January 2009

Buddy Holly Tribute: 50th Anniversary Special

Tuesday, February 3rd , 4 – 6pm on 91.3fm WYEP

Hosted and Produced by Afternoon Mix Host Rosemary Welsch

February 3 marks the 50th anniversary of “The Day the Music Died". Three of the biggest stars in rock and roll-- Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper-- and their young pilot died in a small plane crash in an Iowa cornfield. This two hour special takes a look at the influence of Buddy Holly's music and celebrates his contribution to the music world. 

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We all have favorite songs that we've discovered listening to 91.3fm WYEP.  We're trying to have some fun in these long winter months by creating the ultimate listener generated list called 'WYEP's 913 Essential Songs'. We're asking you to submit 20 songs that define the WYEP listening experience for you.  Have some fun with it, it's a chance to reflect and help us create a really cool list that we'll count down sometime in May.

I'll be posting some volunteer announcer and staff lists over the coming weeks, and some other local notables in our community.

http://www.wyep.org/events/contests/index.php?id=51

 

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Andy here, from the Tuesday Evening Mix.

I know, it's kind of late, but here is a list of my favorites from 2008.

1)DoDo's - "Visiter" (French Kiss Records)

I've written about these guys before on here.  They are fantastic.  Their second full length was a total surprise to me.  The melodies are great, but really the best part for me is the percussion.  It's loud, forceful, and gorgeous.  It sounds like they are just jamming away on whatever they can find to bang on.  It's very freeing to listen to that.

2) Hayden - "In Field and Town" (Fat Possum)

This guy just does it for me.  Always has.  People think of him as being similar to Neil Young, but actually I think he writes amazing 3 minute pop songs when he wants to.  Take for example the gem of a single, "Where and When":

"The snow was falling down like pieces of the sky last Friday night

I was outside on the street, and she was inside to a beat

Next thing I know, she's watching me writing to her in the snow

"Let's go"

She got up so close, the condensation changed her to a ghost

But she appeared again, as she wrote on the glass "Well, it depends..."

"Where and when?"

Take that and add some hand claps.  Fantastic

 

3) Fleet Foxes - "Fleet Foxes" (SubPop)

Fleet Foxes seem kind of boring.  I mean this in the best possible way, though.  They are long haired guys with beards who play alot of acoustic guitar.  This has been done a million times.  In fact, the first few times I listened to them I didn't get it.  I thought there had to be more to it.  Then I started to realize that there didn't have to be more to it.  In fact the whole debut long player is so comforting and good, that it can almost creep by you without notice.  I'll be shocked if they can't keep putting out solid releases over the next 10-15 years.  It's just feels that good and that natural.

 

4) The Walkmen "You and Me" (Gigantic)

The Walkmen are a band thats quality, in my opinion, has varied greatly at times.  They can put me to sleep with how morose and alike all their songs can sound on some recordings.  However, this release reminded me of what I've liked in the past.  I think this is the first time they have put out a whole LP that is great from front to back.  They are from NYC, and not surprsingly so.  The record sounds like walking around NYC at night in the winter time.  Or maybe, it sounds like sitting around your house in the winter with friends while having a few drinks.  You may have a different opinion of what it sounds like, but I know it will involve winter.  It has to.

 

5) Retribution Gospel Choir - "Retribution Gospel Choir" (Caldo Verde)

Well, I had wondered for a while what would happen if the band Low took it up from 20 bpm, to even like 30, or maybe 40, and just got even slightly angry.  Alan Sparhawk, of Low, has done just that with this side project.  Produced by Mark Kozelek, of Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon fame, it sounds like a lost Crazy Horse record.  No frills rock n' roll.

 

6) Spiritualized "Songs In A&E" (Fontana Intl.)

Jason Pierce's output has slowed somewhat in recent history, but the quality has not.  This is one of his best.  "Soul On Fire" is also one of the under appreciated songs of the year.

 

7) Frightened Rabbit "Midnight Organ Fight" (Fat Cat)

There is something very comforting about this record.  Which is kind of weird, as some of the lyrics are pretty harsh.  Maybe that's what makes it comforting, though.  Of course, it also always helps to swear in a heavy Scottish accent.  It just sounds that much more biting.  Not that I think that Americans should put on a fake Scottish accent and start swearing.  That would just be obnoxious.  Do you think Ryan Adams is going to start doing that?  

