Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Jessie Evans
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
Goth goddess turned glitter space vamp Jessie Evans (ex Vanishing / Autonervous) returns to the WFMU studios with her unique blend of sexy sax, burlesque beats, and world grooves for a live set.

Mexico's La Sabrosa Sabrosura plays Cumbiabomba
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

La Sabrosa Sabrosura plays what it calls "Cumbiabomba". Just what is Cumbiabomba? We hear it may involve a significant dose of cumbia, plus a bit of funk, a dash of Jamaican sounds, maybe a sprinkling of electronics... but the only way to know for sure is to tune in as this high-energy Mexico City outfit as performs live on our airwaves tonight (Saturday). Or, we suppose you could check them out in person at their big show at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Sunday. Or why not do both?

White Mystery
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Rock-n-roll siblings, Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White, AKA WHITE MYSTERY return to the Cherry Blossom Clinic in support of their newest record "Telepathic"! WHITE MYSTERY deliver molten bursts of anthemic, hook-laden rock & roll simmering in massive washes of fuzz and reverb. With nods to T. Rex, the Who, the Cramps etc White Mystery make an epic racket for a duo. They bring that racket from their hometown of Chicago to the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T this Saturday, December 14, at 3:00 pm.

Jason Brewer from The Explorers Club
Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Jason Brewer from The Explorers Club about their plans for a series of online singles to be released in 2014, and we'll world premier the group's new holiday single “Christmas Must Be Tonight!”

Saturday, December 14th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
January of this year saw the debut recording by Torres (Mackenzie Scott). The self-titled disc is good from beginning to end, and is as impressive a first album as you're likely to hear. Her approach to writing is that of the singer/songwriter, giving us songs of emotional honesty and depth, not rock bombast. Her voice matches her lyrics, making her a most compelling performer. Though customarily appearing in concert fronting a trio, Mackenzie agreed to do a more subdued solo set, just her and her electric guitar, for our Saturday morning listeners.

Friday the 13th: At the Movies
Friday, December 13th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
How thin can the premise run? Kurt's fifth Friday the 13th special zooms in on music from the movies - scary, bloody, imaginary and forgotten.

Jason Rosenberg, Part 1
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on Sinner's Crossroads with Kevin Nutt

Gospel researcher (White Sox fan) and proprietor of Jason Rosenberg dons the DJ hat again and joins Sinner's Crossroads for an hour of stunning gospel unknowns and rarities. Jason always brings a stack of 78s, 45s and one-off acetates making their Sinner's Crossroads and Internet debuts. Not to be missed. But wait: One hour isn't enough! Jason will also join Sinner's Crossroads on December 26th for another hour of gospel impossibles. Be sure to tune in then.

Thursday, December 12th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Athan Maroulis (Spahn Ranch, Black Tape for a Blue Girl) returns with his dark electro-pop project Noir. The industrial-inspired beats are danceable but the ear and heart are drawn to Athan's inimitable voice (crooning without cringing) and haunting lyrics.

Melissa Laveaux
Thursday, December 12th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Haitian-Canadian Melissa Laveaux’s style is self-assured: a combination of folk, indie pop, and her signature percussive finger-style blues guitar. Her writing is personal, her voice youthful and sensual, but the arrangements brightly burst of creativity, placing emphasis on rhythm and electronic sounds. Now living in France, Melissa stopped by the WFMU studio during her visit to New York City to promote her new 4-track EP, “Memory Is A Strange Bell” which was released on December 3rd. Hear her perform live on Mary Wing’s show on Thursday morning at 1 am!

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Just a Closer Walk With Thee"
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" airs Weds. December 11th at 4pm (Eastern). Joe lists the things we lose in life, and laments that despite our efforts to better ourselves, everything leads to decay. On the bright side, Joe goes to a hospital to visit an elderly woman exhibiting signs of dementia, and talks to her about sex and death.

Kandia Crazy Horse & Kwes
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
The Duane Train
Kandia Crazy Horse returns to the Duane show for an interview celebrating the release of her brand new cosmic country record "Stampede" out now on Bluebilly Records.

