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December 18, 2013

marquee from Toronto listening party & Tom's post-show Tweet...
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If you had to estimate how much planning went into the final show, what would you be looking at?

It's hard to say. Jon [Wurster] and I talked about what the final bits would be for well over a month. And there were five people helping pull sound clips from the 13 years of the show for the audio collage. I have no idea how many actual hours, but it was a lot. I went into that show last night wanting it to be perfect, but that's an impossible goal. So I was kind of glad when I flubbed a cue on a record in the opening set and then had a technical problem with my headphones. Because after that it was impossible for the show to be "perfect."

Tell me about the decision to not include any in-studio guests for the final show.

As we were building up to the final show, I decided that we would have the second-to-last show be some version of the in-studio guest/all-star episode. But I wanted the final episode to be representative of what people would actually tune in to hear every week. If we did in-studio guests, it would've ultimately been a wake for the show, with everybody talking about what the show was to them. I wanted the final show to be an actual episode, not a retrospective. - [Grantland]

Tom Scharpling's much much much loved The Best Show on WFMU signed off last night (12/17) for good, and the final show was one that was so listened to it taxed WFMU's streaming servers (many people kept having their connections interrupted). And it actually even was trending on Twitter. There were also listening parties all over the country, and at least one in Canada -- check out the picture of the Toronto one above. In studio, meanwhile, it featured an appearance from frequent caller Philly Boy Roy who was on the run from the cops after crashing a helicopter into a sub shop. That, of course, is one of the many "Best Show" characters from Tom's comedy partner (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster who also for the first time ever spoke on air not as a character.

Other highlights: Tom's headphones not working in a Murphy's Law moment ("of course this has to happen on the final show"); a crazy audio-montage of past hilarious moments while the heartbeat from Huey Lewis' "Heart Of Rock and Roll" beat throughout; and he closed out the show with Black Flag's "Gimme Gimme Gimme."

If you missed it -- or your connection cut out on you last night -- you can stream it below. In fact you can stream EVERY episode of "The Best Show on WFMU" at the station's archives. Ever heard the 2010 episode where Tom and John Hodgman drink soon-to-be-off-market Four Loko?

Dave Hill will soon be taking over the Tuesday 9 - Midnight slot on WFMU. Tom promises that he and Wurster will continue to work together. Meanwhile, stream the last "Best Show on WFMU" below...

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November 29, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Tom Stoppard (center) with Darkside voice cast
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In case you didn't know, Pink Floyd's epic album The Dark Side of the Moon turned 40 years old on March 1, 2013. Since its release, it has been hailed as one of the greatest albums of all time and a feat of masterful engineering and production thanks to the great Alan Parsons. As a matter of fact, Dark Side remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 and cashes in with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide. Your man Klaus is a life-long devotee of Pink Floyd and will gladly and blindly buy into any Pink Floyd-related project with great zeal (even Nick Mason's unfortunate release Fictitious Sports... holy moly. Ouch.). And as Pink Floyd and Co. are masters of the remix/remaster/repackage/rerelease scam, I was prepared for the inevitable onslaught of Dark Side rereleases.

But what I simply did not expect in this anniversary-time was the development and release of a play by an Oscar winning playwright set to the album The Dark Side of the Moon and the themes within it. But guess what: That's exactly what happened! Darkside (not to be confused with the group who is headlining Terminal 5), a radio play written by Academy Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard for BBC Radio 2, incorporating the music from Pink Floyd's iconic The Dark Side of the Moon, was released worldwide as a deluxe CD package this week (11/25):

Darkside incorporates music and lyrics from The Dark Side of the Moon which serves as the underscore to an abstract and compelling interpretation of the album's series of grand themes, which are both thought-provoking and laced with Stoppard's characteristic wit and humour. The play follows Emily, a philosophy student, through a series of thought experiments, which are vividly brought to life by a cast of characters portrayed by Bill Nighy, Rufus Sewell, Iwan Rheon and others.
Now, I can hear you all cracking your knuckles and sidling up to your keyboards to lay into me for suggesting this album has any potential, but hear me out! I will defend Pink Floyd to my (probably shallow and unmarked) grave. Believe you me; this album has been re-spawned in the form of so many frustratingly expensive editions over the years that it borders on complete insanity and obvious greed. Because what it boils down to is putting a fancy silk hat on an already perfect thing. All the fancy packaging in the world won't enhance the one fact that really matters; that this is one of the best, most pristine records of all time. The only edition I need is the one that came out in 1973; a gatefold album on vinyl that came with two posters and two stickers. That's it. Perfection.

What this Tom Stoppard/BBC2 release brings to the table is a brilliant writer's interpretation of an extremely heavy album. Since its release people have discussed how inspiring and how open to interpretation this album is. And now, to celebrate the anniversary, we are given the opportunity to hear interpretation at work. I think it's a pretty cool idea, and so does Pink Floyd. David Gilmour was quoted as saying that "I found the script of Tom's play fascinating; I can't think of a better way to celebrate The Dark Side of The Moon's 40 year anniversary." And Nick Mason approached it the way a fan probably would when he said, "I love it. If anyone is going to mess with the crown jewel of albums, Tom is a very good choice."

