WFMU definitley sets a high bar for their content. For proof, check out the Free Music Archive, which is directed by the folks at WFMU. There you will find hours and hours of content to get lost in. Currently, you can learn about the campaign to dethrone the song "Happy Birthday" because of its strict copyright protections. FMA is currently holding a contest to find a song that everyone can sing without costing them an arm and a leg. The efforts of WFMU, one of the country's most renowned free form radio stations, took a big hit when Hurricane Sandy rolled into town. If you care about music and the continued viability of independent radio, you’ll want to support Jersey City’s beloved WFMU, the longest-running free form radio station in the country. When Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, WFMU was hit extraordinarily hard and caused hundred of thousands of dollars in damages. For locals like Rob Liberti, that damage definitely hit close to home.
Rob Liberti, lead singer of the Chapel Hill based band PIPE, grew up on the Jersey Shore. He went to school and lived in Toms River, right over the bridge from the beach and the boardwalk of Seaside Park. That's where Liberti began to find himself as an independent, free thinking person. Surfing, skateboarding, getting turned on to new music, killer signage and all the sweet neon made the boardwalks a great place to come of age.
Liberti got his first job on the boards. He also got fired from that first job on the boards for ditching work to go see The Ramones and Joan Jett in Philadelphia. More jobs came and went. In 1985, Liberti headed up north for college. That was when he heard WFMU for the first time and he loved it. An avid listener to this day, he still hear things on WFMU that blow his mind and inspire him to continue fighting the good fight. While Liberti is "totally bummed" about the storm and it's aftermath, he, along with current PIPE members Mike Kenlan and Dave Alworth (who are also from New Jersey) are very glad to contribute to a benefit for their home state of New Jersey, and "the best radio station in the world, WFMU."
Kings is just one of the many businesses across the country contributing to this cause. Businesses from all over have heeded the call. Kings is throwing a benefit show for WFMU & The Red Cross of New Jersey on Saturday, December 22nd. The show will feature PIPE, Ryan Gustafson/The Dead Tongues (solo), Wool, Thomas Costello (of The Human Eyes), and Snack Attack (featuring members of Birds Of Avalon and Valient Thorr). There will also be some giveaways courtesy of Merge Records. Admission to the show is $6-10 (pay what you can). The show will begin at 9PM.