Past Special Programs on WFMU
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David Schecter of Monstrous Movie Music (Pt. 1)
Tuesday, January 15th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Monstrous Movie Music is a CD label specializing in previously unavailable 1940s-1970s film music of the finest composers working that era even though most are virtually unknown. MMM's initial releases were "re-recordings" faithfully restored and orchestrated by the label's co-founder Kathleen Mayne, before eventually releasing original soundtracks as well, all with striking covers painted by horror artist Robert Aragon and science fiction illustrator Vincent DiFate and meticulously researched liner notes by owner David Schecter who discusses the label's history.


David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker)
Monday, January 14th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Singer-songwriter David Lowery, of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, will join Mark Hurst on Techtonic to talk about how tech is changing the music business, causing most musicians to make less and less money, and how things might improve in the future.


The Special Pillow
Monday, January 14th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Hoboken-based psych-pop concern dedicated to serving up the inimitable songs of Dan Cuddy (ex-Hypnolovewheel) with a distinctive string-driven sound returns to WFMU. Their latest LP is 2018's critically-acclaimed Sleeping Weird.


Kim Weston
Saturday, January 12th, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Detroit native Kim Weston Weston signed with Motown Records in 1961. Her notable records for the label include the classic "Take Me In Your Arms" and her hit duet with Marvin Gaye, "It Takes Two". In 1967 she moved onto MGM Records and recorded for various labels after that, including Stax/Volt. In advance of her appearance at The Mann Center in Philadelphia on Jan. 26th for Jerry Blavat and Friends 40th Anniversary Show, Kim talks to Todd-O-Phonic Todd about her career.


Steve Gunn
Friday, January 11th, 9am - Noon
on
JA In The AM with John Allen
Steve Gunn will stop by to perform on John Allen’s show this Friday 11/11. Tune in for this intimate solo electric set set of songs including some off his upcoming Matador release “The Unseen In Between”, out on Jan 18th.


Best In Soundtrack 2018 (Pt. 2)
Tuesday, January 8th, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
DJ Devon E. Levins spins highlights from his favorite soundtrack releases of 2018 for a second week.


Station Manager Ken Freedman
Monday, January 7th, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
In the first Techtonic of the year, Station Manager Ken Freedman joins Mark Hurst to offer tips and resolutions for better tech usage in 2019, as well as his thoughts on anti-robot violence, a new electronic privacy wallet, and the new Black Mirror episode, "Bandersnatch."


Joy Cleaner
Monday, January 7th, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Bloomfield, NJ, the town that gave us Ted Leo and Kelly Tripucka, come through again with Joy Cleaner, who brings their jangly and jagged indie pop gems to WFMU for a live performance! Their latest release is the Easter Tuesday EP on Dromedary Records.


Michael Welcomes Dennis Diken of The Smithereens
Saturday, January 5th, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Dennis Diken drops by the studio to spin some records and talk about the history and the future of The Smithereens. The band formed in Carteret, New Jersey in 1980 and is still going strong despite the passing of lead singer Pat DiNizio in December of 2017. We’ll hear tales of the road, recording in The Capitol Records tower, the making of MTV videos and the band’s upcoming plans.


Best In Soundtrack 2018 (Pt. 1)
Tuesday, January 1st, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
DJ Devon E. Levins spins highlights from his favorite soundtrack releases of 2018.


Jonestown Underground
Tuesday, January 1st, Noon - 3pm
on
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
Kick off 2019 with three woozy hours of the coolest hooks from two of rock and roll's most infamously temperamental American bandleaders, Lou Reed and Anton Newcombe. Adjust your New Year attitude with equal measure of detached cool and violent instability. Nothin' but The Velvet Underground and Brian Jonestown Massacre played all show long.


Orquesta Akokán: Revitalizing Cuba's Classic Big-Band Mambo Sound
Saturday, December 29th, 2018, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Orquesta Akokán is a blazing Afro-Cuban band. They revitalize Cuba's classic mid-century big band mambo sound. Barely a year old, Akokán has already been chosen to play the prestigious globalFEST World Music showcase, Sun. Jan. 6 at the Copacabana in Times Square. And their self-titled debut album on Daptone Records has been nominated for a Grammy! Meet Akokán's dynamic singer José “Pepito” Gómez and composer / producer / multi-instrumentalist Jacob Plasse on our show this week.


