Past Special Programs on WFMU
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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.

Merle Becker
Thursday, January 21st, 2010, 6am - 9am
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Meghan will be interviewing Merle Becker, the director of "American Artifact," which is a movie about the history of music posters. The movie covers the great poster art from the '60s to the resurgence of poster art in the punk scene in the 80's to current day. Great artists such as Coop, Kozik, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso and more....

Explosive Improvised Device
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Wm. Berger welcomes Explosive Improvised Device (aka Anthony Saunders) to the Castle. Anthony has been making noise since 1995, recording and gigging like a madman. Before you can even absorb a new EID release fully, he's already thinking 5-6 releases ahead. Thing is, all his stuff is pretty damn good, and it better be! He's played live with some of the biggest names in modern noise (MSBR, Guilty Connector and Discordance Axis, among many others) and featured on releases as a member of Dataclast on Crucial Blast and Relapse. With previous releases on RRR, Troniks and Factotum, and tapes coming soon on Period Tapes and Hospital Productions, Wm. had better have EID on soon, before this guy gets too big for the Castle, and is sipping tea in a Zen garden with Masami Akita (if he isn't already.) Prepare to be blasted and bowled over.

Nardwuar vs. Wanda Jackson
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
This week  Nardwuar is doing his show LIVE again from CiTR in Vancouver!  He'll be taking your calls / emails/ tweets to his guest, The Lady with the Nasty Voice, Wanda Jackson! Call 604 822 2487 to ask a question, email or tweet @nardwuar ! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with the Craigslist Variety Hour
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast next Wednesday January 20th from 6-7pm. Due to Ken's inexcusable outburts and Andy's horrendous attire at the LAST such show, this episode of Seven Second Delay has been booked exclusively through the miracle of Craigslist, and will include comedians, musicians, singing dogs, ventriloquists and more. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you remove Andy's wallet without his knowledge, you're entitled to a full refund of your admission.

Faust, recorded at WFMU Fest in Brooklyn, plus interview w/Jean-Herve Peron
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

A broadcast of the entire performance of German experimental music legends Faust, recorded live at WFMU's 3 night festival at the Music Hall of Williamsburg where the band headlined October 1st. "There is no group more mythical than Faust", said Julian Cope, and indeed, since 1971 the ensemble has created some revolutionary, inventive sounds that helped to firmly establish a German (as opposed to Anglo/American) identity in the realm of psychedelic rock. October's WFMU Fest peformance found longtime mainstays Jean-Herve Peron and Zappi Diermaier joined by James Johnston and Geraldine Swayne for a set of freewheeling electrified mayhem. Classic songs, improvisations, WFMU even rented them a cement mixer! Tune in to hear what you missed if you couldn't make it out, or conversely, relive the sounds. Afterwards Brian will be talking to Jean-Herve Peron via telephone and delving more into the past, present and future of the group.

The Doughboys
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Not the Restless Records' Doughboys of the late '80s/early 1990s. These Doughboys are the 1960s New Jersey garage legends from Plainfield. They were regulars on Zacherle's Disc-o-teen and won a battle-of-the-bands contest on that program that earned them a contract with Bell Records. Their two single releases, "Rhoda Mendelbaum" and "Everybody Knows My Name" are sought-after collector's items. The Doughboys have reunited for the 21st century and are about to release their second album, "Act Your Rage."

Monday, January 18th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Hoodoo trance rock meets New Orleans jazz in Afroskull. They describe themselves as a "New York City funk/rock collective by way of New Orleans. The 'Skull is a sonic gumbo that is one part Funkadelic and one part Black Sabbath with generous helpings of Zappaesque runs and jazzoid horns." Afroskull drops their funk on WFMU's love room for a live set.

Joe Morris / Nate Wooley duo
Monday, January 18th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
It's either their differences that make their music so strong or else it's their similarities, but one way or another the duo of Joe Morris and Nate Wooley have struck an unusual chord. Of different generations, geographies and backgrounds, the two are marking new ground in the unusual configuration of the trumpet/guitar duet. It's not quite jazz, but we'll let them explain that when they appear on The Brother Lucy Show this Monday, Jan. 18, between 12 and 3 am.

A Tribute to Harmon Bethea (With Debbie D.)
Sunday, January 17th, 2010, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
In honor of the life and musical career of the recently deceased Washington, DC soul man Harmon Bethea (1926-2009), aka The Mask Man, Gaylord and Debbie will be playing every Cap-Tans/Mask Man & The Agents record in their respective collections. Expect a selection of funky R&B on such favorite Harmon Bethea topics as nagging wives, African-American empowerment and cats beating up dogs with a brick.

Jozef van Wissem
Sunday, January 17th, 2010, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Dutch lute experimentalist Jozef van Wissem (pronounced YO-sef van WISS-um) will visit Airborne Event to run through some of his stark, meditative musical palindromes on a recently-acquired swan-neck lute. Not a lot of people are making contemporary music on the lute, but Jozef is collaborating with musicians like Smegma and James Blackshaw to take the lute into the modern age.

