Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Kim Shattuck of The Muffs
Saturday, January 29th, 2011, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes one of the world's greatest songwriters, Kim Shattuck, for a in-studio interview/live performance! The lead singer of The Muffs (in town for shows at The Bell House 1/28 & Maxwells 1/29) will chat with Michael about the band's twenty year career and play a few acoustic arrangement of classic Muffs songs & perhaps preview songs from the forthcoming Muffs release!


The Insomniacs
Thursday, January 27th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

These New Jersey rock legends made their WFMU debut on the Three Chord Monte show ELEVEN years ago! Now they return with their first LP since 2004, entitled Just Enjoy It! Grab the vinyl version on Screaming Apple Records, or the CD on Blood Red, and go to the record release party on Feb. 4 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ. Power-pop, mod, garage - whatever you want to call them, the Insomniacs are back!


Hakim Green
Thursday, January 27th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Hakim Green is one half of the duo Channel Live. They were singed to Capitol Records in 1995 and sparked the hit "Mad Izm" (if you don't know it, check it out). The group was heavily pushed by KRS-One who was instrumental in getting them signed and recorded a lot of collaborations with them over the years. Listen up and tune in as Hakim will select some classic cuts and chat about hip-hop music.


Roger Allen: The History of Skate Rock
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Roger Allen exposes Nardwuar to the History of Skate Rock! Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!


Ben Graves
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On January 25 Ben Graves, the mad genius behind the Toys and Techniques blog will visit with This is the Modern World with Trouble and discuss the persuasive power of art film soundtracks from the '70s and beyond. If that doesn't hook you, what are your views on Marcel Marceau?


James Miller
Monday, January 24th, 2011, 6pm - 7pm
on
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
Special guest James Miller on the Philosophical life. Socrates famously said "the examined life is not worth living." But he also said "actions are more reliable evidence than words." In his new book "Examined Lives," James Miller examines the lives of 12 Philosophers who attempt to talk the talk and walk the walk.


Two Bands from Siberia: Huun Huur Tu & Sibirskaya Vechora
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
This winter has felt a bit like Siberia in Jersey City - so it's the perfect time for what may be a New Jersey radio first: a twin bill of live sets by bands from Siberia. We kick it off with the first and still greatest traditional band from Tuva in southern Siberia, Huun Huur Tu. The tireless overtone-singing spike-fiddle-wielding marvels serenade us in-studio midway through a winter North American tour that includes a gig at Joe's Pub in NY on Saturday January 29. And later in the show Sibirskaya Vechora, an award-winning ensemble from the Krasnoyarsk region of central Siberia, steps up to the mics. The group, dedicated to researching and preserving regional traditions, performs traditional songs from Siberia and other parts of Russia.


Alejandro Escovedo
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Alejandro was a founding member of three legendary bands - the Nuns, Rank and File and the True Believers - before embarking on an amazing solo career for the last 20 or so years. His latest album is the universally acclaimed masterpiece "Street Songs of Love."


Julian Lynch
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Julian Lynch's knack for submerged pop might betray his Ridgewood NJ roots, but his music is as much about timbre as it is melody and rhythm. Maybe this stems from his ethnomusicology background, or influences that range from the Cocteau Twins to Kadri Gopalnath. Julian Lynch stops by WFMU for a special acoustic set joined by Ian of Big Troubles and Brody of Family Portrait. Brody's Underwater Peoples imprint has released a great smattering of JL recordings (including a split with likeminded New Jerseyan Ducktails), while two 12'' LPs are available from Olde English Spelling Bee. These releases plus a handful of cdr's can be found in various formats here. Julian Lynch will be touring Europe this summer, including a stop at the Primavera Sound Festival in May.


Conscious Rap Special
Thursday, January 20th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Tonight Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains will celebrate the days of conscious rap music, positive messages and solid beats! Tune into the late 1980's and early '90's.


Nardwuar vs. Ed Lasko  Part 3: Canadian Rockers vs. American Rockabillys
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Vancouver Record Collector Ed Lasko spins the "Rarest of the Rare"  Part 3: Canadian Rockers vs. American Rockabillys!  Doot doola doot doo ... doot doo!


William Parker
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
William Parker has been one of the most in-demand bassists in New York's downtown jazz for three decades. He has played with Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton and scores of others. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger and a published poet. In anticipation of his upcoming big band concert of Curtis Mayfield's songs, Parker visits the Miniature Minotaur lair for an intimate duo performance with a special guest.


