WFMU's Blast of Hot Air Newsletter
May 4, 2016
WFMU News: The freeform equivalent of that flower that only blooms every ten years and is really stinky

Ted Cruz said we couldn't do it. But look at us and him now! Once again the WFMU Record Fair leapt from Ken Freedman's head like the goddess Athena and tore up the Brooklyn Expo Center with japes and fun and refreshments. A heaping portion of thanks to the thousands of volunteers, record dealers, and eager shoppers who did their thing with aplomb. Extra special love goes out to the Fair's entertainers: R.L. Boyce, The Moles, Colleen Green, James Chance, Fat White Family, and Al Gori’s Homespun Merry-Go-Round. You are all our heroes and role models.

Remember that old Porter Wagoner tune 'The Swag Man is A-Coming (And I'm Vomiting With Glee)'? Get ready to slap that puppy on the Victrola as, slowly but surely, the WFMU Marathon swag will begin leaving the building soon. Thanks for your patience at this difficult time. If you pledged and have not received your swag, fear not. The swagging process takes us months, so we appreciate you bearing with us. If you have any questions about your pledge, hit up Joe McGasko here.

Literature and alcohol go together like bears, woods and pooping, so it is completely understandable that the WFMU Literary Guild returns with its quarterly series at The Red Room at KGB Bar on Thurs, May 12th at 7pm. Essays, fiction, poetry, and other will be read by WFMU DJs including Jesse Jarnow (reading from his new book Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America), Bronwyn Carlton, Micah Moses, Yvonne Szymczak, Cheyenne Hohman, Erick Bradshaw, and Dan Bodah. The event is free, but there is a martially enforced two drink minimum. RSVP on Facebook here or on the WFMU Meetups page here. You can also follow the activities of the Guild on Twitter @wfmulit.

WFMU's crew (known colloquially as 'The Nutzoid Bunch') returns once again to the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, where the station will be broadcasting live Friday and Saturday, June 3rd and 4th from 3pm to Midnight ET. Join Liz Berg, Cheyenne Hohman, Brian Turner, and engineer Scott Konzelmann for the play-by-play of the multi-stage extravaganza by the sea with the festival's lineup this year including Cabaret Voltaire, PJ Harvey, The Avalanches, Selda, The Boredoms, The Chills, Current 93, Islam Chipsy, Protomartyr, Venom, Drive Like Jehu, John Carpenter, Thee Oh Sees, Loop, Kamasi Washington, and more. Our broadcast schedule is subject to band approval, but keep an eye on WFMU's home page the days before the event for slotted air-times of the performances!

Uh-oh, here comes something! And how! From June 6th through the 10th, noon–3pm (EST), Vicki Bennett/People Like Us will be curating Optimized!, an expanded radio/web stream featuring over 10 hours of new and exclusive recordings and video by 26 participants. There will also be daily video shows live from Monty Hall featuring John Kilduff of Let's Paint TV fame, and a live event open to the public on the evening of Thurs, June 9th featuring Let's Paint TV, People Like Us, Bryce, and Do It for Me with Pseu Braun. More info next month!

Upcoming Monty Hall Events

Thurs, May 5th - A night of sheer and expansive rock and roll with Sheer Mag, Nude Beach, and Lame Drivers. 9pm. Get tickets here.

Fri, May 6th - Canadian rockers Born Ruffians will live up to at least one part of their name as they exquisitely entertain with support from On An On. 9pm. Get tickets here.

Sun, May 8th - Indie songstress Mirah and pop polymath Jherek Bischoff will finally answer the question "What would a show with those two be like?" 8:30pm. Get tickets here.

Sat, May 21st - Enduring melodic rockers The Figgs and rocque purveyors The Upper Crust join forces for a bill that will have you rocking like it's 1799. 9pm. Tickets here.

Mon, May 23rd - Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Flying Nun! Legendary New Zealand band The Chills with special guest Soft Science. 9pm. Tickets here.

