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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.
October is getting really scary for us here at WFMU... The month is nearly over and we have yet to hit the 50% mark for our silent fundraising goal! Help save the station from insolvency with your pledge.
Snag our new turntable t-shirt (designed by Nick Dewar) for a pledge of $50 or more.
Better yet, grab the shirt AND our incredible holiday music compilation, "WFMU's War on Christmas" for a pledge of $100. The holiday comp has an exclusive, unreleased version of "Jesus Christ" by Big Star, plus tracks by James Pants, Klaus Nomi, the Reigning Sound, and more!
This week, WFMU launched into silent fundraiser mode with our 31 Days of October campaign, and it is going strong! In an effort to pay our bills without resorting to a second pledge drive, we decided it was better to come up with a month of incredible on-air specials, listener meet-ups, and events (while taking pledges online and through the mail).
This fall, we are offering some great new swag: our Turntable T-shirt designed by Nick Dewar, and a compilation of holiday music called "WFMU's War on Christmas" (CD + MP3 disc) with cover artwork by Mayuko Fujino.
Do not miss out on the holiday compilation, it contains an exclusive unreleased mix of "Jesus Christ" by Big Star, plus tracks by James Pants, Klaus Nomi, the Reigning Sound, and more!
Showcase the creative possibilities of open digital archives!
WFMU and the Free Music Archive proudly introduces a video remix contest called "Sound for the Moving Image: The Past Re-imagined As The Future." The contest invites artists everywhere to mix video from the incredible Prelinger Archives Collection with audio from the Free Music Archive to create new masterpieces for the commons. The point of this contest is to showcase the creative possibilities of open digital archives like these.
VIDEO: HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Sept 28: Contest Launch! Entries are now accepted here.
Nov 4: Submissions Deadline
Nov 5: Judging and Public Voting Begins
Nov 18: End of the Public Voting
Nov 29: Winners Announced online and in a public screening at NYC's Anthology Film Archives
The two winners will each be awarded an iPad (3rd Generation with Wi-Fi, 16GB), engraved with the contest name as a trophy, in recognition of their innovative remix. One winner will be selected by the judges'. And the other winner will be determined by public-vote. If the winner is the same for both categories, the runner up in the judge's vote will be given the prize for that category.
We have hand picked an incredible panel of judges including Vicki Bennett (Musician and Filmmaker, People Like Us), Kirby Ferguson (Everything is a Remix), Ken Freedman (WFMU Station Manager, Free Music Archive founder), Mark Hosler (Artist, Negativland), Paul D. Miller (Musician and Filmmaker, aka DJ Spooky), Nina Paley (Filmmaker, Sita Sings the Blues) and Rick Prelinger (Founder, Prelinger Archives).
WINNERS SCREENING AT THE ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES
This presentation will explore centuries of culture to demonstrate how remixing -- creating music from samples of existing music -- is a good metaphor for all varieties of creativity. Ferguson will discuss some of the myths of creativity, present several popular examples of remix-like technique, and show how creativity -- like remixing -- is the result of three basic techniques: copying, transforming and combining.
This contest is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Punk / hardcore, much like its absentee father rock, will never die, and goes on, as new generations of bands are formed and blossom. Particularly since the mid-2000s, there are some excellent, exciting new bands emerging, and Shaved Women are high on the list of artists not only keeping the genre alive, but also re-shaping and redefining it for our times.
In Shaved Women's songs, I hear great bands of yore, like The Fiendz, The Freeze, early Circle Jerks and Black Flag. Real punks are brutally sincere and earnest in their work—no poseurs allowed, and these are some of the most talented -and downright amicable- dudes you will meet playing HxCx today.
Shaved Women came up from St. Louis while on tour, and pounded out a fierce, tight, and meta-accomplished set for WFMU / My Castle of Quiet, and here it is, on mp3 for your downloading and listening pleasure.
Huge thanks are due to Diane Kamikaze, whose highly evolved engineering & mixing skills always make Castle sessions into something more than they would have been without her expertise and accommodation.
Thanks also to Tracy of Brutal Knitting, who continues to craft my dubious band captures into works of art. (Apologies to SW drummer Tom, who's not visible in this shot; it was the best picture I took by far, so it's what we had to work with; you are nonetheless one of the most fluid and skilled drummers to ever grace Castle airwaves with your talent!)
