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The New Pornographers - FUV Live - 2014

by Carmel Holt

Over the 14 years and six albums that have shaped The New Pornographers, founding member Carl Newman has been the steadfast constant in what has evolved into a collective. Bandmates Neko Case and Dan Bejar have significant solo careers and in recent years, Newman has begun releasing albums under his own name. The geography has shifted too as Carl now makes his home in Woodstock, NY; band members are now spread out between Canada and the States. But what could amount to the dissolution of other groups has only strengthened the power and sound of The New Pornographers, resulting in what has been hailed as one of 2014’s best albums, Brill Bruisers.

UKNY On FUV For December 13

by Kara Manning
Gravenhurst's Nick Talbot (courtesy of Warp Records)

Bristol singer and songwriter Nick Talbot, who recorded as Gravenhurst, was to embark on a UK tour this week, celebrating the tenth anniverary of his debut, Flashlight Seasons, an album that was triumphantly reissued by Warp Records on December 1 (along his 2004 mini-album, Black Holes in the Sand, and a new compilation of rarities). But tragically, on December 4, Talbot passed away at the far too young age of 37. Tonight on UKNY at 11, I'll play a lengthy set in tribute to this musician and writer who never received the recognition he deserved, but who was often compared to Nick Drake and Paul Simon while finding his own artistic succor in bands like Slowdive and Flying Saucer Attack. Below, watch a brief, recent documentary on Nick Talbot as he talks about Bristol, a city that inspired many of his finely etched, deeply personal songs. As he poignantly observes in the film, "Given the randomness of the world, you have to try, you have to savour every moment."

Also, recent releases from Emmy the Great, Mogwai, Catfish and the Bottlemen and more.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For December 13

by Marshall Crenshaw
Ian McLagan

As mentioned last week, tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 is a full-hour tribute to the great, and now sadly late, Ian McLagan. We'll hear his musical soul power, of which he had massive amounts, on records by The Small Faces, The Faces, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart, James McMurty, Lucinda Williams and many more others, including Ian himself (in his singer-songwriter mode). He was a real favorite of mine, somebody who could play "the phone book"— and break your heart with it.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For December 13

by WFUV Staff
Sufjan Stevens

Vin Scelsa celebrated his birthday yesterday, December 12, so tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 focuses a little on the pleasure and pain of finding himself one year older. For the festive occasion, Vin will play—yes, play—his recently refurbished 1955 Buffet Crampon clarinet that he's owned since the tender age of eight. In addition, he's lined up some clarinet masters like Benny Goodman and Sidney Bechet. Vin also has some wintry songs from Sufjan Stevens, Over the Rhine and ice hockey fan Jane Siberry.