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Get your retail on at WFMU's online store! Find the perfect gift for that special record nerd or freeform radio fan in your life.
All orders placed by Dec 13th will arrive in time for Chrimbus. Consume!
Don't miss out on the best record shopping weekend of the year! Luxuriate in the presence of hundreds of thousands of records and CDs, great films and live music, plus tons of live WFMU broadcasts!
WFMU Record Fair
Nov 22nd - 24th (Fri - Sun)
125 W. 18th St, Manhattan
Early admission ($25): Fri 4-7pm (includes unlimited re-entry all weekend)
Regular admission ($7): Fri 7-10pm, Sat/Sun 10am-7pm
Bring in your Record Fair postcard or this coupon for $2 off admission!
- Shannon & the Clams: Sat 3-6pm
- Liquor Store: Sat 3-6pm
- Blowfly: Sun 1pm
- Jeffrey Lewis & the Rain: Sun 3pm
- The Mystery in Old Bathbath - a puppet movie by Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Sat 10am
- MeanEnsemble: Raymond Scott's Perfect Musical World, Sat 2pm
- Everything's Coming Up Profits: The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals, Sat 4pm
- Andrew Bird: Fever Year, Sun 4:15pm
Live WFMU Broadcasts from the Record Fair include Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk (Fri 3-6pm), Put the Needle on the Record with Billy Jam (Fri 7-8pm), Downtown Soulville with Mr. Fine Wine (Fri 8-9pm), Michael Shelley (Sat 11am-1pm), Fool's Paradise with Rex (Sat 1-3pm), and The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T (Sat 3-6pm).
See you at the Fair!
Don't miss out on WFMU's 3rd annual Radiovision Festival this Saturday, October 19th, at the Scholastic Auditorium (557 Broadway) in NYC! Tickets here.
Radiovision celebrates radio's future as it takes on new forms in the digital age for the medium's fans, tinkerers, and future thinkers.
This year's guests include:
FIlmmaker Adam Curtis (keynote speaker)
Alexis Ohanian (co-founder of Reddit)
Julie Klausner (comedian)
Bob Garfield (On the Media)
James Del (Gawker Media)
Tom Scharpling (WFMU)
Check out the full schedule here, and we'll see you on Saturday!
WFMU's Studio of Tomorrow silent campaign to raise enough money to open our 100-seat radio theater to the public is gaining steam! Help us make our goal by October 31st by making a pledge below!
Earlier this year, WFMU reclaimed the ground floor space of our building* and renovated it on a shoestring. But right now the space is just an empty room with a stage, and we now need to bring it up to code and purchase some basic audio equipment so that we can open our doors to the public and start hosting events.
*(previously, we rented it out to a business that closed shop)
Station Manager Ken explains it all in the video below:
What makes a great grind band? Doing as much as you can in an average of 43 seconds' song duration, flexing those ferocious chops from all angles, and, though this may be hard to explain to someone whose ears are attuned to pop music and the traditional song form, a certain "catchiness," an anthemic propulsion that will make the listener/receiver want to propel oneself into the pit without a care for personal safety. Psychic Limb have all these qualities, in spades.
I've liked these guys from the second I heard them, they stand out mightily from the pack of late 2000s grind on bandcamp and elsewhere, and they make records that stand firmly amongst the classics of the genre. And yes, they can and do reproduce it all in person.
For months, drummer Casey and I tried to schedule a live radio appearance for PL, and finally were able to line something up for the final MCoQ weekly broadcast on June 7, 2013.
This set represents their latest (and reportedly final) release, Jamaica. They still seem to be playing a few shows here and there, so if you have the chance, catch them live while you still can.
Huge thanks to live-sound engineer Juan Aboites, who deftly scultped many a live Castle session in the show's final months of its original tenure. Thanks also to Tracy Widdess, for taking these photos of the band, and for co-hosting the last show with me in person, flying in from Vancouver Island, BC, to do so. Full broadcast archive can be streamed here.