Big thanks to Ben, John, Tom and Chris!
I had the pleasure of speaking with Jayne County on my program on Thursday; she hit the stage at Bowery Electric on Thursday for the Max's Kansas City Alumni Reunion shows (which goes on through Sunday). Check the archive for the interview. I heard that Jayne might be at La Mama before her much anticipated Max's reunion performance, so it was off to the Ellen Stewart Theatre first! The La Mama show was- Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis -an exhilarating collage performance containing elements of the Warhol star's life; poetry, film snippets, songs and great vignettes. The final performance is on June 10th. With a killer cast: Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Cole Escola and Steel Burkhardt, the production was a huge pleasure to take in. Jayne County did indeed grace the theatre-goers with her rendition of Max's Kansas City, as seen here as an encore to the show. She was gone in the blink of an eye (aye aye!) as soon as the show was done, and was soon to get onstage with her alma mater, so to speak, the Max's Kansas City Alumni Reunion show. The shows run all weekend at Bowery Electric, check their site for scheduled shows!
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Positive feedback continues to filter in for this live set, presented on the air a few weeks ago. The Spiritual Switchboard, a collaboration between two of Brooklyn's synth heavyweights, is without question a summit to be reckoned with. Jesse DeRosa (of Baked Tapes, Grasshopper, The Hex Breaker Quintet / Quartet, Shingles, etc.) and Joshua Slusher (OPPONENTS, Creeplings, The Grand Selector, et al.) are busy young men, overflowing with talent and a vibrant urgency to express themselves, and put it all out there, as much and as often as possible. Perhaps surprisingly for that M.O., their works are of the highest quality.
It's no secret that I admire them both professionally and personally, so I was only too pleased to provide the My Castle of Quiet program as a forum for them, a vehicle, with which to continue sharing their prowess, on a journey that began for me personally, back when Grasshopper were the second live band ever to be presented on the program, in August of 2009. The Spiritual Switchboard were joined for this absolutely live session by Joshua Greco (also of OPPONENTS), another super-nice guy with a big talent for swinging it analog.
What is metal, or rock for that matter? While others scramble for last-minute sub-subgenrefication, I am happy just to watch those umbrellas widen, and the envelope swell and burst. Occultation are such a band, one that tastefully mines not-immediately-recognizable influences, and much like that pre-job interview adage, "just be themselves, they'll be fine." Fine they did do, having grown leaps and bounds since the impressive Somber Dawn demo, to a sound that defines itself throughout their debut full-length, Three and Seven, on Profound Lore.
That first demo, and an early, related live video clip, led to their My Castle of Quiet invitation, and it was an easy call for yours truly that the band was indeed a perfect fit to the horror-gloom purveyed weekly on the radio program. These complex, richly haunting songs marry almost to an absurd ideal with the essence of MCoQ, such that it was an easy decision to host a live performance, positioned to promote their groundbreaking first release.
Here's their set, short, sweet and brimming with power >
Thanks to a generous donation from glitch-pop superstar Max Tundra, WFMU has the original album artwork for his fantastic 2002 release "Mastered by Guy at the Exchange"... and we're auctioning it off on eBay!
The painting is by Dando Moore, and measures a little bit larger than 12" square.
We're also selling off a few rare records:
The Wozard of Iz LP- 1968 hippie parody of the Wizard of Oz, by Mort Garson & Jacques Wilson.
Arto / Neto "Pini, Pini" 12" single - no wave from Arto Lindsay and Seth Tillet, released on Ze Records in 1978.
Get on over to WFMU's eBay page and start bidding!
Monster Mash by J.R. Williams
WFMU's 24 hour Ichiban webstream now features live shows!! Tune in every Wednesday night from 8 - 10 PM for Boogie Woogie Flu with Ted Barron; Thursdays 1 - 3 PM for Matt Fiveash; Fridays 3 - 5 PM for Debbie Does WFMU and Saturday nights 11 PM - 2 AM for a dance party with Dr. Filth and Greg Cartwright, live from the Admiral in Asheville, NC!!
Many WFMU DJs, including Kenny G, Rob Weisberg, Pseu Braun, Kevin Nutt, Tony Coulter, Scott Williams, Kenzo, and volunteer Cheese Snob Wendy participated in the AV Festival's Radio Boredcast stream which ran all March and will be repeated in April. It was curated and programmed by Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us. Archives available here.
