December 23, 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: 

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December 21, 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!

We asked Patrick to bring in his favorites of 2016. In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played: 

 
The Avalanches, "Because I'm Me" -
The Austrailian DJ collective/electronic music group dropped their sophomore album Wildflower earlier this year, off which I shared the vibe out "Colours," in an earlier buzz session, after a 16 year wait from when their groundbreaking debut Since I Left You came out in 2000.. 

"Because I'm Me" is the album's defacto opening track, and it's almost entirely focused around one amazing calssic 70s soul sample, the track "Want Ads" by the Honey Cones, a record that has been the secret weapon of DJs for years, and while I thought it had been used more often, "Because I'm Me" is actually the biggest song it's ever been featured on. The way the Avalanches use it is just really impressive, and then they stack the deck by featuring canonical Bronx hip-hop duo Camp Lo who have made a career of sounding cool as heck over 70s soul beats...they just slide on to the track and spit gorgeous verses completly locked in with the beat...it's a thing to behold.

 

Joey Purp, Cornerstore - The centerpiece from Joey Purp's insanely impressive iidrops mixtape he dropped this summer--arugably my favorite hip-hop release of the year--which is just this almost novel, headspinning, nostalgiac, tragic, and relevant, about a life living in the west side of Chicago, one of the most violent, impoverished inner city areas in the country. Joey's verse is almost stream of consciousness and gets more and more desperate and strained as the verse goes on, almost losing his breath, his compatriot Saba, another chicago native, also mirrors Joey's verse spitting off fragmented memories of living in an area where gun violence is an every day obstacle, drug dealing/gang membership is the major means of employment, and you gotta do what you gotta do to get off the block.

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December 16, 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: 

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December 14, 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

We asked Justin to bring in his favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" - I wasn't thrilled with the state of indie rock this year — but there were certainly some great highlights (yeah, I see you Car Seat Headrest). That said, Mitski's album Puberty 2 gave me pause, and reinstated my faith in the power of a big, blowout chorus. Her track "Your Best American Girl" is a great track to blast from car speakers on after a long day: giant, crunchy guitars, frustrated lyrics, and a sing-along melody. Want to feel your heart ripped out of your chest? Watch the video. As Courtney Barnett is an Aussie, Mitski may just be our best American girl (of indie rock).
 

 Frank Ocean, "Ivy" - Frank mastered the hype machine of modern pop music with a 'Will he or won't he" release of his epic album Blonde. After a few false starts, he did, and it was every bit as aching and beautiful as we might have hoped. Along with Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, Anderson .Paak, and Kanye West, Frank proved that hip-hop and R&B were the most dominating and innovative genres of 2016, and made me super excited to see what rolls out next year. 

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December 13, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

We have a lot of special programming for the upcoming holiday weekend. Below is a list of what will be different and what will be the same on our programming schedule.

 

Friday, December 23rd

  • 9AM-1PM: Kevin Gavin All-Request Holiday Music Special - For the 40th year, Kevin Gavin from our sister station WESA is hosting an all-request holiday music program, and it will once again be simulcast on both WYEP and WESA. We also invite you to visit the Community Broadcast Center during the broadcast for an open house including tours, holiday treats, and a visit from Santa. Kidsburgh will be here with some children-friendly activities. Click for more information.


(Grand Groove Radio & The Block Party will be preempted for a special music mix of some of the great musicians we lost in 2016.)

Saturday, December 24th

  • 2-5PM: The Soul Show Holiday Special - Host Mike Canton will bring you everything from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix to Caribbean steel pan. In addition, Mike will review The Soul Show's Top 10 albums of 2016.

 

  • 5PM-midnight: WYEP Holiday Mix - A continuous mix of holiday songs, traditional and new. Listen for a uniquely WYEP approach to the holidays featuring music both obvious and obscure.


(Big Town Blues & Rollin' & Tumblin' will be preempted for the WYEP Holiday Mix.)

