Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Translator Humphrey Davies
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
On Wednesday May 16th, DJ Rupture will host award-winning translator Humphrey Davies (The Yacoubian Building, Naguib Mahfouz, Elias Khoury). Davies will share some of his favorite sounds and songs from Cairo and the Middle East, as well as discuss his literary translations from Arabic to English.

7 Second @ the UCB Theatre with A.J. Jacobs, Dr. Laurie Hess & more TBA!
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
This live broadcast of Seven Second Delay at NYC's UCB Theatre features special guests A.J. Jacobs, stunt journalist who immerses himself in an extreme lifestyle and writes about it & Dr. Laurie Hess, exotic pet vet and expert as seen on Animal Planet & more. They will also be joined by musical guest Michael Hearst & his "Songs for Unusual Creatures," playing the theremin, daxophone and other unusual instruments. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission $5. Tickets can be purchased at the theater 15 minutes before the show.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012, 3am - 6am
Nat Roe
Goodiepal is one of the greatest oddball computer musicians and theorists of our day. He is infamous for building mechanical singing birds, lecturing at length on transhumanist sci-fi scenarios, and he recently traversed Europe on a recumbent bicycle after becoming wanted by Danish authorities. Goodiepal and Nat Roe will discuss time, robotics, and Goodiepal's upcoming publications on the air. Expect the unexpected.

Hatch hosts the Best Show this week
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling

Angela Sawyer
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 7pm - 9pm
Neighbors Noise with Jesse Kaminsky (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Proprietor of Weirdo Records and member of bands like Preggy Peggy and the Lazy Babymakers, Exusamwa and Duck That!, Angela Sawyer has been a fixture on the Boston noise/records scene for many exciting years. She'll be the co-host collaborator on the first real live episode of Kaminstky Kamoutsky with Jesse Kaminsky on Give The Drummer Radio.

Tonight on Aerial View
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Direct from Jury Duty, Chris T. examines this annoying lynchpin of Democracy and asks "Have you served on a jury? If not, how did you get out of it?" PLUS: Actual Voir Dire questions!

Fahey! and Spirit Family Reunion
Monday, May 14th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Airborne Event will broadcast live from Ditmas Park's Castello Plan restaurant on May 14th, featuring the guitar & drums duo Fahey! and the high-octane Brooklyn Appalachia of Spirit Family Reunion. Fahey! is Will Graefe on hollow-body guitar and Jeremy Gustin on drums, playing warped blues inspired by, of course, John Fahey. Spirit Family Reunion are a swirling maelstrom of banjo, guitar, violin and footstompin' good times. Sing along to your radio or join us live at Castello Plan, 1213 Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn.

A$AP Rocky & Grimes
Monday, May 14th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with rapper A$AP Rocky (Harlem, NY) and Grimes (Vancouver, BC)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

The Next More or Less Annual Citizen Kafka Memorial Programme
Monday, May 14th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Old time fiddler, band leader, record collector, poet, artist, unterKultur archivist and antiques dealer Richard Shulberg created the Citizen Kafka persona ca. 1976. "Shulky" passed a few years ago but he still lives afloat the radio waves and myspace rebroadcasts of the much adored and reviled "Citizen Kafka Show." Longtime co-conspirators Marty Cutler, Edward Haber and Kenny Kosek bring an audio tribute to the Citizen on Irene's show.

Mark Van Hoen
Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
Daniel Blumin's show
Looped & time-stretched ghost bounce lovers take note: Mark Van Hoen, founding member of pioneering UK outfit Seefeel and producer of rhythmic electronic drift as Locust visits WFMU for the first time! Van Hoen recently released the terrific "The Revenant Diary" album on Editions Mego, but for this live in-studio session expect exclusive new material brimming w/ an army of analog synths and sonic sorcery. Tune in and oscillate wildly!

Mount Carmel
Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T is thrilled to welcome Mount Carmel to the Cherry Blossom Clinic. Mount Carmel are a Columbus Ohio-based heavy blues rock power trio armed with massive riffs and throaty vocals that bring to mind all-timers like Cream, Humble Pie and Free. Their second album "Real Women" is out on Siltbreeze and it's a lock for Terre's top picks for 2012. If you've been wondering where The Rock went, tune in Sat May 12 between 3-6pm to the Cherry Blossom Clinic to hear Mount Carmel bring it back in full force!

Don Bikoff
Saturday, May 12th, 2012, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Guitarist Don Bikoff, a contemporary of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, drew from the same influences in American music, also adding Eastern scales. In the late 1960's, his lone LP, "Celestial Explosion" was released, and sits comfortably among the great guitar soli records. He stopped by the WFMU studios recently and treated us to a set of instrumentals, plus a cover of Dylan's "Rocks and Gravel."

