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Jeff Murphy of Shoes
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Jeff Murphy of Shoes, the legendary Zion, Illinois power pop band. Jeff will share stories from his new book "Birth of the Band." We'll also get the lowdown on recently deceased musicians when Goldmine Magazine's obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Evan "Funk" Davies has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Listener Jason Smith guides you across the sonic spectrum this morning
Saturday, March 3rd, 2007, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Bombers AND The Ghouls
Thursday, March 1st, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Haunting melodies, danceable rhythms, and a dual vocal attack...Bombers feature former members of Disnihil and Saints of 35th Street. They sound nothing like either band!

The Ghouls formed out of the spike & stud punk movement of the late 90's, and sound like a cross between hardcore punk and horror rock. They are currently on a US tour in support of their new CD "Stand Alone" on SOS Records and they are playing with The Exploited and Final Conflict.


4,000,000 Telephones
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 7pm - 8pm
on Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz

4,000,000 Telephones play the fool like virtuosos. Hard post punk with a funk inflection that's taken just seriously enough to sound good. Being silly is a serious business. The Lincoln, UK based band have reformed after 20 years to assist the CD release of their 1985 LP on Summerhouse Records. They have re-recorded three tracks specially for the Phuj Phactory, "Horses", "Safe", and "Cereal Commercial" from the eponymously titled album, plus a toothsome slab of improvisation, for your delectation. Bon appetite pour vos oreilles!


Mahogany
Wednesday, February 28th, 2007, 2am - 6am
on Mita!

The Brooklyn-based dreampop septet Mahogany make their debut on WFMU playing several selections from their new Darla Records' release, Connectivity! before heading overseas to tour with Bloc Party. Featuring three guitarists, two bassists, a drummer, a keyboardist and multiple vocalists, Mahogany is indeed larger than life. Tune in as they seamlessly mesh the pop sensibilities of New Order with the blissed out shoegaze of Cocteau Twins to create a breathtaking sound that is truly their own.


"Update on Lyme Disease and Biological Warfare"
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #585 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


The Safes
Tuesday, February 27th, 2007, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The O'Malley Brothers from Chicago return for a third visit to WFMU, and as one of their new songs says, "Cool Sounds Are Here Again." The Safes' sound is sizzling pop and rock that's sugar sweet on the outside and snarling conviction on the inside.


Buzz Poole
Monday, February 26th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Buzz Poole visits to talk about his investigations of facial sightings in taco shells, toast, rocks, and other unlikely places. He is the author of author of Madonna of the Toast.


Inlets
Monday, February 26th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Under the guise of a low-fidelity project out of a Brooklyn nook, Inlets are Sebastian Krueger as chamber pop ensemble. Sebastian says, "I'm writing songs for the allergic. My nose itching from time spent sniffling at my odd ball instrumental writing, I began sneezing out lyrical melody and form in between between writing for my now-defunct instrumental group, and playing in My Brightest Diamond (of Asthmatic Kitty Records). This is the way of the post-academic: Plan, scrape, cough and dream." Krueger arrives at WFMU with a few fellow musicians to sneeze out a few tunes.


Erika Stucky
Saturday, February 24th, 2007, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Sly Swiss-American singer / songwriter / yodeler / accordionist / performance artist Erika Stucky incorporates elements of kitschy Alpine folklore, cheesy American pop, and jazz and world musics into her sometimes serious, sometimes satirical, always theatrical performances. Her various projects carry her from tuba-driven Michael Jackson covers to histrionic Swiss-German dialect vocal competitions to unlikely mixtures of African rhythms and Swiss alphorns. And she's becoming increasingly obsessed with, of all things, the yodel. Rob met Erika at FMU while she toured the US in September. On tonight's show we'll hear the interview, a bit of live performance and - of course - a yodel demonstration.


Sonny Curtis + Brian Limond
Saturday, February 24th, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Sonny Curtis - a member of Buddy Holly's Crickets and the writer of "I Fought The Law", "Walk Right Back", & The Mary Tyler Moore theme "Love Is All Around." Michael also chats with Brian Limond, the creator of the amazing podcast "Limmy's World of Glasgow." We'll also get the lowdown on recently deceased musicians when Goldmine Magazine's obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Irene Trudel has left in Michael's Mailbox!


