Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Mister C fills in with guest Peter Guralnick
Friday, October 14th, 2005, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mister C Soul Spectacular
Peter Guralnick is widely regarded as the nation's preeminent author of American music. His books include "Lost Highway", "Feel Like Going Home", "Sweet Soul Music", "Searching for Robert Johnson", and two highly acclaimed books on Elvis Presley: "Last Train to Memphis" and "Careless Love". He joins Mr. C tonight to discuss his latest: "Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke".


Peter Zummo's Noisy Meditation Band
Wednesday, October 12th, 2005, 8pm - 11pm
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Peter Zummo is a trombonist who was a frequent collaborator of Arthur Russell's. Yvette Perez (synthesizer & vocals) is the singer in Birdbrain (which also includes Zummo), and Ernie Brooks (bass) has played with the Modern Lovers and Arthur Russell. They'll be premiering a new composition of Zummo's tonight on World of Echo.


The Posies
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Seattle's power-pop standard-bearers treat the FMU listeners to a set of tunes both old and new, from their new album "Every Kind of Light" out on Rykodisc. You'll hear the vocal harmonies and great songwriting that led Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens to release a new Big Star album with these guys!


Barbara Ehrenreich
Monday, October 10th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Is the American Dream in reality a Pipe Dream? Author Barbara Ehrenreich visits the show to talk about this, and her new book, Bait and Switch.


Nethers
Monday, October 10th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
Washington DC's Nethers plays story-songs of doomed canaries, heiresses hiding from plagues, and parades at sea. Their debut album, "In Fields We Will Lie," will be available in late September on Box Theory Records.


The Mutts
Saturday, October 8th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

All the way from Brighton in the UK, the Mutts storm the Cherry Blossom Clinic to blast out an amazing set of early-70s-sounding hard rock. Their one guitarist somehow plays like Angus *and* Malcolm Young combined, giving the band a sound that recalls early AC/DC or Sir Lord Baltimore. But at the same time you'd be hard-pressed to find a review that doesn't mention the Ramones as well. Don't miss this slamming session, and pick up the Mutts' new album 'Life in Dirt,' out now on Fatcat.


Listener Greg Winter picks the platters that matter
Saturday, October 8th, 2005, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

DEVA
Thursday, October 6th, 2005, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Are they not women? They are DEVA! The Devo-approved all girl Devo tribute band drops Music To Spazz By for a devolutionary live set.


Written on Your Psyche
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Bolical Jenkins and Poet Substratum are Written On Your Psyche. Two emcees combining styles from the Bay Area and New Jersey to bring you their new single "In Command" on Delinquent Soundz Entertainment. Listen up and hear some real hip-hop.


"Death Trap Part 2"
Tuesday, October 4th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #527 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Amy Taubin
Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Film Commentator Amy Taubin returns to the program to dicuss David Cronenburg's "A History of Violence".


Paul Metzger
Sunday, October 2nd, 2005, 9pm - 11pm
on Stochastic Hit Parade / A440 with Bethany Ryker

The banjo like you've never heard it before. Sometimes Metzger's "modified" banjo recalls a flute playing Carnatic ragas, then takes turns towards Derek Bailey-style textural elements in long, meditative pieces that build like one long single phrase. Paul drops in to the WFMU studios on a tour that brings him to the east coast from his residence in Minnesota.


A Moving Sound
Saturday, October 1st, 2005, 9pm - Midnight
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Fresh from its September 30th appearance at Joe's Pub, the Taiwan-based ensemble A Moving Sound Drops by to chat and perform. A Moving Sound combines instrumental music, vocals, dance, and other aspects of theater. The ensemble's sound combines elements from all over the place: It's Indian-spiced and Middle-Eastern flavored. It employs African rhythms as well as the texture of Taiwanese Aboriginal music. In its three years of performing in and around Taiwan, A Moving Sound has been described by the Taiwanese press as "one of the most unique artistic endeavors in the country".


"Comfort of Strangeness" with Listener Steve Roe
Saturday, October 1st, 2005, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
Listener Steve Roe shares his field recordings from Burma, India, Laos, Morocco, and any elsewhere he has come across. Spend an hour with him in the comfort of strangeness.


