Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: October 8th at 5:18 PM

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Jazzactuel Redux
Thursday, October 8th, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Take a journey through the nether regions of the BYG/Actuel label catalog. Hear free jazz and psychedelia circa 1968-1970 from the likes of Art Ensemble of Chicago, Gong, Don Cherry, Archie Sheep, Sonny Sharrock and as many more as will fit into 3 hours.

Jake McKelvie
Thursday, October 8th, Noon - 2pm
Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Jake McKelvie, of Jake McKelvie and the Countertops, from Keene, NH, will play a solo set. Jake's songs are funny, acerbic, and insightful, full of stream-of-consciousness run-on puns and rhymes, and snappy answers to questions you didn't know you'd asked.

Sally Crewe
Thursday, October 8th, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane welcomes Sally Crewe as a Peer Pressure guest this week, complete with a rockin' playlist! Her new album, "Later Than You Think" containing 10 pop blasts -has just recently been released, and we'll be hearing some selections from that along with her killer selections! The songstress and accomplished but somewhat overlooked guitarist will be live at 1pm and listeners are encouraged to ask questions via the online comments board!

Willie Hightower
Saturday, October 10th, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with journeyman Soul singer Willie Hightower whose career started on the Gospel circuit - eventually crossing over in 1965 and recording super charged recordings for the Enjoy, Fury, Capitol, Fame, Mercury & Sound Stage 7 labels

Richard Hell
Saturday, October 10th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd
Punk icon and author Richard Hell joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd to discuss his new non-fiction anthology Massive Pissed Love (published by Soft Skull Press). This collection contains many insightful pieces on music, film, poetry, New York City and more. Hell gained infamy as a member of Television and The Heartbreakers and as the leader of The Voidoids, but in more recent years has honed his craft as a writer and critic, as anyone who read his excellent autobiography I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp will attest.

A Brass Band Spectacular in Advance of HONK! NYC's Assault on Monty Hall!
Saturday, October 10th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

HONK! NYC, the honking squonking brass band lovefest, is coming to WFMU’s Monty Hall on Thursday, October 15th! And we’re celebrating on this week's show with a brass band radio spectacular.

The seven-day HONK! NYC Festival is a spinoff of HONK!, Boston’s fabled Columbus Day Weekend national and international street band bacchanal. HONK! NYC events with a slew of great bands take place all around NYC all next week. But there's only one HONK! NYC event on the Jersey side: Next Thursday's HONK! NYC extravaganza at Monty Hall! With no less than five live bands playing - from Chicago, Paris, New Orleans and the Big Apple - you'll experience everything from exuberant warped-carnivalesque megaband mania to bombastic Balkan style brass and sizzling New Orleans second line. And how better to get in the mood for next Thursday's live Monty Hall extravaganza than with a radio show jam-packed with brass band records from around the globe?!

Lame Drivers
Sunday, October 11th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K
Brooklyn-via-Jersey trio Lame Drivers (featuring WFMU mainstay Jason Sigal) pull power pop out of the seventies, throw in a little of the wiry energy of eighties college rock, and replace the "slack" of nineties indie with an urgency and passion much needed in this insane new millennium. Boasting big hooks, a high instrumental aptitude, and a kitchen sink aesthetic philosophy, Lame Drivers dropped by BURN IT DOWN! to play songs off their new LP Chosen Era, due out October 9 on Bleeding Gold/Jigsaw records.

kid katie
Sunday, October 11th, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Several years ago, a Britney Spears–obsessed 8-year-old named Katie Bennett, like many creative children, became a pop star in her bedroom, recording the musical results a cappella on a microcassette. As an adult, and a member of the DIY pop band Free Cake for Every Creature, Katie decided that instead of being embarrassed by her childhood obsessions, she would share the fruits of her youth by releasing a cassette of her kid katie sessions along with a zine recounting her brief stint as a wanna-be preteen pop queen. Song topics cover such typical young concerns as schoolgirl crushes, the power of imagination, and, of course, interplanetary travel, as found in the glorious “How Would You Feel in Space?”

