Past Special Programs on WFMU
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App-Based Storytelling with Francesca Panetta
Monday, April 29th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Radio Free Culture
Multi award-winning producer and sound artist Francesca Panetta joins Radio Free Culture to discuss Hackney Hear, the winner of this year's Prix Europa Radio Production Award. It's a smartphone app that scores your journey with stories, music and poetry – whilst eavesdropping on conversations from all walks of life. Andrea from the Free Music Archive hosts a conversation about the future of app-based storytelling.

Holly Hunt
Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Imaginary Radio

Holly Hunt take a detour to Jersey City and bring ecstatic, crushing sludge riffs that will probably break your face! Also performing at the Acheron in Brooklyn on April 27th.

Tommy Roe
Saturday, April 27th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Tommy Roe (in town for a April 29th show at BB Kings) about his string of top 40 hits including "Sheila", "Everybody", "Sweet Pea", "Hooray for Hazel" and "Dizzy", touring with The Beatles, and maybe his 1969 appearance on "Green Acres."

David Grubbs
Friday, April 26th, 2013, 9am - Noon
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Composer/guitarist/vocalist David Grubbs (Squirrel Bait, Bastro, Gastr del Sol) swings by WFMU to play songs from his new album on Drag City, "The Plain Where the Palace Stood," and chat a bit about his music and career.

One Master
Friday, April 26th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

One Master, from Connecticut, have made a quick name for themselves in US black metal (albeit over ten years of work) with two solid, flawless full-lengths. These records do exactly what you want new black metal to do - take the genre seriously, have a footing in the style, but have your own, singular identity and write great songs. One Master do all that, and their Forsaking A Dead World (CD on Eternal Death; betraying a penchant for early Bathory, Kampfar, and whole host of other things) laid solid ground, proving the band's mettle as songwriters, while opening the door for The Quiet Eye of Eternity (Peasant Majik LP, 2008), a complex, intelligent, and again masterfully written and arranged black metal album, just raw and dirty enough, with spectacular songs.

The Seduction of Fabio: Sparks Special
Thursday, April 25th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Fabio presents a radio play by Sparks about a failed film being filmmed by a filmmaker making a film about Sparks fans while it's being played on the radio! If that's not conceptual enough then we have a live DJ set by Egnekn using only Sparks 8-Tracks!

"The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman," a radio play by Ron & Russell Mael (the pop band Sparks) with special guest filmmaker Pini Schatz who is working on a film about Sparks fans called "Never Turn Your Back on Sparks."

The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman is a musical radio play commissioned by Sveriges Radio (Swedish National Radio) in 2009 and is currently being made into a film. Later this evening, Sparks play live at the Highline Ballroom.

Mike Watt
Thursday, April 25th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

From Pedro and just off his last tour, Mike Watt is the hardest working musician on the planet. He will be calling in and hosting Dianekamikaze's PEER PRESSURE segment on April 25th! He will be live, so listeners will be able to ask him questions via the interactive live playlist... Minutemen? Dos? Stooges? Ciccone Youth? His list of accomplishments and credits is long and he's sure to be an amazing guest and DJ.

Julia Holter
Thursday, April 25th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

West Coast soundscaper Julia brings her swirling keys and atmospheric vocals into the Dark Night the morning of her BAM Howard Gilman Opera House show. The multiple layers of Julia's music keep her from being categorized as simply ethereal, but it still wraps you in its floating dreaminess.

Ask Roulette Radio with Jody Avirgan
Wednesday, April 24th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on To Be Announced

Got a question you want to ask a stranger? Any question at all. It's the radio version of the popular live show Ask Roulette. Call (201) 209-9368 and you'll be randomly paired with another caller - answer a question from a stranger, then you get to turn around and ask a stranger a question of your own. Hosted by Jody Avirgan with house band Eli Bolin -- plus special guest Kurt Braunohler and more...

Las Ardillas and Los Vigilantes
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
It's a double shot of Puerto Rico punk! Las Ardillas features members of Davila 666 and predates them, serving as the stomping grounds where they sharpened their punk chops long before hitting the festival circuit. Praised for their catchy hooks, and disarming on-the-floor rummage, they take you on a wild ride through late 70s and early 80s punk rock. Los Vigilantes return to WFMU almost a year to the day of their last visit, bringing their juvenile delinquent garage-punk anthems.

