Vialka’s music—a rich tapestry of European prog rock, funereal folk, Saharan blues, gypsy punk, traditional Chinese ballads, and mathy rock excursions—soaks up input from the myriad cultures they’ve traversed in over a decade of constant touring far off the beaten path.
This month, Vialka travel to India for Rock the Sun, an interactive collaboration with Cédric Carles’ 3S Solar Sound System to promote sustainable energy.
Alaclair Ensemble is a postrigodon left-field hip hop ensemble from Montreal, Quebec, Bas-Canada. The group specifically claims allegiance to the free republic envisioned by Robert Nelson, leader of the late 1830s’ Lower Canada Rebellion.
…the kind of abstract rap that fans of Shabazz Palaces will appreciate, like a French take on the Wu Tang Clan with members delivering distinctly-voiced lines like jazz solos atop post-Dilla production and the best elements of new bass music.
The collective sports a range of styles because contributors from Montreal’s vibrant underground hip hop community, including KenLo Craqnuques, Vlooper, Maybe Watson, and YOU!
Read more and download five free & legal Creative Commons releases from the prolific Alaclair Ensemble at freemusicarchive.org.
Huge thanks to everybody who pledged their support to the Marathon, our most successful fundraiser ever! We finished a mere $8,500 short of our goal, which is so close that post-marathon pledging could eventually push us over the top.
If you would like to make a pledge, you can still do so on our secure donation page. Marathon payment links will be e-mailed this week, and we’ll begin mailing swag in April. If you have questions or problems with a pledge that you made, please contact Listener Services Czar Joe McGasko via this page.And thank you again. WFMU loves you.
Southern songbird sings of siren’s scrappy survival
From Joe McGasko’s 2012 WFMU DJ Premium, Muddy Water: Southern Gothic Pop, Soul, and Country, 1967–1974. “In 1967, Ode to Billie Joe kickstarted a fashion for Southern story songs. Here’s a collection of some of the finest.”
An irresistible Cambodian 60s psychedelic rock gem, modeled very closely on Van Morrison and Them’s classic Gloria, but also very much its own thing.
This is teaser for Rob Weisberg’s 2012 WFMU DJ Premium, Transpacific Sound Paradise Rocks the Globe: “The latest greatest unearthed gems from Rob’s never-ending world-wide search for bombastic fantastic blends of global roots and rock!
Yo La Tengo put on another incredible 3-hour show last night, fueled by your pledges and cover song requests. Thanks to the band (Georgia, Ira and James plus frequent collaborator Bruce Bennett of the A Bones), and to everyone you helped make this annual WFMU Marathon tradition a reality.
Bent Fabric - Alley Cat Every Mother’s Son - Come On Down To My Boat Flying Machine - Smile A Little Smile For Me Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn ( & Yo La Tengo) - I’m Your Puppet Tall Dwarfs - Crush Bent Fabric - Alley Cat (reprise)
Bob Hilliard & Carl Sigman - Civilization (Bongo, Bongo, Bongo (I Don’t Want to Leave the Congo) (from the Broadway musical “Angel in the Wings,” originally sung by Elaine Stritch) NRBQ - I Want You Bad Bonzo Dog Band - I Want to Be With You Monkees - I Wanna Be Free Monkees - Daydream Believer
Lesley Gore - Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman Shangri-Las - Leader of The Pack Sam Cooke - Bring It On Home To Me Misfits - Hybrid Moments
Kinks - King Kong Kinks - Apeman Byrds - Goin’ Back Talking Heads - Pulled Up Rutles - Cheese and Onions
Big Star - Blue Moon Black Sabbath - Paranoid The Clean - Tally Ho Troggs (and Condo Fucks) - With A Girl Like You Monkees (and Minor Threat) - (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
Devo - Uncontrollable Urge Neil Young - Powderfinger Richard and Linda Thompson - Wall of Death Derek and the Dominoes - Layla (instrumental)
Neil Hefti - Batman TV Show Theme A-Bones - A-Bomb Bomp Soft Boys - I Wanna Destroy You Sparks - Angst In My Pants Premiers (and Neil Young) - Farmer John (w/ Ramones - Gabba Gabba Hey intercut) Children In Adult Jails - Crispin Glover (Pseu Braun on vocals)
Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - Born To Run Blues Magoos - (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet Nick Lowe - Marie Provost (Gaylord Fields on vocals) Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane Replacements - Lovelines (medley) included: Dinosaur Jr - The Wagon; Townes Van Zandt - If I Needed You; Bruce Springsteen - Bobby Jean; Dillard & Clark - Why Not Your Baby; George Jones - The King Is Gone (So Are You); Moody Blues/Peter Gabriel/Pink Floyd; Tim Dog - Fuck Compton (Gerard C’s request); Neil Young - Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (Vicky W’s request); The Sweet - Little Willy; Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes; Michael Bolton; Fleshtones - Please Mr. Custer; Verlaines - Death and the Maiden (Steven B’s request); Tom Jones - It’s Not Unusual To Be Loved By Anyone; Taylor Swift - Safe and Sound; Unrest - I Do Believe You Are Blushing; Hee Haw Song; Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday; Haircut 100 - Love Plus One; Break Even - Falling To Pieces; Meatloaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light; Big Star - Back Of A Car; Big Star - For You
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, “The World is in the Turlet” (download mp3)
This song was composed live on Tom Scharpling’s Best Show with suggestions from Tom and WFMU listeners.
