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Rosanne Cash playlist curated by Rosemary Welsch

In honor of Rosanne Cash's performance in Pittsburgh, Rosemary Welsch shares some of her favorites on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. 

Local 913, Episode 1 - Morgan Erina

Morgan ErinaBorn and raised in the Bronx, indie-singer/songwriter, Morgan Erina, relocated to Pittsburgh in 2010 after releasing her debut solo album. The goal was to start a new music project with family friend and collaborator Justin Sane of Anti-Flag. Instead, Erina paved her own way musically with her duo Broken  Fences, who released one full length album and an EP over the course of the group’s existence. Since  the dissolution of Broken Fences, Morgan Erina has  maintained a strong local following with her solo  material. Erina’s haunting, sensitive lyrics and finger-picking acoustic guitar, bring to mind names like  Elliott Smith, Kurt Cobain and Sinead O’Connor. Last fall, she released a new single titled “October” with  the hope of finishing a new solo EP in the near future. Check out more information about Morgan Erina at her website: morganerina.com.

Melissa Ferrick on The Morning Mix

Melissa Ferrick talks to Cindy Howes about her new self-titled album on The Morning Mix. 

Brandi Carlile Guest DJ

Brandi Carlile joins Rosemary Welsch to play guest DJ on WYEP's Afternoon Mix.  Aired: July 27, 2015.Brandi's song selections include: Shovels & Rope "Birmingham", First Aid Kit "Emmylou", Indigo Girls "Spread the Pain Around"and Hozier "Work Song".

Guest DJ: Mike Lange's Blues Fest Picks

Mike Lange - legendary voice of The Pittsburgh Penguins - joins Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix on the opening night of the Pittsburgh Blues Festival.Mike Lange's Guest DJ Set:Buddy Guy - Damn Right I've Got The BluesDana Fuchs - Blues AvenueSelwyn Birchwood - Hoodoo Stew

WYEP's Soul Show 20th Anniversary program

WYEP celebrates 20 years of the Soul Show. On July 18, 2015, Mike Canton, the current host of the Soul Show, welcomed back Stephen Chatman and Don Patterson, the original hosts of the program. Over the three hours they look back, tell stories, and play Soul Show classics.

Inara George of The Bird and The Bee on The Morning Mix

Inara George of The Bird & The Bee talks about their new album Recreational Love on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. 

Matt Pond PA on The Morning Mix

Matt Pond, of Matt Pond PA, talks about the new album, The State of Gold, on The Morning Mix.  Matt also discusses the band's lineup, getting over writer's block, and drawing inspiration from different parts of life."I think moving to the west coast had something to do with it," Matt says about his songwriting struggles.  A move back east seemed to have set him on the right path, he says, "The second I got back to the east coast and put myself in a remote place, it just started flooding out - almost too fast.  It was amazing."Talking about the theme of the latest record, The State of Gold, Pond says, "It probably sounds more highfalutin than it is...it's really just what we all keep trying to reach for but can't get to."  There are different points of influence all over the album, though.  On one of the release's standout tracks, "Take Me With You", Matt says that "a lot of it has to do with how we kill time when we were kids and we would get lost in doing the dumbest, simplest things".  "I don't want to be thoughtless," he says, "but I don't wanna be kind of wrapped up in the minutia and internet and everything that kind of consumes a lot of my day." 

30th Anniversary of Live Aid

In 1985, some of the world's biggest artists joined together for a concert to raise awareness of famine and benefit the children of Africa. This one-hour special produced by WYEP, looks back at the music and legacy of the event, including recollections by musicians Paul Weller and Thomas Dolby. Produced and hosted by WYEP's Mike Sauter.  Originally aired July 13, 2015.

Coffeehouse Conversations: The Weather Station

Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station Start: Bahamas (featuring The Weather Station) - "Don't You Want Me" - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (MPS)3:14 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station & Adam Kukic10:11- Ryan Driver - "Dead End Streets" - Who's Breathing13:07 - Castle Music (Jennifer Castle) - "We Always Change" - You Can't Take Anyone16:07 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station & Adam Kukic17:51 - The Stanley Brothers - "East Virginia Blues" (Live) - An Evening Long Ago (Live 1956)20:42 - The Weather Station - "Floodplain" - Loyalty23:26 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Tamara Lindeman of The Weather Station & Adam Kukic26:40 - The Weather Station - "Shy Women" - LoyaltyBonus:Tamara discuss The Impressions - "Keep On Pushing" 

