Past Special Programs on WFMU
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U.S. Girls (Scott fills in for Hatch)
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Scott Williams's show
Scott fills in for Hatch with special guest U.S. Girls, who is one Chicago gal, a reel-to-reel tape deck, some stomp-boxes, and a remarkably alienated-yet-engaged take on classic pop, stripping away all the structure and revealing all the emotion and meaning; imagine Phil Spector covered by The Conet Project, or Springsteen by a gang of angry ghosts. Then look for "Introducing U.S. Girls," just released by Siltbreeze.

Garden Party: Live from the Miracle Garden in the East Village
Monday, August 18th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Have you ever wanted to listen to WFMU whilst sitting in a beautiful garden with friends and fellow listeners around a fire, surrounded by tiki torches and sipping a nice summer evening lemonade? Now's your chance! Join Trent for a live broadcast of Sound and Safe from the Miracle Garden at East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B in Manhattan on Monday, August 18th, from 8 - 11 pm. Come by or tune in for garden-like music, stories from the garden's colorful 25-year history, workshops on rainwater harvesting and composting, free WFMU swag... and lots of other surprises. Have a suggestion for a piece of music that would sound great in the garden? Email trent at wfmu dot org.

Hiss Golden Messenger
Monday, August 18th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Splitting away from SF's Court and Spark, frontman Mike Taylor and bassist Scott Hirsch scattered to Chapel Hill and Brooklyn respectively. The two have now started a new musical venture, Hiss Golden Messenger, which they describe this way: "We came around a bend in the road and we saw a golden lake. So we jumped in." They play a live set for WFMU drenched in loping tempos and lots of space.

Cause Co-Motion
Monday, August 18th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Brooklyn popsters the Cause Co-Motion bring fuzzy, pogo-happy DIY to the WFMU studios. They'll be releasing a new 7" and singles compilation CD on the Slumberland label soon, and you can catch 'em live somewhere in Brooklyn with Nodzzz on 9/12.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
Monday, August 18th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Ariel "Pink" Rosenberg has been churning out tape after tape of warped pop hits since 1996. A recent batch of higher profile releases, jump-started by Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, are just the tip of his R. Stevie Moore-inspired iceberg. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti reimagines 70's AM radio through psychedelic vision goggles. Although he typically records solo to 8-track cassette, Ariel Pink is currently on tour with a full backing band, ready to bring the Haunted Graffiti to life here in the WFMU studios.

Teenage Wasteland 30th Anniversary Broadcast from Maxwell's with the Subway Surfers and the Doughboys
Sunday, August 17th, 2008, 5pm - 7pm
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
WFMU will present a special 30th anniversary broadcast of Bill Kelly's Teenage Wasteland at Maxwell's in Hoboken (1039 Washington St). Only r-r-real rock & roll is going be played. Special guests will include the Subway Surfers and the Doughboys performing live. In the spirit of WFMU's reknown big-tent musical philosophy, hippies and neocons will both be welcomed.

MVEE+, Zaika, Byron Coley & Valerie Webber
Sunday, August 17th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Some of the Ecstatic Yod Collective's caravan of weirdos stop by WFMU during their No More Bush celebration tour. MV & EE, master musicians of lysergic rural folk, will be joined by Willie "Gutbucket" Lane. We'll also hear music from Zaika, the duo of Marcia Bassett from the Double Leopards and Tom Carter from Charalambides. Interspersed with the music, Valerie Webber and Byron Coley will douse their souls in gasoline and ignite them with readings from their poetry.

Betty Harris & Frank Bango
Saturday, August 16th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with New Orleans Soul legend Betty Harris, who got her start in show business as a teenager and ended up cutting classic records with Bert Berns, Lieber & Stoller & Allen Toussaint. Michael also checks in with Singer/Songwriter Frank Bango, who'll discuss his new album "The Sweet Songs of Decay," and the "Frank Bango Bone Marrowthon/Stem Cellebration Benefit" being held in his honor at The Bowery Ballroom Tuesday August 26th featuring music from: Nada Surf, Dean & Britta, Richard Buckner, Sam Champion, Luke Rathborne and many others.

