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"I listened yesterday. It's no reflection on you but I could'nt see where you were going or what you were going for. This early seventies thing did'nt get noticed the first time and you talk about friends of like Dealney and Bonnie who had records out like we're supposed to remember who they are. Then you play this long winded free jazz stuff that really grates on my nerves. And that noise without a beat and sounds like someones being pinched. Then you play a reggae song, I think you called it Dub, to what, be cool? You seem to really fetishize the whole folk thing too which is obnoxious to us who don't even care. I liked it when you played that punk song though. I like Joe Belock a lot." (Visit homepage.)

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Wednesday, December 10th, 6am - 9am: Sad Songs with Sylvie Simmons
Born and raised in London, Sylvie Simmons ran away to Los Angeles in the late '70s to become a rock critic. Widely regarded for her early writings at Sounds, Cream and Kerrang!, as well as later at The Guardian, Rolling Stone and chiefly at MOJO since the magazine’s inception, she has also written books on Serge Gainsbourg, Neil Young, and most recently, Leonard Cohen. All the while she has been studying the art of the song, particularly sad songs. This month marks the magical debut of a singer and musician who’s spent her whole life in music but hasn’t gone public until now. “Sylvie” is a hauntingly beautiful collection of ukelele songs, just released on Light In The Attic, that is dreamy, intimate and timeless. This in-studio performance will be followed with selections of sad songs Sylvie chose from the FMU library.

Wednesday, December 17th, 6am - 9am: A Very Vince Martin Christmas Special
Brooklyn born and raised Vince Martin first recorded with the Tarriers in 1956 on the hit single "Cindy, Oh Cindy." He became more widely known in the early 1960s through his duo recordings with Fred Neil and became very popular and influential on the burgeoning folk (and later folk rock) scene. Cited by the Coen Brothers as one of the musicians who influenced their movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”, Ethan Coen describes Vince Martin as “the Italian kid who decided to be Vince Martin”. This program will feature 3 hours of holiday cheer.

Wednesday, December 24th, 6am - 9am: Celebrate Xmas eve morning with Daniel Knox
Daniel Knox will perform Christmas related songs, as well as some of his own recent numbers about consumerism. He will also DJ some holiday records and read about crimes and disasters that took place at Christmas time, like the Iroquois Theater Fire. The Chicago based pianist and composer/songwriter is known for his darkly distorting traditional American popular song styles—inspiring collaborations with David Lynch and Jarvis Cocker along the way. His self-titled third album will be released in the new year (Jan 20th).

Wednesday, December 31st, 6am - 9am: Joe Carducci Spins 3 Hours of Early '70s Heavy Rock
Best known for his music writing, Joe Carducci’s 1991 “Rock and the Pop Narcotic” is the ultimate book on the aesthetics of rock music. As an A&R man and one time co-owner of the legendary SST Records, Joe’s legacy traces a bit further back as one of the bedrock figures in American early-80’s independent music. His previous visits to WFMU centered on his time working in music, and the history of LA punk; this time he’ll play records from his formative years guiding us thru the musical connective tissue of Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Egg, Uriah Heep etc. to Sacharrine Trust, SWA, St. Vitus, and Tom Troccoli’s Dog.


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