Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Mike Doughty, comedian Nick Thune, and authors Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven Dolodovico
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight on the show Dave hosts musician Mike Doughty, comedian Nick Thune, and authors of the new book "No Slam Dancing: An Oral History of City Gardens" Amy Yates Wuelfing and Steven Dolodovico.

Sun Ra Centennial Special
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

On Tuesday June 24, Brian Turner will host his WFMU colleagues Michael D. Anderson (The Good Doctor) and Irwin Chusid to discuss the Sun Ra centennial. Anderson is Executive Director of the Sun Ra Music Archive, an extensive collection of original Sun Ra master tapes acquired after he was appointed the bandleader's tape librarian during the 1970s. Anderson has spent the subsequent decades reviewing, cataloguing, and preserving these historic tapes. Chusid recently became the interim representative of Sun Ra LLC on behalf of the heirs of the late musician. To commemorate this year's 100th anniversary of Sun Ra's arrival on Planet Earth, Anderson and Chusid issued 21 meticulously transferred and restored classic Sun Ra albums from the 1950s thru the 1970s as part of the 24-bit Mastered for iTunes series. Anderson and Chusid will talk about the Sun Ra legacy and play lots of music, including unreleased material. We'll also be airing a segment of the incredible live session from Brian's show last year featuring the Arkestra's Marshall Allen and Danny Thompson at WFMU.

Dr. George Harlow
Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
Night People
Curator of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Harlow visits Night People this week to discuss geology, the origin of minerals on Earth, and the Museum's incredible gem collection.

World Cup Week 2
Monday, June 23rd, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio Today welcome soccer writer David Winner, author of "Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer." Total Football! Flexible space! Art, culture, philosophy, architecture, and pannekoeken! Join us for a literary look at the beautiful game, with David Winner.

Meaner Pencil
Monday, June 23rd, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

When she arrived in New York City, the city subway presented itself as the perfect performance cathedral. Her cello is the main tool she uses to lift musical spirits, although the overall tone of her tunes is quite sombre. Meaner Pencil's latest album, "Senza Amanti" is Italian for "Without Lovers". She writes, "These are pieces meant to be performed without lovers, and they describe a period of my life when I was trying to live alone, after severe heartbreak, in the hope of gaining a better understanding of myself." Meaner Pencil plays live on Irene's show.

Make Music NY Summer Solstice Remote Live From Meridian23
Saturday, June 21st, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Make Music NY is a gigantic annual celebration of the first day of summer - over a thousand free concerts throughout New York City. Similar festive happenings commemorate the solstice in hundreds of cities around the world — it's a global celebration of music making.

This year for the first time WFMU joins in the revelry as Transpacific Sound Paradise travels to New York's newest world musicky venue, Meridian23, 161 W 23rd St. near 7th Ave., for three hours of wall-to-wall live music.

Tune in or drop by for five sets of great sounds from around the world - and around the corner:
Ani Cordero sings classic South American songs of love and protest;
Malian guitar master Badian Diabaté joins Sam Dickey of Benyoro for sublime string-driven duets;
Los Hacheros inject Afro-Cuban flavor with their earthy old-school salsa and charanga sounds
Gnawa Boussou explores ancient Moroccan Sufi spiritual music with Sub-Saharan roots;
and Amino Belyamani and Bed Stuy Ewe Ensemble take us home with driving West African percussion.

Admission is, of course, free - and we'll be giving away free WFMU swag too!

Producer Ed Stasium
Saturday, June 21st, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael talks about the art of making great records with New Jersey native Ed Stasium, noted engineer and producer whose hit making credentials include work with Gladys Knight & The Pips (Midnight Train To Georgia), The Ramones, Talking Heads, The Smithereens, Sha Na-Na, Motorhead, Joan Jett, and tons more.

Mutilation Rites
Friday, June 20th, 2014, 9am - Noon
on Imaginary Radio

It's the return of Mutilation Rites on Imaginary Radio! Devastating Black Metal with a Crust edge from Brooklyn invading the airwaves in a special live performance. They will be debuting new material from their upcoming album, "Harbinger"!

