Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Terry Adams and Tom Ardolino
Saturday, April 10th, 2010, 9am - 11am
Bob Brainen's show
Terry and Tom - former half of NRBQ - will be guest DJs.

Joe Pop-O-Pie
Friday, April 9th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Joe Pop-O-Pie was the man behind the early 80's SF punk-with-a-twist band the Pop-O-Pies, who recorded such underground West Coast classics as "The Catholics Are Attacking," "Fascists Eat Donuts" and of course their version of the Dead's "Truckin," which they would regularly force fans to endure as they played extended, seemingly never ending versions of the hippie anthem at such SF old school punk meccas as the Mabuhay Gardens. Disbanded for many many years Joe recently decided to reform the Pop-O-Pies and they will open for Faith No More in SF on April 12th. A few days earlier Joe Pop-O-Pie will talk by phone with Billy Jam on Put The Needle On The Record.

Nardwuar vs. Roky Erickson & Will Sheff, Mistah Fab and Killer Mike
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Roky speaks! Mistah Fab raps! Killer Mike educates! Check out some interviews Nardwuar did at SXSW this year! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Jessica Kane
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Artist/storyteller Jessica Kane joins Irwin for two hours of collaborative programming. Music will be interspersed with tracks from Kane's new 4-CD collection of autobiographical vignettes, "Straining to Parallel Park in an Empty Field." Kane's stories segue from her childhood with an overbearing, sarcastic single mom, to her screwed-up apartment life in hipster Brooklyn, to rural cabin-dwelling in the Adirondacks with her part-caveman husband Chris. Kane devotes quite a few stories to chronicles of her ongoing love-hate relationship with Chris.

On Friday April 9, Kane will appear at a release party for her CD set at New York's Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th Street, from 7:30-8:30.

Bare Wires
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Head Wire Matthew Melton describes his band's sound as "slop-pop" or "smooth punk," the result of merging the songwriting sensibility of, say, Arthur Lee with the glam-rock production techniques of Slade or The Sweet. The result is a kind of Real Kids meets Clone Defects sound that's catchy and irresistible. Go ahead, tune in on Tuesday April 6 at 11pm and try to resist. You can also see them live on Friday the 2nd at Don Pedro's and Saturday the 3rd at Bruar Falls, both in Brooklyn; then they head back across the US to their home in Oakland. And be sure to pick up their "Artificial Clouds" album on Tic Tac Totally.

2 bands: The Bamboo Kids and the Ribeye Brothers
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Bamboo Kids have been mainstays of the New York scene for a decade, carrying the torch of the city's punk-rock past into the 21st Century. Their newest release is "The Way things Are" on Drug Front Records.

The Ribeyes, from Red Bank, N.J., make their third appearance at WFMU, bashing out their own special blend of garage/swamp/barnyard rock.

Seijiro Murayama
Tuesday, April 6th, 2010, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
All the way from France, Seijiro Murayama stops by WFMU on his first tour in the US since 1982 when he came as a member of Keiji Haino's band. In the past, he's collaborated with the likes of Tom Cora, KK Null and Fushitsusha.  Today Seijiro will surely drop some otherworldly and spacious sounds on the Love Room with his minimalist solo snare drum setup.  Get ready.

All Cassette Show
Monday, April 5th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
My cassette pets. A whole show of cassettes. Tapes. In little plastic shells. Hi bias.

Live from Portland, Oregon with FMU expats Belinda, Hova and Tony Coulter
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A live broadcast from WFMU's northwestern retirement outpost, Portland Oregon. Rob trades tracks as well as Portland record store, restaurant, cafe and craft brew tips with established emigres Belinda and Hova as well as PDX newcomer Tony Coulter. Tony returns to the FMU airwaves for the first time since he hitched his wagon in July.

WFMU Remote from Community Skratch Games Galway, Ireland
Friday, April 2nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's globetrotting remote broadcast unit will return to Ireland for its fifth visit when Billy Jam will broadcast live from Galway during the Community Skratch Games - the annual European hip-hop scratch DJ event held each Easter weekend in the West of Ireland. Scheduled live performances for the special WFMU showcase will include Ireland's premiere turntablist crew Vince Mack Mahon, Scotland's Nonima & The Audiologist, Johnny Doobs, Jimmy Penguin and Ventolyn & Becotyde, Bitwise Operator, Tony Higgins (former drummer with So-Cow), the emcees Jay Red and Muipead, plus more TBA. Put The Needle On The Record, WFMU live remote from Galway's Bell Book and Candle bookstore/cafe on April 2nd, Good Friday: 8pm to 11pm local time, or 3pm to 6pm Jersey City time.

