Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: February 24th at 2:24 PM

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Thomas Dolby
Tuesday, February 28th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Thomas Dolby joins Devon to discuss his film, documentary, video game and other multimedia music projects, including composing for Richard Brooks' last film "Fever Pitch" (1985), the George Lucas-produced "Howard The Duck" (1986), Ken Russell's "Gothic" (1986), German cannibis-monster movie "Wolpodzilla" (1994), Poe-inspired video game "The Dark Eye" (1995) and Dolby's own written and directed documentary "The Invisible Lighthouse" (2013). Thomas Dolby will be at the Rubin Museum of Art on Saturday, March 4th with neuroscientist/DJ Jacques Lavoisier to discuss how the brain, music, and technology are interconnected which will include an interactive experiment with select audience members involving Emotiv multisensory brain reading headsets.


Mark Wingfield and Markus Reuter
Tuesday, February 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Irene Trudel's show
Guitars become an otherworldly force in the hands of Mark Wingfield and Markus Reuter. The two bend the boundaries of traditional jazz-rock lines, using the guitar as a controller for electronics to lead into some beautiful sonic territories. Reuter and Wingfield are celebrating the release of " The Stone House," a collaboration including bassist Yaron Stavi and drummer Asaf Sirkis. Mark Wingfield and Markus Reuter create gorgeous guitar-scapes live in WFMU's Love Room.


It's Not Night: It's Space
Wednesday, March 1st, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Fresh from dropping their sophmore album on Small Stone Records last year, It's Not Night: It's Space, lands in Jersey City for their WFMU debut. Hailing from New Paltz, NY, this power trio specializes in dealing out heavy raga-roll journeys to the depths of inner and outer space. Tune in and take a trip without leaving your couch or carseat.


Joe Frank - "Bitter Pill"
Wednesday, March 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air on sporadic Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. March 1st, we'll present "Bitter Pill" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. Larry gives his widowed mother the birthday gift of a family photograph with her husband air-brushed out. Joe recalls a music prodigy from school whose climb to greatness and fame didn't proceed as planned. Larry and Joe argue the merits of Long Island country clubs. Joe chronicles the destructive behavior of his mother’s spoiled cat, Prince, and describes how he plans to get revenge.


Turkish female folk-rock, pop + psychedelia from the 60s + 70s with guest DJ Kornelia Binicewicz
Friday, March 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
Polish record collector + DJ Kornelia Binicewicz followed her love of Turkish female artists from Krakow to Istanbul in the hot pursuit of the original 45s and LPs. She has since become an expert on these forgotten women, and runs a web project called Ladies On Records—60s and 70s Female Music in order to spread the word on these rare records, songs + artists. We’ll be playing a mix of Turkish female folk-rock, pop + psychedelia that Kornelia made exclusively for Sophisticated Boom Boom, and chat with her about how and why she fell so hard for this overlooked part of Turkey’s musical history.


Julie Byrne
Saturday, March 4th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Julie Byrne's full-length debut, "Rooms With Walls and Windows", arrived in 2014 to great critical acclaim, and fans have been anxiously awaiting her follow-up album. The new record, "Not Even Happiness" (on Ba Da Bing) was worth the wait, and is garnering even more praise. Her hushed vocals, dazzling poetic lyrics and fingerpicked guitar are accompanied by subtle, though occasionally lush, instrumentation. This session is just Julie solo, with (mostly) just acoustic guitar.


Chris White (The Zombies)
Saturday, March 4th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Chris White of The Zombies joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd for tea, crumpets and conversation. The Zombies are about to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their classic and enduring album, Odessey and Oracle. While Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent are more recognizable names, Chris wrote 7 of the album's twelve songs. The Zombies will be performing the album on tour this spring and also celebrating the release of the book, The Odessey: The Zombies In Words and Images (RAP/BMG Books). Catch The Zombies at Town Hall on Saturday March 25th.


Yo La Tengo murders the classics yet again!
Saturday, March 18th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Tune into the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show on Saturday March 18th from 3-6 p.m. to hear Yo La Tengo play YOUR request during the 2017 WFMU Fundraising Marathon! Against any logic or sanity, the tradition continues! As always, Gaylord will be kidnapped earlier in the day and forced to co-host. $100 (or MORE!) buys you the opportunity to request a song of your choice as well as another year of radio happiness.


Tom Wilson's Music Factory #13 - The Lovin' Spoonful
Wednesday, March 22nd, 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 Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern). On March 22nd, we'll hear Wilson interview Jerry Yester and Joe Butler of the Lovin' Spoonful. In between chatter, Wilson spins platters by the Spoonful, James Cotton, Astrud Gilberto, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, and Tim Hardin. This program originally aired in early 1968. More information about Wilson can be found at ProducerTomWilson.com.


Phil Rudd (AC/DC)
Saturday, March 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd talks with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about the 1970's Australian rock scene, his time spent looking at Angus Young's shorts and his less than infrequent brushes with the law. Not to mention his new album, perhaps aptly titled "Head Job".


Elvis Costello
Saturday, April 1st, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley's welcomes Elvis Costello to the studio to chat about his recent autobiography “Unfaithful Ink & Disappearing Music,” his 30 studio albums and to play unplugged versions of some of his classic #1 hits.


Juvie
Monday, April 3rd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

These Minneapolis maniacs deliver maximum R&G (yes, rhythm and glam!) with a healthy dose of Mad magazine flexi influence. Check out their debut album, "You Ain't Gonna Rock And Roll No More."


Joe Frank - "Emptiness"
Wednesday, April 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. April 5th, we'll present "Emptiness" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. In a phone conversation with Joe, Larry, whose acting career is foundering, dreams of escaping from New York to Los Angeles. He explains to Joe why he envies the comradeship of gay Broadway dancers he sees in line at a credit union. In another phone chat, Debi explains to Joe why she can't get comfortable with her boyfriend Malcolm, a talented musician who, despite financial setbacks, is always brimming with affection and optimism. Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield explains his own troubled family background.


Louie Louie Palooza
Wednesday, April 5th, 7pm - 10pm
on
Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
In advance of International Louie Louie Day, we honor the most recorded rock song of all time with three solid hours of covers from around the world.



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