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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.

World Party's Goodbye Jumbo Turns 25

World Party's sophomore album Goodbye Jumbo turns 25. Mike Sauter talks about and shares some poignant tracks from this classic album.World Party was formed in 1986 when Karl Wallinger left The Waterboys.  After recieving initial attention for the debut album titled Private Revolution, Wallinger took some time to assemble the follow-up.  The awaited Goodbye Jumbo arrived in 1990, and is perhaps "the most well-regarded" album of World Party's discography by general consensus.  Mike notes, "Wallinger wanted to create that...very hook-y, very interesting to listen to, sort of pop-rock sound - and I think he achieved that best on the Goodbye Jumbo album."The first track Mike shared from was the album's second track, "Way Down Now".  The song, which was picked up immediately by modern rock stations at the time, was the first single from Goodbye Jumbo.  "There's a jumpy, fun, energetic sort of groove to it," Mike says, "It still completely holds up.  It's an obviously catchy song."The second song we heard from the album was "Put the Message in the Box", a lyrically-heavy piece.  Mike discusses the song's catchiness, saying, "I loved this from the very first time I heard it."Mike sums up the sound of Goodbye Jumbo effectively:  "I think you can look at World Party as being a natural evolution of that [pop-rock] sound.  If you took the Electric Light Orchestra approach to a pop-rock sound, and The Beatles; and sort of throw that in a blender and throw the late '80s - early '90s production sound on it, you get Goodbye Jumbo."

Mike Scott of The Waterboys Guest DJs on The Morning Mix

The Waterboys have been around since 1983, playing a rythmic mix of traditional folk and rock and roll. Their new album, Modern Blues, was released this month to great critical acclaim. They are playing a show in Pittsburgh tonight (4/21) at Mr. Smalls, so founding member Mike Smith took the time to drop in on the Morning Mix for a guest DJ set.Mike started out with "When My Time Comes" by Dawes.  Featured on the band's 2009 album North Hills, Mike calls the song, "Absolutely killer...a modern classic, I would even say"  He appreciates many facets of the song, from the lyrics down to the production.  "There's a sense of gravity - the guy who's singing it, it's life or death to him," Mike says, "When he hits that chorus, it blows me away."Mike's second pick was "Baby, You're a Rich Man" from The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour - a tune he thinks is an "unsung" piece of the band's discography.  The song incorporates a variety of instrumentation that contributes to its intricate melodies.  "It's a beautiful song, but nobody ever talks about it," Mike comments.The final song Mike chose was "Rock and Roll Is Cold" by Matthew E. White.  White's new album Fresh Blood is one of Mike's favorite new releases, and he shared his love for that work with Cindy, remarking that the tune has an effective simple chord sequence with a "really sweet groove and a gorgeous climax".Mike's song selections:1. "When My Time Comes" - Dawes2. "Baby You're A Rich Man" - The Beatles3. "Rock & Roll Is Cold" - Matthew E White

Coffeehouse Conversations: Martin Sexton

Martin Sexton Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded March 20th, 2015 & Aired April 5th, 2015Start - Martin Sexton - "Do It Daily" (Mixtape of the Open Road)2:57 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Martin Sexton & Adam Kukic7:06 - Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You (Led Zeppelin III)13:46 - Martin Sexton - "Doin' Something Right (Mixtape of the Open Road)16:34 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Martin Sexton & Adam Kukic19:30 - Tom Waits - "House Where Nobody Lives" (Mule Variations)23:26 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Martin Sexton & Adam Kukic26:14 - Martin Sexton "Pine Away" - (Mixtape of the Open Road)

Local 913, Episode 3 - Brightside

Brightside Brightside are one of those bands that have a knack for remembering the past and looking into the future at the same time.  Formed in Pittsburgh in 2010, Brightside released their first album a year later.  Brightside have crafted a poignant blend of emo and indie rock with smart lyrics and perfect pop hooks – think Modest Mouse on “The Moon and Antarctica” or your favorite Lemonheads CD. Brightside’s latest album, their third in all, Now & Loud, was produced and engineered by Jake Ewald of the Philly emo band Modern Baseball. While it may not show in Now and Loud’s careful production and spot-on pop sensibility, at it’s core Brightside is a DIY band. Even before joining the independent record label Broken World Media’s roster in 2012, Brightside has been making their own merch and doing things their own way. Guitarist Matt Vituccio admits, “the result isn't always spot on but that is part of the learning process.” Check out more information about Brightside at their Facebook. 

