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MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN

Mayhem 1

----10am----
Country Songwriter Series: Harlan Howard

Mayhem 2

----10pm----
Doing It To Death

Mayhem 3

 

Mayhem 4

----2pm----
Florence Foster Jenkins


----10pm----
John Peel and The Fall: Such a Perfect Relationship

Mayhem 5

----10am----
Rastascan Roundup


----10pm----
Joshua Kit Clayton - Who Dat?

Mayhem 6

----Noon----
Nuggets


----3pm----
Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned


----6pm----
Glenn Gould in Russia - 60 years later

Mayhem 7

----Noon----
The Eternal Question


----7pm----
I like you, Stuart: 30 years of the Dead Milkmen

Mayhem 8

----10am----
Country Songwriter Series: Cindy Walker

Mayhem 9

 

Mayhem 10

 

Mayhem 11

----2pm----
The Glass Harmonica


----6pm----
AFA Number 24

Mayhem 12

----10pm----
Dr. Walker - WTF? (Part 1)

Mayhem 13

----Noon----
Goat


----3pm----
Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned


----8pm----
Wooden Shoes, Windmills, and Surf Music?

Mayhem 14

----Noon----
West Coast Synthesis

Mayhem 15

----10am----
Country Songwriter Series: Felice & Boudleaux Bryant

Mayhem 16

 

Mayhem 17

 

Mayhem 18

----6pm----
AFA Number 28

Mayhem 19

----10am----
Nat Hentoff, Jazz, and the First Amendment


----10pm----
Dr. Walker - WTF? (Part 2)

Mayhem 20

----Noon----
Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers


----3pm----
Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned

Mayhem 21

----Noon----
A and G with Friends


----10pm----
A Night and Day of the Sun

Mayhem 22

 

Mayhem 23

 

Mayhem 24

 

Mayhem 25

 

Mayhem 26

----10am----
Mother Mallard

Mayhem 27

----Noon----
Gov't Mule


----3pm----
Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned

Mayhem 28

 

Mayhem 29

----10am----
AFA Number 39

Mayhem 30

 

Mayhem 31

 

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Short Descriptions for Mayhem Specials

Country Songwriter Series: Harlan Howard

Monday Mayhem 1 10AM-2PM
Hosted by Sally Goodin

Harlan Howard, 1927-2002, grew up in rural Michigan. One of his great joys was listening to the Grand Old Opry on the radio. He started writing songs at age 12. After serving in the Army, he moved to Los Angeles, in 1955, to try to sell his songs.

In 1958 he charted his first hit - Pick Me Up On Your Way Down, sung by Charlie Walker. The following year Ray Price had a number one hit with Heartaches By the Number. In 1960 Harlan moved to Nashville. Over the course of the next 5 decades he wrote over 4000 songs and charted hundreds of hits, such as I Fall To Pieces (Patsy Cline), Busted (Ray Charles), I've Got A Tiger By The Tail (Buck Owens), Why Not Me (The Judds), and Blame It On Your Heart (Patty Loveless).

Doing It To Death

Tuesday Mayhem 2-Thursday Mayhem 4 10PM Tue-2AM Thu
Hosted by Spliff Skankin' and others

KFJC's annual birthday tribute to The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Join the party for the dance contest, hairstyle competition, and fashion show. Featuring live recording, alternate takes, b-sides, and jam sessions from all of James Brown's bands, musicians, singers, dancers, and funky people. Good God!

Florence Foster Jenkins

Thursday Mayhem 4 2PM-4PM
Hosted by Billie Joe Tolliver

Florence Foster Jenkins was a New York socialite and a reality show star before reality shows existed. Dubbed by one critic as "the world's worst opera singer," Jenkins took singing lessons her whole life and never got any better. If she were around now she'd be performing in clubs and getting lots of underground cred for keeping it real. She was an independent artist who fearlessly screeched into the hearts of those who loved her while wearing avant garde couture she created herself. This special will feature her vocal performance art and the work of her pianist Cosme McMoon.

John Peel and The Fall: Such a Perfect Relationship

Thursday Mayhem 4 10PM-2AM
Hosted by Naysayer

Between 1978 and 2004, British post punk band The Fall appeared and performed on John Peel's Peel Sessions radio show twenty four times, more than any other group. The distanced respect and shared consciousness between Peel and The Fall's sole continuous member, Mark E. Smith, was unique. It allowed the short set Peel Sessions to document the trajectory of The Fall for nearly 25 years of their career. Join Naysayer for a listening of selections from those 24 sessions broadcast on BBC Radio One.