DJ Teeko and the Controller One turntable's radio debut, plus DJ ALF
Friday, August 15th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The best musical instruments are created by those who use them on a daily basis. Case in point is the envelope-pushing new "Controller One" turntable, which was designed by respected West Coast turntablists DJ Teeko, Woody, Ricci Rukcer, Mike Boo, and D-Styles - and is being manufactured by Vestax. Unveiled at the Elbo Room club in San Francisco a recently and slated to be one of the highlights at the upcoming Monterey Jazz Festival - this brand new turntable creation will make its radio debut on WFMU when DJ Teeko from the 4OneFunk crew will fly out from San Francisco to the Jersey City studios to do a live demonstration/performance. With infinite capabilities to play it like any instrument including string and percussion, Teeko describes the Controller One turntable as "almost like a mellotron, instead of the tape spinning it's a record that you can scratch and receive midi." Also in the studio on a separate set of turntables will be WFMU regular, Baltimore's DJ ALF.

Hip-Hop Tribute to Isaac Hayes
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Noah will be playing a handful of hip-hop tracks that have been influenced and sampled from one of Americas greatest songwriters and composers, Black Moses. Tune in or walk on by.

Josh Alan Friedman
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Bestselling author Josh Alan Friedman ("Tales of Times Square," "I, Goldstein") drops by Music To Spazz By to discuss his latest book "Tell the Truth Until They Bleed: Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll." Friedman will dish on the last great untold stories of the music business and will also air previously unheard Doc Pomus and Leiber/Stoller private demos.

Miss Chain and the Broken Heels
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Power pop from Italy in the fine tradition of Dwight Twilley, Nikki Corvette and Nick Lowe!

Peter Evans, Tom Blancarte, and Brandon Seabrook
Wednesday, August 13th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Peter Evans/Tom Blancarte/Brandon Seabrook stop by the Long Rally for a heavy jazz/improv meeting. This trumpet/bass/guitar configuration is 3/4 of the Peter Evans Quartet (who made Scott's #1 jazz record of 2007!) and also an expanded version of the dense improv duo Spärks (Tom Blancarte/Peter Evans), currently celebrating a new record on the Portuguese Creative Sources label. Material from both bands can reasonably be expected, and above that, sky's the limit. Killer free music for mind and body.

The Individuals
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

25 years after they broke up this legendary Hoboken band is back, and WFMU's got them! The word "legendary" gets thrown around a lot, but there's no question that it applies to The Individuals. Along with the Feelies and the Bongos (and across-the-river pals the dB's), the Individuals were integral in establishing the Hoboken Sound and laying the groundwork for the Cucumbers, Yo La Tengo and many others. The Individuals' only two releases, the full-length album Fields and the Aquamarine EP, have just been reissued on CD and the band has reunited for a show at Maxwell's on July 22. They also recorded a live set for WFMU, which you can hear Tuesday August 12 on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show. Don't miss this rare radio event!

Karl Hyde of Underworld: Studio tour with Trent
Monday, August 11th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Underworld is the only electronic band in the world that can truly shake a stadium-sized venue to its core: with a circus atmosphere, 50-foot rainbow balloons, disco globe evening jackets, and the biggest beats this side of Jupiter, what could go wrong? Karl Hyde, 1/2 of the 25-year-old band, has a multimedia show called Beautiful Burnout Artjam: The Art of Underworld on display at Jacob Howard gallery in Manhattan right now, and he'll walk Trent through the gallery this Monday night. Tune in, visit the gallery before the show closes on the 15th, and/or listen to their amazing live DJ sets broadcasts, all archived at YES! It's Underworld!!

Gwilly Edmondez
Monday, August 11th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Since the conclusion of the legendary Radioactive Sparrow (in 2003) Gwilly Edmondez has pranced between multiple solo-act personae, most notably Yesterday In Parliament, Virginia Pipe and Copydex. This exclusive session for Do Or DIY features specially recorded material, updates from the frontline struggle for a one true Gwilly - everything and anything from spazzed-out Dictaphonics, deranged a capella, disobedient breaks, and gambled collage.

Monday, August 11th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Another great band from Portland, OR stops by Liz's show, this time it's Au, who play pretty, meandering, experimental tunes that are strange and lovely at the same time. Their new album "Verbs" (Aagoo) is a layered instrumental carousel, chirping and clapping along merrily. Catch them live at Monkey Town in Brooklyn on 8/12 or at the Spiegeltent on 9/29.