Emilie Simon
Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

French chameleon Emilie Simon (pronounced Simone) finally drops in to WFMU for a solo performance preceding her Summer Stage concert in Central Park. Jumping from her unique electropop -- which uses natural sounds to complement her keyboard and guitar -- to composing the award-winning soundtrack to the original French version of March of the Penguins, from a collaboration with Tricky to the lush, orchestral sound of her latest album Mue, Emilie is a unique, unpredictable artist. After finding her CD in Montreal and falling in love with her strong and occasionally childlike voice (Kate Bush and Claudine Longet comparisons are inevitable) Julie invited Emilie after a Pianos show in 2011 but was unable to regain contact. In a session years in the making but planned with very little notice for either party, Emilie exceeds all expectations in this bilingual performance.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
Infinite Distortion
Baltimore's own Ed Schrader's Music Beat brings their unique, powerful brand of stripped down post-punk to WFMU. Fresh off three months of globetrotting, ESMB blasts through classics and new hits in support their new single, "Party Jail". It's the most fun you'll have with a bass and a tom drum this week.

Courtney Barnett
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Australia's storytelling songstress Courtney Barnett brings a live set to WFMU's airwaves on Irwin's program this Wednesday, June 18, at 4pm (Eastern). Her 2013 album, The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas, was released in the US on Mom + Pop Records. The world of Barnett has been described as "a hot, hazy place where suburban banalities and mindless procrastination can sound oddly compelling." Her single "Avant Gardener" is a hook-laden fog of country roots and discordant psychedelia in which Courtney sings of suffering an anaphylaxis-induced seizure during an Australian heat wave. This Wednesday, hear that song and more as Courtney Barnett and her band make their WFMU debut.

Kissey PLUS Sunrise Highway
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
The Duane Train
The lovely and talented Kissey will drop by the Duane Train this coming Wedesday for a live performance. Although this Swedish/NYC based avant R & B singer/producer has come through the train to DJ before, this will be the first time that she will perform live AND..she will be bringing her dancers along as well, so we can look forward to seeing that on the trusty ol' WFMU vimeo site later... she' said she was gonna bring sexy back to WFMU & lord knows we need it:)

The new disco funk supergroup Sunrise Highway will also swing by for an interview in anticipation of their live show that night at Glasslands. The trio comprises of vocalist Amy Douglas and multi-instrumentalists Tim Wagner & Nick Chacona, who have all had very rich careers, making groove-oriented new skool funk in a variety of different genres. But for this project, they wanted to make a the kind of classic sounding "AM Gold" fusion of funk that had that stamp of quality, that sounded great outside of the confines of the club. One listen to their results by rising star, Tensnake, was all it took, and the trio was instantly signed to his True Romance label. The Sunrise Highway EP is out now.

Damien Echols, Lorri Davis, and Brandon Seabrook
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This week, Dave welcomes Damien Echols (West Memphis Three) and his wife Lorri Davis, co-authors of the new book "Yours For Eternity." Plus, guitarist/banjoist Brandon Seabrook.

When Particles Collide
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

A guitar-and-drums duo but forget any comparisons to White Stripes or Black Keys immediately! Heavy riffs, catchy songs, explosive playing. As someone else somewhere said - they manage to pull off sexy and bludgeoning at the same time! After two EPs, the dup has just released their first LP, Photoelectric.

Bloomsday 2014
Monday, June 16th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
James Joyce's novel Ulysses follows the events of a single Dublin day, June 16th, aka Bloomsday. Today, Ulysses is 110 years old and more vital than ever. In commemoration, tune in tonight for a mix of Joycean readings and other sound artifacts mixed in throughout the Airborne Event.

John DeBello
Monday, June 16th, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
Night People
Writer/director John DeBello joins Night People to discuss the past, present and future of his legendary "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" franchise.

World Cup Week 1
Monday, June 16th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio Today do Brazil! Longtime WFMU Listener Timotato is traveling to Brazil as our own World Cup Special Correspondent, and will phone in a full report of the action live from beautiful Estádio das Dunas, Natal, where Ghana will be beating the US national team, probably. That’s Listener Timotato, Monday, on Sportsy Talk.

Marissa Nadler
Monday, June 16th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Eternally ethereal singer Marissa Nadler dips deep into the dark spirits for her song inspirations but presents them as comforting moments and stories. Nadler's flirtation with the gothic seems to come from ghostly stories in the vein of Edgar Allen Poe and murder ballads. Marrissa's songs are atmospheric, austere, and starkly sincere. Marissa Nadler brings her gorgeous, atmospheric folk to WFMU's love room.