Rastascan Roundup

Friday Mayhem 5 10AM-2PM
Hosted by Goodwrench

Percussionist and composer Gino Robair has been an active instigator, collaborator, and cross pollinator in the Bay Area jazz and experimental scene since the 80's. He also runs the innovative Rastascan label. Tune in for a brief and bumpy ride through the Rastascan archives.

Joshua Kit Clayton - Who Dat?

Friday Mayhem 5 10PM-2AM
Hosted by Goodwrench

Bay area electronic musician Joshua Kit Clayton slathered glitchy goodness over a a number of labels, as well as his own Cytrax and Orthlorng imprints. Glitch is good - find out why.

Nuggets

Saturday Mayhem 6 12PM-3PM
Hosted by Carson Street

Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye complied this primo selection of US psych and garage. He set the benchmark for all future compilations in the genre. The 1972 double album influenced punk ? one of the first mentions of the term was in the sleeve notes ? and reaffirmed the rock and roll agenda in an era that had been hijacked by concept albums and overindulgent head music. ?Nuggets? showcases psych and garage from out and out bubblegum to un- hinged primal screaming fuzz tone.

Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned

Saturday Mayhem 6 3PM-6PM
Hosted by Number 6 and James Livingston

Black Horizons is an independent record label and publisher of nearly exclusively cassettes based out of San Francisco, directed by James Livingston. It specializes in obscure and challenging sounds, sights and words for those with truly discerning taste and a fixation on the artistic object. Interview with James and various artists superimposed over magnetic spools of viscera.

Glenn Gould in Russia - 60 years later

Saturday Mayhem 6 6PM-8PM
Hosted by Cousin Mary

In May of 1957, only four years after the death of Stalin and in the depths of the Cold War, Canadian piano virtuoso Glenn Gould was the first North American musician to perform in Soviet Russia. We will hear background on his Russian tour and listen to the Leningrad recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's Concerto for Piano (BWV 1052) as well as other pieces.

The Eternal Question

Sunday Mayhem 7 12PM-3PM
Hosted by Max Level

A three hour look at the career of keyboardist, bassist, composer, and electronic music pioneer Don Preston. Active since the 1950s and still going strong, his eclectic roster of musical associates has included Herbie Mann, the Mothers of Invention, Carla Bley, the Residents, John Carter, Andrea Centazzo, the Grandmothers, Michael Mantler, and too many more to list here. Listen as your host Max conducts an interview with Don and attempts to keep up. Expect to hear everything from jazz to rock to avant-garde to electronics to film soundtracks to...

I like you, Stuart: 30 years of the Dead Milkmen

Sunday Mayhem 7 7PM-10PM
Hosted by Milo Minderbender

The Dead Milkmen are a satirical punk band that formed in 1980?s Philadelphia, and have been entertaining for over 30 years. The group was most active between their 1983 debut and breakup in 1995, but have reformed for several releases and tours since. Part of their signature sound is derived from singer/lyricist Rodney ?Anonymous? Linderman?s unique vocal stylings and bizarre subject matter ? misbehaving upper class brats, the small-mindedness of small towns, mistreatment of the disabled, dysfunctional family situations of every possible type, race relations in America, conspiracy theories, religion, religiousity, and the nature of God and the universe itself ? all of these and more are addressed with aplomb and humor in songs like ?Takin? Retards to the Zoo?, ?Let?s Get the Baby High?, ?God?s Kid Brother?, and many more. Go ahead: crack open a cool, Coors sixteen-ouncer, cue up some Mork and Mindy re-runs, and enjoy the ride.

Country Songwriter Series: Cindy Walker

Monday Mayhem 8 10AM-2PM
Hosted by Sally Goodin

Cindy Walker, 1918-2006, was born in Mart, Texas into a musical family - her grandfather was a hymn writer, and her mother an accomplished pianist. Cindy made her professional debut at age 7, singing and dancing in a Christmas pageant. At 12, she wrote her first song, Dusty Skies. On her first trip to Hollywood in 1941, she managed to place her song Lone Star Trail with Bing Crosby. She pursued an acting career for a while, but decided to become a songwriter, and moved back to Texas in 1954. She wrote every day, taking trips to Nashville to pitch her songs. Songs she wrote include Bubbles in My Beer (Bob Wills), Dream Baby (Roy Orbison), Sugar Moon (kd lang), and You Don't Know Me (Eddy Arnold).

