DJ Musical Extracurriculars
For the past few years, WFMU's Tuesday morning superstar Hatch, has been playing bass in the band Charter Oak. The group recorded a self-titled EP with Gary Olson of The Ladybug Transistor, and the CD has just been released (available by mail order here). Led by Brendon Anderegg (also of Mountains, who performed live on The Janitor From Mars program a few years back), Charter Oak also features drummer Chris Millstein of Home and Jah Division, pianist Lucas Jansen, and cellist Tianna Kennedy.
Analog sound manipulator Clay Pigeon, host of The Dusty Show, has just released a CD called That Dirty Clown under the name K. Ross. This "popera" is a series of songs chronicling the trials and troubles of a county fair employee. Fans of Clay's sonic artistry will certainly dig this dark and twisted tale. Ordering info here.
Acapulco Rodriguez is curating a series of experimental music CDs for the Azul Discografica label. The first release is a set of concrete/electroacoustic pieces by NYC composer Loy Fankbonner, out this month.
New Steve Mackay and Animal Collective Live on WFMU
Stooges' saxman Steve Mackay dropped by Brian Turner's program back in 2004, delivering a killer set with members of the Radon Ensemble (listen to the archive in real audio here), and the group returned to WFMU this year, performing live on Acapulco Rodriguez's show. In case you missed out, highlights from both of these live sets are now immortalized on the recently released Tunnel Dinner LP, which can be found on the Qbico label.
In February 2001, an embryonic version of The Animal Collective featuring Avey Tare, Panda Bear and The Geologist came to WFMU's studios and let loose with 30 minutes of "Forest Gospel," a beautiful slowburn of dynamic and intuitive psychedelia starring sizzling electronics, pagan vocal abstractions, and a drummer whose drums seem to grow straight out of his
limbs. This week, they release Hollinndagain featuring that entire session recorded live on Scott Williams' show (check out the archive here). More information about this release is available on the Paw Tracks website.
Park Slope Science Night with Dorian
Nerds come out of the closet for Union Hall's monthly "Secret Science Club" gathering: an evening of pure, unadulterated geekery, co-curated by WFMU's own Dorian (of The Speakeasy). Tonight at 7:30pm, head over to Union Hall (702 Union St, at 5th Ave) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, for a lecture on the neuroscience of fear and to witness a live performance by The Amygdaloids (a band of scientists, duh). Show up early to be wow-ed by videos and music inspired by the human brain.
Dave the Spazz at Union Pool
WFMU's Thursday night monkey junkie, Dave the Spazz, can be seen and heard spinning rock and roll records at Union Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (284 Union), every Sunday night.
FMU Alumni Coming to a Truckstop Near You
On the first Friday of every month, Chris T. and Meredith Ochs bring their Sirius radio program "Freewheelin" (channel 147) to the Petro Stopping Center in Bordentown, New Jersey. Catch Chris and Meredith at the truckstop on November 3, from 11am - 2pm.