Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Bonde Do Role
Monday, May 19th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Get your party started with Brazilian pop stars Bonde Do Role, live on WFMU! Combining baile funk with Miami bass, hip-hop, heavy sampling, and bratty, sex-driven beats, you'll need some serious uppers to stay on top of their game. Catch them on tour with The Death Set: Europa in Brooklyn on 5/14 and Bowery Ballroom on 5/15.

Transpacific Sound Paradise live from Barbes w/ Pistolera, Metrofolk, Yan Yalego and more
Saturday, May 17th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Rob and his live remote sidekick Irene Trudel return to Barbes, the cozy music-lover's paradise at 376 9th Street (corner of 6th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn for another early evening of wall-to-wall music broadcast live on the radio. As always the show is open to all, free of charge, and if that's not enough, there will be FMU swag giveaways too.

Tonight's players included a couple of Frenchmen: Yan Yalego, representing the Gallic wing of the global ukelele movement; and veteran pop crooner Thierry Stremler, who among his many musical undertakings recently contributed songwriting to an album by the iconic Francoise Hardy. To confuse things a bit, Minnesota guitarist Reynold Phillipsek will play a couple of pieces in the French jazz manouche style. Then things take an Eastern European turn with Metrofolk, local purveyors of traditional Hungarian tanchaz (dance-house) music. Finally it's back to this side of the Atlantic with Pistolera, the charismatic femme-centric Nuyo-Mexican conjunto who will close the broadcast with feisty cumbias, rancheras and other good things from south of the border via NYC.

People Like Us
Thursday, May 15th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
on Phuj Phactory with Ergo Phizmiz

Lady Vicki of Bennett drops into the Phuj Phactory for a little chat and trip down the memory lane of her past music and sound-collages across seventeen years. This program corresponds with the launch of the "We Edit Life" People Like Us retrospective exhibition at, Newcastle, UK.

Marty McSorley does the web-only slot this morning,with a live set from Big Digits.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
Big Digits perform on Marty McSorley's show, May 14 from 6-9 AM. Straight out of Cambridge, Mass. Big Digits are at the forefront of the D.I.Y., experimental hip hop, ravexploitation, party jam scene. Led by MC Mac Swell and TD, Big Digits buzz, beep and rhyme their way into the future sound of fun. Tune in, and turn it up for these two energetic dudes coming though your radio in neon.

Doron fills in for Hatch, with special guest Xela
Tuesday, May 13th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Doron's show
When he's not busy co-running the UK's superb Type Records, John Twells records densely layered and somewhat hallucinatory sound pieces as Xela. His release, "The Dead Sea" received a fair amount of airplay in these parts when it came out last year and was hailed as "absolutely stunning" by the folks over at Other Music.

John stopped by the WFMU studios a few weeks ago to record a brief set that saw him shun the laptop based set-up often employed by similar artists in favor of a micro-cassette player, tons of pedals, trinkets purchased from hippies in the midwest and an unexpected foray into Brian Wilson vocal territory.

Marco Iacoboni & Don Friedman
Monday, May 12th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Neurologist and neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni's brain imaging studies have pioneered the investigation of the mirror neuron system in humans. His new book is titled Mirroring People: The New Science of How We Connect with Others. Then at 6:30, Jazz pianist Don Friedman, who has played with a diverse lineup of musicians including Shorty Rogers, Ornette Coleman, Chet Baker, Scott LaFaro, and Clark Terry, talks about his work. Don will be performing at the Kitano Hotel, NYC on Thursday, May 15, in Boston at Scullers on May 27, and at the Vermont Jazz Center on May 31. His latest CD is Waltz for Marilyn.

The Snow
Monday, May 12th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Blend a bit of post-apocalyptic French cabaret and Americana heard at a possessed carnival and you get The Snow, a folk-pop band with elements of classical, punk, and rock. The overall mood of The Snow's tunes is of a sweet serenade taking occasional turns into a hall of mirrors, and they have been likened to Fleetwood Mac sitting around the pool trading songs with M. Ward, Cat Power, and Iron and Wine.

