Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Interview with Kevin Phillips
Monday, April 28th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Former Republican party strategist Kevin Phillips returns to the program to talk about his latest book, Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Global Crisis of American Capitalism.

Amos Poe
Monday, April 28th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Benjamen Walker's show
Legendary filmmaker Amos Poe (blank generation, Subway Riders) will be dropping by to talk about his film Empire II screening as part of the Tribeca Film Festival. Part remake, part homage, Poe's Empire is a 3-hour film shot starring the Empire State building shot from his West Village apartment over the course of a year. The soundtrack has everyone from the Ramones to Lucinda Williams in it - but on Tuesday April 29th at the Gershwin Hotel, Thurston Moore, Bill Nace, and Matt Heyner will perform the soundtrack live - a three hour experience.

Howard Mandel
Sunday, April 27th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
Bob Brainen's show
Bob Brainen welcomes writer and critic Howard Mandel. His brand new book is "Miles Ornette Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz." We'll be playing lots of music by these 3 giants, and discussing what they accomplished as well as some ideas for approaching and enjoying their music to the fullest.

Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar
Saturday, April 26th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Great collaborations in world music history - a New York (and perhaps world?) premiere: The innovative and compelling UK / South Asian vocalist Najma Akhtar and the iconoclastic / visionary US guitarist Gary Lucas are joining forces. They give us a sneak preview peformance a week before their New York concert debut as a duo. Najma and Gary go public at Joe's Pub Saturday May 3 at 9:30pm. But we hear it here first!

Billy Hinche
Saturday, April 26th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Billy Hinche who, as a teen, formed Dino, Desi & Billy with his neighborhood pals (Dino Martin & Desi Arnaz, Jr.) and recorded several #1 hits after Frank Sinatra signed them to his Reprise label, then joined the Beach Boys' touring band for 25 years! We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Diane has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Barbara Henry
Friday, April 25th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
Poet and letterpress printer extraordinaire Barbara Henry will be live in the studio to read her poetry constructed from the pages of the New York Times. Bronwyn will rant about the Times, and listeners will call in, and a third of the seas will become blood, and an Angel of the Lord will fly over them shouting, "Woe! Woe! Woe! to the creatures of the Earth!"

Zdenek Liska
Thursday, April 24th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
A celebration of the work of "Czechoslovakia's Bernard Herrmann", the brilliant film composer Zdenek Liska who, from the 1940s-1980s produced in excess of 100 highly inventive and brilliant film-scores. Features rare and commercially unavailable recordings.

The Anabolics
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Anabolics, Brooklyn's bastard child of The Shangri-Las and The Clash (their own apt description!) inject some rock and roll juice to the WFMU airwaves with material from their debut album "Anabolically Correct." Their record release party is April 26 at the Lucky Cat in Brooklyn.

Phil Puleo
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008, 9am - Noon
Bob W.'s show
Bob W. fills in for Hatch and will be speaking to Phil Puleo (pool-ee-oh), the percussionist of the famed New York City band Cop Shoot Cop. Phil will discuss his new project "The Children" and they might be joined by fellow collaborator Micheal Wiener. There's sure to be some reminiscing about Phil's previous bands, as well.

Classic Film Music of Egypt with Guest DJ Sami Shumays
Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Sami Shumays is leader of the ensemble Zikrayat, a New York music and dance group that draws its repertoire from the golden age of the Egyptian film musical, circa 1940s-1960s. He's also a podcaster and former WHRB (Harvard University radio) DJ. Tonight as guest DJ, he'll take us on a very well-informed musical journey through the heyday of Egyptian musical film. Zikrayat will be performing their take on this music - with accompanying clips from the films - in a free concert at CUNY's Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave in midtown Manhattan, Thursday May 8 at 7:30pm.

John Cowsill interview on Michael Shelley's show
Saturday, April 19th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with John Cowsill who, with his brothers, formed The Cowsills in 1965 at age 9. Eventually joined by his mother & sister the group had several hits & were the model for The Partridge Family, in recent years John's been a member of The Beach Boys. We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Bill Kelly has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Mr. C's Last Soul Spectacular
Friday, April 18th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
Mister C Soul Spectacular
Friday, April 18, will mark the last installment of Mr. C's Soul Spectacular until further notice! After 9 years of monthly shows, Mr. C is heading off to warmer shores! Tune in and wish him the best!

