June 26th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Tonight on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains DJ BrownBum & Noah will be celebrating their birthdays with BrownBum playing his records and none of Noah's.


The Golden Dogs
Thursday, June 26th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Golden Dogs are the latest pop sensation from Toronto, Canada. Borrowing equally from fellow Canadians and tour/labelmates Sloan, Wings and Spoon, the Golden Dogs are on the road supporting their U.S. debut release, "Big Eye Little Eye."


Very Be Careful
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Today DJ/Rupture will be doing a special live interview with L.A.'s Very Be Careful, acoustic ambassadors of the fast-paced Colombian style, vallenato (cumbia's cousin). A must listen for lovers of the accordion.


The Pets
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

The Pets play super-catchy punky power pop songs that are chock full of hooks; they were kind enough to stop by the WFMU studios at the end of their recent tour before heading back to their home base of Oakland, CA. These guys manage to sound like they should have been on the Bomp! label in 1977 without sounding dated, so if you're a fan of punk-edged pop gems from bands ranging from the Jam to the Time Flys you'll want to check this set out. (Plus they've got a former member of the late great FM Knives!) Make sure to look for their new full-length album "Misdirection," out now on the Static Impulse label. Warning: songs may remain perpetually stuck in brain after a single listen.


Amir
Monday, June 23rd, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Amir of the DJ/mixtape duo Kon and Amir comes through with the serious disco/funk heat. Currently running Wax Poetics' music label, Amir alongside his partner Kon have put out tons of reediculous mixes such as the On Track series and compiled comps for the BBE label in the UK. This is a post-doctorate diggin' class, so get your cliff notes ready, kids.


Mehmet Dede
Saturday, June 21st, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Guest DJ Mehmet Dede from the ascendant world-musicky nightspot Drom (85 Ave A in the East Village) spins roots and pop music from his native Turkey and the Mediterranean. Mehmet will also give the lowdown on Drom's musical agenda and some alluring upcoming shows. And he'll explain why he and some fellow expats were crazy enough to join the cut-throat commercial fracas on the mean streets of Alphabet City.


Paul Barman plus Rick Ross (Delicious Vinyl)
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

Paul Barman is real funny and smart. He's from New Jersey and has a record coming out about full moons. He'll talk about moons, play some records and maybe rap. Go here to learn more. While you're at it, tune in and remove your earplugs.

Also on the show will be Rick Ross of Delicious Vinyl. The label is celebrating their 20th year anniversary and have some very cool projects on hand. They've released classics from Tone Loc, Young MC, Pharcyde, J Dilla and Masta Ace etc.. This year they've handed their back catalog to a who's who list of folks to remix the goodies. Tune in as head boss, Rick Ross swings by to drop the delicious sound.


Miss Derringer
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Los Angeles' Miss Derringer takes their name from the gun, not guitarist Rick, mixing surf guitar, a 1950s melody of lovers lament and sounds of the dust bowl. If there was a genre called outlaw gothic country, this is probably what it would sound like!


Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Wildbirds & Peacedrums, the divinely rhythmic and evocative duo from Sweden, will be getting up very early on Thursday, June 19th, and travelling to the Norse country of WFMU to perform live. Somewhere in the midst of the clapping and banging and humming will be a profoundly enchanting morning, please dress appropriately.


Jamie Saft on Heavy Rock
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The much-in-demand keyboardist and engineer - best known for his work with John Zorn and for "Trouble," his album of Bob Dylan songs for piano trio, stops by with his iPod to play some heavy rock from the 70s and 80s. ZZ Top-haters, consider yourselves warned.


Kemialliset Ystävät
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Jan Anderzén returns to Brian's show this time as his primary project, Kemialliset Ystävät (Finnish for "Chemical Friends"). Once again, the sound of free folk looms large with assorted stringed instruments, toys, exotic percussion and other odd electrical devices, and Jan will be joined by fellow travellers today from the Skaters, Axolotl and more.


Going on a Fender Bender
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show
On today's show Tony plays nothing but that much-maligned 70s genre: jazz rock fusion. Rightfully reviled for its higher-than-usual meaningless wankery quotient, fusion nonetheless has its charms ... or so Tony will try to convince you. The emphasis will be on pale-skinned Euro prog-fusion ... and there will be enough Fender Rhodes to make your head explode.


Clare and the Reasons
Monday, June 16th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As bandleader Clare describes her ensemble's highly scientific approach to music-making, "First, Clare writes songs. Then she brings them to the Reasons' test lab. There, the songs are submitted to a series of intense treatments and tests until they become what some people call: "lush and sinfully beautiful". This process named in the scientific community "Reasonitis Polymorpheus Synthesis" or RPS, lead to the making of "The Movie" (Frogstand Records) their debut album. (no known side effects. FDA approval pending)." WFMU listeners will hear the grand result of this "Reasonitis Polymorpheus Synthesis" as Clare and the Reason play live.