 

Sunday, December 25th

  • midnight-11AM: WYEP Holiday Mix - A continuous mix of holiday songs, traditional and new. Listen for a uniquely WYEP approach to the holidays featuring music both obvious and obscure.

 

  • 11AM-2PM: The Roots & Rhythm Holiday Special - Holiday music with a rootsy flavor, handpicked by host Jesse Novak.

 

  • 2-5PM: WYEP Holiday Mix - A continuous mix of holiday songs, traditional and new. Listen for a uniquely WYEP approach to the holidays featuring music both obvious and obscure.

 

  • 5-8PM: An American Sampler Holiday Special - Folk and acoustic music with a holiday spin, brought to you by host Ken Batista.

 

  • 8-11PM: Bluegrass Jam Session (...with a touch of the holidays) - Host Bruce Mountjoy winds down the day with an edition of Bluegrass Jam Session that's almost back to normal but with just a slight holiday flair. Bruce will also showcase some of the best bluegrass from 2016.


(Beale Street Caravan, Dubmission, Keller's Cellar, Folk Alley, WYEP Coffeehouse, and the Sunday Mix will be preempted for the WYEP Holiday Mix.)

 

 

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December 5, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Over the past year, WYEP has been proud to showcase a diverse array of Pittsburgh musicians on-air through our weekly local music spotlight, The Local 913. Each week, we were able to introduce our listeners to so many talented musicians in the area. We are able to present one of our favorite local bands live every month at The Local 913 Live, our monthly local music happy hour. At the end of the year, it's always difficult to select only 5 albums to highlight as our city's best, but here is our attempt! Please support all these hometown musicians through purchasing their music or attending one of their local concerts. 

*** WYEP’s Top 5 Local Acts for 2016 ***

1. Meeting of Important People Troika (Meeting of Important People)

MOIP Troika
Meeting of Important People's third album is another terrific collection of ear-grabbing rock tunes, but this time displaying a wider range of influences. Perhaps coincidentally (or not), songwriting this time was more of a group process among all three band mates—a key reason for the album title. Inventively co-produced by Donora's Jake Hanner and MOIP's Josh Verbanets, the album encompasses elements of country-folk, '90s alternative, Kinks-esque rock and a touch of baroque psychedelia. It also includes the fine 2015 single, "All Rode Off Together," a virtual summit meeting of guest artists from the Pittsburgh local music scene. But when all's said and done, the common denominator here is simply good, quality song craft. (MS)



2. Morgan Erina Lady (Morgan Erina)
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Morgan Erina’s first solo release since the dissolution of her duo, Broken Fences, showcases her beautiful, ethereal voice, songwriting, and versatility. Although it’s easy to label Erina’s music as moody and sad, Lady stirs emotions and proves enthralling from start to finish. Her voice is gripping and quietly intense, and leaves you practically begging for her next line. Treelady Studios’ Dave Hidek has added superb production touches, layers and dynamics that clearly challenged Erina’s boundaries and inspired her to push further. (CH)  

3. Pet Clinic No Face (Pet Clinic)
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No Face is a tour-de-force of dark, crunchy riff rock. Rather than working in a commercial studio, the band recorded their full-length debut in their Troy Hill home. The decision allowed the band to take their time and focus on every possible detail in the recording process, including building a few pieces of their recording arsenal from scratch. David Bubenheim’s voice ranges from a quiet whisper to a blood-curdling howl over swirling guitars, atmospheric keyboards and a hard-driving rhythm section. (JS)


4. The Red Western Arrows/Sirens (The Red Western)
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The Red Western has evolved since 2007 inception, as evidenced by the sounds streaming through their simultaneously released EPs. The twin EP releases signified the band’s continued journey from alt-country to indie pop and rock sound, along with a shift from a quintet to a quartet.  Arrows is the release that continues the country leanings, while Sirens cements the band’s transition to a more guitar-forward, jangly pop sound. Lauren Delorenze's vocals highlight the varied sounds on the EPs and fit the assorted arrangements especially well. (KS)



