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"Economics 9-11 pt 2"
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #561 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series.


Citay
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Citay comes our way from San Francisco, focusing on baroque, lilting and sometimes bombastic acoustic-based music that definitely harks back to Black Sabbath circa Volume 4, Led Zeppelin, Roy Harper, early Heart, and early Queen among other influences. Their self-titled release on the Important label displayed brilliantly how a band can evoke classic 70's rock without succumbing to ironic posturing, combining 12-string, mandolin, organ, and occassional Thin Lizzy-inspired electric leads into a gorgeous, and surprisingly original concoction.


Donny Miller
Monday, July 24th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

Graphic designer Donny Miller is celebrating his new book "Beautiful People with Beautiful Feelings" as well as celebrating his first time on WFMU. Tune in as Donny spins some of his favorite old school hip-hop cuts as well as a nice serving of electro, funk, and soul.


Eric Carbonara PLUS Nick Castro with Wendy Watson
Monday, July 24th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Frequently using a rotating cast of monikers and aliases, Philly-based Eric Carbonara is a guitarist, composer, audio engineer, and producer whose career spans over a decade of collaborations and solo work. Eric is equally at home on the classical guitar as he is deriving drones from his electric. As Mr.Carbonara describes it, he "plays pidgin music, a language that is in between other languages -- borrowing elements from its surroundings. It may be a language that only Eric speaks, but he speaks it well. A performance of his work may entail a solo Andalusian influenced guitar, electric guitar/drum duets, delay saturated atonal wine glass music, electro-acoustic synthesized improvisation and/or any combination of the above." Eric brought out his Classical guitar recently to record a inspired set for WFMU.

Later on, Nick Castro and Wendy Watson will perform a fine set of ethereal folk. This California duo are gracefully immersed in 60's/70's British Isles acid balladry, traditional Middle-Eastern music, and heady, pan-cultural communal jams. Nick's just put out his third disc as Nick Castro and The Young Elders, released on Portland's Strange Attractors label.


Rirkrit Tiravanija on Ramakien: A Rak Opera
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006, 6pm - 8pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Ramakien is is the Thai national epic, based on the Ramayana, the 2000-year-old Indian tale of Hindu gods. From July 28-30 the Lincoln Center Festival at LaGuardia Concert Hall will premiere a pop culture spectacle based on this epic Ramakien, a Rak Opera. It will feature contemporary Thai filmmakers, visual artists, rock and pop stars, electronica DJs, and other assorted Bangkok scenesters. And, well, Arto Lindsay.

The artistic director of the show is internationally acclaimed conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, who was recently awarded the Guggenheim Museum's Hugo Boss prize for extraordinarily talented artists. He'll join Rob to talk about the Ramakien, preview some of the music, and explore contemporary Thai music, art, and culture.


Listener Colleen Kane wows the crowds!
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Jim Hawthorne
Friday, July 21st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
More old school freeform antics, dating way back to 1947, unaired on Aircheck before. Hawthorne collaborated on some Slim Gaillard records and later became a TV weatherman where he continued his strange behavior, including making fun of sponsors.


"Economic 9/11"
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #560 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series.


Family Underground
Monday, July 17th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
Denmark's Family Underground has been spewing out some of the best dark, dense, and cinematic drones for years, most through CD-R releases. Their music's also been described as "...a wild blend of earthquake drones and microphone whispers." Family Underground descend on WFMU's studio B for a live performance this afternoon.


Ruthann Friedman
Monday, July 17th, 2006, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Don't Call it a comeback...Bronx-born/LA Based folksinger Ruthann Friedman put a dent in a generation's pop sensibilities with her 1967 hit "Windy," recorded by the Association. She'll phone in to John Allen's show Monday morning in celebration of her recently reissued 1969 LP Constant Companion, and her performance at HYPNORITUALS AND MESMEMUSICAL MIRACLES HANGING IN THE SKY on July 19th in Los Angeles, presented by Arthur Magazine.


