Past Special Programs on WFMU
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The Pets
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

The Pets play super-catchy punky power pop songs that are chock full of hooks; they were kind enough to stop by the WFMU studios at the end of their recent tour before heading back to their home base of Oakland, CA. These guys manage to sound like they should have been on the Bomp! label in 1977 without sounding dated, so if you're a fan of punk-edged pop gems from bands ranging from the Jam to the Time Flys you'll want to check this set out. (Plus they've got a former member of the late great FM Knives!) Make sure to look for their new full-length album "Misdirection," out now on the Static Impulse label. Warning: songs may remain perpetually stuck in brain after a single listen.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Amir of the DJ/mixtape duo Kon and Amir comes through with the serious disco/funk heat. Currently running Wax Poetics' music label, Amir alongside his partner Kon have put out tons of reediculous mixes such as the On Track series and compiled comps for the BBE label in the UK. This is a post-doctorate diggin' class, so get your cliff notes ready, kids.

Mehmet Dede
Saturday, June 21st, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Guest DJ Mehmet Dede from the ascendant world-musicky nightspot Drom (85 Ave A in the East Village) spins roots and pop music from his native Turkey and the Mediterranean. Mehmet will also give the lowdown on Drom's musical agenda and some alluring upcoming shows. And he'll explain why he and some fellow expats were crazy enough to join the cut-throat commercial fracas on the mean streets of Alphabet City.

Paul Barman plus Rick Ross (Delicious Vinyl)
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

Paul Barman is real funny and smart. He's from New Jersey and has a record coming out about full moons. He'll talk about moons, play some records and maybe rap. Go here to learn more. While you're at it, tune in and remove your earplugs.

Also on the show will be Rick Ross of Delicious Vinyl. The label is celebrating their 20th year anniversary and have some very cool projects on hand. They've released classics from Tone Loc, Young MC, Pharcyde, J Dilla and Masta Ace etc.. This year they've handed their back catalog to a who's who list of folks to remix the goodies. Tune in as head boss, Rick Ross swings by to drop the delicious sound.

Miss Derringer
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Los Angeles' Miss Derringer takes their name from the gun, not guitarist Rick, mixing surf guitar, a 1950s melody of lovers lament and sounds of the dust bowl. If there was a genre called outlaw gothic country, this is probably what it would sound like!

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Wildbirds & Peacedrums, the divinely rhythmic and evocative duo from Sweden, will be getting up very early on Thursday, June 19th, and travelling to the Norse country of WFMU to perform live. Somewhere in the midst of the clapping and banging and humming will be a profoundly enchanting morning, please dress appropriately.

Jamie Saft on Heavy Rock
Thursday, June 19th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The much-in-demand keyboardist and engineer - best known for his work with John Zorn and for "Trouble," his album of Bob Dylan songs for piano trio, stops by with his iPod to play some heavy rock from the 70s and 80s. ZZ Top-haters, consider yourselves warned.

Kemialliset Ystävät
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Jan Anderzén returns to Brian's show this time as his primary project, Kemialliset Ystävät (Finnish for "Chemical Friends"). Once again, the sound of free folk looms large with assorted stringed instruments, toys, exotic percussion and other odd electrical devices, and Jan will be joined by fellow travellers today from the Skaters, Axolotl and more.

Going on a Fender Bender
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Tony Coulter's show
On today's show Tony plays nothing but that much-maligned 70s genre: jazz rock fusion. Rightfully reviled for its higher-than-usual meaningless wankery quotient, fusion nonetheless has its charms ... or so Tony will try to convince you. The emphasis will be on pale-skinned Euro prog-fusion ... and there will be enough Fender Rhodes to make your head explode.

Clare and the Reasons
Monday, June 16th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As bandleader Clare describes her ensemble's highly scientific approach to music-making, "First, Clare writes songs. Then she brings them to the Reasons' test lab. There, the songs are submitted to a series of intense treatments and tests until they become what some people call: "lush and sinfully beautiful". This process named in the scientific community "Reasonitis Polymorpheus Synthesis" or RPS, lead to the making of "The Movie" (Frogstand Records) their debut album. (no known side effects. FDA approval pending)." WFMU listeners will hear the grand result of this "Reasonitis Polymorpheus Synthesis" as Clare and the Reason play live.

