HONK! NYC Kickstarter campaign deadline is 5:30 pm TODAY! Pledge here: http://kck.st/1wJY8gR
HONK! NYC is bringing activist brass band ecstasy to over 3,000 people all around NYC and to Jersey City at WFMU's Monty Hall THIS THURSDAY! (Info & tix for my WFMU HONK NYC co-production @ tinyurl.com/honk-fmu .)
The deadline to raise money to help pay travel and other costs for dozens of brass band musicians from across the US and across the Atlantic who are coming to NYC this week for HONK! NYC is 5:30 pm today - pitch in to the kickstarter complain NOW, here:
New York’s annual street band extravaganza is back, with more participants, shows, school visits & community partners than ever.
Oct 13 @ 1:27 pm
WFMU's October Silent Fundraiser to raise $ for our new performance space Monty Hall - and other things - has begun! Pitch in: https://www.facebook.com/events/346120782233380/
WFMU's Silent Fundraiser and Mascot Contest
Will your pet be named WFMU's mascot for a full year?
Pledge to WFMU this October to enter your pet into our mascot contest!
We're offering two great new tees in exchange for your help: Illuminati Cat (for the cat people) and Under(water) Dog (for the dog people), both designed by Dan Gneiding.
Your tax-deductible pledge will help us purchase audio gear and an instrument backline for our new performance space, Monty Hall.
May the best pet win!
Oct 1 @ 10:53 am
Transpacific Sound Paradise brings HONK NYC! to WFMU's Monty Hall on Thursday evening October 16th
Sep 29 @ 5:54 pm
Rob W's show is Live from Meridian23, 23rd & 7th TODAY 6-9 pm - join us there!
Jun 21 @ 7:54 am
Hey everyone, I'm MC'ing the four-night free Global Beats Festival at the Brookfield Place Winter Garden (formerly WFC). Tonight and tomorrow (7:30 pm each night) are the last nights... Tonight features the otherworldly (and visually compelling) Ukrainian vocal / percussion driven group DakhaBrakha plus a great indie rock band from Lahore Pakistan, Poor Rich Boy... In South Asia, indie / DIY music is still very new, just doing your own thing can still be a bit subversive, so it's especially exciting to have them here along with the amazing DakhaBrakha... Hope you can make it! (Links: http://livesounds.org/
The Global Beat Festival explores music from around the world befitting the stunning acoustics of the magnificent, 10-story glass-vaulted Winter Garden. Each
Jun 16 @ 11:44 am
Update on my WFMU radio show Transpacific Sound Paradise for tonight:
In addition to doing a whole bunch of APAP showcase giveways and playing music by many of the artists who are coming to town, we'll also hear a large portion of Ukrainian phenomenon Dakha Brakha's exhilarating US debut concert. They played to a packed CUNY / Elebash Hall in NY on Sept 19.
DakhaBrakha returns to New York to perform on Sunday Jan 12 as part of the annual twelve-artist three-stage Globalfest world music showcase concert at Webster Hall in lower Manhattan. They're also playing Monday night Jan 13 at Le Poisson Rouge as part of Eye For Talent's APAP Showcase.
Starting mid-week the APAP arts presenters' conference brings lots of World Musicky artists to NYC to showcase. Globalfest is the highest profile - but there are also excellent multi-artist shows at many other venues including Drom (Thurs-Sat Jan 9-11), SOBs (Mon Jan 13), Le Poisson Rouge (Mon Jan 13) and Alwan for the Arts (Fri Jan 10). Stay tuned: I'll be giving away tickets to several of those big showcase concerts on tonight's show.
Tune in to WFMU tonight at 6 to get in the running for tickets. I'll be posting the specific giveaway info and instructions on how to enter around 6 pm on tonight's playlist page, http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/53889
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Jan 4 @ 2:25 pm
Hey NY/NJ world music fans: Starting mid-week the APAP conference brings lots of World Musicky artists to NYC to showcase. Globalfest, Sun Jan 12 at Webster Hall is the highest profile - but there are also excellent multi-artist shows at many other venues including Drom (Thurs-Sat Jan 9-11), SOBs (Mon Jan 13), Le Poisson Rouge (Mon Jan 13) and Alwan for the Arts (Fri Jan 10). I'll be giving away tickets to several of those big showcase concerts on my WFMU radio show from 6-9 pm (US Eastern time zone) tonight! Tune in to WFMU or listen and follow the live playlist (where giveaway instructions will be posted during the show from 6-9 tonight) at http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/tp
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Jan 4 @ 11:17 am
NYC's first and finest all-female Mariachi! Mireya Ramos and members of Flor de Toloache play on our WFMU radio live broadcast at Barbes, 376 9th Street in Park Slope TONIGHT around 7:30 pm! But get there early - the show starts at 6 pm with Frank London and Deep Singh's amazing tabla-brass all-star band Sharabi, then the dynamic accordion / clarinet duo Uri Sharlin and Kinan Azmeh - and later, Colombian marimba marvel Diego Obregon and Grupo Chonta!
