Past Special Programs on WFMU
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Asa Ransom
Sunday, May 24th, 2009, 3am - 6am
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh
As a continuation of the Toilet Records series, Asa Ransom joins Keili tonight. If Richard Hell, Brian Eno, and David Byrne shared a loft in Williamsburg and started a New Wave band, It would be called Asa Ransom.

Ceremony & Screen Vinyl Image
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
A special Memorial Day weekend Virginia/D.C. shoegazer extravaganza on Choking on Cufflinks as Ceremony and Screen Vinyl Image stop by for live sets. Ceremony is 2/3 of WFMU favorites Skywave (who played on Scott Williams show twice.) Their approach consists of layers of volume built around a perfect pop song. Screen Vinyl Image is ex-members of the Alician Blue and blend Suicide style electronic primitivism with loud atmospheric guitars. The bands also have a split LP out on Custom Made Music.

Madame XD
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

X. D. Wei is an accomplished performer of Chinese traditional classical music.  She sings and plays erhu (two-string fiddle) and various other stringed instruments. Since moving from Beijing to Detroit she's also taken up rock and roll, blending Chinese instrumentation and vocals with guitar, bass and drums. She'll be bringing her rock combo Madame XD from the Motor City to WFMU for a live session as part of its first visit to the NY metro area. Madame XD also will be playing at the Annex on Orchard St on the Lower East Side on Friday May 22 and going down the Jersey shore to play the Brighton Bar in Long Branch NJ, Sunday May 24.

Big Jim Sullivan, U.K. Session Guitarist
Saturday, May 23rd, 2009, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Big Jim Sullivan one of the U.K.'s busiest session musicians of the 60's & 70's. Jim's resume includes playing guitar on #1 hits by Dusty Springfield, Gilbert O'Sullivan, Georgie Fame, Patula Clark, Peter & Gordon, Tom Jones, and tons more . We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in & we'll also spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.

Pseu hosts Sexlab (Web-Only) while Dave Mandl fills in over the air
Friday, May 22nd, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Pseu Braun
Join Asstronauts Wm. Berger, Pseu Braun and Mark Allen for an uncensored evening of conversation about all things Sex. Your hosts will be stationed in Sexlab, subsisting on Tang and Astroglide, orbiting terrestrial WFMU and broadcasting on the Web Only. The phonelines will be open to all species for your live questions and transmissions at 201-209-9368, so strap on your helmets and tune in.

Kid Ginseng, Texture, and Harlequinade
Friday, May 22nd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Published Edinburgh, Scotland slam-poet Texture, who is a founding member of the Chemical Poets collective as well as lead vocalist for the experimental electronic band Double Helix, will be traveling to the NY/NJ area this month along with fellow underground Scottish spoken word & mixed-media artist Harlequinade to do a series of shows including a live set on Billy Jam's show. Also in the house will be Connecticut turntable artist Kid Ginseng, a renowned electro turntablist and tour DJ for The Tom Tom Club. All three will be guests on Put The Needle On The Record on Friday, May 22nd, 3-6pm.

Cheetah Chrome
Thursday, May 21st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Cheetah Chrome will be stopping by the WFMU studios on Thursday May 21st near the 3 o'clock hour to chat with Dianekamikaze! He's got some new recordings, and much to say about playing now AND then! Cheetah is performing in the area this week - Wednesday May 20th at Maxwell's and Thursday May 21st at Europa, be sure to check this guitar legend out live or tune in for the interview!

Ascension Day Special
Thursday, May 21st, 2009, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
The Brother Lucy Show marks the national holiday honoring John Coltrane with a full program of the master's music, including "Ascension" in its entirety and heard again in the Rova saxophone quartet's reinterpretation, plus plenty of other takes on the Coltrane legacy.

Live from UCB Theater
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Seven Second Delay returns to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater in Manhattan for a live broadcast comedy and variety hour on Wednesday, May 20th from 6-7pm. Joining Ken and Andy will be Andy's new best friend Moby, as well as comedy writer and author Simon Rich and stand up comic Mike Weiss. The UCB Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue. Admission is $5, but if you save your receipt, the admission fee will be refunded to you at the end of your life.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

Skullflower emerged in the 1980s as a guitar-based spawning of the UK industrial/noise underground of the that included Whitehouse as well as the Broken Flag label scene of which Skullflower's members were also a part. Matthew Bower discontinued the influential unit in the late 90's to continue on with such psychedelicized noise projects as Total, Sunroof, and the Hototogisu (the last two having performed on Brian's show over the years). Skullflower's reemergence in the last few years with different collaborators have found their music as wrecked and amazing as ever, and Bower joined by Samantha Davies and Lee 'Culver' Stokoe will be playing live at WFMU on the heels of their gig at the No Fun Festival on May 17th (at the Music Hall of Williamsburg).

