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Lesley Karsten & JP Jofre (That's Not Tango: Astor Piazzolla, A Life In Music)
Tuesday, July 16th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Producer/actor Lesley Karsten and bandoneonist/composer JP Jofre discuss their upcoming "musical biography" performances of "That's Not Tango: Astor Piazzolla, A Life In Music" debuting at Jazz At Lincoln Center on July 30 & 31, along with a focused peak into the often overlooked film and television soundtrack side of Piazzolla who composed over 50 feature length films, documentaries, television productions and shorts from 1949 until his death in 1992.


Cult Leader Unicole Unicron
Tuesday, July 16th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Music Of Mind Control with Micah
Unicole Unicron is the leader of UNICULT, a communal framework for establishing joy. Promoting ideas of intention and manifestation, extraterrestrial intelligence and transhumanist notions of gender and identity, Unicole is a rising pop star cult leader and digital salvationist. She is also the brains behind the Indie GoGo campaign "Eve's Robot Dreams", a consent-focused robot brothel.


Matt Stroud, author of "Thin Blue Lie"
Monday, July 15th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Matt Stroud joins Mark Hurst on the next Techtonic to talk about his new book "Thin Blue Lie." In the book, Stroud tells the story of the company that makes Tasers, leading to what Stroud calls "the failure of high-tech policing."


Marja Mortensson: A Bright New Face in Indigenous Scandinavian Sámi Music
Saturday, July 13th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Scandinavia's indigenous Sámi people long faced discrimination but now are having a cultural revival. A revival of the Sámi vocal style called yoik began in the 1970s. Don't think you've heard yolking? Maybe you have; Sámi musician Frode Fjellheim composed Vuelie - the opening track of Frozen. Now Fjellheim has taken a new generation yoiker under his wing: Marja Mortensson who at age 24 already has two albums out and just won Norway's highest musical award. Meet Marja Mortensson on Rob's show this week!


Barry Alfonso, author of A Voice of The Warm: The Life Of Rod Mckuen
Saturday, July 13th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with author Barry Alfonso about his new book "A Voice of The Warm: The Life Of Rod Mckuen," an illuminating look at the poet/movie star/songwriter's unusual life and career.


Lea Bertucci
Wednesday, July 10th, 3pm - 5pm
on
Ridgewood Radio with David Weinstein (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Ridgewood Radio presents an illustrated conversation with Lea Bertucci, the composer, multi-instrumentalist, and sound artist, who previews a new album and shares a playlist of musical loves and obsessions from Erik Satie to Caroliner Rainbow.


Chris Gilliard on facial recognition
Monday, July 8th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst and Chris Gilliard discuss facial recognition and its effects on marginalized communities.


Gilbert O'Sullivan
Saturday, July 6th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Gilbert O'Sullivan about his long career, his #1 hit "Alone Again (Naturally)," and his current tour, which brings him to Manhattan's City Winery for his first U.S. shows in 40 years!


Spazz Fourth of July Unofficial Fireworks Stereo Simulcast
Thursday, July 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
As the fireworks soar over the Hudson River, tune in to Music To Spazz By for an explosive unofficial stereo simulcast that will leave you seeing stars and stripes and polka dots and flying monkeys in Uncle Sam hats!


Radiovert Reads: Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters by Henry Lien
Wednesday, July 3rd, 7pm - 8pm
on
Radiovert with Nicole
This week on Radiovert, find out what Wu Liu really means as Nicole introduces you to Her Grace Radiant Princess Goddess (of the Luxurious Hair) Peasprout Chen, the unrepentant star of Henry Lien’s wickedly delightful story Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters. The New York Times describes Henry Lien's Peasprout Chen as "Hermione Granger meets Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, meets the Ice Capades, meets Mean Girls.”


To!u Ajayi- Lead singer of Pieces of a Man swings by the Duane Train
Wednesday, July 3rd, Noon - 3pm
on
The Duane Train
The six-strong soul collective Pieces of a Man electronically manipulate and push the sonic boundaries of a conventional soul band. Their forthcoming New album entitled "Made in Pieces" encompasses a wide pallet of genres from gospel and choral soundscapes to neo-soul, jazz-funk and even elements of French house, whilst rooted in a musical diet of past and present soul inspirations, including D’Angelo, Jill Scott and Quincy Jones.


Collate
Tuesday, July 2nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl
One listen to Portland, Oregon's Collate and it's immediately apparent why they've garnered heavy airplay on WFMU. A classic post-punk trio, Collate strip the chassis of rock down to its bare essentials. In the midst of a quick jaunt up the east coast, we were fortunate enough to snag Collate for a session recorded by Mario Santana and presented by Creamo Coyl on the next edition of Spin Age Blasters. Tune in this Tuesday, July 2nd between 3-6 PM to catch the action.


