Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Mary Halvorson + Jessica Pavone
Sunday, September 10th, 2006, 9pm - Midnight
on Stochastic Hit Parade / A440 with Bethany Ryker

Over the past three years of their collaboration, Mary Halvorson (guitar) + Jessica Pavone (viola) have created a distinct and unique body of duo music. The pair combines lush melodies with textural improvisation to create concise, enigmatic songs. Their collaboration utilizes amplification and electronic effects as well as acoustic presentation. They recently released their debut album, Prairies, on the Lucky Kitchen label.


The Avengers
Saturday, September 9th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The legendary LA Dangerhouse punk band plays live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU! Led by the fierce Penelope Houston, the Avengers are best known for punk classics like "The American In Me", "Thin White Line", and "We Are The One".


Listener David Gutcheon spins 'em like he means it!
Saturday, September 9th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Guest DJ co-host Gaylord Fields
Friday, September 8th, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
It's gonna be pop-intoxication as WFMU's own Gaylord Fields will be the special guest on Pseu's Thing With A Hook. Mr. Fields' vast knowledge and collection of all music that hooks, snaps, and pops is grovel-worthy. He'll be mixing it up with Pseu, sharing musical epiphanies and dissecting the high and lowbrow moments of mainstream pop.


West Coast Radio Odds and Ends / Bands Behaving Badly
Friday, September 8th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Some loose segments bunched up for this week's Aircheck. Up first, some freeform mayhem from San Francisco area station KFJC with some snippets of DJs Dominic Trix and the Unitelligible Cowboy getting loose on mic during the station's periodic "Freak Week". Plus: KROQ fans in Southern California leave love messages for Morrissey over the air, the band Tallow Cross crash WFMU uninvited, cause the DJ to leave in disgust, and interview themselves. And finally, the Sex Pistols take over KSAN in 1978 before imploding on their only US tour.


Buddy Holly Birthday tribute
Thursday, September 7th, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Buddy Holly was a giant for what he offered the world in the form of his music. But he was an earthling like you and me in person.


Psychic TV
Thursday, September 7th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Strength Through Failure with Fabio

Legendary experimental outfit Psychic TV comes to WFMU's studio for the very first time to perform a live set. The band will also discuss upcoming shows in the area, their new record, and having been a force on the international music scene for over 20 years.


Hugh Tracey
Wednesday, September 6th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Gateway to Joy with Donna
Delve into the vast world of Hugh Tracey, who is a major figure in modern ethnomusicology. Dr. Tracey began studying and recording African music in 1920, and made his first recordings using bars of soap! In 1954, he founded the International Library of African Music which issued 210 LPs of recordings made during his 50 year career. A recently unearthed stack of these vinyl treasures will be featured on the program. Discover the musics of southern and central Africa through the ears of a true authority on the matter.


"Middle East Matrix: He Who Tells the Truth Gets Chased Out of Nine Villages, Part II"
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #565 in dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Terry Adams from NRBQ
Sunday, September 3rd, 2006, 7pm - 9pm
on
Bob Brainen's show
NRBQ's Terry Adams returns to Bob Brainen's show (his 3rd visit) to discuss his 5 decades of recordings, from NRBQ to his many side projects past and present. Along for the ride will be P.J. O'Connell, whose toured with NRBQ and played on 2 of his 3 solo albums, as well as Pete Tomlinson -- Bob's fellow music obsessive/historian and major NRBQ fan. They'll check out Terry's latest project, "Louisville Sluggers" which reunites him w/ NRBQ co-founder Steve Ferguson, and they'll be debuting the long-awaited CD "NRBQ-Ludlow Garage 1970" which features the legendary original lineup and which is coming out soon on Sundazed Records.


Gregg Turkington
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on
Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez
Record archivist, producer, and metacomic Gregg Turkington of Amarillo Records and Zip Code Rapists will drop by Acapulco Dance Party to play a bunch of beautiful, unbeautiful, confounding records from his personal collection of vanity pressings and "real people" records -- singing nuns, basement crooners, teenage folkies, backwoods metalheads, and much, oh, so much more.


