Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Beach Blanket Belock! (Todd-o-phonic Todd fills in for Joe Belock)
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Hey Gremmies: The best 3 hours of summer are almost here! That's right, Tuesday from noon-3 it's time for the annual party known as Beach Blanket Belock! While the host of the award-winning Three Chord Monte program wails on the beach, Todd-O-Phonic Todd fills the airwaves with 3 hours of summer, sun and surf music. It'll turn any office into Pismo Beach!

Twin Stumps
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Hardcore sinking in the same quicksand as Flipper and Drunks With Guns. NYC's Twin Stumps have been playing heavily with likeminded locals like Drunkdriver and Pygmy Shrews. They're playing NYC's Annex Basement on 7/21 (with Pink Reason and Queening) and again on 7/28. Twin Stumps' debut 12'' is on the way from Dais Records, and they'll be live in-studio on Tuesday 8/4.

The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Monday, August 3rd, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
"Lucifer Principle" author Howard Bloom has requested a debate with MediaSquat host Douglas Rushkoff about the virtues of corporate capitalism. While Rushkoff sees the invention of corporate capitalism as a short-sighted maneuver by early kings to maintain dwindling power, Bloom sees capitalism as part of our natural evolution as a species.

Aaron Moore
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009, Midnight - 3am
Daniel Blumin's show
2009 has been a busy one for Aaron Moore, a founding member of fab UK experimental/improv oufit Volcano the Bear! For starters, Moore has terrific new recordings out with both Textile Orchestra and Alan Courtis, and Volcano the Bear itself has just released a corker of a split with French band La STPO. All the while, Moore's been playing in Amolvacy and FreeTime, two rippin' local bands. Clearly that's still left a few hours unaccounted for leaving time for Moore to work on solo material. Tune in to hear the new unreleased songs performed on a bevy of instruments including thumb piano, trumpet, drums, and the pipe thing! Then follow all that up with a special Aaron Moore DJ set! Groovy!

Alash Ensemble
Saturday, August 1st, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Alash Ensemble is a quartet of master throat singers and instrumentalists from Tuva, the tiny but music-rich Central Asian republic. Proteges of Tuvan musical ambassador Kongar-ool Ondar (who you may know from the documentary film Genghis Blues), Alash mainly focuses on traditional repertoire. But the group also cites Jimi Hendrix as an influence and has collaborated with the Sun Ra Arkestra and Béla Fleck. Alash is currently on the road in North America, and we catch the ensemble for a live session in advance of their tour-ending August 15 gig at cozy Barbes in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Mark Tulin of The Electric Prunes AND Johnny Echols of Love!
Saturday, August 1st, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with 60's hitmakers Mark Tulin of The Electric Prunes and Johnny Echols, lead guitarist of Love. 

Steve Krinsky fills in for Mister Finewine today
Friday, July 31st, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Steve Krinsky's show

Police Story
Friday, July 31st, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Shut Up, Weirdo with Frangry and Michele
Being a super-famous professor at America's most-famousest university couldn't keep Harvard's Skip Gates out of the hoosegow when he (allegedly) mouthed off to The Man. So what chance does a loser like you have when faced with Johnny Law? (And by Johnny Law, I don't mean any actual person named Johnny Law--like the 18th-century Scottish economist or that sexy-angel dude from "Barbarella"--but rather a personification of institutionalized law enforcement. I hope that was clear.)

So who's right? Who's wrong? Who's to blame? What would you do? How did I get here? And is it all so black and white? [Smirks knowingly. Relights pipe.] Call Good Cop Andy and Bad Cop Frangry on the air this Friday (201-209-9368) with your run-ins with Johnny Law (and by Johnny Law, I mean, you know, police and stuff, not sexy-dude Scottish economists).

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society (Scott McDowell fills in for Doug)
Friday, July 31st, 2009, 9am - Noon
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Filling in for Doug S., The Long Rally is proud to present a live set from Darcy James Argue's Secret Society!  An impossible plan to cram this 18-piece big band into WFMU's 'Love Room' was abandoned in favor of the comfortable spacious environs of (le) Poisson Rouge in New York City with this live set recorded directly from the board on July 15, 2009.  Featured recently in Newsweek Magazine and heralded by, well, anyone who bothers to listen, Secret Society's new album Infernal Machines draws on sources like indie rock, Steve Reich and Fela Kuti to inform its thoroughly modern orchestral jazz potpourri, of and above the tradition. 

Dave P.
Thursday, July 30th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Heavy hitter record collector, creator of Kind clothing company, and long time NYC DJ  who has been seen opening up for Blues Explosion, Sonic Youth, Luscious Jackson etc. Dave swings by to drop some of his favorite 90's hip-hop gems. Grab a Steel Reserve and tune in!

