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cheyenne_h on 09/14/2017 at 04:29AM

Remembering Wm Berger & My Castle Of Quiet

Wm Berger was a beloved friend, musician, and longtime WFMU DJ. His long-running program, "My Castle Of Quiet," had its own Free Music Archive curator page which is home to more than 200 live tracks from his radio show. He will be remembered for his good humor, kind spirit, and devoted love of music and film. He was well-known at WFMU and his legacy will not only live on through the WFMU archives and the lasting influence he made on everyone he met, but also the music he added to the Free Music Archive for posterity. He will be dearly missed.

You can find his WFMU archives here, his blog here, and his record label here.

The Free Music Archive would like to honor Wm's diligence and dedication to the experimental, heavy, and complex sounds he loved. Find them all here.

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cheyenne_h on 08/21/2015 at 04:32PM

Collections of WFMU Live Sets

Ever wanted to see if that set by that one band that did the song you really liked on WFMU... was available for free to download from the Free Music Archive?

If you can remember whose show it was on, we've made things a little easier for you! Our volunteers have been working diligently to put together these fine collections, organized by DJ/show. 

100% Whatever with Mary Wing
Acousmatic Theater Hour with Jason G and Karinne
Airborne Event with Dan Bodah
Acapulco Dance Party
amEdeo's Show
Antique Phonograph Music Program
The Avant Ghetto with Jeff Conklin
Awesome New Place with Bennett4Senate
Beastin' The Airwaves with Keili
Benjamen Walker's Show
Best Show on WFMU
Blurred & Obscured with Jonathan Herweg
Bob W.'s Show
Bodega Pop Live with Gary Sullivan
Brian Turner's Show
Burn It Down! with Nate K
Busy Doing Nothing with Charlie
Champ Sound with DJ Guy
Cherry Blossom Clinic with Terre T
Choking on Cufflinks with Michael Goodstein
Daniel Blumin's Show
Dark Night of the Soul with Julie
Day for Night with Maria Levitsky
Diane's Kamikaze Fun Machine
Distort Jersey City
Doron's Show
Duane Train
Ephemeral Riffage with Cheyenne
Evan "Funk" Davies Show
Evan Muse's Show
Flour Hour with DJ Large Margin
Fool's Paradise with Rex
Frank Balesteri's Show (Vanilla Bean)
The Frow Show with Jesse Jarnow
Gateway to Joy with Donna
Gaylord Fields
Hatch's Show
Hello Children with Faye
Honky Tonk Radio Girl with Becky
Imaginary Radio with Chris M
Infinite Distortion
Inner Ear Detour with David
Irene Trudel's Show
Irwin Chusid
Janitor From Mars with R. Lim
Janky Ray's Radio Riot
Jeffrey Cobb
Jim Price
John Allen's Show
Knuckle Sandwich with Dave Bombay
Krys O's Show
Live At The Stork Club with Stork
Liz Berg's Show
The Long Rally with Scott McDowell
Marty McSorley's Show
Michael Shelley's Show
Mike L.'s Show
Miniature Minotaurs/Brother Lucy Show with Kurt Gottschalk
Minor Music with Jesse Krakow
Monty Hall (venue)
Music to Spazz by with Dave the Spazz
My Castle of Quiet with Wm Berger
Nat Roe
Nick Name
Night People with Dave & Andy
Noise and Syrup with Jeff M
OCDJ's Show
Optical Sound with Mike Sin
Pat Byrne (Redundancy Radio, Prove it All Night)
Pat Duncan's Show
Pseu's Thing With A Hook
Put The Needle On The Record with Billy Jam
Reggae Schoolroom with Jeff Sarge
Rhubarb Cake with Douglas
Samantha's Show
Scones Radio 
Scott Williams' Show
Shrunken Planet with Jeffrey Davison
Solid Gold Hell with Sue P
Sophisticated Boom Boom with Sheila B
Sound and Safe with Trent
Spin Age Blasters
Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker
Strength Through Failure with Fabio
Surface Noise with Joe McGasko
Talk's Cheap with Jason Sigal
Techtonic with Mark Hurst
Teenage Wasteland with Bill Kelly
Therese's Show
This Is The Modern World with Trouble
Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock
Todd-O-Phonic Todd's Show
Transpacific Sound Paradise with Rob Weisberg
Undancing in the Dirt with Thomas Storck
Underwater Theme Park with Meghan
Vocal Fry with Dan Bodah
What Was Music? with Marcel M
World of Echo with Dave Mandl
Your Host Bobby's Show
Zzzzzzero Hour with Bill Mac

