Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: March 30th at 1:25 PM

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Dom La Nena
Tuesday, March 31st, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On Tuesday March 31 , 9-noon, Brazilian-born cellist, singer and songwriter Dom La Nena will return to WFMU. Dom studied classical cello in Paris and Buenos Aires before taking up her first pop gig playing with Jane Birkin. That two year stint produced her desire to write and record her own pop gems. Her first release ELA was a gorgeous mix of influences from Brazil, Paris, Argentina, classical music, and pop. Dom la Nena's second release SOYO is released this month. Singing in Portugese, Spanish, French and English, recorded in Mexico City, Paris and Lisbon this new record continues her modern take on making gorgeous music. While visiting This is the Modern World, Dom La Nena's long wandering melodies, interwoven with solo cello will be sure to entrance.


Lloyd Kaufman (The Music of Troma)
Tuesday, March 31st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Troma co-founder, director, producer, screenwriter and occasional actor Lloyd Kaufman joins Morricone Island host Devon E. Levins in the studio to discuss the Music of Troma, the studio which brought you the likes of The Toxic Avenger I-IV, Surf Nazis Must Die, Class of Nuke 'Em High I-III, Tromeo & Juliet and Poultrygeist. Mr. Kaufman's storied film career embraces the spirit of independence beginning at Yale (as a classmate of Oliver Stone and George Bush) and then working alongside John Avildsen at Cannon Films prior to forming Troma Entertainment in 1974 with Michael Herz while continuing to moonlight wearing various hats on the productions of Rocky, Saturday Night Fever and The Final Countdown (the latter of which put the nail in the coffin of his dealings with major studios).


Put The Needle On The Two Guest DJs: Mista B and DJ ALF
Friday, April 3rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Living up to its name "Put The Needle On The Record" will feature a very special live freeform turntablist session when show regular DJ ALF will drive up from Maryland, and DJ Mista B will fly in from California to put needles on records and create beautiful skratch magic when they join Billy Jam on Put The Needle On The Record, Friday April 3rd at 7pm.


Rev. Bill Alberts, PHD
Saturday, April 4th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Rev. Bill Alberts, PHD about his unusual 1968 Date Records single "Teenage Son's Open Letter To His Father"/"Hey God" - the A-side of which is told from the point of view of a young man in jail for burning his draft card, and the B-side of which is an open letter to God, urging God to get "with it" and "care for all his children."


Gerry Roslie of The Sonics
Saturday, April 4th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd is honored to host one of the greatest shouters in rock'n'roll history, none other than Gerry Roslie of The Sonics. In recent years The Sonics place in rock'n'roll and popular culture has only been elevated. The Sonics will be performing at Irving Plaza on April 8th and The Stone Pony on April 9th to support their new album, "This Is The Sonics," on Revox Records.


Joe Frank - "Night Pt. 2"
Wednesday, April 8th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Night Part 2," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. April 8th. Floods, fires, and crime rage through a California canyon. Kevin, a pool cleaner and short order cook, finds solace at The Circus of Love, where he meets Donna, an ex-stripper with a colorful past. Turner, a former pilot in Vietnam, serves prison time for selling drugs before he moves into the wilderness.


7th Annual All Covers Show
Friday, April 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Miniature Minotaurs observes its 7th Annual All Covers Show with another round of reconsidered and potentially ill-conceived renditions or popular favorites and forgotten folklore.


Denny Tedesco, director of "The Wrecking Crew"
Saturday, April 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Denny Tedesco, director of "The Wrecking Crew" - a documentary almost twenty years in the making that chronicles the studio musicians that gave birth to the West Coast Sound of the 1960's - a small group who worked mostly behind-the-scenes racking up hits with an incredibly diverse list of artists like The Monkees, The Byrds, The Association, The Mamas & The Papas, The Beach Boys, Gary Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Elvis, Phil Spector and tons more.


Live performance from The Cactus Blossoms
Saturday, April 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

After having his mind blow seeing The Cactus Blossoms (Brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum) open for a recent Nick Lowe show Michael is please to welcome the duo to the show with their hypnotic harmonies and fantastic original songs.


