Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Adam Matta
Monday, January 11th, 7pm - 8pm
on Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah

Adam Matta is a virtuoso beatboxer. The Village Voice says "his ability to remix his own voice is remarkable...singing over a synced beat and then slowing it down, speeding it up, dubbing, scratching." He has appeared on TV and radio programs including Damon Wayans' "The Underground", "Mountain Stage," and "All Things Considered," and has performed Off-Broadway and at venues like Carnegie Hall, BAMCafe, and Joe's Pub. Vocal Fry is pleased that Adam will join us in the WFMU studios for some live beatboxing on January 11th.


The Preview Show to End All (World Musicky) Preview Shows
Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Thanks to a rare conference/festival convergence, a slew of superb multi-artist multi-culti musical events are coming to NYC. There's the annual Balkan music-lover's bacchanal Golden Fest Friday and Saturday January 15th and 16th. There's globalFEST, the annual 3-stage 12-artist world music extravaganza at Webster Hall on Sunday January 17th. AND there are a slew of bountiful showcases in the coming days that, like globalFEST, are pegged to the annual APAP arts presenter's conference. It's a world musicky fest-a-geddon! We'll whet your appetite with preview tracks by artists playing globalFEST and other big showcases. We'll play music WFMU recorded at Golden Fest 2015 c/o the Free Music Archive. (A week from tonight we'll once again broadcast live from Golden Fest.) And - we'll have ticket giveaways for some of the big shows!


Honky Tonk Radio Girl makes a guest appearance
Saturday, January 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
WFMU's own Honky Tonk Radio Girl makes a guest appearance to spread the word about her fantastic show which airs on Wednesday nights from 8-9 p.m.. Find out how Becky became so immersed in the great country and rockabilly sides she spins weekly and where she likes to go honky tonkin'!


Lloyd Price!
Saturday, January 9th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes "Mr. Personality" Lloyd Price to the WFMU studios for an in-person chat. From his millions sellers “Personality” and “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” to his newest book “sumdumhonky” - there will be plenty to discuss.


Joe Frank - "In the Dark, Pt. 2"
Wednesday, January 6th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "In the Dark, Pt. 2," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. January 6th. A night watchman reminisces about a long-ago love affair. Joe ponders how people get lost in life, ruminates over the deeper meaning of punctuation, and explains how people who ask questions cause trouble.


29 Hour Music People
Tuesday, January 5th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Founded on the mission of creating an album in a weekend, 29 Hour Music People is a loose collective of musicians fronted by Rob Christiansen. As they describe their process, the collective "brainstorms lyrics on Friday, writes and records music on Saturday, sings direct to tape, no AutoTune, on Sunday, and returns to normal life with their other bands on Monday, before anyone notices they have been missing. 29 Hour Music People's just released 3rd album, "Transportation," benefits Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and they visit Irene's show to play some of it live.


Warren Ellis (of Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)
Tuesday, January 5th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Warren Ellis joins Morricone Island to discuss his latest score for director Deniz Gamze Erguven's "Mustang," which depicts the life of five orphaned sisters who face the challenges of a conservative society in a remote Turkish village. The film has been nominated for a Golden Globe and selected as the French entry in the 88th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Best known as a member of Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Grinderman, Ellis has been composing film and theater scores since 1998, first with Dirty Three for John Curran's "Praise" and then from 2004 to the present with Nick Cave for such films as "The Proposition," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," and "The Road." "Mustang" is Ellis's first feature length film score on his own. The soundtrack is available from Milan Records.


Dave Wyndorf PLUS Liam McEneaney
Monday, January 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
It’s 2016 and Dave is coming out with guns blazing as rock god Dave Wyndorf from New Jersey’s own Monster Magnet stops by for a quality hang, which totally rules. Also, Liam McEneaney swings by the studio to tell Dave about how he is recording his new comedy album at the Bell House on January 10. This is great for America.


Count It Down! with Nate K: A Burn It Down! Best of 2015 Special
Sunday, January 3rd, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Sure, politically, current events–wise, 2015 was a serious clunker. But musically, it was as rockin' a year as one could hope for. Nate K. kicks off 2016 with a look back at the past 365 days of jammage and counts down his favorite LPs, singles, and reissues. Who will snag that number one spot? Tune in and find out on January 3, 2016.


Dave Feldman of Wyldlife
Saturday, January 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Dangerous Dave Feldman, lead vocalist of the ace rock'n'roll combo Wyldlife, joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd for the final hour of the show to unveil his best of 2015 and also to discuss Wyldlife's upcoming sizzler "Out On Your Block" (being released this spring on Rock and Rule). Find out why Mr. Feldman is a man not only of distinction but also of taste.


