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    WFMU Record Fair

    Voyage of disc-overy

    The musical archaeologist in you is likely to dig up something rare and exciting at the WFMU record fair — if you get to it before the station's own eclectic deejays and assorted musical celebrities.


    Enough with downloading of music files from the internet — true music fans know the only real way to collect music is to own actual records and CDs. There's no better place to stock up on great music than the WFMU CD and Record Fair, which happens twice a year at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan.


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    November 7-9 Metropolitain Pavilion 125 West 18th St. New York City

    The record fair is a fund-raiser for the listener-supported free-form radio station WFMU (91.1 FM) and all door proceeds go to benefit the station. This time around, the fair will be happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 7,8, and 9th.

    A plethora of dealers from around the world will be purveying sonic wares of just about every musical stripe: rock, blues, country, R&B, world music, psychedelia and more. There will be WFMU T-shirts and various doo-dads on sale as well as a WFMU LP table where vinyl treasures can be found. (This writer found a long-out-of-print Lloyd Cole and the Commotions LP she had been searching for for ages.) You may very well spot a famous person or two poking through the records. Past music fairs have seen guitar luminary Tom Verlaine, B-52 Fred Schneider and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz shopping for sounds.

    Not only is the WFMU record fair a great place to shop for music, there's also plenty of entertainment. Musically there will be performances on Saturday afternoon from the Super Karaoke Fun Time Band (you will be able to get up and wow the crowd with a song) legendary French electro punks Metal Urbain will play and there will be visualizations by Mumbleboy. On Sunday, Flaming Fire will give forth truly unique biblical stylings and there will be a performance by mash-up king Evolution Control Committee.

    In the film room you can catch "Dead Air," the very funny movie made by the wacky guys who bring you the infamous WFMU program "Seven Second Delay." WFMU DJ Dave the Spazz will be showing Spazz TV, his groovy collection of vintage musical TV clips and assorted chimp antics. Fabio, the esoteric avant WFMU DJ, will also show Krautrock films. Refreshments will be available in the form of yummy Two Boots pizza, beer and soft drinks.

    If you want to get first crack at the aural goodies, early admission begins on Friday at 4 p.m. for $20, which gets you re-admission to the fair all weekend. Otherwise, admission is $5 Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. See you there!

    NOVEMBER 6, 2003

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