Thurs, May 26th - New San Francisco combo Heron Oblivion (pictured above) comes to Monty Hall with special guests Chris Forsythe and the Solar Motel Band and Endless Boogie. Goodness griefers but that's an amazing bill. 9pm. Tickets here.

Monty Hall, WFMU's performance space and safe house, is located at 43 Montgomery St. in Jersey City. Check out more upcoming shows here.

Upcoming Special Programs

On Fri, May 6th (3–6pm), you may feel paradigms being shifted. That's because Brooklyn-based duo Beverly becomes the first band ever to play live on Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B. with a set of their melody-drenched, hook-filled dream rock. Sweet!

On Tues, May 10th (9pm–midnight), I am already perched by the wireless like an eager little minx as Peter Sando of legendary 60s band Gandalf stops by Irene Trudel's program to talk about his old band as well as play songs from his current release, Let There Be Love.

On Sat, May 14th (3–6pm), Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes Canadian/American band Peach Keili Pop, whose catchy, tongue-in-cheek songs will be featured all over a live session.

On Sat, May 21st (3–6pm), Todd-O-Phonic Todd welcomes noted music writer Jon Savage to his program. Todd and Jon will discuss Jon's new book, 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded (which is not a crime novel featuring a hard-bitten detective called Clint Luger investigating why the decade exploded (the decade being a yacht owned by socialite Verity Withers) but rather a monument to the year that shaped the future of pop music).

On Tues, May 24th (9pm–midnight), Irene Trudel welcomes Footings, a new band featuring Eric Gagne (Redwing Blackbird, Death to Tyrants) with guitar, viola, drums, and vocals.

On Tues, May 31st (9pm–midnight), round off the merriest of months in a way that seems entirely apt as singer-songwriter Laura Gibson plays songs from her new album Empire Builder on Irene Trudel's show.

On Wed, June 1st (3–6pm), Irwin Chusid celebrates the centennial of Moondog's birth with a special featuring music from the 50s through the 90s and special guest Robert Sotto, author of Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue.

Many more great shows are coming your way in April and more are added all of the time. For more upcoming programs, check here and often!

Pointless Listener Challenge

As every human who is pure of heart knows, Brian Eno likes cats. So we assume, he has recently acquired a cat. Why wouldn't he? But Brian has a problem. Just what is he going to call that puss? This where you come in, as for this month's Pointless Listener Challenge, we want you to give Eno's cat a name. Maybe something traditional like Tiddles? Or something weird like Zylotron? Or something personal like Mr Fripp? Send all potential Eno cat names to Colonel Ken in a virtual envelope marked 'I Think Brian Eno's Cat Should Be Named Thusly.' There is a swaggy offering for the best.



Get psyched! Jesse Jarnow of The Frow Show will be at Jalopy in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Thurs, May 5th discussing his new book Heads: A Biography of Psychedelic America with veteran Grateful Dead radio host David Gans. The event launches a series of Heads talks in June in the northeast, California, and in between. Details to come via @HeadsNews, Facebook, and the new weekly Heads News email bulletin, summarizing the week’s big psychedelic news stories and more.

Nate K. of Burn It Down! will be DJing at Night of Joy in Brooklyn on Wed, May 4th from 9pm until late. He'll be joined by Chris Matheson of Brooklyn jangle-rockers Big Quiet. Expect soul, punk, glam, garage, and all the dots that connect them.

Matt Marando, host of What's Happening?!? on the Rock 'n' Soul Ichiban stream, announces the release of his band The Above's new 6-song There Is a Reason EP on Hidden Volume records on June 6th. Busy, busy boy Matt's other band, Quitty and the Don'ts, will also be playing Bizarre in Bushwick on Thurs, May 5th. $5, 9pm.