Monday, June 16th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Competing with Billy Jam and Brian Turner as WFMU's ambassador to California artists, Liz hosts another great band from the West Coast. Cryptacize is like a lollipop that licks you back: playing sweet, mellow, yet slightly off-center pop ballads. What else would you expect from Chris Cohen (ex-Deerhoof and Curtains)? Catch the band live at the Knitting Factory on Thurs. June 12.

Mudboy and Pumice
Monday, June 16th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Two one-man-bands join forces in the WFMU live room for solo sets and a collaborative improv. Raphael "Mudboy" Lyon emerges from the depths of Providence, RI with a custom air organ/FM-synth hybrid known as the Mudboy Mini. He runs the Free Matter For the Blind label, specializing in "strange sounds for strange people". Stephen "Pumice" Neville of Northland, New Zealand plays wonderfully bare songs on a tiny guitar like he's at the bottom of a well, feeding a scrambled signal over the house intercom.

Terry Adams of NRBQ
Sunday, June 15th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
Bob Brainen's show
Terry is every bit as unpredictable DJ-ing in the studio as he is playing Live at an NRBQ show or with his latest project, The Rock and Roll Quartet, so we'll see what he comes up with this time. Scott Ligon - guitarist in the Quartet, will be joining us for the "5th in the Trilogy" of visits.

Interview with Kim Fowley
Saturday, June 14th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with music industry veteran Kim Fowley whose career includes writing/producing/performing for the likes of The Hollywood Argyles, The Byrds, Jonathan Richman, Kiss & scores more. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Billy Jam has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Bang on a Jam
Friday, June 13th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Motivated by the lack of banging on cans when he attended the recent "disappointingly sedate" Bang On A Can festival in New York City, Billy Jam, along with fellow WFMU DJs Scott Williams and Bryce, will lead a discordant percussive session live on the air this week to close out the WFMU season. Also joining in this (hopefully chaotic) free-for-all, percussion-driven, noise-fest will be Megan on toy-piano, Liz B on Mr T soundbytes, Ken on laptop soundboard, along with Brian Turner and many other WFMU staffers and listeners. Note that WFMU listeners are invited to phone and play their percussive sound effects/noises on the live on-air studio phone line.

Coffin Daggers
Friday, June 13th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on HotRod's show

On Friday the 13th HotRod invites you to her 1 year anniversary spectacular! This not-to-be-missed celebratory extravaganza will feature a thunderous performance from The Coffin Daggers. Tune in live from 6-9AM EST on June 13th and you might just walk away with some hard to find giveaways. Highly recommended!

Voice Or No Voice & Razor Bois
Thursday, June 12th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Pat Duncan's show
Voice Or No Voice bring classic old school New York Hardcore to Pat's show. Up next will be Razor Bois from Moscow: Russian street punks currently touring the US.

Carlos Niño
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Carlos Niño (of Ammon Contact, Build An Ark, Life Force etc) and Lil Sci aka John Robinson (of Scienz Of Life & Sol Uprising) just dropped a record called "What's The Science" that is full of the essence of rap music. Tune is as they stop by to play us some sounds and chat about music.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The sounds of Ignatz come not from George Herriman's brick-hurling mouse, but from a Belgian named Bram Devens; and his take on American folk/blues drops the listener right into a churning, alien lo-fi universe of blurred echoes, distant Appalachian plucking and deep, FX-scarred soundscapes. Despite all the haze and buzz, the ghosts of Blind Willie Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt float above it all with distinct tunes and structure. Ignatz plays live on Brian's show today, and Thursday June 12th at the Knitting Factory in NYC.

Peter Walker, followed by Matt Bauer
Monday, June 9th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Irene Trudel's show
Peter Walker recently took time out from his wanderings amongst the gypsy flamenco communities of Spain to record his first album in 40 years. Irene grabbed Peter to chat about his travels and have him play a few tunes from his new release, "Echo of My Soul" out on the Tompkins Square label.

