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March 2, 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!

Woods, "Sun City Creeps"  - Woods does it again! For the ninth time! These Brooklyn freak-folk dudes are freakishly consistent, and also amazingly prolific. For fans, that means a new album almost every year with surprisingly few (none, to my count) duds in the bunch. "Sun City Creeps" is a fun, horn-driven little ditty with a sneaky groove from Woods' latest album "City Sun Eater in the River of Light."

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, "No Love Like Yours" - The flower cult king has returned. Edwarde Sharpe may always be that guy who sang your hipster cousin's wedding song ("Home"). On his third album with the Magnetic Zeroes, he takes a less sing-songy approach with some stretched out, darker performances. But on first single "No Love Like Yours," we've got his familiar sound — a happy-go-lucky chorus, some rambling group vocals and lots of singin' about love.

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February 26, 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:

February 24, 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:

Freakwater, Bolshevik and Bollweevil - I confess to knowing the band's name more than its music until recently, but Freakwater's history stretches back into the '80s and now includes their first album in a decade, called Scheherazade. Led by Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean, it's a loose, old-timey sound with a dose of punk too, and Irwin's more Hazel Dickens/Lucinda Williams vocals and Bean's more Emmylou Harris tone mix in dissonance as much as harmony, especially in this song.

Quilt, Roller - Another recent discovery (for me) reminds me that I haven't lived in Boston for many years, because Quilt started making music together there back in 2008. Now the band is releasing its third album, called Plaza, this week. This song has a smooth, psychedelic feel, and the vocals of Anna Fox Rochinski and the steady bass groove grabbed my ear.

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February 23, 2016 by kyle@wyep.org

This week of February 22nd-27th we have Michael Franti in the spotlight on our 1pm feature called Key Tracks

This song starts a week of music from Michael Franti that incorporates Soul, Reggae, hip-hop, jazz, and rock. Franti got his start in music in the hip-hop group the Beatnigs, and then formed The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. That project evolved into Spearhead, their first effort was released in 1994. Franti has continued to evolve the bands sound in more of a soul/pop direction the past 5 to 6 years. Franti has continued to be an outspoken supporter of peace and social justice issues through his music and benefit concerts.

"Everyone Deserves Music"

"I Know I'm Not Alone"

From the first Spearhead album called Home
"People In The Middle"

Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
"Television The Drug of a Nation"

Michael Franti
Say Hey (I Love You)

Key Tracks is a feature that airs at 1pm, weekdays during the midday mix on WYEP. Listen up for 5 key tracks from an artists career each week

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February 19, 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:

February 17, 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:

Ron Pope & the Nighthawks, "Hell or High Water" - Averaging 15 million Pandora spins per month, indie-folk-pop singer Pope releases this debut from his new band, The Nighthawks. Peppy horns, buoyant piano, tight guitar and soulful vocals ... all present and accounted for. Says Pope, "This song more so than any of the others reminds me of what it’s like to run with the ‘Hawks on the road, up on stage sweating, dancing until I almost fall over, watching a room full of people lose it as we get loose."

Holy Wave, "She Put a Seed in My Ear" - From out in the West Texas town of El Paso, people are falling in love with this psych-rock band. Vocals have that hazy/dreamy vibe, though the guitar is more focused, the hooks more crystalline than some of their neo-shoegazer peers. Pitchfork dropped comparisons to early Kinks (I'm not quite hearing that) and "Nuggets" psychedelic-garage rock (I'll buy that.)

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February 12, 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:

February 10, 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 Patrick Bowman!

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

Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers, “Voodoo in My Blood” - The godfathers of Triphop just dropped the Ritual Spirit EP, their first release since 2010s Heliogoland, and it’s an exciting, lively, suitably tar black four songs that proves these guys aren’t over the hill yet. My favorite track is titled “Voodoo in My Blood” which features a fire guest spot from scary good Scottish hip-hop trio Young Fathers, who are only a few years removed for winning the Mercury Prize from their debut album Dead, and it also shows how Massive Attack are going out and finding new, challenging collaborators.

Bibio, “Feeling” - Bibio is the project of UK-based singer/songwriter/producer Stephen Wilkinson who has a penchant for building songs around obscure folk guitar samples that sound like they were dipped in analog recording warmth before he spliced them into his own track. His 2009 record Ambivalence Avenue was one of my favorites that year, and really puts his “folktronica” into focus. His next album A Mineral Love is due out in April and he just dropped the super funky first single “Feeling” which sounds like he was the art school brother to the Bee Gees that no one ever talked about.

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February 5, 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:

Pairings Feb 5 2016 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

February 3, 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!

Villagers, "Everything I Am Is Yours" - Hot damn, is this song pretty. Villagers is the moniker of Conor O'Brien, an Irish singer who has released three albums of get-choked-up-by-beauty folk music. His last album, Darling Arithmetic, was widely acclaimed when it was released over a year ago, but O'Brien decided to go back and have another crack at the songs. So now he's releasing Where Have You Been All My Life?, which takes some hushed folk rock and makes it even sparser. The result is a new album that's aimed at hardcore fans, but enjoyable by anyone.

Lissie, "Don't You Give Up On Me" - Lissie's back, everyone! The Illinois singer-songwriter's third album, My Wild West, is out this month and this track is its second single. Lissie's got a voice that could blow down a house, and she uses it on some gorgeous piano-driven ballads on the new record, with a few rockers like this one thrown in to keep things lively. Cindy tells me she's got a Pittsburgh date coming up, so if you know what's good for you you'll head to Mr. Smalls and get your socks knocked completely off.

 

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January 28, 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:

Pairings Jan 29 2016 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

January 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:

Sunflower Bean, "Easier Said" - This Brooklyn band released an EP last year, and its full-length debut, Human Ceremony, is due out February 5th. Also last year, they went on tour with both Wolf Alice and Best Coast, and their sound fits with both bands. The trio can do gritty riffs, indie-pop or the more ethereal vocal feel of this song, but whatever the sound, they bring energy and an amazing ear for melody.

Laura Mvula, "Overcome" - I was completely blown away by Mvula's 2013 album Sing To The Moon. It was choral, orchestra, soul, pop and a beautiful display of her gift for arranging (and her gift of a voice). This song, which is from a forthcoming album, features the great Nile Rodgers, and the extra funk and groove added to Mvula's grace and energy is a perfect combo.

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January 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:

Pairings Jan 22 2016 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

January 20, 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:

Bob Mould, "Voices In My Head" - Thirty-plus years since pioneering noise-pop with Husker Du, Mould still consistently churns out songs with great guitar hooks and relatable lyrics. He's done it again with this debut track from his "Patch The Sky" album due out March 25. Here, Bob addresses the voices in his head, noting they multiply and amplify his fears. He reaches the conclusion he can either play the victim, or get on with his life.

Violent Femmes, "Memory" - If you saw them last summer at Stage AE, then you know the Violent Femmes are still as off-kilter, twisted and fun as ever. Thing is, they haven't released a new album in more than 15 years, though that will change come March 4 with the long-awaited arrival of "We Can Do Anything." This is the single, with Gordon Gano still resplendently quirky and agitated, lamenting he can't conjure specific memories of someone who once mattered in his life. The band's still got that rowdy folk/sparse punk/frat-house rock feel.

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January 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:

Pairings Jan 15 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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