WFMU's International Man of Mystery Award goes to DJ Billy Jam, an Irishman-turned-New-Yorker-by-way-of-California. In addition to his copious travels, basement record-scratching parties with West Coast DJ illuminati, and genre-bending compilation releases on the Hip Hop Slam label, Mr. Jam is also the host of Saturday night's Put the Needle on the Record program, which features hip-hop and beat-happy sounds along with political soundbytes and the occasional noise or punk rock interlude.
If you're not yet a fan of Billy's sonic artistry, trust us, the man has some serious skills. He's been known to reappropriate other WFMU DJs' micbreaks (real audio) and mix together the opening tracks from every WFMU program (real audio) that aired during an entire week.
Now there is yet one more reason to dig Billy Jam: he's created a short, weekly, scratchtastic podcast mix for your enjoyment. Get on board and hook yourself up with Billy's podcast complement to Put the Needle on the Record (or any of WFMU's 18 podcasts) by visiting WFMU's Podcast Central. All you need is iTunes, baby.