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with Jim Downey, The Rhodes and more
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast comedy and variety hour this Wednesday, July 29th from 6-7pm. Joining Ken and Andy will be veteran Saturday Night Live writer Jim Downey, comedian Aldo Marachlian, musical guest The Rhodes and one of the stars of the Steven Spielberg film War of the Worlds, whose name we are contractually prohibited from announcing prior to the show. UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you save your receipt, the admission fee will be refunded to you at the end of your life.

The Amanda Chronicles, Pt. 2
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Amanda, the growling Alabama power child, and her instigator brother Jody continue the chronicle about their now-legendary 1986-89 home recordings. Excerpts of the interview, recorded in the streets of Brooklyn a few weeks ago, will be scattered throughout the program along with vintage recordings of Amanda and her rowdy cohorts.

The Mighty Boosh
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
Tom Scharpling is very excited to welcome UK comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh to The Best Show On WFMU! The main men behind The Boosh, Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, will join Tom for some awesome conversation and maybe some phone calls (if you behave). Be sure to catch their show, which is running on Adult Swim, and say hi yourself at their in-store signing at Other Music on July 21st, or see them live at the Bowery Ballroom later that night. But whatever you do, don't miss them on the Best Show!

The Pink Noise
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

The first live visit to WFMU from the mysterious Montreal combo that's been churning out an assortment of basement synth/sci-fi/punk weirdness over the last few years on such imprints as Kill Shaman, Almost Ready, and Sacred Bones. Cheap Korg and Moog synths, tape recorders, drum machines, and guitars, Suicide/Chrome love in the air. You can also catch them live on July 26th at Market Hotel in Brooklyn (playing on a bill with Gary War).

Keygrip & Neutra
Monday, July 27th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh
Keygrip comes in to share their sparkly fresh pop sounds, live, and talk about their All Ages album release party (which will be on July 30th). Neutra is coming in with them to play some of their hard rockin' songs, unelectric.

YACHT from the Sun on the Water: Solar-powered broadcast from the Waterpod on the Hudson
Monday, July 27th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
DJ Trent brings the Sound and Safe program aboard the amazing Waterpod, a sustainable boat habitat docked at 125th Street on the dark waters of the Hudson River. Featuring a performance from YACHT, who are celebrating the release of their new album "See Mystery Lights" on DFA Records. Powered by WFMU and Solar 1's Mobile Solar Broadcast Unit.

Come join WFMU on the Waterpod - space is very limited, so RSVP to Trent for (free) admission.

Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukelele and Spiked Punch
Monday, July 27th, 2009, 3pm - 5pm
Irene Trudel's show
Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele is back on Irene's show, this time with his reggae-infused three piece "Spiked Punch." Voted "Austin Band of the Summer" by the Casavista Blog, these boys have been gearing up for tour by playing a steady diet of pool parties, birthday parties and luaus. Rumor has it they also spent $100 dollars at the inflatables section of Party City prior to their embarkment. Sit back and relax as they bring the record breaking heat of Austin's summer of '09 to you. Swimming after the show.

Live from LA part II
Saturday, July 25th, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Choking on Cufflinks returns to LA with a live broadcast in collaboration with Dublab and Michael from Part Time Punks' (KXLU on Thursdays, Sundays at the Echo) who agreed to broadcast CoC from his living room!

Expect an inside peek into the high stakes world of DIY/flexi/Indiepop record trading, and overlapping conversation between the East coast and West coast Michaels.

Los Angeles listeners please note - while this event isn't open to the public, we will announce a meet-up right after the show somewhere in the Fairfax area (99% sure it will be Canters), with the location confirmed on air.

Bomba Estereo
Saturday, July 25th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Bomba Estereo is a super-energized young band from Bogota, Colombia whose enervating sound is an electro-psychedelicized potpourri of that vibrant city's many musical influences: traditional bullerengue, cumbia, African-influenced champeta, reggae, dub, hip-hop - not to mention rock and roll. It's been a breakout year for the band, which made a smashing North American debut at SXSW and blew away a field full of Danes at the legendary Roskilde festival. Bomba Estereo joins us for a live set at the tail end of its first east coast tour - in support of new CD "Blow Up" on Nacional Records - before flying off to Amsterdam's famous Melkweg and further European adventures.

