Audio Specials


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 NelsonThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST) with the Coffeehouse Conversations segment at 10am (EST).

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:

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 The Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST) with the Coffeehouse Conversations segment at 10am (EST). 

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 UniversityThe Coffeehouse airs Sundays, 8am - 11am (EST) with the Coffeehouse Conversations segment at 10am (EST).

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

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"

Coffeehouse Conversations: Kipyn Martin

Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam Kukic & Kipyn MartinOriginal Airdate - March 15th 2015 Start: Kipyn Martin - "Undercover Muse" - Undercover Muse3:03 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam Kukic & Kipyn Martin5:32 - The Mamas & The Papas - "Creeque Alley" - Deliver9:02 - Billie Holiday & Her Orchestra - "The Very Thought of You" - Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday11:45 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam Kukic & Kipyn Martin14:06 - Tori Amos - 'Winter" - Little Earthquakes19:16 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam Kukic & Kipyn Martin20:19 - Paula Cole - "Mississippi" - Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music, Vol. 124:28 - Coffeehouse Conversations w/ Adam Kukic & Kipyn Martin26:02 - Kipyn Martin - "A Case of You" - Joan & Joni

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

Guest DJ: Matt Costa

Matt Costa plays Guest DJ on The Morning Mix with Joey Spehar.Matt Costa's Guest DJ Set:Buffalo Springfield - Expecting To FlyLeslie Gore - You Don't Own MeBobbie Gentry - Fancy

Ellis Paul Guest DJs on The Morning Mix

Ellis Paul Guest DJs on The Morning Mix with Cindy Howes.  Ellis Paul's song selections:1. "City of New Orleans" Arlo Guthrie2. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" The Band  3. "Cats in the Cradle" Harry Chapin 

Jorma Kaukonen interview

Jorma Kaukonen's latest solo release is Ain't in No Hurry on Red House Records. WYEP's Mike Sauter spoke with the legendary guitarist, known for his work with the Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, about the 11-track album. Produced by Larry Campbell, the album features a song with a writing credit bringing together Kaukonen, Campbell, and Woody Guthrie ("Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me"). Also discussed in the interview is the stunning remake of the 1975 Hot Tuna song "Bar Room Crystal Ball" (with Kaukonen's partner in Hot Tuna, Jack Casady, on bass).December 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the first show Bill Graham booked at the Fillmore, the iconic San Francisco performance venue. Kaukonen was there at that show, performing with Jefferson Airplane, along with The Great Society (featuring Grace Slick), and the Grateful Dead. Kaukonen talks about the Fillmore and about the San Francisco music scene in the mid-'60s.Finally, Kaukonen discusses the Fur Peace Ranch -- 125 acres in southeastern Ohio where Kaukonen has created a music school, performance space, and art gallery.  photo: Barry Berenson

Morning Mix: Cellist, Dave Eggar

Grammy nominated Cellist and string arranger, Dave Eggar has recorded with artists as diverse as NAS, Coldplay Esperanza Spaulding and Patti Smith. Based in New York, Eggar is the Music Director for Pittsburgh dance company Attack Theatre. He joins WYEP's Brian Siewiorek to talk about recording sessions with Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett. Plus, he also talks about his own work, including his most recent project with Sibylle and Robert Redford.

Interview with Watsky

George Watsky, known better as simply “Watsky”, stopped by the WYEP studios to talk with Kyle Smith about his poetry, his music, and his most recent album All You Can Do.At only 28 years old, Watsky is well versed in the arts – he appeared on the final season of HBO’s Def Poetry program and used that as a springboard to begin touring college campuses as a spoken word and slam poet.  Watsky says that he was about 15 or 16 years old when he seriously got into poetry.  Watsky defended the art form as a vehicle of expression, saying, “I really, really love it and believe in it.  It’s a niche art form – it’s not for everybody.  Some people recoil from spoken word because they find it to be cloying and preachy and over the top.”  For Watsky, it’s also important to be as versatile of an artist as he can.  He claims, “If you’re a good artist who’s trying not to be a hack, you want to be able to be good at lots of different things and be able to pull those out of your toolbelt when you need them.”His most recent release, 2014’s All You Can Do, was inspired a lot by his parents and the hopes of a previous generation.  A member of that previous generation, Stephen Stills, was featured on “Cannonball”, the album’s final track.  “It happened through good fortune,” Watsky remarks, “We have a touring photographer named Eleanor Stills who is amazing…put the dots together – that’s his daughter.” 

Morning Mix: Bob Dylan's Musical Influences

Mike Sauter joined host Joey Spehar on the Morning Mix to discuss some of Bob Dylan’s recent public appearances.  The normally-cryptic artist recently opened up to a couple sources – an exclusive interview with the AARP Magazine and in a Musicares Person of the Year acceptance speech – and shared some insight into many of his musical influences and inspirations.  Mike and Joey took a listen to and talked about some of those influences on the 73-year-old singer-songwriter.The 1959 Johnny Cash tune “How High is the Water, Mama?” (also known as “Five Feet High and Rising”) obviously struck a chord with a teenage Bob Dylan, as he cited it as being on his mind while writing “It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding”.  Dylan says of Cash, “He was a hero of mine. I heard many of his songs growing up.  I know them better than I know my own.”“Red Hot” by Billy Lee Riley is another song Dylan considers to have an impact on his work.  Dylan remarks that the song is one that he “never grows tired of listening to”.  Riley, the song’s author, was considered by most to be a one-hit-wonder, but eventually became a close friend of Dylan’s after seeing each other at various music festivals.The Staples Singers’ “Uncloudy Day” is another track that Dylan noted as striking him at a young age. “And it was the most mysterious thing I’d ever heard. It was like the fog rolling in. What was that? How do you make that? It just went through me.”Dylan always considered Chuck Berry to be an underrated lyricist, and Berry’s 1956 ballad “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” sounds to be an almost obvious effect on the young artist.  “He was a great poet,” Dylan claims, “…only later did I realize how hard it is to write those kinds of lyrics.”Dylan’s latest album, Shadows in the Night, is a selection of Frank Sinatra songs that Dylan performs with a five-piece band.  Joey and Mike take a listen to Sinatra’s 1951 hit and opening track on Shadows in the Night, “I’m a Fool to Want You”.  “[Frank] is the mountain,” Dylan says, “Frank sang to you — not at you. I never wanted to be a singer that sings at somebody. I’ve always wanted to sing to somebody.”