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Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

New York musician Jennifer Charles, vocalist of the band Elysian Fields, will curate an hour of her recordings on Irwin's program Weds. Nov. 25. Charles has forged a career perhaps best described as a slow burn. Singing, writing, or producing, she has appeared on over forty releases, sung and recorded in eight languages, and her resume includes an impressive list of names. She has long collaborated with Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow, and has worked with Jim "Foetus" Thirlwell, Ed Pastorini, John Zorn, Jean-Louis Murat, DJ Logic, Mike Patton, Dan the Automator, Miho Hatori, Frank London, Firewater, Edie Brickell, The Chrome Cranks, and Chris Vrenna of Nine Inch Nails. For the Nov. 25 program, Charles will spin Elysian Fields rarities and B-sides, selections from La Mar Enfortuna (the Elysian Fields Sephardic side project), along with little known tracks from her many collaborations. Also featured will be Elysian Fields' latest release "The Afterlife," which drops Nov. 27, on which date the band will perform at Joe's Pub.

Felix Kubin spins disks and chats on Ken's Show
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009, 9am - Noon
Ken's show
Wednesday, November 25th from 10:30 am to Noon, Ken welcomes Felix Kubin to play rare tracks and talk about his various projects. Felix Kubin is a Hamburg-based artist, playwright, musician and fake Dada-Socialist Part Leader. He is in New York for his first US performances, on Sunday 11/22 at the Issue Project Room, and Tuesday, 11/24 at Santos Party House.

The Axemen
Tuesday, November 24th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

One of the big touring surprises for 2009 has to be the visit of New Zealand's legendary Axemen to U.S. shores. The band began in Christchurch in 1981 and stood somewhat aside of the pop path exhibited by much of the the Flying Nun label roster, but are without doubt one of the more fascinating Kiwi exports. Various live shows and releases displayed a loose but virulent amalgamation of avant-garage, Half Japanese style sax primitivism, confusion, and general air of maladjusted greatness. They've got two reissues "Big Cheap Motel" and "Scary!" out now on Siltbreeze, and are hitting the road coast to coast with Times New Viking. You can catch them in the NYC area November 18th at Mercury Lounge, 19th at Union Pool, and 20th at Maxwells in Hoboken!

Josh Gosfield Presents Gigi Gaston: The Black Flower
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Josh Gosfield has assembled the definitive archive devoted to the 1960s French pop star Gigi Gaston, consisting of record art, snapshots, magazines covers, songs and films detailing the rise and fall of this controversial and elusive yé-yé chanteuse. He will even reveal the reason for Gigi's elusiveness: She never existed! Gosfield, a prodigiously talented painter, photographer, illustrator and videographer, created an entire audiovisual history of this fake femme, which can be examined in all its meticulously rendered glory at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Manhattan through Wednesday, November 25. Tune in to learn about the singer who puts the "no-no" in yé-yé!

Ben Miller & Frantz Loriot
Saturday, November 21st, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
Daniel Blumin's show
Tune in for a live improv collaboration between Ben Miller (Destroy All Monsters, Nonfiction, Dirty Old Man River, degeneration) and French violist Frantz Lariot (David S. Ware, Thorax, Stalingrad). Multiphonic guitar, piezo objects, electronics, and viola - a pre-Thanksgiving experimental treat!

Vlada Tomova's Balkan Tales
Saturday, November 21st, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Singer and composer Vlada Tomova conjures original musical blends from her native Bulgaria and elsewhere in the Balkans, the Mediterranean and the Middle East. Vlada's vocal group Yasna Voices was featured prominently on the first Balkan Beat Box CD. Now she has assembled a stellar multi-instrumental ensemble and released her first full-length CD, "Balkan Tales." Vlada and ensemble will celebrate the new CD with a concert at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ on December 5 - and they give us a live taste on tonight's show.

King Edward
Saturday, November 21st, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with King Edward, of King Edward & the BD's Band - one of the originators of the Virgina Beach Music scene, still going strong after 40+ years.

Weird NJ contributor Wheeler Antabanez
Friday, November 20th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Wheeler Antabanez the Weird NJ contributor, prankster, and beloved appreciator/documenter of abandoned run-down funky New Jersey buildings will talk about some of his wildest Garden State adventures and field phone calls on where the weirdest offbeat places in New Jersey can be found.

Nardwuar vs. Gossip and James Brown!
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Brand new interview with Gossip plus James Brown! Doot Doo!

Brian Turner
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm

Jody Stephens
Tuesday, November 17th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Drummer extraordinaire for the legendary Big Star, Jody drops by the WFMU studios to give us the lowdown on the new Big Star box set "Keep An Eye On the Sky" and the band's first New York show in years the next night in Brooklyn at Masonic Temple.

