Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Eric Davidson of New Bomb Turks and author of "We Never Learn" plus live music from Fat Spirit
Saturday, January 17th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Eric Davidson, greatest living front man on planet Earth, will be in studio to spin some of his favorite records and chat about his book: "We Never Learn" The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001. Then later on, Richmond VA's, Fat Spirit swing by with a live set fresh of their east coast tour. What a time to be alive.


Live from Golden Fest - Brooklyn's Spectacular Balkan Bacchanal
Saturday, January 17th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

It's our seventh annual live broadcast from Brooklyn's legendary Balkan and East European music and dance blowout! Golden Fest is a massive two night gathering of musicians, folk dance enthusiasts and fans held at the spectacular Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn's South Slope. The festival kicks off with a multi-band dance party on Friday night January 16th. Then for the big event on Saturday night January 17th, some seventy bands will perform on four stages from 6 pm until the wee hours. We'll bring you Saturday night's early action live from the Grand Ballroom, center stage of this fabulous Balkan bacchanal.


Steve Boone from The Lovin’ Spoonful
Saturday, January 17th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes bassist of The Lovin’ Spoonful Steve Boone who has written a new memoir "Hotter Than A Match Head, Life on the run with The Lovin' Spoonful."


Caitlin Canty
Saturday, January 17th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Vermont native Caitlin Canty has been quietly garnering attention the last few years, as a solo artist and as half of the duo Down Like Silver with Peter Bradley Adams. Her voice and delivery will bring to mind earlier styles of country and folk music, though her songs mark her as a close observer of life and the world around her. Her most recent album, Golden Hour, is a collection of darkly beautiful songs. This month her latest release, Reckless Skyline, while a more electrified, full-band outing than Golden Hour, moves easily between the quieter songs and bluesy rockers. She recently treated us to a solo set at the WFMU studios, using both her 1930s acoustic as well as electric guitar. The release of Reckless Skyline brings her to Rockwood Music Hall on Wednesday, January 21st.


Joe Frank - "He Hesitated"
Wednesday, January 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "He Hesitated," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. January 14th. Joe is disgusted by the amount of maintenance required to keep his apartment clean. Later he visits his mother at a Florida retirement community, analyzes the film "The Incredible Shrinking Man," and examines the flawed concept of "Progress."


Samuel Vas-Y
Tuesday, January 13th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Self-described Singer Song Scribbler Samuel Vas-Y (pronounced vazz-EE) began life in France but uses Dublin as his homebase, picking up influences from both and a lot in between. On his most recent album, "Tickly Teeth," Samuel (who also uses the surname Arnold) presents a playful blend of familiar and foreign, with little touches of Serge Gainsbourg and Jeff Buckley popping out of the mix. Samuel Vas-Y is working on a new album and will play a few tunes for Irene.


Nathan Larson (soundtrack composer/Shudder to Think guitarist)
Tuesday, January 13th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Composer Nathan Larson joins MORRICONE ISLAND host Devon E. Levins in the studio this Tuesday, January 13th (7-8 pm ET) to discuss his transition from guitarist of Washington D.C.'s post-hardcore, prog/glam-informed Shudder to Think to composing music for over 50 films, television series and documentaries, including Boys Don't Cry, The Woodsman, Skeleton Twins, Todd Solondz' Storytelling and Palindromes, Joel Schumacher's Tigerland and Phone Booth, and Jesse Peretz' First Love, Last Rites and Our Idiot Brother. Nathan is also a frequent collaborator with his wife Nina Persson of Sweden's The Cardigans, who contributes her vocal talents to many of his soundtracks.


Brooke Van Poppelen PLUS Ladybug Transistor
Monday, January 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave welcomes comedian Brooke Van Poppelen and musical guest Ladybug Transistor.


