In 2008, the pioneering Jersey City-based freeform radio outfit WFMU celebrated its 50th anniversary. One year later, the party evidently continues: WFMU will host a music festival over the first three days of October at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and they’re bringing out the heavy hitters. The kids over there somehow wrangled German kraut-rock legends Faust and NYC’s own long-dormant Teenage Jesus and the Jerks to headline a lineup that is also set to include Cold Cave, Sightings, Talk Normal, Drunkdriver, and more.
Having seen the Teenage Jesus and the Jerks one-off reunion at the Knitting Factory last year, we can personally testify to the mighty and hideously ugly power this band has somehow maintained. They anchor a Saturday night finale that will also include Sightings, one of the few bands in this city with a real claim to Lydia Lunch’s brutal legacy. Faust, still sporting two original members and sometime Lunch-collaborator James Johnston, play the festival’s first night, on Thursday, and get their own distant echo in the post-noise openers Cold Cave. No surprise that these WFMU guys have good taste, but goddamn. The schedule in full:
Friday, Oct. 2, doors 8:00, showtime 9:00, $15 ($12 advance)
Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, VeeDee, Guinea Worms
Saturday, Oct. 3, doors 8:00, showtime 9:00, $20
Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Sightings, Drunkdriver, Talk Normal
Advance tickets go on sale through the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday, September 3, at noon. Time to step your game up, CMJ.