Past Special Programs on WFMU
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FreeLoading author Chris Ruen's "Elegy for the Piracy Wars"
Thursday, January 26th, 2012, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

While the internet high-fived itself over last week's successful SOPA/PIPA blackout, Chris Ruen protested against the protest. In An Elegy for the Piracy Wars, the Slate Magazine, NY Times and NY Press contributor lamented how sensationalism trumped informed discussion because these proposed laws might not have inherently evil intentions. So is the author of the forthcoming book FreeLoading in favor of American Censorship? Tune in at 11am to find out as we pour one out for Megaupload!


Seven Second Delay at the UCB Theatre with @BoobsRadley, The New Regis, the Band Hospitality & The Hold Your Pee Contest!
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the stage of NYC's UCB Theatre this Wednesday, January 25th from 6-7 pm for the first live broadcast of 2012, with the long threatened Ken versus Andy Hold-Your-Pee contest! Joining Ken and Andy will be actress and comedian Julieanne Smolinski, aka @BoobsRadley, plus the heir to Regis Philbin's Throne Jack Silbert, and musical guest Hospitality! The UCB Theatre is at 307 West 26th St in NYC, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5.


Space Jam
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, Noon - 2pm
on Scones Radio

You've yet to file your taxes, but you demand a return. Okay, we can help. In this quick, easy, and secure installment of the Scones Radio podcast, TURRBOTAX® resident DJ Space Jam throws down a splendid mix of '90s house fare from her native Chi-town. The Scones crew will attest to TURRBOTAX® being New York's sprightliest dance party at the moment, where once a month a little part of Brooklyn transforms into a sweaty outpost for the UK club sounds taking the world by storm.


The Siberians
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

New Brooklyn supergroup. Their self-penned bio says it all: barbaric Siberian garage punk. Debut 7-inch out NOW on Killer Diller Records, and the release show happens Jan. 27 @ Grand Victory in Brooklyn (245 Grand St).


The Immaculates
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on Marty McSorley's show

This stripped down white soul group will show you why they are the hardest working DIY band in Brooklyn. Then you will have no choice but to dance.


Ava Luna
Sunday, January 22nd, 2012, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

This is a long planned and long-time coming event, first discussed back in 2008 before Ava Luna's first album, "3rd Avenue Island" was even released. Ava Luna mixes their influences from punk, rock, pop and everything else you can think of, to create a sound like no other. It's bass heavy, sometimes dancey, sometimes, head banging, sometimes WTF? But always awesome and with beautiful harmonies. Look forward to their new album, "Ice Level," coming in February!


Eve Beglarian
Friday, January 20th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Composer Eve Beglarian spent four months traveling the length of the Mississippi in the fall of 2009. Along the way, she collected sounds, stories, and songs of the people and places she encountered. She'll be visiting to talk about her journey and play some recordings in anticipation of three nights of music and multi-media presentation at the Abrons Arts Center in New York City.


Death
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
The Brainiacs discuss the business of death, the cost of death, respect for the dead, and those marines in Afghanistan, featuring a live interview with Terry Marotta-Lopriore, founder of Echoes of Love, Inc., a cemetery-visitation service.


Twin Guns
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This two-man sonic assault takes aim at sensory overload, combining influences like the Jesus and Mary Chain, New York No Wave and, yes, the Gun Club, for an all-out blast of rock fury.


A Goth History Lesson with DJ Bronxelf
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Veteran NYC DJ Avril "Bronxelf" Korman joins Julie for a gothventure as they compare substantial music collections and black ensembles. From Nico to Cruxshadows and all darkness in between. Guaranteed 100% Marilyn Manson free.


Johnny Legend
Monday, January 16th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with THE Rockabilly Rasputian/ Movie Legend/ Collector Johnny Legend (Alemeda, CA) ! ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo !


The Indecent + The Best Thing Ever
Sunday, January 15th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
Hey kids! Ya like the '90s?? Well, they're back, via The Indecent, Sunday morning 6-9am on Beastin' the Airwaves! with Keili!

Also Sunday, January 15th... On the heals of their, "Animals Tour", where they toured animal shelters and zoos to perform for animals, dark, indie-folk, impossible to describe awesomeness, The Best Thing Ever come in to talk about the kick off of their "Hope At The End of The World 2012" tour.


