Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Seven Second Delay at the UCB Theatre with Frank Rich, Wafaa Bilal & More.
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay return to the stage of NYC's UCB Theater on Wednesday, October 19th from 6-7pm for a live broadcast of Seven Second Delay. Joining Ken and Andy on stage will be New York Magazine columnist and author Frank Rich, and performance artist, professor and provocateur Wafaa Bilal (the genius behind "Shoot an Iraqi"). Plus, more guests to be announced. The UCB Theatre is at 307 West 26th St in NYC, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5.


The Stepkids
Wednesday, October 19th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
The talented psych-soul trio Stepkids has just released an excellent debut album on the Stones Throw label, and an equally exemplary video for their 1st single "Legend in my own Mind", that was directed by WFMU stalwart Tom Scharpling and produced by another WFMU cast member Rob Hatch Miller. The trio will be stopping by Duane's show Wednesday to perform live and give a quick interview before their show at Public Assembly that day.


Live Broadcast & Meet-Up at Hoboken's Pilsener Haus
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Ach du lieber - it's Shock & Awetoberfest! Join Chris T. and WFMU's resident Beer Baron Scott Williams Tuesday, Oct. 18 (6 PM) at Pilsener Haus & Biergarten in Hoboken (1422 Grand Street) for a LIVE Aerial View Beer Pull and WFMU Listener Meet-Up. Use the secret word LIEBERSTRAUM during the broadcast to buy one beer and get one free! Auf wiedersehn!


Live sessions on Brian's show revisited
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
As part of WFMU's month of "Shock and Awetober", Brian's digging out some prime live sessions he's hosted through the years and playing excerpts today! Tune in and relive some heavy sounds in the Jersey City studios with performances from Wire, Circle, Prince Rama, Bill Orcutt, Z'ev, th' Faith Healers, Sic Alps, Crom, Times New Viking, Skullflower, Killdozer, Pissed Jeans, the Legendary Pink Dots, Blues Control, Ice Age and more!


Chapter 24
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on Marty McSorley's show

Riot Grrl inspired prog punks from London, England storm the WFMU studio to remind you what you really liked and really miss about 1994.


Getting Out The Kinks
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
There's more to life than Lola. Julie slips on her kinky boots and lights up a harry rag to offer a complete immersion in the teachings of Ray and Dave. What does "I Go To Sleep" sound like with just voice and piano? Did Ray really write a musical based on "Around The World in 80 days?" What is the movie "Percy" about? And just who is this David Watts guy anyway? Some questions will be answered and others will remain as debated and ambiguous as Lola's gender.


Cuddle Magic
Monday, October 17th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

The musical collective known as Cuddle Magic is rather fond of filming videos traveling through the rooms and hallways of their apartments, charmingly accentuating the close-knit feel of the ensemble. Sometimes swelling to 9 musicians or more, their music takes on an acoustic gentleness that is a heart-felt blend of folk, avant-garde classical, urban and world music. Cuddle Magic brought like-minded musicians from Brooklyn and Philadelphia together, and their stage equipment, in addition to stringed and woodwind instruments, might include a plastic penguin and some oddly shaped lamps. Cuddle Magic brings their collective musicianship ro WFMU's "love room" for a live performance.


Olivia Tremor Control
Sunday, October 16th, 2011, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Not only have the neopsychedelic experimental pop collective reunited after a hiatus of more than a decade, they are returning to WFMU to pick up where they left off during their resplendent 1997 live session on Gaylord Fields's program. The most overtly lysergic-sounding of the Elephant 6 bands, Olivia Tremor Control offer up their update/synthesis of the melodicism of the mid-60s' Killer B's (Beatles, Beach Boys, Barrett) with ample musique concrète passages and instrumental freakouts to enhance their glorious eccentricity.


Dave Q
Sunday, October 16th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
Lamin
Founder of New York City's first dubstep night in America, Dave Q talks forward-thinking bass music, influences, future projects, and selects and shares some tunes.


Starscream and Alan Watts
Sunday, October 16th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
Keili will Shock and Awe you with a double live session, starting with her all time favorite 8bit band Starscream, followed by Alan Watts, (members: M. Watts, J. Watts and P. Watts) who have a loosely poppy take on industrial darkwave. “We channel alien airwaves through a microwave oven attached to a bus,” says M. Watts.


Kristin Hersh
Sunday, October 16th, 2011, 3am - 6am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Kristin Hersh has been writing songs and performing since the early '80s: first with the alt-rock band Throwing Muses, and later as a solo artist and with her second band, 50 Foot Wave. Last year, she published “Rat Girl,” a memoir of her teen years; and has also authored a children’s book, titled “Toby Snax.” Throwing Muses has been working on their first new album in eight years; and last month saw the release of a 2-disc anthology collection, celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album. As the band begins a two-month tour of Europe and Great Britain, Kristin stops by WFMU to sing her deeply personal songs and share some stories from her book.


