Reigning Greatest Radio Station In The World WFMU features no advertising and no underwriting, they’re impervious to the nudges and bags of drugs provided by record labels like
American Century Matador, and most importantly, their legion of volunteer programmers (record-hound degenerates, most of ’em) routinely pull up the greatest shit (old & new) imaginable. There are several of this label’s best-known artists who received their earliest airplay on WFMU ; others still, had their minds polluted at an early age and CAUGHT THE BUG (if you’ll excuse the expression) as a direct result of this Jersey City based broadcaster.
So how, pray tell, do these maniacs keep the lights on? Simple— BEGGING, hi tech and otherwise. WFMU is 100% listener supported and without hounding the living shit out of you for two weeks every March, the station’s astonishing vault of online/archived programming would be a fond,though faint memory. No one is more aware of these circumstances than Yo La Tengo — heck, Ira Kaplan even spends hours he could otherwise devote to answering your fan mail by toiling as a fill-in host for WFMU. So once again, as they’ve done for most years (including those from remote locations), Ira, Georgia and James will return to WFMU this coming Saturday, March 12 between 3 and 6pm (with hosts Todd-o-Phonic Todd and Gaylord Fields) and will perform cover songs of your choosing in exchange for lavish sums wrested from your bank account. Ever wanted to hear YLT’s version of “Formation”? Longed to hear their take on “Take On Me?” Me neither. In fact, there might not be enough money on earth to get them to play either of those songs, but you’ll never know unless you offer. And unlike the rest of WFMU’s amazing offerings, this show will not be archived, so blow this one off at your own risk.
Yo La Tengo on tour :
Saturday, March, 26 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
Sunday, March, 27 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater
Tuesday, March, 29 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Friday, April, 1 – Knoxville, TN – Big Ears Festival (a special collaboration with Lambchop)
Saturday, April, 2 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Sunday, April, 3 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Tuesday, April, 5 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Sound Stage
Thursday ,April, 7 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music
Friday, April, 8 – Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
Saturday, April, 9 – Jersey City, NJ – Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre
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