Man Forever
Friday, May 11th, 2012, 9am - Noon
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Drummer/composer Kid Millions (Oneida) stops by WFMU with Man Forever, his rotating, outer-limits drum project, exploring the phasing and overtones of repetitive patterns, drum rolls and layers of percussive pounding. Today's version of Man Forever will include Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) with the possible addition of a guitar and/or Farfisa player. Tune in and thump along at home.

The Spiritual Switchboard
Friday, May 11th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
The Spiritual Switchboard (formerly Night Travelers) are the latest splinter faction / collaboration to come out of Brooklyn's continually vibrant and prolific analog electronics scene. The project brings together two of Brooklyn electronics' major players; Jesse DeRosa, Baked Tapes impresario and member of both Grasshopper and The Hex Breaker Quintet /Quartet, and Joshua Slusher, of OPPONENTS, Creeplings, and The Grand Selector, someone who in my observation treats electronic music with a solemn, almost holy reverence. Their one cassette release, on Baked Tapes, under the early name of Night Travelers, is a moody masterpiece that will grow on you like a weed, is heavy without shying away at all from melody and counterpoint, and is very much its own thing while pleasantly recalling Popol Vuh, Edgar Froese / T-Dream, and The Residents' Eskimo. Hear The Spiritual Switchboard emanating 100% LIVE from WFMU / My Castle of Quiet on May 11.

Raleigh Moncrief
Thursday, May 10th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

If you've dug the sound of new records by Ganglians and Dirty Projectors, or the guitar work in Marnie Stern's band, then you're already a fan of Raleigh Moncrief's work. The Sacramento-based producer took the web by storm with his beat-oriented Combed Over Chrome EP on the Obstructive Vibrations netlabel. Last year, he signed with Anticon to release Watered Lawn, a fantastically eclectic LP of electronic soul and psychedelic folk-hop. Raleigh Moncrief plays Brooklyn's Glasslands on April 23rd with Hubble and Jonas Reinhardt.

Bad Noids (Deed Runlea fills in)
Thursday, May 10th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

From the town that brought you 9 Shocks Terror, H100s and Inmates, the new school of Cleveland Ohio hardcore punk is here with Bad Noids. On tour with the 4th pressings of their fantastic EP, Bad Noids pay us a visit for a live set and interview in the WFMU studios. Simple, anthemic, catchy punk rock for simple, anthemic, catchy people. Did I mention that their singer Oddjob lights his hair on fire while playing? Did I also mention that they have a harmonica solo that might be even better than Gorilla Biscuits? A lot of bands wish they were from Cleveland, others actually are. Up the gamma toaster punks.

The Old Codger fills in for Mac
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, 8pm - 9pm
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
On WFMU this evening, there will be an unreasonable facsimile of a disk jockey in the 8 to 9pm hole. Courtney T. Edison, a.k.a. The Old Codger, will be filling in for Mac's Antique Phonograph Hour. On tap will be dubious recollections, insolent assertions, and glorious 78 rpm records in between the claptrap.

Dark Shadows Day
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
That Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie opens on Friday, so this week's special guest will be Matt Hall, who grew up in the shadow of "Dark Shadows:" his mother, actress Grayson Hall, was a star of the original TV series; his dad, Sam Hall, was one of the writers who turned Barnabas Collins into a complex, sympathetic vampire; and Matt himself was one of the writers of the Dark Shadows revival series. PLUS: Thunk Tank salutes Night Shift Workers Day, May 9. Get your shift together! It's one of the most benighted Thunk Tank shows ever!

Thank A Teacher Day
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
It's Teacher Appreciation Week and today is Thank A Teacher Day (#thankateacher). Aerial View wants to know which teachers changed YOUR life and how. Call Chris T. at 201-209-9368 from 5 - 7 PM Eastern time.

Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Live Concerts and Demos from Beyond the Beyond
Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony for the second installment of a new biweekly program devoted to unreleased concert recordings and demos. This week focuses on mid-'80s Downtown NYC improv and post-No Wave, and features the music of Lytle/Cartwright/Moss, Christian Marclay, Zero Pop, Zozobra, Songs from a Random House, the Krakatoans, Fracas, and Rhythm Pie.