Slow Jams Special
Sunday, October 16th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Ready to make a baby? We're here to help! This special edition of Surface Noise is devoted to nothin' but slow jams, those slinky and seductive R&B jams that are probably responsible for most of you being here. Golden-era smoothies from the 70s sidle up next to the latest bootknockers in this epic exploration of the art of getting busy. Scented candles and body oil are optional.


Matthias Loibner & Nataša Mirković - de Ro
Saturday, October 15th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
In the acclaimed duo Ajvar & Sterz, Austrian hurdy gurdy virtuoso Matthias Loibner teams up with superb Bosnian singer Nataša Mirković - de Ro. It's an unusual pairing of Loibner's ancient hand-cranked instrument with Central and South-Eastern European song (and a few other things too). Matthias and Nataša crank it up for us live in the studio tonight.


Sloan
Saturday, October 15th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is excited to welcome the amazing Sloan back to the WFMU airwaves! These Canadian rockers just keep getting better – they are celebrating their twentieth year together – and their latest album "The Double Cross" (YepRoc) is one of their greatest records yet. Sloan write songs that are loaded with hooks and amazing harmonies – it might sound like sacrilege but they are best described as the Canadian Beatles! So be sure to check them out on October 15th on the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T!


Raga Day
Saturday, October 15th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Rich will play a midnight raga.


Raga Day
Friday, October 14th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Kurt plays afternoon ragas.


Raga Day
Friday, October 14th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Bryce's show
Bryce plays afternoon ragas.


Raga Day + Jeff Golick from Destination:Out
Friday, October 14th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Tune in this Friday for the first ever Ragaday on WFMU. Scott and Doug will play morning ragas, Bryce and Kurt will play afternoon ragas, and Rich will play a midnight raga. It's radio that just goes and goes.

Destination:Out represents sanity among a sea of unruly mp3 blogs, featuring one or two well-curated, rare or out-of-print free jazz tracks per week from artists like Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Jeff Golick, one-half of the editorial braintrust at D:O, will drag a bag of records down to The Long Rally and select an hour's worth of music to share and chat about. We're not sure exactly what he'll bring, but Jeff's been on a solo jag at the moment, so expect lone horns and unaccompanied musical FREEDOM. Airs 10am-11am.


Raga Day
Friday, October 14th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Tune in this Friday for the first ever Ragaday on WFMU. Scott and Doug will play morning ragas, Bryce and Kurt will play afternoon ragas, and Rich will play a midnight raga. It's radio that just goes and goes.


Asian Women on the Telephone
Thursday, October 13th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Named after a Sun City Girls song, Moscow's Asian Women on the Telephone hit all the right psychedelic sun spots and are recent favorite 'round these parts. But while we've heard their international noise underground releases via the Free Music Archive, and witnessed live footage of their overgrown mutant arthropod costumes, this tour marks Asian Women on the Telephone's USA debut! East coast dates include Oct 8th at Albany's UAG Gallery, Oct 9th at Brooklyn's Bruar Falls, and Oct 11th at NYC's Cake Shop, then AWOTT swarm the West Coast. Follow them on FMA, myspace, or awott.blogspot.com for our Russian-speaking listeners.


Thanks, Canada!
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
April Wine! Sloan! Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet! The New Pornographers! Lighthouse! Teenage Head! Les Breastfeeders! Nick Gilder! On the heels of Monday's Canadian Thanksgiving, Evan "Funk" Davies offers a musical thanks of his own by spinning nothing but Canadian artists on his next show. Tune in this Wednesday night at 9pm! (That's 10pm Halifax time, 8pm in Moose Jaw and Winnipeg, 7pm in Calgary and Inuvik, and 6pm in Vancouver and Chilliwack. Hey, Chilliwack! Another Canadian band!)


Offline : DO or DIY Goes Analogue!
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on
Do or DIY with People Like Us
That's correct! Did you know that since 2003 DO or DIY has never played a record OR a CD? It's all just files, files, files. So in preparation for Singles Going Steady Week (Oct 24-30), we've been crawling around under the bed and finding our old vinyl. And here's what we found in our home LP collection. No WFMU Record Library, no online blogs, just what we found, er, under the bed, and some reflections on how different it is to do a show without the aid of the World Wide Web.


Kreayshawn
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Kreayshawn (Oakland, CA) ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Veronica Liu, founder of Word Up Books
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Nazario Scenario (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Amanda welcomes Veronica Liu to talk about Word Up, the community bookstore Liu founded last summer in Washington Heights, NYC. Originally conceived as a "pop-up" business slated to exist for one month, the store enjoys great support from the neighborhood, which has allowed it to stay. Join Veronica and Amanda as they discuss independent bookstores, literature, neighborhoods, and much more -- they'll be playing plenty of records too!