Chicano Batman
Sunday, January 11th, 5pm - 7pm
on Gaylord Fields's show

¡Son locos por ti, América! This Los Angeles–based quartet interrupts an East Coast tour to make a beeline to WFMU's studios to regale listeners with a bewitching blend of East L.A. soul & Brazilian tropicália & North American prog-psych & South American cumbia & Afro-Cuban jazz mixed with heaps of other sonic ingredients. Chicano Batman's ruffled tuxedo shirts may accurately denote a retro-Seventies vibe, but their total sonic presentation pinpoints a musical Latinization reflective of current and future cultural changes in el norte.


Mr. Airplane Man
Sunday, January 11th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K
One of the first outfits to attempt the whole blues-punk-garage sound as a duo, Boston's Mr. Airplane Man were also certainly one of the finest. The combo of Margaret Garrett and Tara McManus formed the band in the late '90s and released a string of albums in the early 2000s that matched the drone of the Mississippi Hill Country with the noise of the Velvets at the Tea Party. Following a near decade-long hiatus, Mr. Airplane Man reunited for a brief tour in late 2014 and were kind enough to drop by Burn It Down! with Nate K to record a searing live set. This one isn't to be missed folks!


The annual WFMU Holiday Party
Saturday, January 10th, 9pm - 3am
on The WFMU Holiday Party!

The holidays may be over, but we're still celebrating. Or maybe we're celebrating the fact that the holidays are over. Regardless, tune in for an hours-long dance party, and shake it like it's 2015!


Noted WFMU DJ and host of Prove It All Night, Pat Byrne stops by The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to curate the last hour
Saturday, January 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
With Prove It All Night being pre-empted later this evening, Todd did not want the world to completely miss out on a Saturday with his good friend Pat.


They Might Be Giants
Saturday, January 10th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes John Flansburgh and John Linnell from They Might Be Giants to the studio to play a few live songs and discuss their 30+ years of collaboration, their endless touring, their unusually devoted fans and their newly relaunched Dial A Song!


Zs (Dan Bodah fills in for Rich)
Saturday, January 10th, Midnight - 3am
on Airborne Event

Zs has been smashing minds with their no-wave free music since 2000. The ever-evolving lineup is now the trio of Sam Hillmer on sax, Patrick Higgins on guitar, and drummer Greg Fox. Using extended techniques, instrumental synthesis, and telepathic communication, Zs aims to envelop the listener and evoke unspoken past, present, and future rites and ritual. Their new studio LP "Xe" [note: pronounced "zee"] comes out January 27th via Northern-Spy. Catch them live on WFMU just after midnight on January 10th.


Brann Dailor
Thursday, January 8th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Brann Dailor (pron. Braun), drummer for Mastodon, will be Diane's PEER PRESSURE guest at 1pm! He will be live and questions from listeners will be taken on the interactive comments board. Mastodon is nominated for a Grammy this year, and Brann's playlist of hand picked tunes will for sure be Grammy worthy as well! His segment starts at 1pm, and if you're a fan of the band, you might want to tune in early to hear some lead up Mastodon tracks!


Antonio Sanchez ("Birdman" soundtrack composer)
Tuesday, January 6th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Soundtrack composer Antonio Sanchez joins MORRICONE ISLAND host Devon E. Levins this Tuesday, January 6th (7-8 pm ET) to discuss his groundbreaking (almost entirely drumkit) score to director Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" which accompanies the film's faded star portrayed by Michael Keaton and is one of the five nominated soundtracks for Best Original Score at this Sunday's Golden Globes Awards. The two will discuss how the jazz drummer most known for his work with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Gary Burton became involved with the film and how he and Iñárritu arose at this unconventional approach to film scoring.


Mike Albo
Monday, January 5th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcomes writer/performer Mike Albo.


Vic Ruggiero
Saturday, January 3rd, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Pat welcomes back Vic Ruggiero for his seasonal visit to Prove It All Night to share his latest songs and stories and discuss his latest album, "This."