Lonnie Holley Month
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
April is Lonnie Holley month on This is the Modern World with Trouble. On his way to perform at the Whitney Museum as part of the "Blues for Smoke" show, Lonnie visited the WFMU studios and recorded almost 2 hours of cosmic soul. So much wonderfulness that we have to spread the love around! Tune in each Tuesday morning in April to hear never before heard live sounds from the multi-talented Lonnie Holley.

Monday, April 22nd, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event

Pigeons have a past in the improvisational world and have gradually moved toward a unique sort of yeye-inflected psychedelic folk pop. Core duo Wednesday Knudsen and Clark Griffin used to play with the Seattle freak outfit the Sea Donkeys. They've since moved to the Bronx and will be joined by Jason Meagher (of No-Neck Blue Band) on bass and Rob Smith (of Rhyton) on drums. The latest Pigeons record, "They Sweetheartstammers," came out on Soft Abuse a little over a year ago. Tune in for a rare treat when Pigeons visit the WFMU Love Room for a live set on Airborne Event on April 22nd.

Bill Mullan
Monday, April 22nd, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Guest DJ Bill Mullan presents excerpts from Phillip Random's Top 1111 songs of all time! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Richard Hell
Monday, April 22nd, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Too Much Information with Benjamen Walker
On Monday Richard Hell talks about his new Autobiography "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp." Tune in for an hour on Punk Rock, Poetry, Friendship and delusional visions of New York City.

Another More or Less Annual Citizen Kafka Tribute Show
Monday, April 22nd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Old time fiddler, band leader, 78 record collector, poet, artist, unterKultur archivist and antiques dealer Richard Shulberg created the Citizen Kafka persona ca. 1976. "Shulky," as he is fondly referred to, passed a few years ago but he still lives afloat the radio waves and myspace rebroadcasts of the much adored/reviled "Citizen Kafka Show." Longtime co-conspirators Marty Cutler, Edward Haber and Kenny Kosek drop by to pay homage to the Citizen on Irene's show.

Sunday, April 21st, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Imaginary Radio

Sludge MONSTERS Prizehog destroy the airwaves with a heavy live session at WFMU! Catch them at Death By Audio in Brooklyn on April 18th.

Season of Cambodia: Kong Nay and Friends, Live from the Asia Society
Saturday, April 20th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Kong Nay is Cambodia's premier virtuoso of the Chapei Dang Weng, a beautiful long-necked two string lute. One of the few great artists to survive the Khmer Rouge, he carries on a long tradition singing bardic songs with socially pointed, satrical lyrics - with a few love songs in the mix too. It's intense intimate roots music from a literally war-weary icon - imagine Robert Johnson via southeast Asia. Kong Nay is in New York as part of the remarkable multi-discipline, multi-venue festival Season of Cambodia (which continues through May). Tonight's concert by Kong Nay and guests Ben Allison, Marc Ribot and Rudy Royston at New York's esteemed Asia Society is sold out. But you can still get a taste of this true musical treasure right here: WFMU will simulcast the first hour of the Asia Society 's webcast of the event, starting at 8 pm tonight.

Paul Combs
Saturday, April 20th, 2013, 9am - 11am
Bob Brainen's show
Bob welcomes musician and educator Paul Combs, author of the recent book: "Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron." Dameron's career stretched from the end of the Swing band era through Bebop and beyond, and as a composer, arranger and pianist he helped expand the vocabulary and textures of music, working with a "who's who" of Modern Jazz greats. We'll be playing lots of his recordings from the better known pieces to rarer recordings and discussing his career. Join us!

Keaton Henson
Saturday, April 20th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Londoner Keaton Henson's second album, "Birthdays", has just been released (in the U.S. on the Anti label). Known to be reclusive and averse to performing, he had flown from the U.K. to do only two gigs, one each in New York and Los Angeles, so it was an honor to have him swing by our studio B to record four songs. (These songs will also be posted on the Free Music Archive.) Beguiling and quietly charming in person, Keaton's songs are deeply personal and vividly emotional. No small part of his appeal stems from the impression that he has recently arrived from a gentler and more romantic age.

Illogic & Blockhead
Friday, April 19th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Columbus, Ohio poet/emcee Illogic and New York City producer Blockhead, who first collaborated back in 2000, recently teamed up again to record two EPs and their first full length album project together - the April 16th release "Capture The Sun" with features from such artists as Slug (of Atmosphere), Blueprint, and Abstract Rude. This week Blockhead and Illogic will join Billy Jam in the studio and over the phone respectively to discuss their illustrious solo careers and play tracks off their new collaborative recordings.

