From playing punk rock shows in dirty Brooklyn bars, to hosting astronomy lectures in dirty Brooklyn bars, to snapping photos of graffiti in dirty Brooklyn bars, WFMU DJs are involved with many high-brow endeavors this month. And others of us had to drag it into the gutter with some legitimate music releases...
Secret Science Club
On the first Wednesday of every month, Dorian of The Speakeasy hosts a science and music night at Union Hall bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn (702 Union St, at 5th Ave). This month's "Secret Science Club," is slated for Wed, December 6 at 7pm, and will include a lecture on aliens (or "intelligent life in the universe," if you prefer) by David J. Hefland (Professor of Astronomy, Columbia University), followed by live music from David Garland (WNYC) on 12-string guitar. There's no better way to get in touch with your nerdy side than in a dark room full of booze.
No Such Thing as a Free Record? Pshaw!
WFMU's own People Like Us and Ergo Phizmiz will be releasing a FREE 10" record in January! Honeysuckle Boulevard will be available only from 10 record stores and galleries on the entire planet, and you can only get a copy by filling out a form here to request a voucher (one per person), and specifying which store you would like to collect from. The following depots will carry Honeysuckle Boulevard: A-Muzik (Cologne), Aquarius (San Francisco), Bimbo Tower (Paris), Earwax (Brooklyn), Le Bonheur (Brussels), Matéria Prima (Porto), Monorail (Glasgow), Rough Trade (London), Neal's Yard (London), Tate Modern (London), and Worm (Rotterdam). This record will only be available from January 15th to March 31st 2007; allow the freeness to draw you back into a record store this winter.
BBC Radio 3 recently featured Ergo Phizmiz's new 30-minute radiophonic work "Wholepole - The Discotheque of Erotic Misery" -- with exclusive online remixes from Listen With Sarah, Satanicpornocultshop, Vernon Lenoir, Puyo Puyo, and Drut, plus a 40 minute alternative version of the work called "Extended Club Mix." It's the first time BBC Radio 3 has ever commissioned a primarily electronic composer to produce a new, large-scale work, so congrats to Ergo for opening the doors. The piece can be heard on the BBC Radio 3 website here until December 8, while remixes and alternative versions can be downloaded from Ergo's site until January 1.
Spazz Around Town
You can catch Dave the Spazz spinning rock and roll records nearly every Sunday in December (Dec. 3, 10, and 17) at Union Pool bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (484 Union Ave at Meeker) from 10pm onward. But if you really want to see him go nuts, roll into Hank's Saloon (46 Third Ave at Atlantic Ave in Brooklyn) on Saturday December 16th for a live performance by Dave's punk rock band, The Yams. This free show starts at 10pm, so don't miss out.
Literally. Yours truly snapped a few shots of some choice ladies room graffiti that will be included in a new book called Bathroom Graffiti, a photo collection put together by Mark Ferem, mastermind behind the excellent Latrinalia site. Ordering info here.
Soul Dance Party
Mr. Finewine, of "Downtown Soulville" fame, spins funk and soul 45s every Wednesday night at Botanica bar in Manhattan (47 E. Houston) every Wednesday, from 10pm onward.