Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Mark Humble and friends
Monday, October 21st, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Beatlesque pop songs with melodic hooks are Mark Humble's specialty. After working on a couple of albums, Humble stepped back from music making for over 10 years, dipping his toes back in with a few solo performances and the release of "One Centre Street" about a year ago. Mark, with a little help from his friends, has jumped back into performing with, as he says, "musical skills, thrills, passion and abandon. Mistakes will be made on a grand scale. A handsaw will be used. Three part harmony will be sung. A double bass will vie for attention with a screaming electric guitar." Come listen to those musical thrills as Mark Humble and Friends play live on Irene's show.


HONK! NYC: Brazilian Activist Brass Band Os Siderais
Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Every October a bevy of massive marching bands from around the country and the globe squonk their way to Boston for the annual HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. In the growing global activist street band movement, the emphasis is on individuality and a “DIY” sensibility, in instrumentation and especially attire - often a warped / trippy send-up of high school marching band uniforms and regalia. HONK! NYC, Oct 15th-19th, is New York's HONK aftershock, with a slew of bands making musical mayhem in our streets, schools, a museum and even some regular old clubs. And the HONK! NYC after-party is live on WFMU tonight as this year's farthest-flung HONK legion, Brazil's Os Siderais, brings its uproarious din to our airwaves.


LaLa Brooks
Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes La La Brooks - who as a member of The Crystals was the lead vocalist on "Then He Kissed Me" and "Da Doo Ron Ron". Her brand new album "All Or Nothing" comes out on October 15th on Norton Records!


Instrumental Soul
Friday, October 18th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
You hate when Mr. Fine Wine talks over instros, you say? Well, here's an hour of instrumental 45s, with no yakking over any of 'em.


Please Release Me + a live set from Malian vocal band Tartit
Friday, October 18th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
A look back at the year that's passed with unreleased music from guests who have frequented the minotaur's lair. Sounds you only heard if you were there in the audience or in the studio by the likes of Robert Ashley,Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre the Groove Commanders, Shelley Hirsch, Taylor Ho Bynum, Laura Kaminsky, John King, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Ergo Phizmiz, Dave Soldier & Jonathan Kane, Jon Rose, So Percussion and (maybe) more, all provided by the artists in support of high-flying airshow that is WFMU!

In the final hour of the broadcast, we'll hear a live set from Tartit, a Tuareg band from Timbuktu, Mali, recorded live at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The five women and four men of the ensemble played a set of quietly hypnotic, trance-inducing music as a part of the Festival au Désert – Caravan for Peace concert on July 31, 2013. Thanks to Lincoln Center and WFMU's Rob Weisberg for making this possible, and watch for other Caravan for Peace broadcasts on Rob, Irene Trudel and Brian Turner's shows.


Levi Weaver
Friday, October 18th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

Returning to New York for CMJ, and to Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili after 4 long years, is singer/songwriter/crooner/funnyguy Levi Weaver! Listen to tales of listener-relieved financial crisis, 24-hour live broadcasts, and the growth of an epic yet unwanted beard. Hear his feels, feel his feels.


Christopher Amott
Thursday, October 17th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

From Sweden by way of Brooklyn as of late, Christopher Amott, guitarist of Arch Enemy and Armageddon will be on the Peer Pressure segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine this Thursday. He's got some new music bubbling under that we will hear as well as influential music to the six string legend. Listeners will be able to ask Chris questions via the live interactive playlist!


Ya-Yas Come Alive at Budokan
Thursday, October 17th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
In honor of our new ground floor performance space, which will hopefully feature TONS of live music in the future, this week's Surface Noise special presents only music recorded live in concert. From audio-challenged audience recordings to the classic live albums of all-time, all will be fair game for the Surface Noise stage. Get your lighters ready!


La Nuit Obscure de L'âme with special guest Annabelle Cazes
Thursday, October 17th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Annabelle Cazes (aka Glockabelle) joins Julie live in the studio for a foray into French Music from '60s ye-ye to '90s darkwave and beyond. French toast? French fries? No, just pure French music, and perhaps some pronunciation lessons for Julie.