Kurt Vile
Monday, August 11th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

"Philly's Constant Hitmaker" Kurt Vile plays psychedelic experimental pop infused with a classic, folksy directness. This year's Gulcher Records release, titled Constant Hitmaker, more than lives up to the name. Vile's a consistent live performer who's shared the stage with a range of sonic adventurers and avant pop-stars including Blues Control, Magik Markers, and Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Kurt Vile's stopping by WFMU for a solo set before he splits town to make his UK debut.

WFMU Radio Greats Weekend
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 6pm - Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 11:45pm

Legendary WFMU DJs from years past drop by to help celebrate 50 years on the air, August 8-10. Special guests include Danny Fields, Wildgirl, Meredith, David Newgarden, Nicholas Hill, William Berger, Neal Adams, Mark Allen, Douglas Wolk, Stork, Vin Scelsa, Steinski, Hova & Belinda, R. Stevie Moore, Mark Allen, John Schnall, Bart Plantenga plus surprise guests and rare airchecks.

Stork Club archives (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker
Bethany digs into the Stork Club with live performance archives by John Fahey, David Shea, Zeena Parkins, EastSide Percussion, Noel Akchote/David Grubbs, Ricardo Arias and Music for Homemade Instruments.

Hova & Belinda, plus R. Stevie Moore (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
Gaylord Fields's show
Gaylord welcomes Greasy Kid Stuff hosts Hova and Belinda, and another WFMU alumnus, outsider musician, R. Stevie Moore.

John Narucki airchecks plus The John Schnall/Nick Hill Transitional Moment (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 5pm - 7pm
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
Billy Kelly celebrates WFMU's 50th anniversary with airchecks from ex-DJ John Narucki.

Then at 7pm, the shortest program in WFMU's history, the long running non-sequitur known as "The John Schnall / Nick Hill Transitional Moment" will air a fresh new episode, live, in one of its old time slots, Sunday, 7pm til..... about a moment later.

Steinski (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 3pm - 5pm
Debbie Does WFMU with Debbie D.
WFMU's legendary DJ Steinski drops by with old airchecks, tracks from his Retrospective CD, and stuff.

Vin Scelsa (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
Glen Jones will be joined by freeform pioneer Vin Scelsa.

Stork Club archives (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Dan Bodah celebrates WFMU Radio Greats weekend with Stork, live on the phone from his new home in Germany. Dan and Stork will play selected highlights from the Stork Club archives and talk about the sessions, the bands, the myth, the magic, and why the hell anyone would move to Muenster!

Douglas Wolk and William Berger plus Stork Club archives (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Sunday, August 10th, 2008, 3am - 6am
Daniel Blumin's show
Daniel Blumin is joined by Douglas Wolk and co-host William Berger, as they celebrate WFMU Radio Greats Weekend. Tune in to hear sordid tales of WFMU's glorious past, archival rarities (Sun City Girls live, anyone?), homages to WFMU great Terry Folger and the Modern Day Carpetbaggers, classic song-parody marathon promos, on-air breakdowns (both historic and contemporary!), plus an assortment of sessions from the Stork Club hit parade including Chris Knox and Plastic People of the Universe!

Mark Allen (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Michael Goodstein and Mark Allen celebrate WFMU Radio Greats Weekend.

David Newgarden, Matt Ostrowski, Tom Crowe, plus The Ex in 1992 (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Rob welcomes indie artist manager extraordinaire (Manage This!) and former FMU DJ / Program / Music Director David Newgarden and musician / composer and former FMU DJ Matthew Ostrowski, plus Tom Crowe, the first DJ to broadcast from FMU's current Jersey City studios. Also: Archival excerpts from some notable former FMU DJs plus highlights from FMU's memorable 1992 Knitting Factory broadcast featuring The Ex with the late Tom Cora. (The Ex soon re-enter our orbit as part of a star-studded WFMU/Lincoln Center collaborative multi-national multi-artist fr ee concert at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors on August 20.)

Danny Fields, David Newgarden and Wildgirl (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T welcomes punk legend and ex-WFMU DJ Danny Fields, as well as WFMU alumni David Newgarden and Wildgirl to celebrate WFMU Radio Greats Weekend.

The Hound (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Rex welcomes WFMU radio legend The Hound.

Wildgirl (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes WFMU legend, Wildgirl.

Jim Price will air old WFMU tapes from the 70's-90's (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 9am - 10am
Jim Price's show
Longtime WFMU DJ Jim Price has combed through his collection of WFMU tapes from the 70's, 80's and 90's and will present an hour of the improvisations, comedy and creative editing that he brought to the airwaves.

