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UKNY On FUV For October 18: CMJ 2014 Preview

by Kara Manning
The Rua (courtesy of the artist)

The 2014 CMJ Music Marathon kicks off next week, so tonight on UKNY at 11, a look at some of the British and UK-based bands making that transatlantic trek to New York to run the gauntlet of endless gigs. In addition to south London's Happyness, who'll be a part of the station's own showcase, FUV Live at CMJ, on October 21, we'll hear from bands like Adult Jazz, Slowdive, The Rua (pictured) and the very first radio play anywhere of a spanking new single from the Limerick-bred, London-based trio Sisters. Also, a small tribute to LFO co-founder, dance music innovator and Björk's longtime co-producer Mark Bell, who passed away quite suddenly this month, and more low-frequency oscillations courtesy of Underworld, as we continue to explore the 20th anniversary reissue of dubnobasswithmyheadman.  Plus, David Bowie embarks on a journey with New York's Maria Schneider Orchestra.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For October 18

by Marshall Crenshaw
Paul Revere and The Raiders, circa 1967

On tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10, I'll pay tribute to two heroes of rock who, as of October 4 and 5, are no longer among the living and breathing: Paul Revere, of Paul Revere and The Raiders, and record producer, excellent human being and friend of mine, Lou Whitney. The 1965-68 incarnation of Paul Revere and The Raiders was one of the greatest rock and roll bands to ever walk the Earth. The band's history is a long and deep one and on this tonight's show, I'll salute that history and the departed person whose name is on it.

Lou Whitney was fun to be around, very sharp and interesting. He knew what it was all about and was one of a kind. He produced dozens of great records, some of the best I've ever heard.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For October 18

by Vin Scelsa
'Station Eleven' and author Emily St. John Mandel (photo courtesy of the author)

Tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 is centered around a brilliant new dystopian novel entitled Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, shortlisted this week for the National Book Awards. It is about the Traveling Symphony, a wandering group of actors and musicians who journey together, like an ancient caravan, through what used to be the northern middle states of America. They perform Shakespearean plays for small enclaves of survivors of a deadly, plague-like virus called "the Georgia flu" which decimated most human life on the planet a couple of decades before the main action of the book takes place. The virus spread with alarming speed after a plane from Russia landed in Toronto with several contaminated passengers ... hmmm. But the book, published by Knopf, is full of humor and plot, poetry and character. It is not about the plague per se, but about how those who survive can carry on in the face of such deadly tragedy. There is music that feels right for this novel too, from Agnes Obel, Brad Mehldau, Jeffrey Dean Foster and more.

Erin McKeown - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt
Erin McKeown, photo by Caroline Inzucchi

Erin McKeown doesn't perform on acoustic guitars. However, she does write on one, and she recently recorded an entirely-acoustic companion to her most recent album, Manifestra, so that the lyrics could take center stage. Today she returned to Studio A with a Gibson Hummingbird guitar that has been with her since she was 12, ahead of a show at the Rubin Museum where she'll perform with it for the first time.

Fly Golden Eagle - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Ben Trimble was inspired to start the band Fly Golden Eagle after spending countless hours with his boss’ vast record collection, which included everything from rock to roots. Luckily he found a crew of like-minded musicians right in his home base of Nashville. With Mitch Jones on keys, Richard Harper on drums and Matt Shaw on bass, the band’s line-up was complete. Their most recent release, Quartz, is a 26-song opus inspired by the 1973 film, The Holy Mountain. The songs cohesively reflect the band's varied musical influences and tell a vivid story.