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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. 

Coffeehouse Conversations: Emily Kinney

Emily Kinney Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicStart: Emily Kinney - "Be Good" - Expired Love2:46 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic6:36 - Jaymay - "Gray or Blue" - Autumn Fallin'9:41 - Emily Kinney - "Expired Lover" - Expired Love13:03 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic15:20 - Lisa Loeb - "Stay (Acoustic Version)" - The Purple Tape18:13 - Hem - "Lazy Eye" - Rabbit Songs20:27 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic23:35 - Emily Kinney - "This Is War" - This Is War - Single26:48 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam KukicBonus Material:Extras #1:Emily Kinney on covering Tom Waits for The Walking Dead (Tom Waits - "Hold On" - Mule Variations)Extras #2:Emily Kinney on some early musical influences courtesy of her parents including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King & Creedence Clearwater Revival:Start - Joni Mitchell - "A Case of You" - Blue 4:16 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic4:53 - Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Moon Rising" - Green RiverExtras #3:Start - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam Kukic1:00 - Flybys - "Get Into My Car" - Your Mother's Love - EP3:46 - Halsey - "Is There Somewhere" - Room 93 - EP 7:10 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Emily Kinney & Adam KukicThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations airing at 10am (EST).  

Coffeehouse Conversations: Elizabeth & The Catapult

Elizabeth Ziman (Elizabeth & The Catapult) Coffeehouse Conversations with Adam KukicRecorded on April 26th, 2015 - Airdate May 3rd, 2015Start: Elizabeth & The Catapult - "Race You" Taller Children3:00 -Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Elizabeth Ziman & Adam Kukic7:53 - Richard Swift - "Lady Luck" - The Atlantic Ocean11:40 - Damien Jurado - "Silver Timothy" - Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son14:50 - Kishi Bashi - "Philosophize in It! Chemicalize with It!" - Lighght18:02 -Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Elizabeth Ziman & Adam Kukic20:23 - Laura Mvula - "Sing to the Moon" - Sing to the Moon24:22 - Elizabeth & The Catapult - "Happy Pop" - Like It Never Happened28:00 -Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Elizabeth Ziman & Adam Kukic30:23 - Stevie Wonder - "Village Ghetto Land" - Natural Wonder33:43 -Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Elizabeth Ziman & Adam KukicBonus material:Elizabeth got a call from Sarah Bareilles during our Coffeehouse Conversation : Sarah Bareilles - "Love Song" - Little VoiceThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays from 8am - 11am (EST) with Coffeehouse Conversations airing at 10am (EST).   

Billy Price interviews Muscle Shoals FAME Producer Rick Hall

Pittsburgh soul legend, Billy Price, talks to legendary Muscle Shoals producer, Rick Hall. Listen to their full conversation below (16 mins long) or check out the produced piece that aired on The Morning Mix (10 mins). Rick Hall, legendary record producer/songwriter and founder of FAME Studios in Alabama, released a new autobiography titled The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Jorney from Shame to Fame.  Additionally, Pittsburgh's own soul legend Billy Price is releasing a new record with Otis Clay called This Time for Real (out on May 19th).  Billy Price recently had the chance to interview Rick Hall, and the two ended up having a conversation that's both enlightening and Rick talks for a bit about his first record, You Better Move On with Arthur Alexander.  "I found out he was a very good songwriter," he says, "I modified the lick [from Ben E. King's "Stand By Me"] a little bit so it would sound poppy.  That's what we went with."Hall addresses the passing of the great Percy Sledge by discussing the recording of Percy's first big hit, "When a Man Loves a Woman", and the push to get the song published.  He states, "The producers [Quin Ivy, Marlin Greene] were signed to me as songwriters.  They came to me and said, 'We've cut some sides on Percy Sledge and I'd like to hear what you think.'...I said, 'I think it's a number one record worldwide.'"Rick Hall takes some time to talk about some of the other artists he's worked with over the years as well.  Among them:  Bobby Womack, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Mac Davis, Tom Jones, The Osmonds, Etta James, Bobby Gentry, and Otis Clay.Billy Price's new album with Otis Clay titled This Time for Real comes out next month on Bonedog Records.Rick Hall's autobiography, The Man from Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame is currently on sale.

Coffeehouse Conversations: Andre Costello

Andre Costello Coffeehouse Conversations with Adam KukicAirdate March 29th, 2015Start - Andre Costello & The Cool Minors - "Hear Say" - Summer's Best3:29 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Andre Costello & Adam Kukic7:58 - Grateful Dead - "Dire Wolf" - Workingman's Dead11:16 - Bright Eyes - "Another Travellin' Song" - I'm Wide Awake It's Morning15:22 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Andre Costello & Adam Kukic21:45 - Death Cab For Cutie - "Rockin' Chair" - Endless Highway: The Music of The Band27:02 - Dirty Projectors - "Swing Lo Magellan" - Swing Lo Magellan29:33 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Andre Costello & Adam Kukic34:50 - Andre Costello & The Cool Minors - "Steady Loaded People" - The Rattling Arcade41:10 - Animal Colletive - "Winters Love" - Sung Tongs44:56 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Andre Costello & Adam KukicAlso Referenced: Delicate Steve & David ByrneThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST) with the Coffeehouse Conversations segment at 10am (EST).

