Audio Specials


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: 

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. 

Local 913, Episode 10: Mad Rapture

The mysterious Pittsburgh-based electro-acoustic duo, Mad Rapture began in 2012 releasing two EPs within a few months of each other. Their sound can be described as both alluring and experimental, especially on their new release, Rubicon. The duo, which normally refers to themselves as M (Maia) and P (Patrick), are DJ and bassist Patrick McGinley and vocalist Maia Rodriguez. Combining electronic elements with hip-hop, soul, and acoustic pop, Mad Rapture’s three releases are solid and captivating, yet still leave room for the songs to breathe. It’s always refreshing when a musician knows when to leave space. According to McGinley, the album Rubicon  “was written during trying times for the band—family passings, heartache, and similarly large life changes. This in mind, the title Rubicon is a head nod to Caesar's tale of crossing the point of no return.”  This band has a good groove, but also can be challenging with sweeping dynamics that can be surprising, but always are smooth. If you like Lauryn Hill, Lorde, or Zero 7, you’ll probably like Mad Rapture a lot. For more information visit Mad Rapture's website. 

Jenny Lewis interview

Jenny Lewis talks with Rosemary Welsch at the Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 5, 2015.

Guest DJ: Matthew Spangler of ReImagination

Matthew Spangler from WYEP's Education Department played songs from the 2015 ReImagination CD with Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix.  ReImagination is a variety compilation CD highlighting the great musical talents right here in southwestern Pennsylvania.  The education program for teens is designed to give participants an opportunity to explore what it would be like to have a career as a professional working musician.  Teens are brought into a professional recording studio to record their own original music while paired with local producers.The first song Matthew played - which is also the first song on this year's ReImagination CD - was "Throwing Shapes" by Vitamin TV.  The piece was produced by Jake Hanner from Donora.  "One thing I love about this is the soulful vocals and the lush rythyms of the acoustic guitar," Matthew says.Up next, Matthew played "Hideaway" by Grace Tandon.  "I love it," he says, "and I think it's a great example of how ReImagination was kind of a starting point and she took that and went way above and beyond on her own, and it's awesome to see that."Matthew closed the set with a song from Bridget McCrum called "Broken Glass".  The song was produced with Nathan Zoob from Wreckloose.  Matthew says that he loves the song because "she pours her message out with this sweet and full tone, pulling you into her song and story". Matthew Spangler's ReImagination 2015 Guest DJ Picks:"Throwing Shapes" - Vitamin TV"Hideaway" - Grace Tandon"Broken Glass" - Bridget McCrumFind out more about ReImagination here. 

Local 913, Episode 9 - City Dwelling Nature Seekers

City Dwelling Nature SeekersWhat first grabs you about City Dwelling Nature Seekers is their name: it completely defines who the band are and once you know you’re dealing with a group of guys who grew up listening to Neil Young and The Band, it all falls together. Formed in 2008 around the songs of lead singer and songwriter, Michael McCormick, the band has since developed a sound that is a great mix of alt-country, bluegrass and indie-rock. City Dwelling Nature Seekers are just a solid, reliable band: they have four releases out, with each one containing ear-catching, original songs that have that well-worn Americana feel, making seem like you already know them. This is due to the songs that McCormick writes and sings as well as the instrumentation of the players: Dan Barrett on keyboards, Lee Hintenlang on mandolin, Matt Booth on bass and Chris Parker on drums & Guitars. They have been a self-sufficient unit, producing and releasing their own material, up until their latest EP. For Bringing It Back, City Dwelling Nature Seekers brought in Michael Glabicki of the famed Pittsburgh band, Rusted Root. Glabicki engineered, co-produced and mixed the album and no doubt gave the band invaluable guidance on how to make a record sound like their live shows. The result of his and the groups’ effort is the most energetic, loose and direct set of songs from the band’s career. This 17 minute EP flies by from the opening cut, a bar-ready end of the night closer called “Down To The Bone” to the sunny closing track “She Waits On One”. Also a shout out to keyboardist Dan Barrett, who really shines with his tight solos and fun fills on that track. For more information on City Dwelling Nature Seekers, go to their website.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Catherine Popper

