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Grant Lawrence (Part 1)
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Part 1 of an interview with Grant Lawrence from The Smugglers about his new book "Adventures in Solitude." Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Jen Shyu
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Jen Shyu's enchanting singing has floated through Steve Coleman's jazz group and Anthony Braxton's opera, not to mention her own work which calls her Chinese heritage into an improvised music setting. Gearing up for her appearance at the Vital Vox festival, Shyu will appear on the Miniature Minotaurs program, accompanying herself on piano, er hu and moon guitar.


Sam Derse
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
On this week's Thunk Tank with Bronwyn and Jay, it's more rootin'-tootin' Putin as the brainiacs welcome their special guest, Sam Derse, the creative genuis behind Vladimir Putin Action Comics! Tune in as Murder Cat joins Snowy the War Bear to welcome a surprise new member of the Putin Animal Friends, this Tuesday on Thunk Tank.


Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Dapwell
Monday, November 8th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
DJ Rupture will host guests Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Dapwell ("the funniest Das Racist"). Brilliant writer and editor Julianne will be discussing her taste in current dance music & divas via a special selection of tunes. As for Dapwell -- call him the skeptic.


Chris Morris
Monday, November 8th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Next Monday on TMI British Comedy legend Chris Morris talks with Benjamen Walker about his new film "Four Lions," a comedy about suicide bombers in London. They also talk about humor, radio, and the power of idiots.


Irish Traditional meets Irish Hip-Hop
Friday, November 5th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the second time in 2010 WFMU's remote broadcast unit travels to the West of Ireland for a unique live broadcast from Bell, Book, & Candle in Galway where a variety of hip-hop, experimental, and traditional Irish artists will perform live on WFMU. Guests to include The Old Soul Brigade, Pervish, MC Mimmic, Vince Mack Mahon crew, MyNameIsJohn, Chiwawa Studios, Bitwise and Madec, Rumble Digits, Lineage Crew, Mupeid, Sebi C, Longy, and Irish beatboxing champion Mr. L. all on Put The Needle On The Record November 5th 3-6pm (7pm to 10pm local Irish time - open to the public).


Incapacitants live at the LAFMS Fest
Friday, November 5th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

The Japanese noise duo Incapacitants, active since the early 1980s, have given special permission for this exclusive airing of their performance from last month's LAFMS Fest in London. Recorded on-site by My Castle of Quiet associate Bob Bellerue.


The Piggies
Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Brooklyn rock & rollers The Piggies drop by Spazz HQ for a set of live music in the rock & roll vein.


Matt LeMay on "Living in the Age of Art vs Content"
Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Matt LeMay is a writer, musician, coder and generally thinky/talky dude. His latest article, "Living in the Age of Art vs Content", is an in-depth answer to the question Zach Baron posed in the Village Voice: "Is It Possible to Sell Out in 2010?". We'll try not to say too many brand names over the course of this 12-minute convo.


Jon Rafman
Thursday, November 4th, 2010, 3am - 6am
on Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate

Artist Jon Rafman talks about his newly completed film Codes of Honor, which mixes documentary footage of New York's pro Street Fighter arcade game scene with a fictional narrative "filmed" in the 3D world of Second Life. Jon plays a set of video game music that inspired the project, and talks about how video games and their soundtracks have subconsciously exposed American youth to the forces of Japan's economy, social codes, and pop culture. (Check out the Arcade Hustla youtube channel for extensive interviews with Chinatown's finest players.)


Krist Novoselic
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Krist from 1991, 1999 and 2009!   Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Robedoor
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010, 3am - 6am
on
Nat Roe
Long a bass heavy drone duo of Alex and Britt Brown, LA's Robedoor has come out recently as a trio, with Ged Gengrass added on drums. Their new 7", Pacific Drift, is the latest of a small mountain of wonderful releases, many of which are on Britt's own label, the seminal Not Not Fun. This set with some previously unreleased material is a blues based psych-doom reduction sauce on a bed of caramelized beets/beats. Their clout will cloud your vision.


Zombie Expert Nick Robbins
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
It's the Dia de los Muertos Especial, with Zombie Expert Nick Robbins. (The guest so nice, we had him on twice, only this time we're actually going to let him talk.) The ostensible topic is how death is viewed in various cultures--especially in regard to zombies. Plus News of the Dead, Salutin' Putin, and a FourLoko review by the Brainiacs.


Legendary Pink Dots
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Formed in London in 1980 by mainstays Edward Ka-Spel and Philip Knight and relocated to Amsterdam in 1984, the Legendary Pink Dots have created a massive discography of over 40 LPs, not counting the many Ka-Spel solo outings. On the latest, "Seconds Late For the Brighton Line", they continue their enduring, abstract, psychedelicized vision that has landed them as somewhat spiritual kin to the likes of Nurse With Wound and Current 93: dark, keyboard-inflected pop, Kraut-informed electronics, acidy industrial soundscapes all meld with Ka-Spel's unique lyrical and vocal stamp. They stop by WFMU's studios to play on Brian's show today, and also play live at Le Poisson Rouge in New York on October 29th.