Then Kentucky to Brooklyn transplant Matt Bauer's music rests squarely in the folk tradition of beautiful malaise and murder ballads. On Bauer's newest release, "The Island Moved In The Storm," he swells out the folk foundation as a seven-piece band to to create a wholly-other Americana-centric ensemble. Matt Bauer and friends play live on WFMU.

Marty McSorley fills in for Trent and JM in the AM, with special guest Mincemeat or Tenspeed
Monday, June 9th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Marty McSorley's show

Mincemeat or Tenspeed is dance music for your cocaine fueled robot of the future. Building on a single oscillating note with an army of pedals, Mincemeat weaves in and out of a forest of noise, fuzz and beeps that just make you want to jump jump. With more layers than fancy toilet paper this is some of the most exciting joynoise on the planet.

Japanische Kampfhorspiele
Sunday, June 8th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
The German grindpop masters tear apart the WFMU studios with their slick hooks and suave vocals. Think Spuds McKenzie marrying Britney in a blender with boquets of scotch bonnet peppers and an AK47, and you're halfway to the sound drama of JaKa. (The name translates as Japanese Combat Radio Plays.) The band ignites the camphor and lights up the airwaves on Airborne Event on June 8 at 8 AM.

Charlie Feathers Tribute
Saturday, June 7th, 2008, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Charlie Feathers emerged from the primordial ooze of Rock & Roll's Dark Ages to cut some of the most menacing records known to man. Years after his passing, the maniacal, hiccupping vocals found on Feathers 45s never fails to inspire. Join Rex as he welcomes Norton Records Co-Founder and Feathers-head Billy Miller to spin two hours of Charlie Feathers classics and newly unearthed rarities. Phone calls to Charlie's son Bubba and legendary Memphis music impresario and longtime Feathers guitarist Ramon Maupin help round-out the festivities. Cancel all other plans and tune in to Fool's Paradise.

Interview with Sal Valentino of The Beau Brummels
Saturday, June 7th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Sal Valentino, singer of the Beau Brummels whose Sly Stone-produced 'Laugh, Laugh' was a top ten hit for the Bay Area band in 1965. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song has been left in Michael's Mailbox!

Douche of the Week Bracketology Special
Friday, June 6th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
It's the Douche of the Week Bracketology Special! From the Top-32 Regionals to the Final Four championship, YOUR phone call can help select the Biggest Douche of the Year!

Bo Diddley Tribute
Thursday, June 5th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
A salute to one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Featuring A sides, B sides and everything in-between.

Fern Knight, followed by Arborea
Monday, June 2nd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Irene Trudel's show
On Fern Knight's new self-titled album, the listener is engulfed in imagery of pastoral scenes of folkloric greenery and of an earlier mystical age. Fern Knight is a they, not a she, a quartet bring fronted by the lovely voice of Margie Wienk. As they describe it, "The calm surface of harp, cello and violin are juxtaposed against the perfectly timed distorted squalls of a Flying V with the grounding blanket of electric bass underneath." This will be their second live performance at WFMU.

Then Arborea also returns for a second time, following the release of their second (and self-titled) album. Buck and Shanti Curran have been quietly making psychedelic acid-folk in their Maine cabin for a couple of years now. On their current Fire Museum Records release, as always, Buck and Shanti play a wide variety of stringed instruments and flutes, embellishing the sound with Helena Espvall's soaring cello on a few tracks. Arborea closes Irene's show with another live performance.

Monday, June 2nd, 2008, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

West Coast sound collage artist Blanketship (aka Jared Blum) returns to WFMU, hot on the heels of his "Motown Meltdown" collaboration with Qulfus, an album full of delectably weird, warped remixes of Motown classics. Expect a maelstrom of beats, samples, and sonic wizardry, with a healthy dose of People Like Us-ian surrealism.

Alan Licht
Sunday, June 1st, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker
Guitarist/composer/author Alan Licht joins Bethany to discuss his recent publication, Sound Art: Beyond Music, Between Categories. Alan's music background and involvement with film and cultural studies gives the reader a unique insight into topics concerning sound art: from the genesis (and resistance) to the term itself to its many influences across the arts. Along with conversation about the book, Alan brings some rarely-heard audio recordings from a few sound artists covered in the text.

Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni + CTMD
Saturday, May 31st, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Merita Halili, from Tirana by way of New Jersey, is a very popular singer among her fellow Albanians at home and abroad. Merita performs with the Raif Hyseni Orchestra, led by her talented accordion-playing husband who is originally from Kosovo (they met in the US after both won a visa lottery). They are among the featured performers at the Center for Traditional Music and Dance's 40th anniversary benefit dance party, at the Hiro Ballroom, 371 W. 16th St. in Manhattan on Thursday, June 5th. The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) is a NYC arts organization that provides outreach to immigrant communities, especially through music. Merita and Raif stop by to perform a few songs as a duo, and share a bit of their own immigration stories, while CTMD directors Ethel Raim and Pet Rushefsky talk about the organization's history and its work.

Interview with Richard Gottehrer
Saturday, May 31st, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with veteran songwriter/producer Richard Gottehrer whose hits include "My Boyfriend's Back" & "I Want Candy" and albums by Blondie, The Go Gos, Robert Gordon and many others. We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song has been left in Michael's Mailbox!

Dana Leong's Jazz/Hip-Hop Hybrid Ensemble, The Herbaliser, Mochipet, and Lee Montgomery
Friday, May 30th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Fusing jazz and hip-hop and pushing those two forms into new musical terrain, New York City multi-instrumentalist Dana Leong (cello, trombone, laptop, etc.) personifies the term "no boundaries" by playing anything from straight-up jazz and classical, to the countless hybrid concoctions that he has produced to date whether with his own quartet, as a solo artist/producer, or as cellist with the Paquito D'Rivera trio. This Friday afternoon Dana Leong and his jazz/hip-hop band will perform live in the WFMU studios. Also guesting on this jam-packed show will be The Herbaliser, Mochipet, and Lee Montgomery.

Rik Letendre of Circle X
Thursday, May 29th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Join Fabio with very special Guest Rik Letendre of the band Circle X. Circle X's first album Prehistory has just been re-issued on Blue chopstick through Drag City and it's been a long time in coming. Rik will be in to discuss the album, the band's history and play some Circle X rarities (including some excerpts from their 1991 appearance on WFMU.

Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Rev. Billy and some choir members stop by Nickel and Dime Radio to do some singing and preaching about sweatshop labor, Starbucks, and the like.

Negative Approach
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

In 1981 Detroit's Negative Approach were on the ground floor of the American hardcore movement: peers with the Necros, Bad Brains, Black Flag and Minor Threat, all banding together and sowing seeds for the mayhem to come. Many argue that NA were among the most crazed of these bands; there was a distinct Stooges/Motor City sound soaked in along with nods to UK powerhouses like Blitz and Discharge and of course their US contemporaries. Singer John Brannon's gutteral throat-shred, however, flattened the competition hands down, In 2006 a 1/2-shifted lineup reemerged in for the Touch and Go Anniversary fest and Negative Approach proved they can still destroy. They're on Brian's show today ripping up Studio B and chatting afterwards.

Foot Village
Monday, May 26th, 2008, 3am - 6am
Marty McSorley's show
Foot Village has planted their flag, Formed Friendship Nation and shown the world that drum circles aren't just for those dirty hippies in the park. Still an emerging nation, Foot Village storms across the countryside without the aid of electricity. Despite the lack of their first world convenience, Foot Village citizens have made huge technological strides in the art of drum beating and really loud screaming. Featuring four pioneers of the exploding L.A. noise rock/d.i.y. scene, Foot Village has struck gold and demand your attention (and the attention of any one with in 3 blocks of your radio).

Sunday, May 25th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Newcastle, England's purveyors of otherworldy drones and ecstatic underground sounds Jazzfinger stop by WFMU during a New York visit. They'll be playing a free matinee show with Metalux at performance space Paris London West Nile (285 Kent Ave #2 in Williamsburg) on May 17 at 3:30 PM, and catch them on Airborne Event the following weekend.

Kim Fowley Interview
Saturday, May 24th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with music industry veteran Kim Fowley whose career includes writing/producing/performing for the likes of The Hollywood Argyles, The Byrds, Jonathan Richman, Kiss & scores more. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Gaylord Fields has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Listener Flloyd interviews Edward Ka-Spel
Saturday, May 24th, 2008, 9am - 10am
The Listener Hour
A special Listener Hour this morning as 3puen vocalist Flloyd spends an hour chatting with and playing the music of the enigmatic Edward Ka-Spel, founder of the ever-enduring Legendary Pink Dots.