Tony Conrad, Genesis Breyer P. Orridge, and Eddie O'Dowd
Thursday, April 1st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Tony Conrad began his career in the early 1960's in New York city's underground film and music scenes (his "Flicker" is a landmark of experimental cinema, and he worked alongside LaMonte Young, John Cale, and Angus Maclise, etc. in the development of early minimalism in music). Genesis Breyer P. Orridge started out in the late 1960's with art collective Coum Transmissions, followed by the groundbreaking music/performance group Throbbing Gristle and followed yet again by another influential group: Psychic TV, which continues today as PTV3, among other projects. Tony and Genesis were introduced several years ago and later decided to work together. They have graciously agreed to come to WFMU to perform live for us and our listeners in this rare appearance. Tune in!

Julianna Barwick
Thursday, April 1st, 2010, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble will welcome the lovely and talented Julianna Barwick on This is the Modern World on April 1. Her otherworldly voice will charm the April Fool's Day out of you. Stay tuned from 9am-noon for transcendental lift-off.

Fluorescent Vibes
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Fluorescent Vibes (Corey Bauer & Phillip Gerson, electronics) coat early-Cluster & Eno-like washes and analog pulsations with a coalescing layer of powdered concrete crunch. These guys have a plan, as opposed to the perhaps more common (though often effective) methodry of slamming on a few pedals and hoping for the best. Their cassettes for Obsolete Units and Baked Tapes reveal an album-based mindset, where each tape side comprises a fully enveloping composition. Also look soon for a new C-15 on Cryptic Carousel (Corey's own label) of 2009 live excerpts. You can also check out great vimeo sets from Fluorescent Vibes, first "Monochrome Splash" as well as this live clip on the My Castle of Quiet vimeo channel.

Nardwuar vs. John Lydon
Wednesday, March 31st, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
A brand new interview with John Lydon who is up and gigging again with Public Image Limited! How long can Nardwuar last? How long can Johnny last? How long can you, the WFMU listener, last? Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Pissed Jeans
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Someday they may settle down and listen to Tom Petty and Astrud Gilberto like the rest of us, but now several records down the line Eastern Pennsylvania's Pissed Jeans continue to churn out ugly, malevolent, sexually alienated/frustrated and boredom-damaged rock music. At a total peak right now with their latest "King of Jeans" on Sub Pop, the Jeans have aged and matured' but instead of going soft they've only honed in on the fine art of destruction with even more precision in channeling the frayed-cable attack of Black Flag, Flipper, Drunks With Guns and more. In October, they turned the stage of WFMU Fest in Brooklyn into a wasteland of broken mic stands and (much) vomit, and might have put in rock show of the year. Hear 'em with Brian in the WFMU studios today.

The Saucy Jacks
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Classic powerpop steeped in garage goodness from San Francisco.

Malachai Live + Original Source Materials
Monday, March 29th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

It's OK if you haven't heard Malachai yet, because they just got here from another planet.  Well, they went to Bristol first, made an album called "Ugly Side of Love" for Domino Records, and now they're coming to the United States for the first time. Definitely will be their first time in Jersey City. Sound-wise? A little Kinks stomp, a little dark Portishead turntablism, and the otherworldy party vibe of the Avalanches - blended to become more than the sum of those parts. Catch them live March 24th at Le Poisson Rouge or for a DJ set on the 25th at Treehouse.

Bonnie Jones and Samita Sinha
Monday, March 29th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Bonnie Jones and Samita Sinha create a new and ethereal kind of vocal music. Jones was born in South Korea and raised by dairy farmers in New Jersey, and works with Joe Foster in the duo English. Sinha has studied the Mandarin language and classical Hindustani vocal music. Their two voices, when met with electronic processes, constitutes a beauty you've not heard before.

South By Southwest World Music Review
Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Rob and National Geographic World Music's Tom Pryor report back on the world-musicky goings on at SXSW Music 2010, sampling selections by showcasing artists and sharing their impressions. Among the many events Rob and Tom will revisit are Dengue Fever's climactic set at the WFMU / Aquarius showcase at Encore (as heard live on WFMU), the annual world / international showcase presented by public radio show "The World" at Momo's, the Remezcla alt.latin showcase at Antone's featuring (among others) Colombian up and comers Choc Quib Town and Bomba Estereo, and Mexico's legendary indie rock pioneers Maldita Vecindad; and lots more. Plus Austin chow memories (from migas and jalapeno kielbasa to kimchi tacos and birria - Jaliscan meat soup). Plus, your host and guest's thoughts about how world music fared at SXSW Music 2010 - and how world musicky artists and fans can find unlikely opportunities at this massive but overwhelmingly rock and roll-oriented festival / conference / youth culture bacchanal.