The Old Codger fills in for the Antique Phonograph Music Program
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
On Tuesday nights the Old Codger likes to sit with his cronies and reminisce about how great it was before women got the right to vote. But tonight he's been called for duty filling in during Mac's Antique Phonograph Hour from 8-9pm Eastern. As usual he'll be spinning 78 rpm records like they're goin' outta style. So light up a Rancho Malario corona, pour yourself a shot of Sly Weasel bourbon, and bask in the surface noise.


Starring
Tuesday, January 18th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on Marty McSorley's show

Brooklyn's psyched out, post-progpunk, out fit Starrting rolls though the WFMU studios for a live performance. Driving bass lines, weird time changes, crazy viola, fuzzy Farfisa, huge harmonies, hard rock guitar and some flute that doesn't suck, make up this band, and a sound that will help convince all your Fugazi loving friends that sometimes you should really say yes to Yes!


Lucy Foley
Monday, January 17th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

While living in Copenhagen, Irish singer/songwriter Lucy Foley cycled past the grave of Hans Christian Andersen every day, inspiring her to write songs in which people sit on dungheaps and gaze, yearn and fall apart. Lucy's music is also really poppy. Foley is visiting the US for a show at Pianos on January 21st, and drops by to play live with her band on Irene's program.


Dinowalrus
Sunday, January 16th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

Rumor has it Brooklyn alt-psych royalty Dinowalrus were really tired of hearing the overused "X crossed with Y" metaphors critics employ to describe anything new enough that it can't be dismissed as entirely derivative.So for their new single, "Phone Home From the Edge" they actually got a lock of Thurston Moore's hair, put it in a blender with a copy of "No Pussyfooting", a Stone Roses single, a pint of heavy cream and two shots of home-distilled corn liquor, let it whizz around for 3 and a half minutes until it became a slurry, and then siphoned it into the usb port of a laptop, which they then used to convert the liquified mess to mp3 format and turned it in to a free download for the voracious listening public. Is this rumor true? Find out for yourself on Sunday January 16, 2011, from 6-9AM EST, when DJ Keili brings you their live session on Beastin' The Airwaves!


Live from the Golden Festival
Saturday, January 15th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Tonight is night two of the massive annual Balkan and East European music and dance bacchanal, the Golden Festival. This evening's festivities feature over 40 bands on four stages. This year, the Golden Festival moves to the kitschy and fabulous Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave. in Brooklyn. We'll broadcast the first part of tonight's action live from the Ballroom stage - but the party at Grand Prospect Hall continues into the wee hours of the morning.


Tribute to the legacy of Bobby Robinson
Thursday, January 13th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
An independent record producer & songwriter in New York, founder of many great record labels from the 1950's (R&B) to the 1980's (Rap). He produced hits by The Shirelles, Elmore James, Lee Dorsey, Gladys Knight & The Pips, King Curtis, Spoonie Gee, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, & Doug E. Fresh to name a few. Bobby Robinson WAS the direct link between Rhythm & Blues and Rap music. Sadly, he passed away on January 7, 2011. Tune in to hear what Bobby heard!


Blowfly
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with the Blowfly, aka Clarence Reid, about the new documentary "The Weird World of Blowfly." (Directed by Jonathan Furmanski). Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Seven Second at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay is at Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre every other week with an hour of live broadcast comedy starting this month. Join Ken and Andy and their special guests which include Frank M. Ahearn, an expert at making yourself disappear, Genghis Barbie, a badass all-female french horn quartet that covers pop songs, and Chris Gethard, improv comedian and actor, most recently on Comedy Central's "Big Lake". The UCB Theatre is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission $5.


Ari Up's True Warriors
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
WFMU continues its memorial punky reggae birthday party with a never before heard recording of Ari Up's True Warriors live at Santo's Party House in 2008. The frontwoman of The Slits would have turned 49 on Jan. 17, and concerts are planned in London and NYC. To prepare for party, Diane Kamikazee will rebroadcast a 2003 True Warriors session at noon on Tuesday, and at noon on Weds Miniature Minotaurs will air the 2008 set. Tune in to both shows for more info about the New York party or go to this page.


Steinski fills in for John Allen
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011, 6am - 9am
on
A Rough Mix with Steinski
Legendary DJ / Mixologist Steinski fills in for John Allen this Wednesday morning, January 12th from 6-9am, with spoken word of all sorts - poetry, dialogue, rants, raps - over music. Saul Williams and the grouch, Kerouac and Burroughs, The Last Poets and The First Poets. Jean Shepherd and Jean Grae. NSFW. Exclusively on WFMU's webstream.


