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Why Do You Think They Call It Twit?

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DearLeader  There's no denying it: I've always been gullible. Really, really gullible. I don't know why. I'm not stupid, technically, but I am a very literal person. I take everything really literally, so maybe that has something to do with it. Anyway, I was totally thrilled when I heard that Kim Jong Il was on Twitter. I mean, of course I figured it could be a prank, but I read that one of his tweets said, "National defense is the sacred duty of the young and all other people," and I thought, you know, it could really be him. So I signed up for Twitter just so I could follow Kim Jong Il. And then some of his other tweets said, like, "I'm restarting my nuclear reactor and there is nothing you can do about it," and--my favorite one--"Bitches need to stop spreading lies. My satellite launch was successful," which reminded me of that guy Herbert Kornfeld who used to write the column in the Onion, and made me laugh, but also made me feel pretty dumb. 'Cause, you know, now I kinda doubt that it's really Kim Jong Il.

Written by The Iowa Firecracker

June 1st, 2009 at 5:26 pm

WFMU’s Fatburger Takeover

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Fatburger If you missed out on Joe Belock and Todd-o-phonic Todd's hilarious and artery-clogging remote broadcast from Fatburger in Jersey City, you can regorge on the magic by checking out the archive, a short video of the event from NJ.com, and a greasy slideshow of visual highlights (thanks Cynthia).

Special guest appearances by Mark Moran of Weird NJ, Georgia and Ira of Yo La Tengo, the Longo brothers, Robert Piersanti, and Jersey City youth rockers!

Belly bombs away!

Written by Liz Berg

May 22nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

Drew Friedman launches new website

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Screaming Jay Hawkins Expert illustrator and longtime WFMU art contributor Drew Friedman recently launched a new website featuring his fine art prints (with the help of Irwin Chusid and Barbara Economon).

For those of you who may not be familiar with Drew's work, he was the creator of WFMU's semi-grotesque mascot, the Old Codger, contributed illustrations for our Crackpots & Visionaries cards, and designed a WFMU t-shirt and bumper sticker. Drew and his brother Josh Alan once guest-hosted for Kaz on WFMU in the 1980s, as well.

Dave the Spazz calls Drew "one of the funniest stipple cartoonists of the '80's and '90's is now one of the funniest illustrators of the 21st century. His work is as hypnotizing as Basil Wolverton's at his best. Drew Friedman is the Albrecht Dürer of liver spots."

Written by Liz Berg

May 22nd, 2009 at 10:33 am

More WFMU DJ Off-Mic Activities

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Not only can you catch Dave the Spazz rubbing shoulders with Mick Collins and the Paul Green School of Rock kids tonight at BB King Blues Club in Manhattan... a few other DJs have some upcoming off-mic events this week that are worth checking out.

HotRod DJs tonight @ the Lamp Post in Jersey City (352 2nd St), 9pm-2am... Free!


Maria Levitsky
celebrates the opening of her photography show, "Building Photographs," at Deborah Berke & Partners Architecture Gallery (220 5th Ave, 7th Floor) in Manhattan tomorrow evening (Thurs 5/21), 6:30 - 8:30pm.

Small Change DJs at the Down & Derby roller disco party at Studio B in Brooklyn (259 Banker St) this Saturday with DJ Ayres and Rok One, 10pm onward (RSVP here for discounted admission).

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Written by Liz Berg

May 20th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Mick Collins to appear at School of Rock Benefit tonight!

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2008_02_dirtbombs Rock hero Mick Collins (from the Dirtbombs!!!!) will be joining Dave the Spazz and the Paul Green School of Rock kids for the WFMU Benefit tonight at the BB King Blues Club in Manhattan!

Tonight marks the second and final night of performances hosted by Dave the Spazz, who has handpicked music to be performed by local branches of the Paul Green School of Rock and the SCHOOL OF ROCK ALLSTARS.

