Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Jon Rose
Monday, March 22nd, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Experimenter, inventor, innovator and provocateur Jon Rose doesn't just play the violin, he is about the violin. He has played with and played off of violin history and iconography through recordings, books, theatrical productions and film. He is also one of the world's preeminent barbed wire fence players. He visits WFMU to talk about his instruments and his passions.

Turkish Rock Special
Saturday, March 20th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Meet members of Turkey's most adventurous and innovative rock bands, through interviews Rob recorded last year on location in Turkey: Barkin Engin, guitarist with Istanbul's dark and dynamic Replikas, one of Turkey's longest running indie bands - notably featured in Fatih Akin's Istanbul music documentary film Crossing the Bridge. And Işık Sarıhan, drummer with Ankara's neo-psychedelic explorers Hayvanlar Alemi.

WFMU & Aquarius Records SXSW Showcase live from Austin, TX
Friday, March 19th, 2010, 8pm - 2am
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

WFMU teams up again this year with our pals at Aquarius Records in San Francisco to drop a 14-band live extravagaza in Texas! Once again, we'll be hosting our very own showcase at SXSW in Austin, and broadcasting live. It all happens on Friday, March 19th at 7pm (central) at Encore (formerly Spiro's) on 611 Red River downtown. Our lineup is a mix of the heavy, damaged, darkly, punk, weird, noisy, poppy, trippy sounds, some hometown NY/SF heroes representing in Austin, and even a full on Cambodian psych-pop dance party at night's end! WFMU curated: Pierced Arrows, Liturgy, Sonny & the Sunsets, Dengue Fever, Drunkdriver, Home Blitz, Moon Duo. From Aquarius: True Widow, Shit & Shine, Todd, Epileptinomicon, Headdress, Iron Man, and Speedwolf! Check out our home page for links to more info and sounds to preview from the bands! WFMU's Liz Berg, Scott Williams, Brian Turner, Diane Kamikaze and Jason Sigal will be in attendance so if you're in Austin come on down and say hi! WFMU will have some swag, as well as posters specially designed by famous UK artist Savage Pencil!

Tribute to Notrious B.I.G. (Noah fills in for Diane)
Thursday, March 18th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains will be paying a 9 day late tribute to the great Notorious B.I.G. with DJ BrownBum and Noah. Hits, rarities, b-sides, guest spots etc will be going around and around!

2010 Marathon Finale with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia
Sunday, March 14th, 2010, 7pm - Midnight
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
WFMU rounds out our 2010 Marathon with a big ol' finale party that will be broadcast live from Maxwell's in Hoboken. Expect all-out insanity as WFMU's Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia take the stage with live band karaoke, featuring 40 of your favorite DJs belting out (our version of) the hits! We hope to reach our goal of raising $1.2 million, with 1,000 Mouse of Today pledges. Help us get there! At midnight, we'll draw a lucky winner for a trip for two to Barcelona (pledge $1000 or more to be eligible)!

Telecult Powers featuring Lala Ryan of Excepter and Sister Jillian
Wednesday, March 10th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
A Special Working for the Continued Prosperous Creativity of WFMU! Gliding along on the razor's edge between mysteries and secrets, Telecult Powers will return to Wm. Berger's My Castle of Quiet on the 10th of March, during the 2010 WFMU Marathon, to perform The Modern Rites of the Golden Age of Pei. 

The individual performers of these rites will be Excepter's Lala Ryan as the queen witch Hecate, Sister Jillian of the Crow Hill Gnostic Temple as the moon goddess Diana, & will feature Telecult's Mister Matthews & Witchbeam as their hounds. You may wonder what the purpose is...  Initiation? Contact? Creation? All will be revealed to those with patience, and those who donate are guaranteed psychic illuminations.

Yo La Tengo plays covers for pledges, with Pseu Braun and Gaylord Fields presiding
Friday, March 5th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Pseu Braun
Yo La Tengo return live to the WFMU Marathon! Fresh from their Australia/New Zealand tour, Ira, James, Georgia and pal Bruce visit the WFMU Marathon once again for your cover song requests! It's simple, tune in and pledge, hosts Pseu Braun and Gaylord Fields throw them your pitch and they'll hit it out of the park. It's your only chance to program YLT's set list, don't miss out (while helping your favorite freeform station operate another year)!

Ted Leo and Jon Wurster
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
Tune into Week One of The Best Show On WFMU's fundraising show to hear the one and only TED LEO and JON WURSTER live in studio. Ted is coming by to play some songs and have some fun, and he's got some awesome surprises up his sleeve. Jon will be doing some hilarious stuff, and again - he's got a sleeve as well, and there are also surprises up his too! It's gonna be a great time, so tune in and be entertained while making your pledges!