Watersports
Saturday, July 15th, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez

Brooklyn's homeopathic electroacoustic duo Watersports drops by for a live, in-studio bodywork session with Acapulco Rodriguez. Fresh off a successful tour of the "dirty south" with Iovae, Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse will perform a cleansing set of meditative pieces for synth, electronics, and percussion. Then, the pair will join Acapulco Rodriguez in the "control" room for a lively discussion of such topics as their forthcoming LPs, the health benefits of "aquatic massage," and then share some of their favorite selections from the Wyndham Hill and ECM catalogs. All kidding aside, their new CD-R on Breaking World Records is a dream. These two produce some of the most exquisite sounds ever to come outta the NYC "noise" underground, and only a damn jackass would miss this set.


The Prototypes
Saturday, July 15th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Prototypes are a completely mesmerizing, in command, pop- punk-wave band who call to mind Blondie and the Nina Hagen Band. The Prototypes just completed their amazing American tour and while here they paid a visit to Terre's show. They'll be playing songs from their new American self-titled debut on Minty Fresh Records , which collects their two French LPs.


Listener Greg Winter spins and grins!
Saturday, July 15th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Dave Rabbit / Radio First Termer
Friday, July 14th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on Aircheck

Radio First Termer was a pirate station that operated for 21 days in 1971, offering a somewhat irreverent alternative to regular broadcasts to G.I.'s during the Vietnam War. How irreverent? Well, for starters, it broadcast out of a Saigon brothel. Today we'll be presenting an hour of what can be considered airable from the tapes that have surfaced from these three weeks, showcasing DJ Dave Rabbit. Not aware of his cult status until just months ago, Dave recently told his story for the DVD release of "Sir! No Sir!", a David Zieger film about the G.I. Anti-Vietnam War movement and Vietnam Counterculture.


Web-only show with the Country Teasers
Thursday, July 13th, 2006, 6am - 9am
on
Brian Turner's show
A special encore presentation of the live session from Brian's June 27th afternoon show, but this time totally unexpurgated for the web! London's masters of satirical, falling-apart misanthropy have arrived in Jersey City on the heels of their latest In the Red label release "The Empire Strikes Back." Live, their deconstructive take on experimental rock and American roots music incorporates enough observations on its misogyny, racism, and topical confusion to part their crowds like Moses. They've picked on the human race by covering both the Brainbombs and Randy Newman's "Short People", hell, they've even picked on each other in their songs. Pitchfork gave one of their records a 3.2 out of 10 despite the fact these guys are heavily influenced by the Fall. It's gonna be a great session.


"Update on 9/11 and Related Matters"
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #556 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Akir
Monday, July 10th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
AKIR got his start in Hip-Hop as an on-air personality with WNMH 97.9 (Mass.) in 1994. Shortly afterwards he focused his energy on production and his own skills as an MC. He guested on many records, mixtapes, got Source Magazine's "Unsigned Hype" award and joined the supergroup The Reavers. "Legacy" is Akir's first full length solo release, tune in as he drops by to chat about it and play some of the cuts!


Peter Eldridge
Monday, July 10th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Singer/songwriter Peter Eldridge combines all facets of his musical talents into an eclectic mix of performing, recording, composing, and producing. He has released three solo recordings based around his piano/vocal talents. His latest album, 'Decorum' is a pop classic with tunes you can't get out of your head. Peter is also a member of the Grammy award-winning vocal group New York Voices. He drops by to tickle the ivories on WFMU's piano.


Akylbek Kasabolotov & Ryspai Isakov
Saturday, July 8th, 2006, 6pm - 8pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Akylbek Kasabolotov is a master musician renowned for his skill with traditional wind instruments of Central Asia. He also plays with the Kyrgyz traditional group Tengir Too, who have a CD recently released by Smithsonian Folkways. He'll be demonstrating various instruments and performing a few short solo songs, as well as talking about keeping the tradition alive for the younger generation.

Ryspai Isakov is a brilliant epic singer who performs the Kyrgyz national epic Manas, the longest epic in the world at over half a million lines. (Not to be performed this evening, unfortunately!)

Philadelphia-based anthropologist Helen Faller, who brought the artists to the US, will also be on hand to act as interpreter and to provide background.


