Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: June 28th at 3:00 PM

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Martin Popoff
Thursday, June 29th, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Author Martin Popoff will be Diane's special Peer Pressure guest Thursday at 1pm. He's written almost 80 books, mostly about rock or heavy music, and we'll be discussing at least two of them at length - WHO INVENTED HEAVY METAL, a book where Martin wrote a complete treatise on the subject, based on 126 different speakers over the course of 120,000 words, and CAUGHT IN A MOSH:THE GOLDEN AGE OF THRASH, an intensive timeline about the maturity of thrash and the ascendance of the Big 4. He'll have a playlist to match these subjects and will be live so listeners can ask him questions via the live comments board.


"Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone" — Part 3
Friday, June 30th, 9am - Noon
on
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
The amazing John Coltrane documentary "Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone" rolls on as Doug Schulkind airs Part 3: A Love Supreme, a 1-hour segment beginning at 11am. Highlights this week include: Interviews with Archie Shepp, Max Roach, and Rashied Ali, rare tape of Coltrane answering his critics, learning that Trane had a jolly laugh, and ear-chilling evidence that Trane based his anthem "Alabama" on the sound of Martin Luther King's voice during his famous eulogy to the four girls killed in Birmingham. Remember to tune in at 11am to hear it live as this program will not be archived.


Red Baraat: Brooklyn's Masters of Dhol 'n' Brass
Saturday, July 1st, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

NPR calls them "the best party band in years" - but they're not just any old party band: Red Baraat's exuberant brass-driven explorations blend north Indian roots and bhangra with New Orleans second line, funk, soul, jazz and more. The band kicks off a summer tour at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg Thursday night (June 29th), celebrating its latest greatest album, Bhangra Pirates. And then it's on to WFMU! (Actually it's on to Ann Arbor, Michigan too, where Red Baraat is playing the same day as their FMU session, Saturday July 1. How is that possible? Chalk one up to the magic of radio!)


Pat Byrne Reviews Every Jandek CD In The WFMU Library
Saturday, July 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
The WFMU record library holds 76 albums on the compact disc format by the elusive Houston Texas musical project known as Jandek. This Saturday, Pat Byrne will attempt to listen to and review every single one in a single three hour show. His efforts will either go down in the Guinness Book of World Records, or, they won't. Tune in!


Ron House
Sunday, July 2nd, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Nate K. celebrates Fourth of July weekend by welcoming true American hero Ron House to the program for a guest DJ spot. Frontman of Great Plains, Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, Psandwich, and Counter Intuits (his current project), as well as a participant in the famed Ohio supergroup project Ego Summit, House truly is an institution. But he is also an avid record collector with a daunting knowledge of Ohio music history. He was kind enough to bring a box of Buckeye State rarities by the WFMU studios and give them a spin. Tune in Sunday, July 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 AM to hear them, and, of course, God bless America.


Doug Gillard
Monday, July 3rd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Guitarist to the stars Doug Gillard returns to WFMU for an afternoon of music and conversation, with one possible topic his recent return to Guided By Voices.


Dominic Robertson aka Ergo Phizmiz
Monday, July 3rd, 6pm - 7pm
on
Do or DIY with People Like Us
One Summer's morning Vicki Bennett was visited by Dominic Robertson aka the composer, writer, theatre director and collagist Ergo Phizmiz. He brought with him stories of political prophecy, homemade opera, and laments on the death of the internet-of-dreams.


Garbeque
Tuesday, July 4th, 9am - 3pm
on
Garbage Time with Matt Warwick
Matt Warwick hosts a 6-hr long BBQ special live from the WFMU parking lot.


How cultures interact with Peter Witchalls
Tuesday, July 4th, 4pm - 7pm
on
Continental Subway with David Dichelle (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
We’ll be joined in the studio by intercultural specialist and University of Hamburg lecturer Peter Witchalls. Originally from London, and with over 20 years of experience teaching and living in Germany, Pete has developed a few theories about what to do when you meet a foreigner. He will also discuss non-violent communication and how it all comes together. Ask your questions or let us know your own personal theories via the comments board.


Tom Wilson's Music Factory #20 - Bobby Callender
Wednesday, July 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
In 1967 and '68 the charismatic record producer Tom Wilson hosted a free-form radio program called "The Music Factory," sponsored by MGM-Verve Records. The series quickly came and went, but Irwin is reviving the series on alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern). On our July 5th episode, Wilson welcomes to the Music Factory radio programmer-turned-pop musician Bobby Callender, who explains what happened when someone stole Murray the K's bongos. Wilson features tracks from Callender's album RAINBOW, along with tunes by Lalo Schifrin, Dave Van Ronk, the Free Design, Odetta, and others. Wilson also interviews Claude Hall of Billboard magazine about a newfangled phenomenon known as "underground radio." Regular listeners of the Music Factory will be gratified to know that this episode contains THREE NEW COMMERCIALS.


"Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone" — Part 4
Friday, July 7th, 9am - Noon
on
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, the amazing John Coltrane documentary "Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone" continues as Doug Schulkind airs Part 4: "Searching For The One", a 1-hour segment beginning at 11am. Highlights this week include: Coltrane's link with Malcolm X and the Black Liberation movement, Trane's fascination with African drums, the John Gilmore/John Coltrane connection, and Trane telling of the gig one night in New Jersey when he pulled his band off the stage. Also, hear riveting interviews with Sun Ra, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders, and many more. Remember to tune in at 11am to hear it live as this program will not be archived.


Dion
Saturday, July 8th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Dion stops by the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to chat about his new album on Norton Records, "Kickin' Child". This wonderful collection showcases Dion's lost recordings between "Runaround Sue" and "Abraham Martin & John" and are exemplary folk rock gems. Find out why they were kept under lock and key for decades.