Jon Collin
Friday, April 19th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

All the way from Manchester, UK, Jon Collin is a bewitching and versatile guitar player: electric, acoustic, improvised, composed, screw-driver-prepared, open-tuned, with slide, with e-bow, or fingerpicking. It's all here. Jon runs the Winebox Press label, home to a reliable stable of artists, freaks and dropouts from the Sheffield/Manchester axis. His new LP, High Peak Selections, complete with a nod to Folkways-style cover art, is out now.

Jason Sigal fills in for Faye
Thursday, April 18th, 2013, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Olneyville Sound System have been churning out the sludge bass and impossible drums from Providence since 1996, with members of Landed, Six Finger Satellite, and the Boredoms' Boadrum. Imagine Lightning Bolt covering ESG, concise noise-funk with nods to Flipper and Men's Recovery Project. OSS play Silent Barn on April 6th.

John Strausbaugh
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Journalist/historian John Strausbaugh returns to Irwin's program on April 17 to discuss his new book, "The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues - A History of Greenwich Village" (published by Ecco/HarperCollins). From the Dutch settlers and Washington Square patricians, to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire and Prohibition-era speakeasies; from Abstract Expressionism and beatniks, to Stonewall and AIDS, Strausbaugh chronicles how a few square miles of New York real estate have had a huge impact on world culture.

Strausbaugh is the former editor of New York Press, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Cabinet, and many other publications. His books include E: Reflections on the Birth of the Elvis Faith, Rock 'Til You Drop, Black Like You, and Sissy Nation. He posts vignettes of downtown NYC history at

Ugly Parts
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
We are pleased to be joined by Ugly Parts from New Brunswick NJ. Snotty Negative Approach worship lurking the dankest basements of Northern New Jersey. This band is criminally under appreciated, with recordings you should be listening to and a live show you should definitely be moshing at. Catch a glimpse of one of the finest in Hub City Hardcore 2013.

The Old Codger fills in for Antique Phonograph Music Program
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
Due to unfortunate contractual mandates in WFMU's great-great-great-great-grandfather clause, the Old Codger is required to fill-in for Mac's Antique Phonograph Hour on Tuesday April 16 from 8-9pm (Eastern). The crusty curmudgeon will be spinning both 78 rpm records and the truth while he stinks up the studio with his Rancho Malario cigars. Tune in, be appalled, be entertained, or both.

The Moto-Gators & The Bamboo Kids
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
It's a New York double-dip. First up, the fabulous Stax/Link Wray-inspired instrumental stylings of the Moto-Gators will leave you speechless, like their songs already are! Then it's the return of the Bamboo Kids to WFMU. New York City may have lost its grit but you can still find it in the rock and roll anthems by these longtime FMU faves. new double LP, release show April 26 at Grand Victory in Brooklyn with Paul Collins Beat, M.O.T.O. & the Recordettes!

Lonnie Holley Month
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
April is Lonnie Holley month on This is the Modern World with Trouble. On his way to perform at the Whitney Museum as part of the "Blues for Smoke" show, Lonnie visited the WFMU studios and recorded almost 2 hours of cosmic soul. So much wonderfulness that we have to spread the love around! Tune in each Tuesday morning in April to hear never before heard live sounds from the multi-talented Lonnie Holley.

Foot Village
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, 6am - 9am
Marty McSorley's show
Foot Village celebrates the release of their new album Make Memories by bringing their face melting drum party back to the WFMU studio for a live set. Their 4 drummers and one bull horn will show you that this is not a drum circle, this is a drug deal.

Pharrell Williams (2008 + 2013)
Monday, April 15th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Pharrell Williams (Virgina Beach, VA) from 2008 and 2013! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Lorraine Leckie and her Demons
Monday, April 15th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

laiming to be born on a horse in Ontario, Lorraine began her rock'n'roll life as a makeup artist, marrying Steve Leckie of the Viletones along the way. Leckie became the Lower East Side folk noir troubadour playing venues such as Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall & Mercury Lounge, often joined by her gothic rock band the Demons. Her most recent album, "Rudely Interrupted," is a collaboration with writer Anthony Haden-Guest creepily veering between dark and deliciously menacing tunes. Lorraine Leckie and her Demons descend on WFMU's Love Room to play live.

