Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: October 22nd at 9:50 PM

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Going Dutch: Beat, Psych, & Prog from the Netherlands, 1966–1980
Tuesday, October 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Join Tony for a sampling of choice Dutch treats, ranging from pop psych to flat-out freakiness. Count on hearing everything from Shocking Blue to Woorden.


Silenzio!
Tuesday, October 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Shhhhh...silent soundtrack special.


Needless Nineties Nostalgia with special guests Paul Bruno and Amanda Nazario
Tuesday, October 23rd, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Like, ya know, whatever. Paul, Nate, and Amanda have a special place in their hearts for the aforementioned decade—when the plural of vinyl was still vinyl, but most people bought CDs anyway. On this very special episode of Burn It Down! the trio will dive head first into the Buzz Bin, and discuss how this last era of pre-Internet cultural discovery shaped their tastes and identities. Expect furious debates, cringe-inducing memories, and an unavoidable Seinfeld reference or two.


Sunrot
Wednesday, October 24th, Midnight - 3am
on
What Was Music? with Marcel M
New Jersey's compulsive post-noise power sludge unit Sunrot make their WFMU debut on, "What Was Music?" Their combination of drones, doom and unhinged, aggressive vocals create a palpable and intense energy that is felt even through the radio waves. Tune in and drop out!


BLT & Small Change present, the great Duane Train Robbery!
Wednesday, October 24th, Noon - 3pm
on
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Small Change and BLT tag team round 2 with a tropical themed takeover/derailment of the Duane Train. lotsa of reggae and world sounds!


Elliott Sharp Live
Wednesday, October 24th, 3pm - 5pm
on
Ridgewood Radio with David Weinstein (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
A live session with Elliott Sharp, composer, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist, media artist, and writer featuring conversation, unreleased tracks, and a playlist of projects including his band Carbon and many collaborations from solos to large ensembles and even something called opera.


Kenneth Goldsmith
Wednesday, October 24th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Longtime radio rogue Kenneth Goldsmith, a.k.a. "Kenny G," returns to the WFMU airwaves for one hour on Irwin's show, Weds. Oct. 24 at 5pm. Hijinks will ensue. Three days later, on Oct. 27, Goldsmith presents a multi-media program, "Downtown '81," at WFMU's Monty Hall. In "Downtown '81" Goldsmith reads from his book, "New York: Capital of the 20th Century," a rewriting of Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project adapted for the Big Apple. Accompanied by an evocative slideshow of vintage art and iconic photographs, plus a period music soundtrack, Goldsmith revisits the downtown New York scene of the late '70s and early '80s: the era of CBGB, Rammellzee, Patti Smith, and Basquiat. Goldsmith will read from the eyewitness chronicles of Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Anthony Haden-Guest, Glenn O’Brien, Andy Warhol, Bret Easton Ellis, and others.


Who love's ya' baby?
Wednesday, October 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Join the Girls on Fire as they battle with their radio neighbors Ken and Andy where they will be playing their very own version of The Newlywed Game to see who knows their co-host better. Ken and Andy- with their 20+ year history or Kimzilla and Emily who were thrown together in a WFMU hallway a little more than 2 years ago.


The Essex Green
Wednesday, October 24th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
This past summer onetime Elephant 6 associates The Essex Green released Hardly Electronic (Merge), their first album in 12 years. Longtime fans and new ones alike were delighted to discover that the band's penchant for baroque pop with occasional shafts of sunshine breaking through remains intact. They wrapped up a recent tour with a live set at WFMU; tune in to the Evan "Funk" Davies Show at 9pm on Wednesday October 24 to hear it.


Modrums
Thursday, October 25th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Modrums aka Morgan plays rhythms from around the world, and throws the Zona Libra party with DJ Tres Dos. His recent all vinyl mix 'Zoukous Makossa' focus on zouk, makossa, soukous and rara/konpa from the 80's and '90s.


Caitlin Keegan
Thursday, October 25th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Illustrator Caitlin Keegan joins Trouble on This is the Modern World. Many listeners will know Caitlin from the wonderful t-shirt she drew for WFMU with a bird beak as phonograph needle. Recently Caitlin created the Illustrated Tarot deck, based on her interest in this ancient divination practice. She will talk about her love of tarot cards and how she uses them in her day to day life. Tune in and learn about tarot decks going back as far as 15th century Italy.


Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 25th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Count Spazzula and Bingo the Gorilla bid you welcome for another dark house ride on the spooky side of the street.


John Allen and Clay Pigeon- 70' hard rock tag team match
Friday, October 26th, 9am - Noon
on
JA In The AM with John Allen
John Allen and Clay Pigeon will forego IQ for feeling in a tag team match for 70s hard rock vibes this friday morning


Molly Burch
Friday, October 26th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
Los Angeles-raised, Austin-based songwriter Molly Burch emits a soft-spoken ferocity on her sophomore album, First Flower, released earlier this month on Captured Tracks. Whilst heartache took center stage on her debut album, Please Be Mine, fear, anxiety, and self-acceptance are frequent themes on First Flower. Guitars are gentle and arrangements sparse, making plenty of room for the album's focal point—Molly’s smoky, airy voice that flits between laid-back (“Every Little Thing”) and playful (“For The Boys”). She’s currently on the American road promoting her new record, and will be dropping by Sophisticated Boom Boom for a live performance and interview.


Put the Needle On Rap-tober 2018/Hip-Hop History, Part 4/Lesson 4
Friday, October 26th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the final installment of “Put The Needle On The Record’s” October hip-hop history series host Billy Jam will be joined in the studio by fellow WFMU DJ / former Tommy Boy Records president Monica Lynch, when WFMU will premiere Double Dee & Steinski’s “Lesson 4.” This long awaited fourth installment in the hip-hop cut-and-paste mixmasters’ series began exactly 35 years ago when the legendary duo won a Tommy Boy contest who pressed up and released “Lesson 1” as a white label 12” single.


Champ Solutions presents: Halloweekend
Saturday, October 27th, 3am - 6am
on
Peaceful Solutions with Joe D.
Join DJ Joe D. and his guest DJ Guy as they keep your Friday night Halloween party rolling with all the horrorcore hip hop, spooky house beats and gothy punk your Hot Topic warped heart desires. Steal your mom's wine coolers, light up a clove cigarette and tune in as we delve deep into this horror business.


Double Dip Creepfest!
Saturday, October 27th, 9am - 11am
on
Double-Dip Recess with Roger and Amanda
Make sure you put on two pairs of pants! Double Dip Recess with Roger and Amanda, WFMU’s kids' show, will be playing 2 hours of spooky songs and stories. You might get scared right outta yer pants.


Protex, Gold Star, Music City, The Die Group and The Goon Sax
Saturday, October 27th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Protex formed in 1978 in Dublin and were among the first wave of Irish punk bands along with Good Vibrations label-mates Rudi and The Undertones. The original incarnation of the band lasted until 1981. In 2010 the New York based Sing Sing label issued an album of unreleased recordings originally intended for Polydor, under the title "Strange Obsessions". The great reception it received encouraged the band to reform and they've been going strong since. See Protex along with Baby Shakes and Music City at Diveria Drive in Brooklyn on Tuesday October 23rd.

Marlon Rabenreither is a throwback to the days when songwriting was entrenched as a celebrated art form. The music he crafts under the moniker Gold Star is, in a word – timeless. His first two albums, Dark Days and Big Blue, captured the energy and spirit of the late ’60s and ’70s when rock ‘n roll and folk-rock were at their peak. Today, many of those artists and bands are legends. With his third album Uppers & Downers, Gold Star scales his own summit to deliver a memorable record that is still etched in the classics, but its stories are told through the prism of the present- The Revue. Gold Star makes a rare New York appearance at Baby's All Right on October 24th.

Conor Lumsden has been playing in bands since he was 12, having made two LPs as part of Irish group The Number Ones and having played in backing groups for Cian Nugent, Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting) and A. Savage (Parquet Courts.) He’s now set out on his own with new project Music City that picks up where The Number Ones left off, making classic, crunchy ‘70s style power-pop- Brooklyn Vegan Music City's new 45 on Static Shock Records, "Pretty Feelings" is an instant pop classic! See them perform it live at Diviera Drive on Tuesday Oct. 23rd with Baby Shakes and Protex!