WFMU's Music Director Brian Turner (right) hits the Europe circuit in April: Julie Tippex booking has BT spinning and lecturing April 19-28, including several days participation at Nantes' excellent Le Lieu Unique festival. He promises Budgie, Billy Bond, and Blah Blah Blah for all, dates here.
The National Association of Community Broadcasters honors Station Manager Ken with an award for leadership and innovation.
Wed Apr 4th, 8pm: Sergei Tcherepnin and WFMU's Woody Sullender will turn ISSUE Project Room into a site for listening and touching music, with sonic tables and other unconventional sound-producers channeling their electronic improvisations. RSVP (free, $10 suggested donation).
Thurs Apr 5th, 9pm: Inspired by the Miami Bass theme of his recent Marathon premium, WFMU DJ Billy Jam has teamed up with three Bay Area DJs (DJ Quest, DJ Stef, and Marc Stretch of Foreign Legion) to present a one-off night of all Miami Bass booty shaking dance music at SOM Bar in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Thurs Apr 5th, 12pm-1pm Australian time (Wednesday April 4, 10pm New Jersey Time) DJ Keili will be the guest on Sydney's FBI Radio's "Out of The Box" radio show, sharing ten songs that have influenced or affected her life and her show.
Henry Lowengard's band Mamalama's latest CD "The World of Color and Light" will be out In April and they're having a release show at the Bearsville Theatre in Woodstock, NY on Sat Apr 7th, 8PM door with opening act Marc Sloan on guitar.
Noah Uman was interviewed in Flea Market Funk about record collecting, DJing & producing re-issues. See it here. His Marshall McLuhan & Profile Records re-issues were recently featured on NPR. The show on McLuhan is here and the one on Profile Records is here. Noah also was interviewed on DJ Eclipe's Halftime Show on WNYU March 14th, you can see that on ustream here.
Thursday April 12th at 7pm, Scott McDowell will be one of the featured panelists at a free roundtable dialogue called Aether: Is the Medium Still the Message? in Bryant Park. For more information and to register go here and here.
Saturday April 28th, Kevin Nutt as DJ Casequarter will be spinning vinyl with Tuscaloosa's DJ Tom Cat Kitten at Egan's Bar in Tuscaloosa Rockabilly, Soul, Gospel, Garage, Country & Cajun 45s and 78s, 9 until it's over.
Nathaniel Roe is playing a lot of shows in April. On Saturday, April 5th he will be at Secret Project Robot for the Birthday show with DJ Dylan Going (also of wfmu).. On Saturday April 14 Roe will beat Death By Audio for the White Suns record release with Pop. 1280 and C. Spencer Yeh. April 21, Roe will be at Spirit Bar with Rat Bastard, Mark Morgan (from Sightings), Mr.Matthews + Bob Bellerue (member of Telecult Powers)
Here's a Brooklyn Rail piece on post-Megaupload blog scene with quotes by Doug Schulkind.
El Pais had a great article (in Spanish) on the Free Music Archive and you can see it here.
Julie from Dark Night of the Soul was interviewed in a podcast by the Musicnbandsndan blog. Scroll down to see it here.
Every Sunday, Dave the Spazz spins rock & roll records at Union Pool starting at 10 pm (484 Union Ave at Meeker in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), free.
Mr. Fine Wine spins at Botanica (47 East Houston St.) every Wednesday, 10 pm till late, free.
(mp3s below the fold)
So it goes with "heavy" bands nowadays; it's the ones that defy easy genre-fication that are closest to my heart. Sure, black metal is amazing, but it's the projects that don't let the sound play them that really shine. And so it is with punk-noise bands like Drunkdriver, Tinsel Teeth (ed., avoid name dropping), and our guests a few weeks ago, Wretched Worst.
Wretched Worst appeal to me in the same way Flipper does, that feeling of almost falling off the building, as though things might get reckless in the room at any moment. And they carry on the tradition of anything-goes experimentation, forged by the Subterranean Records scene in the 1980s, where one can just grunt, or make one very sparse, metallic noise with great earnest, or let a good, collective drone just go, for five or more straight minutes. Noise-brut, one might call it. These indefinable, maniacal songs are regardless quite pleasing to the ear.
