Best New Releases (listen = real audio)
Dan Friel - Ghost Town (listen) - ecstatic electronic blitz
Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual (listen) - best spastic screeching lady of the year
Times New Viking - Rip It Off (listen) - irresistibly damaged 2 min pop songs
Monotonix - Body Language (listen) - that's spelled r-a-w-k
Sic Alps - US EZ (listen) - lo-fi catchy tunes
Teeth Mountain - Self Titled (listen) - pounding drums electronic fun
Various - Museum of Future Sound Vol. 2 (listen) - party music for robots
Gary War - New Raytheonport (listen) - mellow experimental songs for the future
Golden Triangle - Self Titled (listen) - if the B-52s were fronted by Mark E. Smith...
El-G - Tout Ploie (listen) - woozy strangeness from France
Hospitals - Hairdryer Peace (listen) - rock deconstructed
Dead Western - Soften Your Screams Into Sings (listen) - creepy, warped pop ballads
Growing - All the Way (listen) - bent electronics soaking in the sun
Best Reissues from Artists I'd Never Heard of Before
Ersen - Self Titled (listen) - Turkish psych jams from the '70s
Jean-Pierre Massiera - Psychoses Freakoid (listen) - French disco/rock/prog/soul mastermind
Peanut Butter Wolf presents Ladies First (listen) - rap and hip-hop from hot mamas
Best Ways WFMU Celebrated its 50th Birthday
Harvey Milk, The Homosexuals, Hank IV, Evangelista, Half Japanese, Citay, The Bad Trips, Los Llamarada, Lexie Mountain Boys, Gary Higgins, Paul Metzger, Kelley Stoltz, Cheveu, and Psychedelic Horseshit. Our first time hosting a showcase went so well, we'll be back in 2009!
Wire and Times New Viking @ Fillmore NYC on October 9th (photos 1 | 2)
The NY Times finally took notice of my backside
Made it to Peru! Thanks to listener Jorge for all the great tips! Archive of my post-trip radio show featuring tons of great South American tunes.
Best Mystery of 2008
(the following was in an e-mail to WFMU staff):
I found a weird-ass pile of disturbing stuff in the WFMU parking lot Thursday night:
* A set of womens workout clothes, top and bottom
* A beret
* A plastic Air France pill container filled with flight aids and medicine with Russian labels
* A portfolio of what appear to be legal documents in Russian with a Russian business card.
* A Russian business card
Is this the aftermath of a robbery of a Russian stewardess? A Russian mob hit? Gogol Bordello's van robbed?
Any info appreciated.. reporting it to the police.
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