Doug Gillard
Friday, September 30th, 2005, 8pm - 11pm
on Pseu's Thing With A Hook

Former Guided By Voices guitarist extraordinaire Doug Gillard will be the special guest on the season-end show of Pseu's Thing With A Hook. Gillard's solo release "Salamandar" has been lauded as "exuberant, hooky, gritty, and smart", and was on many music critics' Top Ten lists of 2004. He'll be in town on the 29th, playing at Maxwell's in Hoboken, and of course don't miss his sit down and strum with Pseu.


MC Trachiotomy
Friday, September 30th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on
Mike L.'s show
Few artists can bend the boundaries of what we actively know and understand as hip hop like MC Trachiotomy does. Back for his 2nd visit to Mike's show, Trach will BRING IT in the golf pants and gold chain style of import. Guaranteed to wreck your weekend -- in the good way.


Clockcleaner
Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Clockcleaner are a trio of young men that live in or near Philadelphia who play hurting noise songs. If you want a list of clubs they're not welcomed in, just ask. They'll be coming to play songs from their new LP called "Nevermind" which is being issued on Reptillian Records in October, and a few older ones too.


African-American Sacred Harp Singing
Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sinner's Crossroads with Kevin Nutt
Ethnomusicologist Steve Grauberger of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture and producer of the Traditional Musics of Alabama CD series joins Sinner's Crossroads for a discussion of Grauberger's newest production. Grauberger will play selections from the CD Wiregrass Notes: Black Sacred Harp Singing from Southeast Alabama and talk about this unique and rarely recorded variation of the shape note singing style. Please tune in; you will be blessed.


Reverend Lester Knox
Thursday, September 29th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
This season of Aircheck concludes this Thursday with more insanely over-the-top gospel radio from from the Reverend Lester Knox of Tifton, Georgia, whose self-financed religious broadcasts were heard from around 1980 til 1992. You may have caught some of the Reverend's rantings last season on Aircheck; that material ultimately ended up on a Smack Shire CD release. But tonight's program features all unreleased preachings from Reverend Knox, now with added hellfire! Don't miss it!


Singing Sadie
Wednesday, September 28th, 2005, Noon - 3pm
on Irwin Chusid

Singing Sadie, recently arrived on US shores via tramp steamer from her native Australia, will either sing or break glass on Irwin's Gender Bias program. Sadie harkens back to the not-so-innocent pre-WW 2 era of dime-a-dance torch singers and flapper vamps. But she'll never be mistaken for Helen Morgan. With old ballroom band records, and without inhibition, Sadie wails original lyrics that are naughty, sick, degraded, perverse, debauched -- you get the picture. She also tap dances. Her debut release, Songs for Swingers, has inspired equal measures of admiration and loathing.


"Interview with Sander Hicks about The Big Wedding"
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #525 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Circle
Tuesday, September 27th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Made up of classically-trained musicians, Circle emerged from Pori, Finland in 1991 and continued to defy categorization; just when they get pegged as prog-leaning space-rockers, they then throw down an LP of minimalist metal with a guy doing complete Rob Halford vocal wailing, a sound they can swing to as easily as they lock into sinsiter Kraut grooves or explore glacial electronic soundscapes. They put in a rare US radio performance on Brian's show today.


Bill Morrison
Monday, September 26th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Filmmaker Bill Morrison and musical friends visit the show. Bill was last on the program to talk about his film Decasia; this time, he'll be talking about the Film-makers Cooperative 2nd Annual Benefit Concert at the Angel Orensanz Center.


Art of Flying
Monday, September 26th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
New Mexico-based Art of Flying is on an east coast scaled-down scouting mission. Singer David Costanza said, "We are three!! We sing peaceballads. Political love lullabyes will do nicely in a pinch". David went on to say, "someone recently called it something like wind blown scattered folk" (in the Denver weekly). Art of Flying make their first trip out to WFMU to play live.


Kiran Ahluwalia
Saturday, September 24th, 2005, 9pm - Midnight
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Kiran Ahluwalia [KIRIN AH-LOO-WAH-LEE-YUH] is a performer of two distinct styles of vocal music from the Indian subcontinent. She sings ghazals [GUZZLES], an ancient form of sung poetry, as well as folk songs from her family's native Punjabi region of India and Pakistan. Like FMU's own Laura Cantrell, Kiran squeezed in music while maintaining a "straight" career for many years before giving up the day jobs and trying to make it full-time as a singer. So far so good - her new CD has made it to #4 on the World Music Charts Europe and was on the CMJ "world music" top 20 for 14 weeks. Kiran joins Rob during the first hour-plus of the show to chat and introduce songs from the cd, self-titled and released by Triloka/Artemis, not to mention plug her next local gig, at Satalla in NYC September 29. And maybe she'll do a little unplugged performing...