A-WA: Exuberant Yemeni-Jewish Dance Music For the 21st Century
Saturday, June 29th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Take three vocally gifted Israeli sisters, an old Yemeni-Jewish song, add musical guidance from a leader of electro-roots groundbreakers Balkan Beat Box... the result: A-WA's Habib Galbi, a global smash with over 12 million YouTube views. A-WA takes ancient Yemenite Jewish women's songs to the dancefloor and they're taking the world by storm. A-WA is touring to support their wonderful second album Bayti Fi Rasi, with a big Central Park Summerstage show Sunday evening June 30th. But first, experience A-WA live on WFMU!


Sweet Lizzy Project
Saturday, June 29th, 5pm - 7pm
on
Someday Matinee with Gina Bacon (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Sweet Lizzy Project, live from Nashville! The band landed in Nashville after meeting The Mavericks in Cuba during production of their documentary "Havana Time Machine”. They’ll be playing live in-studio! Plus, the usual mix of not-necessarily Nashville music!


Twink and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop
Saturday, June 29th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Twink's musical exploits are legendary. As a drummer he started his recording career during the beat boom with The Fairies and has been involved with such legendary bands as The In Crowd, Tomorrow, The Pretty Things and The Pink Fairies. He also was briefly bandmates with Syd Barrett. Twink's 1970 solo album "Think Pink" is extremely sought after and now almost 50 years later he has a follow-up! "Think Pink IV: Return To Deep Space" on Noiseagonymayhem Records. Twink talks to Todd about his amazing career and the new release.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop speaks to Todd-O-Phonic Todd about the upcoming July 4th festivities in Jersey City as well as the growth of the arts in the State's second largest municipality. Hopefully the fireworks will wait until the 4th!


Pointed Man Band
Saturday, June 29th, 9am - 11am
on Double-Dip Recess with Roger and Amanda

Pointed Man Band hail from the Pacific Northwest, led by multi-instrumentalist Dan Elliott. Roger and Amanda are excited to welcome them for a live set of music! Their genre-defying new album, Amongst the Tall Trees, highlights the relationship between humans and nature, from childhood to adulthood.


COVER GIRLS: A listener-led special of female-fronted covers
Friday, June 28th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
Upon hearing an episode of Sophisticated Boom Boom featuring the Bird & the Bee covering Van Halen, Grace Jones doing Roxy Music, and the Cardigans’ cheery take on Black Sabbath, a listener suggested that Sheila B. dedicate an entire show to female-fronted covers. And so on Friday June 28th she will be doing just that—devoting a three-hour special to female-fronted covers selected by YOU, the listeners! Please direct all cover girl suggestions to sheilab (at) wfmu (dot) org, now until 6/26.


Dave Bartholomew Tribute
Thursday, June 27th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
A three hour celebration of the life and musical career of producer, arranger, composer, trumpet player, singer, bandleader and inventor of rock & roll Dave Bartholomew.


Radiovert Reads: The Worldless by Indrapramit Das
Wednesday, June 26th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Radiovert with Nicole
This week Nicole reads The Worldless by Indrapramit Das. Indrapramit Das (aka Indra Das) is a writer and editor from Kolkata, India. His fiction has appeared in several publications including Clarkesworld Magazine, Asimov’s, Lightspeed Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com, and has also been widely anthologized. He is a Shirley Jackson Award nominee, an Octavia E. Butler scholar, and a grateful graduate of Clarion West 2012.


Alan Courtis of Reynols
Tuesday, June 25th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl
Tune in to the Blast tomorrow from 3-6 PM to hear an on-air interview with Alan Courtis of the legendary Argentinian avant-rock group Renyols. Reynols made unclassifiable music that transcended every mundane pigeon-hole that you could attempt to cram them in. Alan stops by to chat with Creamo Coyl about the band and play selections from their new CD box set Minecxio Emanations 1993-2018.


Sarah Louise
Monday, June 24th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
North Carolina musician Sarah Louise has emerged as one of the most exciting new artists in recent years, with a discography already including ecstatic 12-string guitar explorations, electronics, and occasionally songs, as with House and Land, her not-quite-traditional folk duo with Sally Anne Morgan. Their second album, Across the Field, is out June 14th on Thrill Jockey. When she appears at Monty Hall on June 27th, and stops by the Frow Show for a session on the 24th, she will be doing none of the above, but playing in a duo with percussionist Thom Staton.