Chuck Prophet
Monday, October 12th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Chuck Prophet hit the road straight out of high school in the '80s with the psychedelic roots band Green on Red, and he never looked back. In addition to working as a singer/songwriter, guitarist, bandleader, and collaborator with artists as diverse as Kim Carnes, Solomon Burke, and Alejandro Escovedo, Prophet's deepening solo catalog of self-produced "sideways" roots rock has steadily become his calling card. Chuck returns to WFMU on the heels of last year's acclaimed "Night Surfer" LP.

Micachu and the Shapes
Tuesday, October 13th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble presents a live set from the charming and talented Michachu and the Shapes. In honor of their second release "Good Sad Happy Bad," they will play songs that make you feel only good and happy not sad or bad.

Dan Friel
Tuesday, October 13th, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Fans of blissful bleepy fun, look no further: Dan Friel visits WFMU once again, and his frenetic energy is contagious. During his last visit to Liz's show in 2012, listeners described Dan as "the Phil Spector of Robot World," and his songs as "music from an ice cream truck in some demented reality." Dan's new album Life is being released on the Thrill Jockey label soon, and you should catch him live at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn on Oct 15th with ETHEL and Sunwatchers before he flits off for a European tour with Lightning Bolt.

Deaf Wish
Tuesday, October 13th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Despite being around for 8 years, Australia's excellent Deaf Wish have yet to become household names, though their latest release Pain has landed them on Sub Pop, which might change matters (stateside anyway). A democratic unit, Deaf Wish's songs vary in approach with no distinct trait to sum them up; they can alternate between evocative soundscapes to blizzards of guitar destruction with total seamlessness, melodies murdered and revived. Tune in to hear this great band live today on Brian's show.

Ben Mason
Tuesday, October 13th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Melbourne Singer/songwriter Ben Mason may not be well known in the US, but he's gained fans among Portland's finest musicians including members of Death Cab For Cutie, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists and The Delines, who helped him record his third album, "She'd Need a Heart." Mason describes his latest album as, "Exploring themes of unrequited love, loneliness and gardening, (the album) combines classic '60s orchestral pop, psychedelic ambient folk lullabies, and atmospheric weather jams into a cohesive collection of songs telling the story of a man and his scarecrow." Ben's songs have a sweetness about them, sung with a simple tenor, often punctuated by complementary strings. While here on a short visit, Ben Mason will play a few tunes on Irene's show.

Wednesday, October 14th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

WFMU listeners, and those with a taste for the finer things in NY punk, have probably heard Rene Nunez roar as the frontman for both Herzog Rising (dirty death-rock; played live on the Distort Jersey City on WFMU program) and Divorce Money (dense, screaming, dark-thrashing punk; played live on My Castle of Quiet in 2012.) Horoscope, Nunez' multifaceted solo electronics / performance project, is a different kind of roar—one of intimate, personal catharsis, set to eerie, enveloping synth pulsations and haunted samples. It's deep, high-caliber stuff, and very rewarding to see and hear an already-admired artist pursue even deeper, more personal pathways of (sonic) expression.

Joe Frank - "Bible Stories"
Wednesday, October 14th, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. An episode entitled "Bible Stories," from Joe's Somewhere Out There series, airs Weds. October 14th. Joe recounts the story of Adam and Eve. A faux evangelist playfully mocks believers on the phone. Later Joe, tied to a stake on a raft, drifts down river in a surrealist jungle. Jesus is spotted on water skis. Finally, we hear from a group of dial-a-prayer preachers.

Son Of The Return Of Mayhem In The PM!
Wednesday, October 14th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
It's become an October tradition! Once again EFD rummages through his record collection and pulls out some of his favorite punk, post-punk and power-pop platters from the late '70s and early '80s. Relive the excitement of hearing these killer tunes on the radio for the first time, or just experience the excitement for the first time if you missed it 35 years ago. You'll hear some of your old faves and discover plenty of new faves too! This is always one of the most anticipated shows of the year, so make sure you're listening to WFMU Wednesday night, October 14, at 9pm!