Track titles, though they hardly seem to matter, are as follows: 22, 27, 19, 20, 29, 28, 24, 26, 21, 23, 30, 25. Psychic Limb's set is presented here as it should be, as one continuous mp3.
This is an exciting time for improvised music in general, and the releases on Murano's Kelippah label, including the Carter/Murano LP, are at the very forefront of this exciting post-everything era in the genre. Here, we're "after" Krautrock, after 90s space-rock (Carter being a veteran of the much-respected, much-loved Charalambides), after the Parker/Bailey EMANEM-label vibrations from the UK, after doom/drone/"organic" improv, and basically that's all a good thing, as anything goes—one can tweak and kerplunk, be melodic, be massive, be subtle and contemplative, and give bursts of electronic noise, all in the course of one session, or even one piece.
Carter and Murano seem to guide one another into vast fields of arcing melody and rhythm, and at least for this session (one must consider all the Murano / Carter works to really get the gist, including the aforementioned LP, and NATCH 4, also offered on our Free Music Archive), we're in blooming meadows of post-Kraut brilliance. Especially in "Music #2," Murano's synth figures weave intricate spiderwebs over and under Carter's Michael Rother-like, slow-burn guitar improvisations, before collapsing into a welcome noise-gasm in the concluding minutes.
Yet again, that "magic room," also known as WFMU's studio B, and the forum of the My Castle... show, seem to have provided the comfortable environment for another history-making session to occur. And though kraut/space might be the listener's initial reaction, absolutely nothing is off the table, and I hear elements of dub, doom, and wild, free noise in these tracks. Lie back, with or without your inebriant of choice, and enjoy.
Huge thanks to Tom and Pat (Mr. Murano having the dubious distinction of being the most-often-featured live performer on The Castle, having played this session, as well as ones with Malkuth, K-Salvatore, solo as Decimus, and also on Brian Turner's program in the duo Key of Shame), and to engineer extraordinaire Juan Aboites, and to Tracy Widdess for yet another varicolored photo manipulation of my scrappy captures.
As I said to the members of Bludded Head, for a good, long while, I'd been subsisting on the two, outstanding tracks from their debut 12"—and with great enthusiasm, am now proud to bring you live versions of these four, new compositions from this unique Texan doom outfit. Studio versions of the songs are also available from the band on limited CDr.
With two new members added to the lineup (and the original, intact core of Nevada Hill and Darcy Neal), these songs find BH in the realm of even greater dynamics and subtlety when compared to the tracks on their debut; the addition of double bass and an accomplished new drummer having opened up the compositional palate of the band considerably. None of the crunch has been sacrificed though, and Nevada's outrageous screams still ride atop the steamrolling melee of Bludded Head's mighty downbeats.
Doom bands come and go, many sounding similar to one another, with the greatest emphasis being placed on how far apart those gut-punch downbeats can be spaced; not so for Bludded Head, who seem in it to write, arrange and execute great songs, several worlds apart from the sameyness that characterizes many of their peers in the genre. My Castle of Quiet and WFMU caught up with the band mid-tour, and it shows, such that the freshness and intensity of these selections are at a dazzling peak.
Huge thanks are due to engineer Juan Aboites, for capturing the acoustic and electric powers of Bludded Head in equal measure, and creating a terrific, rich mix for broadcast. Thanks again to Tracy Widdess of Brutal Knitting, for the Alchemical process she always applies to my pixel-challenged captures of the band, weaving mediocre photo-snapping into art.
Speaking very generally, black metal can be divided into two, distinct subgroups; the raw and the dirty, with its roots in punk, and the more "musicianly," with expert playing, and grander, more-"orchestrated" concepts. Either way, to pass my filter, the songwriting is key, and has to be there to bring the sound across.
Naturally, there's been significant cross-pollination of these two basic styles over the years, and One Master are perhaps the finest example of a band that has chops to spare, with longer, epic songs, but with not an ounce of grit sacrificed—in fact, the sheer gut-punch of this session, as well as One Master's two full-lengths and split cassette with Glass Coffin, will simply bowl you over like a life-affirming ass-kicking. Even as I listen now, after many a deep sit-down with the material, the ferocity of One Master's Castle session is staggering and the first thing your ears will notice—melodic riffs, deftly arranged and well-written songs, delivered with mighty, mighty force.