Kuupuu & Tsembla
Sunday, June 15th, 2014, 7pm - 9pm
Daniel Blumin's show
Fans of Finland's psychedelic underground, rejoice! It's a two-fer this week as Marja Johansson (Tsembla) and Jonna Karanka (Kuupuu) stop by the show hot on the heels of their June 14th appearance at Issue Project Room. Both live sessions are sure to cast a spell chock-full of skewed electronics, shapeshifting sound textures, eerie atmospheres, and subliminal rhythms! A high-powered dose of magick for your inner Nordic walker. Tune in!

pHoaming Edison
Saturday, June 14th, 2014, Midnight - 3am
Undancing In The Dirt with Thomas Storck
pHoaming Edison is the name under which James Kavoussi has recorded his solo works over the last 30 years. Well over a decade after its last live incarnation, pHoaming Edison in full-band form performed a one-off show in a small room in Brooklyn last April, blowing the minds of unsuspecting spectators front to back. Due to popular demand, the band agreed to visit the WFMU studios to record perhaps the last pHoaming Edison live session. Featuring members of Fly Ashtray, Uncle Wiggly, Dymaxion.

Put The Needle on The Oakland Corner Market
Friday, June 13th, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the second WFMU live remote broadcast from the Bay Area this month Billy Jam and guests will be at the Corner Market health food store and cafe on the corner of Telegraph Ave and 61st Street in North Oakland. Put The Needle On The Record: Friday June 13th 7pm (4pm to 5pm local Pacific time).

Friday the 13th Part VI
Friday, June 13th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The "unlucky" attributes attributed to Friday the 13th are of course steeped in superstition, likely attributable to the fact that Gioachino Rossino - perhaps more noted for his contributions to 19th Century opera than for being steeped in solid scientific discourse - died on Friday, November 13. Much like the college co-ed guzzling wine spritzers while wearing a holy cross pendant or the businessman beginning a pleasant morning on the golf greens only to find himself cursing the Lord's very name, however, we at Miniature Minotaurs choose to heed all superstitions: spiritual, secular and sacrosanct. Tune in this Friday the 13th as we explore evil-warding and wishbone-breaking musics from a potpourri of cultures littering the globe.

Little Anthony
Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Legendary singer Little Anthony from Little Anthony and the Imperials drops by to discuss his incredible hit records (Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop, Hurt So Bad, Tears On My Pillow) and his upcoming Joe's Pub gig.

Alexander Hacke
Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten, Crime and the City Solution, etc.) will be making one of his annual visits to Strength through Failure on Thursday, June 12. His unique sensibilities will be on display in conversation and in his musical selections for your listening pleasure.

Psyche Corporation
Thursday, June 12th, 2014, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Psyche Corp's CEO Psyche Chimère combines lyrics right out of fantasy & sci-fi with musical influences from steampunk to electro-goth to symphonic metal. But the focal point is her sweet but strong voice that conjures images of a carnival wind-up doll enchanting you as it spins then leaving you sleepless and haunted by its delicious, dizzying circle of music.

Mike Myers
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Actor/director Mike Myers will be on The Evan "Funk" Davies show this Wednesday night, June 11, to talk about his newly released documentary Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon! The movie tells the story of, yes, Shep Gordon, who managed the likes of Alice Cooper, Luther Vandross and Pink Floyd before ushering in the culture of the celebrity chef through his work with Emeril Lagasse and others. Mike Myers tells the fascinating story of this legendary manager in his directorial debut; Wednesday night he'll share that story, and the story of directing his first film, with WFMU listeners.

Steve Lowenthal, author of John Fahey biography
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 6am - 9am
JA In The AM with John Allen
Journalist Steve Lowenthal will stop by WFMU to discuss his new book "Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey." Dance of Death tells the story of the legendary guitarist/composer/storyteller and american blues and bluegrass preservationist with fascinating detail and dedication, and is a necessary literary companion to anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of Fahey's singular musical vision. Fellow guitar hero Leo Kotke, whose music was discovered and produced by Fahey early on, writes of Lowenthal "You did a lot of good work for John and his music. You've rendered him with insight and professionalism". Steve and John will also play favorite tracks from the Fahey discography as well as select tracks from the Takoma catalog.

Crazy & The Brains
Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 3am - 6am
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Party-Punk, Anti-Folk, Garage rockers Crazy & The Brians hit the airwaves for their WFMU debut this coming Wednesday on Redundancy Radio. Give a listen before they step out on their "Boyz of Summah" 2014 tour across the U.S. of Ayyyyyyyy!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

The duo of Chuck Bettis (All Scars/Period/Brown Wing Overdrive and more) and Mick Barr (Orthrelm/Octis/Krallice/Crom-Tech, among others) met years ago in the post-HC Washington DC environ. Mossenek began as a sporadic dive into splattery sound destruction of the improvised kind, taking Barr's precision hyperspeed playing into a pit of Onanie Bomb-era Boredoms sandblasting. Tune in for a live session today before the two head off to Japan.

