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Gag
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
Olympia Washington, the town and scene that brought the world Milk Music, Nuts Fanzine, Evergreen State College, and Beat Happening, has now unleashed Gag. A band that is clearly ingesting everything that is happening in 2013 hardcore punk and turning out their demented, studded, and barb wired interpretation. A smear of snot and delay over some hard riffs and mid tempo beats. A post-Hoax band getting it done in a post-Hoax world. They're in the middle of some serious van problems on a serious two month tour, so we snagged a live session while they were stuck in the barren wastelands of New Brunswick New Jersey. Tune in.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Lila and the Professor"
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Lila and the Professor " airs Weds. November 13th at 4pm (Eastern). Joe describes his exasperating girlfriend, Lila, a clumsy, petulant, disorganized lady who not-so-secretly maintains a romantic relationship with her aging, crippled mentor, Professor Vogel.


Sportsy Talk (Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet fill in for Chris T.)
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Sportsy Talk with Bronwyn C.& Jim
The Most Trusted Team in Sports Talk Radio Today, Bronwyn C. and Jim the Poet, fill in for Chris T. NFL Bullies! Workplace Harassment! NFL Quitters! NFL Suicides! Concussions and Broken Ankles! Who’s Your QB? (Are you sure?) Call in and get all Sportsy on us. Tuesday, 6-7 PM.


Obnox
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
The prolific solo project of Cleveland's Lamont "Bim" Thomas (ex-Bassholes, Puffy Areolas, Unholy Two among others), Obnox treads on some junked-out Stooges/Pussy Galore terrain with ample heaps of white noise and stylistic curveballs. Definitely in the rock and roll corner, yet stretching into some wild and wooly places your traditionalist garage rockers opt not to tread; Obnox has issued 9 releases in only two years via labels like Permanent, 12XU, Anyway, Smog Veil and more. Live they'll be trashing it up today on Brian's show as a two-piece, see them November 9th at the Cake Shop!


First Real Date & Savage Love Podcast Shenanigans with Andrea Silenzi
Monday, November 11th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Why Oh Why? with Andrea Silenzi
Stories about where things went wrong, and how we made them right again. Hear from a girl who, in her 30s, realized she was on her first real date ever. Plus, the inventor of the tacocopter explains how his dating life was forever changed by a well known advice podcast. Plus, dudes in bars, and a trip to Long Island with Grandma Phyllis.


Improvised Sound Collage Performance Simulcast
Friday, November 8th, 2013, 9pm - 10pm
on Ken's Last Ever Radio Extravaganza
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Scaring you forth, scaring you eighth, all up on a stage that you can pretend to attend, even possibly with live playlist comments. Live audio simulcast remote broadcast of improvised sound collage performance at Magnolia House in Charlottesville, VA.


Read a Book, Schnook!
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Chris T. welcomes Miriam Linna, of Kicks Books (and Norton Records) to jawbone over the latest titles in the Kicks line of "Hip Pocket Paperbacks"; her writing; her publishing philosophy... and the future of the printed word! We also want to know what books you're reading, where you get your books and whether it's paper or e-reader for you. We may also hear from a famous author or two!


Trash Ride
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Garbage and New Jersey, perfect together. We'll leave it to New Brunswick's proud purveyors of moron boogie to sum it up themselves: shady screwballs play loud rock n roll. Yup. Don't miss this epic session!!


Black Sea Hotel
Monday, November 4th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event with Dan Bodah

Black Sea Hotel are the Ramones of Balkan a capella song. They infuse this already-wild traditional music with their own gutsy sound that is by turns dissonant and driving, lyrical and ethereal. Black Sea Hotel will visit WFMU on November 4th to preview their 2nd record, "The Forest is Shaking and Swaying." Core members Willa Roberts and Sarah Small will be joined by a series of guest singers working with them through the precise arrangements that allow Black Sea Hotel to build the sound of a choir out of just 3 powerful voices. (The group will also be hosting a release party for the new record, with special guests, at The Hive NYC in Brooklyn on November 8th at 7pm.)


Trevor of the Ballantynes
Monday, November 4th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Trevor of the Ballantynes spins some toons! Doot doo!