Nelson Slater
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Singer/Songwriter Nelson Slater left one seventies document behind, his "Wild Angel" LP on RCA produced by Lou Reed in 1976. A colleague, friend, and former bandmate of Reed's at Syracuse in the early sixties, he was also a prolific hustler penning songs for the Brill Building during this time. At an age known for retirement he has come out of retirement as the STEAM AGE TIME GIANT!!! He stops by the FMU studios to discuss his recent reentry, we shine a mag light in his eyes, and he improvises a set of songs on the spot.


Dan Melchior und Das Menace
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Shepperton, England 's Dan Melchior emerged as a primitivist bile-fueled bard in the tradition of Skip James and Billy Childish (the latter of whom he has collaborated with, as well as being part of Holly Golightly's band). He eventually emigrated to the USA where he settled in to create a huge discography of releases solo and with NYC's great Broke Revue. These days he's relocated to North Carolina, and has continued to sidestep easily-pegged garage rock categorization to create some truly mutant sounds, irascible as ever with his Das Menace project and a new album "Catbirds and Cardinals" on Northern-Spy. More Chrome than countrified, Dan and Das Menace rip it up on Brian's show today!


Ivan Julian (Voidoids)
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's "Peer Pressure" segment continues, every Tuesday at 1pm... He has a new album called "The Naked Flame" on the 00:02:59 Label, and hasn't stopped rocking out since the Voidoids days. Tune in to hear what this punk luminary with "the" signature guitar sound, who's played with by The Clash, Shriekback, The Outsets and more as he guest DJs for part of the program - listeners will get a lesson in music hearing what makes a difference in the music realm to Ivan. He will be live and listeners will be able to ask him questions on the comments board!


Complete Coverage
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Wall-to-wall covers, of the songs you hate to love and love to hate. Some of the covers are better than the originals -- others are much, much worse.


Shout Out to Soul Divas with guest Pat Longo
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Pat Longo, musician, artist and a man who owns more records than many, will be dropping by This is the Modern World with Trouble on October 11 to present a long anticipated 'Shout Out to Soul Divas'! All women, all fabulous, it will not fail to leave you speechless....but with a heavy back beat.


Ken Field on the Animated Films of Karen Aqua Retrospective at the School of Visual Arts
Monday, October 10th, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and member of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic Ken Field will phone in to discuss a major retrospective of the experimental animated films of his wife Karen Aqua. The FREE screening goes down on Tuesday, Oct. 11th at 7 PM in the 3rd Floor amphitheater at the School of Visual Arts at 209 East 23rd Street. Karen produced decades worth of stunning experimental animated shorts, many accompanied by Field's music. She also managed to get them aired on everyone's favorite gateway to the avant-garde, Sesame Street! Karen passed away, too early, in May 2011, and this screening was arranged as a tribute to her work by ASIFA-East. It will be hosted by Ken along with Debra Solomon and Linda Simensky, the Vice President of children's programming for PBS.


Venus X of Ghe20 Goth1k!
Monday, October 10th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture

Tune in from 8-9pm to hear Venus discuss shaking up NYC’s party scene with the groundbreaking Ghe2o Goth1k parties, her unique DJ/production approach, and — if we’re lucky — what it’s like advising Shakira on dance music.


Ethel
Monday, October 10th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

The adventurous post-classical string quartet Ethel has been breaking the boundaries between tradition and technology since 1998. They've collaborated with the likes of John Zorn, Steve Reich, Todd Rundgren, David Byrne, Andrew Bird, Iva Bittová, Thomas Dolby, Steve Coleman, and many others. Recently, founding member Mary Rowell left the ensemble, but they carry on capably with their new violinist Jennifer Choi. Ethel kicks off a tour with a new collaboration with flutist Robert Mirabal called "Music of the Sun," inspired by the sun mythology of Native America. Ethel plays live.


Robot Dance Party
Monday, October 10th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
Liz Berg's show
Liz spins 3 hours of her favorite new wave, no wave, dark wave, cold wave, and other teutonic hits. Tell Klaus and Dieter, and be sure to wear your black turtleneck so you can show off your Sprockets moves.


The Best of Talk WFMU + live sets by Deaf Wish and The Soft Moon
Sunday, October 9th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
DJ Keili's favorite moments in WFMU talk radio. Also, in town from Melbourne, Australia, Deaf Wish blast out an amazing live set of thrashy art noise on speed. They take the sound of Daydream Nation and churn it into minute and a half to two minute punk genius. And stay tuned also for a live set from The Soft Moon, who will be sure to take you on a gothic, futuristic motorcycle rampage. The set will feature tracks from the group's doomy upcoming four-track EP entitled "Total Decay," to be released on Halloween, complete with synth-assisted vocal cries, and dance-y darkwave beats.