Billy Jam does a 3-hr show today (fill-in for Shut Up Weirdo and Downtown Soulville)
Friday, January 1st, 6pm - 9pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Giving the hosts of both "Shut Up Weirdo" and "Downtown Soulville" the first day of the new year off, Billy Jam will present a special one-time, extended three-hour "Put The Needle On The Record" show. For this January 1st music & talk special, guests will include Mad Skillz and Eboness B, the hip-hop highlights of 2015 will be played back and the WFMU listener phone lines will be opened up for predictions for 2016 and contests for giveaways.


New Year's Eve All-Star Cavalcade of DJs Spazztacular!
Thursday, December 31st, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Blast into 2016 with Music To Spazz By as your drunken, hedonistic, rock ‘n’ roll monkey orgy soundtrack! Your favorite WFMU Top Jocks drop by to spin party platters plus a mystery live band will astound and confuse you. A radio event not to be missed!


Remembering Lemmy: 3 Full Hours
Thursday, December 31st, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
We have lost the man that embodied Rock n Roll in every way, shape and form. Diane pays tribute to Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who passed away on Monday with many, many, Motorhead, Hawkwind and other related tunes as well as some anecdotes from a number of people who knew the man. He would never condone a weepy tribute, so we are turning it up even louder for three hours. A fitting way to end 2015! Listeners are encouraged to share Lemmy stories on the comments board, and Diane will take time to read a few as well!


David Lang (of Bang on a Can)
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Bang on a Can co-founder and Pulitzer Prize for Music award-winning composer David Lang joins Morricone Island to discuss his latest film score for Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's "Youth" starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda. "Simple Song #3" from "Youth" was nominated for the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and is a likely contender for an Academy Award nomination. Lang has also scored "(Untitled)" and documentary "The Woodmans" as well as writing the arrangements for the Kronos Quartet in "Requiem for a Dream."


Live Sessions Time Capsule
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Join BT this week as he plows through the vaults and showcases some of the 200-plus live sessions he's hosted on his program through the years! Dig in to excerpts from the likes of The Oblivians, Rocket From the Tombs, Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, Lightning Bolt, Jandek, The Ex, Wire, Legendary Pink Dots, Blues Control, Bill Orcutt, Negative Approach, Skullflower, Deerhoof, Country Teasers, Doom, Complete, Henry Kaiser, Spray Paint, and more who have visited the confines of WFMU's Studio B and made a glorious noise.


2015 Faves from the Free Music Archive
Tuesday, December 29th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on
Liz Berg's show
At the close of each year, Liz compiles an epic list of her favorite hits found on the Free Music Archive. It turns out that 2015 was a killer year for free jams, and you won't want to miss this 3-hour explosion of the best alternatively-licensed music the web has to offer.


Jo Firestone PLUS Lukas Kaiser
Monday, December 28th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes Jo Firestone, host of WFMU’s Dr. Gameshow, to the program. Also comedian Lukas Kaiser is coming back because he didn’t get to talk nearly enough last week and, man, that guy is great! Also, Dave has a bad cold and is about to lose his voice. This show is a profile in courage.


Worse
Monday, December 28th, 2015, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Members of Pollution, Shoxx and No Power converge yet again to bum out audiences and service their hunger for disgusting noise rock. Lose some more of your hard earned self-respect with this degrading adventure into positively negative music.


Christmas Extravaganza!
Thursday, December 24th, 2015, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
For the fifth year running, it's time to celebrate Christmas music Imaginary Radio style! Enjoy a morning eggnog, feed the reindeer, then whack the Tió de Nadal with a stick and out will drop all your holiday favorites in a nice pile! Yes, you will actually hear nothing but holiday music for three hours so bring the kids and lie to them about Santa!


Joe Frank - "The Best"
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "The Best," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 23rd. In this program, Joe juxtaposes historical figures against one another to judge who is superior. Norman Rockwell as a visionary, plumbing the depths of our collective unconscious, is matched against Keane, who painted portraits with large saucer-like eyes. The work of Christo, the environmental artist, is compared to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Pol Pot is measured against Charles Manson, and Wilhelm Reich’s Orgone Box is compared to the ballads of Barry Manilow.


Seaching for some seasonal spirit
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Irene Trudel's show
Consider this your retreat from all the clamorous, commercial celebrating. Cozy up to your Christmas tree with thoughts of a crackling fireplace as Irene soothes you with her version of holiday music.


Best in Soundtrack 2015
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Host Devon E. Levins spins some highlights from his favorite 2015 soundtrack releases.