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wmmberger on 04/21/2014 at 05:39PM

The Rapture, in Several Shades of Orange; Future Death Toll LIVE on My Castle of Quiet, 4.9.2014

Tracy Widdess / Wm. Berger

The concentrated joy of this set by Future Death Toll is its own reward. Fresh off of tour, the band sounded a-frickin'-mazing, and I was immediately confronted with a familiar feeling, of "O, Lucky Man!" ...I dig deep into the underground, bobbing for those most-artistic of apples, and this time came up with the OUTSTANDING sounds of FUTURE DEATH TOLL!!! Indeed, I am fortunate, to have this incredible OUTLET wherein I can extend invitations to artists such as these, and they just show up and play! Sit in that Studio B chair sometime, and you'll begin to understand how good the years of MCoQ weekly broadcasts have been to me, and my colleagues at the station, and to WFMU's devoted listeners. The kiss of WFMU is GOLDEN, and I need to remember to utilize this opportunity, in order to bestow upon all who care the rareified talents of artists like these.

Based on a barely labeled cassette tape I had received a long time ago, different from this set (more "home studio," obviously), I knew this band would make good use of the opportunity for a live radio set, and I was not disappointed. Though the tape is generally "lighter," as might be expected, as well as more song-oriented, F-DT do a lot of different things, and as with Slasher Risk before them (see this set from 2010), the variety of their capabilities just meant that playing live on the radio revealed another layer. They were noisy, dense and intense, but not entirely free-form, with themes that arose, dominated and then dissipated, as you will hear.

Though I did not have a pile of hard releases to muse over and absorb, there's quite a lot posted online, both to the band's Web site, and their YouTube page, and I've been at this long enough, that I knew for certain that F-DT's radio set would not disappoint, and it went far beyond that, into dazzling territory, rousing a hearty, enthusiastic response from Castleheads on our playlist comments.

So sit back, listen and enjoy. Massive props to engineer Juan Aboites for applying his considerable and diverse talents to making Future Death Toll radio-ready; whatever I throw at him, he makes the very best of it, rising to every challenge. Thanks also to Tracy Widdess for again making excellent, memorable photo art from my on-the-quick iPhone band captures.

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ange on 03/15/2014 at 12:45AM

WFMU Showcase at Beerland in Austin

WFMU is hosting a free daytime party at Beerland in Austin, that promises to be a dynamite non-stop afternoon of beer-and-BBQ fueled rock!

On tap inlcudes many bands who have recorded live sets at WFMU that are available here on the FMA, including Protomartyr, Spray Paint, Obnox, Guerilla Toss, and Pampers! WFMU's Liz Berg and Brian Turner will be hosting the broadcast live from the club on Saturday, March 15th. More info on Facebook.

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MeghanM on 11/13/2013 at 03:45PM

Tehran to Brooklyn: The Story of the Yellow Dogs (for Obash, Koory and Ali Salehezadeh)

Photo by Meghan McKee

Yesterday I receive a message from one of WFMU's engineers alerting me to the news that two members of The Yellow Dogs were among three Iranian musicians shot to death in East Williamsburg. I had no idea at this point that my heart was going to break in two. I spent the entire morning trolling every news source hoping the story wasn't true. I was holding my breath and praying that my friends The Yellow Dogs were safe.

I will never forget the first time meeting the band. I met up with Ali Salehezadeh at one of their concerts at Union Pool. Ali introduced me and my friends to the band. We saw them play and was blown away with the energy. The only song I knew of theirs was from the movie No One Knows About Persian Cats, so to finally hear something new to my ears blew me away. They were the perfect mix of old and new. The scene at the show was young and energetic. We stood around the fire pit in the courtyard with everyone, and you could sense the community that was part of this band.

