Programs on WFMU
Last updated: May 5th at 4:07 PM
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Friday, May 6th, 3pm - 6pm
on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
On Friday May 6th, Brooklyn-based duo Beverly will be the first band ever to play live on Sophisticated Boom Boom! Fronted by vocalist and guitarist, Drew Citron, the two-piece have been hammering out single after single of melody-drenched, hooked-filled dream-rock that makes ‘em impossible to resist. They will be celebrating the release of their sophomore album “The Blue Swell” on Kanine Records with a live set and Q&A.
Saturday, May 7th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The original Woofa Goofa himself...none other than Peter Wolf joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd to talk about his amazing career. Hear stories about his days as a fast-talking loudmouth DJ as part of WBCN's "American Revolution", his first band The Hallucinations backing John Lee Hooker, the details behind the J. Geils Band "Morning After" cover and his new Concord album "A Cure For Loneliness". Be sure and catch Peter at The Bowery Ballroom on Friday May 6th and at The Egg in Albany on Friday May 13th.
Osei Korankye's Ghana Seperewa Highlife
Saturday, May 7th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Osei Korankye is the captivating flag bearer of Ghana’s seperewa tradition. The seperewa is an ancient harp-lute, played by the Akan people of Ghana. It's a bit like a smaller version of the better known Mande kora. Osei's spreading the gospel of the seperewa with a great new album on the Awkaaba label. But it's extremely rare to hear this music live in the US, so we're thrilled that Osei Korankye and friends will join us live in the studio right before his NYC concert debut at Rockwood Music Hall later the same evening (Saturday May 7th)!
Jesse Jarnow, host of The Frow Show and author of "Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America"
Sunday, May 8th, 6am - 9am
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Nate the K. doesn't take his trips on LSD, isn't inclined toward the hippie lifestyle, and really doesn't like the Grateful Dead. Jesse Jarnow wrote an excellent new book called Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America about those three topics and much, much more. Nate loved the book and couldn't put it down. Jesse dropped by Burn It Down! to talk about Heads, play some acid rock records, and maybe, just maybe, convince Nate that the Dead aren't so bad. Topics will include the Deadhead/NYC-graffiti connection, tripping to Unsane and "Death Valley 69," and whether it helps to be high for that whole "Space" thing.
Monday, May 9th, 3am - 6am
on The Avant Ghetto with Jeff Conklin
On this week’s edition of The Avant Ghetto, Jeff Conklin hosts an exclusive studio session with Western Massachusetts’ Anthony Pasquarosa on 6 & 12-string guitar and banjo. A leading light in the fertile modern American Primitive scene, Pasquarosa has released records via Feeding Tube Records and VDSQ. Pasquarosa’s exclusive live set for WFMU features unreleased music, including a piece from the artist’s upcoming soundtrack to an imaginary spaghetti western.
Cate Le Bon
Monday, May 9th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Welsh songstress Cate Le Bon made her first splash working with members of such stalwarts of Welsh rock as Super Furry Animals and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci. But since 2008, she's carved out a whole sound of her own, equal parts folk, psychedelia, and idiosyncratic rock. Her latest album, "Crab Day," is her most interesting yet, a full band effort with a post-punk flavor. Tune in to hear a live session featuring songs from the new album along with a bit of conversation.
Monday, May 9th, 8pm - 9pm
on Infinite Distortion
The two (married) members of Los Angeles's Youth Code, Ryan George and Sara Taylor, showed up to the WFMU studios wearing Youth Of Today and Deathpile t-shirts respectively. Their sound reflects this blend of personal politics, heavy electronics, and anthemic songwriting. It's all set to the relentless drum machine beat of YC's take on the pop-inflected industrial sound of acts like Nine Inch Nails and Skinny Puppy. They blew the roof off studio B, so don't be a dweeb and miss them live and in conversation on Infinite Distortion.