Jon Hopkins DJ Set
Monday, November 16th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

You might not know his name, but hey, have you ever heard Coldplay, Brian Eno, or Imogen Heap? Jon Hopkins produces for all of them, dropping his trademark futuristic electronic emotions into nooks and crannies that no one else really touches. Tune in to hear a DJ set straight from the deep, dark heart of his laptop. Jon's new album Insides is out now on Domino Records, and he's currently on the road with The XX and Royksopp, so watch out for him in a town near you.

Teenage Jesus & the Jerks
Monday, November 16th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Witness the harsh, guttural abuse of no wave legends Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, when Liz airs their live set from last month's WFMU Fest, which was held at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The band has graciously allowed us to share this amazing reunion with WFMU listeners, and we couldn't be happier to unleash the havoc on your temporal lobe. Verbal assault and piercing guitar from none other than Lydia Lunch, bass by Swans genius Algis Kizys, and original TJJ member Jim Sclavunos pounds the drums one arm at a time, in the style of Lurch. Guaranteed to wilt your roses, crack your fillings, and disrupt your intestinal routine.

Ken Braun of Sterns Music on the great final years of Congolese legend Franco
Saturday, November 14th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Sterns Music, the venerable purveyor of African music has just released a beautifully packaged and well-documented 2-CD set of music from Congolese musical legend Franco's illustrious final years (the 1980s).  Nobody knows Congolese music better than Stern's stateside rep Ken Braun.  Ken will join us to give background and play the music.  He'll also explore some of Stern's recent releases of vintage West African music from the Syliphone label archives.  

De Cylinders
Saturday, November 14th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T is excited to welcome from the Netherlands, 1970's power pop/DIY legends De Cylinders to the show! In honor of Sing Sing Records reissuing their classic singles, the six-piece are playing their first-ever US shows, and we've got them at WFMU! De Cylinders will also be playing with Gentleman Jesse at the Cake Shop on November 14th and Bruar Falls on November 15th, but check them out on the CBC first!

Syl Johnson
Thursday, November 12th, 2009, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Syl Johnson, soul music royalty, will visit This is the the Modern World with Trouble. In town to headline the Eccentric Soul Revue Tour, Syl will be accompanied by Michael Slaboch from Numero Group, the fab label who put together the Soul Revue.  Michael will spin some rarities and Syl will talk about his life on the road with such luminaries as Magic Sam, Howlin' Wolf and Freddie King.  Do tune in, it will be pretty special.

Ghost Moth
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Imagine jazz and power electronics enmeshing in unexpected ways, where feedback squeal and chirruping alto dance together like noisy wisps of smoke. Then, imagine lighter passages, stretches that sound more like John Coltrane or Didier Malherbe riffing over Klaus Schulze's "Cyborg" album. At least then, you'll have some outlying idea of the potential of Ghost Moth. The duo of renowned multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter and electronic musician Todd Brooks (aka Todd Pendu, aka Chaos*CM*Majik) inspired a Castle invitation with their glorious, 40-minute-plus improvisation on WKCR this past September. Cinematic and haunting, Ghost Moth join Wm. Berger on the magical date of 11/11. Join us at the long table. Bring no expectations and be lifted.

Nardwuar vs. Girl Talk and Lady Gaga!
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Brand new interview with Girl Talk plus Lady Gaga ! Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!

Doug Gillard
Tuesday, November 10th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Doug has bended the strings for many classic combos including Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, Death of Samantha, My Dad Is Dead, Gem and most recently embarking on a solo career. He's graced the WFMU airwaves many times before, and we are proud to welcome him to the Three Chord Monte program for the first time! His most recent release is 2009's "Call From Restricted."

El Perro Del Mar
Monday, November 9th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Sound and Safe welcomes the angelic Swede with a voice that belongs only in the grandest cathedrals: El Perro Del Mar, AKA Sarah Assbring. Her new album "Love is Not Pop" is out now on The Control Group, and you can catch her on tour in November with Peter Bjorn and John - including 11/9 at Webster Hall.

Monday, November 9th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

For over a decade Hopewell has been blending vintage fuzz pedal jams with their early space rock and shoegaze roots. Now back with their sixth album, "Good Good Desperation," Hopewell inhabits a world where ~SThe Album~T is not a lost art, and invites listeners on a journey from dirty downtown New York City scenes to blissful Californian deserts. They join Irene for a live set on WFMU.

Joan La Barbara
Monday, November 9th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk

Composer and performer Joan La Barbara has been one of the most innovative experimenters in vocal sound art over the last two decades. Her work has covered theater, choral composition and interactive technology, and she has collaborated with Judy Chicago, Bruce Nauman, Steve Reich and Jim Hall. As a part of the Performa festival in New York in November, she will perform on the Futurist "intonarumori" noise machine, as well as presenting her piece "October Music: Star Showers and Extraterrestrials."