Rana Santacruz
Saturday, February 27th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Accordionist and singer Rana Santacruz is at the vanguard of New York's burgeoning Mexican emigre music scene, leading a sharp young band that runs a wildly eclectic gamut from rancheras to rock, bluegrass to Mariachi, Nueva Cancion to Irish music. His solo debut cd Chicavasco is hot off the presses - a big gig to celebrate its release is coming up at Joe's Pub on March 4. We get a preview tonight with Rana and band live in the studio.

The Black Hollies
Saturday, February 27th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is proud to welcome Jersey City heroes The Black Hollies back to the Cherry Blossom Clinic! Their latest album "Softly Towards the Light" (Ernest Jennings records) has been blowing people away with its mix of heavy psych freakouts, soulful vocals and top notch songwriting--it even ranked third on Terre's Top Faves for 2009! You can check them out live at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ later that night, but hear them do their thing earlier that day on the Cherry Blossom Clinic! And go to for more information!

Nardwuar vs. Snoop Doggy Dogg
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Snoop Dogg from 2000, 2002, 2003 & 2007! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

DJ Orion
Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Austin's DJ Orion will join Rupture for a live set! The producer/MC/turntablist's foundation in salsa, hip-hop, and electronica led to a brand new album of dancefloor-optimized cumbia edits and originals, and he'll be bringing it live straight from Texas.

Armando Iannucci
Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Comedian Armando Iannucci talks about Truth, Fiction, Comedy, Milton, his Oscar-nominated movie, "In the Loop," and his television/movie/radio/twitter career on Too Much Information.

Jesse Torrisi
Monday, February 22nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Sitting behind the drums was not enough for Jesse Torrisi. After pounding the skins in a dozen New York rock bands (Unisex Salon, Laptop, Les Fleurs Tragiques), Ms. Torrisi decided it was time to bring her songwriting frontside. Her debut, through the streets of Brazil, Brooklyn, & New Orleans--places Jessie's lived in the last decade. Jesse Torrisi and bandmates play live on WFMU.

Breaking terrible records
Sunday, February 21st, 2010, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Join Dan for catharsis with a hammer. In this very special episode of Airborne Event, Dan will play really bad recordings (like, even worse than what he usually plays), then smash them with a hammer while describing why they suck so much. Included will be select musical space-wasters from Dan's overstuffed personal collection, as well as donations of CDs, LPs, and cassettes that deserve to die. There's still time to email Dan at danb at wfmu dot org to find out how to donate those embarrassing '80s cassingles you've been hiding in a shoebox for two decades. If you submit it, Dan promises that he will destroy it. And don't miss the exciting finale -- you will be shocked and amazed at how devoted, how downright businesslike, Dan can be when annihilating records! Not for the faint-hearted.

Bird Show
Saturday, February 20th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
Daniel Blumin's show
Ex-Town and Country guitarist and member of Singer and Soft Circle Ben Vida has released three solo albums as Bird Show on Kranky and has now expanded the project into a true-blue collaboration feat. Josh Abrams, Jim Baker, Dan Bitney and John Herndon (the latter two of Tortoise). Bird Show Group, a new album just released on Amish is a real doozy! We'll be discussing the record and broadcasting an exclusive piece recorded by Ben especially for WFMU. Get your synthesizer patches ready and check out Bird Show at Le Poisson Rouge with Four Tet on February 17th.

Saturday, February 20th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Guitarist Yoshi Fruchter and his potent Judeo-tinged but multi-faceted all-instrumental outfit Pitom sets WFMU studio B ablaze. It's a full-throttle tune up for the Tzadik-label artists' eagerly awaited show at Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St. on the Lower East Side on Wednesday March 10. Tune in for a searing live set - and to learn how puppetry begets downtown gigs, among other mysteries of the trade!

Yummy Fur
Saturday, February 20th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic could not be more excited to host the 10 year reunion of the legendary Yummy Fur! This amazing and influential Scottish combo rewrote the pop history books back in the early to mid-90s and upon disbanding went on to form bands like Male Nurse, 1990s, Country Teasers and Franz Ferdinand. They've got a compilation, "Piggy Wings: The Collected Yummy Fur" coming out soon on What's Your Rupture, but before that drops, listen to them blast through their classics from their WFMU live session recorded from their recent 1st ever tour of the USA!

Rob Swift
Friday, February 19th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
As both an accomplished solo artist and member of the acclaimed turntablist crew the X-ecutioners (formerly the X-Men) Jackson Heights, NY DJ/producer Rob Swift has built quite a rep for himself over the past two decades. The ever prolific artist will soon release his latest solo album, "The Architect," on Mike Patton's Ipecac Recordings. And to celebrate the occasion on the Friday before its release, February 19th, Rob Swift will stop by WFMU to talk about his illustrious career and show off his turntable skills.