These guys were also great to hang with, and we had lots to jaw about off-air, with our shared obsessions for classic horror / exploitation film and the like. These are men you can have a beer with, and talk about Cannibal Ferox on into the night. I recall saying, "Is there any scene in Requiem for a Vampire other than the basement-torture scene? 'Cause if there is, I don't remember it...." hehe....
Thanks a fuck-ton to the band for bringing their exquisite black-metal art to WFMU, and to engineer Juan Aboites for creating a clean, solid and forceful mix for the broadcast. Thanks also to Tracy Widdess of Brutal Knitting for re-crafting my shitty iPhone band captures.
WFMU Broadcast schedule (ET, acts/times subject to change - updated 5/24)
Friday, May 24
3:00 Hot Snakes
4:00 White Fence
6:00 Fuck Buttons
7:35 Killer Mike
8:10 Daniel Johnston
11:00 Josef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
Saturday, May 25
4:20 Orchestra Poly Rhythmo de Cotonou
4:50 Guardian Alien
6:20 Mulatu Astatke
6:45 Death Grips
7:10 Thee Oh Sees
7:40 Meat Puppets
8:15 Dan Deacon
9:00 Jesus and Mary Chain
9:30 Dead Can Dance
10:00 Nurse With Wound
11:00 Omar Souleyman
11:30 Wu-Tang Clan
As the festival's official USA radio partner, WFMU has been carrying sets live from sunny Spain five years in a row, and artists we've broadcast in the past included Glenn Branca, Grinderman, Sonic Youth, Codeine, The Pop Group, Demdike Stare, The Monochrome Set, Marianne Faithfull, Einsturzende Neubauten, Pavement, Pere Ubu, Wire, and many more, with archives available online and the FMA!
Carrier Belleuse Pierre La Maison De Musique (Public Domain)
Every song (except for perhaps "Happy Birthday") will someday fall out of copyright. Archives such as the IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library, Musopen and the Public Domain Information Project chart the vast and ever-expanding troves of public domain music. Participants in our Revitalize Music Contest will help bring these works to life by creating new recordings, and feeding them back into the public domain.
To inspire entries, we’ve handpicked a selection of out-of-copyright songs with compelling lyrics, beautiful melodies, and unusual stories. Keep in mind that unless materials are listed in our contest repository, the recordings of performances we link to are still within the scope of copyright. After learning about the songs and contest rules here below, you can browse our pool of entries and submit your own here.
God Be With You Until We Meet Again (1880)
An old Mormon hymn with a beautiful melody that first came to our attention when Haruomi Hosono (of Yellow Magic Orchestra) recorded a version. You can stream this version for inspiration. It features lyrics by Jeremiah E. Rankin (1828-1904) and music by William G. Tomer (1833-1896).
Beautiful Dreamer (1862)
In addition to showing up constantly on TV, movies, and when you open musical jewelry boxes, this song has been recorded by Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, and (our personal favorite) Justine and the Victorian Punks. It was originally a parlor song by Stephen Foster (1826–1864) that was published posthumously by Wm. A. Pond & Co. of New York.
The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (1911)
A comic song that was performed by Al Jolson in his show The Honeymoon Express. It's also notably been sung by "outsider" musician Tony Mason-Cox, an Australian insurance agent who believed himself to be the reincarnation of a black slave from 19th Century Alabama. It was written by Billy Merson.
Felix Arndt (1889–1918) wrote this novelty ragtime-style piano roll as an engagement gift to his fiancée (and later wife), Nola Locke. He died just three years after it was published, and lyrics were later added by James F. Burns.
April 28, 2013: Submissions Deadline at 6:00pm ET
April 30, 2013: We'll be announcing the judge's favorite songs, including our first place winner.
One winning song from our pool of entries will be given a Rebecca Black "Friday" treatment. We’ll be hiring a music video professional to create an original music video that showcases the winning song and shares it with a wider audience.
