Past Special Programs on WFMU
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DJ Spooky
Saturday, August 12th, 2006, 8pm - 10pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a prolific artist who has been tirelessly exploring new paths in music. Recent examples include "The Rebirth of A Nation," his audio-visual remix of D.W. Griffith's film, his MIT published book "Rhythm Science," last year's "Drums of Death" project co-produced with Jack Dangers, plus his latest release, an old-school reggae collection called "In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records." Spooky (aka Paul Miller) is appearing this Sunday in Central Park where he will be presenting a free Summerstage show with Talvin Sing, Guru of Gangstarr, Prefuse 73, and others.


Listener Cheese Snob Wendy Talks With You on "Radio: Why Bother?"
Saturday, August 12th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
Premise: Television. The internet. iPods. Have any of these things been successful at killing radio? It doesn't seem that way. Why not? Why should anyone care about who or what's on the radio? There are no pictures and you can't tell it what to do. So why bother? CheeseSnob Wendy will offer some of her opinions on why radio won't die (is it just inertia?) and how a childhood spent flipping the dial made her the so-called adult she is today. There will also be some musical recordings offered for your enjoyment. Listeners are wholeheartedly encouraged to call and chime in on their memorable radio experiences, and why, in 2006, they still bother to tune in.


Sanctified Gospel Visionaries
Friday, August 11th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Many small, religious AM radio stations in the South offer anyone with a few dollars an opportunity to be on the airwaves through weekly pay-as-you-go time slots. Over the years, not only have legitimate preachers, churches, and singing groups taken advantage of these slots, but self-appointed, touched-by-the-hand-of-God sanctified visionaries and spritualist/hoodoo root workers have appeared from time to time over the airwaves. Aircheck brings you two AM radio broadcast gospel visionaries: The Apostle James Moses White from WLGO-AM and Deacon Jesse McWhorter on WMGY-AM, as well as a broadcast excerpt from one hoodoo root workin' radio genius, the Reverend Izear recorded off of WZTN-AM.


Candi Staton
Friday, August 11th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Monica's show

First Lady of Southern Soul, gospel goddess, and disco legend Candi Staton stops by Monica's show this Friday to discuss her astounding multi-genre career and her storied survival of the abusive marriages and alcoholism that came with it. Her raw, ravaged, and raspy voice has traveled many miles and musical paths - from her rural roots traveling with Mahalia Jackson and the Soul Stirrers in the 50s, to her transformation of country classics to soul standards at Muscle Shoals in the late 60s/early 70s, to her disco anthems in the late 70s, and her triumphant return to both gospel and, more recently, secular music.


"Order of the Solar Temple"
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #64 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" program


Robert Marbury
Monday, August 7th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Robert Marbury of MART (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists.)


Robert Marbury + author Michael Crewdon
Monday, August 7th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Robert Marbury of MART (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) talks about rogue taxidermy and Michael Crewdson, who with Margaret Mittelbach wrote Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian TigerZ returns with tales of the wild.


Bob W. fills in for Charlie this morning
Monday, August 7th, 2006, 9am - Noon
on
Bob W.'s show

Miss Amanda celebrates Mr. Boyd's birthday
Sunday, August 6th, 2006, 5pm - 7pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Miss Amanda and all the waiters in the restaurant sing a loud but tuneless Happy Birthday to Gaylord and the late WFMU DJ Mr. Boyd on their shared birthday. Expect more versions of "Brazil" than strictly necessary. (Robert Boyd, 1962-2003)


Mayo Thompson
Saturday, August 5th, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on
Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez
Mayo Thompson's name is ubiquitous throughout the musical histories of the US and European indie undergrounds. As the leader of the Red Krayola, he masterminded numerous classic LPs, acted as producer for some of the Rough Trade label's earliest and most revered releases, and collaborated with luminaries like Pere Ubu, Moebius, Lora Logic, Jim O'Rourke, David Grubbs, and more. Thompson will join Acapulco Rodriguez for an hour of conversation about his long and storied career, and spin selections from the Red Krayola catalog, including their brand new album on Drag City Records.


Bob Lassiter (Part 2 of 2)
Friday, August 4th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
More from the feisty Floridian radio enigma, previously unaired on Aircheck. Compared to the lock-step right wing bozos that dominate talk radio today, Lassiter's mischievous & misathropic style is practically high art. As a talk host, Lassiter specialized in pissing off the elderly, Christians, and other intellectually-challenged listeners.


Terror Level Red
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Terror Level Red is an NYC band who plays dark hardcore influenced by bands like Tragedy, Catharsis, and His Hero Is Gone. Their catchy guitar riffs and solos are topped by the powerful combo of screechy high end vocals and roaring low end vocals.


