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Gene October of Chelsea
Thursday, July 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's guest is Gene October, founding member and vocalist of punk legends, Chelsea. They have a new album out, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning," that is getting rave reviews. We'll hear some of the record and talk about his 35+ year history immersed in the punk world of the UK. He will be on air live, so listeners can post questions via the comments board.


Brontez Purnell on Radio Harvester
Wednesday, July 1st, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Brontez Purnell (of Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!, The Brontez Purnell Dance Company, author of Fag School and co-author of The Cruising Diaries with Janelle Hessig) talks to Colin about growing up queer and black in the Deep South, finding punk, his familial history in Oakland, studying and performing dance as an extension of punk performance. Tune in at 8pm Wednesday during Infinite Distortion to hear this True American Weirdo talk sh*t on the garage rock scene, the Midwest, everyone else from Alabama.


Unholy Two
Wednesday, July 1st, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Unholy Two are an insane, full-throttle punk band from Columbus, Ohio. They can manage a brutal pendulum of doom-stoner groove as adeptly as a pounding, brittle 2/2. Some of their latest material is a bludgeoning noise-march of the highest order, and they're swinging through the NY area on tour, laying it all down. ...They cover a wide map, but always sound like Unholy Two. Their 2014 album, Talk About Hardcore (on 12XU), is an unrelenting masterpiece that will shake loose the cobwebs of the dullest minds and tightest anuses. WFMU is excited to host them on next week's My Castle of Quiet—"can't f***ing wait" is more like it. ...Live set begins at 12:15 a.m.


Matt Keating
Tuesday, June 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Eleven albums in Matt Keating still has such an easy feel for words and melodies that roll off the tongue. On Matt's latest, "This Perfect Crime," there's no shortage of the great story-songs laiden with catchy hooks and dark, meaningful lyrics that he's known for. Matt Keating returns to Irene's show for a live set.


The Writhing Squares
Tuesday, June 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Welcoming a heavy psychedelic punk breeze from Philadelphia today on the show; the Writhing Squares are a bass and sax-slash-synth duo made up of fellows who have collaborated in such heady combos as Purling Hiss, Ecstatic Vision, and Spacin'. They just issued a new 7" single and have a split cassette out with the band Igneous Eyes. Good times promised!


Gorilla Chief
Monday, June 29th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

You are gonna go ape for this wild new Brooklyn garage rock and roll combo!


Extreme Metal Formal Brunch
Monday, June 29th, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Kick it old school with three hours of early extreme metal in the AM! Classics and deep cuts of Death Metal, Grindcore and Black Metal, separated into three parts so it doesn't get too messy. For the uninitiated: find out what those words mean; for fans: complete and violent satisfaction! The noise won't stop until you've had enough. RSVP / black tie required.


Jon Fine
Sunday, June 28th, 10pm - Midnight
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Jon Fine was co-founder of the bands Bitch Magnet, Coptic Light, and Don Caballero. He’ll be discussing his new memoir “Your Band Sucks,” about the trials and tribulations of trying to make it as an indie-rock star in 1990s America, and maybe spinning some obscure records.


Irka Mateo: Music of the Dominican Republic and more
Saturday, June 27th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Singer, songwriter and folklorist Irka Mateo began her career performing Brazilian music before returning to her roots in the Dominican Republic. She immersed herself in Dominican folk music, popular religion and indigenous Taino culture. and incorporated what she learned into her debut solo album Anacaona. Now she's branching out again with new globally-inspired songs that she'll perform at a big show Tuesday July 14th at Joe's Pub. We'll learn about about Irka Mateo's music and her musical explorations tonight on WFMU.


Mick Collins interview and DJ set
Saturday, June 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes legendary Detroit rocker Mick Collins. He will be spinning some hep platters he picked up on a recent European tour and also chat about The Gories, The Dirtbombs, the Detroit music scene new and old and much more.


Hugh Cornwell
Thursday, June 25th, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Hugh Cornwell is on tour right now and will be checking in from the road at 1pm! Locally, he can be seen at The Good Room in Brooklyn on June 30th. Other tour dates are listed on hughcornwell.com.


Joe Frank - "The Dictator, Part 1"
Wednesday, June 24th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "The Dictator, Part 1," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. June 24th. Having cheated death after a devastating drought and a brutal invasion by cannibals, Joe becomes autocratic ruler of a tribe. He weaves stories about an unfortunate seller of precious oil and about the Dirt Boy who sprouted his own vegetables and became a self-sufficient ecosystem.


