Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: July 1st at 2:14 PM

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Put The Needle On The Legionnaire Oakland Remote
Friday, July 1st, 7pm - 8pm
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For show number four of the thirteen part WFMU summer series, Billy Jam will broadcast live from the Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland CA with special guest DJ True Justice who'll unveil a WFMU exclusive turntable remix of The Man of Steel, his recently released album on Paris' Guerrilla Funk label. The guest-heavy project features such acts as Planet Asia, The Grouch, Equipto, J-Ro from Tha Alkaholiks and Paris himself. Other radio show guests will include Mic T discussing this weekend's 1st Annual Community Indie Festival in West Oakland. Other guests will be Foreign Legion with Marc Stretch, DJ Design and Legionnaire Saloon owner Prozack Turner. WFMU live remote open to the public. 4pm to 5pm local Pacific time on "First Friday" July 1st at the Legionnaire Saloon at 2272 Telegraph Ave. Oakland CA 94612.

Please Kill Me: Voices from the Archives – Part 1, plus Monte Melnick former tour manager of The Ramones
Saturday, July 2nd, 9pm - Midnight
Prove It All Night! with Pat Byrne
A punk origin spectacular! Tune in for part one of The Please Kill Me Archive, compiled 20 years ago and presented by the original interviewers, NY Times best-selling authors and music historians Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil. It is hosted by Michael des Barres and produced by Jon Ehrens (WHYY). Part One: "The Pioneers of Punk", How the Warhol 60’s morphed into the Punk 70’s, marginalized inhabitants of a near-bankrupt New York City, changed 20th century culture, and influenced the World. Pat will be airing part 2 of this special broadcast on the following Saturday, July 9th. Also on the show will be author and legendary career spanning tour manager of The Ramones, Monte Melnick. He'll be taking calls, sharing stories, and talking about his recent archive being shown at the current Queens Museum show: Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk.

The fourth annual Independence Day Weekend "All Covers" Stay-at-home Party!
Sunday, July 3rd, 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!

Celebrating Independence with Porest
Monday, July 4th, 6pm - 7pm
Do or DIY with People Like Us
Vicki welcomes Porest (aka Mark Gergis) and friends to preview their new album "Modern Journal of Popular Savagery" (on Nashazphone). Celebrate Independence Day, and let's throw in Brexit too and see how THAT turns out!

Rob Pasbani of Metal Injection
Monday, July 4th, 9pm - Midnight
The Goddamn Dave Hill Show
Dave celebrates our nation's independence by staying indoors and avoiding explosives in accordance with the terms of his parole. Meanwhile, Rob Pasbani from Metal Injection, the world's foremost heavy metal website, swings by to talk about metal and other important topics.

The Chills (live from WFMU's Monty Hall May 23rd)
Tuesday, July 5th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Tune in today for a full broadcast from the Jersey City stop on the Chills' first American tour in 20 years. Formed by Martin Phillips in 1980, the Chills spent several decades as one of the more internationally-visible New Zealand exports of lysergic pop music, touring the world, landing on both indie and major US labels, and becoming John Peel darlings. As the mid '90s hit, Phillips dissolved the band, occasionally revamping its lineup for homeland gigs, and sporadically recording material with shifting members and other artists, until finally returning to a full-time presence on Fire records last year with the album Silver Bullets. They recently headed to New York and played NYC Popfest in Brooklyn May 22nd, followed by a triumphant gig at WFMU's on Monty Hall May 23rd where they tore through a setlist of songs that appeased even the most diehard fans in attendance. Tune in today at 4pm and hear it all on Brian's program.

The Goodnight Darlings
Tuesday, July 5th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Romanticizing nighttime culture, Goth-kitch and vampires while setting it all to a beat is second nature to The Goodnight Darlings. The married Miami natives now based in NYC, Kat Auster and Wilson Jaramillo, were members of Bon Bomb and Majorette respectively. As Kat describes their music, "We love juxtaposing the sweet and obvious with a dark bite." The Goodnight Darlings play live on Irene's show.

River Cult
Thursday, July 7th, 9am - Noon
on Imaginary Radio with Chris M.

Doomy stoner rock trio River Cult make their WFMU debut live on Imaginary Radio! Psychedelic downer rock tone poems! Also catch them playing at the Grand Victory in Brooklyn on July 12th.

C Joynes
Monday, July 11th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Today on Surface Noise, Joe is joined by Cambridge, UK-based guitarist C Joynes. The Wire has referred to Joynes as "an inheritor to Davy Graham," which gives some indication of the quality and range of his work. Echoes of Graham, John Fahey, and Jack Rose can be heard in his solo guitar forays, and in this special live session, Joynes touches on all of these influences while making music that's unmistakably his own.

