Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: May 26th at 2:40 PM

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Put The Needle On "Hip-Hop" Creator: LoveBug Starski
Friday, May 26th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Among hip-hop's first generation of core contributors, genre pioneers who helped shape the Bronx born urban culture from its 1970's beginnings, LoveBug Starski was a central figure. The MC's name is not only synonymous with the influential South Bronx club Disco Fever (that recently celebrated its 40th anniversary) and its spinoff label Fever Records (as well as Epic for whom he later recorded), but this hip-hop MC's legacy includes being credited with creating the very term "hip-hop." Now living in Las Vegas where he DJs but seldom does interviews these days, the Bronx hip-hop pioneer born Kevin Smith phones into WFMU to talk hip-hop history with Billy Jam.


The Mighty Manfred (of the Woggles) PLUS Tiger! Tiger! (Matt M. fills in for Todd-o-phonic Todd)
Saturday, May 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on
What's Happening?!?! with Matt M
While Todd-o-phonic Todd is soaking up the Jersey sun, Matt continues the cavalcade of stars! He welcomes The Mighty Manfred of the legendary Woggles for a chat about their upcoming local shows. Also on the show will be a live set from Atlanta garagers "Tiger! Tiger!" who will be playing at Gold Sounds in Brooklyn that night.


Fletcher C. Johnson
Monday, May 29th, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Hailing from Southern Vermont and now based in Brooklyn, Fletcher C. Johnson writes catchy guitar-pop. He was been a member of King Tuff, The Weight, and other bands before carving out his own career with three albums on Burger Records.


Mandy Hoffman (The Lovers / I Love Dick)
Tuesday, May 30th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

NYC-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Mandy Hoffman joins Devon in the studio to discuss and take a listen to her most recent scores for director Azazel Jacobs' "The Lovers" (starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts) and Jill Soloway's Amazon series "I Love Dick" (starring Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn). "The Lovers" soundtrack has been released by Milan Records.


Doomsquad
Wednesday, May 31st, Noon - 3pm
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Having formed in 2010, siblings Trevor, Jaclyn, and Allie Blumas began to explore trance and electronic beat making. Their shared fascination with dance culture, rhythm, and the unknown, along with their lifelong immersion in the arts, began to manifest as a collective ethos. Before long, Doomsquad had mushroomed into a full-scale music and art project in Toronto. Their second album, “Total Time,” was released in April 2016 on Bella Union, and features tribal chanting, worldbeat percussion and ethereal psychedelic atmospheres meant to evoke the wonder of the natural world and elevate your consciousness to another plane. You’ll find yourself dancing with abandon when they play live on 100% Whatever on Give The Drummer Radio on May 31st at 1 pm! Then see them live on June 8th as part of the three-day Northside Festival in Brooklyn, and later in the summer at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn on August 11th.


Joe Frank - "Karma Memories"
Wednesday, May 31st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. May 31st, we'll present "Karma Memories" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. Joe visits his mother and stepfather in Florida, where he observes how their marriage has spiraled into a Hellish cycle of hypercritical nagging and alcoholism. Larry offers quotations from literature that define his failed life. Debi is disappointed that a long phone conversation with Joe was left out of his program. Larry ponders his own obituary, and David provides a mocking eulogy.


Marshall Crenshaw
Saturday, June 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Pop purveyor Marshall Crenshaw hangs out with Todd-O-Phonic Todd to play some of his favorite records and chat about his illustrious career as musician, DJ, and fan. This one is going to be a treat!


Tuff Sunshine
Monday, June 5th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This Brooklyn trio melds post-punk and power pop to make ... post power pop punk? Words don't do their unique sound justice so tune in to hear for yourself!