5.
 Emerson Jay Louie (Emerson Jay)

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Emerson Jay, project of producer Jared Gulden, is a breath of fresh air to the electronic scene in Pittsburgh. After attending audio engineering school in Chicago, Gulden returned home with a SoundCloud full of songs. Gulden produced tracks by replicating what his live band (Brendan Bates, Dan Evans and Pat Donovan) had worked out in concerts. Louie is colorfully sunny and cool in a way that is not overly digital. It’s truly fresh, electronic music with a soul. (CH) 

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December 2, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

Last year, we had so much fun with it that we knew we'd have to do another one in 2016. So here we go again, from "ABC" by the Jackson 5 -- the first song on the list -- all the way to Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Zephyr Song," our last track. (Should I have given a spoiler alert first? Nah, it's not the destination, it's the journey!)

I guess I should go over the parameters of the week, just so you know what to expect. All week, from December 5th through the 9th between 6 AM and 6 PM, the songs we play will be presented in alphabetical order by song title.

We're not playing our entire library alphabetically, though. We have around 20,000 albums in our library, so a quick back-of-the-envelope math suggests that it would take almost two straight years of continuous 24/7 airplay to plow through our entire library alphabetically!

Here are a couple of answers to questions we've heard from listeners about our A to Z Week:

Q: Do you allow cover songs during the A to Z Week?

Yes! However, only one version of any one song. So while we might play, say, Jimi Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower," we wouldn't also play Bob Dylan's original version. Otherwise, they would alphabetically come right next to each other and we don't want to play the same song twice in a row (great as they both are).

Q: Hey, I just heard a song with a title that begins with "The" in a different part of the alphabet! What gives?

We're using traditional alphabetization rules. (The way books are filed in your local library.) All song titles beginning with the words "A," "An," and "The" get those words dropped from the title. Numbers are sorted as if they are words. Titles that begin with non-alphanumeric characters (like a parenthesis or an apostrophe) are sorted as though that character was not there.

Q: Is there any date/year range or cut-off for songs included?

Nope. The songs we're playing this year during A to Z Week span from 1955 through to this year. Also, they're not limited by style (there will be rock, folk, soul, blues, reggae, and more) or geography (we'll have songs by local artists all the way to performers from Somalia, London, Jamaica, and Sweden).

Q: Why are you only doing this from 6 AM to 6 PM?

Well, we have a lot of great shows during the week (like the World Cafe, Grand Groove Radio, the Block Party, and WYEP Afterhours) that we don't want to mess with. We wouldn't incorporate their music into the A to Z mix because then it wouldn't show up during the show time. And we can't really do a separate A to Z during these other shows -- that would just be confusing. So each day, we'll pause the A to Z progression at 6 PM and then pick it up again at 6 AM.

If you have any other questions, feel free to send 'em my way at mike@wyep.org. And enjoy A to Z Week!

 

Mike Sauter

WYEP Director of Content and Programming

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December 2, 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: 

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November 30, 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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

We asked Jess to bring in her favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

2016 was a year FULL of amazing music but some releases really rose to the top for me. Ages and Ages from Portland, Oregon take my top spot for favorite album of the year with Something To Ruin...11 tracks which move through life's ups and downs with lyrics that cut to the core, sung in catchy harmonies and with an adventurous musical spirit, complete with plenty of tambourine. Yup, tambourine.


Esme Patterson really nailed it with her song "No River", which I will always hold onto as a mantra for myself. "I can't keep running, I'm no river...I know that I'm alive today, but I'm human, I'm human". 