The Glass Harmonica

Thursday Mayhem 11 2PM-4PM
Hosted by Billie Joe Tolliver

Invented in 1761 by Benjamin Franklin, the armonica or glass harmonica was an improvement on the glass harp. Stringing the bowls together sideways and putting a pedal underneath to control the spinning made the instrument easier to play. It fell out of fashion and wasn?t played for years but has been revived in the past few decades. Its ethereal sound has been used in many soundtracks and albums. This special will explore the history of the instrument and the many artists who have used it.

AFA Number 24

Thursday Mayhem 11 6PM-10PM
Hosted by Dave Emory

Dr. Walker - WTF? (Part 1)

Friday Mayhem 12 10PM-2AM
Hosted by Goodwrench

Ingmar Koch, a.k.a. "Dr. Walker" (first among other flags of convenience) was a producer, label head, and behind the scenes instigator in the 90's Cologne, Germany electronic music scene. He was also half of the famous/infamous musical duo Air Liquide. Prepare to be beaten over the head with perverse electronic diversity.

Goat

Saturday Mayhem 13 12PM-3PM
Hosted by Carson Street

Sweden's enigmatic GOAT may qualify as the greatest modern pop-culture music mystery. Who are these masked musicians? Are they truly members of the Arctic community of Korpilombolo? Are their songs part of their isolated communal heritage? Goat is a Swedish alternative, experimental and PSYCHEDELIC band with music that runs up your spine and back down again. Tune in, turn on and get ready for a musical trip like no other.

Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned

Saturday Mayhem 13 3PM-6PM
Hosted by Number 6 and James Livingston

Black Horizons is an independent record label and publisher of nearly exclusively cassettes based out of San Francisco, directed by James Livingston. It specializes in obscure and challenging sounds, sights and words for those with truly discerning taste and a fixation on the artistic object. Interview with James and various artists superimposed over magnetic spools of viscera.

Wooden Shoes, Windmills, and Surf Music?

Saturday Mayhem 13 8PM-10PM
Hosted by Cousin Mary

Anyone following modern surf music from Europe will notice that there are many excellent surf bands from the Netherlands. Join us as we listen to many examples and discuss the Dutch surf music phenomenon.

West Coast Synthesis

Sunday Mayhem 14 12PM-3PM
Hosted by Lexi Glass and Louie Caliente

We will take a look back at the work of the Bay Area electronic music pioneer Don Buchla, who died in September 2016. We will play music from artists using instruments built by the Buchla Electronic Musical Instruments Company, from the work at the San Francisco Tape Music Center in the early 60s, to the present (Morton Subotnick, Ramon Sender, Suzanne Ciani, etc). These pieces will be contrasted to those made with instruments from Moog and other instrument makers (East Coast/West Coast sound). We will also draw from interviews, books and other sources to describe Buchla?s approach to making new sounds and the technical aspects of how these were implemented in his instruments.

Country Songwriter Series: Felice & Boudleaux Bryant

Monday Mayhem 15 10AM-2PM
Hosted by Sally Goodin

Boudleaux Bryant (1920-1987) was born in Georgia, and trained as a classical violinist. He played in the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra for the 1937- 38 season, but decided he like fiddling instead, and joined Hank Penny and his Radio Cowboys. In 1945 on tour in Milwaukee, he met Felice (1925-2003). The story goes that they eloped 5 days after meeting.

After marrying, they settled in Moultrie, Georgia. They started writing songs for fun, then got serious and sent their songs out. Their first hit was Country Boy, by Little Jimmy Dickens, in 1949. In 1950 they moved to Nashville. In the mid-50's they started writing songs for the Everly Brothers and had numerous hits: Wake Up Little Susie, Bird Dog, All I Have To Do Is Dream, Bye Bye Love, and Devoted To You.

They continued writing songs through the '80's, for Jim Reeves (How's The World Treating You), Emmylou Harris (Sleepless Nights), the Osborne Brothers (Rocky Top), and many others.

AFA Number 28

Thursday Mayhem 18 6PM-10PM
Hosted by Dave Emory

Nat Hentoff, Jazz, and the First Amendment

Friday Mayhem 19 10AM-2PM
Hosted by Cousin Mary

For many years, Nat Hentoff wrote columns and articles about jazz and contributed liner notes to many jazz albums. His death at the age of 91 in January of 2017 motivates us to examine his body of work, including his fiery support of the First Amendment and journalism.