Yale Evelev - Luaka Bop turns 21
Saturday, November 7th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Luaka Bop is thought of as David Byrne's label but an equally or perhaps more powerful force behind the operation is his partner Yale Evelev.  Yale has dedicated his life to exploring music off-the-beaten path and getting it out there on disc.  (Prior to joining Luaka he was also involved for some years with the avant-garde-y New Music Distribution Service, a great friend to adventurous college freeform DJs of the 1980s.)  Luaka has finally reached drinking age and where better to celebrate than in swinging Jersey City?  Yale comes by to play and talk about some favorite releases from years gone by, and new things as well.  

UK Session Drummer Dougie Wright
Saturday, November 7th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with UK Session Drummer Dougie Wright who played on scores of #1 hits like Edison Lighthouse "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes,"  Van Morrison & Them "Here Comes the Night" and Daniel Boone "Beautiful Sunday!"

Grass Widow
Saturday, November 7th, 2009, 2am - 6am
Nat Roe
Squeezed right in between two New York shows, Grass Widow will be stopping by Nat Roe's program to share a dose of their aggressive combination of surf rock, girl group harmonies, and art punk attitude. Coming off a 12" on Make A Mess, Grass Widow's ditties are as catchy as H1N1 and should appeal to fans of Vivian Girls, Cause Co-Motion, or any of the other twee goodness that makes our feet tingle.

Fall '09 Scratch Attack Session
Friday, November 6th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's Fall '09 Scratch Attack Session features visiting Italian DJ Skizo from the Alien Army crew, New York City turntablist trio the Buck 50 Kutters featuring D. Official, Dre' Mayes, & Dope-Man, Maryland turntablist & WFMU regular DJ ALF, and reigning DJ champ, DJ Shiftee who recently took the 2009 DMC World Championships title in London. Tune in, when all that scratching will make you itch.

Thursday, November 5th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Take an old school AmRep band, make them more dense and mix with a snowstorm -- that about sums up the sonic fury that is Decapitado. Featuring the distinct wail of Daniel Kubinski formerly of hardcore legends Die Kreuzen (dee kroytzin) on vocals and bass duties, Mike Olson of Realm on drums, and Andy Skeels on guitar, the 3 piece have a new 7", "Autowriter" just released. They'll be performing that as well as selections from their "Blacked" CD live on the show. Airing begins at 11:15 pm- tune in!

Nardwuar vs. Jay-Z, N*E*R*D & The San Diego Chicken!
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Jay-Z, N*E*R*D, plus in honour of the World Series of Baseball, The San Diego Chicken!

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with Reverend Billy, The Saw Lady, and Jason Bitner
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast next Wednesday, November 4th from 6-7pm. Joining Ken and Andy will be the next mayor of New York City, (fresh from his landslide election the day before) Reverend Billy musical saw player Natalia Paruz (aka The Saw Lady), and editor of Found Magazine and "Cassette from my Ex" Jason Bitner. Plus, the most amazing ventriloquism act you have ever seen or heard. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you save your receipt, that tiny piece of paper will gradually increase in value until it almost exceeds the original admission price.

Wild Carnation
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Out of the Feelies/Speed the Plough Universe sprouts Wild Carnation, led by Feelies bassist Brenda Sauter.

Michael Holt
Monday, November 2nd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Back with another new album, Michael Holt brings his beautiful musicianship to WFMU. He describes his music this way, "An uplifting, melodic pop album with fifteen songs about relationships, nature, and our need to protect the planet. Folk rock, chamber pop, alternative, bossa nova, classical art songs, country, and an Appalachian folk ballad all wrapped up in one."

Pink Puffers Brass Band from Rome
Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Pink Puffers brass band regularly fills the streets, squares and historical sites of Rome with their buoyant brand of funk, soul, jazz and New Orleans inspired originals and covers, not to mention the occasional Italian 70s film soundtrack. The youthful Italians hit our shores earlier this month at the invitation of the annual Boston-area HONK Festival of activist street bands. HONK festival bands are known for their Vaudevillian antics - stilt walking, juggling etc. - and outrageous costumes.  The Pink Puffer's own trademark bright pink outfits are more carnivalesque than "haunted house" - but their Vespa-throttling volume is definitely not for the timid. The thirteen Puffers squeeze into FMU Studio B for a blood-curdling live session.

Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is having a Halloween Party this Saturday with live music from Lover! Hailing from Memphis, Lover! features the amazing Rich Crook (of Lost Sounds, Reatards, Knaughty Knights fame!) Hear why Lover!s single "Ronny" was one of Terre T's Top 5 singles of 2008! They're currently on tour across the US in support of their new EP, "No Dreams Please." So tune in this Sat and hear Terre's kooky, spooky Halloween records and to hear Lover! who play such good punk-power-pop it's scary!