Personal and the Pizzas
Saturday, July 25th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Personal and the Pizzas are traveling all the way from Hoboken, NJ, to the studios of WFMU on the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Sat, July 25! Personal and the Pizzas play lo-fi, Ramones-influenced punk rock calling to mind the Heartbreakers (if Thunders sang about Pizza instead of dope!) Hear 'em live on the radio, then go see 'em at the Cake Shop in NYC (with Tyvek!). You can also check 'em out live on July 24 at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn.

Robbie Fulks
Saturday, July 25th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Robbie Fulks plays live in the studio! Robbie Fulks drops by to answer a few questions & play a few songs from his excellent catalog.

Will C & KARMA (Brick Records)
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

22 year old rap anthropologist Will C just released his debut; Evil In The Mirror on Brick Records. KARMA; Boston MC of legendary group God Complex both come down to the show to play us some goodies and talk about their favorite baseball team.

Telecult Powers
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Who could be more appropriate for My Castle of Quiet's premiere live musical guest than a band that plays by candlelight, builds their own synthesizers, and generally spooks the hell out of people? Telecult Powers bring their heady, melodic, "electro-occultism" from Brooklyn to Wm. Berger's weekly horrorcast. If you throw equal parts Louise Huebner, Dario Argento, The Process Church, Wendy Carlos, Marie Laveau, Dr. Phibes and a stack of E.C. comics into the cauldron, you may create a brew that sounds remotely like Telecult Powers.

The Amanda Chronicles, Pt. 1
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Amanda, the growling Alabama power child, has surfaced. She and her brother Jody describe the chaotic process behind their 1986-89 home recordings.

Theo Angell
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009, Noon - 3pm
Day For Night with Maria Levitsky
The fascinating sounds of Theo Angell on Maria's show Wednesday July 22 at 1pm, where Theo will share some live acoustic songs. On the heels of his fourth album "Tenebrae," this son of a minister who grew up in rural Oregon will share some songs, play stuff off of some of his previous CDs (Dearly Beloved, Auraplinth) and talk about what shaped his musical sensibilities.

His sound is unclassifiable, but makes allusions to shape song, spirituals, bluegrass and the blues with some off the wall mysterious psychedelic sensibility overseeing the mood. His albums contain a combination of calliope-like polyphonic vocals followed by mournful dirges shot through with a cartoon foghorn melancholy.

 "The music sounds like hallucinogenic campfire songs with a UFO hovering above the treeline. There are both crawling dirges and scampering ditties here" -Todd Simmons in an article about Auraplinth

John Wiese
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

L.A. based noise artist and experimental musician John Weise stops by the WFMU studios to blast your ear drums into another dimension. With over 200 releases under various names and collaborations with the likes of Merzbow, Man is The Bastard, Amps for Christ, Cattle Decapitation, Wolf Eyes, The Liars, Smegma, and The Haters you might want to think about checking this dude out. And be on the look out for his new album Circle Snare on No Fun Productions as well as as a new colaboration with C. Spencer Yeh (of Burning Star Core) out now on Drone Disco.

Michael Lachowski from Pylon
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Just confirmed! Michael Lachowski from Pylon will be calling in tonight at 11:15pm on The Evan "Funk" Davies show to fill us in on the special "Randy's Birthday" celebration this Saturday in Athens GA that celebrates the life of Randy Bewley, Pylon's guitarist, who passed away earlier this year. The show benefits Nuçis Space, a non-profit health and music resource center. Michael will also tell us about some upcoming releases that will include contributions from Randy, as well as other Pylon-related news and notes. Be sure to tune in! And if you're near Athens this Saturday, head over to the 40 Watt Club for Randy's Birthday.

Billy Bao
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
When not plopped on a stage at the No Fun Festival spewing barbs at confused audiences, Basque-via-Brooklyn transplant Mattin has helped the experimental and noise scenes chase its tail in circles via assorted musical, anti-musical and multimedia projects (a "collaboration" with Merzbow was pretty much him bringing a glass of water out to Masami Akita in mid-performance). The official bio places Billy Bao as a Nigerian punk rock vocalist fronting a band he fell in with in Bilbao; this rescheduled WFMU airing includes Mattin, Barry Weisblat, Margarida Garcia, Tim Barnes and Taku Unami. It happened while Brian was downstairs paying Ibby's Falafel deliveryman for the band's dinner so he can't quite recount what went on. We still can't quite figure it out either but hope you will enjoy it.