The Wingdale Community Singers + Olivia Chaney
Monday, November 4th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on
Irene Trudel's show
Led by the core of Hannah Marcus, David Grubbs and Rick Moody, The Wingdale Community Singers return for a third round with another album of nearly heartbreaking beauty. The Wingdales' seemingly simple songs have an underlying emotionalism that really tugs at the listener's soul. Walt Whitman becomes an unexpected lyricist as his poetry forms the basis of a three-song Whitman sampler at the center of the album, including the title song, "Night, Sleep, Death, and the Stars." The Wingdale Community Singers play live from WFMU's "Love" room.

Then, Irene is joined by Scottish singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney, whose intensely personal music at times echoes Nick Drake and Sandy Denny. Chaney is equally at ease on the acoustic guitar, elegantly reworking music by folks like Bert Jansch all the way back to Henry Purcell, and can be equally moving on harmonium and piano. Olivia has performed with Alasdair Roberts, and was recently signed to Nonesuch Records. Olivia Chaney drops by WFMU in advance of an evening show Monday November 4th at Rockwood Music Hall.


DJ Slimzee
Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Godfather of grime and co-founder of Rinse FM and Pay As U Go, the legendary DJ Slimzee drops a special guest mix on Scones tonight. He's wrapping up a week of shows in NYC, his first since 2002. Don't miss it.


Garifuna music trailblazer Chichi Sosa
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Honduran multi-instrumentalist Rolando "Chichi" Sosa has quietly played a crltical role in the development of Afro-Caribbean Garifuna music over the past two decades. He's composed and performed with Garifuna music's greatest star, the late Andy Palacio, as well as current stars Aurelio Martinez, Danny Michel and many others. But he's rarely taken center stage himself - until now, as he leads his own band in NYC. He drops by tonight to share his music live and on CD and share the story of this rich music and culture from Central America and the Caribbean.


The Paley Brothers
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes The Paley Brothers - who signed to Sire Records (just after the Ramones, and just before Talking Heads) where their classic Power-Pop was slightly out of sync with prevailing trends. Along the way they worked with Phil Spector, played Madison Square Garden (opening for Shaun Cassidy) and released an EP and an LP before dissolving. Their LP & EP (with tons of never before released material) have just been collected on the CD "The Complete Recordings"!


Ken Kaplan
Friday, November 1st, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Professor Dum Dum's Lab

NJ candidate for governor, Ken Kaplan, will be interviewed by Professor Dum Dum tonight.


Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 31st, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Let Music To Spook By be your soundtrack on this All Hallows' Eve!


Vaz
Thursday, October 31st, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Featuring two-thirds of Hammerhead, Brooklyn's VAZ displays a melodic knack that Hammerhead only hinted at, yet manage to punch even harder! Tune in for a live set from them on Halloween on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine! Showtime = 1pm!


Ashrae Fax
Thursday, October 31st, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

It's Halloween, and what better way to spend it than with a goth-tinged dream pop band? After a ten-year hiatus, Ashrae Fax stop in during their brief reunion tour, and album reissue. Echoing guitars and vocals that rival Siouxsie Sioux's might make you think you've time-traveled, but Ashrae Fax's sound is unique, timeless and haunting. Begin your Halloween in the dark.


Pony Time AND Chastity Belt
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
An incredible month of special shows wraps up with live music from two great Seattle bands! Pony Time is a two-piece dance-punk band with a bass player and a drummer. They have a song called "Gary Numan." No further information is needed.

Chastity Belt's latest album is called No Regerts. That is not a typo. They were recently featured on NPR in large part, it seems, because one of the hosts thought they had "the most horrifying publicity photo" he'd ever seen. (He subsequently allowed that their music "isn't anywhere near the worst music you'll ever hear — in fact, it's awesome." So.)
Pony Time and Chastity Belt are on tour together across the US (and back!). You can see them at Shea Stadium in Brooklyn on Thursday Oct. 25 and in New Brunswick NJ on Saturday Oct. 27 (ask a punk where the show is). If you miss them live, tune in to WFMU Wednesday night, Oct. 30, to hear live sets from both bands!


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Joe's Frank's America"
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Joe Frank's America" airs Weds. October 30th at 4pm (Eastern). Joe gets on the phone and calls dozens of fellow Americans named Joe Frank, even though he really doesn't want to do it. What he really wants to do is quit radio and leave town.


