Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: June 18th at 5:47 PM

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Story Corner with Matt Fiveash
Monday, June 18th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Story Corner, a regular feature of the show featuring songs that tell stories, will be guest curated this month by Mr. Weekly World Blues himself, Matt Fiveash. Tune in around 11 a.m. to hear Matt's story song selections and blabber about why he chose them.


Sunk Heaven
Tuesday, June 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl
SUNK HEAVEN is Austin Sley Julian, longtime leader of modern day no wave experts Sediment Club (who recently performed on Samantha's show). Within Sunk Heaven, Austin goes deep into a zone of cracked and claustrophobic electronics paired with his urgent yet eerie voice piercing through the sonic detritus. Elements of first-wave industrial collide with mutilated pop and gospel tropes. To quote the press: "sounds like Jandek making a dub album." The aptly-named Hot Releases just dropped Sunk Heaven's Where All Sides Collapse LP and Austin will be airing its captivating damage.


Manas
Wednesday, June 20th, Midnight - 3am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Though no stranger to WFMU, Tashi Dorji makes his radio debut with trio Manas featuring dual drummers Thom Nguyen and Wes McCoy. The group sounds like what you would expect given Tashi Dorji's track record of inventive and explosive guitar playing, but is taken to another level with the added dynamics of a dual drum attack. Not to be missed for fans of all things good.


Gareth Dickson
Wednesday, June 20th, 7pm - 8pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and many of the classic Brit-folk pioneers exert more than a passing presence in the music of Scottish songwriter and guitarist Gareth Dickson. However, Gareth's intricate playing and warmly dark vocals clearly create their comfortable own path through this well-traveled folk world. Dickson has been sought after as a sideman, touring extensively as Vashti Bunyan’s guitarist and as a solo artist supporting Juana Molina and Isobel Campbell among others. Gareth Dickson visited WFMU on a brief trip to the US and played a few of his tunes for Irene.


Lithics
Wednesday, June 20th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Lithics, from Portland Oregon, return to WFMU for a live set on The Evan “Funk” Davies show on Wednesday night, June 20. Post-punk enthusiasts will swoon to their sparse, sharp-edged sound that has drawn comparisons to The Fall, Pylon, and the Bush Tetras to name just a few. They’ve just released their second full-length album, Mating Surfaces (Kill Rock Stars), and they’re on tour now with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. Check out Lithics live on WFMU this coming Wednesday night at 9pm!


Steve Barri
Saturday, June 23rd, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael talks with Steve Barri about his mind blowing career as a writer (often with P.F. Sloan), producer and label executive whose credits include: Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man," The Turtles' "You Baby," Herman's Hermits' "Must To Avoid," Barry McGuire's "Eve Of Destruction," Tommy Roe's "Dizzy," Mama Cass' "Make Your Own Kind Of Music," Hamilton Joe-Frank & Reynolds' "Don't Pull Your Love," Bo Donaldson And The Heywoods' "Billy, Don't Be A Hero," John Sebastian's Welcome Back," Alan O'Day's "Undercover Angel," Lancelot Link And The Evolution Revolution's self titled album, tons of hits for The Grassroots AND songs recorded by Connis Stevens, Anne Margaret, Betty Everett, Dick Dale, Bruce And Terry, The Rip Chords, Shelley Fabres, Freddie And The Dreamers, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Kingsmen, The Searchers, Sandy Nelson, The Ventures, Hugo Montenegro & His Orchestra, Gary Lewis, Kay Starr, The Hondells and The Mamas And The Papas.