Gwilly Edmondez
Saturday, October 31st, 2009, 2am - 6am
Nat Roe
Gwilly Edmondez is possibly the best collager and shredder of analog tape samples on the planet. He's also very fond of smacking his lips together and making insane dadaist sound poetry - he's the best at that too because nobody else would ever deign do something so ridiculous! Gwilly will phone in an improvised vocal session all the way from Newcastle, England, where Gwilly teaches music majors at Newcastle University how to be as incorrect as him. Take a break from reality/sanity and tune in!

Slasher Risk
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Brooklyn's Slasher Risk combine so many elements close to the heart of the Castle: basement/practice-space noise; the sonic echoes of everything from Albrecht D, to The Velvet Underground, Total and Whitehouse; all this, and an overpowering live show. Basically one man, one woman, one or two guitars, sometimes a drum kit, some screaming, some effect boxes, and anything goes. Their recordings are eclectic and bewitching--from evocative interludes, to minimalist rock, to completely unhinged emotional release. Tune in when Andy and Sara bring their deranged, artful, psych-punk-splatter to My Castle of Quiet--as close to Halloween as we could get them.

Nardwuar vs. Kurt Cobain and Daniel Johnston
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
One of the last interviews Kurt Cobain ever did plus a brand *new* interview with Daniel Johnston. Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!

Alasdair MacLean of the Clientele
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Alasdair MacLean of the UK band the Clientele is crossing the pond for two appearances in the US, and one of them is on WFMU. He'll perform solo on Irwin's program Wednesday, Oct 28, at 4pm. The following night he'll perform at Joe's Pub in New York. The Clientele's new album is "Bonfires on the Heath."

Jeffrey Lewis
Monday, October 26th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

Boy, this guy has really got it all: illustrated histories of Rough Trade Records (his label) and Punk on the Lower East Side from 1950 - 1975 (his passion), a weird and awesome comic book that's available at comic stores nationwide, an entire album of Crass covers, and enough humility to bring down an army. Jeffrey Lewis returns to WFMU to play records and play songs about everything from Leonard Cohen's sex life to moving out of an old apartment.

Misty Roses
Monday, October 26th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

With a nod to the musical past, Misty Roses takes pop melodrama to modern heights. Their combination of electronic textures overlaid with a cinematic sense of musical storytelling reminds you somewhat of 60's icons like The Zombies and The Association. The group is based in both Britain and the U.S. but they'll converge for a rare performance in Jersey City for a live WFMU appearance.

Live at the Record Fair
Sunday, October 25th, 2009, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
Mr. Fields spins 45 rpm records in celebration of WFMU's Singles Going Steady week.

Stefan Jecusco
Sunday, October 25th, 2009, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Stefan Jecusco plays handmade updates on old-timey tunes on his handmade goatskin banjo. Stefan will perform from his unreleased Inferno album and the follow-up Portland (Purgatory) album, just released on Social Music, as well as a few old-time classics and miscellaneous tunes. In the songs, Stefan transposes the rings of hell from Dante's Inferno to modern America, and describes contemporary life in Portland, Oregon in terms of the long process of atonement for sins in Purgatory. Vanessa Veselka accompanies on violin and backing vocals.

45 RPM Love Battle II with Katie Gentile
Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Rob fulfills the stationwide 7" imperative by once again, by (sort of) popular demand, playing 45 rpm radio ping-pong with his sidekick Katie Gentile.  Katie is now an academic, author, and violinist for indie psyche-pop band The Special Pillow.  But her bountiful vintage indie rock 7" collection was gathered primarily during her youthful years in the indie-rock label biz and at the great college freeform station WCBN (from whence, not too coincidentally, Rob also sprouted).  Rob will again unsuccessfully attempt to find a way to smoothly segue Katie's rocking oldies with vintage global 45s.

Live at the WFMU Record Fair: Heavy Trash
Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Heavy Trash, the rockabilly love child of NYC rock 'n roll legends Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray, continue to explore early RnR, swampy blues, country, and doo-wop on their third release, "Midnight Soul Seranade," out Oct 27th on Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess. Spencer, of Pussy Galore, Boss Hog and Blues Explosion fame, hiccups, sobs, pleads and growls over Verta-Ray's (ex-Speedball Baby & Madder Rose) switchblade riffs and pulsating guitar. Backed by their troupe of veteran tricksters and evil geniuses -- New York legend Simon Chardiet (double bass) and Lambchops Sam Baker (drums) -- they have created a new kind of groove, a soundtrack suitable for haunted bordellos and hedonistic ho-downs. This will be the first time Heavy Trash has ever performed at the WFMU Record Fair, and the first ever that Heavy Trash has shared a bill with the Trashmen. An event not to be missed!

