Past Special Programs on WFMU
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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.

Two bands: The Recordettes and the Party Lights
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
The Records or the Ronettes? No need to choose with the Recordettes! Led by New York-via-Montreal mover and shaker Tony Lo-Fi, this band brings it all together - punk, hooks, energy and fun! The Recordettes are part of an amazing bill Feb. 22 at the Bell House in Brooklyn with Acid Baby Jesus, Hellshovel, The Psyched, Twin Guns, The Mess Around plus WFMU's own Dave The Spazz on the wheels of steel! Next up is the Party Lights, gritty girl-group garage from Brooklyn, led by Anna Anabolic, formerly, of course, of the Anabolics!

Bliss Blood and Al Street
Monday, February 18th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Bliss Blood was a core member of Houston psychedelic punks Pain Teens and has played in The Moonlighters and with The Melvins. Lately she's been singing and playing ukelele with Al Street, a jazz guitar master who's traveled the world as an official Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. Tune in to the Airborne Event when they come by WFMU to share their sensual, stripped-down rhapsodies to longing, love, heartbreak, and secret desires.

Monday, February 18th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An Interview with XXYYXX (Orlando, FL)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Alexander Turnquist and Eric Carbonara
Monday, February 18th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Irene Trudel's show
Guitarist/composer uses his 12-string acoustic as his main tool in creating dramatic, emotionally engaging music with an experimental approach from the onset. Alexander Turnquist's latest disc, "Like Sunburned Snowflakes" focuses on intense guitar-harmonics wafting over you in minimalist waves. Guitarist Eric Carbonara take a slightly more traditionalist approach to his playing, incorprating Roma-Flamenco styles but infuses the music with noise & electro-acoustic elements. The Paradise Abyss is Eric Carbonara’s newest album, a solo effort written on a friction peg flamenco guitar. Both Turnquist and Carbonara play Pete's Candy store in Brooklyn with David Copenhafer Monday night, and on Irene's show at about 1pm.

Martin Koenig's Vintage Balkan Village Vinyl
Saturday, February 16th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Martin Koenig* founded New York's Balkan Arts Center (now CTMD) in 1968, a vital cultural organization building cross-cultural bridges through music, dance and folklore. Koenig first fell in love with East European folk dancing in college in the 1950s. He adventurously traveled behind the iron curtain in Eastern Europe to learn the dances directly from the source. Seeing the old traditions rapidly disappearing he started documenting, with tape recorder and camera. One result was three classic 1970s Nonesuch Explorer LPs. But less well known were over a dozen 7" vinyl EPs of his field recordings (often made with his CTMD co-director Ethel Raim**), the Balkan Arts Series, that circulated only in folk-dance circles. Now over four decades later the Balkan Arts series is getting a broader release for the first time, both digitally and on the original 7" vinyl (with beautiful new cover art from Martin's photo archive, expansive liner notes and even an audio commentary from Koenig). Martin Koenig joins us to talk about his musical travels and share a sampling of this treasure trove of music.

*Koenig pronounced KAY-nig **Raim pronounced RAYM

Chris Stamey and Lulu calls in!
Saturday, February 16th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Chris Stamey drops by with his guitar to play a few songs and to discuss a musical history that has taken him from a basement four-track studio in Winston-Salem, NC to relocating to New York to play and record with Alex Chilton in the burgeoning late '70s rock scene, to his influential work with The dB's and his new album "Lovesick Blues" which Chris describes as "...the closest I've ever gotten to the sound I hear in my head in the middle of the night." AND Lulu calls in to fill us in on her journey from "To Sir With Love" (one of her 18 top 40 UK hits) to her Feb. 16th show at B.B.Kings Blues Club in NYC.

Blessed State
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week we are joined by Blessed State from Western Massachusetts. Blessed State plays melodic punk in the vein of Husker Du meets the Replacements, and if you want a current band to compare them to, check out the live session from Casanovas In Heat in the Distort Jersey City archive. Despite the blizzard this weekend, the band still drove into town for a great show at Stolen Sleeves in Brooklyn and this session the next day. House band of Row House in Holyoke, the band features members of Iron Hand, Ratzinger, Hackles, and The Outdates.

Valentine's week special
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Chris T. offers "Crappy Advice for the Lovelorn" & Builds a "Lover's List".

Mystical Weapons
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Live, and totally spontaneous sounds on Brian's show today with Mystical Weapons, a duo consisting of Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier and Sean Ono Lennon, on a revolving array of instrumentation.