Live from Barbes: Sumptuous Song Stylings of Turkey, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Saturday, April 13th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Join us at Barbes, the music-lover's haven at 9th St and 6th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn for a jam-packed night of music of Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Central Asia featuring an array acclaimed vocalists.
We kick off at 6 in Eastern Europe with the captivating solo song stylings of Eva Salina followed by a taste of Lithuanian-style klezmer with Litvakus. From 7-8 it's sounds of Turkey with oudist Adam Good and two ensembles: Hoshneva plays music of Turkic peoples from across the Balkans, and Dolunay spotlights Ahmet Erdogdular - considered one of today's best Ottoman Turkish vocalists. And a special treat in the final hour: Gifted singer / multi-instrumentalist Hadar Maoz and her band are flying in from Israel for a big debut concert at Drom in the East Village on April 11. And they'll wrap up our Barbes show too, playing rocking blends of Bukharian (Central Asian / Jewish) music with rock, soul and funk.
Admission is free (though bands may pass the hat) and we'll be giving away free FMU swag, so get in on the action in person or over the airwaves.

The Fifth Annual All Covers Show Show
Friday, April 12th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
To meet virtually no demand, the annual All Covers Show Show returns. Few if anyone really considers this annual indulgence as an harbinger of Spring. See if you do! See if Kurt has any ideas left! See if he plays that woman singing Petula Clark in Czech again! It might be the only show of the year where Kurt plays things he doesn't really like, and why would you want to miss that?

Power Pop Throwdown, with special guest Clay Pigeon!
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Uh-oh, looks like the Evan "Funk" Davies show is going to get a little dusty! Clay Pigeon, host of The Dusty Show, is bringing a stack of his favorite so-called power pop records down to WFMU, and EFD will match -- if not best! -- those selections track by track. The Jersey City Fire Department will be on standby to hose down the turntables as needed during this epic event. Tune in at 9pm (EDT) on Wednesday, April 10, to find out which DJ leaves the studio at midnight with his head held high!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
This week we've got Brooklyn's own Pharmakon, an intense industrial powerelectronics project from 22-year old 538 Johnson resident and former Red Light District resident Margaret Chardiet. Do you like listening to music that sounds like really huge machines gridning you to a bloody pulp while demons scream in your face? If you answered yes, then get into this. After a few years of amazing live shows and a handful of extremely limited tape and CDR releases, her awesome debut LP recorded by Sean of Cult of Youth/Heaven Street Record Shop/Blind Prophet Records is about to drop on Sacred Bones. Heavy, heavy stuff going on.

Live at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
Centennial Songs / The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC
The New York Public Library has granted MAC unprecedented access to the 78 record collection of The Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. This show will focus on PROHIBITION and New York City. MAC will be playing period 78s on two horned phonographs starting at 7pm with a presentation and LIVE broadcast beginning at 8pm. Please join MAC in this fantastic auditorium for a night of music and LO-FI entertainment. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York (Free).

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Garage rock, California style! They met while working at Ameoba Records and soon were creating a 21st-century riot on Sunset Strip! On tour with the Black Angels and Elephant Stone, April 8 at Webster Hall, April 10 at the Bell House and across the USA.

Lonnie Holley Month
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
April is Lonnie Holley month on This is the Modern World with Trouble. On his way to perform at the Whitney Museum as part of the "Blues for Smoke" show, Lonnie visited the WFMU studios and recorded almost 2 hours of cosmic soul. So much wonderfulness that we have to spread the love around! Tune in each Tuesday morning in April to hear never before heard live sounds from the multi-talented Lonnie Holley.

Pusha T, Fred Armisen & Marc Maron
Monday, April 8th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with rapper Pusha T, plus comedians Fred Armisen & Marc Maron! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Don Bikoff
Monday, April 8th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

After releasing a solo album, ‘Celestial Explosion’, on the little known Keyboard Records in 1968, Don Bikoff played on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour. After Bikoff's performance on the TV show, the host remarked, “That’s unusual to say the least.” Now his long-out-of-print album has been reissued on Tompkins Square. Don Bikoff, still playing strong at 65, drops by WFMU to play live on Irene's show.

Ashley Paul
Friday, April 5th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Composer & multi-instrumentalist Ashley Paul drops by to play a mesmerizing set of solo music drawn from fragile folk forms and introspective experimental meanderings. Her one-woman arsenal includes voice, sax, guitar, various bells, bowed cymbals, warbly cassettes, etc. all adding up to songs that are patient, sparse and tense in a way quite unlike anything else. Ashley's gripping new LP Line the Clouds is out now on the REL label.