Jeff Lescher of Green and Jimmy Walker of The Knickerbockers
Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with two pop music legends: Jeff Lescher of the Chicago band Green whose recently re-release debut LP set the standard for exciting college rock when it was released in 1986. Lescher discusses the trials of keeping an indie band together and making quality music for 25+ years. Jimmy Walker, drummer of The Knickerbockers, tells the story behind the band's #1 hit "Lies" and their rollercoaster ride through the '60s music business.

Tamio Shiraishi/Brian Osborne/Jeffrey Shurdut Trio
Saturday, March 27th, 2010, 2am - 6am
Nat Roe
With one of the most violent yet conceptually restrained sounds this side of Albert Ayler, the new Shiraishi/Osborne/Shurdut group is a veteran trio of sax, guitar and drums. Shiraishi's unrelenting wails in the sax's high register meld with blistering feedback from Shurdut's guitar. Brian Osborne's scattered drumming style lends some dynamic depth to the assault. On their own, each of these musicians has performed with top players in free jazz and noise. Together, the band is on a clear mission; to challenge your mind until brain hemorrhaging occurs.

Pass The Mic 2010
Friday, March 26th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU Pass The Mic 2010 is this year's installment of the annual live roundtable freestyle hip-hop MC session - when emcees Bisco Smith, Homeboy Sandman, Broke MC, Preacher, Eagle Nebula, Propaganda Anonymous and Rabbi Darkside will all improv their rhymes 100% off the tops of their heads on Put The Needle On The Record.

The Moto-Gators
Thursday, March 25th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Rock & roll, R & B and surf music gets an instrumental workout live in the studio courtesy of the awe-inspiring Moto-Gators.

DJ set by Joel from Tropicalia in Furs
Thursday, March 25th, 2010, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble welcomes Joel from The fab New York City record store "Tropicalia in Furs" for a guest DJ set. Joel has recently released the most outrageous and fabulous compilation of previously overlooked Brazilian psychedelia, and he is coming out to WFMU to share the good tunes and good vibes.

Aluk Todolo, live from WFMU Fest, 10.1.2009
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

These very busy, talented Frenchmen (whose combined credits also include the black metal band Diamatregon, the insane hard rock of Gunslingers, and the excellent Amourtout productions label) opened WFMU's 3-day music festival this past October at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band combines black metal gooey cobweb vibes and hyperdrive 2/4 with a thudding, Krautrock insistence, and no messy vocals. Just when you're chugging along--big, ugly, stone doors open and monsters come out. Thanks to Brian Turner for coaxing AT across land and sea, and for all his hard work on the mighty Fest, and to Scott Williams for the recording. These tracks, collectively a 28-minute excerpt of Aluk Todolo's set, were remixed and wax-stamped by the band themselves. Tune in for Wm. Berger's exclusive airing of these tracks (which, per the band's request, will be aired this once, and will not be available for download via our blog or FMA).

The Peanut Butter Underwear Episode of Seven Second Delay, at The UCB Theater next Wednesday March 24th
Wednesday, March 24th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to NYC's Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater next Wednesday, March 24th from 6-7pm for the great Peanut Butter Underwear live broadcast. After making his fashion statement, Andy joins Ken in welcoming comedian Eugene Mirman, poetry memorizer Poez, and musician Franklin Bruno. Hilarity is scheduled to ensue and not because of Andy's attire. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, and this time, we guarantee $5 worth of entertainment.

Andy Shernoff
Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The legendary songwriter/founder/bassist of the Dictators and Manitoba's Wild Kingdom has put together a new show called "When Giants Walked The Earth: A Musical Memoir by Andy Shernoff." Andy brings it to Maxwell's in Hoboken on March 27 and stops by FMU to play a few tunes and give us a preview.

Larisa Mann AKA DJ Ripley
Monday, March 22nd, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
On the radio tonight: special guest from Oakland, Larisa Mann AKA DJ Ripley! She'll start by sharing some Jamaican "answer tunes" which will flow into a larger discussion of music as a dynamic social practice (and not simply a collection of objects/recordings).

Jon Rose
Monday, March 22nd, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Experimenter, inventor, innovator and provocateur Jon Rose doesn't just play the violin, he is about the violin. He has played with and played off of violin history and iconography through recordings, books, theatrical productions and film. He is also one of the world's preeminent barbed wire fence players. He visits WFMU to talk about his instruments and his passions.

Turkish Rock Special
Saturday, March 20th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Meet members of Turkey's most adventurous and innovative rock bands, through interviews Rob recorded last year on location in Turkey: Barkin Engin, guitarist with Istanbul's dark and dynamic Replikas, one of Turkey's longest running indie bands - notably featured in Fatih Akin's Istanbul music documentary film Crossing the Bridge. And Işık Sarıhan, drummer with Ankara's neo-psychedelic explorers Hayvanlar Alemi.

