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April 19, 2017 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:

Matthew Ryan, "(I Just Died) Like an Aviator"With his Blue Collar rasp and razor-sharp lyrical focus, Beaver County transplant Matthew Ryan has long been a poetic voice for the downtrodden but persevering. The ex-Nashville singer-songwriter is on top of his game here on "Hustle Up Starlings," his new national release arriving May 12, and certain to rack up accolades. Produced by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon who also provides guest guitar, with Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) on drums, the album attains a cinematic quality. This is the tone-setting lead-off track. I love the line "our guts are born in that fiery trench between hurt and hope." Later, in the last-call-before-closing time lament, "All I Wanted," Ryan drops a cool "we're both creeping around like Nosferatu" reference.

 

Sunshine & The Rain, "Let's Go" A stampede of drums comes first, followed by slashes of distorted guitar and then the sugary pop chorus. An exhilarating album opener, indeed, from the Jersey City hubby-wife duo of Ashley and Justin Morey, previously of psychedelic-rock band The Black Hollies. They sound leaner and more immediate on this new project's debut album "In The Darkness of My Night" (out May 12) influenced by The Ramones , '60s girl-groups, and Jesus & Mary Chain feedback and fuzz.   

 

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April 18, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Joe Jackson.

 

Joe Jackson has been creating music in many different genres since the 1970's. From Pop, Jazz, Swing, Classical to New Wave and Punk.

 

  • Song: "Stranger Than Fiction"

  • Album: Laughter & Lust
  • Year: 1991

 

 

  • Song: "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"

  • Album: Look Sharp !
  • Year: 1979
  • Comment: Best known song and biggest hit.

 

 

  • Song: "Take It Like A Man"

  • Album: Volume 4
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: Live Television performance

 

 

  • Song: "Steppin' Out"

  • Album: Night and Day
  • Year: 1982
  • Comment: 80's vibe

 

 

  • Song: "Sunday Papers"

  • Album: Look Sharp !
  • Year: 1979
  • Comment: Great lyrics that still fit today. Lyrics of song sarcastically criticize the press and those who read it.

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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April 14, 2017 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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April 12, 2017 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: 

Girlpool, "123"
Girlpool is a folk-punk band from Los Angeles, CA. Its members are Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. "123" The first single off of Girlpool’s 2017 LP “Powerplant”. The song deals with an interpersonal relationship that is simultaneously “toxic and loving.” The video for the song is excellent, and kind of horrifying, as it turns being awkward and insecure in the early stages of a relationship into a horror movie, but one that has a happy ending. I suggest you seek it out. It stays in the group's designated lane as very simple, almost playground indie rock, but "123" gets more expansive than they did on their debut, 2015’s great Before The World Was Big. 

Vagabon, "Embers"Vagabon is Laetitia Tamko, the Brooklyn-based musician who dropped her stunning debut album, Infinite Worlds, in February is pretty breathtaking and intimate and powerful as far as indie rock records go. And, also, Tamko is black, she was raised in Cameroon and moved to New York in her teens, first to Harlem then to suburban Yonkers. That's a big deal because the kind of music she makes, 90s tinged indie rock, is sort of infamous for having next to no artists of color. And in interviews, she's not shied away from the fact that she wants to reach women of color with her art, and invite them into a world they rarely feel welcome. "The Embers" is the first track from the new album is the best kind of loud/quiet anthemic rocker, one where Tamko parses out fragmented lyrics about feeling small in the face of a world that is so obviously and regularly predatory. She sings about surrendering her self to "the demons that carry" the people around her. She's defiant, but afraid, of the world that's looking to eat her. 

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April 11, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Frightened Rabbit.

 

Frightened Rabbit are a band that formed in 2003 and are from Scotland. They are known to combine poetic lyrics with their brooding indie rock sound

 

  • Song: "Blood Under The Bridge"

  • Album: Painting Of A Panic Attack
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: One of The many excellent songs from their latest effort

 

 

  • Song: "State Hospital"

  • Album: Pedestrian Verse
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "Good Arms vs. Bad Arms"

  • Album: The Midnight Organ Fight
  • Year: 2008
  • Comment: The album title creates some interesting imagery.

 

 

  • Song: "Swim Until You Can't See Land"

  • Album: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: One of my personal favorites

 

 

  • Song: "Get Out"

  • Album: Painting Of A Panic Attack
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: First single and video from their latest album

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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April 7, 2017 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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April 6, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from The Jayhawks.