Towering Heroic Dudes
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

TO HELL WITH PRECIPITATION -- WE'LL GET DRUNK ON CHEAP WINE. Prevented from appearing on the Castle last week by the punishing, icy flakes, this Brooklyn noise supergroup visit Wm. Berger's show to create a triumphant, layered and complex din, descendant of early electroacoustic ensembles like AMM and Scratch Orchestra. (Think AMM's '66-'68 live sessions, through an American, pocket-tee filter.) No source seems to be off the table, as prerecorded signals are warped, an electric bass suggests resonant "follow me" tones, a turntable gets abused, an alto gets whipped out, and digital doo-dads, keyboards and guitar amps generally get the crap beaten out of them (and are occasionally coddled.) THD (as they are economically known) did not start out as a bunch of dudes, oh no, and their lineup has shifted over the years around the energetic constant of Neil Vendrick (Another Tombstone Dream, Random Tapes), who's currently flanked by Nathan Rulli (Laurel Craig, Enerver, head of Abandon Ship records) and Paul Haney (Rust Worship, Enerver, head of Obsolete Units records.) THD have CDrs out on Obsolete Units and Phase! Records, as well as a tape on Cryptic Carousel.

Nardwuar vs. The Horrors and Joan Jett!
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
The Horrors from London plus Joan Jett, and a special appearance by Kenny Laguna! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater on February 17th
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan, Wednesday night February 17th from 6-7pm for another live radio broadcast. Joining Ken and Andy will be author Peter Kling on how WFMU listeners can best prepare for Armageddon, Cool Voiceover guy Xavier Paul, Bronx Culinary Legend Baron Ambrosia and The Main Squeeze Orchestra, the western world's only all-female, all-accordian orchestra. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but Andy is made of money, so you can get a full refund simply by bumping into him on the way out.

Yoko Ono
Tuesday, February 16th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

At 77, Yoko Ono has just released one of her best records, "Between My Head and the Sky," a cosmic and kinetic set of songs featuring Daniel Carter, Yuka Honda, son Sean and others in what looks like a full resurrection of the Plastic Ono Band moniker. In fact, an epic big-band version will be performing a (now sold-out) set at BAM on February 16th with a lineup that will include the boggling collision of Cornelius, Paul Simon, Thurston Moore, Jim Keltner, Haruomi Hosono, Eric Clapton, Kim Gordon and Bette Midler. Tune in that afternoon when Brian gets the exciting opportunity to sit down with Yoko at her studio and delve into the life and mind of one of the great avant-garde figures in conceptual, performance, visual and sound art.

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Detroit free guitar/drums duo of Chris Riggs (Holy Cheever Church label) and Ben Hall (brokenresearch label & 1/2 of Graveyards) turn in a set of smart yet barbarous improv. Snare cracks, cymbal shuffles, harmonic burrs, Derek Bailey thought bubbles, violent scrapes and wtf silence; it's all here.

Monday, February 15th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The band of troubadours who call themselves "Ohioan" set off from the Northwest last autumn, seeking alms and opportunities to spread joy. The road claimed a good 3/4 of the band, but they made it with their swirling psychic folk to WFMU's Love Room last November, only to have any record of their presence destroyed. Endless hours of labor has resulted in the reconstruction of their visit, and it is with great pride that we present to you Ohioan on the Brother Lucy Lost and Lovelorn Post-Valentine's Day Spectacular, Monday, Feb. 15 at midnight.

Emitt Rhodes
Saturday, February 13th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
ichael chats with pop music legend Emitt Rhodes - who started drumming as a teen in the house band at L.A. nightclub Hullabaloo, The Palace Guard, then fronted The Merry-Go-Round (who had a hit with "Live"), then released a series of solo albums that made him a critical favorite & earned him a cult following. After some bad business dealings and ten years of non stop work - he was burned out at age 24. He'll discuss his latest attempt at a comeback, his struggle with his mental & physical health, his creative process and much more in this startlingly honest interview.

Towering Heroic Dudes
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Towering Heroic Dudes live on My Castle of Quiet has been postponed due to local inclement weather. A middle finger to the heavens!

Nardwuar vs. Timothy Leary, Rye Rye and "Weird Al" Yankovic!
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Tim Leary, Baltimore rapper Rye Rye and "Weird Al" all in conversation with Nard! Doot doo!

Teengirl Fantasy
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Chill out synth house break masters Teengirl Fantasy take a time out from recording their debut record for True Panther Sounds to stop by the WFMU studios for a live set. Armed with a stack of gear full of flashing lights they spent the last few months taking over late night discos in Amsterdam. Now that they are back stateside they are poised to lay waste to dance floors and hearts across the nation.