Kurt Neumann of BoDeans Guest DJs

The Wisconsin-based band BoDeans have a new album out called "I Can't Stop", and they'll be performing tonight at Jergel's in Warrendale.  Frontman of BoDeans, Kurt Neumann, stopped by for a Guest DJ set on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes.Kurt's first selection was "You Love the Thunder" by Jackson Browne.  The song inspired Neumann going way back to his high school years.  "The title 'You Love the Thunder', it always reminded me of how much I loved rock and roll," Neumann says.  The second song Neumann played was "Long December" by the Counting Crows.  Chiefly, he claimed that the tune was a beautifully performed and written song.  "It always reminded me of L.A.," Neumann says, "A lot of people either connect with it or they don't out there.  I'm a midwesterner, so I don't connect with L.A. so well, and that song just kind of summed up the loneliness that I think is out there a lot.""Daughter" by Pearl Jam - another song that Neumann really admires for its strong songwriting - was his final pick.  "I have five daughters at home," says Neumann, "so anything that has to do with a 'daughter', I'm going to listen to and take note of." Kurt's song selections:1. Jackson Browne - "You Love The Thunder"2. Counting Crows - "A Long December"3. Pearl Jam - "Daughter"

Coffeehouse Conversations: Rebecca Loebe

Rebecca Loebe Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded January 4th, 2015 & Aired on February 1st, 2015Start - Rebecca Loebe - "Swallowed by the Sea" - Circus Heart3:44 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Rebecca Loebe & Adam Kukic9:00 - Danny Malone - "Sugar Water" - Balloons12:36 - Devon Sproule & Mike O'Neill - "You Can't Help It" - Colours15:48 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Rebecca Loebe & Adam Kukic20:26 - John Eilliot & The Hereafter - "The American West" - Backyards25:44 - Jinx McGee featuring Moorhaunter - "Cool with It" - Enjoy Your Body28:42 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Rebecca Loebe & Adam Kukic34:31 - Rebecca Loebe - Lie - Three Nights LiveBonus:Rebecca Loebe on guilty pleasure song,  Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend" & Lucy Wainwright RocheRebecca Loebe on recording a Bus Sessions with Nicki Bluhm & The Grambles - "One Toke Over the Line" The Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST) with the Coffeehouse Conversations segment at 10am (EST).

Local 913, Episode 4 - Wreck Loose

Wreck LooseIf you’ve not yet had the pleasure of listening to Pittsburgh’s Wreckloose, we’re very pleased to introduce you to the guitar and piano driven, classic-rock inspired outfit. Formed in 2013, Max Somerville, Dave Busch & Nathan Zoob have played together for years, most recently in the band Backstabbing Good People. Drummer Derek Krystek has known Somerville since freshmen year at the University of Pittsburgh. With that kind of history it’s no wonder the chemistry was immediate! Along with Backstabbing Good People, members of Wreckloose have performed with bands from the glam-pop band Dazzletine to the folk pop Mark Dignam and the House of Song. The eclectic nature of everyone’s musical backgrounds doesn’t seem to keep these guys from pushing all sorts of 1970’s California rock and roll nostalgia buttons. Even if you’ve never heard these songs, they are somehow instantly familiar. Frontman and pianist Max Somerville looks and sounds like he’s living in the wrong decade: guy sounds like a perfect mixture of Harry Nilsson and Elton John. Luckily for Wreckloose, they can carry this classic-rock torch strongly into the 21st century, along with modern acts like Dawes, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals and The Tedeschi Trucks Band. Another secret weapon these guys have is their solid harmonies layered perfectly under Somerville’s unconventional, yet appealing vocals, which also sound a bit like Ben Folds. Finally, you can’t discuss Wreckloose without making mention of Nathan Zoob’s flying guitar solos that would make Mark Knopfler green with envy. The band is currently working on their first full-length release. You can learn more about Wreckloose at their website:

Coffeehouse Conversations: Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam KukicRecorded April 7th, 2015 & Aired April 26th, 2015Start - Josh Rouse - "Some Days I'm Golden All Night" - (The Embers of Time)2:54 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Josh Rouse & Adam Kukic4:48 - Aaorn Embry - "The Raven's Song" - (Tiny Prayers)6:31 - The Wave Pictures - "I Could Hear the Telephone (3 Floors Above Me)" - (Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon)9:33 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Josh Rouse & Adam Kukic11:46 - Carole King - "I Feel the Earth Move" - (Tapestry)14:34 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Josh Rouse & Adam Kukic16:09 - Josh Rouse - "Crystal Falls" - (The Embers of Time)The Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST) with the Coffeehouse Conversations segment at 10am (EST).

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