WFMU's first annual SXSW showcase and remote broadcast too place on March 14th 2008. Live performances from San Francisco's Citay, Bruno Wizard and The Homosexuals, the amazing reuinited Half Japanese, Grady Runyan's California desert psych band The Bad Trips, Carla Bozulich's Evangelista, and more!
Every January, NY Balkan music scene pioneers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and friends organize a massive two night grassroots Balkan / Roma / East European music and dance festival / celebration at the Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham (near 207th St. and B'way) in the Inwood section of Upper Manhattan.
The Golden Festival is the biggest event of its kind in New York City: The second night (Saturday) is a marathon featuring about 50 bands and artists performing on three stages from 6pm until 4 in the morning. It is an annual gathering of folk dance enthusiasts, musicians, and of course just plain fans, including more and more young people who are being drawn to the music through its increasing visibility in American and European popular culture.
Rob Weisberg's Transpacific Sound Paradise broadcast all the music from the 2009 Golden Festival's "Kafana" stage from 6pm until midnight. (Kafana is Serbo-Croatian for "cafe"; our broadcast position was conveniently located right next to the beer line!) We went an extra three hours (with thanks to Michael Goodstein) in order to squeeze in as many bands as possible!
Massive thanks to Irene Trudel (Technical Director, Mix Engineer and Co-host), Doron Gura (Technology Guru), Bil Bowen, Chris Stubbs and Glen Luttman (Mix Engineers), Katie Gentile and Megan McKee (Production Assistants), Bryce Kretschmann (Strongman), Jeff Mullan (Board Op), Scott Williams at FMU, house engineer Charlie Pilzer and the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass band and the entire organizing committee of the Golden Festival. And all the musicians who like us did it as a labor of love!
A few links to help you begin further explorations:
Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band home page - with info about the festival, the band's gigs in New York and elsewhere and other Balkan / Roma / E. European music and dance events and workshops.
NYC Folk Dance / Balkan Cafe / Folk Dance Fridays / Family Dance at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St in Manhattan. Learn the dances, hear great local musicians and visiting artists from Europe.
Eastern European Folklife Center (EEFC) - a vibrant educational oganization and online community. EEFC helps organize summer music and dance camps on the East and West coasts - where Zlatne Uste got its start, and inspiration for the Golden Festival which originally was a summer camp reunion party! Learn dates and details for this year's camps and / or join the EEFC mailing list and learn more than you ever imagined about the music and culture and what's going on around the country.
Bob Radcliffe's International Folk Dance Event List (NY / NJ and a bit of CT)
April 28, 2007 @ Southpaw, Brooklyn
October 13, 2007 @ Southpaw, Brooklyn
July 4, 2008 @ Battery Park, NYC
August 20, 2008 @ Damroch Park, Lincoln Center, NYC
October 9, 2008 @ The Filmore/Irving Plaza, NYC
Scott McDowell hosts The Long Rally radio program on WFMU, featuring live guests ranging from Lucky Dragons to the Mary Halvorson Trio. Some of the finest avant-garde jazz, with some experimental electronics and rock thrown in the mix.
WFMU returned to Austin Texas in 2009 to curate a nighttime showcase at the SXSW Festival, this time joined by our pals at Aquarius Records in San Francisco. We've handpicked 14 (!) bands once again that we love. Flyer by Ben West
Spiro's on the outdoor/indoor stages (611/615 Red River, downtown Austin):
7:00 PM Prizehog / Gary War
8:00 PM Wildildlife / XYX
9:00 PM Lord Weird Slough Feg / Mayyors
10:00 PM Absu / The Renderers
11:00 PM Obits / Ovens
12:00 PM Major Stars / Woven Hand
1:00 AM Gunslingers / Elm
WFMU broadcast live from the amazing 2009 installment of the annual Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain. Highlights from the festival below
Rob Weisberg and guest co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel broadcast live from Barbés, 376 9th Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Three hours of live music from five bands / artists - and this time around, a thoroughly mixed bag
WFMU Fest took place October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2009 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. It was the station's first ever big-scale multi-day curated concert event. Hot damn.
Check out this lineup:
Thursday October 1st: Krautrock pioneers Faust, with Cold Cave and Aluk Todolo opening!
Friday, October 2nd: a home run punk fest featuring Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, Vee Dee, and Guinea Worms!
Saturday the 3rd featured the return of No Wave legends Teenage Jesus and the Jerks plus a triple attack setup of NYC noisemongers Sightings, Drunkdriver, and Talk Normal.
