Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Jaap Blonk
Thursday, March 26th, 2009, 6am - 9am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Dutch absurdist-futurist-protagonist-vocalist Jaap Blonk stops by WFMU, cheek synthesizer in tow, to perform his unparalleled vocal gymnastics.


Taylor Ho Bynum & Tomas Fujiwara
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
One of Scott's favorite musicians in modern jazz, Taylor Ho Bynum, drops by the Long Rally with his longtime accomplice Tomas Fujiwara for a cornet/drums improv throwdown. Tune in for brass titters, drum smears, and some prodigious musical telepathy.


Mr. Joe Funko
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Fabio welcomes Mr. Joe Funko to the airwaves to discuss Thai music and play some rare records. From Funk & Disco to pop, rock and traditional much will be covered. Mr. Funko is a music archivist, collector, dealer and radio broadcaster in Bangkok, Thailand. He'll be airing very rare recordings from his private collection as well as a compilation he has released of some of his favorite music.


Cyclone 60
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Tuesday March 24: Cyclone 60
Dudes: if you are ready for hard, heavy, head-banging, sore-neck-making, and most importantly RIFFTASTIC rock 'n' roll then you are SO ready for Cyclone 60's live set this Tuesday night. This three-piece from right here in New Jersey reaches back to the early '70s hard rock of Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer and throws in a dash of more recent bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and Priestess. Plus they have just the right amount of cowbell. Their new album Instant Classic is out now, and they're playing on Saturday March 28 at the Delancey in NYC. Tune in for this killer live set this Tuesday night at 11pm!


The Condo Fucks
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Straight outta Connecticut, the swingin' New London legends returned to action last year and today mark the release of the new album, "Fuckbook." The shot in the arm the slumping real estate market in the Tri-State Area needs.


Screaming Females
Sunday, March 22nd, 2009, 3am - 6am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
Contrary to their name, there aren't only females in this powerful trio! Only the vocalist is a gal, and her unique style complete with distorted, chilling vibrato, will surely leave a lasting impression. This New Brunswick, NJ, band's music is up-and-down-- jumpy, chill, however you like it!-- and will definitely get you moving!  So listen in to Beastin' the Airwaves! with Keili, Saturday-Sunday overnight, 3-6am, get up early, and get get down!


Mavrothi Kontanis
Saturday, March 21st, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

A visit with Mavrothi Kontanis, gifted young Jersey City-based Greek-American singer, composer and oud player. Kontanis recently released two debut CDs simultaneously: one (Sto Kafesli Sokaki) a collection of old Greek and Turkish urban songs of the early 1900's, and one (Wooden Heart) featuring a wider range of traditional and contemporary styles from the region as well as his original compositions. He'll sample the CDs and also spin some music that has inspired him - as well as playing a bit solo. Mavrothis performs regularly at ELO restaurant (2-14 31st Ave) in Astoria and he'll be at Alwan for the Arts (16 Beaver St near Battery Park) on Saturday March 28. He also teaches oud and is working on a series of oud method books.


Tommy Roe
Saturday, March 21st, 2009, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Tommy Roe who had six top ten hits in the 1960s including "Sweet Pea," "Dizzy" & "Shelia. We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in and we'll spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.


Ruy Mauricio steers the freeform mothership this morning
Saturday, March 21st, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

WFMU / Aquarius Records SXSW showcase and broadcast
Friday, March 20th, 2009, 8pm - 3am
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

Once again, WFMU's going to be broadcasting live from Austin, Texas's South By Southwest Festival on Friday, March 20th, from 8pm til 3am. This year's show once again takes place downtown at Spiro's on 611 Red River, and we're happy to announce that the two stage event will be co-curated with our pals at Aquarius Records in San Francisco! It's a killer lineup of psych, punk, pop, metal, folk and some of these acts have come down just for the broadcast! On tap: the Obits, Woven Hand, the Renderers, Major Stars, Ovens, XYX, the Mayyors, Wildildlife, Slough Feg, Absu, the Gunslingers, Prizehog, Elm, and Gary War! We'll be simulcasting the outdoor stage live, and hopefully be bringing you the rest of the bill over WFMU's airwaves in the near future.


Arrington de Dionyso
Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Old Time Relijun's front-man will perform some of his true folk sounds live on the radio. Instruments may include bass clarinet, snare drum, shruti box, and multiphonic voice. Arrington de Dionyso's grand textural experiments are inspired by Indian classical music, Tuvan throat-singing, and free jazz. He's playing NYC at The Stone on March 11 (curated by Lucas Ligeti), March 19 at Zebulon in Brooklyn, and March 20 at Theater Lab in the West Village.


