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UKNY On FUV For October 25: Mercury Prize Preview

by Kara Manning
The Mercury Prize Shortlist (courtesy of

Since 1992, one of most prestigious awards given to a British or Irish album each year is the Mercury Prize, an accolade that also carries a purse of £20,000 (about $32,000) and the promise of increased sales (although that's not always the case). Every September, a shortlist of 12 fine albums is announced, selected by a panel of music industry types. This  Wednesday, October 29,  the nominated artists and bands will perform at London's Roundhouse, eat a nice dinner, likely drink a little too much wine and discover, by night's end, if their album has indeed won the Mercury Prize.

So on tonight's UKNY at 11, the equation is pretty simple: we'll hear one track from all of the nominated albums, an eclectic shortlist of releases from Damon Albarn, GoGo Penguin, Kate Tempest, FKA Twigs, Bombay Bicycle Club, East India Youth, Polar Bear, Anna Calvi, Young Fathers, Royal Blood, Nick Mulvey and Jungle.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For October 25

by Marshall Crenshaw
Bill Frisell (courtesy of the artist,

Q: What do guitar hero Bill Frisell, Jimmy Miller and The Barbecues, Lil' Ray and The Premiers, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Frank Ifield, and Sam Amidon all have in common?
A: They're all on the playlist of tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10! In the view of "The Bottomless Pit," Bill Frisell could "play the phone book" and make it into an ecstatic experience. His new album, Guitar In the Space Age, is pretty nice, and I'll tell you all about that and much more.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For October 25

by WFUV Staff
Billie Holiday and her dog, Mister.

On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa begins his two-hour musical odyssey with a Billie Holiday song that asks a poignant question. Segueing from Billie's query, Vin's song selections are fueled by love, loss, loneliness—and even Halloween candy—with music from Mary Lambert, Richard Thompson, Lucy Rose, Elliot Brood and many other treasures from Studio V.

Timber Timbre - FUV Live - 2014

by Alisa Ali

Timber Timbre released its fifth full-length album, Hot Dreams, earlier this year and it is a hauntingly cinematic collection of music. Billboard might have said it best when they described it as "Nick Cave soundtracking a romantic date night." Hot Dreams was also shortlisted in the band's native Canada for the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for best album of the year.