find it on The Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T. presents The Ragnarock-n-Roll Pack!
"A supercool new T-shirt & a CD packed with End of Times punk, glam, indie, psych & hard rock rarities from Terre’s personal vinyl collection! (Sizes available: Men’s S, Men’s M, Men’s LG, Men’s XL, Men’s 2XL, Men’s 3XL, Women’s M, Women’s LG)" [DJ Premium]
Twenty two amazing songs from the 1970s, all top 40 hits somewhere in the world, as recorded by 22 of Michael’s favorite acts of today.
These were all recorded EXCLUSIVELY FOR THIS COMPILATION and are not available elsewhere at any price - these recordings are available ONLY from WFMU!
Here’s an alphabetical list of the amazing bands and songs:
1) Bambi Kino “You’re 16” 2) Bell Sound featuring Dennis Diken “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” 3) The Bo-Keys “Stuck In The Middle” 4) Bucky “Band Of Gold” 5) Chandler Travis Philharmonic “Right Back Where We Started From” 6) The Dahlmanns “Ring Ring” 7) Eugene Edwards “I Hear You Knocking” 8) The Explorers Club “Don’t Pull Your Love” 9) Frank Bango “You Wear It Well” 10) Frank Lee Sprague “Can’t Get Enough” 11) Jay Sherman-Godfrey “Couldn’t Get It Right” 12) Joe Pernice “It’s Different For Girls” 13) Mike Doughty “Take Me Home, Country Roads” 14) Mike Viola “Lonely Boy” 15) The Minus 5 (Scott McCaughey & Peter Buck) “Arms of Mary” 16) Paul Collins Beat “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling” 17) Ray Mason Band “Come And Get Your Love” 18) Shibboleth “The Rockford Files” 19) Splitsville “How Deep Is Your Love” 20) Stevie Jackson (of Belle & Sebastian) “Rock Your Baby” 21) Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby “Guitar Man” 22) Yo La Tengo “I Saw The Light”
For more info, to see the amazing artwork, links to some similar K-Tel products & liner notes are available at: michaelshelley.net/2012.
This is a track from Bob Brainen’s Things With Strings: A collection of ardently cherry-picked Rock & Pop of all sorts, RnB/Soul, Jazz, TV and Film Soundtrack selections, each and every one enhanced by a distinctive string arrangement.
A friend of mine was working on a farm down in Belize. She would record the local crackheads playing drums and telling stories. My favorite is this wonderfully frightening bit from “Manny”, who explains how he slit “Dale Grealy’s” throat and “Erin Chavez” got blamed for the crime. “Erin Chavez” is now spending 99 years in “The Big Time Ramada”. Manny then sings a rousing self-aggrandizing song, “Believe It or Not It’s Just Manny!”. Manny’s friend chimes in with some slurred song afterwards. Everyone has a laugh. -Fatty Jubbo
Only available on the 2012 Cake & Polka Parade DJ Premium, Fatty Jubbo’s Gibberish & Jibber-Jaber: an MP3 disc of terrible singers, children screaming, people telling you how to live your life, avant-garde vocal wheeze, simulated sex moans, religious ranting, hollering goats, comedy routines and Fatty Jubbo monologues.
This architect themed song can be found on “Music To Color By”
The CD accompanies the Inflatable Squirrel Carcass Coloring Book III - Revenge of the Tints. It’s a veritable spectrum of songs about art, artists, colors, anything that the royal “we” can make fit into as loose a definition as possible.
