Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: July 18th at 9:03 PM

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Naughty Clouds
Monday, July 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Naughty Clouds is a vigorous music duo that includes Alexis Moon and Ray Kubian. They like to sing songs and beat on things in this Brooklyn/New Jersey meeting of the minds. They'll be performing songs from their debut album, "Everything's Hard."


Thatcher Keats guest hosts on Vocal Fry
Monday, July 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah

Pioneer Day Special
Tuesday, July 24th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Music of Mind Control with Micah
Join the Mind Control Tabernacle as we celebrate this most holy of Mormon holidays as we listen to some of the best (and worst) musical contributions by the Latter Day Saints. Thank Thee for this day, Gosh Dangit!


Hal Willner (Amarcord Nino Rota)
Tuesday, July 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Hal Willner discusses the NYC premiere of "Amarcord Nino Rota" as part of Lincoln Center's "Out Of Doors" series in Damrosch Park on Friday, July 27, a live performance of the legendary producer's first tribute album "Amarcord Nino Rota (I Remember Nino Rota)" released in 1981 in homage to the Italian composer's film scores for Federico Fellini. On the original recording, Willner employed an all-star cast, including Ron Carter, Jaki Byard, Bill Frisell, Steve Lacy, Debbie Harry, Carla Bley, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Ron Carter and the Marsalis Brothers. Willner has been the sketch music producer for SNL since 1981 and went on to produce albums for Lou Reed, Marianne Faithful, Laurie Anderson, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg as well as tribute albums for Monk, Mingus, Kurt Weill and vintage Disney music.


Mark R. guest hosts on Weekly World Blues
Tuesday, July 24th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Weekly World Blues with Matt Fiveash

MOONDOG with Robert Scotto and Brian Carpenter
Wednesday, July 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in New York during the 1950s, and was a musical genius who left behind a monumental catalog of fascinating works. On Weds. July 25th, Moondog's biographer, Robert Scotto, makes his sixth visit to Irwin's program to celebrate this idiosyncratic icon. The three-hour tribute will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, including cover versions, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Joining Scotto will be Brian Carpenter, leader of the Ghost Train Orchestra, who are recording an album of new arrangements of Moondog titles. Scotto is the author of Viking of Sixth Avenue, the only full-length chronicle of Moondog.


Ana Egge
Wednesday, July 25th, 7pm - 8pm
on Irene Trudel's show

With an unhurried style, Ana Egge's songs are both melancholic and filled with sweetness. Egge might be easy to miss in a crowded field of singer-songwriters but her songs have a catchiness that stays with you. Ana's 10th and latest album, White Tiger, was produced by multi-instrumentlist Alec Spiegelman, who some might know from his band Cuddle Magic. Speigelman provided just the right amount of flourishes on the album, and plays a number of instruments within the songs. Ana Egge brought Alec Spiegelman along for this live set for WFMU.


Wet Ink violinist Josh Modney
Friday, July 27th, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Violinist Josh Modney is a fixture of the New York new music scene. He's a member of Wet Ink and the International Contemporary Ensemble and played with the Mivos Quartet for eight years. He's releasing his first solo album, a sprawling three-cd set with compositions by Anthony Braxton, Sam Pluta and Kate Soper, plus some old guy called Bach. He'll be stopping by to play live, preview the CD and chat a bit on Miniature Minotaurs, July 27 at noon.


Miriam Guest Hosts
Friday, July 27th, 9pm - 11pm
on
What's Happening?!?! with Matt Clarke (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)

Seymour Stein of Sire Records
Saturday, July 28th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Seymour Stein about his new autobiography "Siren Song My Life In Music" which recounts the 60 year career of "America's greatest living record man" with great stories about the record business characters that crossed his path and the artists that he's signed, including: The Ramones, The Talking Heads, The Pretenders, The Replacements, The Flamin' Groovies, The Smiths, etcetera etcetera.