Lukas Kaiser PLUS Wheeler Walker Jr.
Monday, December 21st, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedian Lukas Kaiser back to Studio A for a night of mayhem. Last time he was on the show, Lukas brought Dave AIDS trading cards and a sexy used paperback so this should be a nice one, too. Also, country music sensation Wheeler Walker, Jr. calls in to discuss his hit single “Fuck You, Bitch” without actually mentioning the name of the song on the air.


Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah
Monday, December 21st, 2015, 7pm - 9pm

The Nude Party
Monday, December 21st, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

It's a clothing-optional Christmas at Three Chord Monte headquarters! Formed in the questionably warm lake water of Lake Norman, North Carolina, The Nude Party is a groovy 60's-styled psychedelic rock'n roll group. After paying their dues at basement shows, raging house parties, and local liquor bars, they have developed a strong name and following in their new hometown of Boone, NC.


Mercury Girls & Expert Alterations
Sunday, December 20th, 2015, 7pm - 10pm
on Hello Children with Faye

Faye presents a very C86 evening with live music from Mercury Girls & Expert Alterations! Mercury Girls are a lovely dreampop outfit hailing from Philadelphia, featuring members of Literature, Pet Milk, & Little Big League. Echoey female vocals hover about glittering instrumentals! ...and Expert Alterations bring us jangle pop from Baltimore. Reminding us of the likes of the Wedding Present, this Slumberland band provides wistful melodies & contemplative vocals. Have a cozy night in Sunday Dec 20 with your friends at Hello Children!


The Annual Winter Soul-stice, with Debbie D.
Sunday, December 20th, 2015, 5pm - 7pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
WFMU Rock ’n’ Soul Ichiban mastermind Debbie D. will once again join program host Gaylord Fields to take part in his long-running tradition of celebrating the wonders of soul music based on a labored pun.

As always, The Winter Soul-stice celebration will team up America's greatest Southern white woman/Northern black man duo since Tallulah Bankhead and her "chauffeur" — who will commence to broadcasting and webcasting 45 rpm discs lovingly recorded by your favorite dukes and damsels of soul. And, in keeping with the show's unofficial designation as a battleground in The War on Christmas, the "C-word" (or even its "X-word" variant) will not be uttered by either host or any vocalist during the two-hour length of this program.

A reverb unit will be abused, as always, for your sporadic amusement.


Jim Tews, Anna Drezen, Joe Rumrill, Live music from Sean Kiely and MORE! Live From Monty Hall
Saturday, December 19th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
The fifteenth live late night variety show comes to Monty Hall This Saturday. With stand up comedy from Jim Tews, Anna Drezen, and Joe Rumrill. A live music set from Sean Kiely, DJ Primitive Sound System, and surprise guests! You can watch live video of the show over at WFMU.org from 9:30 - 11:30. The video will appear on the WFMU phone apps, the WFMU homepage and Pat's playlist page. Or, you can come to Monty Hall and see the show in person and meet others who also listen to this radio station!


The Ar-Kaics PLUS Doug Yule PLUS Todd Rundgren
Saturday, December 19th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Ar-Kaics are Kevin, Johnny, Tim, and Patty. They play troglodyte teenbeat '60s-style punk. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia they follow in the great tradition of Virginia garage bands such as The Individuals and The IV Pack. With over half a dozen singles released and one killer album chock full of hits, The Ar-Kaics are already a force to be reckoned with. Be sure and catch them live at Berlin (in Manhattan underneath the bar 2A on 2nd St. and Ave. A) on the evening of December 19th alongside WFMU faves The Jay Vons and Dirty Fences.

It's a YULEtide Holiday Special! That's right, Todd-O-Phonic Todd questions Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground in honor of the release of not one, but two box sets of Velvets recordings that feature Doug. There is the brilliant 4 cd set of live recordings from Thanksgiving 1969 at The Matrix Club in San Francisco, as well as a 6 cd 45th anniversary edition of Loaded. Find out in this rare interview if Doug hung out at Specs' Alder Museum Cafe in between sets at The Matrix!

When Todds collide! Todd-O-Phonic Todd and Philly legend Todd Rundgren shoot the breeze about The Nazz, Jerry Blavatt, The Jersey Shore and much more! Be sure and catch Todd performing "fan favorites" Friday 12/18 at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair and Saturday 12/19 at The Gramercy Theater in Manhattan.


James Hunter
Saturday, December 19th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes James Hunter to the studio for conversation and an acoustic performance. The James Hunter Six have a new number one hit album “Hold On” due out shortly on the Daptone label.


Put The Needle On Tone Tank and Homeboy Sandman
Friday, December 18th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Gifted Brooklyn emcee Tone Tank returns to the WFMU studios to premiere tracks off his new album that comes out this week. Entitled "ONE-OFFS & ONE-UPMANSHIPS" it is, like many new albums coming out these days, being released on cassette. The multi-talented artist / musician will talk about his music as well as some of the art action figures he crafts. During the show, fellow BK-based MC Homeboy Sandman will phone in.


