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April 27, 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:

Beth Orton,"1973" - A new album from Beth Orton is good news enough, but the fact that beats are back in her sound is even better. With nods to her late '90s "folktronica," Orton incorporates the synth-pop textures of today too. The result (in this song especially) is a perfect combo of her breathy melodies and a playful spark. Look for Kidsticks, out on May 27.  

Adia Victoria,"Dead Eyes" - South Carolina, Atlanta, New York City, Paris and now Nashville have been part of Adia Victoria's life and travels, so while this song showcases rock, blues, country, swagger and hurt, it's just a taste of what she can do. Her influences and versatility extend her sound into soulful sweetness and punk edge, and we'll get to hear more when her debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, is released on May 13.

 

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April 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:

Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, "One Night Only"
- A shout-out to Misra Records for allowing us this radio exclusive from the Pittsburgh rock band's forthcoming album (out in June). This cut's a bit twangier than some of the more Neil Young-ish tracks. The whole album has an rambunctious, frisky urgency with off-kilter lyrics and hooks that stick immediately.


Hot Hot Heat, "Kid Who Stays in the Picture"The Vancouver rockers announced their farewell album after 17 years. This is the single, a bouncy mid-tempo track with a couple odd synth warbles to keep you on your toes. The lyrics are a bit of a mantra about staying passionate over selfish interests. Singer Steve Bays says it's a song about his best friend from childhood, who seemed destined for fame. "He was the best singer, actor, comedian, athlete... you name it, but as we grew up, I watched his laughter fade to seriousness as 'real life' eroded his sense of humor and wonder. He inadvertently taught me the importance of fighting to stay young at heart and holding onto your innocence for as long as you can, because once it's gone, it's gone."

 

 

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April 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.

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April 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:

Whitney, "Golden Days"Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, both formerly of Smith Westerns, just dropped  “Golden Days” from their upcoming debut album Light Upon The Lake out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian. It keeps some of that androgynous pop glam of their former band, while imbuing it with this sort of sincere innocence. They also kept SM’s tricky recording habits of lo-fi artistry and applied it here...I'm a sucker for a song that sounds older than it does, or analog or warm in some way. This sounds like a Badfinger demo or something like that...they can certainly evoke a place and time.

Frankie Cosmos, "On The Lips" - 22-year old Greta Simone Kline,  better known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, and daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, started as a bedroom artist; she’s released over 40 albums on her Bandcamp; and she sings so soft it could lull you to sleep. On her sophomore studio album, Next Thing, which just dropped last Friday, she's still culling from her insanely prolific bedroom years, pulling the song "On the Lips" from a quiet acoustic release in 2013 im sorry im hi lets go. It's so quiet and sort of dream like, with a weird sort of logic and poetry. Initially, I kind of dismissed her as way too twee to take seriously—I think she did a performance for Pitchfork in the middle of a miniature town with toy railroads, like they have at the Carnegie Science Center—just screaming to soundtrack a slow-mo closing scene from Wes Anderson...but this song stuck with me...and the rest of her album does the same. 

 

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April 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.

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March 30, 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): 

Kevin Morby, "Dorothy" - Kevin Morby splits the difference between Mikael Cronin and Kurt Vile. That is to say he's a folk-minded garage rock kid who knows how to write a hook without getting too excited about it. Morby used to play bass in New York collective Woods (whose latest I played last month), but he's been out on his own now for three albums. His latest, called Singing Saw, is by far his best — it's a spooky, beautiful gem of folk rock tunes. "Dorothy" is the album's first single.

Peter Bjorn and John, "Breakin Point" - These Swedes became megastars when their hit "Young Folks" got thrown on every radio and shopping center playlist in America in 2006. They've released music since then, but nothing quite as good as this new track. Simple, super-catchy melody, playful vibes and even the whistling that was the hallmark of "Young Folks." This track has all the makings of a real, live comeback for this trio. 

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March 25, 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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March 23, 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:

MUNA, "Loudspeaker" - MUNA is an LA-based band that call its sound "dark pop." The talented trio writes, produces and performs the songs top to bottom, and even though there's definite pop polish, the lyrics have real depth and heart. They proved that in their SXSW performance for FUV by doing a version of "Loudspeaker" with just two guitars and three voices (for the first time, by the way). Look for the studio version as the title track of a new EP due out on May 6.

Margaret Glaspy, "You and I" - Margaret Glaspy is a Northern California native who is now based in New York and spent some time in Boston in-between. She apparently has fiddle skills and it makes sense given the melody in her guitar lines. Mixed with the melody is some edge – musically and lyrically – and you'll hear both in this tune, which is on Glaspy's recent EP and hopefully on her forthcoming debut album too.

