Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Crystal Stilts
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Formed in the prolific musical environments of North Brooklyn and the now late NYC record store Rocks in Your Head, Crystal Stilts began as a duo, making stripped-down, moody pop songs. The band has fleshed out their sound with a full line-up and has developed into a live force to be reckoned with - bringing to mind the well-loved UK/Kiwi pop axis of Creation/Cherry Red/Flying Nun (think the Smiths, House of Love, Doublehappys, and Felt), as well as 60's staples like the Velvet Underground's third record and Detroit legends, the Index. Crystal Stilts are one of those rare bands who can capture the reflective end-of-summer sound.

Live from Barbes: Red Baraat Festival, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Deep Singh & Ikhlaq Hussain, and Kiran Ahluwalia
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A pre-Navratri South Asian musical spectacular! Brooklyn Qawwali Party morphs the late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Sufi devotional songs into splendiferous jazz / improv tours-de-force. Percussionist Sunny Jain's Red Baraat Festival, New York's first Indian brass band plays boisterous wedding, folk and Bollywood songs. Tabla whiz Deep Singh and lightning-fingered sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain play spine-tingling duets. Plus a special appearance by internationally acclaimed vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia, who will sing a couple of Punjabi folk songs. With guest host / tech guru Irene Trudel. Free admission, free FMU swag, and fun for all at the cozy musician's hang at 376 9th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The Friggs
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is proud to present the reunion of the legendary queens of garage-pop, The Friggs! From their first 7-inch single in 1991, "Come Now," the Friggs defined chick-driven garage rock, mixing it up with punk, garage, 60s pop, surf and girl-group influences. The Friggs unque blend of rock-n-roll calls to mind Suzi Quatro, The Ramones,The Pleasure Seekers and the Shangri-Las. The Friggs legendary out-of-print vinyl singles are now available on a CD comp titled "Today is Tomorrow's Yesterday" through Apex East Recording. After you hear a sample of their greatness check out their special Press Here Presents NYC show on Tuesday, September 16 at the Mercury Lounge.

Vic Waters
Saturday, September 13th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Vic Waters who burst out of the 60's Tampa club scene onto the charts with his eleven piece band and their #1 hit "I'm White and I'm Alright." 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 Ken Freedman has left in Michael's Mailbox!

The Boss Martians
Thursday, September 11th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
The Boss Martians will be stopping by before their show that evening at Don Pedro's w/ Muck & The Mires, Stalkers, Ex-Humans and Sleepies, to discuss touring and their new album on MuSick Records, "Pressure in the SoDo."

Street Sound Special with Filastine
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture

Barcelona-based musician Filastine joins DJ Rupture to discuss field recording, street music, and the transformative political possibilities of sound in public space. Filastine will share with us on-site recordings he has made from India to Morocco, not to mention at outside the Republican National Convention.

Guest DJ Dominick Fernow of Hospital Productions
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Besides being the driving force behind Prurient, Dominick Fernow's Hospital Productions label has grown into a major force of the USA Noise underground releasing quality titles from the likes of Burning Star Core, Ramleh, Akitsa, Maurizio Bianchi and more. He's also just literally come out of the underground, with his Hospital record store taking over the expanded upstairs space of the former Jammyland record store on 60 East 3rd Street in Manhattan. Dom's dropping by today with an assortment of his favorite metal, black noise and who knows what else. Tune in for total obliteration!

Robert Downey, Sr. plus John Pizzarelli
Monday, September 8th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Maverick filmmaker Robert Downey, Sr, visits. His early works are showing at the Anthology Film Archives Sept 12th-18th. Also on the program will be jazz guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli. He has a new CD, With a Song in My Heart, and will be performing with his wife Jessica Molaskey at The Carlyle in NYC.

Michael Holt, and possibly The Mommyheads
Monday, September 8th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Michael Holt, and possibly The Mommyheads - When he visited WFMU last year, Michael Holt had just released another wonderful album called "Windows." This year Michael returns as a member of the newly re-formed Mommyheads. After as ten-year hiatus The Mommyheads are releasing a new album, "You're Not a Dream," and doing a brief tour this autumn. Michael drops by, hopefully with some of the band, to play live on WFMU.

Silver Jews
Monday, September 8th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Benjamen Walker's show
The Silver Jews are famous for a distinct low-fi-countryfied-indie-ish rock and roll sound and David Berman's poetic lyrics. The new CD, "Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea," is a fine example of both. Berman is also known as a bit of a recluse, but not when it comes to WFMU! Tune in at 11 am to hear a live set.