Altar Live at ATP
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane will be airing a large portion of the Altar live set from September 5th's ATP appearance! Altar is SunnO))) and Boris together, along with other contributors. The airing will commence at 12:30 pm on the Fun Machine and is going to be available for a limited period of time, so if you cannot listen live, be sure to check it out quickly, as WFMU will only stream it for three weeks. These songs redefine the words: Crush, Kill, Destroy very subtly, if that is possible. Tune in!


Dustin Wong
Monday, November 1st, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Dustin Wong plays guitar in two of Liz's favorite bands, Ponytail and Ecstatic Sunshine, and he's just released a lovely solo album of intricate instrumentals called "Infinite Love." Tune in as Dustin flutters blissfully about the fretboard, weaving and looping in harmonies on parallel sonic planes. It's too pretty to be called mathrock. Be sure to check out Dustin live in Brooklyn: he's playing at Death By Audio on 10/26 and in the Monster Island Basement on 11/2.


Tony Joe White
Saturday, October 30th, 2010, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes singer-songwriter/guitarist Tony Joe White, best known for his 1969 hit "Polk Salad Annie." Tony Joe drops by with his guitar to play a few songs & discuss the art of songwriting. For a Tony Joe White primer, check out Michael's 2008 interview!


Live from Dublin, Ireland
Friday, October 29th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU does yet another hip-hop based live remote broadcast from Dublin, Ireland. This year's guests will include Whitenoise, Mayhem, MosChops, Tu Ki, DJ Mek, Exile Eye, Rob Kelly, and many more. If you happen to be in Dublin, Ireland on October 29th stop by the live broadcast at CRU located on Crown Alley in the Temple Bar district of the city centre where the broadcast is 8pm to 11pm local time which 3-6pm Jersey City time on WFMU.


Danny Moore (Family Treasures)
Friday, October 29th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Daniel J. Moore creates pulsating, meditative heavy electronics, like Cluster II with the grime factor set on very high. He's released several excellent tapes -- his "Black Totality" cassette (as Family Treasures) for Temple of Pei is four tracks of hovering, churning menace, while his release on Tape Drift from earlier this year, "Altars of Ashes," plays it relatively subtle on the electronics and percussion, allowing sax player Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut to dance La Monte Young-like over Danny's essential atmospheres. Danny now brings it live and in the moment to My Castle of Quiet. Check out these two video clips from the MCoQ vimeo channel --- 13 Thames | INC 2010 @ Silent Barn


Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 28th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Werewolves, mummies, zombies and monsters from undisclosed locations conspire to make this year's Music To Spook By Hauntfest the scariest and stupidest ever!


Pujol
Thursday, October 28th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Daniel Pujol writes infectious garage-punk channeling the classic vibes of his hometown, Nashville TN. After playing in countless local bands (including Meemaw. Wizardz, and Denny & The Jets) Pujol's eponymous solo project has taken flight with Sean Thompson on guitar, Joey Scala on bass, and Adam Tanaka on drums. He's also got the support of Jack White, whose Third Man label is released a Pujol 7'' produced by the White Stripe himself. Pujol's discography already includes releases on Jeff The Brotherhood's Infinity Cat Recordings. And a new 7'' helped launch the Turbo Fruits' Turbo Time imprint. Pujol is touring with Turbo Fruits through mid-November -- (tourdates here).


Strictly Kev aka DJ Food
Thursday, October 28th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

The ever so friendly Strictly Kev of DJ Food will swing by and play some round platters of plastic as well as verbalizing the English language.


Jello Biafra
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
A new interview with Jello Biafra plus writer Bill Mullan talks about his recently re-released 1990 movie Terminal City Ricochet! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Phill Niblock
Wednesday, October 27th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Just prior to his appearance at the Ear to the Earth Festival in NYC, drone pioneer Phill Niblock will pay a visit to the WFMU studios to chat and guest DJ. While his own music is noted for its length and stillness (he does a 6-hour concert at his loft every December), Niblock is a huge fan of early jazz and bebop, and will be bringing some of his favorite high-speed saxophone music to play on the air.


Barbara Henry
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Barbara Henry, American poet of the news, will be Bronwyn and Jay's guest on this week's Thunk Tank. Ms. Henry is the author of extremely fine poems that are *ripped from today's headlines* -- literally. She also is an internationally renowned letterpress printer and print-maker. (Plus, she lives in Jersey City, so we've got our New Jersey-content quotient covered.) Tune in for a lot of talk about words, plus some very fine poetry, this week on Thunk Tank.