Scott Urban, designer of anti-surveillance eyewear
Monday, June 24th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Chicago-based artist Scott Urban used to spend his time handcrafting custom-made eyeglass frames. Then a few years ago, he started noticing the spread of surveillance cameras throughout his neighborhood. Tune into the next Techtonic to learn about how Scott Urban invented what he calls "privacy eyewear": anti-surveillance glasses that defeat facial recognition


Nadah El Shazly: Adventurous New Music From Cairo
Saturday, June 22nd, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Nadah El Shazly's darkly impressionistic Arab-tinged electro-acoustic music is getting noticed. Her late 2017 debut album, Ahwar, got rave reviews. Shortly after its release, the Cairo-based singer, composer and electronicist made the cover of The Wire. Her newest recording is a collaboration with adventurous international septet Karkhana, part of a split-EP called Carte Blanche. Nadah El Shazly makes her Garden State radio debut on our show this week!


The Truehearts
Saturday, June 22nd, 5pm - 7pm
on
Someday Matinee with Gina Bacon (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
The Truehearts will be live in the studio for a performance and interview. Plus, the weekly mix of music that’s not neccessarily Nashville, but mostly Nashville adjacent. All live from Nashville!!!


Billy Childish
Saturday, June 22nd, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Billy Childish is known for many things...being the leader of rabble rousing U.K. bands such as Thee Mighty Caesars, Thee Headcoats and his current combo, Wild Billy Childish and CTMF. Damaged Goods has just released a stunning 3lp/2cd overview of Billy's career entitled "Punk Rock 1st Nicht Tot!- The Billy Childish Story 1977-2018. Billy is also an acclaimed poet and artist and will be doing his first rock'n'roll gig in America in years as part of this year's Burger Boogaloo.


die ANGEL (Ilpo Väisänen / Dirk Dresselhaus)
Friday, June 21st, 9pm - Midnight
on
Daniel Blumin's show
Ilpo Väisänen of the mighty Pan Sonic & Dirk Dresselhaus aka Schneider TM have been playing together since 1999 and released albums on toothsome labels such as Editions Mego. die ANGEL's first-ever session for WFMU promises a glorious mix of processed guitar and mutant electronics. Conjuring up electro-acoustic will-o'-the-wisps and phantom energies, die Angel will rumble and oscillate straight into your third eye. No better way to close the summer solstice!


Put The Needle On MANKIND + The Mighty Casey
Friday, June 21st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Harlem underground hip-hop duo MANKIND, comprised of rapid fire mic spitters Sciryl + Illumin@te, will return to WFMU to debut new music including their just released collaborative project with veteran Boston emcee the Mighty Casey who will also be in the house with Billy Jam on Put the needle on the record on WFMU Friday June 21st at 7pm


Radiovert Reads: waiting out the end of the world in Patty's Place Cafe by Hugo and Focus award winner Naomi Kritzer
Wednesday, June 19th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Radiovert with Nicole
You've got a corner booth for the Apocalypse. Coffee's hot and the sticky buns are Midwest fresh. Now, do you know what you want, hon?


Andy Human & the Reptoids
Tuesday, June 18th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Led by the Bay Area underground mainstay Andy Jordan, Andy Human and the Reptoids land in a very specific spot on the whole garage-punk/post-punk axis, hinting at everything from Chrome's sci-fi shenanigans to Crime's art damaged attitude to Roxy Music's hi-concept glitter, with plenty of good old rock 'n' roll swing, too. The band is playing some rare live dates on the East Coast and were kind enough to swing by Burn It Down for a live session.


Erik Davis
Monday, June 17th, 9pm - Midnight
on The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow

Author Erik Davis discusses his head-expanding new book, High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies. Comparing psychonaut Terence McKenna, media prankster Robert Anton Wilson, and science fiction author Philip K. Dick. Erik will also be hosting a ramble in Prospect Park on 6/16, speaking at Greenwood Cemetery on 6/17, and appearing at the Assemblage on 6/18.


Damon Krukowski, author of "Ways of Hearing"
Monday, June 17th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Join Mark Hurst with live in-studio guest Damon Krukowski as they explore "the nature of listening in our digital world." Krukowski, formerly the drummer for Galaxie 500, has created a podcast and a book titled "Ways of Hearing," exploring how the switch from analog to digital has changed the way we listen to music, to radio, and to each other.


