A release party for The Best of LCD: The Art and Writing of WFMU takes place tonight with editor Dave the Spazz (and special guests Ellery Eskelin, Kenny G.) at Community Bookstore in Park Slope, Brooklyn (143 Seventh Avenue, between Carroll and Garfield). Bronwyn C will broadcast her WFMU show "Killing Time" live from the event.
Text by Shaun McCormack
WFMU has always been like big-budget porn for discriminating music fans. The Jersey City station first broadcasted in 1958 (a bit of a mystery; nobody at the station really knows anything about it) and has since been operating pretty much the way it does now, as a jungle of underground brilliance, deviance and experimentation. It's got a psychopath DJ named Kenny G who isn't a white jazz asshat. It's got call-in shows with twisted hosts who orchestrate scavenger hunts for Thanksgiving turkeys and matzah balls throughout New York and New Jersey. It's got a game called Dead Air Chicken. Dead air, for those of you who don't know, is exactly what it sounds like: silence. The most feared sound in radio. Andy Breckman and station manager Ken Freedman made a game out of it. Genius.More »