Vivian Girls
Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
The new darlings of the music blog world, the Summer of 2008 will be remembered as having belonged to the Vivian Girls. The scarcely one-year-old workaholic New York City/New Jersey trio have completed two full tours, released three records, including their debut full length, and emerged as the brightest hope in the now vibrant Indie/Noise Pop scene. Their reverb-drenched pop sound combines elements of the classic C86 sound (Shop Assistants, Jesse Garon & the Desperados, Bubblegum Splash, etc.), the American bands who loved it (Black Tambourine), while maintaining an invigorating contemporary rawness. Their self titled debut full length, which sold out hours after release will be reissued on In the Red in September.

Polka Madre y la Comezon and Tidawt
Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Two very different WFMU live performance debuts in one show. Polka Madre is a Balkan / Polka / thrash mashing Mexican / Euro / US combo based in a warehouse in Mexico City. After their FMU session, they wrap up an extended tour of the boroughs by playing the Celebrate Mexico Now festival show at Hecho en Dumbo, 111 Front St., Bklyn on Sept 11. Tidawt (playing the Highline Ballroom Sept 22) is a stripped-down but compelling Tuareg guitar band from Niger in West Africa: just guitars and percussion, but very similar in style and intensity to Tinariwen.

Chris Montez
Saturday, September 6th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Chris Montez who at age 19 had a top ten hit with "Let's Dance" and a string of Herb Alpert produced hits like "Call Me" & "Time After Time" - we'll also find out the story behind the story that Chris once punched John Lennon after Lennon poured a beer over Montez' head and we'll hear about the documentary being made about Chris & the three albums he making! 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 has been left in Michael's Mailbox!

Yak Ballz
Thursday, September 4th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Queens native, Yak Ballz is a member of The Weathermen (El-P, Cage, Aesop Rock, Tame One) and has been dropping singles, mixtapes, and albums for the last bunch of years. He was also one of the last artists to have a record on Bobbito's seminal hip-hop label, Fondle 'Em, before it shut down. Earlier in the year, released "Scifentology II" and it's been a staple on the show since. Tune in for some chit chatter and music.

Gerry Hemingway
Thursday, September 4th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Drummer Gerry Hemingway, who has worked with Anthony Braxton, John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, BassDrumBone and many, many others joins Kurt Gottschalk on the Brother Lucy Show to spin some early country and blues sides.

Slasher Risk
Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Brooklyn's Slasher Risk stops by the WFMU studios to demonstrate their unique blend of psyche noise rock awesomeness. Winning a spot on Megan's Marathon Premium "In MySpace No One Can Hear You Scream " through votes from listeners like you, Slasher Risk is on their way to fame and fortune. Armed with guitars, drums, harmonicas and flutes and a few well placed pedals Slasher Risk will not be ignored (and they will make sure of that by being really really loud!). Tune in and send them off as they embark on their first tour of Japan!

Chris Dyer
Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008, 9am - Noon
Hatch's show
Hatch catches up with Chris Dyer, an Iraq war veteran and former candidate for Congress who also happens to be one of several dozen Republican National Convention delegates pledged to Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Chris will be speaking to us live from Minnesota, where he'll be attending the RNC as well as Congressman Paul's "Rally For The Republic."

Live from Lake Owassa
Saturday, August 30th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
As summer fades, Rob takes his show to Station Manager Ken's dacha and DJ re-education compound on the shores of Lake Owassa. At considerable personal risk: bears have been sighted in the vicinity. Will a DJ finally be eaten on the air? Can bears be placated by Bollywood love songs? Or is it really Sasquatch out there - ? Finally, we learn the truth.

Big Special Sportsy Guest C. Kiel
Friday, August 29th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
C. Kiel, of the Green Bay Packer's Hall of Fame, will join Bronwyn and Kelly live in the studio for some serious Sportsy Talk as the NFL preseason ends and the real season begins. Will Michael Stahan return to the Giants, now that Osi Umenyiora is out for the season? What's the deal with Bret Favre and the Jets? And how come if it's spelled F-a-v-r-e, it's pronouced Farve? Listen, call in, and get sportsy with C. Kiel.