Live Broadcast from the Knitting Factory with guests Evil Dee, Thanksgiving Brown, along with DoseOne and Jel from Subtle
Friday, May 23rd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Billy Jam along with station manager Ken and others will set up WFMU's remote broadcasting equipment in the Knitting Factory for a special live New York City edition of "Put The Needle on the Record" out of the 74 Leonard Street venue with guests including hometown DJs Evil Dee and Thanksgiving Brown, plus DoseOne and Jel from Oakland, CA band Subtle - all of whom will be performing at the downtown Manhattan club later that night. Billy and Ken will also conduct some impromptu man on the street interviews + some other special surprises - all while Bryce holds down the fort back in Jersey City.

Sam Dodson & LoungeClash!
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Pat Duncan's show
Sam Dodson of the '70's punk band Transmitters, Loop Guru, Slipper, and currently LoungeClash! will guest DJ and co-host with Pat tonight. At Midnight you can hear LoungeClash! recorded earlier this year in England, at their first live show.

C. Spencer-Yeh
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
The Phactory of Phuj is delighted to welcome a new radio piece by composer, improviser and explorer C. Spencer-Yeh (Burning Star Core, Drone Disco).

Ken Montgomery
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Sparks Uber-fan, collector and general Sparks "Go-to" guy Ken Montgomery will be In for a third installment of Sparks related programming with Fabio. Ken will be in to discuss Sparks trivia, play some rare gems that may have slipped past the casual listener, talk about Sparks' recent month long residency in London where they do ALL their albums live... If you're into Sparks at all, then you'll want to tune in and listen to what Ken brings along.

Class Ick Rahk
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Tony Coulter's show
Three hours of nothing but music by artists who are Classic Rock staples. Can Tony make it sound like his "normal" FMU show? Can he avoid being ironic? Will he play the Captain & Tenille? No groups you never heard of, guaranteed.

The Hall Monitors
Tuesday, May 20th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This wild and crazy foursome from Washington D.C. bring their fuzzed out garage/R&B to the WFMU studios, where the halls are no longer safe!

Shea Breaux Wells
Monday, May 19th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Frequent cohost and film critic at the New York Sun Bruce Bennett gives an update of what's worth - and not worth - seeing in the theaters. Then jazz singer Shea Breaux Wells visits to talk about her music. Shea will be at the Iridium jazz club in Manhattan this Wednesday, May 21 to celebrate the release of her new CD. her will be Danny Grissette, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, Craig Handy, & David Weiss.

International Jetsetters, followed by Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukelele
Monday, May 19th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Irene Trudel's show
Oxford-based International Jetsetters were came together through singer/guitarist/sometime Jesus & Mary Chain member Mark Crozer and bass player Bert Audubert. They retain an air of the soaring sonics of J.&M.C. but a bit lean more pop-ward. International Jetsetters are releasing their debut album on Planting Seeds Records soon.

Then Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele pops in from his Austin base to play for WFMU. He may be just one man playing charming tunes on his ukelele but Ethan's songs have a playful, mocking tone. Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele, who contradictingly plays most of his songs on guitar, usually performs dressed in a Hawaiian swim suit with lei around his neck.

Bonde Do Role
Monday, May 19th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Get your party started with Brazilian pop stars Bonde Do Role, live on WFMU! Combining baile funk with Miami bass, hip-hop, heavy sampling, and bratty, sex-driven beats, you'll need some serious uppers to stay on top of their game. Catch them on tour with The Death Set: Europa in Brooklyn on 5/14 and Bowery Ballroom on 5/15.

Transpacific Sound Paradise live from Barbes w/ Pistolera, Metrofolk, Yan Yalego and more
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Rob and his live remote sidekick Irene Trudel return to Barbes, the cozy music-lover's paradise at 376 9th Street (corner of 6th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn for another early evening of wall-to-wall music broadcast live on the radio. As always the show is open to all, free of charge, and if that's not enough, there will be FMU swag giveaways too.