Barry Adamson
Sunday, January 15th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Imaginary Radio with Chris M.

The legendary Barry Adamson (The Bad Seeds, Magazine) comes to the WFMU studios to perform material from his upcoming tenth album 'I Will Set You Free'. The outstanding new album has been described as ranging "from the fingertip fire of rock numbers to emotive, yearning noir ballads and new wave inflicted power pop".


Reinhold Friedl (Zeitkratzer)
Saturday, January 14th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
Daniel Blumin's show
Whilst on a brief visit to New York City, Reinhold Friedl, the founder and artistic director of Zeitkratzer (Time Scraper) Ensemble, will be dropping by to chat and play some unreleased and forthcoming Zeitkratzer material along with tracks from his inside-piano solo releases. Since its inception in 1999, the 9-piece chamber ensemble has been blurring the lines between the academy and the worlds of noise/experimental/electronix by taking a crack at the works of sound travelers such as Lou Reed, Whitehouse, Keiji Haino, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, and Terre Thaemlitz. Tune in to hear what's new in the Zeitkratzer universe! Who knows? We may even get an earful of Zeitkratzer's versions of Hamburger Lady or Satan's Spawn!


Live From the Golden Festival
Saturday, January 14th, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
For the fourth straight year, TSP presents a live broadcast from the massive annual Balkan and East European music and dance bacchanal, the Golden Festival. It's a two night affair - Friday and Saturday - held in Brooklyn at the kitschy and fabulous Grand Prospect Hall. (So kitschy and fab that David Byrne was inspired to photo-document his experience there last year.) Our broadcast, on Saturday of course, originates from the Grand Ballroom, one of four stages that will host over sixty ensembles.


Friday the 13th Monkathon
Friday, January 13th, 2012, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
A Monkathon of versions of Thelonious's "Friday the 13th," either on record or submitted at miniature[dot]minotaurs [at] gmail [dot] com. Send yours soon to be on the air on Friday.


Dave Tompkins
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
Dave Tompkins, author of the acclaimed vocoder history book "How to Wreck a Nice Beach," will join Duane today.


The Canadian Romantic
Monday, January 9th, 2012, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with Robert Dayton, the Canadian Romantic (Toronto, ON)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


IBJ Holiday Party
Sunday, January 8th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
The Glen Jones Radio Programme featuring X. Ray Burns will broadcast live at Maxwell's in Hoboken this Sunday January 8th, noon to 3PM for their yearly live holiday party. Reno's Men and Holmes will perform live. Join Glen Jones & X. Ray Burns for music, mayhem and live radio the way it ought to be done.


John Swenson and Idgy Dean
Sunday, January 8th, 2012, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
John Swenson has been writing about popular music since 1967. He has been a journalist and Editor with Rolling Stone, Crawdaddy, Circus, Rock World, OffBeat, United Press International, Reuters and the Associated Press, is the editor of the Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide and a sports writer, covering hockey and horseracing. John joins Keili to discuss his latest, critically acclaimed book, "New Atlantis", which is a rich and beautiful account of how musicians rebuilt the culture and life of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Idgy Dean will visit the WFMU studio to talk about her 2012 release, "Heart & Lung" and play a few songs. Idgy Dean is the solo music project of New Yorker Lindsay Sanwald. Experimenting with accumulative sound, percussion and choral arrangement, Idgy Dean builds haunted rhythm-driven songs, recorded and produced alone at home and looped live on stage.


VLR
Sunday, January 8th, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Imaginary Radio with Chris M.

Notorious for his affiliation with the award-winning Remerge Records catalog and praised worldwide for his Computermadness mix series, Norway's finest underground DJ spins his favorite dance music of 2011 in an exclusive Imaginary Radio session. Forget about '92 and discover '11!


6 Hours of Party Jams from Freeform Central
Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 9pm - 3am
on The WFMU Holiday Party!

