July 3, 2015 by cindy@wyep.org

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Cindy Howes and Joey Spehar talk about some favorite Fourth of July memories and songs associated with the holiday. What are some of your favorite July 4th songs?

Fourth of July 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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July 3, 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.

 

 

July 2, 2015 by cindy@wyep.org

TRAVEL

 

Justin Jacobs, music writer for Relix, Paste and Billboard and contributor to WYEP's The 9:13 Buzz, recently returned home to Tel Aviv after a 7 month journey to India. Naturally, that trip included a lot of listening to music, so Justin very kindly put together a Travel Guest DJ set. Listen to his selections and learn more about them below.

Yemen Blues, Um Min al Yaman - This is a favorite band of mine from Tel Aviv - and when I realized they were touring India while I was backpacking, I had to catch them on the road. I ended up seeing the band tear up the stage at a very formal Indian classical music festival that took place inside a 500-year-old fort on top of a mountain. Epic doesn't begin to describe it.

Vampire Weekend, Hannah Hunt - This was probably the album I listened to the most during my trip. Not only is it an album that my girlfriend and I can agree on all the time, but it's also packed with songs about youth, adventure and love. "You and me, we got our own sense of time." That's pretty much the motto when you're backpacking through India.

Asaf Avidan, Reckoning Song (One Day) - Another Israeli favorite of mine, I found myself singing this song all the time while traveling. The message is perfect: "One day, baby, we'll be old and think of all the stories that we could've told." Basically, don't waste your time, because before you know it you'll be 75.

Justin Jacobs Travel Guest DJ by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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July 1, 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:

Desaparecidos, "Slacktivist" - Bright Eyes turns Black Flag on this socially conscious punk album from a fired-up Conor Oberst. This song rails against would-be "activists" who fool themselves into believing they're fighting in the trenches by clicking "like" on Facebook, re-tweeting a trending news item or wearing a colored arm bracelet representing some cause. That's not enough, Conor says.

Pearl Charles, "You Can Change" - Sleek, chic, indie-rock from the 23-year-old L.A. singer's self-titled debut EP arriving July 28. Her first band was Americana's The Driftwood Singers, and she drummed for awhile with garage-pop band The Blank Tapes. She lists Sharon Van Etten and Tame Impala as influences. If the grooves and pretty singing in this song are any indication, Charles is on the right track with a solo career.

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June 26, 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:

  

 

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June 24, 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:

Neon Indian, “Annie” - Austin-based Alan Polomo became one of the big names in the microgenre of Chillwave when he released his debut Psychic Chasms in 2009. He’s back a new single “Annie” and the rumor of a third full-length coming in the next year. “Annie” is like an evolved version of what Polomo made his name on: gone are the lo-fi trappings that made his dance music sound like a warped cassette tape stuck in an old Honda Civic, and replaced with pristine production that allows the gorgeously weird, island-inflected beats to pop in high definition.

Gwenno, “Chwyldro” - Welsh singer/songwriter Gwenno was most famously known for her work in the Pipettes, a British-60’s throwback girl group that made a little stir in the early aughts, but her solo work is much, much different. “Chwyldro,” the first track on her her full-length sophomore album Y Dydd Olaf, which is is going to be released in July, has Gwenno working in a ghostly meter and spacey production. The fact that she sings the song in her native Welsh only adds to the otherwordly quality.

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June 19, 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 June 19 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

June 17, 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!

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

Heartless Bastards, Hi-Line - Restless Ones from Heartless Bastards leans a bit more acoustic than the Austin-based band's past four albums, but it's not at all a bad thing, partly because it lets the voice of Erika Wennerstrom stand out even more. She can wail and she can bring a low lonesome sound to her band's songs. In the case of this more uptempo track, there's a bit of both along with a nice shift in the chorus.

Ratatat, Cream on Chrome - Sometimes a good tune doesn't need a voice to make it sing, and this one from the Brooklyn-based Ratatat is a new instrumental classic. The duo is set to release its fifth album, Magnifique, in July, but they've already added a perfect driving song to this summer's soundtrack.

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June 12, 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:

 

June 10, 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:

Melody Gardot "Preacherman" - As a big fan of Melody Gardot's soft, sweet, jazzy songs, it took me a minute to accept that she has shifted her sound to a more gritty, dark, Americana vibe with this new single. Once I accepted the change, I really grew to love this track!

Will Dailey, "Castle Of Pretending" - This Boston-based musician really nailed his latest album, National Throat, and this is one of my favorite tracks. It starts out slow and dreamy, with a killer guitar solo towards the end and some unexpected trumpet thrown in!

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June 5, 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:

  

June 3, 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:

Richard Thompson, "All Buttoned Up" - More masterful wordplay and savory guitar from
the esteemed rocking folkie who's headlining the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival on June 12. This track, a lighter side of Thompson's new, Jeff Tweedy-produced album, "Still," arriving June 23rd, finds our hero wryly lamenting a pretty girl not paying him attention. Doesn't she know he's Richard Thompson?

Nightjacket, "The Right Way to Fall" - enticing, atmospheric dream pop powered by the lovely, heartfelt vocals of opera-trained Holland Belle. Get hip now to this promising L.A. band whose debut album arrives June 23.

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May 29, 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:

 

 

May 27, 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:

Alessia, “Here” - Alessia is 18-year-old Alessia Caracciolo, a preternaturally talented singer and songwriter from Brampton, Ontario who just recently signed to Def Jam and released her first single “Here” a few weeks ago. I would call “Here” an incredibly powerful anthem for introverts, and as a big fan of songs that can really tell a story with literary details and scene setting, Alessia expertly paints a portrait of a party in which she feels utterly alone in the midst of people swirling about having a good time. What makes this song so compelling is that Alessia tells a very personal, intimate story, one that many teenagers the world over surely can identify with, through the prism of a dramatic, determined, forceful R&B track, buoyed by a glorious Isaac Hayes sample, and powered by her maturity and self-awareness. Everyone should be very interested in what she does next.

The Parlor, “Surgeon’s Knife” - The Parlor is a duo from Altamont, NY, and every piece of music they make sounds like it was meant to soundtrack some progressive commune’s dance party in upstate New York. It’s hippie-ish, with some appalachian folk influences, folded into dance music and disco. “Surgeon’s Knife” from their upcoming sophomore album Whazu Whazu (out July 10th) is sort of the best example of this: its spine is folky, with almost jam bandy acoustic strumming, but then it blossoms into this very disco-y star burst of a dance party. A fine summer song to get us going into June.

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May 22, 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:

 

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