An interview with young Warp records recording artist/producer Kwes will also be featured. His S/T debut is garnering rave reviews as well as impressive collaberations with Bobby Womack, Solange...and Beyonce. Kwes will be there to discuss it all.

The Numbers Band
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013, 6am - 9am
JA In The AM (PST) with John Allen
Blues run the game wednesday morning (12/11) during The John Allen Show as WFMU welcomes Robert and Jack Kidney of the legendary Kent, OH band 15-60-75, commonly referred to as the Numbers Band. David Thomas of Pere Ubu once called the 1976 LP Jimmy Bell's Still in Town "the only good album ever recorded by anyone" and their legend after nearly 40 years continues with the LP reissue of Jimmy Bell this month on Exit Stencil records. Known for their driving and strangely hypnotic rock working outside of the seventies mainstream, the late Peter Laughner wrote in a 1974 review that "their live performance draws on the incredible vein of mystery and sex that predominated the best rock and blues of the sixties. Their rhythm section is as obsessive as a jukebox". The Kidney Brothers will be interviewed and perform a couple songs as gtr/harmonica/vocal duo, joined on one number by another legend Tony Maimone on bass. 6-9 am

Fred & Toody (of Dead Moon/ Pierced Arrows)
Tuesday, December 10th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

Distort Jersey City is very pleased to host the return of outsider legends Fred and Toody to the WFMU airwaves. In this 45 minute session, the Portland-based husband and wife duo (who are in their 60's and still doing DIY tours around the world) play stripped down versions of their Dead Moon cult punk anthems. Not to be missed.

The Encounter: New Directions in Iranian and Syrian Pipes, Drums and Flutes
Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Encounter takes Silk Road traditions in new directions. The genre-bashing Iranian-Syrian trio blends modern and traditional styles, featuring the rarely heard bagpipes of Southern Iran plus percussion and Syrian wind instruments. The Encounter makes its New York debut tonight, Saturday December 7th at the Asia Society on Park Avenue (with a live video webcast too). And the adventurous trio performs at Alwan for the Arts downtown on Sunday evening. But you'll hear this exciting new collaboration first right here on WFMU.

Nick Lowe
Saturday, December 7th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes back Nick Lowe to about his new Christmas album "Holiday Street" and his 40+ year career!

Hugh Cornwell
Thursday, December 5th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Hugh Cornwell will be on the phone live with Diane at 1pm this coming Thursday. He's on tour in the US in support of his Steve Albini-produced release: Totem and Taboo. If you get on the interactive playlist fast enough, Diane might ask Hugh one of your questions!! The ex-Stranglers frontmand will be at the Record Collector in Bordentown on the 6th, the Brighton Bar in Long Branch the 7th, or his NY City show at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday December 8th. Hugh has just added Ian Rubbish to the Highline Ballroom appearance.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Pilgrim (Part 2)"
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Pilgrim (Part 2)" airs Weds. December 4th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe pays a stranger $15,000 for a battered 1953 Buick convertible that's only worth a few hundred. He then fills the tank and sets out on a pilgrimage from Atlantic to Pacific to revel in the splendors of manifest destiny.

Wax Darts
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Punk rock and roll from Jersey City via Lawrence, Kansas. If you dig catchy riffs, great songs and cool harmonies the Wax Darts will hit the bullseye for you! Playing a FREE show Nov. 29 at Lot 13 in Bayonne, NJ, along with Overlake.

Soldier Kane
Monday, December 2nd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Dismantling the Blues, the Great American Songbook and R&B dance hits is the latest collaborative effort by Violinist/Musical Eccentric Dave Soldier and Percussionist Jonathan Kane. As a quote from the New York Times states, "One thing about having an approach as idiosyncratic as Dave Soldier's is that once listeners know your work at all, they realize that coming to new works with any expectations about style, form or language is fruitless." And Jonathan Kane's most recent ensemble, February, produces some beautifully powerful yet minimalistic trance-rock. The melding of the two is Soldier Kane, and they perform live on Irene's show.

