From the FUV Vault: Beach House
Feb 7, 2015 291
From 2010: Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally formed Beach House in 2004, and their third album, 'Teen Dream,' goes along with their established penchant for atmospheric sounds and gracefully haunting lyrics. During a stop at FUV, they performed some live tunes and told host Alisa Ali about how making an album is a lot like shopping for a chair.
From the FUV Vault: Wanda Jackson
Feb 6, 2015 298
From 2012: No one was more excited than host Rita Houston to have the First Lady of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson, visit FUV. After Jack White produced Wanda's 2011 album, 'The Party Ain't Over,' she proved just that with her album, 'Unfinished Business' - which was produced by Justin Townes Earle. Get ready to be schooled on rockabilly, country, gospel and more, in Jackson's visit to Studio A.
From the FUV Vault: City and Colour
Feb 5, 2015 317
From 2011: FUV's Alisa Ali talks with Canadian songwriter Dallas Green about his third album as City and Colour - called 'Little Hell' - and its expanded palette of sounds.
From the FUV Vault: Alt-J
Feb 4, 2015 328
From 2012: The Alternate Side's Russ Borris talks with the UK band Alt-J about the making of its full-length debut, 'An Awesome Wave,' and about the challenges of arranging the music. The band also performed live versions of their songs 'Fitzpleasure' and 'Breezeblocks' in WFUV's Studio A.
From the FUV Vault: Field Report
Feb 3, 2015 304
From FUV's Alisa Ali, 2012: 'The 'story' behind Field Report is that Chris Porterfield used to be in a band called DeYarmond Edison with Justin Vernon (a.k.a. Bon Iver) along with brothers Brad and Phil Cook, and Joe Westerlund, who are currently in the band Megafaun. The guys are all still good friends, and there is no bad blood at all. In fact quite the opposite: Vernon actually invited Porterfield and Field Report to his studio to record their debut album, which for the record (pun intended) is gorgeous. The album is very lyrically driven, which is interesting because Chris didn't start writing lyrics until much later in his music career. He used to consider himself just a 'background player' in DeYarmond Edison. Normally it really is a tragedy when a great band breaks up, but in this case DeYarmond Edison gave rise to three fantastic bands, with Field Report being the last one to form. Hard to say which is best of the three, but easy to see that they are all very talented.'
From the FUV Vault: Brendan Benson
Jan 31, 2015 284
From 2012: Brendan Benson always has music on the brain and a killer lyric at the ready, and he's enjoyed an interesting and varied career. The co-founder of The Raconteurs (with Jack White) is also a prolific producer and head of his own label, and the release of his solo album, 'What Kind Of World,' brought him to FUV for a chat with host Rita Houston.
From the FUV Vault: Ben Howard
Jan 30, 2015 276
From 2012: Songwriter Ben Howard was already a hit in the UK when his debut album, 'Every Kingdom', hit U.S. shores. Said FUV's Alisa Ali: 'I used to favor singer-songwriters over other musicians. These days though, I've been listening to louder music: more bands, more electronic-based. But listening to Ben Howard reminded me of my roots. I love that experimental keyboard-based stuff, but man am I a sucker for a good guitarist. There is just something about watching and listening to a person fingerpick on an acoustic guitar - especially when paired with thoughtful lyrics. It's really the essence of music, isn't it? A guitar and a voice: that's all you need.'
From the FUV Vault: Kelly Hogan
Jan 29, 2015 309
From 2012: Alt-country journeywoman Kelly Hogan has worked with many fantastic artists over the last 20 years, including holding a longtime spot in Neko Case's band. The collaborations continued on her album 'I Like To Keep Myself In Pain,' which features a few star guests as well as songs written especially for Hogan by the likes of Stephin Merritt and M. Ward. Along with gorgeous performances, there's always hilarious conversation when Kelly Hogan is involved, and her Studio A visit with host Claudia Marshall was no exception.
From the FUV Vault: Joe Henry
Jan 28, 2015 318
From 2011: Aside from his celebrated songwriting, Joe Henry has earned a reputation for the creative sonic settings of his production work. But on his own album 'Reverie,' it's back to basics, and Henry spoke more about that process during a conversation with host Claudia Marshall at FUV.
From the FUV Vault: The Lone Bellow
Jan 27, 2015 303
From 2012: The Brooklyn trio The Lone Bellow taped its first-ever radio interview at FUV, and it was a great chance to get a taste of their self-titled debut album (which was eventually released in early 2013). Zach, Kanene and Brian create a gospel-rich sound with a hint of Laurel Canyon and some soulful, layered harmonies too.