Ari Up & The True Warriors live on WFMU from May 8, 2003
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Encore broadcast of Ari Up and the True Warriors from their WFMU performance on the Pat Duncan program from May of 2003. Ari Up of the True Warriors and more notably, frontwoman for the Slits, passed away late in 2010, and this set is to honor her contribution to music, and the vitality she brought to her life and others. In addition, for her birthday, which would be January 17th, there is a Punky Reggae Birthday Party event at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sunday Jan 16th, featuring original and current members of the Slits, including, Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook and Neneh Cherry, Bruce Smith of PiL/the Slits, and many more. Also don't miss....Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt on Wednesday from Noon-3pm, with another True Warriors broadcast.


Tom Tom Club (DJ set)
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Listen in on 1/11/11(...oooooh so cosmic), when Tom Tom Club do a swell DJ set on This is the Modern World with Trouble. In town to talk about their upcoming show at Irving Plaza on January 12th, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth share fab stories about recording at Compass Point Studio and working with Brian Eno, while playing lots of heavy reggae and Tom Tom Club remixes.


IBJ Holiday Party Live at Maxwell's
Sunday, January 9th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
The Glen Jones Radio Programme featuring X. Ray Burns will broadcast live from Maxwell's in Hoboken Sunday January 9th, noon to 3PM. Reno's Men & Holmes will perform live at our yearly holiday party. Join us at Maxwell's, 1039 Washington St. in Hoboken, or listen live on your radio.


Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band / Golden Festival and Globalfest Previews
Saturday, January 8th, 2011, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
The holidays may be over but the party isn't - two massive world musicky festivals are coming up and Rob previews them this week: On Sunday January 9, the annual multi-stage multi-cultural mega-showcase, Globalfest at Webster Hall; and on Friday and Saturday January 14-15, the exuberant annual Balkan music and dance meltdown, the Golden Festival, featuring over 40 bands on four stages on the 15th. The Golden Festival moves this year to the kitschy and fabulous Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave. in Brooklyn. Golden Festival ringleaders the Zlatne Uste* Brass Band, North America's first and finest Balkan band and and stars of Serbia's Dragačevo* Trumpet Festival, get the festivities started early with a live set on FMU.
*Pronouncers: Zhlot-nay oosh-tay (although Zlot-nay Oos-tay is acceptable), Drah - gah - chay - voh, Goo - tzuh.


Lussuria
Friday, January 7th, 2011, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Lussuria is the name for the solo collage creations of musician Jim Mroz, original member of The Forgotten and tour player with French black metal legends Celestia. The Lussuria releases (cassettes by Hospital Productions, amourtout, Destructive Industries, and others) are sonic mappings of the subconscious--scary, even troubling--like listening to a feeling always just out of reach. Where some of Lussuria's contemporaries in the genre bring the heaviness with pedal-punching, screaming, and ear-splitting volume, Jim chooses the subtle route to your soul, like a dreamy, obscure film soundtrack, where what sound like murmurs, footsteps, death-organ drones, and the blowing of fetid mausoleum winds paint the shifting audial landscape. Lussuria creates two live, in-the-moment sets on My Castle of Quiet.


Jay Banerjee and the Heartthrobs
Thursday, January 6th, 2011, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Jay Banerjee is one of the most promising power-poppers to emerge from New York in years. Drawing on classic influences like Nick Lowe, Bobby Fuller and the Beatles, Jay delivers hooks and writing strong enough to instill hope that the hipsters have not won just yet! While Jay plays everything in the studio, including on his new CD, "BAN-ER-JEE. Just Like It's Spelled," on stage and on the radio - the Heartthrobs will be on hand to help him crank it up to 11!


Rudy Ray Moore aka Dolemite
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with the Rudy Ray Moore, aka Dolemite, the legendary "Godfather of Rap"! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Mike Sin fills in for Terre T
Saturday, January 1st, 2011, 3pm - 6pm
on Optical Sound with Mike Sin


New Year's Eve Eve Spazztacular
Thursday, December 30th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Get a jump on your New Year's Eve rock & roll hangover with Dave the Spazz and other FMU luminaries dropping by to put the kibosh on 2010! Debauchery and over-the-top chimpnastics will surely ensue!


