WFMU's Blast of Hot Air Newsletter
November 6, 2015
WFMU News: Paws and Gape in Wonder at our New Mascot!
A thousand thanks (but no more – we're not completely crazy) to everyone who pledged their support to WFMU. Our October silent fundraiser was a screaming success: after going into a few days of overtime, WE MET OUR GOALLLLLLLL!

Because of you, we can continue the pursuit of making radio that doesn't suck through the upcoming chilly months (thanks a lot, Al Gore). We can't run this little DIY operation without all hands on decks (just don't touch the decks, please, we just got them the way we like them), and we are grateful for your help.

Announcing WFMU's new mascot: Dusty the Chinchilla, Listener Robert's pet.

And we would be remiss if we didn't give a huge shout out to all of the other adorable mascot contestants who were in the running this year: check out the gallery of 2015 WFMU mascot contestants right here.

Have you checked out WFMU's Vimeo page lately? If not, you're just the sort of person that Donnie Trump's been lambasting lately, so you may really need to buck up. We're posting tons of great Monty Hall performances and more. Recent vids include Antique Phonograph Music Program's 20th Anniversary blowout, Michael Chapman, Bridget St. John, Jim Morrison back from the grave, and Honk NYC's brass band invasion of Monty Hall. What more could you want (other than an invisibility cloak and a Hypnocar, obvs)?

If that wasn't enough radio for your eyes, WFMU now has our own Roku channel.

Because we're determined to give this whole 21st Century thing a go at long last, WFMU's Audience Engine launched yesterday with our first open-source tool, a crowdfunding app called Mynte. We'll be posting videos from the event soon. For info about Audience Engine, contact Ken.
Don your berets, get ready to snap your fingers, and truck on down to the next WFMU Literary Guild reading, which takes place on Sat, Dec 5th at the Red Room at KGB Bar, 8pm. WFMU staffers reading their poems, stories, essays, journal entries, threatening notes to neighbors, and other things will include Dan Bodah, Chris T., Yvonne Szymczak, Amanda Nazario, Chris M, Scott McDowell, H. Faye Kahn (reading for the first time!), and Bronwyn Carlton. The event itself is free, but there is a two-drink minimum.

The Rock 'N' Soul Ichiban stream is pleased to announce a new addition to its programming schedule family of fun: The Whig Out! Hosts Glynis and Richard, as you damned well know, were previously with the Fringe Factory, which will remain at its 8pm Wednesday time slot with host Vikki Vaden. The Whig Out! plays a mix of 60's and modern garage but ventures into other sub-genres, too.

The WFMU documentary, Sex and Broadcasting, is coming to Brighton, UK, on Nov 18th as part of the Brighton CineCity Festival. The WFMU doc will be part of a double-feature along with the People Like Us documentary Nothing Can Turn Into A Void.

Upcoming Monty Hall Events

Sat, Nov 7th
- Slap on your favourite frugging dungarees as the world's most popular soul dance party comes to Jersey City! WFMU and New York Night Train Present Soul Clap and Dance Off featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin with live music from the Von Mons and Blaire Alise and the Bombshells. 9 pm, $10. $100 prize in midnight dance off! Tickets here.

Sat, Nov 14th - WFMU Movie Night presents Mdou Moctar in Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai, the Tuareg version of Purple Rain which we think may possibly be the most WFMU thing ever. I mean, it has it all, really, doesn't it? 8 pm, $10. Tickets here.

Fri, Nov 20th - Still got them frugging dungarees? Then scrape off the worst bits and don them once more as there's a rockin' evening fermenting with Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys plus the Defibulators and Alex Battles. 8:30 pm, $10. Tickets here.

Sat, Nov 21st - If you like your action to shake and then some, you're in luck (or possibly having a stroke) as the legendary Flamin' Groovies take to the Monty Hall stage with special guests The Ugly Beats. 9 pm, $20. Tickets here.

Sat, Dec 5th - Pre-punk Cleveland mega-legends Rocket from the Tombs will mount and conquer the Monty Hall stage along with their special guests EZTV. 9 pm, $15. Tickets here.

Monty Hall is still located at 43 Montgomery St. in Jersey City.

Upcoming Special Programs

On Tues, Nov 10th, Brian Turner gives you a second chance to catch the excellent show you missed by The Ex at Monty Hall. He'll be airing the full set, complete with online video stream starting at 4pm.

Also on Tues, Nov 10th from 7–8pm, Devon of Morricone Island pays tribute to the namesake of his show with an hour of highlights by Il Maestro in honor of his 87th birthday. Evviva!