Care in Community Recordings
Thursday, April 17th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
This week's visit to the sweet-tooth sound emporium contains a delightful sonic-stew served up by Nick Name of Care in the Community Recordings. Featuring exclusive and unreleased tracks from artists on the label's roster, including Lark and Wight Light Orchestra.

The Amazements
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Who are the Amazements? A big smoggy question mark cloud hangs over this mysterious young L.A. outfit; they appeared on songstress Grey DeLisle's record which was produced by one their dads (an ex-Lone Justice member), though in their own element they're a unique and weird slant on the garage rock aesthetic, maybe somewhat of a toxified Cleveland take on Beefheart blues.

Giacomo Gates and Alex Foege
Monday, April 14th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Singer in the vocalese tradition Giacomo Gates visits. His new CD/DVD, Luminosity, has just been released and he'll be performing at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola this Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 & 16. Then, journalist Alex Foege talks about his new book, Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio.

Dave Deporis
Monday, April 14th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

At first listen the music of Dave Deporis is strikingly obscure and engaging, filled with a contradictory quiet power. Once relocated to Florida as a child from his native Manhattan, Dave returned to NYC with influences from both locales. In an interview for Sixeyes, Deporis said, "There is an indelible part of my psyche informed by the urban and the frenetic, as well as a deep love for the land beyond the cities, the oceans and seabirds, the mountains and streams, the desert and sand dunes, the places where life slows down and the face of nature reveals itself to you."

Irwin fills in for Bethany tonight.
Sunday, April 13th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
Irwin Chusid

An interview with legendary Indian film singer Asha Bhosle
Saturday, April 12th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Bollywood icon Asha Bhosle, currently on her 75th birthday tour (with a stop at Carnegie Hall on April 17) has sung for Indian films she was ten years old. As a playback singer, she's provided the musical voice for hundreds of actors. She's recorded thousands of film songs in Hindi and many regional languages, and won scores of awards from India's film industry. But she's acclaimed as well for her versatility: Asha sings Indian classical music as well as Hindu devotional songs and Urdu ghazals - romantic sung poetry; she's collaborated with artists ranging from the UK bhangra band Alaap to the Kronos Quartet and even released a dance single in the UK with the group West India Company.

Buzz Cason
Saturday, April 12th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Buzz Cason, veteran music industry performer, producer, and writer of #1 hits like "Everlasting Love" & "Soldier of Love." We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Tamar has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Matt Kessler and Zach Huelsing
Friday, April 11th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
Matt Kessler discusses his new book "The National Science Fair of Amazing New Discoveries," illustrator Zach Huelsing talks about "Diamonds," the baseball fanzine for girls, and Bronwyn C. mentions every person she knows in Chicago and asks if these guys know them, too. Another great live interview and book recommendations from Killing Time with Bronwyn C.

The Worms
Thursday, April 10th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
The Worms are an English duo, making music in, or within sight of the the folk tradition since 2005. Mark Worm writes lyrics, and Jonathan Worm writes music. Neither of whom really knows their place though, and are liable to get involved above their respective stations. The songs you can hear on the Phuj Phactory were recorded exclusively for WFMU, and capture the gamut of their lyrical concerns: shift-working; the texture of familiar skin; geology; electro-pop goddesses; and the search for truth. The Worms operate in the manner of an art collective. This could be difficult with only two people, but they are both senior and opinionated enough to generate a mob's worth of ideas and directions. And as we all know, a song needs a good idea at the heart of it: "Technique is only a weapon to do what must be done" (Cecil Taylor). Find out more, if you've the stomach, right here.

The Source Family and Ya Ho Wa 13
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
JA in the AM with John Allen
To celebrate the creation of the Process book The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 and The Source Family come to New York City this week, April 8-9, for rare appearances and special events at Other Music, The Knitting Factory, and The Shala. Fronted by Father Yod, the spiritual leader of the religious cult/commune, Yahowha 13 recorded numerous LPs in the early seventies which demonstrated their extreme improvised psychedelic sound. Tune in to John Allen's show when we broadcast an interview w/ Isis and Electricity from the Family, and Jodi Wylie, editor of the Source.