Political hip-hop artist Paris
Friday, August 29th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Ever since the video for his first single, "The Devil Made Me Do It," was banned by MTV Bay Area hip-hop artist Paris has been stirring up controversy. The lyrics for his nineties track "Bush Killa" which suggested taking a hit on then president Bush Senior resulted in him getting dropped by his label, the Warner distributed Tommy Boy Records. Since then Paris has stayed true to his confrontational truth telling lyrical ways. Five years ago he caused more controversy with his album Sonic Jihad which strongly suggested that 9/11 was an inside job. His soon-to-drop new album, "Acid Reflex," whose release will deliberately coincide with the upcoming presidential election is packed with more of his no-holds-barred political beliefs. The artist, fresh back from an Australian tour, will talk via phone with Billy Jam.

Ken Mansfield
Thursday, August 28th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Aug. 29 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Apple Records in the United States. To commemorate the occasion, we'll talk with Ken Mansfield, who was Apple's first U.S. president. Ken has collected his experiences of working with the Beatles and other music giants like Roy Orbison, Nick Gilder and Upsala College's own Allen Klein into a great book called The White Book.

Diamanda Galas
Thursday, August 28th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Composer, pianist, activist, and shamanistic chanteuse Diamanda Galas joins Kurt Gottschalk on The Brother Lucy Show to play vocal music from Greece, Anatolia, and Turkmenistan.

Carolina Gonzalez
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Accordion lovers of the world unite! Or at least tune in this evening to DJ Rupture's show from 7-8pm, as special guest, writer Carolina Gomez, will give us a tour of the accordion styles across Latin America. Gomez co-authored the first guidebook on Latino culture in NYC, Nueva York: the Complete Guide to Latino Life in the Five Boroughs, and will be breaking out rare vinyl and wonderful stories of the squeezebox as it travels around Latin America.

Nick the Bard sings Black Sabbath
Wednesday, August 27th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Now that Jethro Tull, Joni Mitchel and Pink Floyd have been RUINED FOREVAR for you, Nick the Bard returns to Intelligent Design to do the same for Black Sabbath and their first album (and maybe some other stuff) in its (their?) entirety, and yes, Evil Woman WILL be included. Will Nick give up half way through? Will Kenny know what's going on? Will the listeners riot the station?  Will you stop reading this promo? Tune in August 27th and find out. YOU MUSTCHECK IT!!

Guest DJ set from Tom Lax of Siltbreeze
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

After delivering 3 great hours of New Zealand music last year on Brian's show, Siltbreeze Records proprietor Tom Lax trucks some more records up the turnpike from his Philly HQ and lets 'em flow over WFMU. Expect an all-7" singles afternoon: obscuro DIY artifacts, demented psych-punk rarities, and other music forms uncategorizable (and unfindable) to say the least.

DNC Bonanza With WNYC's Rob Christiansen & Obama Delegate Molly Lombardi
Tuesday, August 26th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Hatch's show
Special guest correspondent Rob Christiansen of WNYC checks in from the Democratic National Convention in Denver with a behind-the-scenes report on all the useless ephemera no one else will bother to cover. Also, Hatch talks to first-time convention attendee Molly Lombardi, a Barack Obama delegate from New York's 8th Congressional District.

8bit Blowout: Game Boys vs. CDJs with Bit Shifter
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Hard, hard, raw, live Nintendesque music with the pioneering, booked-up attitude of Bad Religion circa "Suffer." The co-founder of the genre-defining Blip Festival and friends stop by to detune a few minds on their way to a Friday show at Grassroots Art Facility in Jersey City and Saturday show at Knitting Factory.

Rank Sinatra
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Rank Sinatra is the bastard crooning brother Frank never had. Rank simply murders the hits, big ballads are his specialty, bringing the romance back to noise. Since his 'Chairman Of The Bored' release, Rank has toured extensively around Europe and also Japan. As well as destroying hits and making the girls cry Rank also finds time to run Goulburn Poultry Fanciers Society records. Tune in to to DO or DIY and bathe in the splendour of Mr. Sinatra regurgitating all your favourite tunes. (BBC Review of Rank Sinatra)

Kenny Barron and Chico Hamilton
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Two legends of the jazz world in one show! Pianist Kenny Barron talks about performing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard, and his new CD, The Traveller. Kenny will be performing at the Village Vanguard this Tuesday through Sunday, August 26 - 31. Drummer Chico Hamilton also visits. He has several recent releases, including, this year, "Alternative Dimensions of El Chico" and "It's About Time." Chico will be performing with Euphoria on Tuesday, August 26 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

Matt Baldwin
Monday, August 25th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Fingerstyle guitar aficionado Matt Baldwin last appeared on WFMU following the release of The Berkely Guitar trio album on Tompkins Square. Baldwin is now stepping into his own, stretching out at a Prog angle from his Fahey-esque roots. Matt builds a wall of guitars on his debut album, "Paths of Ignition," and is described as "...the visionary wildcard of today's solo guitar music, the ambitious fever dreamer, the serpent in the grass." Matt Baldwin drops by WFMU for a solo set.