Cryptacize
Monday, June 16th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Competing with Billy Jam and Brian Turner as WFMU's ambassador to California artists, Liz hosts another great band from the West Coast. Cryptacize is like a lollipop that licks you back: playing sweet, mellow, yet slightly off-center pop ballads. What else would you expect from Chris Cohen (ex-Deerhoof and Curtains)? Catch the band live at the Knitting Factory on Thurs. June 12.


Mudboy and Pumice
Monday, June 16th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Two one-man-bands join forces in the WFMU live room for solo sets and a collaborative improv. Raphael "Mudboy" Lyon emerges from the depths of Providence, RI with a custom air organ/FM-synth hybrid known as the Mudboy Mini. He runs the Free Matter For the Blind label, specializing in "strange sounds for strange people". Stephen "Pumice" Neville of Northland, New Zealand plays wonderfully bare songs on a tiny guitar like he's at the bottom of a well, feeding a scrambled signal over the house intercom.


Terry Adams of NRBQ
Sunday, June 15th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
on
Bob Brainen's show
Terry is every bit as unpredictable DJ-ing in the studio as he is playing Live at an NRBQ show or with his latest project, The Rock and Roll Quartet, so we'll see what he comes up with this time. Scott Ligon - guitarist in the Quartet, will be joining us for the "5th in the Trilogy" of visits.


Interview with Kim Fowley
Saturday, June 14th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with music industry veteran Kim Fowley whose career includes writing/producing/performing for the likes of The Hollywood Argyles, The Byrds, Jonathan Richman, Kiss & scores more. 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 Billy Jam has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Bang on a Jam
Friday, June 13th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Motivated by the lack of banging on cans when he attended the recent "disappointingly sedate" Bang On A Can festival in New York City, Billy Jam, along with fellow WFMU DJs Scott Williams and Bryce, will lead a discordant percussive session live on the air this week to close out the WFMU season. Also joining in this (hopefully chaotic) free-for-all, percussion-driven, noise-fest will be Megan on toy-piano, Liz B on Mr T soundbytes, Ken on laptop soundboard, along with Brian Turner and many other WFMU staffers and listeners. Note that WFMU listeners are invited to phone and play their percussive sound effects/noises on the live on-air studio phone line.


Coffin Daggers
Friday, June 13th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on HotRod's show

On Friday the 13th HotRod invites you to her 1 year anniversary spectacular! This not-to-be-missed celebratory extravaganza will feature a thunderous performance from The Coffin Daggers. Tune in live from 6-9AM EST on June 13th and you might just walk away with some hard to find giveaways. Highly recommended!


Voice Or No Voice & Razor Bois
Thursday, June 12th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Voice Or No Voice bring classic old school New York Hardcore to Pat's show. Up next will be Razor Bois from Moscow: Russian street punks currently touring the US.


Carlos Niño
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Carlos Niño (of Ammon Contact, Build An Ark, Life Force etc) and Lil Sci aka John Robinson (of Scienz Of Life & Sol Uprising) just dropped a record called "What's The Science" that is full of the essence of rap music. Tune is as they stop by to play us some sounds and chat about music.


Ignatz
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The sounds of Ignatz come not from George Herriman's brick-hurling mouse, but from a Belgian named Bram Devens; and his take on American folk/blues drops the listener right into a churning, alien lo-fi universe of blurred echoes, distant Appalachian plucking and deep, FX-scarred soundscapes. Despite all the haze and buzz, the ghosts of Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt float above it all with distinct tunes and structure. Ignatz plays live on Brian's show today, and Thursday June 12th at the Knitting Factory in NYC.


Peter Walker, followed by Matt Bauer
Monday, June 9th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
Peter Walker recently took time out from his wanderings amongst the gypsy flamenco communities of Spain to record his first album in 40 years. Irene grabbed Peter to chat about his travels and have him play a few tunes from his new release, "Echo of My Soul" out on the Tompkins Square label.

Then Kentucky to Brooklyn transplant Matt Bauer's music rests squarely in the folk tradition of beautiful malaise and murder ballads. On Bauer's newest release, "The Island Moved In The Storm," he swells out the folk foundation as a seven-piece band to to create a wholly-other Americana-centric ensemble. Matt Bauer and friends play live on WFMU.


Marty McSorley fills in for Trent and JM in the AM, with special guest Mincemeat or Tenspeed
Monday, June 9th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Marty McSorley's show

Mincemeat or Tenspeed is dance music for your cocaine fueled robot of the future. Building on a single oscillating note with an army of pedals, Mincemeat weaves in and out of a forest of noise, fuzz and beeps that just make you want to jump jump. With more layers than fancy toilet paper this is some of the most exciting joynoise on the planet.