Lenny Sblendorio
Thursday, April 4th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Lenny was operations manager of NJ's Buy Our Records, one of the earliest Hardcore record labels, a member of Bedlam, George Is Dead, Priapism, Hearse, and publisher of the zine "Friends of the Deceased." He currently drums with Devilhaus. Listeners will be able to ask Lenny questions via the live interactive playlist while he spins the tunes and talks smack about the old NJ Hardcore scene!

Jenny O.
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Singer/songwriter Jenny O. visits Irwin's program and performs a solo acoustic set on Wednesday April 3 at 4pm. Jenny released a five-song EP called Home in 2010, and most tracks ended up in commercials, TV soundtracks and video games, but not because they were slickly produced. Born in the New York area and transplanted to Los Angeles, Jenny just released her first full-length album, Automechanic, on her own Holy Trinity Records. She is currently on tour opening for the legendary Rodriguez, subject of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
This week we have a live session and interview with Container of Providence RI. Container one of the coolest and most intense acts making techno right now, or “weird techno” as he may describe it to all us noobs, or maybe even “post-techno.” Container makes a chaotic wall of disgusting sonic layers all built over a techno beat, and it is a unique and intense listening experience. We recorded this session on Easter Sunday on a day off from a two week Northeast/Canadian/Midwest tour with Brooklyn’s Ital, and before leaving for another three week European tour right after that. Check out his new Treatment EP on Morphine Records, a follow-up to his incredible second self-titled LP on Spectrum Spools. For true freaks, not to be missed.

Your Worry List
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Chris T. wants a peek at your Worry List. What's on there? Drug-resistant bacteria? Asteroids? Getting fired? Dying bees? Let's worry together!

Lonnie Holley Month
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
April is Lonnie Holley month on This is the Modern World with Trouble. On his way to perform at the Whitney Museum as part of the "Blues for Smoke" show, Lonnie visited the WFMU studios and recorded almost 2 hours of cosmic soul. So much wonderfulness that we have to spread the love around! Tune in each Tuesday morning in April to hear never before heard live sounds from the multi-talented Lonnie Holley.

Thee Open Sex
Monday, April 1st, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Stop by to get your April thoroughly fooled by guests Thee Open Sex from Bloomington, Indiana. They're in the area for a show at Death By Audio, and their new record is fresh out on Magnetic South Recordings, which is run by one of the members with a pal from sister band Apache Dropout. After a string of deep drone worship cassettes, Thee Open Sex have discovered alchemical chants allowing them to embed bluesy garage rock into a cloudy matrix of cosmic sauerkraut and fuzz stacked deeper than Neil Young's lyrics. Lend us your ears and we will make you a believer.

Snoop Dogg (2002, 2007, 2010, 2013)
Monday, April 1st, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Interviews with Snoop Dogg / Lion (Long Beach, CA) from 2002, 2007,2010, and 2013! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Stacian and Gel Set
Monday, April 1st, 2013, 9am - Noon
Liz Berg's show
Ladies rule April Fool's Day on Liz's show! Milwaukee-based one-woman prodigy Stacian delivers dark, synth-y melodies perfect for your next robot dance party. Stacian's 2012 release "Songs for Cadets" (Moniker Records) made it to Liz's top picks for the year, so don't miss out! Also performing will be Gel Set from Chicago, with creepy beats and even more minimal synth action.

Mavrothi Kontanis and Mild Mannered Rebel
Saturday, March 30th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Mild Mannered Rebel deftly blends instrumentation and musical influences from leader Mavrothi Kontanis' northern Greek roots with English-language lyricism. Today's semi-plugged FMU session is an early tune up for a big record release gig, celebrating the band's debut disc Ear to the Sky, at East Village nightspot Drom on Friday April 26th.

Johnny Spampinato
Saturday, March 30th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Former NRBQ guitarist and current member of The Incredible Casuals and the Spampinato Brothers, Johnny Spampinato, drops by to spin some rough mixes from the forthcoming Spampinato Brothers album and to chat about all things rock & roll!

Vinnie Stigma (Agnostic Front, Stigma, Madball)
Thursday, March 28th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Sometimes known as the godfather of New York HardCore and also owner of NYHC Tattoos, Vinnie will talk about Stigma's new release, "For Love And Glory," as well as some NY stories. This is not a full Peer Pressure segment, but we will hear some Stigma related tunes as well as some of his stated favorites during the show!

