Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: April 1st at 5:31 PM

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Put The Needle On The Two Guest DJs and One MC: Mista B and DJ ALF with Azeem
Friday, April 3rd, 7pm - 8pm
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. Joining them will be NJ born emcee and regular show guest Azeem. All will 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
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.

La Inédita: Chichamuffin from Peru
Saturday, April 4th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Lima, Peru’s energized young outfit La Inédita has been barnstorming its way from SXSW to New York playing an irresistible “chichamuffin” mix of Peruvian guitar-driven cumbia, dancehall reggae toasting and more. The band is doing a bevy of area gigs including Thursday at Bowery Electric, Friday at the Swamp in Williamsburg and Sunday at Garcia's at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. And they make their US radio debut right here on WFMU this Saturday!

Turbo Fruits
Monday, April 6th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Nashville garage-rockers return to WFMU with a hot new turbo-charged platter, No Control, due out April 20. Catch 'em live April 9 at Baby's All Right and April 10 at The Saint in Asbury Park.

Phil Sutton, guest DJ
Tuesday, April 7th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble welcomes Phil Sutton of Brooklyn's Pale Lights (formerly of Comet Gain and Kicker). Phil will sail across the Hudson carrying precious cargo of British indie records. In preparation for the NYC premiere of the Sarah Records documentary "My Secret World" at WFMU's Monty Hall, Phil will share his fave british indie-pop hits and talk about the scene that shaped a generation of music lovers. On April 18 Pale Lights will play at Monty Hall along with Ghost Gum and The New Lines as part of To Create Something Beautiful: in the spirit of Sarah Records.

Disasterpeace (It Follows composer)
Tuesday, April 7th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Disasterpeace aka Rich Vreeland joins host Devon E. Levins on Morricone Island for an in depth discussion and listen to his first film score, It Follows. Staten Island-born/Berkeley-based Vreeland is an electronic musician perhaps best known, until now, for a series of video game soundtracks. The "make you jump right out of your seat" throwback to the 80's horror film, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, was officially released last month as was the creepy synth-laden, pulsating soundtrack. The limited vinyl edition comes out on April 7th.

I Think Like Midnight
Tuesday, April 7th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Relinquishing his role as Benevolent Dictator of The Trolleyvox (a great Philly power-pop band), Andrew Chalfen has diverted his energy into an instrumental form for I Think Like Midnight. There are still plenty of guitars in the mix but lots of electronics intertwine. And the band even includes Dead Milkmen drummer Dean "Clean" Sabatino. I Think Like Midnight plays live on Irene's show.

Joe Frank - "Night Pt. 2"
Wednesday, April 8th, 3pm - 6pm
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
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: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll at Film Forum and the DTIF Tour 2015 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
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!

Tuesday, April 21st, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

Experimental folk trio Goddess writes, as they describe it, "...songs about the dark places in our heads and pasts, influenced by madrigals, Bartok, nursery rhymes, Amish culture, Sandy Denny, the Polanski movie Fearless Vampire Killers, shamanic trance music, a deer organ we found in the woods, church hymns, showtunes and krautrock." On their latest album, "Paradise," Fran, Tamalyn and Andy plerform on their usual blend of unconventional instruments, which include a homemade horsehair fiddle, toystore guitar and keyboard, dulcimer and tree branch. Goddess brings their darkly beautiful music to the WFMU studios.

Jon Langford PLUS Joe Frank - "Sleep"
Wednesday, April 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
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.

Tuesday, April 28th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show

As the debris from another year is cast aside, it signals the time for Shulcoth! --the mythic celebration of Citizen Kafka's life. Richie "Shulky" Shulberg passed in 2009 but lives afloat radio waves and MySpace rebroadcasts. The dearly departed one was responsible for some rather questionable but entertaining comedy on WBAI, was a fiddler in the equally questionable but entertaining Wretched Refuse String Band and a vast collector of obscure pieces of what one of the faithful calls "Shulbergalia." The usual cast of co-conspirators helps pay tribute to Citizen Kafka on Irene's show.

Pramrod Sexena live from the WFMU Record Fair
Friday, May 1st, 3pm - 6pm
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
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
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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