Live Remote from Fatburger in downtown Jersey City!
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The last two years WFMU has done remotes from all sorts of exotic locations, so we figured, why not Jersey City! The first Three Chord Monte remote happens May 19 with Joe B. and cohost Todd-o-phonic Todd giving new meaning to Fat Tuesday as they broadcast live from Fatburger in downtown Jersey City. They will explore the legendary jukebox there as well as sampling the fine food!

Jonathan Kane's Jet Ear Party
Monday, May 18th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Percussion powerhouse Jonathan Kane has been involved with so many musical ventures it's hard to list them all in one small space. Starting out with the likes of The Swans and Rhys Chatham, Kane's latest venture, Jet Ear Party, puts him in the frontman seat. As described on Jonathan's myspace page, "...he's powering guitar-driven minimalism into the blues, and the blues into guitar-driven harmonic maximalism." Jonathan Kane lands the Jet Ear Party in WFMU's Love Room to play live.

Guest DJ Set from Allison and Wolfy of Red Dawn II
Monday, May 18th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
Liz Berg's show
Allison and Wolfy brought in a giant pile of amazing and rare punk records when their band Red Dawn II played Liz's show earlier this year. Unfortunately, there was only time to hear 5 or 6 songs, so they've been invited back to share the rest of their incredible records. Expect Killed By Death-esque gems, international scuzz, and other inept masterpieces that clock in under 3 minutes!

Siesta Fiesta!
Sunday, May 17th, 2009, 3am - 6am
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh
The 1st annual Beastin' The Airwaves! Siesta Fiesta! Featuring Truth or Dare, Pillow Fights, Scary Stories, Hot Gossip, Seance, Spin the Bottle and a Super Secret Live Performance! Let's Do Each Other's Nails!

Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure
Saturday, May 16th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Adboulaye Ahlassane Toure (pron - Ahb doo LAH yay - Al Hah SAHN - Too RAY) is a brilliant guitarist, songwriter, producer and bandleader from Niger in West Africa. He co-founded his country's first internationally-touring electric traditional band, Mamar Kassey and now leads his own band as well as accompanying other West African artists like Malian Wassalou great Coumba Sidibe.

Abdoulaye's music has a deep bluesy feel incorporating traditional rhythms and pentatonic scales of Niger but also heavily influenced by Malian icon Ali Farka Toure as well as the Southern Saharan Tuareg guitar sound of bands like Tinarwen. On this week's show Abdoulaye plays a few acoustic duets with his buddy, Afropop Worldwide radio producer and author / journalist Banning Eyre and we preview a few tracks from his forthcoming solo debut CD.

Adbdoulaye will be leading his acoustic ensemble (with special guest Kali. Z. Fasteau) at the Stone, Ave C and E 2nd St. Tuesday May 19 (8pm) and you can also catch him many Saturday evenings at the all-night African sessions at St Nick's Jazz Pub, St Nicholas Ave and W 149 St. in Harlem.

The Damned
Saturday, May 16th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

Few bands are as legendary as The Damned, and they're stopping by the Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T to perform live on Saturday May 16th! The band promises that they will 'make your mum's ears bleed', so check them out as they tear through their classic catalog. Don't miss this may just be their last! See The Damned live at The Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York on Thursday May 14 and at The Stone Pony in New Jersey on Friday, May 15. (Also Tue May 12 at The Black Cat in Washington, DC and Wed May 13 at TLA in Philadelphia, PA)

Sea Monster
Thursday, May 14th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

An explosive rock 'n' roll band combining elements of punk, psychobilly and blues. They have typically shared the stage with White Zombie, Iggy Pop and Butthole Surfers.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Kalashnikov is the heavy sounding positive vibing metal improv of Jamie Saft (bass, mini-moog) and Mike Pride (drums, vocals). They made their way to WFMU's Love Room during a month of Wednesdays playing at Zebulon in Brooklyn. They will know if you don't listen.

Parapsychologist Dr. Alexander Imich
Thursday, May 14th, 2009, 2am - 6am
Night People
This week Night People will air their long-anticipated interview with 106 year old parapsychologist Dr. Alexander Imich. Tune in to hear his tales of fork mutilating, levitation and reflections on his life and the paranormal.

Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
In antipation of a week of dates in Europe, Weasel Walter (drums, ex-Flying Luttenbachers), Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Peter Evans (trumpet) stop by for an improv tussle. If recent ugExplode recordings featuring Evans and Halvorson are evidence, this combo should bring a punk rock tenacity to its boundary-pushing instrumental technique and leave the Love Room in a smoldering pile of ash. 