Jacco Gardner
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Jacco Gardner brings his version of baroque psych to WFMU as he wraps up his US tour with a stop in our Jersey City studios on his way to the airport. His 2012 release "Where Will You Go" was Evan's #1 single of 2012, and his new full-length album Cabinet Of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind) picks up where that left off: building on a '60s sensibility that will be pleasantly recognizable to fans of Curt Boettcher or Billy Nicholls as well as more recent acts like the Black Angels or Dungen. Catch him at the Mercury Lounge on Saturday March 23 (with TiM label-mates Mmoss), and tune in Wednesday the 27th at 9pm for the live set!

Pete Swanson
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013, 7pm - 9pm
on Lamin

Electronic musician Pete Swanson [one half of experimental noise duo Yellow Swans (R.I.P)] will be Lamin's special guest. He's stopping by to play tunes and chat. He recently released an EP titled Punk Authority on Daniel Lopatin's Software recording label. The music is difficult and noisy, dysfunctional and extreme, but also grooving and psychedelic; if you are able to find an entry point, you can get lost in it. Punk Authority follows previous releases, Pro Style and Man With Potential for Type Recordings, and various issues on labels such as Three Lobed, Blackest Ever Black, Amish, etc.

Sportsy Talk (Bronwyn fills in for Chris T.)
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Pig Talk with Bronwyn C.
Jeter's broken ankle! Mariano's migraines! Guns and ammo! Shamble brackets! Let us now praise FGCU.

The Above and Billy Gibbons
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
British R&B and freakbeat are starting points for these Brooklyn rock and rollers, who infuse those influences with a 21st-century edge and energy. The Above, who previously rocked the FMU airwaves on two triumphant appearances on The Cherry Blossom Clinc program, have a brand new 45 on the Boppa Do Down label out of Toronto. They will be playing Friday March 29 at Grand Victory in Brooklyn. Also, a rebroadcast of an interview with Billy Gibbons, legendary guitarist of ZZ Top who is reuniting his pre-fame band the Moving Sidewalks. The Texas psych legends are playing BB King's in NYC on March 30.

Interview with "Yacht Rock" mastermind JD Ryznar
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
Nat Roe
The cult-classic comedy "Yacht Rock" is the branchild of JD Ryznar, who wrote, directed and starred as Michael McDonald in the TV show. "Yacht Rock" made soft rockers like Kenny Loggins and Toto cool again for a generation of hipsters who longed to share common cultural references with their lame parents. Nat Roe has studied "Yacht Rock" obsessively and will pepper Ryznar with many burning questions. Callers are also welcome to chat with Ryznar as well. Ryznar continues to create TV for Channel101, and Nat strongly encourages anyone and everyone to watch "Yacht Rock" on Channel101.

Jessica Pavone & Pure Horsehair
Monday, March 25th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Airborne Event is glad to be able to share live sets from two great acts with you on March 25th. Jessica Pavone is a prolific avant garde composer. She put out the solo album "Hope Dawson Is Missing" last year on Tzadik Records, has an ongoing duo with guitarist Mary Halvorson, and plays with numerous ensembles. Jessica augments and extends her solo violin and viola playing with electronics to create complex art songs, with lyrics that get beyond conscious defenses to detonate at the border of dreamworld. Pure Horsehair is the moniker under which singer and guitarist Garrett Devoe plays his primitive rock and roll chamber music. He's played with folks like Laura Veirs, Jolie Holland, and Kimya Dawson. Tune in on March 25th prepared!

Radio Passover: Baby Got Backlash + The New Birthday Song
Monday, March 25th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on Radio Free Culture

For the next Radio Free Culture, join Andrea and her Grandma Phyllis for Radio Passover. While the two munch matza and bitter herbs, they'll present a selection of stories about the intersections between music, technology and copyright law. First up, a story about theft in plain sight. Hear nerd king Jonathan Coulton describe how his cover of "Baby Got Back" ended up an an episode of the Fox TV show Glee unbeknownst to him. Then an update on the FMA and WFMU's attempt to dethrone "Happy Birthday to You," including the radio debut of the winning song.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw
Monday, March 25th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

On the eve of a new album release, the New-Mexico-based ensemble, A Hawk & A Hacksaw are on a road that brings them to Jersey City. The duo of Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost incorporate Balkan traditions in their music, put to good use on the new disc, "You Have Already Gone to the New World." The album is their own soundtrack to a Russian film called "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors." In addition to touring, as they say on their website they "...still play weddings, bar mitvahs, circumcisions, quinceaneras, saints day feasts, general parties, etc," but A Hawk & A Hacksaw will happily play for the WFMU audience.