Jonathan Toubin AKA the New York Night Train
Saturday, January 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Legendary globe-trotting DJ Jonathan Toubin joins forces with semi-legendary stationary DJ Todd-O-Phonic Todd to blast 45's, tell his amazing story and promote 2 great new Norton LP collections, "Souvenirs of the Soul Clap" Vol. 1 & 2.


The Cats
Friday, January 2nd, 9am - Noon
on
Dangerous For The Brain with Thomas Storck
The Cats from Philadelphia have been described as "splintered ‘90s indie rock filigree that comes with triangulation between Philly college radio/WPRB saturation, a sideline in Jersey Shore pop punk regionalism and the low pressure of affordable living, with raspy female vocals." Live set airing this Friday.


Joe Frank - "At the Dark End of the Bar"
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
A special New Year's episode by Joe Frank, "At the Dark End of the Bar," airs Wednesday December 31st at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. In the course of one day, a teenage boy on vacation with his family in the Caribbean has a series of erotic encounters: with a girl his age, an island prostitute, the mother of his best friend, and a businessman old enough to be his father. Ministers intone inspirational messages via Dial-a-Prayers. And Joe’s surreal ramblings lead to a musical celebration of New Year’s Eve.


Joe Carducci Spins 3 Hours of Early '70s Heavy Rock
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Best known for his music writing, Joe Carducci’s 1991 “Rock and the Pop Narcotic” is the ultimate book on the aesthetics of rock music. As an A&R man and one time co-owner of the legendary SST Records, Joe’s legacy traces a bit further back as one of the bedrock figures in American early-80’s independent music. His previous visits to WFMU centered on his time working in music, and the history of LA punk; this time he’ll play records from his formative years guiding us thru the musical connective tissue of Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Egg, Uriah Heep etc. to Sacharrine Trust, SWA, St. Vitus, and Tom Troccoli’s Dog.


Nico: Underground
Tuesday, December 30th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Have a Very Nico New Year with Nico: Underground! Presented live in Monty Hall Oct. 17, this scripted show featuring Tammy Faye Starlite as Nico and Chris T. as “The Interviewer", will have its radio premiere Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6 PM on Aerial View. An unedited version will be archived and available for download at the same time.


Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits) PLUS Corn Mo
Monday, December 29th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight, Dave welcomes Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Gorilla Biscuits) and Corn Mo.


Lonnie Lester
Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Saturday Dec. 27th 3-6 p.m. Legendary Midwest soul/r'n'b singer Lonnie Lester stops by The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to chat about his great 45 sides (collected last year on the Tramp label), memorable live shows and his return to the New York area stage New Year's Eve at Littlefield in Brooklyn.


Retired Texas Gym Teacher Dale Irby
Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes genius Dale Irby who recently retired after teaching Phys-Ed for forty years - and wearing the exact same shirt & sweater vest in all forty yearbook photos.


David Greenberger
Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 9am - 11am
on
Bob Brainen's show
Bob welcomes Guest-DJ David Greenberger. Besides being a visual artist, he's known for his long running periodical The Duplex Planet and the band Men & Volts. He's performed and recorded his monologues with a wide-range of musical collaborators including Terry Adams, Latin Playboys, Robyn Hitchcock, Paul Cebar, and Wreckless Eric. Join Us!


Spazz Xmas Fiasco!
Thursday, December 25th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
All-Star surprise holiday bands fall down the WFMU chimney and wreck the halls on this very special Spazz Xmas Fiasco!


Bronwyn and Sluggo fill in for Fabio Today
Thursday, December 25th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
Mr. and Mrs. Sluggo arrive from the North with a sleighful of noise for all good Listeners. The jolly, red-cheeked old couple are happy to fill in for Fabio while the Valet of Darkness celebrates his demonic version of the winter solstice holiday. Christmas Day, 3:00–6:00 PM, on WFMU.


Put the Corn Back in the Yulelog - The Best Christmas Show! (Bill Mac fills in for Joe McGasko this Christmas Morning)
Thursday, December 25th, 2014, 9am - Noon
on
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac
Bill Mac locks Joe McGasko out of Studio A and spins vintage pop and country holiday classics along with the Christmas kitsch you might expect from Zzzzzzero Hour. Take that, Jon Solomon!


