Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: April 26th at 4:04 PM

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Special 2 Hour Edition of Put the Needle on the Record!
Friday, April 27th, 6pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Put The Needle On The Record Fair (Extended Mix) This week Billy Jam will do an extended two hour show radio, coming live from the WFMU Record Fair at the Brooklyn Expo, where guests will include the emcees Rabbi Darkside and MC Paul Barman.


Honky Tonk Radio Girl is Guest Hosting for Downtown Soulville from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, April 27th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine

Anna & Elizabeth
Saturday, April 28th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
The duo Anna & Elizabeth are without doubt among the foremost exponents of ballad singing today. More than nearly everyone else, they delve deep into archives and field recordings in search of songs which have weathered the ages, and some of which had nearly been forgotten. Their voices rival the great singers of yesteryear. Playing guitar, banjo and fiddle, their music contains the magic of the old players, a magic sometimes missing from traditional bands today. Not content to merely imitate the earlier styles, they are adding contemporary sounds into the mix, creating a music both deeply rooted in the past and carrying it into the future. Their new album, The Invisible Comes To Us, is just out on Smithsonian Folkways.


LIVE from the Record Fair- Wreckless Eric, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Hurry, Brower and Jonathan Toubin!
Saturday, April 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Hurry are a Philadelphia trio playing pop music of the highest order. The great new album is called Every Little Thought and features some of the best Philly songwriting since Gamble and Huff!

Jonathan Toubin a.k.a. The New York Night Train has redefined what it means to be a dj. His Soul Claps are the stuff of legend and his Friday night weekly dance party "Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down" at Home Sweet Home is one of the longest running parties in the Big Apple. Jonathan will offer a teaser of what he will be spinning at Diviera Drive later that evening and at The Monty Hall Soul Clap on Saturday May 5th!

Wreckless Eric! Wreckless Eric burst onto the pop scene with the unforgettable "Whole Wide World" in 1977. And he has been a thorn in the side of polite society ever since! His new album Construction Time & Demolition is another wonderful notch on the belt of a remarkable career. Don't miss him performing live at The WFMU Record Fair or May 3rd at Berlin in The East Village.

"This ain't no country for hipsters or posers. It's real, raw, mean-and-evil-bad-and-nasty bidness that makes an ass-kickin sound mighty fine."- No Depression Sarah Shook and the Disarmers have a sensational new album called Years (Bloodshot Records) and they will be playing some of the stunning songs from it at The WFMU Record Fair and later that evening at Berlin.

and...Brower Nat Brower and his eponymous Brooklyn band of no-counts are introducing the world to a new musical format: POWER GLAM! Featuring members of such stellar combos as Dirty Fences, The Brooklyn Bluebirds, Velveteen Rabbit and Metalleg, Brower's songs have so many hooks you are probably going to get caught on them. Watch out for their Dig! Records full length later this year.


Petula Clark
Sunday, April 29th, 8pm - 10pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Petula Clark recorded her first songs in 1949. Her most recent release (a French-language album) debuts on April 22nd. Within a career as a singer, songwriter, and actress that has spanned eight decades, Pet Clark has been responsible for a treasure trove of perfect pop tunes, including but by no means limited to songs ranging from 1965's "Downtown" to 2013's "Cut Copy Me." This radio show host is honored to be able to chat with one of the truly great vocalists of the 20th (and 21st) century and celebrate her career in music with WFMU's listeners.


Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers
Monday, April 30th, 3am - 6am
on
Circle Time with Mark R.
Last month, independent journalist Susan Anello journeyed to Colin Moulding’s home in Swindon, about 70 miles west of London, to interview Colin and Terry Chambers, who have just released their EP as TC & I, “Great Aspirations.” Susan spoke to Colin (mostly) and Terry (a little) for over an hour about their new project, any plans to tour, and of course, inevitably, XTC. This interview in two parts, part one will air on April 30th and part two will air on May 7th shows.


Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Monday, April 30th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Seattle, Washington's Delvon Lemarr Organ Trio represent the latest flowering of a grand instrumental tradition: the Hammond organ trio. In the '60s, players like Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, and Booker T. Jones made the sound of the Hammond organ ubiquitous in R&B and jazz, and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio carries on in that funky style with a mix of soul evergreens and originals from their new album Close But No Cigar. Don't miss this smokin' live set that will most certainly have you dancing!


Special 2 Hour Edition of Morricone Island
Tuesday, May 1st, 6pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Shulcoth! The Annual Citizen Kafka Tribute
Tuesday, May 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

The Annual Citizen Kafka Tribute - Once again, Ed Haber, Kenny Kosek and Marty Cutler gather on Irene's show to celebrate The Citizen aka Richie Shulberg, a notable character, collector of 78 RPM discs and fine folk fiddler. Expect the usual confluence of comedy bits from WBAI's Citizen Kafka Comedy Hour, fiddling around with the Wretched Refuse String Band and other bits of silliness. Comments and memories of The Citizen are always welcome!


Empty Shapes
Wednesday, May 2nd, 3am - 6am
on
What Was Music? with Marcel M
Fuzzy wah'd out guitars screeching over a booming rhythm section held together by a wheezing organ with a wild man screaming his lungs out... if this sounds like some sort of fevered dream scenario - you're in luck. Empty Shapes has your fix. Tune in for their WFMU debut.


