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Vinylthon

Saturday April 17
Once again, KFJC will be participating in Vinylthon, a day set aside for college radio stations to highlight vinyl records. KFJC plans to play vinyl records for at least 24 hours straight. Stay tuned for more details, including a special all colored vinyl portion of the event.

Music from Mills Part 1

Saturday Mayhem 1 6PM-8PM
Hosted By Cousin Mary
Recent news of the scheduled closure of Mills College has hit the Bay Area experimental music community especially hard. Join Cousin Mary in an exploration of the music associated with Mills College graduates and faculty.

Doing it to Death - A James Brown Special

Monday Mayhem 3 2AM-Tuesday 2AM
The annual birthday tribute to James Brown, the godfather of soul, the minister of the new new super heavy funk, soul brother number one, the hardest working man in show business, James Brown. Live recordings, alternative tracks, extended jams, oddities and rarities, interviews and testimonials. Join us for the James Brown hairstyle and dance contests, a funky good time is guaranteed for all.

Commanding Attention

Wednesday Mayhem 5 10AM-2PM
Hosted By Max Level
The Command Records label was started in 1959 by producer Enoch Light, who pioneered many revolutionary techniques in arranging, recording, and mixing. Branding itself as The World Leaders in Recorded Sound, the Command label aligned itself with the increasingly popular stereo hi-fi listening systems of the day. Their records were aimed primarily at audiophiles but were also a big hit with the general public, who enjoyed hearing familiar pop tunes presented in this new, modern setting. Some of the artists with numerous releases on the label: pianist Dick Hyman, guitarist Tony Mottola, trumpeter Doc Severinsen, and Enoch Light's own Light Brigade. No less noteworthy were the bold, colorful graphic designs on Command's album covers, many of which were created by noted visual artist Josef Albers.

Up, Bustle & Out: A Retrospective

Thursday Mayhem 6 10AM-2PM
Hosted By Ann Arbor
Up, Bustle & Out are from Bristol in the UK, but their music combines influences from all over the world: Cuba, South America, India, Turkey and beyond. Join Ann Arbor as she curates and presents a retrospective of their work from 1993 to 2009.

Fusty C

Thusday Mayhem 6 10PM-2AM
Hosted By Teachers Aids
Sequel to Lord Gravestench's and Striations' casual survey of the prolific cassette label of underground noise and fetish concept. Interview with Fusty C label founder and Deterge member Jim Harras.

Rei Harakami - Techno Outsider

Friday Mayhem 7 10PM-2AM
Hosted By Goodwrench
Kyoto based Rei Harakami had a relatively short career, passing away suddenly in 2011 just shy of his 40th birthday. He started out in 1997 doing straightforward techno, but soon developed a playful, idiosyncratic style with extensive use of panning and pitch bending and abandoning standard rhythmic underpinning. We will be looking at his limited but rich discography.

Fudgeworthy

Saturday Mayhem 8 3PM-6PM
Hosted By Teachers Aids
Undervalued and overlooked punk/grind/noise label known for its bad taste and offensive patter. Interview with Boston label founder Charlie Infection and member of Gonkulator, Psycho and many other projects.

Music from Mills Part 2

Saturday Mayhem 8 6PM-8PM
Hosted By Cousin Mary
Recent news of the scheduled closure of Mills College has hit the Bay Area experimental music community especially hard. Join Cousin Mary in an exploration of the music associated with Mills College graduates and faculty.

Seasons of KFJC

Monday Mayhem 10 2AM-6AM
Hosted By Atavist
Atavist reflects on the passing of seasons with an excavation of tracks from the KFJC library featuring the seasons in their titles. Four hours down paths familiar and less familiar.

Apollo Records

Friday Mayhem 14 10PM-2AM
Hosted By Goodwrench
In the 90s, Belgium's R&S Records was arguably the largest and most influential electronic music label on the planet. Their ambient sublabel, Apollo Records, released a slew of stunning records before the label folded (temporarily) in 2000. R&S relaunched in 2006, and the Apollo ambient sublabel sprang to life as well. Part 1 of the special will examine Apollo's pre-2000 output Parts 2 & 3 will look at Apollo post-revival.

Scott Walker

Saturday Mayhem 15 12PM-3PM
Hosted By Carson Street
Noel Scott Engel, better known by his stage name Scott Walker, was an American born British singer songwriter, composer and record producer. Walker was known for his baritone voice and an unorthodox career path which took him from 1960s teen pop icon to 21st century avant-garde musician. The Guardian said of Walker imagine Andy Williams reinventing himself as Stockhausen. Walker was described by the BBC as one of the most enigmatic and influential figures in rock history. Listen in as we play Scott Walker from his days in the Walker Brothers to his final album with Sunn O))).

Imploding Sounds

Saturday Mayhem 15 3PM-6PM
Hosted By Teachers Aids
Tumorous growth of abortion noise through digital only platform. Interview with label founder Tim Burkland.