The New Lou Reeds
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

This band featuring Cleveland rocker Edward Sotelo (Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices) have a sound that calls to mind 70s southern/hard rock and also straight up southern punk like the Oblivians! They stop by for a live set featuring tracks from their new album "Top Billin'"


Listener John Carruthers picks 'em like he sees 'em
Saturday, September 2nd, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Al Benson
Friday, September 1st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Al Benson, The Ol' Swingmaster, ruled Windy City radio for nearly twenty years. A true pioneer, Benson influenced celebrated jive-talking jocks like Jockey Jack Gibson, Herb Kent, and legions of others. Hear him ride the airwaves again tonight on Aircheck.


Adem
Thursday, August 31st, 2006, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
"Love and Other Planets" is the title of Adem's new release on Domino Records, and it's filled with lush sounds, creaky odd spaces, and warm vocals that recall extraterrestrial tales of human beings in flux.


The Old Codger fills in for Mac this evening
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 7pm - 8pm
on
Old Codger with Courtney T. Edison
The Codger's musical selections will be adequate, but the monologue portions of the program will, as usual, be tiresome.


"Interview with John Loftus-He Who Tells the Truth Gets Chased Out of Nine Villages"
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #564 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Pink Reason
Tuesday, August 29th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Green Bay, Wisconsin is the smallest locale in the USA to own a major league football team, has some hellish winters, and also is the home base of a guy named Kevin who has sent forth one of the stranger 7" singles to pass through WFMU in recent memory. Capturing the stumbling blues of early Royal Trux, the creeping synth and echoed percussion of the Legendary Pink Dots, and the android alienation of Gary Numan (if he was recording some 70's DIY demo with a cheap organ in a dank basement), there's about four other unpeggable things floating around in each one of these songs that you just have to shrug your shoulders and stop trying to be so analytical all the damn time. Check out what's sure to be an interesting live session today.


Ben Monder
Monday, August 28th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Guitarist Ben Monder is one of the most original, inventive players to grace the jazz scene in recent times. Based in Brooklyn, Mr. Monder is equally at home providing tasteful embellishment to other musicians' recordings as he is playing abstract, other-worldly lines on his own. By Ben's own accounting he has played on over 90 CDs as a sideman. Ben Monder has 4 albums of his own, the latest being the lovely and atmospheric "Oceana" on the Sunnyside label. He brings his guitar by WFMU for a live performance.


Balanceman
Saturday, August 26th, 2006, 8pm - 10pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The noted left coast producer & multi-instrumentalist will be spinning all new & unreleased Bay Area hip-hop and electronic recordings with host Billy Jam. Expect new music from Alias and Odd Nosdam of the Anticon collective, Sutekh of Context Free Media, Mochipet, Bloodwire, Darkat, Cosiner, E DA Boss, Tony Fader and more.


Ernesto Villa-Lobos
Saturday, August 26th, 2006, 6pm - 8pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Ernesto Villa-Lobos is an award-winning classical violinist who also has deep interest in the music of his native Veracruz, Mexico. His group Bamba New York explores traditional Jarocho music. "Jarocho" describes the people and culture of the southern coastal plain of Veracruz, who for more than two centuries have shaped a distinctive regional music. Ernesto and Bamba NY are playing at Joe's Pub on Friday Sept. 1 as part of the multi-disciplinary Celebrate Mexico Now festival, which runs Sept 1-17 at various venues around NYC.


Oneida
Saturday, August 26th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Straight outta Brooklyn come master musicans Oneida who play their multi-genre music like there aint no tomorrow . Oneida's psyche-drug-pound-punk-groove-medieval-hardcore-kraut-trance-folk-noise while great on records is AMAZING live. So check 'em out live on the radio where they will be playing the most excellent cuts off of their latest album Happy New Year on Jagjaguwar, then go see 'em that night Saturday, Aug 26th @ Studio B (259 Banker St. between Meserole and Calyer) Brooklyn NY, w/Black Dice!


Listener Steve Roe on the one and two
Saturday, August 26th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Harry Taussig
Saturday, August 26th, 2006, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Jeffrey Davison will conduct a rare interview with New American Guitar legend Harry Taussig, whose only LP, "Fate Is Only Once", was privately pressed and issued in 1965. The album, "lost" for 40 years, was reissued last year. In addition to music, Taussig discusses the counterculture, photography, and obscure museums.


Jean Shepherd
Friday, August 25th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
From 1969: First Day of Kindergarten.


Bob W. fills in for Trouble with special guest Mark McAdam
Thursday, August 24th, 2006, 9am - Noon
on
Bob W.'s show
The New York indie rocker will play songs from his new album "Cavalcade," released on Superhead Records. His songs are pop gems which have been expertly cut and polished, glinting with universal lessons and stories of life, love, and humor. That, and 4-H kids using their Agway accounts to buy aerosol to huff in the parking lot.