"Desmond's Favorite Songs Ice Pack"
Saturday, September 24th, 2005, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
4 year old DJ Desmond brings his portable keyboard and a Bob the Builder knapsack full of CDs to share with the discerning WFMU audience. Raised since birth on a steady diet of odd girlgroups and reggae from Mom, plus hardcore and free jazz from Dad, Desmond tries to answer the musical question: "Why do cement mixers need water to make cement?"


The Enablers
Friday, September 23rd, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on Mike L.'s show

The Enablers are a San Francisco group that backs the noir-ish spoken soliloquies of writer Pete Simonelli with dark soundscapes and music that bares unreasonable amounts of intensity in spite of its spare construction. With ties to artists as varied as Nice Strong Arm, The Swans, Timco, Toiling Midgets, Tarnation, and June of 44, the Enablers sound is unique, demanding, and not soon forgotten.


Inhuman
Thursday, September 22nd, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Formed in 1995, Brooklyn NY's Inhuman are making their debut WFMU appearence, performing brand new tracks as well as songs from their most recent release "The New Nightmare" on A-F Records. The band's brand of dark Hardcore/Punk/Metal is sure to appeal to fans of Sheer Terror, the Cro-Mags and the Misfits.


WFMU's Last Stand in 1969, Revisited
Thursday, September 22nd, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
On Thursday, August 28, 1969, WFMU's air staff walked out, thus stalling the inevitable rise of loopy freeform broadcasting by at least ten years. Presented here is FMU's final night on the air featuring DJ's Kevin Taylor and legendary MC5/Doors/Stooges/Ramones manager Danny Fields.


"An Interview with Ed Haslam"
Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #526 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Mike Peters, Captain Sensible, and Slim Jim Phantom
Monday, September 19th, 2005, 7pm - 8pm
on
Jonesville Station
Mike Peters of The Alarm, Captain Sensible of The Damned, and Slim Jim Phantom formerly of The Stray Cats join Jonesey to discuss their life in Rock & Roll and their latest project, Dead Men Walking, which is a side project band they play in together. They will be appearing at CBGB on September 23rd.


Jane Smiley & Richard Pena
Monday, September 19th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Jane Smiley on her explorations in reading and Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel and Richard Pena of the Film Society of Lincoln Center on the upcoming 43rd New York Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 23 - Oct.9.


Peter Wyer
Monday, September 19th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

This Brit isn't content to craft clever guitar pieces. What Pete Wyer does best is collaborate. From his home in Chelsea, London, Wyer has written many concert scores as well as works for TV and theatre and is a regular partner in cross-arts collaborations involving dance, technology and installation art. Pete will pluck a few things on his guitar, play a few recordings and talk about his Simultaneity Project, which Irene played a small role in one cold winter day this year.


We Are Wolves
Monday, September 19th, 2005, Midnight - 3am
on
Bill Zurat's show
We Are Wolves stop by the WFMU studios for a quick set that will surely set the amp tubes on fire. Get ready for a punch in the mouth from these Montreal dadaist punks who will be here to promote their new album "Non-stop Je Te Pile en Deux" while leaving nothing but burned day glow confetti in their wake.


Andrew Bird
Sunday, September 18th, 2005, 9pm - 11pm
on Stochastic Hit Parade / A440 with Bethany Ryker

Andrew Bird returns to the WFMU studios after two years of touring with his signature one-man rig of violin, guitar, glockenspiel, voice, and the most tuneful whistling you'll ever hear. He brings a handful of new songs exclusively to WFMU, and plays a few of his ever-evolving favorites. Bird songs never sound the same. Refresh your ears with his last session here and be the first to hear his new material this Sunday.


Jones & X. Ray Live Broadcast from Asbury Park
Sunday, September 18th, 2005, Noon - 3pm
on
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
The Glen Jones Radio Programme featuring X. Ray Burns will broadcast live from the Howard Johnson's on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Join Jonesey and X. Ray for this special live remote radio broadcast. The Howard Johnson's is located at Boardwalk and 5th Avenue on the Atlantic Ocean. This event will take place rain or shine.  Bikinis and rubber duckies are optional.