Ed Lasko Part 3 (2013)
Monday, February 11th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Vancouver Record Collector Ed Lasko brings out some fun stuff to play! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Sunday, February 10th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On Sunday, February 10th, on "World of Echo," host Dave Mandl will have the great experimental electronic duo Matmos performing live in the studio. Matmos has worked with everyone from Bjork to the new-music ensemble So Percussion. They're currently touring the US and will be appearing at Le Poisson Rouge in NY on February 11, so they'll be giving a preview of their live magic here at FMU the night before. That's Sunday, February 10, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Gypsy, Pedicabs & Paris
Saturday, February 9th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
A musical look at the Romani people of France. With Brennan Stultz, director of the forthcoming documentary film Gypsy, Pedicabs & Paris and ethnomusicologist Josh Feintuch.

The Explorers Club
Saturday, February 9th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Charleston, SC band The Explorers Club for a chat and live performance. The band's music has been described as "a mash up of Burt Bacharach, Jellyfish and The Beach Boys, but what lies underneath is one of the few bands in recent times that have managed to pay homage to the past with a finely tuned ear toward the future.

San Cisco
Thursday, February 7th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Hailing from Freemantle, Australia, San Cisco formed in 2009 and quickly established themselves as the cool kids on Australian radio, winning fans and wowing critics. Combining low-fi garage with catchy pop hooks, they have a sound which gets you up out of your chair and dancing. On tour supporting The Vaccines across the US right now and next in Europe, San Cisco is ready for the rest of the world to take notice. Resistance is futile! Hear them live on Mary Wing's show on Thursday, February 7th at 1 AM!

John Carter
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
The word "legend" gets tossed around a lot, but few people are as deserving of this label and yet as unheralded as the brilliant songwriter/producer John Carter. The man sang backing vocals on "I Can't Explain," and co-wrote "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," "Little Bit O' Soul," and "My World Fell Down" (to name just three). He also enjoyed success with the bands The Ivy League, The Flower Pot Men, and perhaps most notably with The First Class, whose hit "Beach Baby" -- co-written and produced by Carter, with frequent collaborator Tony Burrows on lead vocals -- is an unassailable pop classic. John Carter is also responsible for EFD's favorite summer song of all-time, "Sound Of Summer" by Starbreaker. Tune in and hear how all of this happened from the man himself, along with heaping helpings of music from throughout his career. It happens on Wednesday night, Feb. 6, from 9pm til midnight. Don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
The Duane Train
The Brooklyn based band Sinkane (led by mult-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallub) makes 21st cenury afro-disco, with a nice dose of funky vintage soul to boot. They have an amazing record out on DFA at the moment. They will be stopping by Duane's show to play live!

DJ Dog D
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
This week we are joined by DJ Dog D from Queens. We get a solo performance, as he often collaborates with other noise artists like Sewn Leather and Pictureplane, and we are lucky to catch this session fresh off of a brief tour. Dog D basically raps about the most weird topics imaginable over a wall of industrial plodding noise layered over heavy beats. It's like eating a intricately layered bean dip of noise during a blackout at the Superbowl and hoping you don't get murdered during it. The Life Stains LP is coming out soon on Hoss Records. Go see a show some time at DJ Dog D's home Red Light District in the Far Rockaways, and don't miss this sure to be freaky session.

What's he building in there?
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Chris T. examines the Alabama Hostage Crisis and asks about weird neighbors you have known.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Lee and Co. return to WFMU in all their ragged glory delivering ass-kicking, heart-pumping, soul-reflecting tunes. Their 2012 debut LP 'There Is a Bomb In Gilead' made a slew of best-of lists, including this show's. Proof that you don't need two drummers to play Southern rock!

Ommie Wise
Monday, February 4th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event

Ommie Wise is named for one of the most famous American murder ballads, and they resurrect Ommie's spirit to wrench out songs of forsaken love and the hope of deliverance. The quintet of New York-based multi-instrumentalists plays everything from banjos to autoharps to typewriter, with influences from Jimmy Rodger’s yodel to Jelly Roll’s stomp to the Carter Family’s devotion. Their gorgeous new record is out on Copenhagen-based label Wind Some Lose Some.

Ed Lasko Part 2 (2013)
Monday, February 4th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Vancouver Record Collector Ed Lasko pays tribute to the "Fallen of 2012"! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Parquet Courts and Ex-Cult
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Terre T is thrilled to host two amazing bands on a super packed Cherry Blossom Clinic - Parquet Courts and Ex-Cult! The Ex-Cult are a Memphis powerhouse who combine the best of 60's psych and 80's art damage and their debut LP on Goner Records LP is an absolute scorcher.

