It's been a big year of live music on FUV, with our first-ever live coverage of the Clearwater Festival and a return to Celebrate Brooklyn for three exclusive broadcasts. Add those festivals to an already long list of FUV Live events, including SXSW, Newport Folk Festival, CMJ and shows at venues around New York City, and it's no wonder our WFUV Feastival tradition can't be contained to just Thanksgiving Day.
London-based Public Service Broadcasting is a bespectacled electronic duo who call themselves J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. Utilizing clips borrowed from archival propaganda movies, newsreels and educational films found in the British Film Institute and elsewhere, Public Service Broadcasting makes humorous, uplifting and resonant music that is mostly instrumental with spoken samples serving as vocals. Songs have a historic flourish, ranging from World War II ("Spitfire") to mountain expeditions ("Everest") to the advent of color televIsion ("ROYGBIV").
From multi-stage festivals to venues around NYC, there was so much live music on FUV in the last year, that the WFUV Feastival of shows will once again stretch beyond Thanksgiving. Plus, we're looking forward to more amazing performances at this year's Holiday Cheer for FUV.
Amos Lee headed to Nashville to make his new album Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song, and the night before its release, he came to Hill Country Live to perform an FUV Live show for us. The full-band set featured most of the new tunes plus a couple of bonus songs, and the stories behind them ranged from amusing to poignant — especially when Amos explained the inspiration Levon Helm provided for the title track and life in general.
Willy Mason’s career has been an amazing series of important connections and relationships (or as he put it, “accidents”). It began with his initial discovery by a friend of Conor Oberst, which led to his subsequent tour with Bright Eyes and the release of his debut, Where Humans Eat, on Oberst’s Team Love Records. Since then Willy has earned the admiration and support of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, collaborated with Lianne La Havas on her Mercury-prize nominated debut, and recorded a few of his parents’ songs with Brendan Benson in Nashville, which resulted in a Record Store Day release. Now he has been signed by Communion Records - the label of Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons - and his third album, Carry On, will be released in the U.S. in August. Willy shared material from Carry On and a couple of his parents’ songs during this intimate and engaging FUV Live performance at The Living Room.
Aside from performances in Studio A, FUV brings you live music from venues around NYC and festivals around the country. Our SXSW showcase this year was almost an early Public Radio Music Month celebration as FUV joined four fellow public music stations for the "Public Radio Rocks SXSW Day Stage."
You got to hear Divine Fits, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Iron & Wine, Charles Bradley, Pickwick and Vampire Weekend live from Austin, and we're taking a look back at two of those memorable sets tonight on FUV. Take a listen to Charles Bradley and Vampire Weekend at 9pm, and if you haven't yet, please take a minute to support FUV.
When you listen to FUV, you discover new music and hear great new bands perform live. That's part of what Public Radio Music Month is all about, so we're joining in the celebration by looking back at some past live performances. One impressive show was Alabama Shakes at Bowery Ballroom, just after their debut album Boys & Girls was released. It's hard to imagine anyone in that crowd not leaving there a believer, but of course, FUV made sure you didn't have to be in the room to hear the show.