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The Group Harmony Review For August 30

by Dan Romanello
Bette Midler (courtesy of the artist, Facebook.com)

At midnight, join "The Group Harmony Review" for a very special, diverse and significant presentation of vocal group harmony. Artists include Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler (pictured), Aaron Neville, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Vance, Boyz II Men, The Ronettes, Cher, The Inkspots' Deek Watson, Willie Winfield, Little Isidore, The Manhattan Transfer, Barbara Mason, Carla Thomas and much more.

UKNY On FUV For August 30

by Kara Manning
Allo Darlin' (courtesy of the artist)

There are many roads leading into tonight's UKNY at 11. In addition to new releases from Joanna Gruesome, Allo Darlin' (pictured), Alt-J and Zero 7, expect a set inspired by the legendary, late BBC Radio 1 presenter John Peel who would have turned 75 today, August 30. Also, more music from Kate Bush, who began her residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo earlier this week, a farewell to summer and perhaps the most heartbreaking song of 2014, as exquisitely delivered by Slow Club.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For August 30

by Marshall Crenshaw
Dick Wagner with The Frost (band publicity photo, Vanguard Records)

I'd originally planned tonight's "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 as a straight-up summer rerun of show #98, from May 2013. Instead, it'll be a "modified rerun," swapping the original Part 1 for a now-overdue tribute to the great guitarist and songwriter Dick Wagner; he passed away back on July 30. I first saw Dick with his band The Frost at the roller rink in Caseville, Michigan when I was about 14 years old (along with my friend Charlee Throneburg) and became a Fan for Life.  Dick was one of the heroes of my youth.

In addition to the great and now sadly late Dick Wagner, we'll hear some great experimental avant-garde music from three ex-members of Paul Revere and The Raiders, the Joyride album by Drake Levin and Friendsound, a real keeper. To be honest, I forget what else is on the show; I've been away from my desk for about three weeks now. But I encourage you to tune in and find out!

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.

Question of the Day: End of Summer

by Corny O'Connell

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, we look back on the summer and ahead to the fall. It's time for those "end of summer" songs. Got a favorite? Leave it in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

Neko Case "Magpie to the Morning"

Kirsty MacColl "Last Day of Summer"

The Motels "Suddenly Last Summer"

Cousteau "The Last Good Day of the Year"