The Return Of Mayhem In The PM!
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
That's right, it's another three-hours of nothing but power-pop, post-punk, new wave and punk records (yes, RECORDS) from 1978 through 1982! You'll know some, you won't know others, but you'll love 'em all. And, for a change, this year's edition features NO format restrictions! Singles and LPs will be mixing together, just like the old days. It all starts at 9pm on Wednesday, October 16, on The Evan "Funk" Davies show so make your listening plans now!


Dawn of Humans
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
With all members originally hailing from Brooklyn or Jersey City, New York punk icons Dawn of Humans bring their live mutant jams to the WFMU studios. With EPs on Always Restrictions and Toxic State Records, this live session is a unique opportunity to find the kings of New York punk in a realm that exists between their insane live show (understatement) and their flawless recordings. Truly deranged, creepy, and anthemic punk that will leave you confused, slam dancing, and taking your clothes off all at the same time. With three brand new songs, this is Dawn of Humans at the height of their post Midwest tour resurgence. Members of Crazy Spirit, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Warthog, Murderer, Rosenkopf, Perdition, and pretty much every other New York punk band that matters. Don't miss this.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "A Special Family"
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "A Special Family" airs Weds. October 16th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe chronicles the hardships that ensue when a father is killed in a workplace accident, and the victim's brother marries his widowed sister-in-law.


King Khan and The Shrines
Monday, October 14th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with King Khan and The Shrines (Berlin, Germany)!


Becca Stevens
Monday, October 14th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

With a breezily emotional vocal style and an impressive mastery of guitar-like instruments, Becca Stevens has been quietly gaining a strong fanbase in the jazz/rock world. She's worked folks like with Brad Mehldau, Lionel Loueke and the Bjorkestra, to name a few, and has a couple of gorgeous albums out as bandleader. Stevens, along with Rebecca Martin and Gretchen Parlato, perform as the ensemble Tillery (which had to reschedule for later in the year). Becca Stevens drops by to play solo on Irene's show.


Stirring Sounds of Multi-Culti Paris: University Of Gnawa, Live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors
Saturday, October 12th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

This month four FMU super-friends - Rob, Kurt, Irene and Brian - will each bring you a set recorded live at this summer's stirring Festival of the Desert / Caravan for Peace Concert at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Bandshell. Rob kicks things off this week with the performance that actually closed the July 31 four-band spectacular, by Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa. Sahmaoui is the charismatic ex-singer of Paris Maghrebi music machine Orchestre National de Barbes, and a former Joe Zawinul sideman. His new group is rooted in Morocco's popular chaabi style but has a distinctly Parisian multi-culti flavor, with West African and other international styles in the mix. U of G wowed the crowd in this New York debut, and you'll hear why tonight.


Tommy James
Saturday, October 12th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Tommy James, leader of Tommy James &The Shondells whose songs (“Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Draggin’ The Line”... ) have sold over 100 Million records!


Latin Soul
Friday, October 11th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Mr. Fine Wine dusts off his Latin soul 45s for an hour of boogaloo and mambo madness.


NYC Mayoral candidate Alicia American
Friday, October 11th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk

With her sister Debbie, Alicia American is the newest sensation in club music. What makes their success all the more remarkable is the fact that the two are also self-acknowledged cartoon characters. Alicia is now setting her sites even higher with what might be the first major city mayoral candidacy by a cartoon character. In true vox populi form, she is letting her fans and WFMU listeners select a song to be played that day on Miniature Minotaurs. Go here to listen and vote and be sure to tune in for this landmark interview.