Hugh Cornwell
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane is ecstatic to welcome the legendary Hugh Cornwell to the Fun Machine. Front man for the Stranglers for years, he's currently touring with his all star band featuring Clem Burke (Blondie, Romantics) and Steve Fishman (Contortions). They'll be playing a few live numbers in the studio and then Diane will speak about music with the punk icon! His latest release is a double CD called "New Songs for King Kong," on the Invisible Hands Music label. Catch his shows at the Record Collector in Bordentown NJ on Oct 22, The Brighton in Long Branch on Oct 23rd, or right after the WFMU special in town at the Mercury Lounge on October 26th. On this tour, Hugh is playing 2 sets -- a mix of his solo work and Stranglers songs, followed by a performance of "Rattus Norvegicus IV", the Stranglers first album in its entirety. Not to be missed! Tune in, show up, or BOTH!


Chico Mann + Jimmy McMillan
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on
Marty McSorley's show
Chico Mann alter ego and lazer infused, future funkafied, groovy Afro-Cuban soul jams of Antibalas' guitarist, Marquitos Garcia. Marcos and the band will be stopping by the WFMU studios for a live set fresh off the road from an Australian tour and right be before their record release show Santo's Party House on the 27th to support their new album "Analog Drift," dropping Wax Poetics.

You may know Jimmy McMillan as the most amazingly bearded Karate expert running for Governor of New York, but Marty will introduce you to the man behind some of the sweetest DIY, synth-funk, pop jams you will ever hear. Seriously check out this track.


Singles Going Steady in Dublin - Simulcast with Power FM
Friday, October 22nd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For this year's Singles Going Steady week on WFMU, Billy Jam will cross the pond to Ireland for an all seven inch records show (hip-hop, funk, soul, and other) with sets by Irish crate-digging DJs Laz-E, Tu-Ki, Cool C, Gerry Beatfinder, Baz Hickey, and Tall Paul Lowe. The show, which will also feature OG Irish party rocker (Dublin circa 1950's/60's) DJ Brennie, will be a simulcast radio broadcast with Dublin radio station Power FM and will simulcast from its downtown Dublin studios in real time on both the Irish and New Jersey stations, plus a webcam feed via PowerFm.org. Put The Needle On The Record, October 22nd 3-6pm (8pm to 11pm local Irish time).


South African 45rpm special
Monday, October 18th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
Liz Berg's show
In celebration of Singles Going Steady Week, Liz busts out a giant pile of 7"s that her brother brought back from his recent trip to South Africa. Funk, disco, soul, and traditional music from the crates of Johannesburg to your radio. Vuvuzela-free.


Singles Going Steady Week
Sunday, October 17th, 2010, 7pm - Sunday, October 24th, 2010, 7pm
on
LIVE BROADCASTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
From October 17th - 24th, WFMU throws technology into the circular file and celebrates the little records with the big holes, in anticipation of our annual Record Fair, which takes place Oct 22-24 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. For one full week, our DJs will play nothing but seven inch records, many of which will rotate at the recommended 45 revolutions per minute. The music will span all eras and genres, but the physical format remains the same!


OK Sweetheart
Sunday, October 24th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
This Sunday, October 24th, Tulsa's own OK Sweetheart stop by Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili. Erin Austen's jazz phrasings and sultry voice will wake you up and capture your attention. But you won't want to get out of bed.


Alphabet City in the '80s -- Live from the Record Fair
Friday, October 22nd, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Chris T. welcomes retired NYPD Detective Michael Codella and writer Bruce Bennett, authors of the new book "Alphaville: 1988, Crime, Punishment, and the Battle for New York City's Lower East Side." A plainclothes narcotics cop in one of Manhattan's most notorious neighborhood dodges death while trying to free a captive community from rival drug dealers. Signed copies of the book will be given away at the show!


Katherine Young Solo
Friday, October 22nd, 2010, 9am - Noon
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Improviser, Anthony Braxton acolyte, and "bassoon colossus" Katherine Young produces unfathomable textures and timbres from an instrument more commonly associated with staid classical ensembles.  Expect drones, percussive rhythms, multiphonics and more as heard on her 2009 Porter Records release, "Further Secret Origins." Before heading out on a two-pronged solo tour in November (with trumpeter Jacob Wick) she brings her bassoon and a bag of effects pedals by the Love Room for this live session.


