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Liam Finn - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Liam Finn may come from a musical family (his father is Neil Finn of Crowded House fame) but he has been making a name for himself since 2007.  Liam writes and records his own style of engagingly innovative music. He's now on his third full-length release, The Nihilist, which is an eccentric and ambitious album that features layering of both organic and programmed instruments, all under his signature falsetto vocal styling. Liam recently stopped by Studio A to perform some of his new songs and to talk with me about made up holidays, writer's block and his adopted home of New York City. 

Jungle - FUV Live - 2014

by Kara Manning

The funked-out, falsetto-driven songs of London's Jungle offer up the perfect summertime soundtrack, brimming with sleek harmonies and soulful anthems. Although the London duo of boyhood friends still stubbornly adhere to some anonymity—they prefer to be called J and T rather than their given names and shy from too much personal attention—as a touring collective of five (or seven) members, Jungle is boldly uncloaked. It's been barely a year since Jungle first dropped a sultry double A-sided single, "Platoon" and "Drops," on Chess Club Records amid a flurry of queries about their identity. This week, the pair finally released their self-titled debut album on XL Recordings on the heels of an extraordinary year that's included sold-out worldwide gigs and an overload of blogosphere buzz. Not long ago, Jungle ventured to the Bronx to play a mini-set for WFUV and I had a chance to chat with J and T about their carefully crafted ascendance, their love of all genres of music and their inimitable bond.

Question of the Day: Are the Stars Out Tonight?

by Corny O'Connell

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is tonight. The stars of the American and National leagues will vie for bragging rights (and home field advantage at the World Series). That brings to mind stars of the astronomical kind that show up so often in song. Can you think of songs that mention stars? List them in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Mayer Hawthorne "The Stars are Ours"

Earth, Wind & Fire "Shining Star"

Chris Isaak "Western Stars"

Charlie Haden - FUV Live - 1997

by Darren DeVivo
Charlie Haden, photo by Steven Perilloux

The jazz community is mourning the passing of one of its great innovators. Jazz bassist and composer, Charlie Haden, died on Friday, July 11, in Los Angeles. He was 76 years old. His contributions to jazz are immeasurable and his resume is enormous. Charlie never quite settled into any one jazz niche. On one hand, he was a pivotal figure in the birth of the free jazz movement. On the other, he made recordings that drew on traditional American folk music.

You Wood Love This Mixtape.

by Carmel Holt

Woody Guthrie was born on this day 102 years ago! We started the Mixtape with a couple requests to mark the occasion.

The all-request FUV Mixtape playlist for Monday, July 14, 2014

Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land – The Asch Recordings Vol. 1-4
Billy Bragg & Wilco – California Stars – Mermaid Avenue
The Wood Brothers – Lovin’ Arms – Loaded
Patti Smith – Redondo Beach - Horses
Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde – The Mirror Conspiracy