The Juggs
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on
Duane Train
Led by Kentucky raised, Brooklyn dwelling Kareem Bunton. This self proclaimed “music nerd” describes his music as landing in between Mudhoney and Muddy Waters with a bit of Funkadelic and the Temptations thrown in for color. The Juggs are loud, fast, psychedelic, and muscular. But more importantly they are soulful, like make you weep or get somebody pregnant soulful. Quit your job and hit the road soulful, lose your mind and find it again soulful. As a band they are truthful and sincere in their intentions. They want to rock with you, no strings attached. Their latest ep is called "I Hear Voices" and it's produced by Mick Collins (Dirtbombs, Gories). They will also be playing a Halloween Cavestomp Spectacular at Coco 66 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn 10/31/13.


Terakaft + Imharhan
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
A West African double bill on the airwaves today: Terakaft formed in Mali in 2001 continuing an electric-charged path forged by other Tuareg kindred spirits like Tinariwen (in fact several ex-Tinariwens reside in Terakaft). Their name translates in Tamasheq to "caravan", and the band has been forced to spread their sounds through live touring and non-domestic channels since political uprisings in Mali in 2012 have forced the music out. They'll be live in the studio today! Also, as a bonus, we'll be broadcasting a set recorded by Rob Weisberg from the New York/Lincoln Center stop of the Festival of the Desert tour this past summer with Imharhan, another electric combo led by Mohamed Issa ag Oumar, a member of Tartit. Tartit and Imharhan stopped by Transpacific Sound Paradise in July as well for a WFMU session.


The Blind Shake
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Blind Shake are a detuned, garage-stomp, punk trio from Minneapolis, MN. Two brothers, Mike and Jim Blaha, front the band and play baritone and regular guitar respectively, while longtime friend Dave Roper plays drums. Known for ferocious live shows and collaborations with psychedelic noise legend Michael Yonkers, see them on tour this fall with Thee Oh Sees including Oct. 29 at Irving Plaza. New LP Key To a False Door just came out on Castle Face Records!


Federico Aubele
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on This Is The Modern World with Trouble

Argentinian singer songwriter Federico Aubele plays a live acoustic set on This is the Modern World with Trouble Oct 29. His new release "5" is a gorgeous combination of electronics, dub and classical guitar. Federico adds his stunning baritone voice to a beautiful mix of old and new sounds. See more here


Camden Joy
Monday, October 28th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event with Dan Bodah

Camden Joy is a writer, music critic, poster artist, and singer of songs about the scandal-plagued Presidential Coin series. His book "Boy Island" recounted the story of the band Cracker's first tour, with the addition of fictional drummer Camden Joy. In a late-90s poster series, he attacked the CMJ music festival before it was cool; in another series, he heralded the Chicago band Souled American before it was cool. He's eternally pre-cool. He'll visit WFMU's Airborne Event to bray songs, strum the guitar, and say stuff in advance of his November 4th talk at Housing Works NYC and his November 8th keynote address to the Midwest Modern Language Association in lovely Milwaukee.


Roger Allen (Pt. 10)
Monday, October 28th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
Roger Allen Presents more Scary Halloween Music! Doot doo!


Mamadou Kelly
Monday, October 28th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Employing a nimble, melodic guitar technique and a soulful, bluesy voice, Mamadou Kelly made a name for himself playing with greats like the late Malian blues legend Ali Farka Toure. Kelly fled his home town of Niafunke for Bamako after the occupation of northern Mali in 2012, when the imposition of sharia law banned music there. Not to be stopped, he continued to hone his solo career and just released a new album in September, which more than hints at his encyclopedic knowledge of Malian music. Last summer Mamadou was a part of the Caravan for Peace concert outdoors at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, and WFMU was fortunate to be allowed to record the whole concert. Mamadou Kelly's live set airs on Irene's show.


