Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: September 29th at 10:34 AM

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Peter Greenberg and Barrence Whitfield
Saturday, October 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Peter Greenberg and Barrence Whitfield of the world's most racuous r'n'b combo, Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, join Todd-O-Phonic Todd to blast 45's and swap stories prior to their appearance later that evening at Monty Hall (they will also be performing Sunday 10/2 at The Mercury Lounge).


Field Recording Twofer: Ian Brennan (Grammy-nominated Zomba Prison Project, Khmer Rouge Survivors and more) + Rob's recordings of Merasi Musicians of Rajasthan
Saturday, October 1st, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

We kick off by meeting Ian Brennan, who started out as a rock writer and producer but really has gotten the itch for far-flung field recording, especially in places where people are living or have lived under very challenging circumstances. His first of two recently released Zomba Prison Project albums, recorded at a maximum security a prison in Malawi, is nominated for a Grammy. (He already has one Grammy to his name for producing Tinariwen's Tassili LP.) He also has a new album out of recordings by artists who survived the Khmer Rouge's purge of artists, They Will Kill You If You Cry. He's released albums recorded with artists in war-torn South Sudan and much more. And he has new book - How Music Dies (or Lives): Field Recording and the Battle for Democracy in the Arts. Ian will talk about the book and his mission to share unheard music in a free event at the New School's music building Thursday evening October 6th and on our show this week.

Later: In early 2014 Rob met a poor but talented and determined community of Merasi minority musicians in the Thar desert region of Rajasthan, India. Now some of the finest musicians from that community, the Merasi Master Musicians of Rajasthan, are touring North America, with area shows October 6th and 7th at Baryshnikov Arts Center plus a very special appearance to open our third annual HONK NYC! concert spectacle Thursday October 13th at WFMU's Monty Hall. Rob field-recorded a session with musicians from the community in Rajasthan and we'll hear it on tonight's show.


Mike Stax, author of "Swim Through The Darkness"
Sunday, October 2nd, 8pm - 9pm
on
The Whig Out with Glynis GirlGroupGirl and Richard W (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Author and Musician Mike Stax will be talking about the mystery of the Maitreya Kali, or Craig Smith - the once famous and then obscure musician who recorded two highly prized albums of psychedelia. In his early career Craig Smith was a well known and genial folk and pop musician of Chris and Craig and The Penny Arkade - then a sudden turn in his personality left Craig alone and invisible in LA. Writer Mike Stax talks about "Swim Through The Darkness" - his new book documenting his search for Craig Smith, and a life forgotten on the Whig Out! Sunday Oct. 2nd 8pm Rock'n'Soul Ichiban Stream.


Allen Callaci
Sunday, October 2nd, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
In advance of his upcoming performance on October 4, the Refrigerator frontman drops by our Jersey City studio to discuss his new book, Heart Like a Starfish, and regale listeners with a few songs, accompanied by Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue) on guitar. Callaci's memoir, published by Pelekenesis, chronicles, among other things, the Shrimper Records mainstay's recent heart transplant.

A portion of the $10 suggested admission from Tuesday's performance of Allen Callaci and the Human Hearts, at the Hifi Bar, in Manhattan, will go to Cedars-Sinai Heart Research Institute, in Los Angeles, which performed his surgery.


Tyler Keith
Monday, October 3rd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Author William Boyle describes Tyler's new LP, "Do It For Johnny," as "gritty and raw and muscled up, punk country noir at its best." Tyler's journey through darkness, which has taken him through the Neckbones, the Preacher's Kids and now his current band the Apostles, brings him back to WFMU for the first time in 12 years.


Alex Somers
Tuesday, October 4th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Composer and visual artist Alex Somers joins Devon in the studio to discuss his first feature-length film score for 2016 Cannes Un Certain Regard selection "Captain Fantastic," starring Viggo Mortensen, directed by Matt Ross (aka "Gavin Belson" in the HBO series "Silicon Valley"). Baltimore-native Alex currently resides in Reykjavik, Iceland where he maintains his studio and has engineered, mixed and produced records for the likes of Death Vessel, Julianna Barwick, Briana Marela and Sigur Ros. He also co-composed for the television series "Manh(a)ttan" and his bands Parachutes, Riceboy Sleeps and Jonsi & Alex.


Heroes of Toolik
Tuesday, October 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Friends with storied musical pasts make up the collective known as Heroes of Toolik. In the 1980's Guitarists Arad Evans and Robert Poss, Drummer Billy Ficca and Bassist Ernie Brooks met through their associations with Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Television, The Modern Lovers and Gods and Monsters. Add trombonist John Speck and Painter Art-critic /Singer /Violinist Jennifer Coates and the collective is complete. Their new album, "Like Night," is filled with drifty, hypnotic, post-Velvet Underground groovyness. Heroes of Toolik play live on WFMU.


Helado Negro
Thursday, October 6th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Celebrating the release of his new record "Private Energy", Helado Negro returns to This is the Modern World. Roberto Lange is a one man band, crafting songs that ooze with a sensuous boom and a contemporary mix of electronica vibes. Tune in between 9 and noon on October 6 and feel the love.


Extreme Metal Casual Lunch
Thursday, October 6th, Noon - 3pm
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Continuing where the Extreme Metal Formal Brunch left off, three hours of Death metal, Black metal and Sludge! Classics and hidden gems from 1992 - 1995. Wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting bloody.