Cut Worms
Saturday, July 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Cut Worms are a vehicle for the stunning songwriting of Max Clarke. A Cut Worms song may impress an innocent summer stroll across fields of tall grass and lavender but there's undoubtedly a severed ear out in there in the grass. Some unseen dark forces are always lurking at the edges of songs' sunbursts. Bright, beautiful lap steel or a cheery harmonica accompaniment often belie an impending doom or crestfallen narrator. Cut Worms debut album on Jagjaguwar, Hollow Ground, will no doubt appear on many Best Of 2018 lists. Max has previously appeared solo on Todd's show, but for this set he will be joined by the full orchestra.


The Octopus Project
Tuesday, July 31st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Austin's The Octopus Project joins Devon in the studio to discuss the band's third feature length film score for writer-director David and Nathan Zellner's western "Damsel" starring Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson (the soundtrack of which was released by Milan Records). The band previously scored the Zellner Brothers' earlier films "Kid-Thing" (2012) and "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" (2014), as well as the 70's sci-fi inspired video game soundtrack for "Thunderbeam." The Octopus Project plays Elsewhere in Bushwick on Saturday, July 14.


John Noreen of The Rose Garden
Saturday, August 4th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with John Noreen about his time in The Rose Garden, who while John was still a teen went from rehearsing in his L.A. bedroom to being signed to ATCO Records. Along the way the band crossed paths with Neil Young, Gene Clark, Sonny Bono and other characters tangential to the swinging L.A. scene. Described as a melding of The Byrds and The Mama's and the Papa's, they were short lived, but long remembered, mostly for their 1967 single “Last Plane To London,” a #17 hit.


Live Remote From Union Pool featuring: The Jay Vons, Miriam and Nobody's Babies and PMS and The Mood Swings.
Saturday, August 4th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Once again The Todd-O-Phonic Todd program presents an installment of Union Pool's formidable Summer Thunder Series of free afternoon shows. This year's guest host will be the redoubtable Amanda Nazario! Live music will be provided by the brilliant trifecta of The Jay Vons, Miriam and Nobody's Babies and PMS and The Mood Swings.
The Jay Vons kick the afternoon off with their groovy soulful winners. Miriam and Nobody's Babies have firmly established themselves as WFMU favorites and actually feature on-air personalities such as Matt Clark, Ira Kaplan and Matt Fiveash in the band. To date they have released two albums on Norton of wonderfully evocative girl group and folk rock sounds fronted by The Ashtabula Nightingale, Miriam Linna.
PMS and The Mood Swings are celebrating the release of their debut album on Burger Records, one of the best summer listens in years! Songs like "Lifeguard Steve" and "Coney Island Baby" are made for the season! Don't miss these suave pop confections live and in person at Union Pool!


Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele
Wednesday, August 8th, 7pm - 8pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Claiming to have been "born in a volcano with nothing but a dream and board shorts," Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele lets his stream of consciousness flow through every song he writes. The Austin-based musician is a rail-thin six feet five inches tall, strums guitar instead of ukulele and is hilarious in his "matter of fact" way. This will be Ethan's third visit to Irene's show on WFMU, as he prepares his first release in 10 years, "No Man is an Island", out on cassette and digital this fall.


Brett Berns director of "BANG! The Bert Berns Story"
Saturday, August 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Brett Berns, director of "BANG! The Bert Berns Story" which tells the story of the creative force Bert Berns, whose childhood bout with rheumatic fever left him with a short life expectancy which inspired his prolific creative output. His mort successful run was a seven year period in the 60's where he had a hand in 51 charting singles. He died in 1967 at age 38 and left behind a safe full of cash and a musical legacy that includes "A Little Bit Of Soap," "Hang On Sloopy," "I Want Candy," "Under The Boardwalk" and work with Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Erma Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King and tons more.


Mr. Finewine special guest hosts for Weekly World Blues
Tuesday, August 21st, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine

Special 2 hour edition of Vocal Fry
Monday, August 27th, 6pm - 8pm
on
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah

Todd-o-Phonic Todd guest hosts for Wake
Monday, September 10th, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon


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