Interview with Alvin Lucier + Charles Curtis
Friday, December 18th, 2015, 3pm - 5pm
on
Champ Sound with DJ Guy (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
DJ Guy sits down for an extended interview with legendary composer Alvin Lucier and the cellist Charles Curtis, one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary avant-garde music. Lucier discusses the upcoming New York premiere of Orpheus Variations, a new work he composed for Mr. Curtis. In addition Lucier reflects on his legacy as a pillar of the American avant-garde and discusses and upcoming performance of his work by the band Yo La Tengo. Don't miss this fascinating chat with one of our century's greatest musical minds!


Spazz Xmas Fiasco!
Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
All-Star Xmas band The Jingleberries plus legendary one-man band Bloodshot Bill slide down the WFMU chimney to help wreck the halls on a very special Spazz Xmas Fiasco!


Aaron Moore
Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Tune in Thursday for a special in-studio visit by Aaron Moore of Volcano the Bear. He'll be bringing a stack of previously unreleased or extremely limited archival recordings by Volcano the Bear that have recently been released as a massive vinyl boxed set.


DJ BLT is in for Duane
Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on
Radio BLT

Matt Bauer
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Using his whispery-raspy voice and a banjo, Matt Bauer creates beautiful, thematic albums filled with tales of death and mysterious circumstances. Bauer embellishes these song cycles with an ensemble of chamber music players. On Matt's newest, "Dream's End," a sci-fi scenario unfolds, in which the protagonist is described as "(breaking) himself apart to find wires and circuits and a body made of glass and gold." Matt Bauer brings his ensemble to WFMU for a live performance.


Jonathan Hertzberg returns
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Filmmaker, writer, blogger and all around soundtrack fanatic Jonathan Hertzberg returns to curate a selection of songs and scores written for teen-oriented and coming-of-age films from the '50s through the '80s. Jonathan's exhaustive knowledge of John Lindsay and Ed Koch-era New York City as portrayed in film can be experienced and enjoyed through his "Dirty Old New York aka Fun City" video series. Check out Jonathan's first Morricone Island-curated show of music from films featuring NYC preserved in all of its glory here.


Sam Kulik
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow

There is nothing quite like The Broadcast, Sam Kulik's 20-track recreation of a full nine-inning baseball game set to music with live commentary, music by an all-star cast of New York improv and jazz musicians, original advertisements, and accompanying trading cards. Sam, a New York experimental trombonist mainstay and member of bands including Escape From Society and Starring, will stop by the Frow Show to discuss just why and how he created a score to a May 2015 Mets/Marlins game, the time he played a solo trombone version of the National Anthem at CitiField, the brilliance of Howie Rose, and other topics. In addition, Sam will call a few innings of a ballgame with musical color commentary by the local DJ. Can't wait until the spring to meet the Mets again? Tune into the Frow Show for a mid-winter reprieve.


Michael Cavadias PLUS Johnny Gallagher
Monday, December 14th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes actor and performance artist Michael Cavadias, whom you no doubt know from the hit movie "Wonder Boys," the HBO program Girls, and off-Broadway’s "Clay Woman." As if all of that is not enough, singer/songwriter/actor Johnny Gallagher (Spring Awakening, American Idiot, The Newsroom) swings by to play the hits from his debut album "Six Day Hurricane." Get tested!


Consumer Electronics
Monday, December 14th, 2015, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
The unyielding fury of Consumer Electronics is delivered with crushing electronics, jolts of dismembered beats, anguished squalls of feedback, and white-knuckle language hurled with unparalleled viciousness. Philip and Sarah Ruth Best are the couple behind the current incarnation of this long-running project that's come to define the genre of power electronics as we know it today.


Real Kids, Baby Shakes, and Wyldlife LIVE from Monty Hall
Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
This coming Saturday's big Monty Hall show will be broadcasted live on Prove It All Night! Hear the legendary Real Kids make their Monty Hall debut along with the excellent Baby Shakes and local favorites, Wyldlife. This show will be co-hosted by the equally legendary, Todd-O-Phonic Todd and a special guest DJ set by Jeff Marino! We can't say this show will be better than Christmas, but we CAN say your family won't be there.


Odglasi - Macedonian Traditions in NYC
Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

New York's one and only Macedonian-style folk band Odglasi brings the effervescent sounds of that mountainous Balkan land to WFMU! Odglasi blew us away at Golden Fest, the Balkan music-and-dance-lover's bacchanal, last January. Before they do it again at Golden Fest 2016 at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn next month, they'll rock WFMU Skopje-style tonight!