The Lost Patrol
Monday, August 25th, 2008, Midnight - 3am
on Andrew Listfield's show

Surf, western and rock all come together in The Lost Patrol's "widescreen music for empty western landscapes." We can look for all new stuff: they're finishing up their new CD, due out sometime later this year.

Field Recordings from West Africa
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A field-recording show and tell with two young sonic explorers Wills Glasspiegel and Drew Alt. The two college buddies recorded lots of traditional music during their travels in West Africa. Wills is a project manager at 651Arts and a producer for Afropop Worldwide, and he spent some time with David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, among other things. And in his college days at Yale, Drew used to lead Sonido Unidad, an Afro-Cuban jazz orchestra.

Two Bands: Apache, plus Skybombers
Saturday, August 23rd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
From the Bay Area of California, APACHE features Carlos P (formerly of The Cuts !) They play glamtastsick power-pop and early 7Ts sounding punk rock calling to mind The NY Dolls, Milk 'N' Cookies, Gizmos, The Zeros, Big Star and Hollywood Brats. Their full-length, Boomtown Gems on Birdman Records is a SMOKIN HOT great rock record! APACHE will be playing this Saturday, August, 23 at the Cake Shop in NYC right after their WFMU radio session so hear a taste and then go see' em live while they are on the East Coast! And then all the way from Melbourne, Australia come The SKYBOMBERS ! Skybombers, are a legendary live band back in OZ, are hitting the States to tour for their debut full-length, Take Me To Town, produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dandy Warhols). SKYBOMBERS will be playing this Saturday August, 23 2008 at Saint (w/ PIP) in Asbury Park, New Jersey! So go check 'em out live after u hear how hot they are on the WFMU

WFMU Live from the Knitting Factory Pt. III
Friday, August 22nd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's week of remotes wraps up this Friday, as Billy Jam and Clay Pigeon with Trent and Scott Williams return to lower Manhattan for their third installment in the "WFMU Live from the Knitting Factory." Tune in or better still, stop by the downtown venue located at 74 Leonard Street in Manhattan, which will soon be moving to Brooklyn. It's free! Guests include Jean Grae, Dr Boxer, Prop, Homeboy Sandman, DJ I-Dee, Nola Darling, Silent Knight, Cymarshall Law, plus many more to participate in the freestyle session to the drum machine accompaniment of WFMU's Trent. And Clay Pigeon (of the Dusty Show) will again take his mic out on the street to interview random folks.

Tatsuya Nakatani
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Master drummer Tatsuya Nakatani stops by the WFMU studios for a live improvisation using his set up of bowed gongs, singing bowls of various shapes, bent cymbals, his own breath, a variety of drums and who knows what else for a deep exploration of the possibilities of percussion. Drone and clatter, clatter and drone.

WFMU Broadcasting live from Lincoln Center! The Ex with Getatchew Mekurya, Either/Orchestra with Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete, Extra Golden
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 6pm - 10pm
on Orphan program

WFMU continues its 50th Anniversary celebrations and its ongoing Free Music Series of events with a special collaboration with Lincoln Center's Out of Doors series! We'll be broadcasting and streaming live from Damrosch Park (W. 62nd and Amsterdam in Manhattan) from 6-10PM with an unbelievable line-up never seen before together in the USA: first up it's American/Kenyan Benga outfit Extra Golden, followed by lengendary Ethiopian singers Mahmoud Ahmed and Alemayehu Eshete with the Either/Orchestra, and finally the first ever NYC pairing of Dutch avant-punk greats the Ex and Ethio sax giant Getatchew Mekurya! Entry to the park is FREE to the public, with no advance ticketing, so get there early, and say hello to the WFMU crew in attendance! Transpacific Sound Paradise's Rob Weisberg will be DJing over the airwaves between sets and talking to some of the musicians. More info on WFMU's site and Beware of the Blog.

Ken broadcasts from a boat
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Ken's show
WFMU's Week of Remote Broadcasts continues Wednesday morning, when Ken does his show from a rowboat in the middle of Lake Owassa in Northwest New Jersey. Thanks to the miracle of oars, anchors and wireless technology, WFMU's first waterbound broadcast takes place on the edge of the Great Bear Swamp.