The Old Codger fills in for Seven Second Delay
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
on
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
The Old Codger is a crusty parasite, and WFMU is the host organism. The doddering old fool with the shopping cart full of 78 rpm records fills in for Seven Second Delay on Weds., Dec. 24 from 6 to 7pm (Eastern). Tune in and be alternately entertained and disgusted. He feels the same way about you.


Joe Frank - "Cocktails Before Dinner"
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Cocktails Before Dinner," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 24th. Joe is disgusted by the fact that despite the best attempts at upkeep, in the end your body will fail and you can't just get a new one. He tries to experience the moment when he falls asleep, but can't. And he laments the fact that when he dies, he won't be around to know he's dead.


Celebrate Xmas eve morning with Daniel Knox
Wednesday, December 24th, 2014, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Daniel Knox will perform Christmas related songs, as well as some of his own recent numbers about consumerism. He will also DJ some holiday records and read about crimes and disasters that took place at Christmas time, like the Iroquois Theater Fire. The Chicago based pianist and composer/songwriter is known for his darkly distorting traditional American popular song styles—inspiring collaborations with David Lynch and Jarvis Cocker along the way. His self-titled third album will be released in the new year (Jan 20th).


Doug Schulkind gives you THE SHAFT
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
on
Give The Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Is there any better way to get in the holiday spirit than grooving to worldwide covers of the Theme from Shaft? You're right! There is no better way. Versions from Poland, "Afghanistan," the Bahamas, South Africa, etc. It's radiosploitation at its finest!


Dan St. Germain and Mike Pace
Monday, December 22nd, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight, Dave welcomes comedian Dan St. Germain and musical guest Mike Pace from Oxford Collapse.


Christmas Spectacular!!!
Monday, December 22nd, 2014, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Do you love presents, snow, eggnog and mistletoe? You'll be in the right place for three hours of X-mas magic on this Monday morning! Holiday songs for real!


The Annual Winter Soul-stice
Sunday, December 21st, 2014, 5pm - 7pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
The Winter Solstice this Sunday may be short on daylight, but the soulful sounds will radiate upon one and all, thanks to the perennial appearance of the Winter Soul-stice special! For this particular airing of an annual event of more than 20 years' standing, show host Gaylord Fields will bestow ecumenical holiday cheer upon everyone, regardless of denomination, with his traditional airing of armloads of soul 45s and rampant abuse of a newly installed studio reverb machine. (Previously announced cohost Debbie D will not be able to participate in this year’s program but will be here in soulful spirit.)


The Prove It All Night Variety Show LIVE From Monty Hall
Saturday, December 20th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Tune in and WATCH live video from Monty Hall this coming Saturday night as Pat Byrne welcomes: Dave Hill, Aparna Nancherla, Seth Herzog, an opening DJ set from Jeff Marino of the One & Nines, and musical guest's Shellshag!


The Koliadnyky of Kryvorivnia and friends: Enchanted Winter Songs from Ukraine and Crimea
Saturday, December 20th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Koliadnyky perform ancient winter ritual songs from the Carpathian mountains of Western Ukraine. It's a tradition that pre-dates Christianity and the songs are believed to have special powers. The musicians are in New York for several upcoming concert and theatrical performances at LaMama. And they'll be joined on WFMU by Nariman Asanov of the New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble for tonight's East European holiday spectacular.


The Cherry Blossom Clinic Holiday Spectacular
Saturday, December 20th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Join co-hosts Terre T and Todd-O-Phonic Todd and a cast of dozens for 3 hours of holiday beer...oops, we mean cheer!


Holiday Music Spectacular w/ Nick Lowe!
Saturday, December 20th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael and co-host Gaylord Fields welcome Nick Lowe (in town with his Quality Holiday Review for a 12/20 show at The Music Hall of Williamsburg) and special appearances by WFMU DJs picking their holiday music favorites and Mitchell Kezin, director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” a new documentary about world of alternative Christmas music!