Thrones [10am] + Sam Brylawski (National Recording Preservation Board) [11am]
Thursday, October 21st, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
You might recognize Joe Preston from Earth, Sunn 0))), Melvins, High On Fire, Men's Recovery Project, Harvey Milk, Thor, Snakepit, and many other great bands. But if you're not already familiar with his one-man experimental sludge/doom project Thrones, then it is time to join the cult! Since 1994, Thrones has released a steady stream of recordings on labels like Kill Rock Stars, Punk in my Vitamins, Vermiform, 5rc and Southern Lord. Most recently, Thrones released a DVD & LP collaboration with Daniel Menche titled "Cerberic Doxology," and the Wage War 7'' on Conspiracy Records. Thrones is currently in the midst of an epic USA tour with Christian Mistress.

Sam Brylawski is the co-author of The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States. It's a new congressionally-mandated study, and it's subtitled "A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age"...But wait, wasn't the digital revolution supposed to solve this problem? The former executive director of the National Recording Preservation Board will outline some of the hurdles that stand in the way of our utopian digital archive.


The Drums
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with The Drums plus a whole bunch of music related to drums! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


45s and 40z Vol. III - The Why? Edition
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
Marty McSorley and Bennett play 45s in Jersey City while Trent drinks 40z of Shiner Bock in Austin, Texas. Featuring appearances by Rappin' Rodney and Princess Diana!


Chiller Theatre Expo Preview
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's guest will be Kevin Clement, creator of the Chiller Theatre Expo; held at the Parsippany Hilton October 29-31. They'll be featuring new tracks from the Dead Elvi, the house band at Chiller, and other musical guests that will be playing the costume party on Saturday night. This year's musical guests include Mark Lindsay, Lita Ford and the Human Beinz, along with some surprises. Some of the celebrities who will be at the Expo during the weekend are: John Astin (Gomez Addams), Barbara Eden (Jeannie, "I Dream of Jeannie"), Debbie Reynolds, Richard Roundtree (Shaft), Linda Blair (the Exorcist) and Patricia Quinn (Magenta from the Rocky Horror Picture Show). There will be ticket giveaways during the program and plenty of good stories from conventions past!


Onra
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on Marty McSorley's show

The French-born Vietnamese beatmaker and producer comes though the WFMU studios for a live set. Onra's music runs the gambit from chilled out '80s west coast electro-funk to hip hop records constructed entirely from Chinese and Vietnamese records. Tune in and get down.


Das Racist
Monday, October 18th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
On Monday October 18th, DJ Rupture will be joined by rising rap stars Das Racist (their new mixtape, Sit Down Man, brings in Diplo, El-P, and more) for an hour of kaleidoscopic talk and music.


Beyond the Fruited Plain
Monday, October 18th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Part one of a three part series on America and the Tea Party. Journalist Will Bunch talks about the two years he spent researching his book "Backlash;" Historian Zoe Trodd explains how the idea of protest gets appropriated by groups like the KKK, the White Citizens councils of the 1950s, and the Tea Party of today; Photographer Richard Misrach photographs the voice of the people; your host recalls the first right wing person he ever met (his college roommate); and the TMI Washington D.C. correspondent starts a twisted journey into the secret depths of a conspiracy.


Pure Hell
Saturday, October 16th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is honored to welcome punk legends Pure Hell to the WFMU airwaves. Back in the '70s this foursome moved from Philly to join the NYC punk scene and were heralded as the first all-black punk band in a white-dominated scene. But they weren't some novelty act -- their sound is ferocious and dense, like a manic Stooges/New York Dolls hybrid and they would've gotten their due if their debut album "Noise Addiction" wasn't shelved for the last few decades. But with the album finally available the world can revel in the greatness that is Pure Hell. So get your first taste by tuning into the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T on Oct 16! Here's a chance to see them live -- they're playing Oct 15 at The Blockley Pourhouse in Philadelphia, and Oct 16 at Europa Brooklyn, New York.


Miss American Thighs of Gotham Girls Roller Derby
Friday, October 15th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Chris T. welcomes Miss American Thighs of Gotham Girls Roller Derby (and a recent Cheerios commercial) fame to discuss life in the all-girl flat-track league, their upcoming charity auction and how YOU could become a Gotham Girl!


Female Hip-Hop Special
Friday, October 15th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Why is that? While equality for the sexes seems to be on a positive progressive path in most areas, for women in hip-hop it seems to be regressing. The ratio of female to male rappers remains dismally uneven while the image of women in hip-hop (especially mainstream) has taken two steps backwards with females generally being portrayed as one dimensional objects. The WFMU Female Hip-Hop Special will examine the reasons behind these and other realities for women in hip-hop in 2010, plus play a mix of some of the best female rap from the history of hip-hop with guests including Rah Digga, Melissa Czarnik, Jean Grae, and Ayana Soyini.