Music Director Brian Turner has been invited to lecture in Shenzen, China as part of the 3rd Tomorrow/B10 experimental music festival from May 11th-15th at OCT-LOFT. Brian will be talking about WFMU's freeform history and its workings within the international music community. Also participating will be Oliver Ackermann from Death by Audio/A Place to Bury Strangers, and there will be performances from Faust, Keiji Haino, Phew, OvO, Chinese noise guitarist Li Jianhong, and other Asian artists. Now, if we can only crack North Korea, we will have achieved complete global dominance.

Dust off your finest frugging loons as Devon E. Levins of Morricone Island performs a selection of 60s soundtrack music with his band Morricone Youth (featuring Pain Teens/Moonlighters vocalist Bliss Blood) at a 60s Go Go Groovy Dance Party at Union Hall on Fri, May 13th, 9pm. Also featured: Maui Hurricane, Telecommand. $10.

DJ Bosh of Infinite Distortion was recently interviewed about his Limbs Bin solo project here. Limbs Bin will be performing on a bill with Bleak, Ides, Grey Market, and Swollen Organs (all of which featured at my last medical) at Fat Baby in lower Manhattan on Fri, May 13th. Also check out Bosh's podcast The Reel Deal with Josh and Charles, in which he and his co-host argue about a movie for an hour. Already 13 episodes strong. Check it out here.

When Doves Cry (and so does everyone else) Dept.: Resident Prince expert Kurt Gottschalk was interviewed about Prince for the BBC Radio 3 programme Late Junction. An archive can be heard here through Fri, May 13th. Kurt will also present the second of two Prince tribute specials on Give the Drummer Radio when he fills in for The Explorers Room on Thurs, May 5th from 7–10pm.

On Tues, May 17th, World of Echo's Dave Mandl will bring his bass and effects pedals to The Clinker in Manhattan, where he'll be performing in an improvisational trio with Nisi Jacobs of dinMachine and sometime Faust member Robert Pepper. Also on the bill: Miguel Frasconi, Stephen Flinn, Viv Corringham, and Ingrid Laubrock. We have not been told if pie will be served, so assume that it will. 8pm.

Sheila B. of Sophisticated Boom Boom will be continuing her series of Sh-Boom! parties on Fri, May 20th (10pm–4am) with a night of sexy vinyl and erotica at Our Wicked Lady in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Sheila, Todd-O-Phonic Todd, and many others will be spinning to the accompaniment of go-go girl Anna Copa Cabanna and screenings of vintage blue movies. It's free, but you must be over 21 and have loose morals. More info here. Sheila will also be DJing that weekend, Sat, May 21st at Berlin (Under 2A) (25 Avenue A, Manhattan) from 8pm–4am on a bill with Jacques le Coque and Crazy & the Brains. Other DJs (including Todd-O-Phonic Todd) will also be spinning.

The Uber-Fuhrer of Uncle Andy's Toys, Andy Breckman of Seven Second Delay, is proud to announce his new party game, Shit Happens! Check out Andy's Kickstarter here for more info and a great video presentation about the game.

Rob Weisberg of Transpacific Sound Paradise talked about three new Jewish-tinged music projects that give new life to old traditions on the Jewish culture podcast Tablet. Check out Rob's appearance here.

Bart Plantenga, former host of Wreck This Mess on WFMU and well-known yodeling expert, had an article on yodeling in contemporary music featured on the Perfect Sound Forever blog. Bart also has an official yodeling postage stamp issued by the South Korean government in honor of World Yodel Day this coming August. No, really. Check it out here.

Just in case you thought he wouldn't be, we are happy to confirm that Mr. Fine Wine will be DJing at Botanica in lower Manhattan every Wednesday night this month (10pm onwards). Free.

Dave the Spazz spins every Sunday night in May and elsewhere at Union Pool in Williamsburg (6pm onwards and upwards). Free.