The Pictish Trail, Viking Moses and Golden Ghost
Monday, March 16th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
A trio of troubadours today, joining their music together. First, Scotsman Johnny Lynch, not content with only running Fence Records in a remote fishing village in Fife, is out touring on his own under the moniker of The Pictish Trail. Lynch prolifically writes warm neo-folky tunes peppered with tiny bursts of electronica for himself and label mates James Yorkston, Lone Pigeon, HMS Ginafore, Pip Dylan ... and not least King Creosote, with whom he has played guitar and sang since 2003. Johnny was in the states in January for a bit of touring, joined by the distinctive duo of Viking Moses (Brendan Massei) and Golden Ghost (Laura Goetz) respectively. Each of the three did a set of their own songs intermingled with each others' contributions.


WFMU's 2009 Marathon Finale with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia
Sunday, March 15th, 2009, 7pm - 1am
on
Live Broadcasts and Special Events
For the 9th year running, WFMU caps off its annual fundraising marathon with the one thing that never gets old: LIVE BAND KARAOKE! Tune in to hear upwards of 40 of your fave FMU jocks belting out the songs in their hearts as though they'd been on a 2-week bender and forgot their were mics on. Join us for the fun at Maxwell's in Hoboken, 1039 Washington St. Admission is $5 (proceeds go to WFMU) until the joint is packed.


Yo La Tengo play requests for pledges
Friday, March 13th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Pseu Braun
Ira, Georgia, James, and their pal Bruce are back again for WFMU's fundraiser! This year Yo La Tengo will plug into Pseu Braun's show as she and Gaylord Fields guide your pledges and live cover song requests; your duty is to pledge to WFMU's marathon during the course of the three hour program to get the band to perform your song! Any song!


The Sensational Happy Travelers
Thursday, March 12th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Sinner's Crossroads with Kevin Nutt
This Thursday's show will feature Mississippi Records gospel recording artists The Sensational Happy Travelers! All the way from somewhere in the US, the Happy Travelers stop by to shout to the faithful to support WFMU.


Ted Leo, Aimee Mann, Paul F Tompkins and John Hodgman on TBSOW
Tuesday, March 10th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
The Best Show On WFMU with Tom Scharpling does its second and final marathon show for the 2009 fundraiser, and Tom's going to be joined by some awesome people. The amazing Ted Leo, and Aimee Mann will both be on hand to play songs for contributions. If that wasn't enough, the one and only host of VH1's Best Week Ever Paul F Tompkins will be in the studio. And last but not least, the legendary author/actor/computer spokesman John Hodgman will join in the festivities! So tune in Tuesday 8-11pm and pledge!


Lenny Lacour
Saturday, February 28th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats Chicago music legend & Louisiana native Lenny Lacour about his long career as a writer, producer, arranger, promoter, talent scout and performer of fine Rock & Roll, Doo Wop, Swamp Pop & Disco and about Lenny's new best of album "Walkin' the Bullfrog." We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in and we'll spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.


DJ Atom C spins the jams this morning
Saturday, February 28th, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Telepathe
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
This Wednesday, DJ Rupture will be hosting Busy & Melissa from Telepathe. The band will be talking about their fantastic sound - from hi-tech synths to smart sexy lyrics and back -- as well as playing some current jams from hiphop, dubstep, and elsewhere.


Hawnay Troof
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Hawnay Troof, (aka Vice Cooler from XbXrX) rolls up to the WFMU studios to preform his one man, noise-pop, dance-rock, electro-punk, d.i.y., hip hop EXPLOSION! This is no joke Vice's skills are the Real Deal Hollyfield working with artists like No Age, Deerhoof, and Steve Albini. Cooler works hard, and plays hard and has more energy than an can of radio active jumping beans. With a 20 month tour, 8 full albums, a photo book, a cookbook and countless other releases all under his belt by the age of 24 if you aren't already hip to this guys tip, you should probably get on board (or at lest tune in a check it out).


Patton Oswalt in the Studio, Robert Popper & Peter Serafinowicz on the Phone
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
Tune in as the one and only Patton Oswalt stops by WFMU. The legendary comedian and man behind "The Comedians of Comedy" will be in studio, talking about everything and taking calls and having fun. It's always the greatest when Patton stops by!