Jon Spencer
Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Influential New York musician/performer/socialite Jon Spencer joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd for 3 hours of chat, records and revelry. The mastermind behind such combos as Pussy Galore and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion will be spinning some wild tunes and talking about his career, his city and much more!


Azeem and Mac Mall
Friday, December 11th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
NJ born poet/emcee Azeem returns to the WFMU studios to premiere new tracks off the forthcoming album with Band Of Broken Puppets. He will also read excerpts from the new book "My Opinion" by Vallejo, CA rapper Mac Mall who will be calling in on the phone line to discuss some of the crazy stories he tells in the engaging just published autobiography.


Jack Rose Tribute
Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 6am - 9am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Tune in to this week's Long Rally to hear an extended tribute set in appreciation of the late great guitarist, Jack Rose, including some deep cuts, rare gems, live recordings, and living room rehearsal tapes.


Joe Frank - "A Landing Strip in the Jungle"
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "A Landing Strip in the Jungle," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 9th. Joe visits Sri Lanka where he develops an odd relationship with a young beggar. While living in lower Manhattan, Joe develops an odd friendship with a junkie who robs him at knifepoint on a regular basis. Later, Joe presides over the "Survivor of the Year" competition between people who have survived harrowing experiences.


Compactor
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

It was in 2012 that New York City's Compactor grabbed many by the throat with Desensitization Reprocessing—a continuous and irresistible revel of molded, throbbing beats, and psychiatric-endurance-testing iced soul. From there onward, Derek Rush released a steady series of releases that have kept Compactor's thudding, tech-dungeon terror alive. For fans of the most-vintage, instrumental Throbbing Gristle, and beloved cult artists like Esplendor Geometrico, Compactor will be especially satisfying. Derek makes his second visit to WFMU (this time live & in real time) on the My Castle of Quiet program. Heaps of ugly fun.


Folking Around with Nath Ann Carrera (Julie fills in for Irene)
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Julie is joined in the earlier dark hours by Musician/DJ Nath Ann Carrera (Woahmone, Witch Camp, Justin Vivian Bond, The Loser's Lounge and various solo projects) to traipse melodically through songs and stories of (mostly) 60s (mostly) English folk musicians like Sandy Denny, Linda Thompson, Pentangle and Renaissance from the jangly to the psychedelic. He's promised to bring his guitar so he may even sing a song or two.


Jeff Russo (Fargo TV Series)
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Jeff Russo, composer of the Fargo FX television miniseries, guests on Morricone Island a few days before the December 14th second season finale. Many Coen Bros. fans were skeptical of the Noah Hawley-created series "inspired" by the 1996 film, but the pilot quickly allayed any fears. The show is scored more like a dramatic film than your typical TV series and the score pays homage, without copying, Carter Burwell's iconic main theme incorporating similar Scandinavian instrumentation and influence. Although Jeff found early success in the 90s with his L.A. rock band, it was Wendy Melvoin (one half of Prince duo Wendy & Lisa and close friend of Jeff's wife Nina Gordon of Veruca Salt) who introduced him to the world of scoring by referring him as a guitarist on a scoring session. Wendy & Lisa Coleman, film and tv composers since the 90's, shortly thereafter hired Jeff as their assistant.


Tom Scharpling
Monday, December 7th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Pull your loved ones close for night #1 of “The Best of Both Worlds”, two magical nights of radio concocted in the back of the Paramus Denny's by Dave and Tom Scharpling. On Monday, December 7, Tom will return to WFMU to be a guest on the Goddamn Dave Hill Show. And then the next night, which is to say Tuesday, December 8, Dave will head over to Best Show HQ down the road to appear as a guest on the Best Show. Together, these two nights of scorching hot radio will make for the most incredible thing that has happened in New Jersey since Venom played City Gardens at least.


Streiber
Monday, December 7th, 2015, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Disquieting dreams, phasing in and out of consciousness, losing time, manufactured memories. Thus is the domain of Western Massachusetts' Streiber. The ambient project of Love Is The Law label master Erik Brown (Wish For Skin, Vanitism, Crashing Bores), this enigmatic journey of hazy electronics promotes a powerful sense of unease, but also an otherworldly sense of exploration and discovery.


XL Kings
Monday, December 7th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

WFMU is proud to welcome in this New York supergroup featuring Stephen Hunking (Hypnolovewheel, Dew Claw, etc), Dan Cuddy (The Special Pillow, Hypnolovewheel) and Eamonn Bowles (the Martinets, Fabians).


Special Guest DJ Katie Lavoie [LEV-WAH]
Monday, December 7th, 2015, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Toronto DJ and nightlife doyenne Katie Lavoie [pronounced "LEV-WAH"] descends from the cold north to play us some hot records on today's Surface Noise. Expect soul, funk, disco, jazz and other surprises from one of our friendly neighbors from over the border!


