Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Live performance from The Cactus Blossoms
Saturday, April 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

After having his mind blow seeing The Cactus Blossoms (Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum) open for a recent Nick Lowe show Michael is please to welcome the duo to the show with their hypnotic harmonies and fantastic original songs.


Dr. Demento speaks
Saturday, April 18th, 3am - 6am
on
Dance With Me, Stanley with DJ Stashu
On this episode Dr. Demento reminds us to stay de-mented. Listen in as he sings about shaving cream, talks about the tape stashes, and more! Don't know what this is about? Then tune in! There will also be plenty of dancing as per usual.


Blevin Blectum
Friday, April 17th, Noon - 3pm
on Bryce's show

Blevin Blectum alights in Jersey City to mesmerize some electrons live on the air, scattering silvery slivers of sound directly into the radio flue. From here, she's off to France, Germany, and Poland for a string of shows, including a multichannel blowout for kids, with video artist Ryan Junell.


Miracle Nutrition's March 20th Monty Hall Program (with video stream)
Thursday, April 16th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Hearty White's Miracle Nutrition presents Hearty's March 20th live performance at Monty Hall, broadcast in audio as well as glorious HD video. In this thrilling episode, Hearty tells the tale of The Archbishop and the Chambermaid, a guided time-travel tour through the lives of scientists and poets of the 1790s and how they both mattered a lot and not at all. Video will air on the WFMU homepage, Hearty's playlist page and the WFMU apps.


NY Hardcore Spotlight
Thursday, April 16th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Special guest hosts Ralphie G (The Mob NYC) and Josh Waste (Urban Waste) will be picking the tunes, paying homage to old and new NY Hardcore bands and celebrating their upcoming performance at BOWERY ELECTRIC. The Mob and Urban Waste will be opening for Agnostic Front for their record release party, Friday April 24th. The show is already sold out, so check out the host of bands that laid the foundation, and others that still play today during this program! Ralph and Josh start spinning at 1pm.


Protomartyr
Wednesday, April 15th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
The one and only Protomartyr of Detroit, Michigan, sing us songs of isolation, drink, and hardship with their eerily tight, total spectral control of what anthropologists of the future will call "rock music." An absolute delight, this excellent group is playing new songs off their yet untitled and yet unscheduled next record- alongside a favorite from their first LP. A smoker of a set. Not to be missed.


"Marathon Pledger's Request Hour" on Morricone Island
Tuesday, April 14th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Thanks to all who pledged for Morricone Island during WFMU's successful 2015 marathon. As promised, host Devon E. Levins will be playing the soundtracks his pledgers designated as their favorite for this week's "Marathon Pledger's Request Hour." From Yojimbo and Aguirre to Free Willy and Dick Tracy, somehow Devon's gonna make it all work out (despite some teetering on the verge of getting him yanked from the station). Can the listeners curate a better soundtrack to their Tuesday night than the host? You be the judge as it is, after all, your show this week!


Director Scott Crawford PLUS Radical Dads
Monday, April 13th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes Scott Crawford, director of "Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, DC (1980-90)," plus musical guest Radical Dads.


Connections
Sunday, April 12th, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K

Flying the flag high and proud for the Buckeye Sate's rock underground, Columbus ensemble Connections--which features members of Times New Viking, El Jesus De Magico, and 84 Nash--play smart, catchy lo-fi guitar rock that nods to and builds on the classic Ohio sound (if such a thing exists). "Indie" in the classic sense of the word, Connections wobbly melodies and sly hooks are punctuated by guitar heroics worthy of J Mascis and Neil Young. The band stops by Burn It Down! for a live session on Sunday, April 12.


Charlie Hankin and Mary Houlihan
Saturday, April 11th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
Cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, and one half of sketch duo Good Cop Great Cop, Charlie Hankin drops by to discuss all this plus season two of his Comedy Central webseries, New Timers. Also on the program is Mary Houlihan, curator and producer of the Comedy Cassette Tape series, Cartoon Moonsoon, MEAT Videos and so much more! It's going to be a fun good time and who knows, they might even order a pizza! You gotta listen, Carl.