Tune in to The Sit Down with Gina Frary Bacon on WFMU’s Rock ‘n’ Soul Ichiban
Friday, December 28th, 2018, 9pm - 10pm
on Ichiban Rock and Soul Stream
(on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Mary Gauthier’s powerful album “Rifles And Rosary Beads” was recently nominated for a Grammy Award. Not long before it was released, Mary sat down with me to talk about the songs, and the project they were born from, Songwriting With Soldiers. She also played a few songs, including some from the album, and a timely cover of This Land is Your Land.


War On Christmas Soundtracks II
Tuesday, December 25th, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
This is not your Grandparents' Christmas film soundtrack special!


Bill Mac fills in for Joe McGasko- A Countdown to Christmas Party Time!
Monday, December 24th, 2018, 9am - Noon
on
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac
X-Mess time is a coming, so grab yourself a plate of reindeer and a shot of whiskey and tune into Bill and Maxine’s Christmas Special, featuring the usual blend of somewhat forgotten classics of the Golden Era of Christmas as well as playing some old favorites. Don't forget to hang your mistletoe in a suggestive manner and stop by!!!!


HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!
Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, 11am - 1pm
on
Michael Shelley's show
Michael and co-host Gaylord Fields will disregard station rules (and common sense) as they light a yule log in WFMU's studio A and welcome some radio friends to drop in and share some favorite Christmas music, discuss current holiday plans and memories of Christmases long ago.


Spazz Xmas Fiasco!
Thursday, December 20th, 2018, 9pm - Midnight
on
Music To Spazz By with Dave the Spazz
Celebrate the holidays with Spazzy Claus and his musical guests Hamilton Joe Frankincense and Myrrh (featuring WFMU DJs Amanda Nazario, Matt Fiveash, Gaylord Fields, Matt Clarke and others)!


Count It Down! with Nate K: A Burn It Down! Best of 2018 Special
Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Time is just a construct, right? So why let 2018 drag on any longer than necessary? Nate's calling it. And with that in mind, he'll take his annual look back at the year that was a couple weeks early and play tracks from his favorite LPs, EPs, singles, comps, and reissues. There are no losers, but there will be a winner!


Music of the Films of Bernardo Bertolucci (R.I.P.)
Tuesday, December 18th, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Morricone Island pays film music tribute to Italian film director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci who passed away in Rome on November 26th at the age of 77. Bertolucci, best known for directing Last Tango In Paris, The Last Emperor, The Conformist and 1900 and co-writing Once Upon A Time In The West, worked with many of the great film composers, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Piero Piccioni and, of course, Ennio Morricone.


Dava Whisenant, director, "Bathtubs Over Broadway"
Monday, December 17th, 2018, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
The new documentary "Bathtubs Over Broadway" tells the story of "industrial musicals" of the 1960s and 1970s. These were Broadway-style shows written and performed for sales conferences of major American corporations - featuring songs about the company's products. On the next Techtonic, Mark Hurst talks with director Dava Whisenant (DAY-va WIZ-uh-nant) about inspiring story of these absurd and wonderful songs about bygone technology.


The Love Is Only Sleeping Holiday Special!
Sunday, December 16th, 2018, 3am - 6am
on
Love Is Only Sleeping with Bronwyn B
Bronwyn B plays three hours of the best, worst, and weirdest music the holidays have to offer, including Christmas disco, Hanukkah-themed heavy metal, and song poems about Santa Claus!


Ana Alcaide: A Spanish Take on Swedish Nyckelharpa, Sephardic Music and More - Recorded at WOMEX
Saturday, December 15th, 2018, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Ana Alcaide was drawn to Sephardic Jewish music by the history of her hometown, Toledo in Spain. A violinist by training, she fell for nyckelharpa - the traditional Swedish keyed fiddle - while living in Sweden. She's combined the two - and lots more - to make her distinctive blend of multi-cultural music. Ana Alcaide and her ensemble join us for an interview plus a little impromptu performance, recorded at October's WOMEX World Music Expo in the Canary Islands.


Governor Phil Murphy and Jeff Tweedy
Saturday, December 15th, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The 56th Governor of the great state of New Jersey chats with Todd-O-Phonic Todd about the arts and diners. Tune in for a rare chance to hear a politician discuss something other than politics.

Founding member of the seminal alt-country band Uncle Tupelo and the frontman of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy talks to Todd about his wonderful new autobiography "Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) and his just released solo album, "Warm". Find out what makes this intriguing performer tick!


Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5
Saturday, December 15th, 2018, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Mack Hayes of The Countdown 5 the Galveston Beach band who honed their sound playing five upbeat hours a day to drunken frat boys while avoiding ass kickings from Texans suspicious of their hair and far out clothes. They created a huge regional following, but never cracked the national charts. We’ll delve into the history of this fascinating band and the mid '60s college party crowd Texas scene.