Nicholas Hill (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Nicholas Hill will co-host Jeff Davison's sympatico Saturday morning show and play a few things guaranteed never heard before on the radio, and to present some of the living room style performance radio that was pioneered Hill on his long running program "The Live Music Faucet" (1988-1997).

Bill Mac re-airs Kevin Taylor and Danny Fields' 1969 farewell (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Saturday, August 9th, 2008, 2am - 6am
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac
Bill Mac will unlock the FMU archive vault and take a trip back to August 29, 1969 to Kevin Taylor and Danny Fields final bow as WFMU DJs. Along the way we'll sample broadcasted bits of inspired stupidity courtesy of the old guard throughout the years.

Bart Plantegna and John Schnall (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Rich will be airing a new "Wreck This Mess" from Bart Plantegna at 11pm and a new "Midnight Matinee" from John Schnall at 12, in celebration of WFMU Radio Greats Weekend.

Neal Adams (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
Pseu Braun wasted no time choosing this WFMU Radio Great, the subject of the infamous "How To Be A WFMU DJ" blog post and inspiration for her own foray into radioland, Neal Adams. Neal will talk about his college radio days with Pseu at WRPR, the peer pressure to sound less-than-professional at WFMU and his actual paying radio career that took him to several stations on the east coast.

Meredith Ochs (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Mr. Fine Wine hosts a special visit from ex-DJ Meredith Ochs.

A Salute to Great WFMU Listeners (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Friday, August 8th, 2008, 6:15pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
The WFMU Radio Greats weekend kicks off on 8/8/08 (just like the Olympics) with a salute to the one thing that makes WFMU the greatest radio station ever -- our Listeners! Without them, our wonderful Listener-supported radio station wouldn't even exist! Tune in and join DJs Bronwyn C. and Kelly, with Station Manager Ken and special surprise guests, as we salute the Great Listeners of WFMU.

Best of Aerial View's Intro Collages (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
From 8-9pm, Dave the Spazz weighs in early on WFMU's Radio Greats Weekend, and presents an hour of the Best of Aerial View's Intro collages. Aerial View was a talk show that went on the air in 1989 and ran for sixteen years. Hosted by Chris T., the show veered wildly from the absurd to the profound, from the asinine to the earnest hear for yourself). One constant was the show opening: a series of hand-picked soundbytes over a musical bed, constructed fresh each week. Chris gathered some of his favorites for this Aerial View Opening show.

Andy Waltzer (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend kickoff)
Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
As a kick off to WFMU's Radio Greats Weekend, Andy Waltzer will be back for a new one hour show, to be aired on Thursday, August 7th from 11am to Noon, during the third hour of Trouble's show.

William Parker
Thursday, August 7th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Bassist, composer, bandleader, poet, philosopher and conversationalist William Parker visits the Strange Featherbed on the Brother Lucy Show to listen to and talk about the music of Ennio Morricone and John Barry.

Jason Forrest (WFMU Radio Greats Weekend)
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008, 9am - Noon
Ken's show
Former WFMU DJ and international superstar Jason Forrest (formerly known as DJ Donna Summer) make a return appearance as part of WFMU's Radio Greats Weekend. Jason will DJ live from Berlin on Ken's show from 10:45am to noon.

Ergo Phizmiz, A Dolly, and an Elephant
Monday, August 4th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Ergo chats with Vicki about his new album on Felix Kubin's Gagarin Records label, conveniently titled "Handmade in the Monasteries of Nepal and Eloise My Dolly". Expect brand spanking new tracks, and brand new spanking tracks for those of you more masochistically inclined. Mr Phiz will also be building up new music exclusively for the show, whilst on the show, using only his mouth and Vicki la-la-ing. Which is one way to pass the time. Having your eyelashes plucked out one by one is another. Decide for yourself. Either way tune in, because the show will end with Vicki plucking out Ergo's eyelashes one by one, whilst he sings "By The Rivers of Babylon".

Ken plays three hours of historic FMU recordings as he fills in for Irene.
Monday, August 4th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Ken's show
In a prequel to WFMU's Radio Greats Weekend, Ken plays three hours of historic FMU recordings supplied by R. Stevie Moore as he fills in for Irene.