Future Islands
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Part of the ever amazing Wham City crew, Future Islands are here now with a special brand of Baltimore post-wave synth rock. If their bouncin' beats, kickin' keys, and happenin' hooks don't win you over, their energetic vocalist will, as he howls out heartfelt lyrics of love, loss, and friendship. With their debut full length and a split 7'' with America's Sweetheart Dan Deacon about to hit the streets Future Islands are bound for fame. Tune in before you have to wait in line at the Whitney!

The Cute Lepers
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

If you're a fan of late '70s punk and powerpop then The Cute Lepers are the band for you! They're led by Mr. Steve E. Nix, of Seattle's currently-on-hiatus Briefs, so it's not surprising that they have a similar sound - but the Cute Lepers' influences are a little broader, and their songs are a little poppier. Early reviews of their debut album Can't Stand Modern Music (Blackheart) have drawn comparisons to the Undertones, the Rezillos and early Elvis Costello. Steve himself says he just wants to write songs that make other people feel like he does when he hears Cheap Trick's "Dream Police" or "Get Off The Phone" by the Heartbreakers. Tune in to their live set on WFMU, and judge for yourself whether he's succeeded. You can also catch the Cute Lepers live *right now* on their massive cross-country tour, which includes stops at Maxwell's on Thursday the 14th and the Knitting Factory on Friday the 15th.

Germs Live Rarities and More with Don Bolles
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
It's only fitting that the reemergence of L.A.'s punk icons the Germs is as confusing to people now as their 1977-80 tenure on the scene then. Pat Smear, Don Bolles and Lorna Doom have started to play out again, with late frontman Darby Crash being replaced by Hollywood actor Shane West. West actually plays Darby in Rodger Grossman's new biopic What We Do Is Secret, which premiered in New York on August 8th in conjunction with the band's show at the Gramercy. Drummer Don Bolles stopped by Brian's show armed with a pile of rarely heard Germs live tapes, some war stories from the days of the Masque, plus some weird audio detritus from his own collection and avant-collage radio show Glossolalia, which aired on KXLU. Don's mind runs the freeform gamut right in there with much of WFMU, so expect some scintillating sounds to eminate this afternoon.

U.S. Girls (Scott fills in for Hatch)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Scott Williams's show
Scott fills in for Hatch with special guest U.S. Girls, who is one Chicago gal, a reel-to-reel tape deck, some stomp-boxes, and a remarkably alienated-yet-engaged take on classic pop, stripping away all the structure and revealing all the emotion and meaning; imagine Phil Spector covered by The Conet Project, or Springsteen by a gang of angry ghosts. Then look for "Introducing U.S. Girls," just released by Siltbreeze.

Garden Party: Live from the Miracle Garden in the East Village
Monday, August 18th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Have you ever wanted to listen to WFMU whilst sitting in a beautiful garden with friends and fellow listeners around a fire, surrounded by tiki torches and sipping a nice summer evening lemonade? Now's your chance! Join Trent for a live broadcast of Sound and Safe from the Miracle Garden at East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B in Manhattan on Monday, August 18th, from 8 - 11 pm. Come by or tune in for garden-like music, stories from the garden's colorful 25-year history, workshops on rainwater harvesting and composting, free WFMU swag... and lots of other surprises. Have a suggestion for a piece of music that would sound great in the garden? Email trent at wfmu dot org.

Hiss Golden Messenger
Monday, August 18th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Splitting away from SF's Court and Spark, frontman Mike Taylor and bassist Scott Hirsch scattered to Chapel Hill and Brooklyn respectively. The two have now started a new musical venture, Hiss Golden Messenger, which they describe this way: "We came around a bend in the road and we saw a golden lake. So we jumped in." They play a live set for WFMU drenched in loping tempos and lots of space.

Cause Co-Motion
Monday, August 18th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Brooklyn popsters the Cause Co-Motion bring fuzzy, pogo-happy DIY to the WFMU studios. They'll be releasing a new 7" and singles compilation CD on the Slumberland label soon, and you can catch 'em live somewhere in Brooklyn with Nodzzz on 9/12.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Monday, August 18th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Ariel "Pink" Rosenberg has been churning out tape after tape of warped pop hits since 1996. A recent batch of higher profile releases, jump-started by Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, are just the tip of his R. Stevie Moore-inspired iceberg. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti reimagines 70's AM radio through psychedelic vision goggles. Although he typically records solo to 8-track cassette, Ariel Pink is currently on tour with a full backing band, ready to bring the Haunted Graffiti to life here in the WFMU studios.