Dave Lombardo
Thursday, December 18th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane speaks to Dave Lombardo this week, most famous for drumming in Slayer, and changing the face of rapid fire attack for drums, in all music. He has a current band, PHILM, that recently released their second album, Fire From The Evening Sun. Tune in, the pre-taped interview will be at 1pm!


Simpsons Holiday Snacktacular
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, Noon - 2pm
on
Nazario Scenario (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
December 17th is Simpsons Day -- designated because the first full-length Simpsons episode aired on this date in 1989. From 12-2 PM, Amanda plays Springfield-centric tracks and welcomes back fellow scholars Nate, Paul, and Pat for plenty of cromulent discussion.


A Very Vince Martin Christmas Special
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Brooklyn born and raised Vince Martin first recorded with the Tarriers in 1956 on the hit single "Cindy, Oh Cindy." He became more widely known in the early 1960s through his duo recordings with Fred Neil and became very popular and influential on the burgeoning folk (and later folk rock) scene. Cited by the Coen Brothers as one of the musicians who influenced their movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”, Ethan Coen describes Vince Martin as “the Italian kid who decided to be Vince Martin”. This program will feature 3 hours of holiday cheer.


Mike Doughty plus Robots and Monsters
Monday, December 15th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This week, Dave welcomes Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing) and heavy metal band Robots and Monsters.


Renato Taddei, Matteo Vegetti, Chris Leo, Jenni Matz and members of Rye Coalition
Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Italian authors Renato Taddei and Matteo Vegetti drop by to discuss their book "Non Ti Divertire Troppo", which means: "Don't have too much fun", about the 30 American indie bands that influenced their Italian counterparts the most. Chris Leo of The Van Pelt, will also be in studio to translate and maybe play a couple of songs. Later on, filmmaker Jenni Matz and members of Rye Coalition swing by to discuss their new documentary film and the show they'll just have finished playing at Monty Hall. Phew! ...got all that?


Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality: From Afrobeat to Ethio-Grooves and Everywhere in Between
Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Nikhil P. Yerawadekar spread his wings with leading lights of New York's Afrobeat Revival like Antibalas and Akoya Afrobeat - but that's just a starting point. His high-octane band Low Mentality adds rock, reggae, calypso, hip-hop, funk and more to the mix. And they explore classic East African grooves in their collaboration with Ethiopian keyboard great Hailu Mergia. Nikhil and Low Mentality rock WFMU live tonight ahead of two big East Village shows: On their own at NuBlu on Friday December 19th, and with Hailu Mergia at Drom on Saturday January 10th.


White Wards
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Ugly gross hardcore from ugly gross Olympia, Washington. Members of Gag, Iron Lung, other Pacific Northwestern organizations of great esteem. Revel in misery Wednesday night on Infinite Distortion at 8pm eastern!


Joe Frank - "I'm Not Crazy"
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "I'm Not Crazy," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. December 10th. Joe tells the story of a young woman who dates only combat veterans from every major 20th century conflict, and how she immerses herself in the historical accouterments of each wartime period. Later, Joe works as a private investigator, and winds up investigating himself. He then stands trial for his numerous crimes against women, and tells graphic stories of medical malpractice and madness.


DJ Justin Carter (Mister Saturday Night)
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Duane Train

Duane's special guest and co-conducter is Brooklyn Based DJ/Promoter/Label Owner Justin Carter. Along with his partner Eamon Harkin, Justin throws and DJ's the long-running NYC Party series called Mister Saturday/Sunday Night (depending on the day) for over 6 years now. They now run a highly-regarded dance music imprint of the same name and have just a released a fantastic mix CD called "Weekends and Beginnings" which is out now.