But make no mistake, one could also hear Wretched Worst and get none of what I just wrote, and just find their head swirling in heart-jarring thrusts, very sexual and wildly human. Hard as hell. L'humian désenchaîné.
WFMU returns to Austin Saturday night for it's showcase, this time an event independent of the SXSW Festival at the great Beerland, 711 Red River. It's a 6-band blowout starting 8pm central/9 PM Eastern, and Liz Berg, Jason Sigal, Brian Turner will be broadcasting the sets live over WFMU-FM and wfmu.org. $10 door entry, no SXSW badges or wristbands accepted. All proceeds to the bands. Special commemorative posters designed by Nevada Hill will available at the show!
Lineup (Times Central):
8PM: Electric Jellyfish: Straight outta Melbourne: "Electric Jellyfish carry the torch along with Eddy Current Suppression Ring lighting the way to a legendary story of distinctive rock 'n roll beginning with bands such as Radio Birdman, The Saints, X, the Birthday Party, feedtime, etc. Their sound is on par with The Wipers in their heyday...such daring emotional vulnerability, yet it's psych/punk that's sonically full-fledged, solid, walloping, and (to quote Monoshock) 'philosophically Stoogely'".(Rick Ele)
9PM: The Wedding Present: The first band to play a WFMU show to have had 18 top 40 singles in the UK!
It's an annual WFMU Marathon tradition! Yo La Tengo plays requests in exchange for pledges live on WFMU TONIGHT, Friday March 2nd, (9pm - midnight, EST) on Pseu's Thing with a Hook, hosted by Pseu Braun and Gaylord Fields.
Pledge $100 and have your request ready to fire! You can use this link to submit your pledge and song request in advance.
We'll be hosting a live video stream of the performance at wfmu.org, but the show won't be archived, so don't miss out!
WFMU's 2012 Fundraising Marathon continues through March 4th!
Pledge Page | Swag | DJ Premiums | Marathon Map | Co-Host Schedule |
Marathon Info | Pledge Banner Code | Employer Matching Donations | Marathon Tumblr
We've also put together a fine batch of DJ Premiums. Any of these handcrafted CDs are available for a pledge of $75 or more.
Unlike in previous years, we won't be posting DJ Premium samples to this blog.
Instead, you can sip on daily mp3 teasers at the shiny new WFMU Marathon Tumblr. There, you'll also find a freeform mix of music, animated gifs, hyperlinks and mixed up media from throughout WFMU's extended universe. We're using this fluid format to highlight the many layers of WFMU's annual radio party without overwhelming our regular blog readers.
We hope you'll tune in to the tumblr, and help spread the word!
pictured: WFMU's Flexi-Disc Postcard || Swag
Yo La Tengo will be playing cover song requests in exchange for pledges on Friday, March 2nd (9pm-mid) on Pseu Braun's show with co-host Gaylord Fields, and WFMU's Hoof & Mouth Sinfonia close out the Marathon on Sunday March 4th with drunken live band karaoke. Don't miss out on our biggest on-air bash of the year!
FUN—as I've come to know the Philadelphia-based combo, its sounds and membership, I realize how truly appropriate the name is for what they do. FUN are able to apply clever, inventive, fresh ideas to their improvised music-making, minus all the beard-stroking and pretentious, high-minded, music-conservatory-based conceptualization and back-patting that often accompanies similar activities.
For their FUN Go! America! tour, a 50-year project that involves one performance a year, each in a different state, on the very date that that state was inducted into the Union, FUN came to New Jersey on December 18th, to WFMU's Studio B, to render two unique, smartly conceived and individually distinct long-form improvisations. The concept of the tour alone is staggering, and relies upon FUN's members having access to interstate transportation, and living long enough, to execute the mass concept in its entirety.
Join Bronwyn Carlton & Jay Bachhuber of WFMU's Thunk Tank for a Meet-Up celebrating the opening of their first ever photography show at the Dino Eli Gallery (81 Hester St, Manhattan) on Saturday, December 3rd, 6-9pm.
The show is titled Thunk Tank: Corpus Absurdum, and runs through December 8th.
Details and RSVP for the Meet-Up here. All proceeds from the show benefit WFMU.
Follow your materialistic instincts to the WFMU Store: new items just added!
Orders placed by Dec 16th will arrive in time for Chrimbus. Consume!!!