Ian McLagan
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Rescheduled from May 20: A true rock legend comes to Jersey City today - McLagan of course was a founding and esssential member of the Small Faces and the Faces, played that mean electric piano on "Miss You" and did two tours with the Rolling Stones and played with just about everyone else, from Chuck Berry to Paul Westerberg. His new album, "United States," comes out June 17. He'll also be at Iridium in NYC that same night.

Ben Watt
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Ben Watt, one half of DIY post punk innovators Everything but the Girl, will be performing live this Tuesday morning June 10 at 9:00 AM on This is the Modern World with Trouble. Dang, that is early, but the man is busy! He just released a new album and a new book, which he will read from at Powerhouse Arena in BKLYN that night at 7pm.

Jerzey Derby Roller Girls
Monday, June 9th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
on Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.

It's the Estrogen Overload Show, as the Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio Today welcome four (4!) of the Jerzey Derby Roller Girls to the studio to talk about smashing, bashing, flat-track action! LL Kill J, Brass Muscles, Beast Witherspoon, and CaliforniaKate will tell us what it takes to be a member of the Corporal Punishers, the all-star team of New Jersey women's roller derby. Jim the Poet will never know what hit him! Yeah Jeets!

Janka Nabay's Bubu Music from Sierra Leone
Saturday, June 7th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Janka Nabay is a wildly charismatic DC-based Sierra Leonean singer whose hard-driving dance music is derived from bubu, a centuries-old tradition he says is rooted in witchcraft. Janka and his band, The Bubu Gang, stop in for a first-ever WFMU session tonight - right before heading to Brooklyn to play at Secret Project Robot in Bushwick.

Crazy Pills
Saturday, June 7th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh

Fronted by one helluva vocalist, guitarist, and all-around grrrl Amanda, Crazy Pills is a shakin' garage-punk trio with a pinch of adorable. Tune in to BTAwK for their on-air tour pre-party.

John Wirt author of "Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues"
Saturday, June 7th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes John Wirt author of "Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues" the first biography of the New Orleans artist responsible for hits "Don't You Just Know It," "Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu” and "Sea Cruise," which follows the musician's extraordinary life from his Depression-era childhood to his teen years as a pianist for blues star Guitar Slim to his mainstream success in the 1950s and '60s. The book also provides new insights on Smith’s professional disappointments and financial struggles in the 1980s and 90s as he battled over royalties from his most successful and profitable work.

Put The Needle on the Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records, 2-hr special (Billy fills in for Mr. Fine Wine 8-9pm)
Friday, June 6th, 2014, 7pm - 9pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU will set up its remote unit in the Great Hall of the Oakland Museum of California during the East Bay museum's popular ongoing exhibit "VINYL: the sound and culture of records" (thru July 27th). The all-vinyl theme of the special extended two hour radio show will be strictly Bay Area hip-hop records from the crates of Billy Jam and the numerous guests that will stop by. Following the broadcast the theme will continue with a "Talk and Play" program also in the Great Hall of the Oakland Museum of California.

DJ Joey D
Friday, June 6th, 2014, 6am - 9am
Knuckle Sandwich with Dave Bombay
Disco champion and former WCBN DJ Joey D is going to be in studio with a massive freeform disco set this Friday on "Knuckle Sandwich w/ Dave Bombay". What is "freeform Disco" you may ask? Tune in at 7a on Friday to find out. ( Platform shoes not included. )

JJ Koczan (Koh-zan)
Thursday, June 5th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
He's the brains, the brawn, and the taskmaster behind -one of the greatest heavy music online presences out there. JJ produced the daily Roadburn fanzine for this year's fest, and continues to edit NJ's Aquarian paper/website. Always ahead of the heavy music curve, he will have monstrously good music choices; you will regret missing this show! JJ will be live in the studio and listeners will be able to ask him questions via the interactive live playlist.

Joe Frank - Unfictional Radio Dramas
Wednesday, June 4th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. This week, we'll air two half-hour episodes of Joe's Unfictional series, which were produced for KCRW. The program "A Life Well-Lived" has not been previously aired on WFMU. The second episode, "A Hollywood True Story," aired last year, but 95% of listeners hearing this announcement missed it.

Record Fair Special
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
On Tuesday Chris T. takes Aerial View on location to the recent WFMU Record Fair. Go behind the scenes at the 69th Regiment Armory and learn what it takes to stage this mammoth event. Hear interviews with WFMU’s own Scott Williams, Michael Shelley, Chris M., Ken Freedman, Joe McGasko, Rex Doane and Clay Pigeon. Chris also talks with record dealers, food vendors and customers in the cavernous space that is the Armory. You’ll love the natural reverb!