The Free Music Archive presents: Grey Area
Thursday, October 14th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
At 11am, Eric Steuer from Creative Commons calls in to talk about the licenses that facilitate sharing, openness and innovation everywhere from The White House to Al Jazeera to WFMU's own Free Music Archive. Earlier this week, CBC Radio revealed that they will stop using Creative Commons music -- once a prominent feature of programs like Spark -- due to the usage restrictions of CC's more popular noncommercial licenses. A virtual riot ensued. To gain a better understanding of the situation, we'll crack open CC's recent Study of How the Online Population Understands “Noncommercial Use” and discuss how this might play into the future of Creative Commons. Speaking of The Future, the nonprofit organization is currently in the midst of their Superhero campaign.


Atari Teenage Riot
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Alec Empire of Berlin's Atari Teenage Riot!  Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Former National Lampoon Illustrator Rick Meyerowitz
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Former National Lampoon illustrator Rick Meyerowitz will appear on Irwin's show, Weds. Oct. 13 from 4-5pm. Meyerowitz will be interviewed about his new book, DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Writers and Artists Who Made the National Lampoon Insanely Great. The interview will not just be a staff post-mortem, since Rick is very much alive. National Lampoon was extremely influential on American culture, helping launch Saturday Night Live, the film "Animal House," and countless books, films and writing careers. NatLamp succeeded because, as the late staff writer Michael O'Donohue said, "Making people laugh is the lowest form of humor."


Wolf Eyes and Richard Pinhas
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Richard Pinhas has long been regarded as one of France's seminal experimental composers and musicians. His 1970's combo Heldon were severe competition for the Krautock first string, and his continual forays into electronic and progressive sounds were highlighted by his Robert Fripp-like approaches to guitar. Over the years Pinhas has produced excellent solo material, influencing many in the '80s new wave and ambient worlds. Today Pinhas plays electric guitar on Brian's show sitting in with Michigan's legendary Wolf Eyes, who know a thing or two about outer explorations. As an added bonus, Wolf Eyes will feature Aaron Dilloway who's been on the bench for a few years, stirring up some alien weirdness in the WFMU studios today with bandmates John Olson and Mike Connelly. Do not miss!


Lo'Jo
Saturday, October 9th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A buoyant live session with Lo'Jo, a wide-ranging multicultural and counter-cultural band very highly regarded in European world music circles. Lo'Jo sprung from a communal artistic collective in Angers, France in the early '80s and has retained that spirit: Members still live and work collectively in a farmhouse given to them by the mayor of Angers in exchange for teaching music to local kids. Among many accomplishments over the years, Lo'Jo helped launch the first edition of the now famous Festival in the Desert in northern Mali in 2001, and won a BBC World Music Award in 2007.


John Wesley Coleman
Saturday, October 9th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is excited to welcome John Wesley Coleman to the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday October 9th. Coleman is a member of the Golden Boys, who have topped Terre T's Best Ofs in past years. He wowed us at Gonerfest and John Wesley Coleman is on tour thru the US for the month of Oct supporting his new album "Bad Lady Goes To Jail" (out on Goner Records Oct 26). His new band solo venture expands on the Golden Boys awesome acid fried country rock! Go check out Coleman playing on October 8th and 9th at Lulus in Brooklyn, but tune into the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday to hear him live on WFMU!


Sharon Van Etten
Saturday, October 9th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten takes a break from her busy touring schedule to join us for a live session in the studio. She's just released her latest CD, "Epic", for Ba Da Bing, and you'll hear why she's a rising star on the local scene as well as garnering attention wherever she goes. She'll be doing an acoustic set.


Rev Billy Returns to WFMU with his Choir
Friday, October 8th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU regular The Reverend Billy returns to the Jersey City studios, this time with his twenty-plus member The Life After Shopping Gospel Choir for what promises to be a charged, high energy radio performance. This special WFMU live set by these post consumer era, pied pipers of a new culture & economy will preview several songs from their October 10th "Gardens and Mountains" production at the Highline Ballroom.


The Communion
Friday, October 8th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

The Communion (from Bethpage, NY) don't linger in one spot long enough to be easily defined or categorized. The metal/hardcore quartet can create angst-ridden explosions that make most power electronics bands seem "light," then on to black metal shrieking and blast-beat takeoffs that are just as easily swapped out for classic hardcore 2/4, and swinging sludge riffs akin to Eyehategod. The Communion do it all, and do it all well, often in the context of a single three-minute song. Their writing and song-structuring are top shelf, and the intensity of their execution make The Communion a hellish live bludgeoning that's not to be missed. Live videos of The Communion taken by Wm. Berger --- Conjugal Apparition | Iron Lung Dust Bowl.


Jett Williams
Thursday, October 7th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Spazz talks with Hank Williams' daughter Jett on the release of the Complete Mother's Best Radio Show box set.


Tim Catlin
Thursday, October 7th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Tim Catlin from Melbourne, Australia, performs live.