These concerts were not broadcast live, but some of the recordings turned out so well we just had to share them with the world!
poster design by Henry Owings
Every January for 25 years, NY Balkan music scene pioneers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band organize the Golden Festival - a massive two-night grassroots Balkan and East European music and dance festival at the Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham Street (near Broadway and 207 St.) in upper Manhattan. The festival is the biggest event of its kind in New York City: The second night (Saturday) is a marathon featuring 40-50 bands and artists performing on three stages from 6pm until 4 in the morning. See: http://www.goldenfest.zlatneuste.org/
With the help of co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel and our peerless crew, WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise broadcast all the music from the Golden Festival's Kafana stage from 6pm until midnight on Saturday January 16th. Kafana is Serbo-Croatian for "cafe"; the stage is located conveniently near the food!
Massive thanks to Zlatne Uste and the festival organizing committee, the on-site festival staff and volunteers including Kafana Stage house engineer Charlie Pilzer, and our illustrious on-site crew: Irene Trudel, Rob Christiansen, Glenn Luttman, Bil Bowen, Jason Sigal, Katie Gentile and Doron, With help from Kris Percival, Bryce Kretschmann and Benjamen Walker; and board-ops Lamin Fonfana and Jeff Mullan.
Mary Halvorson meets Joe McPhee, Purling Hiss, Chuck Prophet and Mission Express, Legendary Pink Dots, Wolf Eyes meet Richard Pinhas, and many more WFMU Love Room encounters....
:: So Cow returns to WFMU, this time for a session on Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic
:: Tre Orsi channel Silkworm and Unwound live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic. Their Comedy Minus One release "Devices + Emblems" is guaranteed a spot on Terre's Best Faves of 2010
:: Daniel of the great SF art rock/no wave band Mi Ami returns to the WFMU studios to perform a solo set as Sex Worker, live on Liz Berg's show
:: Purling Hiss (Mike of Philly's Birds of Maya) live on Brian Turner's show
:: Parting Gifts, a supergroup with members of the Reigning Sound and the Ettes, live on Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic
:: Detroit's Sights return to WFMU for a live set on the Evan "Funk" Davies show
:: Isa Christ performs live on Wm. M. Berger's My Castle of Quiet
:: Dutch musician extrodinaire Lilian Hak performs live on This is the Modern World with Trouble
:: The gypsy jazz & swing-inspired Caravan of Thieves play live on Irene Trudel's show
:: Chie Mukai of Osaka's improv-folk group Ché-SHIZU live on WFMU's Miniature Minotaurs with Kurt Gottschalk
:: Viva L'American Death Ray Music bring the Fall sound from Memphis w/ memb. Golden Triangle, Polyphonic Spree, to Liz Berg's show
:: LA titans of doom Robedoor bring the heavy sound to Nat Roe's show
:: Tony Castles bring infectious indie-pop to Bennett4Senate's Awesome New Place
:: Brian Wilson Shock Treatment play punked-out psychedelic rock about zombies, mummies, aliens, outer space, love, death and insanity live on Joe Belock's Three Chord Monte
:: Barn Owl live on The Long Rally w/ Scott McDowell
:: "The vocals of Persephone's Bees' Russian-born lead singer Angelina Moysov fall somewhere between the Cardigans and Komeda" -Evan "Funk" Davies
:: Philadelphia's Heavy Medical blast through My Castle of Quiet)
:: Jen Shyu's enchanting singing has floated through Steve Coleman's jazz group, Anthony Braxton's opera, and you can hear it live on Kurt Gottschalk's Miniature Minotaurs
:: Legendary Pink Dots live on Brian Turner's show -- a 30th anniversary performance by Edward Ka-Spel, the Silverman, and Erik Drost
:: Dustin Wong (Ponytail, Ecstatic Sunshine) flutters across the fretboard live on Liz Berg's show
The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival! Two Nights Of Balkan Music, Dance & Border-Crossing Celebration On January 14th And 15th, 2011 In Brooklyn, NY
For the third straight year, WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise presented a live broadcast from the massive annual Balkan and East European music and dance bacchanal, the Golden Festival. It's a two night affair - Friday and Saturday - held in Brooklyn for the first time this year at the kitschy and fabulous Grand Prospect Hall. Our broadcast originated from the Grand Ballroom, one of four stages that hosted a total of sixty ensembles. We recorded on three of the four stages, and will be posting mp3s to the Free Music Archive.
Big thanks to Golden Festival founders and organizers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and the festival committee; co-host and tech guru Irene Trudel; and to the rest of our our illustrious crew:
On Friday, March 18th, 2011, WFMU returned to the State To Which Not To Mess for another sauce-slathered evening of curated live music at the SXSW festival in Austin! WFMU teamed up with the Free Music Archive to co-curate the night.
Please enjoy these fantastic recordings!
Includes live sets from...