Japanische Kampfhorspiele
Sunday, June 8th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Airborne Event
The German grindpop masters tear apart the WFMU studios with their slick hooks and suave vocals. Think Spuds McKenzie marrying Britney in a blender with boquets of scotch bonnet peppers and an AK47, and you're halfway to the sound drama of JaKa. (The name translates as Japanese Combat Radio Plays.) The band ignites the camphor and lights up the airwaves on Airborne Event on June 8 at 8 AM.


Charlie Feathers Tribute
Saturday, June 7th, 2008, 1pm - 3pm
on
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Charlie Feathers emerged from the primordial ooze of Rock & Roll's Dark Ages to cut some of the most menacing records known to man. Years after his passing, the maniacal, hiccupping vocals found on Feathers 45s never fails to inspire. Join Rex as he welcomes Norton Records Co-Founder and Feathers-head Billy Miller to spin two hours of Charlie Feathers classics and newly unearthed rarities. Phone calls to Charlie's son Bubba and legendary Memphis music impresario and longtime Feathers guitarist Ramon Maupin help round-out the festivities. Cancel all other plans and tune in to Fool's Paradise.


Interview with Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels
Saturday, June 7th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Sal Valentino, singer of the Beau Brummels whose Sly Stone-produced 'Laugh, Laugh' was a top ten hit for the Bay Area band in 1965. 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!


Douche of the Week Bracketology Special
Friday, June 6th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
It's the Douche of the Week Bracketology Special! From the Top-32 Regionals to the Final Four championship, YOUR phone call can help select the Biggest Douche of the Year!


Bo Diddley Tribute
Thursday, June 5th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
A salute to one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Featuring A sides, B sides and everything in-between.


Fern Knight, followed by Arborea
Monday, June 2nd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
On Fern Knight's new self-titled album, the listener is engulfed in imagery of pastoral scenes of folkloric greenery and of an earlier mystical age. Fern Knight is a they, not a she, a quartet bring fronted by the lovely voice of Margie Wienk. As they describe it, "The calm surface of harp, cello and violin are juxtaposed against the perfectly timed distorted squalls of a Flying V with the grounding blanket of electric bass underneath." This will be their second live performance at WFMU.

Then Arborea also returns for a second time, following the release of their second (and self-titled) album. Buck and Shanti Curran have been quietly making psychedelic acid-folk in their Maine cabin for a couple of years now. On their current Fire Museum Records release, as always, Buck and Shanti play a wide variety of stringed instruments and flutes, embellishing the sound with Helena Espvall's soaring cello on a few tracks. Arborea closes Irene's show with another live performance.


Blanketship
Monday, June 2nd, 2008, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

West Coast sound collage artist Blanketship (aka Jared Blum) returns to WFMU, hot on the heels of his "Motown Meltdown" collaboration with Qulfus, an album full of delectably weird, warped remixes of Motown classics. Expect a maelstrom of beats, samples, and sonic wizardry, with a healthy dose of People Like Us-ian surrealism.


Alan Licht
Sunday, June 1st, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on
Stochastic Hit Parade / A440 with Bethany Ryker
Guitarist/composer/author Alan Licht joins Bethany to discuss his recent publication, Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories. Alan's music background and involvement with film and cultural studies gives the reader a unique insight into topics concerning sound art: from the genesis (and resistance) to the term itself to its many influences across the arts. Along with conversation about the book, Alan brings some rarely-heard audio recordings from a few sound artists covered in the text.


Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni + CTMD
Saturday, May 31st, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Merita Halili, from Tirana by way of New Jersey, is a very popular singer among her fellow Albanians at home and abroad. Merita performs with the Raif Hyseni Orchestra, led by her talented accordion-playing husband who is originally from Kosovo (they met in the US after both won a visa lottery). They are among the featured performers at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance's 40th anniversary benefit dance party, at the Hiro Ballroom, 371 W. 16th St. in Manhattan on Thursday, June 5th. The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) is a NYC arts organization that provides outreach to immigrant communities, especially through music. Merita and Raif stop by to perform a few songs as a duo, and share a bit of their own immigration stories, while CTMD directors Ethel Raim and Pet Rushefsky talk about the organization's history and its work.


Interview with Richard Gottehrer
Saturday, May 31st, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with veteran songwriter/producer Richard Gottehrer whose hits include "My Boyfriend's Back" & "I Want Candy" and albums by Blondie, The Go Gos, Robert Gordon and many others. We'll also get the low down 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!