Far-Flung Roots Reimagined: Schizophonia's Revved-Up Cantorial Music from Brooklyn + Tal National's Super-Charged Polyrhythms from Niger
Saturday, April 11th, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
First - Niger's superstar juggernaut Tal National returns to our airwaves with a studio session and interview. We catch them in the early stages of an extended tour of North America. The band is on the road to support their most rhythmically adventurous recording yet, the scintillating Zoy Zoy (FatCat Records). We'll hear their show-stopping super-charged adaptation of a Hausa spirit possession ritual plus lots of earth-shaking originals.
Then, a very different adaptation of ritual music: Guitarist Yoshie Fruchter, who established himself as one of New York's leading Judeo-mashers with his instrumental band Pitom, introduces us to his new project, Schizophonia: Super-energized electric arrangements of songs learned from Ashkenazi Jewish cantorial recordings of the early 20th century. (The regional record release show for the Schizophonia album (Blue Thread Music) is at Temple University's Feinstein Center in Philadelphia on Thursday May 7th.) We'll contrast-and-compare, listening to the original recordings followed by Schizophonia's amped-up adaptations.


Denny Tedesco, director of "The Wrecking Crew"
Saturday, April 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Denny Tedesco, director of "The Wrecking Crew" - a documentary almost twenty years in the making that chronicles the studio musicians that gave birth to the West Coast Sound of the 1960's - a small group who worked mostly behind-the-scenes racking up hits with an incredibly diverse list of artists like The Monkees, The Byrds, The Association, The Mamas & The Papas, The Beach Boys, Gary Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis, Phil Spector and tons more.


7th Annual All Covers Show
Friday, April 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs observes its 7th Annual All Covers Show with another round of reconsidered and potentially ill-conceived renditions or popular favorites and forgotten folklore.


Joe Frank - "Night Pt. 2"
Wednesday, April 8th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Night Part 2," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. April 8th. Floods, fires, and crime rage through a California canyon. Kevin, a pool cleaner and short order cook, finds solace at The Circus of Love, where he meets Donna, an ex-stripper with a colorful past. Turner, a former pilot in Vietnam, serves prison time for selling drugs before he moves into the wilderness.


Clark
Wednesday, April 8th, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
The Duane Train is happy to welcome the acclaimed leftfield electronic dance artist Chris Clark to the program on Wednesday. Since 2001, Clark has been putting out genre-defying music that touches upon the classic IDM touches of Aphex Twin. to the progressive boom-bap stylings of Dilla and classic Detroit Techno melodies. We're more that excited to welcome Clark to the WFMU studios, for a special live set. Don't miss!


Noise Bliss-Out #3
Wednesday, April 8th, Midnight - 3am
on
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
> As promised during the marathon.... My Castle of Quiet presents a full three hours of the sweet, cranial crunch and mystic envelopment of noise. It's been over five years since the program has done so. A barrow-full of sounds, both new and old, most often relegated to My Castle of Quiet's final hour of weekly broadcasting (so naturally, the "dam" of great selections has been under considerable strain.) Grab your inebriant of choice, or none at all (as the music will more than likely do that for you), and tune in, starting @ midnight ET.


I Think Like Midnight
Tuesday, April 7th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Relinquishing his role as Benevolent Dictator of The Trolleyvox (a great Philly power-pop band), Andrew Chalfen has diverted his energy into an instrumental form for I Think Like Midnight. There are still plenty of guitars in the mix but lots of electronics intertwine. And the band even includes Dead Milkmen drummer Dean "Clean" Sabatino. I Think Like Midnight plays live on Irene's show.


Disasterpeace (It Follows composer)
Tuesday, April 7th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Disasterpeace aka Rich Vreeland joins host Devon E. Levins on Morricone Island for an in depth discussion and listen to his first film score, It Follows. Staten Island-born/Berkeley-based Vreeland is an electronic musician perhaps best known, until now, for a series of video game soundtracks. The "make you jump right out of your seat" throwback to the 80's horror film, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, was officially released last month as was the creepy synth-laden, pulsating soundtrack. The limited vinyl edition comes out on April 7th.


Aerial View Auto Show
Tuesday, April 7th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
It's the first-ever Aerial View Auto Show! The New York Auto Show is in town and Chris T. wants to talk wheels! Do you own a car? Which make and model? What's your best and worst car ever? Who's you mechanic? Most importantly, what's the greatest car song of all time? Hit the gas and give a call!