Kurt presents a 5-hr Ornette Coleman tribute special (fill-in for Destination:Out and Nazario Scenario)
Wednesday, June 24th, 9am - 2pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Miniature Minotaurs returns to the webways as Kurt Gottschalk sits in for the vacationing Destination: Out and Nazzario Scenario with a five-hour tribute to the late Ornette Coleman. One of the primary architects of American music in the 20th Century, Coleman died June 11 at the age of 85. Tune in from 9am to 2pm EST for an immersion into his harmolodic mastery.


Musette Explosion
Tuesday, June 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

The virtuosic trio, Musette Explosion, approaches Parisian dancehall music with a modernistic yet vintage-style flair. Led by Accordionist Will Holshouser, a composer who's enjoyed many of musical collaborations, the trio is filled out by Guitarist Matt Munisteri, whose love of Willard Robison's music led to his album appreciation called "Still Runnin' Round in the Wilderness" and Tuba-player Marcus Rojas, a regular with Spanish Fly and Les Miserables Brass Band. Musette Explosion swings by the WFMU studios for a live performance.


James Horner R.I.P.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Morricone Island pays tribute to film composer James Horner who died yesterday at the age of 61 in a plane crash in Los Padres Forest near Santa Barbara, California. Although Horner will likely be best remembered for his blockbuster scores to Braveheart, Avatar and (the best-selling orchestral film soundtrack of all-time) Titanic, host Devon E. Levins will highlight some of his personal favorites from earlier in Horner's 100-plus career which began in the late 1970's.


Experimental Cassette Culture with guest Ryan Martin of Dais Records
Tuesday, June 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Ryan Martin of Dais Records and Robert & Leopold Tapes returns once again to Brian's show to share a treasure trove of experimental cassettes from the 1980's thru present, once again with live accuplaylist tape artwork as it rolls.


Ted Shumaker PLUS Anni Rossi
Monday, June 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedian/radio host Ted Shumaker and musician Anni Rossi.


The Britemores
Monday, June 22nd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

First trip to new York area for a brand new Detroit rock and roll supergroup featuring Jonny Chan (New Dynasty 6, Split Signals), Jeff Meier (Detroit Cobras/Rocket 455/ Nathaniel Mayer/ Gino Washington), Adam Stanfel (Melvin Davis, the Party Stompers) and Jerry Barterian (Hysteric Narcotics).


Special Guests: Spook School!
Sunday, June 21st, 7pm - 10pm
on
Hello Children with Faye
This week only on Hello Children with Faye! Faye welcomes SPOOK SCHOOL from Edinburg, Scottland. Purveyors of contemporary genuine gender smashing pop music. Recently in town for the NY Pop Festival, we were lucky enough to have them stop by & grace us with a melody & a message or two about being non-binary ;)


The Annual Summer Soul-stice, with Debbie D
Sunday, June 21st, 5pm - 7pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Bestowing the humblest of apologies preemptively to any antipodean fans of soul music who may choose to listen, show host Gaylord Fields reunites with WFMU Rock & Soul Ichiban webstream programmer extraordinaire Debbie D for the annual Summer Soul-stice program. This hand-clapping, finger-snapping, toe-tapping, hip-shaking, body-quaking, back-breaking, bona fide, certified, Southern fried, energetic, authentic and Northern Hemisphere—centric tradition of airing nothing but the cream of Sixties soul 45s during the solstice has endured for more than 20 years, practically elevating it to a pagan rite in and of itself.


Birdstriking
Sunday, June 21st, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Although Birdstriking’s debut 2012 LP received limited distribution in China due to its socially critical lyrics, it gained a diehard following in the Beijing underground music scene. The record’s mix of tuneful hooks, calculated psych-noise meltdowns, precision rhythmic structure, and brash lyrical frankness quickly cemented them as the frontrunner of a new generation of young Beijing rockers with an equal mix of heart, grit, and vision. Now on their first North American tour, coinciding with the official international release of their album on June 2, 2015 by A Recordings, Birdstriking brings the new sound of young China to WFMU; hear them at 1 am on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing!


Author Sheree Homer
Saturday, June 20th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Sheree Homer author of "Dig That Beat! Interviews with Musicians at the Root of Rock ’n’ Roll."


Innerstellarmedium on a special edition of Tarot With Me, Stanley
Saturday, June 20th, 3am - 6am
on
Dance With Me, Stanley with DJ Stashu
On this episode the Innerstellarmedium talks about the past, the present and the future. Call in if you would like your fortune to be told, or tune it if you want to catch some psychic electromagnetic waves.