Action Bronson & Eamon McGrath
Monday, May 7th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with rapper Action Bronson (Queens, NY) and Eamon McGrath (Toronto, ON)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Serious Fun
Monday, May 7th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Original poetry, combined with spontaneous, creative improvisations that create fever dreams of avant Americana is what the ensemble Serious Fun is all about. This New Jersey collective musically mind-melds the original poetry of John Hammel (vocals, harmonica etc.); Peter Biedermann (guitars and electronics) and Pastor Anthony LaMort (keyboards, electronics, laptop) into a blend of mayhem and musical madness, straining to reach cathartic epiphanies of the soul and spirit. Serious Fun performs live in WFMU's "love" room.

Barbès Tenth Anniversary Remote
Saturday, May 5th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Barbès, the intimate music-lover's haven celebrates at 376 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) in Park Slope Brooklyn, celebrates its tenth anniversary with a series of jam-packed concerts from May 1 to 6. We join the celebrations with a multi-band remote broadcast live from Barbès tonight from 6 to 9 pm. Featuring an all-star lineup of Barbès venue and label stalwarts including the Amazonian cumbia kings Chicha Libre, silken-voiced song-spinners Las Rubias del Norte, Northeast Brazil mangue beat bashers Nation Beat and Brassens Anglo-interpreters Pierre De Gaillande's Bad Reputation. Plus multi-instrumentalist Quince Marcum (of Barbès vets Stagger Back Brass Band, Hungry March Band and others) performs Greek rembetika and American work songs. As usual the tireless Irene Trudel will be both technical guru and co-host with Rob. Admission is free during the broadcast (although performers may pass the hat for voluntary donations) and if all that is not enough, we'll also be doling out free FMU swag.

Luke Roberts
Saturday, May 5th, 2012, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Nashville singer/songwriter Luke Roberts is currently on tour for his new album, "The Iron Gates and Throop and Newport" (Thrill Jockey), and will be in town for a show May 4th at Zebulon. He's stopping by the WFMU studios early on May 5th to play live during the 8am-9am hour of the program. His 2011 debut, "Big Bells and Dime Songs," caught the attention of a lot of people with its particular brand of plaintive and poetic country folk. The new album has a fuller sound, but for this session Luke will be solo.

"Put The Needle on The Downtown Soulville" Billy Jam & Mr. Fine Wine Team up for Remote from the East Village's Good Records
Friday, May 4th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the final of three in a row live remote WFMU broadcasts from Lower Manhattan Billy Jam will join forces with Mr. Fine Wine to do their respective weekly one-hour WFMU shows out of Good Records in the East Village spinning all vinyl sets. Joining Billy Jam will be store owner & DJ Jonathan Sklute along with his former Kemetic Suns hip-hop crew partner Kirby Dominant for a rare reunion set by the legendary underground Bay Area group. Meanwhile Mr. Fine Wine will spin his usual impeccable mix of rare soul and funk 45's. Open to the public Good Records is located at 218 E 5th Street. "Put The Needle On The Record" + "Downtown Soulville" at 7pm and 8pm respectively, Friday May 4th on WFMU.

Leif Elggren of the Kingdoms of Elgaland/Vargaland
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Coming to the WFMU studios to perform for us live will be the one and only, Leif Elggren of the Kingdoms of Elgaland/Vargaland. He will be in to discuss recent work, his audio and visual art, his current extended visit in the US among many other things. Additionally, he will be treating us to a rare live performance from our studios. Tune in for this royal treat.

7 Second Delay Bingo Night @ the UCB Theatre with, Todd Barry, Todd Colby, Dinosaur Feathers & More
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
This live broadcast of Seven Second Delay at NYC's UCB Theatre features special guests comedian Todd Barry, poet/performer/musician/exuberant genius Todd Colby; & musical act Dinosaur Feathers. PLUS! It's 7 Second Delay Bingo Night with the loveliest Bingo Announcer Ever, Miss Seven Second Delay 2012, Quinn! The winner of Bingo will leave the UCB Theater after the show in a Limousine! The UCB Theatre is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission $5. Tickets can be purchased at the theater 15 minutes before the show.

Kelly Cordes
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
This week on Thunk Tank, we’ll be interviewing professional climber, Patagonia (the company, not the country) ambassador, American Alpine Journal Senior Editor, and margarita connoisseur Kelly Cordes. Jay will be alternately nerding out, asking questions like, “Did you modify your ice tool’s pick profile for the rime ice on Cerro Torre?” and trying to dig into the Big Questions about Life, Sacrifice, Fear, and Glory in the high peaks. Bronwyn will be translating for the laymen keeping things light.

May Day Special
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Howie Seligman - "The Angry Accountant" - joins Chris T. to discuss the origins and history of May Day.

The Jigglers
Tuesday, May 1st, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Unhinged punk rock and roll from a New York band actually made up of people from New York!

