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Idiot's Delight

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." 

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 30

by WFUV Staff
Leonard Cohen (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

On tonight's Labor Day edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin has a new Leonard Cohen song from Various Positions, his forthcoming album (Cohen turns 80 in September) and some quirky covers of Bob Dylan songs by Howard Fishman, Ben Sidran and Dan Hicks. In addition, Vin plays a Dr. John selection honoring Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong, a piece from the beautiful new recording of renowned American composer/choreographer Meredith Monk's Piano Songs and there's a Vin-style shout-out to the marvelous Netflix series, "Orange Is The New Black." Also, with Kate Bush very visible onstage in London for her first concerts in 35 years, Vin has set aside "How To Be Invisible" in her honor.

Because of the Fordham football game, the first hour of "Idiot's Delight"® will air online only tonight, until 9 or thereabouts.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 16

by WFUV Staff
Route 66 vintage postcard

Have a map of the U.S. handy tonight for Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8. Most of the show is given over to songs which mirror the lyrical journey suggested by the old (1946) song "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66," composed by Bobby Troup. That now mostly-mythical American highway ran from Chicago to L.A., with shout-outs to St. Louis, Joplin, Oklahoma City, Gallup, Flagstaff, Winona and more. Plus, Vin will also have new music from the Psycho Sisters (old friends Susan Cowsill and Vickie Peterson) and Denmark's haunting, piano-centric Agnes Obel.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 9

by WFUV Staff
"Saint" Vin Scelsa (photo courtesy of Freddie Scelsa)

Ahead of WFUV's live broadcast of St. Vincent at Celebrate Brooklyn tonight at 9, "Saint" Vin Scelsa—yes, Vin has been ordained a saint (look at that official certificate he's holding)—contemplates a Saturday night chock full of saints during a one hour edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8. Where else but on WFUV can you find St. Vin segueing to St. Vincent?

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 2

by WFUV Staff
Harry Dean Stanton from "Partly Fiction" (photo by Seamus McGarvey)

It's a rainy, contemplative day and on "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa has lined up music from some of his favorite raconteurs, sages and lyrical philosophers, like John Hiatt, Leonard Cohen, Harry Dean Stanton (pictured), Kris Kristofferson, Miriam Makeba and trusty Bob Dylan. Expect some wayward travels from San Francisco to New York to New England too ... and you don't need to pack a suitcase. Just come along for the ride.