DJ Schedule:
9-9:45pm - Keili
9:45-10:30pm - Joe McGasko
10:30-11:15pm - Pseu
11:15pm-Mid - Small Change
Mid - 12:45am - Daniel
12:45 - 1:30am - Momo
1:30 - 2:15am - Brandon
2:15 - 3:00am - Duane


Jett Brando
Friday, January 6th, 2012, 9pm - Midnight
on
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
Jett Brando is the musical pseudonym of Jeremy Winter, member of the ‘90s shoegaze/dream pop outfit, All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors. Having grown up on a steady diet of The Beatles and classics from The Great American Songbook, Winter started writing original songs while still in his early teens.

Jett will be sitting in on Pseu's Thing With A Hook this Friday evening, acoustic guitar in hand, playing his entrancing pop songs with nods to influences as diverse as Jobim, The Monkees and The Pixies.


Stephen O'Malley
Thursday, January 5th, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
known for being a working force in the doom and experimental music scene, will Guest DJ on the Peer Pressure segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine. A member of Sunn O))), Burning Witch, Khanate and more, O'Malley has collaborated with dozens of artists whether in the capacity of player, producer, and cover artist and will have much to bring to the table as far as what the listeners will get to hear. Although he will be in Europe at time of the program, he will be live and listeners will be able to ask him questions via the live playlist! Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine airs from Noon-3pm, Stephen will be on from 1-2:30. Tune in!


Somethin' Hurtin' on Me: The Sean Bonniwell Memorial Broadcast
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
To mark the recent passing of '60s psych-punk great Sean Bonniwell, at age 71, the first half of Tony's show will be devoted to recordings by Bonniwell's group The Music Machine.


Void Vision
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Shari Vari, one-woman music machine, uses analog keys and sequencers to create coldwave-reminiscent synthpop for your dark night dancing pleasure. Don't forget to turn on your strobe light.


Michele fills in for Benjamen Walker
Monday, January 2nd, 2012, 6pm - 7pm
on
Michele's Michele Show

The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards
Thursday, December 29th, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Between 1955 and 1960, Cleveland deejay Tommy Edwards snapped over 1,700 pix of rockers and rollers who passed through the WERE-AM studios. Christopher Kennedy has collected tons of these iconic and stunning images in his new book 1950s Radio in Color: The Lost Photographs of Deejay Tommy Edwards. He'll drop by with rare Tommy Edwards interviews and crazy stories from the early days of rock & roll.


L. M. Bogad
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
L. M. Bogad is an author, performer, and the founding Director of the Center for Artistic Activism/West Coast. He writes, performs, and strategizes with mischievous artists such as the Yes Men, Agit-Pop, and La Pocha Nostra. He is a veteran of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Laboratory, and a co-founder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army.


Henry Rollins
Monday, December 26th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Two Interviews with Henry Rollins (Los Angeles, CA)! One from 1998 and another from 2011! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Jason Elbogen fills in for Keili
Sunday, December 25th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
Jason Elbogen's show

Donna fills in for Rob
Saturday, December 24th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on
Gateway to Joy with Donna

Mike Viola
Friday, December 23rd, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
Mike Viola is, simply put, the sun in the solar system of indie melodic pop right now. From The Candy Butchers, The Nines, L.E.O., The Major Labels, Rachel Yamagata, and Best Coast to his Oscar nominated work composing music for the films "That Thing You Do!," "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story," and last year’s "Get Him To The Greek," Mike Viola is making thoughtful expressive pop music for our generation. Pseu's Thing With A Hook is honored to welcome Mike and his band on the Eve before Christmas Eve in the midst of his wildly received tour for his new album "Electro de Perfecto". Expect to melt and swoon - this guy is the best in the genre!


The Miniature Minotaurs Holiday Radio Christmas Eve Eve Seasonal Streaming Spectacular
Friday, December 23rd, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The weather outside might be spiteful, but here in the Minotaur's lair we'll be stringing carrots and letting blood from lambs to kick off this most overkill time of the year. Stop by and let us warm the knuckles of your heart! With special appearances by Yulenog and Ned Muffleburger and plenty of surprise celebrity guests dropping in to sop up rum like dying sponges and go through the medicine cabinet when no one's looking. It's sure to be a night to engender!


