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Ben Watt - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

With a music career spanning over three decades, Ben Watt might be best known as half of the influential folk-turned-electronic duo Everything But The Girl, but he's accomplished far more over the years. After Watt and his longtime partner (later wife) Tracey Thorne decided to move on from Everything But The Girl to focus on family and solo projects, Watt founded the dance and house label Buzzin' Fly and toured the world as a club DJ. Most recently, he published his second memoir, Romany and Tom, a heartbreaking, empathetic but steely-eyed study of his parents, a jazz musician and a journalist. Also, after a gap of over 30 years since his own 1981 debut, North Marine Drive, Watt has released another solo album, Hendra, working with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and producer Ewan Pearson. Watt and Butler recently stopped by Studio A to perform songs from Hendra and they discussed the album, Ben's memoir and the emotional bridge between the two. 

Question of the Day: Crying

by Corny O'Connell
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Brazil's shocking 7-1 loss to Germany in yesterday's World Cup semi-final brought the host nation to tears. By way of commiseration, let's have your favorite songs about crying, weeping, and sobbing. List them below and we'll spin a set after 9am. 

Here's what we played:

"Evie's Tears" - Freedy Johnston

"Crying" - Roy Orbison

"The Weeping Song" - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

"Big River" - The Secret Sisters

"Stop Your Sobbin'" - The Kinks

Question of the Day: Whispering

by Corny O'Connell
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Yesterday we asked for songs mentioning sea creatures. I held off on playing one of the submissions that came in through Facebook, because it would be a good choice for today's Question fo the Day: songs with whispered vocals. Cup your hand to my ear and let me in on what you want to hear. I'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

PJ Harvey "Down by the Water"

Tracy Chapman "Talkin' Bout a Revolution"

WFUV Brings You The Sounds Of Summer

by Janeen Shaitelman

WFUV is proud to be the media partner of The "Sounds Of Summer New Music Documentary Series", through August 31st.. There’s something for everyone in the summer music festival, with special evenings dedicated to Pete Seeger, up-and-coming South African opera singers, Dick Hyman, Woody Guthrie, Sgt. Pepper, Amy Winehouse, Balkan brass music, and more—along with profiles of David Bromberg, Reverend Gary Davis, and Robert Mann, and live performances by Tom Chapin and more.