The Willowz
Saturday, September 17th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Frequently named the most hated band in Anaheim, this hot 4-piece arrives in Jersey City to blast out a live set on the Cherry Blossom Clinic! Their latest album, "We Talk In Circles", is a propulsive mix of early Damned or X combined with Drive Like Jehu or the Clone Defects. Tune in this afternoon and hear for yourself!


Listener Michael Tenerowicz picks the hits
Saturday, September 17th, 2005, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Uppercut
Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Formed in 1987 & reuniting this year, Uppercut is still a highly revered New York hardcore band from the late 80's scene. 3 of the members played in Alone In A Crowd; all but one member are from the original lineup.


Neil Rogers
Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Acerbic, witty, and downright mean, Neil Rogers is the king of talk radio in South Florida. For over twenty years, Rogers has reigned as not just the biggest talk host in Miami, but the biggest name in radio in Florida. This week on Aircheck we feature Neil's glory days on WIOD in the early 90's. A talk host like no other, Rogers is openly gay, furiously liberal, and always at odds with his employers and any caller who gets on his nerves. Over the years, Rogers has been a mentor to talk legends like Randi Rhodes and Bob Lassiter, and WOR's Lionel is a big fan too. Listen to Aircheck this week and find out why legions of Rogers enthusiasts call Neil, "God".


Guest DJ Alex Knight of FatCat Records
Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Alex Knight, owner/founder of FatCat records, will be spinning the decks live on Trouble's show, Thursday September 15th. FatCat records is home to many fabulous bands including Animal Collective, Sigur Ros, and Mum.


"The Safari Club & the Islamic Bomb"
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #524 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Neil Sedaka
Monday, September 12th, 2005, 7pm - 8pm
on
Jonesville Station
Neil Sedaka joins Jonesey for a conversation regarding his nearly 50 years as a songwriter and performer.


Thomas Truax
Monday, September 12th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Inventor of mechanical sound sculptures like his Sister Spinster and Cadillac Beatspinner Wheel, mad-scientist musician Thomas Truax has just released his second effort called "Audio Addiction." Thomas has also been known to pick up a regular guitar to embellish his carefully crafted songs, ranging from dark, romantic lullabies to lively rock melodramas. Truax brings the whole shebang to the WFMU studios for a live performance.


Guest DJ Tommy Ardolino of NRBQ
Sunday, September 11th, 2005, 7pm - 9pm
on
Bob Brainen's show
Best known as the drummer of NRBQ for the last 3 decades, Tommy's collected all types of music including Song-Poems. His "Beat of the Traps" LP from 1991, compiled from his personal collection, helped ignite the craze. We'll be joined in the studio by P.J. O'Connell.


Listener Mita picks the hits!
Saturday, September 10th, 2005, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Andrew fills in for Pat with guests Triac
Thursday, September 8th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Andrew Listfield's show
Featuring one member of Hatebeak (not the parrot), Baltimore's Triac reaches into the realms of extreme metal, grindcore, hardcore, 80's thrash & experimental noise ala Napalm Death or Glazed Baby. Their new release "Dead House Dreaming" is out on Reptilian Records.


9/11 On the Air
Thursday, September 8th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
At first, it seemed like an accident: a glider, perhaps, or a small commuter plane, somehow hit one of the World Trade Center towers. Through radio broadcasts recorded that day from stations in New York City and Washington DC the true scope of what has happened -- of what *is* happenING -- becomes devastatingly clear as the day goes on. News reports, eyewitness accounts, and live interviews with the likes of Caspar Weinberger and Newt Gingrich are included in tonight's edition of Aircheck, and it's interesting to note how quickly the name Osama Bin Laden was mentioned. Remember him? You will after hearing this edition of Aircheck.


Nature Sounds showcase w/ R.A. The Rugged Man, Masta Killa, Tragedy, Hell Razah, Timbo King, Mathematics, Space, and Omega One
Wednesday, September 7th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Nature Sounds is one of the most consistent leading labels in Hip-Hop today, with a roster and catalog that will give any major a run for their money...and talent! Fix the dial to the right station as 8 artists from the Nature Sounds label come on board and drop proper sounds! Featuring members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Cannibal Ox, Sunz of Man, & Black Market Militia.


