Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: November 17th at 3:11 PM

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A Conversation with Steven Levy
Monday, November 20th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Veteran tech journalist Steven Levy has written several books about technology and now edits WIRED magazine's Backchannel section. He will be live in-studio for an interview on Techtonic about where tech is headed, and whether we should be excited... or nervous.

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 Montana 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.

Up With People Torture Session: A Thanksgiving Mind Control Special
Tuesday, November 21st, 6pm - 7pm
Music of Mind Control with Micah
Join Micah for his second Thanksgiving Up With People special. Listen to 17 year old Glenn Close and her brainwashed teenage buddies sing out for freedom, world peace and traditional American values enforced upon them by a religious right wing mind control cult. There’s only one way to prep your gut for the white meat and this is it!

Tuesday, November 21st, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

On their latest project, "For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War," the Chamber-Rock ensemble Barbez cover vintage Anti-Fascist anthems. Barbez liberally incorporates avant-rock, contemporary classical, cumbia and flamenco styles to refresh anthems like “L’Internationale” (The International) and “Viva la Quince Brigada” (Long Live the Fifteenth Brigade). Bandleader Dan Kaufman is also a journalist. who has written extensively on the Spanish Civil War for The New York Times, The Nation, and The New York Observer. Over the course of that reporting he got to know many veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, inspired by their story enough to come up with this musical tribute. Barbez plays some of these anthems live on WFMU.

Interview with Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden
Saturday, November 25th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with co-authors Mark Newgarden, Paul Karasik about their new long awaited book How To Read Nancy (with foreword by Jerry Lewis), and "Mr. Personality" Lloyd Price calls in to tell us about his Thanksgiving and his upcoming NYC show December 1st at The Cutting Room.

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 solo 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.

The World of Captain Beefheart
Tuesday, November 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

The World of Captain Beefheart - Giving a few new spins to the music of Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart is a natural move for Guitarist Gary Lucas, who was a part of that world for a time. And who better to breathe new life into the Captain's vocals than the Soul Diva Nona Hendryx, founding member of Labelle and a much in demand singer. On a new 12-song disc, Hendryx and Lucas energetically dive into tunes from throughout Beefheart's catalog, with helped along the way by Drummer Richard Dworkin (Microscopic Septet), Bassist (and former WFMU host) Jesse Krakow and Keyboardist Jordan Shapiro. Nona Hendrix and Gary Lucas, along with their bandmates, play live and discuss how this all came together.

Jack Cooper (of Ultimate Painting)
Wednesday, November 29th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Ultimate Painting's Jack Cooper released his first solo LP, Sandgrown (Trouble In Mind) earlier this year. The album, recorded direct to a 4-track Teac Portastudio, was inspired by Jack's memories of his younger days in an English resort town on the decline. Reviewers have compared his solo work to Fairport Convention, the folkier side of The Kinks, and (not surprisingly) the Velvet Underground. His recent shows in the US have included a backing band, but tonight Jack performs completely solo. Tune in to WFMU Wednesday night, November 29, for this intimate session.

Sal Maida
Saturday, December 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Sal Maida returns to the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to discuss his new book "Four Strings, Phony Proof and 300 45's" published by HoZac. Sub-titled "Adventures from Roxy Music, Sparks & Milk'n'Cookies", 3 bands that Sal played bass for. Find out why Noisey says, "Sal Maida is one of the coolest 70s Rock Stars you've never heard of."

Sparrow Steeple
Sunday, December 3rd, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

From the ashes of Philadelphia's legendary Strapping Fieldhands has risen Sparrow Steeple. Sparrow Steeple offers a fractured, eccentric take on psychedelic pop, rock, and folk. Yet, for as off-kilter and beguiling as the band can be, it's only a matter of finding one's aural sea legs before it becomes clear just how catchy the band's songs really are. On the heels of an excellent full-length on Richie Records in late 2016 and with a new EP on ever/never records due later this fall, Sparrow Steeple drops by Burn It Down with Nate K. for a live session. The band will also be playing the ever/never records holiday party in Brooklyn on Saturday, December 2.

Kazuki Tomokawa
Tuesday, December 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Kazuki Tomokawa's radical music took its roots from Bob Dylan and the heyday of Japan's 1970's folk and theater movements; he began performing solo with acoustic guitar in 1985 and immediately staked his own sonic terrain with a fiery and passionate vocal delivery that has been depicted as "an exorcism." Through the years, his international profile has been raised thanks to the legendary PSF record label which has issued scores of releases, as well as a prominent appearance playing songs in director Takeshi Miike's film Izo. He continues to create music, poetry, paintings, and is a foremost commentator on bicycle races for Japanese television. His short (but completely intense) set in the WFMU studios was recorded during the week of his first ever performance in New York City at Greene Naftali in Chelsea, put on by Blank Forms.

Narvel Felts
Saturday, December 9th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Narvel Felts about his 50+ year career – which started in the 1950s with some classic Rockabilly singles and peaked in the early 70s starting with a top 10 cover of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away" – the start of a string of 20 singles Narvel placed on the Country Charts!

The Love-Birds
Monday, December 11th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The latest and greatest pop export from San Francisco. Check out their 7-inch EP from this past summer on Empty Cellar, and look for the debut full-length album soon on Trouble In Mind Records. Catch them at Alphaville in Brooklyn on Dec. 6!

Spazz Xmas Fiasco!
Thursday, December 21st, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Celebrate the holidays with Spazzy Claus and his very special musical guests Sleigher!

Count It Down! with Nate K: A Burn It Down! Best of 2017 Special
Sunday, December 31st, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Last year was terrible, this year, 2017, has been even worse. So let's kick it to the curb in style and let the countdown to better days commence! Pre-game it with Nate K. as he looks back at his favorite LPs, singles, and reissues of the past 365 days. Who will snag that number one spot? Tune in and find out on New Year's Eve morning, December 31, 2017.

Ronnie Hawkins
Saturday, January 6th, 2018, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Ronnie Hawkins (aka "Mr. Dynamo," "Sir Ronnie," "Rompin' Ronnie," or "The Hawk") about his 60 years making great Rock And Roll!

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