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Question of the Day: Holiday Music

by Corny O'Connell
ornament Shutterstock

There is a music more contentious than rap, more polarizing than Bob Dylan. Yes, we speak of holiday music - Christmas music. It comes around once a year, but even that is too much for some to bear. For others Christmas music brings fond memories of childhood and is essential to tree trimming and holiday get-togethers. However you feel, we're taking requests in the comments below. We'll spin a set after 9am.

Laura Nyro "Let It Be Me/TheChristmas Song"

Over the Rhine "All I Ever Get for Christmas Is Blue"

Langhorne Slim - FUV Live at City Winery - 2014

by Alisa Ali
Langhorne Slim photo by Gus Philippas

Langhorne Slim makes folk music for the modern age. His songs tip a hat to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Nirvana all at the same time. His last album, The Way We Move, was released a couple of years ago and he is currently in the process of making a new record. During this FUV Live show recorded at City Winery in NYC, he performed some of the new material, and I also talked with Langhorne Slim about what he's been up to since we last saw him.

UKNY On FUV For December 20: The Winter Solstice Eve Edition

by Kara Manning
Laura Mvula and her festive bandmates (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

On this Saturday before Christmas, in the midst of Chanukah and on the brink of the winter solstice, it seemed a fine time to get festive and deck the halls in holly and ivy. So on UKNY at 11 tonight, nothing but songs of the season from Tracey Thorn, Smoke Fairies, Scritti Politti, Laura Mvula (pictured), Los Campesinos! and others.  We'll be mostly snowbound, warmed by wassail, mince pies and some wistful asides ... but expect some cheery caroling too.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For December 20

by Marshall Crenshaw
Kathryn Williams and Niall MacColl (courtesy of the artists' website)

Please join me tonight at 10 on "The Bottomless Pit" for the first of two wrapping-up exercises for 2014, both of which will include some holiday season music by Kay Martin and Her Bodyguards, The Pogues and others. I'll also recap 2014 from a personal standpoint, talk about some interesting work experiences I had this year and play some tracks by Drivin' and Cryin', Steve Wynn, Kathryn Williams and Neill MacColl, plus lots of others.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For December 20

by WFUV Staff
(photo: Sian Lindsey and licensed for reuse via Creative Commons)

Expect plenty of winter and holiday songs on "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 which airs on this eve of the Winter Solstice, marking the shortest period of daylight and the longest period of night on Sunday. Vin Scelsa hopes that this last edition of "Idiot's Delight,"® before Christmas (and during Chanukah) offers a good soundtrack to wrap gifts, bake cookies, fry latkes and drape tinsel by! Also, he'll have a non-seasonal selection with songs from the new Cracker album, Berkeley To Bakersfield, and an "Idiot's Delight"® tangent inspired by a reference to the old song "Redwing" in Over The Rhine's song "Blood Oranges In The Snow," found on their album of the same name.