Senegalese Sensation Oumar Ndiaye Teams Up With Sideman to the Stars, Smokey Hormel
Saturday, June 15th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Senegalese guitarist / songwriter Oumar Ndiaye excels singing intimate ballads as well as mbalax dance floor workouts. He does it all on his new album Sutura, with a stellar band led by guitarist extraordinaire Smokey Hormel, sideman to the stars - from Beck to Neil Diamond. Hormel also leads Smokey's Round‑up and various cross-cultural combos. Oumar and Smokey join us in between two intimate gigs Friday and Saturday June 14th and 15th at the beautiful Issyra African Gallery in Hoboken.


Phil Kaufman, aka The Road Mangler
Saturday, June 15th, 5pm - 7pm
on
Someday Matinee with Gina Bacon (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Phil Kaufman, aka The Road Mangler, has worked with everyone from Frank Zappa to Emmylou Harris. He’s also known for burning Gram Parsons’ body out in Joshua Tree. He’s going to play DJ, and tell some tales, and then there will be live music and a chat with singer / producer / actor Billy Harvey!


Mike Chapman and John Doe
Saturday, June 15th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Australian born Mike Chapman first rose to prominence in the early 70's in the U.K. when he and his partner Nicky Chinn wrote a string of hits for glam acts such as The Sweet, Mud and Suzi Quatro. Later in that decade, Chapman produced smash albums for the likes of Blondie and The Knack. Mike discuss his remarkable career and the ever evolving music biz with Todd-O-Phonic.

John Doe, co-frontperson of the legendary L.A. band X has just come out with his second installment of the history of L.A. punk, "More Fun In The New World" (co-written with Tom DeSavia and published by Da Capo). This volume covers the years 1982-87 when bands like The Go-Go's, Blasters, X and Los Lobos spread their wings. John chats about the book on Todd's show and also at City Winery with Chris Stein on Sunday June 16th at 6 p.m.


Harry Nilsson's "The Point"
Saturday, June 15th, 9am - 11am
on
Double-Dip Recess with Roger and Amanda
Roger and Amanda honor Harry Nilsson on what would have been his 78th birthday. Join them as they broadcast The Point!, Nilsson's classic fable-in-songs released in 1970, in its entirety.


I Meta-Fella
Saturday, June 15th, Midnight - 3am
on
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
Another exquisite corpse has been discovered in the field where The Inflatable Squirrel Carcass buries its acorns, and a crack squad of WFMU DJs have gathered to perform the autopsy. Tune in Saturday, June 15, at midnight as this congregation of Quincys assembles to dissect the liver at the center of one of life’s eternal questions: Can a Fourth Wall and a Brick Wall meet cute?


JMAY
Thursday, June 13th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Jordan May aka JMAY is a Portland based DJ, producer, and one of the founders of Soniklash Records. Centered on global bass culture, JMAY plays many different styles, cumbia, moombahton, dem bow, bass music, etc...turn up your radio and get down...


Radiovert Reads: A Series of Steaks
Wednesday, June 12th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Radiovert with Nicole
A deliciously meaty story by Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon Award finalist Vina Prasad.


Nots
Tuesday, June 11th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Back by popular demand, Memphis noise-punk stalwarts Nots return to Burn It Down! for their second live appearance on the show. This time the band is sporting a leaner, meaner three-piece line-up and will be playing tracks from their acclaimed new album "3" out now on Goner Records and Upset the Rhythm! They're also playing live at Alphaville, in Brooklyn, on June 8, with Olivia Neutron-John and Signal.


Bach to the Future
Tuesday, June 11th, 3pm - 7pm
on
Continental Subway with David Dichelle (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Berlin-based Michael Quattlebaum and Patrick Flanagan are bringing a unique sound to this year's Bach Festival in Leipzig. Flanagan, a guitarist from Detroit, comes with an eclectic pallet of musical experience, from garage rock to experimental jazz. Quattlebaum studied classical voice in Los Angeles before moving on to Berlin and the singing saw. The duo will present excerpts from their concept show Bach's Fever Dream.


Interview with Jenny Odell, author of "How to Do Nothing"
Monday, June 10th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst speaks with Jenny Odell, author of the new book "How to Do Nothing," describing how to live a more fulfilling life by using technology less, and "doing nothing" more.


Tuareg guitar wizard Mdou Moctar
Saturday, June 8th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Meet Mdou Moctar, the scorching visionary Tuareg rock guitarist! You may know Moctar from his star turn in the first-ever Tuareg-language dramatic movie, a desert-rocking adaptation of Purple Rain. Now he has a blistering new album, Ilana: The Creator (Sahel Sounds), which NPR Music calls "perhaps the most fiery psych-rock of the 21st century". Hear Moctar chat with Rob tonight and then come to WFMU's Monty Hall Wednesday night June 26th to see Mdou Moctar and his super-charged band blow your mind!