Magnificent multi-culti sounds of NYC: Four bands live from Barbes in Park Slope
Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg


Join Rob and illustrious co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel at Barbes, the music-lover's haven at 9th St and 6th Ave in Park Slope, Brooklyn for another jam-packed night of live music. Tonight's stellar lineup proves once again that when it comes to seeing and hearing amazing music from around the world, there's no better place than right here in NYC:
- Sharabi: Super-duo Frank London (trumpet) and Deep Singh (tabla) and friends take South Asian music places it's never gone before
- Mireya Ramos and Mariachi Flor de Toloache: New York's fabulous (and first-ever) all-women's mariachi band
- Uri Sharlin (accordion) and Kinan Azmeh (clarinet): Two virtuosic Middle-Easterners join forces in NYC
- Diego Obregon and Grupo Chonta: Masterful marimba traditions from Colombia's Pacific coast
Admission is free (though bands may pass the hat) and we'll be giving away lots of free FMU swag, so get in on the action in person or over the airwaves.


Chicago Soul
Friday, October 25th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
For the first time ever, Downtown Soulville devotes an entire show to that OTHER midwestern city: Chicago!


99% NonEnglish
Friday, October 25th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs Marks the Annual Rites of the Singles Going Steady with a Ceremonious Spinning of 45s from Portugal, Morocco and Most Primarily the Czech Republic (including but not limited to the former Czechoslovakia) for the Merriment of Radio Listeners Who Enjoy Clapping their Hands along to Predictable Patterns and Joyful Refrains.


The 5678's
Thursday, October 24th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
The explosive all-gal trio from the Land of the Rising Sun make their triumphant return to Music To Spazz By for a live in the studio rock 'n' roll party!


Singles Going On Vacation!
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Like many of you, and like many WFMU DJs, when EFD goes on vacation he loves to shop for cheap used records, especially singles (they take up less room in the suitcase). The problem: there's never enough time to play them during a regular show. The solution: WFMU's annual Singles Going Steady week! Tune in at 9pm on Wednesday the 23rd to hear how EFD spent his summer vacations.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "The Queen of Puerto Rico"
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "The Queen of Puerto Rico" airs Weds. October 23rd at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, a bored American high school student vacationing in the Caribbean with his family becomes enchanted by and obsessed with a beautiful, mysterious older woman who always dresses in pink.


Singles Going Steady Week!
Monday, October 21st, 2013, Midnight - Sunday, October 27th, 2013, 11:59pm
on
LIVE BROADCASTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS
All hail the return of Singles Going Steady Week! From Oct 21-17, most WFMU DJs will be paying tribute to the little records with the (mostly) big holes. Tune in for seven days of seven inch records, as we celebrate our October fundraiser and get ready for the high holy days of vinyl, the WFMU Record Fair (Nov 22-24).


Singles Going Steady Week
Sunday, October 20th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Strive To Survive Spinning Most 7" Records Possible. Mostly Melvins.


Halloween Special
Sunday, October 27th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Last year's Halloween special was lauded by a world-famous former-Satanist! This year's episode will be even more spooky and Halloweeny so grab some candy corn and stay up late!


Gunnar Haslam and Jahilyya Fields
Sunday, October 27th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Gunnar Haslam and Jahilyya Fields are two sides of a degraded coin bearing the L.I.E.S. (Long Island Electrical Systems) seal. This year they've independently released the Mimesiak LP and Pleasure Sentence 12", both featuring trippy and dejected dance cuts that would have made total sense on Chris Farley's iPod. Catch their DJ and live sets this week on Scones Radio.


John Paul Keith and the 145's
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

John Paul Keith is a blistering guitarist and singer who WFMU listeners have likely heard bending the strings with Jack Oblivian and the Tennessee Tearjerkers, and the kind of songwriter who makes great melodies and incredible lyrics sound effortless. JP's new album, Memphis Circa 3 AM, was produced by Sun Records legend Roland Janes. Catch the band Oct. 24 at Bowery Electric and oct. 25 at teh Rock Shop.


THe New Creation
Monday, October 21st, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with The New Creation (Vancouver, BC )!


One Date, Two Boyfriends & This Feels Terrible Host Erin McGathy: Andrea Silenzi Guest Hosts Too Much Information
Monday, October 21st, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Why Oh Why? with Andrea Silenzi
Stories about keeping it together. Hear how one guest ends up on a first date after finding a great deal on airfare to Panama. Then, how to balance two boyfriends by always seeming busy. Plus, an interview with Erin McGathy from the This Feels Terrible Podcast. She joins us to answers your love and relationship questions.