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March 18, 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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March 17, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

Key tacks for the week of March 7th features a talented and top female Blues voice in Shemekia Copeland. Her first release came out in 1998, Shemekia now has 7 studio efforts that border
and bounce from traditional blues to soul, r&b, and contemporary blues. The following are the 5 Key Tracks, so far, from Shemekia Copeland's career.

Monday's Key Track 'Lemon Pie'

Tuesday's Key Track 'Outskirts of Love'

Wednesday's Key Track 'Who Stole My Radio'

Thursday's Key Track 'Never Goin' Back to Memphis'

Friday's Key Track 'Livin on Love'

Key Tracks is a feature that airs weekdays at 1pm on WYEP. Tune in for a different artist and their 5 Key Tracks each week on WYEP. listen at wyep.org

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March 17, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

This week's Key Tracks on WYEP features the music of My Morning Jacket. The band calls Louisville Kentucky home, and is led by Jim James. James has had a hand in quite
a few musical projects, production, and a solo effort.

Monday's Key Track from My Morning Jacket

Just One Thing

Tuesday's Key Track

Compound Fracture

Wednesday's Key Track

Golden

Thursday's Key Track

Jim James "A new Life"

Friday's Key Track

Key Tracks airs weekdays at 1pm on WYEP. Featuring a different band each week, spotlighting 5 Key Tracks from their career. Listen at wyep.org

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March 16, 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:

Andrew Leahey & The Homestead, "Little in Love" - "Let's stay up 'til the church bells ring," sings Leahey on this easy-going single from a May 27 album produced by Uncle Tupelo/Wilco drummer Ken Coomer. "I wrote that song in my friend's van on the way back home from South By Southwest," the Nashville-based Leahey says via email. "It was a perfect afternoon -- open windows, lazy sun, road markers, stretched sky -- and I tried to funnel that feeling into the music."

Citing Tom Petty as an influence (I hear a little Dawes), Leahey's entire album brims with hooky, straight-forward rock songs that celebrate life's simple joys. He wrote the album while recovering from emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor, which spurred the album's joie de vivre. Leahey will entertain March 19 at a cool local music club, Wooley Bully's, in New Brighton, where there's never a cover charge.

Laura Gibson, "Empire Builder" - A different kind of road-trip tune; pretty and poetic with images of lumber yards, coal mines, dried up oil fields and "1,000 lonely pines bending their backs to the sky" whisking by as the folk-rock singer takes a train trip, leaving behind the man she loves for a journey of self-discovery. Gibson recounted that trip in an NPR interview, saying, "The whole time on the train I was checking my phone for some sort of text, an affirmation from him that this choice I was making was OK. He was conflicted too, and much of the first half of the route is beyond the reach of cell phone towers. I'd stare out into the dark, and every so often capture more footage. I found myself writing the same two sentences over and over again: 'Hurry up and lose me. Hurry up and find me again.' This song captured a moment of utter unknowing, of self-doubt and confliction."
Do yourself a favor, and check our Gibson's lyric video to this, title track for her album coming out April 1. Better yet, check her out live tonight (March 16) at Club Cafe, opening for Shearwater.

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March 11, 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:

March 9, 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:

Little Scream, “Love as a Weapon” - Back in 2011, Laurel Sprengelmeyer released The Golden Record, her debut album as Little Scream, which drew comparisons to St. Vincent / Neko Case/ CHelsea wolf for really intense electric folk/ with gothy overtones. She’s back with a song/new direction/new label (Merge) on “Love as a weapon” a funky little pop song with Sprengelmeyer trying on a very vampy falsetto, and a generally very cool vibe.

Kendrick Lamar Feat. Cee-Lo Green, "untitled 06 | 06.30.2014" - King Kendrick surprised his fans with an album of eight unreleased tracks last Thursday night, titled untitled.unmastered. that for whatever reason didn’t make his generation defining, shoulda-been-album-of-the-year To Pimp a Butterfly. "untitled 6 I 06.30.2014" is another trip down the acid funk rabbit hole, sharing extremely similar creative real estate with the bulk of TPAB, but still capable of surprising. Kendrick is in the zone right now, and it seems like anything he touches is worthy of thorough analysis and celebration.

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March 4, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

Key Tracks is a feature that airs weekdays at 1pm on WYEP's Midday Mix. Five quality songs from the library of the artist of the week.

The week of February 29th to March 4th focuses on the varied career and sounds of Ben Harper. Ben Harper developed a large following after the release of his debut album Welcome To The Cruel World in 1994. His music combines elements of rock, soul, funk, folk, reggae, and blues. Harper has released a dozen albums, and is getting set to release his 13th studio effort later this Spring.

Monday's Key Track 'Fly One Time'

Tuesday's Key Track 'With My Own Two Hands'

Thursday's Key Track 'Steal My Kisses'

Friday's Key Track 'Burn To Shine'

Listen up weekdays at 1pm for Key Tracks on WYEP. A different artist is featured each week.

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