The BraziLionaires live from Nashville!!
Saturday, June 8th, 5pm - 7pm
on Someday Matinee with Gina Bacon
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
The BraziLionaires sound is an infectious blend of jazz, rock, & pop over hypnotic Latin Grooves. Tune in to Someday Matinee on the Drummer Stream and join the party!


The Whiffs and Greg Ashley
Saturday, June 8th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Whiffs - When 4 young lads in Kansas City discover a mutual love of Nick Lowe, Badfinger, The Exploding Hearts and The Nerves what else is there to do but form a band? The glorious results will soon be heard on their Dig! Records debut long player and can also be enjoyed on Saturday afternoon June 8th on Todd's show and later that night at Our Wicked Lady in Brooklyn.

Greg Ashley is a self-described "middle age garage rock nobody". He has managed to put out many releases under his own name as well as with the likes of The Gris Gris, Sir Lord Von Raven and others. His solo material features a hefty dollop of Bukowskian fatalism which can be found in his new collection of stories, "Anecdotes" (Special Attraction Books). Catch Greg performing at Union Pool on June 6th and Almost Ready Records on June 8th.


DeForrest Brown Jr. and Geng
Friday, June 7th, 9am - Noon
on
Radio Ravioli with Olivia
DeForrest Brown Jr. and Geng will present their new piece called Culture War, which they've described as "drone meets Public Enemy." DeForrest Brown Jr. released The Wages of Being Black is Death with Kepla in September last year on Geng's NYC-based label PTP.


A Tribute to Roky Erickson
Tuesday, June 4th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
We're gonna miss him. In acknowledgement of his recent merging with the infinite, Roky Erickson, perhaps the single most important psychedelic artist in the history of the form, gets the tribute treatment for the majority of, and maybe all of, this week's installment of Burn It Down! Hits, deep cuts, live action, covers of and by, zombies, demons, and two-headed dogs.


Joseph Menn, author, "Cult of the Dead Cow"
Monday, June 3rd, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Joseph Menn's new book "Cult of the Dead Cow" tells the story of this secret group of hackers, founded in Texas in 1984, and which is still active today in resisting oppressive surveillance and control from Big Tech. Mark Hurst interviews Joseph Menn, live in-studio, about the Cult of the Dead Cow - on the next Techtonic, Mondays from 6-7pm.


Kellen303 fills in for Jesse D this morning
Monday, June 3rd, 3am - 6am
on
Spectrum Audio with Kellen303

The Woolly Bushmen and Southern Culture On The Skids
Saturday, June 1st, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Woolly Bushmen - Orlando Florida's foremost purveyors of Garbage Rock display their formidable wares with a scorching live set in support of their 3rd full length on Pig Baby. The album is "In Shambles" and that is how they will leave the WFMU studio!

Southern Culture On The Skids - The trio of Rick Miller, Mary Huff and Dave Hartman have been tearing it up for years and show no signs of letting up! Their frenzied amalgamation of souped up country, reverbed out Link Wray guitar and gut bucket (or fried chicken bucket!) rock'n'roll will be in full effect on Todd's show.


Put The Needle On The WFMU World Premiere of DJ Pnutz' new album
Friday, May 31st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
For the second time in her recording career, multi-talented San Diego producer DJ Pnutz has chosen WFMU as the outlet to broadcast the world premiere of her forthcoming new album "Work Flow" that will air (along with artist interview) during Billy Jam's "Put The Needle On The Record" Friday, May 31st at 7pm


Barrence Whitfield
Thursday, May 30th, 9pm - Midnight
on Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz

In anticipation of his show at Gran Torino on June 1st, legendary soul screamer Barrence Whitfield will drop by to discuss his latest platter Songs from the Sun Ra Cosmos--a collection of covers composed by Afrofuturist bandleader Sun Ra.


Gladshot and The Piggies
Wednesday, May 29th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Double-barreled rock action to close out the month of May!
NYC garage-pop-psych outfit Gladshot returns to WFMU for their second live appearance! The band has a couple of albums under their belt; they cite AC/DC, Neil Diamond, and Cherry Glazerr as influences. They're playing at Baby's Alright in Brooklyn on Monday June 3. After years of gigging around NYC and beyond, The Piggies have finally released their first album, Something To Chew On (Sparkle-Time). They've got a trashy punk-blues sound, kind of like if you dipped a Heartbreakers ice cream cone in a vat of delicious AC/DC chocolate. They're playing at the Windjammer in Ridgewood on Saturday June 8.