Surfer Blood
Thursday, October 10th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Originally forming in 2009 in West Palm Beach, Florida, Surfer Blood released their critically-acclaimed debut album “Astro Coast” in 2010 and then toured extensively around the world on the festival circuit. In 2012, they moved up from indie sensations to big-league-players by signing with Warner Brothers Records, and released their second album, “Pythons,” earlier this year. Produced by the legendary Gil Norton (who has worked with The Pixies and Foo Fighters, among others) “Pythons” maintains the same dreamy surf rock sensibility of the band's debut but sees them buffing their pop gems into dynamic songs that feature expanded arrangements and a more focused approach to their craft, which is partially due to Norton's expert input. Hear their upbeat hooks and contagious melodies live on 100% Whatever, starting at 1 am!


Gap Dream AND The Cosmonauts
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Gap Dream bring their dreamy psych-garage sounds back to the WFMU studios ahead of the November release of their second album, Shine Your Light (Burger). Gabe Fulvimar (who basically is Gap Dream) collaborated with Bobby Harlow (The Go/Conspiracy Of Owls) on the new LP; he explains "the tempos are faster. The synths are louder. The drum machine is up-front and relentless. The rhythms are full of life, strict, and very apparent." Expect to hear plenty of songs from the new album during this live set.

PLUS: A live set from Gap Dream's label-mates, tour-mates and psych-mates The Cosmonauts! They proudly quote a critic's description of their sound as "the Beach Boys on downers," and their third album Persona Non Grata (Burger) is out now. Both bands are touring the USA as part of the Burger Caravan Of Stars, which pulls in to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Saturday, Oct. 5. This double-action Sidecar Of Stars hits the WFMU airwaves at 9pm on Wednesday night Oct. 9th - tune in!


The Spits
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week on Distort Jersey City we are excited to host the return of The Spits to WFMU. What are you really supposed to say about The Spits? If you're not familiar with their caveman Ramones worship anthems, you don't want to miss this live session; and if you are familiar, we already know you'll be tuning in. The Kalamazoo Michigan punk heroes have records on Nickel and Dime, Slovenly, Dirtnap, and Thrifstore, and are touring on their new Kill The Kool Rarities album on In The Red. Highly recommended for fans of anything that is pure, good, and rock and roll.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Smile"
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Smile" airs Weds. October 16th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe listens to complaints from his friends, some about him. In response, Joe offers a litany of reasons to be cheerful.


Highway to Health
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Last Wednesday, our own Amanda Barrett had the President's back as he spoke about the Government Shutdown and the Affordable Care Act. Amanda joins Chris T. tonight to tell us how she found herself standing directly behind the leader of the free world and - for some - the most despised man in America. Chris will also ask about your health care and whether or not you plan to sign up for health coverage in the next six months.


Metalleg
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This New York trio embraces the poppier side of the Ramones and the punkier side of power pop. Check out their new album, "Hit of the Week," containing hit after hit!


Diego Garcia
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Diego Garcia plays live, October 8, 9-noon on This is the Modern World with Trouble. The day Diego released his first solo record he played WFMU. October 8th he releases his second, "Paradise", and plays at WFMU. Coincidence? I think not. We are Diego's good luck charm. His beautiful latin style guitar playing, and 60's French movie soundtrack vibe assures him of continued invitations.


Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band
Monday, October 7th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event with Dan Bodah

Formed by Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer, and Josh Werner, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band is making solid avant garde rock with some surprising electronic flourishes. The band's debut EP is out October 1st on their own ZNA records.


Trina da Baddest B*tch
Monday, October 7th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Trina da Baddest B*tch (Miami, FL)!


1993
Sunday, October 6th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Take a trip back to a time when mixtapes were actually taped onto cassettes. Revisit the best music of 1993 Imaginary Radio-style!


Low Jack
Sunday, October 6th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Tune into Scones Radio this week for a guest DJ mix from Parisian producer Low Jack. Artisanal baguette house/techno. Ecoutez!