Young Jeezy
Monday, April 30th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with rapper Young Jeezy (Atlanta, GA) plus Nardwuar spins a bunch of music that has been sent to him! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Kevin Kastning
Monday, April 30th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

For a number of years Kevin Kastning has been turning acoustic guitar playing inside out. Sonic landscapes populate his music, with microtonal overlays of tones and textures. The Massachusetts-based Kastning also favors collaborations that mesh into musical other-ness, such as his discs with Hungarian guitarist Sándor Szabó and one with U.K guitarist Mark Wingfield last year. His lateest, "Tryptich" features a trio with Szabó and Balázs Major, and there's another new one on the way. Kevin Kastning plays live.

Marisa Anderson
Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Guitarist Marisa Anderson was in New York recently to kick off a mini-tour with Doug Keith. Classically trained, she combines great technique with a powerful style. Drawing on a variety of influences, she is especially connected to pre-war blues. Playing both archtop and lap guitar, she creates music of profound emotional depth. Her latest album, "The Golden Hour" (Mississippi Records) was one of Jeffrey's favorites of 2011.

"Put The Needle On Tribeca WFMU with Conspiracy Of Beards + Benjamen Walker" live from the Jack Hanley Gallery
Friday, April 27th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For this second of three in a row, live remote WFMU broadcasts from Lower Manhattan, Billy Jam will set up the New Jersey radio station's remote broadcast unit out of NYC's TriBeCa district Jack Hanley Gallery where he will both pay tribute to the ongoing Tribeca Film Festival with guest co-host Benjamen Walker (WFMU's "Too Much Information"), and produce a performance by San Francisco's Conspiracy of Beards. This will the the third time the visiting West Coast 36 member, all male, vocal ensemble, whose repertoire consists of all acapella interpretations of Leonard Cohen songs - will perform live on WFMU. Open to the public, this one hour show will take place at 7pm out of the Jack Hanley Gallery, located at 136 Watts Street in TriBeCa on Friday April 27th on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.

Friday, April 27th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

New York's Occultation are a metal band that nearly defy comparison. Baroque, otherworldly guitar and bass dance melodically over shifting time signatures, underpinning dissonant, eerie, male and female vocals; the overall effect evoking a haunted fortress, one hidden somewhere just above the clouds. With one foot in the post-psychedelic '70s, try to imagine Mortuary Drape in a collision with The Art Bears, if you will—if you can! The band were invited to My Castle of Quiet on the strength of a video shot by Beware of The Blog contributor (((unARTig))), as well as their 3-song CDr demo, Somber Dawn, which received heavy airplay on the show. Occultation now bring us their live set, in-person and in real time, on MCoQ. Their debut album, Three & Seven, is coming very soon.

Thursday, April 26th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Chicago 4-piece Disappears play trance-inducing rock music that draws on a range of influences from kraut to shoegaze to primordial punk. Founded in 2008 by vocalist/guitarist Brian Case (90 Day Men, The Ponys), they've just released their third LP in as many years for the hometown Kranky label. Pre Language features new drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Crucif**s), who joins original members Jonathan Van Herik and Damon Carruesco for this live session. Disappears are in the midst of a tour that includes 4/19 at Brooklyn's Glasslands and 4/20 at Philly's Johnny Brendas—more tourdates here.

Raw Nerve + Chaos in Tejas Preview (Deed Runlea fills in)
Thursday, April 26th, 2012, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
Chicago's Raw Nerve gasp their final breaths as they deliver a set of complete chaos and fury live in the WFMU studios. Recorded Easter Sunday the day of their last NYC show and one week before the band calls it quits, our listeners get to posthumously relive the magic one last time after their final performance on April 14 in Chicago with SQRM, Vile Gash, Manipulation, and Culo. This set spans their recorded output on the cult favorite Youth Attack Records, and captures Raw Nerve as one of the most brutally intense live hardcore bands of recent years. Dark, disorienting, violent, ugly, and ripping fast hardcore for the bold and adventurous listener. "Don't cry for me, I'm already dead." -Barney Gumble.

Later, we speak with Timmy Hefner, curator of the mighty Chaos In Tejas festival. In its eight year, this annual punk fest held in Austin TX hosts some of the most exiting names in underground music from all over the country and world. Performing this year are bands like Sham 69, Moss Icon, Nasum, The Clean, Saint Vitus, Dropdead, Midnight, Iceage, Ted Leo, Ringworm, The Mob, Toys That Kill, No Age, Screaming Females, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and Big Freedia, as well as too many solid American DIY hardcore acts to list. We hear about the history and current state of Chaos, the DIY punk scene in Austin, and what Timmy carries in his punk pouch, as well as a mixtape of acts from this year. May 31 through June 2, 2012 Austin.