Thursday, October 15th, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
The percussion trio TIGUE (pronounced just like the 2nd syllable of fatigue) drops by to perform their dazzling compositions, combining post-rock architecture and slow-building melodies with the compositional language of early minimalism. Their debut album Peaks will be out in November on New Amsterdam Records and features contributions from Kid Millions and Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and James McNew.

Dennis Dunaway
Thursday, October 15th, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Original bassist of the Alice Cooper Group, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Dennis released his memoirs in a book titled, "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!" this summer. Credited with writing some of rock's most famous songs; i.e. " I'm Eighteen" and "School's Out", and also a current member of Blue Coupe with the Bouchard Brothers, Dennis will be appearing locally at the Chiller Theatre Expo in Parsippany NJ, October 23-25th! Listeners will be able to ask him questions via the live playlist, so get your thinking caps on!

Dave the Spazz Live Band Cassette Caravan
Thursday, October 15th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Dave the Spazz digs down into Music To Spazz By cassette archives back to 1989 for a bunch of rock n' roll bands that have dropped by over the years. Expect pre- and post-internet live band insanity!

Shannon and the Clams PLUS The Hooten Tennis Club
Saturday, October 17th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd
Shannon and The Clams come to town celebrating the release of their fantastic new album on Hardly Art, Gone By The Dawn. Check out their stirring update of golden AM radio era sounds. Catch them live at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Friday Oct. 16th. Also joining the fun will be The Hooton Tennis Club, a brilliant new band from the U.K. performing such hits as "Kathleen Sat On The Arm Of Her Favourite Chair" and "P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. P.I.E.R.R.E.".

The Beautiful Sounds of WFMU
Sunday, October 18th, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
In the 1970s, the New York City/Northern New Jersey area was the broadcast home of three easy-listening stations — WPAT in Paterson, New York’s WRFM, and WVNJ, out of Newark. As a loving tribute to a programming format that is all but dead on U.S. terrestrial radio, this show host will offer a re-creation of a “Beautiful Music” station — complete with appropriate call-sign jingles, weather forecasts, announcing style, and, of course, music for gracious living. (You are welcome to play the archived program during your next visit to the dentist for full effect.)

Paul Collins' Beat PLUS XL Kings
Monday, October 19th, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
It's a Rocktober doubleheader! Up first, the King of Power Pop returns to WFMU - Paul Collins has been churnign out top notch tunes for 40 years, first with the Nerves, then the Beat, then as Paul Collins' Beat. His most recent LP, Feel the Noise, was one of 2014's top releases! In the nightcap, it's XL Kings, the band with the big-sounding name and an even bigger sounding sound! A New York supergroup featuring members of Hypnolovewheel, Special Pillow, the Martinets and the Fabians.

Singles Failing to Go Steady with Greg Saunier
Monday, October 19th, 5pm - 7pm
Play Vertigo with Mayuko (on FM radio & Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Deerhoof drummer, composer and producer Greg Saunier visits Play Vertigo on WFMU Give The Drummer Radio to kindly help the host who owns zero 45s but is excited for Singles Going Steady week. In between mis-cues, the host and guest will chat a little bit about music too. Greg Saunier has an upcoming collaborative show with a dance performance project BOOMERANG at Roulette in Brooklyn on Monday, October 26, 2015 @ 8:00 pm. But tune in on the 19th for the 45rpm madness!

Spray Paint
Tuesday, October 20th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

This Austin trio (and former stars of WFMU's SXSW show in 2014) has already issued a slew of singles and LPs in their relatively short run, never short on ideas. Taking classic postpunk traits of the likes of The Urinals, The Fall, 1983-era Butthole Surfers and other paranoia-inducing art rockers, Spray Paint mesh equal parts economy and mastery of the sideways hook, and they promise to make a nice din over your afternoon today with Brian.

Julia Kent
Tuesday, October 20th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

On "Asperities," the fourth solo album by acclaimed Canadian cellist Julia Kent, the theme of conflict creeps into her music. The word "asperity" means a roughness or sharpness of temper/conditions and Kent says, "As the title suggests, this is a record born of conflict: internal, personal and global." Julia creates these musical conflicts by looping cello, effects and found sound. Julia Kent performs some of these pieces live for the WFMU listeners.