Cro Magnon
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Cro Magnon is a new two-piece from Lafayette, Indiana. They were first heard on WFMU via last year's XXperiments compilation LP, alongside female-fronted contemporaries US Girls and Zola Jesus. The LP also had featured Cro Magnon solo projects Bird (Kate) and Circuit des Yeux (Haley, who has a couple LPs on De Stijl). As for Cro Magnon, they have a pretty confounding Bruit Direct Disques 7'', where they sound like Times New Viking noise-pop one moment and primitive skronk the next. Their live shows are said to be worthy of their moniker; witness Cro Magnon for yourself at Brooklyn's Silent Barn on July 17th, along with Estrogen Highs, Cheveu and Pink Reason.

Reverend Billy
Monday, July 20th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Reverend Billy, of the Church after Shopping, discusses his latest anti-corporate guerrilla sigll, as well as his upcoming show in NYC with the church gospel choir and Joan Baez.

Reynold Philipsek
Monday, July 20th, 2009, 3pm - 5pm
on Irene Trudel's show

After 30-plus engaging albums in styles ranging from XTC-styled pop to straight-forward jazz, Django-influenced guitarist Reynold Philipsek shows no signs of slowing down, despite being virtually unknown outside of Minnesota. Reynold plays Hot-Club-of-France-styled music every week to enthusiastic audiences. Philipsek most recently put out "East Side," an album of conventional jazz featuring local chromatic harmonica wizard Clint Hoover. Reynold Philipsek sat down in the studio with Irene to record a set of solo guitar on a recent visit to New York.

City Center
Saturday, July 18th, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Brooklyn/Detroit City Center started as a solo project for Fred Thomas from early '00's pop legend's Saturday Looks Good To Me. Now a duo, City Center play effects laden layered pop which bringing to mind Brian Wilson, Arthur Russell and even "Architechture & Morality" era OMD. The band will also be playing on 7/18 at at the Cake Shop for Silk Flowers record release show with Cold Cave and Further Reductions.

Howard Kaylan of The Turtles
Saturday, July 18th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Howard Kaylan of The Turtles Michael chats with Howard Kaylan of The Turtles about their many #1 hits and the autobiographical new movie "My Dinner With Jimi."

Near Death Experiences
Friday, July 17th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Shut Up, Weirdo with Frangry and Michele
This week on Shut Up, Weirdo, it's time to recount your near misses. What's the closest you've ever come to dying without actually kicking the bucket? Did you almost get run over by a tractor? Did you miss that flight that crashed into the Atlantic? Did you almost croak from that strange flesh-eating disease? Oh, right, that was just an STD.

Call us on the air at 201-209-9368 and tell us about your close call with death. And don't forget the parents are out of town this week, Station Manager Ken will be filling in for Andy and it's all going down this Friday.

Live broadcast from Lincoln Center: Harvey Scales, The Bobbettes, William Bell and the Bo-Keys
Thursday, July 16th, 2009, 7pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Direct from the Ponderosa Stomp at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center, a soul spectacular show for the ages! Stax legend William Bell, soul genius Harvey Scales and the incredible Bobbettes all backed up by the incendiary Bo-Keys (featuring original Bar-Kay Ben Cauley) for the most insane souler-riffic live radio event of all time!

Total Abuse
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Texas has long been purveyor of some of the meanest, most twisted takes on American hardcore, and Total Abuse are here from Austin today to show you that in 2009, it's only getting uglier. Boiling down Black Flag, Void, Whitehouse-style noise, grunge and thrash into a decrepit cauldron of extreme sonic hatred, prepare for your swift demise. See 'em in NYC: July 12th (with Drunkdriver) at the NY Eye and Ear fest at the Knitting Factory, then later that night at Market Hotel in Brooklyn, then July 13th at the Red Light District in Far Rockaway (with Yellow Tears).

Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Robyn returns for an encore at WFMU, this time bringing the Venus 3 - Peter Buck (guitar), Scott McCaughey (bass) and Bill Rieflin (percussion). A late night after wrapping a tour with the Decemberists and some emergency dental work couldn't keep Mr. Hitchcock from returning to Studio B with a band for the first time since his historic session with the Soft Boys seven years ago!

Unholy 2
Monday, July 13th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh
Joining Beastin' the Airwaves! with Keili this week, the Cleveland-based electro-noise rockers, Unholy 2!

Arthur Brock
Monday, July 13th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
on The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff

Arthur Brock, founder of, engages in a far-reaching conversation about how we've mistaken money for currency, and how to recognize the real flows of value and power in the world around us.

Beyond the Pale
Monday, July 13th, 2009, 3pm - 5pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Toronto may not seem to be a Klezmer breeding ground but Beyond The Pale pulls it off beautifully. Melding musical influences from a Jewish mandolin virtuoso, a Dutch-Canadian clarinetist to Serbians proficient on violin and accordion, it's more Jewish-Balkan twang than Klezmer. Beyond The Pale dropped by to record a set for Irene and WFMU on a recent swing through NYC.