FUN's Go! America! Performance Series
Friday, December 23rd, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

FUN, a name so simple, and yet so indicative of the project's inventive and whimsical approach to experimental, improvised music. And why shouldn't experimental music be FUN? Out of the conservatory and into the street, please! The Philadelphia-based ensemble's first, very enjoyable session from My Castle of Quiet, almost exactly a year old, was then followed by an engaging selection of remixes that following February, which, in addition to being one of the MCoQ live sets with the most hits on Google, also speaks to the band's seemingly irresistible proclivity to mess around with stuff, their sound creations being an endlessly malleable piece of clay that's constantly under attack. As part of their FUN's Go! America! Performance Series, the band returns to WFMU's My Castle of Quiet, for a session recorded on the very day that the great state of New Jersey entered the Union, December 18. This is the third year and performance in this series. For NJ's 224th anniversary, FUN pays sonic tribute to the Garden State on the 18th, and the session will be subsequently broadcast on the My Castle of Quiet show, Dec. 22/23, at approximately 12:30 a.m.


Music To Spazz By Xmas Fiasco
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
It's time again for another hall-wreckin', eggnog-soakin', santa-chimpin', chimney-slidin' rock & roll Music To Spazz By Xmas show!


Ben Weinman of the Dillinger Escape Plan
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Ben Weinman, guitarist and founding member of the Dillinger Escape Plan will be Diane's guest DJ this week! He's been influencing the music world for years, tune in to hear what influences him! Ben has been named one of the top 25 cult guitar players on the planet by Guitar World and was recently presented with a Spirit of Independence Award by Kerrang Magazine. He won't be jumping off stacks of amps, but may make you want to!!


Ghostface Killah
Monday, December 19th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with Ghostface Killah from the Wu-Tang Clan (Staten Island, NY)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


WFMU Team-Up
Monday, December 19th, 2011, 3pm - 3:01pm
on
Jim Price's show
Station Manager Ken will join Jim Price to discuss unemployment issues and take listener calls.


Marc Franklin
Monday, December 19th, 2011, 3am - 6am
on
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
Marc Franklin is a psychedelic photographer who has devoted his sometimes housing-challenged life to what he has called "transpersonal portraiture," including a stunning series documenting lysergic luminaries including Albert Hoffman, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia, and many others. He served in the CIA in Japan in the '60s and fled for the Bay Area after working on Madison Avenue, eventually serving as an art director for proto-Mondo 2000 zine High Frontiers in the '80s. His first ever show--solo or otherwise--is up until the end of the year at the SPF:a gallery in Los Angeles. He is also Frow Show host Jesse's cousin. They'll rap about his career and all those wacky times he came to visit the family.


Love Butchers
Sunday, December 18th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

Fresh off a Union Pool gig with the K-Holes, Keili welcomes Love Butchers. Remember when rock felt a little dangerous and you weren't really sure what was going to happen - like when Iggy would rip his shirt off and roll around in broken glass? That's how these guys make me feel, a little on edge, but turned on. Pounding drums, droning guitars, deep, sexy, sometimes guttural, drawn out vocals. These "nice guys" are the ones your mom told you to keep away from. So you didn't.


Guest DJs Ljova and Inna get back to the USSR
Saturday, December 17th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
The dynamic husband and wife duo of Moscow-born violist, composer and arranger Lev Zhurbin a/k/a "Ljova" and Lithuanian-born singer Inna Barmash return to their musical roots: They'll spin soundtrack music and other gems from Russia and the former Soviet Union. Ljova has been thinking movie music a lot lately - his new CD Lost in Kino, which we'll also sample, is a collection of his acclaimed film soundtrack compositions. Lost in Kino is being launched with a free audio-visual extravaganza featuring live music and film clips - including sets by, among others, Inna and Ljova's bands the Kontraband and Romashka at Lincoln Center's Rubinstein Atrium on Thursday December 22.


Reigning Sound
Saturday, December 17th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
It’s the most wonderful time of the year with Reigning Sound back to the WFMU airwaves for the Cherry Blossom Clinic Christmas show! The Reigning Sound return with a newly configured band - now featuring members of the amazing Jay Vons! Reigning Sound will be tearing through their latest amazing release "Abdication For Your Love" (available for free DL here on Scion Records.) The new record features some of Greg Cartwright's greatest songs yet, so be sure to tune in to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Sat 3-6pm ET Dec 17 to hear Reigning Sound live!


