Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: April 26th at 8:40 PM

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Steve Holtje of ESP-Disk
Sunday, April 26th, 9pm - Midnight
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On World of Echo with Dave Mandl this Sunday (April 26, from 9 p.m. to midnight): Dave’s guest live in the studio will be Steve Holtje, who runs the ESP-Disk record label. ESP was at the forefront of the Greenwich Village avant-garde and hippie scene of the ’60s, releasing records by Albert Ayler, Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Timothy Leary, and the Fugs (among many others) in just its first few years, and is still releasing crucial jazz recordings today. Steve will be playing old and new ESP releases, including some rarities, and talking about the life of ESP’s legendary founder and visionary Bernard Stollman, who died just this week.

Mueran Humanos
Monday, April 27th, 3:01pm - 6pm
Scott Williams's show
This boy/girl duo from Argentina via Berlin manages to combine a dark synthwave heart with muy rockismo fuzz-bass and an effortless pop sensibility. Their return to WFMU for a visit to Scott's show promises to be very noiry, and very sexy.

John Early PLUS Danny Fingers and the Thumbs
Monday, April 27th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes comedian John Early and musical guest Danny Fingers and the Thumbs live in-studio.

The Fall: Second half of 2-Week special with Marc Riley and Brix Start Smith
Tuesday, April 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Second part of a two week special: today's entire three hours is dedicated to the exhuming of some stellar live tapes in Brian's collection from The Fall, mainly soundboard and FM broadcasts from mostly of the '78 to '96 era. As a bonus, three of the band's biggest instrumental anchors of that period, ex-guitarist Marc Riley (1978-83, and now a well-beloved BBC Radio6 DJ), post-Riley guitarist Brix Smith Start (1983-89) and ex-bassist Stephen Hanley (1979-98) speak to WFMU on life inside of and outside of the band; in fact Hanley has recently released a memoir called The Big Midweek. Last week's show featured Hanley and a live set from Spectre Folk performing Fall covers at WFMU, this week we have some chats with Marc Riley (guitarist 1979-83, now a BBC6 Radio DJ) and Brix Smith Start (former Mrs. Mark E. Smith and the band's guitarist from 1983-89 and 1995-6). Mark E. Smith's current lineup of The Fall releases an album, his 31st, on May 25th called Sub-Lingual Tablet.

Tuesday, April 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

As the debris from another year is cast aside, it signals the time for Shulcoth! --the mythic celebration of Citizen Kafka's life. Richie "Shulky" Shulberg passed in 2009 but lives afloat radio waves and MySpace rebroadcasts. The dearly departed one was responsible for some rather questionable but entertaining comedy on WBAI, was a fiddler in the equally questionable but entertaining Wretched Refuse String Band and a vast collector of obscure pieces of what one of the faithful calls "Shulbergalia." The usual cast of co-conspirators helps pay tribute to Citizen Kafka on Irene's show.

Wednesday, April 29th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Vorde are quite simply one of the best US black metal bands working today. Now based in Brooklyn, originating from California, mere words will unquestionably fall short of describing their assertive, eerie, sonic envelopment. Their self-titled, debut album (Psychic Violence / Fallen Empire) feels like a walk through a haunted house—your footing is immediately lost, spectres run at you from all sides, and you're blinded by smoke and chaos. Prolonged, murky synth figures slowly give way to chattering blast beats, call-to-violence riffs and gurgling vocals (ala "De Mysteriis..." era Mayhem.) Baroque melodies ride atop a wave of restless spirits. Some bands in the genre are adept at immediately crafting a unique, personal sonic environment, "welcome to our world of horror," so to speak, and with this record, Vorde have done so in spades. Whether or not they will bring their haze of purplish light and smoke to WFMU remains to be seen, but you'll feel it, hear it, just by listening.

Henry Maldonado (Son of Sound, House 2 House, Urban Culture) & Recloose (Rush Hour/ Planet E)
Wednesday, April 29th, Noon - 3pm
Duane Train
Wow! A double shot of Deep House goodness on Wednsday. First we welcome the talented Queens-Bred NYC DJ/Producer Henry Maldonado, who is a man of many aliases. His early '90s releases on the classic Strictly Rhythm label are some of the most treasured, yet underrated releases on that prolific label. Tracks like "Hypnotize Me" Straddled the line between deep house and rave/techno and are still major staples in the sets of such luminaries as Derrick May, Moby and Tony Humphries. His new self-titled forthcoming album is under the Son of Sound moniker and it's a great fusion of Patrick Adams Disco and funky deep NYC House that is dripping with soul!