When I had the Yellow Dogs come to do a live session for me June 2012, they were so excited to be coming to WFMU and were so thankful for the opportunity. Little did they know that I was more excited that they were going to do a live session on my show. You could feel the band's energy. They were so happy to be playing music and that other people were equally excited about it. At this point, they had a different drummer.

Ali and I were trying to put together a possible session with Ali Eskandarian and the Free Keys who had just moved over from Iran. I knew of the Free Keys from the movie as well, so I was curious as to what they were doing now. Sadly, we never did get the dates to work for Ali Eskandarian.

The next time in the studio we recorded the Free Keys, who had Arash Farazmand as their drummer, Looloosh's (Soroush Farazmand) brother. I got to sit down with the Yellow Dogs and do an interview during this session and it was wonderful. It was the easiest most relaxed interview I had ever conducted. So easy going. I knew at this point that these guys were going to be in my life always. It was such an easy connection.

Throughout the months after, I had run into Obash, the singer, at his job bartending and saw the band play at an art opening for their friends who are stencil artists named Icy and Sot. I wish I could have bottled up the energy and excitement from that night. So much fun, so much laughter and yet again, I saw the amazing people they surrounded themselves with. Youthful, carefree and happy.

Looloosh and Arash always had smiles on their faces. You could tell they were living the life. They gave off the impression that they were so happy to be where they were doing what they were doing. They had risked so much to get to this point and to finally be able to play their music without fear. This is what I will remember about them and I am glad to have known them. My heart goes out to their family back in Iran. My heart also goes out to Obash, Koory and Ali. I am relieved to know they are safe and have already let them know that I am there for them. Thank you for your amazing memories. I am so glad to have been a part of your world.

Donate Here to Help the Surviving Friends and Families of the Yelllow Dogs & 318 Maujer

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DaveBombay on 08/27/2013 at 05:37AM

Born Loose: High-Octane Top-Notch Punk Rock

Hailing from Brooklyn, Born Loose brings the intensity of a car crash and the catchy energy of Fucked Up or GBH while delivering real and raging rock 'n' roll. These live tracks from Three Chord Monty with Joe Belock leave you pumped up and ready to start a fight or lift a car. Singer Larry May’s vocals tie this energetic four-piece together with some solid guitar work from Suke. Keep an eye out for Born Loose's S/T full length alubum out on Drug Front Records.

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BTurner on 07/16/2013 at 02:30PM

Mudhoney: Celebrating 25 Years Live on WFMU

Mudhoney in the WFMU parking lot

When WFMU broadcast Mudhoney live from ATP a few years ago, it was fully obvious that their instrumental power and Mark Arm's inimitable yowl were still very much in full force. Even more so at last year's Primavera broadcast (where they followed up after their set by bumrushing and taking over the WFMU fairway tent!). Twenty-five years down the line Mudhoney still have the bottles and bodies flying, soaking up a past and continuing to deliver the one-two riffage even as bands they influenced have vanished and reunited at half mast.

In celebration of both Sub Pop and Mudhoney's respective 25th anniversaries, they stop by WFMU's Brian Turner's show to rock faces off with a few live songs from their brand new full-length (their ninth!) "Vanishing Point."

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bronwynbishop on 06/27/2013 at 02:29PM

Heatsick: Live at WFMU on Scones Radio

Heatsick is the solo experimental dance music project of Steven Warwick, a British musician living in Berlin. He creates his signature sound by layering simple, repetitive patterns together using only his worn-out old Casio synthesizer. Rather than conforming to any particular subset of today's EDM, Heatsick's sound brings a modern sensibility to the synth styles of the '80s and '90s.

Much of Heatsick's discography, including his most recent album, Intersex (2011), only contain sounds generated by Warwick's Casio. However, on occasion Warwick includes remixes of his tracks by other artists. This was the case with one of Heatsick's most recent releases, the Dream Tennis EP (2011), which features the title track along with remixes by Prins Thomas and Diegor. In 2013, four more remixes of the track were released on another EP .