Frank Bango
Sunday, October 9th, 2011, 3am - 6am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Mary Wing welcomes Frank Bango as her first guest to the 100% Whatever program! The singer/songwriter/record label owner stops by the WFMU studios to play songs from his four albums and talk about his forthcoming album “Touchy/Feely,” which was successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign last month. With “Touchy/Feely,” he aims to create a sonic landscape where the Shangri Las meet Tom Waits; combining the purest form of melodic pop with a dark edge to its lyrics. Tune in and hear what Frank himself calls “some of the best and most original pop music that almost no one has ever heard.”


Up from the Basement!
Sunday, October 9th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Located deep within the subterranean hollows of WFMU is The Basement Library, a sort of audio orphanage for all of the records and CDs that aren't popular enough to be included in our main record library but aren't undesirable enough to meet the reaper. In this special program, Joe delves deep into the Basement Library catacombs to dig out some long-buried and neglected gems and (hopefully) make some surprising finds.


Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino
Saturday, October 8th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino - CGS - from Salento in Puglia, southern Italy, specializes in playing the driving rhythms of the pizzica dance and other ancient rhythms on traditional instruments. The pizzica is the local variant of the legendary mystical spider-trance-dance, the tarantella. Southern Italy has long had a lively traditional music scene teeming with compelling ensembles like CGS - but the bands rarely make it to the US: Though highly regarded since its formation in 1975, CGS is on its first ever North American tour. So it's a rare treat to have this superb group live in studio to play and introduce us to the deep musical roots of the region.


Peter Case
Saturday, October 8th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Peter Case -formerly of the power-pop pioneers the Nerves and the Plimsouls - and incredible solo artist in his own right, stops by the Cherry Blossom Clinic for an electric and acoustic set. Peter Case has 2 recent LPs: "The Case Files" (demos, out-takes, a live shot & other rarities on ALIVE) and "WIG!" (great new songs on YepRoc). He’ll be playing songs from both featuring new and old material (AND he’ll even do a Nerves nugget or two!). Peter Case is massively talented and expressive muscian so don't miss his amazing set on Sat Oct 8 on Terre T’s show at 3pm. Check out his tour dates here.


London Calling
Saturday, October 8th, 2011, 3am - 6am
on
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac
Where were you in 1968? If you were like most kids on the planet during that point in time you were glued to your transistor cutting your teeth on TOP 40 RADIO!!! England top 40 wasn’t much different, influenced by the new ideal of the 60’s while desperately holding on to the final whimpers of Music Hall and Cabaret. In short, 1968 was a weird year. Tune in and listen to Bill’s obvious pandering to our friends across the pond.


Le Sacre du PrinceTemps: The Prince/Temptations Throwdown with special guest Moist Paula Henderson
Friday, October 7th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Tune in for a no-gloves death match to name the greatest r'n'b act of all time! Baritone saxophonist Paula Henderson (of Burnt Sugar, Moisturizer, Secretary and Rev. Vince Anderson and the Love Choir fame) will be taking the side of the Temptations, while Miniature Minotaurs host Kurt Gottschalk claims homefield advantage defending Prince's right to the throne. Joe "King" McGasko will officiate. Gambling is encouraged.


Steve Gunn
Friday, October 7th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Steve Gunn lugged his acoustic down to Jersey City in a ferocious downpour for this special psych/raga/blues solo excursion. Gunn works in the American tradition of John Fahey and Jack Rose, but only as a starting point, winding his guitar-journeys through John Martyn and non-Western strains of stringed repetition, capping off your headspace like a trip through Tangiers. Steve is playing shows in Europe as we speak, and check out his latest record, the Gunn-Truscinski Duo's "Sand City," on Three Lobed.


Black Twilight Circle
Friday, October 7th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
Without question, the most innovative black metal coming out of the U.S. today is created by the mysterious collective known as the Black Twilight Circle. Based in Southern California, the grouping of ~a dozen bands release their material for the most part, though not exclusively, on their own Crepusculo Negro records, representing a nearly self-sufficient creative organization. The many, talented bands in the BTC run the gamut from hardcore punk to more traditionally inspired bm, at the same time weaving in elements of psychedelia, Mayan folk music and lore, and new, expansive powers so fresh as to defy description (for example, how does one pin down with words the magnetic and mighty essence of a band like Arizmenda?) As part of their first-ever East Coast tour as a collective, the Black Twilight Circle visit WFMU's My Castle of Quiet, where each of five (or perhaps more?) bands will give a brief but salient representation of their material. Expect to hear short, surging sets by Kallathon, Arizmenda, Dolorvotre, Haunting Presence, and Volahn.