Golden Festival Remote
Saturday, January 16th, 2010, 6pm - Midnight
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Every January, NY Balkan music scene pioneers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band organize the Golden Festival - a massive two-night grassroots Balkan and East European music and dance festival at the Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham Street in the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan. The festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the biggest event of its kind in New York City: The second night (Saturday) is a marathon featuring 40-50 bands and artists performing on three stages from 6pm until 4 in the morning. Tonight with the help of co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel and our peerless crew, Transpacific Sound Paradise will broadcast all the music from the Golden Festival's "Kafana" stage from 6pm until midnight. (Kafana is Serbo-Croatian for "cafe"; the stage is located conveniently near the food and beer!) We're going an extra three hours (with thanks to Daniel Blumin) so we can squeeze in as many bands as possible!

Audrey Chen
Thursday, January 14th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Singer & cellist Audrey Chen will be visiting our studios for a live solo improvisation.

Frank Conniff of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Thursday, January 14th, 2010, 2am - 6am
Night People
Tune in as your favorite amateur paranormalists Dave & Sandy stay up all night to investigate special celebrity guest Frank Conniff aka TV's Frank from Mystery Science Theater 3000! They'll be discussing the minutiae and history of the program as well as Frank's current stand-up act and Cinematic Titanic project which will be bringing the old gang to New York City this spring. Push the button Frank!!!

Dirty South Joe
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Dirty South Joe treks up from Philly for his 2nd appearence on Nickel and Dime radio. Expect modern booty and bmore and crunk from this serious digger and DJ. A former buyer at Armands, the 'Beat Street' of Philly, and now running Ol' Head Records, a sub-label of Mad Decent, Diplo's label. Dude's taste and knowledge of music are impeccable. Get edutained on some real ghetto schlitz.

Nardwuar vs. The Cribs
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Yes, this week (and next!) Nardwuar will be doing his show LIVE and direct from CiTR in Vancouver!  He'll be taking your calls / emails/ tweets to his guests, Wakefield, England's The Cribs! Call 604 822 2487 to ask a question, email or tweet @nardwuar ! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

The Old Codger fills in for Mac
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
Descending from his perch atop Mt. Cranky, The Old Codger, Courtney T. Edison, will fill in for the Antique Phonograph Hour on Tuesday January 12 from 7-8 pm. He'll be spinning 78 rpm records like they're going outta style, and as usual, he will be plushed to the scuppers.

Quartet San Francisco, plus Irene's faves of 2009
Monday, January 11th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Continuing their flirtation with Jazz, Quartet San Francisco has now given its own quirky whirl to the music of Dave Brubeck. It's classical crossover that swings like the Brubeck originals. Quartet San Francisco is in town for a couple of NYC shows and drop by WFMU to record a live radio set. Also, Irene plays tunes from some of her favorite albums of 2009.

Author Michael Muhammad Knight
Monday, January 11th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
With his 2004 novel "The Taqwacores," author Michael Muhammad Knight gave a name to the Muslim Punk movement in America. In the years since, he has gone on to explore his own conversion to Islam and has traveled throughout the United States and eventually to Mecca searching for the heart of the faith within him and across the world. He joins Kurt Gottschalk on The Brother Lucy Show.

WFMU Holiday Party, with Mac, Daniel, Keili, Hatch, Todd-o-Phonic Todd and Mary
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 9pm - 3am
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
Holiday Party DJ Schedule:

9-10 Mac
10-11 Daniel Blumin
11-12 Keili
12-1 Hatch
1-2 Todd-o-Phonic Todd
2-3 Mary

Namgar + Nuala Kennedy
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Chilly January is a torrid time of year for world music in NYC - scores of bands come to play showcases during the annual APAP arts presenters conference.  Two of them perform live in-studio tonight: first, Namgar, a singer from Buryatia in the far reaches of the Russian Federation, near Mongolia. Namgar and her band are bringing their distinctive blends of Buryat traditions and rock to NY for the first time to play the high-profile Globalfest world music showcase at Webster Hall on Sunday night. Later, Irish traditional flautist Nuala Kennedy and band perform. Nuala has expanded her horizons collaborating with the likes of Will Oldham and members of Teenage Fanclub and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci as well as Appalachian singer Archie Roach.  She will join Roach at the Living Room on Friday Jan 8, kicking off a whirlwind tour of NY - she'll also be at Drom, Zebulon, Zebulon, Banjo Jim's and Scandinavia House.