The Pink Pussycat welcomes Mimi la Twisteuse & Flipped Out Phil
Friday, December 14th, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Friendly Persuasion with Otis Fodder (on Sheena's Jungle Room Stream)
Phil & Mimi swing by the studio this week with a slew of fave-rave '45 singles, ranging from wacky novelty instrumentals to psychedelic sunshine pop numbers to super schlager songs to groovy French pop & Mod gems. Flipped Out Phil hosted the beloved 60’s garage rock radio show The Subterranean Jungle (1985-1999), while Mimi hosted Dans le garage (1995-1999) & Mondo PQ (2011-2013) - all out of Montreal. Mimi also compiled Vol. 10 of the Girls in the Garage series and hosted the popular Toronto French pop dance parties Zoï Zoï (2005-2008).


Savak
Wednesday, December 12th, 2018, 9pm - Midnight
on The Evan "Funk" Davies Show

Savak, the Brooklyn-based band that includes members of Obits, Holy Fuck, The Cops, and Edsel, return to WFMU to play a live set on The Evan “Funk” Davies Show! Savak have just released their third album, Beg Your Pardon (Ernest Jennings Recording Co.), which is already earning accolades for its Wire-meets-New-Zealand-Indie-Pop sound. You can see Savak on January 10 at Union Pool, and tune in Wednesday night, December 12, to hear them live on WFMU.


RIP Francis Lai
Tuesday, December 11th, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Self taught French composer of over 100 films (not too mention 600 songs for singers) Francis Lai passed away at the age of 86 on November 7th, best known for his 1970 Academy Award winning score for "Love Story." His soundtracks include "Mayerling," "Three into Two Won't Go," "International Velvet," "Édith et Marcel," "Rider In The Rain," "I'll Never Forget What's'isname" and "Hannibal Brooks." Lai began his career as an accompanist for Edith Piaf before writing his first of 35 scores for New Wave director Claude LeLouch's “A Man and a Woman," for which he was working on the third installment at the time of his passing in Nice.


Sunshine and the Rain
Monday, December 10th, 2018, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Justin and Ashley Morey built their sound on girl group pop hooks, twisty psychedelia and garage-rock grit. On the new Beneath the Stars album, the duo strips away the heavier psych elements to reveal 80s synth pop, glittery new wave and hints of piano-tinged 70s soft rock. The tunes are still catchy as all hell, and this session features an expanded live lineup, adding Stephanie Cupo (Fascinations Grand Chorus) on keyboards and Andrew Pierce (Fascinations Grand Chorus/Nouvellas) on drums.


The White Album Improvement Special
Monday, December 10th, 2018, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko (on External chats)
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the self-titled album by the Beatles, colloquially known as "The White Album." Joe welcomes Beatles uber-fan Jim Price into the studio to take on a project that the Beatles' record company should have taken on long ago – chopping the White Album down to one listenable 40-minute album. Join Jim and Joe as they wrangle over what should be included and what should be scrapped, and then listen to Side 1 and Side 2 of the result.


Kalakan: Dynamic New Directions in Basque Music, Recorded Live at WOMEX
Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Kalakan is a dynamic Basque trio from northwest France. Dynamic enough, that after being blown away by their performance at her birthday party, Madonna invited them to join her 2012 MDMA tour ensemble! But even without Madonna's seal of approval we'd love Kalakan's distinctive blend of old and new: Ancient Basque texts, divine vocal polyphony and wildly creative percussion-driven instrumental arrangements. Join us for Rob's exclusive visit with Kalakan - recorded at the 2018 WOMEX World Music Expo in the Canary Islands.


Beginner's Mynd, Dean Wareham + Chevral Sombre and Brower
Saturday, December 8th, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Originally conceived as a solo home recording project, The Beginner's Mynd is Dan McNabb’s long-distance call to a bygone psychedelic era. This D.C. combo blends garage rock and pop psychedelia into a sound all their own through the exclusive use of vintage instruments, retro recording techniques, and analog technology. While influenced by the past they are in the present. Catch them live at Diviera Drive in Brooklyn after their performance on Todd's show with The Ar-Kaics, Brower and The Elevator Operators.

Dean Wareham and Chevral Sombre have released an album of "western dream pop" on Double Feature Records. The long player features ten covers of songs from the likes of Marty Robbins, Blaze Foley, Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan and more. Dean and Chevral sing wonderfully together and receive excellent backing from the likes of Britta Phillips (Luna), Anthony LaMarca (The War On Drugs) and others. The result is somewhat akin to mixing Luna and The Grand Canyon. See for yourself at LPR on Friday Dec. 7th.

