Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: December 8th at 4:22 PM

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Live from Barbes in Park Slope - Sounds of Eastern Europe via NYC
Saturday, December 10th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg


Join Rob and illustrious co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel at Barbes, the music-lover's haven at 9th St and 6th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a jam-packed four-act evening of NY-based ensembles inspired by the sounds of Eastern Europe. Admission is free of charge!
- Dolunay open the show with their urbane urban take on the music of Ottoman Turkey
- Next up, Glas deftly explores the lyrical and mournful sides of Macedonian traditional music;
- Vocal powerhouse Ukrainian Village Voices celebrate the season with ancient winter songs and more;
- and 60s Soviet kitsch fanatics The Eastern Blockhedz close the show by answering the musical question: Ever wonder what Boris & Natasha danced to on Friday nights after grappling with moose and squirrel?
Join us at Barbes or via the airwaves for three solid hours of music. And if you do make it to Barbes: If the great music (free of charge) isn't enough, we'll be doling out free FMU swag too - but get there early before we give it all away!


2016, you cruel year (part 1)
Sunday, December 11th, 2pm - 6pm
on
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
2016 has been a cruel year. Starting with the end of December with the death of Lemmy, we should have seen that the year was not going to be a promising one. We are going to celebrate the lives of the people who have left us this past year and honor the ones that have been forgotten. Join Meghan and her end of the year friends with a 4 hour long toast to those that are gone, but never forgotten.


The Blind Shake
Monday, December 12th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This high-energy Minneapolis trio has been deconstructing garage rock and punk and revving it up and spitting it back out as their own, original twisted sci-fi sound. Their latest collection of big, blunt riffs is "celebrate Your Worth" on Goner records, and the band makes its fourth (!) appearance on the Three Chord Monte show hot on the heels of playing WFMU's Monty Hall on Friday Dec. 9.


Joe Frank - "Karma 6"
Wednesday, December 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air tri-weekly on Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. December 14th, we'll present "Karma 6" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. Joe's ex-girlfriend Kate, in Rome on an acting assignment and feeling despondent, phones Joe and they reconcile. Joe recalls his beautiful mother’s flirtatiousness with strange men when Joe was a young boy. His friend Larry reminisces about a summer fling that left him scarred, and Kristine remembers the boy who walked her to school every day and how she almost lost him to a more popular classmate. Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield offers observations.


2016, you cruel year (part 2)
Sunday, December 18th, 2pm - 6pm
on
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
2016 has been a cruel year. Starting with the end of December with the death of Lemmy, we should have seen that the year was not going to be a promising one. We are going to celebrate the lives of the people who have left us this past year and honor the ones that have been forgotten. Join Meghan and her end of the year friends with a 4 hour long toast to those that are gone, but never forgotten.


A Christmas Miracle
Thursday, December 22nd, Noon - 3pm
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
The annual Imaginary Radio Christmas show with lots of Christmas music! Your family may not love you but for three hours you can remember when they used to pretend that they did! Have that holiday feeling!


Joe Carducci
Wednesday, December 28th, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Joe Carducci returns to The John Allen Show; this time we'll do a show around Psychozoic Hymnal topkick rock and rollers (with the odd amendment or two) from Joe's first book, 'Rock and the Pop Narcotic'.


Tom Wilson's Music Factory #8 - Sam the Sham
Wednesday, December 28th, 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 sporadic Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern). On December 21, we'll hear Wilson interview fellow Texan Sam the Sham, and they discuss their mutual love of R&B, the music genre "Grit Rock," and turkey leg fricassee. Wilson features recordings by Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Eric Burdon, the Hombres, and others. This program originally aired in December 1967. More information about Wilson can be found at ProducerTomWilson.com.


Count It Down! with Nate K: A Burn It Down! Best of 2016 Special
Sunday, January 1st, 2017, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
There's no getting around it, 2016, for a number of reasons, was a terrible, terrible year. But as of this airing, it will be GONE! Good riddance, and let the real countdown commence. Nurse your New Year's Day hangover as Nate K. kicks off 2017 with a look 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 January 1, 2017.


Eastern Bloc postpunk sounds with guest DJ Kevin Failure
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Kevin Failure of Pink Reason returns to the show after a long spell, armed with another couple of crates of new wave, post-punk and experimental records from communist Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. We'll be posting the sleeve art on the playlist page as well; if you caught Kevin's appearance on the program years ago you know you're going to be hearing some brain-melting stuff so follow along and don't miss!



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