Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: February 17th at 3:52 PM

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Glenn Mercer
Monday, February 20th, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The leader of the legendary Feelies checks in to discuss the New Jersey band's history and brand new album, "In Between," the second of their reunion era that comes out Feb. 24 on Bar/None Records.


Eternal Black
Wednesday, February 22nd, 3am - 6am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Fuzzed out, bluesy doomy riffs for the heads. Hailing from Brooklyn, Eternal Black drops by WFMU for their station debut. For fans of all that is heavy, kept slow and low and power trios that sound like a jet engine blowing smoke out into the ether.


Tom Wilson's Music Factory #12 - Janis Ian
Wednesday, February 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 February 22nd, we'll hear Wilson interview 16-year-old songstress Janis Ian, whose 1967 hit "Society's Child," about an interracial romance, created controversy on Top 40 radio. Ian was born in New York, but grew up in New Jersey and went to high school in East Orange. This program originally aired in early 1968. More information about Wilson can be found at ProducerTomWilson.com.


Dev79 and Peter Gunn
Thursday, February 23rd, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
$mall ¢hange has a double showcase in Grime this week, with Philly's Dev79 and NYC's Peter Gunn. Dev79 has been following UK Grime since the beginning, and co-owns 2 labels, Seclusiasis & SlitJockey with fellow Philly DJ/Producer Starkey. Peter Gunn has been a frequent guest, an ace digger of many styles, and also one of the first people Small Change heard playing Grime in NYC, and still follows it closely. Expect lots of heavy UK (and US) sounds!


Death By Unga Bunga PLUS Archie Bell
Saturday, February 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The return of Death By Unga Bunga! Death By Unga Bunga crushed it on the 3/26/16 installment of the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show so much that they have been asked to return! Do not miss one of the greatest live bands extant today on their U.S. visit. Catch them at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park on Friday 2/24 and Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Saturday 2/25!

Archie Bell instructs Todd-O-Phonic Todd's listeners on how to do the "Tighten Up". Archie Bell and The Drells hit big that dance tune and such great 45's as "I Can't Stop Dancing" and "(There's Gonna Be A) Showdown". They practically created the "Philly Sound". Archie performs as part of an amazing line-up for The Soul Clap 10th Anniversary on Friday March 3rd at Warsaw.


Querido Mundo: Ani Cordero’s songs of protest, and love
Saturday, February 25th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Ani Cordero is releasing a terrific - and timely - new album this month, Querido Mundo. Ani calls the album a “a love letter to a complicated world”: She takes on issues and causes like racism, immigration, feminism and more - aiming, as she puts it, “to inspire political resistance and support for social justice.” It’s also an irresistible blend of her Puerto Rican roots and other world music influences, and rock and roll. Ani and her band join us on the eve of their album release show Sunday night February 26th at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2.


Vic Ruggiero, Seth Herzog, Carolyn Busa, Mo Fry Pasic, Sunshine & The Rain and MORE!
Saturday, February 25th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
The triumphant return of Prove It All Night! LIVE from Monty Hall, Saturday February 25th. With stand up comedy from Seth Herzog (of Tonight Show fame), Mo Fry Pasic, and Carolyn Busa. Live music from Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers, surprise guests and more! Opening and closing the show will be special guest DJ's, Sunshine & the Rain! You can watch live video of the show over at the WFMU.org homepage from 9:30 - 11:30. The video will also appear on the WFMU phone apps, and Pat's playlist page. Or, if you're in the area- swing by Monty Hall and see the show in person. This event is a WFMU benefit show with a suggested donation of $10, $5 will get you in otherwise. Support the show and the station!


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.


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.


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.


Phil Rudd
Saturday, March 4th, 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".


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.


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.


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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