Terry Malts
Wednesday, April 25th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
As far as we know, Terry Malts haven't co-opted the old "Blondie Is A Group" tag line/rallying cry, but they might want to consider it. The Bay Area three-piece -- which includes no one named "Terry" OR "Malts" -- bring their distortion-filled punky pop to WFMU as they hit the east coast in support of their fine new full-length, Killing Time (Slumberland). If you enjoy simple catchy punk rock songs a la Buzzcocks or Ramones, covered with a nice fuzzy blanket of... well, fuzz, then tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies Show on Wednesday night, April 25th, to hear Terry Malts play live! And see them in person on Friday April 20 at Mercury Lounge and Saturday April 21 at Glasslands Gallery!

Poet Jim Behrle
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
"Poetry occupies a cultural space in Contemporary American Society somewhere between Tap Dancing and Ventriloquism," says Thunk Tank Poet Laureate Jim Behrle. The Brainiacs wind up their salute to National Poetry Month with a live on-air interview with Behrle, as he discusses the state of American poetry. How fancy is that?!

THUNK TANK! (haiku)
I listened to it.
What are you supposed to think
Of a show like that?

April is National Poetry Month, and Thunk Tank will be celebrating all month long with special weekly features and guests!

What's the Matter With Florida?
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Florida's been in the news lately and it got Chris T. thinking about how he's never had a good time in the Sunshine State. What about you? Call 201-209-9368.

Los Vigilantes and the Paint Fumes
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Jersey City may not survive this double dose of crazy rock and roll. First, the juvenile delinquent garagepunk sounds en espanol of San Juan, Puerto Rico's Los Vigilantes. Next, out of Charlotte, North Carolina we have the Paint Fumes, whose dizzying punk rock mix will leave you gasping for air.

Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: Live Concerts and Demos from Beyond the Beyond
Tuesday, April 24th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony as he kicks off his new biweekly series devoted to unreleased concert recordings and demos. This week: Early demos and a complete 1976 concert from Virginia/Washington, D.C. proggers Happy the Man. Warning: This show will not be archived and will contain the gentle hissing of tapes.

Hockey Songs
Monday, April 23rd, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
In honour of the NHL Playoffs Nardwuar and Vancouver Record Collector/DJ Ed Lasko spin some Hockey Tunes! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Bill Griffith
Monday, April 23rd, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Legendary cartoonist Bill Griffith will join Benjamen Walker in the studio for a LIVE one hour conversation about Zippy the Pinhead and his work in Underground comix - much of which is featured in his new book "Lost and Found". PLUS they will take listener calls.

Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Queens sextet Charanams adroitly blends South India's carnatic classical music and instrumentation with jazz improv and other influences. Led by gifted mother-and-daughter team Nivedita and Sam ShivRaj, Charanams won WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs last year. We won't make the band do battle at WFMU, but Charanams' Studio B engagement does kick off an ambitious spring campaign, which continues with assaults on Drom in the East Village on May 4 and LIC Bar in Long Island City on May 7.

Tronics and Literature
Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Tronics are a DIY lo-fi post-punk band originally active from 1979-84. The band released the legendary "Love Backed by Force" LP and a number of EPs for labels including Creation Records. What's Your Rupture Records has reissued "Love Backed by Force" and the "Shark F*cks" 7" and band leader Zarjaz will perform the songs of Tronics and his project Freakapuss!

We will also have the amazing band Literature from Austin, Texas. These guys are jumpy, jangly, ultra-catchy pop music sure to please Flying Nun or C86 fans. "Arab Spring," the debut LP from this Austin, TX is available now from Square of Opposition. So tune in this Sat April 21 on Cherry Blossom Clinic starting at 3pm to hear 2 incredible bands live: LITERATURE and the TRONICS!

T Valentine
Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
In anticipation of his first ever NYC appearance, T Valentine will share candid revelations about his life and music career in an exclusive one on one interview with Rex. Learn the story behind T Val’s chart-topper “Hello, Lucille, Are You A Lesbian?” and the true identity of his muse, Betty Sue. Don’t miss the broadcast event of a lifetime!

Two Hours of Nick Lowe!
Saturday, April 21st, 2012, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Two hours of Nick Lowe and Nick Lowe related music – including part two of Michael’s chat with the man himself. We’ll discuss his 40+ year career and his current tour that brings him to New York’s Town Hall on April 25th.