Duck Dunn, of Booker T & The MGs
Saturday, July 11th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Duck Dunn bass player for Booker T & The MGs who had many hits themselves & also backed up STAX Records' amazing roster, including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Eddie Floyd, The Staple Singers & Wilson Pickett.

Live broadcast from Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing Series
Friday, July 10th, 2009, 7pm - 11pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A special live broadcast from Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing Series, hosted by Rob Weisberg. First we'll hear from the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, a Chicago-based collaboration between American jazz players and two former members of the highly regarded Ghanaian highlife band Western Diamonds. The Occidentals, who just released their first CD, are building a following playing shimmering old-school West African and Congolese electric dance music. Then at 9 pm we'll be treated to a performance by one of the all-time great singers of Congolese style electric dance music, Samba Mapangala with Orchestra Virunga. While based in Kenya in the early 80s, Samba and Virunga recorded one of the all time African classics, Malako.  And Samba's still going strong today:  His 2008 election song Obama Ubarikiwe (Obama Be Blessed) was a YouTube sensation.

The Dan Deacon Ensemble / Live at the Primavera Sound Festival (originally aired May 30, 2009)
Friday, July 10th, 2009, 6am - 9am
HotRod's show
This is an UNCENSORED web exclusive re-broadcast of the Dan Deacon Ensemble's live performance from this past May at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona. Tell your friends, join hands and celebrate. Audience participation is mandatory.

Climax Golden Twins
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Centennial Songs / The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC
Coming up on The Antique Phonograph Music Program on Tuesday July 7 will be Rob Millis and Jeffery Taylor aka Climax Golden Twins. They will discuss their musical output and Dust to Digital releases Victrola Favorites and current release, "Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950." We will play records and talk about the dogged pursuit of 78s. Tune in, turn on and listen to us drop steel needles.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Texas psychedelic punk meltdown with a full house of assorted past and present players of the Houston underground. Members of Rusted Shut, Pain Teens, Culturcide, Future Blondes and Truth Decay join Brian and get the room sticky with what sounds like a residue extracted from ZZ Top's Afterburner outtakes, with a good dose of Flipper and Revolting Cocks thrown in. Even some Butthole Surfers covers promised!

Yo La Tengo
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The WFMU staff has returned from a triumphant broadcast from Spain, but the Primavera Sound Festival rolls on with Yo La Tengo! Tune in to hear our local heroes wowing the huge Barcelona audience. After all the years of dedicated marathon-covers service this indie-rock institution has given to WFMU, traveling 3,800 miles to record an amazing set of originals was the least we could do. This should hold you over until their new album comes out in September.

The Sediment Club
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Brooklyn's finest all-ages no wave 4-piece. With direct lineage to early '80s NYC post-punk out-funk. Inspired by James Brown, Electric Eels, Sun Ra, Contortions, Liquid Liquid, and of course the Bush Tetras. This is no joke!

Solar-powered Dance Party at Water Taxi Beach f/ Cousin Cole, Pocketknife, and Bad Brilliance!!!
Monday, July 6th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Bang!  A completely wireless, solar-powered dance party at the gorgeous and tons of fun Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City, Queens, overlooking the Manhattan skyline.  Featuring Cousin Cole and Pocketknife, famous famous remixers of Bruce Spingsteen and Joanna Newsom - and infamous partymakers on their own accord, as well as balloon-headed, red-carpet rollin' party machine Bad Brilliance. Come out, take your shoes off, get wild, and feel the POWER OF THE SUN! Featuring WFMU and Solar 1's brand-spanking-new techno wonder, the Portable Solar Broadcaster. Check here for directions, or if you REALLY can't make it out, tune in.

Chief Boima
Monday, July 6th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Chief Boima, a Bay Area DJ/producer specializing in diasporic African musical mutations, will be joining Rupture today. Boima will discuss his influences, and share new Africa dance beats: Ivorian Coupe Decale, Senegalese Mbalax, Nigerian Club, Sierra Leonean heat, and more.

Camera Obscura
Sunday, July 5th, 2009, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Glasgow's finest sextet has decided to conclude its monthlong North American tour at WFMU before jetting home to Scotland, and we are all the better for it. Tracyanne Campbell once again proves herself the heiress apparent to the great songwriter crown, as exemplified by Camera Obscura's latest LP, "My Maudlin Career." You'll find yourself bopping around to the peppy tunes, only to be blindsided by the melancholy behind each delectable hook.