Teenage Wasteland 30th Anniversary Broadcast from Maxwell's with the Subway Surfers and the Doughboys
Sunday, August 17th, 2008, 5pm - 7pm
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
WFMU will present a special 30th anniversary broadcast of Bill Kelly's Teenage Wasteland at Maxwell's in Hoboken (1039 Washington St). Only r-r-real rock & roll is going be played. Special guests will include the Subway Surfers and the Doughboys performing live. In the spirit of WFMU's reknown big-tent musical philosophy, hippies and neocons will both be welcomed.

MVEE+, Zaika, Byron Coley & Valerie Webber
Sunday, August 17th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Some of the Ecstatic Yod Collective's caravan of weirdos stop by WFMU during their No More Bush celebration tour. MV & EE, master musicians of lysergic rural folk, will be joined by Willie "Gutbucket" Lane. We'll also hear music from Zaika, the duo of Marcia Bassett from the Double Leopards and Tom Carter from Charalambides. Interspersed with the music, Valerie Webber and Byron Coley will douse their souls in gasoline and ignite them with readings from their poetry.

Betty Harris & Frank Bango
Saturday, August 16th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with New Orleans Soul legend Betty Harris, who got her start in show business as a teenager and ended up cutting classic records with Bert Berns, Lieber & Stoller & Allen Toussaint. Michael also checks in with Singer/Songwriter Frank Bango, who'll discuss his new album "The Sweet Songs of Decay," and the "Frank Bango Bone Marrowthon/Stem Cellebration Benefit" being held in his honor at The Bowery Ballroom Tuesday August 26th featuring music from: Nada Surf, Dean & Britta, Richard Buckner, Sam Champion, Luke Rathborne and many others.

DJ Teeko and the Controller One turntable's radio debut, plus DJ ALF
Friday, August 15th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The best musical instruments are created by those who use them on a daily basis. Case in point is the envelope-pushing new "Controller One" turntable, which was designed by respected West Coast turntablists DJ Teeko, Woody, Ricci Rukcer, Mike Boo, and D-Styles - and is being manufactured by Vestax. Unveiled at the Elbo Room club in San Francisco a recently and slated to be one of the highlights at the upcoming Monterey Jazz Festival - this brand new turntable creation will make its radio debut on WFMU when DJ Teeko from the 4OneFunk crew will fly out from San Francisco to the Jersey City studios to do a live demonstration/performance. With infinite capabilities to play it like any instrument including string and percussion, Teeko describes the Controller One turntable as "almost like a mellotron, instead of the tape spinning it's a record that you can scratch and receive midi." Also in the studio on a separate set of turntables will be WFMU regular, Baltimore's DJ ALF.

Hip-Hop Tribute to Isaac Hayes
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Noah will be playing a handful of hip-hop tracks that have been influenced and sampled from one of Americas greatest songwriters and composers, Black Moses. Tune in or walk on by.

Josh Alan Friedman
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Bestselling author Josh Alan Friedman ("Tales of Times Square," "I, Goldstein") drops by Music To Spazz By to discuss his latest book "Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll." Friedman will dish on the last great untold stories of the music business and will also air previously unheard Doc Pomus and Leiber/Stoller private demos.

Miss Chain and the Broken Heels
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Power pop from Italy in the fine tradition of Dwight Twilley, Nikki Corvette and Nick Lowe!

Peter Evans, Tom Blancarte, and Brandon Seabrook
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Peter Evans/Tom Blancarte/Brandon Seabrook stop by the Long Rally for a heavy jazz/improv meeting. This trumpet/bass/guitar configuration is 3/4 of the Peter Evans Quartet (who made Scott's #1 jazz record of 2007!) and also an expanded version of the dense improv duo Spärks (Tom Blancarte/Peter Evans), currently celebrating a new record on the Portuguese Creative Sources label. Material from both bands can reasonably be expected, and above that, sky's the limit. Killer free music for mind and body.

The Individuals
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

25 years after they broke up this legendary Hoboken band is back, and WFMU's got them! The word "legendary" gets thrown around a lot, but there's no question that it applies to The Individuals. Along with the Feelies and the Bongos (and across-the-river pals the dB's), the Individuals were integral in establishing the Hoboken Sound and laying the groundwork for the Cucumbers, Yo La Tengo and many others. The Individuals' only two releases, the full-length album Fields and the Aquamarine EP, have just been reissued on CD and the band has reunited for a show at Maxwell's on July 22. They also recorded a live set for WFMU, which you can hear Tuesday August 12 on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show. Don't miss this rare radio event!