Seven Second Delay Picnic Broadcast From Battery Park
Wednesday, May 13th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
It's the first and last Seven Second Delay picnic broadcast ever! This Wednesday,May 13th from 6-7pm, come on down to Battery Park for a picnic with Ken and Andy. We'll be the group of picnickers with the cardboard cutout Andy Breckman and a big WFMU banner. Look for us in the grassy area just north of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.
Games! Contests! Sports! BYOSnacks! Red Rover! Wheel Barrel Racing! Tug of War! Water Balloon Toss! Potato Sack Races! Three Legged Races! Sing-a-longs! and a Hot Dog Eating Contest!

BRING: Food + Blankets
MEET: Battery Park, in the grassy area just north of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal
WHEN: Weds May 13th, 6-7pm (unless it rains)

Patton Oswalt & Aimee Mann
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
Tune into The Best Show On WFMU with Tom Scharpling tonight to hear Tom's special guests Aimee Mann and Patton Oswalt live in the studio! I don't know what else to say about it other than to let you know that it's gonna be great and there will be surprises!

Prince Rama of Ayodhya
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner

The trio of Michael Collins, Taraka Larson, and Nimai Larson met in the summer of 2007 on a Florida Hare Krishna farm, relocating to Boston and immersing themselves deep into the creation of ritualistic, holistic, and cinematic psychedelic sound. Having played shows in the US and UK with the likes of Teeth Mountain, Magik Markers, Indian Jewelry and others, their live sets have garnered a reputation for incorporating its audiences into the instrumental fold, and drawing musically from a rich variety of multicultural musical sources. Tune in to hear them on Brian's show today, and check them out at several upcoming Brooklyn shows in April and May, listed on their My Space page.

The Greg Ashley Band
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Modern psych master Greg Ashley, the driving force behind bands the Gris Gris and the Mirrors, brings his new three-piece project to the WFMU studios for what should be a mind-blowing set!

So Cow
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

So Cow's debut 7'', the power-pop gem "Moon Geun Young," came out on Almost Ready Records while So Cow himself was teaching English in South Korea. The Irish native brought a little piece of South Korea with when he stopped by Liz Berg's show last year with a South Korean mp3 player as his backing band. This time around, So Cow is bringing the full 3-piece to the WFMU live room. They're touring in support of their excellent new 12'' on Tic Tac Totally. Tour dates here.

Happy Hour on WFMU
Monday, May 11th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Sound and Safe with Trent
Everybody likes a nice, cheap drink...but WHY?  Join WFMU for a live broadcast exploring the naval origins and modern connotations of Happy Hour.  Join Designated DJ Trent and artist-team Rancourt/Yatsuk as they transform the Kate Werble Gallery into a living, breathing, open bar - complete with scores of foreign-accented bartenders, obscure drinks mixed on-air, free beer + booze, and karaoke. Join the fun at the gallery at at 7pm  - 83 Vandam Street between Greenwich and Hudson, in Soho - or listen on the air starting at 8pm. Have a drink suggestion?  Email Trent or comment on the live playlist.  We'll be posting ingredients and instructions on the playlist as well so you can mix along at home, Rachael Ray style. Come out and get enlightened.

Guitarist Peter Biedermann
Monday, May 11th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Notable for creating spatial landscapes for acoustic and electric guitars, Peter Biedermann has been making ambient music since 1977. Biedermann's latest, an EP entitled "Rumination," continues soaring off into space in that tradition. Peter has been a frequent guest on Irene's show, and also hosts his own program called "Sound In The Head" every Wednesday evening at 9 on the internet based Home Grown Radio New Jersey. Peter Biedermann brings his string wizardry to WFMU's Love Room for a live performance.

We Are The Arm
Monday, May 11th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

Ithaca, NY synth-weirdos We Are the Arm return to WFMU to unveil some new sounds from their upcoming release, "Togetherness" (Achord Records). Last time these mild-mannered chaps visited Jersey City, they performed paranoid post-punk numbers for the masses, but this time their sound has shifted closer to the Emerson, Lake, and Palmer/dance-funk end of the synth spectrum. Expose your chest hair and get ready for some greasy, aural sleaze. Catch WATA live at NYU's Strawberry Festival on May 1st, at The Shop in Ithaca on May 15th, or at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn on May 16th.

Akron/Family improv set
Monday, May 11th, 2009, 3am - 6am
on The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow

Segueing between hushed hippie folk, beardo abandon, group chants, gnarly guitar action, and Afro-psych throbs, the Williamsport-by-Williamsburg trio Akron/Family swing through the overnight for a special all-improv set. Working with Rhys Chatham, William Parker and Hamid Drake, Burlington experimenter Greg Davis, and others, the band has constantly sought to push beyond boundaries. Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free, their third and newest album, points at the dream-suites and fourth-wall busting chaos of their live show, which hits the Bowery Ballroom on May 6th.