The Measure [sa]
Saturday, July 8th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Measure is a punk rock band from New Brunswick, NJ. Starting as a whim between three friends to play in a folky punk rock band they quickly started writing songs that just got louder and faster as they went along. Comparisons in sound have been made to bands like American Steel, The Pogues, and Billy Bragg. Look for their debut album out now on Don Giovanni and Salinas records.


Listener Raul Guiterrez picks 'em as he sees fit
Saturday, July 8th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Hillbilly Aircheck
Friday, July 7th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Dave the Spazz presents frantic hillbilly noise from the wacky age of country broadcasts. Hear 14 year old Rose Maddox tear up the airwaves,June Carter take on Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash shill Southern Maid Doughnuts ("Slurp 'em and dunk 'em!"). There'll be lots of rare live radio performances: Loretta Lynn, Spade Cooley, George Jones, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, Narvel Felts, the Everly Brothers (from 1951!) and also from 1951, the complete 13 minute "Mother's Best" Hank Williams venereal disease soap opera! Kaw-freakin'-liga!


GO!
Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

GO! was a New York City Hardcore band that was always, shall we say, a little different. Active from 1989-1991, it focused not only on music but lyrics dealing with issues like sexism, racism, cultural relativism, and support for gay and lesbian rights. Essentially, GO! was pro the good stuff and anti the bad stuff. They made really good music and they were sarcastic enough that it all kind of worked. GO! always lived the DIY ethic, put out a bunch of records, toured extensively, and have recently reunited to play some shows and record some new music. You can get tons of GO! info and download MP3s in this post on WFMU's blog.


Guest DJs Nickodemus & Quantic
Thursday, July 6th, 2006, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Nicodemus has been mixing it up all around NYC, sending out the good vibes with Giant Step, Organic Grooves, and now his legendary Turntables on the Hudson weekly party. Quantic is in town for a special Turntables on the Hudson event July 7th, and he will be accompanying Nicodemus on Thursday morning, beginning at around 10:30 AM. Can you feel it?!


"The Opus Dei Code: The Vatican Rag Pt. III"
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #559 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


People Like Us goes Football Crazy!
Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 7pm - 8pm
on
Do or DIY with People Like Us
People Like Us have been gathering the best of the worst football music from around the world to bring to you, dear listener, on 3rd July at 7pm. Open up a cheap beer, tune your TV into football with the sound turned down and weep while your country gets thrashed by another far inferior to your own.


Paul R. Pillar & Chef Daniel Boulud
Monday, July 3rd, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

You read his piece in Foreign Affairs, you saw him on FRONTLINE. Paul R. Pillar, who is on the faculty of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University after concluding a long career in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, visits the show.

Then, star chef Daniel Boulud (Daniel, Cafe Boulud, DB Bistro Mdern & others) returns to the program. Daniel's newest venture: his new television show, AFTER HOURS WITH DANIEL, on HDTV's Mojo. Find out what the top chefs are up to after hours!


Pterodactyl and Battleship
Saturday, July 1st, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

First up is PTERODACTYL, a powerful, crazed trio from Brooklyn, NY. They play intense, tight, blistering, fast-changing post-rock, which has been compared to Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth, and Unwound! Then from Oakland, California, come On/On recording artists BATTLESHIP who play great spazzed out noisy trash punk rock and roll, calling to mind Pere Ubu, Mars, and DNA! Check out both bands on the radio, then go to their 2 NYC area shows while they are in town: Saturday, July 1- Brooklyn, NY @ 11 Hope St. at Havemeyer an then together again on Tuesday, July 4: Brooklyn, NY Benefit for Common Ground @ 330 Melrose.


Listener Therese Mahler does it up in the rock star style!
Saturday, July 1st, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Ken Sims Wins! Plus: Jean Shepherd
Friday, June 30th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Who is Ken Sims? We'd love to know. What we do know is that in the 1980's he obsessively recorded his local rock radio station onto a cassette every time he won tickets to a concert, or prank-called its hapless DJs. Also today: Jean Shepherd's "Caterpiller In Salad" from 1969.