And if that wasn't enough, Robert Popper and Perer Serafinowicz - the creators of the amazing British show "Look Around You," which is currently airing on Adult Swim - will call in! Holy moley what a great show, right?!


Food Time
Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
Sound and Safe with Trent
Hey, do you like to eat some food?  Do you like to cook some food?  Do you like that channel where they do all the food on TV?  Well, this is the thing for you. Join Trent, a bunch of WFMU DJs and friends, and a lot of pots and pans as they cook and enjoy their favorite dishes LIVE on the air, talk about them, and play songs about them. Wanna come cook and/or eat? Email trent[at]wfmu[dot]org for location and participation information. FOOD TIME FOOD TIME IT'S FOOD TIME!


Pianist Jason Moran
Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Jason returns to the program this week to talk about his event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Thelonius Monk's Town Hall concert.


Sam Sadigursky
Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

In addition to being a multi-talented sax and woodwind player, Sam Sadigursky has embarked on an an ambitious project of creating music around words. His creations may at first conjure images of The Beat Poets set to Jazz, but Sadigursky's creations border on Art-Song territory. Two albums-worth later, Sam's Words Project continues to grow, with a live show featuring many of the contributors next Saturday. He drops by to play a few live tunes and to chat about the Words Project on WFMU.


Robert Lippok and Beatrice Martini
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009, Midnight - 3am
on
Daniel Blumin's show
Tune in to hear a collaboration especially recorded for Daniel Blumin's show by Robert Lippok, co-founder of German band To Rococo Rot (with records on City Slang, Mute & Domino), and Italian harpist Beatrice Martini. As a solo artist, Lippok has released minimal electronic music on a variety of labels (e.g., Raster-Noton) and collaborated with musicians such as Barbara Morgenstern. Here he conspires with Martini, who creates sound art pieces and composes and performs theater and dance works.  "Branches", based on several improvisations featuring harp, computer, and percussion, was recorded in December, 2008 at Beatrice Martini's home in Berlin. For those who have always clamored for more harp in electronic music, we salute you and give you Martini & Lippok! All others welcome, too!


Choking on Cufflinks Live in Los Angeles
Saturday, February 21st, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
on
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Choking on Cufflinks is teaming with Dublab and Los Angeles' Machine Project for a special live remote broadcast from Los Angeles. Expect sets from Nite Jewel, and the Blankket, guest DJ sets by Frosty from Dublab and the Part Time Punks, unique workshops, secret guests, free food, and much more. If you're in the Los Angeles, you can be a part of the remote by visiting Machine Project space at 1200 D North Alvarado, in Echo Park, Los Angeles from 6 to 9 p.m. PST.


The World's Greatest Music Experts
Saturday, February 21st, 2009, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael spins nothing but genre-defying #1 hits, and from noon to 1pm welcomes The World's Greatest Music Experts! We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in and we'll spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.


Paul Simpson is in the driver's seat this morning
Saturday, February 21st, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Give the Daughter Some
Friday, February 20th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind
This Friday beginning at 9am (EST) is the return of GIVE THE DAUGHTER SOME, as Doug Schulkind's 8-year-old progeny, Lincoln, will co-host the program, providing sharp commentary, stinging retorts and withering asides. She'll also be presenting an all-new set of tunes of her own choosing. Listen for it this coming Friday morning. No kidding!


MV & EE
Thursday, February 19th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Join in the February freakout fantasmus when MV&EE drop by for a jawdropping jam on it, February 19th, 9-noon, with Trouble.


Lexie Mountain Boys
Thursday, February 19th, 2009, 6am - 9am
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Baltimore's finest and WFMU favorites The Lexie Mountain Boys visit The Brother Lucy Show to sing about peanuts and knives and talk about birthdays and karaoke, among other things.


Nod
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Besides Genesee beer and Kodak film, Rochester, N.Y., is home to some fine bands, and Nod is no exception. Their lo-fi, and sometimes lo-key, jazzy grooves sometimes veer into dreamy pop or even a heavy dose of light psych. Nod released three albums on Steve Shelley's Smells Like Records. Their most recent work is last year's self-released masterpiece "Tree Stuff & Lightning." This will be the band's third appearance on WFMU but first since 2002.