Nardwuar vs. Paul Wall, Wesley Willis (r.i.p.) & Tom Morello
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Houston rapper/grill maker Paul Wall, sadly departed (r.i.p. 2003) legendary songwriter Wesley Willis plus a conversation with rocker Tom Morello!? Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Roy Nathanson
Wednesday, December 29th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
As a member of the Lounge Lizards and leader of the Jazz Passengers, Roy Nathanson was a moving force in 1970s downtown jazz. He has since ventured into writing poetry and radio plays, while extending the Passengers to have Elvis Costello, Deborah Harry and others sing his songs. His recent Sotto Voce band has furthered his interest in using text and verse in his music. He'll be coming up to WFMU to perform songs old and new, and no doubt tell a story or two, accompanied by bassist Tim Kiah.


Mudd Up fills in for Too Much Information with guest Marcus Boon
Monday, December 27th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
DJ/Rupture welcomes guest, Marcus Boon, discussing his new book 'In Praise of Copying', World Music 2.0, the global rise of Autotune, and how to live in a world of copies without originals. in honor of TMI we'll front-load the discussion part 6-7pm, then shift more to music from 7-8pm.


Thomas Patrick Maguire
Sunday, December 26th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

What could be better the morning after over-indulging on consumerism, brandy and stuffed goose than staying in bed or the chair you passed out in and soaking up a dose of down-to-earth, sensitive, yet gritty, singer/songwriter? Thomas Patrick Maguire will cure what "ales" ya!


Twas The Midnight Matinee Before Christmas
Saturday, December 25th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
John Schnall's Midnight Matinee returns for a deconstruction/demolition/inoculation of Jack Nicholson and company in One Flu Shot Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Radio as a visual medium, rare and hopefully well done. Bring your own Theraflu. See this blog post for background: John will be live on the comments board this evening.


FUN
Friday, December 24th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

FUN are Mat and Jonny, who make their home at Breathmint Records, based out of Philadelphia, PA. The duo approach "non-music" with an inventive enthusiasm, never seeming to do the same thing twice. It wouldn't be unfair to say that the sonic result of their efforts comes down somewhere between The New Blockaders, Albrecht D., Marcel Duchamp and Alvaro. Mat and Jonny, sometimes awash in a larger ensemble, always wear their trademark, tight-fitting rubber gas masks, which provide an intimidating visual dissociation for the listener/audience, and likely supply the musicians with the release of anonymity to get further lost in their sound and performances. Wm. presents two unique sets by FUN prepared especially for this broadcast.


Music To Spazz By Xmas Fiasco
Thursday, December 23rd, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Dave the Spazz delivers the goods with hall-wreckin', eggnog-soakin', chimney-slidin', rock & roll Xmas songs that don't suck!


Einsturzende Neubauten's Alex Hacke plus Danielle De Picciotto
Thursday, December 23rd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Performers Alex Hacke & Danielle De Picciotto will be Fabio's very special holiday guests. They'll be bringing a bunch of music with them and we'll be chatting about The recent Einsturzende Neubauten non-tour in the US, their collaborations around the world, Berlin weather, their upcoming show at Issue Project Room in January, and Duets. Tune in.


Chris Walter
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with author Chris Walter about his new bio "Argh F**k Kill!" all about the band Dayglo Abortions! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Yule Be Sorry
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
On the longest night of the year, during a lunar eclipse, as Blood Master Cthulhu, Eater of the Cosmos, sends us a Sign, the brainiacs celebrate the solstice holidays with stories, songs, on-air present-giving, and nog. Lots of nog. This Tuesday, 12/21, on Thunk Tank.


Purling Hiss
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Purling Hiss' Mike Polizze has put in much time in the fried Philly blooze overdrive of the group Birds of Maya, but in his own vehicle he's expanded his grotty guitar wailing into the further cosmos, still shredding speakers aplenty. With new releases out on Richie and Woodsist Records, Purling Hiss becomes a full-fledged touring unit and arrive in the WFMU studios with the road behind them to invoke Les Rallizes Denudes, Vermonster, and Alice Cooper at sickness-inducing volume on Brian's show. Don't miss!


Micachu and the Shapes
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On Tuesday, December 21 the Winter Solstice will be brightened significantly by the live sounds of Micachu and the Shapes. This is the Modern World with Trouble offers up rockets of guitar twanged through distortion, electronic slurps and chords of fire: must be heard to be believed, or at the very least, enjoyed. All the way from east London, the ruckus will happen somewhere between the hours of 9am and noon.


