Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: September 20th at 8:01 AM

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Tom Wilson's Music Factory #26 - Paul Shalmy of Eye Magazine
Wednesday, September 20th, 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 quickly came and went, but Irwin has been reviving the series on alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern). On September 20th we air the final episode hosted by Wilson, in which he interviews Paul Shalmy, entertainment editor of Eye magazine. Wilson spins tunes by Ian & Sylvia, James Cotton, Jimmy Smith, the Blues Project, Tim Hardin, and others, and name-checks but doesn't play the Nazz, Elephant's Memory, Grimble's Mill, and John Coltrane.


Joel Gausten from Pigface live in studio!
Thursday, September 21st, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
This Thursday, Joel Gausten will make his return to WFMU for a Peer Pressure appearance on Diane's show! Joel is a current member of Pigface, and will be world premiering a Pigface track within his guest DJ set! It will be the first time he's been on WFMU since 2007, yet his history with WFMU dates back to the '90s when his high school-era band (Anotherence) played on Pat Duncan's show. He also drummed with the following bands in the years that followed: The Undead, The Parasites, The Graveyard School, Broken Heroes and Squiggy. He is a regularly published music writer, and he has new projects - written and musical to discuss as well!


Willie West
Thursday, September 21st, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Louisiana-born soul sensation Willie West has worked with Cosimo Matassa, Allen Toussaint, Wardell Quezergue, and has recorded incredible sides for the Rustone, Frisco, Deesu, and Fraternity labels (among others). In advance of his appearance at this year's Ponderosa Stomp, Willie drops by for a chat with Dave the Spazz.


Interview with Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne
Friday, September 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
Pop doesn’t get any more sophisticated than Britain’s beloved trio, Saint Etienne, who, for nearly 30 years, have drawn on their vast record and film collections to create some of the highest quality and most versatile records in modern pop. The group are about to embark on a US tour in support of their latest album, Home Counties, and member Bob Stanley will join Sheila B. for a chat about his new album, record collecting, Brexit, and the current state of pop.


Zzzzzzero Hour fills in for Play Vertigo on the Drummer Stream
Saturday, September 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)

Special guest Kid Congo Powers
Saturday, September 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Sat. 9/23 3-6pm Kid Congo Powers joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd for a scintillating afternoon of records and rock'n'roll history. A former guitarist with The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (among others), Kid now fronts The Pink Monkey Birds, a formidable combo in their own right . Be sure to catch them touring the U.S. this fall. As if all this wasn't enough, Kid is also one helluva a DJ, hosting the monthly Sex Beat Dance Party in New Haven and playing records throughout the world.


Male Gaze
Sunday, September 24th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Bay Area noise-punk trio Male Gaze drop by Burn It Down! with Nate K. to play songs from their excellent new Castle Face release Miss Taken. Let's let Henry Rollins take it from here: "Have you ever flung yourself out there to such a degree that you risked total humiliation if it all went south, to where the next step would be self-deportation to some distant island of annihilation in your mind? How did that work out for you? Don’t worry, Male Gaze knows and they wrote some songs about it." Tune in Sunday, September 24, from 6 to 9 AM, to hear with this means.


The Tall Pines
Sunday, September 24th, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Until Bobbie Gentry eventually comes to her senses and once again graces us with her Gothic soul-country genius, we have the Tall Pines to pick up the slack, which they do with a vengeance soon to be outlawed in many states. Though they may be headquartered in New York City, where that inferior jarred salsa is made, this duo's songcraft and performing prowess conjure up a dusky, Southern-steeped hillbilly-folk gathering, complete with streaming moonlight and biting insects. In advance of several upcoming performances, including a show at the American Folk Art Museum on Sept. 29th, Connie Lynn Petruk—she of smoky alto and hand percussion (and foot percussion, in the form of a well-kicked suitcase)—and her partner, Christmas Davis—he of guitar and vocal accompaniment—will regale with tales from their exposure to and observation of secrets gleaned from their respective upbringings in Canada and Florida.


Live in studio preformances by Reanimadores and Bark!
Monday, September 25th, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Reanimadores, the non-nonsense quartet from Puerto Rico, returns to WFMU with a fresh batch of their patented island punk sounds. Bark is the alt-duo of husband/wife Tim Lee (bass VI) and Susan Bauer Lee (drums), both formerly of the Tim Lee 3. Before that, Tim was a member of the legendary Windbreakers.