Parquet Courts are comprised of transplanted Texans now living in Brooklyn and their sound is jittery and propulsive, bringing to mind all-timers like Embarrassment or the Urinals, and their new album "Light Up Gold" on Dull Tools is a must-listen.

Paul Collins
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes The King of Power Pop Paul Collins! Paul (co-founder of the Nerves, the Breakaways, and the Beat), kicks off his winter tour at Manhattan’s Cake Shop as part of the Feb 1st-2nd Power Pop-A-Licious festival which brings together some of the finest young guitar-driven power pop, garage rock and punk-pop bands from the eastern seaboard and Canada.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

This New York City band, featuring ex-members of the Carbonas and Busy Signals, have just released their debut album and it's a killer. These guys have their feet planted firmly in that mid-'70s window when glam-rock was starting to fade and power-pop and punk were starting to emerge, but they're not simply cranking out formulaic pop that was learned by rote. Instead they create their own sound that fans of the Raspberries, Shoes, Dwight Twilley, and those junk shop glam compilations will find both familiar and fresh. Tune in Wednesday night, Jan. 30, at 9pm to hear Games play live, and look for their new self-titled album on Hozac!

Nuclear Spring
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013, 3am - 6am
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
This week we get a live session from Brooklyn's Nuclear Spring. Self-dubbed a "contemplative band" more than a "band to mosh to," Nuclear Spring play infectious political punk anthems whose influences range from Templars to Stiff Little Fingers to Scandinavian punk. Dueling male/female vocals, catchy guitar licks, and a cool rhythm section make these Hysteria Records all-stars a not to be missed band of 2013. Their demo is fantastic, and look out for a 12" that was recorded a real long time ago coming out some time real soon. They're touring Europe in June, so catch a show before they leave town. Members of Sucia, Natural Law, Nomos, La Misma and Putrida. Whoa! It's a war ridden world!

Space Monkey
Tuesday, January 29th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Help Chris T. name the Iranian Space Monkey!

Ed Lasko
Monday, January 28th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Vancouver Record Collector Ed Lasko brings out some fun stuff and $1000 Rare Rockabillies to Play! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Radiovision Keynote: The Patron Saint of DIY Culture Mark Frauenfelder with DJ Trouble
Monday, January 28th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Radio Free Culture
WFMU's Radiovision Festival reminds us again of the many ways old fashioned radio is still powerful, connected, and intertwined with the dreams and revolutionary power of the Internet. The festival brings together innovators who are doing things right now in radio, on the internet, and sometimes both.

This year's keynote speaker was one of those innovators, Mark Frauenfelder. He is the founding editor of MAKE Magazine, the founder of Boing Boing, editor at Wired Magazine from 1993-1998, and the founding editor of He is the author of "Made by Hand: My Adventures in the Land of DIY." He also hosts Boing Boing's podcast called Gweek. After his keynote, WFMU's own DJ Trouble joins him on stage for a brief Q&A.

Interview with Fred Smith
Monday, January 28th, 2013, 3pm - 3:01pm
Jim Price's show
Best known for his bass work with Television. He was the original bassist with Blondie and has also played with The Roches and Willie Nile. Fred is currently with Television and they are recording new material and a live tour is planned. In addition, Fred is a successul winemaker. The wine is Cereghino Smith.

Alejandro Zuleta on Vallenato Music of Colombia
Saturday, January 26th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Alejandro Zuleta comes from a musical family steeped in Colombian vallenato music, originally a rural folk style but today one of Colombia's most popular musical genres. Vallenato is usually centered on the accordion, but with his Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective, the young pianist shifts the focus from squeezebox to keyboard. And he blends the traditions with jazz, rock, electronic music and other influences. Alejandro will sit in the guest-DJ hot seat to introduce this rich music, playing CD tracks by his famous dad Emiro Zuleta and other old-school vallenato artists. And he'll show us how he's updating the music in his own recordings.

Ray Stinnett
Saturday, January 26th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Memphis native Ray Stinnett who as guitarist in Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs scored a #2 hit in 1965 with "Wooly Bully" and went on to record a solo album "A Fire Somewhere" in 1970, only to see it shelved by A&M records - and 41 years passed - until a test pressing of the album was found in an L.A. used record store - which started the chain of events that let the recent release of this melding of Memphis soul and San Francisco psych, folk, and rock.

Golden Retriever
Friday, January 25th, 2013, 9am - Noon
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Bass clarinet/modular synth duo Golden Retriever stop by the Magic Factory all the way from Portland, OR, with their lysergic sound explorations in tow. Expect burbling crystalline drone epics with nods to Cluster, Silver Apples. Brian Eno, etc. Golden Retriever's latest record is the Thrill Jockey release Occupied with the Unspoken.