CCR Headcleaner
Monday, October 21st, 2013, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
Scott Williams's show
Oakland CA's CCR Headcleaner produce a riff-heavy monster din that is massive, raw, and very very druggy. The 4 members sport backgrounds in The Hospitals, Jealousy, Long-Legged Woman, and Jackie-O Motherf(&$er, and manage to sound nothing like any of those bands, while digesting some tendencies of all... and also, Doo-Wop.


Mark Humble and friends
Monday, October 21st, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Beatlesque pop songs with melodic hooks are Mark Humble's specialty. After working on a couple of albums, Humble stepped back from music making for over 10 years, dipping his toes back in with a few solo performances and the release of "One Centre Street" about a year ago. Mark, with a little help from his friends, has jumped back into performing with, as he says, "musical skills, thrills, passion and abandon. Mistakes will be made on a grand scale. A handsaw will be used. Three part harmony will be sung. A double bass will vie for attention with a screaming electric guitar." Come listen to those musical thrills as Mark Humble and Friends play live on Irene's show.


HONK! NYC: Brazilian Activist Brass Band Os Siderais
Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Every October a bevy of massive marching bands from around the country and the globe squonk their way to Boston for the annual HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. In the growing global activist street band movement, the emphasis is on individuality and a “DIY” sensibility, in instrumentation and especially attire - often a warped / trippy send-up of high school marching band uniforms and regalia. HONK! NYC, Oct 15th-19th, is New York's HONK aftershock, with a slew of bands making musical mayhem in our streets, schools, a museum and even some regular old clubs. And the HONK! NYC after-party is live on WFMU tonight as this year's farthest-flung HONK legion, Brazil's Os Siderais, brings its uproarious din to our airwaves.


LaLa Brooks
Saturday, October 19th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes La La Brooks - who as a member of The Crystals was the lead vocalist on "Then He Kissed Me" and "Da Doo Ron Ron". Her brand new album "All Or Nothing" comes out on October 15th on Norton Records!


Instrumental Soul
Friday, October 18th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
You hate when Mr. Fine Wine talks over instros, you say? Well, here's an hour of instrumental 45s, with no yakking over any of 'em.


Please Release Me + a live set from Malian vocal band Tartit
Friday, October 18th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
A look back at the year that's passed with unreleased music from guests who have frequented the minotaur's lair. Sounds you only heard if you were there in the audience or in the studio by the likes of Robert Ashley,Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre the Groove Commanders, Shelley Hirsch, Taylor Ho Bynum, Laura Kaminsky, John King, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Ergo Phizmiz, Dave Soldier & Jonathan Kane, Jon Rose, So Percussion and (maybe) more, all provided by the artists in support of high-flying airshow that is WFMU!

In the final hour of the broadcast, we'll hear a live set from Tartit, a Tuareg band from Timbuktu, Mali, recorded live at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. The five women and four men of the ensemble played a set of quietly hypnotic, trance-inducing music as a part of the Festival au Désert – Caravan for Peace concert on July 31, 2013. Thanks to Lincoln Center and WFMU's Rob Weisberg for making this possible, and watch for other Caravan for Peace broadcasts on Rob, Irene Trudel and Brian Turner's shows.


Levi Weaver
Friday, October 18th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili

Returning to New York for CMJ, and to Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keili after 4 long years, is singer/songwriter/crooner/funnyguy Levi Weaver! Listen to tales of listener-relieved financial crisis, 24-hour live broadcasts, and the growth of an epic yet unwanted beard. Hear his feels, feel his feels.


Christopher Amott
Thursday, October 17th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine

From Sweden by way of Brooklyn as of late, Christopher Amott, guitarist of Arch Enemy and Armageddon will be on the Peer Pressure segment of Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine this Thursday. He's got some new music bubbling under that we will hear as well as influential music to the six string legend. Listeners will be able to ask Chris questions via the live interactive playlist!


Ya-Yas Come Alive at Budokan
Thursday, October 17th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
In honor of our new ground floor performance space, which will hopefully feature TONS of live music in the future, this week's Surface Noise special presents only music recorded live in concert. From audio-challenged audience recordings to the classic live albums of all-time, all will be fair game for the Surface Noise stage. Get your lighters ready!