The radio play, which aired on BBC 2 in August, is out now on deluxe package CD with a 54-page booklet including the original script and Roger Waters' lyrics. Get it at Amazon. Or maybe Rough Trade? Or win one from us! Contest details (and a promo video) are below!

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November 26, 2013

Dave Hill rocking out @ Bumbershoot (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
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Current.Org reports the exciting news!

New Jersey-based freeform community radio station WFMU will replace The Best Show on WFMU in January with a program hosted by comedian and musician Dave Hill.....

...Hill and Ken Freedman, WFMU's station manager, are still discussing plans for the content of the new show, but it may also include interviews, according to Freedman. Like most other WFMU DJs, Hill will hold down his show as a volunteer.....

We couldn't think of a better man for the job. Congrats Dave! More info at Current.

Dave Hill's new show which will not be called "The Best Show" will air in the "Best Show"'s Tuesday night 9 p.m. to midnight slot that Tom Scharpling recently announced will become available.

October 30, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

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Ladies and gentlemen, last night the great Tom Scharpling announced that he will be shutting down the venerable Best Show on WFMU radio show after 13 incredible years. At the tail end of last night's episode Tom dropped the painful and, to many, literally tear-inducing shit-bomb of an announcement to his legions of admirers that The Best Show will cease transmission forever more after the December 17, 2013 installment. Tom has threatened a Best Show shutdown several times over the years; sometimes petulantly, sometimes jokingly. But there can be no mistaking the earnestness of last night's declaration. Most people who didn't hear the news live last night most certainly heard the news from Splitsider who seemingly broke the story first. Splitsider summarizes:

For the uninitiated, The Best Show is a weekly comedy/music radio show that Tom Scharpling started out of New Jersey in October of 2000 before the program grew a devoted international audience thanks to it being released online in podcast form. Clocking in at three hours each week, Best Show finds Scharpling taking listener calls, playing music, doing popular pre-written bits with his comedy partner Jon Wurster, and playing host to a slew of comedy and music elite as guests like regulars Patton Oswalt, Aimee Man, and John Hodgman.
Tom Scharpling is one of my personal heroes, most notably for his role as one of the key figures in bridging the gap between comedy and music. And the bits he and Jon Wurster spawned are without exaggeration some of the funniest moments of comedy I have ever experienced in any environment. I simply don't have the brain power to adequately tell you how important a show The Best Show is and on how many different levels it has played a role in the evolution of music and comedy. It's insane. And he did it all for free. And I am a card carrying Friend Of Tom and listen to his show as religiously as I can. Call-ins are a huge part of the show, yet I've never indulged. With 7 shows left, it seems I must surely seize the opportunity and make myself heard at least once before he's gone.

Meanwhile, while Tom says goodbye to radio, let's not forget that he is one of the more sought after music video creators of our time. He's also working with BV favorite Chris Gethard for something they're developing for IFC. Tom's future is wide open, and I predict only a preposterous amount of success.

Below find one of my favorite Scharpling and Wurster bits turned into a great song by Klaus favorite Ted Leo.

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September 25, 2013

kexp cmj

As they do every year, Seattle radio station KEXP will be in NYC for CMJ broadcasting live and hosting free performances from some of this year's participating bands. This year, they'll be broadcasting from Greenwich Village's Judson Memorial Church from 9 AM to 5 PM on October 16, 17 & 18. This year's KEXP live performance line-up is this:

WEDNESDAY, OCT 16: Bear Ceuse (10 AM), Lee Fields & the Expressions (noon), Weekend (2 PM) and The Helio Sequence (4:30 PM)

THURSDAY, OCT 17: TBA (10 AM), Minks (noon), Au Revoir Simone (2 PM) and Ski Lodge (4 PM)

FRIDAY, OCT 18: HAERTS (10 AM), Eleanor Friedberger (noon), The Dismemberment Plan (2 PM) and Ghost Wave (4 PM)

The performances are free and open to the public with entry on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bear Ceuse's Adam Horne will probably not be doing any of his kids songs parodies, but you never know.

May 6, 2013

Invisible Oranges vs East Village Radio

We are proud to announce that metal blog Invisible Oranges will host a special on EastVillageRadio.com THIS TUESDAY (May 7, 2013). Featuring hosts Fred Pessaro and Wyatt Marshall, the two-hour show will be broadcast LIVE starting at 6 PM EST. Listen in for the latest and greatest in heavy music, exclusive and brand new tracks, and possibly some very special guests. Tune in on EastVillageRadio.com... stream it LIVE, or catch it later in the archive if you can't make it.

April 27, 2012

Kiss FM

"After 30 years as spirited and often ferocious rivals, WBLS (107.5 FM) and WRKS (98.7 FM, Kiss-FM) will become one.

In a turn as sudden and stunning as the Yankees merging with the Mets, the city's two adult urban radio stations announced in a joint press release Thursday that they will become "One Family, One Station."

Kiss and WBLS began simulcasting at 10 a.m. Thursday, starting with a tribute to the 30-year legacy of Kiss.

