Upcoming Special Programs on WFMU
Last updated: May 25th at 10:27 AM

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Caitlin Pasko
Saturday, May 26th, 6am - 9am
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Songwriters have transformed hardship and suffering into their art for thousands of years. When New York singer-songwriter Caitlin Pasko endured the death of her father and an especially difficult breakup shortly thereafter, she turned this into Glass Period, a six song "meditation on grief". Her piano style is drawn primarily from Satie and Debussy. Combined with her simple and ambiguous lyrics, the result is dreamlike and profound. For her WFMU session, she was joined on synths by Henry Terepka, who had helped Caitlin to produce Glass Period.

TSP Live From Issyra African Gallery, Hoboken with Nonstop Live Music From Africa and Beyond, Free Admission!
Saturday, May 26th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Issyra Gallery at 300 Observer Highway in Hoboken is an amazing place, it must be seen to be believed, jam-packed - floor to ceiling - with traditional African art and contemporary art. (Photos at http://tiny.cc/africanhoboken.) And as a special Memorial Day weekend treat, we're filling this spectacular space with fabulous live music! Join us at Issyra on Saturday May 26th from 6-9 pm in person - admission is free - or tune in live for (in this order):
- Virtuosic oud explorations by Brian Prunka
- Ancient texts brought to life by Echoes of Antiquity featuring accordionist / multi-instrumentalist Ismail Butera and percussionist Natalia Perlaza
- The avant-gyil stylings of Alfred Kpebsaane and Brittany Anjou's Bewaa - a captivating coalescence of Ghanaian gyil (xylophone) and electronic keyboards
- And we're thrilled to wrap things up with acclaimed visiting Senegalese mbalax singer Oumar Ndiaye and friends Smokey Hormel , Issa Sow and Ngor Jallow.
Admission is free and we will be giving away free WFMU swag too so don't miss out, join us at Issyra on the 26th!

Meredith Broussard, author and NYU professor
Monday, May 28th, 6pm - 7pm
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst interviews Meredith Broussard, NYU professor and author of the new book "Artificial Unintelligence." Learn what AI is, and is NOT, and why she suggests that we - immediately - stop all development of self-driving car technology.

Helios Creed and Steve Fishman of CHROME
Thursday, May 31st, Noon - 3pm
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Diane welcomes the King of sonic noise - Helios Creed to the Fun Machine for a mid-tour talk! Pre-industrial psychedelic generator Chrome is playing at St. Vitus in Brooklyn on Wednesday May 30th, and Helios, the heart, soul and originator of the band, along with bassist Steve Fishman will stop by to fuel up before their drive to Philadelphia to perform at Kung Fu Necktie that night. They will be live and listeners can ask questions via the interactive playlist! Chrome's latest record, Techromancy has been out for a year, and is the follow up studio LP to Feel It Like A Scientist. Diane will be playing tracks from both stellar records! Tune In!

Frank Sinatra biographer James Kaplan
Saturday, June 2nd, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes James Kaplan, author of the wonderful two volume, 1500 paged in total, Frank Sinatra biographies "Frank The Voice" and "Sinatra The Chairman." A ten year project that examines Sinatra's musical genius, turbulent life and cultural impact while trying to see inside the enigma. Bonus: Kaplan was also a WFMU engineer in the late 1960s!

Michael Rault and Ian Svenonius
Saturday, June 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes as his live musical guest the debonair Michael Rault. Discover for yourself why Noisey claims "Michael has made a career out of his uncanny ability to weave through decades of rock'n'roll history, melding dirty psychedelic riffs with bubblegum power-pop hooks." Michael's latest opus, "It's A New Day Tonight", is out on Wick Records on May 18th and he will be performing at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick on May 31st.

and also...

Formerly, The Sassyiest Boy In America, Ian Svenonius joins Todd-O-Phonic Todd to spin some platters and join in some chatter. Ian has quite the resume being the frontman of such notable combos as Nation Of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Chain and The Gang and more. He has also written a number of books, including "Censorship Now!" and "Supernatural Strategies for Making A Rock'n'Roll Group". Ian brings his current musical project Escape-Ism to The Pet Shop in Jersey City on Saturday June 2nd and Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick on June 3rd.

Paint Fumes
Monday, June 4th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

The Charlotte, North Carolina trio returns to play for a third time at WFMU. Scuzzy garage, classic punk, and blazing surf that’s drenched in more echo than you can shake a distortion pedal at.

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