Child Abuse
Friday, June 19th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nick Name's show
On Nick Name's first ever session , Child Abuse drop by the WFMU studio's to record songs from their latest LP 'Trouble In Paradise.' Bassist/vocalist Tim Dahl (Lydia Lunch Retrovirus), drummer Oran Canfield, and Keyboardist Eric Lau showcase their unique sound, which has been described as 'somewhere in between noise, metal, and avant-jazz. LINK: https://www.facebook.com/childabusetheband


Cold Beat
Wednesday, June 17th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
San Francisco's Cold Beat was started by Hannah Lew as an outlet for songs she'd been working on while playing in Grass Widow, but "didn't feel like Grass Widow songs." With that band on unannounced and indefinite hiatus, Lew completed those songs and continued writing on her own, releasing an EP in 2013 and the full-length album Over Me (Crime On The Moon) last year with a band that also includes former Erase Errata drummer Bianca Sparta. Reviewers struggled to put the album's sound in a familiar box, describing it variously as "surf-rock," "post-punk," "punkish," "poppy" and (gasp) "new wave." You can decide for yourself when Cold Beat play live on The Evan "Funk" Davies show Wednesday, June 17, at 9pm.


Brian Wilson Birthday Bash
Wednesday, June 17th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Brian Wilson turns 73 on June 20. That's as good an excuse as any to spend three hours playing and analyzing his music. On June 17th, Irwin invites Beach Boys historian (and occasional drummer) Dennis Diken down for an afternoon of deep cuts, session tracks, outtakes, rarities, and sonic artifacts that demonstrate why Brian Wilson is a musical science project.


The Music of Christopher Lee Films
Tuesday, June 16th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Morricone Island pays a film music tribute to Sir Christopher Lee, the Master of Horror, who passed away at the age of 93 on June 7. Lee was best known as Count Dracula in the Hammer Horror Films but his career spanned nearly nearly 70 years with over 250 film and television credits including those of Lord Summerisle in 1973's The Wicker Man, Bond villain Francis Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, Count Dooku in the Star Wars series, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. He will be missed but fortunately his work will live on forever.


Tony Ortega on Aerial View to Discuss Scientology
Tuesday, June 16th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
On Aerial View this Tuesday 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 discusses his new book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, 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 was also seen in Alex Gibney's Scientology documentary Going Clear, (based on the Lawrence Wright 2013 book of the same name.


The Kurt Baker Band
Monday, June 15th, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Kurt Baker is a singer, songwriter and rock n’ roll performer from Portland, Maine who has always gone by the famous saying “Have a Good Time All the Time”. Now residing in Spain, Kurt and band stop by WFMU during a rare (these days) New York appearance.


Live from Monty Hall, taped on May 30th: Michelle Wolf, Matt Koff, Primitive Sound System and music from The Hamiltons!
Saturday, June 13th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Pat broadcasts his eighth variety show recorded live from Monty Hall on May 30th. With stand up comedy from Michelle Wolf and Matt Koff! Also, making their WFMU debut that night will be The Hamiltons from Toronto Canada! And a DJ set from Primitive Sound System! You can watch live video of the show over at WFMU.org from 9:30 - 11:30. The video will appear on the WFMU phone apps, the WFMU homepage and Pat's playlist page.


Spider Bags
Saturday, June 13th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Merge Recording stars Spider Bags kick out the jams live on Todd-O-Phonic Todd's show 6/13. This stellar 3 piece combo features 3 Jersey high school pals including former D.C. Snipers member Dan McGee. Their high energy brand of unruly rock'n'roll is wonderfully displayed on their most recent album, Frozen Letter, and will be just the thing for a Saturday afternoon. Be sure and catch them opening for Ex Hex at Music Hall of Williamsburg on 6/12 and appearing with local heroes The Ribeye Brothers (performing with The Detroit Cobras @ Monty Hall on 7/17) at The Anchor's Bend in Asbury Park on 6/13.


Urochromes on Infinite Distortion
Wednesday, June 10th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Two Western Mass wastrels unite to choke out snotty reflections on our pitiful planet over catchy, bold riffs that demand your attention as much as their progenitors demand sympathy. Driven by a drum machine fever and a panicked sense of imminent mortality, Urochromes are one of the best punk bands currently scratching out meaning from this parched earth. Hear them on Infinite Distortion on June 10th, at 8pm Eastern.