DJ Chaos X / Eye from Boredoms DJ Set
Monday, February 8th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
DJ Chaos X, a.k.a. Eye, lead brain of the otherworldly Psychedelic Japanese Punk Rock Visionaries BOREDOMS, sent Trent a DJ set that has probably never been heard anywhere else, and it is mindblowing. Tune in to Sound and Safe on Monday February 8th to hear it.

Vitamin D
Monday, February 8th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Brooklyn-based Vitamin D plays what they call "trumpety thought pop." Fronted by trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Dennis Cronin, the music is graceful, catchy and bittersweet. Vitamin D just released their second album, "Bridge," and they'll play some of it live on WFMU.

Alessandro Bosetti / Adachi Tomomi
Monday, February 8th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Two experimental sound artists, one from Japan and the other from Italy, converged in WFMU's Love Room to submerge themselves in text and sound and numbers and repetition and alteration and repetition. And numbers. Neither song nor story, somewhere between music and prose, there's is a project without precedent. Except for some. Judge for yourself Monday, Feb. 8 at midnight on WFMU's Kurt Gottschalk's Brother Lucy's Show.

Tanya Tagaq
Saturday, February 6th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Tanya Tagaq is a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winning Inuit singer from Nunavut in far northern Canada. She has morphed the region's traditional throat-singing (which you may be familiar with from the acclaimed Inuit indie film Atanarjuat) into her own wildly dynamic, very un-traditional style. She's noted for her collaborations, having worked with Björk and Kronos Quartet among others. Tanya will join Kronos and an array of Arctic artists for a big northern-climes concert extravaganza, "Tundra Songs", at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Saturday, March 13. On tonight's show she previews her latest CD, Auk/Blood.

Dennis Diken with Bell Sound
Saturday, February 6th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is honored to welcome Dennis Diken and Bell Sound to the Cherry Blossom Clinic! Diken is already a living legend for his three-plus decades with the Smithereens, but now he steps out from behind the drumset with his long-awaited solo debut "Late Music" on Cryptovision Records. Hear why Diken's "Late Music" was in Terre T's top 5 albums of 2009! Brian Wilson said that these guys have class, so see for yourself at the Record Collector in Bordentown NJ on February 6th or at Maxwell's on February 13th, but be sure to tune into the Cherry Blossom Clinc to hear them live FIRST! Get more info here.

Iron Man
Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Doom Metal Legends Iron Man from Baltimore will be performing live on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine Thursday February 4th, around 11:20 pm. Check them out at the Clash Bar in Clifton on January 29th, and check out their great new, savagely heavy CD: "I Have Returned", on the Shadow Kindgom record label!

Andre Williams and Nick Tosches
Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
In anticipation of their joint reading event at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, musical and literary legends "Nitro" Nick Tosches and Andre "Greasy Chicken" Williams drop by to discuss Andre's fiction debut "Sweets and Other Stories."

Damon and Naomi
Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 6am - 9am
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Damon and Naomi, who are playing a show this Saturday, January 30th at the 92Y Tribeca, chatted with Underwater Theme Park with Meghan about touring, meatballs and Galaxie 500 days in Boston.  The interview will be joined with some live clips of their show on her Thursday February 4th webcast, from 6-9 am.

Sore Eros
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Sore Eros is a psych-pop/folk project led by Robert Robinson, from Northampton, MA. Robinson and frequent collaborator Adam Langelloti have visited the WFMU studios before as members of Gary War's band. Last year, Shdwply Records released Sore Eros' Second Chants LP, which garnered comparisons to early Pink Floyd by The Wire Magazine. The album featured a guest appearance by Kurt Vile, who appeared alongside Sore Eros, Ariel Pink, Gary War and others on the Light Dead Sea compilation. We'll hear excerpts from this rare compilation as well as a live set from the 4-piece incarnation of Sore Eros this morning on Talk's Cheap.

James Blackshaw
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Virtuoso 12-string guitarist James Blackshaw brings his modal and improvisatory guitar stylings to WFMU. Known as an instrumentalist of the post-Fahey variety, Blackshaw combines a deep advocacy for folk tradition with a lush, modern, and intimate take on fingerstyle guitar.

Chris Koch
Monday, February 1st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Darkness covers Chris Koch's musical world view with a twist of jazz. Which is not to say he's a complete pessimist. There are beautiful moments in the music, featuring members of the NJ outside jazzers Monkeyworks, also heard on his latest disc, "Scenes from the Coastal Evacuation." Chris Koch brings a live set to WFMU.

Fiery Furnaces
Monday, February 1st, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The sibling core of The Fiery Furnaces came by to visit The Brother Lucy Show on the heels of their final tour of 2009 and just before the start of the first tour of 2010, or during a break in their tour supporting their new album "Take Me Round Again." Taking advantage of the Love Room's Farfisa, piano and drums, they played a lovingly guitar-free set of old and new songs. Check it Monday, Feb 1 between 12 and 3 am on WFMU's The Brother Lucy Show with Kurt Gottschalk.