Rot Shit
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

From Pittsburgh, Rot Shit are more than a totally psycho bash-out punk band bringing to mind Angry Samoans, the Deadbeats and Black Flag. They're an attack on everything that embodies the punk establishment, from limited edition records to your dumb DJ night. Featuring members of Modey Lemon, Baby Bird and the Burndowns, they will be playing their purported last show ever January 9th at Death By Audio in NYC to commemorate their "You're Welcome" EP on Columbus Discount Records. But hear them first on the Cherry Blossom Clinic earlier that day!

Michael Shelley welcomes The World's Greatest Music Experts!
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
By popular demand Michael welcomes the return of The World's Greatest Music Experts - discussing musical minutiae, dissecting the Billboard top 5, cracking wise, taking your calls AND The Experts will be joined by Anthony Bozza, author of the new #1 hit book "Why AC/DC Matters" AND Merle Becker, director of "American Artifact" a new documentary about rock poster artists. Got a question for the The World's Greatest Music Experts? Email it to: theworldsgreatestmusicexperts(at)!

Live from the Bay Area
Friday, January 8th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's ever-active traveling remote broadcast unit will return to the Bay Area for another serving of NorCal hip-hop with guests including Tajai & Phesto from the Souls Of Mischief, DJ Quest (Live Human/Space Travelers), 4AM, Deedandroid & Celskii, Dawgisht, DnZ, Saul Goody, and Bas-1 and when Billy Jam will broadcast "Put The Needle On The Record" live from Megasonic Sounds recording studio in North Oakland from 3 to 6pm Jersey City time, which is noon to 3pm local Cali time.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Wm. Berger welcomes New York's Malkuth to the Castle. They have their own distinct take on black metal, with a monumental two-guitar wall of hypnotic riffs and enveloping din, and songs titled at the intersection of Lovecraft and Kabbalah. Malkuth seem to know the sewer better than they know the dark forest, and mysticism lurks between the bricks and mortar as much as it does within the whisper of the trees. Their 5- to 7-minute grimy mini-epics roll over you like operatic, grandiose filth. Check out their two excellent full-lengths, both on Hospital Productions.

Nardwuar vs. David Cross plus Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Two interviews with David Cross plus a little bit of Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry too! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

Scala Choir and Kolacny Brothers
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Irwin will present an hour of Belgium's Scala Choir on Wednesday, January 6, at 4pm. The program will feature the 20-voice teen girl's choir in a seven-song performance recorded exclusively for WFMU. The program will also feature an interview with the choir's founders and directors, Steven and Stijn Kolacny. The choir is renowned in Europe for their meticulous arrangements of contemporary pop songs. For the WFMU program they'll perform songs by Radiohead, Metallica, the Cure, and others.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

When he's not dropping progressive beats and percussively-minded electronics as GDFX, Greg Fox can be found drumming in Dan Deacon's ensemble, playing communal floor toms with Teeth Mountain, or performing black metal rites with Liturgy. On the side, he composes video game soundtracks and runs the Infinite Limbs Oligarchy (INFL∆O), whose first compilation introduced us to Ducktails, Prince Rama of Ayodhya, TwistyCat and more. We'll hear some rarities from the label, plus a live set of new music from GDFX, now with a full drumkit, all live this morning on Talk's Cheap.

Fiesta de la Cumbia! Very Be Careful and Chicha Libre Live @ the Bell House
Saturday, January 2nd, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Recorded live, two bands centered on the cumbia style but in very different ways: New York's own Chicha Libre, who have single-handedly resurrected the 60s / 70s surf-guitar-influenced Peruvian variant of cumbia called chicha. And LA's uproarious Very Be Careful (VBC), who careen through raw accordion-driven coastal Colombian-style cumbias. We taped this holiday double-bill at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn during the 2009 installment of VBC's annual 4th of July weekend tour of NYC. VBC is heading off to Japan now, but you can catch Chicha Libre New Year's Eve (and most Monday nights) its home base, Barbes in Park Slope and also playing a big showcase concerts at 92y Tribeca on Jan 8 and the Highline Ballroom Jan 10.

BJ Thomas
Saturday, January 2nd, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with #1 hit maker BJ Thomas who emerged from the '60s Houston bar band scene and had smashes with the 1968 electric sitar fueled "Hooked on a Feeling," the Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" and tons more!

Special: Best of HotRod archive show featuring co-host Jason Forrest aka DJ Donna Summer!
Friday, January 1st, 2010, 6am - 9am
HotRod's show

New Year's Eve All-Star Cavalcade of DJs Spazztacular!
Thursday, December 31st, 2009, 8pm - 2am
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Music To Spazz By will be blastin' into 2010 with SIX FREAKIN' HOURS of rock & roll noise! There'll be special guest DJs (Rex, Gaylord, Debbie D, DA the DJ) PLUS extra-special surprise entertainment personalities! Don't miss this over-the-top soundtrack for your hedonistic New Year's Eve drunken rock & roll monkey orgy!