Petit Mal
Saturday, May 9th, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Part of the Difficult Fun UK DIY art collective which also birthed Antifamily and Asja Auf Capri, Petit Mal are an overeducated synth pop duo. Their newest single "Crisis in the Credit System," calls to mind a bit of Young Marble Giants, a bit of Robert Wyatt's pop for Rough Trade, and a little bit of Yaz or early Adult if they were more interested in systemic risk rather than relationship drama. They'll also be playing live at the Issue Project Room on Tuesday May 6, 2009.

Chrome Cranks
Saturday, May 9th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T

After a twelve year hiatus, New York's legendary Chrome Cranks have reunited, and the Cherry Blossom Clinic has them! They'll be performing songs from their new greatest hits collection "The Murder of Time" (Bang Records). Tune in to hear their timeless blend of garagey punk-blues, and be sure to check them out at Santo's Party House on May 8th and Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn on May 15th.

Jimmy Accardi, of The Laughing Dogs
Saturday, May 9th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Jimmy Accardi, guitarist & songwriter of The Laughing Dogs who were a CBGB staple and released two excellent LPs on Columbia of hard-to-catagorize melodic rock & roll (called "Punk" & "New Wave" at the time). We'll also get the dirt on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in, and we'll find out what #1 hit song has been left in Michael's Mailbox!

Niki Arrowsmith, Johnny Doobs, and Mayer Hawthorne + Dam Funk
Friday, May 8th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Jersey vocalist Niki Arrowsmith, Irish DJ Johnny Doobs, and Stones Throw artists Mayer Hawthorne + Dam Funk will all be guests on Billy Jam's Put The Needle On The Record show this Friday.

Paint It Black
Thursday, May 7th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on Pat Duncan's show

Based out of Philadelphia, Paint It Black play fast tempo melodic hardcore. The band includes former Lifetime guitarist, Dan Yemin on vocals.

Roddy Jackson
Thursday, May 7th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Rock & Roll wild man Roddy Jackson drops by Spazz HQ to spin records and anecdotes on the eve of his big Maxwell's show. The pride of Merced County, California, Roddy's wild piano-pounding antics were captured on vinyl in the late '50s by visionary producer and co-writer Sonny Bono. Roddy waxed ace killers like "I've Got My Sights On Someone New" and "Moose On the Loose (featuring moose calls by the aforementioned Sonny Bono) and also co-wrote the rock & roll scorcher "She Said Yeah."

Eugene Chadbourne
Thursday, May 7th, 2009, 6am - 9am
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Country protest avant gardist Eugene Chadbourne visited WFMU's Love Room while on a recent trip to New York. With banjo in hand, the mad doctor played some of his recent geopolitical musings as well as interpretations of Albert Ayler and Captain Beefheart.

Grey Gersten / G. Lucas Crane
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
In the midst of his curated month of shows at NYC's experimental performance venue The Stone, Grey Gersten (guitar, homemade electronics) brings Woods/Non-Horse pal G. Lucas Crane (tapes, broken equipment) down to WFMU for a fully improvised set of contorted collage and soundscapes. We'll also chat with Grey about the Stone shows, his new trio EP with Ches Smith and Kato Hideki and whatever else comes up.

Raquel Z. Rivera and Wayne & Wax
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Mudd Up! with DJ/Rupture
DJ Rupture will be joined by Raquel Z. Rivera and Wayne & Wax, co-editors of the new 'Reggaeton' book. From Panamanians to Playeros to post-DemBoleros, they'll be playing rarities alongside lively discussion of the genre's complex roots and current possibilities.

Soft Circle
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009, 2am - 6am
Marty McSorley's show
Hisham Bharoocha (ex Lighting Bolt, Black Dice, Pixeltan) makes up the one-man-band spectacular that is Soft Circle. Sick guitar riffs, catchy hip shaking drums, haunting vocals and insane electronics loop together into the sweetest musical Aurora Borealis you will ever experience. Tune in and listen with your eyes.

Alec K Redfearn & The Seizures
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

The Seizures is a new quartet from Providence's premier accordion player Alec K Redfearn. Redfearn is a consistently compelling composer, and his most recent visit to WFMU was with Providence avant-jazz group Barnacled. The new quartet is inspired by everyone Eastern European folk traditions, Captain Beefheart, Kurt Weill and the Wipers. They refuse to be categorized as gypsy punk. Redfearn will be joined by Chris Sadlers on Contrabass and electronics, drummer Matt McLaren, and vocalist Orion Rigel Dommisse.

Knyfe Hyts + Nicos & Pablo of Toilet Records
Sunday, May 3rd, 2009, 3am - 6am
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh
VICTORY! After months of badgering, Knyfe Hyts has finally admitted they are Keili's number one fans and begged to come play a live set for her listeners! On May 3rd, members of Ex-Models, Oneida and Pterodactyl join up to create the sound that could only be heard if Lightening Bolt dropped acid and channeled Gang of Four, The Stooges and The Seeds. Also that night, Nicos and Pablo of Toilet Records drop by to Beast a peek into the record business and talk about a new series of live sessions from their studios in Greenpoint. They will be spinning records from some of the bands on their label, such as Asa Ransom, Bonnie Baxter, and Sigmund Droid.