Rooftop Films' Dan Nuxoll
Tuesday, June 9th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Host Devon E. Levins welcomes Dan Nuxoll, Co-Founder of Rooftop Films, the non-profit organization which brings the outdoor film series every summer to NYC. The 2015 Rooftop Films Summer Series includes over 40 screenings in 19 different venues throughout the city. The 19th year of the series kicked off on May 29th weekend with screenings of short films of cinematic escapes and Bob Byington's 7 Chinese Brothers (Jason Schwartzman) and runs until August 22nd. Other highlights include Sundance offerings Sean Baker's Tangerine, Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack and Bryan Carberry's Finders Keepers. Screening this week is Desperate Measures: Short, Spellbinding Mysteries, Michael Beach Nichols & Christopher K. Walker's Welcome to Leith, and Love Comes Later: Romantic Short Films. Check rooftopfilms.com for the schedule.


Mark Dwinell
Tuesday, June 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Brian welcomes Mark Dwinell for a session of just intonation farsfisa work in the spirit of his new LP Golden Ratio (Amish Records). Dwinell, a member of the Brooklyn combo Forma (and onetime of the Boston group Bright) incorporates both static pulsing drones and heavily arpeggiated passages, culminating in melodic lines that epitomize a unique musical vocabulary as developed over the last twenty years.


Damien Echols & Lorri Davis, authors of "Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row" and also musical guest Jounce.
Monday, June 8th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave's guests on the show are Damien Echols (West Memphis Three) and Lorri Davis, authors of the book "Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row" and also musical guest Jounce.


Tonic Train
Sunday, June 7th, 9pm - Midnight
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On Sunday, June 7, on World of Echo with Dave Mandl, Dave will be presenting a live set by electronics/circuit-bending duo Tonic Train (Knut Aufermann and Sarah Washington), who stopped by the FMU studios last week during a rare visit from their home in Germany. Knut and Sarah play a tableful of hi- and lo-tech gear, including transistor radios, toys, transmitters, and other unidentified flying gadgets. That’s Sunday, June 7, from 9 p.m. to midnight.


Roy Loney
Saturday, June 6th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Roy Loney, former lead vocalist of the fabulous Flamin' Groovies, will join Todd-O-Phonic Todd on Saturday June 6th, 3-6 pm. Roy will show off his impeccable taste by spinning some of his favorite tunes and also perform a few numbers (not necessarily yesterday's). Todd and Roy will also discuss The Bay Area's musical golden age and their mutual passion for The San Francisco Giants.


Graham Parker on Michael Shelley's Show
Saturday, June 6th, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes Graham Parker to chat about his current tour, his return to working with The Rumour and their new album Mystery Glue.


Put The Needle On The Northern California Live Remote from Dawgisht's Studios
Friday, June 5th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the final show of the current WFMU radio season Billy Jam will travel back to Northern California to set up the FMU remote broadcast unit in the Alameda studios of producer Dawgisht for a live jam session that, in addition to the veteran Cali beatmaker, will include performances from DJ Six-Kutter, MC Dopestyle, Bas-One, and Dub Esquire.


Joe Frank - "Iceland Part 1"
Wednesday, June 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Iceland Part 1," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. June 3rd. Joe itemizes the annoying habits of his unreliable and unfaithful girlfriend Lila. He chronicles his adventures traveling around the world, digressing on the convoluted nature of truth in a manner that will have you hungering for lies.


Scandinavian Prog Special
Wednesday, June 3rd, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

It's no secret that the Scandinavian nations have had a unique voice in the universe of rock, sometimes underscored by their indigenous folk music, artists like Theodore Kittelsen and writers like Tolkien, but just as often, hippies, rebels, and counterculture conspirators to the North created a unique, regional distillation of what was happening worldwide in the 1970s and beyond. Groups like International Harvester channeled Swedish folk and The Velvet Underground equally, while Hansson & Karlsson made exquisite psychedelic blues, akin to Jimi Hendrix but with only an organ and a drum kit. Tune in for a full three hours of musical wonders from our wildly creative brethren to the North...aka "more songs by guys named Jukka and Bo."


Olivia Chaney
Tuesday, June 2nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Equally moving as an interpreter of traditional British folk songs and of her original tunes, Olivia Chaney possesses an expressive voice reminiscent of the best moments by Anne Briggs, Sandy Denny or Joni Mitchell. Chaney brings a passion to her slowly unwinding traditional songs of love and longing on guitar, piano and exquisite Indian harmonium. Olivia Chaney's debut, "The Longest River," is out now on Nonesuch and she returns to Irene's show for a live set.