Tonight's players included a couple of Frenchmen: Yan Yalego, representing the Gallic wing of the global ukelele movement; and veteran pop crooner Thierry Stremler, who among his many musical undertakings recently contributed songwriting to an album by the iconic Francoise Hardy. To confuse things a bit, Minnesota guitarist Reynold Phillipsek will play a couple of pieces in the French jazz manouche style. Then things take an Eastern European turn with Metrofolk, local purveyors of traditional Hungarian tanchaz (dance-house) music. Finally it's back to this side of the Atlantic with Pistolera, the charismatic femme-centric Nuyo-Mexican conjunto who will close the broadcast with feisty cumbias, rancheras and other good things from south of the border via NYC.

People Like Us
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz

Lady Vicki of Bennett drops into the Phuj Phactory for a little chat and trip down the memory lane of her past music and sound-collages across seventeen years. This program corresponds with the launch of the "We Edit Life" People Like Us retrospective exhibition at, Newcastle, UK.

Marty McSorley does the web-only slot this morning,with a live set from Big Digits.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
Big Digits perform on Marty McSorley's show, May 14 from 6-9 AM. Straight out of Cambridge, Mass. Big Digits are at the forefront of the D.I.Y., experimental hip hop, ravexploitation, party jam scene. Led by MC Mac Swell and TD, Big Digits buzz, beep and rhyme their way into the future sound of fun. Tune in, and turn it up for these two energetic dudes coming though your radio in neon.

Doron fills in for Hatch, with special guest Xela
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Doron's show
When he's not busy co-running the UK's superb Type Records, John Twells records densely layered and somewhat hallucinatory sound pieces as Xela. His release, "The Dead Sea" received a fair amount of airplay in these parts when it came out last year and was hailed as "absolutely stunning" by the folks over at Other Music.

John stopped by the WFMU studios a few weeks ago to record a brief set that saw him shun the laptop based set-up often employed by similar artists in favor of a micro-cassette player, tons of pedals, trinkets purchased from hippies in the midwest and an unexpected foray into Brian Wilson vocal territory.

Marco Iacoboni & Don Friedman
Monday, May 12th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Neurologist and neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni's brain imaging studies have pioneered the investigation of the mirror neuron system in humans. His new book is titled Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others. Then at 6:30, Jazz pianist Don Friedman, who has played with a diverse lineup of musicians including Shorty Rogers, Ornette Coleman, Chet Baker, Scott LaFaro, and Clark Terry, talks about his work. Don will be performing at the Kitano Hotel, NYC on Thursday, May 15, in Boston at Scullers on May 27, and at the Vermont Jazz Center on May 31. His latest CD is Waltz for Marilyn.

The Snow
Monday, May 12th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Blend a bit of post-apocalyptic French cabaret and Americana heard at a possessed carnival and you get The Snow, a folk-pop band with elements of classical, punk, and rock. The overall mood of The Snow's tunes is of a sweet serenade taking occasional turns into a hall of mirrors, and they have been likened to Fleetwood Mac sitting around the pool trading songs with M. Ward, Cat Power, and Iron and Wine.

Students of F.K. Lane and Wingate High Schools
Monday, May 12th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Woody's show

Artist Paul Rubenstein has been teaching high school students at F.K. Lane and Wingate High Schools in Brooklyn how to design and build microtonal electric guitars (set to a scale with seven equal intervals per octave) and amplifiers. The students will be dropping by Woody's show to perform on these unique instruments and talk about their creations.

So Cow
Monday, May 12th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

From South Korea by way of Galway, one-man-band So Cow (aka Brian Kelly) drops by to serve up some sweet sweet pop candy. These melodic indie jams will cause a severe '90s flashback in the best ways: your old 'zine collection and geeky suburban 7"s. Conjuring up memories of Sacramento bands like the Bananas and Four Eyes, So Cow completes the California connection with a Deerhoof cover.