DJ/Rupture hosts the Listener Hour with help from Mala (of Digital Mystikz) and Loefah
Saturday, February 24th, 2007, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Static Radio
Thursday, February 22nd, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Static Radio play no-nonsence NJ hardcore. Their songs are short, fast, and loud -- as evidenced on their new single on Chunksaah label. This evening's performance on WFMU is the kickoff for the band's US tour.


Wee Bee Foolish
Wednesday, February 21st, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
DJ Bless, Ken Boogaloo, & Yeshua daPoED hail from Brooklyn and have played a major role in the New York City independent hip-hop scene for quite some time. They have a sound that is fresh and rarely heard these days. Tune in to hear the fellas play some music and drop some verses.


"Rewriting History"
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #584 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Bobby Hebb
Monday, February 19th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Singer songwriter Bobby Hebb, who was catapulted into fame in 1966 with his hit song and album, "Sunny".


The Trolleyvox
Monday, February 19th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

These power-pop wonders from Philly have some of the catchiest tunes The Who and Beatles never got around to writing in their folkier moments. As on their two earlier discs, the newest offering, "The Trollyvox Present The Karaoke Meltdowns" features what have been called "Flower-Power" vocals from Beth Filla and Andrew Chalfen's abstract lyricism tossed together with a bit of rock-candy guitar. The Trolleyvox take the drive up the turnpike to play live in WFMU's Jersey City Studios.


Andy Statman
Saturday, February 17th, 2007, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Brilliant clarinetist and mandolinist Andy Statman is a musical pacesetter on two fronts: Following his 1960s apprenticeship with mandolin master Dave Grusin, Statman helped redefine bluegrass as a member of the 70s "newgrass" band Country Cookin' with Tony Trischka. He was also one of the leading lights in the klezmer music revival of the same era, prized pupil of the legendary klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras. Tarras so adored Statman that he bequeathed his instruments to Andy when he died.

Statman will stop by for a live performance and to get the word out about his two new CDs on Shefa records, one representing each of the major strains in his music: the bluegrassy /American-rootsy "East Flatbush Blues" and "Awakening from Above", an exploration of Chassidic Jewish music.


Lalo Schifrin
Saturday, February 17th, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with pianist, composer, and arranger Lalo Schifrin about his amazing career. They'll discuss his early days in Argentina, and his 100+ scores for film and television, including "Mission Impossible," "Bullitt", and "Cool Hand Luke." We'll also get the lowdown on recently deceased Rock & Rollers when Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in with the Decedent Activity Update, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Mike Lupica has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Listener Services Czarina Megan Murphy does radio the way it used to be
Saturday, February 17th, 2007, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Dan Bryk
Friday, February 16th, 2007, 8pm - 11pm
on Pseu Braun

Dan Bryk has spent a few years in hiding: hiding from the INS, hiding from ex-girlfriends, hiding from massively unrecouped record labels and credit card issuers, and hiding from the long shadow his singular CD release "Lovers Leap" cast over nerd pop fetishists everywhere. But he's finally left his cave with a handful of new releases, stopping by Pseu's show for performance and pop chatter. Dan is also returning to play live in NYC after more than three years on Sat., February 17th at Googie's Lounge at The Living Room.


The Sterns
Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Boston based quintet The Sterns exemplify the knack for masterful song craft, studio work ethic, and a get-in-the-van-and-go DIY mentality. Their newest release "Sinners Stick Together" is scheduled to be released on March 13th, and it showcases the band's deft lyrical turn of phrase and sonic anglophilia, melding the best elements of The Kinks, The Clash, Belle and Sebastian, and The Smiths.


Dick Valentine from Electric Six
Thursday, February 15th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Electric Six vocalist Dick Valentine stops by the studio to chat with Diane, explain the bizarre references in the Detroit band's' songs, and play some acoustic guitar like a rock star! Their new release is called "Switzerland" and was released by Metropolis Records. In between the on-mic antics, Dick will be showcasing some new and old Electric Six material.


The Love Phactory
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007, 7pm - 8pm
on
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
An especially loved-up episode of Phuj Phactory. Ergo Phizmiz is inviting couples to submit via e-mail at ergo at wfmu dot org "their song" - you know what we mean, the song that accompanied your first kiss (or what-not), that track that's special to you as a couple. You can either send an mp3 or just the artist and title. Then if you're feeling brave, record yourselves singing "your song" and send that too, with a little paragraph (or ideally a recorded paragraph) about why this song is special to you. Don't worry about the sound quality of the recordings, because love is the key! Ergo will then mix and mash these tracks into a loved-up Valentine's collage for a kissy-kissy, lovey-dovey slice of Valentine's Phuj.