DJ Jonny Semi-Colón (Jonathan Goldman) of Spanglish Fly - Boogaloo and Latin Soul Session
Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Jonny Semi-Colón (a/k/a Jonathan Goldman of Spanglish Fly) stops by to spin some of the seminal vintage tracks that have inspired New York's leading boogaloo and Latin Soul band. And if Semi-Colón's DJ session inspires you to see Spanglish Fly do its funky Latin thing live, you can catch them Friday Dec 11th at Barbes in Park Slope and Friday Dec 18th at SOBs in SoHo.


PMS & The Mood Swings
Saturday, December 5th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Finger ever on the pulsebeat, Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes New York's latest sensations, PMS & The Mood Swings for a live session! Besides having a great name, PMS & The Mood Swings play a wonderful hybrid of girl group, garage and pop that wins over even the toughest of hearts. Get in on the ground floor!


Johnny Pastorius (Jaco's son) and Robert Trujillo of Metallica
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon
This week's Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon features interviews with Johnny Pastorius (Jaco's son) and Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Metallica). Both are in town for the cinematic debut of Jaco: A Documentary Film.


Norman Westberg
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Coming to WFMU this Thursday, long time Swans guitarist Norman Westberg will bring his guitar and treat us to a live in-studio, solo performance. While his guitar sound for Swans and a few other projects is legendary, what is less known is his recent work as a soloist, exploring the sonic qualities of guitar drones.


Brett Milano, author of "Don't Thank Me All At Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller"
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Scott Miller probably needs no introduction to most WFMU listeners, but let's give him one anyway: leader of the bands The Loud Family, Game Theory, and Alternate Learning. His sudden suicide in the spring of 2013 stunned longtime fans and close friends alike.

Longtime rock journalist Brett Milano has assembled the story of Miller's life through conversations with nearly all of his past bandmates as well as collaborators and admirers such as Mitch Easter, Steve Wynn and Aimee Mann. Brett will join Evan "Funk" Davies tonight to discuss Scott Miller's life and share a few stories from the book. You'll also hear plenty of music from Scott Miller's bands and some of the songs he loved, plus some exclusive treats! Tune in at 9pm (EST) Wednesday night December 2 for this celebratory and revelatory look at the life of a pop genius.


Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (of Luna)
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
In the midst of winding down Luna's reunion tour (the band's first shows in over 10 years), Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips join Devon to discuss "Mistress America," the songwriting duo's latest film score and second for director Noah Baumbach (the first being 2005's "The Squid & The Whale"). The soundtrack, released on vinyl by Milan Records last Friday, is not the guitar-based, ethereal pop that we have all come to know and enjoy. Instead it's a synth-drenched 80s-throwback that still manages to maintain Dean & Britta's distinctive voice and spirit within all of the nostalgia.


Andrew Andrew
Monday, November 30th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and no one can believe it as Dave welcomes Andrew Andrew, two New York City DJs, performance artists, and more who live as one two-headed beast (or joint persona if the two-headed beast thing is a bit much), dressing and living identically each and every day right down to the food they eat, the tattoos on their skin, and the delicate care fabrics covering their nether regions. Dave will ask the tough questions and also offer them snacks in hopes of a better tomorrow. You’ll love it.


Author and Music Journalist Amanda Petrusich
Monday, November 30th, 2015, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Today on Surface Noise, Amanda Petrusich comes by to chat about music and play some favorite records. Amanda is the author of the recent book about 78 collectors Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records as well as the Nick Drake Pink Moon book in Continuum/ Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3rd series. She also writes intelligently about music for Pitchfork, the Oxford American, and The New York Times. Recently, she has started a series of articles for The New Yorker. Tune in for some great records and relaxed talk about music old and new.


Wume
Sunday, November 29th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Baltimore duo Wume explores polyrhythmic structures through the lens of kosmische; they call it "mutant new age music." Their new album, “Maintain,” was released in May on Ehse Records, and the six tracks are each a sparkling aural future city; the hypnotic synths and precise drumming create episodes of icy minimalism, sweeping grandeur, and freaky psychedelia. Prepare to be sonically transported when they play live on Mary Wing’s show, beginning at 1 am on November 29th!


Live at Monty Hall
Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Pat welcomes special guests Ike Ufomadu, Ashley Brooke Roberts, and music from Désir Decir.


Scott Fagan and Harry Shearer
Saturday, November 28th, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes Scott Fagan for an interview and live performance. Fagan's first solo album, 1968's "South Atlantic Blues", has just been reissued and we'll hear the about his interesting and most unusual life. Also, multitalented Harry Shearer returns to the show to talk about his upcoming "Christmas Without Tears Tour" which stops at BAM Tuesday, December 1st.


