On tonight's snowy, FUV Winter Drive edition of "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, Vin Scelsa makes a move to Memphis—sort of—and travels from Tom T. Hall to the cast of "The Newsroom" to the Avett Brothers. Also, The Decemberists, Jackson C. Frank, Bryan Ferry and a little help from Vin's friends Rita Houston and Corny O'Connell too.
The big news guiding tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 is the return of Sleater-Kinney. Vin Scelsa explores the trio's ferocious new album, No Cities To Love, which is their first release in a decade. In addition, Vin is cast out to sea with Jolie Holland, who plays The Living Room in New York on February 5. Expect other offerings from Matt Keating, Suzanne Vega, Leonard Cohen, John Mellencamp, and The Cave Singers too. Honestly, it's just too cold to be outside, so do join Vin in Studio V for a cozy, frostbite-free edition of the show.
Tonight on this frozen, deep winter edition of Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, a celebration of compassion as powerfully elucidated by American poet and academic Miller Williams who passed away on New Year's Day. Miller was the father of Lucinda Williams and he presented his poem "Compassion" at the 1997 inauguration of President Bill Clinton; in turn, his daughter recently set those words to music, as found on her 2014 album Where The Spirit Meets The Bone.
Since "Idiot's Delight"® begins online only due to Fordham basketball (the entire show returns to 90.7FM around 9 p.m.), Vin has a long, moody, cinematic opening planned for the top of the show as well as music from John Cale, Professor and Maryann, Donovan, TV on the Radio and more.
At 8 tonight, on the first "Idiot's Delight®" of the New Year, Vin Scelsa reads from "The Lives They Lived" from The New York Times magazine of last Sunday, the newspaper's annual year-end issue. A highlight for Vin was the essay about Red Klotz, the basketball player, manager and owner, whose job was to lead the team that always "lost" playing the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters thousands of times. The piece, written by Sam Dolnick, celebrates the one and only time that Klotz's Washington Generals (pictured with Klotz at the far left) ever beat the Meadowlark Lemon-era Globetrotters!
Vin also has his usual eclectic musical fare featuring Pink Martini, the Rebirth Brass Band, Debbie Harry with Iggy Pop, Eddi Reader, Elliot Brood and more.
Vin Scelsa's original idea for tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 was to only play music from his year-end "Best of 2014" list for FUV since he wrote one up for the station for the first time in years. Although Vin does open the show by playing all of his top ten songs, it doesn't take long before he rebels against the idea of a preordained playlist—even one he's put together—and veers far from those perimeters for the rest of the show. Still, most of the music on the show is by artists and from albums that Vin liked a lot in 2014, like releases from Johnny Two Bags, Prince and 3rdeyegirl (pictured) and Lucinda Williams.