Our judges include Edward Guo (Founding Director, IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library), April Ledbetter (Dust-to-Digital Record Company), Laura Cantrell (Singer-Songwriter), Joel Meyer (Executive Producer, WNYC's Soundcheck), Adam Green (Editor, Public Domain Review) and Ken Freedman (Station Manager, WFMU). They'll be evaluating entries based on originality, creativity, artistic merit, adherence to the "Revitalize Music" theme, and general musical appeal. For the songs we’ve chosen above, we welcome exact covers, in-exact covers, repurposed elements, mashups, stems, and everything in-between.
Please see our Official Rules.
MORE ABOUT THE PUBLIC DOMAIN
Songs enter the public domain when their copyright expires or if the song’s author has forfeited rights and dedicated the song to the greater good. The Public Domain Review explains the public domain eloquently as an "invaluable and indispensable good, which - like our natural environment and our physical heritage - deserves to be explicitly recognized, protected and appreciated."
MORE ABOUT CC0
While most songs enter the public domain because of old age, Creative Commons offers a CC0 Public Domain Declaration that allows artists to dedicate their work to the public domain. It seems fitting that entries to the contest will breathe new life into the Public Domain by returning to whence they came. These new works can then be more easily shared, remixed, and built upon during the contest and after the contest ends. We imagine these entries being used in video projects, coursework, video games, podcasts, and beyond.
Using CC0, you waive all copyrights and related or neighboring rights that you have over your work, such as your moral rights (to the extent waiveable), your publicity or privacy rights, rights you have protecting against unfair competition, database rights, and rights protecting the extraction, dissemination, and reuse of data. More information here.
This contest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
This is the second and final week of WFMU's fundraising Marathon and we are still less than halfway to our goal, which must be met by Sunday, March 17th! Make a pledge now!
Special highlights this week:
TONIGHT - Tuesday, March 12 (9pm-mid)
A.C. Newman and John Hodgman join Tom Scharpling on the Best Show on WFMU for 3 hours of mirth, music, and mayhem! Tune in to win killer prizes, and watch it all go down on our live video feed at wfmu.org. Pledge to the Best Show using this link.
Thursday, March 14 (9am-noon)
Yo La Tengo play your cover song requests in exchange for pledges of $100 or more on Hello Children with Faye and co-host Gaylord Fields! Pledge to the Yo La Tengo request-a-thon NOW from this page, or tune in to pledge live.
All new and current Swag for Life members are eligible to receive our new messenger bag, and early pledgers get first dibs on adopting a WFMU DJ or fixture!
Yo La Tengo will be playing cover song requests in exchange for pledges on Thursday, March 14th (9am-noon) on Hello Children with Faye and co-host Gaylord Fields, and WFMU's Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia close out the Marathon on Sunday March 17th with drunken live band karaoke.
Don't miss out on our biggest on-air bash of the year!
Blissfully unaware of what was to come later in the month, in preparation for WFMU's Web-only, "silent" fundraiser, the plan for My Castle of Quiet was to mount three special programs; The Sonics of Terror, a soundtracks-only special; and two double bills—one improvised / experimental "noise" bill, and one metal bill, the latter showcasing two bands that I'd been "courting" for some months—Chicago's excellent Sun Splitter, passing through on tour, and Brooklyn's relatively unsung black-metal giants, Yellow Eyes. The latter program was to top off a very eventful month on the show, and boy, did it ever.
As great as they are different, Sun Splitter and Yellow Eyes are both exemplary and plainly evident of how wildly varied what falls under the banner of "underground metal" can be; Splitter draw on "rock," with a thick and good-smellin' Sharpie, culling from Big Black, Led Zeppelin and all points between, with a pure, dense psychedelia permeating their unique compositions, while Yellow Eyes are one of Brooklyn's best-kept black-metal secrets, true to the parent genre, while unquestionably having their own sound, wickedly sea-ferring accomplished players, great songwriters with a murky sound and an attitude to match, seeking neither fame nor widespread success; thus far, YE have released their mini-masterpieces only on cassette, though two full-length vinyl releases threaten to drop within the coming year.
