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.
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?
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.
On tonight's edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin Scelsa explores Hypnotic Eye, the brand new Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers album which is due out on July 29. Vin has also been catching up on his reading since returning from summer vacation: a recently published New Yorker piece by humorist Jack Handey (you may know of Handey's "Deep Thoughts" from "Saturday Night Live") inspires Vin to channel his inner Sam Elliott (think of Sam's character "The Stranger" in "The Big Lebowski," but with more of a Jersey accent) in a dramatic reading of Handey's "Tales Of Old Santa Fe."
Plus music new and old from Jenny Lewis, Jenifer Jackson, Chris Smither (backed by ID faves Rusty Belle), Eric Friedlander, The Felice Brothers, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Les Nubians and the proverbial many more. And last, but not least, a warm "adios" to actor James Garner, now appearing in his old "Maverick" costume at the After Party in eternity.
I'm back from vacation with sad tidings: Elaine Stritch, Johnny Winter, Charlie Haden and others have gone on to the After Party, my new metaphor for death. Thinking that they're all having fun at the universe's greatest After Party makes accepting their absence here on planet Earth a bit easier. And here's good news: iconic actor Harry Dean Stanton—still with us at age 88 as I recorded tonight's show on Friday morning—has an album of songs he recorded for the documentary film "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction." Tonight on "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, I play several tunes from the soundtrack of the same name, and I'll go off on a "Don't Think Twice" musical tangent too.