Décimas: Music and Poetry of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, with Raquel Z. Rivera and Bryan Vargas
Saturday, November 30th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Raquel Z. Rivera and her group Ojos de Sofía are giving new life to a very old Hispanophone Caribbean poetic form, the décima. They're bringing contemporary lyrical and instrumental flair to the 500-year-old décima and the earthy musical styles it has long inspired, like Puerto Rican jibaro music and old-school Dominican bachata. Ojos de Sofia will show off their old/new creations at a couple of free workshops in early December and a concert at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery Performance Space on E 10th St. Sunday afternoon December 8th. Raquel and Bryan Vargas from Ojos de Sofia stop by today to introduce us to this ancient form and show us how they're turning it into something very new.

Allysen Callery
Saturday, November 30th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Rhode Island singer-songwriter Allysen Callery was in New York recently for a gig at Pianos, and stopped by one early Saturday morning to treat us to a live set of her gorgeous singing and ever more assured guitar-picking. She has hit her stride as a writer, spinning out poetic, spare and haunting songs. Her second WFMU live appearance consists of selections from her most recent release, "Mumblin' Sue" (75 or Less) and a sneak preview of a couple of new ones as well.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Pilgrim (Part 1)"
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Pilgrim (Part 1)" airs Weds. November 27th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe recounts, in nauseating detail, the annual ritual of overindulging at a lavish family Thanksgiving dinner. He then offers the history of the feast, the story of the Pilgrims, and chronicles of pilgrimages around the world.

Aye Aye Rabbit
Monday, November 25th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Aye Aye Rabbit is the trio of Ed Pastorini, Indigo Street, and Greg Saunier. All are consummate musicians with deep creative roots. What they do in Aye Aye Rabbit is what usually gets called "improvisation." But in this case it would be accurate to call them spontaneous composers, because their rapport is such that they make impromptu songs that seem to surface in fully-crafted condition. It's a joy to hear them work together.

Scott from "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live"
Monday, November 25th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with Scott from the Documentary "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live"! Doot doo!

Sunday, November 24th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Undancing In The Dirt with Thomas Storck
Detroit's Protomartyr visits WFMU after a one-off NYC weekend hang-out to play a set of nearly all-new material! Indescribable and irresistible music. Wire + baseball + The Fall + ???????

Terry Adams of NRBQ and P.J. O'Connell
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 9am - 11am
Bob Brainen's show
Bob welcomes back musicians and fellow music obsessives Terry Adams of NRBQ and P.J. O'Connell. They'll both choose some tunes, I'll choose some of their tunes, and you should tune in!

Lora Faye
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Since Lora Faye and band were here about a year ago, their profile has risen, helped in part by two CD releases and a recent two-night stand at Joe's Pub. Their sound, an amalgam of rock, jazz and cabaret, used to have more of an old-timey country flavor, but now they've added a dab of funk and soul. The personnel has changed considerably, and they are a tighter outfit overall. Tune in for a rousing set!

JFK 50th Anniversary Show
Thursday, November 21st, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
What better way to commemorate the eve of the 50th anniversary of this tragic event than with novelty JFK songs from the stupid to the sublime?

Valley Lodge
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Valley Lodge returns to WFMU for their second session on The Evan "Funk" Davies show, in support of their excellent new album Use Your Weapons. Some say they sound like Cheap Trick, T. Rex, Big Star, the Raspberries, Matthew Sweet, Slade and the Kinks! Well, actually they say that themselves, probably hoping that those names will be used to attract people's attention. Mission accomplished!

Tune in Wednesday night, Nov. 20, to hear Valley Lodge play songs from their entire discography! Then go see them Friday Nov. 22 at Union Hall (part of the Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets comedy/music extravaganza, hosted by Valley Lodge's Dave Hill), and again on Dec. 7 at Arlene's Grocery.

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week we are pleased to be joined by Profligate from Chapel Hill NC, recently hailing from Philadelphia. This one man project is a layered swamp of freak techno music, in the vein of his Form a Log band mate and Distort Jersey City alumni Container. Check out Profligate's new EP on Atlanta label DKA Records, and get ready for this heavy half hour session.

Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals
plus: Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Problems"

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Once upon a time, when American industry ruled the earth, business and Broadway had a baby. This mutant offspring, glimpsed only at conventions and sales meetings, was the industrial musical. It was like a Broadway show, except the audience consisted of sales managers and field reps, and the catchy songs were about bathtubs, Ford tractors, or electrical power distribution management.