Janel Leppin
Tuesday, July 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Cellist /multi-instrumentalist /singer Janel Leppin was last heard on WFMU accompanying Marissa Nadler on a gorgeous live set. Out on her own, Leppin studied a more classical repertoire before turning to a more experimental side of music. This year Janel released two albums of otherworldly angelic music, "Mellow Diamond " and "Songs for Voice and Mellotron," complementing her lovely voice with with electronics and other instruments. Janel Leppin and her band play live on WFMU. (last name pronounced "LEPP-in")

The Muffs PLUS The Coathangers
Saturday, July 16th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Muffs perform live for Todd-O-Phonic Todd and the listening audience. They are celebrating the expanded Omnivore reissue of their amazing second album, "Blonder and Blonder". L.A.'s finest will be performing July 14th and 15th at Union Pool and July 16th at Monty Hall. Hopefully Todd's post-set interview will include questions about why The Dodgers are still struggling.

The Coathangers celebrate the release of their opus Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze) with an appearance on The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. Whether it’s the foreboding garage rock of the title track, the post-punk groove of “Burn Me”, the stripped-down pop of “I Don’t Think So”, or the dynamic grunge of “Down Down”, The Coathangers command their songs with passion and authority. Be sure and catch them at Bowery Ballroom on July 12th.

Jared Leibowich
Sunday, July 17th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Best known to the world as Jared Zoltar of the Zoltars, Jared Leibowich is an Austin-based musician/writer/filmmaker. His debut solo album, "Welcome Late Bloomers," is, as Jared says, "an album about how a person can experience youth, adventure, and rebirth, even as the country he or she lives in is falling apart." Indeed, think introspective Jonathan Richman-esque pop songcraft with a stripped-down veracity perfect for these heady times. Be sure to tune in for this not-to-be-missed live set on Sunday, July 17 on Burn It Down!

The Above
Saturday, July 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Above return to the WFMU Airwaves for a live set on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. The rave reviews for their new 10" EP on Hidden Volume, "There Is A Reason," are well-earned as the dapper quartet's songwriting is approaching the level of their sixties heroes like The Zombies, The Byrds and The Roosters. Be sure and catch The Above's record release show at Berlin (25 Ave. A in lower Manhattan) on Thursday July 28th.

Gino and the Goons
Sunday, August 7th, 6am - 9am
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
To paraphrase Dolly Parton’s famed adage about costing money to look cheap, it takes a lot of brains to rock as dumb as Gino and the Goons. The Tampa, Florida–based troublemakers do keep it simple, though, with their bruising beer-bash punk, channeling greats like the Ramones, the Heartbreakers, and the MC5. But Gino and his gang are no humdrum revivalists, they are dedicated keepers of the good-times flame and they have the hooks to prove it. The band drops by Burn It Down! on Sunday, August 7, to deliver their own true testimonial.

Tuesday, August 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Hailing from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Senyawa forged new directions in sound by wedding experimental approach with strong elements of their cultural traditions and their musical folklore. Together, Senyawa employs extended vocal techniques with oddly-rigged and heavily amplified instruments of primitive make. Founder Rully Shabara also led the mathy-rock combo Zoo, until meeting Wukir Suryadi, an East Javanese musician who created a bamboo-based electric instrument called the Bambuwukir and began collaborating. Senyawa explores the possibilities of stringed and percussive textures, both plucked, and bowed, noised up, and again dosed with a heavy element of tradition. A number of their recordings can be found on the Free Music Archive, and New Yorkers can see them live August 10th at the Bridget Donahue Gallery 99 Bowery, 2nd Floor.

Tuesday, August 16th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Rosali Middleman has just released Out of Love, a gorgeous collection of hazy, introspective, acoustic songs mining terrain somewhere in between NYC primitive urban folk of the ESP era and pre-Mac Buckingham Nicks demos of the early '70s with contemporary originality. Personal ballads with a touch of lilting psychedelia encompassed by an embracing voice, live in the studio today. Out of Love is out now on Siltbreeze Records.

The Mystery Lights
Saturday, August 20th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Mystery Lights might be the next great New York rock'n'roll band. Their sound is so captivating that Daptone Records started a new rock imprint just to release their powerful debut longplayer. Check out The Mystery Lights in all their caterwauling glory on The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show Saturday afternoon and at Monty Hall with The Electric Six that evening.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Best described as "pugilistic rhythm-and-noise", the trio known as Sumac have just released their second album "What One Becomes", and have hit new peaks of dense, complex, face-punching, feedback-drenched chaos. The band is made up of Aaron Turner (Isis, Old Man Gloom, Mammifer) on guitar, Nick Yacyshyn on drums (Baptists), and Brian Cook on bass (Russian Circles, These Arms Are Snakes, Botch). They'll be at St. Vitus in Brooklyn a couple of nights earlier, August 18th, but hear them metallicize WFMU's studio B today.

Guest DJ Tom Lax from Siltbreeze Records
Tuesday, August 30th, 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!

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