News From the Freeform Front
WFMU is partnering with the TUSK Festival! A two-week (virtual) festival of unclassifiable musical genius, films, talks, workshops, exhibitions, and more. WFMU will be broadcasting performances from the festival. Acts announced so far include Angel Bat Dawid and Oui Ennui, Aaaron Dilloway, OOIOO (pictured), Eiko Ishibashi + Jim O’Rourke, Sun Ra Arkestra, Horse Lords, and more! See the full broadcast schedule here >
- Thursday 10/1 – ANGEL BAT DAWID & OUI ENNUI on This Is The Modern World with DJ Trouble (9am – 12pm)
- Saturday 10/3 – MOULAY AHMED ELHASSANI on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob W. (6 – 9pm)
- Tuesday 10/6 – GUTTERSNIPE on Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl (3-6pm)
- Thursday 10/8 – AARON DILLOWAY on What Was Music? with Marcel M. (12am – 3 am)
- Thursday 10/8 – MAJA S.K. RATKJE on Strength Through Failure with Fabio (3 – 6pm)
- Friday 10/9 – OOIOO on Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich H. (12 – 3am)
New Wake T for the Fall Fundraiser!
A special incentive for Wake pledgers this fall is a brand-new Wake T-shirt designed by artist and musician Mary Blount from the band Baby Shakes. For a pledge of $75, you can get this new Wake shirt and one of our new station shirts. Click here to donate and be sure to click the “DJ Premium” button to select the new Wake “UFO” shirt on the next page.
Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai (Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It) starring Mdou Moctar now available on demand!
Sahel Sounds, L’improbable, and Tenere Films present Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai or “Rain the Color Blue with a Little Red in It” directed by Christopher Kirkley in collaboration with Mdou Moctar and Jerome Fino. Akounak tells the universal story of a musician trying to make it “against all odds,” set against the backdrop of the raucous subculture of Tuareg guitar. The protagonist, real-life musician Mdou Moctar, must battle fierce competition from jealous musicians, overcome family conflicts, endure the trials of love, and overcome his biggest rival – himself. Stylistically borrowing from the Western rock-u-drama and a homage to Prince’s Purple Rain, the story was written with and for a Tuareg audience. Thank you to Sahel Sounds! Learn more about Sahel Sounds here and take a look at their bandcamp here. The fantastic Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai OST can be found here. RENT THE FILM HERE for only $5 >
WFMU and Kino Marquee are proud to present the documentary Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. This electrifying journey through the public and private worlds of pop culture mega-icon Grace Jones contrasts musical sequences with intimate personal footage, all the while brimming with Jones’s bold aesthetic. A larger-than-life entertainer, an androgynous glam-pop diva, an unpredictable media presence – Grace Jones is all these things and more. Sophie Fiennes’s documentary goes beyond the traditional music biography, offering a portrait as stylish and unconventional as its subject. 50% of the proceeds to benefit WFMU. RENT THE FILM HERE >
Usually Hearty White of Miracle Nutrition only treats us to one of his monologues when he visits us during our spring fundraiser, but this year Hearty will be making a special autumn appearance! On Saturday, October 17th at 7 p.m., join Hearty for Imagine That, an hour-long live Zoom visit from his Kentucky clubhouse where he’ll tell stories, welcome fun visitors, and expand our imaginations. The Zoom link will be sent the day of the show and advance tickets are available here.
One of the all-time music legends, Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals, passed away on September 11th, and many WFMU DJs paid tribute to the man who not only gave reggae its name but who made some of the greatest reggae music ever. Check out these archives for celebrations of Toots’ legacy: Solid Foundation with Gary Sullivan, Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg, The Duane Train, Ranking Full Stop with Mike Sin, and Nickel and Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange.
WFMU is building a list of grassroots organizations and resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic. WFMU believes that these organizations are doing important work to help people and change attitudes. Check out this page for a growing list of useful organizations and resources. Suggestions on other grassroots organizations on this list can be e-mailed to Michele here.
WFMU has started a virtual movie house! We are adding films to rent with 50% of the proceeds go to benefit the station, which always needs a little help. JUST ADDED! Herbie Hancock: Possibilities and Salad Days. Recently Added – Jazz on a Summer’s Day, Creem: America’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll Magazine, Muscle Shoals, and Danny Says. We also are offering – Scott Walker: 30th Century Man, Wild Combination – A Portrait of Arthur Russell, Desolation Center, The Wrecking Crew, Good Ol’ Freda, Once Were Brothers – Robbie Robertson and The Band, and many more. We will continue to add new titles and you can peruse all the films available here > wfmu.org/ondemand
From Fri, Sept 11th through Fri, Oct 23rd, Vicki Bennett, a.k.a. People Like Us of Do or D.I.Y. fame, presents a new project called First Person, Fourth Wall, a Hallwalls Artists-in-Residence Project (HARP). The multi-tiered project features film and audio collage work on-site at the gallery as well as on the WFMU website. Featured artists in the project include several WFMU personalities, including Mark Hurst, Scott Williams, Sheila B., Micah Moses, Adriene Lilly, and Hearty White. Find it all here: http://wfmu.org/playlists/ip.
Maybe you’re home a lot more, and that old junker in the backyard you keep seeing through the window is starting to get under your skin. Well, maybe now is the time to donate it to WFMU and get it off of your hands! WFMU accepts all old cars (and boats), running or not running, from any state in the U.S. Call 1-855-WFMU-CAR (855-936-8227) to arrange for vehicle pick-up (it’s free and easy) or visit their website here. The CARS folks have assured us that they are taking all necessary precautions to ensure your safety during pick-up of the vehicle, so get rid of that old heap today and help WFMU at the same time. We get 80% of every vehicle donated!
Support WFMU and bid on our items listed on eBay. All the proceeds go to WFMU and the goods go right to YOU. It’s a win, win! More items added often, but you can bid on the following right now – Bix Beiderbecke “Bixology 1924-1930” 14 LP Box Set, ZZ TOP “Chrome, Smoke & BBQ” BOX SET, The Holland/Dozier/Holland Story” Heaven Must Have Sent You” Box Set, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys Legends of Country Music CD Box Set, “The Brill Building Sound” Box Set
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