Coffeehouse Conversations : Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux' Coffeehouse Conversation w/ Adam KukicRecorded March 1st 2015 & Aired April 19th, 2015Start: Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me to the End of Love (Careless Love) 3:48 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Madeleine Peyroux & Adam Kukic6:39 - Randy Newman - "Political Science" (Sail Away)8:41 - Bob Dylan - "Idiot Wind" (The Bootleg Series)15:43 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Madeleine Peyroux & Adam Kukic19:52 - Joni Mitchell - "Coyote" (Hejira)24:27 - Phoebe Snow - "Poetry Man" (Phoebe Snow)28:53 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Madeleine Peyroux & Adam Kukic33:34 - Madeleine Peyroux - "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" (Careless Love)Bonus Clips:Madeleine Peyroux discusses how she came to record Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars" (either/or)Madeleine Peyroux discusses her recording of Everybody's Talkin' - including thoughts on Harry Nilsson & Fred Neil's original version of "Everybody's Talkin" 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Nora Jane Struthers

Nora Jane Struthers Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded November 29th, 2014 & Aired December 7th, 2014Start- Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line - "Carnival" (Carnival)2:53 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Nora Jane Struthers & Adam Kukic10:02 - Guy Clark - "Hell Bent on a Heartache" (My Favorite Picture Of You)13:27 - Hayes Carll - "Bad Liver And A Broken Heart" (Trouble In Mind)17:36 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Nora Jane Struthers & Adam Kukic21:03 - Jason Isbell - "Cover Me Up" (Southeastern)25:36 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Nora Jane Struthers & Adam Kukic27:23 - Joe Pug - "Nation of Heat" (Nation of Heat)31:06 - The Sweetback Sisters - "Run Home And Cry" (Looking for a Fight)33:43 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Nora Jane Struthers & Adam Kukic37:45 - Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line - "The Same Road" (Wake)41:00 - Bonus Material including discussion on Paul McCartney , James Brown , The Cranberries , Talking Heads , Willie Nelson 

Local 913, Episode 2 - Arlo Aldo

Arlo AldoThis week, we’re highlighting the indie-folk group Arlo Aldo. After relocating from Baltimore, David Manchester started Arlo Aldo in 2011. Originally, Arlo Aldo served as Manchester’s side-project to his primary band, the Baltimore-based Kadman. The move to Pittsburgh marked the end of Kadman with Manchester shifting his focus to Arlo Aldo.  Inspired by the folk, blues and Americana tradition, Arlo Aldo bring something unique and modern with their sublime, calming sound thanks to Manchester’s vision and to the talented group of musicians in the lineup. Multi-instrumentalist, Ariel Neiland Forbes was the original second member, adding beautiful harmonies and the perfect light touch to the keys, bells and melodica. Pittsburgh music veteran Susanna Meyer, formally of Boca Chica, holds down the bassline and adds further to the perfect harmonies that compliment Manchester’s vocals. Also of note, Brandon Forbes on drums, who’s tasteful beat rounds out the band’s sound and brings the songs to life. Arlo Aldo has released one full length album: Zelie in 2013 and one EP: Spin The Twine in 2014. The band hopes to release their next full length album in late summer. In the meantime, we’ll get a song from their latest, which seems to take influence from bands like Low, Iron & Wine and also a strong influence from The Carter Family. Check out more information about Arlo Aldo at their website: arloaldo.com.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves' Coffeehouse Conversation w/ Adam KukicRecorded April 1st, 2015 & Aired April 12th, 2015Start: Shakey Graves (ft. Esme Patterson) - "Dearly Departed" (And the War Came)3:31 - Coffeehouse Conversation w/ Shakey Graves & Adam Kukic7:27 - Les Paul & Mary Ford - "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise"  (Old Gold Hits, Vol. 3)9:37 - Bruce Springsteen - "Darkness on the Edge of Town" (Darkness on the Edge of Town)13:51 - Coffeehouse Conversation w/ Shakey Graves & Adam Kukic17:38 - Lady, The Band - "Karma" (Lady)21:22 - Coffeehouse Conversation w/ Shakey Graves & Adam Kukic23:26 - Shakey Graves - "Only Son" (And the War Came)Topics discussed include:Lucius , Levon Helm , Otis Redding , Elvis Presley , Rock & Roll Hall of Fame , Esme Patterson  