Catherine Popper (of Puss N Boots) Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicStart: Puss N Boots - "Twilight" - No Fools, No Fun3:06 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Catherine Popper & Adam Kukic8:07 - Stuffy Shmitt - "Crazy Mama" - Other People's Stuff 11:19 - Willie Nelson- "Back to Earth" - Songbird14:07 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Catherine Popper & Adam Kukic18:21 - Molly and the Zombies - "Long Drives" - Red Bull Studios21:40 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Catherine Popper & Adam Kukic23:50 - Puss N Boots - "Pines" - No Fools, No FunBonus Material:Bonus 1 - Extended Segment on Levon Helm:Start:3:15- The Levon Helm Band - "The Same Thing" - The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3Bonus 2: Catherine Popper talks Jack WhiteBonus 3: Catherine Popper talks The Police/StingThe Coffeehouse airs every Sunday from 8am - 11am (EST) - streaming online at

WYEP's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame "snubs" show.

Rosemary Welsch & Brian Siewiorek discuss some of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's biggest snubs.  Including: Joan Baez, Kate Bush, The Smiths, Roxy Music, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Harry Nilsson, Gram Parsons, The Monkees and many, many more!Originally arired: 5/29/15 

John Fogerty's 70th Birthday

To celebrate John Fogerty's 70th birthday, James Hart of The Harlan Twins talks to Cindy Howes about a couple of his favorite Creedence Clearwater Revival songs on The Morning Mix. James first talks for a bit about the influence Fogerty had on his own career.  He says, "He was really one of the first voices in classic rock as a writer and as a voice that I can remember identifying with as a kid...a lot of it's just really catchy songs about working and relaxing - and he just writes really good riffs, and the songs are catchy, and the hooks are always right there, and they always stick with you."The first song James shared was "Lookin' Out My Backdoor" from Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1970 album, Cosmo's Factory.  "I think this song is such a good representation of what he and they do so well," he claims, "It's really fun.  It's really tight.  There are a lot of turns in it that are not super unexpected, but it's not dissatisfying.""Effigy", a jammy 6-minute tune from CCR's Willy and the Poor Boys, was the second song James picked, and it was certainly from the other end of Fogerty's songwriting spectrum.  Despite its length, James says that the song never gets plodding:  "That's a long tune that doesn't necessarily feel that long. All the guitar solos are tight, really expressive, and don't lose you.  I think the lyrics are really indicative of I think what a lot of what Fogerty was trying to do at the time."

Grand Piano Release "Sea" EP

Joey Spehar spoke with Thomas Cipollone and Wes Conroy from Grand Piano about their underwater-themed "Sea" EP.Thomas and Wes discuss the latest release, which has a runtime of less that ten minutes but is packed with great material.  Discussing their approach to recording, they note, "Writing longer songs would just be totally inappropriate. We're just doing this experimental idea of jumping around to different genres very quickly.  It calls for an aggressive attitude, and I think we just stuff a lot of content into songs that are just barely over a minute."Inspirations on the record range from sea creatures to Viewmaster slides, but the band claims that musical experimentation and imagination really fueled the creative fires during recording:  "I don't wanna say that it's jamming at all, because everything that happens is specifically orchestrated.  However, we get there through experimentation...Things happen by accident all the time, but we learn from our accidents and apply them directly."They officially release Sea this Saturday at a release party in Lawrenceville, but there's more on the way from Grand Piano.  The guys announce that they are already hard at work on their next EP, titled Space.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded: April 17th, 2015 - Airdate: May 31st, 2015Start: Jolie Holland "The Love You Save" - Wine Dark Sea5:08 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic8:10 - Charlotte Dada - "Don't Let Me Down" - Ghana 197112:08 - Michael Hurley - "New Tea" - Parsnip Snips17:00 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic21:30 - Jolie Holland - "Route 30" - Wine Dark Sea26:11 - Daniel Johnston - "Sorry Entertainer" - The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered26:45 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic30:31 - Jolie Holland - "All the Love" - Wine Dark SeaBonus:Start: Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Jolie Holland & Adam Kukic3:04- M. Ward - "Story of an Artist" - The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered CoveredThe Coffeehouse airs every Sunday from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations at 10am (EST).