Pan-Planetary Patriotism: World Music of the U S of A with Scott Kettner of Nation Beat
Saturday, July 4th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Nation Beat, the rousing New York band inspired by the music of Northeast Brazil but also with New Orleans, Appalachia, rock, funk, even klezmer in the mix, recently found itself effectively censored at a "world music" festival: the band was told that it could only perform its Portuguese-language songs, not the English ones. This inspired Nation Beat to take control of the musical agenda and create a platform to question the informed wisdom about "world music" - by starting its own festival.

The all-day event, "Is America Part of the World?" takes place Saturday July 11 at the Brooklyn Yard in Carroll Gardens. On today's show Nation Beat's leader Scott Kettner stops by to do a little rabble-rousing - as well as spinning selections by festival artists and also some Brazilian faves. And Rob will play tracks by other artists who blur the distinction between music of the US of A and the rest of the planet.

The Collins Kids and Soul music legend William Bell
Saturday, July 4th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
The Collins Kids and Soul music legend William Bell. Michael chats with Larry & Laurie Collins who recorded some mind blowing Rockabilly records starting when they were 11 & 13, and STAX writer & performer William Bell.

Silver Pines
Thursday, July 2nd, 2009, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Gorgeous Texas purveyors of extra-terrestrial sound, Silver Pines, will play live on This is the Modern World, July 2, somewhere between 9-noon. They'll provide a slowed down country fuzz with a gallop of heavy electronic bliss for your morning soundtrack.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Brooklyn avant noise rockers Z's roll up to the WFMU studio for what promises to be a sick live set. Their slaying guitar, powerful effected sax and insane drumming will march you down a road to audio ecstasy (or insanity). Tune in and be on the look out for their new EP "Music of the Modern White" dropping on the The Social Registry.

Belgian Underground retrospective with Kraak Records
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
With major European cities' rents climbing, Belgium has quickly become an escape hatch for many artists, and hence an exploding hub of underground art, music, and culture. Tommy Denys and Steve Marreyt play in Silvester Anfang and run the Kraak record label out of Ghent which has been exporting WFMU faves like Ignatz and Paris' El-G among others. Today they're going to stop by around 4PM to Brian's show and put the magnifying glass on a history of cool sounds past and present from a land that has given us such riches as Aksak Maboul, Bene Gesserit and the Honeymoon Killers. Cassette rarities, Belgian outsiders, and even some metal are promised.

Bobb Trimble
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

In his early 20s, Bobb Trimble self-released two surreal psychedelic folk albums: "Iron Curtain Innocence" (1980) and "Harvest of Dreams" (1982). He played a handful of shows around the local Worcester, MA area with teenage backing bands The Kidds and The Crippled Dog Band, then disappeared. Meanwhile, his recordings lived on as sought-after collector's items, and inspired countless contemporary artists like Ariel Pink. In 2007, Secretly Canadian reissued both Bobb Trimble albums. This inspired a new Bobb Trimble band, the Flying Spiders, to form for a series of special shows, including the Homegrown psychedelic music festival taking place this July in Boston. Joined by the Flying Spiders, Bobb Trimble makes his long overdue NYC-area debut on Thursday, June 25th @ Rose Live Bar in Williamsburg (you must RSVP here to attend!).

Nouvelle Vague
Monday, June 29th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Sexy French girls who sing post-punk and other songs with a bossanova beat (and other beats) that they'd never heard before. It doesn't get much better than this. New Album "NV3" out soon featuring appearances by Martin Gore of Depeche Mode, Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen, Terry Hall of the Specials, and Barry Adamson of Magazine.

Live from the Personal Democracy Forum
Monday, June 29th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
The MediaSquat will be coming to you live from the Personal Democracy Forum in New York. Guests will be culled from the day's speakers, Mark Pesce, Craig Newmark, David Weinberger, Dan Gillmor.... whoever we can drag into our corner.

Dan Meth
Sunday, June 28th, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
on A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker

When a cartoonist/animator comes up with playlists of songs that are entirely in dialogue form and songs that are, in essence, just the recitation lists, the Stochastic Hit Parade can't resist. Dan Meth - author of the The Meth Minute , Nite Fite, and other funny viral web cartoons - joins Bethany for a romp through odd pop tunes in the above categories in addition to some hilarious audio he's used for animations. Imagine what transpires when a comedian calls a phone sex operator to reveal his secret fetish for Self-Empowerment Seminars. FCC approved.

The Goodnight Loving
Saturday, June 27th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Goodnight Loving have been blowing minds and topping critics’ lists for the last couple years, and the Cherry Blossom Clinic is stoked to have them live in the studio June 27th from 3-6pm. Hailing from Milwaukee, the Goodnight Loving combine the flawless songcraft and intensity of the Reigning Sound with a hard country kick to arrive at a place that it completely their own.