World Music Institute 25th Anniversary Retrospective
Saturday, January 30th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
New York's esteemed non-profit multi-culti concert concert presenter World Music Institute (WMI) has produced many memorable concerts over its first quarter-century. We'll take a look back with recordings from the archives and reminiscences with WMI's royal couple, Robert and Helene Browning. Plus a peek into the future including a preview of WMI's annual New York Flamenco Festival which kicks off February 11.

Saturday, January 30th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is excited to host the Nouvellas' return to WFMU this Saturday January 30th. Rising from the ashes of the Dansettes, Nouvellas maintain their former bands grooving '60s thump while adding a little more rock and even country to the mix, and the twin femme vocal attack of Jaime Kozyra and Leah Fishman is as breathtaking as ever. Check them out later that night (Jan 30) at Cameo in Brooklyn or on Feb 26th at Asbury Lanes in NJ with the Turbo Fruits AND Feb 27th at the Cake Shop NYC, but tune into the CBC to hear them live this Saturday January 30th! And find out more at!

Jack Splash, Bisc-1, Buckshot, and Hip-Hop Karaoke Championship Contestants
Friday, January 29th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Contestants from the Hip-Hop Karaoke Championship finals, later that night at Irving Plaza in NYC, will be put to the rap test when Billy Jam will play various instrumentals to see just how well they know their hip-hop music. Other guests on the show will include contest judge and longtime Brooklyn emcee Buckshot (Boot Camp Click/Black Moon), emcee Bisc-1, and artist/producer Jack Splash who will be calling in live from LA.

Taylor Negron
Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 2am - 6am
Night People
Tune into Night People this week as Dave & Sandy continue to blaze a trail into 2010 with everyone's favorite mailman, pizza delivery man, taxi driver and comedian- actor, Taylor Negron. He'll be discussing his roles in such Hollywood classics as "Better Off Dead," "One Crazy Summer," and "Bad Medicine" as well as his new one man show "The Unbearable Lightness of Being Taylor Negron." Set your alarms now!!

Nardwuar vs. Jemina Pearl plus Jay Reatard (r.i.p)
Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
This week  Nardwuar is doing his show LIVE yet again from CiTR in Vancouver!  He'll be taking your calls / emails/ tweets to his guest, Jemina Pearl! Call 604 822 2487 to ask a question, email or tweet @nardwuar! Plus there also will be an older interview with Jay Reatard ( r.i.p).

The Dark Brothers
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

New Jersey supergroup featuring members of Shirk Circus, Electric Frankenstein, Johnny & the Has-Beens and Puggle returns to WFMU for a second time!

Monday, January 25th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As a member of Slow Six, and now as a part of his own ensemble Redhooker, Stepehen Griesgraber excels in dreamlike fretwork, embellished with electronics. Griesgraber composes in a non-traditional but faintly classical style for Redhooker's latest album, "Vespers," which includes its share of improv. The ensemble, including the likes of violinist Maxim Moston, tickles the edge of the classical world but quickly drifts wholly other.

Alan Lomax in Haiti + Cuban Cowboys
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
First: University of Toronto ethnomusicologist Gage Averill compiled (and wrote extensive liner notes for) the recently released 10 cd / two book box set Alan Lomax in Haiti, documenting the famed field recordist's 1930s recordings for the Library of Congress. Averill joins us for an audio show-and-tell of highlights from the set. He'll do the same in person at Barbes, 376 9th St. in Park Slope on Thursday Feb. 28 as part of a benefit for Haitian relief, along with Haitian rara street band Djarara.

Later: With his sharp and feisty San Francisco band the Cuban Cowboys - who join us for a live set - El Cuban Cowboy Jorge Navarro explores his Cuban-American identity through rock, roll and rumba. The Cuban Cowboys' new EP The Devil's Dance was produced acclaimed Latin music and alt.latin producer Greg Landau.

The Dutchess and the Duke
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is honored to welcome The Dutchess and the Duke to the show on January 23rd. This male/female duo's psyched-out blend of moody folk-blues acoustics and heartbreaking two-part harmonies brings to mind mid-'60s Stones crossed with Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, but wholly original and unique in its own right. They'll be highlighting songs from their new Hardly Art album Sunset/Sunrise and more, so tune into The Cherry Blossom Clinic and bask in the glory! Catch them live on 1/7 at Union Hall in Brooklyn or 1/8 at the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan.

Bernard Purdie
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with drummer extraordinaire Bernard Purdie who played on hundreds of recording sessions, including #1 hits by Aretha Franklin,  Mongo Santamaria, Jimmy McGriff, Hall & Oats, Gil Scott-Heron, Galt MacDermot, etc. - and made some amazing solo records - including the newly reissued classic "Soul Drums!"