Bird Names
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Chicago's Bird Names are a lo-fi avant-pop troupe led by the prolific David Lineal. Influences include popular music of the great depression, early '60s easy listening, shoegaze and scrappy-jangle-punk. A warped playfulness, simultaneously joyous and disturbing, inhabits their music. Jason first stumbled upon them holding some sort of picnic on the floor. The potluck was not well planned. Someone forgot the bass amp. But everyone seemed to be having a good time, blowing their horns, strumming away, and singing even if there weren't any words.


Mi Ami
Monday, February 16th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Drum-heavy post-punkers from San Francisco beat your brains out today on Liz Berg's show. Mi Ami features members of Black Eyes, and have 3 great 12" releases under their belt, with a full-length called Watersports out now on Touch and Go / Quarterstick. Catch them live at Cake Shop on Feb 11th, or at Death By Audio on Feb 12th.


Robert Vickers
Sunday, February 15th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
on
Daniel Blumin's show
Robert Vickers will be joining Daniel Blumin for a special post-Valentine's Day guest DJ set. Most might know Vickers from his time playing bass in The Go-Betweens (1983-1987), but Robert started out in the Brisbane punk scene playing in The Numbers before moving to New York and joining new wave power-popping band The Colors (1979-1983). Robert will be spinning some tunes from Down Under and talking about the late 70's scene in Australia, early 80's New York, and of course the Forster/McLennan partnership. Hopefully, we'll also get some stories about his tours with Yo La Tengo and Lloyd Cole, as well as his mid-90's work with the fine local band, The Mad Scene. Listening to music and chatting as we cry bitter Valentine's Day tears by the bucketful. What could be better? Tune in!


Cold Cave & Silk Flowers - Valentines Day Double Bill
Saturday, February 14th, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
on
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Philadelphia's Cold Cave is a new band who brings industrial noise back to its early '80s roots. With three keyboards and assaulting backing tracks, the band calls to mind artists such as Maurizio Bianchi, SPK, Whitehouse, and the aggressive and addictive sounds of early Front 242. Cold Cave's three 2008 releases (a self released 12" on Heartworm, a 7" on New York's Hospital Records and a 12" on Dais Records) are beautiful and sonically cathartic.

Silk Flowers is a new New York City trio featuring ex- and current members of Soiled Mattress & the Springs, the Red Scare, Car Clutch, USAisamonster, BARR, and many others. Already developing a strong live following due with near-constant shows around the New York area, their debut 7" November sold out almost immediately upon release. The trio weaves disparate analog electronic sounds into a deceptively catchy synth pop form.


Valentines Day Special - all duets!
Saturday, February 14th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael celebrates Valentines day by playing nothing but #1 hit duets. From Country to Soul, from Rockabilly to Rocksteady: three hours of nothing but duets! We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in and we'll spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.


Mark Haydn plays his faves this morning
Saturday, February 14th, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Tombs
Thursday, February 12th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

A week before their Relapse Records release "Winter Hours," Diane will be hosting Brooklyn's TOMBS live in the studio. With a sound that combines Godflesh, Mastodon, and a backhoe, the walls of the live room will be challenged to continue standing! Tombs will be just off tour, and ready to roar!


Gervase
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Tonight's radio show - special guest Gervase from London's Heatwave crew! He's coming straight from the airport to share "some UK and Caribbean sounds - bashment, funky, grime, soca. New tunes. Tropical via East London!"


Remote Broadcast, Birthday Party and Roast from Maxwells
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Join Ken and Andy for a very special edition of Seven Second Delay, live from Maxwells in Hoboken, as Ken celebrates his 50th birthday party and Andy does his best to make Ken feel as bad about himself as possible. The live broadcast takes place from 6-7pm, but once the the broadcast ends, Ken's roast begins. Admission is free. Maxwells is located at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken.


Jon Glaser
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
The Best Show On WFMU is thrilled to welcome the amazing Jon Glaser to the program. Known as a long-time titan on the comedy scene with his countless characters on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," Glaser is currently the creator and star of a fantastic new show on Adult Swim called "Delocated." He's one of the funniest dudes in history, so don't forget to tune in!


The Necks
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

The Necks hail fron Sydney, Australia and since 1987 have utilized the piano/bass/drums format in a singular, unorthodox fashion that has left them uncategorizable, yet critically-acclaimed and in high demand from jazz, ambient, and avant-rock festivals. This past year, the trio of Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck, and Lloyd Swanton performed their sprawling, dense, and tranced-out pieces at four shows at their hometown Sydney Opera House, and now arrive in America for a short Northeast tour that including shows February 10th at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, and Feb 11th at Princeton University, as well as this afternoon on Brian's show.