Phil Sutton, guest DJ
Tuesday, April 7th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble welcomes Phil Sutton of Brooklyn's Pale Lights (formerly of Comet Gain and Kicker). Phil will sail across the Hudson carrying precious cargo of British indie records. In preparation for the NYC premiere of the Sarah Records documentary "My Secret World" at WFMU's Monty Hall, Phil will share his fave british indie-pop hits and talk about the scene that shaped a generation of music lovers. On April 18 Pale Lights will play at Monty Hall along with Ghost Gum and The New Lines as part of To Create Something Beautiful: in the spirit of Sarah Records.


David Krumholtz / Adrian Perry
Monday, April 6th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave's guests for tonight are actor David Krumholtz and musician Adrian Perry from Dead Boots.


Turbo Fruits
Monday, April 6th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Nashville garage-rockers return to WFMU with a hot new turbo-charged platter, No Control, due out April 20. Catch 'em live April 9 at Baby's All Right and April 10 at The Saint in Asbury Park.


Jesse Malin
Sunday, April 5th, Noon - 3pm
on
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
Jesse Malin will be performing live in studio this Sunday April 5th on The Glen Jones Radio Programme featuring X. Ray Burns. Tune in live from noon to 3PM ET.


La Inédita: Chichamuffin from Peru
Saturday, April 4th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Lima, Peru’s energized young outfit La Inédita has been barnstorming its way from SXSW to New York playing an irresistible “chichamuffin” mix of Peruvian guitar-driven cumbia, dancehall reggae toasting and more. The band is doing a bevy of area gigs including Thursday at Bowery Electric, Friday at the Swamp in Williamsburg and Sunday at Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. And they make their US radio debut right here on WFMU this Saturday!


Gerry Roslie of The Sonics
Saturday, April 4th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd is honored to host one of the greatest shouters in rock'n'roll history, none other than Gerry Roslie of The Sonics. In recent years The Sonics place in rock'n'roll and popular culture has only been elevated. The Sonics will be performing at Irving Plaza on April 8th and The Stone Pony on April 9th to support their new album, "This Is The Sonics," on Revox Records.


Rev. Bill Alberts, PHD
Saturday, April 4th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Rev. Bill Alberts, PHD about his unusual 1968 Date Records single "Teenage Son's Open Letter To His Father"/"Hey God" - the A-side of which is told from the point of view of a young man in jail for burning his draft card, and the B-side of which is an open letter to God, urging God to get "with it" and "care for all his children."


Put The Needle On The Two Guest DJs and One MC: Mista B and DJ ALF with Azeem
Friday, April 3rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Living up to its name "Put The Needle On The Record" will feature a very special live freeform turntablist session when show regular DJ ALF will drive up from Maryland, and DJ Mista B will fly in from California to put needles on records and create beautiful skratch magic. Joining them will be NJ born emcee and regular show guest Azeem. All will join Billy Jam on Put The Needle On The Record, Friday April 3rd at 7pm.


Orrin Keepnews Tribute
Tuesday, March 31st, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

On Irene Trudel's show at 9pm tonight, Peter Keepnews will be celebrating his father, Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews, who passed just over a month ago. Expect more than a few deep jazz cuts and a number of stories to go with 'em.


Lloyd Kaufman (The Music of Troma)
Tuesday, March 31st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Troma co-founder, director, producer, screenwriter and occasional actor Lloyd Kaufman joins Morricone Island host Devon E. Levins in the studio to discuss the Music of Troma, the studio which brought you the likes of The Toxic Avenger I-IV, Surf Nazis Must Die, Class of Nuke 'Em High I-III, Tromeo & Juliet and Poultrygeist. Mr. Kaufman's storied film career embraces the spirit of independence beginning at Yale (as a classmate of Oliver Stone and George Bush) and then working alongside John Avildsen at Cannon Films prior to forming Troma Entertainment in 1974 with Michael Herz while continuing to moonlight wearing various hats on the productions of Rocky, Saturday Night Fever and The Final Countdown (the latter of which put the nail in the coffin of his dealings with major studios).


Dom La Nena
Tuesday, March 31st, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On Tuesday March 31 , 9-noon, Brazilian-born cellist, singer and songwriter Dom La Nena will return to WFMU. Dom studied classical cello in Paris and Buenos Aires before taking up her first pop gig playing with Jane Birkin. That two year stint produced her desire to write and record her own pop gems. Her first release ELA was a gorgeous mix of influences from Brazil, Paris, Argentina, classical music, and pop. Dom la Nena's second release SOYO is released this month. Singing in Portugese, Spanish, French and English, recorded in Mexico City, Paris and Lisbon this new record continues her modern take on making gorgeous music. While visiting This is the Modern World, Dom La Nena's long wandering melodies, interwoven with solo cello will be sure to entrance.