"Catching Up With Daniel Hopsicker"
Tuesday, September 6th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #523 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Invert + Zoe Keating
Monday, September 5th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
Invert, the string quartet that flips the usual instrumentation from two violins to two cellos drop by for a live set. Invert's members also defy typical classical tradition by being firmly rooted in rock, jazz and world musics. Joining them in the studio is Zoe Keating, a member of a very different string ensemble, Rasputina. Zoe has a new solo thing, cello X 16, an extravaganza for that most darkly-expressive string instrument.


THREE BANDS: The Turpentine Brothers, BBQ, & Demon's Claws
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
It's Labor Day weekend and gas costs too much. So stay home & rock with Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU on Saturday afternoon! It's a thrash and trash blowout for the last weekend of summer with some garage-punk hip-shakin' blooze from Montreal and Boston. The Turpentine Brothers, featuring Tara from Mr. Airplane Man, are a trio from Boston playing a garage-punk blues with the intense gospel fervor akin to The Oblivians if they were abetted by Mr. Quintron. Mark Sultan's one-man BBQ is the perfect mix of the most primitive blues, RnR, R&B, doo-wop trashed by garage punk aesthetic. His most recent record, The King Khan and BBQ Show is already being hailed as one of the year's best. Sultan has done time singing in Montreal's Les Sexareenos. Demon's Claws, also from Montreal, sound like part Gibson Bros, part Back From The Grave, part lo-fi distorted crunch, part young Mick Jagger with a mouth full of pills!


Timothy "Speed" Levitch
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005, 9am - 10am
on The Listener Hour

In Bennett Miller's 1998 documentary The Cruise, Timothy "Speed" Levitch quickly made a name for himself as NYC's most enigmatic double-decker tour bus guide. Waxing poetic on symbiotic relationships between all things, and considering the Brooklyn Bridge to be one of his true friends, his inimitable voice and style have been likened by some as a hybrid of Gore Vidal, Tiny Tim, and Willy Wonka; and his philosophy of life, AKA "The Cruise" is full of some fascinating imagery. Today, Speed is your guide through the WFMU Listener Hour, offering some Joe Frank-like soundscapes and reading from his own writings.


Andrew fills in for Pat with guests The Lost Patrol & Easy Action
Thursday, September 1st, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Andrew Listfield's show
Back for their 5th trip to FMU, the Lost Patrol willl be previewing their upcoming 5th CD and more. With a galactic-sized soundstage, the Lost Patrol are a blend of dreamy & ethereal surf, western, and everything from 50s ballads to 60s blue eyed soul to highly sentimental and romantic songs with haunting vocals and an edge definitely of today.

Also performing will be Easy Action, who feature John Brannon (ex-Negative Approach and Laughing Hyenas) on vocals. They're an in your face rock band with a powerhouse of a pedigree. Adjectives like harsh, gutsy, uncompromising & driven merely scratch the surface of describing this reckless ensemble.


Aircheck from WWOZ in New Orleans from December 2004
Thursday, September 1st, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
DJ Billy Dell presents "Records From The Crypt" featuring the honking R&B sounds that the city isfamous for including Fats Domino, Irma Thomas, and Frogman Henry.


Special: Three Hours of Voivod
Thursday, September 1st, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
This past week we lost one of thrash metal's legendary guitarists; Denis D'Amour, better known as PIGGY from Montreal's Voivod. To commemorate his passing and celebrate his music, Diane will play three hours of Voivod's music, including rare tracks, live recordings, interview snippets, and other archival material.


Rob Sonic
Wednesday, August 31st, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Rob Sonic released one of the most accomplished and compelling hip-hop albums of 2004. Noah tried to get the NYC native on the show in the past but due to touring conflicts and the regular music biz hoopla he's going for round two. Clean out your ears and tune in as Rob plays tracks from Sonic Sum, his solo material, some of his favorite tracks and maybe some unreleased goodies!


End of Summer Battle of the Bands!
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 8pm - 11pm
on
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
First up will be Fireball, an all-female punk/metal/witchcraft rock band who kinda sound like Girlschool meet Frightwig or the Shaggs meet the Gories. This quintet have risen like a phoenix from the ashes of the stale Williamsburg, Brooklyn musical landscape! Then it's Von Scharpling: Tom's own band who never play or rehearse off the radio, fronted by 13-year old maniac Petey! And if that weren't enough there will be special surprise guests, tasty treats, and more hilarity than you can handle.