Down In the Basement With Sugar Pie!
Saturday, December 17th, 2011, 1pm - 3pm
on
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Soulful spitfire Umpeleya Marsema Balinton, better known as Sugar Pie DeSanto, checks in with Rex this Saturday to talk about her incredible career and her upcoming appearance at The Bell House. Get the scoop behind all her great hits like “I Want To Know”, “Slip In Mules”, and “Soulful Dress.” Plus hear about her time on the road with the Johnny Otis, her back-flipping role as “Lady James Brown” with the James Brown Revue and about her days as a JD in a girl gang known as the Lucky 20’s. Tune in to Fool’s Paradise with Rex this Saturday from 1-3PM and find out how saucy Sugar Pie can make even Millie Jackson blush!


Jake Jacobs
Saturday, December 17th, 2011, 9am - 11am
on Bob Brainen's show

Jake started out in the Village Folk scene of the 60s, joined the Magicians whose "An Invitation to Cry" was immortalized on Lenny Kaye's Nuggets comp, played with The Fugs, and formed Bunky and Jake and then Jake and the Family Jewels. He's got a brand new CD with the Jewels called "A Lick and a Promise" and we'll be listening to tunes from all of the above and chatting about Jake's history and the many folks he's crossed paths with.


Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren
Thursday, December 15th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
On Dec. 15, Strength Through Failure will host the arrival (and 20th anniversary visit to WFMU) of their Royal Highnesses Carl Michael Von Hausswolff and Leif Elggren of the Kingdoms of Elgaland/Vargaland. The kings will be on hand to discuss their current activities, their status regarding recognition by the United Nations, recording and art projects, the ongoing function of ruling a benevolent kingdom with territories that extend out into the universe, ongoing collaborations and the like. There may be sound performances beyond the usual chatter. Tune in for this royal visit.


Albert Mudrian
Thursday, December 15th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's guest on the Peer Pressure segment of the program is Author and Editor in Chief of Decibel Magazine - Albert Mudrian (Mudd-Ree-Ahn). His book: "Choosing Death - The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore," has been published in several languages, and also has an accompanying soundtrack to it, released on the Relapse record label. Tune in at 1pm to hear Albert's picks as he guest DJs a variety of music that makes him an authority on metal!!


Megaupload vs Universal w/ Casey Rae-Hunter (Future of Music) [9:30am]
Thursday, December 15th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Universal Music couldn't have been too happy when some of their top artists appeared in a strange music video endorsing so-called "rogue" filesharing website Megaupload. Now, led by controversial outspoken Megaporn founder Kim 'Dotcom', Megaupload is suing Universal, claiming they abused the DMCA to censor the video on YouTube. Meanwhile, some of the artists who appear in the video -- including Will.i.am and P Diddy -- are saying they didn't give permission for the endorsement. What the heck is going on? Casey Rae-Hunter from the Future of Music Coalition calls in to help us understand this ridiculous situation.


Ken & Andy @ UCB Theatre 12/14 w/ Sandra Bernhard, Suzanne Vega and Tao Lin
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the stage of NYC's UCB Theatre this Wednesday, December 14th from 6-7 pm for the last live broadcast of 2012. Joining Ken and Andy will be actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard, writer Tao Lin, and musical guest Suzanne Vega! The UCB Theatre is at 307 West 26th St in NYC, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5. (Lou Reed has been postponed until January.)


Devin Gary and Ross
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
New York's Devin Gary & Ross, the visually inclined trio of cartoon animator Devin Flynn, photographer and sign painter Ross Goldstein, and illustrator Gary Panter, perhaps best known as the art director for "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" and assorted iconic images of the LA punk scene including the infamous Screamers logo. Together they bring a musical aerial act to the WFMU studio which finds them exploring some loose ESP-style folkadelic jammage and lysergic pop.


Numan
Tuesday, December 13th, 2011, 2pm - 3pm
on Scones Radio

This week on the Scones Radio podcast with Brad and Momo: A young prospect in the grime/dubstep scene, Numan has put out a number of colorful bass productions for the likes of Planet Mu, Slit Jockey and Wickey Lindows. The 18-year-old hailing from Manchester first caught Scones Radio's attention with his incredibly catchy remix of Major Lazer's "Hold the Line," reminiscent of a starry-eyed Zomby. Equal parts ebullient and rudeboy, this lad's choons got pluck. For this edition of Scones Radio, Numan sent us an exclusive mix of brutish, bass-heavy club tunes spanning genre and geography. Pow!