Andrea Tomasi
Saturday, October 5th, 2013, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Singer-songwriter Andrea Tomasi is one of the many musicians that have made their way to Brooklyn. Formerly of Vermont and upstate New York, Tomasi's songs still carry the aura of the gentle countryside and the natural world. Her debut album, "Hurricane Dream", just out on Team Love Records, was recorded outside, in the Mohonk Reserve and Shawangunk Mountains. This was not the original intention but was due to storm damage to the recording studio. However, the combination of Tomasi's beautiful voice and guitar work, her poetic lyrics and the sounds of the woodlands have resulted in a record with a timeless quality.


New Orleans Soul
Friday, October 4th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
This week, Mr. Fine Wine devotes his entire show to New Orleans Soul.


Shelley Hirsch
Friday, October 4th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Vocal exemplar nonpareil Shelley Hirsch joins Kurt in the studio for a freestyle turntable jam guest DJ spontaneous session freeform conversation wit-matching reunion and tell-all interview in which all will be told and little, perhaps, revealed that you won't want to miss.


The Lost Patrol
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Masters of late night dream music The Lost Patrol return to WFMU. Combining elements of shoegaze, dream pop even surf and exotica, the trio provides a Lynchian soundtrack for a late night drive on a deserted road or company for an endless night's sulk. Mollie Israel's angelic voice leads you through those infinite roads and tumultuous emotional journeys.


Sing Sing Records DJ Night!
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
The Sing Sing Records label has been putting out a steady stream of amazing reissues ever since Trey Lindsay and Jeremy Thompson launched it in 2009. Their focus has been mostly on punk and power-pop from the '70s, with the occasional glam nugget mixed in, so you can expect to hear a similar selection of rocking rarities and killer cuts when Trey and Jeremy take over the Evan "Funk" Davies show at 9pm on Wednesday night, Oct. 2. You'll want to dust off your cassette recorder for this one -- don't miss it!


Negation
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week we are joined by a new powerelectronics outfit called Negation. Negation makes abrasive noise music on a handful of analog and homemade equipment. His plodding and dark music alongside biting political lyrics make this one of the more interesting new projects in Brooklyn. Check out this primitive session so you can brag to all your nerd friends that you remember when this guy just started.


Listener Meet-Up and Live Broadcast
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC

Join MAC for a LIVE BROADCAST and Listener Meet-Up at Hill & Dale (115 Allen St, NYC)! Two gramophones will set the musical tone for the antique audio presentation. Hill and Dale is a phonograph themed bar that is the perfect setting for a night of antique music.


The Yuppies
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Yuppies, signed to Dull Tools, the Brooklyn label run by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts, have been bashing around Omaha, Nebraska since 2007 but just released their self titled debut album On Sept. 17. Early '80s Fall is a great starting point for comparison's sake. They will be opening for Parquet Courts on Oct 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg then playing Death By Audio the next night, and many more shows across the country.


Joe Bataan and Harvey Averne
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
October 1 marks the return of Harvey Averne to This is the Modern World with Trouble. Legendary Fania big wig, vibraphonist, bandleader and boogaloo scenester, Harvey is bringing along his good friend: the legendary Joe Bataan! Spinning the rare boogaloo sounds will be Dj Pat Longo. Joe Bataan is the man who mixed soul with boogaloo and doo-wop to gorgeous and funky effect! O the stories, the sounds and the questions we will ask! Don't miss this killer show!


Gary Lucas
Monday, September 30th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Renowned guitarist Gary Lucas is a former member of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, a Grammy nominee, and has performed with everyone from Leonard Bernstein to John Zorn to Patti Smith. He'll stop by Airborne Event on the 30th and play some solo guitar arrangements of film themes from his new "Cinefantastique" album. Shanghai vocalists Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jin will also be in the studio to join Gary on some 30s vintage Chinese pop tunes from his album "The Edge of Heaven." (Gary's full Chinese pop group will play at Bergen Community College's Ciccone Theater on October 2nd, and at BAM Fischer on October 4th and 5th.)


Diabolicus
Monday, September 30th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Minor Music with Jesse Krakow
Based in NYC but hailing from hell, Diabolicus are a young death-metal band that is currently blinding the world's eye. They'll be stopping to be crack both skulls and jokes, and destroy all that it sees. Gonna be brutally beautiful.