Gary War
Tuesday, February 10th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Gary War makes warbley Tascam psych-wave with the best of 'em. His debut LP, New Raytheonport (Shdwply 2008), was not only mastered by Ariel Pink, but features guest appearances from Haunted Graffiti members Tim Koh and Jimi Hey. He also played in Bobb Trimble's backing band at a recent one-off show. Gary War started out as a core member of eclectic freak-folkers Chas Mtn, who released a well-received album on Western Vinyl in 2006. He's continuing the solo path in 2009. with releases on the way from the Woodsist and Sacred Bones labels, and NYC shows on Feb 6th and Feb 7th with Wavves, Blank Dogs and Nodzz. Gary War has assembled a full band for these shows, and that lineup -- including Kris Thompson (Lothars, The Prefab Messiahs) and Mr. Blank Dogs -- will be in the house for a set of live music on Talk's Cheap.


QQQ
Monday, February 9th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

They're not some sort of power-share stock but rather QQQ is a string-driven bluegrass-leaning folk ensemble with a classical twist. The quartet's label, New Amsterdam Records, describes the ensemble this way, "Cram together a waltz a la Bill Monroe with a Norwegian wedding march, mix in some 2 and 4 and add a bit of improvisation and a post-something classical style. Now you have an idea of one QQQ tune." QQQ just released a debut album, and come out to WFMU to play live.


Regia
Monday, February 9th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Pretty, melodic indie rock compositions from a few NYC fellahs. Ranging from dreamy and bare pop to Beirut-esque bombast, these sweet sounds are sure to elicit a collective sigh. The band opened up for Of Montreal recently and are working on some new recordings.


Trevor Wishart
Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
on
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Leading British electroacoustic composer Trevor Wishart will be discussing his career including his interest in sound transformations and the formation of regional music cooperatives in the 1970s. Mr. Wishart has been noted as an influence on artists ranging from the Aphex Twin to Steven Stapleton of Nurse With Wound (who included him on his legendary list accompanying their first album). He will be making a rare appearance in New York as part of the The Human Voice in a New World Series. This series will feature the NY Premieres of Vocalise and Globalalia, at the Judson Church on February 27th.


Two Bands: Paul Collins Beat and Gentleman Jesse & His Men
Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Paul Collins started out in the legendary Los Angeles proto-punk, power pop band The Nerves. (Y'know that Blondie hit "Hanging On The Telephone"?...that was a Nerves tune!) After The Nerves, Paul Collins formed his own group The Paul Collins Beat as singer, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter. The Beats self-titled 1979 debut is regarded as a power pop masterpiece including amazing songs such as "Rock-Roll Girl" and "Walking Out On Love." And now, Paul Collins Beat put out a fantastic new album, "Ribbon of Gold" in 2008 on Get Hip, and he will be playing songs from this record (and maybe some of his old ones too!) on WFMU.

And then also on the same day Atlanta's own Gentleman Jesse & His Men bring their brand of spectacular high-voltage power pop to the Cherry Blossom Clinic. With songs that positively explode with excitement ( think of '70s greats like Nick Lowe, Raspberries, Eddie and the Hotrods, Dave Edmunds) - it's no wonder that their self-titled Douchemaster album made so many Best Of lists for 2008. So tune into the Cherry Blossom Clinic on Feb 7th as Gentleman Jesse AND The Paul Collins Beat make their WFMU debut! And go see both Gentleman Jesse and The Paul Collins Beat the night before, Feb 6 at Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ!


Sandy Nelson
Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with session drummer Sandy Nelson who had a string of instrumental hits in the early 60's including two that made the top ten "Teen Beat" and "Let There Be Drums."  We'll also get the low down on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in and we'll spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.


George Sinfield is your host this morning
Saturday, February 7th, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

The WFMU Bay Area Remote Part III
Friday, February 6th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
WFMU will travel to California for its third Bay Area Live Remote broadcast hosted by Billy Jam. For this latest session the numerous guests joining him at the Oakland location will include such WFMU West Coast regulars as DJ DnZ, beatmaster Dawgisht, and producer Saul Goody, plus special guests Conscious Daughters, Audio Angel, Zion I, Bored Stiff, DJ Quest (Bulletproof Space Travelers/Live Human), DJ Shortkut (Beat Junkies), and keyboardist Eric Daniels. Also coming through will be old school Bay Area soul/rNb record collector Buck playing some rare 45s, plus KC of the High Decibels with tips on how to get your indie band's music on the Super Bowl. Also in-the-house will such dedicated WFMU Bay Area listeners as Porkchop, Timi D, LS Monkey, and DnZ's mom.