Intrepid WFMU sound engineer Juan Aboites helmed both sessions, bringing to both projects the cohesion that their complex deliveries demand, and though Sun Splitter were pre-recorded on 10.24, the night before the broadcast, had I not been admitting of this fact, the listeners would never have known, the band's pulsating energy and sheer volume rattling the walls at 43 Monty; heavy, hypnotic Gibson riffs broken asunder by the psychedelic cage-rattling of men captured in H.H. Holmes' damned filthy Chicagoan underbelly.
Sun Splitter - Eye of Jupiter-The Anthropocene-Starlit Mire/Time Cathedral
Sun Splitter - Two Cold Oceans
Yellow Eyes blistered through four of their finest songs, acute treble and assaultive blast beats casting their vivid mental picture of a band of ghost sailors, maddened by syphilis and too many hours alone at sea, listening to the persistent slap of the waves against the hull.
Yellow Eyes - Rotted Wheat-No More Than A Soaked Plank-Unlit Kingdom-My Candle Is Gone But I Do Not Move
Keep your eyes and ears on both of these bands, to build continually impressive live performances and discographies, and I cannot recommend highly enough the two full-lengths, Sun Splitter III (Bloodlust!) and Silence Threads The Evening's Cloth (Sol y Nieve.) Huge thanks to Juan and the bands for a night to remember. Both sets are presented as relative continuums, with Sun Splitter's final chunk broken off on its impressive own, and YE's set laid out as one continuous mp3.
In a never-ending quest to dig out the subterranean sounds from all corners of the earth, WFMU has hooked in with the first-ever Alchemy At Zahar festival for what's sure to be a most amazing event in the Moroccan desert province of Zagora on April 18-21st. The event, which is being put together as a philanthropic, government-sponsored endeavor to help create forward motion in a wells project in order to bring a dwindling population back into the province, will have support from the Alchemy Association, the Association of Development for People with Specific Needs (ADPSN) of Tagounite and the Association for Alphabetization of Tagounite. WFMU and our fellow freeform broadcast pals at KFJC in the Bay Area of California will conduct a joint broadcast (and hopeful video simulcast) from quite a bit of this event, which will feature an amazing cross-section of Western and African adventurous sounds:
Ahwach N Tferkine (traditional group from the Souss-Massa Drâa Region, featuring a choir of twelve female singers and four male percussionists), Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble (experimental/film noir European combo), Lee Ranaldo (w/Leah Singer, and his band), Pelican (post-rock Chicago metal ensemble), Brothers Unconnected (Alan and Rick Bishop of Sun City Girls, also performing solo sets), Master Musicians of Bukkake (playing the Totem Trilogy), AND the legendary Master Musicians of Jajouka, ethno-prog West Coast stalwarts Secret Chiefs 3, Portuguese psych band Black Bombino, Tinariwin d'Mhamid (young Tinariwen covers band!), Abraxas, and more (full lineup/updates here). A dream lineup for both stations.
The idea of riding six and a half hours from Marrakech to the desert town of M'hamid Al Ghislane, then taking 4x4s on sand tracks an hour away to a tent/stage setup almost at the Algerian border (the Screaming Dune of Zahar) isn't your usual WFMU remote, but with the support of the Festival to bring us out, we're up for the challenge! If all goes well we will be documenting the beautiful sights and sounds along the way, hopeful camel excursions to the well sites to boot. We're extremely excited to work with organizer Basile and Alchemy, and our friends from KFJC at this event. More info to follow, and please keep an eye on Alchemy's site and Facebook. Tickets and packages for the (intrepid) public and concertgoers is also on the site. Should be amazing!