Wizzard Sleeve
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009, 9pm - Midnight
Choking On Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Alabama's Wizzard Sleeve will be stopping by Choking on Cufflinks as part of their ongoing U.S. tour. Getting ready to release a follow-up to their great "Mommy Little's Baby" single for Hozac, their sound calls to mind Chrome, Parasites of the Western World, and even Stickmen with Rayguns.

All Night Indian Classical Concert Preview
Saturday, May 2nd, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

All night concerts of Indian classical music are common on the subcontinent but rare in North America. But a few years ago NY-based tabla player and scene advocate Samir Chatterjee [shuh - MEER CHAT - ter - jee] took it upon himself make such a concert happen on an annual basis. This year's 10th annual all-nighter takes place Saturday to Sunday May 9 to 10 at the Society of Ethical Culture in Manhattan. We get a preview with three musicians who will be among the many participants in the concert. Highly regarded veteran virtuosos Pandit Soumitra Lahiri [soo - MITT - ruh la - HEE - ree] (sitar) and Sri Shailendra Misra [shuh - LEN - druh MISS - ruh] (tabla); and representing the next generation, Samir Chatterjee's son, up-and-coming tabla player Dibyarka Chatterjee [dib-YAR-kuh CHAT-ter-jee].

Bang On A Jam meets Freestyle On A Mic
Friday, May 1st, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The noise of last year's discordant Bang On A Jam WFMU festival - an alternative to the more popular, more musical, and more rehearsed Bang On A Can fest - will repeat this year with numerous noise-makers including Bryce (drum-kit & kitchen percussion), Trent (toy instruments), Scott Williams (guitars), Ken (samples/laptop), and Jason Sigal (handmade guitar) all contributing to the noise. Meanwhile a slew of freestyle emcees including Broke MC, Homeboy Sandman, Bisc-1, Astronautalis, Bleubird, Swell, and Sentence, plus beatbox master Doctor Boxer will also gather in the WFMU on-air studios to wreck the mic in an extended freestyle. Bang On A Jam meets Freestyle On A Mic on Put The Needle on The Record, 3-6pm on Friday May 1st on WFMU.

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Coming on the tails of a major commissioned work, a year in the making and recently performed at Roulette, TwistyCat stops by WFMU's Love Room for a live performance. Melding the fraternal twin tones of bass clarinet (Lea Bertucci) and baritone sax (Ed Bears, ex-Talibam!), TwistyCat kick up a swirl of homemade feedback and drone, a misfit animal that is 1/3 noise, 1/3 jazz, 1/3 pure instinct. Their live shows include a heavy visual element, manipulated on the fly by Anastasiya Osipova, which we will try to replicate for you via live video webstream. This should be fun.

Martin Short
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
Martin Short has been responsible for some of the greatest comedy over the last three decades - so tune in tonight to hear him call into The Best Show On WFMU to talk about Clifford, Ed Grimley, Clifford, his one-man show, Clifford, the Queen Haters and Clifford. Also, tonight is the debut of The Mike Show, which has its own weird surprises.

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009, 9am - Noon
on Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal

Bolmongani is the solo project of Ryan Pritts, drummer for spacerock group Paik. As Bolmongani, he layers loops, guitar, bass,  and drums into textured songs, singing along thru a headset mic. Now based out of NC, Bolmonani is on tour with San Francisco's E-Zee-Tiger.

Pete Kember of Spectrum / Spacemen 3 DJ Set
Monday, April 27th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Sound and Safe with Trent

The man responsible for the most memorable psychedelia of the modern era comes in to play you his favorite songs. Catch Spectrum live Sunday 4/26 at Mercury Lounge or at Death By Audio on Wednesday 4/29.

with Guest Johanna Harcourt-Smith. Theme: Hidden Sources
Monday, April 27th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
In the MediaSquat with Douglas Rushkoff on Monday April 27 at 7pm: Joanna Harcourt-Smith, who helped Timothy Leary get out of jail by any means necessary, and now hosts MetaHistory. Theme: Hidden Sources.

LaRonda Davis of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls & Bonnie Baxter
Sunday, April 26th, 2009, 3am - 6am
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh
In what is the second part in a continuing series on youth empowerment through music and art, LaRonda Davis, President of the Black Rock Coalition, joins Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili to talk about Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls and spin some records from the bands who have formed there.

Also on the 26th - from their studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Bonnie Baxter brings their ethereal sound and layered vocals to Beast the WFMU studio with a live performance and interview.