The Mighty Fine
Thursday, October 6th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

New York meets New Orleans for a gritty sound the Brooklyn-based band describes as rump-shakin' garage soul. Download their sizzling new single 'Black Train' for free at drugfrontrecords.com. Their new LP “Get Up To Get Down” - with guest Mick Collins! - comes out Oct. 25th.


Daniel Higgs live set from ATP December 2010 (Minehead,UK)
Thursday, October 6th, 2011, 3am - 6am
on
Mike Van Laar
Daniel Higgs may be best known as the lead singer of the Baltimore, MD band Lungfish, but his visual art and amazingly varied solo works implementing long neck banjo and the Jew’s Harp have won him many followers as well. Some recent releases include collaborations with Twig Harper as well as the Skull Defekts. In December of 2010 he was part of the incredibly diverse lineup of the Godspeed You Black Emperor!-curated ATP Festival from Minehead, England and we will be airing his live set from that very show. So set your clocks and join us for an early morning sermon you won't want to miss!


Farewell Broadcast
Thursday, October 6th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Tune in as Noah says goodbye to the Garden State. Moving out of New Jerusalem will bring the end to the 3 hour hip-hop show that's graced the airwaves on WFMU for the last 7 years. Joining the coffee breakers will be Slice-of-Spice Records, ReDef Records, producer K-Def (Ghostface, Real Live, Lords of the Underground) and legendary MC / producer / leader of the D.I.T.C. Lord Finesse. Static, Tune, Adjust and Listen!


The Notekillers
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

The Notekillers started out in Philadelphia in the late '70s, shoehorning their instrumental "song-structures" into a disinterested Philly punk scene. They went on to play shows in New York City with the likes of The Feelies, The Bush Tetras and Glenn Branca. Ultimately, however, the band went dormant just as -- unbeknownst to them -- Thurston Moore was including the Notekillers on a mixtape for fellow members of Sonic Youth when that band was just starting out...

Fast-forward to 2004. Improbably, Moore releases a collection of Notekillers recordings from 1977-1981 on his Ecstatic Peace label to great critical acclaim. Even more improbably, the band starts gigging and recording again, leading to the release of their very first full-length album in 2010, We're Here To Help (Prophase). Now seven years into their second life, the band plays live on WFMU! Tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies show at 9pm on Wednesday, October 5, and hear the live set that's been 35 years in the making! And catch Notekiller David First playing with Kid Millions as the band "Matter Waves" at the Stone on Saturday, Oct. 22!


Graham Duff
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

On this week's DO or DIY Graham Duff presents a musical mix of quiet contemplation and gentle unease.

Graham Duff is a writer, actor and producer. He created and wrote all fifty three episodes of the BBC TV comedy drama Ideal starring Johnny Vegas. Other TV work includes co-writing Doctor Terrible’s House of Horrible, a series of Hammer horror homages with Steve Coogan. For BBC Radio 4, he’s written and appeared in three series of the sci-fi sit-com Nebulous starring Mark Gatiss, script edited seven series of Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show and starred in his own show Stereonation. He’s also appeared in the Harry Potter films and written articles for The Guardian and Wire Magazine. Outside the world of TV and radio, Graham has collaborated with Mark E. Smith, Wire’s Colin Newman and ‘art terrorist’ Stewart Home.


Peter Murphy and Marilyn Manson
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Peter Murphy and Marilyn Manson! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Seven Second Delay at the UCB Theatre with Nate Silver, Michael Kupperman & Bradford Cox
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay return to the stage of NYC's UCB Theater this Wednesday, October 5th from 6-7pm for a live broadcast of Seven Second Delay. Joining Ken and Andy on stage will be political and baseball Seer Nate Silver, cartoonist & illustrator Michael Kupperman, and musical guest, Bradford Cox of the bands Atlas Sound & Deerhunter. Not to mention the first ever live demonstration of Radio for the Deaf! The UCB Theatre is at 307 West 26th St in NYC, near 8th Avenue. Admission is $5.


State of the Station Talk with Station Manager Ken
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, 11am - Noon
on
Ken's show
Station Manager Ken dedicates the last hour of his show this Wednesday, October 5th from 11am to Noon, for a State of the Station talk. Ken will give an update on where things stand at WFMU technically, programming-wise, philosophically and financially. He'll also be highlighting the first Shock & Awetober, WFMU's month of specials, listener meetups and silent fundraising. Email questions or comments to Ken via this page here.


Key of Shame
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

(postponed from September) Dark sound atmospherics today courtesy of Mark Morgan (Sightings) and Pat Murano (Decimus/No Neck/Malkuth/K. Salvatore). Their recent 2LP on the Italian label Planam perfectly documents burnt ambient guitar/electronics interplay at its finest. Tune in.


