2021 Specials Round-Up

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The Music of the 1967 Newark Rebellion on Six Degrees with Alan
Monday, July 12, 2021, 3am – 6am
Six Degrees will air performers who played at the venues, concert halls, churches and choruses in the City of Newark during the summer of 1967 leading up to, during and after the tragic days of July 12 to July 17, 1967. Concert listings from The AfterHour News and The Afro-American News events sections were used as references.

Cyber Attack! on Radio Ravioli with Olivia
Monday, October 4, 2021, 3:01pm – 6pm
Remember that day Olivia broke the internet? For a few glorious hours in October, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp went dead, and we danced around in the internet’s glitches!

Eliot Brown, author, “The Cult of We” on Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Monday, August 16, 2021, 6pm – 7pm
Mark interviews Eliot Brown, author of “The Cult of We: WeWork, Adam Neumann, and the Great Startup Delusion.” Find out how a tequila-swilling cult leader turned a boring real estate company into one of the biggest frauds in American history.

Scissors Week on The Arbitrarium with ARB
Monday, September 1, 2021, 7pm – 8pm
An hour long ode to the S.C.U.M. Manifesto

Singles Going Wobbly Roundtable on Daniel Blumin’s show
Monday, October 18, 2021, 9pm – Midnight
In honor of Singles Going Steady, DJ’s Jack Mello, Marcel M and Thomas Storck join D. Blumin to spin some of their favorite 7″ singles to wow and flutter your way straight into Tuesday morning. 


Lucy Liyou in the mix/K-Hand and Paul Johnson in memoriam on Polyglot with Jesse Dorris
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 3am – 6am
The exceptional experimental artist Lucy Liyou offers up a quick, wild ride of a mix, and then Polyglot takes deep dives into the essential catalogs of K-Hand and Paul Johnson, two legendary Detroit techno producers who left us this summer and far too soon.  

Girls! Guitars! Guts! Glory! on Feelings with Michele with One L
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Noon – 3pm
Feelings presents an all femme post-punk and beyond special! A 3-hour celebration of women sonically kicking your ass.

Pere Ubu Live Mixon Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl
Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 3pm – 6pm
Take a trip with Creamo through a series of Pere Ubu live performances from all over the map. Hear some of the first ever live Ubu shows along with other seldom-heard gems spanning their first two decades.

Black Mass Ritual Radio on Music Of Mind Control with Micah
October 26, 2021, 6pm – 7pm
Micah conjures Satan live on the air. Special cameo appearances by Ernest Borgnine and Snagglepuss.

Violet Archer & Bartók’s Studio on A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 8pm – 9pm
As a composer, Bela Bartók’s influence on 20th century music was so remarkable that his role as an educator is often overlooked. In this special A440 program, Bethany starts listeners on a sonic journey through the music of several of Bartók’s students, notably the superb yet unsung Canadian composer Violet Archer, alongside Sándor Veress, György Kósa and Tibor Serly.


Ken Plays Three Hours of “Toxic” by Britney Spears on Ken
Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 9am – Noon
Ken welcomes the Free Britney Singers into the studio for a three hour long tribute to the Queen of Pop’s masterwork, “Toxic.”

Yaya Bey & DAM-FUNK (Interview & DJ Sets) on The Duane Train
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Noon – 3pm
Progressive R&B songstress Yaya Bey and Modern Funk soon-to-be legendary figure Dam-Funk visit the Duane train to discuss their forthcoming releases and drop incredible guest DJ sets.

Watching For A Sound: Celebrating the music and productions of Mitch Easter on The Evan “Funk” Davies Show
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Noon – 3pm
To mark the 40th anniversary of the very first Let’s Active show enjoy three hours of the music and production work of the band’s now-legendary front man Mitch Easter, who helped create a new genre of Southern jangle-rock. We’ll also chat with Mitch and hear from some of his peers, collaborators, and clients.

Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday Approximately (Part 1), with Honky Tonk Radio Girl on Weekly World Blues with Matt Fiveash
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 7pm – 8pm
Celebrating 80 years of America’s Sweetheart, Matt Fiveash and Becky B team up for a 2-hour special examining what it was he done, through the lens of the blues and country music that he used as his raw materials. We’ll hear blues & country artists covering Bob, blues & country songs that Bob covered, songs that Bob lifted from, and some choice cuts from Bobby Z himself, plus whatever else your opinionated hosts decide is appropriately Dylan-adjacent. Guaranteed 100% conventional-wisdom-free, sure to offend hardcore Dylan fans and too-cool-for-school detractors alike. Tune in, you will not die, it’s not poison!