The kids will compete for rock glory, as Dave selects the winning school. Expect a chimpified, sonic soiree of overmodulated, toe-stubbing rock and roll music as performed by junior high and high school kids! Plus a special guest appearance by Mick Collins! Don't miss it!

Wednesday May 20th - 8pm

BB King Blues Club

New York, NY

$15 advance and door

Written by Liz Berg

May 20th, 2009 at 10:39 am

I Hate Spring (video)

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A seasonal classic by Beatrice Lillie, with a modern video.

Thanks to good friend Arwulf Arwulf at WCBN for introducing me to this song many years ago.

Written by Lukas

May 18th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Crate Update – Apologies to Gagosian

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UPDATE: The mysterious crate that appeared in our parking lot Tuesday morning (believe or not) was entirely related to a WFMU activity and not the Gagosian Gallery, Jeff Koons, or any other named parties. The confusion surrounding its presence was in all cases a result of an internal communications error on our end.

We extend our deepest apologies to Gagosian Gallery and retract all statements made on this blog regarding their involvement with the art crate that was left in our parking lot, as they are in no context responsible for this matter.

Thanks, and sorry,


Written by Trent

May 13th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Gagosian Gallery Dumps Garbage in Jersey City?

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Station Manager Ken arrived at WFMU HQ in Jersey City this morning to find a giant, (and sadly) empty art crate in our parking lot:

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Cleverly, whoever illegally offloaded this garbage in the WFMU parking lot neglected to remove any incriminating identification:

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And, we know our new toy used to house a Jeff Koons piece from 1986:

Picture 004 I can't help but wonder which Koons piece our empty coffin used to house... Doron is hedging his bets on this or this.

In any case, WFMU would like to request that the next time Gagosian (or Dietl or Crozier) decides to unload their trash on WFMU, they include a little something for our troubles (we are a charity, after all).

Written by Liz Berg

May 12th, 2009 at 11:28 am

ISSUE Project Room’s 6th Anniversary Party

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Holymountainissuecollage2On May 19th, Brooklyn's excellent non-profit performance space, ISSUE Project Room, will be celebrating their 6th year of kicking ass and taking names in the experimental music, film, literature, and art scenes (and also on the Free Music Archive).

The 6th birthday party/benefit for ISSUE Project Room takes place at Galapagos in Dumbo Brooklyn (16 Main St), and WFMU's own Fabio will be representing on the ones and twos. Other notable highlights on the bill include:

- The Pinch of the Baboon (JG Thirlwell, Ed Pastorini, Oren Bloedow and Ben Perowsky)

- Elysian Fields

- Mountains

- members of Excepter

- “Straight and Narrow” (1970), Film screening by Tony Conrad with soundtrack by John Cale and Terry Riley

- Robot Movie by Jim Sharpe with Soundtrack by Lary Seven

On top of this, IPR will reward a prize to the person who shows up in the best Holy Mountain-inspired costume, so you know there's potential for this party to be way better than Halloween. Purchase tickets here, and you'll get $10 off if you use the promotional code fidelio - have fun!

Written by Liz Berg

May 11th, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Bang on a Jam 2009, hosted by Billy Jam

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Xkenscottmike In case you missed the crazy-fun Bang on a Jam noisefest on Billy Jam's show last week, you can download the whole segment here:

Bang on a Jam - 2009 (MP3) | Playlist

Who made all that racket? Billy Jam, Station Manager Ken, Jason Sigal, Doron, Scott Williams, Jeff Mullan, Mike, Nick The Bard, and Bill Bowen, that's who.

Bang on a Jam began in 2008 after Billy was underwhelmed by the annual Bang on a Can festival in NYC. Clearly the Can has been upstaged by the Jam!