WFMU & Aquarius Records SXSW Showcase live from Austin, TX
Friday, March 19th, 2010, 8pm - 2am
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

WFMU teams up again this year with our pals at Aquarius Records in San Francisco to drop a 14-band live extravagaza in Texas! Once again, we'll be hosting our very own showcase at SXSW in Austin, and broadcasting live. It all happens on Friday, March 19th at 7pm (central) at Encore (formerly Spiro's) on 611 Red River downtown. Our lineup is a mix of the heavy, damaged, darkly, punk, weird, noisy, poppy, trippy sounds, some hometown NY/SF heroes representing in Austin, and even a full on Cambodian psych-pop dance party at night's end! WFMU curated: Pierced Arrows, Liturgy, Sonny & the Sunsets, Dengue Fever, Drunkdriver, Home Blitz, Moon Duo. From Aquarius: True Widow, Shit & Shine, Todd, Epileptinomicon, Headdress, Iron Man, and Speedwolf! Check out our home page for links to more info and sounds to preview from the bands! WFMU's Liz Berg, Scott Williams, Brian Turner, Diane Kamikaze and Jason Sigal will be in attendance so if you're in Austin come on down and say hi! WFMU will have some swag, as well as posters specially designed by famous UK artist Savage Pencil!

Tribute to Notrious B.I.G. (Noah fills in for Diane)
Thursday, March 18th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains will be paying a 9 day late tribute to the great Notorious B.I.G. with DJ BrownBum and Noah. Hits, rarities, b-sides, guest spots etc will be going around and around!

2010 Marathon Finale with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia
Sunday, March 14th, 2010, 7pm - Midnight
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
WFMU rounds out our 2010 Marathon with a big ol' finale party that will be broadcast live from Maxwell's in Hoboken. Expect all-out insanity as WFMU's Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia take the stage with live band karaoke, featuring 40 of your favorite DJs belting out (our version of) the hits! We hope to reach our goal of raising $1.2 million, with 1,000 Mouse of Today pledges. Help us get there! At midnight, we'll draw a lucky winner for a trip for two to Barcelona (pledge $1000 or more to be eligible)!

Telecult Powers featuring Lala Ryan of Excepter and Sister Jillian
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
A Special Working for the Continued Prosperous Creativity of WFMU! Gliding along on the razor's edge between mysteries and secrets, Telecult Powers will return to Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet on the 10th of March, during the 2010 WFMU Marathon, to perform The Modern Rites of the Golden Age of Pei. 

The individual performers of these rites will be Excepter's Lala Ryan as the queen witch Hecate, Sister Jillian of the Crow Hill Gnostic Temple as the moon goddess Diana, & will feature Telecult's Mister Matthews & Witchbeam as their hounds. You may wonder what the purpose is...  Initiation? Contact? Creation? All will be revealed to those with patience, and those who donate are guaranteed psychic illuminations.

Yo La Tengo plays covers for pledges, with Pseu Braun and Gaylord Fields presiding
Friday, March 5th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Pseu Braun
Yo La Tengo return live to the WFMU Marathon! Fresh from their Australia/New Zealand tour, Ira, James, Georgia and pal Bruce visit the WFMU Marathon once again for your cover song requests! It's simple, tune in and pledge, hosts Pseu Braun and Gaylord Fields throw them your pitch and they'll hit it out of the park. It's your only chance to program YLT's set list, don't miss out (while helping your favorite freeform station operate another year)!

Ted Leo and Jon Wurster
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
Tune into Week One of The Best Show On WFMU's fundraising show to hear the one and only TED LEO and JON WURSTER live in studio. Ted is coming by to play some songs and have some fun, and he's got some awesome surprises up his sleeve. Jon will be doing some hilarious stuff, and again - he's got a sleeve as well, and there are also surprises up his too! It's gonna be a great time, so tune in and be entertained while making your pledges!

Rana Santacruz
Saturday, February 27th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Accordionist and singer Rana Santacruz is at the vanguard of New York's burgeoning Mexican emigre music scene, leading a sharp young band that runs a wildly eclectic gamut from rancheras to rock, bluegrass to Mariachi, Nueva Cancion to Irish music. His solo debut cd Chicavasco is hot off the presses - a big gig to celebrate its release is coming up at Joe's Pub on March 4. We get a preview tonight with Rana and band live in the studio.

The Black Hollies
Saturday, February 27th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is proud to welcome Jersey City heroes The Black Hollies back to the Cherry Blossom Clinic! Their latest album "Softly Towards the Light" (Ernest Jennings records) has been blowing people away with its mix of heavy psych freakouts, soulful vocals and top notch songwriting--it even ranked third on Terre's Top Faves for 2009! You can check them out live at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ later that night, but hear them do their thing earlier that day on the Cherry Blossom Clinic! And go to for more information!