Vermillion Sands
Thursday, October 7th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Fortunately, this country-tinged fuzz-pop combo from Treviso, Italy, sound nothing like the Buggles song of the same name. As someone previewing their Cleveland show last month wrote, "Vermillion Sands sound like they could be the house band at the dystopian oceanside resort that features prominently in the J.G. Ballard short story collection from which the group takes their name." We concur! Their first U.S. tour ever has seen the band rock Gonerfest and be featured on a WFMU bill at Maxwell's in Hoboken.


Nardwuar vs. Charlie Murphy & Melissa Auf de Maur
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
M for Murphy and Maur! Interviews with comedian Charlie Murphy and Montreal punk rocker Melissa Auf de Maur! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Therese and Mike host the Best Show
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling

Kowloon Walled City and Batillus
Tuesday, October 5th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Back-to-back bludgeoning on the Fun Machine! Diane welcomes San Francisco's Kowloon Walled City, along with local outfit, Batillus for a double live session! The final show of their tour is Saturday October 2nd at the Acheron in Brooklyn, go support them before, and listen in later! Kowloon Walled City is a tight combo full of sludge, anger and toxicity; downtuned and aggressive. Batillus are fans of heavy textures, and doom monsters in their own right. This show will transform your relationship to "heavy" music forever- be prepared to worship!!


Toot'N Blink Live from New York Harbor / Balval
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
From 7 to 7:30 pm, a special live broadcast of composer / performer / sound artist Charlie Morrow's large scale maritime performance / radio piece Toot'N Blink, live from New York Harbor between the Battery in Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Featuring avant garde vocal great Joan La Barbara, audio artist / musician / producer extraordinaire Ed Herrmann, the US Coast Guard, and an armada of tooting (and blinking) boats - including the historic retired fireboat John J. Harvey and toots from the steam whistle of the famous, ill-fated French liner Normandie. As Morrow puts it, "Toot 'N Blink "is a celebration of the expanding use of the waterfront and of machines as music-of-the-people, an echo of Futurism."

Plus, on a less nautical and more intimate scale, a visit with two members of the Parisian ensemble Balval, who (contrary to the prevailing political winds in France) are deeply inspired by East European Romani (Gypsy) culture and set Romani poems to music. Balval is coming over for gigs at Drom (NY Gypsy Festival) in the East Village on Oct 3, The Shrine in Harlem Oct 6 and Barbes in Park Slope Oct 7.


Jay Sherman-Godfrey
Saturday, October 2nd, 2010, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with singer/songwriter/producer Jay Sherman-Godfrey about his current series of virtual 45s, available for free download at his website.


William "Upski" Wimsatt
Friday, October 1st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In 1994 journalist, graffiti writer William "Upski" Wimsatt published his book on hip-hop culture from a white person's perspective. "Bomb the Suburbs," along with 1999's "No More Prisons," set the stage for "Please Don't Bomb The Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement," on Akashic Books, in which the author weaves a first-person tour of America's cultural and political movements from 1985 up to the present. The author will read excerpts from his new book when he stops by the WFMU studios.


Uz Jsme Doma (pronounced "Oosh Smeh Do-Ma") and Zuby Nehty
Friday, October 1st, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Inner Ear Detour with David

Still skronking after twenty-five years, Uz Jsme Doma stands second only to the Plastic People of the Universe in the inter-galactic rankings of legendary Czech bands. Recent years have seen them collaborating with The Residents and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and gearing up for their 2,000th (!) show in 2011. If you have an itch for some joyous, fire-breathing prog from Prague, tune in as these multimedia mischief-makers return to WFMU for the first time since 1997. They will be joined by all-female Czech stalwarts Zuby Nehty, which has also been wowing audiences since the 1980s. Fans of the Slits, the Raincoats, and Essential Logic, please take note!


Josh Dunn
Thursday, September 30th, 2010, 3am - 6am
on Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate

A DJ and designer of consummate taste, Josh Dunn was distilled in Detroit and thankfully imported to Brooklyn a few years back. He designs LPs for Kenny Dixon's Mahogani Music and is the Art Director at Wax Poetics magazine. Josh Dunn the DJ selects strong songs - the kind of emotionally potent disco, r&b, and funk that gets blog comments from forgotten small town producers who find Josh's mixes when Googling their own names.


Gavin McInnes
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Gavin McInnes from StreetBoners and TVCarnage.com about Street Boners, Vice Magazine and well, TV Carnage! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Seven Second Delay at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater for another hour of live broadcast comedy. Joining them will be SIXTY GUESTS. Yes, that's a guest for every minute of the show. Fancy yourself one of the city's most interesting people? Want to join us on stage for a chance to promote your creative project, fascinating profession or ultra-short performance? Send Producer Andrea an e-mail: asilenzi [at] wfmu [dot] org. The UCB is located at 307 West 26th St. near the corner of 8th Ave., NYC $5.