Johnny Aries
Monday, March 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes Johnny Aries from the Drums.


James & the Ultrasounds
Monday, March 30th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The four-piece lo-fi rock and roll band is the brainchild of Memphis native James Godwin, who cut his teeth playing bass in the touring ensembles of Jack Oblivian and John Paul Keith. Their heady 70's twanged rock'n'roll -with a just a touch of Johnny Thunders ramalama- turned heads and now they're back with their first full-lngth LP, "Bad To Be Here."


Kate Pierson of the B-52's
Monday, March 30th, Midnight - 3am
on
Therese's show
Bona fide icon Kate Pierson stopped by to chat with Therese about her career with the B-52s, her burgeoning motel empire and her debut solo album, "Guitars and Microphones." With bonus fish sounds!!


Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne
Sunday, March 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Dave's guests live in the studio will be the Brooklyn-based acoustic duo of Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne. Help Mark and Mary usher in spring with their haunting, gorgeous folk tunes before they head to the UK for an appearance at the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival (with Chris Wood, Clannad, Billy Bragg, among others). That's Sunday, March 29, from 9 p.m. to midnight.


David Rees, Maeve Higgins, live music from EZTV, and special surprise guests!
Saturday, March 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
Pat kicks off his fifth live variety show from Monty Hall with a visit from David Rees- star of Nat Geo's "Going Deep with David Rees", stand up comedy from Maeve Higgins and live music from Brooklyn's, EZTV! Not to mention- surprise guests that you do NOT want to miss! (So please don't)


Tal National in Concert: Electrifying Rock and Roots from Niger
Saturday, March 28th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Niger's roots rock powerhouse Tal National is a culturally diverse band, with members from Niger's Songhai, Fulani, Hausa, and Tuareg populations. The band transforms elements from all those traditions into high energy electric dance music, driven by hypnotic and cathartic guitar-led workouts. Tal National blew away audiences during its North American debut tour in 2013. And the band is back on tour in North America now supporting an excellent new LP, Zoy Zoy (FatCat Records) - with stops at at Pace University's Schimmel Center on Thursday April 2nd and at the Falcon in Marlboro, NY on Friday April 3rd. We get a taste of Tal National's awesome powers tonight with highlights from a rousing October 2013 show at the Mercury Lounge.


Put The Needle On The Eire/UK Hip-Hop Sessions
Friday, March 27th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For his first post-2015 WFMU Marathon show Billy Jam will feature two recorded sessions from his recent Irish/UK trip: an exclusive DJ Loop Skywalker mix of Welsh/Irish/Scottish hip-hop plus a special live DJ/MC session with West of Ireland emcee Sebi C and Irish turntablist/producer extraordinaire Jimmy the Hideous Penguin - recorded for WFMU in Jimmy's Galway studios two Saturday nights ago. Put The Needle on the Eire/UK hip-hop with Billy Jam Friday March 27th at 7pm on WFMU.


Station Manager Ken Broadcasts Live from Birmingham UK
Friday, March 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Ken's show
On the eve of the UK premiere for the WFMU documentary 'Sex and Broadcasting,' the station itself has moved from New Jersey to Birmingham UK for the night. With People Like Us's help, Station Manager Ken will be DJing and VJing from 3-6pm (US time) during Kurt's show, which is 7-10pm UK time. The party happens at Warwick Bar 158 Fazeley St., Digbeth in Birmingham. LINK.


Joe Frank - "Eye in the Sky"
Wednesday, March 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Eye in the Sky," from Joe's Somewhere Out There series, airs Weds. March 25th. From a helicopter high above Los Angeles, traffic reporter Joe describes one incident of mayhem after another on the freeways of Los Angeles, and advises alternate routes. After his copter is hit by a missile, Joe philosophizes about life as his chopper plummets to the ground.


