Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: June 30th at 10:03 AM

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The Writhing Squares
Tuesday, June 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Welcoming a heavy psychedelic punk breeze from Philadelphia today on the show; the Writhing Squares are a bass and sax-slash-synth duo made up of fellows who have collaborated in such heady combos as Purling Hiss, Ecstatic Vision, and Spacin'. They just issued a new 7" single and have a split cassette out with the band Igneous Eyes. Good times promised!


Matt Keating
Tuesday, June 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Eleven albums in Matt Keating still has such an easy feel for words and melodies that roll off the tongue. On Matt's latest, "This Perfect Crime," there's no shortage of the great story-songs laiden with catchy hooks and dark, meaningful lyrics that he's known for. Matt Keating returns to Irene's show for a live set.


Unholy Two
Wednesday, July 1st, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Unholy Two are an insane, full-throttle punk band from Columbus, Ohio. They can manage a brutal pendulum of doom-stoner groove as adeptly as a pounding, brittle 2/2. Some of their latest material is a bludgeoning noise-march of the highest order, and they're swinging through the NY area on tour, laying it all down. ...They cover a wide map, but always sound like Unholy Two. Their 2014 album, Talk About Hardcore (on 12XU), is an unrelenting masterpiece that will shake loose the cobwebs of the dullest minds and tightest anuses. WFMU is excited to host them on next week's My Castle of Quiet—"can't f***ing wait" is more like it. ...Live set begins at 12:15 a.m.


Brontez Purnell on Radio Harvester
Wednesday, July 1st, 8pm - 9pm
on
Infinite Distortion
Brontez Purnell (of Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!, The Brontez Purnell Dance Company, author of Fag School and co-author of The Cruising Diaries with Janelle Hessig) talks to Colin about growing up queer and black in the Deep South, finding punk, his familial history in Oakland, studying and performing dance as an extension of punk performance. Tune in at 8pm Wednesday during Infinite Distortion to hear this True American Weirdo talk sh*t on the garage rock scene, the Midwest, everyone else from Alabama.


Gene October of Chelsea
Thursday, July 2nd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's guest is Gene October, founding member and vocalist of punk legends, Chelsea. They have a new album out, "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning," that is getting rave reviews. We'll hear some of the record and talk about his 35+ year history immersed in the punk world of the UK. He will be on air live, so listeners can post questions via the comments board.


Prosciutto di Parma: Night Bus
Friday, July 3rd, 6am - 9am
on
Micah's show
Prosciutto di Parma, the only living expert of “Night Bus” and “Late Night Grocery Run” music, will be Micah's guest as they explore this unknown micro genre.


Midnight Matinee: "Independence Day"
Saturday, July 4th, Midnight - 3am
on Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton

As the clock strikes midnight, Friday turns to Saturday, and July 4th begins, Rich Hazelton will present another edition of John Schnall's Midnight Matinee, focusing on the film Independence Day. So put on your red white and blue and get ready to kick some alien butt, Broadway style.


The Coffin Daggers
Monday, July 6th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Thee dynamic NYC instrumental rock and roll combo is back and makes its long-awaited return to WFMU!


Sewers
Tuesday, July 7th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Scornful sludge out of Brisbane, Australia; these gentlemen swing through WFMU on their US tour bringing their finely tuned and dashed to bits brand knuckle-dragging postpunk. Their newest LP Weight is out shortly on Homeless Records, and New Yorkers can catch them live June 30th at Alphaville with Cyanide Tooth and Ballroom.


Bob Suren, Author of "Crate Digger"
Thursday, July 9th, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Bob Suren's Crate Digger is a unique book. Each chapter is about a particular punk album. Bob traces his discovery of punk, and obsession with underground music through the book, chapter by chapter, unfolding his life alongside his favorite records. Bob owned Sound Idea records near Tampa, as well as the label Burrito Records - none which would have been possible if it weren't for his immersion in the world of discovering underground music. Bob will be live, listeners can post questions for him via the comments board.


Joanna Sternberg
Saturday, July 11th, 6am - 9am
on
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Hearing Joanna Sternberg's album "Lullaby to Myself", Jeffrey was struck by how reminiscent it was of folk albums of the 1950s, with a kind of sound seldom heard nowadays, as most singer-songwriters are busy mining the 1960s and 1970s. As with the songs from the dawn of the "folk revival", Joanna's draw upon the country and folk songs of the pre-war era, and mirror their straightforward lyrics and simple but beautiful melodies.