SCOTT McDOWELL (The Long Rally, Fridays 9-Noon)
C S Yeh - Transitions (De Stijl)
Muscles of Joy - Muscles of Joy (Watts of Goodwill)
Vanessa Rossetto - Exotic Exit (Kye)
The Trypes - Music for Neighbors (Acute)
Agali Ag Amoumine - Takamba (Sahel Sounds)
Mark Fell - Periodic Orbits of a Dynamic System Related to a Knot (Editions Mego)
Jason Lescalleet - Songs About Nothing (Erstwhile)
Various - Time To Go - The Southern Psychedelic Moment: 1981-86 (Flying Nun)
Rev. Charlie Jackson - Lord You’re So Good (50 Miles of Elbow Room)
Helm - Impossible Symmetry (Pan)
Morton Feldman - Crippled Symmetry (Frozen Reeds)
Eric Lanham - The Sincere Interruption (Spectrum Spools)
Sean McCann & Matthew Sullivan - Jackpot (Ekhein)
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
Mary Halvorson Quintet - Bending Bridges (Firehouse 12)
Lewlewal De Podor - Yiilo Jaam (Sahel Sounds)
Various - Fanafody: A Collection of Recordings and Photography from Madagasikara Volume II (Mississippi/Cultural Knot)
David Kilgour - Here Come the Cars (De Stijl)
Various - Laila Je T'aime (Sahel Sounds)
Eli Keszler - Cold Pin (Pan)
TROUBLE (This Is the Modern World, Tuesdays 9-Noon)
Peaking Lights - Lucifer
Pure Bathing Culture - s/t
Allah-las - s/t
Tia Blake and her folk group - Folksongs and Ballads
Angel Olsen - Halfway Home
Melody's Echo Chamber - s/t
Personal Space: Electronic Soul 74-84 - v/a
Just Tell Me What You Want - v/a tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Josephine Foster - Blood rushing
Brenda Ray - D'Ya hear me: Naffi years 1979-83
Julia Holter - Extasis
FAYE (Hello Children, Thursdays 9-Noon)
Maxine Funke- Felt LP
Pheromoans- Does This Guy Stack Up? LP
Boomgates- Double Natural LP
Swearin'- Swearin' LP
Thee Ahs - Thee AHs AHttack! 7"
V/A - Songs On Conceptual Art Compilation LP
Scott & Charlene's Wedding- Para Vista Social Club LP
Evening Meetings- Evening Meetings LP
Tennis- Young & Old LP
Novella- Novella EP
BRIAN TURNER (WFMU Music Director, Tuesdays 3-6pm)
Divorce s/t (Night School)
Lee Ranaldo - Between the Times and the Tides (Matador)
Tropa Macaca - Ectoplasma (Software)
Solid Attitude - BB Gun Picnic (Rotted Tooth)
Maxine Funke - Felt (Epic Sweep)
Peter Hammill - Consequences (Fie)
Blues Control - Valley Tangents (Drag City)
Frank Rosaly - Centering and Displacement (Utech)
Joshua Abrams - Represencing (Eremite)
Letha Rodman Melchior/Tretetam - Moon Mountain (Robert & Leopold)
BB Jr - How To Fuck All Your Coworkers in One Sitting (Captcha)
Mohel - The Second Temple (Verdura)
Arnaldo Antunes / Edgard Scandurra / Toumani Diabate - A Curva Da Cintura (Mais Um Discos)
Crazy Spirit - s/t (Toxic State)
Thomas Koner - Novaya Zemlya (Touch)
Spectre Folk - Ancient Storm (Vampire Blues)
FNU Ronnies - Saddle Up (Load)
Willie Lane - Guitar Army of One (Cord-Art)
Ali Ag Amoumine - Takamba (Mississippi)
Seven That Spells - The Death and Resurrection of Krautrock (Beta-Lactam Ring)
Hot Lunch, Satanic Rockers, Circle X, Secret Museum of Kind Men, IV Eyes/Schiller Killer split, Manateees, Orgone Toilet label stuff
Old But New:
Sedition Ensemble - Regeneration Report (S-S)
Wicked Lady - The Axeman Cometh (Guersen)
Noh Mercy - Noh Mercy (Superior Viaduct)
Null and Void - Possibilities (Bunker Pop)
Coven - Worship New Gods (Shadow Kingdom)