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Masters of skull-frying soundscapes, Wildildlife's debut full length "Six" (on Crucial Blast) buzzes with Sabbath sludge riffery, echoplexed-out vocals and tribal drumming to drive you straight into a swirling black hole. Killing Joke, Butthole Surfers, and Khanate come to mind as well, and despite the lurching, scuzzed out avalanche of sound, this is actually one of the most melodic (yet heavy) bands you'll hear in a long time!

Eric Carbonara and Nick Schillace
Monday, April 7th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Irene Trudel's show
A douple-dip of fingerstyle guitarists play live on Irene's program. Philly-based multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer Eric Carbonara thouroughly embraces all the bounties the wooden guitar offers. Eric's playing widely ranges from acoustic comtemplations of Andalusian Roma-Flamenco to the aggressively noisy. Carbonara is a regular improviser with Evil Eye Sound System & plays with Philly psych-rockers, Soft People. Also performing on the show is Nick Schillace, who is a disciple of the American primitive style of fretwork. Saved by his guitar at the last moment from becoming merely a journalist, Detroit-based Schillace instead became a musicologist who channels the spirit of John Fahey in his own works. Nick just released his second disc, "Landscape and People," on Burleytime Records, and plays with post-rock outfit In Door Park.

Cath and Phil Tyler
Sunday, April 6th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Tune in this Sunday for a set of real primitive American folk music from Newcastle, England via American ex-pat Cath and her British husband Phil. They've been playing their particular old-school Americana in Europe alongside the likes of Six Organs of Admittance, MV&EE and the Golden Road, and Pekko Kappi and have a new record out called Dumb Supper. Phil's raw, twirling banjo and guitar playing goes perfectly with Cath's primitive folk hollers and whispers, retelling timeless stories of love, sex and death.

Garifuna singers Aurelio Martinez and Silvia Blanco
Saturday, April 5th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
The Garifuna Collective, an all-star band assembled by groundbreaking Belizean singer Andy Palacio and Ivan Duran of Belize's Stonetree Records, and members of the women's group Umalali are touring the US (including a stop at Symphony Space in NYC on April 4). Sadly the tour, which was to include Palacio, now instead will commemorate Andy's life: he passed away suddenly on January 19th. The tour also is in support of Umalali's debut cd on Cumbancha Records. Two great young singers on the tour, Aurelio Martinez and Silvia Blanco stop by to play a few songs and chat.

The Garifuna people are a cultural minority on the Caribbean coast of Central America, descendents of slaves who today live in Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Garifuna culture and music blends West African, Arawak Indian and European influences.

Second Annual Graffiti Special
Friday, April 4th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For this year's annual graffiti radio special, "Put the Needle on the Record" host Billy Jam will present an all female graffiti artist panel discussion with talented & respected graffiti artists Lady Pink, Muck, Toofly, and Dona - all of whom are collaborators in a current installation at the Bronx Museum titled "Activism Is Never Done." Joining in the all-women graffiti artist discussion will be Karla Murray, photo-journalist & co-author of the graffiti books "Burning New York" and "Broken Windows."

Smokey's Roundup
Thursday, April 3rd, 2008, 6am - 9am
Jeffrey Cobb's show
As a guitar for hire Smokey Hormel has worked with Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Beck, Neil Diamond, Miho Hatori, The Blasters, Forro In The Dark and others. As a leader of his own band he tears it up western swing style. His Roundup consists of Bob Hoffnar (Hem, The Mood Illusion) on straight steel guitar, Charlie Burnham (Odyssey w/ James Blood Ulmer) on fiddle, Tim Luntzel (Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout and a host of others) on double-bass, and Andrew Borger (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) on drums. The band will stay for the whole show, playing live and playing records.

Glenn Head
Monday, March 31st, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Comix artist Glenn Head returns to talk about Hotwire 2, his most recent compilation, and the works of many artists like Mary Fleener, Doug Allen, R. Sikoryak, and others.

Monday, March 31st, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Nalle is both Finnish for a small bear (generally a teddy bear, and named after a childhood toy of vocalist Hanna Tuulikki), and a folky psychedelic trio based in Glasgow, Scotland. Vocalist Hanna sounds like Bjork on helium, while Aby and Chris, the other 2/3 of the trio, weave a trippy, other-worldly blend of weird instrumentation around her.