King Fowley of Deceased
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's "Peer Pressure" segment continues every Tuesday at 1pm... A force to be reckoned with in the metal world for years, Virginia's DECEASED has been thrashing audiences since the mid-'80s. Fronted by animated vocalist King Fowley, they have some area shows coming up: Fri Oct 7th at St. Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, and Sat Oct 8th at the Kearny Irish Club. King is known as a personality in the metal scene for years, whose musical scope will blow listeners away! Listeners will be able to ask him questions on the comments board!


Freakout USA
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Three solid hours of swirling '60s psych from the USA -- plus a few tracks by people who didn't notice the '60s had ended.


Telebossa
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Join This is the Modern World with Trouble on October 4th for Telebossa live from Berlin! Chico Mello and Nicholas Bussmann make stunning sounds that float between samba, jazz and chamber music. Watch them do this effortlessly when they perform at Issue Project room in Brooklyn on October 7!


The Polyps + Bird Names
Monday, October 3rd, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
Liz Berg's show
Liz Berg kicks of Shock & Awetober with 2 bands in one show!

First, we'll start with The Polyps, who is actually just one guy named Raf making lo-fi bedroom jangle pop and super-catchy chirpy experimental songs. Raf runs the Eggy tape label and is on tour in support of a forthcoming album on the Woodsist sublabel Hello Sunshine entitled "Ants On A Golden Cone."

Next up will be a live set from Bird Names of Chicago, who will delight your ears with off-kilter rock and slightly disturbing pop in the lo-fi weirdo vein. Their latest LP entitled "Metabolism: A Salute to the Energy of the Sun" (Northern-Spy) was a hit on WFMU earlier this year, and they are currently touring with Bubbly Mommy Gun. Check them out live at the Northern-Spy Records Festival at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on Oct 1st or at PS1 on Oct 2nd!


Tribute to Sylvia Robinson
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011, 7pm - 9pm
on
Monica's show
Tune in this Sunday, Oct. 2, 7-9pm as Monica presents a tribute to legendary producer, label exec, singer, and hip-hop pioneer Sylvia Robinson. From her 1950s hits with Hot Lips Page and Mickey Baker to her oft-sampled siren recordings as Sylvia to founding mother of rap with Sugarhill Records, this is one dame who did it all and did it her way.


Ladies First + live set by Jealousy
Sunday, October 2nd, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
Sunday, October 2nd, Keili kicks off Beastin' The Airwaves' Awesome Shock & Awetober with "Ladies First": Keili's favorite moments, sound bites and playlist sets from the AWEsome Female DJs of WFMU. But to make things more Shock and AWEsome, Mark Treise will throb, creep and haunt his way into your soul and "have your children" with an AWEsomely layered live set by his one man project, Jealousy.


The Unheard Music of the Uyghurs with Guest DJ Andrew Demetre
Saturday, October 1st, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Writer and performer Andrew Demetre takes us on a musical journey to Xinjiang Province, far western China. He'll spin rarely heard music of the Uyghur ethnic minority, from deeply traditional music to the latest U-Pop. And he'll shed light on how Uyghur musicians have managed to squeeze their expression through the strict filters of the Communist Party of China. Tonight's show is a preview of Radio XUAR, the Uyghur Music show-and-tell Andrew will present at Jimmy's No. 43, 43 East 7th Street in Manhattan on Thursday October 6.


Sorrows
Saturday, October 1st, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is thrilled to welcome Sorrows to the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday October 1st! Rising from the ashes of the Poppees, Sorrows created some of the greatest power-pop new wave in the '70s, melding super hooks and harmonies with a hard-driving guitar attack. Bomp!Records has released Sorrows' "Bad Times Good Times," an AMAZING collection of previously unreleased power-pop gems, demos and live performances. Sorrows East Coast tour kicks off this week, so you can see them at the Bowery Electric in NYC on October 1st or the Brighton Bar in Long Branch on October 2nd, but be sure to catch the legendary reunion of the Sorrows on the Cherry Blossom Clinic first!


Bass player & founding member of New Orleans’ The Meters, George Porter
Saturday, October 1st, 2011, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with New Orleans music legend George Porter whose credits include the funky instrumentals of The Meters that redefined the New Orleans sound in the late 1960’s & early 70’s, and session work with Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey and a host of others – including Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade” and Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time.”


Allysen Callery
Saturday, October 1st, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Rhode Island singer-songwriter Allysen Callery recorded a live session at FMU recently, and this will be aired Saturday, October 1st. Her third release, “Winter Island”, from Woodland Recordings in Berlin, presents her singing and nylon-string guitar playing in beautiful, stark relief, and evokes much the same spirit of the great folk albums of the 1970s. Her songwriting, always poetic, has found an even deeper level, one that conjures not only the flavor of the UK and Irish folk revival but the magic of the old songs themselves.


Shock & Awetober
Saturday, October 1st, 2011, Midnight - Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, 3am
on
LIVE BROADCASTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Give the Drummer Radio stream & Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)

WFMU is throwing a giant party through the month of October, and you're invited! It's called Shock & Awetober.