Allen Toussaint
Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Allen Toussaint whose work as writer, producer, arranger and performer married the sounds of New Orleans with a long string of influential R&B, Soul & Pop classics including his work with Lee Dorsey, Ernie K. Doe, Benny Spellman, Irma Thomas, Fats Domino, The Meters and Paul McCartney!

Alex Goldman fills your eardrums this morning
Saturday, April 25th, 2009, 9am - 10am
The Listener Hour

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Post punk, some 80's Dischord sounds with a little bit of Chrome thrown in for good measure, New York's very own Tournament will be performing a live set of music on Diane's program near the 3:30 break. Their next release, "Years Old" is coming out on the Forcefield Records label in late spring, this is your opportunity to tune in and preview their aggressive, angular rumble now!

Live Remote Broadcast at Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
Seven Second Delay with Ken and Andy
Ken and Andy return to the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater for another live Seven Second Delay on Wednesday April 22nd from 6-7pm. Among Ken and Andy's live guests will be media prankster extraordinaire Alan Abel, comedian Robert Smigel (the man behind Triumph The Comic Insult Dog) and composer and performer Brian Dewan. Admission is five dollars, but if Andy doesn't deliver five dollars worth of zingers, you will have the difference returned to you at the end of the show. The Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater is located at 307 West 26th Street in Manhattan, near the corner of 8th Avenue and 26th Street. (Moby and Simon Rich will be appearing at the Seven Second Delay broadcast at the UCB Theater in May.)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Obits return to the WFMU airwaves just weeks after their awesome live set at the WFMU/Aquarius Records SXSW showcase. As you no doubt know by now, Obits are the latest band from Rick Froberg of Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu fame -- but don't tune in expecting to hear carbon copies of those bands. Froberg's unmistakable vocals this time play over a twin-guitar attack that's edgy and twisted, but with a classic and timeless sound that hasn't been in evidence in his previous bands. They're heading out to Canada and the West Coast in May, but you can hear them live on WFMU Tuesday April 21 at 11pm. Look for their new album I Blame You, out now on Sub Pop.

J.C. Brooks and the Uptown Sound & The Movie Star Junkies
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009, Noon - 3pm
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
JC Brooks is determined to become the next in a long line of classic Chicago Soul singers; Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Syl Johnson - JC has learned from them all. Armed with The Uptown Sound, JC's live shows are all-out assaults on the audience, making you dance by any means necessary.

The best Gun Club-influenced band to come out of Turn, Italy that you will ever hear stops by WFMU on their first-ever U.S. tour for a short set (It was actually longer but was cut short due to the incompetence of the Three Chord Monte (alleged) engineering staff). Movie Star Junkies' debut album is available now - Melville - on Voodoo Rhythm Records.

Mudboy and AREA C
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009, 9am - Noon
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Mudboy returns to Talk's Cheap for another set of experimental organ music, and this time he's rollin' with fellow Rhode Islander AREA C. That's Erik Carlson, a former member of Purple Ivy Shadows and Death Vessel. As AREA C, Carlson produces otherworldly timbral soundscapes which have been commissioned by the likes of NASA and the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts. Mudboy runs the Free Matter for the Blind label where he offers "strange sounds for strange people" including scifi radio plays and audio zines. Mudboy music has also been released by a bunch of other labels including Not Not Fun, Last Visible Dog, Digitalis Recordings, and Lexidisques will be putting out his new 7''. Mudboy and AREA C tourdates are up here.

Take Back the Streets with guest Aaron Naparstek
Monday, April 20th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Aaron Naparstek of Streetsblog and Traffic Alternatives discusses who owns the streets, why have they been surrendered to the private sector, and how can we get them back?

Matt Keating
Monday, April 20th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

While it's easy to stamp the Americana label on his music, Matt Keating music is filtered stylistically through traditional country, old school punk and classic songwriters. "Quixotic" is Matt's latest foray into the music, reviving the dying art of the album over a 23-song span. Matt Keating drops by Irene's show to play live.

Kamran Sadeghi
Sunday, April 19th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
Daniel Blumin's show
In 2008, Sadeghi, who also records and performs as Son of Rose, released "Through Thickness," a collection of wicked electronic compositions on Yann Novak's Dragon's Eye Recordings. After contributing a track to the Michelangelo Antonioni tribute compilation "Translations of Opacity" on the sound art/environmental recordings label and/OAR (Marc Behrens, Steinbruchel, Francisco Lopez), earlier this year Sadeghi participated in the label's showcase at Diapason Gallery in Brooklyn. The Iranian-born musician has recently moved to New York, and this will be his first visit to WFMU! 