Madteo
Sunday, September 29th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Freshly buzzed from his smattering of leftfield house releases, including the noirish "Noi No" LP on Sahko, Scones Radio welcomes Queen's own Madteo to WFMU for DJing and gratuitous kibitzing. Kelly Slater to our Ron Hardy, Matteo Ruzzon's world is like that of the frustratingly unplayable 'Surfing' event in the 1987 Sega Genesis classic "California Games." Where others fear the wipe out, Madteo rips through the swells of today's dance regressivism with abandon. Moms who can't bare the sight of a gash, bring a first-aid kit: here's a dude who takes pleasure in getting gnarled by techno's coral reef.


Noura Mint Seymali and friends - captivating electric roots music from Mauritania
Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

There's something almost other-worldly about the sound of Mauritanian modern music. It's a swirling, shimmering blend of electric guitar and traditional instruments and singing. This captivating music is rarely heard in New York. So when we heard that acclaimed singer Noura Mint Seymali and her band were coming to town to play at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn (this Thursday) and Silvana in Harlem (this Friday), there was no choice but to bring them to WFMU for a live session too!


Zachary Cale
Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Zachary Cale's latest album, "Blue Rider" (on All Hands Electric), to be released at the end of this month, is a testament to his increasing mastery as a musician and songwriter. His reputation has only grown since his debut with the lo-fi "Outlander Sessions" in 2005. The new record is a change from the full-band outing "Noise of Welcome" and showcases Cale's love of classic blues and old-time country. For this live WFMU session, Cale is solo, so his plaintive voice and beautiful fingerpicking is front and center.


Doc Pomus' daughter, Sharyn Felder (Ted Barron fills in for Matt Fiveash)
Thursday, September 26th, 2013, 2pm - 4pm
on
Ted Barron's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Filling in for Matt Fiveash on our alternate stream Give the Drummer Radio, Ted Barron will visit with Sharyn Felder, the daughter of songwriter Doc Pomus. They will be spinning a ton of Doc's songs as well as yakking about the new documentary film "AKA Doc Pomus" that's opening next week.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Just Hold Me"
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Just Hold Me " airs Weds. September 25th at 4pm (Eastern). In a series of vignettes, Joe details encounters with women who desire to be held: strangers, girlfriends, dive-bar pickups, his mother. But these physical bonds seem to be largely devoid of real connection, and Joe moves on to the next one.


Author Jeff Guinn
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Creepy crawl with Chris T. as he interviews Jeff Guinn, author of MANSON.


Patrick Higgins with Joshua Modney of Mivos Quartet
Monday, September 23rd, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Patrick Higgins plays guitar with the band Zs and also composes in the contemporary classical vein. A double LP is coming out with two of his avant classical pieces, String Quartet No. 2 and Glacia, performed by the Mivos Quartet and remixed by Higgins. Tune in to Airborne Event tonight to hear excerpts from the compositions performed by Higgins on guitar and electronics, joined by Mivos violinist Joshua Modney.


Ed Lasko Part 3 (2013)
Monday, September 23rd, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Guest DJ Ed Lasko explores "The Sonic Truth: the PNW Story!" Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Adam Curtis
Monday, September 23rd, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Filmmaker Adam Curtis makes a live appearance on TMI this coming monday to talk about his upcoming performances at the Park Avenue Armory and his unique style of documentary filmmaking.


White Material
Sunday, September 22nd, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Established in 2012 by Young Male, DJ Richard and Galcher Lustwerk, the fledgling label who finds roots in the Providence noise scene courts reputation as skilled blacksmiths of the beatz. Young Male, Galcher Lustwerk and Morgan Louis will descend upon WFMU for one night, transforming Scones into a recreational club for exercise, health and physical well-being. Raise your union card, demand a fair wage, and weld the wheels of steel to the anthems of working man's techno: "gonna r** run, reachin' ain't high, you don't suck wha?, that's a damn lie."