Tally Hall
Thursday, June 29th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Tally Hall have achieved what the Michigan Daily calls "iconic status" in Ann Arbor, playing to sold out crowds of devoted followers. The band's five members are now ready to conquer the hearts and souls of power-pop enthusiasts everywhere with their upcoming album, "Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum." The 14-track debut traverses myriad genres, ranging from melodic Turtles-esque rock to hip-hop hooks to pop ballads, channeling both Queen and The Beach Boys to cut through the fog of emo sameness in four-part harmony.


Robert Ashley and Keith Waldrop
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Robert Ashley and Keith Waldrop will be chatting about their discovery of the outsider poet John Barton Wolgamont and how they turned an eccentric mid-century text of his into the electronic music composition "In Sara, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men and Women" in 1972. Ashley will be also be discussing his new opera "Foreign Experiences."


"All Together Too Much Monkey Business" & "The Eichmann File"
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Parts 557 & 558 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Country Teasers
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

London's masters of satirical, falling-apart misanthropy have arrived in Jersey City on the heels of their latest In the Red label release "The Empire Strikes Back." Live, their deconstructive take on experimental rock and American roots music incorporates enough observations on its misogyny, racism, and topical confusion to part their crowds like Moses. They've picked on the human race by covering both the Brainbombs and Randy Newman's "Short People", hell, they've even picked on each other in their songs. Pitchfork even gave one of their records a 3.2 out of 10 despite the fact these guys are heavily influenced by the Fall. It's gonna be a great afternoon. And as a bonus treat, the session will air again but this time totally unexpurgated for a web-only show Brian will do Thursday, July 13th from 6-9am.


Birds of Avalon
Tuesday, June 27th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Birds of Avalon takes flight from Raleigh, N.C., supercharging the power and shake appeal of 70s hard rock for the 21st century. Includes former members of The Cherry Valence, The Weather, and other southern rock luminaries.


Dan LeRoy on "Paul's Boutique"
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Dan LeRoy writes about music and politics for The New York Times, Vibe, Rolling Stone, and the All Music Guide, among others. He's also the author of the book "Paul's Boutique," which follows the making of The Beastie Boys' 2nd album and one of the most important hip-hop records ever made. Plenty of rarities and unheard versions will be on hand. Listen closely as this classic release gets broken down, dissected, and respected.


Greta Gertler
Monday, June 26th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

From Meat Pies to Low-Carb Bagels.. Greta Gertler has lived this classic tale of transplant and survival. It's been seven years since Greta moved from Sydney to New York City. She's decided that's a good enough reason to host a whopping huge musical party at The Living Room on Thursday, June 29th. The night will include performances by: Lee Feldman, Amy Allison, Sean Wayland, & Monica McMahon (performing classic Aussie rock songs), Clare Muldaur Manchon & Olivier Manchon, Noam Weinstein, Megan Hickey (The Last Town Chorus), Byron Isaacs (Ollabelle), Pete Galub, Beth Sorrentino (Suddenly Tammy!), Serena Jost, Michael Gomez, and more surprise guests! To help her celebrate, Greta will be Irene's guest performing live on on WFMU in anticipation of this event.


Mouthus
Saturday, June 24th, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on
Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez
The duo of Brian Sullivan (vocals, guitar) and Nate Nelson (drums, electronics) emerged from the New England noise scene of the late nineties, alighting on Brooklyn, NY in 2001. Since then, the pair has carved a highly personal aesthetic from the bedrock of the Dead C's freefloating psych-noise, the austere spirituality of Sterling Smith, and the dueling rock n' roll energies of Pussy Galore and Fleetwood Mac. Or, these guys are simply one of the most inventive, consistently surprising bands of their generation. Live, the duo enacts a marriage of squalor and reason designed for deep, uneasy listening. Tune in or be thin!


Listener Taso spins the sounds that astound!
Saturday, June 24th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Brush Creek Follies
Friday, June 23rd, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Brush Creek Follies was the second-most popular hillbilly radio show in the country, second only to Chicago's "National Barn Dance" program. Here's a rare chance to hear the "Twins Night" episode from 1941 of this classic program. .