Varese Sarabande's Robert Townson
Tuesday, June 2nd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Devon welcomes Robert Townson, Varèse Sarabande's executive producer who has personally produced over 1,000 soundtracks including those by Jerry Goldsmith, Miklós Rózsa, Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein and show namesake Ennio Morricone. As the most prolific producer of film music in the world, Robert has averaged one new album release a week for over 25 years. Founded in 1978, Varèse is the first label dedicated solely to film music and the most prolific film music label in the world boasting well over 1,500 soundtracks with 60 to 70 titles added each year. Varèse recently launched a subscription series "LP to CD" featuring vinyl albums never released on CD kicked off by Charles Bernstein’s April Fool's Day, as well as Varèse Live Entertainment which focuses on live film music with a debut concert scheduled June 11 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in collaboration with the Golden State Pops Orchestra and Maestro Steven Allen Fox entitled "Back In Time. . .1985 Live!" with guest performances by composers David Newman, Bruce Broughton, David Shire, Christopher Lennertz and Jeff Beal.


Drew McDowall (ex-Coil)
Tuesday, June 2nd, 3am - 6am
on
Ning Nong Radio
Ning Nong Radio presents a live modular synth set by ex-Coil member Drew McDowall. A true master of the instrument, McDowall elevates the modular synthesizer beyond the realm of the gear fetishist and brings us as close as we can get to experiencing the unique magic that Coil were achieving upon their untimely demise.


Loudon Wainwright
Monday, June 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes the one and only Loudon Wainwright as a guest tonight.


Junk Boys
Monday, June 1st, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Their producer described them as bluesy boozy rock and roll, and we couldn't agree more! Ex-members of Organs and Dream Police.


Beech Creeps
Sunday, May 31st, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K

Beech Creeps formed out of a variety of Brooklyn outfits, including Ex Models, Knyfe Hyts, Pterodactyl, and Yeasayer. The trio plunges into the depths of rock's primordial sludge and emerges wielding a massive blob of fiery, lysergic skree. We'll put it this way: If the arms of the T. Rex were as powerful as the Beech Creeps song of the same name, dinosaurs might have actually avoided extinction, as the fabled comet would have been easily smashed to bits. The band recently dropped by Burn It Down! for a live set featuring songs from its self-titled debut LP on Monofonus.


Live Broadcast from the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Day 2
Saturday, May 30th, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

Once again WFMU returns to the amazing Primavera Sound festival as official USA radio ambassadors broadcasting full sets live over the weekend of May 29th and 30th! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Evan "Funk" Davies as we carry performances by Ex Hex, Mdou Moctar, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Swans, Belle & Sebastian, Earthless, Einsturzende Neubauten, Arthur Russell Instrumentals Project, Julie Ruin, Twerps, Run the Jewels, Disappears, Babes In Toyland, Giant Sand, Mikal Cronin, Pharmakon, Voivod, The Church, Sleaford Mods, Thee Oh Sees, and more TBA! Stay tuned to this page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific set times! Some will be archived, some not!


Monty Hall
Saturday, May 30th, 3am - 6am
on
Dance With Me, Stanley with DJ Stashu
Join us as Monte Halprin, better known as Monty Hall of the game show "Let's Make A Deal," answers some questions, solves some problems, and talks about what it's like to be Monty Hall. Come see what is behind this door on this very special episode of DWM,S!


Live Broadcast from the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Day 1
Friday, May 29th, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

Once again WFMU returns to the amazing Primavera Sound festival as official USA radio ambassadors broadcasting full sets live over the weekend of May 29th and 30th! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Evan "Funk" Davies as we carry performances by Ex Hex, Mdou Moctar, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Swans, Belle & Sebastian, Earthless, Run the Jewels, Disappears, Einsturzende Neubauten, Arthur Russell Instrumentals Project, Julie Ruin, Twerps, Babes In Toyland, Giant Sand, Mikal Cronin, Pharmakon, Voivod, The Church, Sleaford Mods, Thee Oh Sees, and more TBA! Stay tuned to this page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific set times! Some will be archived, some not!