The World's First 3-D Video Radio Show
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Ken presents another three hour video show, this time utilizing decades-old 3D video technology to broadcast the world's first 3D radio show. Actually only a small portion of the show will be in 3D. Most of it will be in 2D or No-D. The video component of the show will appear on the WFMU homepage and the WFMU apps from 9am to Noon, when the video show is in progress.


Sad Songs with Sylvie Simmons
Wednesday, December 10th, 2014, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Born and raised in London, Sylvie Simmons ran away to Los Angeles in the late '70s to become a rock critic. Widely regarded for her early writings at Sounds, Cream and Kerrang!, as well as later at The Guardian, Rolling Stone and chiefly at MOJO since the magazine’s inception, she has also written books on Serge Gainsbourg, Neil Young, and most recently, Leonard Cohen. All the while she has been studying the art of the song, particularly sad songs. This month marks the magical debut of a singer and musician who’s spent her whole life in music but hasn’t gone public until now. “Sylvie” is a hauntingly beautiful collection of ukelele songs, just released on Light In The Attic, that is dreamy, intimate and timeless. This in-studio performance will be followed with selections of sad songs Sylvie chose from the FMU library.


Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin Karaoke
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
It's the return of Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin Karaoke!


Lukas Kaiser, plus New Myths
Monday, December 8th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight, Dave welcomes comedian Lukas Kaiser and musical guest New Myths.


Quitty & the Don'ts
Monday, December 8th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

It's a ferry across the Mersey to Brooklyn today as the kings of King County garage, R&B and beat come to WFMU! Quitty & the Don't DO rock and NEVER quit! These youngsters are soaring up the charts with the single of the year, "Running Out of Time" b/w "(She's Gonna) Break Your Heart" on Hidden Volume Records and will be opening up for the legendary Real Kids at Bowery Electric on Dec. 13.


Jacqueline Novak and Tom Barrett
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
Comedian Jacqueline Novak and musician Tom Barrett from the band Overlake swing by Prove It All Night this Saturday Night.


OY - West African Storytelling Through a Luminous Electronic Kaleidoscope
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Splendidly creative Swiss-Ghanaian vocalist & musician Joy Frempong and drummer & producer Lleluja-Ha combine their talents as OY. For OY's recent Crammed Discs debut No Problem Saloon, Joy traveled around Ghana, writing song lyrics based on the personal stories, poems and folk tales she heard there. The duo then added layers of percussion, keyboards and electronics to create truly distinctive, colorful - and danceable - songs. Experience OY's luminous electro-African soundscapes live tonight on WFMU!


Mitchell Kezin, director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” and Neil Norman director of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard”
Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes two directors of music documentaries: Mitchell Kezin director of “Jingle Bell Rocks” a new documentary about world of alternative Christmas music and Neil Norman director of “The Seeds: Pushin’ Too Hard” that documents the influential L.A. punky/garage/flower-power/acid-rock band.


Sleaford Mods
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
This Wednesday, December 3rd, WFMU is proud to present the first ever performance on US soil from the British duo Sleaford Mods. Their uncompromising, undefinable sound is electric and pulses with a discontent that's impossible to ignore. A blend of bass and drum loops, eerie synth hooks, and a rap-sung bark detailing the indignities of modern life, Sleaford Mods are truly unique. You'd be a fool to miss this. 8pm Eastern on Infinite Distortion.


The Blind Shake
Monday, December 1st, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
As the Minneapolis three-piece gets set for its third appearance at WFMU, we turn it over to Midheaven for the blurb: The Blind Shake crafts dense, massive locomotive music—powerful sounds with the ability to careen through one cinematic, post-apocalyptic chase scene after another. The band’s latest album Breakfast of Failures comes clanging and crashing through these confused times. With six full-length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with downstroke warrior John Reis, The Blind Shake continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch-red noise.