"Update on Islamic Fascism"
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #583 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Blues Control
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The duo of Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse have somehow found a hazy but powerful common musical thread between Conrad Schnitzler's jabbering electronic workouts, the gauze of Locust Abortion Technician-era Butthole Surfers, and the more unicorn-saddling moments of Jan Hammer. Or perhaps in fact they are driving off in the car piloted by mid-period ZZ Top. Either way, we're psyched to have them making sounds in the studio today in advance of their forthcoming releases on the Woodsist and Holy Mountain labels sometime this year.


The Mofos
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Live performance from this instrumental trio from upstate New York that finds the middle ground in between Dick Dale and Motorhead to invent its own genre: Surf-instro-Metal.


Dälek
Monday, February 12th, 2007, 8pm - 11pm
on Mike L.'s show

Hip Hop's peerless sonic architects return to WFMU for their third visit to Mike's show. This live performance will showcase songs from the upcoming "Abandoned Language" LP on Ipecac Records. Now complimented by richly textured keyboard and ambient guitar sounds, Dälek ascends into all new realms while still retaining their passion for planet-shattering beats and commanding wordplay. Ascendent newcomers be warned.


Frans de Waal
Monday, February 12th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Primatologist Frans de Waal. He will discuss his new book "Primates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved"


Mor
Monday, February 12th, 2007, 6am - 9am
on
Black Ops's show
Mor are a duo from Iceland who play jazzy covers and originals with just vocals and bass. They've recently released a whole CD of Duran Duran covers that is quite a different take on those bad boys of the British pop scene. This enchanting live set will include a number covers and originals.


David Daniell
Sunday, February 11th, 2007, 3am - 6am
on Evan Muse

Having just released his solo release "Coastal" on Xeric/Table of the Elements and in between a series of shows at the Issue Project Room, David Daniell stops by WFMU for an exclusive solo set of shimmering electronics and haunting guitar work. Daniell has collaborated with kingpins like Rhys Chatham, Jonathan Kane, Doug McCombs of Tortoise, Thurston Moore, and Loren Connors, as well as performing regularly with his own band, San Agustin.


Ansambl Mastika
Saturday, February 10th, 2007, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Ansambl Mastika is kind of a Nuyo-Balkan all-star band led by saxophonist Greg Squared and featuring members from acclaimed groups Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party, Zagnut Cirkus Orkestar, and Romashka. The band's repertoire ranges from the plaintive clarinet 'miroloi' of northern Greece to the rollicking grooves of Serbian and Macedonian Roma (Gypsy) bands - with a lot more in between. Mastika joins us for a live set of songs from their debut CD, 'Gde si, Bre?' on Chamsa Records. 'Gde si, Bre?' is a Serbian expression that means, roughly, 'Where are YOU at?'.


Osvaldo Fattoruso
Saturday, February 10th, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Osvaldo Fattoruso of the Uruguyan band Los Shakers, aka "the Beatles of South America", for the story behind their many #1 hits. We'll also get the lowdown on recently deceased musicians when Goldmine Magazine's obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Pseu Braun has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Listener Roland Woodbe from Siltblog
Saturday, February 10th, 2007, 9am - 10am
on The Listener Hour

Trucking up from Fishtown and praying for no Saturday morning traffic, the inimitable Roland Woodbe of Siltblog fame is promising a hefty slab of obscuro 7" singles for your Listener Hour pleasure.


Love songs! Nothing but love songs!
Friday, February 9th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
The plucky little DJ you know as Bronwyn C salutes Valentine's Day--and the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show--with love songs, love poems, spontaneous love haiku, and hobo runes! You might as well tune in.


X-Clan's Brother J
Friday, February 9th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
X-Clan return after a long hiatus and two deaths. The funk-fueled, militant, Afrocentric rap group, who blazed onto the hip-hop scene in the early nineties with two acclaimed albums but who disappeared soon after, have recently released their first album ("Return to Mecca") in fifteen years. In that absence the politically charged group lost two of its four original members: Sugar Shaft whose 1995 death was AIDS related and Professor X who died last March from meningitis. Original member Brother J now heads the new 2007 X-Clan.


Post No Bills
Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

You've seen the signs. Now you can hear the band! Post No Bills play classic NJ Punk Rock.


