Recent Blog Posts

November 3, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Real Estate.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Stained Glass"

  • Album: In Mind
  • Year: 2017

 

 

  • Song: "It's Real"

  • Album: Days
  • Year: 2011

 

 

  • Song: "Talking Backwards"

  • Album: Atlas
  • Year: 2014

 

 

  • Song: "Green Aisles"

  • Album: Days
  • Year: 2011

 

 

  • Song: "Darling"

  • Album: In Mind
  • Year: 2017

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
November 1, 2017 by abby

Dear friends and supporters of 91.3 WYEP:

You may have seen news over the past week that WYEP is collaborating with the City of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership on a project intended to support and bolster Pittsburgh’s music ecosystem. I wanted to share some detail on the project with you, and then explain why we believe this is so important to our community.

The goal of our project is simple:  to make Pittsburgh a city that better embraces music and musicians by   identifying the things that get in the way.  Our initiative will examine all the regulations, policies and guidelines surrounding live music in the city. We will be working with an experienced consultant, digging into everything from sound ordinances and complaint mediation to zoning and permitting…and we will also create an inventory of the music ecosystem in Pittsburgh and seek to attract the kinds of businesses necessary for musicians and venues to be sustainable. Artists, venue owners, music businesses, educational institutions and residents will all have a chance to add to the conversation, and together we will create a music ecosystem that supports the diverse and amazing music scene we have now and that we want to have in the future.

Pittsburgh is in the midst of a great resurgence, from our growing tech sector to our thriving restaurant scene. With this resurgence comes national accolades for all the wonderful amenities that Pittsburgh has to offer and I believe wholeheartedly that the original music being made here can and should be recognized as one of our great strengths. Pittsburgh’s local music scene is filled with diverse and amazing talent. There is a rich and iconic music history in Pittsburgh that we can celebrate. There are interesting spaces in our unique neighborhoods that add to the quality of life in our communities. There is an economic advantage to presenting live music that can lead to financial sustainability for venues, artists and businesses. Now is the time to set the foundation so that Pittsburgh musicians can do what they do best and we can all be proud of them when they make national headlines.

As a local institution with a mission to enrich the community through music, WYEP brings people together to experience music in any number of ways. We help connect people to artists and artists to audiences. As a local nonprofit that serves the entire region and is committed to music discovery, WYEP can facilitate conversations that will lead to systemic change, allowing this music scene to thrive. This is an exciting time to be a music lover and I thank you for supporting all our efforts here at 91.3 WYEP.  

 

Abby Goldstein

WYEP General Manager

 

 

Posted in
October 27, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Kate Bush.

 

 

 

  • Song: "King of the Mountain"

  • Album: Aerial
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: A commentary on the ubiquitous fame of Elvis, the B-Side of this single was a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing."

 

 

  • Song: "The Red Shoes"

  • Album: The Red Shoes
  • Year: 1993
  • Comment: Inspired by the 1948 film The Red Shoes, which itself was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale from the 1800s.

 

 

  • Song: "Love and Anger"

  • Album: The Sensual World
  • Year: 1989
  • Comment: The final single from The Sensual World. Like many of her videos from 1989 onward, the video was directed by Bush herself.

 

 

  • Song: "Wuthering Heights"

  • Album: The Kick Inside
  • Year: 1978
  • Comment: Bush's debut single, "Wuthering Heights," was the first time a self-written song by a woman appeared at number one on the UK charts. It remains one of Bush's most beloved and iconic songs, and set the stage for her entire career.

 

 

  • Song: "Running Up That Hill"

  • Album: Hounds of Love
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: The first single for Bush's Hounds of Love album, "Running Up That Hill" deals with the complex nature of gender dynamics in a relationship. It was prominently used in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

 

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

 

Posted in
October 20, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Vampire Weekend.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"

  • Album: Vampire Weekend
  • Year: 2008
  • Comment: Vocalist and songwriter Ezra Koenig said the song was inspired by the intersection between colonialism and African culture. "Kwassa kwassa" is a rhythmic style from Congo.

 

 

  • Song: "Holiday"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: The album Contra derives its title from two very different sources: the rebel groups of Nicaragua and the Contra video game.