The return of mastering engineer Greg Calbi
Saturday, October 8th, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
When Creg Calbi was a guest on Michael’s show in June the plan was to talk and play some examples of Greg’s exemplar work (Beatles, Dylan, Ramones, Bowie, etc.) – but the stories were so good Michael & Greg just talked for a solid hour – no music: so, as promised, Greg returns – and this time the pair will do their best to spin some Greg’s work between hearing another batch of Greg’s great stories.


October Surprise: Surface Noise Random Pull Special
Monday, October 10th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
WFMU DJs take a lot of pride in their role as curators who carefully select what they play every week. But what if a WFMU DJ suddenly decided to pull a bunch of random music from the record library that the DJ didn't know and had never heard before? Random Pull is what this game is called, a game in which DJ and listeners hear something for the first time at the same time. Today on Surface Noise, your DJ (and possibly a guest or two) will risk a full three hours of records that may be brilliant or may be terrible, but we'll find out together!


The World
Tuesday, October 11th, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Fans of Essential Logic, Delta 5, and saxophones, take note: Oakland's post-punk dance heroes The World are coming to a radio station near you. Expect paranoid grooves, punky beats, disaffected lady vocals, and a primal urge to get off your butt and shake it. Catch The Wold live at Silent Barn on Oct 10th or Baby's All Right on Oct 11th.


Record Label Special: Elektra Records
Monday, October 17th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
One of the first and greatest independent labels of the rock era was Elektra Records, which started out primarily as a folk music label in the 1950s but would go on to release rock, country, and world music to great success into the early 70s. Today Surface Noise salutes this unique record label by featuring music from a wide range of its artists, some more well known than others. Part of the show will include a spotlight on the Nonesuch label, the Elektra offshoot that did so much to introduce music from around the world to a wide audience.


Singles Going Early
Thursday, October 20th, Noon - 3pm
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Surprise! It's the Singles Going Steady show but a week early! It's going to be a big mess.


Guest DJ set by Trumpeter Steve Bernstein
Saturday, October 22nd, 9am - 11am
on Bob Brainen's show

While best known for The Millennial Territory Orchestra and Sex Mob, Steve has covered a lot of ground in concerts and studios around the world, worked on film scores and various other projects with a long list of collaborators. Today he'll be guest D.J. and we'll mix works by his favorite artists with some of his own recordings including some rarities. Join Us!


Kaminsky Kamoutsky with Jesse
Sunday, October 23rd, 2pm - 8pm (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
At 2pm on Sunday, October 23rd, Jesse Kaminsky will perform a public reading of the book Tanstaafl! in collaboration with Gang Clan Mafia at the Mobius Artists Group gallery in Cambridge, MA. The event will be broadcast live on WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio from 2pm until it is finished. (It will surely last six hours, but maybe eight or even longer.) The book Tanstaafl! was created by John Osorio Buck and is comprised of 5,300 anagrams for the phrase “Art and Money.”


Two Sevens Clash: Singles Going Steady with Special Guest Matt Fiveash
Monday, October 24th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
For the third year in a row, Give the Drummer Radio's Matt Fiveash drops by Surface Noise to go toe-to-toe with Joe on the turntable mat. Watch the 45s fly! (Note: Joe will also join Matt on his show on Oct 27th between 2-4pm on Give the Drummer Radio.)


Halloween 4: The Return
Thursday, October 27th, Noon - 3pm
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
A haunted afternoon of scary music, occult references and eldritch horrors. Sit alone in the dark and eat candy, slowly going mad! Or just enjoy listening to it, whatever. #demogorgon


John Strausbaugh: City of Sedition
Wednesday, November 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Journalist/historian John Strausbaugh returns to Irwin's program on Wednesday November 9 to discuss his new book, "City of Sedition: The History of New York City During the Civil War" (published by Twelve Books). The work chronicles the localized conflicts between New York constituent groups and how their respective actions helped or hampered President Lincoln's war effort. No city raised more men, money, and materiel for the war, and no city raised more hell against it. New York was a city of patriots, war heroes, and abolitionists, but also a city of antiwar protest, draft resistance, and sedition. Strausbaugh is a foremost authority on the history of New York City. He is a former editor of New York Press, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other publications. His previous books include "The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues," "E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith," "Black Like You," and "Sissy Nation."


Amy Rigby
Saturday, November 12th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Amy Rigby drops by to play a few songs & to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of her debut masterpiece "Diary Of A Mod Housewife" and it's recent vinyl debut. She's on tour now, with a stops at NYC's HiFi Bar November 16 & 17th.


Straight Arrows
Saturday, November 12th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Sydney quartet Straight Arrows kick out the jams on The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. Maybe the best Aussie combo since The Missing Links! Don't miss them on tour with Thee Oh Sees.


The Stompin' Riff Raffs
Saturday, November 19th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
One of Japan's greatest exports, The Stompin' Riff Raffs perform live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. These masters of mayhem are known for their crazed performances and boundless energy. Nao sings and Rie, Mikou and Saori scream! Be sure and catch The Stompin' Riff Raffs at The Bowery Ballroom with The King Khan & BBQ Show on 11/22.



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