Razorlegs
Tuesday, July 11th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Bleeding walls of overloaded guitar and drum interplay from the psychedelic punk duo of Andrew Hurst on drums and PD Fadensonnen on guitar and stylophone. Fans of Blue Cheer, Fushitsusha, Chrome and general amplified confusion will dig today's in-studio proceedings.


Barry Adamson
Tuesday, July 11th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Barry Adamson joins Morricone Island to have a listen to his latest release "Love Sick Dick" and to discuss his film music and directing career. Elmer Bernstein, John Barry and Ennio Morricone have all informed Adamson's solo work including his first (of nine solo albums) "Moss Side Story" conceived in 1988 as a soundtrack to an imaginary film-noir crime film. Previously a member of Magazine, Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, he has since composed for over a dozen films, television series and docs including "Delusion" (1991), "The Escort" (1994), "Dreams of a Life" (2011) and his own directed film-noir "Therapist" (2011). He has also contributed music to Derek Jarman's "The Last of England," David Lynch's "Lost Highway," Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers," Danny Boyle's "The Beach" and Allison Anders' "Gas, Food & Lodging."


"Tell Me How Long Trane's Been Gone" — Part 5 (Conclusion)
Friday, July 14th, 9am - Noon
on
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
The sensational John Coltrane documentary wraps up today as Doug Schulkind airs the fifth and final hour-long installment beginning at 11 AM. Highlights this week include: Trane's fascination with African tonal languages, his rock-star tour of Japan, and why he'd stop playing his horn on stage and just beat his chest and howl in the microphone. Listen for hang-on-every-word interviews with Alice Coltrane, Babatunde Olatunji, Archie Shepp, and many more. Remember to tune in at 11am to hear it live as this program will not be archived.


John Schnall’s Midnight Matinee returns with "Less Miserable"
Saturday, July 15th, Midnight - 3am
on
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Just in time for Bastille Day, Midnight Matinee lets them eat cake on the airwaves with Less Miserable. Host John Schnall will take a certain overblown movie musical and make it... well, maybe not tuneful, but at least somewhat Less Miserable. Here's a taste. At the stroke of midnight on Saturday July 15th on Rich Hazelton's The Inflatable Squirrel Carcass. WARNING: Russell Crowe sings; we can't help that.


Marshall Crenshaw PLUS Los Vigilantes
Saturday, July 15th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Pop purveyor Marshall Crenshaw hangs out with Todd-O-Phonic Todd to play some of his favorite records and chat about his illustrious career as musician, DJ, and fan. This one is going to be a treat!

Los Vigilantes are a screaming rock'n'roll band hailing from San Juan. One listen to the live set they will be performing on Todd's show will display beyond a doubt why they are the greatest Puerto Rican musical export since The Sunsets of "Theme One" fame. Don't miss their great Slovenly releases.


Champagne Superchillin
Monday, July 17th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Break out the bubbly! French ex-pat Juliette Shultz brought her Francoise Hardy-influenced style across the pond to Music City, where she has teamed up with group of hep rock and roll and blues Nashville cats to form Champagne Superchillin.


Ural Thomas & The Pain
Saturday, July 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Ural Thomas is Portland, Oregon's Pillar Of Soul. He has shared the stage with the likes of James Brown, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Otis Redding and "Little" Stevie Wonder and was also involved in the sixties Northwest garage scene. After performing 44 times at The Apollo Theater, Ural took a long hiatus from New York but recently wowed the crowd at The Soul Clap 10th Anniversary Show and will be performing at Madison Park in Manhattan on Wednesday July 19th. Don't miss Ural Thomas & The Pain soul stomping live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show!


Norbert Putnam
Saturday, July 29th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with studio bass player/producer Norbert Putnam about his new book "Music Lessons" which covers his 60 year career making music and documents some of the 9,000 songs his work can be heard on, including 100s of Elvis Presley sessions, The Vogues' "Five O'clock World," Tony Joe White's "Poke Salad Annie," The Newbeats "Bread And Butter," Arthur Alexander "You Better Move On" and tons more!


Apache
Saturday, August 12th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Being a band that smokes their weight in weed and spends more time in the hospital than the studio can take its toll. Apache knows it won’t last forever, but after watching them play, you will quickly realize THEY DON’T CARE. Like musicians on the Titanic, they’re going down, playing to the cold bitter end. Long story short, Apache is the cockroach family in your floorboards. Try and kill them all you want, but honestly you are probably better off moving or setting the building on fire. The Bay Area bozos rip it up live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show.


W-2
Tuesday, August 15th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

W-2 are the duo of Sam Weinberg and Flying Luttenbachers member Chris Welcome, who for the last couple of years have been purveyors of the more splattery end of Brooklyn's DIY/No-Jazz movement. On tenor sax and synthesizer respectively, W-2 blur the lines of sound in an almost electroacoustic realm, making their instrumentation sound like anything but its traditional application. Their latest release is an LP on Astral Sounds entitled Fanatics.


Needles//Pins
Saturday, August 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Needles//Pins are a ferocious trio hailing from Vancouver. Their hellacious new album "Good Night, Tomorrow" is out on the renowned Mint label and is sure to make this summer even hotter. Combine heavy riffage with incredibly catchy songs and you can't lose! Don't miss Needles//Pins at Diviera Drive in Brooklyn later that same evening.


Tropical Trash
Tuesday, August 29th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Not to be confused with the waste disposal agency in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the Louisville version of Tropical Trash liquify the proceedings with their unique blend of fried hardcore and no-wave trailerpark anthems. They play live today on the heels of their new Sophomore Lounge single and expect to headline The Rock's Presidential Victory concert in 2020.



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