Debashish Bhattacharya, Indian slide guitar visionary
Saturday, May 10th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Slide guitar has been a part of Indian music since the 1930s when Hawaiian player Tau Moe took the country by storm. But North Indian classical slide guitarist extraordinaire Debashish Bhattacharya, considered one of the country's foremost instrumentalists of any kind, has taken the music to new levels. He has invented his own instruments - what he calls the "Guitar Trinity" - to realize his musical visions: The Chaturangui, a 24-string hollow neck guitar, the 14-string Gandharvi, and the Anandi, a 4-string slide Ukulele. He's extended the musical language by collaborating with a range of fellow global guitar renegades from Okinawa to Hawaii. And he shares the love: Bhattacharya wrote the first-ever guide to Indian classical guitar technique and runs a music school in Calcutta, his home town.

Debashish will visit FMU on his way to join several other Indian classical luminaries who will perform at New York's annual All-night concert of Indian Classical Music. This marathon of art-music bliss runs starts at 9pm on Saturday May 10 and continues until 8am Sunday May 11, at Synod Hall at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Debashish also has a brilliant new CD, Calcutta Chronicles on Riverboat records.

Floyd Dakil
Saturday, May 10th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Texas musician Floyd Dakil, who recorded the #1 hit "Dance, Franny Dance" in 1964 and went on to record several more classic singles before joining the ledgendary Louis Prima's band! We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Trent has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Listener Randy Costanza does the Listener Hour this morning.
Saturday, May 10th, 2008, 9am - 10am
The Listener Hour

Brian Wilson Shock Treatment
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment bring their punked-out psychedelic rock about zombies, mummies, aliens, outer space, love, death and insanity.

The (Balkan) Situations live in the studio + Japan Golden Week onslaught!
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
The Balkan Situations originally formed to fulfill a Wesleyan music student's (and charter bandmember's) thesis requirement. The Connecticut combo played its first public gig at a Thai restaurant in Middletown, setting the precedent for a rather quirky performance venue history: They've played everything from daycare centers to construction sites to the implosion of the New Haven Coliseum. The subtly renamed (Balkan) Situations promise not to implode our studios when they visit WFMU for a live set of East European inspired music, with a few twists.

Plus - every year in Japan several holidays converge in early May so the country takes the whole week off, calling the annual hiatus "Golden Week." And closer to home, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is having its annual "Sakura Matsuri" - Cherry Blossom Festival (with lots of live music and performance) - this weekend (May 3-4). What better time to play lots and lots of Japanese roots music, Okinawan folk-rock and other worldly Japanese hybrids rarely heard on US radio?

J. Vincent Edwards
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with J. Vincent Edwards, 1960's UK pop star & original member of the London cast of Hair. We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Small Change has left in Michael's Mailbox!

The Listener Hour
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, 9am - 10am
Seth Watter of Meshes in the Afternoon blog ( does the Listener Hour this morning.

Interview with Kevin Phillips
Monday, April 28th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Former Republican party strategist Kevin Phillips returns to the program to talk about his latest book, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism.

Amos Poe
Monday, April 28th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Benjamen Walker's show
Legendary filmmaker Amos Poe (blank generation, Subway Riders) will be dropping by to talk about his film Empire II screening as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Part remake, part homage, Poe's Empire is a 3-hour film shot starring the Empire State building shot from his West Village apartment over the course of a year. The soundtrack has everyone from the Ramones to Lucinda Williams in it - but on Tuesday April 29th at the Gershwin Hotel, Thurston Moore, Bill Nace, and Matt Heyner will perform the soundtrack live - a three hour experience.

Howard Mandel
Sunday, April 27th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
Bob Brainen's show
Bob Brainen welcomes writer and critic Howard Mandel. His brand new book is "Miles Ornette Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz." We'll be playing lots of music by these 3 giants, and discussing what they accomplished as well as some ideas for approaching and enjoying their music to the fullest.

Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar
Saturday, April 26th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Great collaborations in world music history - a New York (and perhaps world?) premiere: The innovative and compelling UK / South Asian vocalist Najma Akhtar and the iconoclastic / visionary US guitarist Gary Lucas are joining forces. They give us a sneak preview peformance a week before their New York concert debut as a duo. Najma and Gary go public at Joe's Pub Saturday May 3 at 9:30pm. But we hear it here first!