Al Margolis
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Al Margolis will be stopping by for his annual summer visit. Al is the brains behind the great new-music label Pogus Productions and the band If, Bwana, as well as a member of post-post-punk legends the Styrenes. He was also a major figure in the 1980s-90s underground cassette movement, via his label Sound of Pig music. Al will be presenting some new and upcoming Pogus releases and spinning other gems from his massive collection of musical oddities.


Pumice
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Bill Zurat's show

New Zealand's Pumice, aka Stephan Neville, stops by the WFMU studios for an inspired solo set. Imagine a DIY singer-songwriter approach with strong melodies and just a touch of noise for good measure. This is Pumice's first tour through the United States featuring tape collages and a modified child's acoustic guitar that Stefan somehow coaxes warm and expressive tones from. It's certainly a performance not be missed.


"Miscellaneous Articles and Updates"
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #562 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Tommy Keene
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

To call Tommy Keene a power-pop artist is just scratching the surface. Trouser Press accurately describes him as a versatile guitarist, gifted songwriter, and appealing singer. Keene has done stints on the road backing Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard, and Velvet Crush and pushes his own solo career into its 25th year with his latest, "Crashing the Ether" -- probably his most adventurous album to date. Tune in today for a live performance and interview.


Todd Pruzan + Carol Lipnik
Monday, July 31st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Todd Pruzan, who has edited and put together the works of travelogue-ist and xenophobe Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer. Her writings were originally published in the mid-19th century, and have been brought back to us as "The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World." After that, stay tuned for Summer book pics with Carol Lipnik.


Lisa Germano
Monday, July 31st, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Seductive, dark, and truly magical, Lisa Germano has just released a new disc called "In the Maybe World" on Michael Gira's Young God label. Always stark and direct, Germano's songs are intensely beautiful with just a hint of black humor. Lisa has been touring with the equally beautiful guitarist and producer Michael Brook, and she plays on his new album, "RockPaperScissors,"as well. Lisa Germano dropped by mid-tour to chat and play a few songs for us on the piano.


Dominick Fernow
Saturday, July 29th, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on
Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez
Fernow will perform a live, one-man set as Prurient, using his mangled vocal cords, a handful of effects pedals, and a monlithic stack of amplifiers to produce a piercing, ear-splitting sound that's both torturous and liberating. Reference points? Think Whitehouse or Masonna, only... more, and frankly, better. Later, Fernow will discuss the Hospital Productions imprint and its new NYC retail outlet, and select some records which you might enjoy (no promises). Break out the headphones for this one! (Click here (Streaming Real Audio) for a sample of what to expect.)


TWO BANDS: Angry Angles & the Cynics
Saturday, July 29th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Angry Angles feature Jay Reatard (of the Reatards, Lost Sounds, Final Solutions, and more) and Alix from The Lids. They play sick, fast, punk rock along the lines of the Urinals, The Screamers, and primo Dangerhouse bands like the Randoms & Rhino 39! They have a full-length coming out on In The Red Records.

Legendary garage rockers The Cynics have been around since 1983 specializing in fuzzed, ultra-distorted guitar, screaming, moaning vocals, with a straight-ahead no frills rhythm section. The influences are 60s Punk, R&B, and other loud, frantic trash like the Seeds, The Sonics, Moving Sidewalks, and the Count Five! Their latest full-length is out now on the Get Hip label.


Listener John Cafiero steers the ship for your Saturday morning!
Saturday, July 29th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Bob Lassiter (Part 1 of 2)
Friday, July 28th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
More from the feisty Floridian radio enigma, previously unaired on Aircheck. Compared to the lock-step right wing bozos that dominate talk radio today, Lassiter's mischievous & misathropic style is practically high art. As a talk host, Lassiter specialized in pissing off the elderly, Christians, and other intellectually-challenged listeners.


Armed Citizens
Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Old School New York Hardcore. Back together and recording a new album. Their first 7" - "Make Sense"- was released on Big City Records in 1983.


The Alarm Clocks
Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
1960's Ohio punk legends The Alarm Clocks ("No Reason To Complain") drop by Music To Spazz By for a live radio set that'll burn the airwaves down!


Nick the Bard
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Kenny G welcomes Nick the Bard to perform an a capella version of Joni Mitchell's 1974 classic rock record "Court and Spark", beginning at 5 PM. You might remember Nick's last appearance on Intelligent Design was a full-length rendition of Tull's "Thick as a Brick." This promises to be much more, urm... interesting... as Nick dons Joni's falsetto and rips through classics like "Midnight at the Oasis" and "Free Man in Paris." Ouch.


"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 .



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