Cheese Snob Wendy
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Help Kenny G ring in the Summer Solstice as he welcomes Cheese Snob Wendy (aka Listener Wendy M. Levy) to his show at 5 PM. She'll be lugging over 700 samples of fromage to the WFMU studios. From the runny and strong to the flavorful and nuanced, the idea is for Kenny & Wendy to stink up the WFMU studios so badly that Ken & Andy are forced to do Seven Second Delay elsewhere that day. They'll be discussing, digesting, and dissecting cheeses of the world leaving you, the listener, salivating (or holding your nose, as the case may be).


Irwin's Lord Kitchener Special
Wednesday, June 21st, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Muriel's Treasure follows its Mighty Sparrow retrospective with another two hour special, this one on Aldwyn Roberts, a.k.a. Lord Kitchener. Along with Sparrow, "Kitch" is the other twin peak of modern calypso. His recorded legacy began in the 78 rpm era and spanned well into the CD age, until his death in 2000. His lyrics often cleverly pushed the envelope of 'good' taste, which is why he's known as the Cole Porter of Calypso. His huge stylistic range went from heartbreakers like "When A Man Is Poor" to finger-snappers like "Kitch's Be Bop Calypso." His spicy tune "Muriel & De Bug" spawned the title of the program. All of Kitchie's songs were infused with his big-hearted warmth and charm. He was a true original, and one of the great songwriters of the 20th century. Irwin will once again be joined by Lane Steinberg to help document Kitch's long career from 1:00 to 3:00 in the afternoon.


Allen Oldies Band
Tuesday, June 20th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
If you missed the Allen Oldies Band's second annual East Coast Invasion earlier this month, well, it's your loss! But you can relive some of the highlights as the seven-headed jukebox from Hosuton, Texas, returns to WFMU and reaches into its bottomless repertoire of oldies. How do you spell oldies? A-L-L-E-N!


Phillip Lopate and Richard Pena
Monday, June 19th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Author Phillip Lopate, talking about "American Movie Critics: From the Silents Until Now".

Also, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Richard Pena visits again.


Nick Garrie
Monday, June 19th, 2006, Midnight - 3am
on Hatch's show

Nick Garrie's 1970 debut "The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas" was recorded for the French label DiscAZ by Eddie Vartan, who had been a producer and arranger for RCA France in the early 60s and was the older brother of yť-yť girl Sylvie Vartan. Nick's fantastic but little-known psychedelic pop album was recently reissued by Rev-Ola. Tune in to hear acoustic versions of Nick's songs as well as an interview.


Zarandea
Saturday, June 17th, 2006, 6pm - 8pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A few members of Zarandea, Scandinavia's only all-female salsa band will stop by. They'll introduce tracks from their new CD and talk about the world music scene back home in Sweden.


Listener Purple Shirt BRINGS IT.
Saturday, June 17th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
Purp will be joined by special guests Caleb and Jack, both 6 years old. You're not gonna want to miss this show, which promises to be a total trainwreck! Find out what happens when two kids are loaded up on sugar and turned loose on the radio.


Les Ambassadeurs du Manding
Friday, June 16th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Gateway to Joy with Donna
Join Donna on the Gateway to joy as she welcomes Les Ambassadeurs du Manding. Guitarist Mamady Kouyate leads this newly formed band which features veterans of Bembeya Jazz and Balla et ses Balladins. Tune in to hear all your favorite West African hits on the band's radio premiere, friday, june 16th, 3-6pm.


The Accelerators
Thursday, June 15th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

New Jersey's Accelerators return to WFMU for a live performance. They are one of the area's first punk bands, releasing a 7" on Mutha Records in 1984 and the "Punk Rock Rumble" CD on Russo Syndicate last year. Expect to hear all the hits, "Ground Zero NYC", "I Wanna Be Like Dee Dee Ramone", "My Demon Eyes", and many others!


Mr. Lif
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Legendary Boston lyricist and member of super group The Perceptionists, Mr. Lif swings by to discuss his new Definitive Jux release,"Mo' Mega". Tune in to hear him chat and spin some rarities!


Nick the Bard Sings!
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Join Kenny G as he welcomes Nick the Bard back to his show for one last time Wednesday afternoon, June 14th at 4:15 pm, when he'll perform a mystery song of great length. What song is it? Only Nick knows. But one thing for sure, it's bound to be long and painful: at least 43 minutes. Robin Kahn watch out -- there's competition in the house.