Johnny Farina
Saturday, July 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Johnny Farina who as half of Santo And Johnny (with his brother Santo Farina) had a #1 hit with "Sleepwalk" in 1959.


Thee Tsunamis Play Live
Saturday, July 11th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes the darlings of Bloomington, Indiana...Thee Tsunamis! Saturday Night Sweetheart, their new album on Magnetic South, marries the New York Dolls’ gutter-glam attitude with the sound of Brill Building teen-sploitation, to a much bloodier effect. From heart-in-a-blender tales and drag-race party anthems to the title track’s proto-punk pyrotechnics, these 12 tunes are as catchy as they are cutting and together they tell a story as old as time: what the men don’t know, the little girls understand.

Be sure to see them live later that evening at Elvis Guesthouse!


The Knowledge: A new Mix from Steinski
Tuesday, July 14th, 3pm - 4:15pm
on
A Rough Mix with Steinski (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Sharpen your chakras, speak fluent Broken English; a further exploration of spoken word audio, containing excerpts from over 80 instructional recordings, covering topics from skeet shooting and handwriting analysis to multi-level marketing and penis enlargement. With musical instructions from Bonnie Raitt, Dinah Washington, Dr. John, Redman, Andre Williams, Ray Bryant, and Shirley Ellis.


Ezster Balint (pronounced "BAHL-int")
Tuesday, July 14th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

You might know Ezster Balint best as an actress, with key roles in last season's "Louie" on F/X and Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger Than Paradise." But Balint has an alternate role as a songwriter and violinist, with several albums to her credit. Ezster's latest album, "Airless Midnight," has just been released and includes some masterful and provocative guitar work from Chris Cochrane, Marc Ribot, Dave Schramm, with singer/songwriter Sam Phillips on harmonies. Ezster Balint joins Irene for a live set in advance of a show at Joe's Pub July 15th.


Hookworms, recorded live at the Primavera Sound Festival
Wednesday, July 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Hookworms' 2013 full-length Pearl Mystic put them firmly in the forefront of the latest wave of neo-psychedlia, and last year's follow-up The Hum proved that the praise heaped upon them by the likes of Julian Cope and others was well-deserved. The band, based in Leeds, pulls together VU-style drone, Krautrock-style rhythms and repetitions, and the sonic intensity of Spacemen 3 or Wooden Shjips to deliver mesmerizing and catchy heavy jams. Their set at Primavera was one of EFD's favorites, and he's excited to air it in full on Wednesday night, July 15 at 9pm. Don't miss it!


Fred Goodman author of "Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll"
Saturday, July 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Fred Goodman author of the new biography: "Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed Out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll."


Real Numbers
Wednesday, July 22nd, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Over the nine years they've been together the Minneapolis trio Real Numbers have forged a sparse punk/mod sound that shows signs of Television Personalities, The Kinks, and C86 bands, among others. They'll be playing at Pine Box Rock Shop on Friday July 17, Don Pedro on Saturday the 18th, and Cake Shop on Sunday July 19. If you can't make any of those shows then tune in at 9pm on Wednesday night, July 22, to hear them live on WFMU!


Penelope Houston of the Avengers
Thursday, July 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Although the Avengers formed in 1977, Penelope Houston has never stopped writing music. Her most recent release is a solo record, called On Market Street. She will be on the east coast with The Avengers who are performing at The Bell House Tuesday August 4th. We'll discuss the Avengers, punk history and her solo work during the interview. Please note, she will be on earlier than most guests are scheduled, but will be live on the phone, so Diane can field questions from listeners from the comments board. Check out more of her own material on Penelope.net.


Rick Hall
Saturday, July 25th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Rick Hall the founder of Muscle Shoals, Alabama's FAME recording studios, and architect of The Muscle Shoals Sound. The 83-year-old has just published his autobiography "The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame."


Al Margolis of Pogus Productions
Sunday, July 26th, 10pm - Midnight
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Al Margolis, who runs the esteemed experimental-music label Pogus Productions, stops by for his annual visit with Dave. Al will be previewing various upcoming Pogus releases and spinning yet another batch of strange and wonderful rarities from his archive.


Author Wyndham Wallace
Saturday, August 1st, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Wyndham Wallace author of "Lee, Myself & I: Inside The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood."


Kim Shattuck of The Muffs
Saturday, August 15th, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael chats with Kim Shattuck of The Muffs about the new remastered and expanded re-release of the band's self titled 1993 totally amazing debut album.



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