DJ Nature
Wednesday, March 25th, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
DJ Nature (aka Nature Boy, DJ Milo) is an underground legendary and influential figure in the world of Dance music. He was one of the founding members of the legendary Bristol UK sound system collective (which included members of Massive Attack,Tricky and Nellee Hoopper) while in Japan. He was a member of the legendary Major Force label and spent the early nineties based in New York City where he set up an exporting company, supplying records to Japan, and his nights saw him frequenting underground house and disco clubs to hear legendary DJs like Larry Levan (The Choice), Louie Vega (Sound Factory Bar) and Tony Humphries (Zanzibar). He's also been quietly releasing sought-after Deep House gems and has 2 acclaimed albums out on the respected NYC based Golf Channel Recordings label. The Duane Train is honored to have him as guest conductor.


Craig Safan ("Last Starfighter" soundtrack composer)
Tuesday, March 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Soundtrack composer Craig Safan joins Morricone Island host Devon E. Levins to discuss his career which began in the mid-1970's with indie action comedies such as Corvette Summer, Roller Boogie and The Great Smokey Roadblock before transitioning over to larger scale action, thriller, horror and science fiction films such as Wolfen, Remo Williams, Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and The Last Starfighter, the latter of which recently received a complete score release by Intrada Records. The two will no doubt discuss these films as well as Craig's television work on Cheers, The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt and The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents along with his unique mentorship experiences through his close friends' dads -- Ernst Gold, Elmer Bernstein and Fred Steiner.


Tony Ortega
Tuesday, March 24th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Tonight on Aerial View Chris T. is joined by special guest Tony Ortega, executive editor of Raw Story and former editor of the Village Voice, who's been investigating Scientology for twenty years and whose website The Underground Bunker documents the outrages of the "Church". Tony's new book - The Unbreakable Miss Lovely - is about the journalist Paulette Cooper, who exposed inner workings of the church only to experience Scientology's full wrath in a coordinated "Fair Game" campaign to ruin her life.

Tony can also be seen in Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary Going Clear, (based on the Lawrence Wright 2013 book of the same name), debuting on HBO this Sunday, March 29.


Joe Randazzo PLUS TheUse
Monday, March 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedian/writer Joe Randazzo and musical guest TheUse.


Journalist and Author Jill Caryl Weiner
Monday, March 23rd, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Some OTHER shows may have a post-Marathon let-down, but not Sportsy Talk! On Monday, the Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio Today™ welcomes journalist and author Jill Caryl Weiner to discuss her just-published piece in Publishers Weekly on the best upcoming sports books and American publishers' new global perspective on sports. Jill also will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of her first sportsy piece, published by the Newspaper that Dare Not Speak Its Name. Join Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet for a little literary soiree, this Monday on Sportsy Talk!


The WFMU Marathon Finale with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia, Station Manager Ken, DJ Monica, Therese and More!
Sunday, March 22nd, 7pm - 12:30am
on Marathon Finale
(on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
WFMU finishes off our 2015 Marathon with a drunken live band karaoke party! Your favorite DJs take the stage and belt out their version of the hits, backed by the infamous Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia. Mistakes will be made! Don't miss out!


Joe Jack Talcum writes custom songs for pledges! (Pat Byrne with Co-Host Nate K.)
Saturday, March 21st, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Singer and songwriter of The Dead Milkmen, Joe Jack Talcum returns to Prove It All Night for Pat's last marathon show to play not just his own songs... Joe will be writing CUSTOM songs for pledges of $100 or more! Have your own custom short song writing about YOU by the guy who gave us Punk Rock Girl, Methodist Coloring Book, Watching Scotty Die, and so many more... Don't miss out!


Spazz TV Video Stream (Dave the Spazz and Co-Host Bill Kelly)
Thursday, March 19th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Tune in for the first ever three hour video accompaniment for the insanity that is the Music To Spazz By fundraising show!


Scientology special with Chris T and Co-Host Therese
Tuesday, March 17th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
For the first time EVER a WFMU show will use Scientology practices, including the Oxford Capacity Analysis and L. Ron Hubbard’s own affirmations, to put us “On the Bridge” to “Going Clear” of our money woes! Join Chris T. and his MC Therese on tonight's Aerial View, guaranteed to free you of body Thetans!

Don't be a Suppressive Person! Call Gold Base at 800-989-WFMU or pledge online at wfmu.org. Tell your freed body Thetans to pledge, too!


