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Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 23

by WFUV Staff
Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Cover

On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa highlights the new Joe Henry-produced Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, a reworking of the original, ground-breaking Johnny Cash album Bitter Tears: Ballads Of The American Indian, released in 1964. This 50th anniversary tribute to Cash, America's champion of the rights of the powerless and abused, features Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Kris Kristofferson, Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Steve Earle, Norman Blake, Emmylou Harris and more, all backed by a fine "house band." Vin explores the original Cash recording too, along with the Smithsonian Folkways recordings of Peter La Farge, who was one of Bitter Tears' main songwriters and composer of "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" and "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow." 

Question of the Day: "Cool" Songs

by Corny O'Connell
Seven Arts Productions

It's been a noticeably cool summer so far with no heat waves, and six days just this month with the temperature topping out in the 70s. Today will be another with clouds keeping the temps well below average. So we need a soundtrack of "cool" songs to play - that is songs with "cool" in the lyrics. Put 'em in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Don Dixon "Cool"

Digable Planets "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"

Slow Club - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

Slow Club's Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor have blossomed as artists over the course of three strong—and very different—albums. The Sheffield-bred, London-based duo found their foothold as a genial, quirky folk act with a cheeky sense of humor on their 2009 debut, Yeah So. But by 2011's Paradise, Slow Club had confidently evolved, drifting from a simple folksy narrative towards darker, more layered pop. Taylor and Watson each claimed their own individual songs and stories, with Taylor finding her stride as a vocal powerhouse. Their latest, third album, Complete Surrender, is yet another beautiful progression, as the pair step into yearning dance tracks ("Complete Surrender"), stunning ballads ("Dependable People and Things That I'm Sure Of") and brassy Northern soul ("The Pieces"). Slow Club's Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor made their way to the Bronx for a Studio A session and conversation, discussing heartbreak, pop music, friendship and their own complicated—but fruitful—collaboration.