Peer Pressure Guest: Ron "U-Ron Bondage" Bond
Thursday, May 28th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Ron "U-Ron Bondage" Bond, vocalist of Houston Punk/HC legends, Really Red joins Diane this week. Alternative Tentacles just released an anthology collection of all of Really Red's output. Ron Bond will be on the air with Diane at 1pm for Peer Pressure. Tune in at noon to hear lots of Really Red leading up to Ron's appearance. Listeners can post questions for Ron on the live comments board!


Facialmess
Wednesday, May 27th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
For almost two decades, Kenny Sanderson has honed his mastery of harsh noise under the name Facialmess. Characterized by frenetic cut ups, moments of deathly silence interspersed with churning static blasts, an ingenious employment of sampling, and a thrilling unpredictability that speaks to the complete control of his craft, Facialmess recorded a session at WFMU while in the States from Japan during the Ende Tymes festival. Listen in on May 27th to Infinite Distortion with DJ Bosh at 8pm Eastern to hear his set as well as an interview about his musical history, influences, life, and other projects.


Moondog: 99th Birthday Tribute
Wednesday, May 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in ancient Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in New York during the 1950s, and was a musical genius. Biographer Robert Scotto revisits Irwin's program to pay tribute to the majestic Moondog for two hours on May 27 in honor of the late musician's 99th birthday. The show will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Moondog recorded with animals, self-made instruments, and tugboat horns; composed percussion pieces, chamber music, and works for 25 saxophones. Scotto is the author of The Viking of Sixth Avenue, the first full-length biography of Moondog. This is his fourth visit to Irwin's program.


The Cellar and Point
Tuesday, May 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Calling themselves a "garage chamber" ensemble, The Cellar and Point meld modern classical, downtown jazz and a touch of rock to form their other-worldly music. Drummer/producer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist Christopher Botta are childhood friends who made music together, resulting in this ensemble. Their sound is prog-ish, filled with eccentric electronics, soaring strings and a menacing vibraphone to a driving beat The Cellar and Point's debut, "Ambit," is out on Cuneiform Records, and they visit WFMU to play live.


Nick Forté
Tuesday, May 26th, 3am - 6am
on
Ning Nong Radio
Many people know Forté as a guitarist for the likes of Rorschach and Raspberry Bulbs, but he has also released a considerable amount of work outside the realms of Punk and Metal. His impressive resume includes an LP on Schematic in 2003, an LP (as part of Christmas Decorations) on Kranky in 2002, and many other collaborative projects. His new solo electronic LP will be released by Amish Records June 2nd, and this live set will give listeners an idea of what to expect from it.


Pigeons (Dan Bodah fills in for Jesse)
Tuesday, May 26th, Midnight - 3am
on Airborne Event

Check out this live set from Pigeons as the band returns to WFMU when Dan Bodah fills in for The Frow Show. Their new record "The Bower" has been called "old new noise pop lullaby prog earthly outer space future sounds." That jumble of words just manages to begin describing the rich rural psychedelic pop vibes of this new record. The group features Wednesday Knudsen & Clark Griffin (ex-Sea Donkeys) and Rob Smith (Rhyton).


Kevin Corrigan PLUS Dan Dratch
Monday, May 25th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes actor Kevin Corrigan and writer and Hollywood gossip columnist Dan Dratch.


Flesh Lights
Monday, May 25th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

They may be named after a sex toy but Flesh Lights are the real thing, baby! This Austin trio has the great hooks and tunes, the power AND the pop!


Mindy Tucker, Jeremy Levenbach, Billy Nord, and music from Sammy Kay
Saturday, May 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Mindy Tucker, photographer and chief documenter of the NY comedy scene for almost 10 years swings by the studio to share stories and insight on how her passion has given her a career and a big name for herself. Also swinging by, will by Jeremy Lenenbach and Billy Nord, two main stay producers of the NY comedy scene who book dozens of big shows all across the boroughs and then some. Winding down the night, will be music from Sammy Kay, a NJ folk and blues master who's about to hit the road with Mumford and Sons and The Alabama Shakes to name a few.


Las Alegres Ambulancias - Afro-Colombian Palenque Legends
Saturday, May 23rd, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Las Alegres Ambulancias come from San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia, a remote village with a rich African heritage - it was the first town formed by freed slaves in the Americas. The ensemble originated as a drum-and-vocal group way back in 1905, and their mission is to carry on centuries-old Afro-Colombian traditions. But these are living traditions - so nowadays the band spices things up with electric guitar and more. Tonight we'll hear a sizzling live session by these coastal Colombian cultural icons - recorded live at WFMU during their 2014 US tour.