Live at the Record Fair with The Trashmen
Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
The Trashmen are best known for their smash hit "Surfin' Bird." It's no surprise that Family Guy's Peter Griffin declared this the greatest record of all time on a recent episode that revolved around his search for a copy. Search no more, because The Trashmen are here! And far from being one hit wonders, the Minnesota maulers are easily one of the great surf AND rock'n'roll bands of all-time. This marks their first ever visit to the New York area! Also playing full headline sets at Southpaw on Friday Oct. 23rd and Maxwell's on Saturday Oct. 24th .

Live at the Record Fair with Chip Taylor
Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley showers shoppers and listeners alike with #1 hits plus a live acoustic set by Chip Taylor ("Wild Thing," "Angel Of The Morning").

Live from the Record Fair
Friday, October 23rd, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
WFMU's Mister Fine Wine brings Downtown Soulville to the record fair for a live hour-long broadcast of rare and vintage soul 45s.

Live at the Record Fair
Friday, October 23rd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
As the legions of dealers busily set up all around them at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday afternoon for this year's WFMU Record Fair, Billy Jam and his numerous guests will be broadcasting live from the Manhattan venue in a non-stop hip-hop open mic session. In addition to Maryland turntablist DJ ALF laying down beats and cuts, and visiting San Francisco "scratch guitar" pioneer The Genie freestyling on his instrument, there will be numerous emcees (many in town for the CMJ music conference) stopping by including D. Black, the Blue Scholars, Tame-One, Shafiq Husayn, Bilal, Vic D, and Jahdan. Also stopping by will be West Coast esoteric hip-hop production duo PANTyRAiD, and more guests TBA. There will also be a turntable salute to the WFMU Singles Going Steady theme of the week.

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009, 11pm - 2am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Edan the MC/DJ/Producer/etc/etc comes through to drop an exclusive premiere of his forthcoming release. It exists in the netherworld that is 1/2 mixtape, 1/2 LP. Worldwide exclusive! We'll also be trading records and talking schlitz into the night.

Ian MacKaye and Henry Rollins
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Over the years Nardwuar has talked to many a punker. Tune in Wednesday as the Human Serviette digs up these two very unique encounters from his giant cache of interviews. Doot doola Doot doo... doot doo!

The Wiyos
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on Centennial Songs / The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC

The Wiyos are hot off their summer tour supporting Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Bob Dylan, and are returning to WFMU's Antique Phonograph Music program for the third time.

45s and 40z with Marty and Trent (2nd Annual)
Monday, October 19th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Marty McSorley and Trent review 40z, play 45s, and hold hands... for the second time, even though the first time was really embarrassing.

Clare and the Reasons
Monday, October 19th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Mix a touch of old-fashioned English dancehall, French chanson, and good old American pop and you might approximate the charming music-making of Clare and the Reasons. The ensemble is fronted by wife-husband team of Clare Muldaur Manchon and Olivier Manchon, based in the hotbed Brooklyn music scene. Their sophomore effort, "Arrow," was conceived by Clare in their kitchen, and arranged by Olivier with their two cats nearby nodding in approval. They bring a well-needed dose of charm to the WFMU studio.

Daniel Neumann
Monday, October 19th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk

This week, The Brother Lucy Show welcomes sound artist Daniel Neumann, curator of the "10ms - Perspectives on Microsound" festival at Diapason in Brooklyn. For the month of October, Diapason is presenting performances and installations of sound based on time scales "shorter than musical notes," a style that overlaps with glitch, lowercase and onkyo styles across the globe. The festival concludes with a Microsound Dance Party at Santos Party House.

Wu Man on Carnegie Hall's Ancient Paths, Modern Voices Festival
Saturday, October 17th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

NY-based Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man is usually a performer, not a curator. But she was enlisted by the folks at Carnegie Hall to travel far and wide in China to seek out village musical traditions - and bring some of the performers to NYC as part of Carnegie's wide-ranging Ancient Paths, Modern Voices Festival of Chinese music and performing arts. The festival starts this weekend and features concerts and other events at Carnegie and other venues, including some free concerts. For the first time ever New Yorkers will hear the compelling women's vocal music of the Dong ethnic minority (from remote Southwestern China near the Burmese border), as well as an ebullient Daoist village ensemble from the north near Mongolia, and much more regional Chinese traditional music and performing arts rarely (if ever) seen in the US. Wu Man will be participating in the festival as well, but never one to slack off, she's currently in California with the Kronos Quartet rehearsing her next project (which will also hit Carnegie, November 3). She takes a rehearsal break to join us by phone and talk about some of the artists she's bringing over.