Billy Hinche
Saturday, April 26th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Billy Hinche who, as a teen, formed Dino, Desi & Billy with his neighborhood pals (Dino Martin & Desi Arnaz, Jr.) and recorded several #1 hits after Frank Sinatra signed them to his Reprise label, then joined the Beach Boys' touring band for 25 years! We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Diane has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Barbara Henry
Friday, April 25th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
Poet and letterpress printer extraordinaire Barbara Henry will be live in the studio to read her poetry constructed from the pages of the New York Times. Bronwyn will rant about the Times, and listeners will call in, and a third of the seas will become blood, and an Angel of the Lord will fly over them shouting, "Woe! Woe! Woe! to the creatures of the Earth!"

Zdenek Liska
Thursday, April 24th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
A celebration of the work of "Czechoslovakia's Bernard Herrmann", the brilliant film composer Zdenek Liska who, from the 1940s-1980s produced in excess of 100 highly inventive and brilliant film-scores. Features rare and commercially unavailable recordings.

The Anabolics
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Anabolics, Brooklyn's bastard child of The Shangri-Las and The Clash (their own apt description!) inject some rock and roll juice to the WFMU airwaves with material from their debut album "Anabolically Correct." Their record release party is April 26 at the Lucky Cat in Brooklyn.

Phil Puleo
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008, 9am - Noon
Bob W.'s show
Bob W. fills in for Hatch and will be speaking to Phil Puleo (pool-ee-oh), the percussionist of the famed New York City band Cop Shoot Cop. Phil will discuss his new project "The Children" and they might be joined by fellow collaborator Micheal Wiener. There's sure to be some reminiscing about Phil's previous bands, as well.

Classic Film Music of Egypt with Guest DJ Sami Shumays
Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Sami Shumays is leader of the ensemble Zikrayat, a New York music and dance group that draws its repertoire from the golden age of the Egyptian film musical, circa 1940s-1960s. He's also a podcaster and former WHRB (Harvard University radio) DJ. Tonight as guest DJ, he'll take us on a very well-informed musical journey through the heyday of Egyptian musical film. Zikrayat will be performing their take on this music - with accompanying clips from the films - in a free concert at CUNY's Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave in midtown Manhattan, Thursday May 8 at 7:30pm.

John Cowsill interview on Michael Shelley's show
Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with John Cowsill who, with his brothers, formed The Cowsills in 1965 at age 9. Eventually joined by his mother & sister the group had several hits & were the model for The Partridge Family, in recent years John's been a member of The Beach Boys. We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Bill Kelly has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Mr. C's Last Soul Spectacular
Friday, April 18th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
Mister C Soul Spectacular
Friday, April 18, will mark the last installment of Mr. C's Soul Spectacular until further notice! After 9 years of monthly shows, Mr. C is heading off to warmer shores! Tune in and wish him the best!

Care in Community Recordings
Thursday, April 17th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
This week's visit to the sweet-tooth sound emporium contains a delightful sonic-stew served up by Nick Name of Care in the Community Recordings. Featuring exclusive and unreleased tracks from artists on the label's roster, including Lark and Wight Light Orchestra.

The Amazements
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Who are the Amazements? A big smoggy question mark cloud hangs over this mysterious young L.A. outfit; they appeared on songstress Grey DeLisle's record which was produced by one their dads (an ex-Lone Justice member), though in their own element they're a unique and weird slant on the garage rock aesthetic, maybe somewhat of a toxified Cleveland take on Beefheart blues.

Giacomo Gates and Alex Foege
Monday, April 14th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Singer in the vocalese tradition Giacomo Gates visits. His new CD/DVD, Luminosity, has just been released and he'll be performing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola this Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 & 16. Then, journalist Alex Foege talks about his new book, Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio.

Dave Deporis
Monday, April 14th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

At first listen the music of Dave Deporis is strikingly obscure and engaging, filled with a contradictory quiet power. Once relocated to Florida as a child from his native Manhattan, Dave returned to NYC with influences from both locales. In an interview for Sixeyes, Deporis said, "There is an indelible part of my psyche informed by the urban and the frenetic, as well as a deep love for the land beyond the cities, the oceans and seabirds, the mountains and streams, the desert and sand dunes, the places where life slows down and the face of nature reveals itself to you."

Irwin fills in for Bethany tonight.
Sunday, April 13th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
Irwin Chusid

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