Ahh, the end of calendar year 2005 approacheth, and where matters of off-mic activities are concerned, we've got the proverbial bizzle in our hizzle, as the kids say. Now that our ceremonial decompression rituals associated with Record Fair recovery (let me just say that Pseu Braun gives one MOTHER of a foot massage...) have passed, we're tightening all the escape hatches for the ensuing end-of-year holiday madness that's on deck, but also pointing our collective bad selves towards tomorrow's horizons and whatever 2006 holds in store.
Take Fabio Roberti for example; erstwhile host of the Strength Through Failure program (currently off the schedule, but enjoying enormous celebrity on in the internet in archive form). Never one to be caught lounging around his stylishly decorated flat wasting time, Fabio will soon be participating in a film presentation at the Galapagos art space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The weekly "Ocularis" exhibit on December 5th will feature the films of Mr. Roberti, along with contributions from Larry 7, Jim Sharpe, Michael Wolf, and Oscar de la Renta. More info on the specifics of the screenings can be found here.
Later that week (December 8th at 8 PM), catch the L train back into Manhattan and do the thousand-meter-mosey downtown to Burrow (31 Crosby St. between Broome and Grand Streets) for Bronwyn C.'s reading of one of her self described "scary little stories" as part of the inaugeration of Burrow's non/fiction series of readings. Other participants slated to read are Jason Bitner of Found Magazine, and Glen Szabo of Sweet Action and Purple Fiction. Admission is FREE, and will feature delicious beverages courtesy of Sixpoint Craft Ales.
Lots of FMU people in the news this month, (aside from the usual police blotter roundups). Tom Scharpling's new project got a complimentary shoutout in Variety Magazine, and his 2004 interview with the Cartoon Network's Home Movies co-creator Loren Bouchard and voice talent H. Jon Benjamin is enjoying a second life as a bonus feature on the newly released DVD of the show's 3rd season.
Ken Freeman and Andy Breckman (seen here arguing over whose rightful place is upon the throne) continue their experiment in radio degradation that we all know and love as Seven Second Delay. The show was recently namechecked in this article, (along side a show called "Lesbosmak". Hmmm...) and 7SD is cited as a shining example of the entertainment potential of talk radio, sans the political windbagging.
Speaking of windbags -- specifically ones who kick ass at softball -- Irwin Chusid, who last year published the great Fantagraphics edition of "The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora" is still getting online attention for his efforts. As Station Manager Ken pointed out in a previous post, here is a recent interview with Irwin regarding some newly discovered works by the late artist. Irwin holds forth on all manner of topics, but sadly, the highly controversial segment wherein he dons a dew-rag and loudly laments in a thick, Jersey City accent that "the fucking pussies" have ruined radio, was edited out of the final edition. (Here we see Irwin prepping for his weekly radio show in a dashing pair of short shorts, a stylish black baseball hat, and tastefully exposing just a sniff of midriff. Photo from the collection of WFMU DJ Jim Price, who has additional vintage FMU staff snapshots online right here.)
Our currently off-the-schedule pal with the Monty Python accent that we lovingly refer to as Vicki Bennett but most know only as the enigmatic People Like Us recently had her most recent season of the wonderful DO or DIY program given the language removal treatment by Touch Radio website, and you can go there to download or stream a massive 34 minute MP3 of Vicki's clicks, pops, breaths, and hesitations. Vicki's rather curt response (MP3) helps to put it all in perspective, though we're still all puzzling over this whole Nettle Tea thing...
Finally, a few people not afraid to have their names associated with this place are also slated to do what they do best in a public setting -- the spinning of records in the freeform style for the purposes of getting you to saddle up to the bar and buy another drink. This month, you can find Hatch spinning at Enid's (560 Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) on December 17th, and Dave the Spazz continuing his weekly gig of toe-stubbing rock and roll at Union Pool (484 Union in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), every Sunday night. And don't forget about WFMU on New York Noise, which we already beat you over the head with. You've still got TWO more chances to see this fine local access video show on NYC cable TV channel 25. On December 2nd at 9 PM, and then again on December 4th at 10 PM. Now GO! GO, my friends. Have yourselves a time, dance to the music, and remember that your parents love you, but WFMU loves you more and without the creepy parts.