New Releases of the Day


If your Monday to Friday is as bleak and insufficient as mine, rejoice! Every weekday on Twitter and Facebook, WFMU presents the Release of the Day curated by Music Director Brian Turner. If you have some music, kindly send a physical copy to the WFMU Music Department, PO Box 5101, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or e-mail Here are some recent highlights:
MARY LATTIMORE, At the Dam (Ghostly International): The great Philly experimental harpist's second LP

NOVAK, Dumb Recordings: 1977–1979 (Orion Read/Athena): Crime/Nuns' producer's solo avant-punk 1977-79
DANNY OXENBERG & BEAR GALVIN, Late Superimpositions (Three: Four): Ghostly folk with the Supreme Dicks' Danny
HOX, Duke of York (Editions Mego): Electronic pop from Wire's Graham Lewis + his He Said collaborator Andreas Karperyd
STAER, "The Collapse of Ancient Funk" 12" (Drid Machine): Heavily textured Norwegian No-Wave
FADOUL, Al Zman Saib (Habibi Funk): Raw funk from Morocco featuring JB's/Free covers. Slams!

MIKE & THE MELVINS, Three Men & a Baby (Sub Pop): Longtime collaboration with godheadSilo bassist finally done and out
JIBOIA, Masala (Lovers & Lollypops): Excellent "disco-kebab psychedelia" from Portugal
ANDY CALIFORNIA, "My Dying Bed" 7" (Slovenly): Primitive garage whomp from Monsieurs/Tunnel of Love member
SUGAI KEN, [Goto no Yoniwa - Garden in the Night (An Electronic Re-creation)] (Em): Insect electronica along the banks of the Kanangawa River

LINDA SHARROCK, (In) the Abyssity of the Grounds (Golden Lab): 1st major recording since the 80s (3 LP set)

VARIOUS ARTISTS, Music of Morocco from the Library of Congress (Dust-to-Digital): Incredibly-packaged compendium of Paul Bowles' 1959 recordings

ROBERT KIDNEY, Jackleg (Exit Stencil): New mojo from singer of Ohio blooz legends 15-60-75 (Numbers Band)

EDSON VELANDIA EN VIVO, Aputoi: Cancion de un solo tiro (Matik Matik): Long-form hypnotic Colombian jam in vein of Ex/Terry Riley

LUMENLAB, They Are Killing Us (Aagoo): Twisted post-industrial electronica from Mexico

VARIOUS ARTISTS, Kinked! Kinks Songs and Sessions 1964–1971 (Ace): Nice compilation of rare Ray Davies covers (some including actual Kinks)

MUNEHIRO NARITA, Psyche De Loid (U-Ryhmix): High Rise guitarist's destructo 60s covers with Yamaha Vocaloid software

WHITNEY HOUSTON'S CRYPT, Self-titled EP (Vacant Valley): Aussie metal/Birthday Party-esque batcave weirdness

CALHAU!, U (Kraak): Mystical electronics avant-duo from Portugal
THE GOON SAX, Up to Anything (Chapter Music): Pastels/Talking Heads-leaning Aussie pop featuring the son of the Go-Betweens' Robert Forster
DENNIS YOUNG, Wave (Electronic Music 1984–1988) (Bureau B): Home electronic recordings of Liquid Liquid percussionist

News from the Free Music Archive

The Free Music Archive is a sonic haven for independent filmmakers! South African filmmaker Jackie Ruth Murray found a song in our archive and was able to clear the rights for it with our help. Read her story here.
We put together a playlist of ambient songs for you to chill out with. Suitable for meditation, laying around staring at clouds, and other soporific activities.
Recent highlights from the WFMU Live Collection:
• Country-flavored rockers Daddy Long Legs wailed and stomped for Todd-O-Phonic Todd's show. Listen here

Kevin Kastning and Mark Wingfield played improvised guitar music on Irene Trudel's program. Listen here.

Hey Exit brought resonant, spacious noise to Infinite Distortion. Listen here.
• "The World's Favorite Palindromic Band" Tacocat serenaded Todd-O-Phonic Todd and listeners like you right here.

Want to get involved with the FMA? Help us review Creative Commons music, write blogs, or edit music for upload. Questions? Get in touch.

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