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Idiot's Delight

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For May 31

by WFUV Staff
WNEW-FM airstaff and friends circa 1976. Left to right: Drea Besch, Dave Herman, Vin Scelsa, Pete Fornatale, Steve Leeds, Alison Steele, Scott Muni and an unidentified woman (photo: Steve Leeds)

Tonight at 8 on Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"®, Vin honors the great American poet, educator, social activist and cultural icon Maya Angelou, who died on Wednesday at the age of 86. He'll play some of Angelou's own recorded readings of her poetry along with music appropriate to the tone of her amazing life. Then the show takes a more personal turn as Vin meditates on the death of his longtime friend, the legendary radio disk jockey Dave Herman who died on Thursday at the age of 78.

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

by WFUV Staff
Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi and John Goodman in "The Big Lebowski"

On tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® with Vin Scelsa at 8, Vin follows the mantra of "the dude abides" and takes comfort in music from Dean Wareham, Fred Neil, the Eagles, Eels and Conor Oberst. Exploring the vast Studio V library, Vin also reveals what Rolling Stones album he'd drag to a desert island (on vinyl it also serves as a small, but useful, raft).

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

by WFUV Staff
Eszter Balint (photo: Merri Cyr, courtesy of the artist)

Tonight on Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin discovers that former musical guest Eszter Balint is now on Louis C.K.'s show, "Louis." Vin not only features Eszter's music, but selections from Tymon Dogg, Bruce Springsteen, The Both, Reggie Watts, The Secret Sisters and other Studio V discoveries, some in spring frocks.

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

by WFUV Staff
Natalie Merchant (courtesy of the artist,

Vin Scelsa describes tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, as "a this-and-that kind of show." He delves into the forthcoming Conor Oberst album, Upside Down Mountain, due out on May 19, and rounds up more music from Natalie Merchant (pictured), St. Paul & The Broken Bones, John Martyn and a classic old Eddie Harris track from 1972. About the Harris track, Vin says: "It's from Eddie Sings The Blues in which he experimented with a saxophone varitone, like the contraption Peter Frampton used with his voice on 'Show Me The Way.' It doesn't get played all that often in any radio format!"

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

by Vin Scelsa
The Both (Christian Lantry/Courtesy of the artist)

Things return to normal on "Idiot's Delight"® after last week's spring membership drive. Thanks to all for your support; a special shout out to Rita Houston and Corny O'Connell for handling the "pitching" last Saturday. Back to longer sets. Back to the usual mixture of old and new, with perhaps an emphasis on "new" with tracks from new albums by Desert Noises, Eels, Beck, Dawn Landes, Bobby Bare's Young Criminals' Starvation League, The Both (which is Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, pictured), Natalie Merchant and Dean Wareham.