One thing I've always appreciated about Stars is that there is more than meets the ear. Their songs can be catchy and bouncy, but if you listen a little closer, the lyrics may be telling a different story. Their new album No One is Lost is our New Dig this week and the band recently performed and exclusive live set for and audience of WFUV Marquee members at Rockwood Music Hall. The band was in solid form premiering a bunch of the new songs including the title track which boasts the line "put your hands up cuz everybody dies" over a super fun beat. Only Stars can pull that off. Co-singers Torq and Amy told great stories and even worked in a great version of FUV favorite "Hold on When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It."
As the curtain rises on It's Only a Play, it reveals the sumptuously-appointed bedroom of an Upper East Side townhouse. It's best to take in the beautiful set design, because the scenery is about to be chewed by an all-star cast in the new revival of Terence McNally's classic 1982 comedy, just opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
As the last show on the last day of FUV's fall member drive, tonight's UKNY at 11 will be in fundraising mode, but I'll have some sweeping, transportive live tracks in store too. From new releases from Laura Mvula (live at Abbey Road Studios with the Metropole Orkest) and Bonobo, to exclusive Studio A gems from Gruff Rhys and The Horrors, to music from concerts I actually attended (Underworld at London's Roundhouse on February 29, 2008) ... all lies ahead. Bring your glowsticks if you'd like, a warm jumper for outdoor gigs, but leave your smartphones in your bag (unless you're making an online donation to FUV) and come along for the ride.
On last week's "The Bottomless Pit," I ended up feeling like I'd just gotten started with my tribute to drummer Idris Muhammad, since some of my favorite tracks by him are 10-14 minutes long. So tonight at 10, I'm carrying on with more of him. He passed away on July 29, 2014. Last week I also played some remarkable tracks, with incredible musical accompaniment, by spoken word artist David Greenberger. The combination of David's stuff with Idris' stuff seemed really perfect somehow, so we'll have more David G. this week too. And after four weeks, the show is still on a Victoria Williams binge of indefinite duration. So in other words, this week it'll be exactly the same artists as last week; I'll go a little deeper into their superb catalogs. And please support WFUV—and "The Bottomless Pit"—during the station's fall member drive by contributing online at WFUV.org.