Karl Hyde of Underworld: Studio tour with Trent
Monday, August 11th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Underworld is the only electronic band in the world that can truly shake a stadium-sized venue to its core: with a circus atmosphere, 50-foot rainbow balloons, disco globe evening jackets, and the biggest beats this side of Jupiter, what could go wrong? Karl Hyde, 1/2 of the 25-year-old band, has a multimedia show called Beautiful Burnout Artjam: The Art of Underworld on display at Jacob Howard gallery in Manhattan right now, and he'll walk Trent through the gallery this Monday night. Tune in, visit the gallery before the show closes on the 15th, and/or listen to their amazing live DJ sets broadcasts, all archived at YES! It's Underworld!!

Gwilly Edmondez
Monday, August 11th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Since the conclusion of the legendary Radioactive Sparrow (in 2003) Gwilly Edmondez has pranced between multiple solo-act personae, most notably Yesterday In Parliament, Virginia Pipe and Copydex. This exclusive session for Do Or DIY features specially recorded material, updates from the frontline struggle for a one true Gwilly - everything and anything from spazzed-out Dictaphonics, deranged a capella, disobedient breaks, and gambled collage.

Monday, August 11th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Another great band from Portland, OR stops by Liz's show, this time it's Au, who play pretty, meandering, experimental tunes that are strange and lovely at the same time. Their new album "Verbs" (Aagoo) is a layered instrumental carousel, chirping and clapping along merrily. Catch them live at Monkey Town in Brooklyn on 8/12 or at the Spiegeltent on 9/29.

Kurt Vile
Monday, August 11th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

"Philly's Constant Hitmaker" Kurt Vile plays psychedelic experimental pop infused with a classic, folksy directness. This year's Gulcher Records release, titled Constant Hitmaker, more than lives up to the name. Vile's a consistent live performer who's shared the stage with a range of sonic adventurers and avant pop-stars including Blues Control, Magik Markers, and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Kurt Vile's stopping by WFMU for a solo set before he splits town to make his UK debut.

WFMU Radio Greats Weekend
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 6pm - Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 11:45pm

Legendary WFMU DJs from years past drop by to help celebrate 50 years on the air, August 8-10. Special guests include Danny Fields, Wildgirl, Meredith, David Newgarden, Nicholas Hill, William Berger, Neal Adams, Mark Allen, Douglas Wolk, Stork, Vin Scelsa, Steinski, Hova & Belinda, R. Stevie Moore, Mark Allen, John Schnall, Bart Plantenga plus surprise guests and rare airchecks.

Stork Club archives (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker
Bethany digs into the Stork Club with live performance archives by John Fahey, David Shea, Zeena Parkins, EastSide Percussion, Noel Akchote/David Grubbs, Ricardo Arias and Music for Homemade Instruments.

Hova & Belinda, plus R. Stevie Moore (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
Gaylord Fields's show
Gaylord welcomes Greasy Kid Stuff hosts Hova and Belinda, and another WFMU alumnus, outsider musician, R. Stevie Moore.

John Narucki airchecks plus The John Schnall/Nick Hill Transitional Moment (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 5pm - 7pm
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
Billy Kelly celebrates WFMU's 50th anniversary with airchecks from ex-DJ John Narucki.

Then at 7pm, the shortest program in WFMU's history, the long running non-sequitur known as "The John Schnall / Nick Hill Transitional Moment" will air a fresh new episode, live, in one of its old time slots, Sunday, 7pm til..... about a moment later.

Steinski (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 3pm - 5pm
Debbie Does WFMU with Debbie D.
WFMU's legendary DJ Steinski drops by with old airchecks, tracks from his Retrospective CD, and stuff.

Vin Scelsa (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
Glen Jones will be joined by freeform pioneer Vin Scelsa.

Stork Club archives (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Dan Bodah celebrates WFMU Radio Greats weekend with Stork, live on the phone from his new home in Germany. Dan and Stork will play selected highlights from the Stork Club archives and talk about the sessions, the bands, the myth, the magic, and why the hell anyone would move to Muenster!