Justin Aguinaldo
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Justin Aguinaldo, co-founder of both the Mess Kollective bike messenger co-op and the Bamboo Bike Studio, joins Bronwyn and Jay to discuss bikes, wheelies, bar spins, bike messengering, sustainable development, and the glory of pedal power. Bamboo Bike Studio guides people through the process of building their own bamboo bike frames and assembling finished bikes over the course of a weekend. BBS is also working to develop local manufacturing of bamboo bikes in countries such as Ghana. Justin will take Listener calls about bicycles, while Bronwyn and Jay handle Listener calls about fluoride, on the next Thunk Tank.


The Artifacts (Tame One, El Da Sensei & DJ Kaos)
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Legendary Jersey hip hop group The Artifacts released their first album, "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" in 1994. It was well received, featured production by Buckwild (from the DITC crew), T-Ray, Redman and became a classic amongst many for embracing rap, b-boy and graffiti themes. Sadly the trio broke up shortly after their second album, "That's Them," in 1997. On August 2, 2010 at The Rock Steady Crew 33rd Anniversary Celebration in Newark, NJ, both El Da Sensei and Tame One along with DJ KAOS performed officially as The Artifacts. This was the first proper show in over 13 years and it's been confirmed that the Brick City Kids are back together and collaborating on a new album. Tune in as Tame One, El Da Sensei & DJ Kaos perform live on the radio for the first time in over a decade! Also playing records tonight will DJ Porno & DJ Rhino CMZ.


CANCELLED due to rain - midnightGOODBIKE: Sound and Safe Live from a Bicycle
Monday, September 27th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
Cancelled due to rain -- It's like a regular edition of Sound and Safe, but it's on a trailer on the back of a bike. Join Trent, Marty McSorley, Delicious Beverages and Band of Bicycles for an epic journey through Brooklyn. You can join the fun in person: meet at the gorgeous new addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park at the base of Old Fulton Street at Water Street for some casual picnic fare at 8pm, then bike along with the show from 9 to midnight. The show will wind up at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg) where Marty and Trent will play records and drink a lot of cheap drink special drinks all the way until 2am. It's gonna get weird.


Guča, Serbia's Brass Band Bacchanalia / Adam Pogoff
Saturday, September 25th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Brass bands are a big deal in Serbia. And ground zero is the legendary Dragačevo* Trumpet Festival held annually in the small village of Guča*. The famously raucous gathering brings over half a million people and dozens of brass bands to the small village every summer. Filmmaker and audio documentarian Adam Pogoff and crew accompanied New York's Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band to this year's festival. (Pogoff is working on a film, Brasslands, about the band's trip and the festival.) Adam will talk about the experience and share field recordings from his musical adventure.
*PRONOUNCERS: Goo-tzah; Drah-gah-tze-voh


New Jersey Returns to Old Jersey, Broadcasting live from the Branchage Film Festival (Billy Jam fills in for David)
Friday, September 24th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the second year in a row WFMU New Jersey will next travel to "old" Jersey in the UK's Channel Islands to broadcast live from the Branchage Film Festival which takes place September 23rd to 26th. On Friday September 24th between 9am and noon (New Jersey time which is 2pm to 5pm local UK time) during Inner Ear Detour with David's usual time slot WFMU's Billy Jam will broadcast live from the festival's Spiegeltent set up in creative director Xanthe Hamilton Billy's numerous live guests will include old Jersey seafarer/tale teller Dominic Jones, Jersey Constable Simon Crowcroft, filmmakers Chloe Rutheun, Liz Mermin, and Simon Chambers, and musicians The Wizz, Just Muz, The Quietus, and Stanley Forbes. (Note that Inner Ear Detour with David will be doing Billy's usual 3-6pm time slot that same day, Sept. 24)


No Age + Hubble (Ben Greenberg)
Friday, September 24th, 2010, 3am - 6am
on
Marty McSorley's show
DIY, Grammy Award nominated destroyers of rock and torchbearers for all thing all ages, No Age of L.A. take some time off of their tour with Pavement to stop by the WFMU studios for a special live ambient set. With a new record about to drop on Sub Pop and a show with Sonic Youth at the Hollywood Bowl, something tells me these kids are going places. I think you should maybe tune in.

Then, punk rock prodigy Ben Greenberg (of Z's, pygmy shrews, and Little Women) debuts his new solo guitar piece Hubble live on WFMU. Tune in for heavy riffs and trancendent trills that will teleport you into uncharted regions of the sonic universe.