Special guest Prince Paul
Wednesday, September 27th, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
From his tenure as Stetsasonic's DJ, to the classic albums he produced for De La Soul, 3rd Bass and Handsome Boy Modeling School, Prince Paul has inspired many with his originality, wit and sonic innovations. Duane Train is happy to have him on the train to discuss his forthcoming solo Instrumental album, as well as his storied career.


Joe Frank - "Sunday Morning Service" episode on Irwin's show
Wednesday, September 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. September 27th, we'll present "Sunday Morning Service" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. Maude tells of her infatuation with a French journalist. The Russian woman who lives upstairs from Larry expresses her contempt for him as both a father and husband. Joe tries to seduce a beautiful woman by arriving at her apartment dressed in a policeman’s uniform. You won't believe what happens next!


Ponderosa Stomp Preview Show
Thursday, September 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Various WFMU air personalities drop by Music To Spazz to gab and spin New Orleans 45s in advance of this year's Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans.


Special Guest Eric Carmen
Saturday, September 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd chats with Eric Carmen about the brand new Raspberries album Pop Art Live (Omnivore) and his career dating back to Cyrus Erie doing their 14 song Who medley and their 8 song Small Faces medley! Hear what one of the kings of Pow Pow Powerpop has to say.


The Safes live in studio
Monday, October 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Summer may be over but it's not too late to catch some 'Tasty Waves' - that's the name of the new LP from The Safes, Chicago's finest purveyors of garage punk/power pop served up family style by the O'Malley brothers. The Safes will perform live and tell us how much more they love Jersey pizza over their hometown deep dish variety.


Special guest Joe McEwen (Mr. C)
Wednesday, October 4th, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
Joe McEwen (Mr. C) is dropping by the Duane Train to discuss the fantastic new boxset he curated highlighting the genius of Isaac Hayes. It's called Spirit of Memphis (1962-1976) and it's amazing!


Live from New Orleans' Ponderosa Stomp, with Dave the Spazz (1-3pm) and Todd (3-6pm)
Saturday, October 7th, 1pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

WFMU and our sister station in New Orleans, WWOZ join forces again for a remote broadcast from New Orleans to celebrate The 2017 Ponderosa Stomp. Dave The Spazz and Todd-O-Phonic Todd join forces with Swamp Boogie and The Boudin Man and a cast of thousands to create mayhem and mirth, both musical and otherwise. Stomp performers include Gary U.S. Bonds, The Mummies, Roky Erickson, Barbara Lynn, Carla Thomas, The Gories and many more! The mischief takes place at The Ace Hotel, if you are in the neighborhood feel free to stop by!


The Hipshakes and Proto Idiot live on Burn it Down!
Sunday, October 8th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Burn It Down! with Nate K. is excited to present its first double-band extravaganza, with a twofer from Manchester, England. Legends in the making the Hipshakes offer a rowdy, pitch-perfect blend of raucous '60s frat rock and fuzzed-out punk, while Proto Idiot present a more stripped-down, "Wirey" flip side to that same classic coin. The two bands are touring the States together and will both be appearing at Gonerfest 14 (Sept. 28 - Oct. 1).Tune in Sunday, October 8, from 6 to 9 am to hear the ruckus.


Wire
Tuesday, October 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

A return to the program six years since their last visit, Wire perform live in studio on WFMU. Formed in 1976, the group immediately staked its place as one of Britain's most celebrated exports of art-punk whose first three records (Pink Flag, 154, and Chairs Missing) are universally regarded as picture-perfect documents of innovative experimentation in songcraft. Traversing the lines between raw minimalist punk and complex experimentations, they've influenced everyone from Minor Threat to My Bloody Valentine, and continue to create new soundways with their latest release Silver and Lead. Wire's 40 years have been marked by constant flux, side projects, regrouping and reinvention, yet they have been without fail pushing their futuristic ideas into the present, never resting on past laurels. The current lineup of Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey and Matthew Simms visit Brian Turner while in town for a three-night, sold out stand at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn from September 28-30.


J-Zone and Pablo Martin visit the Duane Train
Wednesday, October 11th, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
Hip Hop villain and Duane Train wacky neighbor, J-zone is BACK! This time with Pablo Martin, his partner in his instrumental funk band the Du-Rites. They have a brand new album coming out this week, and they'll drop by to chat about it.


