Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: July 16th at 5:33 PM

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Faust's Jean-Hervé Péron
Monday, July 16th, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
Scott Williams's show
"There is no group more mythical than Faust", said Julian Cope in his influential survey Krautrocksampler. Jean-Hervé Péron has been at the center of Faust since the very beginning, co-founding the group of radical art-errorists tasked (and funded) by Polydor to become "Germany's Beatles", and failing gloriously. Nearly 50 years later, Faust has lost none of its spontaneity, curiosity or energy. Today, Jean-Hervé joins Scott to discuss all this mad history, as well as Faust's current tour, coming to Brooklyn's Murmrr Theater on July 22.


Jaron Lanier, author and virtual reality pioneer
Monday, July 16th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst interviews Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer and author of the new book "Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now." Lanier and Mark discuss the problems caused by Big Tech companies and their social media platforms.


Alessandra Novaga
Tuesday, July 17th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Alessandra Novaga joins Devon to discuss "Fassbinder Wunderkammer," the Milan-based classical and experimental guitarist's most recent solo LP inspired by and dedicated to German auteur director Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his frequent composer collaborator Peer Raben. Alessandra has worked with the likes of Lee Renaldo and Elliott Sharp and was the first guitarist to perform the entire cycle of John Zorn's "The Book of Heads" in Italy. She performs "Fassbinder Wunderkammer" at Spectrum in Brooklyn on Thursday, July 12th at 7 pm.


Toronto's DJ Nico Guest Hosts
Tuesday, July 17th, 7pm - 8pm
on
What's Happening?!?! with Matt Clarke (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
On this week's What's Happening?!?!, DJ Nico from Toronto's #1 mod party, With It, will be spinning mind-bending sounds. She is also a CIUT radio DJ so expect prime cuts sourced directly from her esteemed collection. Get With It Baby!


Brandon Lopez
Wednesday, July 18th, Midnight - 3am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Brandon Lopez makes his WFMU debut with an explosive solo improvisational set. Named the, "ubiquitous free improv bass ace," by the Village Voice and said to play with a, "bruising physicality" by the Chicago Reader, Lopez keeps you on the edge of your seat during his solo performances and will certainly beg the listener to ask the eternal question... "What Was Music?"


David Nagler & friends with Bridget St. John
Wednesday, July 18th, 7pm - 8pm
on Irene Trudel's show

David Nagler & friends with Bridget St. John - Brooklyn-based musician David Nagler has a fondness for large-scale projects. Nagler set a number of Carl Sandberg's poems to music on his last album. David's latest is The Appointees, a musical observation of members, past and present, of the current US administration. He is also the musical director for Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders, has worked with Jon Langford and is a member of the band Nova Social. Among the friends in the band is Bridget St. John, notable for two well-loved British folk albums, Ask Me No Questions and Songs for the Gentle Man, sung in her rich contralto. St. John also played alongside Michael Chapman at WFMU's Monty Hall not long ago. Bridget now adds vocals to David Nagler's songs and they played a few tunes for Irene.


Marisa Anderson
Thursday, July 19th, Noon - 3pm
on
Radio Ravioli with Olivia
Olivia will be unveiling a live session with Marisa Anderson, who kindly dropped by WFMU on a Monday afternoon. Marisa Anderson recently released her expansive and pensive album Cloud Corner on Thrill Jockey and is currently on tour. Tune in for a beautiful set and a quick interview!


Reigning Sound, Camp Cope and Bee Bee Sea
Saturday, July 21st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Reigning Sound has been cranking out the hits for most of this century! The one permanent member has been Greg Cartwright, also known for being in such other stellar combos as The Oblivians and The Compulsive Gambers. The current line-up features Greg and New York's own Jay Vons, as perfect a combination as you are ever likely to find. Check out Reigning Sound's soulful rock'n'roll live with Todd-O-Phonic Todd on July 21st and don't miss them at Monty Hall on July 20th and Elsewhere as part of Jonathan Toubin's Soul Clap on the evening of July 21st.

Camp Cope are a three piece female trio from Melbourne, Australia. Their 2018 release How To Socialise & Make Friends (Run For Cover) has earned them very well deserved acclaim. The album anchors on the cycles of life, loss and growth through resilience and those moments of finding and being yourself. It also kicks ass! Catch them on tour with Petal at House Of Independents in Asbury Park on July 19th and at The Bowery Ballroom on July 20th and live on The Todd-O-Phonic Todd show 7/21.