Brian Shimkovitz of Awesome Tapes From Africa blog
Monday, December 12th, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Brian Shimkovitz curates the outstanding blog Awesome Tapes From Africa, on which he shares the music Africans might pick up at the local cassette kiosk. The sounds are more often than not nothing at all like the smooth World Music productions sold to mellow out frazzled sophisticates in the Western capitals. Instead, we hear the wild, raw, low-fi, raucous rhythms and harmonies of a far more real Africa. Brian will bring a selection of his favorite tapes and guest DJ with Dan, as well as talk about the record label on which he is beginning to reissue some of the best of his tapes.


Writing Gordon Lightfoot: Nardwuar vs. Dave Bidini
Monday, December 12th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with author Dave Bidini about his new book "Writing Gordon Lightfoot." Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Melaena Cadiz
Monday, December 12th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Drawing from that fine tradition of country folk singers, Melaena Cadiz has been making a name for herself both as a solo artist and as a backing vocalist. Her pastoral music is filled with her unusually arresting voice, a standout especially when she performs live. Melaena has been compared to the likes of June Carter Cash and Patsy Cline with a touch of Joanna Newsome's unusual style. Cadiz also haunting role in Matt Bauer's video "Blacklight Horses." Melaena Cadiz is in town with her band and plays live on WFMU.


Harpoon Forever
Sunday, December 11th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

Sunday, 12/11/11, Jersey natives and indie pop rock newcomers, Harpoon Forever, make their radio debut on Keili's show from 6-9am. Pure power pop without the pretentiousness. These nice boys will warm your heart and smash your face in. Guitarist and lead singer, Alex Goldstein has some mad swagger.


Live from Barbes: Sanda Weigl + Alexandros Papadakis + TriBeCaStan + Raya Brass band
Saturday, December 10th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Another action-packed evening of wall-to-wall live music from Barbes, the intimate music-lover's haven at 376 9th St (corner of 6th Ave) in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Featuring the splendid chanteuse Sanda Weigl accompanied by keyboardist extraordinaire Shoko Nagai; Alexandros Papadakis, a master of the spellbinding lyra (fiddle) and other traditional instruments from Crete; sonic globetrotters TriBeCaStan and their array of exotic instruments from everywhere; and the incomparable Balkan brass bashers Raya Brass Band.

As usual the tireless Irene Trudel will be both technical guru and co-host with Rob. Admission is free during the broadcast (although performers may pass the hat for voluntary donations) and we'll be doling out free FMU swag.


The Happy Refugees
Saturday, December 10th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Cherry Blossom Clinic is excited to welcome The Happy Refugees to the WFMU airwaves on December 10th! This British band created a brand of highly charged cult post-punk akin to early Mekons, Toy Love, Swell Maps and the Nightingales back in the '80s. But now they've reunited for the first time in nearly 30 years to set the record straight. Their classic record "Last Chance Saloon" (Acute) is being reissued and they're playing their first US shows ever Fri Dec 9 at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn w/ Crystal Stilts, and Dec 10 Sat at Cake Shop w/ Regal Degal.


Live from East End Bar in Portland, Oregon
Friday, December 9th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Mr. Fine Wine will be broadcasting live from the East End bar in Portland, Oregon (203 SE Grand Ave., 5–6 p.m. local time), featuring guests including the biggest record dealer in the world, Craig Moerer (recordsbymail.com), gospel compiler Mike McGonigal (“Fire in My Bones,” “This May Be My Last Time Singing”), and other Portland 45 luminaries.


Shelley Hirsch
Friday, December 9th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Shelley Hirsch has been a fixture of the Downtown Music scene for decades. A talented composer, improviser and vocalist, her work willfully blurs lines between singing, acting and storytelling. A performance by Hirsch could be many different things - it's often a spontaneous burst of imagery, reacting to her surroundings, lapsing into dreamlike imagery and nostalgic songs. But it's never predictable. As such we don't know quite what she'll do when she drops by the Minotaur's cave, we only know that she'll be here.