Put the Needle on the Record kicks off the new WFMU season
Friday, October 16th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
To help kick off week-one of the new WFMU Fall/Winter schedule Billy Jam will broadcast the first half of a WFMU special session he produced in recent weeks in Oakland, CA, featuring Dawgisht on beats, samples, and cat keyboard, and DJ DnZ on scratches, effects, & samples. Additionally this premier episode in the new WFMU season's lineup will feature an interview with director Jamie Jay Johnson whose 2009 documentary "Sounds Like Teen Spirit" takes an affectionate yet comic look at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, and Nick Abrahams - the co-director of "The Posters Came From The Walls" about diehard fans of Depeche Mode around the world, both of which screened at the recent Branchage Film Festival in "old" Jersey where these interviews were conducted. Also in the studio on Friday will be Belinda and Hova - hosts of legendary former WFMU program "Greasy Kid Stuff" who are back visiting the East Coast this weekend for a WFMU benefit Greasy Kid Stuff Dance Party at Maxwell's in Hoboken.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Ferocious, progressive black metal (or as the band puts it, Pure Transcendental Black Metal) from the heart of Brooklyn. Their new album, Renihilation, is an uplifting assault that will appeal to fans of early Enslaved and Emperor, with silvery dual-guitar work, pounding blast beats, vocal chants, wails and screams. Monstrous and monumental, USBM at its absolute finest -- don't miss this one, kids. Liturgy will be playing @ The Bell House on 10/16, and Market Hotel on All Hallows Eve.

TV Ghost
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Fresh from their appearance at WFMU Fest, Lafayette, Indiana's finest have a packed touring schedule and killer new release on In the Red Records, who might describe them best: "a band who ushers in a vile and squalid new disposition to ugly art punk and carves out a black hole of pestilence that will delight its sufferers to no end. If one can swim through the murky grime long enough to let one's frazzled senses adjust, it's clear how effectively TV Ghost incorporates the licentious nuances of the Cramps' earliest scuzz, no wave's cacophony, and Suicide's terrifying throb alongside cavernous bellows from the depths of the third layer of hell."

The Fresh & Onlys, plus Static Static
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Two of the finest bands from the state that's falling into the ocean -- San Francisco's Fresh & Onlys and LA's Static Static -- play live on Talk's Cheap.

The Fresh & Onlys reflect the 60s shimmer of their hometown, the shamble of the TV Personalities, and the dark hook of Joy Division. Beneath waves of smeared vocal harmonies, tambourine and jagged/jangle guitar, core members Tim Cohen (Black Fiction) and Shayde Sartin (Skygreen Leopards) unleashed a flood of music in 2009: a cassette, multiple 7''s, and two full-lengths including the latest, "Grey Eyed Girls" (Woodsist). The 5-piece plays NY with Thee Oh Sees (Mercury Lounge Oct 8 / The Bell House in Brooklyn Oct 9th) and will meet up with Box Elders and Dan Melchior before the tour is through (dates here).

Static Static make buzzsaw sci-fi punk with John Henry on fuzz guitar/bass, and MissMassDestruction on organ. Their latest incarnation adds a human drummer (Lesley from the Red Aunts) to enhance Static Static's drum-machine-laden glue wave. With a killer new full-length called "Psychic Eyes" (Tic Tac Totally), Static Static hit the road to play with likemindeds including TV Ghost, Wizzard Sleeve, and Human Eye. Static Static play Brooklyn's Market Hotel on Oct 10 w/ Monotonix, Turbo Fruits, and Ill Ease. Complete tour info on the myspace.

Lucky Dragons
Monday, October 12th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Lucky Dragons' performances overturn conventions of electronic music with generosity and grace. On Monday October 12, they will join DJ Rupture to share sounds and discuss the relationship between social and sonic experimentation, Los Angeles, erasing the barriers between performer and audience, and more.

Terence McKenna channeling Marshall McLuhan
Monday, October 12th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Tonight in The Media Squat, we begin our "foundations" in mind, media, and mayhem with a new series of Rushkoff-annotated talks from vintage Media Squatters including Timothy Leary, Buckminster Fuller, Allen Ginsburg, William Burroughs, and more. The series begins with Terence McKenna channeling Marshall McLuhan, from a talk at Esalen Institute in 1995.

Food Will Win the War
Monday, October 12th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Heavy on acoustic sensibilities but infused with a hint of Prog rock, Food Will win the War topped the AV Club's list of worst band name. But don't be fooled-- the music is dark but very accessible. Fronted by the smokey-voiced Rob Ward, the ensemble drops WFMU to play live.