Francis Bebey - African Electronic Music (Born Bad)
Metz - Metz (Ossining)
Rev. Charlie Jackson - Lord You're So Good: Live Recordings Vol. 2 (50 Miles of Elbow Room)
The Max Block - Air Ache In the Belly of the Leech (Siltbreeze)
Northern Haze - Sinnaktuq (Supreme Echo)
Sonic Youth - Smart Bar Chicago 1985 (Goofin)
Can - The Lost Tapes (Mute/Spoon)
Jim Shaw & Mike Kelley - Duets 1975-76 (Compound Annex)
Various - Time To Go: The Southern Psychedelic Movement 1981-86 (Flying Nun)
Pussy Galore, Maxwells, Hoboken
Van Halen, Cafe Wha? (David Lee Roth's uncle's place!) NYC
ZZ Top - Beacon Theater, NYC
Watery Love, Cake Shop NYC
Bone Awl - St Vitus, Brooklyn
Leonard Cohen, Barclays, Brooklyn
The Pop Group - Primavera, Barcelona
Les Morts Vont Bien - La Cantine de Belleville, Paris
Michael Chapman - The Captain's, Glasgow
Sightings/Gnaw - Littlefield, Brooklyn
Supreme Dicks - Beerland, Austin
Gay Witch Abortion/Hammerhead/Melvins/Seawhore - Lit Lounge NYC
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Barclays, Brooklyn
Alvarius B - Union Pool, Brooklyn
Peter Brotzmann/Jason Adasiewicz & Joshua Abrams - Le Poisson Rouge
Live radio sessions on the show w/feedtime, Lee Ranaldo Band, Suzuki Junzo, Blues Control, Black Dice, Michael Chapman, +DOG+, Jandek, Twerps, Gay Witch Abortion.
DAN BODAH (Airborne Event, Mondays 9PM-Midnight)
Swans -- The Seer (Young God)
Colin L. Orchestra -- Col (Northern-Spy)
Lonnie Holley -- Just Before Music (Dust-to-Digital)
Om -- Advaitic Songs (Drag City)
Pauline Oliveros -- Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970 12xCD (Important)
Jim Coleman -- Trees (Wax & Wane)
Blues Control -- Valley Tangents (Drag City)
Sabbath Assembly -- Ye Are Gods (Ajna Offensive)
Date Palms / Expo 70 / Pulse Emitter / Faceplant -- untitled split 2xLP (Immune)
Hildur Guðnadóttir -- Leyfdu Ljosinu (Touch)
William Basinski -- The Disintegration Loops 9xLP + 5xCD + DVD + book (Temporary Residence Ltd.)
Samara Lubelski -- Wavelength (De Stijl)
BILLY JAM (Put the Needle on the Record, Fridays 7-8pm)
1) El-P "Cancer 4 Cure" (Fat Possum)
2) Kid Koala "12 Bit Blues" (Ninja Tune)
3) Aesop Rock "Skelethon" (Rhymesayers Ent)
4) Homeboy Sandman "First of A Living Breed" (Stones Throw)
5) JJ Doom "Key To The Kuffs" (Lex Records)
6) Casual & J-Rawls "Respect Game Or Expect Flames" (Nature Sounds)
7) Lushlife "Plateau Vision" (Western Vinyl)
8) Killer Mike "R.A.P. Music" (Williams Street)
9) Serengeti "C.A.R." (Anticon)
10) E-40 & Too $hort "History: Mob Music" (Heavy On the Grind)
It was a night of true magic, back in early October, when some of Brooklyn's finest improvisers gathered at WFMU / My Castle of Quiet, to offer unique, exclusive performances, on a double-bill to support the station's pre-Hurricane-Sandy, Web-only fundraiser for that month.
First, Lea Bertucci, a master of spacious atmospheres, and gloomy, contemplative soundscapes, on her trademark combine of physical, open-reel tape and electroacoustic bass clarinet. Lea's two sets from this night evoke The Grand Canyon, and Utah's wide-open spaces, where she'd spent several months earlier in the year on artist's retreat. Lea has been performing solo for many years (see her bio, at Broken Diorama, linked above), as well as in the hometown-favorite duo of Twistycat.