Bob Dylan’s 80th Birthday Approximately (Part 2), with Matt Fiveash on Honky Tonk Radio Girl with Becky
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 8pm – 9pm
Celebrating 80 years of America’s Sweetheart, Matt Fiveash and Becky B team up for a 2-hour special examining what it was he done, through the lens of the blues and country music that he used as his raw materials.


Tributes to Charlie Watts, Tom T. Hall and Don Everly on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 9pm – Midnight
Musical memories with context for one of the last original Rolling Stones, a singer-songwriter extraordinaire, and one half of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll duos of all time. 


ALGOBOG on Discobog with Saltzshaker
Friday, October 22, 2021, Midnight – 3am
The soundscape of a bog is not a static musical score, but a dynamic ecosystem of croaks and quakes and gaseous bubbles. Similarly, in this all-generative music special, hear a history of sounds created by responsive, generative music systems, from windchimes to Eno to Holly Herndon.

Vocal Gymnastics on RadioActivity with Abbie From Mars
Friday, October 29, 2021, 3am – 6am
Highly personal list of vocals/vocalists that inspire me to make weird noises. Not intended to be comprehensive of anything whatsoever, except perhaps the recent contents of my brain. AND THEN I IMITATE THEM

Search For Space – Hawkwind vs Gong! on DotDash Radio with TomDash
Friday, October 15, 2021, 9am – Noon
DotDash Radio devotes an entire show to these two interstellar, cosmic bands.  Tune in for the sonic journey — featuring ALL LIVE tracks!

Put The Needle On The WFMU Mac Dre Special on Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Friday, July 2, 2021, 7pm – 8pm
Billy Jam honors the legacy of Mac Dre with a one hour mix of music and interviews including exclusive jail house phone interviews with the Bay Area rap legend who was murdered in 2004.

Don’t You Know Yockomo on Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine
Friday, October 8, 2021, 8pm – 9pm
An hour of nonsense lyrics from the capital of R&B gumbo-mumbo-jumbo, New Orleans.

Everyday Is Halloween on Mona til Midnight
Friday, October 1, 2021, 9pm – Midnight
Mona rings in Spooky Season with 3 hours of music for the morbid and macabre.


Even More Inflatalk Radio on The Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Saturday, October 23, 2021, Midnight – 3am
The Inflatable Squirrel Carcass once again presents its annual three hours of spoken word, the kind of talk radio that allows this here dead varmint to soar above the sore. Del Close, Moby Dick, Wallace Stevens, spells, instructional, comedy, dreams, documentary, radio plays . . . Tonight! you may hear all, some, or none of the aforementioned.

The Blessing of the Animals on Bad Animals with Jim the Poet and Amanda
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021, 6am – 9am
A 3-hour interfaith ceremony to bless all our animal listeners, granting them happiness, health, and protection.

Family Road Trip Special! on Double-Dip Recess with Roger
Saturday, July 10, 2021, 9am – 11am
Songs about driving, pee breaks and ice cream! Why is it funny to drive though the Adirondacks? They are hill areas!

Al Jardine of The Beach Boys on Michael Shelley
April 17, 2021, 11am – 1pm
Through sixty years in The Beach Boys organization Al Jardine has been a witness to genius and dysfunction and even though Al keeps changing the subject back to his new solo release, Michael eventually gets him to open up.

The Velvet Underground with Todd Haynes on The Todd-O-Phonic Todd Show
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 3pm – 6pm
The two Todds discuss The Velvet Underground documentary made by Mr. Haynes and play music by The Velvets as well as tracks that inspired them and were inspired by them.


Bangers ‘n MoonMash: A Serious 45 RPM Singles Going Steady 12″ Electro 90s Style Special on Serious Moonlight Sonatas with Carol
Sunday, October 17, 2021, 6am – 9am
A singles going steady salute to the 45 RPM 12” singles of the 1990s. If you love 90s electronic music, this show will bring heaven to your headphones.

Fayelord: Fool’s Mate and ’80s Japanese Alternative Music on Gaylord Fields’s show
Sunday, August 15, 2021, 8pm – 10pm
For this segment in the ongoing “Fayelord” collaborations with this show’s host, WFMU DJ Faye re-creates the feeling of being a 1980s music fan in Japan through an audiovisual exploration of the cult-fave magazine Fool’s Mate. This show highlights a selection of songs by Western and Japanese new wave artists featured specifically in the publication’s November 1984 issue. 



Punk, Just Punk, and Nothing but Punk Parts 1 & 2 on Oh, My Soul with Nate K. (on Rock‘N’Soul Radio stream)
Monday, August 23, 2021, 9pm – 11pm (Part 1) & Monday, October 11, 2021, 9pm – 11pm
Part 1: https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/107158
Part 2: https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/108710
Punk, just punk, and nothing but punk in 2 parts.