Steve Young and Sport Murphy have collaborated on the book EVERYTHING’S COMING UP PROFITS (Blast Books), a history of alt-universe musical theater featuring song & dance about life insurance, corrosion-free silicone, and Westinghouse appliances. Some of these shows were hilariously lame. Some were pretty good, and some were flat-out fantastic.

Young and Murphy will appear on Irwin's program on Weds. November 20, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm (Eastern), along with publisher/book designer Laura Lindgren. For 90 minutes they'll chronicle the genre and spin dozens of mind-boggling songs from rare industrial show LPs.

Young and Murphy will also offer a showcase of archival industrial musical film clips at this year's WFMU Record Fair, on Saturday afternoon, November 23.

JOE FRANK: Irwin will also air an installment of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, entitled "Problems," Joe laments his flawed father and eulogizes his idealized mother.

Ursula 1000 (Small Change fills in for Duane)
Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Hey party ppl, $mall ¢hange is filling in for Duane this week, and bringing out ace DJ/Producer Ursula 1000. He's put out a number of LPs on Thievery Corporation's ESL label, and has a new project in the works called Quentin Quatro. For this show he's put together a playlist called FUTURE SHOCK---tracks that defied and/or defined that period from the early '80s that flirted with elements of post punk funk/electro breakdance/new wave weirdness---be there or be square! Noon-3pm on Wednesday.

WTF JFK? I'm 50!
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Miriam Linna of Norton Records returns to discuss the new release Tragic Songs From The Grassy Knoll and the music that was on the radio the day JFK died. We'll also hear original audio from the first Dallas radio station to report the dreadful news from Dealey Plaza! And we of course want to know who YOU think killed JFK!

Yoko Ono
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
Back on Brian's show after their lengthy 2010 chat; this time a quick catch up on what Yoko Ono has been up to since then, which is a dizzying avalanche of activity for this tireless 80-year-old legendary artist. Exhibitions, books, videos, touring museum retrospectives worldwide, environmental activism, concerts, and a brand new album called "Take Me To the Land of Hell." And much more. Yoko is a force of nature to be reckoned with and we're excited to chat with her yet again on the program.

Russell Quan
Monday, November 18th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Russell Quan spins some toons! Doot doo!

Wooden Shjips
Monday, November 18th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Therese's show

Recorded after Shjip's captain Ripley Johnson relocated to Portland, Oregon, psych stalwarts Wooden Shjips' fourth album, "Back to Land" (Thrill Jockey), is more open and song-oriented than their previous releases. The band will stop by WFMU's studios during the first leg of a tour that will ping-pong across North America and Europe.

Sex Tide
Sunday, November 17th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Undancing In The Dirt with Thomas Storck
Bare-ass guitar choogle cave-stomp gar(b)age rock music. Pussy Galore wetting their lips with the blood of Teenage Jesus. From Columbus, OH.

The Flamin' Groovies
Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Not much explaining necessary on this one. The legendary Flamin' Groovies - with Roy Loney and Cyril Jordan will be rocking it hard on the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday! Fresh from blowing the doors off of Warsaw Friday night at the Norton Records Sandy First Anniversary Weekend, the Flamin' Groovies will keep the power going on with Terre T. A not to be missed show!

Robert Gordon author of "Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion"
Saturday, November 16th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with author Robert Gordon about his new book "Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion" which chronicles the meteoric rise and tragic fall of the Memphis based Stax label.

Cherie Currie
Thursday, November 14th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

The original lead singer of the all-female rock band The Runaways, with hits "Cherry Bomb" and "Neon Angels on the Road to Ruin," actress, author and chainsaw artist Cherie Currie visits WFMU to chat with Julie during the east coast leg of her solo tour. Cherie talks about The Runaways, David Bowie, chainsaw art and upcoming projects, including work with Lita Ford and Kim Fowley. Along with the interview is a DJ set by Cherie featuring songs she loves.

