Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: August 16th at 12:30 PM

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Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa
Tuesday, August 22nd, Noon - 3pm
on Liz Berg's show

It's a collaboration made in experimental pop heaven: Dustin Wong (former guitarist of Baltimore's Ponytail and a fabulous solo artist in his own right) is teamed up with the legendary Takako Minekawa (great solo work along with collaborations with Kahimi Karie, Cornelius, Ryuichi Sakomoto, etc) for a third album release, entitled "Are Euphoria," recorded in Tokyo and released on Thrill Jockey this year. Dustin Wong's dodging, weaving guitar loops play tag with Takako Minekawa's beats, electronics, and vocals, leaving you dizzy, lightheaded, and in a happier place. We'll catch up with them for a live set during a rare U.S. visit, and you should also jump at the opportunity to see them live at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn on Saturday, August 19th.


Guest DJ Tom Lax from Siltbreeze Records
Tuesday, August 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Brian Turner's show
The annual visit from our pal Tom Lax, bringing up yet another assortment of obscuro and extremely special 7" singles wax from Siltbreeze headquarters in Philadelphia. If you've checked out this special in past years you know that you will certainly be hearing a lot of DIY/post-punk and general oddball stuff you will probably not hear anywhere else (and see as well, as we will be posting the sleeve art on the playlist page live). Not to be missed!


Tom Wilson's Music Factory #24 - Bret Morrison
Wednesday, August 23rd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
In 1967 and '68 the charismatic record producer Tom Wilson hosted a free-form radio program called "The Music Factory," sponsored by MGM-Verve Records. The series quickly came and went, but Irwin is reviving the series on alternate Wednesdays at 4pm (Eastern). On our August 23rd episode, Wilson welcomes to the Music Factory Bret Morrison, a voice actor who portrayed "The Shadow" on radio during the 1940s and '50s. Wilson and Morrison discuss pre-TV radio, and spin tracks by Appletree Theater, The Fabulous Farquahr, Harumi, Alan Lorber, the Beacon Street Union, and others. Paul Shalmy of Eye Magazine joins Wilson to discuss the trend in power rock trios, such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream.


The Exquisite Course: A Brief History of a World (Perhaps, This One), An Audio Exquisite Corpse
Saturday, August 26th, Midnight - 3am
on
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton

Dear Listener,

For this evening’s redefining of the word entertainment, the Inflatable Squirrel Carcass has invited nine fellow DJs to contribute five minutes of audio continuing the story begun by the person before them. ‘Tis a tale of lust and love, you are about to hear, murder and mayhem, 0s and 1s, rice and beans, fahrenheit and centigrade. ’Tis a brief history of a world (perhaps, this one).

Tune in from 12am–1am and embrace your inner trilobite.

Sincerely,
The Inflatable Squirrel Caucus

P.S. It is hoped by all participants that said audio shall:
a) remain somewhat coherent over the course of 50 minutes or so
b) remain somewhat incoherent over the course of 50 minutes or so
c) none of the above
d) be successful enough so that we can consider doing an exquisite copse for Arbor Day


Veteran Soul Singer Winfield Parker
Saturday, August 26th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes soul singer, songwriter and saxophonist Winfield Parker to discuss his 60th year in show business - which has included backing a slew of artists (including Little Richard) at Carr’s Beach, a segregated summer resort near Annapolis, and recording great soul sides for Ru-Jac, Spring, Wand, Calla, ATCO, GSF, P&L and Arctic and his upcoming October gig in New Orleans at The Ponderosa Stomp.


Tin Foil
Sunday, August 27th, 6am - 9am
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
The members of Tin Foil have been bumming around Detroit playing in one band or another for over a decade now. And though none of those acts made it too far out of the environs of the Motor City, with Tin Foil, the boys are ready for the big time (or, at the very least, to play live on WFMU). The band released its self-title debut EP—a messy, lo-fi basher with a deceptive sense of precision and craftsmanship that plays like a punked-up Buffalo Springfield—earlier in the summer on Almost Ready Records. Check them out live on Burn It Down! with Nate K. Sunday, August 27, 6 to 9 am.


Al Margolis
Sunday, August 27th, 10pm - Midnight
on
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
On Sunday, August 27th, Dave welcomes Al Margolis for his annual visit to FMU. Al, who runs the avant-garde label Pogus Productions among many other projects, will be bringing yet another batch of obscure cassette recordings, strange and lovely music from all corners of the world, and sneak previews of upcoming Pogus releases. Sunday, August 27, 10 p.m. to midnight.


Joe Frank - "Small World Karma"
Wednesday, August 30th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
One-hour dramas by Joe Frank air alternate Wednesday afternoons at 4pm (Eastern) on Irwin's program. On Weds. August 30th, we'll present "Small World Karma" from Joe's "The Other Side" series. In this episode—lots of DEATH! Joe believes he triggered the death of his hospitalized uncle Ben during the 1965 New York City blackout. Debi describes a spiritual moment while witnessing her father's final moments of life. And at the end of the program, Joe suggests a miniature tombstone for a tiny murder victim. Also in the show, Joe draws spiritual meaning from the film "The Incredible Shrinking Man."


James Hand
Saturday, September 2nd, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with one of the world's greatest songwriters, Texas legend James Hand, who developed hid utterly unique style in a forty year career spent mostly in smoky dives and dancehalls performing for a slowly widening circle of admirers.


The Schizophonics PLUS The Rebel Set
Saturday, September 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
What's Happening?!?! with Matt M
Today on What's Happening?!?! Matt presents The Wild West! San Diego's The Schizophonics with their high-powered thrilling rock 'n soul. Also, Phoenix's organ driven surf-punkers The Rebel Set will send those tumbleweeds moseyin' down the road. Saddle up partner and don't miss a thing!


Doug Tuttle PLUS Don Winslow PLUS Starcrawler PLUS The Shivas
Saturday, September 9th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Massachusetts songwriter Doug Tuttle has just released his third solo album, “Peace Potato”, on Chicago label Trouble In Mind. Tuttle’s guitar picking and soloing echoes the greats of decades prior, Harrison, Thompson, Clarence White, with a conscious eye to the bedroom and basement weird pop genius of sung and unsung artists like Harumi, Sixth Station, The Bachs and Jim Sullivan. The ease at which Tuttle’s songs fold and unfold, suggests something more than your usual home-recorded musings. “Peace Potato” feels natural and comfortable in it’s skin. Don't miss Doug Tuttle live at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Monday August 28th.

Best-selling crime author Don Winslow gets gritty with Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Winslow's new novel, "The Force" is a tour de force exposing the underbelly and moral quagmires of policing, specifically in Manhattan. Stephen King says “The Force is mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.”

Los Angeles current rock'n'roll dynamos, Starcrawler features fearless teenage frontwoman Arrow de Wilde. Their great debut 7" on Rough Trade has gotten them on the playlists of noted dj's such as Elton John and Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Don't miss Starcrawler's high-octane live show at Union Pool on Friday Sept. 8th.

The Shivas are a rock and roll band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2006. In the 10 years since forming they have brought their raucous dance party to almost all 50 states, and over 25 countries worldwide, meanwhile releasing five full-length albums and three EPs on labels such as K Records and Burger Records. They are currently touring across the U.S. in support of their latest opus Turn Me On (on Burger/Annibale Records) and will be at Alphaville in Brooklyn on 8/26. Most importantly they have the Hoboken Jack seal of approval!



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