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Idiot's Delight

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 23

by WFUV Staff
Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Cover

On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa highlights the new Joe Henry-produced Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, a reworking of the original, ground-breaking Johnny Cash album Bitter Tears: Ballads Of The American Indian, released in 1964. This 50th anniversary tribute to Cash, America's champion of the rights of the powerless and abused, features Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Kris Kristofferson, Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Steve Earle, Norman Blake, Emmylou Harris and more, all backed by a fine "house band." Vin explores the original Cash recording too, along with the Smithsonian Folkways recordings of Peter La Farge, who was one of Bitter Tears' main songwriters and composer of "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" and "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow." 

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For January 24

by WFUV Staff
Memphis, Tennessee

On tonight's snowy, FUV Winter Drive edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin Scelsa makes a move to Memphis—sort of—and travels from Tom T. Hall to the cast of "The Newsroom" to the Avett Brothers. Also, The Decemberists, Jackson C. Frank, Bryan Ferry and a little help from Vin's friends Rita Houston and Corny O'Connell too.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For January 17

by WFUV Staff
Sleater-Kinney (courtesy of Sub Pop)

The big news guiding tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 is the return of Sleater-Kinney. Vin Scelsa explores the trio's ferocious new album, No Cities To Love, which is their first release in a decade. In addition, Vin is cast out to sea with Jolie Holland, who plays The Living Room in New York on February 5. Expect other offerings from Matt Keating, Suzanne Vega, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, and The Cave Singers too.  Honestly, it's just too cold to be outside, so do join Vin in Studio V for a cozy, frostbite-free edition of the show.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For January 10

by WFUV Staff
Lucinda and Miller Williams (courtesy of the Miller Williams family)

Tonight on this frozen, deep winter edition of Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, a celebration of compassion as powerfully elucidated by American poet and academic Miller Williams who passed away on New Year's Day. Miller was the father of Lucinda Williams and he presented his poem "Compassion" at the 1997 inauguration of President Bill Clinton; in turn, his daughter recently set those words to music, as found on her 2014 album Where The Spirit Meets The Bone.

Since "Idiot's Delight"® begins online only due to Fordham basketball (the entire show returns to 90.7FM around 9 p.m.), Vin has a long, moody, cinematic opening planned for the top of the show as well as music from John Cale, Professor and Maryann, Donovan, TV on the Radio and more.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For January 3

by WFUV Staff
Red Klotz (far left) and the Washington Generals

At 8 tonight, on the first "Idiot's Delight®" of the New Year, Vin Scelsa reads from "The Lives They Lived" from The New York Times magazine of last Sunday, the newspaper's annual year-end issue. A highlight for Vin was the essay about Red Klotz, the basketball player, manager and owner, whose job was to lead the team that always "lost" playing the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters thousands of times. The piece, written by Sam Dolnick, celebrates the one and only time that Klotz's Washington Generals (pictured with Klotz at the far left) ever beat the Meadowlark Lemon-era Globetrotters!

Vin also has his usual eclectic musical fare featuring Pink Martini, the Rebirth Brass Band, Debbie Harry with Iggy Pop, Eddi Reader, Elliot Brood and more.