Kelly Jones is Andy's co-host for this week's program
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy

Jeffrey Cobb fills in for Kenny G with guest Kill Henry Sugar
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Jeffrey Cobb's show
NYC dobro/drum duo Kill Henry Sugar, Erik Della Penna and Dean Sharenow, have recently released their third album, "Love Beach." They'll be stopping by Jeffrey's show with their 100 year old Wittner banjo, their drums, their intermittent congeniality, and their record collections.


"A Tale of Two Heroes"
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #563 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Vegas Martyrs
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Purveyors of total black noise-trance destruction, the trio of Dominick Fernow (aka Prurient), Richard Dunn (FFH), and Joe Potts (Drums Of Myrrh) come down to Jersey City to raise up a hate-fueled racket pretty unlike your average guitar/drums/electronics format. Razor guitar through thick sheets of metallic gauze, tortured vocals, and high entertainment value all around.


El Da Sensei
Monday, August 21st, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah
Hailing from Newark, New Jersey. El Da Sensei first became known in the mid 1990's as a member of the group The Artifacts, alongside Tame One. After the group disbanded in 1997 he went on to work on numerous solo projects. Tune in as El drops by to chat and play some tracks from his latest full length on Fat Beats.


Ergo Phizmiz
Monday, August 21st, 2006, 7pm - 8pm
on Do or DIY with People Like Us

Ergo Phizmiz's music jumps freely between pop, pranksterism, mutant-electro, and just about everything inbetween. Described by The Wire magazine as a "one man movement", and by BBC Radio 3 as "one of the most inventive composers around...", Ergo has developed a reputation as one of the most genuinely innovative composers working today. He's created over 300 hours of audio and video, including projects for the Tate Modern, the Royal Festival Hall, the Dutch Academy of Fine Art, Resonance FM, Ubuweb and BBC Radio 3. Tune in to hear Vicki Bennett chat with him about his many projects, and to spin some of his favorite musical selections.


Jinx Morgan + Jason Bitner
Monday, August 21st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Food, wine, and travel writer Jinx Morgan visits. In 1965 Jinx co-authored Saucepans & the Single Girl, a funny and flip cookbook which covered everything from left-handed gourmets to the big bash.

Then, Jason Bitner of Found Magazine talks about his book LaPorte, Indiana, which is based entirely on a forgotten archive of studio portraits of the townspeople of that city.


Fern Knight
Monday, August 21st, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

This Philadelphia, PA ensemble with an ever-changing lineup is fronted by guitarist/cellist and singer Margaret Wienk, who creates delicate, organic, acoustic songs orchestrated by layers of accordion/harmonium/electronics drones, pysch-tinged strings, canonic vocals, harp, bells, and percussion and singing saw. At the heart of the songs is Margie's strong voice, cello, and guitar, leading the tunes with feeling and subtlety. While in the tradition of electric-trad legends such as Pentangle and Trees, Fern Knight's music rings of the intensely personal and is delivered with crystal clarity. Michael Patrick Brady of Brainwashed says of the ensemble, "Fern Knight draws a slow story, one that makes for an excellent tale that explores those winding forest paths and the things that lie hidden between the lines." The set will begin at 4 PM.


Nomo
Saturday, August 19th, 2006, 6pm - 8pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Nomo is a supertight Afrobeat-inspired but wide-ranging 8-piece that came together at sweaty all-night house parties in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to your usual percussion, guitars, keyboards, horns, etc., the band features homemade instruments created by bandleader Elliot Bergman with fellow Michigander Warren Defever. Defever's band His Name is Alive shares several members with Nomo, and he produced the band's scorching new CD "New Tones" (on Ubiquity). Nomo will hit us with live versions from this CD as well as their self-titled 2004 debut disc on Fred Thomas's Ypsilanti Records.


Mike Randle of Love
Saturday, August 19th, 2006, 10am - Noon
on
Michael Shelley's show
Mike Randle was a member of Love alongside the late Arthur Lee for 13 years. Mike will discuss Arthur's eccentricities, the challenges of learning Love's catalog, and what it was like to play over 600 live dates with Lee. He'll also discuss his own work as a solo artist and as a member of the L.A. band Baby Lemonade.