Singles Going Seventies!
Wednesday, October 21st, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
This year's Singles Going Steady Week program will be limited to singles released from 1970 through 1979 -- but as regular EFD listeners know, this really isn't much of a limitation at all! Saddle up for sassy 7" releases from the seventies: from disco to pop to punk to rock (classic and otherwise) to AM gold, whether it was in the Top 40 or just Bubbling Under you'll hear it all! Tune in to WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday night, October 21!

Byron Westbrook
Thursday, October 22nd, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Brooklyn-based sound artist and musician Byron Westbrook graces the WFMU Love Room to play a set of immersive and atmospheric electronic music. Known for his multi-channel sound performances that play on a listener's perception and awareness, Byron's new album, Precipice, is out October 2nd on Root Strata. He's playing a record release show at Trans Pecos on October 28th.

Singles Going Steady
Thursday, October 22nd, 9am - Noon
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
It's that time of year for 45s to start dating each other again! They've been seeing other DJs for eleven months but now they're giving it another shot! Awkward fumbling on the turntables on this very HOT episode of Imaginary Radio! "Vinyls"!

All B-Sides All Night Long
Thursday, October 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
It's WFMU's Singles Going Steady Week and once again Dave the Spazz flips out and ONLY spins B-sides of 45s all night long!

Jeff Stevenson, author of "Fortney Road"
Friday, October 23rd, 6am - 9am
Micah's show
Fortney Road is a disturbing account of calculated mental, physical, and sexual abuse in an evangelical Christian cult. Drawing on seven years of research including interviews with seventeen survivors, it tells the story of the rise and fall of the Church of the Risen Christ, its sadistic leader the Reverend Larry Hill, and its outreach tool The All Saved Freak Band, one of the earliest religious rock groups borne out of the Jesus Movement. Unfolding against the backdrop of the 1960s and early '70s, Fortney Road is also the story of one brilliant musician who fell victim to a charismatic, cruel zealot. While other cult leaders such as David Koresh and Jim Jones have become infamous, Larry Hill and his followers on Fortney Road have flown largely under the radar-until now.

Scott Fagan interview & live performance
Saturday, October 24th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Scott Fagan for an interview and live performance. Fagan's first solo album, 1968's "South Atlantic Blues", has just been reissued and we'll hear the interesting story of his rise and fall and rise in the music industry.

Holly Golightly and The Broke-Offs
Saturday, October 24th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd
Holly Golightly and The Broke-Offs join forces with Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Holly is riding high with her excellent LP on Damaged Goods, "Slowtown Now!" This radio show will begin her takeover of the Metropolitan area which will also include stops at 10th Ave. Burrito in Belmar, as well as The Mercury Lounge and Knitting Factory.

Terry and Louie
Sunday, October 25th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K
Joining forces musically for the first time since the tragic demise of the beloved power pop band the Exploding Hearts, Terry Six ( Nice Boys) and King Louie Bankston (Missing Monuments, Loose Diamonds, Persuaders, Royal Pendletons, all-around man about town) have released a pair of exquisitely sweet singles under the name Terry & Louie on Six's newly launched Tuff Break label. Equal parts starry-eyed, heart-on-the-sleeve pop and gutter-glam grit, the band's music is everything you've come to expect from these rock 'n' roll lifers. They're in town October 23 to October 25 for the epic Tuff Weekend celebration (performing at Palisades on 10/23) and they will be making their WFMU debut on BURN IT DOWN! Sunday, October 25. And if we're lucky, maybe they'll join in with a few favorites of their own for Singles Going Steady! This is not to be missed!

Most Recent Singles Going Steadily Backwards Through Time
Sunday, October 25th, 5pm - 7pm
Gaylord Fields's show
For Singles Going Steady Week, this program’s host will air, in strict reverse chronological order and without any omissions, every 45 he has recently purchased, starting with the most recent and working back in time until he runs out of radio show. Unless your host goes on a very heavy singles-buying spree before this airdate, listeners can expect to hear, among a diversity of styles, jazz groovers, R&B stompers, harmonizing girl groups, a Beatles soundalike, and a singing cat!