Ralphie G of The (NYC) Mob
Thursday, December 8th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Ralphie G, vocalist for The (NYC) Mob, will be guest DJing on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine on the Peer Pressure Segment of the program! Regular listeners please note, Diane has moved to Thursdays Noon-3pm!! The Peer Pressure segment is generally from 1-2:30, but Ralphie has requested extra time: his guest slot will run from 1-3! Listeners can ask Ralphie questions LIVE on the online playlist during the program! Tune in (stream or FM) to hear some of the history of this seminal band that opened doors for everyone else in the NYHC (New York Hardcore) scene, and favorites from his personal history!


Ted the Brony
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Following their thunk-infested art opening at a fancy downtown gallery, the Brainiacs present: Ted the Brony! Ted is a grown man who enjoys a wonderful cartoon about ponies, magic, and friendship, just like all the other Bronies do. Let's talk to him! Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7–8 PM, on Thunk Tank.


Mueran Humanos
Tuesday, December 6th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Mueran Humanos (translated: Death To Humanity) are the duo of Carmen Burguess and Tomas Nochteff, two Argentine transplants to Berlin. Together, they've incorporated visual art and industrial synthscapes while utilizing some driving, processed bass guitar in the proceedings; they've been called a garage-rock version of Chris and Cosey. Dark elements of Suicide, DAF, Soft Cell abound amidst Spanish lyrics, they're less dancefloor and more expansive electro-psychedelia, and have a recent release on Sean from Cult of Youth's excellent Blind Prophet label. They stop by to perform on Brian's show today on their 2nd US tour.


Mudd Up live broadcast from the Spectacle Theater (DJ Rupture fills in for Bethany)
Monday, December 5th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture

Join DJ Rupture for a special live broadcast on Monday December 5th at Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn. The radio show will be built from a YouTube selection of some of Rupture’s favorite Moroccan tracks from the 70s to present, and will be followed by a screening of Ahmed El Maanouni’s gripping and poetic Nass El Ghiwane documentary film, TRANSES (1981). Nass El Ghiwane, a group of working class musicians from Casablanca, revolutionized Maghrebi song in the 1970s and remain Morocco’s most important band. TRANSES captures them at the height of their power. Doors at 7:30pm, $5 admission goes to Spectacle and includes homemade mint tea and dates.


Echo and the Bunnymen
Monday, December 5th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen (Liverpool, UK) with some questions for Ian provided by Courtney Love! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Gringo Star
Sunday, December 4th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
Keili presents Gringo Star! No, not the Beatle... The white guys from the south - "We are white stars, but white in a derogatory Mexican slang kinda way." Two brothers and two others, they take turns playing each instrument and singing lead. The result is a band with a variety of sounds and influences, from country to punk, churning out a garage-y sound that's hot.


Sol Okarina
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Colombian-based singer and songwriter Sol Okarina was born in Guayana, Venezuela, where the Orinoco and Caroni rivers converge - a spectacular setting that left an indelible mark on her music and lyrics. She also continues to play her childhood instrument, the Venezuelan cuatro, a diminutive member of the guitar family. Sol Okarina blends those deep-rooted elements into her engaging modern mix of indie rock, cumbia, Caribbean and South American sounds and African-influenced champeta on her impressive debut album Sumergible - and with her band live in WFMU's Studio B this week.


Two Bands: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages + Cruddy
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
After a long hiatus, the (mostly) original line-up of Boston legends Barrence Whitfield & The Savages are back on WFMU this Sat, Dec 3rd. Their wild, searing 2011 LP, "Savage Kings" (Munster/ Shake it) with Barrence’s amazing r'n'b shouter vocals calls to mind Little Richard or Esquerita live in their prime! Plus Peter Greenberg (DMZ) is back on searing guitar! Also Barrence & the Savages are playing the early show (7pm doors) at Maxwell’s later that evening! And if that weren’t enough later in the show we’ll have a live performance from Cruddy -- Punk ROCK from Austin, TX (featuring current, former members Total Abuse & Best Fwends.) Cruddy’s debut album "Negative World" (12XU) is total hardcore punk dynamics compressed into brutally efficient short, shock songs akin to early Black Flag, Necros & the Urinals. They’re currently on tour & will be playing Sat Dec 3 in NYC at The Cake Shop.


