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Question of the Day: Happy Birthday to Eric Clapton

by Corny O'Connell

It's Eric Clapton's 70th birthday. We're celebrating with your favorite tracks featuring Clapton. There's a lot to choose from: The Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & the Dominos, along with his many solo projects, collaborations and guest appearances. Share your favorites in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

FUV's New Dig: Death Cab For Cutie

by Darren DeVivo
Death Cab For Cutie

Kintsugi
Death Cab For Cutie
Atlantic

Change is inevitable. We’ve all experienced different degrees of change. While some embrace change, others are distressed by it. Death Cab for Cutie has seen some significant changes since their last album, 2011's Codes and Keys, and those seismic shifts inspired the group's brand new collection, Kintsugi. Over the past four years, Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie’s lead singer and guitarist, weathered a divorce from his wife, the actress and singer Zooey Deschanel. In 2013, founding member Chris Walla announced that he was leaving the band. Although Walla did contribute to the Kintsugi sessions, the band faces a future that no longer includes its lead guitarist and longtime producer. Although Kintsugi marks a last glance at Death Cab for Cutie as a quartet (for the moment), the album offers remaining members Gibbard, Nick Harmer and Jason McGerr a solid foundation as they look to the band's next phase.

Brandi Carlile - FUV Live at Electric Lady Studios - 2015

by Rita Houston
"The sixth one is the charm" Brandi Carlile said to me of her new album, The Firewatchers Daughter and her biggest seller to date. It's her first on on independent label and clearly the one she feels best represents her broad style and rock and roll spirit. Her songs have always struck me as among the most honest, emotional and passionate out there. 
 

The Big Broadcast for March 29th: You're Perfect!

by Rich Conaty

I never met Alberta Hunter, although she was still performing when I should have known better. I even reviewed a concert video of hers for Video Review Magazine. Her home base was The Cookery on University Place, and she was there as late as 1981. I was fortunate to see Red Norvo at Town Hall, a wonderful show that included Benny Carter, and met him briefly at a jazz festival in Florida a few years later. Lyricist Edward Eliscu, another of the half dozen of tonight's birthday celebrants, was a guest on the 1000th "Big Broadcast" in the fall of 1992.

Vin Scelsa Announces His Retirement

by WFUV Staff
Vin Scelsa (photo by David Vanderheyden)

Vin Scelsa is hanging up his headphones. A pioneer of freeform FM radio and a New York icon for five decades, Vin announced on Saturday night during "Idiot's Delight"®, his weekly program on WFUV (90.7 FM/wfuv.org), that he will retire and do his final show on May 2, 2015, from 8-10 p.m. (His final satellite radio program on SiriusXM's "The Loft" channel will be on Thursday, April 30.) As a loving sendoff,  "Vin Scelsa's Fare Thee Well Concert," with many musical guests, will take place on Monday, June 8 at City Winery.

"I am incredibly lucky to have spent my entire radio career doing exactly what I've wanted," says Vin. "The kind of programming autonomy I've enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique. I am grateful to all the stations I've worked on for the privilege of being allowed to wander through their airwaves wherever my interests have taken me. I am grateful to my listeners for their support and their indulgence as we shared this journey together. It's hard to let go, of course, but I always promised myself and my audience that when the time was right I would stop. How lucky am I that I get to decide even this!"