WFMU's Scratch Attack Part II
Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
On this week's special edition of "Put The Needle On The Record" with Billy Jam, guest turntablists DJ ALF, D. Official, Dope Man, and Dre Mayes will perform a live, four turntable, freestyle scratch remix of WFMU's locked groove record "Running In Place" as part of their extended "WFMU Scratch Attack Part II" improv set. Also in the studio will be New York City producer Blockhead, who, over the past dozen years, has built a rep for both his work with other artists (Aesop Rock, Slug, Murs, etc.) as well as his solo productions including his brand new album, "The Music Scene," which is his fourth album on Ninja Tune.

Merle Becker
Thursday, January 21st, 2010, 6am - 9am
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Meghan will be interviewing Merle Becker, the director of "American Artifact," which is a movie about the history of music posters. The movie covers the great poster art from the '60s to the resurgence of poster art in the punk scene in the 80's to current day. Great artists such as Coop, Kozik, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso and more....

Explosive Improvised Device
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Wm. Berger welcomes Explosive Improvised Device (aka Anthony Saunders) to the Castle. Anthony has been making noise since 1995, recording and gigging like a madman. Before you can even absorb a new EID release fully, he's already thinking 5-6 releases ahead. Thing is, all his stuff is pretty damn good, and it better be! He's played live with some of the biggest names in modern noise (MSBR, Guilty Connector and Discordance Axis, among many others) and featured on releases as a member of Dataclast on Crucial Blast and Relapse. With previous releases on RRR, Troniks and Factotum, and tapes coming soon on Period Tapes and Hospital Productions, Wm. had better have EID on soon, before this guy gets too big for the Castle, and is sipping tea in a Zen garden with Masami Akita (if he isn't already.) Prepare to be blasted and bowled over.

Nardwuar vs. Wanda Jackson
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
This week  Nardwuar is doing his show LIVE again from CiTR in Vancouver!  He'll be taking your calls / emails/ tweets to his guest, The Lady with the Nasty Voice, Wanda Jackson! Call 604 822 2487 to ask a question, email or tweet @nardwuar ! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with the Craigslist Variety Hour
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast next Wednesday January 20th from 6-7pm. Due to Ken's inexcusable outburts and Andy's horrendous attire at the LAST such show, this episode of Seven Second Delay has been booked exclusively through the miracle of Craigslist, and will include comedians, musicians, singing dogs, ventriloquists and more. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you remove Andy's wallet without his knowledge, you're entitled to a full refund of your admission.

Faust, recorded at WFMU Fest in Brooklyn, plus interview w/Jean-Herve Peron
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

A broadcast of the entire performance of German experimental music legends Faust, recorded live at WFMU's 3 night festival at the Music Hall of Williamsburg where the band headlined October 1st. "There is no group more mythical than Faust", said Julian Cope, and indeed, since 1971 the ensemble has created some revolutionary, inventive sounds that helped to firmly establish a German (as opposed to Anglo/American) identity in the realm of psychedelic rock. October's WFMU Fest peformance found longtime mainstays Jean-Herve Peron and Zappi Diermaier joined by James Johnston and Geraldine Swayne for a set of freewheeling electrified mayhem. Classic songs, improvisations, WFMU even rented them a cement mixer! Tune in to hear what you missed if you couldn't make it out, or conversely, relive the sounds. Afterwards Brian will be talking to Jean-Herve Peron via telephone and delving more into the past, present and future of the group.

The Doughboys
Tuesday, January 19th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Not the Restless Records' Doughboys of the late '80s/early 1990s. These Doughboys are the 1960s New Jersey garage legends from Plainfield. They were regulars on Zacherle's Disc-o-teen and won a battle-of-the-bands contest on that program that earned them a contract with Bell Records. Their two single releases, "Rhoda Mendelbaum" and "Everybody Knows My Name" are sought-after collector's items. The Doughboys have reunited for the 21st century and are about to release their second album, "Act Your Rage."

Monday, January 18th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Hoodoo trance rock meets New Orleans jazz in Afroskull. They describe themselves as a "New York City funk/rock collective by way of New Orleans. The 'Skull is a sonic gumbo that is one part Funkadelic and one part Black Sabbath with generous helpings of Zappaesque runs and jazzoid horns." Afroskull drops their funk on WFMU's love room for a live set.

Joe Morris / Nate Wooley duo
Monday, January 18th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
It's either their differences that make their music so strong or else it's their similarities, but one way or another the duo of Joe Morris and Nate Wooley have struck an unusual chord. Of different generations, geographies and backgrounds, the two are marking new ground in the unusual configuration of the trumpet/guitar duet. It's not quite jazz, but we'll let them explain that when they appear on The Brother Lucy Show this Monday, Jan. 18, between 12 and 3 am.