Dora Bleu
Sunday, August 3rd, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker

Hinting on Freud's fabled patient and alluding to Picasso, Montreal-based Dorothy Geller has crystallized themes ranging from fractured technologies to sexuality in Dora Bleu. Dorothy (voice/guitar) is joined by fellow collaborators Alexandre St. Onge (double bass), Sam Shalabi (guitar/electronics), and Gordon Allen (trumpet).

Great Plains
Saturday, August 2nd, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
From the wilds of Columbus, OH, come the amazing Great Plains! These guys started their 60's infused low-fi rock attack back in the 80's, paving the way for countless bands. Great Plains are remembered for their college radio hit "Letter To A Fanzine," truly one of the best, funniest comments on 80's indie-rock next to Sebadoh's "Gimmie Indie-Rock," and like Sebadoh, Great Plains had a large body of extraordinary, catchy, clever, non-novelty songs that you should hear and know. Led by the amazing Ron House, Great Plains are one of the most significant Ohio rock combos of all time. Check out this jaw-droppingly fantastic session with Great Plains and finally find out why Punk Rock guys go out with New Wave girls!

Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura
Thursday, July 31st, 2008, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura made time during their recent U.S. tour to visit The Brother Lucy Show and play some favorite Japanese Min-Yoh folk records.

Nate Wooley, solo trumpet
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Trumpet agitator and Jersey City resident Nate Wooley stops by the WFMU studios for an exploration of solo trumpet. As on his crucial recording, "Wrong Shape to be a Storyteller," Nate proves he's equally adept at the overblown and the minimal, exploring drone, noise and silence alike. You think you know what a trumpet is. Think again.

Pauline Oliveros
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Join Kenny G as he welcomes the 76-year-old experimental music legend Pauline Oliveros back to Intelligent Design. Pauline will be sharing the pop music of her youth with us which directly influenced her later experiments. We'll be listening to everything from Spike Jones and the Harmonicats to Les Paul & Mary Ford, as well as some recent compositions and improvisations from her.

The Lost and Found crew, Young Chris, Jared of Big City Records and The Honeydripper (Daptone)
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
This week on Nickel and Dime radio the Lost and Found Crew roll thru. Young Chris, Jared Young Chris, Jared of Big City Records and The Honeydripper (Daptone) have been throwing a really class Tuesday thang at Savalas for 3 years now, and have really, really dumb soul/funk/whatevs 45s and beyond. Nydia aka the Honeydripper is part of the glue that keeps the great Daptone label rolling, and Jared was one of the original folks behind the Sound Library shop and his Big City Records always has the goods. Here some tunes from the source. The deep schlitz. Czeck it.

Dominic Streatfield & Cedar Walton
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Dominic Streatfield, author of Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control (winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2008) visits to talk about the timely subject of his book. In the second half of the program, pianist/composer Cedar Walton talks about his career, including work with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

Curtis Eller, followed by Benjamin Wetherill
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Irene Trudel's show
New York City's angriest yodelling banjo player, Curtis Eller sings about pigeon racing, performing elephants and Jesus, all of which he has seen with his own eyes. He started his show-business career at the age of seven as a juggler and acrobat in the Hiller Olde Tyme Circus in Detroit, but has since turned to the banjo because that's where the money is. His biggest musical influences are Buster Keaton, Elvis Presley and Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Eller and his band, The American Circus, have staggered their way into the hearts of audiences from funerals, horse races, burlesque revues and punk rock dumps. Curtis Eller appears, sans band, to cheer the WFMU audience with tunes about John Wilkes Booth, Joe Louis, Fidel Castro, Jack Ruby and Richard Nixon (as well as the usual tales of Civil War generals and Elvis Presley).

Then Benjamin Wetherill, who calls himself the "Cliff Richard of Folk," brings us beautiful folk tales from the other side of the pond. On his debut album, Laura, echoes of old-world charm are liberally sprinkled throughout the tunes, which were recorded in a castle in Budapest. With a gentle nod to the music of Nick Drake and John Fahey, Benjamin Wetherill visits from the UK to play live on WFMU.

Ryan Jewell
Monday, July 28th, 2008, 6am - 9am
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Experimental percussionist and composer Ryan Jewell of Columbus, Ohio, stops by WFMU for an improvised performance. Jewell was last here in December, drumming with his housemates in Psychedelic Horseshit. His extensive list of collaborators includes C Spencer Yeh, Tatsuya Nakatani and Greg Kelley. He'll be playing solo, with a snare (but no sticks), Emergen-C in a bowl of water, and more!