Heatsick's influences include early synthesizer music, funk, and disco. He is also informed by his experience as a gay artist, telling Resident Advisor's Darius Sabbaghzadeh, "I want to make visible music/muzak, as it's invisible a lot of the time, just like a lot of gay culture is in general."

Heatsick will perform at Moma PS1's Warm Up 2013 this Saturday, June 29th. The event runs from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM and also features Juan AtkinsLee GambleNHK'Koyxen, and Bill Kouligas.

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modsant on 05/02/2013 at 08:45AM

International Punk Watch at WFMU

Photo: Deed Runlea

It was as great week for international punk with three awesome bands coming through to play WFMU.

France's Youth Avoiders have put out some amazingly catchy Scandinavian-influenced punk anthems. Their fast-paced, frenetic and honest music leans towards a more thrashy and visceral punk sound than a melodic one.

Puerto Rico's Los Vigilantes bring a juvenile delinquent garage-punk that'll make you headbob. Their sound is heavy on the '60s side, with a healthy dose of droopy '50s doo-wop back-up vocals, rocked with additional organs, tape loops and swagger. (Slovenly Recordings)  You also may wanna check out the playlist from their 2012 visit.

San Juan's Las Ardillas are a garage punk band sharing members with Davila 666. Their in-your-face style has been compared to late-'70s and early '80s punk. Their latest release also out on Slovenly Recordings.

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ange on 04/30/2013 at 03:53PM

Revitalize Music Contest: The Winning Song

For this month's Revitalize Music Contest, artists from Lisbon to Austin dug through public domain songs, got inspired, and submitted their creations to our contest repository. Our talented judges from the music, radio, and public domain worlds loved hearing the wide range of incredible entries, but eventually had to select a winning song.


Crown the Invisible created an incredible power pop rendition of the 1911 revenge anthem "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" by Billy Merson. The song tells the story of a man whose girl is charmed away by a Spanish bullfighter.

'Twas at the bull fight where we met him
We'd been watching his daring display
And while I went out for some nuts and a programme
The dirty dog stole her away

The band's been around for about a year, and are a blend between a studio compositional project and a raucous psychedelic band. They are all grizzled rock dudes who live and work in East Williamsburg warehouses, where they've been cultivating their space/stoner rock sound. They describe their band as "if Rick Wakeman played with Ride, but the songs were written by The Pretty Things while they watched Planet of the Apes and listened to Hawkwind." That is to say, they all grew up on early '90s and '60s British stuff.


When the band began working on their arrangement they describe the process as "vibe hunting." There was a lot of stomping and clapping involved, which is how they ended up deciding to keep the waltzy 3/4 time signature without over-emphasizing it. This also how they found the song's distinctive sound, a swirling whistle made by playing a hammond organ sample on a keyboard through a guitar amp.

During this process, singer CG Foisy says he kept waking up in the middle of the night with the lyrics stuck in his head. He says it's a terrible song to have in your head because, "it's cheeky, evil and weird. It's a portal into male territoriality. How men are these vindictive monkeys."

Overall, the challenge was good practice for the band. This summer CG is traveling to Beijing, where he'll play a few shows, and then spend a week traveling the silk road looking for music along the way. What he finds will eventually be adapted into song challenges for the band. Whenever he travels, CG loves to pick up a new instrument. You can even hear (kinda) one of these instruments in the winning song. It's an Indian instrument he bought in Singapore called the gopichand. It sounds part sitar, part mouth harp.

Participating in the contest speaks to the bands' interests in being part of a community through their music. Some bands get really into making an album, then going on tour, then making another album, then going on another tour, and hoping to be signed by a label. CG says, "That works well for some bands, but other bands like to take on weekly assignments, making videos and vignettes, and to have different kinds of conversations with their fans."

Crown the Invisible includes Jared Barron, CG Foisy, Steve Schwadron, with a guest appearance in this recording by Gabriel Berezin on bass. Check out their summer series Fantastic Planet, which installs different bands in different warehouses, merging live noise rock with visuals. You can also see them play live on May 9th at Don Pedro (90 Manhattan Avenue), where they might be performing their winning song.

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