Swinging back to Detroit. Matt Chicoine aka Recloose was at the forefront of the Detroit electronic Renaissaince of the late '90s early oughts. Alongside luminaries such as Dwele, J dilla, Carl Craig and Slum Village. Chicoine carved out his own unique brand of high-tech 4/4 soul that incorporated bits and pieces of all of his contemporaries, but with a more prevalent Techno edge.

Chris O'Leary, author of "Rebel Rebel"
Wednesday, April 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

In 2009 Chris O'Leary started a blog discussing every David Bowie song, in chronological order. The first post was about Bowie's first single: "Liza Jane," by Davie Jones and the King Bees, which was released in June of 1964. That's also the starting point for Rebel Rebel, O'Leary's new book that is essentially a full-length revision of the blog entries covering the period from that 1964 debut through the release of Station To Station. In addition to singles and album tracks the book includes live performances, session outtakes and unreleased demos -- who recorded them, who played on and produced them, and when they were played live or broadcast on TV or radio. O'Leary will join Evan "Funk" Davies in the WFMU studios on Wednesday April 29 to listen to and discuss some of the more obscure songs discussed in the book - and maybe a few of the songs we all know and love as well. This show will be a must for David Bowie fans; tune in to WFMU at 9pm on Wednesday, April 29!

Thursday, April 30th, Midnight - 3am
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher graces the WFMU studios with a rare live session. A virtuoso bass player and beat maker, Squarepusher has made a name for himself making uncompromising avant electronic music influenced by amen break jungle and heavy jazz fusion ala 70s Miles. With over 15 LPs and other EPs, Squarepusher shows no signs of stopping.

Thollem McDonas
Thursday, April 30th, 6am - 9am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
The improvising road dog/pianist Thollem McDonas stops by WFMU on his way to another airport for a solo session. Having played well over 1000 gigs in the last decade, and heard recently on recordings with Brian Chase, Michael Snow, Lukas Lugeti, Sara Lund (from Unwound), William Parker and Nels Cline, you can expect a player with some ideas. For this session Thollem will be manipulating a modified chopped-in-half Yamaha PF-10 keyboard from 1980. Whatever happens it is guaranteed to exist in the eternal now.

Pramrod Sexena live from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, May 1st, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Audio sadism for early entry shoppers! The evil spawn of Mr. Dorgon and Jamie Saft, Pramrod Sexena will play live on Miniature Minotaurs, unleashing a thorough beat-down not seen since the heyday of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Crushing turntable diatribes will go up against 8-string fretless bass guitar and Gemini FlashFormers in evil distortion chambers straight from the dungeons of the underworld.

Put The Needle On The Leonard Cohen Record
Friday, May 1st, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Conspiracy Of Beards - the unique 30 member male acapella choir from San Francisco who do interpretations of Leonard Cohen's music - will return to WFMU to join Billy Jam for a very special live in-studio performance on "Put The Needle On The Record" broadcast live from the WFMU Record Fair at the Brooklyn Expo Center on WFMU, Friday, May 1st at 7pm 2015.

Todd-O-Phonic Todd's Show Of Shows live from The WFMU Record Fair: Bambi Kino, The Baseball Project, Miriam, and more!
Saturday, May 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Join Todd-O-Phonic Todd live from The Brooklyn Expo Center as he presents an all-star spectacular. Live performances from Bambi Kino and The Baseball Project plus appearances from celebrities such as Norton Recording Star Miriam, AP Mike, Ira Kaplan, Joe Belock and most likely many more! Thrills galore!

Sunday, May 3rd, 7pm - 9pm
Daniel Blumin's show
Ren Schofield aka Container releases his 3rd LP on Spectrum Spools on June 9th. Get a taster of the new material as Ren returns to WFMU to play live! If you like distortion and 909's in your technoid diet, you know not to miss this business! The live session promises to rattle that rib cage, move that body and force a new elasticity into those limbs. Don't miss Container playing on a bill with Eric Copeland at Palisades on April 25th. Then tune in on May 3rd to get perforated all over again.