Douglas Wolk and William Berger plus Stork Club archives (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 3am - 6am
Daniel Blumin's show
Daniel Blumin is joined by Douglas Wolk and co-host William Berger, as they celebrate WFMU Radio Greats Weekend. Tune in to hear sordid tales of WFMU's glorious past, archival rarities (Sun City Girls live, anyone?), homages to WFMU great Terry Folger and the Modern Day Carpetbaggers, classic song-parody marathon promos, on-air breakdowns (both historic and contemporary!), plus an assortment of sessions from the Stork Club hit parade including Chris Knox and Plastic People of the Universe!

Mark Allen (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Michael Goodstein and Mark Allen celebrate WFMU Radio Greats Weekend.

David Newgarden, Matt Ostrowski, Tom Crowe, plus The Ex in 1992 (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Rob welcomes indie artist manager extraordinaire (Manage This!) and former FMU DJ / Program / Music Director David Newgarden and musician / composer and former FMU DJ Matthew Ostrowski, plus Tom Crowe, the first DJ to broadcast from FMU's current Jersey City studios. Also: Archival excerpts from some notable former FMU DJs plus highlights from FMU's memorable 1992 Knitting Factory broadcast featuring The Ex with the late Tom Cora. (The Ex soon re-enter our orbit as part of a star-studded WFMU/Lincoln Center collaborative multi-national multi-artist fr ee concert at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors on August 20.)

Danny Fields, David Newgarden and Wildgirl (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T welcomes punk legend and ex-WFMU DJ Danny Fields, as well as WFMU alumni David Newgarden and Wildgirl to celebrate WFMU Radio Greats Weekend.

The Hound (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Rex welcomes WFMU radio legend The Hound.

Wildgirl (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes WFMU legend, Wildgirl.

Jim Price will air old WFMU tapes from the 70's-90's (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 9am - 10am
Jim Price's show
Longtime WFMU DJ Jim Price has combed through his collection of WFMU tapes from the 70's, 80's and 90's and will present an hour of the improvisations, comedy and creative editing that he brought to the airwaves.

Nicholas Hill (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Nicholas Hill will co-host Jeff Davison's sympatico Saturday morning show and play a few things guaranteed never heard before on the radio, and to present some of the living room style performance radio that was pioneered Hill on his long running program "The Live Music Faucet" (1988-1997).

Bill Mac re-airs Kevin Taylor and Danny Fields' 1969 farewell (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 2am - 6am
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac
Bill Mac will unlock the FMU archive vault and take a trip back to August 29, 1969 to Kevin Taylor and Danny Fields final bow as WFMU DJs. Along the way we'll sample broadcasted bits of inspired stupidity courtesy of the old guard throughout the years.

Bart Plantegna and John Schnall (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Rich will be airing a new "Wreck This Mess" from Bart Plantegna at 11pm and a new "Midnight Matinee" from John Schnall at 12, in celebration of WFMU Radio Greats Weekend.

Neal Adams (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
Pseu Braun wasted no time choosing this WFMU Radio Great, the subject of the infamous "How To Be A WFMU DJ" blog post and inspiration for her own foray into radioland, Neal Adams. Neal will talk about his college radio days with Pseu at WRPR, the peer pressure to sound less-than-professional at WFMU and his actual paying radio career that took him to several stations on the east coast.

Meredith Ochs (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Mr. Fine Wine hosts a special visit from ex-DJ Meredith Ochs.

A Salute to Great WFMU Listeners (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 6:15pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The WFMU Radio Greats weekend kicks off on 8/8/08 (just like the Olympics) with a salute to the one thing that makes WFMU the greatest radio station ever -- our Listeners! Without them, our wonderful Listener-supported radio station wouldn't even exist! Tune in and join DJs Bronwyn C. and Kelly, with Station Manager Ken and special surprise guests, as we salute the Great Listeners of WFMU.

Best of Aerial View's Intro Collages (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
From 8-9pm, Dave the Spazz weighs in early on WFMU's Radio Greats Weekend, and presents an hour of the Best of Aerial View's Intro collages. Aerial View was a talk show that went on the air in 1989 and ran for sixteen years. Hosted by Chris T., the show veered wildly from the absurd to the profound, from the asinine to the earnest hear for yourself). One constant was the show opening: a series of hand-picked soundbytes over a musical bed, constructed fresh each week. Chris gathered some of his favorites for this Aerial View Opening show.

Andy Waltzer (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend kickoff)
Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
As a kick off to WFMU's Radio Greats Weekend, Andy Waltzer will be back for a new one hour show, to be aired on Thursday, August 7th from 11am to Noon, during the third hour of Trouble's show.

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