Wikileaks Special
Monday, December 20th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
This week on Too Much Information we go down the wikileaks rabbit hole: hear Douglas Rushkoff, Ethan Zuckerman, and Evgeny Morozov explain how wikileaks proves our internet isn't safe for free expression and what we can do about it. Daniel Ellsberg talks Bradley Manning, Biella Coleman discusses the aesthetics of anonymous, and Jillian York says FAIL to TIME magazine's choice of Mark Zuckerberg for person of the year, plus Your Host asks: "what would China do?"


Talk Normal & Brooklyn's Middle School 51 Show Choir
Sunday, December 19th, 2010, 6am - 9am
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

They've got golden guitar goddess noise that spears the ear but somehow leaves a big chunky hoop earring in the lobe. They got thud thud thud thud thudding drums like Lou Reed's flabby ass hitting the boards when Mo Tucker finally bitch-slaps him like she shoulda done in 1970 ("I'll show you the beginning of a new age, jackass!") -- Talk Normal rocks! Tune in on December 19th from 6am-9am as they blow out the speakers on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili. Also featured on the show today will be Brooklyn's Middle School 51 Show Choir performing a few holiday songs. 


Pedrito Martinez Group
Saturday, December 18th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The gifted Havana-born percussionist Pedrito Martinez launched his career at the tender age of 11, accompanying Cuban heavyweights like Lazaro Ros, Pancho Quinto and pure percussion legends Los Munequitos de Matanzas before making his way to New York in the late 90s. In NYC he joined the acclaimed genre-bashing band Yerba Buena as well as continuing to get top flight sideman work with people like Paquito D'Rivera, Chico O'Farrill, David Murray, Cassandra Wilson, and even Bruce Springsteen among many others. Pedrito is now stepping out with his own band, and they're off to a great start, landing a prestigious lineup slot at the annual Globalfest World Music festival at Webster Hall, Sunday night January 9th. We're thrilled to have the Pedrito Martinez Group
join us for a pre-Globalfest tune up live in the studio.


The Gories
Saturday, December 18th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is so incredibly honored to welcome garage rock legends the Gories to the Cherry Blossom Clinic on December 18th. This live set from the Gories was recorded over the summer as part of the Ponderosa Stomp at Lincoln Center but was not broadcast until now. The performance is absolutely blistering - the band tears through their classic raw punk tunes as if it was 1989 all over again! Consider this Terre's holiday gift to all the good boys and girls who have been listening to the Cherry Blossom Clinic all year long!


Paul Boutin: "The Age of Music Piracy Is Officially Over"
Thursday, December 16th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Will 2010 go down as the year people quit downloading music illegally? Guest Paul Boutin writes about social networks and digital media for the New York Times, reviews books for the Wall Street Journal, and his latest Wired Magazine essay declared that "The age of stealing music via the Internet is officially over". Boutin describes how technological innovations have made the prospect of paying for digital music way more appealing than it was in Napster's heyday. But even as the hand of law came down this year against popular filesharing websites like Limewire and the Pirate Bay, Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge made quite the opposite declaration: "File sharing is increasing every day and the only thing this means is that more and more people will try to hide what they are doing on the internet." We'll discuss where things stand with music piracy as 2010 comes to a close.


Dan Charnas
Thursday, December 16th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

Author of the newly published "The Big Payback" and all around swell guy, Dan started his career as one of the first writers for The Source Magazine, was an A&R scout and promoter for Profile Records (home of Run DMC and many others), and was Vice President of A&R for Rick Rubin's Def American Recordings. Tune in as Dan drops by to rap about the hip hop industry and play some records!


Iron Maiden
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Steve Harris of Iron Maiden plus a special appearance by Gill "The Metal Queen!" Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Seven Second Delaylive from at the UCB Theater, with Jules Feiffer, Jimmy "Rent is too Damn High" McMillan, Anna Copa Cabanna and more!
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to NYC on Wed Dec 15th at 6pm for another live radio broadcast from the stage of the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater. Ken and Andy's guests this month include legendary humorist Jules Feiffer, New York gubernatorial candidate and recording artist Jimmy "Rent is Too Damn High" McMillan, Powerpop / Folk / Death Metal Temptress Anna Copa Cabanna, and more! The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, (corner of 8th Ave). Admission $5.