As of 12 a.m. Monday they will become a single station at 107.5 FM, under the WBLS call letters." [Daily News]

RIP Kiss FM. Listen to a 1984 Kiss FM set by Kool DJ Red Alert below...

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July 14, 2011

Matt Pinfield @ RXP concert in 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
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Last month it was announced that "RXP TakLiberty Festival" would take place on September 18 at NJ's PNC Banks Arts Center with Coldplay, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Two Door Cinema Club, The Kooks, and more. According to RXP's website, the show is now cancelled "due to unforseen circumstances". Refunds are available at the point of purchase.

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According to "Barry",

"It was so strange that the concert was announced a day before the news that WRXP was being sold. Then it was promoted for over a week. I'm surprised Emmis let this happen. This must represent a lot of work down the drain for some of WRXP's staff. I feel bad for them."
Back on June 21st the Daily News reported:
The future of New York's only contemporary rock radio station, WRXP (101.9 FM), was tossed into the mosh pit today when Emmis sold a controlling interest to a new radio group run by ultra-colorful radio entrepreneur Randy Michaels.

WRXP has been a rock station since Feb. 5, 2008, when Emmis terminated its former smooth jazz format. The station has struggled to find an audience in a town not known for rock radio, but in recent months had shown significant ratings gains.

Merlin Media, which is paying $110-$130 million for a controlling interest in WRXP and two Chicago stations, made no announcement today on the format at WRXP.

Leslie Fram, program director, said that for now the station will continue rocking.
The Village Voice then said that, "It's not too much of a stretch to assume....that the station will change formats before the RXP Takliberty Festival's scheduled date of September 18, hence the cancellation."

Well, they were right. The Daily News has reported today:

Don't tell Leslie Fram a contemporary rock station can't work on New York radio - even though the one she has programmed for the last 3-1/2 years ends its run Thursday, apparently to be replaced by news aimed at soccer moms.

WRXP (101.9 FM), which switched from smooth jazz to rock in February 2008, is being sold by Emmis to Merlin Media, and while the deal hasn't closed yet, Merlin takes over the programming Friday.

Listeners will hear music for a couple of weeks until Merlin launches its new format, expected to be all or mostly news targeting women in their 30s and 40s.

On the surface, this change might seem to again support the often-heard mantra that when it comes to radio music, New York is a rhythm town, not a rock town.

Fram, a WRXP host as well as program director, says she sees every indication that's not true.

She notes that for the last three months, an average of about 2.3 million people per week at some point tuned to WRXP. While that's about half the audience for WHTZ, WLTW or WKTU, it's not a small number.

"There are a lot of rock fans in this area," Fram says. "[Classic rock] WAXQ is a fine station, but there was room for us, too.

"We wanted to be the heritage rock station for people who grew up in the '90s or later, and we could have. Without us now, where will you hear a new Eddie Vedder or Mumford and Son?"

RIP WRXP

November 30, 2010

by BBG

L to R: Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito, and Lord Sear (via)
Stretch & Bobbito with Lord Sear

One of the greatest underground hip hop radio shows of all time will celebrate their 20th Anniversary with a show at Le Poisson Rouge on Feb 10, 2011. Lord Sear will join Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito at the venue "with special surprise guests" and tickets are on sale. No word on the "special surprise guests", but knowing the long list of MCs and DJs that have blessed the show over its existence (names like Jay-Z, The Notorious BIG, Junior Mafia, Artifacts, X-Men, Souls of Mischief, Diggin In The Crates, Nas, etc, etc, etc) it wouldnt be that far fetched to expect someone great. XXL recently ran a piece on Stretch & Bob's greatest freestyles - it's a must read/hear.

The news of the reunion show comes a little more than a month after the death of WKCR's "Squeeze Radio"..

Hip-Hop radio at Columbia University's WKCR is on its deathbed and... the legendary crew of Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia, as well as DJ Sucio Smash, [have] broadcast their finale [on 10/21].

...Sucio Smash inherited the "Squeeze Radio" show's time slot--1am to 5am on Fridays--from the ballyhooed "Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show." Like its predecessor, "Squeeze Radio" (WKCR is 89.9 on NY's FM radio dial) provided a place for listeners to hear the latest hip-hop music while offering an alternative to the strict, and repetitive, playlists of mainstream rap radio.

"What DJ Sucio Smash and Squeeze Radio provides is an alternative for hip-hop fans who have grown tired of the politics behind commercial radio," says Rob Markman, Deputy Editor of XXL Magazine. "Since 2001 "Squeeze Radio" has cut through industry politics and given fans hip-hop in its purest form. It's a shame that rap fans are going to lose this outlet." -[MTV News]

Naturally, many have voiced their opinion on this move. Hear the final show in its entirety.

March 23, 2010

WOXY

WOXY Listeners, Fans and Friends...

Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY's operations, we've been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd. We're continuing to explore options to keep The Future of Rock and Roll alive. For business inquiries, please contact Bryan Jay (bryan@woxy.com) or John at Future Sounds (john@futuresounds.com).

Thanks for your years of dedicated support.

- Mike, Shiv, Joe, Paige, Brian and Bryan Jay

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