M.A.K.U Sound System
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

M.A.K.U Sound System's cathartic sonic cocktail takes off from traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms and soars through the punk-psychedelic-electronic-jazz-Afrobeat stratosphere. With a great new new vinyl / digital EP M.N.D. just released, the 8-piece juggernaut returns to WFMU for another scintillating live session.

Plates of Cake
Friday, March 22nd, 2013, 9am - Noon
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Brooklyn band Plates of Cake stops by to punch WFMU in the face with their wise old songs and swirling stately rock, mining the wintry rock/punk mix (Lou Reed, The Soft Boys, Television). Their new album "Teenage Evil" is full of poise (and a Soft Boys cover), out March 26th on the Uninhabitable Mansions label.

Mice Parade
Thursday, March 21st, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Mice Parade originally began as the solo project of Adam Pierce, who has played in Swirlies, The Dylan Group, HiM, Philistines Jr., and Múm. Over the years, Adam has sought different musicians to expand his musical vision across a variety of genres, from indie-rock, electronica and shoe-gaze, to African and Eastern-influenced rhythms. Yet as ever, Mice Parade’s sound is essentially modern, informed by an esoteric palette, retaining a familiar acoustic presence via an uncliched take on folk/world influences. The group blends live instrumentation, layers of overdubs, and intricate percussion into a distinctive, playful sound. Their tenth album, “Candela” was released in January, and AllMusic praised it as presenting Adam’s “eclectic, often globe-trotting influences in some of his most accessible songs yet.” Tune in to hear them play live on Mary Wing’s show on Thursday morning, beginning at 1 am!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
Our first post-marathon-success live band on Distort Jersey City, Creem makes a visit to the WFMU studios fresh off of a Northeast mini-tour. SS Decontrol era Boston hardcore worship by way of New York City 2013. This is the angriest music you will listen to today, by far. They have a great 12" out on Deranged Records and Katorga Works, and leave for a European tour with Nuclear Spring in June. Members of Hounds of Hate, Backtrack, Black Kites, Natural Law, Nomos, Warthog, Sucia, and Dustheads. Do you think the opening track off their demo is about an ex-girlfriend or an ex-roommate? Does it really matter?

Behind the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Go backstage at the Marathon Finale as Chris T. takes you "Behind the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia". Featuring interviews with PGB, Dennis Dyken, Matt Fiveash, Irene Trudel, Ernie Inradat, Rob Weisberg and Scott Williams and lots of Hoof & Mouth favorites!

The 2013 WFMU Marathon Finale with the Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia
Sunday, March 17th, 2013, 7pm - 12:30am
on Marathon Finale

Hatch Joins Therese Tonight for the WFMU Fundraising Marathon
Monday, March 11th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
Therese's show

Jesse J Welcomes Amanda to Frow Show Land for Marathon 2013
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, 3am - 6am
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow

Author Tony Fletcher
Monday, March 4th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
Therese's show
Tony Fletcher, author of "A Light That Never Goes Out: The Enduring Saga of the Smiths," published in December by Crown Archetype, chats with Therese about Morrissey and Marr's songwriting partnership, the belligerent ghouls who ran Manchester schools and how a band that broke up 25 years ago can still be a topic of debate in the UK's House of Commons.

Joyce Linehan talks about her campaign to make "Roadrunner" the official Rock Song of Massachusetts
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Longtime Boston arts and music publicist/manager/label exec Joyce Linehan -- who, by the way, also had A LOT to do with Elizabeth Warren winning the Massachusetts Senate race last fall -- is spearheading a campaign to make "Roadrunner," by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers, the official state Rock Song. The movement has gathered a great deal of momentum in recent weeks -- enough that now two state legislators are proposing that Aerosmith's "Dream On" be named the state Rock Song instead. Joyce will be speaking with Evan "Funk" Davies at 9:30 on Wednesday night to state her compelling case. Be sure to tune in! You'll also hear at least one or two of the several versions of "Roadrunner" that exist.

Nick Brooke
Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Irwin Chusid

Nick Brooke will be interviewed by Irwin about his new recording BORDER TOWNS, on Weds. Feb. 27 at 4pm. Border Towns is a mashup of musical Americana covering over six decades. It was partly inspired by the powerful 1950s outlaw border radio stations in Mexico that blasted idiosyncratic programming north into U.S. airspace. Border Towns was staged in New York as a theater piece in 2010, intended to blur the line between pre-recorded music and live voices. Brooke's new CD on Innova is the studio version of that theater piece. More information about Nick Brooke's projects can be found here.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Tonight on Aerial View Chris T. asks, "If this is the quiet car, why don't you shut the f*ck up?!" How important is silence to you?