James Lovell and musicians from Brittany: A Garifuna-Breton Musical Exchange
Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Musicians from two very different seafaring cultures are making music together this week in New York: James Lovell, New York-based Afro-Caribbean Garifuna singer and educator originally from Belize, bagpiper Damien Herrou of the Breton pipe-and-drum band Bagad Plougastell, and Armel An Hejer and Alain Leclere, traditional Kan ha Diskan singers visiting from Brittany in France. Lovell and his band will perform with the Breton musicians at an Inter-Celtic festival at Connolly's, West 45th St. on Friday night September 27th and at the Taste of France Festival in Bryant Park that weekend. But this unusual cross-cultural collaboration kicks off this Saturday night on WFMU!


Obits
Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T is pleased to once again welcome The Obits to the WFMU airwaves. The Brooklyn band, featuring former members of Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes and Edsel, have just released "Beds & Bugs," their 3rd LP of sterling post-hardcore. Hear them this Saturday, September 21st at 3pm EST on the Cherry Blossom Clinic then see them live that night at the Bell House in Brooklyn.


She Keeps Bees
Saturday, September 21st, 2013, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
She Keeps Bees has been recording since 2006, so a live appearance on WFMU is long overdue. A duo consisting of Jessica Larrabee on guitar and vocals and Andy LaPlant on drums, they produce a sound to rival bands with a more usual lineup of four or five members. Jessica writes songs that are deep, complex and unabashedly open. She also sings with a ferocity that few singers could hope to rival. All the while, Andy is working the drums like a dynamo. However, for this session they were kind enough to change from their usual format for this early morning radio time slot, and treat us to a rare set with both of them on electric guitars, and creating a vibe that is much more laid-back but no less profound. One of the things that should happen is that listeners who are not familiar with them will lose no time in seeking out their recordings.


Annika
Friday, September 20th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

You heard her on BTAwK in 2011 as the lead singer of young chick band Still Saffire, now hear her solo and completely live on Friday, September 20th, 9am - Noon! Even without the backing of a band of three other girls, Annika's original lyrics and melodies hit hard and resonate. Oh gawrsh, they just grow up so fast! Check her out here.


The Big Beat: The Story Of Fats Domino & His Band
Thursday, September 19th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Director Joe Lauro discusses his new documentary about the 65 year collaboration of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew and the birth of rock 'n' roll.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "The Cruise"
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "The Cruise" airs Weds. September 18th at 4pm (Eastern). Joe embarks on a luxury cruise ship tour from the tip of South America to Antarctica. The voyage turns out to be anything but pleasurable, as the ship endures bad weather, electrical outages, and sick passengers, while being piloted by a captain who is obsessed with an insatiable adulteress.


Richard Youngs
Monday, September 16th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Richard Youngs' new record of folk songs, Summer Through My Mind, finds him deconstructing Americana, hinting at sea shanties, and resurrecting the ghosts of incredible string bands past. Richard's always surprising and adventurous. He visits Airborne Event for a live set on September 16th during a rare US tour.


Burger Records
Monday, September 16th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Sean & Lee from Burger Records (Fullerton, CA)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Dirty Beaches
Monday, September 16th, 2013, 3:01pm - 6pm
on Scott Williams's show

Now Berlin-based, the project of perpetual man-without-a-place-of-his-own Alex Zhang Hungtai returns to Scott's show with a stunning new cinematic, dark & lonesome hour-long set with longtime collaborator Shub Roy. With new arrangements and an entire new battery of electronics, percussion and Mellotrons, this set is an amazing update on their bare set just a year ago. New album Drifters / Love is the Devil is out now on Zoo Music.


Barbez
Monday, September 16th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

The European-bohemian-inspired avant-rock ensemble Barbez continues to explore their musical Jewish heritage on a new album, "Bella Ciao." Conjuring a more Italian theme, the album was inspired by bandleader Dan Kaufman's meeting with composer Yotam Haber. Yotam introduced him to the mysterious, beguiling music of the Roman Jewish community, the oldest continuously living in that ancient city, which has been passed down mostly through oral tradition. Kaufman says "Bella Ciao"'s title track, probably the most famous artifact of the Italian Resistance, is central to the album's theme. Barbez gives the music their unique spin and drops by WFMU to play some of it live.