Elysian Fields
Monday, June 2nd, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

With sultry vocals by Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow providing guitar, vocals and a host of other instruments, as Elysian Fields they have been quietly releasing their jazzy, eclectic albums since the 1990s. Jennifer and Oren were drawn together through the early incarnation of The Knitting Factory where Jennifer worked as a booker. And Oren's worked with the likes of Henry Threadgill, David Murray, Sonic Youth and Jeff Buckley, who also had ties to the Knit Fac. Their latest disc is "For House Cats And Sea Fans" and Elysian Fields drop by to play some tunes for WFMU.

Oumar Konate - Smoldering Electric Guitar from Mali
Saturday, May 31st, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Songhai towns of Northwestern Mali are a hotbed of brilliant guitarists. The late great Ali Farka Toure is still the Songhai guitar king - but now Oumar Konate is making waves with his big, bold sound. As Pop Matters put it: Oumar "shreds like a demon". The young Malian marvel is touring behind his first international release, Addoh (Clermont Music), an intense album recorded as political strife ripped apart his home region. Oumar hits NYC Wednesday May 28 at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side, Thursday May 29 at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, and Friday June 6 at Meridian23 in Chelsea. But once again we get the Garden State exclusive - Oumar Konate and his blistering band right here on WFMU!

Dan Melchior PLUS The Flatmates
Saturday, May 31st, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Two great live sets: Dan Melchior PLUS The Flatmates perform live at WFMU's 2014 Record Fair. Tune in over the radio or watch the live video feed 3:30-5:30pm at or on your smartphone using the WFMU app.

Clay Pigeon visits the Minotaur's Lair
Friday, May 30th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
As happy, hopeful collectors line up outside the 69th Regiment Armory, their eyes wide as saucers, their wallets fat like stuffed pasta shells, Clay Pigeon will pay a pity visit to Miniature Minotaurs, swapping musical memories and stories of vinyl fetishism all the while wishing they were there too.

Dead Leaf Echo
Thursday, May 29th, 2014, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Dreampop, shoegaze, ambient, all these words can be used to describe the Brooklyn four-piece, but they aren't easily confined. Centered around LG Galleon's echoing electric twelve string and featuring male often combined with female vocals, DLE's sound focuses more on the ethereal dreaminess reminiscent of '90s era 4AD than the distorted noise common in shoegazers. Dead Leaf Echo will be playing a tribute show for their frequent collaborator Christo Buffam at the Silent Barn on May 31st.

Bodega Pop’s Bollyvault
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, 7pm - 10pm
on Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Take an action-packed 3-hour tour from the dawn of Hindi cinema to this year’s hottest hits from the indefatigable film factories of Mumbai. Toss back a bottle of Bombay Gin with Bollywood’s biggest lush, K.L. Saigal! Thrill to the lilting highs and lows of Lata Mangeshkar’s fiercest competitors: Shamshad Begum, Geeta Dutt and Rajkumari! Get your hip drive, shoulder shuffle and hair flip on to Hindi funk, soul, disco, rock and hip-hop unavailable on any compilation!

Holly Elson / Moondog
Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
British film director Holly Elson will appear on Irwin's show Wednesday May 28 between 3-4 pm to discuss "The Viking of 6th Avenue," her upcoming documentary about the miraculous musician Moondog. The film chronicles the wide-reaching influence of this blind musician and longtime New York icon known for his Viking persona. His life was an outrageous adventure, which included befriending Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman, living with Philip Glass, being photographed by Diane Arbus, having his music covered by Janis Joplin, recording a children’s album with Julie Andrews, and performing with Elvis Costello. Moondog was hugely influential and continues to inspire artists today, from Bjork to Philippe Starck.

Steve Bucemi and more tonight!
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes special guests Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Bower from Eyehategod, Comedian Myq Kaplan, and musical duo Yesway from San Francisco.

The New Lines
Tuesday, May 27th, 2014, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
This is the Modern World welcomes the New Lines! May 23rd they will be rowing across the Hudson, dinghy overflowing with vintage organs, to officially ring in NYC Popfest week. 60's and early 70's pop psych sounds for our alien landscape. Viva la revolution! But first buy your tickets for NYC Popfest - May 29-June 1.