Lo Moda
Monday, March 31st, 2008, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

What the hell has Baltimore spiked their water system with, and how do we get some? Incorporating keyboards, viola, guitar, and heavy drums, Baltimore's Lo Moda plays catchy, off-beat pop with a sinister undercurrent. They've opened up for Dutch legends, The Ex, and their latest CD, Gospel Store Front has enjoyed quite a bit of love on WFMU recently. Tune in on 3/31, and catch Lo Moda live at the Knitting Factory on 3/22.

Sunday, March 30th, 2008, 3am - 6am
on Evan Muse

Between their recent shows at South by Southwest in Austin, TX, and making a beeline to the French Riviera, Beijing electronic music pioneers FM3 stop by WFMU with a backpack of their wildly popular Buddha Machines for a live performance and to talk about making music in China, their soon-to-be-released next generation of Buddha Machines, and an upcoming West coast tour slated for this summer. Another step closer to Zen: the sound of 7 Buddha Machines at FMU!

Kazakhstan's Roksonaki Performs Live
Saturday, March 29th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
An FMU first (we think): Live music in our studios from Kazakhstan (in Central Asia) with Roksonaki, who in 1990 became the first Kazakh folk-rock band. Founder Ruslan Karin took ancient epic poems and backed them up with traditional and electric instruments, blending traditional melodies with elements of jazz, rock and prog-rock. The band is currently on its first full-blown US tour (performing as an acoustic three-piece), through early April.

Bob Clearmountain
Saturday, March 29th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with engineer Bob Clearmountain who has produced or mixed music by Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Aimee Mann, Squeeze, The Kinks, Chic, Sister Sledge & David Bowie! We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Rich Hazelton has left in Michael's Mailbox!

The Rebel
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

B.R. Wallers of Britain's legendary Country Teasers has recorded 28 albums on his own as The Rebel. Backed up by three other Teasers, he performs for you today on Brian's show. Says Wallers: "Country Teasers was a manner and a style, created to execute a disciplined programme against a perceived problem in music and politics; The Rebel is pure music and word. Did you like The Residents but wished the verses weren't always the same scan/rhyme pattern? Do you like the way The Shadow Ring disobey all rules but still produce beauty and real emotion? Tune in, because at least you'll find these problems solved for you, if not your dismay with all music."

The Moaners
Tuesday, March 25th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Melissa Swingle, formerly of Trailer Bride, brings her new combo, The Moaners to Jersey City to stomp, shout and kick out the blues jams.

Citay AND Mors Ontologica
Monday, March 24th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Liz Berg's show
Pretty rock and dirty rock all in one show! Tune in early for San Francisco's Citay, who will stop by the WFMU studios for their second appearance, this time on the triumphant heels of their latest release Little Kingdom. Expect multi-layered, orchestrated psychedelia full of delicious hooks. Catch them live in NYC on 3/21 (Cake Shop) & 3/22 (Silent Barn).

Next up will be jagged, garagey, keyboard-laden rock: Mors Ontologica from the wilds of Columbus, OH. They'll be performing live at Trash Bar on 3/20.

Talat Performs Live
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Critically-acclaimed Tzadik label recording artists Talat play and chat, live in the studio. Talat is a horn-driven NYC-based band rooted in jazz and improv. But there are also Israeli / Jewish / Middle Eastern / Mediterranean elements to their sound, and even a bit of prog rock in their constantly evolving musical mix. They'll be tuning up for a big gig at Joe's Pub on Thursday, April 3. Talat homepage | Talat Myspace

Larry Crane, Dr. Ike, & Tammy Lynn
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Larry Crane, Founder/Editor of Tape Op Magazine, Dr. Ike, executive director and founder of the Ponderosa Stomp and soul legend Tammy Lynn. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Maria Levitsky has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Neighborhood Radio, The Conspiracy of Beards, plus an interview with The Better Beatles
Friday, March 21st, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Two different Bay Area arts collectives will be represented on Billy Jam's "Put the needle on the record" show this week. San Francisco's 30 member, all male, acapella vocal group the Conspiracy of Beards, who exclusively interpret the music of Leonard Cohen, will stop by to perform live in the WFMU studios. And Lee Montgomery, one of the founding members of the Bay Area guerilla micro-powered radio broadcasting meets audio-art collective NPR ( Neighborhood Public Radio), will stop by to talk about pirate radio in 2008 and his organization's current Whitney Biennial "American Life" installation. Additionally Jay Rosen, the founding member of early 80's Omaha group the Better Beatles, will be calling in.