Mac's 20th Anniversary on WFMU
Tuesday, October 27th, 8pm - 9pm
The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC
In 1995, MAC started presenting disc and cylinder records LIVE on WFMU. Still THE ONLY SHOW IN THE WORLD playing period records on antique machines. Now join MAC with co-host Mike The Barber with guests, live music, performances and of course, GRAMOPHONES. It's a celebration of 20 years CRANKING IT UP on WFMU​, live in our own Monty Hall, Tuesday October 27th from 7-10pm, with a live broadcast from 8-9pm. ​

Wednesday, October 28th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
These San Francisco neo-glam rockers stop by WFMU to drop a set of punky power-pop on your heads that's more power than pop. If you enjoy the Heartbreakers, Time Flys, Bare Wires/Warm Soda, Starz, and the like then you'll quickly become a fan of Dancer. They'll be playing at Palisades in Brooklyn on Friday Oct 23 with Terry & Louie (ex-Exploding Hearts), Daddy Long Legs, and Fletcher C. Johnson (part of Tuff Weekend). Go see that show, and then tune in to WFMU on Wednesday the 28th to hear Dancer again!

Halloween 4D
Thursday, October 29th, 9am - Noon
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
The annual Halloween spooktacular is back in all its pumpkin circumstance! And this time it's in all four dimensions! Sounds to scare to, music to murder by! Ahhhhh!

Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 29th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Werewolves, mummies, monkeys, zombies and more monkeys conspire to make this year's Music To Spook By Hauntfest the scariest and stupidest one ever!

Sunshine & the Rain
Sunday, November 1st, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

This duo of Jersey City–based singer-bassist Ashley Anderson Morey and guitarist Justin Angelo Morey are former members of Hudson County’s finest freakbeat band, the late and lamented Black Hollies. And though the husband-and-wife pair still have a ’60s-grounded ear for melody, their music is as much Psychocandy sheet-of-noise as Spectorian wall-of-sound. With several live appearances on WFMU already under their belt, Sunshine & the Rain have plans to release an upcoming single on the Ernest Jenning Record Co. label to follow their winning track, “C’mon and Take a Ride,” which debuted on the compilation cassette Serious Rockers: An Unblinking Ear Mixtape.

Charlie Waters Trio plus guests
Thursday, November 5th, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Chroma Colossus, the latest album from saxophonist and composer Charles Waters (Gold Sparkle Band, Acid Birds), is a love letter to New York City, a musical representation of the everyday struggle and joy of city life and the century-old New York jazz tradition. He'll bring his regular trio plus guests down to WFMU to play from his NYC songbook and celebrate the re-release of Chroma Colossus.

Carter Thornton plus Tom Carter / Steve Gunn duo
Thursday, November 26th, 6am - 9am
Airborne Event
Start Thanksgiving the WFMU way. Carter Thornton (GNAW, Zashiki-Warashi, Pigeons, Enos Slaughter) brings a solo guitar set to WFMU. He's a relentless & restless innovator whose releases span the gamut from abstract classical guitar, experimental metal, field recordings, and destroyed songs. His new series of releases, Mapping the Ghost, begins this fall on Soft Abuse records.

Afterwards, guitar comrades Tom Carter & Steve Gunn will play in a duo. Tom Carter is a prolific musician who founded Charalambides in 1991 with Christina Carter. He's recently been focused on his bands with No Neck Blues Band co-founder Pat Murano as well as solo performances in collaboration with filmmakers. Tom's electric guitar work weaves melody into towering long-form drones, sculpting high-volume grit and charged silence together. His new LP is Long Time Underground (on Three Lobed).

Steve Gunn has numerous lauded solo, duo, and ensemble recordings. You can usually find him playing with his band, but he also finds time to serve as guitarist in Kurt Vile’s Violators or play duos like this with old friends. His playing shows the influence of Delta and Piedmont country blues, ecstatic jazz, and Gnawa and Carnatic music. His most recent record is the acclaimed Way Out Weather (on Paradise of Bachelors).

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