 

The Jayhawks continue to carry the torch of one of the best Country Rock acts to this day. They got their start in the Twin Cities in the mid 80's and after some line up changes and a hiatus the band has released 2 efforts and toured extensively in the past 5 years

 

  • Song: "Big Star"

  • Album: The Sound Of Lies
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: Someday !

 

 

  • Song: "Waiting For The Sun"

  • Album: Hollywood Town Hall
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: Gary Louris classic guiatr work

 

 

  • Song: "It's Up To You"

  • Album: The Sound Of Lies
  • Year: 1997

 

 

  • Song: "Save It For A Rainy Day"

  • Album: Rainy Day Music
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: A fitting song for a rainy day in Pittsburgh

 

 

  • Song: "Blue"

  • Album: Tomorrow The Green Grass
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: This was the band's first effort without Marc Olson

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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April 5, 2017 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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

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

John Craigie, "Virgin Guitar" - This LA-based singer-songwriter has been hailed as a modern day troubadour and I'm just now catching on. His voice and overall sound really impress me, so much so that he's become my favorite new music discovery in quite some time.

Timothy Seth Avett as Darling, "Samuel and the Baler" - We've received what's apparently the 4th album from this Avett Brothers side project, which sounds just a little more low key to me than the band's material. I'm most impressed by this instrumental, which showcases Seth Avett's guitar playing and keeps me toe tapping along.

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March 31, 2017 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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March 29, 2017 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):

Timber Timbre, "Sewer Blues" - The dudes in Timber Timbre are absolute masters at creating a mood. The band began by releasing ghostly folk music, then graduated to David Lynch-ian, sax-driven rock with their last record. Now, they've moved on to a more urban, gritty feel—their latest album, the upcoming "Sincerely, Future Pollution", has all the icy synths of a dark, 1980's horror movie. The first single, "Sewer Blues," is far and away the most rocking cut on the album. If you like the "Stranger Things" soundtrack, this album will be your new obsession. 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Nuclear Fusion" - This young, Australian band has been blasting out totally psyched-out rock 'n' roll for the past few years, and their upcoming record, "Flying Microtonal Banana," is their finest hour yet. The guys explore 'microtonal playing' on this album, meaning the notes in between the notes we're used to hearing in pop music. The result is an impressively colorful, frantic album of blissed out weirdo rock. Let your freak flag fly high with the King. 

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March 22, 2017 by rwelsch@wyep.org

As Aretha celebrates her 75th birthday on Saturday March 25, 2017, WYEP's Rosemary Welsch has some song suggestions from her catalogue.

 

  • Song: "Respect"

  • Album: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  • Year: 1967
  • Comment: For its kick-ass sister-power attitude.

 

 

  • Song: "Think"

  • Album: Aretha Now
  • Year: 1968
  • Comment: For its sit-up-and-pay-attention attitude.

 

 

  • Song: "Chains of Fools"

  • Album: Lady Soul
  • Year: 1968
  • Comment: Makes you feel proud to be part of the chain of losers in love.

 

 

  • Song: "Drinking Again "

  • Album: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
  • Year: 1964
  • Comment: Depression never sounded so sexy.

 

 

  • Song: "Evil Gal Blues "

  • Album: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
  • Year: 1964
  • Comment: How a preacher’s daughter knows the truth of this song is a mystery to me, but she nails it.

 

 

  • Song: "This Bitter Earth"

  • Album: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
  • Year: 1964
  • Comment: Where’s my lounge and tonic?

 

 

 

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March 21, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Beth Orton.

 

Beth Orton is an English folk musician that has been recording and releasing music since 1996. She's known for traditonal arrangements, and a strong voice that meets electronic beats.

 

  • Song: "Carmella"

  • Album: Daybreaker
  • Year: 2002

 

 

  • Song: "1973'"

  • Album: Kidsticks
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: A return to Beth's early folk meets mellow beats.

 

 

  • Song: "Best Bit"

  • Album: Best Bit EP
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: The Best Bit EP was released just before Central Reservation.

 

 

  • Song: "Concrete Sky"

  • Album: Daybreaker
  • Year: 2002
  • Comment: Ryan Adams joins Beth on this song.

 

 

  • Song: "She Cries Your Name"

  • Album: Trailer Park
  • Year: 1996
  • Comment: This was the 3rd and most sucessful single from her debut album.

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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March 17, 2017 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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