Tom Wilson's Music Factory #18 - Dave Van Ronk
Wednesday, June 7th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
In 1967 and '68 the charismatic record producer Tom Wilson hosted a free-form radio program called "The Music Factory," sponsored by MGM-Verve Records. The series has been gone from radio ever since, but Irwin is airing episodes on alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern). On our June 7 episode Wilson welcomes to the Factory folk singer Dave Van Ronk, the legendary "Mayor of Macdougal Street." Wilson spins several tunes from Van Ronk's first electric album, recorded with the band the Hudson Dusters, who had a keyboard player named "Pot." Elsewhere in the program, Wilson spins tunes by the Cowsills, The Blues Project, Orpheus, and Tim Hardin.


Joe Frank - "Endings"
Wednesday, June 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. June 14th, we'll present "Endings" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. Joe invites a young woman to take a bath at his house, but he has more on his mind than soapy water. Larry chronicles his recurring romantic disappointments, including an affair with an attractive older woman and his encounter with a stardom-bound actress. Joe obsesses about his ex-girlfriend Kate’s imagined new lovers. Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield offers observations.


David Rothenberg
Thursday, June 15th, 9am - Noon
on This Is The Modern World with Trouble

David Rothenberg, clarinetist and philosopher talks to birds. And whales, and insects. He is the author of 'Why Birds Sing' and he will be improvising with birds on June 21 as part of Make Music New York, with Inside the Bird Chorus. Ever wonder what it's like to make music with birds? David will walk us through what it's like to play the clarinet with feathered accompanists, tell us about their demanding back stage habits, and share with us why with all the wonderful musicians in NYC he wants to make music with birds. Tune in Thursday, June 15 at 11 am on This is the Modern World with Trouble.


New Zealand extravaganza with Roger Shepherd (founder of Flying Nun Records), plus Francisca Griffin of Look Blue Go Purple
Tuesday, June 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

When Roger Shepherd conceived his record label Flying Nun in the backroom of a Christchurch, New Zealand record store in the early '80's, he gave birth to one of the most fertile and influential imprints in the independent music world. It's DIY aesthetic and connectivity to the country's post-punk zeitgeist gave international exposure to such artists as The Chills, Verlaines, Clean, Tall Dwarfs, Bailter Space, Straitjacket Fits, Bats, Axemen, and more. The label was sold off in 1990, but returned to its independent self in 2009, and continues to create a platform for New Zealand's music scene. Recently, Shepherd authored his memoir, In Love With These Times, out on Harper-Collins. He stops by Brian's show today for a retrospective on the great Flying Nun, with plenty of rarely-heard live recordings of the label's roster, collected by Brian to complement his visit. As a bonus, Francisca Griffin (one-time known as Kathy Bull) phones in to talk about her time in the fantastic 1980's all- female combo Look Blue Go Purple who hailed from Dunedin, NZ. For the uninitiated, Captured Tracks and Flying Nun have just released a stateside 2LP anthology of this great band's wonderful and enduring lysergic pop.


Feral Ohms
Tuesday, June 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Feral Ohms are an Oakland trio specializing in thundering, destructive caverock of the highest degree, visiting WFMU today on the heels of their debut studio LP and a Union Pool afternoon blowout from June 24th. Featuring Ethan Miller on guitar and vox from Howlin' Rain, Comets On Fire, and most recently Heron Oblivion, with ferocity matched by drummer Chris Johnson (Drunk Horse), and Josh Haynes (Nudity). Expect blisters and boggled brains!


Razorlegs
Tuesday, July 11th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Bleeding walls of overloaded guitar and drum interplay from the psychedelic punk duo of Andrew Hurst on drums and PD Fadensonnen on guitar and stylophone. Fans of Blue Cheer, Fushitsusha, Chrome and general amplified confusion will dig today's in-studio proceedings.


Tropical Trash
Tuesday, August 29th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Not to be confused with the waste disposal agency in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the Louisville version of Tropical Trash liquify the proceedings with their unique blend of fried hardcore and no-wave trailerpark anthems. They play live today on the heels of their new Sophomore Lounge single and expect to headline The Rock's Presidential Victory concert in 2020.



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