"Conversation with Daniel Hopsicker: The Wonderful World of Makram Chams"
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #554 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series.


The Saturday Night Things
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Saturday Night Things inject a little weekend fun into your weekday routine. Led by renowned comic artist and former Mz. Pakman principal Abby Denson and also including Yams beatkeeper Justina Davies, the Saturday Night Things unveil their catchy punk-rock soon-to-be anthemsfor the FMU audience. Catch them at Otto's Shrunken Head on June 23.


Country Teasers: Unexpurgated!
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006, 6am - 9am
on
Brian Turner's show
A safe-for web rebroadcast of Brian's June 28th session which was bleeped and edited heavily so as to not raise the ire of The FCC Man! London's masters of satirical, falling-apart misanthropy have arrived in Jersey City on the heels of their latest In the Red label release "The Empire Strikes Back." Live, their deconstructive take on experimental rock and American roots music incorporates enough observations on its misogyny, racism, and topical confusion to part their crowds like Moses. They've picked on the human race by covering both the Brainbombs and Randy Newman's "Short People", hell, they've even picked on each other in their songs.


Filmmaker James Spooner
Monday, June 12th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Bruce Bennett returns to talk film. Dorian and Bruce are joined by a special guest, filmmaker James Spooner (Afro-Punk), who is co-curator of the Afro-Punk weekend at BAM June 30 - July 4 .


David Garland
Monday, June 12th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Once described by The Village Voice as "a superb, crazily imaginative songwriter," David Garland has been releasing vocal albums since 1987 that are both beautiful and quirky. His voice is known in a completeley different context as a longtime radio host for WNYC. David reverses roles with Irene as her guest, singing and accompanying himself on 12-string guitar. Over the years David has organized various ensembles of unusual instruments to play his music, but recently he's wanted to see what might happen if he performs his unconventional songs conventionally. For this live in-studio performance beginning at 4 PM, David will present his newly devised, innovative performance format: guy with guitar.


Imaginary Icons
Saturday, June 10th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Based in NYC the IMAGINARY ICONS is a super-group of punk coolness with former of members of the SHOP FRONTS, TIE REDS and MHZ! These guys are one of Terre's favorite new NY bands right now as they are the perfect mix of punk and art, and of noise savagery, and intense sublime sounds. If you like Wire, Swell Maps, early Ultravox, Rocket from the Tombs or the Electric Eels you will love these guys! They're also at Maxwells that evening at 9:30 opening for Be Your Own Pet and Whirlwind Heat.


Listener Joe Mulligan spins the platters!
Saturday, June 10th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Jon Auer of the Posies and Big Star
Tuesday, June 6th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Power pop perfectionist Jon Auer has just released his first solo album, "Songs From The Year of Our Demise." He returns to WFMU for an afternoon of live performance and interview. Jon even helped move WFMU's newly donated piano into Studio B. Tune in to find out if he made it through the incident unscathed!


Glenn Head
Monday, June 5th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Renowned comics artist Glenn Head visits the studios to talk about his latest project, HOTWIRE Comix and Capers, which he edited and features works by artists Tony Millionaire, Carol Swain, Danny Hellman, and many others.


Jesse Sparhawk
Monday, June 5th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As a multi-instrumentalist/composer specializing in harp (not harmonica), guitar, electric bass, and mandolin, while dipping his toes into anything with keys, strings, or skins, Jesse has toured nationally and internationally as accompanist and band member with Greg Weeks, Timesbold, and Marissa Nadler. Besides this, Sparhawk is an amazing guitarist, highlighted on his solo guitar album, "Palmaria Palmata." A second about-to be released volume of the Imaginational Anthem will feature his original composition "Light Cycle / Tetrahedra." The compilation is set for release on Tompkins Square Records. Jesse comes by WFMU to wow us with a live performance.


The Woes + Lisa Li-Lund + Jib Kidder
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006, 8pm - 10pm
on Orphan program

The fog over the swamp is too thick to see, but you can hear a banjo faintly through the crickets. The cries of a horn and moans of an organ begin to swirl around you. Suddenly, the sharp growl of Osei Essed cuts through the mist to reveal the mud you are sinking in. There's no use fighting it.