Early Bird String Band - bluegrass with a Norwegian twist
Saturday, September 14th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The high lonesome sound has taken root in the Land of the Midnight Sun! Earlybird Stringband is one of Norway's leading bluegrass bands. The group has been nominated twice for the Spellemannprisen Award (Norway's answer to the Grammys) and was runner-up for best European bluegrass band at a big Dutch festival.

But on its just-released third album LassoFolk, Earlybird branches out from straight-ahead bluegrass - by combining Norwegian folk styles with American roots. Fresh from appearances on Norwegian national TV and Radio, Earlybird is coming our way to show off its new cross-cultural sound. The band plays at the Norwegian Seaman's Church in midtown on Thursday before making its New Jersey radio debut Saturday night on FMU.


Robbie Fulks
Saturday, September 14th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes back triple threat (amazing writer, singer, guitar player) Robbie Fulks who has a new album out "Gone Away Backward" and is on tour and in town for a Mercury Lounge gig on Sept 18.


The Wrong Words
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
The Wrong Words return to WFMU to celebrate the release of their brand-new album, Everything Is Free (Trouble In Mind)! The 2011 debut from this Bay-area band was in Evan's Top 5 of 2011, and their melding of bands like Shoes, XTC and the Raspberries landed them on other Best-Of lists at WFMU and beyond. Their very first show on their fall tour is at WFMU, so the least you could do is listen. You won't regret it. Tune in at 9pm on Wednesday night, September 11.


Soft Dov
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week we are joined by New Brunswick NJ's Soft Dov. Raging dbeat hardcore full of knucklehead anthems. Now with more Kevin Manion (Hank Wood & the Hammerheads) on bass guitar. Power, power, sensual power.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Coma"
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Coma" airs Weds. September 11th at 4pm (Eastern). In this disorienting story, the narrator is hospitalized, in a coma and dying, yet he vividly imagines he's somewhere exciting, such as mountain-climbing, or partying in a French nightclub.


Nic Offer from !!!
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane's show
The lead singer for NYC disco-punk stalwarts !!! will be swinging by Duane's show for a DJ set and interview focusing on his influences and some solo endeavors, including Afro-tech music created while visiting Sierra Leone.


Barrence Whitfield
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The legendary soul screamer is back and better than ever, and calls in to WFMU to give us the lowdown on the new Barrence Whitfield and the Savages LP, 'Dig Thy Savage Soul!' The Savages, led by legendary guiarist Peter Greenberg (ex-Lyres/DMZ), provide the big beat from Boston that sends this act over the top! Storming into Philly Sept. 12, Sept. 13 at the Bell House in Brooklyn and many other places the rest of this year.


The Chapin Sisters
Monday, September 9th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Tune in when musical sisters Lily and Abigail Chapin, daughters of the musical Chapin family, visit Airborne Event. On their latest record, A Date With The Everly Brothers, they transpose the boys' harmonies across time and gender. They've also been touring as part of the band She & Him. They'll come to WFMU armed with guitar and banjo to share their music on September 9th.


Sample This: The Movie
Monday, September 9th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Dan Forrer, the Director of "Sample This," a movie about the Incredible Bongo Band! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Lakker
Sunday, September 8th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Straight outta Ireland, Lakker craft off-kilter soundscapes that never quite settle into comfortable techno grooves. The duo have released records on powerhouse labels like Blueprint, Stroboscopic Artefacts, and Killekill, and the man like Richard D. James himself has played out their tracks. Kick back with a scone or five and listen to an exclusive mix on this week's show.