Listener Max Schoenbaum spins the hits!
Saturday, August 19th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

The Wellingtons
Friday, August 18th, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on Pseu's Thing With A Hook

Melbourne Australia's The Wellingtons stop by Pseu's Thing With A Hook fresh from their appearance at The International Pop Overthrow Festival to share their shiny, happy, hook-filled pop with us! This boy-girl quartet has been garnering raves like "If the Beatles circa help and the Shangri-Las had somehow formed a super-group, this is what they'd sound like."


"Supa Rockin" Mr. Magic's Rap Attack
Friday, August 18th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Starting in 1979, in post-disco New York City, the Rap Attack was the the first blast of rap radio to ever hit the dial. Paying for his own time-slot to broadcast from WHBI's basement studio on Riverside Drive before moving to WBLS in 1982, Mr. Magic blew up the careers of countless MCs worth their weight in 10K gold chains: Kurtis Blow, Whodini, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane, Starski, Afrika Bambaataa, Run DMC, and LL Cool J to name a few. With the Juice Crew in the house and Marley Marl in his "mixing gloves" ready to "wax, buff, and simonize," the Rap Attack was also a blistering battlefield for many rap rivalries: the infamous "bridge wars" between KRS-One and MC Shan, the Real Roxanne vs. Roxanne Shante, Grandmaster Flash vs. Melle Mel, and Kiss FM vs. WBLS ("I'll smack that lipstick off your radio!"). Listen up fly guys and fly girls!


Archie Bell
Thursday, August 17th, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
There's gonna be a showdown when the inimitable Archie Bell from Archie Bell & the Drells swings by Music To Spazz By! Archie scored a top R&B and Pop hit in the summer of '68 with the dance sensation "Tighten Up" and he's been tightening it up ever since!


Rewind-The Watergate Tapes revisited PLUS Vouch For This!
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Parts 253 and 254 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


George Pelecanos
Monday, August 14th, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on Mike L.'s show

This lauded DC crime/noir kingpin is the author of titles such as Down by the River Where the Dead Men Go, King Suckerman, The Big Blowdown, and Soul Circus. He is also a writer for the acclaimed HBO series The Wire. George will stop by Mike's show to discuss his life, books, and to spin some tracks that have enjoyed heavy rotation on the promo tour for his latest novel, The Night Gardener.


DJ Spooky
Saturday, August 12th, 2006, 8pm - 10pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a prolific artist who has been tirelessly exploring new paths in music. Recent examples include "The Rebirth of A Nation," his audio-visual remix of D.W. Griffith's film, his MIT published book "Rhythm Science," last year's "Drums of Death" project co-produced with Jack Dangers, plus his latest release, an old-school reggae collection called "In Fine Style: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records." Spooky (aka Paul Miller) is appearing this Sunday in Central Park where he will be presenting a free Summerstage show with Talvin Sing, Guru of Gangstarr, Prefuse 73, and others.


Listener Cheese Snob Wendy Talks With You on "Radio: Why Bother?"
Saturday, August 12th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour
Premise: Television. The internet. iPods. Have any of these things been successful at killing radio? It doesn't seem that way. Why not? Why should anyone care about who or what's on the radio? There are no pictures and you can't tell it what to do. So why bother? CheeseSnob Wendy will offer some of her opinions on why radio won't die (is it just inertia?) and how a childhood spent flipping the dial made her the so-called adult she is today. There will also be some musical recordings offered for your enjoyment. Listeners are wholeheartedly encouraged to call and chime in on their memorable radio experiences, and why, in 2006, they still bother to tune in.


Sanctified Gospel Visionaries
Friday, August 11th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
Many small, religious AM radio stations in the South offer anyone with a few dollars an opportunity to be on the airwaves through weekly pay-as-you-go time slots. Over the years, not only have legitimate preachers, churches, and singing groups taken advantage of these slots, but self-appointed, touched-by-the-hand-of-God sanctified visionaries and spritualist/hoodoo root workers have appeared from time to time over the airwaves. Aircheck brings you two AM radio broadcast gospel visionaries: The Apostle James Moses White from WLGO-AM and Deacon Jesse McWhorter on WMGY-AM, as well as a broadcast excerpt from one hoodoo root workin' radio genius, the Reverend Izear recorded off of WZTN-AM.