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November 30, 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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

We asked Jess to bring in her favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

2016 was a year FULL of amazing music but some releases really rose to the top for me. Ages and Ages from Portland, Oregon take my top spot for favorite album of the year with Something To Ruin...11 tracks which move through life's ups and downs with lyrics that cut to the core, sung in catchy harmonies and with an adventurous musical spirit, complete with plenty of tambourine. Yup, tambourine.


Esme Patterson really nailed it with her song "No River", which I will always hold onto as a mantra for myself. "I can't keep running, I'm no river...I know that I'm alive today, but I'm human, I'm human". 

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November 28, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

 

We've heard from a lot of listeners that they really enjoyed our Thanksgiving tribute to Prince and David Bowie, and some people inquired about seeing the complete list of songs we played. So here it is!

 

Thanks for listening. We're thankful for all of our listeners, and especially all of our members! To support WYEP, please make a donation.

 

 

Time Artist Song Title Orig. Album Year
6:01amPrinceMy ComputerEmancipation1996
6:06amDavid BowieThe Man Who Sold the WorldThe Man Who Sold The World1970
6:09amDavid BowieRock and Roll With MeDiamond Dogs1974
6:13amPrinceControversyThe Hits1981
6:17amDavid BowieStayStation to Station1976
6:24amPrinceThe Sun, The Moon and StarsRave Un2 The Joy Fantastic1999
6:29amPrinceCall My NameMusicology2004
6:34amDavid BowieIt's Hard to Be a Saint in the CityOne Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen1976
6:39amDavid BowieAbsolute BeginnersAbsolute Beginners [MPS]1986
6:45amDavid BowieDiamond DogsDiamond Dogs1974
6:51amDavid BowieSpace OdditySpace Oddity1969
6:56amPrinceAlphabet StreetLovesexy1988
7:01amDavid BowieSorrowPin Ups1973
7:04amPrinceThe Holy RiverEmancipation1996
7:08amDavid BowieWild Is the WindStation to Station1976
7:14amPrinceSo Far, So PleasedRave Un2 The Joy Fantastic1999
7:17amDavid Bowie & Pat MethenyThis Is Not AmericaThe Falcon & The Snowman [MPS]1985
7:22amDavid BowieWhere Are We Now?The Next Day2013
7:26amDavid BowieLife On Mars?Hunky Dory1971
7:30amDavid BowieI Feel FreeBlack Tie White Noise1993
7:34amPrinceOne of UsEmancipation1996
7:40amDavid BowieOh! You Pretty ThingsHunky Dory1971
7:44amDavid BowieCat PeopleLet's Dance1983
7:49amDavid BowieI Know It's Gonna Happen SomedayBlack Tie White Noise1993
7:53amPrince17 DaysThe B-Sides1985
7:57amDavid BowieKooksHunky Dory1971
7:60amPrincePeach[single]1993
8:01amPrinceSign 'O' The TimesSign 'O' The Times1987
8:05amDavid BowieDollar DaysBlackstar2016
8:09amDavid BowieFantastic VoyageLodger1979
8:12amPrinceStrange RelationshipSign 'O' The Times1987
8:16amDavid BowieJohn, I'm Only Dancing[1972 Single]1972
8:19amPrinceI Feel For YouPrince1979
8:23amDavid BowieChina GirlLet's Dance1983
8:29amPrincePaisley ParkAround The World In A Day1985