Nardwuar vs. Snoop Doggy Dogg
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Snoop Dogg from 2000, 2002, 2003 & 2007! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

DJ Orion
Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Austin's DJ Orion will join Rupture for a live set! The producer/MC/turntablist's foundation in salsa, hip-hop, and electronica led to a brand new album of dancefloor-optimized cumbia edits and originals, and he'll be bringing it live straight from Texas.

Armando Iannucci
Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Comedian Armando Iannucci talks about Truth, Fiction, Comedy, Milton, his Oscar-nominated movie, "In the Loop," and his television/movie/radio/twitter career on Too Much Information.

Jesse Torrisi
Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Sitting behind the drums was not enough for Jesse Torrisi. After pounding the skins in a dozen New York rock bands (Unisex Salon, Laptop, Les Fleurs Tragiques), Ms. Torrisi decided it was time to bring her songwriting frontside. Her debut, through the streets of Brazil, Brooklyn, & New Orleans--places Jessie's lived in the last decade. Jesse Torrisi and bandmates play live on WFMU.

Breaking terrible records
Sunday, February 21st, 2010, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Join Dan for catharsis with a hammer. In this very special episode of Airborne Event, Dan will play really bad recordings (like, even worse than what he usually plays), then smash them with a hammer while describing why they suck so much. Included will be select musical space-wasters from Dan's overstuffed personal collection, as well as donations of CDs, LPs, and cassettes that deserve to die. There's still time to email Dan at danb at wfmu dot org to find out how to donate those embarrassing '80s cassingles you've been hiding in a shoebox for two decades. If you submit it, Dan promises that he will destroy it. And don't miss the exciting finale -- you will be shocked and amazed at how devoted, how downright businesslike, Dan can be when annihilating records! Not for the faint-hearted.

Bird Show
Saturday, February 20th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
Daniel Blumin's show
Ex-Town and Country guitarist and member of Singer and Soft Circle Ben Vida has released three solo albums as Bird Show on Kranky and has now expanded the project into a true-blue collaboration feat. Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, Dan Bitney and John Herndon (the latter two of Tortoise). Bird Show Group, a new album just released on Amish is a real doozy! We'll be discussing the record and broadcasting an exclusive piece recorded by Ben especially for WFMU. Get your synthesizer patches ready and check out Bird Show at Le Poisson Rouge with Four Tet on February 17th.

Saturday, February 20th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Guitarist Yoshi Fruchter and his potent Judeo-tinged but multi-faceted all-instrumental outfit Pitom sets WFMU studio B ablaze. It's a full-throttle tune up for the Tzadik-label artists' eagerly awaited show at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. on the Lower East Side on Wednesday March 10. Tune in for a searing live set - and to learn how puppetry begets downtown gigs, among other mysteries of the trade!

Yummy Fur
Saturday, February 20th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic could not be more excited to host the 10 year reunion of the legendary Yummy Fur! This amazing and influential Scottish combo rewrote the pop history books back in the early to mid-90s and upon disbanding went on to form bands like Male Nurse, 1990s, Country Teasers and Franz Ferdinand. They've got a compilation, "Piggy Wings: The Collected Yummy Fur" coming out soon on What's Your Rupture, but before that drops, listen to them blast through their classics from their WFMU live session recorded from their recent 1st ever tour of the USA!

Rob Swift
Friday, February 19th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
As both an accomplished solo artist and member of the acclaimed turntablist crew the X-ecutioners (formerly the X-Men) Jackson Heights, NY DJ/producer Rob Swift has built quite a rep for himself over the past two decades. The ever prolific artist will soon release his latest solo album, "The Architect," on Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings. And to celebrate the occasion on the Friday before its release, February 19th, Rob Swift will stop by WFMU to talk about his illustrious career and show off his turntable skills.

Towering Heroic Dudes
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

TO HELL WITH PRECIPITATION -- WE'LL GET DRUNK ON CHEAP WINE. Prevented from appearing on the Castle last week by the punishing, icy flakes, this Brooklyn noise supergroup visit Wm. Berger's show to create a triumphant, layered and complex din, descendant of early electroacoustic ensembles like AMM and Scratch Orchestra. (Think AMM's '66-'68 live sessions, through an American, pocket-tee filter.) No source seems to be off the table, as prerecorded signals are warped, an electric bass suggests resonant "follow me" tones, a turntable gets abused, an alto gets whipped out, and digital doo-dads, keyboards and guitar amps generally get the crap beaten out of them (and are occasionally coddled.) THD (as they are economically known) did not start out as a bunch of dudes, oh no, and their lineup has shifted over the years around the energetic constant of Neil Vendrick (Another Tombstone Dream, Random Tapes), who's currently flanked by Nathan Rulli (Laurel Craig, Enerver, head of Abandon Ship records) and Paul Haney (Rust Worship, Enerver, head of Obsolete Units records.) THD have CDrs out on Obsolete Units and Phase! Records, as well as a tape on Cryptic Carousel.