Students of F.K. Lane and Wingate High Schools
Monday, May 12th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Woody's show

Artist Paul Rubenstein has been teaching high school students at F.K. Lane and Wingate High Schools in Brooklyn how to design and build microtonal electric guitars (set to a scale with seven equal intervals per octave) and amplifiers. The students will be dropping by Woody's show to perform on these unique instruments and talk about their creations.

So Cow
Monday, May 12th, 2008, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

From South Korea by way of Galway, one-man-band So Cow (aka Brian Kelly) drops by to serve up some sweet sweet pop candy. These melodic indie jams will cause a severe '90s flashback in the best ways: your old 'zine collection and geeky suburban 7"s. Conjuring up memories of Sacramento bands like the Bananas and Four Eyes, So Cow completes the California connection with a Deerhoof cover.

Debashish Bhattacharya, Indian slide guitar visionary
Saturday, May 10th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Slide guitar has been a part of Indian music since the 1930s when Hawaiian player Tau Moe took the country by storm. But North Indian classical slide guitarist extraordinaire Debashish Bhattacharya, considered one of the country's foremost instrumentalists of any kind, has taken the music to new levels. He has invented his own instruments - what he calls the "Guitar Trinity" - to realize his musical visions: The Chaturangui, a 24-string hollow neck guitar, the 14-string Gandharvi, and the Anandi, a 4-string slide Ukulele. He's extended the musical language by collaborating with a range of fellow global guitar renegades from Okinawa to Hawaii. And he shares the love: Bhattacharya wrote the first-ever guide to Indian classical guitar technique and runs a music school in Calcutta, his home town.

Debashish will visit FMU on his way to join several other Indian classical luminaries who will perform at New York's annual All-night concert of Indian Classical Music. This marathon of art-music bliss runs starts at 9pm on Saturday May 10 and continues until 8am Sunday May 11, at Synod Hall at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan. Debashish also has a brilliant new CD, Calcutta Chronicles on Riverboat records.

Floyd Dakil
Saturday, May 10th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Texas musician Floyd Dakil, who recorded the #1 hit "Dance, Franny Dance" in 1964 and went on to record several more classic singles before joining the ledgendary Louis Prima's band! 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 Trent has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Listener Randy Costanza does the Listener Hour this morning.
Saturday, May 10th, 2008, 9am - 10am
The Listener Hour

Brian Wilson Shock Treatment
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment bring their punked-out psychedelic rock about zombies, mummies, aliens, outer space, love, death and insanity.

The (Balkan) Situations live in the studio + Japan Golden Week onslaught!
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
The Balkan Situations originally formed to fulfill a Wesleyan music student's (and charter bandmember's) thesis requirement. The Connecticut combo played its first public gig at a Thai restaurant in Middletown, setting the precedent for a rather quirky performance venue history: They've played everything from daycare centers to construction sites to the implosion of the New Haven Coliseum. The subtly renamed (Balkan) Situations promise not to implode our studios when they visit WFMU for a live set of East European inspired music, with a few twists.

Plus - every year in Japan several holidays converge in early May so the country takes the whole week off, calling the annual hiatus "Golden Week." And closer to home, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is having its annual "Sakura Matsuri" - Cherry Blossom Festival (with lots of live music and performance) - this weekend (May 3-4). What better time to play lots and lots of Japanese roots music, Okinawan folk-rock and other worldly Japanese hybrids rarely heard on US radio?

J. Vincent Edwards
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with J. Vincent Edwards, 1960's UK pop star & original member of the London cast of Hair. 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 Small Change has left in Michael's Mailbox!

The Listener Hour
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008, 9am - 10am
Seth Watter of Meshes in the Afternoon blog ( does the Listener Hour this morning.

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 (PST) 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."

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