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My Whole Day is Spoiled: The Big Broadcast for February 22, 2015

by Rich Conaty

It's not a bad song. Solid pedigree: lyricists Joe Young (he wrote "Dinah") and Charles Newman, whose birthday is celebrated tonight, and composer James V. ("You Made Me Love You") Monaco. But that's not why it didn't find its way into "The Big Broadcast." I'd have played it if I knew where it was. 1920s and 30s records are thick with pseudonyms, with the same recording credited to a variety of artists on a range of labels.

UKNY On FUV For February 21

by Kara Manning
Nadine Shah (courtesy of the artist)

February is just a vast, frozen tundra. While tonight's UKNY at 11 can't exactly double as a fireplace or a glass of mulled wine, at least you can cozy up to some new music from forthcoming spring and summer albums from South Tyneside's Nadine Shah, Manchester's Everything Everything, Liverpool's Stealing Sheep and more.  Also, we'll hear from London newcomers Hidden Charms and preview more of Public Service Broadcasting's cosmic new album, The Race For Space, released on February 24 (February 23 in the UK).

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For February 21

by Vin Scelsa
Bob Dylan (courtesy of Grammy.org, photo by William Claxton)

Tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 begins online for a spell because of Fordham basketball. But we'll herald this snowy Saturday night with all sorts of horns: trumpets, cornets, bugles, flugelhorns and other brassy things.  I'll note the passing of Sam Andrew, the guitarist and founder of Big Brother and the Holding Company, one of the pivotal West Coast bands from the psychedelic era of the Sixties. Sam, who was 73 when he died, was the man who took band manager Chet Helms' advice and hired a young blues singer from Texas named Janis Joplin to front the band ... and Cheap Thrills soon abounded though the land!

Finally, the organization MusiCares gave its annual "Person Of The Year" award to Bob Dylan on February 6.  Dylan's wild and mercurial acceptance speech touched on the very instructive subject of how the folk, blues and country songs he sang over and over again as a young man influenced him and directly led him to compose his own early songs.