Carter Thornton plus Tom Carter / Steve Gunn duo
Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 6am - 9am
on
Airborne Event
Start Thanksgiving the WFMU way. Carter Thornton (GNAW, Zashiki-Warashi, Pigeons, Enos Slaughter) brings a solo guitar set to WFMU. He's a relentless & restless innovator whose releases span the gamut from abstract classical guitar, experimental metal, field recordings, and destroyed songs. His new series of releases, Mapping the Ghost, begins this fall on Soft Abuse records.

Afterwards, guitar comrades Tom Carter & Steve Gunn will play in a duo. Tom Carter is a prolific musician who founded Charalambides in 1991 with Christina Carter. He's recently been focused on his bands with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano as well as solo performances in collaboration with filmmakers. Tom's electric guitar work weaves melody into towering long-form drones, sculpting high-volume grit and charged silence together. His new LP is Long Time Underground (on Three Lobed).

Steve Gunn has numerous lauded solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. You can usually find him playing with his band, but he also finds time to serve as guitarist in Kurt Vile’s Violators or play duos like this with old friends. His playing shows the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic jazz, and Gnawa and Carnatic music. His most recent record is the acclaimed Way Out Weather (on Paradise of Bachelors).


Stephen and Scott fill in for Ken and Andy
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Listener Hour
Stephen Ignatious, an aspiring alcoholic and comedian repeatedly voted most attractive artist on Staten Island teams up with co-host Scott James, is a musician/comedian/director, to find truth in life at the bottom of a bottle of quality bourbon. Stephen and Scott work independently, and together organizing art & music events, performing comedy, producing videos in and around the Staten Island area. They will bring food into the WFMU main studio.


Joe Frank - "Pilgrim (Parts 1 & 2)"
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. Two half-hour episodes entitled "Pilgrim (Parts 1 & 2)," from Joe's In the Dark series, air Weds. November 25th. In Part 1, Joe recounts, in nauseating detail, the annual ritual of overindulging at a lavish family Thanksgiving dinner. He then offers the history of the feast, the story of the Pilgrims, and chronicles of pilgrimages around the world. In Part 2, Joe pays a stranger $15,000 for a battered 1953 Buick convertible that's only worth a few hundred. He then fills the tank and sets out on a pilgrimage from Atlantic to Pacific to revel in the splendors of manifest destiny.


Hercyn
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Who would have thought that a crafty black metal band—one that weaves King Crimson-like beauty, arrangements & melodic intensity into the nails-dragging-down-stone fervor we expect from the genre—would exist in WFMU's own back yard? Not us. Think Enslaved, through an American filter—but also think thoroughly modern, with rock power, and soaring, Baroque, 2/4 cadences as black as the blackest riffs by Cultes Des Ghoules. My Castle of Quiet is very proud to present a unique / exclusive live set, slated for future release, from Hercyn, Jersey City's earnest purveyors of black-metal artistry.


Morricone Iceland Pt. 2: DR. GUNNI (of S.H. Draumur) on the "History of Icelandic Soundtrack Music"
Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Dr. Gunni (aka Gunnar Larus Hjalmarsson), a central figure of the Icelandic underground music scene, curates the "History of Icelandic Soundtracks" this week on Morricone Island. His 2012 comprehensive book "Blue Eyed Pop: The History of Icelandic Popular Music" has recently been published in English. Dr. Gunni is a jack-of-all-trades author, solo artist and member of Iceland's S.H. Draumur, Bless and Unun, radio and tv show host, and even a judge on the upcoming "Iceland's Got Talent" tv program. Fans of Icelandic music or cinema will not want to miss this one.


Comedians Todd and Adam Stone
Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave is joined live in-studio by Todd and Adam Stone, twin brothers who make up the bizarre and hilarious comedy duo Stone and Stone. Tune in to find out whether they can actually communicate telepathically or if that is just a made up thing. Dave also shares secret Thanksgiving recipes that probably won’t make you all that sick really.


Low Doses
Monday, November 23rd, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Jersey City's Low Doses deliver a heavy dose of power pop and rock and roll hooks, enough so that they have been backing up the legendary Paul Collins over the last few months. Tune in today to hear how they earned that prestigious gig!


Hanna Khoury of Philly Arab Culture Hotbed Al-Bustan
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Violin virtuoso Hanna Khoury is Music Director of Philadelphia non-profit Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, dedicated to sharing Arab culture through the arts. He'll lead Al-Bustan's ensemble and many guests at a big concert Saturday December 5th at Bryn Mawr college. It's the culmination of a season-long project, Words Adorned, blending ancient and contemporary musical and poetic forms. Hanna is also an in-demand accompanist for artists from Fairuz to Shakira - and he's pursuing a doctorate in ethnomusicology. He'll still manage to find a little time to visit with us on today's show.