Second, K-Salvatore, the duo of Jason Meagher and Pat Murano, coming off the high of their landmark LP, Tsar Ova Elk, a veritable shoe-in for the My Castle of Quiet end-of-year music list (like I said, glaring omissions; this one very worthy of inclusion and just slipped off my mental radar at the time the list was being compiled.) Pat has appeared twice before on the show, both solo as Decimus, and in 2010 with Malkuth; both Jason and Pat are founding members of the No-Neck Blues Band. Their set hummed and shook our building; as "top shelf" as anything from the aforementioned newest LP.
Huge thanks to Ernie Indradat, for engineering two live artists in one night, with his usual cool head and cosmic sensitivity. Thanks again to Lea, Pat and Jason, for their ample talents.
Calling all WFMU fans in the Crescent City and environs! WFMU pals Euclid Records, WWOZ, WTUL, and a bunch of fabulous bands are hosting a benefit event on our behalf at Siberia (2227 Claude St, New Orleans) TONIGHT!
Hurricane Sandy caused tons of electrical damage to our equipment, and proceeds from this show will fund WFMU's efforts to prevent future electrical problems. We hope to purchase generators, power conditioners, etc.
Huge thanks to our supportive friends in New Orleans!
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It feels like we are livin' a dream. Unfortunately, it's not a very good one here in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Our thoughts go out to everyone who was affected by the disaster, and we are seeking your input as we compile a list of ways to help (map for NYC | Nonsense List Resources | OccupySandy).
The super storm hit WFMU at full force, knocking out both of our transmitters (91.1 is still down), taking out our phones lines and kocking out electricity at our studios, including our live stream.
The water levels and lack of public transportation made it impossible to get to WFMU's blacked-out building for much of the week. Even with the stream down and Clay Pigeon & Therese trapped stranded at the station, WFMU's commenters continued to chat on our playlist. By mid-day Tuesday, a network of DJs revived our live stream from undisclosed locations like Doug Schulkind's Studio P, Dan Bodah's living room and Irwin's bunker (pictured L with Station Manager Ken, photo by John Dalton).
Fortunately, everybody from the WFMU staff is safe, and miraculously WFMU's basement did not flood, despite the Hudson River coming within 50 feet of our front door. But we are just beginning to unravel significant water & electrical damage to our facilities and equipment, forcing us into Disaster Marathon Mode.
Meanwhile, you may have seen what happened at the ConEd plant that powers lower Manhattan...
Due to the havoc, chaos, lack of electricity in NYC and general sludge based misery (who knew there was so much sludge in the world?) following Hurricane Sandy, we've had no choice but to call off the Record Fair. We're very sorry about this, but the Metropolitan Pavilion has no power, mass transit in NYC is still not working and there are no estimates as to when electric or transit will return to normal and we don't want a whole Mad Max thing on our hands. All dealers will be refunded their payments, and the Fair will return in the Fall of 2013. And this new 'Future Fair' will be even better, with flowing white robes, a teleportation booth and floating symetrical rings adorning everything. And a bonus performance from the recently cloned John Denver! All kidding aside, the cancellation of the record fair is a financial disaster for us: it turns an event that would've raised $70,000 into an event that loses almost that much.
Thank you to everyone who has already given to our silent fundraiser which comes up during this time of year that our coffers run low. It is your support that helps us overcome ridiculous obstacles like the ones we are now facing.
Unfortunately, with all the damaged gear we're now discovering, and with the cancellation of the Record Fair, WFMU needs your support now more than ever to keep us afloat. Our silent fundraiser will be extended a few extra weeks, giving us more time to raise the funds we need to get through the next few months and to hopefully make up for lost income due to the Record Fair going kaput. Pledge now and please help spread the word because we need your help to get through this very difficult time. Money can't buy you love, but it can buy transmitter codecs, computer servers, and all the other stuff a radio station needs to regain (ab)normalcy.