Split Single
Monday, May 26th, 2014, Midnight - 3am
on Therese's show

Jason Narducy (Verböten, Verbow) stopped by with his band Split Single to play a power-pop tinged set of songs from his excellent new album "Fragmented World" and discuss returning to songwriting after an 8-year hiatus, his time playing bass for the likes of Bob Mould and Superchunk and the burden of having the Sexiest Elbows in Rock Music.

Dungeons & Dragons Live! Part II
Sunday, May 25th, 2014, 9am - 11am
on Imaginary Radio

Yes, it's a D&D game live on the radio! The exciting saga continues in the land of Neverwinter as we are reunited with our heroes: the ancient wizard Quarthon, the muscle-bound king Brodus, the effete and impudent Darby and the completely creepy Creep Lord. Plus the excellent Dungeon Master Lauren of the 20 Sided Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is back! Bring your D20 and don't miss the next chapter of this tale about... well, dungeons and dragons.

Gen Ken Montgomery guest DJing: 7" singles
Sunday, May 25th, 2014, 6am - 9am
Undancing In The Dirt with Thomas Storck
Celebrated sound and mail artist, Minister of Lamination, founder of Generator Gallery and co-owner of the Generator Sound Art organization GEN KEN MONTGOMERY visits Dangerous For The Brain this Sunday to celebrate his birthday and spin 7"s from his personal collection.

The Glass House Project: Lost Hungarian Jewish Music
Saturday, May 24th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Holocaust in Hungary was especially efficient thanks to government cooperation. But there were exceptions, including a few dozen safe houses set up for Jews in Budapest. The Glass House was one of them - and the The Glass House Project is an all-star Hungarian-American musical collaboration led by Frank London (of Klezmatics fame). Frank and company are using archival sources to recreate the Jewish musical culture lost in the Holocaust in Hungary - as well as to create new and experimental music inspired by the source material. The inspired ensemble hits the stage for the first time at Drom in the East Village this Friday (May 23) and at a free concert at the Museum of Jewish Heritage near Battery Park on Tuesday May 27 - as well as making its first-ever radio appearance right here on WFMU.

Julie Byrne
Saturday, May 24th, 2014, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Julie Byrne's first album-length release, "Rooms With Walls and Windows" (Orindal Records), was originally issued in 2012 on two separate cassettes. Easily one of my favorite records of this year, it is a deeply emotional and spiritual one, due in no small part to her beautiful and intensely poetic lyrics. After finishing up a two-month tour, she stopped at WFMU for a live session and conversation.

Alex Mitchell
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's Peer Pressure guest will be Alex Mitchell, the voice of Circus of Power and NY Hardcore legends, Crucial Truth. We'll hear some of his music and influences, and talk about his rise as a RnR raconteur -- literally-- he is working on his 4th book! Alex will be on at 1pm!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Since coming to New York, Australian dark duo Vows (formerly Wazu) have been a fixture on the local goth scene. With their synth-heavy sound, danceable beats and haunting male & female vocals they are the perfect highlight for Julie's 3rd annual World Goth Day show. Turn off the lights, feed the bats and enjoy the non-silence.

Sewer Rats
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014, Midnight - 3am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
NYC's Sewer Rats are a healthy mix of gutter punk and electronics. Features members of God is My Co-Pilot, plus Jason Blackkat and CX Kidtronix, who will also do some guest DJ sets afterwards. Tune in for some proper mayhem.

Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Justine"
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. May 21st we'll air an episode entitled "Justine," from Joe's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE series. After going thru a devastating breakup, Joe begins stalking his ex-girlfriend late at night. Later a female friend explains to Joe why she's attracted to older men.

Ian McLagan
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

A true rock legend comes to Jersey City today - McLagan of course was a founding and esssential member of the Small Faces and the Faces, played that mean electric piano on "Miss You" and did two tours with the Rolling Stones and played with just about everyone else, from Chuck Berry to Paul Westerberg. His new album, "United States," comes out next month.

Joe Bataan and Harvey Averne
Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
The triumphant return of boogaloo super heroes Joe Bataan and Harvey Averne to This is the Modern World. Trouble promises to learn to speak Spanish for their morning visit. No really. DJ extrodinaire Pat Longo will man the wheels of steel. Guaranteed fantabulous stories from the past and plans for the boogaloo future!

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
LA noise hip hop crew Clipping stop by the studio for a live set. These guys sound like if Bone Thugs and Saul Williams have got Einsturzende Neubauten and Wolf Eyes held hostage in the basement and they are forcing them make party music. Listen in and listen loud.