 

 

  • Song: "Giving Up the Gun"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: The "Giving Up the Gun" video features several significant performers: the Wu Tang Clan's RZA, Jake Gyllenhaal, Joe Jonas, and Lil Jon. Star Jenny Murray also appears as the goth girl in the video for "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa."

 

 

  • Song: "Unbelievers"

  • Album: Modern Vampires of the City
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: "Unbelievers" and the rest of the Modern Vampires album was co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, known for his work with Solange, HAIM, Sky Ferreria, Madonna, and others.

 

 

  • Song: "Horchata"

  • Album: Contra
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: "Horchata" refers to several types of drink of the same name. They can be made with almonds, rice, barley, sesame seeds, tigernuts, or melon seeds.

 

 

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

 

Posted in
October 13, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Depeche Mode.

 

 

 

  • Song: "People Are People"

  • Album: Some Great Reward
  • Year: 1984

 

 

  • Song: "Precious"

  • Album: Violator
  • Year: 2005

 

 

  • Song: "Policy of Truth"

  • Album: Violator
  • Year: 1990

 

 

  • Song: "Never Let Me Down Again"

  • Album: Music for the Masses
  • Year: 1987

 

 

  • Song: "Personal Jesus"

  • Album: Violator
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: "Personal Jesus" was covered by Marilyn Manson and Johnny Cash, among others.

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
October 4, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from T. Rex.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Mambo Sun"

  • Album: Electric Warrior
  • Year: 1971

 

 

  • Song: "Bang A Gong (Get It On)"

  • Album: Electric Warrior
  • Year: 1971

 

 

  • Song: "Jeepster"

  • Album: Electric Warrior
  • Year: 1971
  • Comment: Live Version

 

 

  • Song: "Telegram Sam"

  • Album: The Slider
  • Year: 1972

 

 

  • Song: "20th Century Boy"

  • Album: Tanx
  • Year: 1973
  • Comment: Reached #3 on the UK charts in 1973

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
September 29, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Tears For Fears.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Change"

  • Album: The Hurting
  • Year: 1983

 

 

  • Song: "Sowing The Seeds of Love"

  • Album: The Seeds Of Love
  • Year: 1989

 

 

  • Song: "Mad World"

  • Album: The Hurting
  • Year: 1983
  • Comment: Cool cover of this song is done by Gary Jules

 

 

  • Song: "Everybody Wants To Rule The World"

  • Album: Songs From the Big Chair
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: Used this track on Keyboard Heroes Day

 

 

  • Song: "Shout"

  • Album: Songs From the Big Chair
  • Year: 1985

 

 

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

 

Posted in
September 15, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Patti Smith.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Mother Rose"

  • Album: Trampin'
  • Year: 2004

 

 

  • Song: "Rendondo Beach"

  • Album: Horses
  • Year: 1975

 

 

  • Song: "Dancing Barefoot"

  • Album: Wave
  • Year: 1979
  • Comment: Pattis Smith Group album

 

 

  • Song: "Stride Of The Mind"

  • Album: Trampin'
  • Year: 2004

 

 

  • Song: "People Have the Power"

  • Album: Dream Of Life
  • Year: 1988

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
September 8, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from She and Him.

 

She & Him is one of pops finest collaborations

 

  • Song: ""

  • Album:
  • Year:
  • Comment: Labor Day - No Feature

 

 

  • Song: "I've Got Your Number, Son"

  • Album: Volume 3
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "In The Sun"

  • Album: Volume 1
  • Year: 2010

 

 

  • Song: "Lingering Still"

  • Album: Volume 2
  • Year:
  • Comment: Country flavored track

 

 

  • Song: "Never Wanted Your Love"

  • Album: Volume 3
  • Year: 2013

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
September 1, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

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

 

The French band Phoenix got their start in 1997, by pressing 500 copies of their first single and hit the road. Their musical journey has included winning a Grammy in 2009 after releasing their debut full length a decade earlier.

 

  • Song: "Trying to Be Cool"

  • Album: Bankrupt!
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "If I Ever Feel Better"

  • Album: United
  • Year: 2000
  • Comment: Song made a splash by being placed in the series "Entourage"

 

 

  • Song: "Consolation Prizes"

  • Album: It's Never Been Like That
  • Year: 2006

 

 

  • Song: "J-Boy"

  • Album: Ti-Amo
  • Year: 2017

 

 

  • Song: "1901"

  • Album: Wolfgang Amedeus Phoenix
  • Year: 2009
  • Comment: Biggest song for the band, so far.