"The Jews of Asia:The Sook Ching Massacres and their Significance for Today" PLUS "Update on Japanese Fascism"
Tuesday, February 6th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Parts 580 and 581 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Editors and Writers of The Onion, America's Finest News Source
Monday, February 5th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian



Rio en Medio (Danielle Stech Homsy) PLUS Matt Bauer
Monday, February 5th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
Rio en Medio principal Danielle Stech Homsy was born into visions and questions. With a gay Syrian painter and a Ukrainian flamenco dancer for parents, peculiar circumstance and mysterious blessings were the norm. Danielle's own songs are simple and beautifully mysterious, and she's been known to create some unusually stripped-down versions of a few pop songs on baritone ukelele.

Then banjoist Matt Bauer drops by for a set. Matt's music is loaded with imagery: Soldiers at Fort Campbell... Kentucky train to fight fires in the American west... A black deer slips through the floodlights on a suburban lawn... A teenage couple aborts a robbery at a gas station convenience store.... The music Bauer tends to lean on is from a bygone era, but he adds a thematically contemporary spin to his tunes.


Gamelan Dharma Swara
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Gamelan Dharma Swara is a New York-based group of over thirty dancers and musicians performing traditional and new works for Balinese gamelan. The ensemble will perform Gamelan Rwa Bhineda: The Sacred Balance at Symphony Space on February 17th. Rwa Bhineda explores the Balinese use of dance, music, and drama as sacred mediators that open the door to the unseen world and restore balance to the ever-tipping forces of good and evil. We'll learn about this work as well as the basics of Balinese gamelan, and members of the ensemble will perform a few pieces live in the studio.


Travis Wammack
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with guitar whiz Travis Wammack about his time as a sideman at FAME studios and gets the story behind his 1963 number one hit "Scratchy." We'll also get the lowdown on recently deceased Rock & Rollers when Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in with the Decedent Activity Update, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Charlie Lewis has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Listener Wei Chian steers the mothership this morning
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

The Rub DJs
Friday, February 2nd, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Brooklyn based DJ crew The Rub DJs, comprised of DJs Eleven, Cosmo Baker, and Ayers, who are renowned for such accomplishments as their remixes and their ever-popular monthly parties at Southpaw will be getting busy live in the WFMU studios.


The Problem
Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Driving guitar on guitar punk rock with lots of hooks! They'll be performing songs from their new self-titled CD.


Super Chron Flight Brothers
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Billy Woods and Priviledge are members of The Reavers, but also form the The Super Chron Flight Bros, a dynamic duo who's upcoming album features production by MF Doom and guest spots from Cannibal Ox, Trife Da God, and The Reavers. Tune in to hear what they have to say....


Blank Beats
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007, 7pm - 8pm
on
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
A visit to the Phuj Phactory from some of the UK's finest purveyors of hip-hop topsy-turyvdom. In their own words: "Blank Beats is IAM8, Aaron Islamb, DJ HOT1, HevRok, B-NUT. This 20 minute session took us 20 minutes, in the presence of the tranquiliger. When we finished, he went. The blank of it all was to express the blank to keep it blank and blank you all in the blankess. You know. Some ancient artefacts still remain in private hands." Expect unquantized beats, sampled squeezeboxes, and literate lipshaking to get yer hipshaking...... or something like that.


"Retrospective on the Assassination of RFK"
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #582 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Ike Yard
Monday, January 29th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on The John Allen Show

Founded in 1979, the downtown art band Ike Yard created a new sound by tapping into the UK post-punk dub of PiL and Joy Division, the Neue Deutsche Welle of DAF, and the krautrock experimentation of Can. Their 1982 album 'A Fact A Second' (released on Factory Records) has stood the test of time and is considered a classic in the minimalist genre. In conjunction with their recent 1980-82 retrospective CD on Acute Records, Ike Yard will perform a set of new music for the first time in 25 years right here in the WFMU studios.


Bob Stein
Monday, January 29th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Bob Stein of The Institute for the Future of the Book.


Peter Walker
Monday, January 29th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
A true original on the 60's Greenwich Village scene, Peter Walker recorded two influential fingerstyle guitar albums for Vanguard. Walker's early style is best described as American folk-raga, although he later developed a deep love of flamenco guitar. Peter drops by to play a few tunes and tell tales of wanderings through Spain.


