Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: July 2nd at 1:53 PM

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The third annual Independence Day Weekend "All Covers" Stay-at-home Party!
Sunday, July 5th, Midnight - 3am
100% Whatever with Mary Wing
What better way to enjoy your July 4th holiday weekend than with three hours of your favorite songs performed by other artists? Join Mary Wing in wee early hours of Sunday morning for another edition of the "party-where-you-are" series; this time celebrating the time-honored tradition of musical re-interpretation!

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!

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.

Circuit des Yeux
Wednesday, July 8th, Midnight - 3am
on Wm. Berger presents My Castle of Quiet

Since around 2008, Circuit des Yeux, (aka Haley Fohr) has been blazing a trail of wholly original, hypnotically idiosyncratic releases, that embrace the electronic long-form as often as they convey an earthy, acoustic-plus-electroacoustic solo song-craft. Haley's unearthly tenor and haunting compositions will recall everything from Fairport Convention, to Scott Walker's more-recent experiments, to sonic-collage bizarros like Cremation Lily. My Castle of Quiet is excited to host Circuit des Yeux (with accompanist Ryan Jewell), as they zip through our area on tour, with a local show at Trans-Pecos on July 2. Circuit des Yeux's latest full-length, In Plain Speech, is a dazzler, on Thrill Jockey records.

Bob Suren, Author of "Crate Digger"
Thursday, July 9th, Noon - 3pm
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
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
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!

Monk Parker
Sunday, July 12th, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Simmering in the fertile musical casserole of Austin, Texas, Monk Parker brings his shimmering, eloquent songs to WFMU on Sunday, July 12th. At times haunting and mournful, with organ and horns washing over each other in a reverb sea, it perfectly captures the sound of twilight; those hours just before the sky turns completely black. Previously creating music in the bands Parker & Lily and The Low Lows, he is currently on tour to promote his first solo album, “How The Spark Loves The Tinder,” to be released on August 28th on the Bronze Rat label; see him live if you can or hear him on Mary Wing’s show starting at 1 am!

Big Quiet
Sunday, July 12th, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K

The members of Big Quiet know their source material: they drive a direct route from 1980s Athens, GA, up north to Washington, D.C., circa 1994, and blast the C-86 tape the whole ride. But this Brooklyn-based power-jangle trio doesn't play some kind of stoic record-collector rock either: they're loud, they're fun, and frontwoman Marisa Cerio’s Rickenbacker can scorch faces. The band dropped by Burn It Down! to record a live set and celebrate the release of their debut single (produced by the legendary Mitch Easter) out on Unblinking Ear Records, and we couldn’t be happier to have them.

The Knowledge: A new Mix from Steinski
Tuesday, July 14th, 3pm - 4:15pm
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."

Rachel Mason
Monday, July 20th, 3:01pm - 6pm
on Scott Williams's show

Visual artist/filmmaker/musician Rachel Mason (Little Band of Sailors) returns to Scott's show, performing lovely spare & melancholy songs from her film The Lives of Hamilton Fish, screening at Anthology Film Archives on July 21.

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
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
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."

Guest DJ Tom Lax from Siltbreeze Records
Tuesday, August 11th, 3pm - 6pm
Brian Turner's show
The annual visit from our pal Tom Lax, bringing up yet another assortment of obscuro and extremely special 7" singles wax from Siltbreeze headquarters in Philadelphia. If you've checked out this special in past years you know that you will certainly be hearing a lot of DIY/post-punk and general oddball stuff you will probably not hear anywhere else (and see as well, as we will be posting the sleeve art on the playlist page live). Not to be missed!

Kim Shattuck of The Muffs
Saturday, August 15th, 11am - 1pm
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.

Tuesday, September 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

New Oakland CA combo fronted by Candace Lazarou, featuring twin guitar/drums and programming attack akin to the early 80's sound of such East Coast gutterdwellers as Live Skull, UT, Confusion-era Sonic Youth. They're hitting NYC for a gig TBA on August 29th, and live on Brian's show September 1st.

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