Live sets from two bands: The Cordova Academy Glee Club and Science is Dead
Thursday, March 20th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Pat Duncan's show
From the first downbeat to the final chord, The Cordova Academy Glee Club's live show is unshakably energetic and rousing; it belongs under a revival tent in place of a rock club. In fact, at the first utterance of vocals these guys could very well incite a musical revolution. Also, a live set from Science is Dead, an indie, chamber-pop band from the Pittsburgh area will be in the studio on thursday March 20th. They are making their virgin venture out of the Ohio Valley and into the real world. They have been compared to Dinosaur Jr.

Rack Lo
Wednesday, March 19th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Straight from Brownsville, NY and founder of the legendary boostin crew out of Brooklyn called Lo-Lifes, Rack Lo made a name for himself starting out with Thirstin Howl III, appearing on many of his releases. With a new album coming in March, he thought it would be a good idea to drop some hip-hop nuggets on WFMU. Tune in but steal anything!

Ghislain Poirier
Wednesday, March 19th, 2008, 6pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
DJ Rupture's Mudd Up! show will host Ghislain Poirier from Montreal! The French-Canadian beatmaker and producer just released an album on Ninja Tune and will talk about bass migration & musical diasporas, as well as his DJing philosophy ("it's like boxing"). Poirier will share a special selection of new beats from the Trinidad and the Francophone Caribbean isles.

Tribute to Cleveland underground rock musician Jim Jones
Wednesday, March 19th, 2008, 6am - 9am
The Push Bin with Lou
Join Lou as he takes a look back at the long and storied career of Cleveland underground rock legend Jim Jones who sadly passed away this February. Jim played in a slew of great Cleveland bands including but not limited to the Mirrors, The Styrenes, Pere Ubu and the Easter Monkeys. Lou will be spinning records from these bands as well as many more that Jim was involved with including some rare and unreleased material.

The Bowmans
Monday, March 17th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Sharing that inexplicable "telepathic" bond as twins, Sarah and Claire Bowman have been making harmonious, folky music since a tender age. The Bowmans homebase is Brooklyn, but their music has a bit of swing to it that's hard to pinpoint. Think old-timey folk intertwined with more than a few hairs of classical and gospel music.

Live Set from Becca Stevens Band
Sunday, March 16th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker
With roots in jazz and Appalachian folk music Becca Stevens writes original songs that draw inspiration from West African rhythms, assorted pop and classical composers, and Irish folk music. The acclaimed front-woman of Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra and collaborator with many creative jazz musicians including Jeremy Pelt, Becca Stevens joins us live in the studio singing and playingguitar, ukulele and charango - with band membeers Colin Killalea – guitar/vocals, Liam Robinson – accordion/piano, Christopher Tordini – bass.

Obo Addy
Saturday, March 15th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

An interview with the master drummer Obo Addy, from Ghana by way of Portland, Oregon. Addy has both a tradition-based drum-and-dance ensemble, Okropong, rooted in his Ga ethnic heritage, and a multi-culti electric band, Kukrudu. He's bringing Okropong to NYC to play one of World Music Institute's National Heritage Masters series of concerts, at Town Hall on Saturday, March 29. These multi-artist concerts celebrate past winners of National Heritage Fellowships, the USA's highest honor in the traditional arts. Addy was the first native African to win one of these distinguished fellowships.

Tony Colton
Saturday, March 15th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Tony Colton about the 1960s booming British music scene, including his #1 hit "I Stand Accused" and his seminal country-rock band Head, Hands And Feet, formed with Albert Lee in 1971, his move to Nashville and writing subsequent hits for Leanne Rimes, George Strait, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson & more! We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Mr. C has left in Michael's Mailbox!

WFMU SXSW Live Broadcast
Friday, March 14th, 2008, 8pm - 2am
on Orphan program

(8pm-3am) Yes, for the first time ever WFMU will be presenting a showcase at SXSW down in Austin, Texas, and we'll be broadcasting live from Spiro's indoor and outdoor stages! Tune in to our airwaves from 8 PM until 3 AM and check out the gi-normous 14 band lineup: Harvey Milk, Paul Metzger, the Homosexuals, Kelley Stoltz, the Hank IV, Gary Higgins, Carla Bozulich's Evangelista, Los Llamarada, Half Japanese, Lexie Mountain Boys, Citay, Psychedelic Horseshit, the Bad Trips, and Cheveu. If you're at the fest or live around Austin, come on down for this historical WFMU event at 611 Red River right in the middle of the madness. The show is at 7pm Austin time, is 18 and over, $10 at the door or free with SXSW wristbands or badges. Liz Berg, Diane Kamikaze, Brian Turner, Benjamen Walker and Irene Trudel will be in house doling out WFMU swag as well.

