Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: August 17th at 5:36 PM

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Swimming Bell
Saturday, August 18th, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Katie Schottland, who goes by the name Swimming Bell, visits Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison. Playing electric guitar, and with an array of effects pedals, Katie adds guitar, vocal and percussive loops with hypnotic results. Lyrically, she reconfigures her life into understated, dreamlike vignettes. Katie played songs from her EP, The Golden Heart, along with selections from her forthcoming full-length, Wild Sight. Her next local appearance is August 23rd at Wonders of Nature in Brooklyn.

Brett Berns director of "BANG! The Bert Berns Story"
Saturday, August 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Brett Berns, director of "BANG! The Bert Berns Story" which tells the story of the creative force Bert Berns, whose childhood bout with rheumatic fever left him with a short life expectancy which inspired his prolific creative output. His mort successful run was a seven year period in the 60's where he had a hand in 51 charting singles. He died in 1967 at age 38 and left behind a safe full of cash and a musical legacy that includes "A Little Bit Of Soap," "Hang On Sloopy," "I Want Candy," "Under The Boardwalk" and work with Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Erma Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King and tons more.

The Rock N' Roll Hi-Fives
Saturday, August 18th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
If you want to find the hardest rocking family band in the truest sense of the word, look no further than The Rock N' Roll Hi-Fives. Comprised of parents Joe (guitar) and Gloree (bass) and their progeny Eilee (vocals), and Evren (drums) the Rock N’ Roll Hi-Fives are more than gimmick. They’re a great band with great songs which are clearly on display on their brand new album, Re-Introducing The Rock N' Roll Hi-Fives (Little Dickman). Since their tour of Japan earlier this year, the band is firing on all cylinders like never before. Catch them live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show as well as at FM in Jersey City on 8/16 and The Asbury Park Yacht Club on 8/18.

Chalaw Garu and Anu Kaliting of Basiwali: Taiwanese Indigenous Roots Music
Saturday, August 18th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Chalu Garu and Anu Kaliting, talented singer / songwriters from Taiwan, are both are members of the Amis ethnic minority. They are among a growing number of indigneous artists from Taiwan creating music inspired by their roots. They also explore broader cultural connections in the group Basiwali, which also features Kilema, who's from Madagascar. (Taiwanese indigenous people and people from Madagascar are both part of the broader Austronesian cultural family.) A duo version of Basiwali featuring Chalu with Anu Kaliting Sadipongan is in town to perform Friday night August 17th at Flushing Town Hall and Sunday night August 19th at Joe's Pub - and in between they'll join us live on WFMU!

This week's DJ Roulette will feature the Atomic Jukebox with Jon Von!
Sunday, August 19th, 11am - Noon
DJ Roulette (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
This week's DJ Roulette will feature the Atomic Jukebox with Jon Von! Greasy rockabilly, french garage and sultry sweaty soul direct from Von headquarters via our digital pirate radio boat!

Borshty Talk
Monday, August 20th, 8pm - 9pm
Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu
Tune in for the 2nd Edition of Borshty Talk with Borshtwyn (Stashu) and Jim the Pierogi (Micah of Music of Mind Control) for a special exposè on everything you ever wanted to know about pierogis and more. Calls are encouraged.

Wednesday, August 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Seattle's Wimps return for their third appearance on WFMU, and coincidentally their third album has just been released! It's called Garbage People (Kill Rock Stars), and you've never seen three people look happier when surrounded by literal garbage than Wimps do on the cover of this album. Wimps play catchy, trashy, funny punk songs about subjects including (but not limited to) bees, procrastination, birthdays, and O.P.P. No, not *that* O.P.P. — they're talking about Other People's Pizza (but only if it's cheese). Don't miss Wimps live on The Evan "Funk" Davies show Wednesday night, August 22, at 9pm!

Sunday, August 26th, 8pm - 10pm
Gaylord Fields's show
Grandiose and flamboyant in sound and style, the band Uni (pronounced OO-nee, as in the Japanese delicacy consisting of the gonads of some poor unfortunate sea urchin) grace WFMU's studios for the first time. Judging by the glam-art-psych-pop-grunge-rock splendor of the group's discography of four singles so far, expect them in this live performance to rip it up like they just don't care and then superglue it all back together, like the good-bad but not evil boys and girls they ultimately are.

The 10th Annual Evan "Funk" Davies Show Disco/Dance Party!
Wednesday, August 29th, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Is there a better way to close out the month of August than getting down with three hours of classic dance and/or disco jams from the '70s and early '80s? No, there is not. You can count on EFD to just be good to you, and he's been stockpiling newly acquired 12-inches in addition to the classics you wait for every year. Hook up the disco ball, pull the rug back, and tell the downstairs neighbors to go out to the movies (or just invite them up!). It all happens Wednesday night the 29th at 9pm on WFMU!

Rinde Eckert
Friday, August 31st, Noon - 3pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Writer, composer, performer and intense presence Rinde Eckert will play live on Miniature Minotaurs on August 31. Over the last four decades, Eckert has worked with such luminaries as Paul Dresher, Steve Mackey, Paola Prestini and the Kronos Quartet, while mounting numerous award-winning theatrical productions of his own. The Natural World is Eckert's first completely solo album. Writing, singing and playing more than a dozen instruments, the powerful performer has delivered a surprisingly personal and melancholy record. He'll perform songs from the new album and talk about the creative process and his New Jersey roots.

Mike Pace
Sunday, September 9th, 3pm - 5pm
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

During the mid-aughts, as the guitarist and singer for the late, great Oxford Collapse, Mike Pace helped bring a wry, yet nonetheless anthemic and heartfelt, take on first-wave American indie to a New York City scene that, at the time, seemed unable to imagine such a thing could exist. With his excellent solo project, featuring an on-again/off-again backing band called the Child Actors, Pace takes his songwriting to a new level, moving away from the punk underpinnings of his old band in favor of a more elaborate, classically sparkling pop sensibility and recalling the likes of ELO, Warren Zevon, and Todd Rundgren, among others, in equal measure. Mike drops by Burn It Down! on September 9 for a solo set of songs from his new album Smooth Sailing.

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