After a raucous set earlier this year from the WFMU Record Fair, Brower return to the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show to celebrate the release of their debut album Buzzsaws (Dig Record Co.). This Brooklyn based quartet serves up a healthy dose of their patented "power glam" on cuts like "Real Girl", "U N Him", "Better Days" and the title track. Don't miss the buzzsaw sound of Brower at Diviera Drive on Dec. 8th alongside The Ar-Kaics, Beginner's Mynd and The Elevator Operators.


Whiskey Wolves of the West and Robyn Hitchcock
Friday, December 7th, 2018, 9pm - 10:30pm
on
DJ Roulette (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Tune in to The Sit Down with Gina Frary Bacon Friday night to hear the great Whiskey Wolves of the West, recorded live in Nashville! Plus one from the archives, with Robyn Hitchcock! He covers Syd Barrett and Roxy Music, and even works my name into Saturday Groovers!


OG Chino
Thursday, December 6th, 2018, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
OG Chino has crazy history in hip hop--he opened the store B-Boy Records in South Central in the late 80s, longtime graf writer, DJ, and former music promoter. Now based in LA and behind the EsCaLA restaurant in Korea Town.


When Particles Collide
Monday, December 3rd, 2018, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

This guitar-and-drums duo returns to WFMU - but forget any comparisons to White Stripes or Black Keys! Heavy riffs, catchy songs, explosive playing. They manage to pull off sexy and bludgeoning at the same time! They quit their jobs soon after their last WFMU appearance in 2014 and and have been touring nonstop ever since!


Caracoles: Effervescent Sounds of the Canary Islands Recorded Live at WOMEX
Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Caracoles, from Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands, plays rousing blends of Spanish and Latin American styles. They have a great new album out called Flores. And they've raised money for refugees and performed at refugee camps in Greece. WOMEX, Europe's itinerant "world music" expo, was held in the Canaries this past October. Caracoles played on opening night. And they recorded an exclusive WFMU session with Rob in the WOMEX / EBU radio studio!


Cloud Nothings and Ricky Hell and The Voidboys
Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
Cloud Nothings began as the solo project of Cleveland's David Baldi. His project soon grew into a quartet. Cloud Nothings have been making music for almost a decade now With their new album "Last Building Burning" (Carpark) David and company show no signs of letting up. Catch the fury of a Cloud Nothings show December 1st at Warsaw.

No, that is not a typo. Ricky Hell & The Voidboys are clearly inspired by the 70's sounds of bands like...well, Richard Hell and The Voidoids. Hailing from Cleveland, they also carry on in the tradition of influential Ohio bands from the same decade such as Devo, The Bizarros and Pere Ubu with their art damaged approach to rock'n'roll.


Michael welcomes background singer extraordinaire Ron Hicklin
Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

In the 1960’s & ‘70s when the L.A. studio scene was at its most prolific The Ron Hicklin singers were the go to group for background vocals, adding their unique blend to countless session including TV themes “Batman” and “Love American Style,” jingles ("Kawasaki, let the good times roll" & McDonalds’’ “You Deserve A Break Today”) and hit records from Gary Lewis, The Partridge Family & The Monkees and hundreds more. Tune in to find out the story behind one of the world’s most heard voices.


Steven "Ol' Dirty" Balogh & Matt "Map" Conger-Honkong
Friday, November 30th, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Friendly Persuasion with Otis Fodder (on Sheena's Jungle Room Stream)
Get stoked for 3 solid hours of ethnographic disasters, horny banjo songs, all-grrrl gems, and transcendental transcontinental punk as two cats who have played in a heap of bands swing by the show. It's perpetually 80 degrees out, warm and sunny, and the back patio in Sheena's Jungle Room welcomes you to kick back with cool conversation & musical mood mosaics.


The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition
Monday, November 26th, 2018, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
What do the Internet, airlines, banks, and beer have in common? They are each dominated by fewer than five giant companies, which use their size to keep out competitors that might improve things for us. On the next Techtonic, Mark speaks with Jonathan Tepper, author of "The Myth of Capitalism," to discuss how the Internet, and the rest of the world, are increasingly dominated by monopolies - and what we can do about it.


Martín Vejerano on Cumbia River Band's debut LP Rio
Saturday, November 24th, 2018, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Martín Vejerano of La Cumbiamba NY, Chia's Dance Party, and NYC Gaita Club joins us to introduce his newest project. This one goes to the heart of Colombia's most famous music: The Cumbia River Band. The band celebrates the vinyl (and digital) release of debut LP Rio with a show Friday November 30th at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens. Martín will introduce songs he wrote for the album, plus we'll hear how the band transformed some cumbia classics.


