Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: May 27th at 4:35 PM

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Twin Guns
Monday, May 30th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Twin Guns, one of NYC's finest bands, have perfected Garage Noir, created from a blend of dark, reverberated rock and roll, surf-rock and Morricone. Their most recent LP is 'The Last Picture Show,' one of 2015's top releases. In their long-awaited return to WFMU, Twin Guns will be performing the album in its entirety, and this broadcast will serve as a farewell performance of this material as they move on to their next thrilling phase.


Mike Diana (Joel St. Germain fills in for Scott Williams)
Monday, May 30th, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
Rolling Motion
Mike Diana is a painter and cartoonist whose work often deals with social taboos such as violence, sex, and race filtered through a keen sense for the absurd side of Americana. He is the first artist to be tried and charged guilty of obscenity for his fanzine Boiled Angel in 1994. His work has appeared in Playboy, Screw, Interview, Mother Jones, Flipside, Comic's Journal, and Answer Me! among others, and he has had collections published by Michael Hunt, Le Dernier Cri, Divus, and most recently by Crna Hronika from Macedonia . He has collaborated with artists such as Mike Kuchar, Kembra Pfahler and Nick Zedd, and done commissioned work for Marilyn Manson and The Howard Stern Show. He is the subject of a documentary called “The Trial of Mike Diana” (currently in production by Frank Hennenlotter, director of the classic 80s horror movies Basket Case and Frankenhooker).


Dave Nelson
Tuesday, May 31st, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On May 31st, Dave Nelson will perform his fantabulous improvised music using trombone and analog pedals, on This is the Modern World with Trouble. Inspired by West African music and classical minimalism, Dave's expansive trance-like music begs the question: why don't more people play the trombone???


Laura Gibson
Tuesday, May 31st, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

After a four-year gap, singer/songwriter Laura Gibson has released "Empire Builder," an album inspired by two major life events. Her main inspiration was the Amtrak train route she took while moving from Oregon to New York. Then after moving to NYC, Gibson lost all her possessions in the East Village building explosion in March of 2015. Laura's music has a simplicity that is emotionally dark and uplifting at the same time. As she describes the resulting album, "The title (Empire Builder) seemed appropriate because it captures a moment right in the middle of a big personal change." Laura Gibson drops by WFMU to play live.


Ken and Jesse Talk and Play Drugs, but Dont Do Any
Wednesday, June 1st, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show
Ken welcomes Jesse Jarnow to discuss his new books "Heads," a biography of psychedelic America. Ken and Jesse will also talk drugs and play drug music but will refrain from ingesting any drugs while on the air. The chat takes place from 10:30 to 11:30am.


Moondog Centennial Celebration
Wednesday, June 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in ancient Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in New York during the 1950s, and was a musical genius. He was born Louis Thomas Hardin, in Marysville, Kansas, 100 years ago May 26. His biographer, Robert Scotto, visits Irwin's program to celebrate the Moondog centennial for three hours on June 1. The show will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Moondog recorded with animals, self-made instruments, and tugboat horns; composed percussion pieces, chamber music, and works for 25 saxophones. Scotto is the author of The Viking of Sixth Avenue, the only full-length chronicle of Moondog. This is his fifth visit to Irwin's program.


A Giant Dog
Wednesday, June 1st, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

This Austin band has just released their third album, Pile (Merge), and their catchy punk-glam sound has drawn comparisons to T. Rex, Slade, and even Sparks. Draw your own comparisons (drawing paper not provided) when A Giant Dog plays live on the Evan "Funk" Davies show on Wednesday, June 1 at 9pm! And go see them live Thursday May 26 at Cake Shop in NYC and Friday May 27 at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn.


Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Live Broadcast Day 1
Friday, June 3rd, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

WFMU returns to the amazing Primavera Sound festival as official USA radio ambassadors broadcasting full sets live June 3-4! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Cheyenne Hohman as we carry live performances by an always-stellar lineup that in the past has included Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, Wu-Tang Clan, Pavement, Hallogallo, The Pop Group, Nurse With Wound and many more!

This year, permissions have rolled in for John Carpenter, Thee Oh Sees, Richard Dawson, The Chills, Drive Like Jehu, James Hunter Six, Mueran Humanos, Robert Forster, Parquet Courts, Tortoise, Dam-Funk, Royal Headache, Lush, Protomartyr, Neil Hagerty, Steve Gunn, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Ty Segall, Unsane, U.S. Girls, and Dungen, with more to come. Stay tuned to the home page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific scheduled set times to be carried over the weekend. Some will be archived, some not!


Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Live Broadcast Day 2
Saturday, June 4th, 3pm - Midnight
on Live Broadcasts and Special Events

It's day 2 of the amazing Primavera Sound festival! From 3pm til Midnight join Liz Berg, Brian Turner, and Cheyenne Hohman as we carry live performances by an always-stellar lineup that in the past has included Swans, Einsturzende Neubauten, Wu-Tang Clan, Pavement, Hallogallo, The Pop Group, Nurse With Wound and many more!

This year, permissions have rolled in for John Carpenter, Thee Oh Sees, Richard Dawson, The Chills, Drive Like Jehu, James Hunter Six, Mueran Humanos, Robert Forster, Parquet Courts, Tortoise, Dam-Funk, Royal Headache, Lush, Protomartyr, Neil Hagerty, Steve Gunn, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Ty Segall, Unsane, U.S. Girls, and Dungen, with more to come. Stay tuned to the home page, WFMU's Twitter and Facebook for specific scheduled set times to be carried over the weekend. Some will be archived, some not!


Nadja
Sunday, June 5th, Midnight - 3am
on 100% Whatever with Mary Wing

Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff are the masterminds behind Nadja, originally from Toronto but now living in Berlin. The duo combines soundscapes, electronics and atmospheric vocals with slow, epic riffs and dirge-like percussion, creating a slowly moving grand wall of music that has been variously described as drone, ambient-doom, dreamsludge, and shoegazer-metal. Their latest release is Sv, a 41-minute album consisting of a gradually-intensifying single track entitled "Sievert." Performing a handful of rare live shows in North America, including a gig at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn on Sunday, May 29th, Nadja stop by the WFMU studio to unleash their controlled sonic assault on Mary Wing’s show.


Optimized!
Monday, June 6th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features DO or DIY with People Like Us, Carlo Patrão, DW Robertson (formerly Ergo Phizmiz), Drew Daniel, Daniel Menche, Jim Price, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Optimized!
Tuesday, June 7th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features Jim Price, Porest, Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan, Steinski, Brian J Davis, Irene Moon, Heather Phillipson, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Optimized!
Wednesday, June 8th, 9am - Noon
on
Ken's show (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Ken's Live Animated GIF Mix Special - part of Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream.


Optimized!
Wednesday, June 8th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features Ken Freedman, Jim Price, People Like Us, Tim Maloney, Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie, Jim Price, DW Robertson (formerly Ergo Phizmiz), Gwilly Edmondez, Dan Deacon, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Beavis & Butt-Head
Thursday, June 9th, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
Does anyone remember laughter? Take a trip back in time to the Gen-X years on Imaginary Radio, presenting only music that was "featured" on the Beavis & Butt-Head show on MTV. Chris M has re-watched every single episode to find music videos for you to listen to. So grab some nachos and sit on the couch for this very stupid Imaginary Radio.


Optimized!
Thursday, June 9th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features Miracle Nutrition with Hearty White, Jason Willett and MC Schmidt, Buttress O’Kneel, Osymyso, Nick the Bard, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Optimized! Live from Monty Hall
Thursday, June 9th, 8:30pm - 11pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
Live from Monty Hall: Let's Paint TV featuring John Kilduff, People Like Us, Bryce, DIFM (Do It For Me) with Pseu Braun. Tickets $5 at the door.


Optimized!
Friday, June 10th, Noon - 3pm
on
Optimized! Expanded Radio Stream (on Special Events stream & Video)
All this week, Vicki Bennett / People Like Us presents Optimized!, 10 hours of new/exclusive recordings, radio & video by 26 participants, video shows live from WFMU’s Monty Hall by John Kilduff / Let’s Paint TV, PLUS a live event at Monty Hall on the evening of June 9th: Let’s Paint TV with People Like Us!

Today's installment features The Dusty Show with Clay Pigeon, Jim Price, Wreck This Mess with Bart Plantenga, Andrew Sharpley, DW Robertson (formerly Ergo Phizmiz), Jem Finer, Jim Price, John Kilduff with Let’s Paint TV live from Monty Hall, and animated gifs by Dina Kelberman.