The Nots
Sunday, November 30th, 2014, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K
Whether delivering their rock action as a trio or a quartet, Memphis's Nots are power just the same. The all-female outfit, which features members of Ex-Cult and Manatees among others, reside somewhere on that slippery spectrum of punk and post-punk and new wave, and make an urgent spiky noise full of white-hot guitars and destructo synths. The band are on tour in support of their debut full-length on Goner Records, We Are Nots, and were kind enough to bring their patented River City skronk to the WFMU airwaves on Burn It Down! with Nate K.


Ronnie Spector
Saturday, November 29th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd chats with girl group legend Ronnie Spector about her upcoming Christmas shows, Beyond The Beehive, Columbo and more!


Peter Guralnick plus Michael Spörke
Saturday, November 29th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley chats with noted music journalist Peter Guralnick who this month begins releasing his back catalog as enhanced e-books with newly shot video interview segments, audio of his original interviews and new chapters. Michael also welcomes Michael Spörke author of "Big Mama Thornton: The Life and Music" to discuss the singer's struggles and successes in life and in the music business.


Dan Bodah fills in for Martha tonight with a live set from Rhyton
Friday, November 28th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event
Rhyton brings together string multi-instrumentalist Dave Shuford (aka D. Charles Speer), bassist and organist Jimy SeiTang [pronounced Jimmy Say - Tang] (of Stygian Stride, formerly of Psychic Ills) and drummer Rob Smith (of Pigeons). Despite all of the members' other involvements, Rhyton is very much its own band. It's deeply psychedelic music with a focus on mixing ancient and futuristic elements. Rhyton pours fierce rock improvisation into Greek and Middle Eastern traditions, all funneled together through groove.


Maja Ratkje
Friday, November 28th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Celebrate the horror known as Black Friday with the extraordinary Norwegian vocalist and composer Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje. She's playing the last week of Thanksgiving at the Stone in the East VIllage and will jet across the river for a live solo performance and, possibly, some shopping tips.


Jazztacular #1
Friday, November 28th, 2014, 6am - 9am
on
Knuckle Sandwich with Dave Bombay
Join the people's champion, Dave Bombay, for a very special Jazztacular on Knuckle Sandwich this week. For no particular reason, Mr. Bombay will seduce you for 3 hours with an awkward and mildly erotic array of jazz. Wake up, tune in, then fall back asleep to the smooth sounds of JAZZTACULAR NUMBER ONE. Bebop-ski-doo-wop pow. JAZZ.


Faye fills in for Evan w/guests Takako Minekawa and Dustin Wong
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on Hello Children with Faye

Faye welcomes Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, master weavers of electronic sound, voice, & guitar to the WFMU airwaves on this special edition of Hello Children! When Dustin Wong, former member of Ponytail & purveyor of beautiful guitar landscapes returns to WFMU with Japanese electronic musician/composer Takako Minekawa (who's worked with the likes of Cornelius & Buffalo Daughter) fantastical melodies are created in all colors of the imagination. Echoes of Haruomi Hosono, YMO, & the Tenniscoats can be heard throughout. All this topped off with a lovely interview about making electronic music in Japan! Their latest collaborative record "Savage Imagination" was released in September on Thrill Jockey.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Pilgrim (Part 1)"
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Pilgrim (Part 1)" airs Weds. November 26th. Joe recounts, in nauseating detail, the annual ritual of overindulging at a lavish family Thanksgiving dinner. He then offers the history of the feast, the story of the Pilgrims, and chronicles of pilgrimages around the world.


Thomas Carnacki
Wednesday, November 26th, 2014, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Thomas Carnacki's music covers unexpected ground, for what one might expect from a solo "noise" artist, i.e., less hard noise, more psych, more akin to something like Organum or NWW, more like previous My Castle of Quiet guests Hoor-paar-Kraat. Hovering drones, horizontal scapes, with acid-tinged themes that emerge, and then dissipate, and more "organic" sounds also touching down, then lifting off. With guest vocals and other sounds from Jesse Quattro. A real treat for Castle listeners, to be sure!