Domenic Priore
Sunday, July 27th, 2008, 7pm - 9pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

The Connoisseur of California Culture returns to the program, this time in his role as host of the film series "Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock, Rebellion and Hollywood Hippies," presented from now through September at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. Expect an evening of swingin' soundtrack songs and an overview of Hollywood's take on '60s youth and their music as depicted in flicks from "Wild in the Streets" and "Riot on Sunset Strip" to "Psych-Out" and "The Trip."

Habib Koite
Saturday, July 26th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

It seems like the hard-working Malian songwriter / guitarist / bandleader Habib Koite (HAH-Beeb Kwah-TAY) never stops touring. The effort has paid off; his recent CDs have established Koite as one of the biggest-selling African artists internationally. Tireless on the road, he did however take a break from recording. The new CD "Afriki" (Cumbancha Records) is his first studio recording in six years. He'll be making his second visit of the year to NYC on Sunday August 3rd to participate in Celebrate Brooklyn's annual all-day African festival. Koite draws inspiration from traditional Malian instruments and styles, but his own style is entirely contemporary. He'll give some insight into how he does it, including sonic evidence as he performs a few songs solo.

The Effigies
Saturday, July 26th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Effigies were the first hardcore punk band to come out of Chicago and they are highly regarded by rock cognoscenti for their influential crushing, dark sound. They played for a decade and broke up in 1990 but recently have reformed and will play live on Cherry Blossom Clinic just prior to their show at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ!! Hear a taste of the Effigies on the radio, and then go see them that night at Maxwell's. You can also check them out the Friday night before (July 25) in Brooklyn at Southpaw.

Tony Joe White
Saturday, July 26th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with singer/songwriter Tony Joe White who had a Top 10 hit with his song "Polk Salad Annie" in 1969, and wrote Brook Benton's smash hit "Rainy Night In Georgia." We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Debbie D. has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Knitting Factory WFMU Live Remote Part II
Friday, July 25th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Billy Jam & WFMU return to the Knitting Factory for the second live remote broadcast of "Put the Needle On The Record" out of the downtown Manhattan club July 25th when the numerous guests will include J-Live (who will be headlining the venue that night), the Brooklyn Academy's Pumpkinhead & Block McCloud, Bisc-1, Rabbi Darkside, MC Ngozi Flux + producer Dot-Matic, hip-hop author Marcus Reeves ("Somebody Scream"), singer/guitarist Jason Ewald, and WFMU's main man-in-the-street Clay Pigeon from The Dusty Show. The broadcast will be open to the public so all WFMU listeners are invited to stop by the front bar of the Knitting Factory @ 74 Leonard Street from 3-6 PM on Friday, July 25th.

Eli Wolf
Thursday, July 24th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Eli Wolf is the Vice President of A&R at Blue Note Records and has been a part of their team for the last 13 years. He most recently executive produced the 2008 Al Green comeback album "Lay It Down" and has spearheaded numerous albums involving Blue Note's catalog including "Shades Of Blue" with dj-producer Madlib. Tune in as Eli talks about the label and spins some classic jazz breaks.

Steve Wynn
Thursday, July 24th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Singer-songwriter-jet-setter Steve Wynn returns to WFMU for the ninth or 10th time (we've lost count) with a flurry of activity to report on. The former Dream Syndicate leader has a new solo album, "Crossing Dragon Bridge," recorded in Slovenia with Chris Eckman of the Walkabouts. He's also one-third of The Baseball Project with Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck of R.E.M./The Minus Five - new songs based on our national pastime. And Steve will be performing the Dream Syndicate's classic LP "The Days of Wine and Roses" with his band the Miracle 3 July 25 at Maxwell's in one of the seminal club's 30th anniversary concerts.

Monday, July 21st, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Bay Area sound collage sample avant pop composer Jared Blum's Blanketship turns the darker side of 60's-70's pop, warped free jazz, easy listening, random conversations, micro tonal synthesis, sounds of the world, fluttered tape playbacks, disturbing melodies and quiet passages along with some broken turntables into mini 4 minute epics. His most recent release "Teen Sounds" will attest to that. Blanketship returns to the air with a new radio piece created exclusively for DO or DIY.