Where Anything Can Happen - The Sound Worlds of Berangere Maximin

Wednesday Mayhem 19 10AM-2PM
Hosted By Max Level
Presenting the work of this Paris-based electroacoustic sound artist, from 2008 to present. Solo projects and collaborations. An interview is planned.

MK9/Death Squad

Wednesday Mayhem 19 10PM-2AM
Hosted By Teachers Aids
Controversial and confrontational sound and visual therapy by Bay Area noise legend. Interview with Michael Nine.

Apollo Records Part 2

Friday Mayhem 21 10PM-2AM
Hosted By Goodwrench
In the 90s, Belgium's R&S Records was arguably the largest and most influential electronic music label on the planet. Their ambient sublabel, Apollo Records, released a slew of stunning records before the label folded (temporarily) in 2000. R&S relaunched in 2006, and the Apollo ambient sublabel sprang to life as well. Part 1 of the special will examine Apollo's pre-2000 output Parts 2 & 3 will look at Apollo post-revival.

A Night and Day of the Sun - A Tribute to Sun Ra

Saturday Mayhem 22 2AM to Sunday 23 3AM
Hosted By Spliff Skankin and others
Celebrating Sun Ra's 107th birthday with a 25 hour round the clock party of experimental music, psychedelic poetry, cosmic philosophy, and Afro- futuristic space jamming.

duo B. Experimental Band 'Open Studio' Live Online Performance

Sunday Mayhem 23 3PM-7PM
Hosted By Max Level and maybe others
The duo B. Experimental Band (dbXB), co-led by Bay Area improviser/composers Lisa Mezzacappa and Jason Levis, invites KFJC listeners into their online improvisation workshop, with a four-hour continuous performance showcasing compositions and structured improvisations by the ensemble's members, created specifically for making music in an online environment. Mezzacappa (bass) and Levis (drums) have been co-leading the large ensemble since December of 2018. In 2020, once Covid made rehearsing and performing in person impossible, dbXB moved online and has been convening weekly for community improvisation workshops. The ensemble uses software and a private server to connect the performers in (almost) real time.
The 18-piece lineup will feature:
Polly Moller Springhorn, flutes
Suki O'Kane, percussion
Steve Adams, saxes and electronics
Jon Raskin, saxes
Joel Reber, sax
Joe Hellerstein, trumpet
Heikki Koskinen, e-trumpet, flute
Rent Romus, sax
Erika Oba, flute
Nora Stanley, sax
Dave Cassini, vibes
Lea Cassini, koto and French horn
Rob Ewing, trombone
Charles Sharp, woodwinds
Jeff Schwartz, bass
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jason Levis, percussion
David Slusser, all of the above

J Dilla XL

Friday Mayhem 28 7PM-10PM
Hosted By Puplaif
Three hours of J Dilla XL, immortally alive and thriving in 2021. Take a journey through time and space as we tune our ears to the sounds of this legendary artist and producer. Enter the interconnected web of Dilla produced tracks, tributes, mixes, and more. Instrumentals are the heartbeat of the special. Fast forward, rewind. We'll also hear biographical tidbits and snippets from interviews and documentaries. Collaborators, friends, and family share memories of Dilla. A celebration of life and legacy through music and memory.

Apollo Records Part 3

Friday Mayhem 28 10PM-2AM
Hosted By Goodwrench
In the 90s, Belgium's R&S Records was arguably the largest and most influential electronic music label on the planet. Their ambient sublabel, Apollo Records, released a slew of stunning records before the label folded (temporarily) in 2000. R&S relaunched in 2006, and the Apollo ambient sublabel sprang to life as well. Part 1 of the special will examine Apollo's pre-2000 output Parts 2 & 3 will look at Apollo post-revival.

Amon Duul II

Saturday Mayhem 29 12PM-3PM
Hosted By Carson Street
Emerging from the radical West German commune scene of the late 1960s, Amon Duul II is one of the pioneers of the West German Krautrock scene. Their 1970 album Yeti was described by British magazine The Wire as one of the cornerstones of the Krautrock movement.

Forbidden Sonority II

Saturday Mayhem 29 3PM-6PM
Hosted By Teachers Aids
Redux of Baphomet black metal noise allegiance on nascent local cassette label. Interview with label founder.

Fred Hopkins - Jazz Avant-Bassist

Friday June 4 10AM-2PM
Hosted By Goodwrench
Fred Hopkins was a busy and influential jazz bassist most noted for his work with the trio Air along with Henry Threadgill and Steve McCall. He also worked with a variety of other artists, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Hamiet Bluiett, Kahil El Zabar, David Murray, Oliver Lake, Don Pullen, and many others. This special will look at the many facets of his career, and as a result, a wide cross-section of mind-bending jazz.

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