The dawning of a new year means something different to everyone around here, though for most of us, just crawling out of the post-holiday stupor is challenge enough. A few folks in our ranks have, however, wasted no time in grabbing 2006 by the lapels, shoving it up against the wall, and demanded it answer for all the crap that ought five dished out. With that in mind, please ready yourselves for the following events:
The latest WFMU DJ to take up a more legitimately recognized style of performance, is Plug & Play host OCDJ, whose debut album is on the way and whose celebratory mini-tour is already happening, possibly in a town near you. Georgia? Florida? Arkansas? Missouri? Pennsylvania? Do these states mean anything to you? Check out the full schedule of OCDJ's tour by going here, and don't forget to stick around for Dan Deacon, who dishes the glitch with precision and pairs it with an unforgettable stage show.
Also taking the stage this month in a performance capacity is Hatch, who'll be handling bass duties for Brandon Anderegg's Charter Oak on January 12th at Cake Shop (152 Ludlow between Rivington and Stanton).
Not-often-enough fill in DJ Maria Levitsky has been using her time away from the mic in preparation for a showing of some big photographic pieces at the nonprofit gallery space Smackmellon (aka the site of some of WFMU's more notorious fundraisers, back in '99). The show, entitled SITE 92 will open on Saturday, January, 21st at 6pm. Smackmellon is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, at 92 Plymouth St, on the corner of Washington, just behind the big clocktower condo.
Dave the Spazz continues to man the wheels of steel at Union Pool (484 Union in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) every Sunday night, so stop by and dig the toe stubbing rock & roll sounds of Music to Spazz By in person.
Being the publicity whores we are, WFMU's been rearing its handsome (albeit grossly disfigured) face in the news a bit this month, too. Slate.com published a year-end roundup of podcasts that mentions Seven Second Delay and refers to one of the hosts as being "the worst talk show host ever", which I'm sure Andy thinks is a reference to Ken. Also in the news is our hardest working man in show business, Mr. Tom Scharpling, host of the Best Show on WFMU and the toast of FOTs everywhere; including the New York Times, it turns out -- who recently ran a great piece on Tom which mentions his work on Monk, WFMU, his emerging TV projects, and his collaborations with Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster. The online version of the text of this article has disappeared, but one industrious poster on WFMU's messageboard did paste it up there, and you can read it by using this link.