 

8) Vampire Weekend - "Vampire Weekend" (XL Recordings)

A lot has been written about these guys so I'm just going to tell a quick story in this place.  I have this major problem of forgetting my keys when I leave my house.  I do it probably like 5 or 6 times a year.  Thankfully my wife works at a hospital about 3 blocks from our house.  So, I have upon occasion had to call her and go to the hospital to get her key.  One cold day I did this while she was working in the ICU.  She explained to me where exactly to go and she would be waiting just inside the main doors to the unit.  I walked in and there she was.  She then preceeded to turn around and say, "Everyone, it's okay...".  The whole unit of staff turned around at this point.  "This is my husband.  You see, he locked himself out of our house so he had to walk over here to get my keys.", she says.  Everyone kind of chuckles and goes back to their business.  Kind of unnecessary, right?

 

9) MGMT - "Oracular Spectacular" (Columbia)

MGMT actually is rather over the top for me.  I'm a simple man with simple pleasures.  However, If you can write really good melodies that are amongst the catchiest this decade, well to a certain degree you can get a pass.  I still may roll my eyes at you on the cover of magazines in neon colored spandex, but I will defend the songs anytime someone brings them up.

 

10) Beach House "Devotion" (Carpark)

A very subtle release from this duo out of Baltimore.  The vocals are really what make it for me.  I find myself singing along to it all the time.  

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Here's the WYEP 2008 Top 50 recordings !

1. Radiohead, ‘In Rainbows’

2. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, ‘Raising Sand’

3. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive’

4. Kathleen Edwards, ‘Asking for Flowers’

5. Coldplay, ‘Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends’

6. Death Cab for Cutie, ‘Narrow Stairs’

7. My Morning Jacket, ‘Evil Urges’

8. DeVotchKa, ‘A Mad & Faithful Telling’

9. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, ‘100 Days 100 Nights’

10. Fleet Foxes, ‘Fleet Foxes’

11. Martha Wainwright, ‘I Know You’re Married But I’ve Got Feelings Too’

12. Vampire Weekend, ‘Vampire Weekend’

13. Michael Franti & Spearhead, ‘All Rebel Rockers’

14. Emmylou Harris, ‘All I Intended to Be’

15. Verve//Remixed 4′

16. Alejandro Escovedo, ‘Real Animal’

17. Jackie Greene, ‘Giving Up the Ghost’

18. Conor Oberst, ‘Conor Oberst’

19. Nicole Atkins, ‘Neptune City’

20. Old 97s, ‘Blame It on Gravity’

21. Joe Jackson, ‘Rain’

22. Jack Johnson, ‘Sleep Through the Static’

23. Carbon/Silicon, ‘The Last Post’

24. Buddy Guy, ‘Skin Deep’

25. Dar Williams, ‘Promised Land’

26. Elbow, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’

27. Levon Helm, ‘Dirt Farmer’

28. The Kooks, ‘Konk’

29. Sheryl Crow, ‘Detours’

30. Okkervil River ‘The Stage Names

31. Richie Havens, ‘Nobody Left to Crown’

32. Dan Wilson, ‘Free Life’

33. Mike Doughty, ‘Golden Delicious’

34. Band of Horses, ‘Cease to Begin’

35. kd Lang ‘Watershed’

36. The Black Keys, ‘Attack & Release’

37. Joan Osborne, ‘Little Wild One’

38. James Hunter, ‘The Hard Way’

39. Drive-By Truckers, ‘Brighter Than Creation’s Dark’

40. Aimee Mann, ‘#@%&! Smilers’

41. Mudcrutch, ‘Mudcrutch’

42. Beck, ‘Modern Guilt’

43. R.E.M., ‘Accelerate’

44. She & Him, ‘Volume One’

45. Chuck Prophet, ‘Soap and Water’

46. Elvis Costello, ‘Momofuku’

47. Duffy, ‘Rockferry’

48. Jim White, ‘Transnormal Skiperoo’

49. Gary Louris, ‘Vagabonds’

50. John Fogerty, ‘Revival’

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