Candi Staton
Friday, August 11th, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Monica's show

First Lady of Southern Soul, gospel goddess, and disco legend Candi Staton stops by Monica's show this Friday to discuss her astounding multi-genre career and her storied survival of the abusive marriages and alcoholism that came with it. Her raw, ravaged, and raspy voice has traveled many miles and musical paths - from her rural roots traveling with Mahalia Jackson and the Soul Stirrers in the 50s, to her transformation of country classics to soul standards at Muscle Shoals in the late 60s/early 70s, to her disco anthems in the late 70s, and her triumphant return to both gospel and, more recently, secular music.


"Order of the Solar Temple"
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #64 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" program


Robert Marbury
Monday, August 7th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Robert Marbury of MART (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists.)


Robert Marbury + author Michael Crewdon
Monday, August 7th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on The Speakeasy with Dorian

Robert Marbury of MART (Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists) talks about rogue taxidermy and Michael Crewdson, who with Margaret Mittelbach wrote Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian TigerZ returns with tales of the wild.


Bob W. fills in for Charlie this morning
Monday, August 7th, 2006, 9am - Noon
on
Bob W.'s show

Miss Amanda celebrates Mr. Boyd's birthday
Sunday, August 6th, 2006, 5pm - 7pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Miss Amanda and all the waiters in the restaurant sing a loud but tuneless Happy Birthday to Gaylord and the late WFMU DJ Mr. Boyd on their shared birthday. Expect more versions of "Brazil" than strictly necessary. (Robert Boyd, 1962-2003)


Mayo Thompson
Saturday, August 5th, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on
Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez
Mayo Thompson's name is ubiquitous throughout the musical histories of the US and European indie undergrounds. As the leader of the Red Krayola, he masterminded numerous classic LPs, acted as producer for some of the Rough Trade label's earliest and most revered releases, and collaborated with luminaries like Pere Ubu, Moebius, Lora Logic, Jim O'Rourke, David Grubbs, and more. Thompson will join Acapulco Rodriguez for an hour of conversation about his long and storied career, and spin selections from the Red Krayola catalog, including their brand new album on Drag City Records.


Bob Lassiter (Part 2 of 2)
Friday, August 4th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
More from the feisty Floridian radio enigma, previously unaired on Aircheck. Compared to the lock-step right wing bozos that dominate talk radio today, Lassiter's mischievous & misathropic style is practically high art. As a talk host, Lassiter specialized in pissing off the elderly, Christians, and other intellectually-challenged listeners.


Terror Level Red
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on
Pat Duncan's show
Terror Level Red is an NYC band who plays dark hardcore influenced by bands like Tragedy, Catharsis, and His Hero Is Gone. Their catchy guitar riffs and solos are topped by the powerful combo of screechy high end vocals and roaring low end vocals.


Al Margolis
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Al Margolis will be stopping by for his annual summer visit. Al is the brains behind the great new-music label Pogus Productions and the band If, Bwana, as well as a member of post-post-punk legends the Styrenes. He was also a major figure in the 1980s-90s underground cassette movement, via his label Sound of Pig music. Al will be presenting some new and upcoming Pogus releases and spinning other gems from his massive collection of musical oddities.


Pumice
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Bill Zurat's show

New Zealand's Pumice, aka Stephan Neville, stops by the WFMU studios for an inspired solo set. Imagine a DIY singer-songwriter approach with strong melodies and just a touch of noise for good measure. This is Pumice's first tour through the United States featuring tape collages and a modified child's acoustic guitar that Stefan somehow coaxes warm and expressive tones from. It's certainly a performance not be missed.


"Miscellaneous Articles and Updates"
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #562 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series


Tommy Keene
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

To call Tommy Keene a power-pop artist is just scratching the surface. Trouser Press accurately describes him as a versatile guitarist, gifted songwriter, and appealing singer. Keene has done stints on the road backing Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard, and Velvet Crush and pushes his own solo career into its 25th year with his latest, "Crashing the Ether" -- probably his most adventurous album to date. Tune in today for a live performance and interview.


Todd Pruzan + Carol Lipnik
Monday, July 31st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Todd Pruzan, who has edited and put together the works of travelogue-ist and xenophobe Mrs. Favell Lee Mortimer. Her writings were originally published in the mid-19th century, and have been brought back to us as "The Clumsiest People in Europe: Or, Mrs. Mortimer's Bad-Tempered Guide to the Victorian World." After that, stay tuned for Summer book pics with Carol Lipnik.