Coffeehouse Conversations: Will Butler

Will Butler's Coffeehouse Conversations with Adam KukicRecorded February 17th, 2015 & Aired March 8th, 20151. Will Butler - "Anna" - (Policy)3:49 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Will Butler & Adam Kukic6:18 - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - "Way Over There" (The Best Of Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)9:01 - Au Pairs - "Monogamy" - (Stepping Out of LIne- The Anthology)11:56 -  Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Will Butler & Adam Kukic14:42 - Violent Femmes - "I Held Her In My Arms" [Add It Up (981-1993)]17:40 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Will Butler & Adam Kukic21:04 - Will Butler - "Witness" (Policy)24:!4 - Bonus material from Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Will Butler & Adam Kukic including talk of Grimes, The Clash, Kraftwerk & Taylor Swift Topics discussed include: Cyndi Lauper , Reflektor , Spike Jonze , John Peel / Peel Sessions , Jeremy Gara , WNUR , Northwestern University

Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy 40th Anniversary Reissue

In honor of Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy getting a 40th anniversary reissue, local musician Molly Alphabet talks about the classic country album with Cindy Howes on The Morning Mix. 

Alt-J Interview

Joey Spehar spoke with Gus Unger-Hamilton of Alt-J on The Morning Mix.

Guest DJ: WordPlay

Alan Olifson is the host of WordPlay, a performative show where participants read stories set to music or soundtracks.  Today, he stopped by the Morning Mix for a different kind of Guest DJ set - Alan read a small sample of some previously performed WordPlay material set to excerpts of three different songs.  According to Alan, this activity really demonstrates music's importance to the art of storytelling.  With each reading set to a different tune, the text takes on a meaning interpreted through the lens of that particular music.The first song Alan used was "I Turn My Camera On" by Spoon, which threw an optimistic tone over the short story of a young actor looking for work.The second song, a cover of U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Lookin For" by Booker T. and the MGs, brought to mind retrospective thoughts courtesy of the song's soulful instrumentation.The final song Alan used for the set was a song that both he and Joey agreed was one of the "creepiest songs ever made" - "I Will Possess Your Heart" by Death Cab for Cutie - which certainly affected the reading in its own unique way.The next WordPlay event is on April 10th at Bricolage.  More information about WordPlay can be found at their website, their facebook page, or on Bricolage's website.

Afternoon Mix: The Decemberists' Nate Query & John Moen Guest DJ set

Nate Query and John Moen from The Decemberists join Afternoon Mix host Rosemary Welsch for a guest DJ set on March 31, 2015.Playlist: Pentangle "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme"Kendrick Lamar "i"Alvvays "Adult Diversion"My Brightest Diamond "Pressure"D'Angelo & The Vanguard "The Door"The Grapes of Wrath "Backward Town"

WYEP's Record Stories

As Record Store Day approaches, we'd like to share some of our Record Stories.

Social Distortion's Self-Titled Album Turns 25

Social Distortion's third self-titled album turns 25, Mike Sauter talks to Cindy Howes about this career defining album on The Morning Mix. 

Morning Mix: "Uncle Andy: The Andy Warhol Family Film"

Filmmakers Abby Warhola and Jesse Best talk to WYEP's Brian Siewiorek about "Uncle Andy: The Andy Warhol Family Film". The movie will provide an new perspecitive of Warhol told by his family members. Warhola and Best talk about the challenges of creating the film, including fundraising (they have a Kickstarter ending April 2nd). More information about the film can be found at warhol.com.