Pop can be plenty anti-social and mean: A stripped down ode to alcoholism with perfectly earnest harmonies and beer bottles as instruments.
This track is from Pseu’s Thing with a Hook presents The Happy Hooker: Over an hour of intensely pleasurable melodic pop favorites from the ‘Hook archives. Includes the incredible “Thing With A Hook” theme song by Doug Gillard!
Don’t forget, Yo La Tengo (pictured) cover your requests for pledges live on Pseu’s show tonight! There’s a live video stream at wfmu.org til midnight.
Tonight on Shut Up, Weirdo: Marathon Spectacular Part 2
Just as we have gotten the images of Andy’s feet out of our heads, we are forced to do it all over again. Join Andy, Frangry, Station Manager Ken and the Shut Up, Weirdo All Stars as we bring in the EVEN MORE CA$HMONEYYYY on the second part of our 2012 Marathon show!
We won’t make any promises, but Andy & Frangry might have to wear special underwear for this one….
So here’s what you’re gonna win, people:
$75 pledge: The third edition of our famed calendar; WFMU biker tshirt; and bumper sticker
$180: Puts you in the running to win the Shut Up, Weirdo logo pack (tshirt and stickers); Andy, Frangry and Station Dictator Ken take a shot of vodka
$365: Puts you in the running to win a one time only cohost spot on Shut Up, Weirdo; a limited edition t-shirt; your very own Johnny Muller drawing)
$1K: Any thousand dollar pledge receives a signed swimsuit photo depicting the cohost of their choice. (Ken in a Speedo included)
We are sure it will be drunker, crazier and more of a shitshow than last week, so pledge this Friday from 6 to 7pm (Eastern) by calling 800-989-9368 or going online at WFMU.ORG. Listen in on WFMU 91.1 (NYC area) AND WATCH the live video stream on the WFMU homepage.
And if you can’t make it during the live show, you can pledge to Shut Up, Weirdo at any time (like now) from this link here and still be eligible for all of the above prizes.
Shut Up, Weirdo: The calm before the storm, on Opposite Day.
This track is from Mr. Fine Wine’s Tunes That Name: 26 Soulful Adventures in Alphabetical Appellation, from Ammerette to Zindy Lou. For his 2012 WFMU DJ Premium, Mr. Fine Wine digs deep in the vaults to come up with an entire A-to-Z little black book of obscure soul, funk, and R&B name songs.
This track is from Billy Jam presents Put the Needle on the Miami Bass Record: A non-stop mix of rare booty bass party music, mainly Miami bass circa 1988, compiled from mostly out of print 12” singles.
This is a track from the 2012 WFMU DJ Premium, Debbie’s One-Liners Vol. 3: The third in a series of one-liner instrumentals. This time around with Al Capone, Houdini and Fujikami the Warrior. Collect them all!
"Over 2011, musician Marcin Cinchy created a break every day in 15 minutes, and posted them daily on Soundcloud as 365 Breaks. He asked Steinski to produce a mix from those breaks as the 365th posting." -Steinski
This mix can be found on the 2012 WFMU DJ Premium, Steinski’s Data Dump DVD. An instant collector’s item, mixmaestro STEINSKI has compiled a massive trove of his rarities, unreleased creations, and live performances for WFMU’S 2012 fund-raising Marathon. Do NOT SLEEP on this must-have collection—an astounding 13+ hours of audio!
Steinski’s “A Rough Mix” airs on our Give the Drummer Radio stream. Unheard since the original broadcasts on WFMU in 1995, the show now airs on the stream every Friday, Noon to 1pm.
This is a track from Doug Schulkind’s DJ Premium, Going Out of Their Heads: "An insane, 2-CD assemblage of whacked-out warblers, psychotic singers and loony tunesters, losing it before your very ears."
Give the Drummer Some with Doug Schulkind airs Tuesdays (7p-8pET) and Fridays (9a-12nET) on the Give the Drummer Radio Stream.
A track from Sinner’s Crossroads’ “Just a Closer Walk with…Just a Closer Walk with Thee”: Covered hundreds of times over the years by both saints and sinners…and schlockmeisters, here are the 25 killer gospel versions you need. [DJ Premium]
Trippy 1978 a capella take on Stevie Wonder from Clay’s Classics IV, The Dusty Show’s 2012 WFMU DJ Premium: Culled from The Pidge’s personal record pile, here’s another collectible anthology, and we must tell you…this one is probably the second-best one EVER! Secure your copy yesterday!