Lisa Germano
Monday, July 31st, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Seductive, dark, and truly magical, Lisa Germano has just released a new disc called "In the Maybe World" on Michael Gira's Young God label. Always stark and direct, Germano's songs are intensely beautiful with just a hint of black humor. Lisa has been touring with the equally beautiful guitarist and producer Michael Brook, and she plays on his new album, "RockPaperScissors,"as well. Lisa Germano dropped by mid-tour to chat and play a few songs for us on the piano.


Dominick Fernow
Saturday, July 29th, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on
Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez
Fernow will perform a live, one-man set as Prurient, using his mangled vocal cords, a handful of effects pedals, and a monlithic stack of amplifiers to produce a piercing, ear-splitting sound that's both torturous and liberating. Reference points? Think Whitehouse or Masonna, only... more, and frankly, better. Later, Fernow will discuss the Hospital Productions imprint and its new NYC retail outlet, and select some records which you might enjoy (no promises). Break out the headphones for this one! (Click here (Streaming Real Audio) for a sample of what to expect.)


TWO BANDS: Angry Angles & the Cynics
Saturday, July 29th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
The Angry Angles feature Jay Reatard (of the Reatards, Lost Sounds, Final Solutions, and more) and Alix from The Lids. They play sick, fast, punk rock along the lines of the Urinals, The Screamers, and primo Dangerhouse bands like the Randoms & Rhino 39! They have a full-length coming out on In The Red Records.

Legendary garage rockers The Cynics have been around since 1983 specializing in fuzzed, ultra-distorted guitar, screaming, moaning vocals, with a straight-ahead no frills rhythm section. The influences are 60s Punk, R&B, and other loud, frantic trash like the Seeds, The Sonics, Moving Sidewalks, and the Count Five! Their latest full-length is out now on the Get Hip label.


Listener John Cafiero steers the ship for your Saturday morning!
Saturday, July 29th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Bob Lassiter (Part 1 of 2)
Friday, July 28th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
More from the feisty Floridian radio enigma, previously unaired on Aircheck. Compared to the lock-step right wing bozos that dominate talk radio today, Lassiter's mischievous & misathropic style is practically high art. As a talk host, Lassiter specialized in pissing off the elderly, Christians, and other intellectually-challenged listeners.


Armed Citizens
Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Old School New York Hardcore. Back together and recording a new album. Their first 7" - "Make Sense"- was released on Big City Records in 1983.


The Alarm Clocks
Thursday, July 27th, 2006, 8pm - 11pm
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
1960's Ohio punk legends The Alarm Clocks ("No Reason To Complain") drop by Music To Spazz By for a live radio set that'll burn the airwaves down!


Nick the Bard
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Kenny G's Hour of Pain
Kenny G welcomes Nick the Bard to perform an a capella version of Joni Mitchell's 1974 classic rock record "Court and Spark", beginning at 5 PM. You might remember Nick's last appearance on Intelligent Design was a full-length rendition of Tull's "Thick as a Brick." This promises to be much more, urm... interesting... as Nick dons Joni's falsetto and rips through classics like "Midnight at the Oasis" and "Free Man in Paris." Ouch.


"Economics 9-11 pt 2"
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #561 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series.


Citay
Tuesday, July 25th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Citay comes our way from San Francisco, focusing on baroque, lilting and sometimes bombastic acoustic-based music that definitely harks back to Black Sabbath circa Volume 4, Led Zeppelin, Roy Harper, early Heart, and early Queen among other influences. Their self-titled release on the Important label displayed brilliantly how a band can evoke classic 70's rock without succumbing to ironic posturing, combining 12-string, mandolin, organ, and occassional Thin Lizzy-inspired electric leads into a gorgeous, and surprisingly original concoction.


Donny Miller
Monday, July 24th, 2006, 11pm - 2am
on Coffee Break For Heroes & Villains with Noah

Graphic designer Donny Miller is celebrating his new book "Beautiful People with Beautiful Feelings" as well as celebrating his first time on WFMU. Tune in as Donny spins some of his favorite old school hip-hop cuts as well as a nice serving of electro, funk, and soul.