Clarence "Frogman" Henry
Saturday, June 27th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Saturday June 27th, 11am - 1pm: Clarence "Frogman" Henry Michael chats with New Orleans R&B music legend Clarence "Frogman" Henry!

The Lost Crusaders
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Get ready to testify! Yes it is New York's one and only rock/gospel/country supergroup taking to the WFMU airwaves to spread their good word! Former members of the Raunch Hands, Vendettas, Fleshtones and many more are the stars out to save both souls AND rock and roll!

Upsilon Acrux on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
This Southern California prog quintet recalls the finest instrumental moments of bands like US Maple, Don Caballero, and This Heat. They've been at it for more than a decade, and their new new album, Radion Futura, is out now on avant-garde label Cuneiform Records. Upsilon Acrux plays NYC's Cake Shop on June 17th, and Brooklyn's Death By Audio on June 18

Dam-Funk and DJ Hayden Honey of Superglorious
Monday, June 22nd, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
L.A.'s Dam-Funk (say that like DAME) has been funking up the freakmosphere lately with a  ton of help from his amazing Animal Collective "Summertime Clothes" remix.  This guy is so smooth you'd have a hard time getting a grip on him if he were a pencil. Peanut Butter Wolf of Stone's Throw Records says he brought Dam on board "to glide into the future with his unique, synth and bass-driven vibe."  Yes.

DJ Hayden Honey, who headlined the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival, plays out-of-this-would Japanese pop and lounge jams from 8:30-10:30pm EDT on Trent's show. One of the premier ambassadors of new foreign pop to New York City, Hayden Honey will make your brain flower into other dimensions. Yeah, really.

Trevor Dunn
Sunday, June 21st, 2009, 10pm - Midnight
on A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker

Stochastic Research Laboratories calculates that Mr. Trevor Dunn's appearance on 70+ albums with such groups as Fantômas, Mr. Bungle and the Melvins, plus myriad projects with John Zorn,  Dunn's own Trio Convulsant and duo with Shelly Burgon have been aired on WFMU the equivalent of the volume of the Guggenheim Museum divided by pi  (where seconds = cubic feet). Despite this staggering number, the alarming discovery was recently made that Mr. Dunn has never performed at, nor set foot into the WFMU studios. Drastic measures are being taken to arrange a live performance by his new rock band Mad Love this fall, but in the interim, Mr. Dunn brings favorites from his record collection to the Stochastic Hit Parade as an esteemed guest DJ. Aside from music, Trevor likes to answer your questions. Reference this page for past topics.

Kenny Wessel (Steve Krinsky fills in for Rob Weisberg)
Saturday, June 20th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
Steve Krinsky's show
Visionary guitarist Kenny Wessel, formerly of Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, joins Steve Krinsky (filling in for Rob) at 6 pm.  Wessel will be part of a group with Badal Roy (tablas), Michael Henderson (bass), Steve Gorn (woodwinds) and others playing the River to River Festival on July 9 to commemorate Miles Davis' controversial 1972 jazz funk classic "On the Corner." Badal Roy & Michael Henderson played with Miles on that recording.

Jonny Chan & New Dynasty 6 on The Cherry Blosson Clinic
Saturday, June 20th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Cherry Blossom Clinic is psyched to present a live performance from the legendary Jonny Chan and the New Dynasty 6. Chan has been an underground legend on the garage scene for nearly two decades, mining their special brand of low-fi 60’s punky jangle rock – and occasionally singing in Chinese! So tune in to hear them crank out their Groovies/Kinks-inspired awesomeness Saturday June 20th from 3-6 PM!

The 1.6 Band & Bobby Steele of The Undead
Thursday, June 18th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
Pat Duncan's show
First up is The 1.6 Band. Back together for the first time since 1993, this legendary hardcore band features ex-members of Beyond and Crown Hate Ruin. And at Midnight: Bobby Steele of The Undead stops by for an interview, band update and an acoustic set.

School of Rock Benefit Live Recording
Thursday, June 18th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Paul Green's School of Rock kids play songs as chosen by Dave the Spazz! Recorded at a WFMU benefit concert at BB Kings NYC in May 2009. Tune in to hear tomorrow's Spazztastic superstars today!

Dame Darcy
Thursday, June 18th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
Scott Williams's show
The last time we saw Dame Darcy, she was singing "Long Black Veil" to a piece of lasagna. On June 18th, the comic artist, doll-designer, and always whimsical weirdo returns to Scott's show to sing sea chanteys and Appalachian ballads accompanying herself on banjo and singing saw, with her pal Ben Smiley on accordion.