Innovative Iranian singer Mohsen Namjoo + Adam Pogoff, director of Balkan music doc Brasslands
Saturday, September 7th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Brooklyn-based singer and setar player Mohsen Namjoo is one of Iran's most popular performers. But his songs have upset musical purists by mixing Persian classical traditions with popular styles like rock, blues and jazz. And his daring lyrical content really upset the Iranian government, which sentenced him, in absentia, to five years in prison. We'll get the story from Mohsen - and he'll give us a bit of intimate live performance. We'll also meet Rachel Cooper of the Asia Society who to talks about the Society's new Iran Modern exhibition and a sister series of concerts, New Sounds From Iran, that kicks off with a show by Namjoo later tonight.

Then, filmmmaker Adam Pogoff Joins us for a musical sampling of his new documentary Brasslands, which follows New York's Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band as it travels to a legendary brass band festival in Serbia. Brasslands will be shown alongside performances by Frank London and the Sazet Band at Drom in the East Village on Sunday evening September 22, as part of this fall's ninth annual NY Gypsy Festival.


Margaret Ross of the Cookies
Saturday, September 7th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes Margaret Ross of the Cookies who had two top twenty hits "Don't Say Nothing Bad (About My Baby)" and "Chains" (which was covered by The Beatles), and who as background singers contributed to scores of well known hits like Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" and Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion." She'll be in town for THE GIRL GROUP SOUND SPECTACULAR at BB Kings September 8th featuring original Members of the Cookies, the Toys, the Exciters, Reparata and the Delrons, the Jaynetts, the Raindrops & more, including Baby Washington and Maxine Brown!


Joseph Walsh
Thursday, September 5th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Night People
Tune in to Night People for a rare interview with "California Split" screenwriter Joey Walsh as they discuss Robert Altman, the greatest gambling movie ever made, and his recent book "Gambler on the Loose."


Kicking Spit
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week we are very pleased to be joined by New Brunswick heroes Kicking Spit. Creeping from every basement, bar, or bowling alley that will have them, Kicking Spit plays insanely catchy rock and roll, in the vein of a more punk Dinosaur Jr., with a more laid back vibe than their Don Giovanni label-mates Screaming Females. Check out their brand new LP Negative Feedback, and go catch them live as they're just back in town from a Midwest Tour.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Third World Country"
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Third World Country " airs Weds. September 4th at 4pm (Eastern). Wherever he goes, Joe is confronted by squalor, misery, and human suffering, and he reacts with brutal candor. This episode is not for the sensitive at heart.


J-Zone
Wednesday, September 4th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane's show
The Hip Hop Villain is returning once again to spin a guest set, philosophize on mic & talk a bit about his excellent new album "The Peter Pan Syndrome". The notoriously curmudgeonly emcee/producer officially "Retired" from emceeing some 7 years ago, and wrote a critically acclaimed memoir called "Root For the Villain: Rap, Bull$shit & A celebration of failure." But as J-Zone so eloquently put it, "Inspiration always knocks on the door when you're trying to get some sleep." Years later, J-Zone has finished and self-released "The Peter-Pan Syndrome," and will pay a return visit to Duane's show to spin some records, talk trash & relay insight into what motivated him to return to the game he loves/loathes so much.


Experimental Cassette Culture with Ryan Martin (Dais Records)
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Our fourth annual visit from the caretaker of Brooklyn's Dais Records and Robert & Leopold tape label; Ryan Martin brings along another assortment of amazing experimental cassettes past and present to the program today. As usual, we'll be documenting visuals of the artifacts on the live playlist page.


R.A. The Rugged Man
Monday, September 2nd, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with R.A. The Rugged Man (Long Island, NY)! Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!


Ian McLagan
Saturday, August 31st, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Ian McLagan, legendary keyboard player for The Faces & The Small faces who lives in Austin Texas these days and is busier then ever fronting his own band, painting, writing books and playing on sessions.


Jeff Labes
Thursday, August 29th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Night People
Pianist, composer and arranger Jef Labes checks in with Night People to discuss his work with Van Morrison (Moondance, Veedon Fleece), Bonnie Raitt and more!



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