Monday, February 24, 2014

WFMU Marathon 2014 under way and accepting your generous pledges. ...'s that time of year again, for us at MCoQ, it means reminding you, the devoted Castlehead, which side your black bread is buttered on, and who you can count on, week after week, for the ugly, dark, dreary, encrusted sounds we research and provide gladly for your icky pleasure. The WFMU 2014 'thon started earlier today, and will continue for two full weeks, culminating in the usual amped-up, madcap karaoke party at WFMU HQ as per usual (in which I will be singing as well.)

Despite the great diversity on the WFMU airwaves, from broadcaster to broadcaster, one thing can be counted on, and that's the hardcore enthusiasm with which every show is prepared and executed, like The Dusty Show, Reggae Schoolroom, Blurred and Obscured, or My Castle of Quiet, to cite just a few of my personal favorites. Every WFMU DJ is an absolute fanatic about what they present every week on air, and it's a labour of love and compulsive energy that makes every show happen—indifference or casualness never being part of the picture. Whatever we're nuts about, be it Dave The Spazz's show or Sinner's Crossroads, we're BATSHIT nuts about it, and therein lies the drive that holds the WFMU schedule together like a mighty psychic glue.

We're eternally grateful that we need not, thanks to our devoted listeners, ever kowtow to corporate support (which would inevitably lead to corporate dictates), though the occasional big power has been very generous with us, asking nothing but our continuance in return, bless 'em. But it's YOU, the WFMU listener, that keeps us rolling along for the most part, with your amazing, selfless, generous donations year after year, both during our relatively new Web-based "silent" fundraiser, and this of which I now speak, our annual, two week, big-magilla fundraiser wherein we put all the massive energy—a given, yearly event, like our record fair, and our out-of-town participation in musical festivals and the other crucial events of WFMU's year, this, without a doubt, being the MOST CRUCIAL.

So, if you want to donate specifically to My Castle of Quiet, and let your pledge be associated with the station's weekly home of black metal, horror scores, haunting/instrumental noizemusik, post-industrial weirdness, free improv and the like, HERE is the mighty widget through which to make your pledge specifically to MCoQ. (click on "PLEDGE") Pledge during our three-hour, on-air show for the next two weeks, and you'll be thanked on-air, and be eligible for the per-shift prizes and giveaways (this year we have some doozies, be assured!) In addition, any pledge to this program of US $75 or more, and you automatically get our WFMU t-shirt, as well as the My Castle of Quiet premium, exclusive CDr, compiled by your host—The East Orange Ripper. More info on the premium... It's comprised of all rare tracks ripped from cassette (hence the title), and used by permission, from Déficit Des Années Antérieures (DDAA), Jabladav, Zwaertgevegt Label (the bands Stink and Vartanian), Cryptic Carousel (Towering Heroic Dudes), Slasher Risk, Putrid Servant, Telecult Powers (Temple of Pei), Kr Grauwacke (Diskret records), and Onkunde (The Throat tapes.)

Tomorrow night (now tonight), Castle-fundraiser show #1 starts at midnight ET, and my co-host will be listener/friend/fan and fellow WFMU air personality, all-around good guy Jason Sigal. Looking forward to working with Jason, and watching your pledges of support for My Castle of Quiet and the mighty bastion of free-form and oasis of Northeast-US creative radio that is WFMU roll in. Thank you in advance, HAILS!

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