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Talking Through My Heart: The Big Broadcast for December 28, 2014

by Rich Conaty

First, "Talking Through My Heart" won't be heard on tonight's "Big Broadcast," even though it is a recording by Vincent Lopez and his Orchestra. Lopez gets a birthday salute, along with fellow piano-playing leader, Earl Hines, composer George W. Meyer and lyricist Edgar Leslie. Historically, I get the jitters with only four salutes, but it worked out okay, even with just a handful of requests. And I hardly grabbed any unrelated records, although one of them, "Dancing on the Ceiling," is posted below.

UKNY On FUV For December 27

by Kara Manning
Nat Johnson (far right) and friends (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

Since UKNY focuses on mostly new British releases, I don't often give myself the chance to return to and deeply explore songs and albums that I especially love. So on tonight's UKNY at 11, a revisit to some of the my favorite records of 2014 from Aphex Twin, Nat Johnson (pictured with merrymaking bandmates), Ibibio Sound Machine, Eno Hyde and more. And because I still can't resist a freshly-brewed single, an early offering from Black Rivers, the new project from brothers Jez and Andy Williams of Doves. The future of Doves seems uncertain—the Manchester trio has been on hiatus since 2010 and Jimi Goodwin released his solo debut earlier this year—but Black Rivers will release a debut album in February.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For December 27

by Marshall Crenshaw
TV on the Radio (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

Please join me tonight at 10 for what is, of course, the final installment of "The Bottomless Pit" for 2014. It's the second and last of two shows that served as year-end wrapping up exercises. Tonight we'll hear some of what I added to my record collection—in terms of new-for-2014 music—by artists like Bill Frisell, Regina Carter, TV on the Radio, Tony Trischka and many more.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For December 27

by WFUV Staff
Prince and 3rd Eye Girl (courtesy of NPG Records)

Vin Scelsa's original idea for tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 was to only play music from his year-end "Best of 2014" list for FUV since he wrote one up for the station for the first time in years. Although Vin does open the show by playing all of his top ten songs, it doesn't take long before he rebels against the idea of a preordained playlist—even one he's put together—and veers far from those perimeters for the rest of the show. Still, most of the music on the show is by artists and from albums that Vin liked a lot in 2014, like releases from Johnny Two Bags, Prince and 3rdeyegirl (pictured) and Lucinda Williams.

Zeus - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

The Mighty Zeus are back! I love this band. We had them in for their last album, Busting Visions which was a fantastic collection of power pop.  The Canadian band released their follow up this year with their 4th full length album, Classic Zeus and the new songs confirm that this band is a well oiled machine.

What I find so impressive about these guys is that there are 3 different songwriters: Mike O'Brien, Carlin Nicholson, and Neil Quin. They each have a style of their own, but placed within their albums, the songs, despite who wrote them all converge into a uniquely or rather... Classic Zeus sound. This may have something to do with their drummer, Rob Drake's ability to keep it all flowing seamlessly together. 

It was an absolute pleasure to host these guys in Studio A again. Check out the performances here.

[recorded: 10/20/14]