Those Darlins PLUS Cyril Jordan and George Alexander of the Flamin' Groovies
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Nashville's Those Darlins head east and rock the set of The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show! Find out why Paste Magazine had this to say about the tremendous trio: "Whether you thought they were a quirky-obnoxious novelty act or a gang of infinitely charming, boots-are-made-for-rockin’ Americana party girls, forget your initial impression of Those Darlins. Because, over the last few years, the band has become the spirit of rock ’n’ roll incarnate—a slightly older, wiser, modern-day Southern-garage version of The Runaways." Those Darlins are appearing at Terminal 5 on Wednesday Nov. 11th, opening for Shakey Graves.

Also today, Cyril Jordan and George Alexander of The Flamin' Groovies join Todd-O-Phonic Todd to chat about their incredible history, The Beatles and much more. Along with Chris Wilson and Victor Penalosa they have been playing live and doing material from the brilliant era of "Shake Some Action". The Flamin' Groovies will be performing at Monty Hall that very evening and at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Sunday 11/22.


Joe McEwen, producer of the new Staple Singers box set "Faith and Grace: A Family Journey 1953-1976"
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Joe "Mr. C" McEwen, producer of the new limited edition, career-spanning box set of the Staple Singers, to discuss the music and history of one of America's greatest musical families.


Terry Adams of NRBQ
Saturday, November 21st, 2015, 9am - 11am
on
Bob Brainen's show
Terry Adams returns to the show just in time for the release of "Talk Thelonious" featuring a dozen Monk tunes recorded with NRBQ plus guests, available on both CD and vinyl at nrbq.com. We'll talk about Monk as well as Sun Ra and other artists who have influenced the band which will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary next year. Join Us!


David Garland
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
David Garland spends an hour (or more) with Irwin on Weds. November 18 at 4pm. Garland has been an active composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer since the 1980s; his songs are tuneful, experimental, and heartfelt. His new music is inspired by a unique guitar, playing with proportion, and by the evocative landscapes of upstate New York. Many WFMU listeners know Garland as the host of WNYC's eclectic Spinning On Air, which ran for nearly 30 years.


Al Kent
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, Noon - 3pm
on Duane Train

The "Walter Gibbons of Scotland" is a highly respected producer who has gain loads of respect over the years for his pure disco, dancefloor friendly style of Deejaying and producing. This Disco Re-edit Juggernaut also runs the Million Dollar Disco label and has also put out acclaimed re-edits on stilov4music and also on BBE, Razor-N-Tape and Tronicsole. This is his first time playing on WFMU ahead of his debut gig on Saturday night on 11/21/15, and the Duane Train couldn't be more excited to have him as a co-conducter this week!


Anna von Hausswolff
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

As a child, Anna von Hausswolff was often enchanted by family stories of a gorgeous area from her native Sweden with a complicated past. She'd heard Sweden’s traditional folk music began in this naturally beautiful place, but a momentous uprising against the country’s king left its landscapes bathed in blood. Anna calls the place "Miraculous" and has based her new album on these storied lands. von Hausswolff’s voice echoes this beauteous but ghastly past, as she swoops from whispered incantations to ghastly shrieks. Anna von Hausswolff brings her band to WFMU to play some of these epic tunes.


Stephen Coates (of The Real Tuesday Weld) on Mikael Tariverdiev [Mi-Kah-il TEAR-river-diev]
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Stephen Coates, film composer and leader of U.K.'s The Real Tuesday Weld, discusses Mikael Tariverdiev, one of Russia's most prolific film composers with over 130 credits but virtually unknown outside of his country. Stephen first encountered Tariverdiev's music on the stereo in a Moscow cafe while dodging the cold on tour in 2011. The chance encounter led him down a path resulting in a beautiful 51-track 3LP / 3CD boxset with 24-full page color booklet which Stephen co-produced closely with Tariverdiev's widow and will be released by Earth Recordings (U.S. distribution by Light in the Attic) on November 20th. Nostalgic Cold War excitement.


Jake Meginsky
Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Having studied under legendary free percussionist Milford Graves, Massachussetts native Jake Meginsky operates under a more electronic umbrella, albeit one that incorporates his teacher's sophisticated palette of textures into a wide range of atmospheres. Meginsky has released two LPs on Open Mouth (a label run by Body/Head guitarist Bill Nace) full of fractured minimal techno, near-silent dub passages, gnarly fields of stuttering noise, tonal mayhem and non-linear rhythms to amazing effect. He's live at Trans-Pecos on November 11th, and live on Brian's show today.



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