Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Lonnie Lester
Saturday, December 27th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd
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
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
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
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Todd-o-phonic Todd
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
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
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
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
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
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
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! 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Todd-o-phonic Todd
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Joe Pera / Corn Mo
Monday, November 17th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave's guests tonight are comedian Joe Pera and musician Corn Mo.

The Monsieurs plus The Love Me Nots
Monday, November 17th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Three Chord Monte moves to Mondays, and for the first show get ready for a double blast of killer garage punk! First up is The Monsieurs. Andy MacBain from Boston hardcore legends Tunnel of Love leads this high-octane lo-fi power trio who just put out their self-titled debut LP on Black Gladiator. Then, roaring out of the Arizona desert is the fuzz and farfisa-driven sounds of the Love Me Nots, whose new album Sucker is rocketing up the Teenage Wasteland charts.

Rashad Becker
Sunday, November 16th, 2014, 7pm - 9pm
Daniel Blumin's show
Having worked at Basic Channel-founded Dubplates & Mastering for almost two decades, Rashad Becker has mastered hundreds of releases by the likes of Vladislav Delay, Pan Sonic, Ryoji Ikeda, and Plastikman. When his terrific debut LP, Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. 1 emerged in 2013, the world finally got a chance to catch a glimpse of Rashad's own sound world, in which alien transmissions from ailing communication devices of the future meet clusters of electronic tones from a mechanized rainforest. Tune in for the live session the day after Rashad performs with Eli Keszler at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and be glad you did!

Producer Glyn Johns
Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael Shelley welcomes legendary music producer Glyn Johns, who has just published a new book "Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces . . ."

SoKo & Amber Benson
Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 3am - 6am
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
French actor/singer SoKo took time from her busy birthday schedule during CMJ to come play and eat gluten-free cupcakes in the WFMU studio. Recently known for her song "We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow" featured in the viral "First Kiss" video, SoKo has a long illustrious career in TV and film, adding music to her repertoire in 2007. After her first album, "I thought I was an Alien," full of soft haunting songs she's now going into a more new wave direction musically but keeping the sad soulfulness that has always permeated her music. Also featured in this show is a brief interview with actor/writer Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show & comic books, The Morganville Vampire web series, The Calliope-Reaper Jones novels) conducted in the chaos of the 2014 New York Comic-Con.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

The Canadian rock band Sloan released their first record in 1992. 22 years later their lineup remains unchanged, and their albums remain brilliant. Their brand new album Commonwealth (Yep Roc) is their first since 2011 and is released as a double LP, with one side devoted to each of the four band members. Sloan is currently touring the northeast and mid-Atlantic states as well as Canada in support of this new album, and they're giving up a rare night off to come out and record a session at WFMU! Tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies show Wednesday night Nov. 12 at 9pm for this special live set -- unless of course you're going to see them that night at the Bowery Ballroom! Check for additional live dates throughout November.

Bastard Noise
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
Infinite Distortion
Bastard Noise's Eric Wood (Man Is The Bastard, Pillsbury Hardcore, Neanderthal) has spent decades perfecting his craft of total sonic dominance. He brings his unique brand of electronic music to WFMU's Infinite Distortion with new B.N. member Anthony Saunders (Dataclast, Existence in Decline). Desolate images of a burnt out world echo through an uncaring universe. Hear one of the premier modern doomsday prophets ply his cruel trade on ye olde WFMU this Wednesday night at 8pm on Infinite Distortion with Bosh!

Joe Frank - Somewhere Out There: "Red Sea"
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Irwin Chusid
One-hour radio dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. November 12th we'll air "Red Sea," from Joe's SOMEWHERE OUT THERE series. Joe is a successful, mentally deranged televangelist who loses his faith, abandons his ministry, and experiences an epiphany in the desert. Also, have you heard the one about the rabbi’s faithless wife, the eunuch, and the hermaphrodite? If not, tune in.

Atticus Lish / Giancarlo Ditrapano / Scott Klopfenstein
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Tonight Dave welcome author Atticus Lish, Giancarlo Ditrapano (editor of NY Tyrant), and musician Scott Klopfenstein.

Reigning Sound
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Greg Cartwright is back with his first Reigning Sound LP in 5 years, the sublime and brilliant "Shattered." The new LP delivers more of an R&B vibe than the previous garage-punk mayhem, recorded at Daptone in New York as Cartwright channels the soul influence from his native Memphis.

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Ziegler
Monday, November 10th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

After a long collaborative past, harpist Mary Lattimore and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Zeigler have just released "Slant of Light," a beautifully impressionistic set of improvisations. Lattimore’s elaborate melodies are meditatively enhanced by a lush compliment of Zeigler’s tonal beds of synthesizer and guitar. Mary Lattimore and Jeff Ziegler visit Irene's show for a live performance on WFMU.

Ex Hex
Monday, November 10th, 2014, Midnight - 3am
Therese's show
Power trio Ex Hex is guitarist/singer Mary Timony (Wild Flag, Helium, Autoclave), bassist/singer Betsy Wright (Childballads) and drummer Laura Harris (Aquarium, Benjy Ferree). Their debut album, Rips (out now on Merge), might be the most accurately titled album ever. Ex Hex stopped by to chat, play a couple of songs and crash out for a bit on our floor.

HONK NYC! video simulcast: See what happened when 6 insane brass bands took over Monty Hall!
Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
(on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Last month Transpacific Sound Paradise and HONK NYC! teamed up to bring an international activist brass band performance spectacle to WFMU's Monty Hall. Six bands played hysterical marching band music, adorned in warped band uniforms, cavorting riotously around Monty Hall on-stage and off! And now you too can see it all. During tonight's broadcast, you can watch the video stream on the WFMU home page and with the WFMU mobile app. Featuring performances by Pakava It' (Russia) + Radio Kaizman (France) + Les Muses Tanguent (France) + Chaotic Noise (Seattle) + Environmental Encroachment (Chicago) + Himalayas (NY). Brass band bedlam - don't miss it!