Noise Bliss-Out #2, with special guest Paul Haney
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
Sometimes on the Castle, we like to take an evening and play all noise -- nothing but an uncluttered field of pummel, chaos and drone. This is experiment #2 in that regard, and Wm. Berger is happy to be joined this time by local noise-peddler Paul Haney. Paul plays in the duo Enerver with Nate Rulli, plays solo as Rust Worship, and runs the excellent Obsolete Units label, having put out a stellar catalog of titles by Slasher Risk, Fluorescent Vibes, Twistycat, Telecult Powers, Grasshopper and many others. Paul will be sharing gems from his music collection, as well as his knowledge, on the genre that just won't go away.

Nardwuar vs. Flavor Flav, T-Pain, Janelle Monae and Kid Cudi!
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Last week Nardwuar did an interview with Bill Kaysing (r.i.p.) who took the mic to explain how if man really did land on the moon, he might very well have been turned into "Crispy Space Bacon!" This week the "Moon Theme" kinda continues as Nardwuar meets Flavor Flav, T-Pain, Janelle Monae and Kid Cudi , who's most recent CD just happens to be titled "Man on the Moon: The End of the Day!" Doot Doo!

Radon 10th Anniversary live at Seizure's Palace
Tuesday, December 29th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
It's a rare case where an experimental music label actually wanders the world without a real home base; Scott Nydegger's Radon label is such, picking up new additions to its roster in unlikely locales, and intermingling its players to create some unique sounds. WFMU occasionally catches up with this crew, and this time Radon lands at Seizure's Palace studios in Brooklyn to celebrate it's decade-long activities with a morphing, hour long three-part jam with Sikhara, HHY and the Drums of Habnom, and United Scum Soundclash.

Betsy fills in, Zachary Cale performs
Monday, December 28th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Brooklyn singer-songwriter Zachary Cale stops by WFMU to sing a few tunes, when Betsy Nichols' fills in on Sound & Safe. WFMU's John Allen describes Cale as "a songwriter's songwriter, as prolific as he is original. His voice can be delicate for love or wry for satire. The ability to hear what is in a song has guided him well in the making of his own. While the influence of traditional American music is always present in his compositions, he is able to infuse something fresh and new to the form."

Special: Best of HotRod archive show featuring DJ Set from Stereolab's Tim Gane!
Friday, December 25th, 2009, 6am - 9am
HotRod's show

Music To Spazz By Xmas Fiasco
Thursday, December 24th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Dave the Spazz delivers the goods with hall-wreckin', eggnog-soakin', chimney-slidin', rock & roll Xmas songs that don't suck!

Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza (fill in for Fabio)
Thursday, December 24th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza

Kenzo will bring in thousands of sound samples and musical fragments, set them free, and hope they get along with each other, in a new episode of his ongoing live improvised sound collage experiment, while the HyperPlaylist 0,000,000,000 provides second-by-second updates. Call in live and contribute your noises. You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all different.

C. Spencer Yeh / Chris Corsano / Nate Wooley, Part 2
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
(Hear Part 1 here.)  This supergroup of C. Spencer Yeh on violin/voice (Burning Star Core), Chris Corsano on drums (Flaherty/Corsano Duo, Bjork, Cold Bleak Heat, etc.), and Nate Wooley on trumpet (Melee, Crackleknob, Nate Wooley Quartet, solo, etc.) convene as a trio to cover WFMU's Love Room with sonic gold improv dust. Tune in and pad your portfolio.

Festive Holiday Dance Party at Eternal Christmas: A Yuletide Dreamland
Monday, December 21st, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Join DJ Trent and the crew from Brooklyn's most psycho-bibliodelic rock band Flaming Fire at their freshly-installed art/storefront wonderland, ETERNAL CHRISTMAS: A YULETIDE DREAMLAND for a schmaltzy, energetic, and stupidly cheerful dance party to celebrate the year 2009 and having a fun time in general. Come on out to 525 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn for a celebration of art, tunes, dry ice sculptures, drinks, and all that kind of stuff. Or tune in and host a dance party in your own house. WARNING: Sandwich-making contest may occur.

Olivia Block
Monday, December 21st, 2009, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Chicago sound sculptor Olivia Block has composed for chamber ensemble, worked with field recordings and electronic processing and co-designed an audio installation the size of a football field. She visited WFMU to weave tissues through our piano strings and put a microphone on the back door. The results can be heard this Sunday on The Brother Lucy Show, starting at midnight.

Curumin: July at Christmas!
Saturday, December 19th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Curumin brought his warm soulful Brazilian musical blends from São Paulo to New York City for a big Central Park Summerstage concert this past July.  While he was here he stopped by WFMU with his band to record a sultry summer session, and we combat the winter chill by serving Curumin's aural hot toddy for your listening pleasure this evening.