Batillus :: Silk Flowers :: The Shrubs :: Soft Circle :: Occult Detective Club :: D. Charles Speer :: Toy Sugar :: Instinct Control :: Fergus & Geronimo :: Guitar Lightnin' :: Acid Birds :: Fuck Ton :: Jam Messengers :: Kyle Clyde :: Huun Huur Tu :: Sibirskaya Vechora :: Julian Lynch :: Starring :: Lucy Foley :: Dinowalrus :: Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band :: Lussuria
Many incredible artists graced the WFMU Love Room these past few months...relive the magic!
Pika :: Ice Age :: MKRNI :: Bush Tetras :: Silver Ash :: The Barracudas :: Radical Dads :: R. Stevie Moore :: Mia Doi Todd :: Radian :: Sun Araw :: Eliza Rickman :: Obits :: The Whines :: Rust Worship :: Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat Dan Singa :: Blue Sausage Infant :: Violet :: Redhooker :: White Mystery :: Birds of Avalon :; Screaming Females :: Zachary Cale & The Rain Band :: Apache Dropout :: Copal :: White Fence :: Vincent Barras & Jacques Demierre :: Captain Ahab :: Family Underground :: Stephen Vitiello
Dig in for a special acousti-lectric set from Urge Overkill :: Wayne New Jersey's own Fountains of Wayne :: Columbus Ohio fuzz-pop heroes Times New Viking :: beloved Nintendo-powered rock band Anamanaguchi :: the whispery-voiced Matt Bauer of Jessamine County Kentucky :: Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up Trio (featuring Mary Halvorson on guitar and Mr. Bungle's Trevor Dunn on bass!) :: The Sadies' signature swirl of alt-country, psychedelic garage rock and surf :: Nashville's teenage psychedelics The Paperhead :: Last July and In Isolation live from a UK club full of black-boot-clad sweltering goths on the hottest day of the year :: the world debut of former Bone Awl drummer's blackened punk band Raspberry Bulbs :: Pacific NW rock band Milk Music hittin' all the right spots (Dino Jr, Wipers) :: Madison WI's infectiously witty garage-poppers The Hussy
August was a hot month for live music in the WFMU studios in Jersey City!
Mary Lorson :: Julianna Barwick :: Deniz Tek :: Ed Schrader's Music Beat :: The Wrong Words :: Marissa Nadler :: Matthew Mullane :: Voyageurs :: June & Jean Millington (Fanny) :: Eleven Twenty-Nine :: Ami Dang :: The Limiñanas :: APB :: Kalli :: High Places :: Ivan Julian :: Decimus :: Psychic Paramount :: DJ Assault :: Inkubus Sukkubus :: Grooms :: The Ettes :: Lady Piss :: Cracked Latin :: The Men
The Sediment Club, The Black Hollies, Prince Rama and CSC Funk Band all performed live at WFMU's annual Record & CD Fair, held Oct 28-30th at NYC's Metropolitan Pavilion with live broadcasts on WFMU.
Click on the album for MP3s and Video!
This fall, WFMU played host to San Francisco's Wooden Shjips, Nymph in tribute to Japanese psych pioneers Les Rallizes Denudes, Tuvan throat singing masters the Alash Ensemble, Olivia Tremor Control, sound pioneers Chop Shop & Daniel Menche (pictured) and many more!
For the fourth year, WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise presented a live broadcast from the massive annual Balkan and East European music and dance bacchanal, the Golden Festival. It's a two night affair - Friday and Saturday - held in Brooklyn for the first time this year at the kitschy and fabulous Grand Prospect Hall. Our broadcast, on Saturday of course, originated from the Grand Ballroom, one of four stages that hosted a total of sixty ensembles. The Free Music Archive collection will include recordings from all four stages.
Big thanks to Golden Festival founders and organizers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and the festival committee; co-host and tech guru Irene Trudel; and to the rest of our our illustrious crew: Bil Bowen, Davey Jewell, Glenn Luttman, Wendy Levy, Juan Aboites, Julian Sampson, Jason Sigal, Katie Gentile, Veronica Liu
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WFMU returned to Austin on Saturday March 17th for a showcase independent of the SXSW Festival at the great Beerland, 711 Red River. No SXSW badges or wristbands were accepted at this show, and all proceeds went directly to the bands.
WFMU's Beerland show was a 6-band blowout featuring Electric Jellyfish, Death of Samantha, The Wedding Present, Supreme Dicks, Xray Eyeballs and The Men. Liz Berg, Jason Sigal, Brian Turner broadcasted the sets live over WFMU-FM and wfmu.org. Thanks to David van Dokkum for helping hang room mic's and taking great photos.
Special commemorative posters designed by Nevada Hill.
A collection for record collectors to dig while remembering WFMU's massive annual record fair, including live sets Jeffrey Lewis and the Rain, Blowfly, Shannon and the Clams and Liquor Store.