Meth Teeth
Monday, July 21st, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Oregon lo-fi rockers Meth Teeth swing by WFMU to perform stripped-down, dirty, and addictive tunes live on Liz's show. Appropriately, the band is playing shows in the area with Pink Reason, Sic Alps, Cause Co-Motion, and Home Blitz, and they've released a new 7" entitled "Bus Rides" (Sweet Rot). Catch them at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on Sat (7/19) or at Don Pedro's on Sun (7/20).

Monday, July 21st, 2008, 3am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Spazz pop extraordinaire Poingly stops by the studio for a live set. Citing Paula Abdul as a life changing musical experience, Poingly crams all his favorite hits into a meat grinder to create a one of a kind platter of bloody pop genius.

Bing and Ruth
Sunday, July 20th, 2008, 9pm - Midnight
on A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker

Formed in 2006 by Brooklyn based composer and pianist David Moore, ambient chamber band Bing and Ruth crafts expansive soundscapes and quiet microtonal textures - or, as TimeOut says, "mesmerizing driftworks." The live broadcast features an ensemble of eight players (2 clarinets, 2 voices, cello, bass, percussion, and piano) with wide-ranging backgrounds who team together Moore's slow-developing, visceral compositions.

Andrea Kalima Zawose + Okello Kelo Sam + Robert Ajwang
Saturday, July 19th, 2008, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A rare visit by three East African traditional musicians: Okello Kelo Sam is creative director of Uganda's internationally-known Ndere Troupe and he's also a playwright. Robert Ajwang is a musician, dancer, and choreographer from northern Tanzania. Andrea Kalima Zawose studies traditional music at the legendary Bagamoyo College of Arts in Tanzania. All three are here to participate in East Africa Speaks, a series of free theatrical performances and events at CUNY's Martin E Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Avenue July 21-22. They'll stop by at the top of the show to demonstrate traditional instruments rarely heard around here, and talk about the music and their work.

Big Dipper
Saturday, July 19th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is fired up to welcome the legendary Big Dipper to the WFMU studios for a live session two decades in the making! After nearly twenty years, the original Big Dipper lineup of this classic Boston indie band reformed for a few, exceptional reunion shows in NY, NJ and Boston a few months back. Merge Records recently released a 3-disc set retrospective of Big Dipper material called Supercluster, compiling BooBoo, Heavens and Craps records (plus mucho rarities and unreleased material!) and the scarce shows were in celebration of these records finally being back in print! Big Dipper are not planning on reuniting and touring like before, so if you missed those shows here your chance to experience what you missed! So if you were a fan back in the day, or you're looking for your next favorite band, tune in!

(HINT: A Big Tip for the Big Dip fan: Big Dipper will do another rare show on 9/30 with Bob Pollard's new band Boston Spaceships at the Paradise in Boston!)

Chris Montez
Saturday, July 19th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Chris Montez who at age 19 had a top ten hit with "Let's Dance" and a string of Herb Alpert produced hits like "Call Me" & "Time After Time" - we'll also find out the story behind the story that Chris once punched John Lennon after Lennon poured a beer over Montez' head. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song has been left in Michael's Mailbox!

Saul Williams & Jello Biafra
Friday, July 18th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Since a dozen years ago when he won the title of 1996 Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion and was featured in the consequent documentary film "SlamNation," Saul Williams has been on a creative roll. The New York born writer, actor and musician - best known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip-hop and for his leading role in the independent film Slam - will be Billy Jam's phone-in guest.

Additionally Jello Biafra, who is in New York this weekend for the Last HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) Conference at the Hotel Pennsylvania, will be calling in between panels from the event be to talk on WFMU about the state of American politics '08, his recent 50th birthday concert celebration in San Francisco, and what he will be addressing as featured speaker in the HOPE conference on Sunday.

Chatham County Line
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This Raleigh, North Carolina quartet merges traditional bluegrass and top-notch picking with the prolific songriting of guitarist Dave Wilson's unique songwriting for a sound all their own.

Ellery Eskelin
Thursday, July 17th, 2008, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Saxophonist, composer, and longtime WFMU friend Ellery Eskelin visits the studio to play some of his favorite contemporary classical recordings.

The Shamblers
Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
The Shamblers shamble all the way from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to the WFMU studios to drop their amateurish but not amateur brand of stomp. With fuzzed out female vocals and a simple guitar/drums set up, this trio fuses Beat Happening and '60s garage punk via Ice-T's "Copkiller". You won't wanna miss this! Shamble on, baby!

