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.

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Pairings Oct 16 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

October 14, 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

Stutter Steps, "Fog" - Impressive debut single from a Pittsburgh indie-pop band fronted by Andy Warhol Museum special events curator Ben Harrison. He gets some guest slide guitar from Dean Wareham of national acts Luna on this song that has a nice hook and alluringly languid vocals. An enjoyable album throughout.

Escondido, "My Heart is Black" - A little more intensity on this new single from the desert-rock/Spaghetti-western-loving Nashville duo. Jessica Maros' voice is a thing of beauty. The reverb-ed guitar work of Tyler James sets the mood. Says Jessica: "We wanted it to match the song’s sentiment and feel like a train going off the tracks."

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October 9, 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 Oct 9 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

October 7, 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:

DIIV, “Dopamine”DIIV’s main singer songwriter Zachary Cole has had a rough road since he debuted his band's first album to critical acclaim back in 2012, dealing with various legal troubles, which ensnared his girlfriend and synth pop chanteuse Sky Ferreira as well, stemming from a pretty serious drug problem. Over the past 18 months, he’s gotten himself in a good place, and looks finally ready to release his sophomore album Is The Is Are before the end of 2015. The album’s first single “Dopamine” pretty much takes on all Cole’s problems in one dose, as he breathlessly sings poetically clipped lyrics about how quickly drug use can spin out of control. Using the group’s trademark overlapping/time-signature warping guitar work, which owes a huge debt to Thurston Moore/Sonic Youth, “Dopamine” really does hit like a rush of blood to the head. It’s a thrilling song and I can’t wait to hear the whole album.

Mount Moriah, Calvander - The veteran Durham/Chapel Hill indie rock group Mount Moriah is gearing up to release their third album, their second on Merge because of course, and just dropped their latest, excellent single “Calvander.” This track is like an old, trusty pair of jeans, and from the opening lazy guitar riffs, that possess the perfect alchemy of Built to Spill/Superchunk guitar work tempered by country-fried twang that, it sounds familiar and easy going. Lead singer Heather McEntire shows and doesn’t tell, singing about hitchhiking out around Calvander (a small rural North Carolina town outside of Durham) and doling out little details and touches of a main character who’s on their last legs, looking for salvation in all the wrong places.

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October 2, 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 Oct 2 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

September 30, 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!

The London Souls, "When I'm With You" - It's a simple formula, but it works: a catchy chorus about a girl, some guitars and drums and a good dose of rock'n'roll attitude. The London Souls are a duo from New York, and this gem is from their latest album, "Here Come the Girls." Straightforward and fun - nothing wrong with that.

The Most Serene Republic, "Love Loves to Love Love" - This six-piece Ontario outfit hasn't released an album since 2009, but their latest, the upcoming "Mediac," makes up for lost time. Expect lots of dreamy hooks and atmospheric rock - perfect for a crisp, fall afternoon.

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September 25, 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 Sept 25 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

September 23, 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!

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Bridget Kearney & Benjamin Lazar Davis, "Slow Rider" - Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) and Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic) are longtime collaborators who met while at New England Conservatory. As students of music, it's not surprising that their recent travels to Ghana involved exploring the area's musical traditions. One particular style called Bawa caught their ears, and it inspired the sound and title of the duo's new EP. This song, "Slow Rider," builds around a guitar loop and the rhythms layered around it make the song equally jarring and hypnotic.

The White Buffalo, "Modern Times" - Songwriter Jake Smith performs as The White Buffalo, and although he's LA-based, to me his sound has a more rural feel. He also has a distinct voice that adds him to an impressive list of deep-voiced songwriters (Johnny Cash, Greg Brown, Eddie Vedder, Sean Rowe) who can growl and bellow and still bring gentleness to a song. "Modern Times" comes from his fifth album, Love and the Death of Damnation, and finds Smith expanding the instrumentation of his sound and also upping the tempo. Be sure to watch the lyric video, as the song also inspired him to show off his moves.

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September 18, 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 Sept 18 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

September 16, 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 Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha's Vineyard!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

David Wax Museum, "Guesthouse" - The David Wax crew never fails to excite me with their distinct Mexo-Americana sound and this new single is no exception. If it's too cacophonous for you at first, just wait a minute. I can't wait to hear the rest of their new album, out 10/16!

Maia Sharp, "Nothing But The Radio On" - Catchy, light and flirtatious...what's not to love about Maia Sharp's new single? She's grabbing my attention for the first time with this one. I'm looking forward to hearing more from her new album -- also out 10/16.

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September 11, 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 Sept 11 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

September 9, 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:

Dan Bern, "Merle, Hank & Johnny" - Vastly underrated songwriter sings about growing up in Iowa where his generation gravitated to rock 'n' roll, although classic country was all over the radio. Like many, he traveled the globe, moved to a big city as a young adult and became smitten with songs that relied on drum machines. As he aged, his latent appreciation for classic country only grew, and now he vows to pass that appreciation along to his daughter as she and her friends follow pop-rock bands fronted by former teenage TV stars.

Widowspeak, "Dead Love (So Still)" - This couple describes its sound as "cowboy grunge," "dream country" or "earthtone pop" (hey, we're all tired of having to say "indie"-whatever.) All I know is that this single, from an album that began streaming this week, pairs a dreamy voice (Molly Hamilton) with all sorts of enticing guitar textures -- swirly, twangy, slightly psychedelic (courtesy Robert Earl Thomas.)

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September 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 Sept 4 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

September 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 Pop City's Patrick Bowman

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

Deerhunter, “Snakeskin” - Deerhunter has always been a band that seemed poise to break through and achieve the kind of attention The National or Grizzly Bear get in terms of relatively popular indie music acts, but it never really happened. I do think lead singer/mastermind Bradford Cox is one of the best songwriters in America, and now as the group returns with their seventh album Fading Frontier in October, and they just dropped their lead single “Snakeskin,” I feel like it could still break through a bit. “Snakeskin” is a dirty little piece of glam rock, with Cox vamping it up as he unspools a lot of southern gothic weirndess in this sort of clipped, poetic prose.

Destroyer, “Times Square" - Dan Bejar, a member of the New Pornographers and primary component of Destroyer, just released his latest record as Destroyer, a double album titled Poison Season, and his most recent single is that album’s centerpiece “Times Square.”

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August 28, 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 Aug 28 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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