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Jonathan Wilson: FUV Holiday Cheer 2014

by Kara Manning
Jonathan Wilson (courtesy of the artist,

A shaggy-haired troubador who mines the rich Laurel Canyon sound of the late '60s and '70s, Jonathan Wilson is aboard this year's Holiday Cheer for FUV with Conor Oberst and Friends not only as a solo artist, but as part of Conor's band. Wilson, who most recently produced Conor's album Upside Down Mountain, has produced records for Father John Misty and many others and last year released his very own second solo album, Fanfare, on Bella Union. We are so pleased that Jonathan Wilson will be onstage for Holiday Cheer on December 8 at the Beacon Theatre with his longtime friend Conor Oberst, as well as Natalie Merchant, Laura Marling, The Lone Bellow and The Felice Brothers.

Question of the Day: Walls in Song

by Corny O'Connell

This weekend we witnessed commemorations marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. So today we're asking for songs that mention walls, both literal and figurative. Share your favorites below and we'll put together a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

"Build That Wall" - Aimee Mann

"Tweeter and the Monkey Man" - Traveling Wilburys

"The Walls Are Coming Down" - Fanfarlo

"Wall of Death" - Richard & Linda Thompson

FUV's New Dig: Damien Rice

by Darren DeVivo

My Favourite Faded Fantasy
Damien Rice
Vector/Warner Bros. Records

Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice quietly and willingly slipped off the music radar following the release of his second album, 9, in 2006. Now, eight years later, Damien has returned with his third long player, My Favourite Faded Fantasy.

Damien Rice - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

For us, eight years of virtual silence from Damien Rice feels like a long time. But according to Damien, it feels like he just woke up from a snooze. After hearing him describe his journey, one might even call it an awakening. Following the exhaustion caused by his last album and tour, and painful breakup with singer Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice discovered that he had had everything, and was miserable. The subsequent years of healing and soul searching proved to be powerful teachers, as Damien has returned, not only with his most magnificently lush and moving album yet, but also with a new approach to life. Our conversation goes deep, as he describes finding a new, exceptionally open and receptive approach to the challenges of daily life, and how, with the help of studio/spiritual guru, Rick Rubin, he opened the floodgates to these new songs. Lucky for us, it sounds as if My Favourite Faded Fantasy is the beginning of a beautiful new chapter in the career of Damien Rice.