An Interview With the Ramones From the Summer of '76
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
On July 8th, 1976, the Ramones sat down for an interview in the offices of 16 Magazine. It was just 10 weeks after the release of their debut album. Their interviewer was not unknown to them: Lisa Jane Persky was already a regular at CBGB, and she was co-starring off-Broadway with Divine. She was also a co-founder of New York Rocker, the magazine that would publish this interview in issue #4. A couple of years ago Lisa re-discovered the cassette recording of this interview, and she'll share the interview in full for the very first time with WFMU listeners this coming Wednesday night on The Evan "Funk" Davies show. You can also expect ample reminiscing about New York City at the time punk rock and the CBGB scene was just starting to take off -- with plenty of complementary music, of course! Tune in to WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday November 13th for this fascinating interview with the Ramones at the dawn of their career.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
Olympia Washington, the town and scene that brought the world Milk Music, Nuts Fanzine, Evergreen State College, and Beat Happening, has now unleashed Gag. A band that is clearly ingesting everything that is happening in 2013 hardcore punk and turning out their demented, studded, and barb wired interpretation. A smear of snot and delay over some hard riffs and mid tempo beats. A post-Hoax band getting it done in a post-Hoax world. They're in the middle of some serious van problems on a serious two month tour, so we snagged a live session while they were stuck in the barren wastelands of New Brunswick New Jersey. Tune in.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Lila and the Professor"
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Lila and the Professor " airs Weds. November 13th at 4pm (Eastern). Joe describes his exasperating girlfriend, Lila, a clumsy, petulant, disorganized lady who not-so-secretly maintains a romantic relationship with her aging, crippled mentor, Professor Vogel.

Sportsy Talk (Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet fill in for Chris T.)
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio Today, Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet, fill in for Chris T. NFL Bullies! Workplace Harassment! NFL Quitters! NFL Suicides! Concussions and Broken Ankles! Who’s Your QB? (Are you sure?) Call in and get all Sportsy on us. Tuesday, 6-7 PM.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
The prolific solo project of Cleveland's Lamont "Bim" Thomas (ex-Bassholes, Puffy Areolas, Unholy Two among others), Obnox treads on some junked-out Stooges/Pussy Galore terrain with ample heaps of white noise and stylistic curveballs. Definitely in the rock and roll corner, yet stretching into some wild and wooly places your traditionalist garage rockers opt not to tread; Obnox has issued 9 releases in only two years via labels like Permanent, 12XU, Anyway, Smog Veil and more. Live they'll be trashing it up today on Brian's show as a two-piece, see them November 9th at the Cake Shop!

First Real Date & Savage Love Podcast Shenanigans with Andrea Silenzi
Monday, November 11th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Why Oh Why? with Andrea Silenzi
Stories about where things went wrong, and how we made them right again. Hear from a girl who, in her 30s, realized she was on her first real date ever. Plus, the inventor of the tacocopter explains how his dating life was forever changed by a well known advice podcast. Plus, dudes in bars, and a trip to Long Island with Grandma Phyllis.

Improvised Sound Collage Performance Simulcast
Friday, November 8th, 2013, 9pm - 10pm
on Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Scaring you forth, scaring you eighth, all up on a stage that you can pretend to attend, even possibly with live playlist comments. Live audio simulcast remote broadcast of improvised sound collage performance at Magnolia House in Charlottesville, VA.

Read a Book, Schnook!
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Chris T. welcomes Miriam Linna, of Kicks Books (and Norton Records) to jawbone over the latest titles in the Kicks line of "Hip Pocket Paperbacks"; her writing; her publishing philosophy... and the future of the printed word! We also want to know what books you're reading, where you get your books and whether it's paper or e-reader for you. We may also hear from a famous author or two!

Trash Ride
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Garbage and New Jersey, perfect together. We'll leave it to New Brunswick's proud purveyors of moron boogie to sum it up themselves: shady screwballs play loud rock n roll. Yup. Don't miss this epic session!!

Black Sea Hotel
Monday, November 4th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event

Black Sea Hotel are the Ramones of Balkan a capella song. They infuse this already-wild traditional music with their own gutsy sound that is by turns dissonant and driving, lyrical and ethereal. Black Sea Hotel will visit WFMU on November 4th to preview their 2nd record, "The Forest is Shaking and Swaying." Core members Willa Roberts and Sarah Small will be joined by a series of guest singers working with them through the precise arrangements that allow Black Sea Hotel to build the sound of a choir out of just 3 powerful voices. (The group will also be hosting a release party for the new record, with special guests, at The Hive NYC in Brooklyn on November 8th at 7pm.)