Italy's Bee Bee Sea have perfected a brand of scuzz rock that has earned them comparisons to bands like Black Lips and Thee Oh Sees, whom they have shared stages with. The powerful trio make their New York debut Friday July 20th at Elsewhere. Don't miss them playing belters from their Sonic Boomerang album live with Todd-O-Phonic Todd on July 21st.


Brian Olewnick, author of Keith Rowe: The Room Extended
Sunday, July 22nd, 9am - Noon
on
destination: OUT (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Author and critic Brian Olewnick [pronounced o-LEV-nick] stops by D:O Radio to discuss his new biography, Keith Rowe: The Room Extended (powerHouse Books). Rowe is one of the most compelling artists to emerge out of the experimental music scene of 1960s London. Co-founder of the collective AMM, Rowe has played with a wide range of composers and musicians, including Cornelius Cardew, Christian Wolff, John Tilbury, Evan Parker, Taku Sugimoto, Otomo Yoshihide, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, Toshimaru Nakamura, and David Sylvian. Olewnick's is the first full biography of this artist, and Brian will talk about Rowe's work while also bringing some key tracks to share. (Here's hoping Brian might also discuss his days booking loft acts at Environ in NYC in the 70s.) This is the first ever guest for D:O Radio (other than that time Doug Schulkind stopped by), so while you should come for Olewnick on Rowe, you might want to stay for the inevitable technical gaffes.


Naughty Clouds
Monday, July 23rd, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Naughty Clouds is a vigorous music duo that includes Alexis Moon and Ray Kubian. They like to sing songs and beat on things in this Brooklyn/New Jersey meeting of the minds. They'll be performing songs from their debut album, "Everything's Hard."


Thatcher Keats guest hosts on Vocal Fry
Monday, July 23rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah

Mark R. guest hosts on Weekly World Blues
Tuesday, July 24th, 8pm - 9pm
on
Weekly World Blues with Matt Fiveash

MOONDOG with Robert Scotto and Brian Carpenter
Wednesday, July 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in New York during the 1950s, and was a musical genius who left behind a monumental catalog of fascinating works. On Weds. July 25th, Moondog's biographer, Robert Scotto, makes his sixth visit to Irwin's program to celebrate this idiosyncratic icon. The three-hour tribute will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, including cover versions, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Joining Scotto will be Brian Carpenter, leader of the Ghost Train Orchestra, who are recording an album of new arrangements of Moondog titles. Scotto is the author of Viking of Sixth Avenue, the only full-length chronicle of Moondog.


Ana Egge
Wednesday, July 25th, 7pm - 8pm
on Irene Trudel's show

With an unhurried style, Ana Egge's songs are both melancholic and filled with sweetness. Egge might be easy to miss in a crowded field of singer-songwriters but her songs have a catchiness that stays with you. Ana's 10th and latest album, White Tiger, was produced by multi-instrumentlist Alec Spiegelman, who some might know from his band Cuddle Magic. Speigelman provided just the right amount of flourishes on the album, and plays a number of instruments within the songs. Ana Egge brought Alec Spiegelman along for this live set for WFMU.


Wet Ink violinist Josh Modney
Friday, July 27th, Noon - 3pm
on
Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
Violinist Josh Modney is a fixture of the New York new music scene. He's a member of Wet Ink and the International Contemporary Ensemble and played with the Mivos Quartet for eight years. He's releasing his first solo album, a sprawling three-cd set with compositions by Anthony Braxton, Sam Pluta and Kate Soper, plus some old guy called Bach. He'll be stopping by to play live, preview the CD and chat a bit on Miniature Minotaurs, July 27 at noon.


Miriam Guest Hosts
Friday, July 27th, 9pm - 11pm
on
What's Happening?!?! with Matt Clarke (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)

Seymour Stein of Sire Records
Saturday, July 28th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Seymour Stein about his new autobiography "Siren Song My Life In Music" which recounts the 60 year career of "America's greatest living record man" with great stories about the record business characters that crossed his path and the artists that he's signed, including: The Ramones, The Talking Heads, The Pretenders, The Replacements, The Flamin' Groovies, The Smiths, etcetera etcetera.