WYEP's tribute to Ringo Starr

For Ringo Starr’s 75th birthday, WYEP’s Mike Sauter examines Ringo’s career as a drummer, featuring music from The Beatles, solo songs by John, Paul, and George, and session work performed with Bob Dylan, Stephen Stills, The Band, Tom Petty, and E.L.O. Originally aired: July 7, 2015

Local 913, Episode 14: Don Strange

Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Don Strange takes a typical indie rock song and turns it into something unique. Utilizing his background in creative writing, Strange pens clever lyrics, often layered with dark humor, taking cues from indie rock icons such as The Mountain Goats, Pavement, and Dead Milkmen. The music is guitar-driven but there's always room for big drums or a sweet groove. While he often performs with his full band, Don Strange and the Doosh Bears, this new album is a solo venture. "Are You Johnson?" is a very lyric-driven album, containing laugh-out-loud, stand-out lines like, “Cassanova didn’t really love you, neither did Morrissey or That guy from The Wire” in a song about love following you. For more on Don Strange, check out his website. 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Justin Ringle of Horse Feathers

Coffeehouse Conversations with Justin Ringle (of Horse Feathers):Start: Horse Feathers - "Dead End Thanks" - So It Is With Us3:53 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Justin Ringle & Adam Kukic6:51 - Paul Simon - "The Obvious Child" - Rhythm of the Saints10:35 - Van Morrison - "Sweet Thing" - Astral Weeks14:43 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Justin Ringle & Adam Kukic19:24- Pentangle - "Wedding Dress" - Light Flight - The Anthology21:49 - Bob Dylan - "As I Went Out One Morning" - John Wesley Harding24:32 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Justin Ringle & Adam Kukic28:34 - Horse Feathers - "Violently Wild" - So It Is With UsExtras:1st: Justin on Graham Nash's "Wounded Bird"2nd: Justin on NirvanaThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations airing at 10am.

Debbie Harry's 70th Birthday Tribute

A one-hour special paying tribute to Debbie Harry, including her work with Blondie, her solo career, collaborations (with R.E.M., Moby, The Jazz Passengers, Iggy Pop and more) and cover songs. Hosted by Brian Siewiorek. Originally aired July 1, 2015.

Local 913, Episode 13: Essential Machine

Greensburg-based Essential Machine, a jangly folk pop group of husband and wife, RJ and KarenDietrich, released their fourth EP this past May. The Ceiling and Floor is a great example of Essential Machine’s sound, a kind of R.E.M.-meets-Mumford-and-Sons-meets-The-Breeders mix they have been perfecting since about 2009. One song that introduces a new sound to Essential Machine is “It’s a Crime”. Find out more and listen to the song below. For more on Essential Machine, check out their website.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Freedy Johnston

Coffeehouse Conversations: Freedy JohnstonStart: Freedy Johnston - "In the New Sunshine" - Can You Fly2:26 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic5:39 - Van Morrison - "Flamingoes Fly" - The Philosopher's Stone11:39 - Freedy Johnston - "Baby, Baby Come Home" - Neon Repairman15:51 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic19:02 - Neil Young - "Wonderin'" - Everybody's Rockin'22:00 - Led Zeppelin - "Boogie with Stu" - Physical Graffiti25:26 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic28:42 - Tom Waits - "Hang Down Your Head" - Rain Dogs30:49 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Freedy Johnston & Adam Kukic33:27 - Freedy Johnston - "TV in My Arms" - Neon RepairmanPROMOS:#1 - Freedy talks about his love of the Bee Gee's "How Deep Is Your Love"#2 - Freedy discusses the importance of Johnny Cash.The Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST).

Local 913, Episode 12: Billy Price

Billy Price has been a fixture on the Pittsburgh music scene since the mid-1970s. During those early years, he gained national attention for his three year collaboration with legendary blues guitarist Roy Buchanan. For his twelfth album, he’s teamed up with another legendary artist, R&B and soul singer Otis Clay. “This Time For Real” is produced by Duke Robbillard and features horn players from Roomful of Blues. If you’re in the market for a great soul album, this one’s for you. It’s the perfect antidote for the summertime heat. Listen to the piece below for more information on the album (right from Billy Price himself) and get more on Billy Price at his website.