CBC X-mas Party with the Reigning Sound
Saturday, December 19th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Reigning Sound make their triumphant return to the Cherry Blossom Clinic Dec 19, Sat from 3-6pm! Fresh off the release of their epic new album "Love and Curses," the Reigning Sound (this time including WFMU's own Dave Amels in their lineup!) will deliver the rock as only they can. Reigning Sound will bring their amazing, passionate rock (and maybe even play a Christmas song or 2) once again for WFMU! So tune in Sat Dec 19 from 3-6pm for the beautiful and crazy Reigning Sound Cherry Blossom Clinic Christmas Party!

Live From Ireland
Friday, December 18th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Once again this Christmas time in Dublin, WFMU's globe-trotting remote broadcast unit will return to the Irish capital for another live broadcast from All City hip-hop music and graffiti supply store in the city centre when the guests will feature a variety of Irish emcees, DJs, b-boys, and graffiti artists. These will include I.N.K One, OB & the All City DJs, Rubber Bandits, Tu-Ki, Fruitman, Handsome Paddy, Laz-E, the Vince Mack Mahon crew, Mos Chops, Deep Burial,The Class Az's, Rob Kelly, Captain Moonlight, Chris Golding and former Irish DMC champ and Scary Eire member DJ Mek. There will also be a special tribute to past WFMU live from Ireland guest emcee Lunitic who died earlier this year at age 25 - a victim of heart failure. If you happen to be in Dublin, Ireland on December 18th stop by the live broadcast at All City at 7 Crow Street in the Temple Bar district of the city centre where the broadcast is 8pm to 11pm local time which 3-6pm Jersey City time on WFMU.

Triple Duff! Nardwuar vs. Hilary Duff, Duff McKagan and Duffy!
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Last week it was "All Ice" (Ice Cube, Ice T and Vanilla Ice) but this week it's an onlslaight of "Triple Duff" action featuring interviews with Hilary Duff, Duff McKagan and Duffy! Doot doola doot doo .. duff duff!

Ultrathin & Tonstartssbandht
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Two of Montreal's finest play live on Talk's Cheap. Ultrathin is a tripped-out loud-punk 3-piece with ties to recent WFMU live guests Pink Noise. They also oversee the top-notch cassette label Campaign for Infinity. Tonstartssbandht is two brothers, Orlando transplants, with a sound that ranges from funky tape loops, to floating soundscapes to feel-good fuzz-rock. Tonstartssbandht and Ultrathin are on a short US tour through Dec 18th, with multiple dates in NYC and Philadelphia, tour dates here and here.

C. Spencer Yeh / Chris Corsano / Nate Wooley, Part 1
Tuesday, December 15th, 2009, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
This supergroup of C. Spencer Yeh on violin/voice (Burning Star Core), Chris Corsano on drums (Flaherty/Corsano Duo, Bjork, Cold Bleak Heat, etc.), and Nate Wooley on trumpet (Melee, Crackleknob, Nate Wooley Quartet, solo, etc.) convene as a trio to cover WFMU's Love Room with sonic gold improv dust. They'll be doing Nate's song cycle "Seven Storey Mountain" a version of which is out now on Important Records. Tune in and pad your portfolio.

Blip Fest Warmup-Workout
Monday, December 14th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
DJ Trent gears up for this weekend's Blip Festival with a visit from some of the folks behind the massive 3-day explosion of old-style video game sounds.  Patric Catani, Peter Swimm, Je Deviens DJ En Trois Jour, and Glomag exploit the deepest, brightest sounds from the edges of the 8-bit live on Sound and Safe.

Make sure to tune into WFMU's live webstream from the Blip Festival this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at

Geoff Manaugh, author of the BLDGBLOG book & blog
Monday, December 14th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture

Geoff's a consistently fascinating writer on architecture, contributing editor to Wired UK, and a former DJ. Expect discussion to range from architectural acoustics & unexpected sample-discovery to a selection of Geoff's favorite techno.

Ky Hote's George Harrison tribute
Monday, December 14th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

A couple of years after George Harrison passed, guitarist Ky Hote decided that a tribute concert was needed in his Austin hometown. Ky and fellow musician Owl Morrison started a series of tribute concerts to Harrison in 2005, which has now expanded to runs in Florida and New York City. Ky Hote and friends visit WFMU to chat about the "quiet Beatle" and to play a few of his tunes.

Holiday Spectacular: Debo Band + Pharaoh's Daughter Live
Saturday, December 12th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A live music double-header: First, Boston's ebullient Debo Band, fresh from their NY debut at Drom (85 Ave A) Friday December 11, gives Ethiopian and Ethio-inspired grooves a unique brass band twist. Then, Basya Schechter and Pharaoh's Daughter sublimely conjure Judeo-Arab-Mediterranean musical concoctions. Their FMU session is a tune-up for a December 16 gig at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn - part of the annual Hannukah-sync'ed multi-venue Sephardic Musical Festival.

