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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).

Local 913, Episode 8 - Mariage Blanc

Mariage BlancFormed in 2008, the Pittsburgh indie-rock quartet Mariage Blanc released their latest LP, No Autobiography, amidst great change in the band in terms of location and lineup, while still maintaining their smooth, steady sound. While the band is sporting a new drummer, Rich “Woody” Kawood, who you may recognize from his other drumming gig with the Pittsburgh power-pop band Triggers, Mariage Blanc are able to hone that already tight, slick, indie-rock style while adding a few new elements. This time around, Mariage Blanc pays tribute to late 60’s Laurel Canyon rock, like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and even a hint of Steely Dan. Also present on No Autobiography, is a strong influence from 90’s indie-pop bands like Travis and non-country sounding Whiskeytown. Last year saw the relocation of frontman  Josh Kretzmer from Pittsburgh to San Francisco, which often means the end of a band. However, it meant the opposite for Mariage Blanc: Kretzmer’s move sparked a re-dedication to the group and gave clarity on why they were making this music in the first place. Mariage Blanc realized that they could make music AND be in their thirties: the result is a refined, mature, yet emotional record from Kretzmer, Kawood bassist Josh Dotson and guitarist/songwriter, Matt Ceraso. A close and educated listen to the album and you can tell that this music was painstakingly and lovingly worked on and is technically precise and complicated in each and every way…. Orrrr you can just throw the record on in the background and it’ll act as a soothing companion to your hectic workday. The song “Blue Eyes” instantly familiar melody and breezy harmonies is ready and set for your next coastal roadtrip mix. It’s kind of hard to believe that Kretzmer moved to California AFTER No Autobiography was recorded. For more on Mariage Blanc, check out their Facebook page:

Coffeehouse Conversations: David Bielanko of Marah

David Bielanko Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded - November 30, 2014 / Airdate - December 14, 2014Start: Marah - "Ten Cents at the Gate" - Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania3:10 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ David Bielanko (Marah) & Adam Kukic9:04 - R.L. Burnside - "Rollin' & Tumblin'" - Mr. Wizard13:30 - Blue Mountain - "When You're Not Mine" - Tales of a Traveler16:20 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ David Bielanko (Marah) & Adam Kukic22:18 - Lou Reed - "Paranoia Key of E" - Ecstasy26:16 - Lee Perry The Upsetter - "Ghetto Sidewalk" - Roast Fish Collie Weed & Corn Bread 30:30 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ David Bielanko (Marah) & Adam Kukic37:03 - Marah - "The Old Riverman's Regret" - Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania

B.B.King Tribute

Legendary blues musician B.B. King passed away on May 14, 2015 at the age of 89.  Joey Spehar from The Morning Mix pays tribute to The King of The Blues. "While striving to move the music forward, the best blues musicians keep a foot held firmly in the past. That was B.B. King," Joey says.  King was born Riley B. King on September 16, 1925 on a plantation called Berclair, just outside of Itta Bena, Mississippi.  He passed away in his sleep on May 14th at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada due to complications stemming from his longtime battle with diabetes.  King didn't exactly grow up in the most financially stable household, but he kept a positive demeanor throughout his childhood.  "We had nothing, but I didn't feel poor," King says of his upbringing, "I felt good."The King of the Blues married twice in his life: to Martha Lee Denton from 1946-1952 and Sue Carol Hall for eight years from 1958-1966.  He fathered fifteen children with several different women, but he kept his one true love with him throughout his career - his guitar, Lucille.  In 2005, for King's 80th birthday, Gibson made a special run of 80 Gibson "Lucilles".  The first was presented to King at a birthday celebration, and he subsequently used the guitar until it was stolen in 2009.  The two were eventually reunited though, as the guitar was found after being bought at a Las Vegas pawn shop and returned to the musician.  Parts of it...they're happy.  The parts that I tried to do the best I could do, play the music as best as I could...I'm proud of that because there's no hold back.  It's never going out on the stage anytime and say, "I'm gonna do this, and then I'm gonna get out."  That's never been [my thing], I don't think it ever will be.But where I'm let down a bit is not being able to do a lot of things that I should have been able to do by practicing more and paying more attention to what I was doing.I hope that the young fans or the people that like me will appreciate what I have done.  I'm proud of that, is what I'm trying to say.B.B. King, looking back on his life.