8:33amDavid BowieStrangers When We MeetOutside1995
8:38amPrinceI Wanna Be Your LoverPrince1979
8:42amDavid BowieChangesHunky Dory1971
8:46amKate Bush with PrinceWhy Should I Love You?The Red Shoes1993
8:51amPrinceShe's Always In My HairThe B-Sides1985
8:54amDavid BowieAcross the UniverseYoung Americans1975
9:01amPrince7the symbol album1992
9:06amDavid BowieSevenHours1999
9:10amPrinceTe Amo Corazon31212006
9:14amDavid BowieSlip AwayHeathen2002
9:18amPrinceStarfish & CoffeeSign O' the Times1987
9:22amDavid BowieD.J.Lodger1979
9:26amPrinceUptownDirty Mind1980
9:30amPrinceMountainsParade1986
9:34amDavid BowieBlack Country RockThe Man Who Sold The World1970
9:38amPrinceSoft and WetFor You 1978
9:42amDavid BowieHeroesHeroes1977
9:48amPrinceBlack Sweat31212006
9:51amDavid BowieTimeAladdin Sane1973
9:56amPrinceStare[single]2015
10:01amDavid BowieAlways Crashing the Same CarLow1977
10:04amDavid BowieSue (or In A Season of Crime)Nothing Has Changed2014
10:08amPrincePop LifeAround The World In A Day1985
10:12amDavid BowieTonightTonight1984
10:16amPrinceBaltimore[single]2015
10:21amDavid BowieAll The MadmenThe Man Who Sold The World1970
10:27amDavid BowieGolden YearsStation to Station1976
10:30amPrince with VanityTake Me With UPurple Rain1985
10:34amPrinceWhen You Were MineDirty Mind1980
10:38amDavid BowieA Better FutureHeathen2002
10:43amDavid BowieMoonage DaydreamZiggy Stardust1972
10:47amPrinceEscapeThe B-Sides1988
10:51amDavid BowieStarmanZiggy Stardust1972
10:55amPrinceDaddy PopDiamonds and Pearls1991
11:01amDavid BowieThe Next DayThe Next Day2013
11:04amPrinceLet's WorkControversy1981
11:07amPrinceCourtin' TimeEmancipation1996
11:10amDavid BowieSuffragette CityZiggy Stardust1972
11:14amDavid BowiePanic In DetroitAladdin Sane1973
11:19amPrinceLet's Go CrazyPurple Rain1984
11:23amDavid BowieYoung AmericansYoung Americans1975
11:29amAni Difranco with PrinceProvidenceTo the Teeth1999
11:36amDavid Bowie with Arcade FireWake Up (live)Fashion Rocks '052005
11:42amDavid BowieLet's Dance (live)BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 20002000
11:49amPrinceCreep(live)2008
11:57amDavid BowieAfraidHeathen2002
12:01pmDavid BowieRock 'n' Roll SuicideZiggy Stardust1972
12:04pmPrinceDiamonds and PearlsDiamonds and Pearls1991
12:08pmDavid BowieLove Is LostThe Next Day2013
12:12pmDavid BowieFameYoung Americans1975
12:16pmPrinceDelirious19991982
12:19pmDavid BowieWatch That ManAladdin Sane1973
12:24pmDavid BowieLet's Spend the Night TogetherAladdin Sane1973
12:27pmPrinceThe One U Wanna CPlanet Earth2007
12:32pmPrinceMoonbeam LevelsPrince4Ever1982
12:36pmQueen (and David Bowie)Under PressureHot Space1981
12:41pmDavid BowieSound and VisionLow1977
12:44pmDavid Gilmour & David BowieArnold Layne (live)Arnold Layne [single]2006
12:47pmDavid BowieLoving the AlienTonight1984
12:54pmPrinceShockadelicaThe B-Sides1987
12:58pmDavid BowieStarZiggy Stardust1972
1:01pmPrinceLittle Red Corvette19991982
1:06pmDavid BowieZiggy StardustZiggy Stardust1972
1:09pmDavid BowieBeauty and the BeastHeroes1977
1:13pmPrinceThe Most Beautiful Girl in the WorldThe Gold Experience1995
1:18pmDavid BowieDrive-In SaturdayAladdin Sane1973
1:23pmDavid BowieNeighborhood ThreatTonight1984
