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Question of the Day: Dogs

by Corny O'Connell

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show comes to New York City today. Which breed will win best in show? They're all winners as far as we're concerned, especially mutts. Let's welcome them with your favorite dogs in song. We'll pull a set from the comments below just after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Paul Simon "Rene and Georgette Magritte with Their Dog After the War"

Florence + the Machine "Dog Days Are Over"

Nellie McKay "The Dog Song"

Rufus Thomas "Walking the Dog"

FUV's New Dig: José González

by Darren DeVivo

Vestiges & Claws
José González

Imperial Recordings/Mute Records

Swedish singer, songwriter and guitarist José González has split his attention in recent years between his own solo career and that of his band, Junip. Although that group initially took a backseat to González's own work, the reverse has been true for a long spell. This week's release of González's Vestiges & Claws marks the musician's first solo album in over seven years, a long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Our Nature. On Vestiges & Claws, González thoughtfully reflects on life, examining all angles of interaction and introspection.

The Amazing - FUV Live - 2015

by Carmel Holt

The Swedish band The Amazing began as many do: just friends, drinking and jamming together. The name was born from one of those early jam sessions, when guitarist and '70s prog rock fanatic Reine Fiske jokingly declared them, “The Amazing, 1969." This not only gave The Amazing a name, but a place in time, as if they were an unknown band at an imaginary British music festival in 1969. It was tongue-in-cheek, but ironically for this self-deprecating group, the name stuck. The Amazing recently returned to Studio A to do a rare acoustic session with three of the five band members: frontman/guitarist Christoffer Grunup, keyboardist Fredrik Swahn, and drummer Moussa Fadera.

With a Song in My Heart: The Big Broadcast for February 15

by Rich Conaty

First, "With a Song in My Heart," the Rodgers & Hart standard introduced in "Spring is Here," won't be heard on this week's "Big Broadcast." Had I thought of it, I could have played it last Sunday as a "Valentine's Day" selection. But I didn't. No exuse. Still, it's nice to hear a contemporary recording of the song complete with the verse. It's performed by the Biltmore Trio, who were featured with Earl Burtnett's band in Los Angeles. Formal cast recordings didn't exist at this time, though you may find the odd number from a show by a cast member, like Helen Morgan's "Bill" from "Show Boat." One of the biggest songs of 1933, "Stormy Weather," was introduced in the "Cotton Club Parade" by Ethel Waters accompanied by Duke Ellington. Waters and Ellington were signed to different labels, so Waters made her "Stormy Weather" (minus Duke) for Columbia, and Ellington made his as an instrumental on Brunswick. We'll hear Duke's tonight. "Stormy Weather" was written by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen, and Arlen made his own "Stormy Weather" (he was a fine singer) on Victor. Beyond that, there were easily a dozen more versions all made within a few months of mid 1933.