Bjornsdotter-Reid
Saturday, January 27th, 2007, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Emma Reid and Alicia Bjornsdotter-Abrams both studied Swedish traditional fiddling at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. They also share an interest in the UK's Shetland Isles fiddle tradition. On this show - and a new CD, "Rough and Shiny" - they perform in the unusual and compelling fiddle duo format. The Swedish term for two fiddles played an octave apart is 'rough and shiny'. The high, shiny melody gets depth and colour from the low, rough octave. Among their many other musical undertakings, Emma and Alicia also play together in a band called Ditt Ditt Darium.


Collin Hare of Honeybus
Saturday, January 27th, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with former Honeybus member Collin Hare about the U.K. group's amazing 60s recordings, as well as his solo works dating from the 70s to the present. We'll also check in with Phast Phreddie Patterson for the Decedent Activity Update and find out what #1 hit song Kevin Nutt has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Wilco keyboardist Mike Jorgensen
Saturday, January 27th, 2007, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
The former WFMU live music engineer is back in town from his busy touring schedule. This morning, he'll be here to spin some faves from his personal collection.


"James Brown is Dead... But Not Buried"
Friday, January 26th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Scott Williams, Bronwyn C, Dutchie, and LSD. Mike Lupica, MLK, JFK, Francois K, Kenny G, and Terre T. Ken, Brian, Liz Berg, Hamburger Lady, Throbbing Gristle, T-Rex, Safe Sex, PE, M.I.A., OCDJ, Rodney O & Joe Cooley, and much more - all in the mix on FMU!


Feu de Joie
Thursday, January 25th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Feu de Joie will be performing songs from their new CD "Protostar", out on Not Rock Records. Their sound is comparable to Moss Icon & The Hated!


"Gimme a Break! Reflections on the Death of Gerald Ford"
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #579 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


2006 Film Overview
Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Critics Kent Jones and Geoffrey O'Brien join Dorian for the Best of 2006 film roundup.


Edison Woods
Monday, January 22nd, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Eqally velvety and melancholic, Edison Woods craft sonic loveliness from their Brooklyn homebase. The floating threads throughout are Julia Frodahl's drifting vocals and piano, and in advance of shows at BAM Cafe and Makor, the ensemble alights in WFMU's love room for a live set.


Dengue Fever
Saturday, January 20th, 2007, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Dengue Fever is a six-piece California band fronted by Cambodian-born vocalist Chhom Nimol. Mega-bearded guitarist Zac Holtzman got the idea for a retro Cambodian rock band after hearing tapes his brother brought back from a backpacking trip. Chhom Nimol comes from a musical family in Cambodia, one fortunate enough to have survived the purges of artists and intellectuals by the Khmer Rouge. Zac found Chhom in the Cambodian community of Long Beach CA, and the rest is history...

Dengue Fever is one of the many great bands participating in the annual one-night world music festival Globalfest at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St, on January 21st.


Gary Lewis
Saturday, January 20th, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats Gary Lewis for the story behind the #1 hit "This Diamond Ring." We'll also get the lowdown on recently deceased Rock & Rollers when Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in with the Decedent Activity Update, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Scott Williams has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Listener Brian Betancourt picks the sides!
Saturday, January 20th, 2007, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Ron English
Friday, January 19th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam

Ron English, who has been accurately labeled "celebrated prankster father of agit-pop," has since the early eighties been tirelessly building a prolific body of work including his controversial and illegal "liberation" billboard art series in which his favorite corporate targets include Joe Camel, Mickey Mouse, and McDonalds. In fact his less than flattering Ronald McDonald images are featured in Morgan Spurlock's documentary "Super Size Me." As well as painting (on canvas and other surfaces), the ever-busy artist also makes sculptures and toys such as his brand new Cathy Cowgirl toys. Additionally he has worked closely with other artists including Shepard Fairey, the Billboard Liberation Army, and Daniel Johnston with whom he collaborated in both visual art and music. Ron English will play some of those recordings as well as talk about his illegal art past.


The Bullys
Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

The Bullys are New York Citys tough guys of punk rock. They're heavily influenced by The Dead Boys and The Ramones, and have a new album called "BQE Overdrive".


Web-only show
Thursday, January 18th, 2007, 6am - 9am
on
The Push Bin with Lou

James McNew of Yo La Tengo
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Everyone knows that James plays bass in Yo La Tengo but did you know that he's a huge hip-hop fan and has actually worked on some hip-hop records? Tune in to hear James spin some of his favorites and do the chit-chat thing with host Noah Zark.