La Nuit Obscure de L'âme with special guest Annabelle Cazes
Thursday, October 17th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Annabelle Cazes (aka Glockabelle) joins Julie live in the studio for a foray into French Music from '60s ye-ye to '90s darkwave and beyond. French toast? French fries? No, just pure French music, and perhaps some pronunciation lessons for Julie.


The Return Of Mayhem In The PM!
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
That's right, it's another three-hours of nothing but power-pop, post-punk, new wave and punk records (yes, RECORDS) from 1978 through 1982! You'll know some, you won't know others, but you'll love 'em all. And, for a change, this year's edition features NO format restrictions! Singles and LPs will be mixing together, just like the old days. It all starts at 9pm on Wednesday, October 16, on The Evan "Funk" Davies show so make your listening plans now!


Dawn of Humans
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea
With all members originally hailing from Brooklyn or Jersey City, New York punk icons Dawn of Humans bring their live mutant jams to the WFMU studios. With EPs on Always Restrictions and Toxic State Records, this live session is a unique opportunity to find the kings of New York punk in a realm that exists between their insane live show (understatement) and their flawless recordings. Truly deranged, creepy, and anthemic punk that will leave you confused, slam dancing, and taking your clothes off all at the same time. With three brand new songs, this is Dawn of Humans at the height of their post Midwest tour resurgence. Members of Crazy Spirit, Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Warthog, Murderer, Rosenkopf, Perdition, and pretty much every other New York punk band that matters. Don't miss this.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "A Special Family"
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "A Special Family" airs Weds. October 16th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe chronicles the hardships that ensue when a father is killed in a workplace accident, and the victim's brother marries his widowed sister-in-law.


King Khan and The Shrines
Monday, October 14th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with King Khan and The Shrines (Berlin, Germany)!


Becca Stevens
Monday, October 14th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Irene Trudel's show

With a breezily emotional vocal style and an impressive mastery of guitar-like instruments, Becca Stevens has been quietly gaining a strong fanbase in the jazz/rock world. She's worked folks like with Brad Mehldau, Lionel Loueke and the Bjorkestra, to name a few, and has a couple of gorgeous albums out as bandleader. Stevens, along with Rebecca Martin and Gretchen Parlato, perform as the ensemble Tillery (which had to reschedule for later in the year). Becca Stevens drops by to play solo on Irene's show.


Stirring Sounds of Multi-Culti Paris: University Of Gnawa, Live at Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors
Saturday, October 12th, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

This month four FMU super-friends - Rob, Kurt, Irene and Brian - will each bring you a set recorded live at this summer's stirring Festival of the Desert / Caravan for Peace Concert at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Bandshell. Rob kicks things off this week with the performance that actually closed the July 31 four-band spectacular, by Aziz Sahmaoui and University of Gnawa. Sahmaoui is the charismatic ex-singer of Paris Maghrebi music machine Orchestre National de Barbes, and a former Joe Zawinul sideman. His new group is rooted in Morocco's popular chaabi style but has a distinctly Parisian multi-culti flavor, with West African and other international styles in the mix. U of G wowed the crowd in this New York debut, and you'll hear why tonight.


Tommy James
Saturday, October 12th, 2013, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Tommy James, leader of Tommy James &The Shondells whose songs (“Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “Draggin’ The Line”... ) have sold over 100 Million records!


Latin Soul
Friday, October 11th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Mr. Fine Wine dusts off his Latin soul 45s for an hour of boogaloo and mambo madness.


NYC Mayoral candidate Alicia American
Friday, October 11th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk

With her sister Debbie, Alicia American is the newest sensation in club music. What makes their success all the more remarkable is the fact that the two are also self-acknowledged cartoon characters. Alicia is now setting her sites even higher with what might be the first major city mayoral candidacy by a cartoon character. In true vox populi form, she is letting her fans and WFMU listeners select a song to be played that day on Miniature Minotaurs. Go here to listen and vote and be sure to tune in for this landmark interview.