Trevor of the Ballantynes
Monday, November 4th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Trevor of the Ballantynes spins some toons! Doot doo!

The Wingdale Community Singers + Olivia Chaney
Monday, November 4th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Irene Trudel's show
Led by the core of Hannah Marcus, David Grubbs and Rick Moody, The Wingdale Community Singers return for a third round with another album of nearly heartbreaking beauty. The Wingdales' seemingly simple songs have an underlying emotionalism that really tugs at the listener's soul. Walt Whitman becomes an unexpected lyricist as his poetry forms the basis of a three-song Whitman sampler at the center of the album, including the title song, "Night, Sleep, Death, and the Stars." The Wingdale Community Singers play live from WFMU's "Love" room.

Then, Irene is joined by Scottish singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney, whose intensely personal music at times echoes Nick Drake and Sandy Denny. Chaney is equally at ease on the acoustic guitar, elegantly reworking music by folks like Bert Jansch all the way back to Henry Purcell, and can be equally moving on harmonium and piano. Olivia has performed with Alasdair Roberts, and was recently signed to Nonesuch Records. Olivia Chaney drops by WFMU in advance of an evening show Monday November 4th at Rockwood Music Hall.

DJ Slimzee
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Godfather of grime and co-founder of Rinse FM and Pay As U Go, the legendary DJ Slimzee drops a special guest mix on Scones tonight. He's wrapping up a week of shows in NYC, his first since 2002. Don't miss it.

Garifuna music trailblazer Chichi Sosa
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Honduran multi-instrumentalist Rolando "Chichi" Sosa has quietly played a crltical role in the development of Afro-Caribbean Garifuna music over the past two decades. He's composed and performed with Garifuna music's greatest star, the late Andy Palacio, as well as current stars Aurelio Martinez, Danny Michel and many others. But he's rarely taken center stage himself - until now, as he leads his own band in NYC. He drops by tonight to share his music live and on CD and share the story of this rich music and culture from Central America and the Caribbean.

The Paley Brothers
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes The Paley Brothers - who signed to Sire Records (just after the Ramones, and just before Talking Heads) where their classic Power-Pop was slightly out of sync with prevailing trends. Along the way they worked with Phil Spector, played Madison Square Garden (opening for Shaun Cassidy) and released an EP and an LP before dissolving. Their LP & EP (with tons of never before released material) have just been collected on the CD "The Complete Recordings"!

Ken Kaplan
Friday, November 1st, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Professor Dum Dum's Lab

NJ candidate for governor, Ken Kaplan, will be interviewed by Professor Dum Dum tonight.

Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 31st, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Let Music To Spook By be your soundtrack on this All Hallows' Eve!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Featuring two-thirds of Hammerhead, Brooklyn's VAZ displays a melodic knack that Hammerhead only hinted at, yet manage to punch even harder! Tune in for a live set from them on Halloween on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine! Showtime = 1pm!

Ashrae Fax
Thursday, October 31st, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

It's Halloween, and what better way to spend it than with a goth-tinged dream pop band? After a ten-year hiatus, Ashrae Fax stop in during their brief reunion tour, and album reissue. Echoing guitars and vocals that rival Siouxsie Sioux's might make you think you've time-traveled, but Ashrae Fax's sound is unique, timeless and haunting. Begin your Halloween in the dark.

Pony Time AND Chastity Belt
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
An incredible month of special shows wraps up with live music from two great Seattle bands! Pony Time is a two-piece dance-punk band with a bass player and a drummer. They have a song called "Gary Numan." No further information is needed.

Chastity Belt's latest album is called No Regerts. That is not a typo. They were recently featured on NPR in large part, it seems, because one of the hosts thought they had "the most horrifying publicity photo" he'd ever seen. (He subsequently allowed that their music "isn't anywhere near the worst music you'll ever hear — in fact, it's awesome." So.)
Pony Time and Chastity Belt are on tour together across the US (and back!). You can see them at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on Thursday Oct. 25 and in New Brunswick NJ on Saturday Oct. 27 (ask a punk where the show is). If you miss them live, tune in to WFMU Wednesday night, Oct. 30, to hear live sets from both bands!