Little sister Lisa Li-Lund does the Herman-Dune name proud. Sweetly sung songs dance over guitars and turn the grasses greener for you to lay in.

Jib Kidder's pop askew, acoustic parades, digital drell, and gamelan crunk are all in the big bag of musical tricks. Voted "Most Likely" by Readers Digest.


Goran Bregovic
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006, 6pm - 8pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
As a guitarist with the massively popular Yugoslav rock band Bijelo Dugme ("White Button") in his youth, Bregovic has created a second career writing and orchestrating Balkan/Gypsy-flavored music for films, notably Emir Kusturica's "Time of the Gypsies" (1989) and "Underground" (1995). Sometimes he's brought his musical lives together - as when he teamed up Iggy Pop with a Gypsy brass band for Kusturica's 1993 film "Arizona Dreams". In concert, Bregovic has been presenting massive Gypsy brass extravaganzas in Europe for several years. But he will be making his New York debut - along with 42 musicians including a Serbian brass band, a classical string ensemble, a choir, and Gypsy and Bulgarian vocalists - at the Lincoln Center Festival at Avery Fisher Hall on July 13. Tune in this evening for a preview.


Listener Fatty Jubbo steers the mothership this morning
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Lethal Aggression
Thursday, June 1st, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

This snotty skate-thrash band from Jersey released their first demo in 1985 and played now-legendary shows with the likes of Nuclear Assault, Agnostic Front, and D.R.I. They managed to squeak out a couple of seven inch records and the "Life is Hard... But that's No Excuse at All" LP. Twenty years later, Lethal Aggression is back with original front man John Saltz fronting a tight new lineup featuring members of In Defiance and Payback. The band is touring this summer in support of the re-release of their LP.


Osaka Popstar vocalist John Cafiero
Wednesday, May 31st, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Irwin Chusid

Osaka Popstar vocalist John Cafiero joins Irwin for a chat'n'spin session on Wednesday May 31. John, a longtime WFMU listener, just released his first album, Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk. His "legendary" backing band features Marky Ramone, Ivan Julian (of Richard Hell and the Voidoids), Dez Cadena (of Black Flag) and Jerry Only (of the Misfits). Besides originals, the band recorded re-punked versions of X-Ray Spex and Richard Hell tunes, as well as anime themes and covers of Daniel Johnston and the Kids of Widney High. John admits to being musically schooled by WFMU's free-form offerings, and he'll DJ an hour of favorites, along with Osaka Popstar album tracks.


"Moonlighting" and "Update on the Formula and the Standard-I.G. Agreement of 1929"
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Parts #551and 552 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


John Schooley & His One-Man Band
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Guitar across his lap, foot on the kick drum, and harp 'round his neck, Schooley is ready to school you on the blues. John has led the legenadary Revelators (Crypt Records) and the Hard Feelings (Sympathy for the Record Industry) but lately has been going at it alone. Tune in for a taste of the immense ruckus he can whip up all by his lonesome.


THREE BANDS: Ecstatic Sunshine, Ponytail, and Dan Deacon
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, 8pm - 10pm
on Orphan program

Ecstatic Sunshine create colors and lights from two guitars into super prisms reflecting and refracting into all the best sounds everywhere forever.

Ponytail = jumping jumping jumping! Invisible guitars and astral projected voices across the desert. Science revealed to Ponytail the most awesome noise anyone can handle before brain explosion and they push the threshold.

Dan Deacon is a man, a microphone, and all of the best and worst emotions electronically converted into thumping waveforms. It's a party for all of the best beasts. Laughing, crying, and dancing - this is the music in your heart.


The Rat Traps
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Rat Traps are a crazed, raw brother & sister trio hailing from Tennessee comprising members of Jeffrey Novak's One Man Band, the Reatards, the Oblivians, and Dutch Masters! They play killer, blistering punk Americana style, calling to mind the best releases from the Dangerhouse label circa 1978! Prepare yourselves to be suitably blown away by their belligerent and scorching guitars, thrashy drums, and astounding shouts and shrieks!


