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December 4, 2015 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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Pairings Dec 4 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

December 2, 2015 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 Patrick Bowman sharing his favorite song and favorite album of 2015.

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

Jamie XX, "SeeSaw" Feat. Romy Croft - Jamie XX, producer/mastermind behind British electronic rock outfit The XX, dropped his debut full-length solo effort In Colour in May to wide critical acclaim. The album bounces around with some different styles, but almost always, there's a chilly, particularly English melancholy coloring his sonic palette. "SeeSaw" featuring fellow XX member Romy Croft, is, for all intents and purposes, a new XX song, but it's probably Jamie XX's most dynamic and emotive song to date. He builds the track simply, with a breakbeat sample followed by percolating arpeggios of synth before Croft comes cruising in with her sensually cryptic lyrics; lyrics that sound more like she's forcing herself to feel something after some smoldering passion has withered away. One of my favorite tracks of the year.

The Alabama Shakes, "Sound and Color" - The Alabama Shakes' first album, 2012's Boys and Girls, was an above average retro-soul rocker that was, above all else, a showcase for lead singer/songwriter Brittnay Howard's incredible talents. But Sound and Color, the group's follow up released in the spring of this year, is a massive leap forward in vision and execution, allowing the group to maintain their sonic identity and influences while charting a bold, confident new direction full of limber, unexpected melodies, risky compositions, and an overall futurist soul vibe. The album's title track (and track one) is an otherworldly and beautiful song that shows what Sound and Color is trying to do in miniature: the humming organ/xylophone opening and proceeding relaxed instrumentation, Howard's dream-like lyrics, and unusual song structure, it all makes for a seriously immersive listener experience.

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November 27, 2015 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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Pairings Nov 27 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

November 25, 2015 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!

Quilt, "Eliot St." - This Boston band has been bubbling under the surface of the psychedelic folk scene for a few albums now, but their upcoming "Plaza," out in February, aims to change that. The band is among peers with Real Estate and Woods, but they add a refined sound to their catchy, weird little jams that set them apart. Think psychedelic rock via The Beatles' White Album rather than The Grateful Dead.

Israel Nash, "LA Lately" - This is the latest single from current Texas resident Israel Nash — he recorded his new album, Silver Season, in the studio he built himself on his 15-acre ranch. As such, his folk rock feels wide open, his songs full of space. Nash is most often compared to a modern day Neil Young, and the similarities are hard to ignore. Just take a listen to the guy's gentle falsetto on this beautiful track. Guaranteed to put you in a great mood, and want to take a long, long drive.

 

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November 20, 2015 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:

Pairings Nov 20 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

November 18, 2015 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:

Santigold, "Can't Get Enough of Myself" - This new song from Santigold premiered a couple of weeks ago, and her album 99¢ will be out until January. As the title indicates, there is a humorous confidence in the lyrics, but they include some social commentary too. Sonically, Santigold has incorporated anything from indie-rock to electronica on her past two albums, so I'm curious to hear the range of the new songs. This one is dance pop with a reggae tinge, bringing a light, fun and summery feel for the fall.

Dylan LeBlanc, "Cautionary Tale" - Dylan LeBlanc returns to his Muscle Shoals roots for album number three, teaming up with Single Lock Records (including John Paul White, formerly of The Civil Wars, and Ben Tanner, of Alabama Shakes). They let his songs shine, but hauntingly so. This song is the title track of LeBlanc's January release, and although it has a stripped-down, ghost town feel, the layers it does have are tastefully added and beautifully arranged.

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November 13, 2015 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:

Pairings Nov 13 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

November 11, 2015 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:

Jimmy & the Revolvers, "The Morning Paper" - Four lads from Liverpool provide catchy pub rock with horns on this scrappy, not-too-serious song about questioning one's decisions.

Official Burnt Toast, "Money as Debt"- Socially conscious U.K. trip-hop trio with some spoken-word poetry, lashing out here against a banking/financial system too willing to let people fall into debt.

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November 6, 2015 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:

Pairings Nov 6 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

November 4, 2015 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 Patrick Bowman

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

Grimes, "Flesh Without Blood" - Canadian Art popper Grimes (Claire Boucher) made a ton of end of year lists back in 2012 with her debut full length album Visions, including mine, and now she's back with the impending release of Art Angels, out this Friday.

Dusk, "Too Sweet" - DUSK, a new side project from Tenement frontman Amos Pitsch, just released the Steely Dan esque “Too Sweet” — the B-side on the Wisconsin band’s upcoming debut single — and Pitsch lets Julia Blair take over on vocal duties to imbue the track with a robust bit of soul, tinged with country twang.

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October 30, 2015 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:

Pairings Oct 30 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

October 28, 2015 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 he played with commentary by Justin!

Nikki Hill, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists - In the post-Amy Winehouse era, we have no shortage of modern soul singers who can belt out a tune and sink into a groove. But few of them really try rocking. Nikki Hill is a North Carolina singer who's as influenced by Otis Redding as she is AC/DC, and her album "Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists" rocks as much as it swings. Hill's voice is powerful and bluesy but she manages to convey heartache through the squall of guitars — and the album's title track cranks the guitars all the way up. Watch out for Nikki Hill. If there's any justice in the world, you'll be hearing more from her.

GospelbeacH, Sunshine Skyway - You can't quite call GospelbeacH a supergroup, but these five dudes certainly have an impressive CV: they've played with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Everest and other great rock bands. Together, they create a mellow, California-driving soundtrack that bleeds influence from Jackson Browne, The Byrds and especially the folkier side of The Grateful Dead. The marquee name here is Neal Casal, a guitarist whose played with everyone who's anyone in modern folk rock. The whole thing feels like the band making fun of itself and the scene that spawned it, but it's loose and solid listening regardless. Their debut album, Pacific Surf Line, is a great time for a toke as the sun goes down.

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October 23, 2015 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:

Pairings Oct 23 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

October 21, 2015 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:

The Suffers, "Stay" - Although "Stay" was released on an EP earlier this year, it's worth featuring a new-ish track today to spread the word that there is a full-length, debut album from The Suffers coming in early 2016. This 10-piece Houston band is fronted by the electric Kam Franklin, and the retro-soul side they wowed Letterman with in March is only part of what they do. There's R&B, hip hop and cumbia mixed in, and you get a taste of a slower groove with this track.

Martin Courtney, "Airport Bar" - Real Estate vocalist and guitarist Martin Courtney is stepping out solo (for now) with his debut album, Many Moons. It's out at the end of this month, and its sweeping, melodic warmth, winding guitar lines and lush arrangements make for a perfect Fall soundtrack. The closing song "Airport Bar" has a setting much less pastoral than its sound, but in Courtney's hands, the combo works (and might improve your next airport bar experience).

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October 16, 2015 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:

Pairings Oct 16 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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