Ike Turner & Ed Lasko
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Ike Turner plus a special visit from record collector Ed Lasko who will be focusing in on "The Rarest of the Rare: Canadian Rockers vs. American Rockabillys Part 2!" Yes, many toons will be played and lots of different price guides will be quoted! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Dave Soldier + Irene Moon
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Do or DIY with People Like Us
An old musician's joke is on the order of "it takes him half an hour to play the Minute Waltz". Today, WFMU's favorite local classical music composer Dave Soldier visits for a live performance of his newest collaboration, with the late Frederic Chopin and living electronic musician Sean Hagerty. Soldier performs the Minute Waltz on the grand piano at Le Poisson Rouge very very slowly, lasting a half hour, while Hagerty stretches each piano note out over time. Chopin may make a surprise appearance.

Irene Moon and a cast of characters from the Auk Theater perform a musical mystery theater about insects. Each character has an insect of choice that is suspect in a recently discovered serial murder. Information about insects is introduced as they try to unravel the "who done it." Not all of the content is logical, but it is absolutely factual. Irene is an entomologist and musician at North Carolina State University whose present research involves the dissection of wasp heads and the representation of the muscles found within the head. She was quoted recently to say, "social bees and wasps are commonly found and easily organized. It's the non-social beasts that fascinate and truly demonstrate how many creative methods there really are to dispose of an unfriendly caterpillar."


The Work Show
Tuesday, September 21st, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Consider the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet they get to fly around and sing and have bird sex, so what's the deal with that? And they eat worms; Jay saw one do that just the other day. The Brainiacs discuss "work," this week on Thunk Tank.


El G of ZZK Records - DJ set
Monday, September 20th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on Sound and Safe with Trent

The wildest, most futuristic electro-cumbia on the planet right now comes from Buenos Aires, more specifically from a label called ZZK Records.  El G is the man behind the label - join Trent in welcoming him back to WFMU for an hour of mesmerizing beats from the deep, deep deep deep deep south.  Also: catch El G and friends in your town on the Frikstailers tour at the end of the month.


Tonight on TMI
Monday, September 20th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Learn about the connections between market research and Allen Ginsberg -  and plastic bear shaped honey bottles and Henry Darger. Also - Richard Kern reflects on the cinema of transgression, and Philip dray talks about his new history book "There is Power in a Union" - plus Groupon!  All that and more tonight at 6 pm on Too Much Information.


Ahmet Erdogdular / New York World Festival Preview
Saturday, September 18th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
This month multi-culti musical powerhouses World Music Institute and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance join forces to present the New York World Festival, spotlighlighting music from the Black Sea regions of Europe. There will be a multi-national multi-artist Central Park Summerstage concert, the Black Sea Roma Festival on Sunday afternoon September 26, and three other big events. Tonight's guest Ahmet Erdogdular is a vocalist and virtuoso of the tanbur (plucked long-necked lute). This rising star of Turkish classical music is one of several accomplished artists featured in the festival opener, the Strings of the Black Sea concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday afternoon Sept. 19.


The Girls At Dawn
Saturday, September 18th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T is excited to welcome The Girls At Dawn to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Saturday September 18th! This all-girl NYC trio lays down a trippy sound that is equal parts '60s psych and '80s shamble, and their upcoming Norton full-length is sure to make plenty of Best Of lists for 2010. The Girls At Dawn will be playing the Silent Barn in Brooklyn on September 18th, the Knitting Factory on September 22nd and the Mercury Lounge on September 24th. You can also see them live as part of the legendary GonerFest in Memphis. But be sure to check them out on the Cherry Blossom Clinic on September 18th from 3-6 PM!


Horrible Foreigners
Friday, September 17th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Shut Up, Weirdo with Frangry and Michele
In celebration of Frangry's triumphal return from Italy, where she found the locals not quite to her liking, Shut Up, Weird explores the wonderful world of horrible foreigners--those people from other lands who, well, just aren't our cup of tea, old chap. It's fun with stereotypes on a global scale! Call in and kvetch about charming national quirks, or even make them up! (Like on Fox News.) And just because USA = #1 doesn't mean we Norte Americanos are exempt (as we are from the ICC, Kyoto Protocol, and the metric system). It's an hour of fun you'll never forget, unless you're from Peru--Peruvians are so charmingly forgetful. Call Andy and Frangry on the air (201-209-9368) this Friday from 6 to 7pm ET, in America.


Italy to NYC Hip-Hop Special
Friday, September 17th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
NY emcees Bisco and Broke MC, along with Italian emcees B.Q. and Ram will join Billy Jam in the WFMU studios to play their own music plus a sampling of Italian hip-hop, discuss the parallels between American and Italian hip-hop, and how both mainstream and underground American hip-hop have directly helped shape the sound of contemporary Italian hip-hop. Additionally NJ born, Bay Area based emcee Rashaan Ahmad will phone in, and the in-studio guests will do a special WFMU freestyle session.



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