A Tribute to Harmon Bethea (With Debbie D.)
Sunday, January 17th, 2010, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
In honor of the life and musical career of the recently deceased Washington, DC soul man Harmon Bethea (1926-2009), aka The Mask Man, Gaylord and Debbie will be playing every Cap-Tans/Mask Man & The Agents record in their respective collections. Expect a selection of funky R&B on such favorite Harmon Bethea topics as nagging wives, African-American empowerment and cats beating up dogs with a brick.

Jozef van Wissem
Sunday, January 17th, 2010, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Dutch lute experimentalist Jozef van Wissem (pronounced YO-sef van WISS-um) will visit Airborne Event to run through some of his stark, meditative musical palindromes on a recently-acquired swan-neck lute. Not a lot of people are making contemporary music on the lute, but Jozef is collaborating with musicians like Smegma and James Blackshaw to take the lute into the modern age.

Golden Festival Remote
Saturday, January 16th, 2010, 6pm - Midnight
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Every January, NY Balkan music scene pioneers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band organize the Golden Festival - a massive two-night grassroots Balkan and East European music and dance festival at the Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham Street in the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan. The festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the biggest event of its kind in New York City: The second night (Saturday) is a marathon featuring 40-50 bands and artists performing on three stages from 6pm until 4 in the morning. Tonight with the help of co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel and our peerless crew, Transpacific Sound Paradise will broadcast all the music from the Golden Festival's "Kafana" stage from 6pm until midnight. (Kafana is Serbo-Croatian for "cafe"; the stage is located conveniently near the food and beer!) We're going an extra three hours (with thanks to Daniel Blumin) so we can squeeze in as many bands as possible!

Audrey Chen
Thursday, January 14th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Singer & cellist Audrey Chen will be visiting our studios for a live solo improvisation.

Frank Conniff of Mystery Science Theater 3000
Thursday, January 14th, 2010, 2am - 6am
Night People
Tune in as your favorite amateur paranormalists Dave & Sandy stay up all night to investigate special celebrity guest Frank Conniff aka TV's Frank from Mystery Science Theater 3000! They'll be discussing the minutiae and history of the program as well as Frank's current stand-up act and Cinematic Titanic project which will be bringing the old gang to New York City this spring. Push the button Frank!!!

Dirty South Joe
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010, 11pm - 2am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Dirty South Joe treks up from Philly for his 2nd appearence on Nickel and Dime radio. Expect modern booty and bmore and crunk from this serious digger and DJ. A former buyer at Armands, the 'Beat Street' of Philly, and now running Ol' Head Records, a sub-label of Mad Decent, Diplo's label. Dude's taste and knowledge of music are impeccable. Get edutained on some real ghetto schlitz.

Nardwuar vs. The Cribs
Wednesday, January 13th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Yes, this week (and next!) Nardwuar will be doing his show LIVE and direct from CiTR in Vancouver!  He'll be taking your calls / emails/ tweets to his guests, Wakefield, England's The Cribs! Call 604 822 2487 to ask a question, email or tweet @nardwuar ! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

The Old Codger fills in for Mac
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
Descending from his perch atop Mt. Cranky, The Old Codger, Courtney T. Edison, will fill in for the Antique Phonograph Hour on Tuesday January 12 from 7-8 pm. He'll be spinning 78 rpm records like they're going outta style, and as usual, he will be plushed to the scuppers.

Quartet San Francisco, plus Irene's faves of 2009
Monday, January 11th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Continuing their flirtation with Jazz, Quartet San Francisco has now given its own quirky whirl to the music of Dave Brubeck. It's classical crossover that swings like the Brubeck originals. Quartet San Francisco is in town for a couple of NYC shows and drop by WFMU to record a live radio set. Also, Irene plays tunes from some of her favorite albums of 2009.

Author Michael Muhammad Knight
Monday, January 11th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
With his 2004 novel "The Taqwacores," author Michael Muhammad Knight gave a name to the Muslim Punk movement in America. In the years since, he has gone on to explore his own conversion to Islam and has traveled throughout the United States and eventually to Mecca searching for the heart of the faith within him and across the world. He joins Kurt Gottschalk on The Brother Lucy Show.

WFMU Holiday Party, with Mac, Daniel, Keili, Hatch, Todd-o-Phonic Todd and Mary
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 9pm - 3am
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
Holiday Party DJ Schedule:

9-10 Mac
10-11 Daniel Blumin
11-12 Keili
12-1 Hatch
1-2 Todd-o-Phonic Todd
2-3 Mary

Namgar + Nuala Kennedy
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Chilly January is a torrid time of year for world music in NYC - scores of bands come to play showcases during the annual APAP arts presenters conference.  Two of them perform live in-studio tonight: first, Namgar, a singer from Buryatia in the far reaches of the Russian Federation, near Mongolia. Namgar and her band are bringing their distinctive blends of Buryat traditions and rock to NY for the first time to play the high-profile Globalfest world music showcase at Webster Hall on Sunday night. Later, Irish traditional flautist Nuala Kennedy and band perform. Nuala has expanded her horizons collaborating with the likes of Will Oldham and members of Teenage Fanclub and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci as well as Appalachian singer Archie Roach.  She will join Roach at the Living Room on Friday Jan 8, kicking off a whirlwind tour of NY - she'll also be at Drom, Zebulon, Zebulon, Banjo Jim's and Scandinavia House.