M. Geddes Gengras
Tuesday, May 28th, Midnight - 3am
on
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
Heady electronic wizard M. Geddes Gengras brings the weird to The Frow Show early in the wee hours of May 28th, plugging directly into the WFMU mothership for a live set celebrating the release of I Am the Last of That Green and Warm-Hued World, his layered and complex new album, out May 17th on Hausu Mountain. Ged’s last decade has included sweeping solo projects in a variety of modes, as well as ongoing projects, including participation in Duppy Gun, a dub/electronic collaboration between Ged, Sun Araw, Alex Grey, and a variety of Jamaican musicians.


Put the Needle on the Call-In Raps Rewind to '89 with G-Spot
Friday, May 24th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In 1986 Billy Jam, then a KALX Berkeley DJ, pioneered the “call-in raps” whereby he invited Bay Area radio listeners to phone in and freestyle over beats. A few years later in 1989 Gary “G-Spot” Baca became his co-host on the Northern California FM station when the two DJs expanded & elevated the call-in raps into a popular weekly feature. Currently on KPFK in LA, G-Spot will travel to NJ to re-join Billy Jam in the WFMU studios for Put The Needle On The Record on Friday May 24th @ 7pm on WFMU.


"Hoboken" Jack Silbert
Wednesday, May 22nd, 7pm - 8pm
on
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Jack Silbert, known on the WFMU message board as “Hoboken Jack” is known for his dedication and knowledge of the NY/ NJ music scene. He is also an author, editor, internet DJ, and frequent master of ceremonies. In the summer of 2016 after surgery on his abdomen, complications lead to the amputation of both of his legs below the knees. Jack candidly speaks of the transformation, physically and emotionally, through his ordeal and about the importance of community, music and the will to find positivity in any situation. Join In Real Life on Wednesday at 7pm as they share his story.


Daniel Clark, director of the documentary "Behind the Curve"
Monday, May 20th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
The new documentary "Behind the Curve" explores the Flat Earth community, a small but devoted group of people, brought together by YouTube conspiracy videos, who sincerely believe that the earth is flat. On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst speaks with Daniel Clark, director of "Behind the Curve," on making a movie about Flat Earthers without making fun of them.


Drunken Prayer
Monday, May 20th, Noon - 3pm
on
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Morgan Geer has toured and recorded with Freakwater and The Handsome Family among others. Drunken Prayer is his own project; The music on Cordelia Elsewhere, Drunken Prayer's fifth album, is a direct, if slightly eccentric, descendent of outlaw country. The band plays live at WFMU, then later that night at Piano's in NYC.


Hearing Things
Monday, May 20th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

Brooklyn's instrumental quartet Hearing Things takes you a lot of different places musically. As you listen, you could variously imagine yourself at the beach, at a smoky nightclub, in a spy film, or even adrift in space. Tune in for a live set from this dynamic group as they feature songs from their debut LP "Here's Hearing Things," as well as some exclusive numbers they haven't even recorded yet.


Ex Hex, Tacocat, David Johansen and Simon Bonney
Saturday, May 18th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
On It’s Real, Ex Hex's second album, the trio's commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined their debut album Rips has grown in scale and ambition. See Mary Timony and crew in all their live glory at Elsewhere on May 9th and hear them on Todd's show May 18th.

This Mess Is a Place, Tacocat's fourth full-length and first on Sub Pop, finds the band waking up the morning after the 2016 election and figuring out how to respond to a new reality where evil isn’t hiding under the surface at all—it’s front and center yet Tacocat are doing what they’ve always done so well: mingle brightness, energy, and hope with political critique. This Mess Is a Place is charged with a hopefulness that stands in stark contrast to music that celebrates apathy, despair, and numbness. Catch their boundless energy at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on Friday May 17th.

David Johansen came to renown as the lead singer of the legendary New York Dolls. Since then he has performed as a solo artist under his own name, as Buster Poindexter, with The Harry Smiths and also reunited The Dolls, among other adventures. The day before David headlines The Hoboken Arts and Music Festival in his Buster Poindexter guise, he chats with Todd about his illustrious career.

Australian Simon Bonney formed Crime and The City Solution in 1977. For the last few decades he has been making music with his wife, Bronwyn Adams. His most recent release, Past, Present and Future is a stirring collection that culls both released and unreleased material from his solo career. Currently on tour with Mark Lanegan, Simon and Bronwyn take time out to perform live on Todd's show.


Midnight Matinee Presents: Harold and Maude
Saturday, May 18th, Midnight - 3am
on Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton

Hal Ashby's classic cult film gets Midnight Matineed for your... no, I would not say benefit. He is a 19 year old man obsessed with death, who stages suicides as a hobby. She is a 79 year old woman obsessed with life; compromising, enterprising, anything but tranquilizing. They fall in love. And then there's Cat Stevens.