"The Safari Club"
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #522 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Finnish Free Psych-Folk Attack with Islaja, Kuupuu, Lau Nau, Hertta Lussu Assa, Tomutonttu, Taikuri Tali
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

For the last few years, the Finnish underground has been a fertile zone for tons of CD-Rs mixing abstract experimentalism, DIY-recording ethic, and fractured folk traditions (of both Finland and around the world). WFMU has been digging dozens of these recordings that have landed in our mailbox over time, and today we're thrilled to host a big batch of some of the scene's leading lights, making a rare visit to America. From the ladies: Islaja, Kuupuu and Lau Nau will each be turning in solo performances, and also will be collaborating as a trio called Hertta Lussu Assa. We'll also be hearing from Jan Anderzen (of famed groups Kemialliset Ystävät and Avarus) who makes solo music under the name Tomutonttu, and finally Taikuri Tali (who is Antti Tolvi of the groups Lauhkeat Lampaat, and Rauhan Orkesteri). Expect folky excursions in the Finnish tongue, primitive acoustic stringed and wind instruments, bells, percussion of all kinds, toy instruments, drones and an afternoon of beautiful, alien sounds.


The Time Flys
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Time Flys, out of Oakland, California, are young, loud and snotty. Kind of like The Gizmos for the 21st century. The group includes Andy from the Cuts on guitar, and their debut album is out now on Birdman Records. Tune in as these nuts bash out a live set for the WFMU listening audience.


The 1910 Fruitgum Company
Monday, August 29th, 2005, 7pm - 8pm
on
Jonesville Station
Frank Jeckell and Floyd Marcus of the original 1910 Fruitgum Company join Jonesey for a conversation regarding their life as Bubblegum Rock & Rollers. They will be joined by the current line-up of the band and perform live in the WFMU studios.


Michael Kimmelman
Monday, August 29th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
The New York Times' chief art critic, Michael Kimmelman, on the art of life and vice versa, and his new book, "The Accidental Masterpiece".


Remote Broadcast from Uncommon Ground Coffee Shop
Sunday, August 28th, 2005, 5pm - 7pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Our 90.1 station will be hosting a remote broadcast on Sunday, August 28th, at the Uncommon Grounds Coffee Shop in Wurtsboro, NY, from 3-7 PM. Gaylord Fields will be spinning his show live, and many other WFMU DJs will be on hand distributing station swag. If you listen to our 90.1 FM signal, please come out for this long overdue meet-and-greet initiated by FMU fans just like you! Uncommon Grounds is located at 108 Sullivan Street, in Wurtsboro, New York. For more information or directions, email Special Events Director Mike Lupica at mike@wfmu.org or call 201-521-1416 x243


Le Nombre
Saturday, August 27th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Blasting all the way from Canada come Le Nombre. These Montreal natives play timeless, high-energy, snotty rock that's raw and loud! Combining elements of punk, garage, hard rock, and metal, their hook-heavy music calls to mind a cross between AC/DC and the Buzzcocks -- if those bands sang in French!


Listener Jack Mello picks the platters this morning
Saturday, August 27th, 2005, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

A Guided Tour of WDIA: 50,000 Watts of Soul Power
Thursday, August 25th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
AM 1070, WDIA in Memphis made a revolutionary decision for a radio station south of the Mason-Dixon line in 1948: they turned the programming over to the city's best black talent. It quickly zoomed to a million dollars in yearly revenue, became the first station in the U.S. to openly discuss racial issues, and earned its name the Goodwill Station by becoming an unprecedented pioneer in civic responsibility in media. But it also became a foundation for great DJ's like Rufus Thomas, Dwight "Gatemouth" Moore, and Maurice "Hod Rod" Hulbert and paved to road to fame for countless black musicians. Spend an hour taking a guided tour of WDIA: music, announcements, far out jingles and diatribes, talk show segments and more.


Tony D
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Tony D started his career as a DJ and was producing by 1986. The Trenton native has become a notable underground producer, known for his works for DJ Muggs, the Outsidaz, Poor Righteous Teachers, King Sun, YZ, Crusaders for Real Hip-Hop and Pace Won. He has worked with some of the most respected independent labels in NYC such as Profile, Tommy Boy, Warlock and Tuff City Records...Listen up as Tony plays deep cuts from his past and current sounds from his Cha-Ching label as well treating listeners to some classic New Jersey style Hip-Hop!