Ty Segall
Saturday, December 12th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T is excited to welcome from San Francisco, Ty Segall. He amazed us with his one- man band Traditional Fools, and now Ty Segall is wowing us all the more with his band, cranking fuzzed-out, lo-fi, '60s and '70s punk-influenced DIY garage rock! Ty Segall will be playing songs from his 2009 LP "Lemons" (Goner) and his 1st album (CastleFace). Ty Segall will also be playing live in San Francisco on Dec 12 at Café Du Nord.

Hans-Joachim Roedelius + Alessandra Celletti
Friday, December 11th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) recently teamed up with Italian Alessandra Celletti to do a collaborative piece titled "Sustanza di Cose Sperata" (Substance of Things Hoped For). After performing the piece at a handful of festivals in Europe the duo are coming to America to do three shows - in LA, San Francisco, and New York (December 12th when they perform at at Saint Peter's Church on Lexington Avenue & 54th Street).

Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found
Thursday, December 10th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Dave the Spazz welcomes author Joe Bonomo to discuss his new book "Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found," a comprehensive, behind the scenes look at the wildest rock & roll show ever recorded: Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star Club.

Métal Rouge Rarities
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Métal Rouge, the improvisational duo of Helga Fassonaki and Andrew Scott, started in Auckland, NZ, and now operate out of Los Angeles. Their pieces haunt, drone, crunch and hover, like good and bad feelings threatening to happen, and arriving when one least suspects. See the band's MySpace page (linked above) for their dazzling list of inspirations and influences, some song samples, as well as several live video clips. In lieu of a My Castle of Quiet visit, Métal Rouge have graciously provided WFMU with a disc's worth of rarities, all tracks from ultra-limited, or as-yet-unreleased, lathe-cut vinyl and CDr releases, including several collaborations with other artists and an Andrew Scott solo piece. Tune in when Wm. Berger airs 60 minutes from Métal Rouge Rarities, followed by a post of the full collection to WFMU's Beware of The Blog and Free Music Archive on 12/16. Their newest release, "Ephemeroptera V," is currently in rotation on WFMU's airwaves.

All Ice Special! Nardwuar vs. Ice Cube, Ice T and Vanilla Ice!
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
With the change of the seasons arrives an "All Ice" Special of the Nardwuar Show with three individuals guaranteed to bring the chill into your ears. Forget about getting warm, take off your Toque (or Skull Cap!) and Get Iced! Doot doo!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

As former member of O.L.D. and Khanate, Alan Dubin has etched a blackened hash mark forever into the totem pole of tortured throat purveyors; his terrifyingly raw, sometimes electronically manipulated shrieks are a thing of alien nature to say the least. GNAW began in 2006 with members of Burning Witch, Enos Slaughter, Ike Yard and sound design wizard Brian Beatrice, released their debut "This Face" this past year on Conspiracy, and are making some radio doom this afternoon on BT's show. You can also catch GNAW live on Saturday, November 14th at the Apex Fest III, which happens on the 13th as well at SIR, 520 25th Street in Manhattan. They also play Europa in Greenpoint on December 5th.

The Demands & The Sights
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Demands mix sultry soul with driving punk and glam for an original hook-filled sound that has been flooring audiences in New York and New Jersey for most of this decade. You'd never think just three people could make such an engaging racket! Their latest release is 2009's "High Wire" on Deep Eddy Records out of Austin, Texas.

After taking the last few years off, the Sights, one of the prime movers on the Detroit rock and roll scene, are back with a new lineup and a new batch of songs. This will be their third trip to WFMU.

Bent Spoon Duo
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Last year, Bug Incision Records sent a clutch of releases to WFMU, many of which included the percussion work of Chris Dadge. What was this amazing music? Seemingly out of nowhere (actually Calgary, Canada) came this fully formed parade of improv, a vibrant and less cynical version than occasionally emanates from the NYC music environs. Bug Incision is the work of Chris Dadge and associates who do the label and run a concert series (and at one time a local radio series, as well). After exchanging some emails with Chris, he and Scott Munro, together known as the Bent Spoon Duo, kindly put together today's set especially for The Long Rally. I could tell you what instruments the two will play but I'd be guessing since anything goes: drumset, violin, sk-1, upright bass, trombone, electronics, vocals, etc. Expect spirited, reflexive and all-consuming improvisation.

Monday, December 7th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

For a number of years Monkeyworks has been bending jazz improv in on its left ear. This New Jersey musical collective adds a dash of electronica to its sound, its seven-plus members swelling in a "Bitches Brew-style" swirl of sound. Monkeyworks recorded a set for Irene and the resulting controlled chaos will be presented for your ears' delight on WFMU.