Rolling Stones Pittsburgh Concerts

Scott Mervis from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette joined Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to talk about The Rolling Stones' concert history in Pittsburgh - and, of course, to play a few songs.Scott Mervis' Rolling Stones Set:That's How Strong My Love IsShine A LightSway

FUSE Creative Director Steve Hackman talks Brahms v. Radiohead on the Morning Mix

The "mash-up" rose to popularity in the late 1990s as a way to combine two unrelated songs into something new.  Next Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will make new musical connections by performing a live mash-up of Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 with Radiohead's OK Computer.  FUSE's Creative Director Steve Hackman discusses the project with WYEP's Brian Siewiorek.  He plays a couple Radiohead tunes ("No Surprises" and "Street Spirit") and explains how they can mesh well with Brahms' material.FUSE, a new series at the PSO geared towards younger audiences, aims to bridge the gap between popular music and classical arrangements.  As a fan of both of these genres, Hackman says that it's always been his mission to "bridge this gap across the distance between these genres."  Discussing how these two pieces with over 100 years separating them can have a dialogue with each other, Hackman comments, "The balance between light and dark, and really the balance of tension and release, I feel like these two composers really share."More information on next week's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance can be found here.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Bebel Gilberto

Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Bebel Gilberto & Adam Kukic Start: Bebel Gilberto - "Somewhere Else" - TudoCoffeehouse Conversations w/ Bebel Gilberto & Adam Kukic End: Bebel Gilberto - "Harvest Moon" - TudoThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST) - streaming at:  wyep.org/listen-live 

An interview with Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz

WYEP's Brian Siewiorek talks with Talking Heads drummer, Chris Frantz, about his days growing up in Pittsburgh, how the Talking Heads first got together, and their first concert in 1975 opening for The Ramones at CBGB'sBONUS MATERIAL: Also included below is Frantz talking about 4 of his favorite Talking Heads songs:"Take Me to the River", "Psycho Killer", "Life During Wartime" & "Once in a Lifetime"

Local 913, Episode 11 - Grand Bell

Formerly known as Race The Ghost, the Pittsburgh indie-rock quartet Grand Bell is made up of two sets of brothers who have known each other since childhood. Vincent and Benjamin Bruni and Frank and Mike Salati have been in bands together since middle school, which explains the great chemistry shared on their new, self-titled album. Grand Bell is prime example of a great Pittsburgh rock band: four best friends who grew up together making music as kids and are still doing it as adults. The album ranges from crunchy, electric  "Built To Spill" riffs to melodic Jeff Buckley and U2 guitars. As the band puts it, “It is the unfamiliar sound in the middle of the night that keeps you awake and entices you to get closer.” The song “Mess of My Life” from the new album acts like an anthem that mixes all three of those afore mentioned influences. For more information on Grand Bell, check out their Facebook page. Be sure to join us at WYEP Community Broadcast Center on Thursday, June 18, 2015 for a Local 913 Live happy hour featuring Grand Bell. Click for more info.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Johanna Samuels

Johanna Samuels : Coffeehouse Conversations Start: Johanna Samuels - "Real Tragedies" - Double Bind3:57 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic6:57 - Emitt Rhodes - "Promises I've Made" - The Emitt Rhodes Recordings (1969 - 1973)10:20 - The Weather Station - "Shy Women" - Loyalty13:00- Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic15:46 - Bob Dylan - "Abandoned Love" - Biograph20:12- Jimmy Ruffin - "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" - Jimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten23:02- Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic25:46- Johanna Samuels - "Give It Up" - Double BindEXTRAS:Promo 1: Coffeehouse Conversations with Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic on Elliott Smith + Johanna Samuels "Give It Up" - Double BindPromo 2:Coffeehouse Conversations with Johanna Samuels & Adam Kukic on Jon Brion + Johanna Samuels "Real Tragedies" - Double BindThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST). 

Bjork's Post Turns 20

Bjork's Post turns 20 years old on June 13, 2015. Tamar Kamin and Scott Taylor of The Van Allen Belt discuss the landmark album with Cindy Howes on The Morning Mix. 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Conor O'Brien of Villagers

Conor O'Brien of Vlilagers Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicStart: Villagers - "The Soul Serene" - Darling Arithmetic3:32 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic7:22- OP8 - "It's a Rainbow" - Slush11:26 - Wilco - "You Are My Face" - Sky Blue Sky15:08 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic18:34 - Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaVelle - "What Happened to My Brother" - Perils from the Sea27:09 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic30:36 - Bob Lind - "Cool Summer" - The Elusive Bob Lind36:08 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien & Adam Kukic38:12 - Villagers - "Courage" - Darling ArithmeticBonus Material:Promo 1:Start: Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien (of Villagers) & Adam Kukic1:11 - Pavement - "Shady Lane" - Brighten the CornersPromo 2:Start: Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien (of Villagers) & Adam Kukic1:31- Portishead - "It Could Be Sweet" - DummyPromo 3:Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Conor O'Brien (of Villagers) & Adam Kukic discussing the new album Darling ArithmeticThe Coffeehouse airs every Sunday from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations at 10am. 

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