Andrew Sharpley - "Black Ships"
Monday, May 19th, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Andrew Sharpley (late of Stock Hausen & Walkman and other off-the-wall electronic & improvising outfits) returns to WFMU to present 'Black Ships', a 23 minute nonsense word game in which a tongue--twister becomes increasingly mangled by being fed 30 times through a not-very-good Japanese /Portuguese translation app. The result - a sort of digital update of the old parlour-game Chinese Whispers - is read by his daughter Lia Sharpley over a mutating backdrop of electronic rhythms and acoustic piano. The title 'Black Ships' was the name given to the Portuguese trading ships that first arrived in Japan in 1543. With a nod to the WFMU presenter and exponent of 'uncreative writing' - of which this is an example - it is dedicated to Mr Kenneth Goldsmith.

Melaena Cadiz and Leif Vollebekk
Monday, May 19th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
Irene Trudel's show
Another double delight for Irene's show! First up, Melaena Cadiz, who's been busily preparing for the May 20th release of her second album, "Deep Below Heaven." Cadiz has a touch of a vocal growl underscoring her delicately soulful songs. In 2013, she released a song each month that she put up on Bandcamp as "The Singles Project." For her latest, Melaena was inspired by her Photographer/husband Mikael Kennedy's small portraits of people and places in the American landscape, and by a line from a Sam Shepard story. Melaena plays some of these songs live.

Then Canadian singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk plays a set, recorded when he breezed through town last month. Vollebekk's vocal style is very reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, but there's a touch of Dylan's improvisational style in his delivery. Lief's songs conjure up the many places he traveled in North America in search of the perfect recorded take on the songs. Leif Vollebekk is in the middle of a tour that leads to the Newport Folk Festival in July, and dropped by to play some songs for Irene.

Surveillance Special with Susan McGregor
Monday, May 19th, 2014, 11am - Noon
on Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
(on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
WFMU's Benjamen Walker is joined by Susan McGregor of Columbia University's Tow Center for Digital Journalism to present a video broadcast all about surveillance: from the streets to the internets. Learn all about hidden sensors, 3rd party cookies, and other covert tracking technology that is being used to follow your every move. Tune in over the radio or watch the live video feed at or via the WFMU app on your smartphone.

Post-Punk From Former-Yugoslavia
Sunday, May 18th, 2014, 9am - 11am
on Imaginary Radio

Special guest music journalist Goran Kompos from Radio Student in Slovenia discusses some music selections from former-Yugoslavia republics and provides context, perspectives and pronunciations.

Leni Stern African Trio: Malian Desert Music, New York Style
Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Guitarist / songwriter Leni Stern fell for West African music in a big way. She mastered Malian guitar styles as well as the traditional n'goni lute. Stern did so well that she was invited to play Mali's legendary Festival of the Desert several times. She's even featured in a new documentary film about the festival, Last Song Before the War (screening this Friday at New York's African Film Fest). Tonight Leni and her African Trio will be quite busy right here at home: Right after their FMU session they head to the East Vilage to play at Nublu.

The Black Hollies
Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

New Jersey's own Black Hollies return to perform live on WFMU for the first time in over two years. Their latest LP "Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere" (Ernest Jennings Record Co.) has won raves for its melding of swirling psychedelia and sturdy songwriting hooks. The last time the band graced our airwaves, it was an absolutely stunning set. If they manage to muster even a fraction of its power for their upcoming session on the Cherry Blossom Clinic, it's a can't miss!

Joel Selvin, author of the new Bert Berns biography "Here Comes The Night"
Saturday, May 17th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Joel Selvin author of "Here Comes The Night" which chronicles the life and short but prolific career of Bert Berns, the force behind over fifty chart singles including work with Solomon Burke, The Drifters, Emma Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Lulu, Van Morrison, Wilson Picket and tons more!

Steve Fishman
Thursday, May 15th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Steve graced the WFMU studios several years ago as Hugh Cornwell's bassist. Along with touring and recording with Hugh, he is a member of Chrome, who will be embarking on a tour of Europe later this month, as well as being a member of Trashbeat, featuring members of the Damned and Sex Pistols. He also has toured with Paul McCartney and Elton John. Check out his picks on the Peer Pressure segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine, this Thursday. Steve will be on at 1pm!

La Nuit Obscure de L'âme Part Deux with special guest DJ Glockabelle
Thursday, May 15th, 2014, 3am - 6am
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
The French once again invade the Dark Night of the Soul as Glockabelle returns live to combine her French music collection with Julie's to give an advanced lesson in une marelle musicale française (French freeform) taking you beyond the rudiments of Gainsbourg, Gall & Piaf.