Live broadcast from Brooklyn Farmacy
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
on The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC

Join MAC and Mike as they set up their Gramophones and broadcast a selection of olde 78 rpm records for this LIVE broadcast. The music starts spinning at 7pm and hits the WFMU airwaves from 8pm-9pm. Enjoy sweet treats, hand made by the jerks along with a menu of shellac for your ears! Brooklyn Farmacy is located at 513 Henry St, Brooklyn.


Author Nick Bertozzi
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Let the celebrations begin! Illustrator and Author Nick Bertozzi will be a guest on This is the Modern World with Trouble on Nov 25, 9-noon . While paying hommage to the gods of NaWriNoMo, we'll be talking about why explorers leave on long arduous journeys in October, and how to write a graphic novel. What, you don't follow the path of NaWriNoMo? It's National Write a Novel Month, people! Get your read on.


Chris March from "Project Runway" and musical guest Bright Brown
Monday, November 24th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This week, Dave welcomes Chris March from "Project Runway" and musical guest Bright Brown.


Gary Troxel of The Fleetwoods
Monday, November 24th, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
on
Night People
Lead vocalist of The Fleetwoods, Gary Troxel checks in with Night People to discuss the early years of Rock and Roll and the stories behind hits like "Come Softly" and "Mr. Blue".


AJ Davila Y Terror Amor
Monday, November 24th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

A.J., bassist and chief songwriter for those crazed garage-punkers from San Juan, Davila 666, released his first solo effort "Terror Amor" in February of this year. To take it on the road, he put together a band under the same name as the LP and that combo, which includes another Davila 666 alum in lead guitarist Johnny Otis Davila, has spent all of 2014 touring the world, becoming super tight and super prolific, cranking out enough new material for a second LP in 2014. That album, "Beibi", will be out soon on Burger Records.


James Lovell: Garifuna Music - African Roots in Central America
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Singer, bandleader and educator James Lovell, originally from Belize, has dedicated his life to spreading the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture and language through music. On Saturday November 29th he'll perform at Silvana on W 116th St. in Harlem to celebrate a deeply meaningful holiday in Belize: Garifuna Settlement Day, which commemorates the settlement of the Garifuna people in Belize after being exiled from the Grenadines by the British army. And he'll spread Garifuna culture and music over WFMU's airwaves tonight!


Jonathan Richman!
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes one of the world’s greatest and most influential songwriters and performers to the show: Jonathan Richman!


Vashti Bunyan
Saturday, November 22nd, 2014, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Vashti Bunyan's 1970 album, "Just Another Diamond Day", is considered one of the keystone recordings of that UK music scene, as its sound and backstory seem the very distillation of that time and place. Her rediscovery by a new generation of musicians led to her 2005 "Lookaftering" and now her brand new "Heartleap", which bookend her 1970 LP. Each of the records is connected by being at once a look back to another time, of being very much in the present, and also possessing an out-of-time quality, all of which continue to beguile listeners. In a recent phone conversation, she and I spoke at length about the time leading up to her debut album and also about the making of her two subsequent records.


Brian Coleman
Friday, November 21st, 2014, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Hip-hop author Brian Coleman's just published "Check the Technique Volume 2" picks up where the 2007 published first volume and its 2005 predecessor left off with "more liner notes for hip-hop junkies." The thick book's 25 fact-packed chapters contain over 80 interviews that meticulously present the back story to 25 classic hip-hop albums. The Boston-based author will join Billy Jam on this week's "Put The Needle On The Record" Friday, November 21st at 7pm on WFMU.


Hunted Down
Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Syracuse, New York's most depraved pack of dinkers scummed up the WFMU studios, so with great reluctance we present HUNTED DOWN live on Infinite Distortion. Unforgiving hardcore from certified weirdos.


Tony Rettman, Author of NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980-1990
Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
The new book NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980 - 1990 is out and author Tony Rettman will join Chris T. on Aerial View Tuesday, Nov. 18 to discuss the people. bands, clubs, culture and music of that era.



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