Monday, July 14th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Live performance from Austin's Shearwater at 4PM.

Monotonix and Los Fancy Free
Monday, July 14th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
Liz Berg's show
Often leaving a trail of flames, garbage, and spilled beer in their wake, Tel Aviv's Monotonix are an unparalleled live act. Their blur of guitars, swirling hair, and roaming drumkit recall moments of the Jesus Lizard, Sabbath, the Butthole Surfers, and the Stooges. Check out their newest CD, "Body Language" (Drag City), tune in to get splattered with sweat through your radio, and good god check them out live if you still believe in rock and roll!

Also on the program today will be a set from the catchy Mexican pop rock band, Los Fancy Free, featuring Carlos Icaza of Las Comadrejas, Evil Hippie, and countless other excellent projects south of the border.

Jowe Head
Saturday, July 12th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Punk Rock and Roll legend Jowe Head graces the WFMU studios with an amazing mix of new and vintage material. Jowe Head's been playing pioneering, remarkable music since the early 1970s in bands such as Swell Maps and Television Personalities! He also had his side-projects Househunters, Palookas, and currently Angel Racing Food! He also does wonderful art! Jowe Head's prolific creativity is rarity for the level of high quality of these endeavors. He played recently in the US and WFMU was able to record a session with him (his band in the US consisted of Mad Scene-r Lisa on drums, plus underground rock legend and DJ Bill Berger on guitar plus WFMU's own Brian Turner on bass!!) Will the session have any rare versions of some Swell Maps tunes? Ya hafta tune in to find out!

Birds of Avalon
Thursday, July 10th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Birds of Avalon return to WFMU for a second visit, and the first since their debut LP, Bazaar Bazaar and subsequent EP, Outer Upper Inner (produced by Mitch Easter), have been unleashed on the public. Psychedelic meets progressive is a starting point to describe this thrilling band. sums it up best: The band's debut is a freewheelin' ode to most of what's great about rock'n'roll.

Monday, July 7th, 2008, 7pm - 8pm
Do or DIY with People Like Us
RIAA is the mashup/sound collage project of Los Angeles dj/musician Mr. Fab and his various friends and cohorts. Fab is an occasional DJ at mashup club event BootieLA, and writes the world's longest running strange-music blog "Music For Maniacs." He beat out 50 other entries to win WFMU's "Remix Rudy" contest. People Like Us presents the first peek at "USA," a massive mix still in progress that attempts the impossible task of painting a sonic portrait of the United States, as seen through the surreal funhouse-mirror view of found sounds.

Indian Jewelry
Monday, July 7th, 2008, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Houston-based Indian Jewelry bring layered, jangly, crunchy psych guitars with electronics to WFMU. Delicious distorto-fuzz and tambourines are the perfect soundtrack to keep you in an echo-chamber of consciousness as you teeter on the brink of a post-lunchtime coma. Also be sure to check out their lovely new CD, "Free Gold."

Turbo Fruits
Saturday, July 5th, 2008, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

From Nashville, Tenn, featuring Jonas Stein and John Eatherly of Be Your Own Pet, Turbo Fruits crank out amazing garage and punk in the smart-dumb way that's just so rare to find these days! Their self-titled album on Ecstatic Peace Records was one of Terre's BEST Faves last year. They will playing a crazy 4th of July show at The END in Nashville! Check them out live on the radio and the Internet the day after!

Sam Butera
Saturday, July 5th, 2008, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with saxophone legend Sam Butera who was born & raised in New Orleans and after years playing clubs there was discovered by Louis Prima, for whom he lead The Witnesses for 20 years. We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song Debbie D. has left in Michael's Mailbox!

Sonic Youth Live at Battery Park
Friday, July 4th, 2008, 3pm - 7pm
on HotRod's show

WFMU will be broadcasting Sonic Youth's set live from Battery Park on July 4th! Tune in somewhere around 4:45 PM during HotRod's fill-in for Billy Jam and join FMU's parkside contingent as we usher in freeform/freakform guitar fireworks with Thurston, Lee, Steve, Kim, and Mark! If you've got tickets for the show (it's sold out) don't forget to come early for the return of the Feelies at 3:30. Gates at 2PM. The show is presented by River to River and Downtown Alliance with special support from WFMU as part of our 50th Anniversary and ongoing 2007-2008 Free Music Series.

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