Friday the 13th Marathon Special with Kurt and Co-Host Daniel Blumin
Friday, March 13th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs isn't letting a little thing like the Marathon get in the way of tradition! A team of teeny half-bulls is hard at work preparing the festivities for the 8th Friday the 13th Special, to be observed right in the middle of the annual WFMU fundraiser.


Dave Hill with Co-Host Pseu Braun and Musical Guest Doug Gillard
Monday, March 9th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
The one and only Doug Gillard stops by to play a couple songs live in studio.


John Ellison of The Soul Brothers Six
Saturday, March 7th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
John Ellison of The Soul Brothers Six chats about his career and his Dig Deeper show the following Saturday at Littlefield. The Soul Brothers Six are one of the greatest guitar driven soul bands of all-time, with roots firmly entrenched in gospel. Their best known song is "Some Kind Of Wonderful" (later a hit for Grand Funk) but their catalog is tremendous.


Itasca
Saturday, March 7th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Singer-songwriter Itasca (Kayla Cohen) stopped by WFMU recently. Her most recent record, "Unmoored By the Wind" (on New Images) is evidence that the same well that musicians drew from during the "folk revival" of the 1960s and 70s, and later, is in no danger of running dry. Subtly invoking musical textures from the recent past as well as from earlier and even ancient times, Itasca creates songs of a deeply poetic and magical nature.


Interview with Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets (Dan Bodah fills in for Martha)
Friday, March 6th, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event

Tune in as Dan fills in for Martha with an exclusive interview with bassist and artist Cris Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets. A 1993 interview with Cris recently surfaces online in which Cris mentioned his deep interest in making experimental noise collages in his home studio. Tune in for an in-depth discussion with Cris about Meat Puppetry through the decades, his currently misplaced avant garde noise works of the early 90s -- and the airing of a unreleased experimental improvisation by Cris and his comrade Ron Stabinsky.


Put The Needle On The Manchester Live Remote Broadcast
Friday, March 6th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Billy Jam travels to the North of England to broadcast this week's radio show live from the Manchester living room of dedicated WFMU listener/DJ Spidermank. There both DJ Spidermank and DJ Loop Skywalker, who will drive 80 miles along the Motorway from Nottingham, will play special UK hip-hop sets on Put The Needle On The Record - March 6th 7pm (midnight local UK time).


Tim Wyskida
Thursday, March 5th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Drummer for Blind Idiot God and Khanate, Tim will play some advance tracks of the upcoming Blind Idiot God release-"Before Ever After" their first in over 20 years! BIG will be performing on Saturday March 7th at Paper Box -17 Meadow St, Brooklyn, New York 11206, along with Gnaw, Rhyton and Oneirogen. Listeners can ask Tim questions via the live interactive playlist, as he will be live at 1pm.


Richard Balls, author of "Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story"
Wednesday, March 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Stiff Records was one of the most groundbreaking labels of the punk/new wave era, launching the careers of Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, Madness, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Rachel Sweet, Wreckless Eric, and dozens of others.

British author Richard Balls -- who previously documented the life of Stiff star Ian Dury in a 1999 biography -- has put together a definitive history of the much-beloved label. Evan will be chatting with the author about his blow-by-blow account of The World's Most Flexible Record Label, and of course playing hit after hit from Stiff's glory days. Tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies show Wednesday night at 9pm and find out why it took Balls to write about Stiff.


Giulia Rozzi, Elna Baker, PLUS the Grooms
Monday, March 2nd, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes comedians Giulia Rozzi and Elna Baker and musical guest the Grooms.


Jake Fogelnest, Christi Chiello, Julio Torres, and music from Sunshine & the Rain
Saturday, February 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
Pat kicks off his third live variety show from Monty Hall with a visit from Jake Fogelnest, stand up comedy from Julio Torres and Christi Chiello, and music from Sunshine & the Rain. Also, starting and ending the night will be a DJ set from Primitive Sound System!


Mu Qian's Field Recordings: Music of Chinese Minorities
Saturday, February 28th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Mu Qian is an ethnomusicologist, arts journalist, concert producer and all-around champion of roots music. He's a major player in China's small but growing multi-culti music scene: He curates China's first world music festival, World Music Shanghai. And he's director of Pentatonic Workshop, a Beijing-based non-profit that promotes and presents traditional and roots-inspired music from Asia and the Asian Diaspora to Chinese audiences. Mu Qian has traveled across China exploring the music of the country's ethnic minorities, and he'll share his musical discoveries on WFMU tonight.