1:26pmPrinceExtraordinaryThe Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale1999
1:28pmDavid BowieFascinationYoung Americans1975
1:34pmDavid BowieEveryone Says HiHeathen2002
1:38pmPrinceA Case of YouA Tribute to Joni Mitchell2007
1:42pmDavid BowieStation to StationStation to Station1976
1:52pmPrince200 BaloonsBatdance1989
1:57pmDavid BowieJoe the LionHeroes1977
2:01pmPrinceRaspberry BeretAround The World In A Day1985
2:04pmDavid BowieThe Stars (Are Out Tonight)The Next Day2013
2:08pmDavid BowieBe My WifeLow1977
2:11pmPrincePartymanBatman Soundtrack1989
2:14pmDavid BowieLook Back in AngerLodger1979
2:18pmDavid BowieScary MonstersScary Monsters1980
2:23pmPrinceGet on the Boat31212006
2:30pmDavid BowieAshes to AshesScary Monsters1980
2:34pmPrince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff LynneWhile My Guitar Gently WeepsRock & Roll Hall of Fame2004
2:41pmDavid BowieSoul LoveZiggy Stardust1972
2:44pmTV on the Radio with David BowieProvinceReturn To Cookie Mountain2007
2:49pmPrinceHelloThe B-Sides1985
2:52pmDavid BowieSlow BurnHeathen2002
2:56pmDavid BowieBoys Keep SwingingLodger1979
3:01pmDiscumentary: David BowieZiggy Stardust-- 
3:14pmPrince199919991982
3:17pmDavid Bowie1984Diamond Dogs1974
3:22pmPrinceKissParade1986
3:25pmDavid BowieThe Jean GenieAladdin Sane1973
3:29pmPrinceNothing Compares 2 UOne Nite Alone...Live!2002
3:34pmDavid BowieNew Killer StarReality2003
3:40pmPrince4 The Tears In Your Eyes (live)The B-Sides1985
3:43pmDavid BowieAndy WarholHunky Dory1971
3:47pmPrinceGuitarPlanet Earth2007
3:50pmDavid BowieTVC15Station to Station1976
3:56pmDavid Bowie & Pet Shop BoysHallo Spaceboy (remix)Hallo Spaceboy EP1996
4:01pmPrinceWhen Doves CryPurple Rain1984
4:05pmDavid BowieLet's DanceLet's Dance1983
4:12pmPrinceThieves in the TempleGrafitti Bridge1990
4:16pmDavid BowieFashionScary Monsters1980
4:20pmStevie WonderSo What the FussA Time 2 Love2005
4:25pmPrinceCreamDiamonds and Pearls1991
4:30pmMadonna & PrinceLove SongLike a Prayer1989
4:34pmDavid BowieRebel RebelDiamond Dogs1974
4:39pmDavid Bowie with Gail Ann DorseyUnder Pressure (live)Hallo Spaceboy EP1996
4:44pmDavid BowieI'm Afraid of AmericansEarthling1997
4:48pmPrinceI Would Die 4 UPurple Rain1984
4:51pmDavid BowieLazarusBlackstar2015
4:55pmDavid Bowie with Arcade FireLife on Mars (live)Fashion Rocks '052005
5:01pmDavid BowieMoonage Daydream (live)Hallo Spaceboy EP1996
5:06pmPrinceI Could Never Take the Place of Your ManSign O' the Times1987
5:10pmDavid BowieJump They SayBlack Tie White Noise1993
5:14pmPrinceU Got the LookSign O' the Times1987
5:18pmDavid BowieThe Hearts Filthy LessonOutside1995
5:23pmPrincePurple RainPurple Rain1984
5:31pmDavid BowieDancing in the StreetBowie the Singles 1969 to 19931985
5:35pmPrinceHow Come You Don't Call Me AnymoreThe B-Sides1982
5:38pmDavid BowieWhen I Met YouLazarus Cast Recording2016
5:44pmPrinceBatdanceBatman1989
5:48pmDavid BowieModern LoveLet's Dance1983
5:52pmPrinceAnother Lonely ChristmasThe B-Sides1984
5:57pmDavid Bowie & Bing CrosbyPeace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy[1982 single]1977
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November 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. Listen to the audio: 