Cheetah Chrome with Very Special Guests the Blackhearts
Thursday, February 5th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

The legendary guitar player (Dead Boys, Rocket From the Tombs) will be honoring the WFMU studios with his amazing guitar playing AND he'll be accompanied by a killer backing band! They are playing at Don Hill's that night and at Dingbatz in Clifton NJ, on Friday Feb 6th. Be sure to check 'em out! **Set starts as close to 3pm as possible so the band can get over to soundcheck!


Guest DJ Michael Slaboch
Thursday, February 5th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Between 1967 and 1981 Ecorse, MI had its very own custom recording studio, Double-U-Sound. Set up in a basement on 18th Avenue, Felton Williams chronicled the musical lives of Ecorse’s citizens and issued them on the Solid Rock, Compose, and Revival labels.

To celebrate the Numero Group release of the best of Detroit's downriver neighbor, audio archivist Michael Slaboch will guest DJ with Trouble. Expect lots of rarities! Later that weekend Michael will host a free DVD viewing and listening party for Local Customs: Downriver at Barbes in Brooklyn.


Remote Broadcast from Maxwells
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Ken and Andy return to Maxwells in Hoboken for another live Seven Second Delay broadcast on Wednesday February 4th from 6-7pm. Guests this week include comic book artist and author Evan Dorkin, young comedian Anton Kaplan and Erika Wennerstrom of The Heartless Bastards. Maxwells is located at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken. Admission is free!


The Old Codger fills in for Joe McGasko
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
The Old Codger has kept the maggots waiting a long time. He's also kept his alleged fans waiting for his return to the WFMU airwaves. They'll get a one-hour dose of cranky when Courtney T. Edison fills in for Surface Noise on Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 8 pm. He'll be spinning 78 rpm records like they're going outta style, and offering opinions that are thrice-removed from the outskirts of reason. Tune in, even if you're a maggot.


The Day the Music LIVED!
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
It's so easy to do another 50th anniversary Buddy Holly plane crash tribute, and that'll be the day we are sick of hearing from Buddy, Ritchie and the Big Bopper. But after thinking it over, the Three Chord Monte has chosen to rave on about some great rockers still with a heartbeat! Well... All Right!


Marianne Dissard
Monday, February 2nd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
The Distinctive Marianne Dissard joins Irene today. Born in France and living in the US since her teens, Dissard's rich contralto is a smooth fit with the French Chanson style, Marianne is a charter member of the Calexico clan, finally releasing her debut on her own last autumn. Marianne Dissard's trio passed through town in January and recorded a live set for Irene and the WFMU listeners.


Bea Palya
Saturday, January 31st, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

For years the seminal folk revivalists Muszikas, great as they are, have been just about the only representatives of Hungary on the US world / folk tour circuit. But Hungary has a vibrant scene of musicians who use traditional music as the springboard for their own original contemporary music. Bea Palya is one of the brightest new stars on this neo-traditional scene, merging Hungarian roots with Roma music, jazz, rock and global influences. Palya makes her NYC debut at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on Friday January 30, and she'll join Rob the following evening to play selections from her CDs and talk about her music and what's happening in Hungary.


A.C. Newman
Saturday, January 31st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

A.C. Newman is best known as the frontman and chief songwriter for the legendary New Pornographers, but he's got an amazing solo career as well. Newman and his band stop by the Cherry Blossom Clinic to debut songs from his amazing new solo album "Get Guilty" on Matador, playing a set that's alternately rocking and gorgeous, with some of the most jaw-droppingly perfect harmonies and arrangements. Check his band out on the radio on WFMU right after the Jan 20th release of their new album. Then (starting Feb 20) go see them live on one of the many dates of their tour! On March 15, they'll be at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and March 29 at the Bell House in Brooklyn.


Philip Norman, Author of "John Lennon: The Life"
Saturday, January 31st, 2009, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Philip Norman the author of the recently published, meticulously researched, 851 page biography "John Lennon: The Life." We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in and we'll spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.