John Schnall’s Midnight Matinee: Psycho
Saturday, November 24th, 2018, Midnight - 3am
on
Inflatable Squirrel Carcass with Rich Hazelton
At midnight on November 24, as the tryptophan leaves the system, John Schnall's Midnight Matinee returns to the airwaves presenting Alfred Hitchcock's classic frightener Psycho. Be warned: this show is rated L for Loopiness and VV for violent violins.


Put the Needle On The Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters Part Two
Friday, November 23rd, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
The second part of the San Francisco turntablist crew, the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters’ live WFMU turntable orchestration session (plus interviews) in honor of the veteran crew’s 25 year anniversary of their landmark DJ battle/break record “Hamster Breaks” with DJ Quest, DJ Cue, DJ Marz, Eddie Def plus MC Eddie K will air on Put The Needle On The Record on Friday Nov. 23rd at 7pm.


Mother's Little Helpers!
Friday, November 23rd, 2018, 1pm - 3pm
on
The Flange & Frigate with DJ GeorgyGirl (on Sheena's Jungle Room Stream)
This week Georgy spins and ALL-FEMALE SPECIAL artists like Linda Lewis, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Billie Davis, Tammy St John, and more! MIND THE GAP!


Turkey Day Musical Feast!
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018, 8pm - 9pm
on
Make With The Shake with DJ Pat K (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Can't stand the after-dinner conversation on Thanksgiving? Or just want to re-live the culinary highs and lows of a long day spent gorging? Make With The Shake has got you covered either way with our annual Turkey Day Musical Feast episode, where Pat K puts on his chef's hat and spins nothing but food songs! Get your earbuds salivating to the sounds of hot grits, mashed potatoes, and chicken necks!


Secret Algorithms! Frank Pasquale, author, "The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information"
Monday, November 19th, 2018, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Algorithms are rating you in ways you have no knowledge of, or control over. Big Tech and Wall Street are joining forces for just this reason - watching what you do, secretly giving you a score, and manipulating you for their own purposes. PEEK INSIDE THE BLACK BOX on the next Techtonic, when Mark interviews Frank Pasquale, law professor at University of Maryland, about his book "The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information."


Msafiri Zawose's Tantalizing Tanzanian Music of Past, Present and Future
Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 6pm - 9pm
on Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg

Msafiri Zawose superbly carries on the musical traditions of central Tanzania, learned from his late great father, Dr. Hukwe Zawose. And he gives the music a 21st century spin on his latest album, Uhjamiaji, on the venerable Soundway label. The album is a roots / electronic collaboration between Msafiri and Sam Jones of the cultural / humanitarian non-profit Soundthread. Old-school or new, this is captivating music not quite like any other in the world. We're thrilled Msafiri will join us to play and chat on this week's show.


Live music from Glasgow’s Starry Skies & "Anything For A Hit" author Dorothy Carvello
Saturday, November 17th, 2018, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Scottish music makers Starry Skies for an unplugged performance of songs from their new lp “Be Kind,” and Michael chats with Dorothy Carvello about her new book “Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry” which details the her rise from being secretary to Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegun, to becoming the first female A&R executive at Atlantic, and the years of rampant sexual harassment she was subject to and horrible behavior she was witness to in the male dominated industry.


Steady Holiday
Friday, November 16th, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B.
Rarely have such pretty pop melodies been paired with lyrics about pyramid schemes, evil-doers, and the morally corrupt, yet Steady Holiday’s Dre Babinski relishes in the clash between the sinister and the sweet. A whiff of spookiness floated over her debut album, 'Under the Influence' and crept further into last year’s 'Terror' EP. But she’s at her darkest and most delicate on her new album, 'Nobody’s Watching,’ released this past summer on Barsuk Records. At her recent gig at Mercury Lounge, she captivated the crowd with her haunting, dazzling performance, switching between guitar and violin, and singing the most devastating of break-up songs. After a quick chat at the merch table, a last-minute live session was arranged, and Sheila B. is absolutely thrilled to bring Steady Holiday to this Friday’s Sophisticated Boom Boom!


Rock & Roll Women with Meredith Ochs
Thursday, November 15th, 2018, Noon - 3pm
on Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
(on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Host & curator of WFMU's early 2000s "Trash, Twang & Thunder," award-winning Sirius Radio host, musician and author Meredith Ochs returns to FMU to visit Julie on the drummer stream to play some kickass female rockers and chat about her brand new book "Rock and Roll Woman, The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers" released this month by Sterling Publishing.