Spit Stix
Thursday, January 24th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Spit Stix or Tim Leitch as he is sometimes known, drummer for LA band Fear and currently in Portland OR's Nasalrod will be Diane's Peer Pressure guest on Thursday January 24th at 1pm! From the notoriety Fear had in the punk days to now, Tim has enough stories to fill up 3 programs! Tune in to hear his playlist and to hear some of those rare and raw Fear stories, and hear about his new band and other musical endeavors he is taking on! Listeners will be able to ask Spit questions via the LIVE interactive playlist.

Mary Blount and Jeremy Thompson, authors of WIRED UP
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

The new book Wired Up presents a history of early '70s glam rock in picture sleeves. Specifically, seven-inch picture sleeves. Even more specifically, European glam-rock seven-inch picture sleeves. Authors Mary Blount and Jeremy Thompson have assembled a gorgeous collection of actual-size reproductions of over 300 sleeves, printed on high-quality paper in riotous color. But, you're thinking, this is a RADIO show - I can't look at a book through the radio. Well, EFD is one step ahead of you: Mary and Jeremy will be bringing some of the records featured in the book to play on the air, AND a copy of the book will be given away during the show. (Make that two steps ahead.) Tune in Wednesday night, January 23, and check out the book online at

How To Kill A Conversation
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
"Don't take this the wrong way..." "Can I be honest with you?" "I'm just being real..." Is this cruelty disguised as truth?

The Piggies
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

These little Piggies ain't going to no market nor are they staying at home. They are coming to WFMU to deliver their own brand of straight-up catchy rock and roll!

Chris Forsyth and Gato Loco de Bajo on Airborne Event live at The Castello Plan
Monday, January 21st, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Chris Forsyth and Gato Loco de Bajo live at The Castello Plan Monday, January 21st, 2013, 9pm - Midnight on Airborne Event with Dan Bodah Come down to The Castello Plan at 1213 Cortelyou Road in Brooklyn and spend some quality time with the Twelve and a Halfth Best Show on WFMU (as calculated by the station's volunteer squad of crack statisticians)! Guitarist Chris Forsyth composes simple, hypnotic pieces with rock, folk, blues, and experimental influences. His recent releases, including 2012's "Kenzo Deluxe," garnered a lot of attention around WFMU. Gato Loco de Bajo plays Cuban music of the '30s and '40s like you've never heard it before. Their languid, heart-pulsing sound features tuba, bass sax, baritone guitar, bass & percussion, making them the ultimate low-end band.

Kevin Smith
Monday, January 21st, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An Interview with director Kevin Smith (Red Bank, NJ)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Live From the Golden Festival
Saturday, January 19th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

For the fifth year, TSP presents a live broadcast from the massive annual Balkan and East European music and dance bacchanal, the Golden Festival. It's a two night affair - Friday and Saturday Jan 18 & 19 - held in Brooklyn at the kitschy and fabulous Grand Prospect Hall. We'll bring you the action live from the Grand Ballroom stage, one of four stages that will host over sixty ensembles.

Mike Sabatini of Attacker
Thursday, January 17th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Attacker, the mightiest metal band from Hoboken is still around! Drummer Mike Sabatini will join Diane as guest DJ for her Peer Pressure segment. on Thursday Jan 17th at 1pm. Mike and the band was included on the infamous Metal Massacre 5 compilation in 1984-- also featuring Voivod, Over Kill and Hellhammer, will take a walk down memory lane musically and catch the listeners up with what Attacker has to offer now!

Thursday, January 17th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Boston’s Plumerai has been making music since 2004; reinventing themselves in early 2012 with new vocalist Eliza Brown and drummer Mickey Vershbow joining brothers Martin Newman on guitars and keyboards and James Newman on bass. This new incarnation weaves indie, post punk, dreampop, darkwave & shoegaze styles into a cohesive & original sound which builds on their established moody atmosphere. Their recently released album, “Mondegreen,” is a sophisticated mixture of layered guitars, melodic bass lines, and driving rhythms, accompanied by seductively jazzy vocals. Hear them live on Mary Wing’s show on January 17th!

Life in your 20's
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Chris T. asks "Is life in your 20's like "Girls"? And do you have "Brooklyn Envy"?

Endless Boogie play live for three solid hours
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Rescheduled from October: NYC's greaziest triple guitar/bass/drums riff-riders invoke the spirits of Peter Green, Tony McPhee, Ron Asheton, Lobby Lloyde, Zoot Horn Rollo and other purveyors of heavy damage blues jammage live in studio today: three solid hours of Endless Boogie performance!