Mastering Engineer Greg Calbi
Saturday, June 11th, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael welcomes Greg Calbi who has mastered thousands of albums (Walls and Bridges - John Lennon, Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan, Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen, Young Americans - David Bowie, Ramones - Ramones, Marquee Moon - Television, etc...). We'll find out what exactly mastering is and how it's done -- and we'll hear Greg's story: how a guy from Yonkers went from driving a truck to being one of the worlds premier mastering engineers.


Illeana Douglas
Saturday, June 11th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Actress Illeana Douglas chats with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about her wonderful new autobiography, "I Blame Dennis Hopper" (Flatiron Books). Among her many credits, Illeana has been featured in such movies as "Goodfellas", "Ghost World", "To Die For" and is the lead in the girl group drama, "Grace Of My Heart". Find out what music she listens to!


State Champion
Sunday, June 12th, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

Taking a hard look at life through the blur of an empty High Life bottle, State Champion are purveyors of a new brand of Southern Rock, infused with punk grit and garage choogle in addition to requisite touches of blues and country and folk. The band's raucous, rickety, and occasionally mournful sound recalls relative new-schoolers like the Golden Boys and the Spider Bags on the one hand and veteran alt-country outsiders like Freakwater and the Cherry Blossoms on the other. On tour throughout the spring/summer of 2016, State Champion were kind enough to drop by Burn It Down! for a live set. Tune in Sunday, June 12 to catch it.


Heron Oblivion live from WFMU's Monty Hall
Tuesday, June 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

On their debut LP out this year on Sub Pop, this relatively new Bay Area combo have forged a unique alchemy between elements of dreamy psychedelic folk and meltdown electric guitar freakery. And with good reason: their lineup includes singer/drummer Meg Baird (of Espers/Watery Love), guitarist Charlie Saufly of Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, and Noel Von Harmonson (on guitar) and Ethan Miller (on bass) of the late great Comets on Fire, a band that recorded two blowout sessions on Brian's program in the mid 2000's. Today's session is a recording of a May 26th bill Brian presented with Endless Boogie and Chris Forsyth's Solar Motel Band that took place at WFMU's Monty Hall.


Thomas Storck
Thursday, June 16th, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
06/16/16: Hail Satan! Also a music set by WFMU DJ Thomas Storck who will be live in-studio performing his original music with tapes and boomboxes.


Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) PLUS Giuda
Saturday, June 18th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Legendary Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos stops by the studio to talk and play records with Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Bun E.'s great new solo record on eOne Music, "Greetings From Bunezuela" will be released on June 24th. The album marvelously displays Bun. E's impeccable taste and his impressive friends. His first solo record features top-notch covers of songs by The Who, Dalek and The Blackstones, The Rolling Stones, Bee Gees, Dylan and Them (among others) and some of the featured vocalists are Alejandro Escovedo, Robert Pollard, Hanson and Rick Rizzo.

The sensational Italian glam band Giuda perform a live set on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show. They will be performing at The Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Asbury Park on Saturday June 11th and at Grand Victory on Monday June 13th. Be sure and pick up "Speaks Evil", their third album, on Burning Heart Records. Giuda are the best Italian export since Gina Lollobrigida!


Pere Ubu
Tuesday, June 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on Brian Turner's show

Undoubtedly one of the most important bands in the history of the American underground, Pere Ubu emerged from Cleveland in 1975 to challenge art and rock music to step outside its well-trodden '70s safety zone. They're often credited with being thee missing link between the Velvet Underground and the late 70's punk explosion, but have also established a solid discography of records way beyond that continuing into the modern era, continually reinventing their own identity and always looking forward. Hence it's a rare and exciting treat to have them visit Brian's show today to solely focus on the material they released from 1975-82, as part of their "Co-Ed Jail" tour in the wake of two comprehensive boxed set anthologies of that period, currently out on Fire Records. We'll be hearing material from The Modern Dance, Datapanik in the Year Zero, the Art of Walking, and Song of the Bailing Man, and needless to say it will be an unmissible event in the WFMU studios! Pere Ubu plays the Bowery Ballroom (with Obnox) Wednesday, June 29th.


Better Than The Beatles
Thursday, June 30th, 9am - Noon
on
Imaginary Radio with Chris M.
A personal statement from Chris M: More than any other artist, The Beatles shaped pop and rock music from the 1960s to today... and I hate them. I hate their cloying singing, their stupid lyrics and I hate most of their dumb baby songs. On this show, you will hear only covers and songs inspired by the Beatles to prove that pretty much anybody can be better (but not necessarily bigger) than the Beatles.


The Muffs
Saturday, July 16th, 3pm - 6pm
on
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.



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