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Joe's Frank's America"
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Joe Frank's America" airs Weds. October 30th at 4pm (Eastern). Joe gets on the phone and calls dozens of fellow Americans named Joe Frank, even though he really doesn't want to do it. What he really wants to do is quit radio and leave town.

The Juggs
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
The Duane Train
Led by Kentucky raised, Brooklyn dwelling Kareem Bunton. This self proclaimed “music nerd” describes his music as landing in between Mudhoney and Muddy Waters with a bit of Funkadelic and the Temptations thrown in for color. The Juggs are loud, fast, psychedelic, and muscular. But more importantly they are soulful, like make you weep or get somebody pregnant soulful. Quit your job and hit the road soulful, lose your mind and find it again soulful. As a band they are truthful and sincere in their intentions. They want to rock with you, no strings attached. Their latest ep is called "I Hear Voices" and it's produced by Mick Collins (Dirtbombs, Gories). They will also be playing a Halloween Cavestomp Spectacular at Coco 66 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn 10/31/13.

Terakaft + Imharhan
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
A West African double bill on the airwaves today: Terakaft formed in Mali in 2001 continuing an electric-charged path forged by other Tuareg kindred spirits like Tinariwen (in fact several ex-Tinariwens reside in Terakaft). Their name translates in Tamasheq to "caravan", and the band has been forced to spread their sounds through live touring and non-domestic channels since political uprisings in Mali in 2012 have forced the music out. They'll be live in the studio today! Also, as a bonus, we'll be broadcasting a set recorded by Rob Weisberg from the New York/Lincoln Center stop of the Festival of the Desert tour this past summer with Imharhan, another electric combo led by Mohamed Issa ag Oumar, a member of Tartit. Tartit and Imharhan stopped by Transpacific Sound Paradise in July as well for a WFMU session.

The Blind Shake
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Blind Shake are a detuned, garage-stomp, punk trio from Minneapolis, MN. Two brothers, Mike and Jim Blaha, front the band and play baritone and regular guitar respectively, while longtime friend Dave Roper plays drums. Known for ferocious live shows and collaborations with psychedelic noise legend Michael Yonkers, see them on tour this fall with Thee Oh Sees including Oct. 29 at Irving Plaza. New LP Key To a False Door just came out on Castle Face Records!

Federico Aubele
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on This Is The Modern World with Trouble

Argentinian singer songwriter Federico Aubele plays a live acoustic set on This is the Modern World with Trouble Oct 29. His new release "5" is a gorgeous combination of electronics, dub and classical guitar. Federico adds his stunning baritone voice to a beautiful mix of old and new sounds. See more here

Camden Joy
Monday, October 28th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event

Camden Joy is a writer, music critic, poster artist, and singer of songs about the scandal-plagued Presidential Coin series. His book "Boy Island" recounted the story of the band Cracker's first tour, with the addition of fictional drummer Camden Joy. In a late-90s poster series, he attacked the CMJ music festival before it was cool; in another series, he heralded the Chicago band Souled American before it was cool. He's eternally pre-cool. He'll visit WFMU's Airborne Event to bray songs, strum the guitar, and say stuff in advance of his November 4th talk at Housing Works NYC and his November 8th keynote address to the Midwest Modern Language Association in lovely Milwaukee.

Roger Allen (Pt. 10)
Monday, October 28th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Roger Allen Presents more Scary Halloween Music! Doot doo!

Mamadou Kelly
Monday, October 28th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Employing a nimble, melodic guitar technique and a soulful, bluesy voice, Mamadou Kelly made a name for himself playing with greats like the late Malian blues legend Ali Farka Toure. Kelly fled his home town of Niafunke for Bamako after the occupation of northern Mali in 2012, when the imposition of sharia law banned music there. Not to be stopped, he continued to hone his solo career and just released a new album in September, which more than hints at his encyclopedic knowledge of Malian music. Last summer Mamadou was a part of the Caravan for Peace concert outdoors at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, and WFMU was fortunate to be allowed to record the whole concert. Mamadou Kelly's live set airs on Irene's show.