The Thunderroads
Thursday, October 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

Tokyo's own Thunderroads return to Music To Spazz By to perform a live set of their jet-fueled, high-powered rock 'n' roll! https://www.facebook.com/The-Thunderroads-1434555840161132/


The Music of Shooby Taylor
Monday, October 16th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah
William "Shooby" Taylor called himself "The Human Horn" and turned up on the fringes of the 70s and 80s New York jazz scene playing "air saxophone." Few took him seriously, so Taylor paid for studio time to record himself scatting over his favorite records, or with live accompanists. He achieved belated renown when WFMU discovered one of his tapes in the 1990s. Taylor even visited the station in 2002, shortly before passing away at age 73. Two years later, WFMU Wednesday afternoon host, Irwin Chusid, acquired dozens of Shooby's master tapes. Irwin recently issued two digital volumes featuring 45 tracks of Taylor's strange vocalizing via Bandcamp and iTunes. Irwin visits Vocal Fry on Monday October 16th to showcase the fascinating legacy of Shooby Taylor, the Human Horn, and maybe even share a few exclusive tracks with us.


All B-Sides All Night Long
Thursday, October 19th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
This Singles Going Steady Week Dave the Spazz will once again be plugging the wrong side of the record. Often the forgotten underbelly of a 45 was usually more rockin’ and crazier than its more illustrious flip, but you knew that already. Turn on, tune in, flip out!


Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Count Spazzula and Bingo the Gorilla bid you welcome for another dark house ride on the spooky side of the street. Tricks, Treats and Zombie Tex Antoine await you if you dare!


Group Doueh (video and audiocast from Montgomery Hall)
Tuesday, November 7th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Full video and audiocast of the October 7th visit to WFMU's Montgomery Hall from one of the most blasted psychedelic Western Saharan combos to hit American shores. Founded in the 1980's, headmaster and guitarist Doueh's raw distorted electric guitar stylings juxtapose western elements of Hendrix and James Brown with the poetry of Hassania language in Saharawi folk tradition, all centered around a big band environment that includes two vocalists. "Unhinged virtuosity" is a common phrase attributed to the sound of Group Doueh, truly a spectacle to behold, and thanks to some high profile releases on the Sublime Frequencies imprint, the band's audience has grown greatly. The full concert will stream on wfmu.org home page November 7th on Brian's program, but listeners are strongly encouraged to attend! Tickets are on sale at Monty Hall's site, and the October 7 show, presented by Brian Turner's program, also features NYC's excellent 75 Dollar Bill supporting. A rare and not-to-be-missed stateside event!


Macho Blush plus Gaute Granli
Tuesday, November 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
A twofer of live sonic disruption on the program with a US-tour pitstop at WFMU's studios. Macho Blush is the project of Austin, Texas artist Gina Probst, whose sound alchemy transcends the normal noise and collage zones, creating otherwordly atmospheres broken up and reconstructed before your very ears. She's on tour with Norwegian guitarist Gaute Granli whose past combos have included Freddy the Dyke and Skadne Krek. His set promises some further abstractions, or as once eloquently stated by Sound Projector: "riffs like a baboon casting coconuts from a tree, and percussion effects that stumble blindly about the room like a hooded goblin."


Pere Ubu
Tuesday, November 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Pere Ubu follow up their 2016 performance program with a grand return, while on tour to support their latest release "20 Years In a Missile Silo". Undoubtedly one of the most important bands in the history of the American underground, Pere Ubu emerged from Cleveland in 1975 to challenge art and rock music to step outside its well-trodden '70s safety zone. They're often credited with being thee missing link between the Velvet Underground and the late 70's punk explosion, but have also established a solid discography of records way beyond that continuing into the modern era, continually reinventing their own identity and always looking forward. Pere Ubu plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg November 12th, and we're honored to have them back on the program.


The Rebel
Tuesday, November 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Inhabiting the strange zone somewhere in between William Burroughs, The Fall, George Jones and The Residents, The Rebel AKA Ben Wallers has existed as the solo (and more prolific) extension of London's beloved-slash-undernourished Country Teasers. Through countless recordings, Wallers' songs of whimsy and dripping societal observations and indictments have made for a solid catalogue of true English outsider greatness; in fact his 2008 visit to Brian's show with band in tow resulted in the great live LP "Northern Rocks Bear Weird Vegetable" on the Sacred Bones label. Wallers visits the program on the heels of a European tour with Austin pals Spray Paint, and his latest LP release "Poems With Water Triology" is out on Texan imprint Monofonus Press.



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