High Voltage: Electronic and Electroacoustic Music from the 1970s on Tony Coulter (on Give the Drummer Radio Stream)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, Noon – 3pm
Three hours of meditative and dramatic electronic music, from the likes of Pierre Henry and Laurie Spiegel.

Planet Of The Bad Teeth on Bad Teeth with Spoony (on Rock‘N’Soul Radio stream)
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 8pm – 9pm
Rex thinks UFOs and martians have no place in the phantasmagoria of spooky 45s, but what’s more horrifying then getting thrown to the bottom of the food chain by a bunch of bloodthirsty robots? Bring your space suit and find out!


Radio Recidivism: October 11, 1985!? on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Noon – 3pm
Join Mary Wing as she digs through some old cassettes of her college radio days from the mid-1980s, and listen as she recreates the playlist of a show from almost exactly 36 years ago to the day!

Dub Flip on Ridgewood Radio (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 5pm – 7pm
Innovative dance tracks and DJ sets that subvert, accelerate, or redirect club culture, from Tsunami Bass Experience, Oddlogic, Steinski, Fela Kuti, and some classics.

Polnareff on Bodega Pop with Gary Sullivan (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 7pm – 10pm
Inspired by a recent article by Richard Metzger, we take a deep dive into Michel Polarneff’s work and influence.


Canadian Girls on 45 on Crayons To Perfume (on Rock‘N’Soul Radio stream)
Thursday, October 22, 2021, 7pm – 8pm
It was not easy for women to make records in Canada during the 1960’s. Here is a one hour special of some rare 45’s fro my collection of Canadian girls. 

Alchemist in the Black Ark (Version) on Explorers Room (on Give the Drummer Radio)
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 7pm – 10pm
Revisiting a previous week’s tribute to Lee Scratch Perry, we redo the whole show with B-sides, dubs & versions, and alternate riddim uses of each track.

Bohemia After Dark on The Cool Blue Flame with Little Danny (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 10pm – Midnight
Little Danny presented a postwar fantasia of Naked City noir, gonesville bohemia, and shadowy postwar clubland with two hours of bebop abstractions and spoken weirdness, torch vocals and nightclub mambos, chase riffs and noir interludes, and bongos galore.  


Unbound and outbound: The Otherworldly Urgings of Yusef Lateef on Give the Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Friday, October 8, 2021, 9am – Noon
Crisscrossing the planet as a musician, composer and student, Yusef Lateef never stopped investigating the power and possibility of every sound and instrument he unearthed along the way. Celebrating his 101st birthday, this special episode lovingly journeys to the outer edges of Yusef’s sonic travels.

Shakey Street: Neil Young’s 76th birthday show on Shakin’ Street with Joe Belock (on WFMU’s Rock‘N’Soul Radio stream)
Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, 2pm – 4pm
Our second annual deep dive into Neil Young’s 1960s recordings.

1st and possibly last Halloween Creeptacular Pregame Show on Musical Dose with Medson (on Rock‘N’Soul Radio stream)
Friday, October 22, 2021, 5pm – 7pm
Every Halloween Show deserves a good pregame show. Check it out for a Monster of a good time.

John Bucchino on Acid Jazz Hands with Bronwyn Bishop (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Friday, March 5, 2021, 7pm – 9pm
John Bucchino, the songwriter behind the 2008 Broadway musical A Catered Affair and the 2000 album Grateful, talks to Bronwyn about Grateful’s 20th anniversary celebration and his advice for aspiring songwriters.

Best In Shoe on Cha Cha Heels with ARB and Solo Mon (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Friday, October 8, 2021, 9pm – 11pm
It’s the annual Shoe Convention in Cha Cha Hills! Expect songs, skits and monologues about heels, pumps, boots and flats. And an interview with the Baltimore foot stomper.

Creed Bratton Visits The Garden! on The Perfumed Garden (on Rock‘N’Soul Radio stream)
Friday, June 25, 2021, 9pm – Midnight
Creed Bratton talks about recording with The Grassroots & his new album, Slightly Altered! 


The Music Of Spirit on Bob Brainen (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 11am – 2pm
Bob Brainen & co-DJ Pete Tomlinson present the music of one of the most unique bands to come out of the cauldron of 1960s L.A. who combined various musics into a singular blend.


The Zombies on Bubblegum OD with Becky Ebenkamp (on Rock‘N’Soul Radio stream)
Sunday, September 12, 2021, 6pm – 8pm 
More Brains, Still Famished: Rod Argent and Colin Blumstone of the Zombies invade WFMU this Sunday to chat with Becky and promote Abbey Road concert.

“Thriller Chiller” Special on Electric Lazy Susan with DJ Nogood Nick (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Sunday October 31, 2021, 7pm – 9pm
Vintage spook, soundtrack cues, folk horror eclectic.