Nardwuar vs. The Horrors and Joan Jett!
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
The Horrors from London plus Joan Jett, and a special appearance by Kenny Laguna! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater on February 17th
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan, Wednesday night February 17th from 6-7pm for another live radio broadcast. Joining Ken and Andy will be author Peter Kling on how WFMU listeners can best prepare for Armageddon, Cool Voiceover guy Xavier Paul, Bronx Culinary Legend Baron Ambrosia and The Main Squeeze Orchestra, the western world's only all-female, all-accordian orchestra. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but Andy is made of money, so you can get a full refund simply by bumping into him on the way out.

Yoko Ono
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

At 77, Yoko Ono has just released one of her best records, "Between My Head and the Sky," a cosmic and kinetic set of songs featuring Daniel Carter, Yuka Honda, son Sean and others in what looks like a full resurrection of the Plastic Ono Band moniker. In fact, an epic big-band version will be performing a (now sold-out) set at BAM on February 16th with a lineup that will include the boggling collision of Cornelius, Paul Simon, Thurston Moore, Jim Keltner, Haruomi Hosono, Eric Clapton, Kim Gordon and Bette Midler. Tune in that afternoon when Brian gets the exciting opportunity to sit down with Yoko at her studio and delve into the life and mind of one of the great avant-garde figures in conceptual, performance, visual and sound art.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Detroit free guitar/drums duo of Chris Riggs (Holy Cheever Church label) and Ben Hall (brokenresearch label & 1/2 of Graveyards) turn in a set of smart yet barbarous improv. Snare cracks, cymbal shuffles, harmonic burrs, Derek Bailey thought bubbles, violent scrapes and wtf silence; it's all here.

Monday, February 15th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The band of troubadours who call themselves "Ohioan" set off from the Northwest last autumn, seeking alms and opportunities to spread joy. The road claimed a good 3/4 of the band, but they made it with their swirling psychic folk to WFMU's Love Room last November, only to have any record of their presence destroyed. Endless hours of labor has resulted in the reconstruction of their visit, and it is with great pride that we present to you Ohioan on the Brother Lucy Lost and Lovelorn Post-Valentine's Day Spectacular, Monday, Feb. 15 at midnight.

Emitt Rhodes
Saturday, February 13th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
ichael chats with pop music legend Emitt Rhodes - who started drumming as a teen in the house band at L.A. nightclub Hullabaloo, The Palace Guard, then fronted The Merry-Go-Round (who had a hit with "Live"), then released a series of solo albums that made him a critical favorite & earned him a cult following. After some bad business dealings and ten years of non stop work - he was burned out at age 24. He'll discuss his latest attempt at a comeback, his struggle with his mental & physical health, his creative process and much more in this startlingly honest interview.

Towering Heroic Dudes
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Towering Heroic Dudes live on My Castle of Quiet has been postponed due to local inclement weather. A middle finger to the heavens!

Nardwuar vs. Timothy Leary, Rye Rye and "Weird Al" Yankovic!
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Tim Leary, Baltimore rapper Rye Rye and "Weird Al" all in conversation with Nard! Doot doo!

Teengirl Fantasy
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Chill out synth house break masters Teengirl Fantasy take a time out from recording their debut record for True Panther Sounds to stop by the WFMU studios for a live set. Armed with a stack of gear full of flashing lights they spent the last few months taking over late night discos in Amsterdam. Now that they are back stateside they are poised to lay waste to dance floors and hearts across the nation.

DJ Chaos X / Eye from Boredoms DJ Set
Monday, February 8th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
DJ Chaos X, a.k.a. Eye, lead brain of the otherworldly Psychedelic Japanese Punk Rock Visionaries BOREDOMS, sent Trent a DJ set that has probably never been heard anywhere else, and it is mindblowing. Tune in to Sound and Safe on Monday February 8th to hear it.

Vitamin D
Monday, February 8th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Brooklyn-based Vitamin D plays what they call "trumpety thought pop." Fronted by trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Dennis Cronin, the music is graceful, catchy and bittersweet. Vitamin D just released their second album, "Bridge," and they'll play some of it live on WFMU.