Tuesday, May 5th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Brooklyn’s newest vocal creature, Hydra, basks in dark, thick harmony. As they describe themselves, "I sing for you… to us… as one, as three. We speak five languages – English, Albanian, Spanish, Macedonian and HydraTongue – and we’d like to learn yours." With members Sarah Small (Black Sea Hotel), Yula Be'eri, and Rima Fand, Hydra brings its vocal dance to the WFMU Love Room.

Put The Needle on LIC Arts Open @ LP
Friday, May 8th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU's Billy Jam returns to Long Island City to broadcast another live show from LP (Local Project) where this time he's invited an emcee cipher curated by Jose Castillo aka Jon Doesociety, plus an interview with LP's Carolina Peñafiel about the former 5Pointz site where the independent arts space was once located, and about the five day LIC ARTS OPEN festival that opens May 13th. Following the broadcast from 7pm to 8pm, Mr Fine Wine's show will be played loud in the gallery.

Amy Rigby
Saturday, May 9th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Amy Rigby about her return to life as a solo artist (after three collaborative albums with husband Wreckless Eric) and her first solo shows in almost a decade (every Thursday in May at HiFi Bar in NYC).

Tuesday, May 12th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
After a three year hiatus, Vetiver just released a gorgeous new album, "Complete Strangers." The warmth of this album is paired with a sense of being from another place and time. Song to song they create a new sonic atmosphere that builds upon that sunny California vibe they are known for. One of the harbingers of the neo folk scene when they first appeared in 2003, Vetiver has created the definitive album of this season.

Mikal Cronin
Tuesday, May 12th, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

From garage rock anthems to gorgeously orchestrated pop melodies, Mikal Cronin's third solo album, "MCIII," is the perfect sunny antidote to a long New Jersey winter. Get all warm and fuzzy inside as Mikal and his band play the WFMU studios before they head to Europe later this month.

Ambrosia Parsley
Tuesday, May 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

After her tune with Shivaree, "Good Night Moon," became a huge hit playing under the credits for "Kill Bill 2," Ambrosia Parsley retreated into the world of child-rearing and solo performance. Parsley's voice is equal parts smoke and silkiness, and she's performed for bright lights from Laurie Anderson to Chuck D to Hal Wilner. There were several failed attempts to release a solo album, and a French label finally released Ambrosia's "Weeping Cherry," in 2013. Now it's been released in the US on Barbès Records and Ambrosia Parsley performs some of the album's dark, sweet songs on Irene's show.

Rev Billy & Stop Shopping Choir
Friday, May 15th, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Some WFMU on air performers need to be seen as well as heard hence why Billy Jam has invited the Reverend Billy and his 50 member Stop Shopping Gospel Choir back onto WFMU for a live audio & video streamed one-hour, concert from the stage of WFMU's Monty Hall on May 15th. Never one to keep silent on the injustices of society he sees around him the the notorious, lifelong activist Reverend Billy, whose most recent arrest was in January during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, will sing and preach and inform along with his extended Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, on Friday May 15th @ 7pm live broadcast/concert from Monty Hall (Free admission to the Monty Hall concert) on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.

Dorit Chrysler
Tuesday, May 19th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
The multi-instrumentalist Dorit Chrysler will perform feats of witchcraft on the theremin, May 19. The most magical and beguiling of instruments, Dorit will charm and entrance.

Live Broadcast from the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn
Tuesday, May 19th, 8pm - 9pm
on The Ragged Antique Phonograph Program with MAC and Mike the Barber

The Ragged Antique Phonograph Program will host a LIVE BROADCAST on May 19th at The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn from 6:30pm-9pm. Join MAC and Mike for an evening of creepy old shellac 78s (made from dead beetles), cocktails, and morbid fun!

The Cellar and Point
Tuesday, May 26th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Calling themselves a "garage chamber" ensemble, The Cellar and Point meld modern classical, downtown jazz and a touch of rock to form their other-worldly music. Drummer/producer Joseph Branciforte and guitarist Christopher Botta are childhood friends who made music together, resulting in this ensemble. Their sound is prog-ish, filled with eccentric electronics, soaring strings and a menacing vibraphone to a driving beat The Cellar and Point's debut, "Ambit," is out on Cuneiform Records, and they visit WFMU to play live.

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