Jonny Semi-Colon rocks your morning
Saturday, January 31st, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

DJ Skizo
Friday, January 30th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Turntablism, the art of utilizing the turntable as a fully fledged musical instrument, has come a long way since its inception back in the early days of hip-hop. Today individual DJs and turntablist groups all over the globe are further pushing the collective envelope to come up with new takes on turntable manipulation and musical structure. Such a turntablist is DJ Skizo from Italy who along with DJ TayOne (both of turntable quartet Alien Army) have created new styles, sounds, and melodies - all based on the turntable - for their latest project, Bungalow Zen. Visiting the USA from Italy, DJ Skizo will stop by WFMU this Friday afternoon for a live performance and interview.


Harris Eisenstadt
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Harris Eisenstadt is a drummer/composer known for his exquisite melding of West African music and free jazz, as heard on his amazing 2008 Clean Feed release, Guewel, He'll be bringing along a clutch of records from his travels. In addition to some of his own music, expect mbalax, sabar and other West African sounds to float from your speakers, interspersed with personal stories and chat.


Dinowalrus
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009, 2am - 6am
on Marty McSorley's show

Dinowalrus brings the party to the wfmu studios with their tasty brand of glamed out noise rock. Their sweet sounds will move you from dark reverb caves up to epic sonic mountain tops. Heavy bass lines, spacey keys, effected clarinet, powerful drums, a mess of electronics and sexy intermingling guitars lead to what Dinowalrus likes to call call drum & drone. But after they give your ears a taste of their sweetness, you'll be calling them a good time.


Thomas Function
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Trying to describe Thomas Function's music is like trying to describe the colors of a kaleidoscope. Flummoxed music writers tend to use genre descriptors like "garage," "blues," "psych," "bluegrass," "glam" and "country." They throw around band names like the Buzzcocks, Television, Violent Femmes and the Modern Lovers. Well, they're all right. Tune in to this live set and it will make perfect sense. Plus, you'll understand why Evan "Funk" Davies named their Celebration CD his Best Of 2008. And be sure to catch Thomas Function live at Other Music on Friday, Jan 23; Cake Shop on Saturday the 24th; and Mercury Lounge on Sunday the 25th.


Mike Moon and Git Beats
Monday, January 26th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on
Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
$¢ rolls out the tattered red carpet for two of the deepest diggers/dealers in the game, Git Beats and Mike Moon. Git does a variety of productions, from broken beat to house to a new hip hop record with MCs like Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets. Mike Moon is a David Mancuso loft baby (his mom was taking him when he was 10-11) and has stupidly rare dance 12"s he'll be sharing.


Ravens and Chimes
Monday, January 26th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Straight-ahead, no nonsense indie-pop is Ravens and Chimes at its finest. The six NYC-based bandmates were all serious music students, so they toss a lot of odd, folky instruments into the fray and still keep yer toes tapping. Ravens and Chimes have one album, "Reichenbach Falls," behind them, tour constantly, snapping photos along the way and even sell the odd raven doll made from old socks at their gigs. They pop by the WFMU studios for a live set.


Height
Sunday, January 25th, 2009, 3am - 6am
on
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili
Height with friends, brings the Hip Hop to Keili's show. His smooth Baltimore style, slammin' beats, and brilliant lyrics keep the party going and your brain thinking. Playing with a revolving list of friends, his party is all-inclusive. Height's approach to music is the definition of the DIY/All Ages movement.


Box Elders
Saturday, January 24th, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
on
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
The early 2008 debut of Nebraska's Box Elders was a high point for lofi garage pop referencing bands such as the Clean, Red Kross (whose "S&M Party" they covered), and contemporary bands like Cause Co-Motion. Recently signed to Goner Records, the band is out on their first east coast tour this January - playing at Market Hotel on January 10th, 2009 along with WFMU favorites Tyvek and Crystal Stilts, and stopping by WFMU to tape a set.


Listener Max Schreier is your host this morning
Saturday, January 24th, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

The Barna Sessions, featuring Vince Mack Mahon
Friday, January 23rd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In late December Billy Jam traveled deep into the wet rainy West of Ireland to Barna County, Galway to record a WFMU exclusive turntable session with the premiere Irish turntablist group, Vince Mack Mahon. In addition to the live performance of this talented turntable quartet (featuring Deviant, DJ Tweek, Jimmy Penguin, and Mikey Fingers) others who participated in the Barna Sessions included Sepi C, Muipead (an emcee who raps exclusively in Gaelic), and turntablist composer Johnny Doobs. Doobs, a longtime scratch DJ & dedicated WFMU listener who wrote the thesis for his recent Masters in Music Technology on the exploration of the evolution of the turntable in musical composition, will discuss his work and conduct a live performance of his composition "Content of Tables" by Vince Mack Mahon. The Barna Sessions will be featured on "Put The Needle on the Record."