Puerto Plata
Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

José Cobles, nicknamed Puerto Plata after the town where he was born in the Dominican Republic in 1923, has been singing and playing almost since the day he was born.  But various obstacles - first from the repressive Trujillo regime and later, societal trends in general - limited his musical opportunities.  So he had never recorded an LP until 2007, when IASO, a label dedicated to the acoustic roots of Dominican music, released his acclaimed debut "Mujer de Caberet".  Puerto Plata stops by to talk about his life in music and his brand new second release on IASO, "Casita de Campo".

Lakeside Lounge Ichiban Stream Live Remote Launch Party
Saturday, December 5th, 2009, 1pm - 3pm
on Fool's Paradise with Rex

Join us as WFMU broadcasts live from the legendary Lakeside Lounge! See the brightest lights in WFMU's galaxy of stars shine! Featuring Rex from Fool's Paradise, Dave The Spazz, Gaylord Fields, Debbie From Georgia PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS! All assembled to celebrate the launch of WFMU's brand new Ichiban Rock and Soul Webstream! The premier online destination for fun-lovers and thrill-seekers everywhere! Experience radio live and in the flesh! Win fabulous prizes! See uninhibited women! Enjoy alcoholic beverages! Authentic reproduction Jivaro shrunken heads will be given away to lucky attendees! Be there when broadcast history is made! That's Saturday December 5th from 1PM to 6PM at The Lakeside Lounge (162 Avenue B in Manhattan).

Even More Whacked-out Hillbilly 45s
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
In anticipation of the Lakeside Lounge Ichiban Rock & Soul stream live remote, nutty record collector Greg Germani from Decatur, Georgia once again drops by Music To Spazz By armed with crates of obscure country and hillbilly records to wing at the city folk. Expect more drunken odes to orphaned children, murderers, skid row, hippies, winos, suicide, women's lib, truck-driving, hare-brained novelties, hillbillies in the White House, monkeys, odes to Sheriff Buford Pusser, high school drop-out hillbilly millionaires, junkies, pro-Vietnam songs, midgets, LSD, train rides to hell, Billy Beer, Satan, go-go dancing young ladies in hot pants and a truckload of screwball honky-tonkers. It'll be like listening to "Rubber Room" for three hours but in Hillbilly Smell-O-Vision!

Roland P. Young
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Roland P. Young , the mystical free jazz innovator, will perform live on This is the Modern World with Trouble. In 1980 Roland P. Young, recently relocated from the Bay Area, released 'Isophonic Boogie Woogie' to a somewhat sceptical East Coast scene who was not prepared for his unique synthesis of free jazz, global references and original electronic meanderings.  Re-issued a few years ago in Japan this 1980 knockout has finally found the acclaim and recognition it originally deserved. Hear Roland P. Young perform live and discuss aspects of his profound sound.

Nardwuar vs. Nas and MC Supernatural
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Nardwuar interview Nas and Supernatural at the Rock The Bells festival.

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with John Darnielle, A.J. Jacobs and the cast of Oleanna.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast on Wednesday, December 2nd from 6-7pm. Ken and Andy's guests will include John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, A.J. Jacobs, author of the Guinea Pig Diaries, and several cast members of the David Mamet play Oleanna. Additionally, Andy agreed as part of his 24 Hour Marathon stunt to do the entire show in his underwear and Ken has agreed to be legally drunk. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you bring an extra pair of underwear, Andy may be shamed into reimbursing your admission.

Deidre O'Connell discusses 19th century ex-slave piano wonder Blind Tom
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Author and music historian Deidre O'Connell will spend an hour with Irwin on Wednesday, December 2, discussing the 19th century piano genius, Blind Tom Wiggins. O'Connell's new book, The Ballad of Blind Tom: Slave Pianist, chronicles the life of a legendary musical prodigy who was arguably the most famous American pianist of the 19th century. Born in 1849 to slave parents, Tom displayed early musical talent on his master's family piano, demonstrating an amazing ability to replicate complex performances after one hearing. Later he was able to play two songs simultaneously with his back to the keyboard, and became a skillful composer. Diagnosed by 19th century clinicians as an idiot (though today presumed to have been autistic), Wiggins possessed remarkable skills, including the ability to perform odd athletic feats and mimic nature sounds with his voice. He criss-crossed the U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean countless times during a 40-year performing career, and his fans included Mark Twain. Yet Tom died in obscurity in a small Hoboken flat in 1908. In addition to discussing the life of Blind Tom, O'Connell will present recent recordings of Tom's musical compositions, as well as songs composed about and inspired by Tom's legacy.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Manikin's Stop The Sirens LP got quite a few spins on WFMU at the end of the summer - now, here's your chance to hear them play live! Their tight post-punk sound has drawn comparisons to Wire, Big Black, Joy Division and early Sonic Youth. Tune in Tuesday December 1 at 11pm and draw some comparisons of your own. Crayons not required.