On Thurs, Nov 12th, Ben Chasny of Six Organs of Admittance and Comets on Fire fame joins Chris M. on Imaginary Radio (9am–noon) to play a live acoustic set and talk about his new book, The Hexadic System.

On Fri, Nov 13th between 9am to noon, filmmakers Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin talk to Marty McSorely about their new film The Lost Arcade, about Chinatown Fair, the legendary New York arcade located in the heart of Chinatown. Make sure you have enough quarters before you listen.

Saturdays just got a whole lot pettier as on Sat, Nov 14th from 11am–1pm, Michael Shelley welcomes Warren Zanes, who has just penned a new biography of Tom Petty aptly titled Petty: The Biography.

Also on Sat, Nov 14th from 3pm–6pm, Todd-o-phonic Todd will push his multi-tasking skills to the upper limit with several guests. Talking about their new documentary Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows will be director Rob Hatch-Miller and producers Puloma Basu and Michael Slaboch. But then also joining Todd will be singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo to play some songs and talk about his amazing career in music. Let's hope Todd doesn't mix up his notes as that would be absolutely hilarious!

On Tues, Nov 17th, 9pm–Midnight, Irene Trudel welcomes Anna von Hausswolff (pictured above), whose new album The Miraculous deals in visions of darkness and myth drawn from Swedish folklore. Her vocals, a mix of whispered incantations and otherworldly shrieks, color songs that are a mix of elegant atmospherics and Swans-like brutality. So bring the kids!

On Sat, Nov 21st between 11am–1pm, Michael Shelley welcomes Joe "Mr. C." McEwen, producer of a new career-spanning box set by one of America's greatest musical families, The Staple Singers.

Also on Sat, Nov 21st, Nashville's rockin' (so don't come a-knockin') Those Darlins appear on the Todd-o-phonic Todd radio program (3–6pm). Also joining Todd will be Cyril Jordan and George Alexander of The Flamin' Groovies, who will talk about their decades-long career in advance of their show at Monty Hall that evening.

Start your Thanksgiving off right (unless you're Canadian) with two live sets of guitar music on the Airborne Event with Dan Bodah (filling in for The Long Rally, Thurs, Nov 26th, 6am-9am). First, Carter Thornton plays a set of experimental solo guitar. Then, accomplished solo artists Tom Carter (no relation) and Steve Gunn join forces for a unique duo performance.

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

Pointless Listener Challenge

Like all of you, we are so, so, so, ultra excited about the election. It simply cannot come soon enough for us. But one thing that has been bitterly disappointing is the lack of unsubstantiated rumors about Bernie Sanders. I mean, he's from Vermont and he's got a lot of crazy political ideas. So he must have been in some weird sixties/seventies/eighties band, right? So this month we want to start a scurrilous musical mistruth about BS. Was he the marimba player for Buckingham Nicks? Did he appear in a post-Fogerty version of Creedence? I mean, I'm sure he was in The Eagles. Wasn't he in The Eagles? Didn't he play Dobro in The Eagles? He looks like he should have been in The Eagles. Make something up about Bernie Sanders concerning his previously unreleased musical accomplishments and then send it on over to Ken. There will be a bumper sticker padded-out prize for the most imaginative. 

DJ News / Gigs


Daniel Blumin is one of the contributors to the liner notes for a new 5-LP retrospective of previously unreleased and rare material by Volcano the Bear called Commencing. So make some room in the Expedit and learn more here.

Billy Jam of Put the Needle on the Record, who wraps up a series of WFMU remote radio broadcasts from Oakland on Fri, Nov 6th at the Corner Market, will hop on BART at some point and DJ at Bootie SF on Sat, Nov 7th at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.

Mayuko of the Play Vertigo program on Give the Drummer Radio has several pieces of her art in a show called "Craft-Tastic" (our suggestion of "Craft-ernoon Delight" was ignored) that is showing from Nov 13th through Jan 2nd at the Pelham Art Center. The opening reception and all-ages workshop will be on Fri, Nov 13th from 6:30–8pm. Find out more here.

The divine Sheila B. of Sophisticated Boom Boom takes her girl pop grooves on the road this month. You can catch Sheila DJing at Dusk in Providence, RI on Fri, Nov 13th as part of the Soul Power Girl Group Spectacular, at The Middle East Club in Cambridge, MA on Sat, Nov 14th for the Soulelujah! party, and finally at Balliceaux in Richmond, VA on Sat, Nov 21st for Le Garage! Go and be cha-cha-charmed!