Masta Ace
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Starting out under the wing of pioneering producer Marly Marl and making hip-hop history with his appearence on "The Symphony" in 1988 alongside Big Daddy Kane, Kool G. Rap & Craig G., Masta Ace has been a staple in the rap game ever since. On this date, the man will swing by to play us tracks from his new super group "eMC" (Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline & Strick). Take a look around and tune in!

The Victims
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Victims are back! These first-generation punk rockers from New Jersey were regulars at Max's Kansas City, and opened Sid Vicious' legendary show there. They are back after a 28-year hiatus to victimize the 21st century.

Flannery O'Connor reads "A Good Man is Hard to Find"
Monday, March 10th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on Scott Williams's show

Scott presents the ideal Marathon hangover helper: Flannery O'Connor's "A Good Man is Hard to Find", as read by... Flannery O'Connor! Her 1955 short story singlehandedly created several generations of teenage nihilists. If you're anything like Scott, you've been waiting half your life for this -- now at last, hear The Misfit and The Grandmother as their maker made em.

Johan Agebjorn
Monday, March 10th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Sally Shapiro is the sweetest of singers in an emerging group of fine-voiced Swedish women who dedicate themselves to singing over electronic dance beats. The man who provides her Italo-disco beats (for songs like "I'll Be By Your Side" and "Spacer Woman from Mars") is Johan Agebjorn, who has a supreme talent for understatement and subtle melodies that make your head float. He also does weird things like make Mega Man remixes of Sally Shapiro songs and puts them on vinyl. How could you go wrong? It's his first time coming to the states with Sally, and he'll be spinning records and hanging out Monday morning March 10th from 8-9am.

WFMU's Marathon Finale with the Hoof N' Mouth Sinfonia
Sunday, March 9th, 2008, 7pm - Midnight
on Marathon Finale

For the 8th year running, WFMU caps off its annual fundraising marathon with the one thing that never gets old: LIVE BAND KARAOKE! Tune in to hear upwards of 40 of your fave FMU jocks belting out the songs in their hearts as though they'd been on a 2-week bender and forgot their were mics on.

Ted Leo, Ben Gibbard, and Patton Oswalt help Tom fundraise!
Tuesday, March 4th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
The Best Show On WFMU with Tom Scharpling is excited to welcome Ted Leo, Ben Gibbard and Patton Oswalt live in studio this Tuesday March 4th between 8-11 PM! Ted is reprising his amazing appearance last year playing songs for pledges, but now he's joined by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service and the amazingly hilarious Patton Oswalt! It should be a show for the ages, so make sure to tune in and get those pledges ready!

Yo La Tengo
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
From 5-8pm Gaylord Fields and Bob Brainen mark the halfway point of the WFMU fundraising Marathon by once again enlisting Yo La Tengo to take your calls, pledges and most importantly cover song requests, which will then be brought to life over the air! The band's long history with the WFMU Marathon has proven that Yo La Tengo is unstoppable, and tonight's show is a special longer 3-hour broadcast just in case that extended version of "Hocus Pocus" comes up. Gaylord co-hosts the rest of Bob's show from 8-9pm after the band packs up as well.

State of the Station
Saturday, March 1st, 2008, 9am - 10am
The Listener Hour
Station Manager Ken gives an update on WFMU happenings, plans, and finances.

Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival Preview
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

This March the Brooklyn Arts Council brings the first Brooklyn Maqam Arab Music Festival to venues throughout the borough (and some in Manhattan). The events, all free, will feature locally-based artists from across the Middle East and North Africa.

Tonight's guests include a couple of younger festival participants: Tareq Abboushi of the band Shusmo, master of the buzuq (a cousin of the Greek bouzouki); and Moroccan born vocalist Malika Zarra, who fuses Moroccan music with French pop and jazz. Also joining will be Nicole Macotsis of the Brooklyn Arts Council (who's also a professional dancer).

