Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: September 21st at 11:29 AM

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People Like Us screening and interview with live videostream!
Friday, September 21st, Noon - 3pm
Bryce's show (on WFMU stream & FM radio & Video)
Yes, it’s possible to do such a thing on WFMU! Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) will join Bryce for a chat, and the new People Like Us movie The Mirror will screen in full in theatrical form on the front page of the WFMU.org website with simultaneous radio broadcast on Bryce’s Show on Friday 21 September 2018 at 2pm.

Carmen Marsico of Newpoli: Dynamic New Directions in Italian Roots Music
Saturday, September 22nd, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Boston-based Newpoli re-imagines the lively tarantella and other sounds of Southern Italy and around the Mediterranean. The band celebrates the release of an excellent new album of traditional and original songs, Mediterraneo, with a big show as part of the New York Gypsy Festival at Drom in the East Village on Friday October 5th. Newpoli's Carmen Marsico joins us to introduce the album and contrast and compare some of the traditional source songs with Newpoli's inventive re-imaginings.

Oh Boland
Monday, September 24th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Oh Boland returns to WFMU to deliver another helping of boredom-fueled pop melodies driven by a love of girl group, country music and '70s power pop, enshrouded in the drunken slop of the Irish barroom rock n roll band and the unbridled motion of punk.

Tuesday, September 25th, 7pm - 8pm
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai discusses the band's latest soundtrack for directors Jonathan and Josh Baker's 2018 sci-fi film "Kin." Formed in Glasgow in 1995, the band has been scoring for feature length films, tv and documentaries since 2006 collaborating with Clint Mansell and Kronos Quartet on "The Fountain" and on their own for "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait." Others include Duncan Roy's 2007 "The Picture of Dorian Gray," French TV series "Les Revenants," and documentaries "Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise" and "Before The Flood" (co-written with Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Gustavo Santoalalla). The "Kin" soundtrack is available on limited vinyl and CD in the U.S. via Temporary Residence.

En Attendant Ana
Tuesday, September 25th, 9pm - Midnight
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

French sensations En Attendant Ana have been on the Burn It Down! radar for a couple years now, and we are delighted to welcome the Parisian quintet to the show for a live set. Recalling Unrest at its most infectious, the band also brings to mind the furious strum of the Wedding Present, the gleefully skewed sensibilities of the Clean, and the avant-garde cool of fellow Gauls Stereolab (also, dig that trumpet!). A perfect melding of pure pop precision and old-fashion racket-making, the band is on tour in the States now and will play Alphaville, in Brooklyn, on September 20. Catch them live on Burn It Down! on Tuesday, September 25. And look for them as they take over Gonerfest, in Memphis, Tennessee, September 27-30.

Jessica Bruder
Wednesday, September 26th, 7pm - 8pm
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Jessica Bruder is a journalist who reports on subcultures and economic justice. In her recent book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, she spent months living in a camper van affectionately named “Van Halen”, documenting itinerant Americans who gave up traditional housing and hit the road full time, enabling them to travel from job to job and carve out a place for themselves in our precarious economy. The project spanned three years and more than 15,000 miles of driving—from coast to coast and from Mexico to the Canadian border. Jess Bruder will join Kimzilla and Emily in studio live to talk about her book and her own experiences being on the road.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 9pm - Midnight
on Burn It Down! with Nate K.

Like the house band at the last bar at the end of the universe, Quietus lingers, contemplates, broods, while subtly building to a sublime cacophonous pinnacle before pulling the rug out from listeners and sending them crashing to the ground. Like a post-rock take on late-night-tale tellers such as Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, and the Tindersticks, and with a touch of the world-weary melancholy of Townes Van Zandt, Quietus offers the perfect soundtrack to our most current existential crisis. The band is celebrating the release of its new album, Volume Four, at Wonders of Nature in Brooklyn on Thursday, September 13 and will be live on Burn It Down! on October 2. Have your whiskey and cigarettes at the ready.

It’s the Song Not the Singer
Thursday, October 4th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
There are no words to describe this special Shut Up! version of Music To Spazz By: three hours of mind bending instrumentals that will leave you speechless.

Jacques Le Coque
Saturday, October 6th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Hailing from Stamford, Connecticut, Jacques Le Coque play Replacements-style garage pop with a lot more youth and a very Velvet-y Underground warmth on the master mix. Their return engagement on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show celebrates the release of their brand new album "Positively Jacques Le Coque". Catch them performing the great songs from this album that evening at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick.

The Synth show
Monday, October 8th, 3:01pm - 6pm
Scott Williams's show
There was a time when bands used their liner notes to declare that they used NO SYNTHESIZERS. This show is Volume 2 of the opposite of that. (Vol 1, from November 2012, is here).

Kaye Blegvad
Thursday, October 11th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Trouble welcomes Kaye Blegvad to This is the Modern World. Kaye is an illustrator, who also creates jewelry, ceramics and books. Her work often deals with ideas about female identity and mental health. Her recent book 'Dog Years' is about learning to live with depression as if it was a bad dog; training it, making peace with it, and realizing you aren't alone.

Spazz Comes Alive
Thursday, October 11th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
The Greatest Live Show in the Universe from all of your favorite Music To Spazz By favorites!