Laura Cantrell is also on tour this November. You can catch Laura almost every Tuesday in November at a special three-week residency at Atwoods Tavern in Boston (Nov 3rd, 10th, and 17th) and we heartily suggest that you do. She will also be at Kung Fu Necktie in Philly on Mon, Nov 9th and at new venue Berlin (under 2A), 25 Ave A, Manhattan on Thurs, Nov 12th. For more info, see here. Also check out Laura's first ever music videos here and here.

The transcendent Amanda Nazario of Nazario Scenario on Give the Drummer Radio wrote a new short story called "Life Savers" for Guernica magazine. Read it here.

The blissful Dave Mandl of World of Echo wrote a review of a book about gentrification in Boston for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read it here and learn.
Mr. Fine Wine, host of Downtown Soulville, will be DJing at Botanica in lower Manhattan every Wednesday night this month (10pm onwards), as always. Free, as always! Life changingly amazing. As always. 

Dave the Spazz spins every Sunday night at Union Pool in Williamsburg (6pm onwards). Free! Dave will also be spinning at The Great Georgiana in Ft. Greene on Fri, Nov 6th, 9 pm, Free! That man just loves to give.

New Releases of the Day


Weekdays on the social media morasses of 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:
THE MANTLES, All Odds End (Slumberland): More psych-pop splendor from Bay Area quintet.

GRUMP, North End Generic EP (Various): Stately hardcore outta Halifax.

ROSE McDOWALL, Cut with the Cake Knife (Sacred Bones): Reissue of 1988 solo LP by Strawberry Switchblade/Current 93/Felt member with added "Don't Fear the Reaper" single.

APPRENTICE DESTROYER, Glass Ceiling Universe (Castle Face): Wide-ranging instrumentals covertly recorded one track at a time at a Guitar Center.

MICHAEL PISARO, A mist is a collection of points (New World): Compositions for piano, percussion, and sine wave.

DARK BUDDHA RISING, Inversum (Neurot Recordings): Swirling, dark Finnish psychedelia.
DRUNK ELK, 2 x 7" (Black Petal): New from woozy bloozy Tasmans.
SURVEILLANCE, Man 7" (Various): Roaring fuzz pop from Nova Scotia.
SUBURBAN HOMES, "Conformity in the U.K." 7" (Total Punk): Contempo, raw '78 DIY style 7".
VARIOUS ARTISTS, The Brasiliero Treasure Box of Funk & Soul (Cultures of Soul): Fourteen rare Brazilian nuggets on seven 7" singles.

INCA EYEBALL, Barry White Comes (SPLeNdid CoFFIN): First LP since '99 from UK kitchen-sink-fi duo.
SAVANT, Artificial Dance (RVNG Intl): Seattle composer K Leimer's mid-80s tape-splice funk/electronic experiments.
ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, Black Record (Fire): Return of Ohio protopunk legends, coming to Monty Hall on December 5th.
ISHRAQIYUN, Perichoresis (Web of Mimicry): Secret Chiefs' loose ethno-folk side project.

VARIOUS ARTISTS, Come & See Me: Dream Babes and Rock Chicks from Down Under (RPM): Great New 2-CD anthology of 60s Femme-Beat/Mod/Pop from Oz & NZ.
TOTENKOPF, Ann Arbor (Rajout/Cameleon): Reissue of 1978 Franco-Swiss Stoogeoid racket.
DUSTY RHODES, Hard Times (Loki): Cassette featuring 60 minutes of 80s promos from this three-time NWA World Champion.

INSECT ARK, Portal/Well (Insect Ark): Dark, cinematic sounds from ex-Angels of Light Dana Schechter.
THE THING, Shake (The Thing/Trost): Melodic bulldozer-jazz trio of Gustafsson/Håker Flaten/Nilssen-Love shake things up yet again.

APA KABAR, Live in Jogjakarta (Apa Kabar): Indonesia/Japan/Seattle trio (with Factums member) doing live, multilayered improv.

Instead of links this month, please enjoy these photos of pets in fashionable headwear


Highlights from the Free Music Archive

Just like one of them pop stars such as Kylie Minogue or Natalie Imbruglia, the Free Music Archive has changed its look! Our developer, Ross, has done some tidying up. We've sped up loading times, streamlined the font situation, and improved the pop-out player. If you haven't paid us a visit in awhile, swing by at your leisure, and see what we've done with the place!
Our pal Ross also helms a new weekly show drawn from the Free Music Archive. Free Music Freeform airs weekly on WXRW, Milwaukee's Riverwest Radio, every Monday from 4–5pm U.S. Central Time, but you can listen to the songs on the FMA every week. Check out his show here.
We honored the late, great Steve MacKay with a playlist of his generous contributions to the Free Music Archive, including "The Prisoner," which features Iggy Pop. Check out the full playlist on our blog.

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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