"Put The Needle On The 420 Themed Records" live from the East Village's Good Records (Billy Jam fills in for Shut Up, Weirdo 6-7pm)
Friday, April 20th, 2012, 6pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the first of three in a row, live remote WFMU broadcasts from Lower Manhattan, Billy Jam will produce a special extended two-hour edition of "Put The Needle On The Record" out of East Village record shop Good Records in honor of both the unofficial cannabis holiday "420" (April 20th), and as a warm-up to Record Store Day (the following day Saturday April 21st). As well as spinning cannabis themed hip-hop music, the current legal status of medical marijuana in New York, New Jersey, and California will be discussed during this broadcast that is open to the public. Note the early start of this extended edition of "Put The Needle on the Record" (also filling in for "Shut Up Weirdo"); 6pm to 8pm on WFMU out of Good Records at 218 East 5th Street, NYC.

Crazy 45s Party!
Thursday, April 19th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Norton Records Honcho Billy Miller recently alphabetized his thousands of 45s and came across some rockin' oddballs that haven't been heard on the airwaves since Eisenhower was in short pants. Billy drops by with those rare killers along with an exclusive preview of the new Esquerita album "Sinner Man."

Roadburn Recap 2012 - in Technicolor!
Thursday, April 19th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane returns from the mighty Roadburn fest from Tilburg, Netherlands with stories to tell, pix to see and music to hear, and she's sharing! The lineup is massive: some highlights will be-Agalloch, Ancient VVisdom, Black Tusk, dIsembowelment, The Obsessed, OM, Sleep, Saviours, Tombs, Killing Joke, Voivod, Ulver... check the site in the meantime. The playlist will be accompanied by photos AND a blog post. Tune in to experience the festival the best way you can if you cannot be there! The entire 3 hours of the Fun Machine will be dedicated to coverage of the Roadburn Festival.

Emily Wells
Thursday, April 19th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on Underwater Theme Park with Meghan

On Emily Wells' tour to promote her new album "Mama", she swung by the studio on Easter to give a look into the magical musical world the creates on her own. She is not your typical traditional singer/songwriter type, she layers beats and melodies with vocals, guitars, synths, and live drums. Even proclaims her work area as her "space station". The loops of her violin with her hauntingly beautiful voice will make you say hallelujah!

Knuckleball! Directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, with Former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
In an era of bigger, faster, and stronger, the slow-moving but evasive knuckleball remains an anomaly in Major League Baseball. The new documentary Knuckleball! from directors Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (who also directed the acclaimed documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work) explores one of the game's biggest mysteries, and the lives of the few men who have made a living throwing it. The fascinating story is told through copious archival footage and interviews with knuckleballers past and present, including Phil Niekro, Jim Bouton, Charlie Hough, current Mets star R.A. Dickey, and Tim Wakefield, who retired earlier this year after winning two World Championships with the Boston Red Sox.

Wakefield, along with directors Stern and Sundberg, will join Evan "Funk" Davies this Wednesday night at 10:30pm to discuss the documentary, which has its world premiere outdoors this coming Saturday night as part of the Tribeca Drive-In series at the World Financial Center. (Get there early for knuckleball pitching clinics with R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield and Jim Bouton!) Visit for more info on Knuckleball!, and don't miss this special even-more-baseball-than-usual edition of The Evan "Funk" Davies Show!

Live from the UCB Theater with Billy Eichner, Leonard Kinsey and Gary War
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Joining Ken & Andy at NYC's UCB Theatre will be Billy Eichner, TV host of the comedy game show Funny or Die's Billy on the Street; Leonard Kinsey author of "Dark Side of Disney," & musical guest Gary War. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission $5. Tickets can be purchased at the theater 15 minutes before the show.

Nothing is Certain but Poetry & Taxes!
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The Brainiacs celebrate Tax Freedom, Tax Protests, and Magical Anti-Tax Grammatical Constructions! Plus, the Thunk Tank Salute to National Poetry Month continues, as Listeners are cordially invited to phone in their favorite poems.

Bailey Shoemaker Richards of SPARK
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on Aerial View

Chris T. speaks with Bailey Shoemaker Richards of SPARK (Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge), a grassroots organization "...mobilizing around the clear and present danger that sexualization poses to girls and young women." about a petition speaking out against a new line of LEGO "LadyFigs" toys described as "Barbielicious".

Night Beats
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

With blazing guitar work and a razor sharp rhythm section, the Night Beats capture and modernize the hallucinogenic and exhilaratingly demonic aura of bands like The 13th Floor Elevators and Golden Dawn.