Alessandro Bosetti / Adachi Tomomi
Monday, February 8th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Two experimental sound artists, one from Japan and the other from Italy, converged in WFMU's Love Room to submerge themselves in text and sound and numbers and repetition and alteration and repetition. And numbers. Neither song nor story, somewhere between music and prose, there's is a project without precedent. Except for some. Judge for yourself Monday, Feb. 8 at midnight on WFMU's Kurt Gottschalk's Brother Lucy's Show.

Tanya Tagaq
Saturday, February 6th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Tanya Tagaq is a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning Inuit singer from Nunavut in far northern Canada. She has morphed the region's traditional throat-singing (which you may be familiar with from the acclaimed Inuit indie film Atanarjuat) into her own wildly dynamic, very un-traditional style. She's noted for her collaborations, having worked with Björk and Kronos Quartet among others. Tanya will join Kronos and an array of Arctic artists for a big northern-climes concert extravaganza, "Tundra Songs", at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Saturday, March 13. On tonight's show she previews her latest CD, Auk/Blood.

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound
Saturday, February 6th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is honored to welcome Dennis Diken and Bell Sound to the Cherry Blossom Clinic! Diken is already a living legend for his three-plus decades with the Smithereens, but now he steps out from behind the drumset with his long-awaited solo debut "Late Music" on Cryptovision Records. Hear why Diken's "Late Music" was in Terre T's top 5 albums of 2009! Brian Wilson said that these guys have class, so see for yourself at the Record Collector in Bordentown NJ on February 6th or at Maxwell's on February 13th, but be sure to tune into the Cherry Blossom Clinc to hear them live FIRST! Get more info here.

Iron Man
Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Doom Metal Legends Iron Man from Baltimore will be performing live on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine Thursday February 4th, around 11:20 pm. Check them out at the Clash Bar in Clifton on January 29th, and check out their great new, savagely heavy CD: "I Have Returned", on the Shadow Kindgom record label!

Andre Williams and Nick Tosches
Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
In anticipation of their joint reading event at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, musical and literary legends "Nitro" Nick Tosches and Andre "Greasy Chicken" Williams drop by to discuss Andre's fiction debut "Sweets and Other Stories."

Damon and Naomi
Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 6am - 9am
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Damon and Naomi, who are playing a show this Saturday, January 30th at the 92Y Tribeca, chatted with Underwater Theme Park with Meghan about touring, meatballs and Galaxie 500 days in Boston.  The interview will be joined with some live clips of their show on her Thursday February 4th webcast, from 6-9 am.

Sore Eros
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Sore Eros is a psych-pop/folk project led by Robert Robinson, from Northampton, MA. Robinson and frequent collaborator Adam Langelloti have visited the WFMU studios before as members of Gary War's band. Last year, Shdwply Records released Sore Eros' Second Chants LP, which garnered comparisons to early Pink Floyd by The Wire Magazine. The album featured a guest appearance by Kurt Vile, who appeared alongside Sore Eros, Ariel Pink, Gary War and others on the Light Dead Sea compilation. We'll hear excerpts from this rare compilation as well as a live set from the 4-piece incarnation of Sore Eros this morning on Talk's Cheap.

James Blackshaw
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Virtuoso 12-string guitarist James Blackshaw brings his modal and improvisatory guitar stylings to WFMU. Known as an instrumentalist of the post-Fahey variety, Blackshaw combines a deep advocacy for folk tradition with a lush, modern, and intimate take on fingerstyle guitar.

Chris Koch
Monday, February 1st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Darkness covers Chris Koch's musical world view with a twist of jazz. Which is not to say he's a complete pessimist. There are beautiful moments in the music, featuring members of the NJ outside jazzers Monkeyworks, also heard on his latest disc, "Scenes from the Coastal Evacuation." Chris Koch brings a live set to WFMU.

Fiery Furnaces
Monday, February 1st, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The sibling core of The Fiery Furnaces came by to visit The Brother Lucy Show on the heels of their final tour of 2009 and just before the start of the first tour of 2010, or during a break in their tour supporting their new album "Take Me Round Again." Taking advantage of the Love Room's Farfisa, piano and drums, they played a lovingly guitar-free set of old and new songs. Check it Monday, Feb 1 between 12 and 3 am on WFMU's The Brother Lucy Show with Kurt Gottschalk.

World Music Institute 25th Anniversary Retrospective
Saturday, January 30th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
New York's esteemed non-profit multi-culti concert concert presenter World Music Institute (WMI) has produced many memorable concerts over its first quarter-century. We'll take a look back with recordings from the archives and reminiscences with WMI's royal couple, Robert and Helene Browning. Plus a peek into the future including a preview of WMI's annual New York Flamenco Festival which kicks off February 11.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is excited to host the Nouvellas' return to WFMU this Saturday January 30th. Rising from the ashes of the Dansettes, Nouvellas maintain their former bands grooving '60s thump while adding a little more rock and even country to the mix, and the twin femme vocal attack of Jaime Kozyra and Leah Fishman is as breathtaking as ever. Check them out later that night (Jan 30) at Cameo in Brooklyn or on Feb 26th at Asbury Lanes in NJ with the Turbo Fruits AND Feb 27th at the Cake Shop NYC, but tune into the CBC to hear them live this Saturday January 30th! And find out more at!

