Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: May 23rd at 10:02 AM

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James Lavino (Wiener-Dog/Sex & Broadcasting)
Tuesday, May 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

NYC-based composer James Lavino joins Morricone Island in the studio to discuss his upcoming scores for Todd Solondz's "Wiener-Dog" (starring Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn and Julie Delphy), D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus's HBO/BBC doc "Unlocking The Cage," and Camille Thoman's "You Were Never Here" (starring Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard). Fans of the station might recognize James Lavino's name as he wrote themes for the likes of Ken Freedman, Kenny G, Tom Scharpling and Nachum Segal as the composer of the WFMU documentary "Sex & Broadcasting," now available on demand HERE.


Footings
Tuesday, May 24th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Peterborough, New Hampshire's Eric Gagne is a longtime fixture of the town's music scene, having been a member of Redwing Blackbird and Death to Tyrants. Footings is Gagne's latest band effort, a simple setting of guitar, viola, drums and vocals, filled with narratives and reflections on everyday life. Eric is also a founder of "The Thing in the Spring," an arts festival held annually throughout the town of Peterborough which focuses on indie, punk, folk, ambient, and other musical genres. Footings played live for Irene on a recent trip to NYC.


Scandinavian Prog Special v.2
Wednesday, May 25th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

*More Songs by Guys Named Jukka and Bo* A three-hour departure from the darker My Castle of Quiet standard fare, as with previous excursions into UK Blues and "Kraut-Outs." PROG. Scandinavian Progressive/Experimental rock is no less rich than its German counterpart, incorporating free-music and folk elements indigenous to the region, and extending into current times with bands like Supersilent, Circle and Krokofant. The hippies, rebels, jazzmen and freaks of the icy North. Join us! To warm up, you can listen to our first Scandinavian Prog Special v.1 June 2015.


"The Systematic Special" w/ Joseph Pope & Joe Carducci
Wednesday, May 25th, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Author and former SST Records partner Joe Carducci returns to WFMU, this time with Joe Pope (of the band Angst/ former head of Systematic) to revisit the business history of independent record distribution circa 1978-1988. They’ll try to tell the history of that era's music from the business side, and play three hours of 45s that Systematic once paid a dollar for and tried to sell to record shops around the country for $1.30.


Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Just Get Me Out of Here"
Wednesday, May 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. May 25th we'll air an episode entitled "Just Get Me Out of Here," from Joe's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE series. After a Joe has a breakdown, he's committed to a mental hospital on a ship that declares itself an independent nation that plans to invade New Zealand. He recalls attending a scientific conference on aphrodisiacs, where a remarkable wonder drug is introduced which has the side effect of enhancing memory. He then goes on an archeological dig in Peru with a beautiful woman, whose comic stories are juxtaposed against her chronicle of a masochistic love affair with a detached narcissist.


Tim Dolla
Thursday, May 26th, 3am - 6am
on
Champ Sound with DJ Guy
Jersey club originator Tim Dolla visits Champ Sound to mix live on the WFMU airwaves. As a producer, DJ and founding member of the legendary Brick Bandits crew from Newark, Tim Dolla has been setting the pace of Jersey Club since the sound's emergence in the mid-2000's. Expect a set of fast tracks mixed quick. light on the synth choodling and heavy on that undulating, never ceasing, crotch dampening BEAT that we love so well at Champ Sound. Don't miss this top ranking Jersey club king!


A.L.N. (Algis Kyzis, Norman Westberg & Lynn Wright)
Thursday, May 26th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
A.L.N. (featuring members of Swans, Foetus, Retrovirus, Bee & Flower, etc.) will be joining Fabio for a live session of music as only these veterans of the New York music scene can make: beautiful music that is!


Twin Guns
Monday, May 30th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Twin Guns, one of NYC's finest bands, have perfected Garage Noir, created from a blend of dark, reverberated rock and roll, surf-rock and Morricone. Their most recent LP is 'The Last Picture Show,' one of 2015's top releases. In their long-awaited return to WFMU, Twin Guns will be performing the album in its entirety, and this broadcast will serve as a farewell performance of this material as they move on to their next thrilling phase.


Dave Nelson
Tuesday, May 31st, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On May 31st, Dave Nelson will perform his fantabulous improvised music using trombone and analog pedals, on This is the Modern World with Trouble. Inspired by West African music and classical minimalism, Dave's expansive trance-like music begs the question: why don't more people play the trombone???