A Tropical Excursion With the Waitiki 7: Salvaged Shipwreck Edition
Sunday, October 11th, 2009, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

This is the radio show the gods don't want you to hear! First, on Sept. 20, this program's broadcast of two hours of exotica -- including a live set from the Waitiki 7 -- from a boat was waylaid when Poseidon forced our sturdy craft into New York's version of the Bermuda Triangle, which swallowed up the broadcast signal like so many rummy seafarers. Then, just minutes before an attempted rebroadcast on Sept. 27, Thor tossed a celestial fistful of lightning bolts at the WFMU Building, knocking out the power for hours. So this time, to be on the safe side, a couple of the younger WFMU DJs have been flung into the mouth of a piping volcano -- so if the tiki goddess Pele allows, this third time will be the charm. Be a witness to the raising of this Titanic of a radio show from Davy Jones's Locker!

The World's Greatest Music Experts!
Saturday, October 10th, 2009, 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. Got a question for the The World's Greatest Music Experts? Email it to:

Music and Torture: An interview with Suzanne Cusick
Friday, October 9th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Inner Ear Detour with David
In recent years, the U.S. military has "weaponized" music and noise. Both on the battlefield and in U.S. detention facilities, so-called enemy combatants have been subjected to high-decibel sonic assaults in forms ranging from Metallica's "Enter Sandman" to "I Love You," sung by Barney the Purple Dinosaur. Musicologist Suzanne Cusick has been researching this use of music and sound for more than three years, including interviews with former detainees and military personnel. Tune in as David talks to Cusick about her findings, about the current policies under the Obama administration, and about the eerie resonance between music-as-torture and the revolution in musical aesthetics since John Cage.

Yusef Lateef Birthday Special
Friday, October 9th, 2009, 9am - Noon
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind
Celebrating the 89th birthday of his all-time favorite musical human, Doug Schulkind devotes an entire episode of Give the Drummer Some to Yusef Lateef, who's been named American Jazz Master for the year 2010 by the National Endowment for the Arts. Tune in on October 9 as Doug tries to jam pack Yusef's more than six decades of innovation and virtuosity on tenor sax, theremin, alto sax, argol, flute, bamboo flute, pneumatic flute, Chinese globular flute, below yellow bell flute, shennai, bassoon, oboe, shofar, tambourine, tamboura, kulin tang, koto and dozens of other instruments -- all into three ridiculously insufficient hours of radio.

DJ BrownBum, Custodian Of Records and Daniel Joseph
Thursday, October 8th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Dropping by will by DJ BrownBum, Custodian Of Records and Daniel Joseph all saying happy hibernation to Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains.

All Stagger Lee show
Thursday, October 8th, 2009, 6am - 9am
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Underwater Theme Park this Thursday morning will be doing a special ALL Stagger Lee show. Meghan will be going through the history of the man and the song from the roots to modern day. Tune in for a great Murder story!

End of Summer Season Special
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Do or DIY with People Like Us
It's the end of the Summer Season and so time for DO or DIY to unplug the ethernet cable, give the ol' modem a bit of a dust and take the next season off. But before we go we haven't forgotten that it's somewhat a tradition to make a downloadable collection of the best of all things avant retard for your ears and eye-pods, you lucky people - complete with downloadable artwork. Check WFMU's blog after the program today to download the goodies! I always say there's nothing like art, and this is nothing like art.

Seven Second Delay Live at the UCB Theater with Wallace Shawn, Kurt Vile, Brent Weinbach and Suzanne Reisman
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Comedy Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast this Wednesday, October 7th from 6-7pm. Joining Ken and Andy will be actor/writer Wallace Shawn, musical guest Kurt Vile, up and coming comedian Brent Weinbach and author Suzanne Reisman. Plus, the first ever game of radio musical chairs. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you save your receipt, the admission fee will be refunded to you at the end of Andy's life, by his next-of-kin, of course.

Bob Bellerue
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Renascence man Bob Bellerue drops by the WFMU studios to give us a live set and chat about hew new projects. Bellerue, who also goes by Redglare, builds sick, escalating noisescapes with various electronics and instruments from far-off lands. When he's not doing that he also runs and has just finished work on a documentary film "Live at the Smell" chronicling performances from HEALTH, No Age, Foot Village, High Places and many more all at the legendary L.A. D.I.Y. venue.

The Last Smile of the Pied Piper, Part 2
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009, 6am - 9am
More Than A Few Exciting Moments with Frank O'Toole
Frank O'Toole will air part two of a two-part homage to Brian Wilson's work, put together by an anonymous mixmaster. Using various and sundry sources, the piece has a flow to it, and yet is free-form. It features Brian Wilson's work, in the studio, using sessions and session players, as well as the Beach Boys, themselves. The piece is very savvy and perpetuates the Brian Wilson lore.