Jack Splash, Bisc-1, Buckshot, and Hip-Hop Karaoke Championship Contestants
Friday, January 29th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Contestants from the Hip-Hop Karaoke Championship finals, later that night at Irving Plaza in NYC, will be put to the rap test when Billy Jam will play various instrumentals to see just how well they know their hip-hop music. Other guests on the show will include contest judge and longtime Brooklyn emcee Buckshot (Boot Camp Click/Black Moon), emcee Bisc-1, and artist/producer Jack Splash who will be calling in live from LA.

Taylor Negron
Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 2am - 6am
Night People
Tune into Night People this week as Dave & Sandy continue to blaze a trail into 2010 with everyone's favorite mailman, pizza delivery man, taxi driver and comedian- actor, Taylor Negron. He'll be discussing his roles in such Hollywood classics as "Better Off Dead," "One Crazy Summer," and "Bad Medicine" as well as his new one man show "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron." Set your alarms now!!

Nardwuar vs. Jemina Pearl plus Jay Reatard (r.i.p)
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
This week  Nardwuar is doing his show LIVE yet again from CiTR in Vancouver!  He'll be taking your calls / emails/ tweets to his guest, Jemina Pearl! Call 604 822 2487 to ask a question, email or tweet @nardwuar! Plus there also will be an older interview with Jay Reatard ( r.i.p).

The Dark Brothers
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

New Jersey supergroup featuring members of Shirk Circus, Electric Frankenstein, Johnny & the Has-Beens and Puggle returns to WFMU for a second time!

Monday, January 25th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As a member of Slow Six, and now as a part of his own ensemble Redhooker, Stepehen Griesgraber excels in dreamlike fretwork, embellished with electronics. Griesgraber composes in a non-traditional but faintly classical style for Redhooker's latest album, "Vespers," which includes its share of improv. The ensemble, including the likes of violinist Maxim Moston, tickles the edge of the classical world but quickly drifts wholly other.

Alan Lomax in Haiti + Cuban Cowboys
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
First: University of Toronto ethnomusicologist Gage Averill compiled (and wrote extensive liner notes for) the recently released 10 cd / two book box set Alan Lomax in Haiti, documenting the famed field recordist's 1930s recordings for the Library of Congress. Averill joins us for an audio show-and-tell of highlights from the set. He'll do the same in person at Barbes, 376 9th St. in Park Slope on Thursday Feb. 28 as part of a benefit for Haitian relief, along with Haitian rara street band Djarara.

Later: With his sharp and feisty San Francisco band the Cuban Cowboys - who join us for a live set - El Cuban Cowboy Jorge Navarro explores his Cuban-American identity through rock, roll and rumba. The Cuban Cowboys' new EP The Devil's Dance was produced acclaimed Latin music and alt.latin producer Greg Landau.

The Dutchess and the Duke
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is honored to welcome The Dutchess and the Duke to the show on January 23rd. This male/female duo's psyched-out blend of moody folk-blues acoustics and heartbreaking two-part harmonies brings to mind mid-'60s Stones crossed with Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, but wholly original and unique in its own right. They'll be highlighting songs from their new Hardly Art album Sunset/Sunrise and more, so tune into The Cherry Blossom Clinic and bask in the glory! Catch them live on 1/7 at Union Hall in Brooklyn or 1/8 at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan.

Bernard Purdie
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with drummer extraordinaire Bernard Purdie who played on hundreds of recording sessions, including #1 hits by Aretha Franklin,  Mongo Santamaria, Jimmy McGriff, Hall & Oats, Gil Scott-Heron, Galt MacDermot, etc. - and made some amazing solo records - including the newly reissued classic "Soul Drums!"

WFMU's Scratch Attack Part II
Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
On this week's special edition of "Put The Needle On The Record" with Billy Jam, guest turntablists DJ ALF, D. Official, Dope Man, and Dre Mayes will perform a live, four turntable, freestyle scratch remix of WFMU's locked groove record "Running In Place" as part of their extended "WFMU Scratch Attack Part II" improv set. Also in the studio will be New York City producer Blockhead, who, over the past dozen years, has built a rep for both his work with other artists (Aesop Rock, Slug, Murs, etc.) as well as his solo productions including his brand new album, "The Music Scene," which is his fourth album on Ninja Tune.

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