3-Hour LAFMS Retrospective, plus live set from Airway
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Formed in the early 1970's, the Los Angeles Free Music Society was a collective of experimental artists and musicians that produced a gushing river of output (well-documented in Cortical Foundation's 10CD box set in the late 90's) with severe dedication to anything-goes sound invention. Groups like the Doo-Dooettes, Le Forte Four, Solid Eye, Extended Organ, Smegma and others delved into free jazz utilizing homebuilt instruments, junkyard noise and bizarre live antics that melded with the L.A. punk explosion (and in many cases excelled its extremities). In the 1980's the LAFMS scene directly fed the fledgeling noise scene of Japan, with one group in particular, Airway, providing direct inspiration for the Hanatarash and Hijokaidan. On today's show, Brian welcomes Airway to the studio for a live set and overview of the history of the LAFMS, with key players Tom Recchion, Dennis Duck, Rick Potts, Joe Potts, Fredrik Nilsen and others in house! Airway also played at the Mike Kelley-curated noisefest for Performa at the Gramercy on November 21st!

Samara Lubelski, followed by Redwing Blackbird
Monday, November 30th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Irene Trudel's show
"Future Slip," Samara Lubelski's fifth solo effort, takes a more electric path than past folkier creations of hers. Samara's now a part of Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace! family of recording artists. Lubelski's collaborators include P.G. Six, Helen Rush and Willie Lane on her traditionally complex avant folk. Samara Lubelski dropped by and recorded a trio set for WFMU just before heading off on tour.

Then another ensemble of wandering musicians, Redwing Blackbird, traveled down from their New Hampshire digs to play a few nights in the Northeast and NYC. Based around the core of longtime friends Austin Wright and Eric Gagne, the duo is now expanded to a quartet and have a number of intricate new folk tunes in advance of recording their next album. On their most recent trip to New York, Redwing Blackbird did a fine recording for Irene in the WFMU studio.

Monday, November 30th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The wandering troubadours of the Improvamericana made their way from Portland, OR, to Jersey City, shedding some 80 percent of their mass and ending up a duo by the time they arrived at WFMU to play slide guitars and quiet drums and songs you might recognize if you listen real close.

Saturday, November 28th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A live session and interview with Cyminology, the Berlin-based multi-cultural ensemble led by Iranian-born singer Cymin Samawatie. Cymin's fluid combination of refined Persian poetry with jazz-oriented arrangements impressed ECM records honcho Manfred Eicher - who signed them up to his influential Munich label for the group's sophomore CD, "As Ney," released earlier this year.

Decapitated Hed
Saturday, November 28th, 2009, 2am - 6am
Nat Roe
Baltimore's Decapitated Hed is Timothy Wisniewski, proprietor of Spleencoffin records. With his solo project, Decapitated Hed, Tim drives an old Dr. Rhythm through shorted, outdated consumer electronics. His most recent 12" Subversive Club Processes has blown away a lot of WFMU DJs with pounding rhythms and precisely controlled feedback manipulation. On Nat Roe's program, Tim will improvise a live set along with some impromptu collaging. Don't miss his live NYC performance (along with WFMU favorites Telecult Powers) at Noisegiving 2009 festival, held the evening of the 28th at Brooklyn's Department of Human Works.

DJ Spooky, MC Paul Barman, Themselves
Friday, November 27th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The day after Thanksgiving will be a hectic one in the WFMU on-air studios when guests stopping by will include DJ Spooky, Themselves, and MC Paul Barman. Barman, who was once a WFMU volunteer, returns after a break from music with the impressive new album "Thought Balloon Mushroom Cloud" featuring such guests as Michel Gondry, Questlove, Prince Paul, DOOM, and Masta Ace. Meantime DJ Spooky (That Subliminal Kid), fresh back from shows in Russia and right before a series of shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House for the Next Wave Festival, will discuss his new album "The Secret Song" which tackles the topic of global economics. And Oakland's Themselves' Jel and Doseone return to WFMU when the Anticon duo will talk about their new album "CrownsDown" and also spit some freestyles.

Bronwyn C. fills in for Fabio
Thursday, November 26th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
Be Thankful! Bronwyn C. fills in for Fabio this Thursday, 11/26. Due to a scheduling malfunction, she will also be conducting a live interview with Fabio's intended guest, Belgian sound artist Herman Van Rompuy. Thanksgiving Day, from 3:00-6:00, on WFMU.

An Inner-Ear Thanksgiving (David Suisman fills in for Trouble)
Thursday, November 26th, 2009, 9am - Noon
Inner Ear Detour with David
Can you think of a better way to whet your appetite for a day of gastronomic indulgence than with three hours of food songs? Neither can we! So tune in on Thanksgiving morning, as David takes you on a gustatory musical adventure, and fill up your plate with everything from "Memphis Soul Stew" to "Peaches en Regalia."

Nardwuar vs. ?uestlove and T-Pain!
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Narwuar interviews ?uestlove and T-Pain! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

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