Houndmouth Interview

Matt Myers of Houndmouth spoke with Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix about the band's new album "Little Neon Limelight". 

Sinead O'Connor's I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got Turns 25

Sinead O'Connor's  I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got turns 25, local musician, Morgan Erina talks to Cindy Howes about this very influential record on The Morning Mix. Listen to the conversation and music below and check out Erina performing Sinead O'Connor's "Black Boys on Mopeds" live in studio at WYEP. Cindy and Morgan listened to a couple songs on the landmark album that Morgan says was a very important album for her earlier in life, as it helped her learn a lot about both lyricism and musical structure.The first song they listened to was "Three Babies", the album's third track that tackles themes of motherhood.  Morgan thinks the tune is very relatable.  "It's very warm," Morgan says, "It always made me feel comfortable."  The second song that the pair took a look at was the album's fifth track, "Black Boys on Mopeds".  Morgan chose the song because it addresses quite controversial themes, particularly for the time in which it was recorded.  "I've always loved that," Morgan says.Morgan describes a moment in which she actually met Sinead O'Connor, "It was very awkward...I usually don't get star-struck about people [being from New York City]...when I came up to her, I could not talk."

Third Thursday Spotlight: David Wilson

Local musician David Wilson talks to Cindy Howes on The Morning Mix. 

St. Patrick's Day Guest DJ with Brian O'Donovan

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Brian O'Donovan, host of A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH in Boston, shares a few Irish tunes on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. Brian's selections:1. Sliabh Notes - "John Collins’ Fancy/Eileen’s Polka/Ned Kelly’s Polka"2. Solas - "A Sailor's Life"3. The Decemberists - "Rox In The Box"

Dave Alvin Guest DJ set

Dave Alvin – former member of such American roots bands as The Blasters, X, and The Knitters – came on the Morning Mix for a guest DJ set to share some of his favorite music.  Alvin is playing a sold out show at Club Café on the night of March 12th with his brother Phil.  The duo has a new album out on Yep Roc Records, Common Ground: Dave and Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy.For his first selection, Dave chose JD McPherson’s rendition of “I Wish You Would”, an oft-covered tune with a personal connection to Dave and his brother.  He considers McPherson to be “very talented” and “the overall package” for an Americana performer.  “He reminds me in some way of my brother’s band The Blasters,” Alvin says, “We were trying to bring roots music to a new audience, and I think he’s capable of doing that.”The second song Alvin went with was “Marie Marie” by Buckwheat Zydeco.  Originally a Blasters song written by Alvin, Buckwheat Zydeco’s cover has since become somewhat of a zydeco staple among smaller bands in the South.  Alvin is a huge fan of the interpretation and thinks it suits the genre perfectly.  He explains, “When I wrote the song, I was thinking it would be a combination of Chuck Berry and a little bit of Cajun music.”The final song Alvin played was “I’m In, I’m Out, I’m Gone” by Charlie Musselwhite with Ben Harper.  Alvin and his brother are close friends of Musselwhite, who he considers to be an inspiration to continue playing music.  Both Musselwhite and the Alvin brothers were nominated for Grammys the past year for their respective albums – neither won, but Alvin admits that he “wouldn’t have liked winning if Charlie lost”. Dave's selections:- JD McPherson, "I Wish You Would"- Buckwheat Zydeco, "Marie, Marie"- Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper, "I'm In, I'm Out, I'm Gone"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Deja Vu turns 45

In honor of CSNY's Deja Vu turning 45, Mike McCormick of the Pittsburgh band City Dwelling Nature Seekers talks to Cindy Howes on The Morning Mix about a couple of essential tracks from the classic record. 

Gary Louris 60th Birthday Tribute on The Morning Mix

On Gary Louris's 60th birthday local musician Jared Fretz (The Deceptions) shares some of his favorite Louris tracks on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes.  Jared's selections1. "Listen Joe" - Golden Smog2. "Blue" - Jayhawks

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