Hailing from Los Angeles, Die Group bring back the halcyon days of seventies punk rock on their new full length album on SexTape Records, "Disease Control". They are angry and who can blame them? Die Group will rip through hits and misses like "Old and Gross", "Nothing Good Today" and "Longhairs" on Todd's show and during their East Coast Invasion.

The Goon Sax follow in the fabled tradition of Australian indie pop...band member Louis Forster is the son of The Go-Between's Robert Forster. Although all three members of The Goon Sax just reached twenty, they have just released their second album, We're Not Talking (Wichita Recordings). Don't miss this charming band at Alphaville in Brooklyn on October 25th.


Love Is Only Spooky
Sunday, October 28th, 3am - 6am
on
Love Is Only Sleeping with Bronwyn B
Celebrate the world’s greatest holiday with a Love Is Only Sleeping Halloween special featuring spooky show tunes, creepy classical music, petrifying pop, and more!


I Want My M(oon)TV!! - The Early Days & Music of MTV
Sunday, October 28th, 6am - 9am
on
Serious Moonlight Sonatas with Carol
Remember that day when MTV blasted into our living rooms and rock(et)ed our pop music lunarscape? Well, WE do here at Serious Moonlight Sonatas...and we'll be blasting into the past and playing all your favorite 80s MTV hits! Join us as we journey back to our moonsical "happy place." Do YOU want your MTV?


The Teenage Wasteland / Ichiban Helloween Spooktacular
Sunday, October 28th, 3pm - 5pm
on
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
In support of WFMU's annual WFMU October fundraiser, Debbie D is flying in from Brooklyn to join Bill Kelly on Teenage Wasteland on Oct 28th. Debbie's "Queen-for-a-Day" arms might be tired, but not enough that she won't be able to bring some of her diabolical, Ichiban-flavored, rock, slop and soul along with her. Debbie and Bill will co-host and co-program this event. Don Cornelius' soul may depend on it.


1972: The Greatest Year in Pop Music History (with Bronwyn B)
Sunday, October 28th, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Gaylord Fields and his guest for this special program, Love Is Only Sleeping host Bronwyn B, are in 100 percent agreement that 1972 was, without a doubt, the best year ever in the annals of popular music — even though only one of the pair was even alive during that glorious time span. They aim to prove this conclusively by featuring exclusively Top 40 hits from '72 during this program, and will brook no arguments to the contrary in the process.


Random Pull Special
Monday, October 29th, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
It's almost Halloween, and Joe has decided to do something scary. What's the scariest thing a DJ can do? That's right: Program a radio show comprised entirely of artists he's never heard of playing music he's never heard before! On today's show, Joe randomly dips into the WFMU record library and pulls out music that's new to you as well as to him. He will not audition it in advance, so you will both be hearing it for the first time together. Joe calls this "Random Pull," and special guests will be dropping by to present their own random pulls. This show might be good, it might be bad, or it might be a combination of both – tune in and find out what happens!


The Halloween show
Monday, October 29th, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
Scott Williams's show
The Halloween show is the show Scott would do every week, if there wasn't an actual Halloween forcing him to make it some kind of special thing.


Devil's Night Metallic Panic (w/co-host Pseu Braun)
Tuesday, October 30th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Music Of Mind Control with Micah
An hour of black, death and doom metal from various worldwide card carrying members of Satanic houses of worship. Listen as we celebrate the night of mischief as we try on our costumes for tomorrow and sample nasty sweet treats hot outta the ovens of Hell!


Wax Chattels
Tuesday, October 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Who needs guitars? Wax Chattels definitely do not. The New Zealand trio's take on minimalist post-punk revivalism is built instead on menacing synths, rumbling bass, and beats that are precise but never inflexible. Add to all that a hint of the cinematic and you get a sound that ranges from dense, driving sonic polemics to gorgeously eerie odes to the "X-Files," and all with nary a six-string in sight. Wax Chattels were kind enough to drop by Burn It Down to play some songs from their recent self-titled LP on Captured Tracks, and you can also check them out Thursday, October 18, at Elsewhere in Brooklyn.


Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Duane Train's Halloween costumed dance party special
Wednesday, October 31st, Noon - 3pm
on
The Duane Train

The Teenage Wasteland / Ichiban Helloween Spooktacular
Wednesday, October 31st, 3pm - 5pm
on
Debbie Does WFMU with Debbie D. (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Debbie D is flying in from Brooklyn to join Bill Kelly on Teenage Wasteland. Debbie's "Queen-for-a-Day" arms might be tired, but not enough that she won't be able to bring some of her diabolical, Ichiban-flavored, rock, slop and soul along with her. Debbie and Bill will co-host and co-program this event which will air live on Teenage Wasteland Oct 28th, 3-5pm, and on the Ichiban Stream on Oct 31st from 3-5pm.


Hell and high water- A hurricane Sandy story
Wednesday, October 31st, 7pm - 8pm
on
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
On Oct 30th, 2012, Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast and the WFMU studios in Jersey City, NJ. WFMU was knocked off the air, but dedication, ingenuity and creativity prevailed as listeners tuned into events on the WFMU.org message boards. In the meantime other DJ’s were able to set up remote studios to bring us back online. Tune in as In Real Life recounts those events with exclusive interviews with Ken Freedman, Clay Pigeon, Therese, Dan Bodah, Doug Schulkind and more!


Halloween Special featuring The War Of The Worlds!
Wednesday, October 31st, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Taking advantage of the rare Halloween night show, tonight Evan "Funk" Davies presents a broadcast of a classic story that's been associated with the holiday for decades: The War Of The Worlds. What's that? Orson who? No, not THAT War Of The Worlds — Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds! This 2-LP set from 1978 features performances by Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott, and more, bringing you a progtastic orchestral telling of the H.G. Wells classic. Make sure you're done with trick or treating by 9pm so you can tune in to WFMU!


Evil Sounding Electronic Sounds with Peter Gunn and Crito
Thursday, November 1st, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Still technically Halloween, and $¢ is joined by returning guests Peter Gunn and Crito for an exploration into the dark side of electronic and bass music, old and new. Both of them have records for days, should be a good session!


"Anything For A Hit" author Dorothy Carvello and Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams!
Saturday, November 3rd, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Dorothy Carvello about her new book “Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry” which details the her rise from being secretary to Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun, to becoming the first female A&R executive at Atlantic, and the years of rampant sexual harassment she was subject to and horrible behavior she was witness to in the male dominated industry. Michael also welcomes Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams for the story behind their 1967 #1 hit, "Kind of a Drag."


Roky Erickson
Saturday, November 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Roky Erickson is the legendary vocalist of Austin's seminal psychedelic combo, The 13th Floor Elevators, as well as being one of the main songwriters. After numerous mental health issues (documented in the 2005 film "You're Gonna Miss Me") Roky began making solo albums in 1980, often delving into his fandom of horror movies for subject matter. In 2007 he performed for the first time in New York and has triumphantly returned numerous times since. He currently performs Elevators classics as well as such beloved songs from his solo career as "Starry Eyes" and "I Walked With A Zombie". Roky's Oct. 30th show at Monty Hall is sold out, but you can see him on Halloween at The Knockdown Center and Bushwick and hear him live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show.


Kurt Baker Combo- and Friends Of Cesar Romero
Saturday, November 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Kurt Baker Combo's new album is aptly titled Let's Get Wild! (Wicked Cool Records). Kurt and company will be making a rare U.S. appearance and be churning out their classic power pop and glam sounds with Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Their run of East Coast dates includes an appearance at Bowery Electric on Friday November 9th.

Friends of Cesar Romero are the kings of Rapid City, South Dakota rock'n'roll! Their prolific bandcamp page includes over 20 releases! Their blend of power pop, punk and garage never fails to impress. They make their East Coast radio debut on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show and perform at Coney Island Baby on a power packed bill with The Schizophonics and Benny Trokan and The Unique Splits on Friday November 9th.


Long Hots
Tuesday, November 13th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Tapping into the raw improvisational magic of the very best Velvet Underground live bootlegs, Long Hots have established a new standard for fuzzed-out, lo-fi workouts. The Philly trio call what they do "basement boogie," but to Nate K. Long Hots are precisely what he had in mind when he referred to "choogling punks" in his show description. Still not sure what either term actually means? Tune in on Tuesday, November 13, to find out for sure, when the band drops by for a live set.



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