Mark Wirtz
Saturday, December 3rd, 2011, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with record producer/recording artist Mark Wirtz, who produced some influential 60’s gems as EMI in-house producer working at Abbey Road Studios, then moved to L.A. and worked with an interesting mix of people, including Kim Fowley, Helen Reddy, Leon Russell, and Dean Martin. Mark also paints, has written novels and does stand up comedy - it is sure to be an interesting chat!


Author Will Hermes
Friday, December 2nd, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
New York in the 1970s was reviled by the rest of the country. The city was broke, crime-ridden and seemed to be held together by graffiti and garbage bags. And out of that sludge heap blossomed hip-hop, salsa, disco and American punk and new wave. Rolling Stone senior critic Will Hermes documents New York's vital musical growth between 1973 and 1977 in his new book "Love Goes to Buildings on Fire," and he'll stop by the minotaur lair to guest DJ and talk tunes.


Former NBA player Bob Greacen
Thursday, December 1st, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Night People
Night People talk to former NBA player Bob Greacen about all things Basketball.


Fulminate Trio
Thursday, December 1st, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Fulminate Trio features Anders Nilsson on electric guitar, Ken Filiano on double bass and Michael Evans on drums, with everyone doubling on electronics. Fulminate have been playing a form of Jazz, experimental free music, and a bit of rock around the New York area for a number of years now. They released their self titled album a few years ago and have been consistently delivering their unique blend of sonic experiments with full throttle gusto. You'll have a chance to hear them live this week when they come down to WFMU and make music magic happen.


King Louie's Missing Monuments
Thursday, December 1st, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The legendary King Louie Bankston has been a mover and shaker on the rock and roll scene for years, including as a founding member of New Orleans garage rockers the Royal Pendletons, Portland's Exploding Hearts, the Persuaders, the Loose Diamonds and as his own one-man band. The Missing Monuments, his latest project, teams Louie with Seattle guitarist Julien Fried for a power-pop raveup so good that it has to be heard to be believed! So far, they have an album and single out on the Douche Master label.


The Monkees
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork of the Monkees (Hollywood, CA)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Seven Second Delay at the UCB Theatre with Bill Plympton, Broad City and More!
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the stage of NYC's UCB Theatre on Wednesday, November 30th from 6-7 pm for a live broadcast. Joining Ken and Andy will be Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, stars of the very funny web series Broad City, Academy Award-winning animator Bill Plympton, and an exciting musical guest TBA! The UCB Theatre is at 307 West 26th St in NYC, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5.


Wooden Shjips
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
First visit to WFMU from the bliss-out psychedelic combo out of San Francisco. Motorik beats and dream-fuzz soundscapes evoking elements of Suicide, f/i, Spacemen 3 to float from your radio speakers this afternoon; catch the band in advance November 10th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg.


Lydia Ainsworth
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

After a brief exile in the exotic land of Canada, Lydia Ainsworth has returned! Armed with only a keyboard and her trusty laptop, Lydia uses her soundtrack expertise to create haunting and complex textures complemented by ethereal vocals.


Misty Roses
Monday, November 28th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

The dark and the dramatic elements of towering song from a bygone era are the stylistic embodiments of Misty Roses' music. Fronted by Robert Conroy and Johnny Perl, they channel the likes of Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach,, Serge Gainsbourg, Jimmy Webb, Ennio Morricone and many other musicians who incorporate a certain sweeping orchestral sound into their work. Since carrying an orchestra with them is a bit out of the price range these days, Misty Roses often strips things down to an electronic version. Misty Roses strips down even further to an acoustic version with piano for their latest performance on Irene's show.


Cynics
Saturday, November 26th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is honored to welcome The Cynics back to the Cherry Blossom Clinic. The Cynics are garage punk legends, pioneering their brand of 6Ts influenced rock for over 30 years now. And they show no sign of letting up - their latest album "Spinning Wheel Motel" (Get Hip) is a straight-up masterpiece and is certain to top year end lists! So whether you're a long-time fan or new to the charms of Michael K and company, check out The Cynics live on the CBC!


Miniature Minotaurs Post Thanksgiving Special
Friday, November 25th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Why, what did you think "Black Friday" means?


Wild Flag
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with Carrie Brownstein from WIld Flag and Portlandia (Portland, OR)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!



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