Expect tons of special guests and on-air surprises, listener meet-ups, Singles Going Steady Week, WFMU's Record Fair (Oct 28-30 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St, Manhattan), and our first-ever RadioVision Festival & Conference (Oct 28-30, upstairs from the Record Fair).

On top of all this, we will be holding a stealth online/mail-only campaign to attempt to raise the money we need this Fall without interrupting our programming with a fundraiser. We hope you'll join us!


Singles Going Steady Week on WFMU
Monday, October 24th, 2011, Midnight - Monday, October 31st, 2011, Midnight
on
LIVE BROADCASTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
It's Singles Going Steady Week -- to commemorate the WFMU Record Fair, which takes place Oct 28-30 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan (125 W. 18th St). DJs will play nothing but 7-inch records all week long. Listen up and catch the excitement that can only happen at 45 rotations per minute.


Dorothea Schürch and Tim Hodgkinson
Friday, September 30th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Criminally unknown in America, the Swiss vocalist Dorothea Schürch is a phenom of extended larynx technique. As a talented improviser and actress, she has recently taken up the singing saw as a way to expand her role in collaborative musicmaking. She will be joined by British multi-instrumentalist Tim Hodgkinson, well known as a founding member of the legendary experimental rock band Henry Cow and more recently the trio Konk Pack. Tune on for a guaranteed session of ear expansion.


Return of the Son of Whacked-out Hillbilly 45s
Thursday, September 29th, 2011, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Nutty record collector Greg Germani of Decatur, Georgia will be dropping by for another edition of full-throttle honky-tonkers and screwball hillbilly and country records from the dark corners of the vault. What's on tap? Long-forgotten records dealing with monkeys, hippies, tramps, fried food, domestic violence, hardcore alcoholics, country fuzz, adultery, dead kids, dead parents, Colonel Sanders, drug abuse, Viet Nam, outlaw bikers, depression, women's lib, and some misogynistic dating advice. And a square dancing record that's actually worth hearing!


Mikal Cronin
Thursday, September 29th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Ty Segall associate and member of the Moonhearts, Mikal Cronin steps out on his own with an amazing debut solo album on the Trouble In Mind label, who aptly sums up the LP as such: Taking influences such as late sixties Del Shannon and The Everly Brothers and filtering them through his own mutant California fuzz. We agree! Catch Mikal later the same night opening for the aforementioned Mr. Segall.


Kitchen's Floor & Fat History Month
Thursday, September 29th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Brisbane Australia's Kitchen's Floor is a 3-piece with oversaturated guitar, bass hooks and a pots-n pan ornamented drum kit. Look Forward to Nothing, their second LP, is out now on Siltbreeze stateside. KF previously released a cassette on Negative Guest List and their debut LP, Loneliness Is a Dirty Mattress, was released on Australia's R.I.P. Society and their own Bedroom Suck Records. Bedroom Suck label-mates Fat History Month are a duo from Boston, and joining Kitchen's Floor on a massive USA tour throughout September that caps off with this WFMU live session on Talk's Cheap!


Slayer and Rob Halford
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Slayer and Rob Halford of Judas Priest! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


The Jack Moves + Anika
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
New Jersey based soul funk band and rcent signees to Wax Poetics record label, the Jack Moves come by Duane's on Wednesday to play a couple of songs live and to spin some hard funk 45's. Later Stones Throw's post punk chanteuse Anika, will be swinging by for a chat and to spin a few records the day after her debut NYC performance Sept 27th.


The Ex live from ATP at Minehead, UK
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

December, 2010: from the circus-tent atmosphere of All Tomorrows Parties at the Butlins resort in Minehead, England, Brian brought back assorted live recordings that will be popping up in the weeks ahead on various WFMU shows. The Godspeed You Black Emperor-curated weekend featured a lineup that included the likes of Cluster, Black Dice, and Neurosis to, amazingly enough, Weird Al Yankovic, but it was Holland's legendary Ex that got even the resort workers to stop dead in their tracks while they played. For over 30 years the anarchic punk band has roamed a wilderness of free sounds that have included collaborations with everyone from Tom Cora, Han Bennink, Getatchew Mekuria and more; they've performed live on Brian's show in 2006 previously, and headlined an incredible WFMU 50th Anniversary show in 2008 live at Lincoln Center that brought over an arsenal of kindred spirit Ethiopian musicians. Today's broadcast from Minehead showcases new singer/guitarist Arnold deBoer and finds the Ex as a quartet in total attack mode!


Chris Kirkley
Monday, September 26th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture

On Monday Sept 26th, Chris Kirkley of Sahel Sounds will join DJ Rupture to discuss his work in Mauritania and Mali exploring desert guitars and the DIY PC production featured on his "Music from Saharan Cellphones" compilation as well as his "Ishilan n-Tenere" comp for Mississippi Records.


