Besides freaking out and vomiting every morning in anticipation of their upcoming marathon shows, many WFMU DJs have a fair amount of off-mic troublemaking on deck for February; the month of the Daytona 500, Mardi Gras, and, uhhh... condoms. Only one DJ on staff is likely to incorporate all three elements into their rep, though, and I'll leave deciding which one to you, dear reader. That said, here's what's happening for the next few weeks:
Oy, has it really been 10 years of Mr. Finewine's soul-tacular Wednesday nights at Botanica? (47 E. Houston, between Mott and Mulberry Sts.) Stop by on February 8th and wag you ass in agreement with all the regulars, 9 PM until late late late at this comfy watering hole situated upon the noodle-encrusted gates of Chinatown. No cover charge, and there are drink specials a-plenty. You can also catch the esteemed proponent of Cabernet Soul-Vignon on the 11th at Bumpshop, a monthly funk 45 party held at Apt (419 W. 13th St, betwixt 9th and Washington), or on the 17th at Royal Oak (on the corner of Union Ave. and Richardson St., Williamsburg) at their monthly Horse River Social 60s Soul party.
Dave the Spazz, no stranger to flipping records his own bad self, continues his residency at Brooklyn's Union Pool every Sunday night (no cover = more money for you to buy Dave drinks with. Get him good and liquored up and he just might play that Barbara Pittman song for you.... again.) Dave's punk rock ensemble The Yams will also be playing their first show in more than a year on February 11th at the Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery at Bleeker St.), along with the Blackout Shoppers and World War IX. The show has a $7 cover and starts early. First band is at 7 and the Yams storm the stage at 8. Consider yourself informed.
Radio Thrift Shop proprietress Laura Cantrell is a gal who's got it all. An adoring fanbase, the appreciation of critics, a hit album on Matador, and now... ringtones. Why, yes... I do think I've seen it all now, thank you very much. (Incidentally, plans for the Bryce and Dave Mandl ringtones are still in development, but you will be informed, if and when they become available...) Laura also got a nice write up in the Boston Herald, the text of which can be seen here. And don't forget that Laura's got a string of shows across the megalopolis that is the northeastern United States -- at Boston's Paradise Lounge on the 9th, at Mo Pitkins (NYC) on the 10th, and then again on the 11th at Philadelphia's Tin Angel. More tour dates and specific info on the above shows can be seen here.
Speaking of the World of Echo host, Dave Mandl's photography of odd Brooklyn monoliths is featured in the current issue of the online psychogeography magazine published by Glowlab, whcih you can view here.
Bring That Beat Back host Billy Jam will be joining DJ Wiz of Kid N Play for a DJ set at Triple Crown (108 Bedford Ave & North 11th St., in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) on Friday, February 3rd. $3 cover, ass-waggin' starts at 10 PM and runs til 4 AM.
The Andy Breckman/Tom Scharpling-produced hit series Monk has been signed on for two more seasons by the USA Network. Read the full announcment here. The popular TV show is also serialized in paperback, and recently seeing Breckman's name on a paperback in the window of Penn Station was even more alarming to me than his weekly materialization here at WFMU for Seven Second Delay.
Finally, everyone here at WFMU is pleased to announce that the recent edition of New York Noise that featured footage from our fabled Record Fair, video selections by Brian Turner, and cameo appearances by DJs Trouble, Small Change, OCDJ, and Mac, will re-air locally on WNYC-TV channel 25 on February 7th at 10 PM, on the 10th at 9 PM, and then again on the 12th at 10 PM. Tune in for video selections from a freeform array of performers including Serge Gainsbourg, Afrirampo, Lightning Bolt, The Fall, and many more.