Cut Worms
Saturday, July 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Cut Worms are a vehicle for the stunning songwriting of Max Clarke. A Cut Worms song may impress an innocent summer stroll across fields of tall grass and lavender but there's undoubtedly a severed ear out in there in the grass. Some unseen dark forces are always lurking at the edges of songs' sunbursts. Bright, beautiful lap steel or a cheery harmonica accompaniment often belie an impending doom or crestfallen narrator. Cut Worms debut album on Jagjaguwar, Hollow Ground, will no doubt appear on many Best Of 2018 lists. Max has previously appeared solo on Todd's show, but for this set he will be joined by the full orchestra.


The Octopus Project
Tuesday, July 31st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Austin's The Octopus Project joins Devon in the studio to discuss the band's third feature length film score for writer-director David and Nathan Zellner's western "Damsel" starring Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson (the soundtrack of which was released by Milan Records). The band previously scored the Zellner Brothers' earlier films "Kid-Thing" (2012) and "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" (2014), as well as the 70's sci-fi inspired video game soundtrack for "Thunderbeam." The Octopus Project plays Elsewhere in Bushwick on Saturday, July 14.


John Noreen of The Rose Garden
Saturday, August 4th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with John Noreen about his time in The Rose Garden, who while John was still a teen went from rehearsing in his L.A. bedroom to being signed to ATCO Records. Along the way the band crossed paths with Neil Young, Gene Clark, Sonny Bono and other characters tangential to the swinging L.A. scene. Described as a melding of The Byrds and The Mama's and the Papa's, they were short lived, but long remembered, mostly for their 1967 single “Last Plane To London,” a #17 hit.


Live Remote From Union Pool featuring: The Jay Vons, Miriam and Nobody's Babies and PMS and The Mood Swings.
Saturday, August 4th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Once again The Todd-O-Phonic Todd program presents an installment of Union Pool's formidable Summer Thunder Series of free afternoon shows. This year's guest host will be the redoubtable Amanda Nazario! Live music will be provided by the brilliant trifecta of The Jay Vons, Miriam and Nobody's Babies and PMS and The Mood Swings.
The Jay Vons kick the afternoon off with their groovy soulful winners. Miriam and Nobody's Babies have firmly established themselves as WFMU favorites and actually feature on-air personalities such as Matt Clark, Ira Kaplan and Matt Fiveash in the band. To date they have released two albums on Norton of wonderfully evocative girl group and folk rock sounds fronted by The Ashtabula Nightingale, Miriam Linna.
PMS and The Mood Swings are celebrating the release of their debut album on Burger Records, one of the best summer listens in years! Songs like "Lifeguard Steve" and "Coney Island Baby" are made for the season! Don't miss these suave pop confections live and in person at Union Pool!


Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele
Wednesday, August 8th, 7pm - 8pm
on Irene Trudel's show

Claiming to have been "born in a volcano with nothing but a dream and board shorts," Ethan, Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele lets his stream of consciousness flow through every song he writes. The Austin-based musician is a rail-thin six feet five inches tall, strums guitar instead of ukulele and is hilarious in his "matter of fact" way. This will be Ethan's third visit to Irene's show on WFMU, as he prepares his first release in 10 years, "No Man is an Island", out on cassette and digital this fall.


Brett Berns director of "BANG! The Bert Berns Story"
Saturday, August 18th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Brett Berns, director of "BANG! The Bert Berns Story" which tells the story of the creative force Bert Berns, whose childhood bout with rheumatic fever left him with a short life expectancy which inspired his prolific creative output. His mort successful run was a seven year period in the 60's where he had a hand in 51 charting singles. He died in 1967 at age 38 and left behind a safe full of cash and a musical legacy that includes "A Little Bit Of Soap," "Hang On Sloopy," "I Want Candy," "Under The Boardwalk" and work with Solomon Burke, Van Morrison, Erma Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Ben E. King and tons more.


Mr. Finewine special guest hosts for Weekly World Blues
Tuesday, August 21st, 8pm - 9pm
on
Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine

Special 2 hour edition of Vocal Fry
Monday, August 27th, 6pm - 8pm
on
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah


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