Willie Nile will be opening our next WYEP Free member show with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers on Tuesday, February 2nd at the New Hazlett Theater. Here's a recent video from a benefit concert in Asbury Park in which Joe Grushecky & Bruce Springsteen joined Willie Nile on stage for a rocking version of Willie's song 'Heaven Help The Lonely'.
Today marks the 49th birthday of Wayne Coyne (lead singer of The Flaming Lips). I mentioned it on the Morning Mix today and got this great listener email from Paul in Pittsburgh:
"You were mentioning that it was Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips’ birthday and he was born in Pittsburgh. His parents were from the Troy Hill section of the North Side (the little plateau above the Heinz plant). My older sister was a very good friend of his aunt and used to see them play at their restaurant/bar on Mt Royal Blvd in Shaler, around 20 years ago, when they were still up and coming. When they played the East Coast they would swing through and play there. My sister also said Wayne is a very kind and generous fellow."
Nice!!! Take some time to listen to a fellow Pittsburgher today on his birthday :)
This week we're are featuring the new Vampire Weekend cd Contra as our featured cd of the week.
The review is here http://www.wyep.org/support/cdoftheweek/
Enjoy the new Video for "Cousins"
A singer–songwriter is a musician who writes, composes and sings their own material including lyrics and melodies. They often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using an acoustic guitar or piano. Their lyrics are often personal. The song is more important than the performance. The sound can be sparse, direct and reflective, again placing the emphasis on the song itself. Singer-songwriters came into popularity in the early 1970’s and are still sharing their stories with us as we embark on a new decade.
Join me January 10th on The Sunday Mix as we explore the best of... singer-songwriters. From the 1940’s until the present, artists from all around the world. Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Barb S. – Sunday Mix Host
Happy New Year!
New local music for January!! You can find these on The Local News Podcast or Mon-Thurs at 9 pm on 91.3 fm. Let me know what you think- firstname.lastname@example.org. A lot of familiar names this month with great sounding albums.
Chalk Dinosaur- "Rosedale" (Chalk Dinosaur)
New band made of mostly students (CMU, Robert Morris and CCAC). Fun indie-pop sound- similar to locals Good Night, States. They cite Death Cab, Weezer, The Beach Boys and My Morning Jacket as influences (among others). This is their debut.
Bill Deasy- "No One Try and Talk Me Down" (Being Normal)
Bill's kind of rocking out on this release. He's brought in some electric guitars and has found his "rock star voice". Another great collection from one of Pittsburgh's finest singers.
The Boogie Hustlers- "Find A Way" (The Boogie Hustlers)
Third release from the local funk/soul band. This time they
found a new singer, dropped the horns and made an album that sounds more like The Boogie Hustlers than their two previous albums.
*** An addendum *** It is the same lead singer as the other two records. From Ryan Meals of The Boogie Hustlers:
"Wanted to let you know that all 3 of our albums have the same lead singers, no new one for this album. What happened is right after "True Colors" (2nd album) was released, Vince left the band, only to return a year or so later. On this album, we did add a 3rd voice to the vocals, Scott Jamison, whose voice adds depth to the vocal harmonies in addition to his aux. percussion playing."
Good Brother Earl- "When I Come Around" (Fiction)
Also a third release from the local roots-rock quartet. This song sounds very tight- this band has hit their stride with a strong new release. PS: it is NOT a Green Day cover.
Check out RJD2's new video for "There Will Be Horns" which prominently features the programming offices at WYEP. Did you see the pledge peeps? Or how about Brian's Joey Ramone bobble head?
RJD2, based in Philly, is a prominent DJ, producer and musician. He began his career DJ-ing in Colombus, OH. He's released several groundbreaking albums and is known for creating the theme song to AMC's TV show Mad Men. "There Will Be Horns" is from RJD2's latest release The Colossus which is due out on January 19th.
Widely considered one of the best break up albums of all time, Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks officially turns 35 on Janaury 17th. Join us on Monday, January 18th as we roll out and feature many of tracks from this seminal album throughout the day on WYEP. We'll feature covers from national artists, highlight the record with a Discumentary spotlight at 3pm, and air some exclusive covers recorded recently from Pittsburgh area musicians. We'll air songs, national and local covers throughout the day and also feature a special edition of the Local News at 9pm spotlighting the local covers.