Joe McPhee & Mary Halvorson
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The Miniature Minotaur asked, and received. Joe McPhee is a keeper of the post Ayler torch, but has a way of winnowing into any nook or cranny his playing partners create - a skill that has enabled him to meet such unexpected pairings as the Nihilist Spasm Band and the Cato Salsa Experience. And that made a pairing with guitarist Mary Halvorson seem a natural. She has erupted in post-punk sci-fi delight with Kevin Shea in the band People and has been a mainstay in Anthony Braxton's recent projects. Both of them lead celebrated projects of their own, and we're pleased to have them in a first-time meeting on our airwaves.


Steven Blush
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Steven Blush, filmmaker and author, joins the brainiacs in the studio to discuss his latest book, "American Hardcore, Second Edition." It's the definitive reference to a great era in American music! Tuesday on Thunk Tank.


Lilian Hak
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Dutch musician extrodinaire Lilian Hak will perform live on This is the Modern World with Trouble.  Lilian's new album "Old Powder, New Guns" is full of gorgeous melodies, shimmering piano, warm guitars and...9 other instruments. Live, Lilian will thrill us with Hitchcock suspense in her gorgeous voice and music full of stories.


Sex Worker
Monday, December 13th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Daniel of the great SF art rock/no wave band Mi Ami returns to the WFMU studios to perform a solo set as Sex Worker. Expect creepy, dramatic out-of-body melodies against a driving beat, with plenty of noisy guitar interludes and fun with an echoplex. Fans of Zola Jesus, oOoOO, Cold Cave, and Nite Jewel will dig.


Kobo Town recorded live at WOMEX
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves leads Kobo Town, Toronto's spirited interpreters of vintage early 20th Century calypso style. Kobo Town revisits classic songs by Golden Age calypso greats like Roaring Lion, Lord Invader, King Radio and Attila the Hun. But Gonzalves and co. also craft witty new of-the-moment songs - applying the genre's rich and famously critical lyricism to contemporary topics like the war in Iraq, domestic violence, immigration, and globalization. Kobo Town performs songs from its debut album Independence as well as its forthcoming sophomore release in a session and interview recorded in collaboration with Jon Kertzer of KEXP Seattle's The Best Ambiance at the 2010 WOMEX World Music Expo in Copenhagen, Denmark.


So Cow
Saturday, December 11th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Terre T is excited to welcome the amazing So Cow back to the WFMU airwaves Saturday December 11th. This Irish-by-way-of-Korea trio produces some of the most infectiously catchy lo-fi pop, bringing to mind legends like The Undertones and the Buzzcocks. They have a great new album, "Meaningless Friendly" out on Tic-Tac-Totally! Be sure to catch them rocking it out live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic on December 11th!


Isa Christ
Friday, December 10th, 2010, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Isa Christ has been knocking out audiences with intensely physical performances of high-volume feedback manipulation, sometimes utilizing electric guitar, but more often than not, merely a quarter-inch cable, amplification, and a table or a tool-belt's worth of digital effects, and a critical element--his body, writhing, shaking, and sometimes stripping butt-naked--in a Saint Vitus' dance of volume-induced passion and power. Brooklyn residents are still talking about Isa's soul-flattening live collaborations with Telecult Powers. His sets are ecstatic, fierce and enveloping, both born out of a trance and trance-inducing, and though the magic of radio cannot transmit the visual, we can give you the audio, which on its own is likely to be similar to nothing you've ever heard. A one-man Theatre of Eternal Music? Perhaps. The tones and overtones bounce around the room, and the listener tends to forget the who, what and where, and get lost in the sonic assault. Isa Christ brings it live and in-the-moment to My Castle of Quiet, where he plans to "exploit the radio waves and format." Be ready for a one-of-a-kind presentation.


Title TK
Thursday, December 9th, 2010, 3am - 6am
on
Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate
Title TK is a band that talks about music rather than playing it. Cory Arcangel, Howie Chen (of New Humans) and Alan Licht all strap on guitars, hold them in their laps, and slide the rolling chairs up to the guest mics for a live improvised set. Think David Antin meets Spinal Tap.


The Sights
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Detroit's Sights return for their fifth appearance on WFMU following the release of their great new album Most of What Follows Is True (Alive). Frontman Eddie Baranek says he's trying to marry the two worlds of the Oblivians and the Beatles, and the result is powerful songs with hooks and harmonies aplenty. Listen now, or forever hold your peace! Catch the Sights live on Friday Dec 3rd at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, and on Saturday Dec 4 in Brooklyn (venue TBD), and then tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies show at 9pm on Wednesday the 8th!