Surfer Blood
Thursday, October 10th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Originally forming in 2009 in West Palm Beach, Florida, Surfer Blood released their critically-acclaimed debut album “Astro Coast” in 2010 and then toured extensively around the world on the festival circuit. In 2012, they moved up from indie sensations to big-league-players by signing with Warner Brothers Records, and released their second album, “Pythons,” earlier this year. Produced by the legendary Gil Norton (who has worked with The Pixies and Foo Fighters, among others) “Pythons” maintains the same dreamy surf rock sensibility of the band's debut but sees them buffing their pop gems into dynamic songs that feature expanded arrangements and a more focused approach to their craft, which is partially due to Norton's expert input. Hear their upbeat hooks and contagious melodies live on 100% Whatever, starting at 1 am!


Gap Dream AND The Cosmonauts
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Gap Dream bring their dreamy psych-garage sounds back to the WFMU studios ahead of the November release of their second album, Shine Your Light (Burger). Gabe Fulvimar (who basically is Gap Dream) collaborated with Bobby Harlow (The Go/Conspiracy Of Owls) on the new LP; he explains "the tempos are faster. The synths are louder. The drum machine is up-front and relentless. The rhythms are full of life, strict, and very apparent." Expect to hear plenty of songs from the new album during this live set.

PLUS: A live set from Gap Dream's label-mates, tour-mates and psych-mates The Cosmonauts! They proudly quote a critic's description of their sound as "the Beach Boys on downers," and their third album Persona Non Grata (Burger) is out now. Both bands are touring the USA as part of the Burger Caravan Of Stars, which pulls in to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on Saturday, Oct. 5. This double-action Sidecar Of Stars hits the WFMU airwaves at 9pm on Wednesday night Oct. 9th - tune in!


The Spits
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week on Distort Jersey City we are excited to host the return of The Spits to WFMU. What are you really supposed to say about The Spits? If you're not familiar with their caveman Ramones worship anthems, you don't want to miss this live session; and if you are familiar, we already know you'll be tuning in. The Kalamazoo Michigan punk heroes have records on Nickel and Dime, Slovenly, Dirtnap, and Thrifstore, and are touring on their new Kill The Kool Rarities album on In The Red. Highly recommended for fans of anything that is pure, good, and rock and roll.


Joe Frank - In the Dark: "Smile"
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Installments of Joe Frank's radio series IN THE DARK air each Wednesday at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode entitled "Smile" airs Weds. October 16th at 4pm (Eastern). In this episode, Joe listens to complaints from his friends, some about him. In response, Joe offers a litany of reasons to be cheerful.


Highway to Health
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 6pm - 7pm
on
Aerial View with Chris T.
Last Wednesday, our own Amanda Barrett had the President's back as he spoke about the Government Shutdown and the Affordable Care Act. Amanda joins Chris T. tonight to tell us how she found herself standing directly behind the leader of the free world and - for some - the most despised man in America. Chris will also ask about your health care and whether or not you plan to sign up for health coverage in the next six months.


Metalleg
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This New York trio embraces the poppier side of the Ramones and the punkier side of power pop. Check out their new album, "Hit of the Week," containing hit after hit!


Diego Garcia
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Diego Garcia plays live, October 8, 9-noon on This is the Modern World with Trouble. The day Diego released his first solo record he played WFMU. October 8th he releases his second, "Paradise", and plays at WFMU. Coincidence? I think not. We are Diego's good luck charm. His beautiful latin style guitar playing, and 60's French movie soundtrack vibe assures him of continued invitations.


Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band
Monday, October 7th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on Airborne Event with Dan Bodah

Formed by Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Alex Holden, Ryan Sawyer, and Josh Werner, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band is making solid avant garde rock with some surprising electronic flourishes. The band's debut EP is out October 1st on their own ZNA records.


Trina da Baddest B*tch
Monday, October 7th, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on
Nardwuar The Human Serviette Show
An interview with Trina da Baddest B*tch (Miami, FL)!


1993
Sunday, October 6th, 2013, 3am - 6am
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Take a trip back to a time when mixtapes were actually taped onto cassettes. Revisit the best music of 1993 Imaginary Radio-style!


Low Jack
Sunday, October 6th, 2013, Midnight - 3am
on Scones Radio

Tune into Scones Radio this week for a guest DJ mix from Parisian producer Low Jack. Artisanal baguette house/techno. Ecoutez!