DJ R Trane
Thursday, May 16th, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
From East Harlem to Hell's kitchen to Midtown to Soundview BX, DJ R Trane is an all city party rocking NYC DJ, for many years. expect some crisp mixing and dance floor friendly cuts! part of the Disco Originalz crew


Klaus Johann Grobe
Wednesday, May 15th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe have been an EFD favorite since the release of their first album back in 2014. The group brings in some of the dancier elements of Krautrock, prompting descriptions such as "if Can had jammed with Os Mutantes" and "Krautrock informed by early '80's New York punk funk pioneers such as ESG." The band's third album Du Bist So Symmetrisch (Trouble In Mind) is out now and they're currently on tour in the US. Hear them live on WFMU Wednesday night May 15!


Moondog Birthday Celebration
Wednesday, May 15th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Irwin Chusid
Moondog was blind, dressed in Viking regalia, slept on 6th Avenue in NYC during the 1950s, and was a musical genius who left behind a monumental catalog of fascinating works. On Weds. May 15, Moondog's biographer, Robert Scotto, makes his seventh visit to Irwin's program to celebrate this idiosyncratic icon. The three-hour tribute will feature recordings from the 1950s to the 1990s, reflecting the strange sounds and exotic beauty of one of the most underappreciated American composers of the 20th century. Scotto is the author of The Viking of Sixth Avenue, the only full-length chronicle of Moondog.


Jon Savage, author and journalist
Tuesday, May 14th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Esteemed UK author and journalist Jon Savage ("England's Dreaming"; "Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture") drops by the show for a discussion of his gripping new oral history of Joy Division, "This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else," which features interviews with, among others, Pete Shelley, Tony Wilson, Martin Hannett, Deborah Curtis, and all three surviving members of Joy Divison.


Stephin Merritt
Tuesday, May 14th, 7pm - 8pm
on Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins

Stephin Merritt stops by to discuss his upcoming original live score for Tod Browning's 1925 silent film "The Unholy Three" starring Lon Chaney at Town Hall on May 18th, with accordionist/novelist Daniel Handler and violist Pinky Weitzman. In addition to releasing albums with The Magnetic Fields, The 6ths, The Gothic Archies and Future Bible Heroes, Merritt has composed for films "Pieces of April," "Eban and Charley" and "In The Courtyard" as well live scored the 1916 silent "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and Tod Browning's 1927 "The Unknown."


"The Age of Surveillance Capitalism"
Monday, May 13th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Shoshana Zuboff's new book "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism" describes why Google, Facebook, and other Big Tech companies are so obsessed with spying on every moment of your life. Surveillance is only part of the agenda: what they're really building is a system of predicting and controlling your behavior. Hear Shoshana Zuboff explain on the next Techtonic.


Dares
Monday, May 13th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

NYC's Dares draw influences from late '70s post-punk to '80s and '90s American Indie Underground. The band recently moved from being a power trio to a power quartet. Tune in to check out a rocking live set!


Don Muro
Monday, May 13th, 9am - Noon
on Surface Noise with Joe McGasko

In recent years, Don Muro's profile has been raised through a series of archival releases that reveal a true synthesizer pioneer and home recordist. His debut LP, "It's Time," came out in 1977, but he had already been pioneering D.I.Y. recording and performing methods for 10 years by then. Tune in for conversation with Don about his career as musician, innovator, author, and tech head, as well as a variety of his music, from experimental electronics to catchy pop.


Mari Kalkun: New Music From Estonia, Rooted in Tradition
Saturday, May 11th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Mari Kalkun is a gifted singer and composer from Estonia. She plays (among other things) the kannel, a traditional box zither. Her songs, both solo and with her band Runorun, are inspired by nature and Estonian poetry. She's coming our way for free performances at Scandinavia House in Manhattan this Tuesday night (May 14th); and as part of the weekly Roots and Ruckus night at Jalopy in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Wednesday night. And she'll join us live on WFMU!


Mystery Lights and John Paul White
Saturday, May 11th, 3pm - 6pm
on Todd-o-phonic Todd's show

Originally from the small town of Salinas, California and now based in NYC, Mystery Lights live shows gradually became the stuff of legend as the quintet won their following one fan at a time in dives from Brooklyn to the Bowery. The Lights’ sound has evolved into a fuzz-fueled hopped-up 21st Century take on 60s garage pebbles, and artful 70s punk, that is all their own. Look for their new Wick lp Too Much Tension on May 10th and catch them at Music Hall Of Williamsburg on May 18th.