Triple Hex
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The grime and grit of old New York may be hard to find these days on the city's sanitized and gentrified streets but it will come oozing out of your speakers when Triple Hex hits the airwaves. It may be a Tuesday afternoon but will feel like one of those booze-soaked late nights as the spirit of the Cramps, Sun Records and all kinds of other cool stuff casts a hex on you unsuspecting listeners! New 6-song EP coming out with a record release party Jan. 17 at The Gutter in Brooklyn.

Twins of El Dorado
Monday, January 14th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
Airborne Event is pleased to welcome experimental chamber duo Twins of El Dorado for a live on-air performance on January 14th. Vocalist Kristin Slipp and trumpeter Joe Moffett craft modern art songs that go from playful to ritualistic to downright bizarre. Their debut album, Portend the End, is out now on Prom Night Records.

Monday, January 14th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An Interview with Joe Keithley of D.O.A (Burnaby, BC)! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Grandmaster Caz
Friday, January 11th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Grandmaster Caz is a true hip-hop pioneer who, for four decades, has been consistently involved in the culture of hip-hop as an emcee and DJ. He and his crew the Cold Crush Brothers laid the groundwork for the global phenomenon that is hip-hop today although he has not always gotten the props he deserved: example not getting credited for writing the verse that Big Bank Hank "borrowed" for the groundbreaking Sugarhill Gang hit "Rapper's Delight." "Caz has been described as The Robert Johnson of rap," said Paul Toogood - the producer of recent hip-hop documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap" that Caz was the unexpected star of - because of the scarcity of recorded music by this highly influential hip-hop emcee. Earlier this week Billy Jam traveled up to the Bronx to the home of Grandmaster Caz to sit down and discuss these topics and more. Tune into "Put The Needle On The Record" Friday January 11th at 7pm to hear this interview on WFMU.

Trevor Stephenson
Thursday, January 10th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Night People
Tune into Night People for a discussion with harpsichordist and lecturer Trevor Stephenson regarding the life and profound musical influence of Johann Sebastian Bach and his work, "The Well-Tempered Clavier".

Jesse Malin
Thursday, January 10th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

The former frontman of D Generation and NYC hardcore youngsters Heart Attack, Jesse Malin will be Diane's Peer Pressure guest DJ. With a discography of over 12 full length releases we probably won't get around to talking about all his music, but, listeners will be able to ask Jesse questions via the live interactive playlist. Jesse has upcoming appearances at the Light of Day festival in Asbury Park the weekend of January 17th. Jesse's Peer Pressure appearance begins at 1pm on Thursday January 10th.

Your Last Wishes
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
Aerial View
Cremation? Open casket? Fun funeral? Donations to a charity? What do you want once you're gone?

Trin Tran
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

The helmeted, one-man show of Madison, Wisconsin native Steve Coombes finds shards of alien soundtrack transmissions scattered throughout a steady and unhealthy diet of Berlin circa 1979 and Cleveland 1977. His new LP Dark Radar has been issued by God? Records, a new imprint founded by Ty Segall. All instruments, guitar, synth, drums, live and solo on the air today.

Colin L. Orchestra
Monday, January 7th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
Airborne Event
The Colin L. Orchestra is where former USAISAMONSTER member Colin Langenus indulges his pop, jam band, yacht rock side. The band's new record, "Col," delves into pure sweet comfort music, abandoning itself to influences ranging from Hendrix to the Beastie Boys to Ween. It's a fun ride. Tune in when Colin L. Orchestra visits Airborne Event live on January 7th to bring in the New Year with joyous, peaceful tunes.

Issac Brock of Modest Mouse
Monday, January 7th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An Interview with Issac Brock of Modest Mouse (Issaquah, WA) from August 8, 1997! Doot doola doot doo... doot doo!

Annual I.B.J. Holiday Party, live from Maxwell's
Sunday, January 6th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
The Glen Jones Radio Programme
The Glen Jones Radio Programme featuring X. Ray Burns will host the annual I.B.J. Holiday Party this Sunday, January 6th, noon to 3PM live from Maxwell's in Hoboken (1039 Washington). Featuring performances by Holmes and Reno's Men. Join us there live or tune in at WFMU. Admission is free.

WFMU Holiday Party
Saturday, January 5th, 2013, 9pm - 3am
on The WFMU Holiday Party!

Get down to the sweet sounds of WFMU's annual (post) holiday party!

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