Gary Calamar & Kathy Valentine
Saturday, November 8th, 2014, 11am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael Shelley welcomes Gary Calamar who hosts a radio show at KCRW, is a well know music supervisor (True Blood, Dexter, House), author (Record Store Days) and has just release (on Atlantic Records) a new ep of catchy, melodic rock and roll songs called “You Are What You Listen To,” Michael also welcomes former Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine who is in town with her new band BlueBonnet for shows at Arlene's Grocery and The Rock Shop.

Taylor Swift White Noise Remix Context
Friday, November 7th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
On Oct. 21, an apparent glitch at the Canadian iTunes Headquarters resulted in an eight-second file of white noise and silence being made available on for download as "Track 3" from Taylor Swift's upcoming album "1989." The little blurt of an mp3 quickly topped the Canadian iTunes sales charts.

Whether or not Ms. Swift is venturing into the world of sound art or digital culture jamming remains to be seen but that's not stopping us from announcing the TAYLOR SWIFT WHITE NOISE REMIX CONTEST. Download the original track here, bleach it, rinse it, fold it and email the finished product (as an mp3 or download link) to miniature.minotaurs [at] gmail [dot] com by 11/4 (Reverse Information Day). A panel of listeners who donated to Miniature Minotaurs during the October Silent Fundraiser will judge the entries and the results will be revealed on Miniature Minotaurs on Friday, November 7 (3-6 pm).

Adolphe Sax's 200th Birthday Saxophone Special
Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
It's saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax's 200th birthday and Music To Spazz By is really gonna blow. Wailin', swingin' like a rusty axe saxophone noise all night long!

Autodrone & Be Forest
Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 3am - 6am
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Despite a name that makes them sound like shoegazers, Autodrone owe as big a debt to late 60s psychedelia as they do early 90s walls of noise. Post-punky pop with throbbing bass lines, dark synths, dense guitars that occasionally venture into prog rock territory with strong female vocals. Also that night, Italian ambient ethereal gazers Be Forest stop in during their very first tour of the U.S. Their whispery female vocals over echoing guitars harken back to 4AD bands of the early 90s. One band to dance to, one dance to drift to, taking you right into morning.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014, 8pm - 9pm
on Infinite Distortion

Distort Jersey City's Reed Dunlea will be co-hosting this show, bringing us a live session from Honey. This Brooklyn trio plays some rock n' roll that you all wish you heard more often. No nonsense long haired freaks, but with some really unique moments shining through. You probably recognize them from their North Brooklyn day jobs at Academy Records, Union Pool, and Ontario Bar. For those about to rock, we implore you to listen.

Larry Murphy plus We Are Scientists
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
This week, Dave welcomes comedian Larry Murphy (Bob's Burgers) and musical guest We Are Scientists.

Chrome special with Helios Creed
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner's show
When guitarist Helios Creed met up with Damon Edge and joined the San Francisco band Chrome in 1977, the world got an acid-fried, dystopian sci-fi version of the Stooges that blasted out two records that no other band has come near replicating the warped genius of. Alien Soundtracks and Half Machine Lip Moves utilized a Hendrix kind of freeform aesthetic mixed with tapes, feedback, metal percussion and cutup soundscapes all heightening the band's projections of a world of abusive technology and zombie warfare. They later became probably the most unheralded cornerstone of 80's industrial music, and in the new millenium, scores of garage punks have scrapped traditional approaches and followed Helios Creed's moves more than ever. With Damon having passed away in 2005, Creed (who has had a long solo career since 1985) now rechristens Chrome and has released the new album Feel It Like A Scientist. Brian talks at length today with Helios and gets the lowdown on the past and present of this incredible and unique psychedelic punk band.

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Lee and his Glory Fires blast out high-octane, high-energy road-raging rock and roll from the South but this ain't your typical classic Southern rock. Stereotypes, myths and misconceptions of southern culture get debunked, decoded, rearranged and deranged then taken out behind the woodshed for a good 21st-century working over. We'll rock, we'll roll and probably learn a thing or two as the Birmingham barnstormers blast through tunes from their new LP, "Dereconstruction." and hopefully a few oldies as well.

Annea Lockwood
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Legendary sound artist Annea Lockwood will be a guest on This is the Modern World with Trouble on Nov 4. Along with curator and artist Stephan Moore, Annea will discuss one of her most recent projects, Wild Energy, recently part of the group show "In the Garden of Sonic Delights". Annea is a composer and performer who works with acoustic sounds and voices, recorded natural environments and spoken word.

Xylouris-White: Drum and (Cretan) Lute Explorations
Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

George Xylouris, brilliant laouto (lute) player from the Greek island of Crete, and Jim White, visionary drummer with Australia's Dirty Three among others, have joined forces. On their debut album Goats (Other Music), Xylouris-White deftly deconstruct traditional style songs from Crete as well as taking off on fully modern improvisatory journeys. Hear the full dynamic range of Xylouris-White live tonight on WFMU!

Author Rick Bragg
Saturday, November 1st, 2014, 1pm - 3pm
Fool's Paradise with Rex
It’s all Killer, no Filler this Saturday from 1-3 PM EST on Fool’s Paradise as Rex welcomes author Rick Bragg to the fur-lined fallout shelter for an in-depth analysis of Jimmy Swaggart’s favorite cousin. Rick’s massive bio "Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story" will be discussed at great length along with a healthy helping of the sounds that made Ferriday famous. Guaranteed to be as good as Mamie’s tomato gravy and biscuits.

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