Rot Shit
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

From Pittsburgh, Rot Shit are more than a totally psycho bash-out punk band bringing to mind Angry Samoans, the Deadbeats and Black Flag. They're an attack on everything that embodies the punk establishment, from limited edition records to your dumb DJ night. Featuring members of Modey Lemon, Baby Bird and the Burndowns, they will be playing their purported last show ever January 9th at Death By Audio in NYC to commemorate their "You're Welcome" EP on Columbus Discount Records. But hear them first on the Cherry Blossom Clinic earlier that day!

Michael Shelley welcomes The World's Greatest Music Experts!
Saturday, January 9th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
By popular demand Michael welcomes the return of The World's Greatest Music Experts - discussing musical minutiae, dissecting the Billboard top 5, cracking wise, taking your calls AND The Experts will be joined by Anthony Bozza, author of the new #1 hit book "Why AC/DC Matters" AND Merle Becker, director of "American Artifact" a new documentary about rock poster artists. Got a question for the The World's Greatest Music Experts? Email it to: theworldsgreatestmusicexperts(at)!

Live from the Bay Area
Friday, January 8th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's ever-active traveling remote broadcast unit will return to the Bay Area for another serving of NorCal hip-hop with guests including Tajai & Phesto from the Souls Of Mischief, DJ Quest (Live Human/Space Travelers), 4AM, Deedandroid & Celskii, Dawgisht, DnZ, Saul Goody, and Bas-1 and when Billy Jam will broadcast "Put The Needle On The Record" live from Megasonic Sounds recording studio in North Oakland from 3 to 6pm Jersey City time, which is noon to 3pm local Cali time.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Wm. Berger welcomes New York's Malkuth to the Castle. They have their own distinct take on black metal, with a monumental two-guitar wall of hypnotic riffs and enveloping din, and songs titled at the intersection of Lovecraft and Kabbalah. Malkuth seem to know the sewer better than they know the dark forest, and mysticism lurks between the bricks and mortar as much as it does within the whisper of the trees. Their 5- to 7-minute grimy mini-epics roll over you like operatic, grandiose filth. Check out their two excellent full-lengths, both on Hospital Productions.

Nardwuar vs. David Cross plus Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Two interviews with David Cross plus a little bit of Janeane Garofalo and Todd Barry too! Doot doola doot doo .. doot doo!

Scala Choir and Kolacny Brothers
Wednesday, January 6th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Irwin will present an hour of Belgium's Scala Choir on Wednesday, January 6, at 4pm. The program will feature the 20-voice teen girl's choir in a seven-song performance recorded exclusively for WFMU. The program will also feature an interview with the choir's founders and directors, Steven and Stijn Kolacny. The choir is renowned in Europe for their meticulous arrangements of contemporary pop songs. For the WFMU program they'll perform songs by Radiohead, Metallica, the Cure, and others.

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

When he's not dropping progressive beats and percussively-minded electronics as GDFX, Greg Fox can be found drumming in Dan Deacon's ensemble, playing communal floor toms with Teeth Mountain, or performing black metal rites with Liturgy. On the side, he composes video game soundtracks and runs the Infinite Limbs Oligarchy (INFL∆O), whose first compilation introduced us to Ducktails, Prince Rama of Ayodhya, TwistyCat and more. We'll hear some rarities from the label, plus a live set of new music from GDFX, now with a full drumkit, all live this morning on Talk's Cheap.

Fiesta de la Cumbia! Very Be Careful and Chicha Libre Live @ the Bell House
Saturday, January 2nd, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Recorded live, two bands centered on the cumbia style but in very different ways: New York's own Chicha Libre, who have single-handedly resurrected the 60s / 70s surf-guitar-influenced Peruvian variant of cumbia called chicha. And LA's uproarious Very Be Careful (VBC), who careen through raw accordion-driven coastal Colombian-style cumbias. We taped this holiday double-bill at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn during the 2009 installment of VBC's annual 4th of July weekend tour of NYC. VBC is heading off to Japan now, but you can catch Chicha Libre New Year's Eve (and most Monday nights) its home base, Barbes in Park Slope and also playing a big showcase concerts at 92y Tribeca on Jan 8 and the Highline Ballroom Jan 10.

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