Debra Scherer
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Debra Scherer is a 25-year veteran of both French and Italian Vogue where she interviewed, photographed and filmed all things fashionable. Debra is now the founder and CEO of Culture Crush, which is dedicated to linking culture to society by telling curated stories through photography, illustration, conversation, zines, filmmaking, shows, and live events. Debra, a fellow subculture aficionado, joins Kimzilla and Emily live in studio to talk about the evolution of her career from fashion and pop culture to storytelling of societies cultures.


King Vision Ultra
Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, Midnight - 3am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Hip hop, noise, experimental electronics and catchy hooks all welded together into one transcendant blast. King Vision Ultra is making some of the most exciting and unique music right now. Tune in for his WFMU debut and a very special set.


Long Hots
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Tapping into the raw improvisational magic of the very best Velvet Underground live bootlegs, Long Hots have established a new standard for fuzzed-out, lo-fi workouts. The Philly trio call what they do "basement boogie," but to Nate K. Long Hots are precisely what he had in mind when he referred to "choogling punks" in his show description. Still not sure what either term actually means? Tune in on Tuesday, November 13, to find out for sure, when the band drops by for a live set.


Ennio Morricone 90th Birthday Tribute (Week 2)
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Morricone Island pays annual tribute to Ennio Morricone as "Morri-vember" continues for a second week. Il Maestro turned 90 (!!) last Saturday (November 10th) compelling host Devon E. Levins to honor the namesake of the show's genius this entire month! Check out week one HERE if you missed it live!


M.T. Anderson, author of the novel "Feed"
Monday, November 12th, 2018, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, Mark interviews M.T. Anderson, whose sci-fi novel "Feed" describes a dystopian future where Americans walk around constantly distracted by digital advertising and social-media messages. Sound familiar? Here's the twist: Anderson wrote the book almost 20 years ago, pre-iPhone, pre-Facebook. Mark and M.T. talk about what happens when your dystopian novel resembles the real world, and where we might all be headed next.


Run Hide Fight
Monday, November 12th, 2018, Noon - 3pm
on Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock

Shindig magazine describes Rune Hide Fight's debut single as two buzzsaw slices of street swagger fuzz. We concur! Tune in for what promises to be a wild live performance from these Philly rockers, whose lineup boasts Brother JT on lead guitar!


Soft Center
Monday, November 12th, 2018, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Catchy, literate indie pop doesn't get much better than local band Soft Center. Led by long-time collaborators Gina Pensiero and Sean Lango, Soft Center has just released their energetic debut LP, No Pattern, and it's a doozie. Tune in to hear the duo, plus band, perform tracks from the album and maybe a few surprises.


1972: The Greatest Year in the History of Pop Music, Part 2 (with Bronwyn B)
Sunday, November 11th, 2018, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
After broadcasting 29 examples of the best music from the best year in the annals of popular music on his October 28th program, Gaylord Fields and his guest, Love Is Only Sleeping host Bronwyn B, realized that their two-hour song sampling was a mere drop in the 1972 musical bucket. So in fairness to that singularly glorious musical epoch, they will reconvene in order to further present their case with a follow-up special show, resurrecting the spirit of ’72 with additional examples of the pinnacle of pop, rock, and soul hits.


Kurt Baker Combo, Friends Of Cesar Romero and Broncho
Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Todd-o-phonic Todd's show
The Kurt Baker Combo's new album is aptly titled Let's Get Wild! (Wicked Cool Records). Kurt and company will be making a rare U.S. appearance and be churning out their classic power pop and glam sounds with Todd-O-Phonic Todd. Their run of East Coast dates includes an appearance at Bowery Electric on Friday November 9th.

Friends of Cesar Romero are the kings of Rapid City, South Dakota rock'n'roll! Their prolific bandcamp page includes over 20 releases! Their blend of power pop, punk and garage never fails to impress. They make their East Coast radio debut on the Todd-O-Phonic Todd show and perform at Coney Island Baby on a power packed bill with The Schizophonics and Benny Trokan and The Unique Splits on Friday November 9th.

Broncho joins the list of such other Oklahoma luminaries as Leon Russell, The Flaming Lips and Dwight Twilley. Their music is somewhat of a cross between the later two, with Twilley-esque breathless pop vocals intertwined with slightly off-kilter and experimental arrangements. Whatever they are doing, it's working as clearly evidenced on their new album Bad Behavior (Park The Van Records). Witness Broncho in their live glory November 6th at Rough Trade.