Written by Liz Berg

May 8th, 2009 at 9:00 am

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String

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OandR Observe and Report. Dr. Colby has a way of rating movies on a scale of 0 to 12.5 dollars (because that's how much a movie ticket costs in Manhattan), and on that scale I give Observe and Report $25 because I liked it so much I saw it twice. The first time I went with DJ Kelly, and the nice ticket lady gave us tickets to Obsessed by mistake because she just could not believe that a couple of dames like us, out by ourselves on a Friday night, were there to see a dark, violent, completely incorrect comedy. (Which might describe Obsessed too, I guess, except that in that case it wouldn't be intentional.) On our way out of the theater, DJ Kelly stopped, considered carefully, and then said, "That was the most fucked-up thing I've ever seen." And she liked O&R.

So then I went to see it again with Sluggo, and he liked it too.

I'm not recommending this movie to anyone, though, because I can see how other people might not like it. Dr. Colby herself went to see it because I said it was good, and at first she gave it $2, but then she started adding a a little more here and there, like an extra $1 for the portrayal of the alcoholic mother, and she ended up giving it about $8 in the end. Still not a ringing endorsement. And if you're the sort of person who bursts into tears when someone says, like, "hospital clown" or something, you should not see it at all. But if you're curious about how a typical summer raunch-fest movie could strip away all the cliches and get down to the brutal rock-bottom awfulness of people's lives--and still be hilarious--this is the film for you. It's definitely the film for me--it might be my new favorite film ever.

Monk The Nytpicker. It's not Lies of Our Times, but it's short and funny and free. And a couple of days ago they figured out that New York Times is an anagram for Write, Monkey. (I put the comma in because it bothers me too much to leave it out.) It's at www.nytpick.com.

Swedes The Local—Sweden's News in English. I check out The Local whenever I can remember not to keep calling it The State. (I don't know why I do that.) I finally bookmarked it so it doesn't matter what I think it's called. Swedish news is pretty warped. Last year there was a happy article about all the shop-window Christmas displays that featured penises. And without their sports reporting, I would have been completely unaware of the fact that Sweden had a fantastic come-from-behind, sudden-death OT  6-5 victory over the U.S. in the World Ice Hockey Championships last week. In fact, I wouldn't have even known the World Ice Hockey Championships were happening, unless the U.S. had won, in which case it would have been on the front page of, like, the New York Times. And then Nytpicker would have found something wrong with it.  www.thelocal.se

Guam Numismaticism Update: The Guam quarter is out! Although I haven't seen one yet. But it features both the latte and the flying proa! And the Martin Van Buren gold-colored dollar is out, too, but, um ... you know. No flying proa there.

Thanks for reading my blogpost this time, and may God bless.

Written by The Iowa Firecracker

May 4th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

WFMU Accepting Car Donations

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267006936_c9895c996b Donate your broke-down jalopy to WFMU!

We are now accepting donations of used vehicles from any state in the U.S. and in any state of disrepair.

It’s a great way to help your favorite freeform radio station, get a tax write-off, and most importantly, get that junker off your front lawn.

Call 1-877-411-DONATE to arrange for vehicle pick-up through the Center for Car Donations (it’s free and benefits WFMU).

See WFMU's obsession with old junky cars here, here, and here.

Written by Liz Berg

May 1st, 2009 at 7:00 am

My Ill Na-Na

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OKeefe So last week I went to the gynecologist, and before I could see the doctor I had to sign a form that said I had read the 6-page “Notice of Privacy Practices,” effective date 4/14/03. They seemed pretty surprised that I actually wanted to read the Notice before signing the form that said I had read it. So they gave me a copy, and I did read it, and I was very relieved to see the section on National Security and Intelligence Activities. I have now given permission for my gynecologist to release medical information about me to “authorized federal officials for intelligence, counterintelligence, protection of the President, other authorized persons or foreign heads of state, for purpose of determining [my] own security clearance and other national security activities authorized by law.” I hope it makes the President and all those other foreign heads of state (Stephen Harper! Hugo Chavez! Kim Jong-il!) sleep better, to know that my ladyparts are thriving.

Thanks for reading my blogpost this time, and may God bless.

Written by The Iowa Firecracker

April 27th, 2009 at 12:22 pm