The Scientists and Mark Sultan and The Mystery Lights
Saturday, October 13th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Australia's legendary Scientists have reunited their classic 1982 line-up of Kim Salmon, Tony Thewlis, Boris Sujdovic and Brett Rixon and are doing their first ever US tour. They will also be recording their first album since 1987's, The Human Jukebox. Their legend has deservedly grown over time and will be on full display Friday October 12th at Monty Hall.

Mark Sultan has played in such legendary Canadian garage combos as Les Sexareenos and performed in duos with the likes of King Khan (as King Khan and BBQ) and Bloodshot Bill (as The Ding Dongs). For his new album on Modern Sky, Mark has teamed up with one of New York's top combos, Mystery Lights. The glorious results of this union can be heard live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show.

The Singles-Going-Steady show
Monday, October 15th, 3:01pm - 6pm
Scott Williams's show
The Singles-Going-Steady show gives Scott a reason to buy a bunch of 45s once a year.

Caitlin Keegan
Thursday, October 18th, 9am - Noon
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Illustrator Caitlin Keegan joins Trouble on This is the Modern World. Many listeners will know Caitlin from the wonderful t-shirt she drew for WFMU with a bird beak as phonograph needle. Recently Caitlin created the Illustrated Tarot deck, based on her interest in this ancient divination practice. She will talk about her love of tarot cards and how she uses them in her day to day life. Tune in and learn about tarot decks going back as far as 15th century Italy.

All B-Sides All Night Long
Thursday, October 18th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Once again, Dave the Spazz celebrates Singles Going Steady Week by plugging the wrong side of the record. Usually crazier, typically more rockin’, these forgotten B-sides will flip you out!

The Crack Pipes
Saturday, October 20th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Led by singer Ray Colgan, Crack Pipes have been an Austin, Texas tradition since 1995. They bill themselves as "super blues soul garage" and they aren't lying! Their forthcoming album "Fake Eyelashes" (to be released 10/19 on Super Secret Records) captures this great combo in the studio as they have never been before, displaying both the excitement of their live sound and the diversity of their influences. Be sure and see The Crack Pipes Friday Oct. 19th at Home Sweet Home on Chrystie St. in lower Manhattan.

The Nothing-But-The-Best show
Monday, October 22nd, 3:01pm - 6pm
Scott Williams's show
Scott plays a lot of good songs on his show, but only about 2 or 3 songs per show are the best ones. Today, it's nothing but THE BEST SONGS. It's a guaranteed argument starter, featuring all your favorite glaring omissions!

Halloween Spazztacular!
Thursday, October 25th, 9pm - Midnight
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Count Spazzula and Bingo the Gorilla bid you welcome for another dark house ride on the spooky side of the street.

Protex, Gold Star and Music City
Saturday, October 27th, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Protex formed in 1978 in Dublin and were among the first wave of Irish punk bands along with Good Vibrations label-mates Rudi and The Undertones. The original incarnation of the band lasted until 1981. In 2010 the New York based Sing Sing label issued an album of unreleased recordings originally intended for Polydor, under the title "Strange Obsessions". The great reception it received encouraged the band to reform and they've been going strong since. See Protex along with Baby Shakes and Music City at Diveria Drive in Brooklyn on Tuesday October 23rd.

Marlon Rabenreither is a throwback to the days when songwriting was entrenched as a celebrated art form. The music he crafts under the moniker Gold Star is, in a word – timeless. His first two albums, Dark Days and Big Blue, captured the energy and spirit of the late ’60s and ’70s when rock ‘n roll and folk-rock were at their peak. Today, many of those artists and bands are legends. With his third album Uppers & Downers, Gold Star scales his own summit to deliver a memorable record that is still etched in the classics, but its stories are told through the prism of the present- The Revue. Gold Star makes a rare New York appearance at Baby's All Right on October 24th.

Conor Lumsden has been playing in bands since he was 12, having made two LPs as part of Irish group The Number Ones and having played in backing groups for Cian Nugent, Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting) and A. Savage (Parquet Courts.) He’s now set out on his own with new project Music City that picks up where The Number Ones left off, making classic, crunchy ‘70s style power-pop- Brooklyn Vegan Music City's new 45 on Static Shock Records, "Pretty Feelings" is an instant pop classic! See them perform it live at Diviera Drive on Tuesday Oct. 23rd with Baby Shakes and Protex!

The Halloween show
Monday, October 29th, 3:01pm - 6pm
Scott Williams's show
The Halloween show is the show Scott would do every week, if there wasn't an actual Halloween forcing him to make it some kind of special thing.

Roky Erickson
Saturday, November 3rd, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Roky Erickson is the legendary vocalist of Austin's seminal psychedelic combo, The 13th Floor Elevators, as well as being one of the main songwriters. After numerous mental health issues (documented in the 2005 film "You're Gonna Miss Me") Roky began making solo albums in 1980, often delving into his fandom of horror movies for subject matter. In 2007 he performed for the first time in New York and has triumphantly returned numerous times since. He currently performs Elevators classics as well as such beloved songs from his solo career as "Starry Eyes" and "I Walked With A Zombie". Roky's Oct. 30th show at Monty Hall is sold out, but you can see him on Halloween at The Knockdown Center and Bushwick and hear him live on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show.

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