Cambodian Rock with John Pirozzi & Nate Hun (Gary Sullivan fills in for Rob W.)
Saturday, April 18th, 6pm - 9pm
on Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan

In advance of the New York opening of Don't Think I've Forgotten and the Cambodian Rocks concert at Monty Hall, DJ Gary will be joined by film director John Pirozzi and Khmer vinyl collector Nate Hun to talk about the history of Cambodian rock 'n' roll – a vibrant and rich movement cut short by the genocide following the Khmer Rouge takeover in 1975 – and to spin tracks from the upcoming, fully re-mastered soundtrack being released by Dust-to-Digital later this month. (Gary is filling in for Rob Weisberg.)


The Fall special with Stephen Hanley, Brix Smith Start, and Marc Riley, plus Spectre Folk covers the Fall live in studio
Tuesday, April 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
Today's entire three hours is dedicated to the exhuming of some stellar live tapes in Brian's collection from The Fall, mainly soundboard and FM broadcasts from mostly of the '78 to '96 era. As a bonus, three of the band's biggest instrumental anchors of that period, guitarist Marc Riley (1978-83, and now a well-beloved BBC Radio6 DJ), post-Riley guitarist Brix Smith Start (1983-89) and bassist Stephen Hanley (1979-98) speak to WFMU on life inside of and outside of the band; in fact Hanley has recently released a memoir called The Big Midweek. And as a double bonus, we get a live set in the WFMU studio of Fall covers courtesy of Spectre Folk (featuring members of Magik Markers, Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Tall Firs). Hope we can pack it all into three hours!


Jon Langford PLUS Joe Frank - "Sleep"
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Noted painter and comic strip artist Jon Langford will be Irwin's guest on Weds. April 22 at 3pm. Langford, a UK native who has lived in Chicago since the early 1990s, has been lauded for his iconic portraits of country music legends and diabolic figures, which have graced galleries, album covers, books, and beer bottles. Those in the art world might not be aware that Langford has a musical side. He was a founding member of the Mekons, and has performed and recorded with the Waco Brothers, the Sadies, the Three Johns, the Old 97s, Sally Timms, Alejandro Escovedo, Rosie Flores, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and the Beatles. Langford will bring along his paint brush and his electric guitar, one of which will be used on the WFMU airwaves. On May 21, WFMU will screen the documentary, Monty Hall performance space.

One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. The episode "Sleep," from Joe's Work in Progress series, airs Weds. April 22nd. A child dressed for bed attends an adult party where he witnesses a murder. Joe confesses past sins and appeals to God for leniency. A man calls an escort service and describes his ideal woman, but is deeply disappointed with the escort who arrives, who is ugly, overweight and shallow. Still, he falls in love with her.


Pramrod Sexena live from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, May 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Audio sadism for early entry shoppers! The evil spawn of Mr. Dorgon and Jamie Saft, Pramrod Sexena will play live on Miniature Minotaurs, unleashing a thorough beat-down not seen since the heyday of Rowdy Roddy Piper. Crushing turntable diatribes will go up against 8-string fretless bass guitar and Gemini FlashFormers in evil distortion chambers straight from the dungeons of the underworld.


Put The Needle On The Leonard Cohen Record
Friday, May 1st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Conspiracy Of Beards - the unique 30 member male acapella choir from San Francisco who do interpretations of Leonard Cohen's music - will return to WFMU to join Billy Jam for a very special live in-studio performance on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU Friday, May 1st 2015.


Rev Billy & Stop Shopping Choir
Friday, May 15th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Some WFMU on air performers need to be seen as well as heard hence why Billy Jam has invited the Reverend Billy and his 50 member Stop Shopping Gospel Choir back onto WFMU for a live audio & video streamed one-hour, concert from the stage of WFMU's Monty Hall on May 15th. Never one to keep silent on the injustices of society he sees around him the the notorious, lifelong activist Reverend Billy, whose most recent arrest was in January during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, will sing and preach and inform along with his extended Stop Shopping Gospel Choir, on Friday May 15th @ 7pm live broadcast/concert from Monty Hall (Free admission to the Monty Hall concert) on "Put The Needle On The Record" on WFMU.



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