Bird of Youth
Sunday, September 25th, 2011, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

Not all music journalists who take a go at being musicians are able to walk it like they professionally talk it. However, Beth Wawerna, an Atlanta-native/Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter, exudes true lyrical introspection interlaced with melodic whimsy in her musical project Bird of Youth. Her band's recently released first album, Defender, co-produced by Will Sheff of Okkervil River, stands as a document to Wawerna's talents on the performing side of the Industry of Human Happiness. For this absolutely live session, she will be presenting a pared-down version of her group, yet without sacrificing an iota of the power and nuance of her songs.


Seed Stock Records co-hosts My Castle of Quiet
Friday, September 23rd, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet
One of the best stateside labels dealing in black metal, its antecedents and children, with a far-reaching eye on the genre, marketing titles from both dead center and the experimental fringe (on cassette, CD and vinyl) Seed Stock has made a powerful mark in its relatively short existence. RB, prime mover of the band Raspberry Bulbs, and owner/proprietor of Seed Stock, returns to My Castle of Quiet (following the band's triumphant live debut on the show in July) to dazzle the listeners with items from his extensive collection of rare and exceptional recordings, demos, etc. This is a not-to-be-missed event for black metal fans, punk fans, old-timers and newcomers alike.


German Measles
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

When German Measles made their WFMU debut, the Queens-based 4-piece consisting of former caUSE co-MOTION!'ers had yet to release any records. While sharing members with Beachniks and McD0nalds, these shambolic popsters have gone on to release a flurry of vinyls on Captured Tracks, Vivian Girls' Wild World imprint, and their latest, A German Joke Is No Laughing Matter, on What's Your Rupture. We'll be treated to a set of ALL NEW material as the Measles reveal the secret behind their name and get amp'd up for a show Sept 27th at Brooklyn's Glasslands with Veronica Falls


Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label with Bill Adler & Cey Adams
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Bill Adler was Def Jam's director of publicity from 1984 to 1990. During this period he worked with Run-DMC, Whodini, Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, Slick Rick, Eric B & Rakim, EPMD, Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, 3rd Bass, De La Soul and many others. Cey Adams started writing graffiti when he was a teenager in Queens, met Russell Simmons in 1984 & became the in-house graphic artist at Def Jam, creating stage backdrops, t-shirt and hat designs, logos, advertisements, etc. He formed "The Drawing Board Graphic Design" with Steve Carr and designed album covers for countless artists. Together, Bill & Cey have just finished their collaborative book; "Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label." Fix the static on your boombox and learn a little lesson from two crucial figures in the hip-hop world.


The Authorities
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interview with The Authorities (Stockton, CA)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Mike Doughty
Wednesday, September 21st, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Mike Doughty will perform live on Irwin's program Weds. September 21 at 5pm. In 1992, while working as a doorman at the Knitting Factory and writing for New York Press, the singer/songwriter founded Soul Coughing, who released three albums. Since the band's breakup in Y2K, Doughty has released six solo albums and several EPs and has toured extensively. His offer to become lead guitarist for Limp Bizkit was turned down cold. Doughty will perform songs from his new album YES AND ALSO YES, accompanied by Andrew "Scrap" Livingston on cello.


Oxbow
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Oxbow are not easy listening fare: half of this legendary Bay Area combo played a somewhat dark acoustic session on Brian's show in 2004 that contained one of the most harrowing, bareboned, messed-up Beatles covers in memory. Live, singer/author/1st place divisional 2003 California Submission Fighting champion Eugene Robinson has pretty much terrorized (and sometimes physically administered beatdowns to) club audiences who attempt to ratchet up the volatility factor of Oxbow shows, which are equal parts jazzed-out metalcore, deconstructed swamp-blues, and weird, laced-with-tension postrock. They're a band of great scope; Eugene's been Lee Hazlewood to both Marianne Faithfull's and Lydia Lunch's Nancy Sinatra, and their latest LP Songs For the French (Hydra Head) showcases both their live performance side and improvisational abilities.


Joe Preston
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane's next installment of PEER PRESSURE features Joe Preston, who's been in almost every heavy band to have existed! From Earth to the Melvins, to Harvey Milk, High On Fire, Sunn O))), Men's Recovery Project - and always including his personal -heavier-than-a-blue-whale-with-an-elephant-strapped-to-it's-back - Thrones, he's contributed massively to the world of heavy music! Tune in and hear what's between the ears of this musical behemoth while Diane picks his brain! Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine airs Noon-3pm; the Peer Pressure segment begins promptly at 1pm!


No Babies
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on Marty McSorley's show

Oakland No-Wave revivalist shredder technicians assault their audience with dueling sax and guitar lines, twisted drums and matching underwear. Children and pregnant woman be warned.



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