Coralie Clement
Thursday, June 18th, 2009, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
In town to play Summerstage this weekend, the lovely and very French singer Coralie Clement will stop by This is the Modern World, June 18th, to play live. Coralie is a wonderful mix of 60's royalty Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg with a contemporary jolt of French je ne sais quoi.  Later this month her new record Toystore will be released.  Produced by Benjamin Biolay the record features all sorts of toy instruments.

Mark Passio
Thursday, June 18th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Night People

Night People welcome Mark Passio whose presentation 'What On Earth Is Happening' is a culmination of over twelve years of extensive research and investigation into the nature of our shared reality.

Aaron Siegel, Katherine Young, Alex Chechile, Woody Sullender, Matt Bauder, Jeremiah Cymerman
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
A preview to the Telluric Currents Series happening at Ibeam in Brooklyn June 19th-21st, we'll be laying down an improv jam sesh/battle royale with Matt Bauder (bass clarinet & sax), Aaron Siegel (percussion), Katherine Young (bassoon), Alex Chechile (electronics), Woody Sullender (banjo) and Jeremiah Cymerman (clarinet), playing in different formations and combos, solo, duo, and who knows what else. Tune in to find out!

J.G. Thirlwell
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Special guest visit by the one and only J.G. Thirlwell (aka Foetus, Clint Ruin, etc.). Thirwell has had a long career in music going back to the late 1970s in London, where he worked with Nurse with Wound, Marc Almond and Nick Cave among others. He would later work with Lydia Lunch and Thurston Moore, produced many other artists and is generally associated with the New York music scene from the mid nineteen eighties to the present. More recently, he has been composing for chamber ensembles including the Kronos Quartet and has had his music performed live all over the world. His music for the Venture Brothers cartoon series and a collection of early experimental works have recently been released. Thirwell will be coming down to talk about all this and more. So tune in!

Talk Normal
Wednesday, June 17th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Brooklyn's d.i.y., noise, pop, destruction duo Talk Normal roll up to the WFMU studios for a killer live set. Pulsing drum beats and powerful guitar rhythms, movements and blasts combined with a bit of magic make for a toughly amazing audio experience. Talk Normal just finished a tour with Sweeden's Skull Defekts and now have Menlo Park reissuing thier self-released EP so you betta recognize. Tune in.

El Jesus de Magico
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

El Jesus de Magico stop by WFMU while in town for their NYC debut. They'd rather be recording in a funeral home, but we will do our best to make them feel comfortable. El Jesus will be opening for fellow Columbus, OH, legends Times New Viking and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday June 13, so get there early!

Sound and Safe Live from Listener Dave Kormann's Porch
Monday, June 15th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Listener Dave Kormann cashes in on his WFMU Marathon prize: a live broadcast from his house! And it has a porch! It's "concept radio" so tune in and get conceptual.

Cults Suck
Monday, June 15th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Today Douglas will be joined by Jody Radzik, controversial host of the anti-guru website, for a no-holds-barred conversation entitled "Cults Suck." The Secret, Scientology and Landmark Forum graduates are welcome to call in!

Monday, June 15th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Combining Rock-Jazz-fusion and audio acrobatics comes naturally to Gutbucket. On their fourth album, "A modest Proposal," they've kept up that high tradition of playfulness, touring all over North America and Europe with plenty of zest in their performances. In advance of their show with avant-string-meisters Ethel at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Gutbucket plays live on WFMU.

Youssou N'Dour
Saturday, June 13th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Youssou N'Dour is simply the most popular African artist in the world today. He is truly an icon - Time Magazine put him on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world. But sometimes such influence has a price: In 2004 he broke from his usual two streams of music - "mbalax" dance albums for the Senegalese audience, and crossover pop albums for the international audience - and did something entirely different: An album of songs performed with an Egyptian orchestra and dedicated to Sufi saints called "Egypt". While Egypt was a huge hit abroad, leading to his first Grammy, there was a firestorm back home in the Islamic country of Senegal, where some considered the songs to be blasphemous. A new film, "I Bring What I Love" (premiering at the BAM Muslim Voices festival on Saturday June 6 and opening at IFC Center June 12), documents the controversy and the rapprochement that followed. Youssou N'Dour is in town for the premiere, and a sold-out BAM concert to launch the Muslim Voices festival, and he will talk with Rob about this experience, his latest cd Rokku Mi Rokka (Nonesuch) and other musical adventures.

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