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
August 25, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

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

 

Luna got their start in the 1990's, forming after the breakup of Galaxy 500. Indie Rock, Dream Pop is how Luna is described most of the time. Luna is back after many soloand side projects from Dean Wareham. Expect new material from Luna this Fall, but first here are their 5 key tracks..so far.

 

  • Song: "Moon Palace"

  • Album: Penthouse
  • Year: 1995

 

 

  • Song: "Four Thousand Days"

  • Album: The Days Of Our Nights
  • Year: 1999

 

 

  • Song: "23 Minutes In Brussels"

  • Album: Penthouse
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: Epic track from this release

 

 

  • Song: "Rhythm King"

  • Album: Penthouse
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: Live, updated version of this song

 

 

  • Song: "Chinatown"

  • Album: Penthouse
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: A Velvet Underground feel to many of their songs. Most apparent on this one.

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
August 11, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Mumford & Sons.

 

Following their 2009 release Sigh No More and a record deal with Island, they have grown to be one of the largest rock bands in the country

 

  • Song: "Babel"

  • Album: Babel
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: As the first and title track on the album, the album won a Grammy for Album of the Year

 

 

  • Song: "Roll Away Your Stone"

  • Album: Sigh No More
  • Year: 2009
  • Comment: Mumford & Sons themselves have stated that this song is highly influenced by Shakespeare's MacBeth

 

 

  • Song: "The Wolf"

  • Album: Wilder Mind
  • Year: 2015
  • Comment: The song and album as a whole marks a shift in the band's sound toward more electric instrumentation as there is a noticeable lack of banjo

 

 

  • Song: "I Will Wait"

  • Album: Babel
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: The music video for arguably the band's most popular song was filmed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado

 

 

  • Song: "Little Lion Man"

  • Album: Sigh No More
  • Year: 2009
  • Comment: This was the band's first single and has been certified double platinum, not bad for their first track

 

 

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

 

Posted in
August 4, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Matt Pond PA.

 

Active since 1998, Matt Pond PA is a trio formed around frontman Matt Pond. The "PA" in their name is a relic from when they needed some extra identification playing house shows around their native Philadelphia. View the Live & Direct session that Matt Pond PA played last year at WYEP here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_OwacCmq36qJSl1jhWBL706S0umHG3eu

 

  • Song: "Still Summer"

  • Album: Still Summer
  • Year: 2017
  • Comment: Matt Pond PA have announced this record to be their 12th and final LP.

 

 

  • Song: "Halloween"

  • Album: Several Arrows Later
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: This song seemingly tells of how people are not who they are behind the masks they wear, hence the title.

 

 

  • Song: "Let Me Live"

  • Album: The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: The first track on this album introduces the unfamiliar listener to Matt Pond as a seasoned pop songwriter.

 

 

  • Song: "The Glow"

  • Album: Winter Lives
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: Ironically, Winter Lives was released a year prior to and directly precedes Still Summer.

 

 

  • Song: "Love to Get Used"

  • Album: The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: This was the lead single from the record and directly follows "Let Me Live" on the track list.

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
July 28, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Dr. Dog.

 

Following their 2002 debut release, Dr. Dog was "discovered" by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and have gone on to release eight albums since.

 

  • Song: "Shadow People"

  • Album: Shame, Shame
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: This record was the band's first on the ANTI- label.

 

 

  • Song: "Bring My Baby Back"

  • Album: The Psychedelic Swamp
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: The album's release is shrouded in a mythos about its origination. Start with swamptruth.com

 

 

  • Song: "Be the Void"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: While no longer there, the album was recorded in the band's Meth Beach studio in Philadelphia.

 

 

  • Song: "Distant Light"

  • Album: B-Room
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: Consistent with other Dr. Dog releases, both the track and the album evoke a sense of rawness that fans have come to appreciate at live shows.

 

 

  • Song: "That Old Black Hole"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: The video for "That Old Black Hole" evokes a sense of whimsy found in Dr. Dog while practicing.

 

 

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

 

Tags:
Posted in
July 28, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group) 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:

Posted in

Pages