Listings of the festival events are also included in Rob's NYC metro world music events page.

Ken Nordine
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with the dean of Word Jazz, Ken Nordine. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Bob Brainen has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Old School & New School: Joe Conzo & Bisc1
Friday, February 22nd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
70's/80's hip-hop photo-journalist Joe Conzo, whose historic photos grace the pages of the recently published hip-hop book "Born in the Bronx," will stop by WFMU to talk about his new book and the early days of hip-hop in the boogie down Bronx. Meanwhile, representing the new school of New York City hip-hop, will be emcee Bisc1 along with his extended crew including Metermaids, Domer, Human, and Grimace - all together live in the WFMU studios with host Billy Jam.

Duane Harriot and Trouble Celebrate Nina Simone's Birthday
Thursday, February 21st, 2008, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble will celebrate the birthday of the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, with a special broadcast on Thursday, Feb 21. Her special guest for this musical adventure will be Duane Harriot, renowned music collector and DJ. Duane is a staple in the Downtown scene, heading up the Negroclash party at APT for years, in addition to making great new music available to the in-crowd as one of the buyers at Other Music. This is the Modern World starts the festivities at 9 am and runs until noon. Wear your best party attire, please.

The Parker String Quartet
Thursday, February 21st, 2008, 6am - 9am
Jeffrey Cobb's show
The award winning Parker String Quartet (Daniel Chong, Karen Kim, Jessica Bodner and Kee-Hyun Kim) play Mendelssohn live in the studio and share their personal record collections.

Steven Lankenau
Monday, February 18th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Steven Lankenau, Director of Programming at the Brooklyn Philharmonic, talks about their Music Off the Walls concerts and other programs.

Monday, February 18th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Caleb Burhans and Grey McMurray formed itsnotyouitsme in Washington Heights in 2003. They describe themselves as a small band that makes big music. Their soaring guitar & violin paring in itsnotyouitsme might be described as quasi-Robert Fripp with classical overtones. The ensemble writes, "we hope to make you cry in a good way."

Saturday, February 16th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Kakande is a big West African / American band that combines African and European instruments, rhythms and melodies. The centerpiece is the brilliant balafon (xylophone) player from Guinea, Famoro Dioubate. Kora (harp-lute) player Yacouba Cissoko extends the traditional vibe - but there are also guitars, drum kit, woodwind instruments - even cello. Kakande just released its debut CD Dununya (Jumbie Records). They warm up tonight for the CD release party at SOBs on Sunday February 24, where they'll be joined by Guinean music icon Mory Kante.

Dan Melchior Und Das Menace
Saturday, February 16th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Cherry Blossom Clinic is psyched to announce the return of Dan Melchior Und Das Menace to the WFMU studios for an exclusive live set! Melchior tore it up on his last CBC visit back in 2006, and since then he's been on fire with a series of killer releases, including his explosive "Pink Scream" EP on Shake Appeal Records. If you wish there was, somehow, a biting, brisk amalgam of The Fall and Billy Childish, then Dan Melchior's your man!

Johnny Brennan of The Jerky Boys
Saturday, February 16th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with comic genius Johnny Brennan of The Jerky Boys. We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Irene has left in Michael's Mailbox!

SPECIAL: Stop Motion Triptych Part 3 (Conclusion)
Thursday, February 14th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
A mammoth mash-up over three weeks of soundtracks to cartoons and animations. Tune in and feast your ears on an hour's worth of sound-design from the films of Czech Surrealist Jan Svankmajer, lovingly arranged into chaotic collage compilations.

Josh Mease followed by Black Cat Blones (Rory Tregaskis)
Monday, February 11th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Irene Trudel's show
Brooklynite Josh Mease spends most of his time in a daydream nation with songs that recall no one era or genre. They simply sound like every happy memory, fond recollection, and momentary "what if?" you've ever had. Mease's recent self-titled album is a journey through the patchwork dream world he permanently inhabits, and Josh tops it all off with a voice that hints at what might have happened if Chet Baker got it on with all four Beatles.

Then a performance by Black Cat Bones, who is alleged to have either exchanged his ability to read and write for his mojo hand & can of Red Stripe or turned himself into brilliant storyteller and an expressive, elegant guitarist full of blues, folk and punk. There's a touch of Syd Barrett and Billy Bragg in Rory's songs as Black Cat Bones, and he plays live on the show.

Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble
Saturday, February 9th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Akoya is a smoking hot 14-piece Afrobeat-style band fronted by former Fela collaborator Kaleta, accompanied by an international cast CD, P.D.P. (President Dey Pass) with a record release party at SOBs on Feb 28, and they'll tune up for it with an extended live session on Rob's show tonight.

The Black Hollies
Saturday, February 9th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Cherry Blossom Clinic is proud to present Jersey City heroes The Black Hollies (featuring Rye Coalition alumni Justin and Herb), whose heavy psychedelic freakouts and soulful vocals call to mind the Yardbirds, Gun, the Nazz and the Groundhogs. The Black Hollies will be playing material from both their debut and their new album "Casting Shadows" (on Ernest Jenning Records) which comes out February 12th. And after hearing them on the Cherry Blossom Clinic, go see one of their record release shows:
February 15 - Magnetic Fields in Brooklyn, with the Above February 16 - Club Midway in NYC, with the Lyres February 17 - Maxwells in Hoboken NJ, with the Insomniacs

Bruce Channel
Saturday, February 9th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Bruce Channel about his early days on The Louisiana Hayride radio show, his 1962 #1 hit "Hey Baby," his influence on The Beatles, and his long running success as a Nashville songwriter. We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Michael Goodstein has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Debbie Stoller
Friday, February 8th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
Debbie Stoller, author of the new book Son of Stitch 'n Bitch (and all the other Stitch 'n Bitch books), and founding editor of BUST magazine, will spend an entire hour killing time in the studio with Bronwyn C. and a fine group of FMU's craftiest DJs and Listener-Volunteers. Trash-talking DJ Trouble will challenge Bronwyn to a steel-cage death-match knit-off, with Debbie as celebrity judge. Can YOU learn to knit from a radio show? Well, can you, Punk? Tune in and find out!

The Fiendz
Thursday, February 7th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Misfits-inspired pop punkers, who have been at it for over 20 years. They will be playing songs from their 5 LPs and numerous EPs.

SPECIAL: Stop Motion Triptych Part 2
Thursday, February 7th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz
A mammoth mash-up over three weeks of soundtracks to cartoons and animations. This week, we will travel over to Grampy's house, with a mix of music and songs from classic Fleischer "Betty Boop" animations.

Justin Carter
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Nickel and Dime Radio rolls the tattered red carpet for Justin Carter. A very very busy man around NYC, Justin books DJs for APT, Nublu, the Water Taxi Beach summer series in queens, and random quality loft events. And, of course, he's a quality spinner himself, and brings a nice crate of house/techno goodies old and new this Tuesday, from 11pm-2am.

Duck Hunting with Dick
Monday, February 4th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Duck Hunting with Dick, with cohost Ken Smith. Prepare for "super" Tuesday with jaded political banter.

Redwing Blackbird
Monday, February 4th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

This acoustic duo from Peterborough, New Hampshire pour out some of the most soothing and beautiful melodies from the surrounding woods. Redwing Blackbird's Austin Wright and Eric Gagne (pronounced GAG-knee) interweave their vocals in a very pastoral setting. They play a number of songs from their debut, "Redwing Blackbird" and a few new ones as well.

Tetuzi Akiyama & Jozef van Wissem
Monday, February 4th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Woody's show
Japanese guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama and Dutch lute player Jozef van Wissem will be making a stop at WFMU on their current US tour. The duo delicately combines Akiyama's minimalist guitar approach with van Wissem's Renaissance sensibilities. Tune in to Woody's show for a live performance.

Rock Band live on WFMU!
Monday, February 4th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Sound and Safe with Trent
Tune in to or take part in the first-ever international live radio broadcast of a Rock Band (the video game) rock session from 8-9am! Pseudo-live performances from the Rolling Stones, the Killers, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, F'n Radiohead, Boston!!! Hear their biggest hits played 23rd-century style from the Freeform Station of the Nation.

Wanna play live on the air on Monday 2/4? Then you gotta audition (and have an Xbox 360)! Audition Dates: Thursday 1/31, 9 - 10pm EST & Saturday 2/2, 6 - 7pm EST

To register for an audition slot during that time, just e-mail Trent. More details available here.

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