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Bottomless

by Rich Conaty

Not long ago, a "Big Broadcast" listener, a retired pharmacist from Fishkill, passed away. We'd met a few times. And he kindly gave me a two volume "Dance Band" discography, even a spare three-speed turntable. We even had a preliminary chat regarding his record collection. (Nowadays, people ask me if I've made "arrangements" for my collection, and wish they'd stop!) The next contact was from his widow. The other day I filled my station wagon with around 1000 records, and that's just the first trip.

UKNY On FUV For August 16

by Kara Manning
Ella The Bird's Siobhan Wilson (photo courtesy of the artist)

On UKNY at 11 tonight, cool new British releases from a diverse batch of artists, like Scottish luminaries and Nirvana favorites The Vaselines; French-warbling, Glasgow-based chanteuse Ella the Bird (pictured); Birmingham's Laura Mvula, backed by a 52-piece Dutch orchestra; and London's Grumbling Fur, a duo that's neither tetchy or hirsute—but definitely psychedelic.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 16

by Marshall Crenshaw
Doc Pomus

On "The Bottomless Pit" tonight at 10, a one-hour salute to one of the greatest of the greats, songwriter Doc Pomus (1925-1991, born Jerome Solon Felder). I had great respect and admiration for Doc and was a friend of his for many years. He wrote and co-wrote some of the best and most beloved songs of all time, and lived a life that was absolutely epic. I encourage you to see, as soon as you can, the outstanding movie "AKA Doc Pomus," directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter and edited by Amy Linton. If you enjoy books, there's the great biography Lonely Avenue by Alex Halberstadt, which is a real spellbinder.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 16

by WFUV Staff
Route 66 vintage postcard

Have a map of the U.S. handy tonight for Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8. Most of the show is given over to songs which mirror the lyrical journey suggested by the old (1946) song "(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66," composed by Bobby Troup. That now mostly-mythical American highway ran from Chicago to L.A., with shout-outs to St. Louis, Joplin, Oklahoma City, Gallup, Flagstaff, Winona and more. Plus, Vin will also have new music from the Psycho Sisters (old friends Susan Cowsill and Vickie Peterson) and Denmark's haunting, piano-centric Agnes Obel.