BBQ Special
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Show up at Andy's house for a hot piece of meat! Seven Second Delay presents a special video broadcast to kick off summer tonight. Listen over the radio or watch the video feed at or on the WFMU app on your smartphone.

Dieter Meier of Yello / Filmmaker Alan Roth
Wednesday, May 14th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
The Duane Train
The legendary Swiss visual artist/singer Dieter Meier will be doing a special interview on the Duane train ahead of the NYC premiere of his new Jazz project "Deiter Meier's Out of Chaos." Meier first made impact as a celebrated European visual artists in the 1970's. In 1979 Swiss musicians Boris Blank & Carlos Peron tapped Meier to serve as frontman for the seminal new wave electro band Yello & the rest is history. Dieter Meier now fronts a cabaret jazz combo that's just as provocative as the work he did with Yello. Duane will be interviewing him ahead of his performance at Le Poisson Rouge May 18th.

NYC based Fillmmaker Alan Roth will also swing by to chat about his new documentary, "The Breath Courses Through Us" (2013), about the early 1960s avant-garde jazz group, the New York Art Quartet. The film focuses on the group’s 35-year reunion, while reaching back through their recollections of their foundations and innovative musical ideas. The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of this group, and a revolutionary period in jazz music, which declared its existence in the October Revolution in Jazz, in October 1964. The film will premiere on 5/18/14 at Anthology Film Archives in NYC.

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Dial up some great power pop tunes with the 1-800-Band. They have a brand new 4-track 12-inch EP out on Almost Ready Records.

Amen Dunes
Sunday, May 11th, 2014, 6am - 9am
Undancing In The Dirt with Thomas Storck
Amen Dunes perform live on Dangerous For The Brain. Truly extraordinary acid folk music. Beautiful psychedelic ballads at their most euphoric. They've made another great record - it's called "Love" and it's out on Sacred Bones next week! Record release show is at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Thursday May 15th w/ Helm and Hubble"

Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Sharing a member with partying revolutionaries Chain and the Gang, Washington, DC's empowering post-punkers Priests have stirred up a lot of literal and figurative noise with a slim discography of a 7 inch and pair of cassettes. Join them as they make their live WFMU debut in anticipation of their forthcoming inaugural full length, "Bodies and Control and Money and Power," out June 3rd on Don Giovanni Records.

Jeff Murphy of Shoes
Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Jeff Murphy of the Zion, Illinois band Shoes back to the show to discuss the band's 38 year history, their brand new album "Ignition," (their first release in 18 years) and the band's Saturday May 10th show in Brooklyn - part of the Brooklyn Power Pop Festival!

Sam Moss
Saturday, May 10th, 2014, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Songwriter and string player Sam Moss stopped by WFMU recently, during a long-overdue trip to New York, and recorded a set of mostly original tunes. His latest album, No Kingdom, is his eighth solo release. A track of his was also included on Tompkins Square's Imaginational Anthem, Volume 4, and Sam went on to curate the following volume. The series has featured the very best contemporary guitarists. Sam is also a member of more than one old-timey outfit, including the Howling Kettles. He will be returning to the area for a gig at Pete's Candy Store on Sunday, June 8th.

Doug Gillard
Friday, May 9th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on Pseu's Thing With A Hook

Doug Gillard has been indie rock's secret weapon as lead guitarist for outfits like Death Of Samantha, Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices, Bambi Kino, Nada Surf and dozens of others. His fourth solo release on Nine Mile Records, "Parade On" is a riff-heavy ride on the wings of classic pop and rock. Doug will stop by live this Friday on Pseu's show to play some cuts from the new album plus lots more!

Friday, May 9th, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Unique prolific producer L'Orange, who recently released a collaborative full length album with Stik Figa, has just unleashed yet another album: his own latest solo work "The Orchid Days" on Mello Music. Orchid, which features guest vocalists on 7 of its 18 tracks including Blu, Homeboy Sandman, and Billy Woods, continues the Nashville based producer's trademark production style of creating an old world mood by building layer upon layer of carefully selected samples - digging deep into old jazzy records and bygone era, often static sounding, classic old radio broadcasts. L'Orange discusses this brand new album and his unique hip-hop production style on WFMU this week when he is Billy Jam's guest on Put The Needle On The Record, Friday May 9th 7pm on WFMU.

Live at Union Square Park
Thursday, May 8th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Clay Pigeon does his infamous man-on-the-street interviews with innocent bystanders at Union Square Park in Manhattan. Tune in over the radio or watch the live video feed at or via the WFMU app on your smartphone!

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