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August 3, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!

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

Katie Dey, "Only To Trip and Fall Down Again" - Katie Dey's has made a career on making bedroom pop that recalls the early trippy music of of Animal Collective. She just dropped "Only to Trip and Fall Down Again," from her new album Flood Network (out 8/12) and its a trip down a rabbit hole. Listening to the track, you can visualize Dey sitting cross legged on the floor of her childhood bedroom, tweaking her pocket psych symphonies on a beat up laptop and cheap synthesizer.


Jamila Woods, "Vry Blk" - 
Jamila Woods is a singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and on her debut album, HEAVN, she crafts quirky neo soul with rich layers of wokeness. “VRY BLK” is an unabashedly fun track with social justice undercurrents, built on the melody of the “Mary Mack” clapping that's deceptively powerful in the right 

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July 29, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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.

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July 27, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs

In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Eli "Paperboy" Reed, "Cut Ya Down" - This Boston dude just never disappoints when it comes to a good groove. Reed is one of the most convincing modern soul singers, with an impassioned howl and an effortlessly funky band to back him up. His latest album, My Way Home, is packed with down and dirty, old school soul music that'll get you moving even more than Pokemon Go. The first single is "Cut Ya Down," with its chorus taken from a classic gospel song. If it sounds familiar, though, you may have Moby to thank - he used the same sample for "Run On" from his mega-hit album Play.  

Blind Pilot, "Umpqua Rushing" - The field of acoustic pop is a crowded one, especially since that Ed Sheeran fellow got to town, so it takes something special to stand out. Thankfully, Blind Pilot have what it takes. The band create beautifully catchy, heartfelt folk-pop that feels equally ethereal and totally human. Their latest album, And Then Like Lions, is out soon and is well worth the hour or so of your life. 

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July 22, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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July 20, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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:

Michael Kiwanuka, "The Final Frame" - After a four-year wait, Michael Kiwanuka's sophomore album Love and Hate continues the innately soulful sounds of his debut album, but with some remarkable growth. There's an added cinematic feel, thanks in part to the production work of Danger Mouse, and Kiwanuka also steps out in the roles of guitarist and bandleader, making this closing track sear and ache.

The Julie Ruin, "I'm Done" - Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame is back with the second album by her latest band The Julie Ruin, called Hit Reset. This defining punk voice tears through yet another great pop song, mixing attitude, a defiant melancholy and plenty of bounce.

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July 15, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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July 13, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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:

Dan Bubien, "Grinding These Gears"The Beaver County blues-rocker's lively title track from a September release includes a sax solo from Eddie Manion (Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball Tour"/Joe Grushecky.) If you dig Grushecky's Houserockers you'll appreciate Bubien's band and this song about movin' on. Bubien's a tasteful guitar player. The nice piano touches here are courtesy of Joe Munroe, from the WQED-TV American Soundtrack house band. 

Butch Walker, "Descending" That's alt-country heroine Ashley Monroe providing the counter-vocals to Walker in this ballad about a relationship that's in limbo, leaning towards dissipation. ("We're not falling; we're not flying; we're somewhere in between...") "I just want you to worry about me some times," sings Walker, the acclaimed rootsy rocker whose credits as a producer range from Taylor Swift to Frank Turner and Avril Lavigne to Dashboard Confessional.

 

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July 8, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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July 6, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!

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

The Avalanches, “Colours” - The Avalanches’ return with their long-awaited new album Wildflower (out July 8), long awaited being 16 years since their classic Since I Left You dropped, drawing a straight line from the Dust Brothers production on Pauls’ Boutique and Beck’s Odelay, To DJ Shadow to Girl Talk. The album had over 3,000 discrete record samples. “Colours” is just a swirling miasma of good vibes and record scratches and straight up weirdness.

Maxwell, 1990x"1990x" is off of BlackSUMMERS'night the upcoming fifth studio album by Maxwell. It is set to be released on July 1, 2016. It is the first album that Maxwell has released in nearly seven years. The r&b lothario is mostly known for his mid 90s albums Embra and Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, and has arrive back with this just languorous with really thick strings a  little off kilter vibe...with 90s R&B/neo soul sound which was really come back around. 

 

 

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July 1, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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June 29, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs

In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Car Seat Headrest, "Fill in the Blank" - Ignore the awful name for a second and turn this one up — this is noisy, guitar-driven indie rock at its finest. The single comes from Teens of Denial, the first proper release from Car Seat Headrest after band leader Will Toledo's long run of self-released Bandcamp albums that stretches back to 2010. With "Fill in the Blank," Toledo hollers that "You've got no right to be depressed," a line that's as attention-grabbing as it is provocative. But sung in such a catchy melody, it's best to shout along and not overthink things.

 

Brand New, "I Am a Nightmare" - The saviours of emo return! Brand New have long been the among the most experimental and original bands to ever be labeled as emo. Their last album was a thrashy, messy affair back in 2009 and they've been largely silent ever since. But with "I Am a Nightmare," the band is returning to a sound thats a bit easier to swallow. There's still no promise of a new album, but fans can cross their fingers that one is in the works.

 

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June 24, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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June 22, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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:

River Whyless, "All Day All Night" - This Asheville, North Carolina quartet releases its new album We All The Light in August. It's not their first, but in better-late-than-never form, this song introduced me to their expansive acoustic sound. With hypnotic rhythms and harmonies, bands like HEM and The Low Anthem came to mind (the latter, coincidentally, being current tourmates of River Whyless), and with three songwriters in the band, I look forward to hearing the variety and range it brings to the album.

 

Erin McKeown, "The Queer Gospel" - This is the closing track of a six-song EP out this week called According To Us, and it's a signature Erin mix of wordplay and humor, depth and activism, and of course, melody. I first heard it live last month at a show and where the humor stood out then, the heart stands out now. After the Orlando shootings, this song comes with some hurt but hopefully some healing too. And pride.

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June 17, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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June 15, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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:

Angel Olsen, "Intern" - An alluring dream-pop song that deals with fickle expectations and the sometimes crushing weight of fame. ("I don't care what the papers say/You're just another intern with a resume.") It's the lead-off track for Angel's Sept. 2 album, which she said is about “the complicated mess of being a woman."

The Interrupters, "Say It Out Loud" - A female led ska-punk band is refreshing enough. But this song, off the California group's June 24 album, is irresistible fun. Produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, this blast of guitar-fueled energy offers a melodic, feel-good and utterly catchy chorus celebrating a friendship spanning 20 years and countless beers. The singer's point: I don't want to die, but if I do die, I know you'll be by my side.

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