Danny Brown & Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children Macnugitts
Monday, April 16th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with rapper Danny Brown (Detroit, MI) and Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children Macnugitts (Oakland, CA)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

David Norka
Monday, April 16th, 2012, 3pm - 3:01pm
Jim Price's show
David Norka plays songs of thimbles, strings and the highway.

Perfume Genius
Monday, April 16th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Therese's show

Seattle’s Perfume Genius, AKA Mike Hadreas, stopped by to chat and play a few songs from his new release “Put Yr Back N 2 It” (Matador). Backed up by Alan Wyfels on keyboard and Eric Corson on percussion and guitar, Perfume Genius sat down at WFMU's old piano and filled the Love Room with gorgeous and soaring songs of heartbreak and its aftermath at once deeply personal and completely relatable. Check his Facebook page for upcoming West Coast and European tour dates.

CHIA's Dance Party
Saturday, April 14th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

CHIA's Dance Party deftly fuses the music of traditional Colombian marching bands with jazz / improv, rock and lots more. Led by drummer / percussionist Martin Vejerano of New York's standout Colombian roots band La Cumbiamba, CHIA recently released an excellent debut CD, Miel. Tonight's debut FMU in-studio session is sanwiched between two outer borough gigs: Friday April 13th at Barbes in Brooklyn and Friday the 20th at Terraza Cafe in Queens.

Nick Lowe (Part 1)
Saturday, April 14th, 2012, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Nick Lowe, in the first of a two part interview, about his amazing career, new album & new tour that brings him to New York’s Town Hall on April 25th.

The Return of John Schnall's Midnight Matinee
Saturday, April 14th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
The Inflatable Squirrel Carcass welcomes the return of John Schnall's Midnight Matinee to the WFMU airwaves. Join John on Saturday, April 14, from 12 am - 1 am (popularly know as the Friday overnight) as he celebrates tax season with "Paris, Taxes." John will be live on the comments board during the hour so you can ask him where he gets his ideas from, who his influences are, and what his favorite color is.

Lushlife & DJ Cash Money
Friday, April 13th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Philadelphia hip-hop will be showcased on WFMU when Billy Jam will play selections from Philly's rich hip-hop history, interview legendary Philly DJ Cash Money, and host a live set by new Philadelphia hip-hop artist Lushlife.

The Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees Mixathon
Friday, April 13th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Following on the four-month-long heels of the Miniature Minotaurs Monkathon, we celebrate the second Friday the 13th of 2012 with a call to arms for audio renditions of the "Friday the 13th" movies. Remix, react, reenact or otherwise realize the slasher classic and send your audio file or link to miniatureminotaurs [at] gmail [dot] com by 4/10.

Philippe Petit
Friday, April 13th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

In lieu of a live performance, or an in-the-flesh visit, which his touring schedule would not allow for, Philippe Petit has provided WFMU and My Castle of Quiet with a 26-minute, exclusive work, recorded at home on March 21. Philippe himself is a bold and eclectic composer / performer, using electronic and acoustic instrumentation, he's collaborated with Lydia Lunch, Cindytalk, Ron Anderson, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and many others. This piece, "Philippe Petit plays Electric Psalterion processed into electronics," suits My Castle of Quiet's essence perfectly, with eerie vocals, oceans of noise, and processed percussion, amongst a whole host of less-recognizable sounds. With NYC shows at Vaudeville Park on 4/19, and May 4 at Theater Lab, Philippe graces our airwaves with some one-of-a-kind, special programming, the result of a chain of correspondence between the artist and Wm. Berger, which began in 2009, with the release of Philippe's Henry: The Iron Man. It's a great piece of music, a WFMU exclusive, and we proudly suggest that you not miss it.

Brendan Burke of Occupy Wall Street
Thursday, April 12th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon
Brendan Burke, of the De-Escalation Team - Occupy Wall Street will join Clay Pigeon today.

The "I didn't get tickets to see Kraftwerk" Stay-at-home Party!
Thursday, April 12th, 2012, Midnight - 3am
100% Whatever with Mary Wing
Legendary electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will be playing 8 consecutive nights at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in April. Were you one of the thousands of people who tried to buy tickets online on February 22nd and got totally shut out? Can’t afford the outrageous ticket scalpers’ prices? Ease the pain of missing these album-centric concerts by listening to Kraftwerk for 3 hours in the comfort of your own home on Thursday, April 12th! Join Mary Wing from midnight to 3 in the morning as she spins nothing but Kraftwerk tunes and questionable Kraftwerk covers. Robot dancing is strongly encouraged!

