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Idiot's Delight

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 23

by WFUV Staff
Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Cover

On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa highlights the new Joe Henry-produced Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash's Bitter Tears Revisited, a reworking of the original, ground-breaking Johnny Cash album Bitter Tears: Ballads Of The American Indian, released in 1964. This 50th anniversary tribute to Cash, America's champion of the rights of the powerless and abused, features Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Kris Kristofferson, Rhiannon Giddens (of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Steve Earle, Norman Blake, Emmylou Harris and more, all backed by a fine "house band." Vin explores the original Cash recording too, along with the Smithsonian Folkways recordings of Peter La Farge, who was one of Bitter Tears' main songwriters and composer of "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" and "As Long As The Grass Shall Grow." 

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

by WFUV Staff
The Proclaimers (courtesy of the artist)

As summer draws to its end and Scotland votes to stay within the United Kingdom, on "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, Vin Scelsa has chosen songs that meet at the crossroads of a busy week. So expect to hear The Proclaimers, Green Day, Mel Tormé, The Goastt (The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger), Leonard Cohen, Desert Noises and other selections from Studio V.

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

by Vin Scelsa

On "Idiot's Delight"® tonight at 8, the idea behind the opening set is to send on some Bob Dylan songs for President Obama's consideration following the juxtaposition this week of the 13th anniversary of 9/11 with the timing of the President's announcement regarding the increase of American military action against ISIS in the Middle East. I chose female performers to deliver the words because I think Mr. Obama, surrounded by women in his personal world, may be more open to hearing these thoughts and ideas expressed by them. I chose Bob Dylan (and one Robbie Robertson song) as a way of leading into Dylan's extraordinary live performance of "Isis" from 1975's Rolling Thunder Review. After all, the song preceded the current acronym by decades and the Egyptian goddess namesake has existed since around 2400 BC. Can we learn anything applicable to today's international political world from Dylan's old song about marriage?

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For September 6

by Vin Scelsa
Jonny Wickersham, aka Jonny Two Bags (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

Jonny Wickersham is a current member of Social Distortion. Under his nickname Jonny Two Bags he has just released her first solo album, entitled Salvation Town. I've been listening to it constantly since its arrival here at Studio V this week. I'll play a couple tunes from it tonight, mixed in with what Mad Magazine calls "the usual gang of idiots." Tonight the gang includes The Del-Lords, Amy Correia, Clem Snide, the dB's, Butch Hancock, Bob Dylan, Joe Henry, John Isaac Watters, Good Luck Mountain, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington, Denmark's Agnes Obel, a heartbreaking new song from Ryan Adams' latest album and (the proverbial) many more. Listen closely for a shout-out to my fellow WFUV Saturday night hosts Marshall Crenshaw ("The Bottomless Pit"), Kara Manning ("UKNY") and Dan Romanello ("The Group Harmony Review"). And of course, adios Joan Rivers ... the "after party" just got much funnier.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For August 30

by WFUV Staff
Leonard Cohen (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

On tonight's Labor Day edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin has a new Leonard Cohen song from Popular Problems, his forthcoming album (Cohen turns 80 in September) and some quirky covers of Bob Dylan songs by Howard Fishman, Ben Sidran and Dan Hicks. In addition, Vin plays a Dr. John selection honoring Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong, a piece from the beautiful new recording of renowned American composer/choreographer Meredith Monk's Piano Songs and there's a Vin-style shout-out to the marvelous Netflix series, "Orange Is The New Black." Also, with Kate Bush very visible onstage in London for her first concerts in 35 years, Vin has set aside "How To Be Invisible" in her honor.

Because of the Fordham football game, the first hour of "Idiot's Delight"® will air online only tonight, until 9 or thereabouts.