Like our man Skip Engblom once wisely declared over a vodka-and-papaya-juice cocktail, "these are the dog days." The heat of the summer has descended upon the city like a viscous mayonnaise smeared at the hand of some demonic deli counter monkey. Thank the god of your choice that WFMU is here to offer the sort of reprieve from sticky-necked summer blahs that's normally afforded only by air-conditioning or trips to see your parents. The heat factor, World Cup hangovers, and all related negativities aside, the WFMU staff is as busy as ever both here at the Magic Factory and beyond the boundaries of our hallowed halls too. Here's a quickie roundup of what's what, who's been spotted where, what fingers are in which pies, and how you might plan your month so as to take part in it all.
Ever the spotlight hogs, WFMU's staff is all over the press, both digital and print (the latter of which really only impresses our parents anymore, but we don' t wanna hear about that...) As you may have heard, Plug & Play's OCDJ is soon to set sail for his summer touring activities like some kind of glitched-out Sonny Crockett. He'll be transporting himself along with three other artists on an east coast tour via sailboat that'll be making stops in fabled port towns up and down the coast such as Cape May, Wilmington, and Norfolk. Read what the Philadelphia Inquirer has to say about it all right here.
Also in the news this month is our British correspondent Vicki Bennett, whose Do or DIY program has made a much anticipated return to WFMU's Summer Air Schedule. The London Observer ran a nice article on Vicki (aka People Like Us) which can be seen here in the following three parts: Part one || Part two || Part three.
The WFMU Record Fair, which is now starting to appear on our collective long distance scanners (the next Fair is November 3rd, 4th, and 5th), just got a great writeup in England's Record Collector mag, which you can see here. Indeed, it's only a few short months until we all meet up again within the walls of New York City's Metropolitan Pavilion for the ceremonial jostling-o-the-competition. Start saving your money up now, because since the Fair downshifted to an annual schedule, anticipation is twice as frenzied as in previous years. The Record Fair is just one of many facets of this little Miracle on the Hudson that's helped us to earn our reputation in the house that Freeform Radio built, and we're always delighted when someone from the outside sits up and takes notice, as Entertainment Weekly did when they recently included this blog on their list of favorite pop culture websites. If a publication whose initials are EW likes us, I guess we must be doing something right.
Finally, lots of WFMU DJs are spinning out and about this month, so don't let us hear you kvetching about how there's nothing to do on any given evening here in the Evil Apple. DJ $mall Change, erstwhile host of the Nickel and Dime Radio Program, co-hosts the 'Stolen Moments' weekly party at The East Side Co. (49 Essex by Grand St.) On the menu of aural treats is what $C calls "Jazz, by sensibility more than strict definition." So get your speakeasy vibe on and head down on any given Thursday beginning at 9 PM. (No cover.) And of course, no mention of WFMU's off-site spinners of the wheels of veal would be complete without mention of Dave the Spazz and Mr. Finewine, who continue their long running gigs at Union Pool and Botanica respectively. (Spazz spins at the former every Sunday, whereas Finewine has been throwing down every Wednesday at the latter since 1996!) The two will be complementing their schedules this months with the following one-offs: Spazz will DJing at the Ding Dong Lounge on July 22nd, and Finewine will guest at Royal Oak on July 13th and 21st.