Dr. Walker - WTF? (Part 2)

Friday Mayhem 19 10PM-2AM
Hosted by Goodwrench

Ingmar Koch, a.k.a. "Dr. Walker" (among other flags of convenience) was a producer, label head, and behind the scenes instigator in the early 90's Cologne, Germany electronic music scene. He was also half of the famous/infamous musical duo Air Liquide. Prepare to be beaten over the head with perverse electronic diversity.

Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers

Saturday Mayhem 20 12PM-3PM
Carson Street

Electric Psychedelic Sitar Headswirlers is an 11 CD collection of obscure sitar-infused music from the late 60s and early 70s. The foremost genre represented is psych but there is also a sampling of pop, folk, prog, jazz and oddball kitsch. The sitar dominates some tracks and is barely discernable on others. Join us as we sample from all 11 discs.

Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned

Saturday Mayhem 20 3PM-6PM
Hosted by Number 6 and James Livingston

Black Horizons is an independent record label and publisher of nearly exclusively cassettes based out of San Francisco, directed by James Livingston. It specializes in obscure and challenging sounds, sights and words for those with truly discerning taste and a fixation on the artistic object. Interview with James and various artists superimposed over magnetic spools of viscera.

A and G with Friends

Sunday Mayhem 21 12PM-3PM
Hosted by Naysayer

Anna Homler (A) and Gino Robair (G) have had an extensive career creating and performing unique sounds and explorations with diverse items and objects not always associated with music. These "Friends" (talking dolls, children's toy pianos, beans, bike horns, toys, paper,styrofoam plates and cups, bent circuit creations, timers, earbuds, and many other surprises) will join A and G as they play live in the KFJC Pit. Listen. Watch. Wonder. Play along with A and G in your living room.

A Night and Day of the Sun

Sunday Mayhem 21-Tuesday Mayhem 23 10PM Sun-2AM Tue
Hosted by Spliff Skankin and others

Join KFJC in our celebration of Sun Ra's 102nd birthday with a 24 hour special showcasing all things Sun Ra. Featuring rare, live, alternative, and remixed music, plus art, poetry, philosophy, lectures, interviews, musician profiles, Arkestral maneuvers, live in-studio performances, and space explorations.

Mother Mallard

Friday Mayhem 26 10PM-2AM
Hosted by Goodwrench

Ithaca, NY based Mother Mallard was one of the first all-Moog bands, made possible in part by a very supportive Bob Moog right up the road in Trumansburg. Co-founder David Borden went on to a faculty position at Cornell University, where he is still active. Tune in for a sampling of Mother Mallard's and Borden's work

Gov't Mule

Saturday Mayhem 27 12PM-3PM
Hosted by Carson Street

Gov't Mule is band in which the Allman Brothers' influence is apparent but is complicated with the psychedelic, bluesy power trio feel of Cream. Originally formed as a southern rock jam band in 1994 they were a side project of the Allman Brothers Band lead by guitarist Warren Hayes and bassist Allen Woody. Some psych, some prog (Dark Side of the Mule) and lots of straight ahead rock. Three hours of Mayhem Mule.

Black Horizons in the Village of the Damned

Saturday Mayhem 27 3PM-6PM
Hosted by Number 6 and James Livingston

Black Horizons is an independent record label and publisher of nearly exclusively cassettes based out of San Francisco, directed by James Livingston. It specializes in obscure and challenging sounds, sights and words for those with truly discerning taste and a fixation on the artistic object. Interview with James and various artists superimposed over magnetic spools of viscera.

AFA Number 39

Monday Mayhem 29 10AM-2PM
Hosted by Dave Emory

Country Songwriter Series: Townes Van Zandt

Monday Junehem 5 10AM-2PM
Hosted by Sally Goodin

Townes Van Zandt (1944-1997) was born in Fort Worth to a prominent Texas family. Inspired by seeing Elvis Presley on television in 1956, he got a guitar that Christmas. He was a good student, active in sports, and his family started grooming him to become a lawyer or senator. He went to college in 1962, but by 1964 his parents had brought him home, due to his binge drinking and fits of depression. He was diagnosed as manic-depressive, and received 3 months of the now discredited Insulin Shock Therapy, which wiped out his long term memory.

In 1965 Townes began playing shows in Houston. He started writing his own songs, and moved to Nashville in 1968. Between 1968 and 1979, he released 8 albums. Despite critical acclaim, he remained a cult figure, playing small venues, and living a reclusive life in a shack outside of Nashville.

Townes struggled with drug and alcohol addiction all his adult life, going into rehab but never staying sober for long. Yet in spite of this, he is considered a "songwriter's songwriter" and his songs a source of inspiration and comfort for many.

This program features his songs, sung by him and others.

   

 

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