Put The Needle On Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters
Friday, November 9th, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
In 1993 pioneering San Francisco turntablist crew the Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters created the very first battle/break record tailored specifically for hip-hop DJs; “Hamster Breaks.” In honor of the landmark record’s 25th anniversary the crew recorded a live set exclusively for WFMU, featuring DJ Quest, DJ Cue, DJ Marz plus MC Eddie K, to air on Put The Needle On The Record on Friday November 9th at 7pm


Ennio Morricone 90th Birthday Tribute
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins
Devon E. Levins pays annual tribute to the namesake of the show this Tuesday night as Il Maestro turns 90 this Saturday, November 10th! Composing for over 500 films and selling over 40 million records worldwide, many of Ennio Morricone's rarest soundtracks and recordings with his experimental composer's collective Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza continue to receive the royal re-issue treatment. Morricone's composing and recording output only seems to be easing up of late to make way for his never-ending "60 Years of Music" world tour with 200-piece orchestra and choir which continues through 2019.


David Nance Group
Tuesday, November 6th, 2018, 9am - Noon
on
Garbage Time with Matt Warwick
Fresh off the release of their new album, "Peaced and Slightly Pulverized", the David Nance Group stops by the ol' Garbaggio Lounge to play a live set of brain melting rock. Don't miss out on this election day special!


Ava Kofman, journalist, The Intercept
Monday, November 5th, 2018, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Ever wonder what's up with those giant "Link NYC" kiosks that have started appearing on the streets of New York recently? On the next Techtonic, The Intercept journalist Ava Kofman describes to Mark what she learned in her investigation of Link NYC... and who's really behind the project.


Roky Erickson
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
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.


Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams!
Saturday, November 3rd, 2018, 11am - 1pm
on Michael Shelley's show

Michael welcomes Carl Giammarese of The Buckinghams for the story behind the Chicago band's rise from teen garage band to the force behind the 1967 #1 hit, "Kind of a Drag."


Evil Sounding Electronic Sounds with Peter Gunn and Crito
Thursday, November 1st, 2018, Midnight - 3am
on
Nickel And Dime Radio with $mall ¢hange
Still technically Halloween, and $¢ is joined by returning guests Peter Gunn and Crito for an exploration into the dark side of electronic and bass music, old and new. Both of them have records for days, should be a good session!


Halloween Special featuring The War Of The Worlds!
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, 9pm - Midnight
on
The Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Taking advantage of the rare Halloween night show, tonight Evan "Funk" Davies presents a broadcast of a classic story that's been associated with the holiday for decades: The War Of The Worlds. What's that? Orson who? No, not THAT War Of The Worlds — Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds! This 2-LP set from 1978 features performances by Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, Phil Lynott, and more, bringing you a progtastic orchestral telling of the H.G. Wells classic. Make sure you're done with trick or treating by 9pm so you can tune in to WFMU!


Hell and High Water- A Hurricane Sandy Story
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
on
In Real Life with Kimzilla and Emily
Twelve years ago hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast and the WFMU studios in Jersey City, NJ. WFMU was knocked off the air for almost a week, but dedication, ingenuity and creativity prevailed as listeners tuned into events on the WFMU.org message boards. In the meantime, several intrepid DJ’s were able to set up remote studios to bring the station back to life. Tune in as the gIRLs on Fire recounts those events with exclusive interviews with Ken Freedman, Clay Pigeon, Therese, Dan Bodah, Doug Schulkind, Jeff Moore and Scott Williams.


The Teenage Wasteland / Ichiban Helloween Spooktacular
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, 3pm - 5pm
on
Debbie Does WFMU with Debbie D. (on Rock & Soul Ichiban stream)
Debbie D is flying in from Brooklyn to join Bill Kelly on Teenage Wasteland. Debbie's "Queen-for-a-Day" arms might be tired, but not enough that she won't be able to bring some of her diabolical, Ichiban-flavored, rock, slop and soul along with her. Debbie and Bill will co-host and co-program this event which will air live on Teenage Wasteland Oct 28th, 3-5pm, and on the Ichiban Stream on Oct 31st from 3-5pm.


“Scarin’ Darren’s Halloween Party (For One)
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, 3am - 6am
on
Darren's show
After you’ve egged your teacher’s condo, unloaded a buttload of toilet paper into your neighbor’s trees, and smashed so many pumpkins Billy Corgan is definitely considering litigation, join Darren, WFMUs newest overnight DJ, for a frightful night of horrors and hijinx this Halloween. Tune in as “Scarin” Darren opens his Chamber of Horrors to unleash spooky sounds, tricks and/or treats, and special guests that promise to scare you stupid.