With The Hurting Kind, John Paul White has crafted a stunning album that draws on the lush, orchestrated music made in Nashville in the early 1960s. Yet these songs retain a modern feel, whether he's writing about overwhelming love, unraveling relationships, or the fading memory of a loved one. Don't miss the Alabama native at The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday May 11th.


Mr. Zero of The Kings
Saturday, May 11th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael chats with Mr. Zero founding member of Canada's The Kings, best remembered for their 1980 monster two song segued hit "This Beat Goes On / Switchin' to Glide." We'll find out about their years playing bars had how a chance encounter with the producer of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" lead to them getting a major record deal, and we'll hear about their new single - also a two song segue! AND, Michael chats with Mary Wilson on The Supremes about the groups career, her 60 years in show business & her May 11th Staten Island show.


Stanky of Stanky and the Coal Miners
Friday, May 10th, 6pm - 7pm
on Dance With Me, Stanley with Stashu

Join Stashu as she welcomes Pennsylvania polka king John "Stanky" Stankovic and his wife Dottie to the show for conversation about his 50+ years making people dance to the polka!


Bedouine
Friday, May 10th, 3pm - 6pm
on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.

In 2017, Syria-born Azniv Korkejian adopted the name Bedouine and released a thoughtful, delicate folk album that found a receptive audience worldwide. She will be making her second appearance on Sophisticated Boom Boom to share stories and songs from her forthcoming album, Bird Songs Of A Killjoy, due out on Spacebomb Records on May 31st.


Lee Fields visits WFMU
Thursday, May 9th, 9am - Noon
on
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
On Thursday May 9 Lee Fields is coming out to WFMU to chat about his new record and the secrets to staying in the soul biz for 50 years!! Pat Longo will be spinning his favorite soul 45's on the wheels of steel. You know it's going to be great! Tune in to This is the Modern World with Trouble between 9-noon.


Vivien Goldman, author of REVENGE OF THE SHE-PUNKS
Wednesday, May 8th, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Author/Musician/Educator Vivien Goldman, sometimes known as "The Punk Professor," joins Evan "Funk" Davies to discuss her new book Revenge Of The She-Punks (University Of Texas Press). The book, subtitled "A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot," covers female punk musicians around the world from the mid-1970s through the present day — a subject she is acquainted with personally thanks to her classic 1981 tune "Launderette." Goldman will be appearing at McNally-Jackson bookstore on Prince St. this coming Sunday, May 12, at 3pm.


The Dogs
Tuesday, May 7th, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Hitting the Michigan scene slightly after the first Molotov cocktails were tossed by the likes of the MC5 and Stooges, and arriving in NYC just prior to the crest of the CBGB "new wave," the Dogs hit a sweet spot right between the proto and the punk. Their killer 1978 EP, "Slash Your Face," is a pinnacle of raw rock 'n' roll moxie and malevolence. Burn It Down! is honored to welcome this legendary outfit to the show for a live performance in celebration of their return to active duty. The band also plays Union Pool on Friday, May 3.


Roger McNamee, author, "Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe"
Monday, May 6th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee was an early advisor to Mark Zuckerberg in the early days of Facebook. McNamee's new book "Zucked" tells the story of his disillusionment, then horror, as Facebook created a "catastrophe" for users, and democracies, around the world. Hear Roger's story on the next Techtonic.


John S. Hall
Monday, May 6th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

John S. Hall is an American poet, author, singer and lawyer best known for his work with King Missile, his recently reactivated band who will be performing on May 11 at Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn along with Dogbowl and Ray Brown.


Jason Olds, host of "Two Minutes To Late Night"
Sunday, May 5th, 10pm - Midnight
on Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh

Beastin' The Airwaves! with Keilidh fills in for Therese this week, and Keilidh's bringing a guest with her! She'll sit down with Jason Olds – you may know him as "Gwarsenio," the corpse-painted host of Brooklyn's resident metal-themed late night talk show, "Two Minutes To Late Night." Tune in for two hours of Satan-hailing and puns no one asked for!


Austin's Atlas Maior: Middle Eastern Modes Meet Jazz Improv
Saturday, May 4th, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Atlas Maior is an exciting band from Austin, Texas that combines Middle Eastern microtonal modality and other global influences with jazz-based improvisation. They celebrate an excellent new album, Riptide, with their first-ever NYC shows: Tuesday night May 14th at the Brooklyn Maqam Hang at Sisters, a wonderful bi-weekly series; and Wednesday night May 15th as part of a star-studded Rubulad event in Bushwick. We meet Atlas Maior's Joshua Thompson and hear the music on this week's show!



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