DJ Goldilox
Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 2am - 6am
on Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam

San Francisco Brasstax crew's DJ Goldilox is the featured Left Coast mixmaster this week on Bring That Beat Back. She'll be throwing down such records as the white label "funky town" by Just Another Bootleg, "All Nite" by Lewis Hopkin, and the unreleased "Crack House Yeah" by the DJ herself. Goldlilox's set kicks off the second hour of the show at 3AM.


"Update "On White Supremecists & Neo Nazis" + "Miscellaneous Articles and Updates"
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Parts 520 and 521 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Steve Wynn (the rock legend, not the casino guy) returns to WFMU to preview songs from his forthcoming album, "tick, tick, tick." Steve, of course, is best known as the leader of the Dream Syndicate in the 1980's, the leading light of L.A.'s Paisley Underground scene. His recent solo albums (Here Come the Miracles, Static Transmission) rank among his best work, so tune in to hear a veteran artist still at the peak of his creative powers. This will be Steve's fifth or sixth trip to WFMU (two or three on Trash Twang & Thunder, two previous on Three Chord Monte) and these performances have become the stuff of legend. This one, featuring the Miracle 3 (Jason Victor on guitar, Dave Decastro on bass, Linda Pitmon on drums), promises to add another exciting chapter.


Jesse Malin
Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 7pm - 8pm
on
Jonesville Station
Former member of D Generation and Heart Attack Jesse Malin returns to Jonesville. Malin will perform live in the WFMU studios, song selections to include material from his forthcoming 3rd solo release.


Chris Mooney + Alain Silver
Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Journalist Chris Mooney on The Republican War on Science, and author and producer Alain Silver on samurai films.


4 Decades of Chilean Politics in Popular Music
Saturday, August 20th, 2005, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
Chilean listener Sebastian Brahm presents "Define Popular", 4 Decades of Chilean Politics in Popular Music


Boomish!
Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Imagine what might happen if Lawrence Welk rose from the dead, bought a sampler, and staged a hostile takeover of The Price Is Right. Boomish! is a unique multimedia experience that combines top notch music, 60's and 70's TV nostalgia, and a game show or two thrown in for good measure. Whether you enjoy a great live show, or you're simply looking to be in the same room with guys who have inspired a group of Austrians to waltz to chicken clucks (seriously), we suggest you tune in. You can also Check out their tunes in the recently released and widely acclaimed documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom."


Jingles All the Way
Thursday, August 18th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Don't be confused by the dozens of singers trying to convince you otherwise; your radio will still be tuned to WFMU, despite their exhortations to the contrary. This week on Aircheck, WFMU presents vintage jingles from radio stations across the country -- although most of them came out of a handful of production houses improbably based in Dallas. But wait, there's more! We'll throw in a couple of rarely-heard promotional packages used by the jingle companies to promote their wares. It's all happening Thursday from 6pm to 7pm on -- sing it, now -- The Fun 91, W-FM-YOU!


Ladybug Mecca
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
With an amazing solo debut out and the reformation of the Digable Planets; Ladybug Mecca will fly over to chat about music and play cuts off her new album as well as her favorite songs from past and present. Children say...Ladybug come outside!


DJ Pone
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005, 2am - 6am
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Tune into "Bring that Beat Back" this week when host DJ Billy Jam is joined live by DJ Pone (Transplants, Dub EFX, DJs of Mass Destruction, Skratch Pisstolz, 89 Skratch Gangstaz, KALX FM, Norcal DJ Academy). 5 turntables, 2 DJs, 4 hours, No format!


"Interview with Wesley Smith III" PLUS "Update on Germany"
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Parts #141 and 152A in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


The New Pornographers
Tuesday, August 16th, 2005, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The pop of Vancouver's New Pornographers has been revered in WFMU's corridors ever since the group's debut back in 2000, even making noise creeps like Brian who dwell in a black pool of goo armed with Brainbombs records perk up and tap along. Picture liberal doses of hooks and sounds evocative of Eno, ELO, Sparks, Wings, Tubeway Army, and so many more coupled with complex yet totally accessible pop song structures. The line-up has fluctuated over the past tours, and this time out it's Carl Newman, Todd Fancey, John Collins, Blaine Thurier, Kurt Dahle and the debut of Carl's niece Kathryn Calder (making her first radio appearance and second ever live performance with the band!) They join Brian today to play some old tunes and some brand new ones from their forthcoming album Twin Cinema, out on Matador August 23rd.



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