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November 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!

This week, we asked Sarah to bring in some favorites of 2016. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

In looking back on the year in music for this month's 9:13 Buzz, I decided to narrow things down to a couple of songs that simply made me feel better in 2016.

Lori McKenna, "Humble & Kind" - I lived in Boston when Stoughton, Massachusetts songwriter Lori McKenna released her debut album, and her voice hit my heart as much as my ears. That was in the late '90s, and the mom of five has since gone on to incredible success, including a CMA "Song of the Year" win for "Humble & Kind," which was written for her kids and recorded by Tim McGraw. Lori also released a version on her own album The Bird & The Rifle, and it provides both a reminder and some much-needed reassurance.

 

Corinne Bailey Rae, The Skies Will Break - The Heart Speaks in Whispers is the title of Corinne Bailey Rae's third album, and it comes from the lyrics of this song. "The Skies Will Break" opens the album as well, and it's quite an introduction — covering some expansive new ground for Corinne musically, and creating a slow build that grows from pensive and spiritual to a freeing explosion of hope and joy. To see it performed live is even better, so try to catch Corinne and her band if you can.

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November 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. Listen to the audio: 

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November 16, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

 

On November 20, 1961, Bob Dylan's recording adventure for his own albums began in a New York City recording studio. The 20 year-old singer and songwriter began making his debut album on that day, and now, 55 years later Dylan has a body of work to his credit that includes 37 studio albums, 58 singles, and something in the neighborhood of 14 live albums. He has also been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." So, in his honor, let's chat about his career.

 

Mike Sauter, Direct of Content and Programming: Let's begin with something simple, and still hard -- what is your favorite Bob Dylan album of all, and why is it your favorite?

 

Brian Siewiorek, Production Director: His first recording session was in June, 1961 - for Belafonte's "Midnight Special". Belafonte did so many takes, and Dylan had to play the same harmonica part over and over that it changed the way he would later want to record his own albums.

 

 

My favorite Dylan album depends on my mood. But the one I come back to the most is Highway 61 Revisited - I love it when he goes wide with the long rambles - "Ballad of a Thin Man" is just brilliant... it all still holds up well these days.

 

Mike Sauter: My album pick is Blood on the Tracks. Love this album from start to finish. It's not as strident as The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and more low-key than either Highway 61 Revisited or Blonde on Blonde (though all fine albums).

 

I find this to be an especially great record to crank up in the fall and winter months. And you really can't get much better as an album opener than "Tangled Up in Blue." -- a cinematic masterpiece of a song. And then the mellow contemplation of songs like "Simple Twist of Fate," "Shelter From the Storm," and "Buckets of Rain." And the rollicking good fun of "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts."

 

Brian Siewiorek: ...and "Idiot Wind" - one of the best "f-you" songs ever written.

 

Dave Blaushild, Volunteer Host: I agree with Brian. "Idiot Wind" is my favorite song on Blood on the Tracks. There is so much strength in the keyboards and it is lyrically strong. "The idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth, you're an idiot babe, it's a wonder that you still know how to breathe". Dylan wrote two of the best F-you songs: "Idiot Wind" and "Positively 4th Street."

 

I have three Dylan albums that I consider favorites: Highway 61 (1965); "Queen Jane Approximately" is my favorite song "Won't you come see me Queen Jane?". I especially like Dylan's piano playing on this one; New Morning (1970) has a number of great songs and Bob is backed up by some quality musicians including David Bromberg, Harvey Brooks (bass), Charlie Daniels (bass), Al Kooper (keyboards), and Russ Kunkel (drums). I really like his use of wrong grammar on "Day of Locusts": "And the locusts sang, and they were sang-ing for me" and the title track is a really upbeat song for a sunny morning in the spring. I also like Street Legal (1978), an album that got panned by the critics. It was released in 1978, after Blood on the Tracks and Desire which did extremely well. My favorite song is the lead-off single "Changing of the Guard". There is a cool Patti Smith cover of that song.