Local 913, Episode 7 - Cold Weather

Cold WeatherFormed in 2012, the chamber pop, indie folk band Cold Weather has a gentle touch that might just knock you right over with their delicate, yet intense new album When Waking. Produced by Jake Hanner of Donora, When Waking will please fans of Elliott Smith, Mazzy Star and Cat Power. Cold Weather is essentially the project of Mark Ramsey, whose soft vocals sounds so similar to Elliott Smith, you almost can’t even believe it. There are songs on the album that not only have Smith’s vocal tone, but also that emotional delivery that sounds like Ramsey’s not actually going to get the words out. Even though their band name suggests that members grew up in colder climates, everyone is actually from the south: drummer Alex Platz is from Georgia, bassist Sarah Lacy from North Carolina, Ramsey is also from North Carolina and Alabama. As a middle school/high school kid in Alabama before the internet, Mark Ramsey spent a lot of time writing letters to bands and indie labels. A few years ago, he came across some of that correspondence including a fan club newsletter signed by all three members of Nirvana. This came at a time when he had been unemployed for about 10 months and was searching for funds buy a keyboard. He put the newsletter up on eBay was then able to buy the keyboard he now plays with Cold Weather. Producer Jake Hanner, who has been the production master-mind of the indie-pop Donora, shows his versatility when working with Cold Weather, adding his magic touch here and there, but letting Ramsey and the rest of the band set the tone for this fantastic album. Of the song “All Is Night,” Ramsey says, “I'm pretty sure that every single instrument available in Jake Hanner's studio made it onto the recording of this song. In addition to vocal, guitars, piano, bass & drums there are multiple hammond organs, a pump organ, saxophone, glockenspiel, synths, toy piano, and many more that I can't remember”. Ramsey says he wanted the song to open the album because musically, it lays out the instrumentation for the rest of the record. Lyrically, the song is meant as an allegory that sets up some of the emotional themes of When Waking and kind of acts like a trailer for the album. For more information about Cold Weather, find them on Facebook. 

Peter Mulvey Guest DJs on The Morning Mix

Peter Mulvey Guest DJs on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes. Peter's song selections:1. Amy Correia - City Girl2. Emmylou Harris - Where Will I Be3. Anais Mitchell - Now You Now

Coffeehouse Conversations: William Fitzsimmons

William Fitzsimmons Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded: April 8th, 2015 - Airdate: May 17th, 2015Start: William Fitzsimmons - "Pittsburgh" - Pittsburgh3:33 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ William Fitzsimmons & Adam Kukic8:21 - The National - "This Is The Last Time" - Trouble Will Find Me12:48 - Sufjan Stevens - "Should Have Known Better" - Carrie & Lowell 17:12 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ William Fitzsimmons & Adam Kukic21:18 - Sun Kil Moon - "Carissa" [Edit] - Benji24:35 - Michael Flynn - "The Arrow At Your Feet" - Head in the Cloud27:30 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ William Fitzsimmons & Adam Kukic33:35 - William Fitzsimmons - "Matter" - PittsburghBonus:Promo - William Fitzsimmons discusses his appreciation of Nick Drake's Pink Moon - Nick Drake - "Place To Be" - Pink MoonPromo - William Fitzsimmons discusses Elliott Smith (Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield) - Elliott Smith - "Somebody That I Used To Know - Figure 8The Coffeehouse airs Sundays 8am - 11am (EST), with Coffeehouse Conversations taking place at 10am. 