Best Coast & J Cole
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with with Best Coast (Los Angeles, CA) and rapper J Cole (Fayetteville, NC) ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Lift-Off fundraising special
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show
WFMU will be taking pledges to send Station Manager Ken aloft with helium balloons on Wednesday, December 8th, 11am-noon (pre-game show starts at 9am)! Ken will be seated in his favorite lawn chair in WFMU’s parking lot, and for every $1000 we raise, we’ll fill up a balloon and tie it to his chair. If we’re successful, Ken will lift off! We'll host a live video feed of the whole debacle, so you won't want to miss out.

Send Ken up, up, and away by pledging online, over the phone on December 8th, or by mail using the brochure that will be hitting your mailbox soon. We’ve got a brand new t-shirt and a baseball cap up for grabs, too!


The Old Codger fills in for Mac's Antique Phonograph Music Program
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
The Codger rarely strays from his bunker, but currently his turntables at home are without power after he used up his last hamster. Tune in next Tuesday and hear the Codger spin 78s "like they're goin' outta style." He's like a disc jockey -- only worse!


Station Manager Ken
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Station Manager Ken joins WFMU's Chief Science Officer, Bronwyn C., to discuss the aeronautic research behind his lawn-chair-and-balloon fundraising launch, scheduled for Wednesday morning, 12/8. Plus, Bronwyn C. reads from her new book, "How to Win His Love!" It all happens this Tuesday at 7:00 PM on WFMU.


Caravan of Thieves
Monday, December 6th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

A combo of "Hot Club" swing and acoustic pop, Caravan of Thieves has has been rolling out their energetic shows from their Bridgeport, CT base for a few years now. these self-described "Gypsy Swingin' Serenading Circus Freaks" are fronted by husband/wife, guitar-spanking vocalists Fuzz and Carrie, and aided by fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson. Caravan of Thieves rolls into the WFMU studios for a live set in advance of their December 11th Bowery Electric show.


Sam Thomas of Asefa / NY Sephardic Music Festival
Saturday, December 4th, 2010, 6pm - 9pm
on
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Guest DJ Samuel Thomas explores the roots of Sephardic Jewish music and gets us up to date on what's happening in the burgeoning Sephardic music revival. Thomas is a scholar of Sephardic traditions and leader of the group Asefa. Samuel is involved with two events in the sixth annual NY Sephardic Music Festival (which coincides with Hanukkah, December 1-8): Asefa performs at the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue, 11 East 63rd St. on Sunday evening December 5; and Thomas moderates a Sephardic music seminar (with music by Vanessa Paloma and the d'Safi Takht Ensemble) at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. on Monday evening December 6.


The Parting Gifts
Saturday, December 4th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is honored to welcome The Parting Gifts to the WFMU airwaves this Saturday December 4th. This garage rock supergroup features the legendary Greg Cartwright and Dave Amels from Reigning Sound/Oblivians and Coco, Poni and Jem from the Ettes. Their stunning debut album "Strychnine Dandelion" - which just came out on In The Red - is a straight up pop masterpiece and is sure to be on plenty of 2010 Best Of lists. They'll be playing Friday December 3rd at Union Hall in Brooklyn and Sat, Dec. 4 at Wind Up Space in Baltimore, Maryland, but be sure to hear the Parting Gifts make their radio debut on the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T!


Stephen Arnoff
Friday, December 3rd, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on Aerial View with Chris T.

Stephen Arnoff of the 14th Street Y in NYC joins Chris T. to discuss Bob Dylan & The Band: What Kind of Love Is This, a gallery exhibition, symposium, and all-star concert going on all weekend long in venues throughout Manhattan (info here).


Bill Kartalopoulos of the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival
Friday, December 3rd, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Taking a break from setting up for the big all day (December 4th), Brooklyn Comics And Graphics Festival, event orchestrator Bill Kartalopoulos will talk over the phone with Billy Jam about the indie festival and its many panels whose speakers will include the likes of Bill Griffith, Anders Nilsen, Lynda Barry, and Francoise Mouldy.


The Dum Dum Girls & The Vaselines
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with San Diego's Dum Dum Girls plus all the way from Glasgow, Scotland, The Vaselines ! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo !


Chie Mukai
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Chie Mukai has been involved in improvised performance since 1975, when she participated in the East Bionic Symphonia group and later the Marginal Consort. Her haunting vocals and er-hu playing defined the acoustic psych band Che Shizu who recorded for the PSF label in the '90s. Since then she has worked with Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Los Angeles Free Music Society, Jim O'Rourke and former Boredoms guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto, and has released a recording of drone-based Ramones covers. She also organizes the annual Perspective Emotion mixed media arts festival in Tokyo, and will be performing solo, and live, on Miniature Minotaurs.


How To Win Her Love
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Author (and former WFMU Volunteer) Rudy Delson, of "Maynard and Jennica" fame, will discuss his new book "How to Win Her Love," a non-fiction advice manual (sort of like "How to Pick Up Chicks" for the McSweeney's set, only full of really useful tips and a certain amount of pure smut). It's a three-way on the airwaves, this Tuesday on Thunk Tank.


Justin Broadrick
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Diane will air an interview with Justin Broadrick -- the human behind Godflesh, Jesu (pron: yay-zoo), Napalm Death, Grey Machine, etc. His body of work spans decades and is more varied than most artists' record collections! In the past year, Godflesh did a couple of reunion performances, and have another one scheduled for 2011; the Pale Sketcher release came out not long ago, and the Jesu release "Heart Ache & Dethroned" is in the new bin right now, which consists of an unreleased EP from 2003 and a re-release of the first Jesu 2-track record. He's been very busy, and is taking the time to speak to WFMU's listeners! The program will also feature a lot of Broadrick's music, past and present! Tune in for an afternoon of hearing Justin, his machines and his music!!


Lucinda Black Bear
Monday, November 29th, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

As Lucinda Black Bear describes themselves as, "... a burst of sonic longing, a soulful fusion of cellos, feedback, loops, pianos, drums, and oddly tuned acoustic/electric guitars." Their latest album, titled "Knives," was released at the beginning of November and Lucinda Black Bear plays some of it live on WFMU.


Viva L'American Death Ray Music
Monday, November 29th, 2010, 9am - Noon
on Liz Berg's show

Glammy garage rockers Viva L'American Death Ray Music (V.L.A.D.R.M.), originally from Memphis, are back at it after a few years' hiatus. Band members are now separated by geography and have had a few musical distractions over the years (Golden Triangle and Polyphonic Spree to name a few), but they've converged here in the NYC area to celebrate the release of their new record "Miles of Smiles Towns of Frowns." Fans of Roxy Music, the Fall, costumes, and good times will be pleased. Witness the fun live on Liz's show, and also be sure to check out V.L.A.D.R.M. at Death By Audio on Nov. 22nd (with Tulipss), or catch their free record release party at Zebulon on Nov. 24th (guest DJs and freebies are promised).


Tre Orsi
Saturday, November 27th, 2010, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Cherry Blossom Clinic is excited to welcome the amazing Tre Orsi to the program on Nov 27. This powerhouse Texas trio lay out a sound that is sweeping and intense, bringing to mind bands like Silkworm and Unwound but with a dynamism that is all their own. Their Comedy Minus One release "Devices + Emblems" is guaranteed a spot on Terre's Best Faves of 2010, so get on board early and check them out on the CBC on Nov. 27!


WTF JFK?
Friday, November 26th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
It's a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma as Chris T. delves into the JFK assassination via interviews, commentary and actual period airchecks.


Tony Castles
Thursday, November 25th, 2010, 3am - 6am
on Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate

Brooklyn trio Tony Castles anchor their not-too meandering pop songs with touchy R&B hooks, but still give a nod to their time spent in cathartic post-collegiate psychedelic thrash bands. Back from a tour with the Tom Tom Club, you can hear the shining vocals of lead singer Paul Sicilian, scattershot guitar solos from Willie Miesmer, and backbeats by Gabriel Wurzel laid down all nice on their new EP on Famous Class records.


Alex Cox
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, 8pm - 9pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with director Alex "Repo Man, Sid 'n Nancy, Walker"  Cox who just has re-released an expanded version of his 1987 classic "Straight To Hell." Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!


Michael Holt
Monday, November 22nd, 2010, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

After playing slightly off-kilter pop for eight years with The Mommyheads, Michael Holt began focusing on his own songs, full of delicate, intricate melodies. Now, after a 10-year hiatus, The Mommyheads  are now back together with Michael for a new album and tour. He joins Irene in the studio to play a few new tunes and chat about the reunion project.



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