Susanna
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Nordic mistress of the killer cover song, Susanna, will perform on This is the Modern World. The solo acoustic piano has never sounded soooo good as Susanna has an exceptional talent to reinvent songs when she covers them. On her latest release, "Flower of Evil", Susanna and her trusted band members Helge Sten, and Pal Hausken, transform songs by Thin Lizzy, Sandy Denny, Nico and Black Sabbath.


DJ Geko Jones
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
on
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
Latin/Caribbean music expert & DJ Geko Jones will be joining Rupture. The Colombian-Puerto Rican digger will share with us some of his latest finds from the cutting edge of latin soundsystem and street music culture, from Mexican tribal guarachero to Domincan mambo violento and Afro-Colombian soul gems. ¡¡No te lo pierdas!!


Seven Second Delay Live at Maxwells with Dave Soldier, Chris T and comedian Max Rosenthal
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Andy and Ken
Ken and Andy return to Maxwells in Hoboken for another live remote broadcast on Wednesday January 21st from 6-7pm. Guests this week include comedian Max Rosenthal, Sirius radio host (and former WFMU host) Chris T and musical pioneer Dave Soldier. Dave will be hooking Ken and Andy up to brainwave monitors to see whose brainwaves are more musical. Maxwells is located at 1039 Washington Street in Hoboken. Admission is free!


The Priscillas
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Power-pop, bubblegum, garage and B-movie glamor add up to London's sensational Priscillas! Tune in to hear why they are Genya Ravan's new favorite group.


Max Tundra
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Max Tundra creates miraculously cohesive electro-pop for the attention deficient. Like a musical photo mosaic, each song is saturated with progressive rhythms and hyper-melodic ideas, spliced together from a technologically-enabled sonic palette. Though the Tundra discography includes recordings for Tigerbeat6, Warp, Tomlab, and Domino, last year's Parallax Error Beheads You (Domino) was Max Tundra's first full-length in six years. In the meantime, he's sharpened his Remix & Interpretation skills with official reworkings of artists like The Strokes, Pet Shop Boys and Architecture in Helsinki. He also hosts a "wonkily catchy" radio show on his local art-radio station, London's ResonanceFM. Max Tundra himself (aka Ben Jacobs) stops by WFMU while in town for a show at NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on Jan 17th, before heading on to Dublin for the start of his European tour.


Golden Festival Remote (6PM til Midnight)
Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Every January, NY Balkan music scene pioneers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band organize a massive two-night grassroots Balkan and East European music and dance festival at the Good Shepherd School in the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan. The "Golden Festival" is the biggest event of its kind in New York City: The second night (Saturday) is a marathon featuring 40-50 bands and artists performing on three stages from 6pm until 4 in the morning. Tonight with the help of tech gurus Irene Trudel, Doron Guru and our peerless crew, Transpacific Sound Paradise will broadcast all the music from the Golden Festival's "Kafana" stage from 6pm until midnight. (Kafana is Serbo-Croatian for "cafe"; the stage is located conveniently near the food and beer!) We're going an extra three hours (with thanks to Michael Goodstein) so we can squeeze in as many bands as possible!


Magic Christian
Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Magic Christian is a new super group comprised of Cyril Jordan former leader of the legendary Flamin' Groovies, Eddie Munoz (of the Plimsouls), Paul Kopf, and Clem Burke (of Blondie), Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (and good friend to WFMU)! With a provenance like that, no one need tell you that Magic Christian play nothing- less- than- perfect rock. Magic Christians '60s and '70s influenced music is melodic, masterfully executed, crankin' and beautiful! Check 'em out on the radio Sat Jan 17th then go see 'em live Fri Jan 23 at Club Rehab in NYC!


Chip Douglas & Kim Shattuck of The Muffs
Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Chip Douglas whose music business resume includes a stint with the Phil Spector produced Modern Folk Quartet, playing bass in ex-Byrd Gene Clark's band and playing bass & producing #1 hits for The Turtles & The Monkees. Michael also chats with one of the finest songwriters on Earth, Kim Shattuck of The Muffs, about her upcoming Brooklyn & Hoboken gigs. We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in and we'll spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.


Listener Jessamyn Farkas is on the ones and twos this morning
Saturday, January 17th, 2009, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour


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