Bobby Hart
Saturday, May 23rd, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Bobby Hart back to the show to talk about his new biography "Psychedelic Bubble Gum: Boyce & Hart, The Monkees, and Turning Mayhem into Miracles" and his appearance at WFMU's Monty Hall on Friday May 29th for a screening of the documentary "Boyce & Hart: The Guys Who Wrote 'Em".


Put The Needle On West Coast Connection with Lyrics Born and DJ Frane
Friday, May 22nd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For his latest musically adventurous solo hip-hop album longtime Bay Area emcee Lyrics Born traveled down to New Orleans to collaborate with members of Galactic along with some of the Big Easy's most talented musicians including the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty, and members of Dumpstaphunk and Rebirth Jazz Band. The Latyrx/Quannum crew member will discuss the new album and share tracks on WFMU this week when, also in the studio with Billy Jam, will be Los Angeles DJ/producer DJ Frane doing a special live set.


Joe Frank - "Islands"
Wednesday, May 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Islands," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. May 20th. A father and son find themselves lost in a deserted city; Joe chronicles a litany of complaints against his aggravating girlfriend, Ceil; and a strange woman dressed in black brings a mysterious box into Joe’s office, refuses to explain what's in it, and forces him to keep it.


Live Broadcast from the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn
Tuesday, May 19th, 8pm - 9pm
on The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC

The Ragged Antique Phonograph Program will host a LIVE BROADCAST on May 19th at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn from 6:30pm-9pm. Join MAC and Mike for an evening of creepy old shellac 78s (made from dead beetles), cocktails, and morbid fun!


Horror Composer Jeff Grace
Tuesday, May 19th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Jeff Grace joins host Devon E. Levins on Morricone Island for an in-depth discussion and listen to his film music. With over 20 feature length film credits to his name, including Jim Mickle's Cold in July, Stake Land and We Are What We Are, Ti West's The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves and Tze Chun's Cold Comes The Night is quickly becoming the go-to horror fan favorite. The two will be covering a lot of territory in this one hour special including how he got his start working closely with Robert Ruggieri and Howard Shore (the latter on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Martin Scorsese's The Gangs of New York) as well as providing orchestration and arrangements for Angelo Badalamenti.


Author Melissa Holbrook Pierson
Tuesday, May 19th, 6pm - 7pm
on Aerial View with Chris T.

On May 19 Chris T. will be joined in studio by his longtime friend Melissa Holbrook Pierson, whose new book The Secret History of Kindness: Learning From How Dogs Learn "...examines how kindness works to motivate all animals, including the human one."


Dorit Chrysler
Tuesday, May 19th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
The multi-instrumentalist Dorit Chrysler will perform feats of witchcraft on the theremin, May 19. The most magical and beguiling of instruments, Dorit will charm and entrance.


Hospital Productions special with live music from Dual Action
Tuesday, May 19th, 3am - 6am
on
Ning Nong Radio
DJ Ning Nong will speak to Dominick Fernow (Prurient) and producer Kris Lapke about the making of the new Prurient 3xLP/2xCD Frozen Niagara Falls, while a test pressing of the forthcoming vinyl version is played in its entirety. Dual Action, one of the more rhythmically-leaning electronic acts on the current Hospital Productions roster, will perform a live set.


Ashley Brooke Roberts, Giulia Rozzi, PLUS Acid
Monday, May 18th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes comedians Ashley Brooke Roberts and Giulia Rozzi, plus musical guest Acid.


Mac McCaughan
Saturday, May 16th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Pat welcomes Mac McCaughan, who stopped by Monty Hall this week on his tour for his solo album, "Non-Believers." Hear the set plus an exclusive interview which was a lot different than any other he's ever done. Listen in to find out why.


Live from Barbes in Park Slope - global sounds of NYC and beyond
Saturday, May 16th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Join Rob and illustrious co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel at Barbes, the music-lover's haven at 9th St and 6th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a jam-packed five-act evening of sounds from around the world. Admission is free of charge!
- Kane Mathis opens the show with explorations on Middle Eastern oud and West African kora
- Karavika concocts captivating raga / folk / chamber blends
- Rana Santacruz deftly mixes Mexican roots, bluegrass and more
- The Breizh-Amerika Collective (visiting from France) collaborates with African-rooted Garifuna drummers from the Caribbean via NY
- Tipsy Oxcart takes it home with youthfully energized Balkan-inspired romps
Join us at Barbes or via the airwaves for three solid hours of music. And if you do make it to Barbes, if the great music (free of charge) isn't enough, we'll be giving away free FMU swag too!