Kreng (Cooties / Camino OSTs)
Tuesday, May 10th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Belgian composer and actor Kreng (aka Pepijn Caudron) joins Morricone Island to discuss his second feature length film score for "Camino" directed by Josh C. Waller, his follow up to horror comedy "Cooties" starring Elijah Wood and Rain Wilson and released digitally by Milan and on vinyl by Death Waltz. Before recently turning to film, Kreng was primarily a sample-based composer scoring over 60 theater productions, many for Belgian surrealist horror theater company Abattoir Fermé with numerous releases on Norway's Miasmah Records (now based in Berlin). The "Camino" soundtrack is available digitally by Lakeshore and on vinyl by Invada.
Peter Sando of Gandalf
Tuesday, May 10th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show
At the end of the Psychedelic Sixties, the band Gandalf recorded an album for Capitol Records, which was released after they broke up and became a rare collectable LP. Peter Sando wrote their song "Can You Travel in the Dark Alone," which became a favorite of WNEW-FM's Alison Steele, "The Nightbird." Flash forward to current times, and Sando is still writing dreamy songs as a solo artist. Peter's third album "Let There Be Love" was released at the end of 2015. Peter Sando visits Irene's show to play live and chat about his musical past.
Thursday, May 12th, Noon - 3pm
on Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane's guest this week at 1pm is vocalist Chris Farlowe - who had hits as a solo artist and also sang for Atomic Rooster and Colosseum. Probably most famous for his version of the Rolling Stones' "Out Of Time" - which was produced by Mick Jagger and reached #1 on the UK Singles Charts in 1966, he's known for his powerful yet smooth voice, and is in the US doing some dates with Van Morrison. Chris will be on the phone live and listeners can ask questions on the playlist!
Richard Carlin, author of "Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy"
Thursday, May 12th, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Richard Carlin drops by to discuss his new book, "Godfather of the Music Business: Morris Levy," an incredible tale of one of the most notorious figures in the history of pop music. From Birdland to Sugar Hill, "Moishe" blazed his way to the top one hit at a time! Plus, excerpts from Spazz's 1996 WFMU interview with chart-buster Lou Christie!
Peach Kelli Pop
Saturday, May 14th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Todd-O-Phonic Todd cavalcade of stars continues with the illustrious Peach Kelli Pop! Formerly the drummer of ace combo The White Wires, Peach Kelli Pop is known for her catchy and tongue-in-cheek songs inspired by video games, Chinese food and conspiracy theorists, illustrating not only her playfulness but also her wit and her angst. Be sure and catch Peach and her ace combo on tour throughout the month of May including a stop at Palisades in Brooklyn on Friday May 13th.
David Lee Myers
Friday, May 20th, 6am - 9am
on Micah's show
David Lee Myers is a sound and visual artist living in New York City. He has produced music based on feedback principles since 1987, using his unique "feedback machines". As Arcane Device, and more recently under his own name, Myers has had twenty recordings released by Generator, ReR, Silent, RRRecords, Staalplaat, and many other labels. He has collaborated with musicians such as Asmus Tietchens, Tod Dockstader, Marco Oppedisano, and Kim Cascone. Tune in on May 20 6-9 am as David graces the webwaves with a live performance and recorded music.
Author Jon Savage
Saturday, May 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes noted author Jon Savage to his program. Jon's new book is the fantastic "1966: The Year The Decade Exploded" (Faber & Faber). Todd and Jon will discuss that incredible year and play a lot of records from it as well. Jon is also the author of the ultimate book on British punk, "England's Dreaming."
Tuesday, May 24th, 9pm - Midnight
on Irene Trudel's show
Peterborough, New Hampshire's Eric Gagne is a longtime fixture of the town's music scene, having been a member of Redwing Blackbird and Death to Tyrants. Footings is Gagne's latest band effort, a simple setting of guitar, viola, drums and vocals, filled with narratives and reflections on everyday life. Eric is also a founder of "The Thing in the Spring," an arts festival held annually throughout the town of Peterborough which focuses on indie, punk, folk, ambient, and other musical genres. Footings played live for Irene on a recent trip to NYC.
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.
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.
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