Dana Leong's Jazz/Hip-Hop Hybrid Ensemble, The Herbaliser, Mochipet, and Lee Montgomery
Friday, May 30th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Fusing jazz and hip-hop and pushing those two forms into new musical terrain, New York City multi-instrumentalist Dana Leong (cello, trombone, laptop, etc.) personifies the term "no boundaries" by playing anything from straight-up jazz and classical, to the countless hybrid concoctions that he has produced to date whether with his own quartet, as a solo artist/producer, or as cellist with the Paquito D'Rivera trio. This Friday afternoon Dana Leong and his jazz/hip-hop band will perform live in the WFMU studios. Also guesting on this jam-packed show will be The Herbaliser, Mochipet, and Lee Montgomery.


Rik Letendre of Circle X
Thursday, May 29th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Join Fabio with very special Guest Rik Letendre of the band Circle X. Circle X's first album Prehistory has just been re-issued on Blue chopstick through Drag City and it's been a long time in coming. Rik will be in to discuss the album, the band's history and play some Circle X rarities (including some excerpts from their 1991 appearance on WFMU.


Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Rev. Billy and some choir members stop by Nickel and Dime Radio to do some singing and preaching about sweatshop labor, Starbucks, and the like.


Negative Approach
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

In 1981 Detroit's Negative Approach were on the ground floor of the American hardcore movement: peers with the Necros, Bad Brains, Black Flag and Minor Threat, all banding together and sowing seeds for the mayhem to come. Many argue that NA were among the most crazed of these bands; there was a distinct Stooges/Motor City sound soaked in along with nods to UK powerhouses like Blitz and Discharge and of course their US contemporaries. Singer John Brannon's gutteral throat-shred, however, flattened the competition hands down, In 2006 a 1/2-shifted lineup reemerged in for the Touch and Go Anniversary fest and Negative Approach proved they can still destroy. They're on Brian's show today ripping up Studio B and chatting afterwards.


Foot Village
Monday, May 26th, 2008, 3am - 6am
on
Marty McSorley's show
Foot Village has planted their flag, Formed Friendship Nation and shown the world that drum circles aren't just for those dirty hippies in the park. Still an emerging nation, Foot Village storms across the countryside without the aid of electricity. Despite the lack of their first world convenience, Foot Village citizens have made huge technological strides in the art of drum beating and really loud screaming. Featuring four pioneers of the exploding L.A. noise rock/d.i.y. scene, Foot Village has struck gold and demand your attention (and the attention of any one with in 3 blocks of your radio).


Jazzfinger
Sunday, May 25th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on
Airborne Event
Newcastle, England's purveyors of otherworldy drones and ecstatic underground sounds Jazzfinger stop by WFMU during a New York visit. They'll be playing a free matinee show with Metalux at performance space Paris London West Nile (285 Kent Ave #2 in Williamsburg) on May 17 at 3:30 PM, and catch them on Airborne Event the following weekend.


Kim Fowley Interview
Saturday, May 24th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with music industry veteran Kim Fowley whose career includes writing/producing/performing for the likes of The Hollywood Argyles, The Byrds, Jonathan Richman, Kiss & scores more. 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 Gaylord Fields has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Listener Flloyd interviews Edward Ka-Spel
Saturday, May 24th, 2008, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
A special Listener Hour this morning as 3puen vocalist Flloyd spends an hour chatting with and playing the music of the enigmatic Edward Ka-Spel, founder of the ever-enduring Legendary Pink Dots.


Live Broadcast from the Knitting Factory with guests Evil Dee, Thanksgiving Brown, along with DoseOne and Jel from Subtle
Friday, May 23rd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Billy Jam along with station manager Ken and others will set up WFMU's remote broadcasting equipment in the Knitting Factory for a special live New York City edition of "Put The Needle on the Record" out of the 74 Leonard Street venue with guests including hometown DJs Evil Dee and Thanksgiving Brown, plus DoseOne and Jel from Oakland, CA band Subtle - all of whom will be performing at the downtown Manhattan club later that night. Billy and Ken will also conduct some impromptu man on the street interviews + some other special surprises - all while Bryce holds down the fort back in Jersey City.


Sam Dodson & LoungeClash!
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Sam Dodson of the '70's punk band Transmitters, Loop Guru, Slipper, and currently LoungeClash! will guest DJ and co-host with Pat tonight. At Midnight you can hear LoungeClash! recorded earlier this year in England, at their first live show.


C. Spencer-Yeh
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
The Phactory of Phuj is delighted to welcome a new radio piece by composer, improviser and explorer C. Spencer-Yeh (Burning Star Core, Drone Disco).


Ken Montgomery
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Sparks Uber-fan, collector and general Sparks "Go-to" guy Ken Montgomery will be In for a third installment of Sparks related programming with Fabio. Ken will be in to discuss Sparks trivia, play some rare gems that may have slipped past the casual listener, talk about Sparks' recent month long residency in London where they do ALL their albums live... If you're into Sparks at all, then you'll want to tune in and listen to what Ken brings along.



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