Listener Tony Rettman on the one and two
Saturday, May 27th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Stephen Christian (smc)
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
If you're looking for Stephen Christian (smc), you can usually find his name in the pages of international style bibles like Lodown, Dazed + Confused, Anthem, and i-D or lending his services to top indie record companies like Warp, Lex, and BBE. While all this would seem to keep one busy, he still manages to throw parties, DJ around the globe, and hatch plans for his own limited edition 12" label. Expect some Rammellzee rarities, drum machine-driven weirdo rap, and Parisian thug bizness. Seriously.


Moondog 90th Birthday Tribute with Robert Scotto
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Irwin Chusid

He was blind, dressed in ancient Viking regalia, and slept on 6th Avenue during the 1950s. And he was a musical genius. Irwin and guest Robert Scotto pay tribute to the majestic Moondog from noon to 1 pm on May 24, two days before what would have been the late musician's 90th birthday. Hear recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s. Strange sounds and exotic beauty by one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. He recorded with animals, self-made instruments, and tugboat horns. He composed percussion pieces, chamber music, and works for 25 saxophones. Moondog wasn't "sort of like" anybody -- he was an original. Guest Robert Scotto, an assistant professor of literary studies at Baruch College, is writing the first full-length biography of Moondog.


"Going Native"
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #550 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


The Guilty Hearts
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Two generations of L.A. punk rock join forces to for the explosive Guilty Hearts, featuring former members of Blood on the Saddle and the Rippers.


Kate T. Williamson
Monday, May 22nd, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
The author of "A Year in Japan" stops by the Speakeasy with Dorian.


White Light
Monday, May 22nd, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Last May, guitarist Peter Biedermann debuted his psych-electronic trio White Light on Irene's show. They've had a major upheaval in the form of the passing of Peter's son, Colin, the driving light behind the percussion/electronics and much of the compositional elements of the band. White Light is carrying on with original member Jim Stagnitto on trumpet, flugelhorn, keyboards, and laptop electronics. The retooled outfit features the addition of rhythm meister Steve Meltzer, the only drummer Biedermann says has the electronic and improvisational sensibilities that would fit the new ensemble. They'll bring a little outer space to WFMU's performance studio this afternoon.


Marzipan Marzipan
Monday, May 22nd, 2006, 9am - Noon
on
Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie
Marzipan Marzipan is a soft-noise lo-fi disco-dance country-swing crossover experiment, and Zelda Panda IS Marzipan Marzipan! Based in Berlin, she is also a DJ and visual artist, but when she is Marzipan Marzipan, she plays toy keyboards, old drum machines, electric guitar, loops, and effects to accompany herself singing witty originals and surprising covers. She loves Hank Williams, Ciccone Youth, Giant Sand, and Ringo Starr, likes singing old song lyrics to accompaniment very different from the original, and comes on like a solo coffee house Stereo Total.


TWO BANDS: Drop the Lime and Mathhead
Saturday, May 20th, 2006, 8pm - 10pm
on Orphan program

Drop the Lime offers bad ass beats making fights on the dancefloor. But not some wack 'Westside Story' coreographed sissy stuff. This is real deal fists and bass thug battle. Knuck if you buck!

Mathhead doesn't drop it like it's hot, he throws it DOWN and tears it UP, son! Bass dirty to the point of sickness with beats flipping back over ninjas' heads make Mathhead's the most lethal of dances.


Times New Viking
Saturday, May 20th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Columbus Ohio's, Times New Viking are a young trio playing pop songs coated with equal parts punk and art noise. Their excellent album from 2005, 'Dig Yourself,' was produced by Mike Rep, (the lo-fi mastermind behind Guided by Voices "Propeller" album). Times New Viking's sound is perhaps best described as a collision of "fly-in-the-bug zapper" guitars, trashed-out drums, and tremulous keys played with tons of energy. It actually sounds like an exact cross between a 90s era Siltbreeze noise band and utterly simple, teenage garage punk. Alastair Galbraith meets the Alarm Clocks or early Modern Lovers? Tune in and decide!



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