Sh*t & Shine
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner
Sh*t & Shine's heavy, primitive weirdness tore up the WFMU/Aquarius SXSW show in 2010, and now they're headed to their first ever NYC shows with a stop at WFMU. Hailing from the UK and Austin, S&S take you into crusty rhythmic zones inhabited by smatterings of the Butthole Surfers, Hawkwind, Neu, even mutant dubstep, industrial and disco splatterings. Live mayhem will ensue on BT's show today!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Blasting out of Brooklyn - without at organ player no less - this awesome trio will be blasting their blues garage blasts for the WFMU audience today! They have a bunch of cool singles out (even a flexi!) and their debut LP is slated for this spring.

Understanding Artist Revenue Streams
Monday, February 25th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on Radio Free Culture

How are today's musicians earning money? Thanks to the Future of Music Coalition's pioneering Artist Revenue Streams project, we finally have some real answers to this complex question. Through interviews, case studies, and a methodological survey of over 5000 musicians, the study identified 25 different types of musicians and 42 unique revenue streams. As the data analysis unfolds, ARS is already busting myths, informing artist advocacy, and likely to shape policy for years to come. Host Jason Sigal will be joined by the project's co-director Jean Cook, as well as fellow musicians Rebecca Gates and Greg Fox. Framing paper by Kristin Thomson.

Robyn Hitchcock
Monday, February 25th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

On the eve of a brand new album, a tour and a significant birthday, Robyn Hitchcock is dropping by some of his favorite radio stations with solo performance sessions. Mr. Hitchcock is no stranger to Irene's show, having been on twice before, and said he felt it was important that WFMU not be left out. In advance of the new album, Robyn will be ensconced in WFMU's Love Room to play songs from his newest disc, "Love from London," to be released in early March.

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
OFF! features some of hardcore's earliest prognosticators, sounding just as vital as they did 30-plus years ago. Comprised of Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks), Steve McDonald (Redd Kross), Mario Rubalcaba (Rocket from the Crypt, Hot Snakes, Pinback, Clikatat Ikatowi) and Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), OFF!'s pair of LPs have garnered praise from both the mainstream and underground for their brutal, efficient, no-nonsense approach to punk rock. This is Keith's best work since "Nervous Breakdown!" So be sure to check them out on the Cherry Blossom Clinic this Saturday February 23rd between 3-6pm!

Johnny Cash's Birthday Celebration with Jonathan Silverman author of "Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture"
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael celebrates Johnny Cash's Birthday with guest Jonathan Silverman author of "Nine Choices: Johnny Cash and American Culture," a new biography of the tumultuous life of the Man in Black.

Sera Cahoone
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Sera Cahoone, singer-songwriter, is originally from Colorado, and currently is a part of the great music scene in Seattle. She was in NYC recently to do two nights at City Winery as part of a two-week tour with Kathleen Edwards. Cahoone's third release, "Deer Creek Canyon", was released last September on Sub Pop. Each of the albums is great from beginning to end, a testament to her skills as a musician of uncommon depth and emotion. Though a modern songwriter, you will also hear echoes of classic country and old-timey music.

Lisa MacKinney on Shadow Morton and the Shangri La's
Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
In memory of George Francis "Shadow" Morton, who died on Valentine's Day, scholar/musician Lisa MacKinney visits the miniature lair to discuss the legendary producer and his crowning achievement, the Shangri-La's. MacKinney is a historian (or is that "an historian"?) from Melbourne, Australia, who won a green card in the lottery and moved to NYC a little under a year ago. She has a Masters degree in medieval history and has completed a doctoral dissertation on the Shangri-Las, whose music she has long been obsessed with (or is that "with whom's music she has long been obsessed"?). She also plays guitar and organ, and performs long psychedelic drones under the name "Mystic Eyes."

Altered Boys
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

Hardcore heroes from all over Northern NJ, Altered Boys blast through a ripping set live in the WFMU studios. From the depths of New Brunswick basements to the Warehouse Motor Club in Middlesex to the frequent trips to DIY Brooklyn spaces, these not-so-juvenile delinquents play straightforward fast hardcore that is not to be missed. Altered Boys has a fantastic new EP on Katorga Works that opens and closes with samples from The Best Show on WFMU, an upcoming EP on Deranged Records, and a handful of cassettes slated to come out soon. The lead singer cried at the last Kill Your Idols show. Get ready to slam.

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