 

Sean Fogarty, Thursday Night Block Party Host: One of the fascinating aspects about Bob Dylan is he constantly did what he wanted. Dylan always seemed to thrive on challenging the notions of who he is or who his audience thinks he should be. His moves seem at once calculated and at other times, confounding. Weather plugging in, finding Jesus or releasing a pair of LP’s of pop standards, Dylan thrived on being confrontational.

 

I remember seeing Dylan and his band play Pittsburgh at the A. J. Palumbo Center in November of 2002. It was little more than a year since he released Love and Theft and the setlists were peppered with selections from that LP. Dylan was also playing covers on this tour. Two selections in particular were on the setlist that night, as they were just about every night of that leg of the tour. Warren Zevon’s “Mutineer” and The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar”. After the show I remember asking a friend: with volumes of his own songs in his canon to play, why Dylan would start covering those songs?

 

Performing the Warren Zevon number made sense. It was 10 days earlier that Zevon made his last public performance on The Late Show with David Letterman before he began to succumb to cancer. Playing the Rolling Stones number was baffling to me. Why would Dylan play a by-the-numbers cover of one of the Rolling Stones most popular songs about an inappropriate sexual relationship between a master and slave? Because he’s Bob Dylan, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

 

Brian Siewiorek: ...and that goes in line with his wicked sense of humor. I think that really confuses people.

 

Rob O'Friel, Rollin' and Tumblin' Host: I remember an interview with a rap star on an MTV special about Dylan. I can't recall the artist's name but I remember first just being surprised that this rap star had been influenced by Bob. And then the artist said something to the effect of, "in all of Dylan's hundreds of songs, there was never a 'throw away' line or word. Every line had a part to the story." Hearing that perspective from a rap star who really thrives on making it up as the song goes really brought Dylan full circle for me.

 

Mike Sauter: And, Sean, the interesting thing about Dylan's perspective is that although we often associate an "I don't care what anyone thinks" attitude as being purely cantankerous (a la Johnny Rotten/John Lydon personality), Dylan generally isn't going to be defiant for defiance's sake. I remember when Bob won the Academy Award in 2001 for "Things Have Changed" from the Wonder Boys soundtrack, I just assumed that his acceptance speech would strike at least some sarcastic tone in some way--I mean, as I thought at the time, isn't Bob Dylan so far outside of the pull of award gravity?--but he reacted warmly and genuinely and gave a fairly typical thank you speech. So Dylan will always follow his own path, be it away from mainstream thought processes or be it right down the middle of Mainstream Boulevard.

 

 

That Oscar win--and his confounding of my expectations as to his reaction--made me think from the beginning that he would be pleased and humbled by being awarded the Nobel Prize.

 

Does anyone have any special moments in Dylan's history that you'd like to point out or share?

 

Dave Blaushild: I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame last year in Nashville. There is an interesting exhibit called Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats. It profiles Bob, Johnny Cash, and the session musicians who played with them. Between 1966 and 1970, Dylan recorded four albums in Nashville: Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, and Self Portrait. Blonde on Blonde was still electric in nature and a great album. Dylan brought in Robbie Robertson, then of the Hawks to play guitar, John Wesley Harding was more folky, while Nashville Skyline incorporated more country elements. It's an interesting period in Dylan's evolution as a writer, and musician.

 

Mike Sauter: And one final memorable Dylan moment I'd like to share. Dylan's gospel period is sometimes overlooked, but it's a fascinating time in his career. There's a great video of a show in Toronto from April of 1980 which begins with an almost seven-minute long sermon by Bob and then blasts into a terrific rendition of "Solid Rock" from Saved.

 

 

When it comes to Dylan's career, we won’t let go and we can’t let go and we can’t let go no more...

 


 

 

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