The Queers, James Williamson, The Posies and Amen Dunes
Saturday, June 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Joe Queer has been playing his Ramones influenced punk rock with The Queers since the beginning of the 1980's and there are no signs of him letting up now. Joe's songs are not only great slices of pop influenced punk but many of them are chock full of wit and humor. Expect to hear some classic Queers material like "Punk Rock Girls", "Kicked Out Of The Webelos", "I Met Her At The Rat" and "This Place Sucks". See The Queers with fellow punk rock legends The Dickies at The Stanhope House on June 12th and The Kinglsand in Brooklyn on June 13th.
plus...
James Williamson, the legendary guitarist for Iggy and The Stooges during their Raw Power/Metallic K.O. era joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd to talk about that chaotic era, as well as the "Raw Power" reunion gigs and his new band James Williamson and The Pink Hearts. The groups' powerful debut album, Behind The Shade will be released on June 22nd with record release shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco to follow the next weekend.
plus...
A week after their acoustic set with Michael Shelley, The Posies make like Bob Dylan at Newport and go electric with Todd-O-Phonic Todd. The Seattle quartet is celebrating their 30th Anniversary throughout 2018 and will be playing a WFMU presented show at The Bowery Ballroom on June 17th. Don't miss their classic pop stylings on tour or on the radio!
And can you believe it, there's more...
Amen Dunes, the project of Damon McMahon, began as a collection of improvised songs made in the fall of 2006 in a trailer in upstate New York. After sharing them with a few friends, the tapes were shelved, and the following summer McMahon moved to China and all but quit making music. Three years later they emerged to underground critical acclaim as D.I.A., prompting McMahon to move home and begin performing live in the US and in Europe with a rotating cast of musicians, in recent years focused around the core of Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred. "Freedom" the new Amen Dunes album on Sacred Bones is their most accessible and fully realized recording to date. They will be performing Saturday June 23rd at Brooklyn Steel.


The Space Merchants
Sunday, June 24th, 3pm - 5pm
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Brooklyn's Space Merchants touch on the kind of bong-rattling, cosmic truckin' that one would expect from a band with a such a moniker. But alongside the acid-fried gestures, there's a real sense of classic songcraft and musical execution at play. The sonic maelstrom is also given a lovely counterpoint in the form intertwined male-female vocals that recall the New Pornographers and Fleetwood Mac on the one hand and more witchy action like Stan Hubbs or Anonymous on the other. The band drops by Burn It Down! on Sunday, June 24, to play songs from their excellent new LP Kiss the Dirt.


Tracyanne & Danny
Sunday, June 24th, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
This stellar new musical project is a collaboration composed of and named after singer-songwriters Tracyanne Campbell, the beating heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s Camera Obscura (who have appeared on a previous session for this program), and Bristol, England's Danny Coughlan, who typically conducts business under the band moniker of Crybaby. The complementarily twinned musical pair, with backing support, interrupt their North American tour to grace WFMU with several songs from their new, wide-ranging, and utterly captivating self-titled debut long-player.


Illustrator Michael Sloan
Thursday, June 28th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble will welcome illustrator Michael Sloan to This is the Modern World. Michael is the author and creator of The Zen of Nimbus comics, graphic novels and paintings. His illustration work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Michael Sloan's collaboration with author Jake Halpern on Welcome to the New World, a recent NY Times comic strip that documents the lives of a Syrian refugee family recently arrived in the U.S. was awarded a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning.


The Bakersfield Breakers Live In The Studio!
Saturday, July 14th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes instrumental trio The Bakersfield Breakers for a live set of twang/surf/country inspired instrumentals! The band’s mission is to reawaken the classic guitar-driven sound of 1950’s Bakersfield and the driving tunes of 1960’s surf rock.


Pearl Charles
Saturday, July 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Pitchfork says of Pearl Charles' debut album Sleepless Dreamer: "Charles' record takes cues from movements all over the American map. There are hints of Southern folk and alt-country, Midwest Americana, and West Coast acid rock." Pearl manages to coalesce these and other influences into something wholly original that will be on full display with a live set on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. Catch her live at Baby's All Right on July 20th.


Naughty Clouds
Monday, July 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Naughty Clouds is a vigorous music duo that includes Alexis Moon and Ray Kubian. They like to sing songs and beat on things in this Brooklyn/New Jersey meeting of the minds. They'll be performing songs from their debut album, "Everything's Hard."


Thatcher Keats guest hosts on Vocal Fry
Monday, July 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah

Special 2 hour edition of Vocal Fry
Monday, August 27th, 6pm - 8pm
on
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah


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