Opening Bell
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018, Midnight - 3am
on What Was Music? with Marcel M

Opening Bell weave a variety of sounds into a cohesive whole, from ambient textures to harsh beats with distorted guitars and screeching vocals. Not to be missed for fans of eeire electronics and Godflesh inspired darkness. This is their WFMU debut.


Wax Chattels
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, 9pm - Midnight
on
Burn It Down! with Nate K.
Who needs guitars? Wax Chattels definitely do not. The New Zealand trio's take on minimalist post-punk revivalism is built instead on menacing synths, rumbling bass, and beats that are precise but never inflexible. Add to all that a hint of the cinematic and you get a sound that ranges from dense, driving sonic polemics to gorgeously eerie odes to the "X-Files," and all with nary a six-string in sight. Wax Chattels were kind enough to drop by Burn It Down to play some songs from their recent self-titled LP on Captured Tracks, and you can also check them out Thursday, October 18, at Elsewhere in Brooklyn.


Devil's Night Metallic Panic (w/co-host Pseu Braun)
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, 6pm - 7pm
on
Music Of Mind Control with Micah
An hour of black, death and doom metal from various worldwide card carrying members of Satanic houses of worship. Listen as we celebrate the night of mischief as we try on our costumes for tomorrow and sample nasty sweet treats hot outta the ovens of Hell!


Upper Wilds
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, 3pm - 6pm
on
Spin Age Blasters with Creamo Coyl
This week finds NYC power trio Upper Wilds releasing their sophomore effort Mars, for the esteemed Thrill Jockey label. Led by former Parts & Labor mainstay (and TJ solo recording artist) Dan Friel, Upper Wilds weds near-future sci-fi themes to anthemic and pummeling noise rock. Friel's fiery guitar playing and wild, oscillating vocal effects seamlessly blend hooky melodies with a crushing rhythm section. Currently on tour throughout the east coast and midwest, you can tune in to SPIN AGE BLASTERS this Tuesday Oct. 30th to hear an interstellar live transmission from Upper Wilds.


Sweden in the '80s: Post-Punk, Avant-Prog, and Experimental Music
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, Noon - 3pm
on
Tony Coulter's show (on Give the Drummer Radio stream)
Everything from Lars Hollmer to Twice a Man to Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons.


Boot City U.S.A.
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, Midnight - 3am
on
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
Three Chord Monte’s Joe Belock joins Jesse celebrate the power of noncommercial radio with a special full episode dive into their collections of unofficial/live/demo/bootleg recordings. If it’s been released, it’s not getting played.


WFMU's Jesse Jarnow, author, "A Biography of Psychedelic America"
Monday, October 29th, 2018, 6pm - 7pm
on
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
On the next Techtonic, Mark interviews WFMU's own Jesse Jarnow - host of The Frow Show - about his book "Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America" and the history of psychedelics in the formative early years of the Internet.


The Halloween show
Monday, October 29th, 2018, 3:01pm - 6pm
on
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.


Random Pull Special
Monday, October 29th, 2018, 9am - Noon
on
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
It's almost Halloween, and Joe has decided to do something scary. What's the scariest thing a DJ can do? That's right: Program a radio show comprised entirely of artists he's never heard of playing music he's never heard before! On today's show, Joe randomly dips into the WFMU record library and pulls out music that's new to you as well as to him. He will not audition it in advance, so you will both be hearing it for the first time together. Joe calls this "Random Pull," and special guests will be dropping by to present their own random pulls. This show might be good, it might be bad, or it might be a combination of both – tune in and find out what happens!


1972: The Greatest Year in Pop Music History (with Bronwyn B)
Sunday, October 28th, 2018, 8pm - 10pm
on
Gaylord Fields's show
Gaylord Fields and his guest for this special program, Love Is Only Sleeping host Bronwyn B, are in 100 percent agreement that 1972 was, without a doubt, the best year ever in the annals of popular music — even though only one of the pair was even alive during that glorious time span. They aim to prove this conclusively by featuring exclusively Top 40 hits from '72 during this program, and will brook no arguments to the contrary in the process.


The Teenage Wasteland / Ichiban Helloween Spooktacular
Sunday, October 28th, 2018, 3pm - 5pm
on
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
In support of WFMU's annual WFMU October fundraiser, Debbie D is flying in from Brooklyn to join Bill Kelly on Teenage Wasteland on Oct 28th. Debbie's "Queen-for-a-Day" arms might be tired, but not enough that she won't be able to bring some of her diabolical, Ichiban-flavored, rock, slop and soul along with her. Debbie and Bill will co-host and co-program this event. Don Cornelius' soul may depend on it.



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