Nick Waterhouse
Saturday, February 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes soul singer extraordinaire Nick Waterhouse to his action-packed show. Nick is putting on his judges robes later that evening for The Soul Clap competition at Brooklyn Bowl. Prior to that appearance enjoy listening to selections from Nick's great catalog on Innovative Leisure, amazing 45's from his fantastic collection and the usual witty banter between Todd and his guests.


Joan Shelley
Saturday, February 28th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Kentucky singer-songwriter Joan Shelley was in New York recently to do a show before heading out for a tour in Ireland and the UK. Her most recent album, “Electric Ursa” (No Quarter) finds her once again surrounded by the group of musicians she feels most comfortable with, and with stunning results. As fine a record as was issued in 2014, each of the seven songs refers in some way to a journey, and some are reminiscent of the “leave-taking” songs of the British Isles. With her deeply emotional but restrained manner of singing, she calls to mind earlier styles from the Southern Mountains and their antecedents in England, Scotland and Ireland. She was joined on guitar and vocals by Nathan Salsburg, as well as Glen Dentinger on vocals.


Brann Dailor - Part TWO!
Thursday, February 26th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Mastodon's amazing drummer was Diane's first guest of 2015, and his playlist got heavily edited. Diane welcomes him back to have another day of PEER PRESSURE, so we'll get another show full of selections from him! Brann will be live and listeners will be able to ask questions via our live interactive playlist!


Joe Frank - "The Road to Calvary"
Wednesday, February 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "The Road to Calvary," from Joe's Somewhere Out There series, airs Weds. February 25th. Joe works at a slaughterhouse and a nuclear power plant before becoming the subject of a bizarre federal drug study. Hopes for a spiritual breakthrough with an Indian in the desert end in failure. Joe tells the story of Jesus’s spiritual struggle on the road to Calvary.


Emma Tricca
Tuesday, February 24th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

With an early push from the likes of John Renbourne and Odetta, Emma Tricca dove deeply into the pool of 70s folkies from Italy and England, where she was born and grew up. Tricca's pretty, unadorned music shows a reaction to all her travels and family life with scientists and artists. Emma Tricca's latest album is "Relic," and she drops by WFMU to play some of her beautiful tunes.


Elna Baker PLUS Mesiko
Monday, February 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave's guests tonight will be comedian/storyteller/writer Elna Baker and musical guest Mesiko.


Dennis Young
Sunday, February 22nd, 7pm - 9pm
on
Daniel Blumin's show
In 1982, Dennis Young, marimba player/percussionist of legendary early 80's NYC band Liquid Liquid bought a 2 track reel-to-reel tape recorder and began experimenting on his own using effects boxes, voice, drums, analog synths, and guitars. "Reel to Real," released on Staubgold last month, is a selection of the previously unheard tremendousness recorded between 1982 and 1983. Tune in to hear Dennis discuss the making of the album, spin some tracks he was listening to at the time, and debut pieces not found on the album!


Jerry Paper LIVE, and Bayonet Records co-owners, Katie Garcia and Dustin Payseur
Saturday, February 21st, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove it All Night with Pat Byrne
BAYONET OR BUST! This week's Prove It All Night features hot new Brooklyn label, Bayonet Records! Label owners Katie Garcia (former head of Captured Tracks) and Dustin Payseur (of Beach Fossils) will talk about the label's recent launch and plans for 2015. Then, label artist Jerry Paper will deliver a live set of his bizarro electro synth sound collages! Come on, feel the noise! Or, at least try to!


Galeet Dardashti on Judeo-Persian Musical Traditions
Saturday, February 21st, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Galeet Dardashti's grandfather Yona Dardashti was an iconic performer of Persian Classical music as well as being a Jewish cantor. During his heyday in Tehran, Jews and Muslims alike would line up to hear him sing. Galeet Dardashti was inspired by his life to incorporate Judeo-Persian traditions into her own music. She joins us tonight to introduce her music and the traditions at its roots. She'll also explain how biblical stories of strong women were central to her debut solo release The Naming. Galeet's FMU visit comes ahead of a big concert sharing the bill with another Jewish singer from the Arab world: Dardashti and Bukharian / Uzbek singer Muhabbat Shamayeva perform Wednesday evening February 25th at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side.