Local 913, Episode 6 - Balloon Ride Fantasy

Balloon Ride Fantasy Fans of The Human League, Thomas Dolby, Dead or Alive and other great new wave acts from the 1980’s, take note: Balloon Ride Fantasy has made your favorite record of the year. Formed in 2012, Balloon Ride Fantasy’s roots can be traced to the now-defunct Pittsburgh prog-rock band, Federali. Members Chris Olszewski and Phil Conley released the EP Monocle City under the name Balloon Ride Fantasy. They caught the attention of vocalist Bethany Berkstresser, former member of Rainstation Zero, who had been keeping tabs on the Federali guys for a while. They added Berkstresser to their lineup along with keyboardist Jordan Wood, bassist Brad Schneider of the Pittsburgh group The Incline, and drummer Brian Ganch. While Monocle City was a great mix of indie-rock and pop, their new self-titled LP is an all-out new wave affair, a glorious tribute to the music and pop-culture of the 80’s. Balloon Ride Fantasy takes their affection for the sound of the 80’s even further than their contemporaries like MGMT or Foster The People. They even do one of my favorite things, where they named a song after their band. That’s right! The last song on the new record is called “Balloon Ride Fantasy!” Lyrically inspired by certain films of the 80’s like “Legend,” “Gothic” and “Blade Runner,” Balloon Ride Fantasy is not afraid to explore themes of sci-fi and fantasy. The incredible part is that they pull it off. The new record is an enjoyable listen, even if the songs are about unicorns and magic spells. Or rather, is it especially enjoyable because the songs are about unicorns and magic spells? Depends on who you ask, I guess, but regardless, check out their new self-titled album. 

Guest DJ: Fritz Fekete

In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, PSEA Advocacy Coordinator Fritz Fekete joins Joey Spehar on The Morning Mix to play some songs inspired by school.  As the region's PSEA Advocacy Coordinator, Fritz keeps PSEA teachers and education professionals informed about issues that are relevant to them.  As today's Guest DJ, Fritz came in and shared some songs thaat inspire him in his line of work.As his first song, Fritz played "Be True to Your School" by the Beach Boys. "There are so many songs about school, and so many of them are negative," Fritz says, "so we're going to start with a positive one."Fritz's second song was "School" by Nirvana, a rough rocker from the band's debut album, Bleach.  Fritz remarks, "It's important to remember that not just kids love recess, but our members and educators love recess too.  When he's talking about 'no recess', that's the crushing stone upon educators' backs."Fritz went out with "What a Wonderful World", a classic tune by Sam Cooke.  "This song really tells us what great things we can achieve by supporting our kids, by supporting our teachers and public schools," says Fekete. Fritz's Guest DJ Set:Beach Boys - Be True To Your SchoolNirvana - SchoolSam Cooke - Wonderful World

Pittsburgh Grateful Dead History

The Grateful Dead played their first concert on May 5th, 1965.  Joey Spehar details some of The Dead's history in the Steel City on The Morning Mix. The band actually made their Pittsburgh debuton February 7th, 1969 with a show at the Stanley Theater - which was opened by another legendary band, The Velvet Underground.  Rumor has it that after the show, members of the band departed to a commune in Shadyside to celebrate in true Dead fashion.The Grateful Dead came back to Pittsburgh in 1971 for their first show in the then still fairly new Civic Arena.  They played a packed 21-song performance, with band members Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzman also playing for the tour's opener, New Riders of the Purple Sage.\One of the more memorable Dead concerts came on April 3rd, 1989, when city police clashed with a drove of loyal fans attempting to work their way into the Civic Arena without concert tickets.  The event resulted in at least 25 arrests that evening.  Pittsburgh mayor at the time, Sophie Masloff made headlines when he called the band "The Dreadful Dead".  The Grateful Dead came back the next summer, though - they put together a whopping 7-hour concert at Three Rivers Stadium with fellow band Crosby, Stills, and Nash.The Grateful Dead played one of their final shows in the Steel City in 1995, packing thousands of fans into Three Rivers Stadium and backing up traffic in multiple directions for miles.  Local music legends Rusted Root played this concert with the band, who kept truckin' despite the rain that began to pour at the end of the event.  Jerry Garcia passed away just over a month later on August 9th.  Check out all of the Grateful Dead's area performances here.