Saturday, April 18th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Pistolera is a Mexican / American musical powder keg. Bandleader Sandra Velasquez grew up in San Diego as a Mexican-American kid playing rock and roll. But when she came to New York, far from the border, she missed something about her roots and decided to merge her love of rock with Mexican rancheras and cumbias. Her lyrics (as on the band's latest CD, "En Este Camino") often deal with issues related to the Mexican American experience and in support of immigrants' rights and womens' rights. And she doesn't pull her punches. Pistolera agit-rocks Joe's Pub on Friday April 24 - and we get a preview with a live session.

Barry Tashian, of Barry & The Remains
Saturday, April 18th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Barry Tashian leader of the Boston garage band Barry & The Remains, who recorded some classic records for the Epic label, appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and opened The Beatles final US tour in 1966. We'll also get the scoop on recently deceased musicians when obituary writer Phast Phreddie Patterson checks in & we'll also spend one minute with music journalist Scott Schinder.

Graeme Harper plays the tunes this morning
Saturday, April 18th, 2009, 9am - 10am
The Listener Hour

Thursday, April 16th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

Members of Withered from Atlanta will be stopping by for a chat and to talk about (and play) the limited edition vinyl release of their latest effort, "Folie Circulaire." They are performing Thursday night at Union Pool along with Book of Black Earth and Hull, and will be heading right to the show from Diane's program!

Throbbing Gristle
Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, 8pm - 11pm
on Strength Through Failure with Fabio

Formed in 1975, Throbbing Gristle are thee premiere Industrial/art/noise pioneers, with influence that has reached into almost every corner of modern experimental, and even popular music, visuals and culture. They disbanded in 1981 with members moving on to projects like Psychic TV, Coil, and Chris and Cosey, until reuniting in 2004. The reformed Throbbing Gristle are the premiere Industrial/art/noise pioneers, playing their first ever NYC shows (Brooklyn Masonic Temple dates are sold out, but a night at Manhattan's Le Poisson Rouge has been added April 17) land the lineup of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Chris Carter, and Peter Christopherson will be chatting here in WFMU's studios, playing unreleased recordings and taking your live phone calls on Strength Through Failure!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

You've heard them rock the Glen Jones remote broadcasts over the years, now enjoy a live performance in the studio from Hudson County's phenomenal pop combo! See them live April 18 at Maxwell's in Hoboken with the Woggles and Insomniacs and April 25 at the Lamp Post in Jersey City with the Subway Surfers!

Bottom Up Media with Xeni Jardin
Monday, April 13th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Xeni Jardin, co-editor of and BoingBoingTV, talks about the potential of bottom-up media. How far have we come, and does success mean turning from bottom-up to top-down?

The Citizen Kafka Memorial Show
Monday, April 13th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

A longtime fixture on NYC's bluegrass scene, Citizen Kafka was probably best known as a radio host for a subversive comedy/music show on WBAI and producer of The Secret Museum of the Air, which also ran on WFMU. The Citizen recently passed, and two of his co-conspirators in comedy and music, Ed Haber and Kenny Kosek, join Irene for a tribute show.

Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator
Sunday, April 12th, 2009, Midnight - 3am
Daniel Blumin's show
Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator is a key figure in the history of German New Wave. In addition to being a member of the great off-kilter electropop trio Der Plan, Dahlke was a founding member of the first incarnation of D.A.F, whose debut album was the initial release on Ata Tak, the label co-founded by Dahlke that went on to release the music of seminal bands such as Die Todliche Doris, Wirtschaftwunder and Oval. Since the Eighties Kurt has continued collaborating, composing and playing in bands (A Certain Frank) and producing and remixing acts (Kreidler, to rococo rot, Fehlfarben). Currently in New York for a few weeks playing some shows w/ Lukas Ligeti's Burkina Electric project, Dahlke is dropping by WFMU for a Pyrolator live set of unreleased electronic material using the Lightning II controller (built by Don Buchla!) that allows him to control the music by the movement or the pressure of his hands. And that ain't all. Pyrolator will then take control and spin tracks of Ata Tak past and present as well as some other choice musik aus Deutschland. In between we'll chat about Dusseldorf and German punk and new wave as well as Herr Pyrolator's more recent adventures. Tune in and Pyrolate wildly!

Live Broadcast from Barbes: Conjunto Guantanamo, Nikolay Kolev, Brazilian Brass, Gaida Hinnawi, & Diabetela
Saturday, April 11th, 2009, 6pm - 9pm
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Rob Weisberg and guest co-host Irene Trudel broadcast live from Barbes, 376 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Three hours of live music from five bands / artists - and this time around, a thoroughly mixed bag: Pure Cuban roots a la Beny More and Arsenio Rodriguez with Conjunto Guantanamo (who will also play after the broadcast); virtuosic Bulgarian gadulka - fiddle - from Nikolay Kolev, a member of the wonderful ensemble Bulgarika; Arabic songs from Damascus-born Gaida Hinnawi - speech pathologist by day, singer by night who's worked with many bands on the local Arabic scene as well as Gillian Welch and Alejandro Escovedo. 