Andrea Tomasi
Saturday, October 5th, 2013, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Singer-songwriter Andrea Tomasi is one of the many musicians that have made their way to Brooklyn. Formerly of Vermont and upstate New York, Tomasi's songs still carry the aura of the gentle countryside and the natural world. Her debut album, "Hurricane Dream", just out on Team Love Records, was recorded outside, in the Mohonk Reserve and Shawangunk Mountains. This was not the original intention but was due to storm damage to the recording studio. However, the combination of Tomasi's beautiful voice and guitar work, her poetic lyrics and the sounds of the woodlands have resulted in a record with a timeless quality.


New Orleans Soul
Friday, October 4th, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
This week, Mr. Fine Wine devotes his entire show to New Orleans Soul.


Shelley Hirsch
Friday, October 4th, 2013, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Vocal exemplar nonpareil Shelley Hirsch joins Kurt in the studio for a freestyle turntable jam guest DJ spontaneous session freeform conversation wit-matching reunion and tell-all interview in which all will be told and little, perhaps, revealed that you won't want to miss.


The Lost Patrol
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013, 3am - 6am
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie

Masters of late night dream music The Lost Patrol return to WFMU. Combining elements of shoegaze, dream pop even surf and exotica, the trio provides a Lynchian soundtrack for a late night drive on a deserted road or company for an endless night's sulk. Mollie Israel's angelic voice leads you through those infinite roads and tumultuous emotional journeys.


Sing Sing Records DJ Night!
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
The Sing Sing Records label has been putting out a steady stream of amazing reissues ever since Trey Lindsay and Jeremy Thompson launched it in 2009. Their focus has been mostly on punk and power-pop from the '70s, with the occasional glam nugget mixed in, so you can expect to hear a similar selection of rocking rarities and killer cuts when Trey and Jeremy take over the Evan "Funk" Davies show at 9pm on Wednesday night, Oct. 2. You'll want to dust off your cassette recorder for this one -- don't miss it!


Negation
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, 7pm - 8pm
on Distort Jersey City with Reed Dunlea

This week we are joined by a new powerelectronics outfit called Negation. Negation makes abrasive noise music on a handful of analog and homemade equipment. His plodding and dark music alongside biting political lyrics make this one of the more interesting new projects in Brooklyn. Check out this primitive session so you can brag to all your nerd friends that you remember when this guy just started.


Listener Meet-Up and Live Broadcast
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 8pm - 9pm
on Antique Phonograph Music Program with MAC

Join MAC for a LIVE BROADCAST and Listener Meet-Up at Hill & Dale (115 Allen St, NYC)! Two gramophones will set the musical tone for the antique audio presentation. Hill and Dale is a phonograph themed bar that is the perfect setting for a night of antique music.


The Yuppies
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Yuppies, signed to Dull Tools, the Brooklyn label run by Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts, have been bashing around Omaha, Nebraska since 2007 but just released their self titled debut album On Sept. 17. Early '80s Fall is a great starting point for comparison's sake. They will be opening for Parquet Courts on Oct 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg then playing Death By Audio the next night, and many more shows across the country.


Joe Bataan and Harvey Averne
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
October 1 marks the return of Harvey Averne to This is the Modern World with Trouble. Legendary Fania big wig, vibraphonist, bandleader and boogaloo scenester, Harvey is bringing along his good friend: the legendary Joe Bataan! Spinning the rare boogaloo sounds will be Dj Pat Longo. Joe Bataan is the man who mixed soul with boogaloo and doo-wop to gorgeous and funky effect! O the stories, the sounds and the questions we will ask! Don't miss this killer show!


Gary Lucas
Monday, September 30th, 2013, 9pm - Midnight
on
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Renowned guitarist Gary Lucas is a former member of Captain Beefheart's Magic Band, a Grammy nominee, and has performed with everyone from Leonard Bernstein to John Zorn to Patti Smith. He'll stop by Airborne Event on the 30th and play some solo guitar arrangements of film themes from his new "Cinefantastique" album. Shanghai vocalists Sally Kwok and Mo Hai Jin will also be in the studio to join Gary on some 30s vintage Chinese pop tunes from his album "The Edge of Heaven." (Gary's full Chinese pop group will play at Bergen Community College's Ciccone Theater on October 2nd, and at BAM Fischer on October 4th and 5th.)



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