Interview with Kathryn Petras
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
Interview with Kathryn Petras, co-author (with Ross Petras) of The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry, just out from Workman Press. Tune in for a thoughtful discussion of found poetry, brother-sister writing teams, and celebrity stupidity, as once again the Brainiacs violate the false dichotomy between jokes and serious sh*t.

April is National Poetry Month, and Thunk Tank will be celebrating all month long with special weekly features and guests!

Tax Day is a week away!
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Howie Seligman, the Angry Accountant, joins Chris T. to take YOUR tax questions.

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Brian welcomes a representative of Corwood Industries today, live in the WFMU Studios joined by a full acoustic/voice ensemble.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
Tuesday, April 10th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Lee Bains, last heard on the WFMU airwaves with the now retired Dexateens, debuts his new band, which manages to mix soul, country and the Stooges together for an original sound! Debut album 'There Is a Bomb In Gilead' coming soon on Alive Natural Sound. Proof that you don't need two drummers to play Southern rock!

Monday, April 9th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Budokan from Victoria, BC bring out some discs to guest DJ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Gail O'Hara of Chickfactor
Sunday, April 8th, 2012, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

The editrix and co-founder of Chickfactor magazine, a former print publication that can currently be found online, will celebrate two decades of championing independent popular music with songs and stories related to this month's ongoing Chickfactor 20: For the Love of Pop! festival. This 20th anniversary gala will present a stellar and comprehensive indie-pop array, with several surprise guests and reunited acts in attendance. The festival takes place in several U.S. cities, including the Washington D.C. area, Hoboken, Brooklyn, and Portland, Ore. (Venues, dates and lineups can be found here.)

McHuge Castanets with Hugh Hagerty filled-in for Keili
Sunday, April 8th, 2012, 6am - 9am
McHuge Castanets

White Hills
Sunday, April 8th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Imaginary Radio

Psychedelia from outer space! Performing in Brooklyn on April 9th and NYC on April 10th, catch them here first! Heavy riffs and psychotic reactions abound as White Hills return to the WFMU airwaves to perform material from their new album, Frying On This Rock. Hidden brainwashing rayguns and ultrasonic mountain grills!

Beach Boy David Marks and Linda Ramone
Saturday, April 7th, 2012, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with David Marks an original member of The Beach Boys, who plays on the bands' first four albums, left the band in 1963, rejoined briefly in the 90's, and has recently rejoined the band for their 50th anniversary tour, which starts next month. We'll find out the details behind the reunion and how preparation for the world tour is going. Michael also chats with Linda Ramone, the widow of Johnny Ramone, about life with The Ramones, the bands' legacy, and the new book "Commando: The Autobiography of Johnny Ramone."

Bill Baird
Saturday, April 7th, 2012, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Bill Baird is one of those hard-to-classify musicians we love here at WFMU. Comfortably drawing from folk, world, avant garde, and whatever else strikes his fancy, he has released albums of songs as well as blissful sound collage. He stopped by recently to record a set of songs which are accompanied by a long backing track, creating a prog/avant/folk piece in the process. We will also chat about his upcoming trip to India to be the sound guy for a film about Indian musicians.

The Fourth Annual All Covers Show Show with special guests the Happy Valley Band
Friday, April 6th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
For the first time in its rich history, the Annual Covers Show Show hits the airwaves with a live cover band! The Happy Valley Band is what happens when a computer discovers the Great American Songbook, tries its best to pick out the tunes by ear, then writes down what it hears and demands that human performers try to play it. Bandleader David Kant uses and abuses machine hearing technology and automated music transcription software to re-contextualize the voices of such American pop icons as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and James Brown with full band accompaniment.

Guest DJ Wills Glasspiegel + Chicago House/Juke Legend Traxman
Thursday, April 5th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Wills Glasspiegel is a sonic explorer and producer at Afropop Worldwide who has helped introduce us to a range of new hyper-rhythmic sounds. He's a force behind Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music from South Africa, as well as the stateside emergence of Sierra Leone's king of Bubu music Janka Nabay. He's produced features on House and Footwork music from his hometown of Chicago, and on the pioneering field recording archivist Hugh Tracey. Following up his 2008 visit to Rob W's Transpacific Sound Paradise, Wills swings by at 10:30 to spin lots of new exclusives.

At 11:30 we'll also be joined by Traxman, who drew upon Chicago's musical history to help revolutionize footwork music over the past two decades as a founder of the Geto DJz clique and a member of DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn's Ghetto Teknitianz. Traxman has been featured on the great Bangs & Works compilations, and Planet Mu is set to release his new album, Da Mind of Traxman.

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