Plus a couple of groups new to the local scene:  A new still-unnamed Brazilian-style brass band under the guidance of drummer Scott Kettner, who also leads New York's ultra-dynamic electro-Pernambuco-style band Nation Beat, and Diabetela, a talented griot duo - kora and percussion - from Burkina Faso that has toured extensively in Europe. Free WFMU swag, and admission during the broadcast is free.

The World's Greatest Music Experts
Saturday, April 11th, 2009, 10am - 1pm
Michael Shelley's show
Michael spins nothing but genre-defying #1 hits and from noon to 1pm welcomes The World's Greatest Music Experts!

Nick Name calls the shots this morning
Saturday, April 11th, 2009, 9am - 10am
The Listener Hour

Jinx Lennon & Mira Cook
Friday, April 10th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Dundalk, Ireland's Jinx Lennon has been labeled "punk poet" and been compared to the likes of John Cooper-Clarke, The Streets, and Mark E. Smith. He's been booked on concerts with hip-hop and electronic artists and cites MF Doom as one of his all time favorite artists. His just released fourth album, "Trauma Themes, Idiot Times" on Septic Tiger Records, captures the always observant & often satirical border-town wordsmith at his most insightful & engaging lyrical best. Meanwhile San Francisco's Mira Cook, a ballerina who constructs her own loops to accompany her singing, has been compared to U.S. Girls as well as some of the artists on New Zealand's defunct Xpressway record label by WFMU's Brian Turner who has played the Bay Area artist's recently released self-titled cassette full-length on his show.

From Bacteria to Boys
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell

Drummer/hustler Mike Pride brings his superbly named quartet, From Bacteria to Boys, to WFMU for a live session. Expect a freeform approach to jazz that encompasses interlocking rhythms, repetition, R&B, noise, modern/free jazz, etc. with a sick band including Darius Jones (alto), Alex Marcello (piano) and Peter Bitenc (bass).

Das Black Milk
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009, 11pm - 2am
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Das Black Milk traveled all the way from the wilds of Scranton, PA, to bring their garage post-punk sound to the WFMU audience. They've been described as The Fall meets Mudhoney, and Evan figures that's a close enough comparison that he's not going to try to come up with another one. (He's used to referring to himself in the third person thanks to Facebook.) They've got a new full-length album coming soon, but in the meantime you can listen to their past releases at their blog and of course check them out live on Evan's show Tuesday night, April 7, at 11pm.

The Maestrosities
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
Centennial Songs / The Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC
New York musical vaudeville ensemble, the Maestrosities will appear on The Antique Phonograph Music Program Tuesday April 7th at 7pm. Their repertoire spans close 100 years of songs ranging from 1920's classics to 1990's pop hits.

Open Source Everything?
Monday, April 6th, 2009, 7pm - 8pm
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff
Douglas' featured guest will be Steven Johnson, author of the book "Invention of Air," a look at how Joseph Priestly went against the orthodoxies of his day to develop cross-disciplinary theories. How does his collaborative style inform our approach to today's challenges?

Kirsten Hoving & Antonio Ciacca
Monday, April 6th, 2009, 6pm - 7pm
The Speakeasy with Dorian
Art and architecture historian Kirsten Hoving talks about the enigmatic artist Joseph Cornell and his fascination with astronomy, then jazz pianist Antonio Ciacca talks about his music. Kirsten Hoving has a new book, "Joseph Cornell and Astronomy." Antonio Ciacca's newest CD is called Rush Life. He can also be heard live in NYC on Tuesday evenings from 7-10 PM at Creole restaurant (118th Street and 3rd Ave) and on Thursdays fro 7-10 PM at Roth's Westside Steakhouse, 93rd Street and Columbus Ave.

M Shanghai String Band
Monday, April 6th, 2009, 3pm - 6pm
on Irene Trudel's show

On the cusp of releasing their 3rd album, the 11-piece M Shanghai String Band is still practicing a playful slant on Bluegrass and Americana. Their new album, "The Mapmaker's Daughter," captures the same energy that we've come to expect from the M Shanghai mob, in the highest fidelity yet. "Mapmakers" is testimony to their years of performing together. The M Shanghai String Band drops by WFMU to play live.

The Fly Girlz and 911 Thesaurus
Sunday, April 5th, 2009, 3am - 6am
Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh
Straight out of East Brooklyn to your ears; from the halls of our public schools to your radio - the sound of youth empowerment Beasts the Airwaves. It's the first in a series of performances by young people laying down the hottest beats and expressing themselves in rhymes where social consciousness is delivered with energy and exuberance. The Fly Girlz and 911 Thesaurus, ranging in age from 14 to 20, coming fresh from the after-school program that gave them the means of self-expression to perform live for WFMU's listeners on Beastin' The Airwaves with Keili.

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