April 2015

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Pop City's Patrick Bowman

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Eternal Summers, “Gold and Stone” - “Gold and Stone” is the title track from the Virginia-based trios’s upcoming fourth album out on June 2nd. They've spent most of their career crafting jangling, psychedelic tinged alt-rock in the vein of the Stone Roses and the the La’s, and “Gold and Stone” is just an excellent example of that style. Lead singer Nicole Yun boasts a ghostly version of Dolores O'Riordan's (The Cranberries) voice, and ushers along the beautifully simple guitar parts and wordless vocal melodies to a series of satisfying crescendos. The group stops by the Smiling Moose on Thursday, May 7.

Tanlines, “Slipping Away” - The Brooklyn-based dance-pop duo Tanlines make music that's perpetually ready for the summer, and they seem to always have a habit of releasing music in the spring months, presumably allowing listeners enough time to get their barbecue playlists ready. And now, they've just dropped "Slipping Away," the second single from their upcoming sophomore release Highlights (out May 19) and it's one of the group's best tracks to date: a shimmery, new wave blast of summery pop tinged with a hint of melancholy (aka, Tanlines' wheelhouse). They'll be in town on June 26 at Mr. Small's.

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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio:

 

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Best Coast, "Feeling OK" - The new Best Coast album California Nights is due out in early May, and its title track points to a more expansive sound for the band. This song definitely turns up the volume a bit, but it gets right to the pop punk, '90s nostalgia, recalling Letters To Cleo or even K's Choice. I also appreciate that it celebrates the grey of life: not feeling good or bad, but okay.

Calexico, "When The Angels Played" - For a couple of decades Calexico has embraced the sounds and stories of the Southwest, and the cinematic quality of the band's songs continues on the new album, Edge of the Sun. The layers of instrumentation are a huge part of that visual feel, but this particular track strips them back a bit. It may be a short song, but there is a lot to grab onto in the melody and lyrics, and while it's a sad song, it's also full of beauty.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha's Vineyard!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Dawes, "Things Happen" - "Things happen...that's all they ever do." I can't get enough of this honest tune from the new Dawes album. These lyrics really hit me and somehow make me feel like everything is gonna be OK. I'm really excited to hear the entire new album - "All Your Favorite Bands" comes out June 2nd.

Ryan Montbleau Band, "Pacing Like Prince" - Before they went their separate ways, the Ryan Montbleau Band recorded one last album. After a decade of touring the country together, this release certainly marks the end of an era for the band. You'll hear a lot of emotion within the tracks on "Growing Light" (officially out 4/21), but there's a whole lotta funkiness in this particular song.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Balloon Ride Fantasy, "0100101" - This 6-piece Pittsburgh synth-rock band released a terrifically catchy and cohesive album yesterday with nice male-female split vocals.

In Letter Form, "Wait Now" - New single from San Francisco post-punk foursome that wears its Bauhaus and Joy Division influences proudly. "We are sentimental about the way we go about writing songs," says singer Eric Miranda, notingthat just like the band's name, "Yes, we still write and mail letters."

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Pop City's Patrick Bowman

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Hop Along, "Waitress" - This Philly band is gearing up to release their sophomore album Painted Shut on April 21st, and they dropped the album's barnstorming first single "Waitress" in early March. Lead singer Frances Quinlan's raspy, full-bodied howl really propels this expertly constructed slice of wiry guitar rock into the stratosphere. By the time the track hits its calamitous conclusion, Quinlan is practically on fire.

Tame Impala, "Let it Happen" - After two albums of heady, exploratory psychedelic rock, Australian returns with the new synth-laden single "Let it Happen" off their upcoming third record. The almost eight minute behemoth infuses proggy electro with the group's already established druggy sunshine rock, creating a potent trip which bodes extremely well for their new batch of material. They will be at Stage AE on June 6.

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