Keep Austin WFMU Part 2: Live from the Monofonus Press compound
Monday, October 5th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Sound and Safe returns to the magical capital of Texas for a live broadcast from the home base of Monofonus Press, a place where the buildings are handmade, there are fire-breathing dragons attached to the buildings, the bands are rocking, and the heat is still hot. Watch this space for more info on DJs and performers coming on the air. If you're in Austin, make sure to join us for a fun, laid back kind of party on the east side at 610 Vermont Road, 7 - 10 Central time.

Jonathan Lethem
Monday, October 5th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Jonathan Lethem on The Media Squat tonight, talking with Douglas Rushkoff about pot, money, and his new book, Chronic City.

Jorge Socarras
Sunday, October 4th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
Daniel Blumin's show
October 13th sees the release of "Catholic," an ahead-of-its-time collaboration between Indoor Life vocalist Jorge Socarras and legendary disco artist and producer Patrick Cowley. The album was recorded between 1976 and 1979 but never saw the light of day due to initial delays and Cowley's untimely death in 1982. Those familiar with Cowley's work with Sylvester and Donna Summer will be in for a surprise! The tracks run the gamut from minimal synth haunts and pre-technoid dream action to catchy weird wave and glammy power pop, yet somehow it all makes sense and "Catholic" is an essential album that never was! Tune in to hear cuts from the album. Special guest Jorge Socarras will be discussing the collaboration and spinning some rekkids that inspired it. Don't miss out if you love your robot children!

Rokia Traore
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Singer / songwriter / bandleader Rokia Traore has always gone her own way. She's Malian by birth and often sings in her native Bamanan, but with a diplomat dad, Traore grew up around the world, and she has based her career in France. She has incorporated traditional Malian music into her sound but she would not call herself a traditional musician. Her lyrics often support women's rights and other socially progressive themes. Her latest CD, the sparse, intimate "Tchamantché" (Nonesuch) takes a step further away from her West African roots - but still does not abandon them completlely. Rokia joins us to talk about the new CD and other musical adventures.

The Choke
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T is honored to welcome NYC's premier punk crusaders The Choke back to the WFMU airwaves! With their debut album - produced by Tony Barber of the Buzzcocks! - dropping this week, The Choke are primed to raise the bar on their legendary CBC appearance in 2006! You can also catch The Choke on Oct 3rd at Bruar Falls in Brooklyn and Oct 5th at Bowery Electric! But make sure to check them out on the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre this Saturday!

Nick the Bard sings Abba "Gold"
Friday, October 2nd, 2009, 11pm - 2am
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Does the thought of spending another Friday night in your cozy yet often damp existence lend you pause? Another week gone by; how many mayflies have died in that span you think to yourself in order to relieve the tension that has built up as you shift in your easy chair. Maybe I should turn over a new leaf...go out and do something exciting...become part of the actual, active community that I pretend to loathe but deep down wish to be an active participant in. Well, those are all mighty fine ideas but the Inflatable Squirrel Carcass would like you to hold those thoughts this evening (unless you are attending WFMU Fest at the Music Hall of Williamsburg) as we, the "royal" version, welcome WFMU's fine interpreter of song, Nick the Bard, to the show. Nick will be performing every late-inning housewife's favorite music to vacuum to, Abba's "Gold." (Please note: any electronic glitches that may occur during the performance are intentional. They are Nick practicing his version of Fennesz' "Endless Summer.")

New Jersey travels to Old Jersey to broadcast live from the Branchage Film Festival
Friday, October 2nd, 2009, 9am - Noon
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In our seemingly never ending series of travels to unique events in faraway places, WFMU will next travel to Europe to the small Channel Islands locale of "old" Jersey to broadcast live from the Branchage Film Festival. The annual film and music festival takes place October 1st through 4th on the small island of Jersey which is off the coast of Normandy, France but under British Crown Dependency. On Friday October 2nd between 9am and noon (New Jersey time) during Doug Schulkind's usual time of old Jersey, reporting not just on the diverse Branchage Film and music festival but also on the rich history of the island that gave its name to New Jersey.

Friday, October 2nd, 2009, 2am - 6am
Solid Gold Hell with Sue P.
Brooklyn's Wizardry stop in to Sold Gold Hell and present a taste of their hard-rockin', fist-pumping sound.  A band rooted in the metal tradition, they exalt mystical and psychedelic themes and arrive ready assault your senses with a full-blown stage show.  Tune in for soaring anthems and dirgey grooves and rest assured: Magic does exist!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Soon to be international pop sensation MNDR (pronounced MAN-dar) takes time out from remixing Major Lazer and geeking out over synths to stop by the WFMU studios for a live set. This one woman hit machine will catch you with her hooks and gut you with her voice. Tune in now before you have to wait in line at TRL.

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