Matt Warwick Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Thursday, May 3rd, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Members of Pallbearer on Peer Pressure
Thursday, May 3rd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
From Little Rock, AR, Pallbearer stands head and shoulders above those in the doom genre. They start their tour next week and will be in NYC at the Gramercy Theater May 5th. Diane will talk to one or two folks from the band (TBD) while they are on the road, they've got a playlist from the band as a collective ready!


Matt Warwick Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Friday, May 4th, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Tom Staley of N.R.B.Q.
Saturday, May 5th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with N.R.B.Q.'s original drummer Tom Staley about his life and career, and the making of the band's newly re-released self titled 1969 debut album - for the very first time on cd!


The Harlem Gospel Travelers plus Eli Paperboy Reeds meets The High and Mighty Brass Band
Saturday, May 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Are you ready to testify? You better be! The Harlem Gospel Travelers were brought together by Eli Paperboy Reed when he was mentoring them as part of gospel class he was teaching. You can hear the glorious results on their debut 45 for Colemine Records and also at Monty Hall on Saturday May 5th as part of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap.

Eli Paperboy Reed meets The High and Mighty Brass Band- The High and Mighty Brass Band brings to New York the great buoyant sounds of New Orleans. Eli Paperboy Reed brings them the tunes! Don't miss them live April 26th at The Brooklyn Bazaar and pick up a copy of their debut Yep Roc album on Record Store Day!


Matt Warwick Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Monday, May 7th, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Joe Belock Guest Hosts for Wake and Bake
Tuesday, May 8th, 6am - 9am
on
Wake with Clay Pigeon

Elk City
Tuesday, May 8th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Elk City's music is described as "soundscapes (that) encompass galaxies while retaining intimate and introspective thoughts and feelings, like epic adventures under the skin. "Everybody’s Insecure" is Elk City's fifth album, released in March 2018 on BarNone, and is filled with lyrical conversations with a late-night feel to them. At the core of this Montclair, NJ-based ensemble are lead vocalist Renée LoBue and drummer/producer Ray Ketchem, aided ably by guitarist Sean Eden (Luna) and extraordinary keyboardist Carl Baggaley.


Battle Of The Canadian Bands!
Saturday, May 12th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Canadian pop masters Sloan have just released their twelfth album..called coincidentally enough, 12 (Yep Roc). As Shindig magazine states of the band's music: "Pop songs, the old way, with soaring harmonies and very loud guitars. Love it." Don't miss Sloan live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show on May 12th and be sure and catch Sloan at The Bowery Ballroom on Thursday May 10th.

Dany Laj and The Looks are the heirs to Sloan's pop mastery. They were part of the amazing live 2017 Three Chord Monte birthday broadcast with Baby Shakes and The Rubinoos. Dany's heartfelt songs seamlessly meld together elements of rock, folk and punk without straying to far from the power-pop roots that give the tunes joy.


Susanna
Tuesday, May 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Norwegian songstress Susanna has been creating ethereal interpretations of rock and folk tunes, in addition to her own stunningly operatic tunes, since 2004 but is not well-known in the US. Susanna gained notice for her cover of an "Love Will Tear Us Apart" used in the TV show, "Grey's Anatomy." On "Go Dig My Grave," Susanna's 12th album, renditions of traditional and treasured old songs combined with one of her own are delivered in a semi-Baroque style. Susanna and some of her musical collaborators visited WFMU to record a session for Irene's show following a US tour.


Kalbells
Friday, May 18th, 3pm - 6pm
on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.

For over ten years, Annakalmia Travers has fronted and played saxophone in the super-festive Brooklyn indie-dance band, Rubblebucket. Then in 2013, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy in the midst of Rubblebucket’s tour and recording sessions. After being declared cancer-free, Annakalmia returned to her home state of Vermont for a two-month retreat, where she wrote the demos that would eventually make up her debut solo album, Ten Flowers. The sweet n’ whimsical single “Why?!steria?” is a testament to Annakalmia’s knack for writing the most tender melodies that are often sprinkled with whistles and coyote howls, and layered in harmonies. Kalbells has since evolved into a four-piece band, and they completely blew away Sheila B. at their recent performance at Union Pool. Sheila B. is counting down the days til Kalbells bring their joyful, high-spirited pop to Sophisticated Boom Boom and insists you tune in!


Del McCoury
Saturday, May 19th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Bluegrass legend Del McCoury about his 50+ year career, his new album "Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass," and The Del McCoury Band's upcoming June 7th show in New York's Symphony Space.


Serena Jost
Tuesday, May 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Classically-trained singer/songwriter/cellist Serena Jost added her angelic singing and playing to the original line up of Rasputina before deciding to set out as a solo artist. Splitting her formative years between The Midwest, Switzerland and points in between, Serena says, "she found her cello wrapped in a brown blanket in a basement in northern Michigan," and has been writing gently eccentric songs with it ever since.. "Up To The Sky" is Jost's newest collection of songs for voice and cello, captured live in the historic St. Peter's Church in Chelsea, NYC. Serena Jost visits WFMU to play some of them live.


Michael Rault
Saturday, June 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes as his live musical guest the debonair Michael Rault. Discover for yourself why Noisey claims "Michael has made a career out of his uncanny ability to weave through decades of rock'n'roll history, melding dirty psychedelic riffs with bubblegum power-pop hooks." Michael's latest opus, "It's A New Day Tonight", is out on Wick Records on May 18th and he will be performing at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick on May 31st.



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