Hope for Agoldensummer
Saturday, May 16th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Hope for Agoldensummer, a band from Athens, Georgia, has at its core the sisters Claire and Page Campbell. On tour in April, they paid a visit to WFMU to weave some of their magic and to spend some time in mirthful conversation. Their music has a sweetness and a rustic charm which belies songwriting of tremendous depth and beauty. Their music has been described as beguiling, luminous, moody, captivating, and eloquent, and yes, it is all of those things.


Detroit Artist Tyree Guyton
Saturday, May 16th, 3am - 6am
on
Dance With Me, Stanley with DJ Stashu
On this episode ​folk a​​rtist ​Tyree Guyton ​known for​ ​transforming a blighted community by painting​ ​houses with colorful polka dots ​talks about new things in store for Detroit and the art world. ​After our chat we indulge in Detroit-centric music that might even make you dance.


Rev Billy & Stop Shopping Choir
Friday, May 15th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Some WFMU on air performers need to be seen as well as heard hence why Billy Jam has invited the Reverend Billy and his 50 member Stop Shopping Gospel Choir back onto WFMU for a live audio & video streamed one-hour, concert from the stage of WFMU's Monty Hall on May 15th. Never one to keep silent on the injustices of society he sees around him the the notorious, lifelong activist Reverend Billy, whose most recent arrest was in January during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, will sing and preach and inform along with his extended Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, on Friday May 15th @ 7pm live broadcast/concert from Monty Hall (Free admission to the Monty Hall concert) on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.


Hugh Cornwell
Thursday, May 14th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
At 1pm this Thursday, Diane will be speaking to HUGH CORNWELL, - he has a special announcement, he will be making on the program! Prior to his brief phone in, she will air some live tracks that are as of yet unreleased. Hugh has always been noted for his live performances - in 2010, he performed his solo material as well as Stranglers tunes, live in the WFMU studios. Tune in to hear some more live tracks and to hear what Hugh has to say Thursday on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine!


Celebrating WHTG and station owner Faye Gade
Wednesday, May 13th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
From 1984 until 2000 New Jersey was the home of one of the most respected and beloved commercial rock radio stations in the country, WHTG-FM (aka FM 106.3). The station broadcast from a house in Asbury Park NJ where the station's owner, the late Faye Gade, also lived. There weren't many radio stations playing "modern rock" or "alternative" music at the time, nor were there many stations owned by women. Gade played a key role in nurturing the station's independence and giving DJs an unusual amount of freedom for a commercial radio station, which led to a loyal and devoted listenership.

Faye Gade passed away earlier this year, so to celebrate her memory and the legacy of WHTG Evan will be joined in the studio by former WHTG staffers Jerry Rubino and Neal Adams (Neal is also a former WFMU DJ). Throughout the night they'll be talking with other past FM 106.3 DJs and, more importantly, playing some of the music that made the station stand out among its peers. Tune in Wednesday night, May 13, from 9pm-12 midnight!


Ambrosia Parsley
Tuesday, May 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

After her tune with Shivaree, "Good Night Moon," became a huge hit playing under the credits for "Kill Bill 2," Ambrosia Parsley retreated into the world of child-rearing and solo performance. Parsley's voice is equal parts smoke and silkiness, and she's performed for bright lights from Laurie Anderson to Chuck D to Hal Wilner. There were several failed attempts to release a solo album, and a French label finally released Ambrosia's "Weeping Cherry," in 2013. Now it's been released in the US on Barbès Records and Ambrosia Parsley performs some of the album's dark, sweet songs on Irene's show.


Mikal Cronin
Tuesday, May 12th, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

From garage rock anthems to gorgeously orchestrated pop melodies, Mikal Cronin's third solo album, "MCIII," is the perfect sunny antidote to a long New Jersey winter. Get all warm and fuzzy inside as Mikal and his band play the WFMU studios before they head to Europe later this month.


Vetiver
Tuesday, May 12th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
After a three year hiatus, Vetiver just released a gorgeous new album, "Complete Strangers." The warmth of this album is paired with a sense of being from another place and time. Song to song they create a new sonic atmosphere that builds upon that sunny California vibe they are known for. One of the harbingers of the neo folk scene when they first appeared in 2003, Vetiver has created the definitive album of this season.


Bobcat Goldthwait
Monday, May 11th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This week, Dave welcomes comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, plus a musical guest TBA.



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