JD McPherson
Saturday, February 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
JD McPherson chats with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about his great new Rounder LP "Let The Good Times Roll," and life on the road with a straight-edge drummer (amongst other things). Be sure and catch JD on his current tour, which includes dates at The Bowery Ballroom on 2/25 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on 2/28.


Friendly Womack Jr.
Saturday, February 21st, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Friendly Womack Jr. who, with his four brothers, formed The Womack Brothers who after a few Gospel recordings switched to secular soul music at the urging of Sam Cooke - they then changed their name to The Valentinos and found success with hits like "Lookin' for a Love" and "It's All Over Now."


Put The Needle on the Reverend
Friday, February 20th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Rev Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir return to WFMU to Billy Jam's show to discuss the activist's recent role in the Black Lives Matter movement plus the recent $500k claim for false arrest and defamation at the Grand Central Vigil. Six members of the choir will join the Rev Billy to perform live in the WFMU on air studio.


Not Blood, Paint
Friday, February 20th, 6am - 9am
on
Knuckle Sandwich with Dave Bombay
Brooklyn psych-art-rockers are stopping by WFMU to get weird with Dave Bombay! Tune in for the ruckus.


Tom Scharpling on Radio Harvester
Wednesday, February 18th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
He needs no introduction to the WFMU community, but Best Show host sat down for a hot slice with Radio Harvester, and the monthly Infinite Distortion segment airs this week!


Pink Painful
Tuesday, February 17th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Post-punk/shoegaze duo Pink Painful meld a bit of New Order with touches of Motorhead to create their slowdance sound. Monica Velasquez (Rexxy) and Ian Peksa (ex-Goodnight Darlings, Small Devices) blend bass with soaring, reverb-drenched vocals, meshed together with driving drums. Pink Painful calls Brooklyn their home, and they drive out to WFMU for a live performance.


Alfonso Vilallonga, composer of Spanish silent film "Blancanieves" (2012)
Tuesday, February 17th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Alfonso Vilallonga joins Morricone Island host Devon E. Levins to discuss the U.S. premiere of 2012 silent film "Blancanieves" (Snow White), written and directed by Spanish director Pablo Berger, on February 18th (with a second performance on February 20th) at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden in downtown Manhattan. Alfonso Vilallonga’s original soundtrack will be performed live by the composer himself along with the Wordless Music Orchestra and Julian Koster of Neutral Milk Hotel.


Ramon Rivas, Brian Babylon, and George Sand
Monday, February 16th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight, Dave welcomes comedians Ramon Rivas and Brian Babylon, plus musical guest George Sand.


Westminster Kennel Club dog show special
Monday, February 16th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Sportsy Talk is going to the dogs on Presidents' Day! The Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio Today™, Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet, have somehow achieved Working Press designation at the 139th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, and will be conducting haiku-reading interviews from the benching area on Monday, Feb. 16. Hear the results on this Monday's show: Sportsy Talk, 6 PM, on WFMU.


Fire Retarded
Monday, February 16th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Garage-punk from Madison, Wisconsin, with Bobby from The Hussy on lead guitar. Debut LP out now on Big Neck Records.


Pre–Mardi Gras NOLA Special
Sunday, February 15th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K
So you won't be in the Crescent City this Tuesday? Well then tune in to Burn It Down! this Sunday, February 15, as host Nate K delves into the deep waters of New Orleans and Louisiana music for three solid hours of musical bons temps. Cajun, zydeco, soul, funk, and R&B; King Louie, Mr. Quintron, and, probably, Dr. John; big chiefs, wild men, and spy boys; bounce, both sissy and the regular kind. And, but of course, the "Emperor of the Universe," Ernie K-Doe. Burn It Down! on WFMU, always for pleasure.


Ghazals for Valentines Day: South Asian song-poems of devotion, with Kiran Ahluwalia
Saturday, February 14th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

These days the accomplished India-born, NYC-based vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia really does her own thing musically. She writes original material in a range of styles and collaborates with artists like Mali's Tinariwen. But early in her career Kiran specialized in interpreting ghazals, ancient and modern poems known for blurring the line between romantic and spiritual devotion. For a Valentine's day treat, we asked Kiran to bring in some favorite recorded ghazals and other South Asian romantic songs. Plus we'll hear songs from her latest album Sanata - many of which she'll perform at her only New York concert of the season, Saturday night February 21st at Roulette in downtown Brooklyn.



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