Sounds of Soviet Animation
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007, 7pm - 8pm
on
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
From the 1950s-1990s, the USSR was home to an immense body of remarkable animated films. Whether surrealistic, political, or dreamlike, they utilised a stunning array of techniques and ideas in the midst of a brutal political climate. The January 17th edition of Phuj Phactory will comprise a one-hour mix of music and sound-design taken from over thirty Russian animations, including 'Tale of Tales', 'Liberated Don Quixote', 'Butterfly', 'A Man in the Frame', and 'Mountain of Dinosaurs'.


"Compendium of the Muslim Brotherhood"
Tuesday, January 16th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #455 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Richard Dawkins
Monday, January 15th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Biologist Richard Dawkins returns to The Speakeasy, this time to talk about The God Delusion.


Function
Monday, January 15th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

The Pitchfork website says Function, "...stretches the ethereality of dream pop into blissout, as strings, wordless vocals, and guitar bleed together in swatches of psychedelic color..." This Australian ensemble has their first US disc out on Locust Music and, fresh from a NYC showcase, they bring a bevy of stringed things, brass instruments, and laptops to the WFMU studio for this live set.


Extra Golden
Saturday, January 13th, 2007, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Extra Golden is a collaboration between musicians from the US and Kenya. The original impetus was bandleader Ian Eagleson's work with the late Extra Golden co-founder Otieno Jagwasi researching benga, the popular Western Kenyan guitar music. The band has pressed on after Otieno's passing, touring and recording in the US this past Autumn (with visa assistance from Barack Obama!) with a lineup that also includes Alex Minoff guitarist / vocalist Opiyo Bilongo (of benga band Bilongo Golden Stars) and drummer Onyango Wuod Omari.


Bucky
Saturday, January 13th, 2007, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with the UK duo Bucky about their fantastic new album "All The New Mistakes." We'll also get the lowdown on recently deceased Rock & Rollers when Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in with the Decedent Activity Update, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Liz Berg has left in Michael's Mailbox!


Listener Osita Anienwelu spins and grins!
Saturday, January 13th, 2007, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Mister C fills in for Finewine with Peter Guralnick
Friday, January 12th, 2007, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mister C Soul Spectacular
Esteemed author Peter Guralnick will chat with Mr. C about the life and career of James Brown.


Billy Jam fills in for Bronwyn with guests Mark and Mark from Weird New Jersey!
Friday, January 12th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam

"The two Marks", AKA the duo that publish the ever popular "Weird N.J." magazine and book series, Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran, will return to the WFMU studios this Friday at 6PM when they join Billy Jam - filling in for Bronwyn C - to talk about the success of their ever-expanding "Weird" publications. The two Marks will also present some of the most worthy messages they've received on the "Weird N.J." voicemail.


The Ratchets
Thursday, January 11th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Catchy '77 style punk rock and roll with elements of The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers. They'll be playing songs from their recently released album "Glory Bound".


Mitch Easter
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Mitch Easter has shaped the sound of power pop for a generation through his bands Sneakers and Let's Active as well as his producing and engneering work for the likes of R.E.M., Helium, Pavement, Superchunk, Game Theory, and Dinosaur Jr. But it's easy to forget that the man is also a simply amazing guitar player. You'll be reminded of this fact during every song of this great live set where he'll be joined by Shalini Chatterjee on bass and former Let's Active drummer Eric Marshall. Look for Mitch to rip through your Let's Active favorites as well as some great new songs from his upcoming release entitled "Dynamico."


"War President In Action" (Repeat)
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #454 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


The Ex
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Since 1979, Holland's greatest musical export has been setting the bar higher and higher. Starting off as squat-residing political punks that learned music only after booking their first gig, the band has grown into an incredible example of living its message via passionate and prolific output both musical and print-related. Through the years, their world travels have allowed them to grow and absorb many genres of music into their sound, from European folk, to improvisational jazz and African pop; in the last few years they completed a self-promoted tour of Ethiopia and have released CD's from some of the continent's greatest musicians including the famed Konono Number 1. Live, the current lineup of Terrie, Andy, G.W. Sok, and Katherina are a veritable tornado of pounding rhythms and dissonant twin guitars, tearing up the stage more each time they return to New York. They appear for the first time ever in WFMU's live room today for a full session (with video forthcoming on the blog!), plus interview afterwards that will include their current tourmate DJ/Rupture.


Paula Fox & Ellen Bruno
Monday, January 8th, 2007, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Novelist and memoirist Paula Fox, plus documentary filmmaker Ellen Bruno.



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