Laura Gibson
Tuesday, May 31st, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

After a four-year gap, singer/songwriter Laura Gibson has released "Empire Builder," an album inspired by two major life events. Her main inspiration was the Amtrak train route she took while moving from Oregon to New York. Then after moving to NYC, Gibson lost all her possessions in the East Village building explosion in March of 2015. Laura's music has a simplicity that is emotionally dark and uplifting at the same time. As she describes the resulting album, "The title (Empire Builder) seemed appropriate because it captures a moment right in the middle of a big personal change." Laura Gibson drops by WFMU to play live.


Moondog Centennial Celebration
Wednesday, June 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in ancient Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in New York during the 1950s, and was a musical genius. He was born Louis Thomas Hardin, in Marysville, Kansas, 100 years ago May 26. His biographer, Robert Scotto, visits Irwin's program to celebrate the Moondog centennial for three hours on June 1. The show will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Moondog recorded with animals, self-made instruments, and tugboat horns; composed percussion pieces, chamber music, and works for 25 saxophones. Scotto is the author of The Viking of Sixth Avenue, the only full-length chronicle of Moondog. This is his fifth visit to Irwin's program.


A Giant Dog
Wednesday, June 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

This Austin band has just released their third album, Pile (Merge), and their catchy punk-glam sound has drawn comparisons to T. Rex, Slade, and even Sparks. Draw your own comparisons (drawing paper not provided) when A Giant Dog plays live on the Evan "Funk" Davies show on Wednesday, June 1 at 9pm! And go see them live Thursday May 26 at Cake Shop in NYC and Friday May 27 at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn.


Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Live Broadcast Day 1
Friday, June 3rd, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

WFMU returns to the amazing Primavera Sound festival as official USA radio ambassadors broadcasting full sets live June 3-4! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Cheyenne Hohman as we carry live performances by an always-stellar lineup that in the past has included Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, Wu-Tang Clan, Pavement, Hallogallo, The Pop Group, Nurse With Wound and many more! This year, permissions have rolled in for John Carpenter, Thee Oh Sees, Richard Dawson, The Chills, Drive Like Jehu, James Hunter Six, Mueran Humanos, Robert Forster, Parquet Courts, Tortoise, Dam-Funk, Royal Headache, and Dungen, with more to come. Stay tuned to the home page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific scheduled set times to be carried over the weekend. Some will be archived, some not!


Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Live Broadcast Day 2
Saturday, June 4th, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

It's day 2 of the amazing Primavera Sound festival! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Cheyenne Hohman as we carry live performances by an always-stellar lineup that in the past has included Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, Wu-Tang Clan, Pavement, Hallogallo, The Pop Group, Nurse With Wound and many more! This year, permissions have rolled in for John Carpenter, Thee Oh Sees, Richard Dawson, The Chills, Drive Like Jehu, James Hunter Six, Mueran Humanos, Robert Forster, Parquet Courts, Tortoise, Dam-Funk, Royal Headache, and Dungen, with more to come. Stay tuned to the home page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific scheduled set times to be carried over the weekend. Some will be archived, some not!


Optimized!
Monday, June 6th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features DO or DIY with People Like Us, Carlo Patrão, DW Robertson (formerly Ergo Phizmiz), Drew Daniel, Daniel Menche, Jim Price, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Optimized!
Tuesday, June 7th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features Jim Price, Porest, Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan, Steinski, Brian J Davis, Irene Moon, Heather Phillipson, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Optimized!
Wednesday, June 8th, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Ken's Live Animated GIF Mix Special - part of Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream.


Optimized!
Wednesday, June 8th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features Ken Freedman, Jim Price, People Like Us, Tim Maloney, Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie, Jim Price, DW Robertson (formerly Ergo Phizmiz), Gwilly Edmondez, Dan Deacon, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Optimized!
Thursday, June 9th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White, Jason Willett and MC Schmidt, Buttress O’Kneel, Osymyso, Nick the Bard, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Optimized! Live from Monty Hall
Thursday, June 9th, 8:30pm - 11pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
Live from Monty Hall: Let's Paint TV featuring John Kilduff, People Like Us, Bryce, DIFM (Do It For Me) with Pseu Braun. Tickets $5 at the door.


Optimized!
Friday, June 10th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon, Jim Price, Wreck This Mess with Bart Plantenga, Andrew Sharpley, DW Robertson (formerly Ergo Phizmiz), Jem Finer, Jim Price, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.



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