Eric Carbonara PLUS Nick Castro with Wendy Watson
Monday, July 24th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Frequently using a rotating cast of monikers and aliases, Philly-based Eric Carbonara is a guitarist, composer, audio engineer, and producer whose career spans over a decade of collaborations and solo work. Eric is equally at home on the classical guitar as he is deriving drones from his electric. As Mr.Carbonara describes it, he "plays pidgin music, a language that is in between other languages -- borrowing elements from its surroundings. It may be a language that only Eric speaks, but he speaks it well. A performance of his work may entail a solo Andalusian influenced guitar, electric guitar/drum duets, delay saturated atonal wine glass music, electro-acoustic synthesized improvisation and/or any combination of the above." Eric brought out his Classical guitar recently to record a inspired set for WFMU.

Later on, Nick Castro and Wendy Watson will perform a fine set of ethereal folk. This California duo are gracefully immersed in 60's/70's British Isles acid balladry, traditional Middle-Eastern music, and heady, pan-cultural communal jams. Nick's just put out his third disc as Nick Castro and The Young Elders, released on Portland's Strange Attractors label.


Rirkrit Tiravanija on Ramakien: A Rak Opera
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006, 6pm - 8pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

The Ramakien is is the Thai national epic, based on the Ramayana, the 2000-year-old Indian tale of Hindu gods. From July 28-30 the Lincoln Center Festival at LaGuardia Concert Hall will premiere a pop culture spectacle based on this epic Ramakien, a Rak Opera. It will feature contemporary Thai filmmakers, visual artists, rock and pop stars, electronica DJs, and other assorted Bangkok scenesters. And, well, Arto Lindsay.

The artistic director of the show is internationally acclaimed conceptual artist Rirkrit Tiravanija, who was recently awarded the Guggenheim Museum's Hugo Boss prize for extraordinarily talented artists. He'll join Rob to talk about the Ramakien, preview some of the music, and explore contemporary Thai music, art, and culture.


Listener Colleen Kane wows the crowds!
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour

Jim Hawthorne
Friday, July 21st, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aircheck
More old school freeform antics, dating way back to 1947, unaired on Aircheck before. Hawthorne collaborated on some Slim Gaillard records and later became a TV weatherman where he continued his strange behavior, including making fun of sponsors.


"Economic 9/11"
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, 6pm - 7pm
on
Dave Emory's show
Part #560 in Dave Emory's "For the Record" series.


Family Underground
Monday, July 17th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
Denmark's Family Underground has been spewing out some of the best dark, dense, and cinematic drones for years, most through CD-R releases. Their music's also been described as "...a wild blend of earthquake drones and microphone whispers." Family Underground descend on WFMU's studio B for a live performance this afternoon.


Ruthann Friedman
Monday, July 17th, 2006, 6am - 9am
on
The John Allen Show
Don't Call it a comeback...Bronx-born/LA Based folksinger Ruthann Friedman put a dent in a generation's pop sensibilities with her 1967 hit "Windy," recorded by the Association. She'll phone in to John Allen's show Monday morning in celebration of her recently reissued 1969 LP Constant Companion, and her performance at HYPNORITUALS AND MESMEMUSICAL MIRACLES HANGING IN THE SKY on July 19th in Los Angeles, presented by Arthur Magazine.


Watersports
Saturday, July 15th, 2006, 10pm - Midnight
on Acapulco Dance Party with Acapulco Rodriguez

Brooklyn's homeopathic electroacoustic duo Watersports drops by for a live, in-studio bodywork session with Acapulco Rodriguez. Fresh off a successful tour of the "dirty south" with Iovae, Lea Cho and Russ Waterhouse will perform a cleansing set of meditative pieces for synth, electronics, and percussion. Then, the pair will join Acapulco Rodriguez in the "control" room for a lively discussion of such topics as their forthcoming LPs, the health benefits of "aquatic massage," and then share some of their favorite selections from the Wyndham Hill and ECM catalogs. All kidding aside, their new CD-R on Breaking World Records is a dream. These two produce some of the most exquisite sounds ever to come outta the NYC "noise" underground, and only a damn jackass would miss this set.


The Prototypes
Saturday, July 15th, 2006, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

The Prototypes are a completely mesmerizing, in command, pop- punk-wave band who call to mind Blondie and the Nina Hagen Band. The Prototypes just completed their amazing American tour and while here they paid a visit to Terre's show. They'll be playing songs from their new American self-titled debut on Minty Fresh Records , which collects their two French LPs.


Listener Greg Winter spins and grins!
Saturday, July 15th, 2006, 9am - 10am
on
The Listener Hour


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