Latin | Brooklyn, NY
Oct 26 @ 8:43 am
Had a fun nutty lefty-activist brass band, Os Siderais, on my WFMU show last night. They've been marching in the streets of Rio in support of teachers, who are fighting for improvements in the education system. They came here for the annual HONK! festival of activist brass / street / marching bands in Somerville / Boston MA, and the HONK! NYC spin-off down here. Check out their set on the radio at http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/52824
and their facebook page (where you can grab their EP), https://www.facebook.com/Os.Siderais.
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Oct 20 @ 7:17 am
MURDER in Hoboken!
Creepily right around the corner from our house. And even more creepily, exactly 150 years (plus 2 years, 4 months, and 11 days) after Hoboken's infamous Weehauken Hill murder!
It will be recollected that on the 30th day of April last, the body of a man was found floating in the water near the dock at the foot of Weehauken Hill, under circumstances which led to the belief that he had been murdered. The body was taken in charge by Coroner BORDSTEDT, of Hoboken, and upon exa...
Sep 11 @ 9:24 am
I just found out that I went to high school with the guy who wrote the TV movie Sharknado - !
Finally, something my Alma Mater can be proud of... (well, other than Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan)
(Discovered this in part because it might be shown this Thurs. @ Brooklyn Bridge Park, if enough people vote for it via https://www.facebook.com/brooklynbridgepark?v=app_177914495580579&rest=1)
Thunder Levin, Writer: Sharknado.
Aug 27 @ 1:52 pm
Forgive me - but speaking as a proud citizen of the Great State of New Jersey, after I heard this morning's NJ Public Radio story on NJ's rudderless post-Sandy rebuilding I really wanted to commission this t-shirt design: JERSEY DUMB - WE’RE DUMBER THAN THE STORM! with a nice image of Governor Christie up to his neck in Jersey Shore water and sludge...
Over the past 30 years, several research reports and the state’s own Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) warned that the Jersey Shore was overbuilt and that a storm like Sandy would cause widespread destruction. New Jersey Public Radio has reviewed internal DEP documents that even rec...
Jul 22 @ 6:38 am
Heading over to Central Park Summerstage with my better half Katie for today's big brass band summit with Fanfare Ciocarlia (5 pm) and Red Baraat (3:40 pm) plus DJ Joro Boro. You can get in the mood by listening to Fanfare's Pace Schimmel Center show from last fall as broadcast on my WFMU show at http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/51006
Also had a great session on my show yesterday with artists from Mali's Festival au Desert Caravan for Peace Tour that hits NYC July 31 (Lincoln Center Out of Doors) and Aug 3 (Littlefield) - hear the show, with Tartit, Imharhan & Mamadou Kelly here: http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/51485
Jul 14 @ 12:32 pm
Rob Hatch, an excellent fellow WFMU DJ and filmmaker as well, along with collaborators, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary film about the fabulous and under-appreciated soul singer Syl Johnson. I kicked in a bit myself. And in addition to the very noble cause (in good hands too), in my opinion the premium offers are generous and enticing - clearly Rob has learned from our similarly swag-alicious WFMU Fundraising Marathons that having a nice carrot doesn't hurt!
A documentary about the best soul singer you’ve ever heard–even if you've never heard of him.
Jul 9 @ 9:10 am
Taking the week off from my WFMU radio show (Scott McDowell will fill in tonight)... used a visit with my better half Katie's family in Michigan as an excuse to check out the annual free Concert of Colors festival - http://concertofcolors.com/
- at the Fischer Center in downtown Detroit. Clay Ross and Matuto from NY are making their Motor City debut right now on the Fischer Center's second stage, the Music Box, in fine style. Also playing today are Fatoumata Diawara, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino and Kobo Town (all of whom have played in studio or remotely on my WFMU radio show as has Matuto - see http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/tp for the audio archives). There's also a late show I'm looking forward to tonight at Detroit's contemporary art museum, MOCAD, which I'm looking forward to, both to see the museum for the first time and to check out a band I haven't scene - Cambodian Space Project, kind of Australia's answer to the American band Dengue Fever.
Jul 6 @ 1:15 pm