Magnificent multi-culti sounds of NYC: Four bands live from Barbes in Park Slope
Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 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 another jam-packed night of live music. Tonight's stellar lineup proves once again that when it comes to seeing and hearing amazing music from around the world, there's no better place than right here in NYC:
- Sharabi: Super-duo Frank London (trumpet) and Deep Singh (tabla) and friends take South Asian music places it's never gone before
- Mireya Ramos and Mariachi Flor de Toloache: New York's fabulous (and first-ever) all-women's mariachi band
- Uri Sharlin (accordion) and Kinan Azmeh (clarinet): Two virtuosic Middle-Easterners join forces in NYC
- Diego Obregon and Grupo Chonta: Masterful marimba traditions from Colombia's Pacific coast
Admission is free (though bands may pass the hat) and we'll be giving away lots of free FMU swag, so get in on the action in person or over the airwaves.

Chicago Soul
Friday, October 25th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
For the first time ever, Downtown Soulville devotes an entire show to that OTHER midwestern city: Chicago!

99% NonEnglish
Friday, October 25th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs Marks the Annual Rites of the Singles Going Steady with a Ceremonious Spinning of 45s from Portugal, Morocco and Most Primarily the Czech Republic (including but not limited to the former Czechoslovakia) for the Merriment of Radio Listeners Who Enjoy Clapping their Hands along to Predictable Patterns and Joyful Refrains.

The 5678's
Thursday, October 24th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
The explosive all-gal trio from the Land of the Rising Sun make their triumphant return to Music To Spazz By for a live in the studio rock 'n' roll party!

Singles Going On Vacation!
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Like many of you, and like many WFMU DJs, when EFD goes on vacation he loves to shop for cheap used records, especially singles (they take up less room in the suitcase). The problem: there's never enough time to play them during a regular show. The solution: WFMU's annual Singles Going Steady week! Tune in at 9pm on Wednesday the 23rd to hear how EFD spent his summer vacations.

Joe Frank - In the Dark: "The Queen of Puerto Rico"
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "The Queen of Puerto Rico" airs Weds. October 23rd at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, a bored American high school student vacationing in the Caribbean with his family becomes enchanted by and obsessed with a beautiful, mysterious older woman who always dresses in pink.

Singles Going Steady Week!
Monday, October 21st, 2013, Midnight - Sunday, October 27th, 2013, 11:59pm
All hail the return of Singles Going Steady Week! From Oct 21-17, most WFMU DJs will be paying tribute to the little records with the (mostly) big holes. Tune in for seven days of seven inch records, as we celebrate our October fundraiser and get ready for the high holy days of vinyl, the WFMU Record Fair (Nov 22-24).

Singles Going Steady Week
Sunday, October 20th, 2013, 3am - 6am
Imaginary Radio
Strive To Survive Spinning Most 7" Records Possible. Mostly Melvins.

Halloween Special
Sunday, October 27th, 2013, 3am - 6am
Imaginary Radio
Last year's Halloween special was lauded by a world-famous former-Satanist! This year's episode will be even more spooky and Halloweeny so grab some candy corn and stay up late!

Gunnar Haslam and Jahilyya Fields
Sunday, October 27th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Gunnar Haslam and Jahilyya Fields are two sides of a degraded coin bearing the L.I.E.S. (Long Island Electrical Systems) seal. This year they've independently released the Mimesiak LP and Pleasure Sentence 12", both featuring trippy and dejected dance cuts that would have made total sense on Chris Farley's iPod. Catch their DJ and live sets this week on Scones Radio.

John Paul Keith and the 145's
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

John Paul Keith is a blistering guitarist and singer who WFMU listeners have likely heard bending the strings with Jack Oblivian and the Tennessee Tearjerkers, and the kind of songwriter who makes great melodies and incredible lyrics sound effortless. JP's new album, Memphis Circa 3 AM, was produced by Sun Records legend Roland Janes. Catch the band Oct. 24 at Bowery Electric and oct. 25 at teh Rock Shop.

THe New Creation
Monday, October 21st, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with The New Creation (Vancouver, BC )!

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