On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, the idea behind the opening set is to send on some Bob Dylan songs for President Obama's consideration following the juxtaposition this week of the 13th anniversary of 9/11 with the timing of the President's announcement regarding the increase of American military action against ISIS in the Middle East. I chose female performers to deliver the words because I think Mr. Obama, surrounded by women in his personal world, may be more open to hearing these thoughts and ideas expressed by them. I chose Bob Dylan (and one Robbie Robertson song) as a way of leading into Dylan's extraordinary live performance of "Isis" from 1975's Rolling Thunder Review. After all, the song preceded the current acronym by decades and the Egyptian goddess namesake has existed since around 2400 BC. Can we learn anything applicable to today's international political world from Dylan's old song about marriage?
Jonny Wickersham is a current member of Social Distortion. Under his nickname Jonny Two Bags he has just released her first solo album, entitled Salvation Town. I've been listening to it constantly since its arrival here at Studio V this week. I'll play a couple tunes from it tonight, mixed in with what Mad Magazine calls "the usual gang of idiots." Tonight the gang includes The Del-Lords, Amy Correia, Clem Snide, the dB's, Butch Hancock, Bob Dylan, Joe Henry, John Isaac Watters, Good Luck Mountain, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington, Denmark's Agnes Obel, a heartbreaking new song from Ryan Adams' latest album and (the proverbial) many more. Listen closely for a shout-out to my fellow WFUV Saturday night hosts Marshall Crenshaw ("The Bottomless Pit"), Kara Manning ("UKNY") and Dan Romanello ("The Group Harmony Review"). And of course, adios Joan Rivers ... the "after party" just got much funnier.
On tonight's Labor Day edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin has a new Leonard Cohen song from Popular Problems, his forthcoming album (Cohen turns 80 in September) and some quirky covers of Bob Dylan songs by Howard Fishman, Ben Sidran and Dan Hicks. In addition, Vin plays a Dr. John selection honoring Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong, a piece from the beautiful new recording of renowned American composer/choreographer Meredith Monk's Piano Songs and there's a Vin-style shout-out to the marvelous Netflix series, "Orange Is The New Black." Also, with Kate Bush very visible onstage in London for her first concerts in 35 years, Vin has set aside "How To Be Invisible" in her honor.
Because of the Fordham football game, the first hour of "Idiot's Delight"® will air online only tonight, until 9 or thereabouts.
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.