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.

Listen to the audio:

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.

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Pairings Aug 28 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

August 26, 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!

Albert Hammond Jr., "Born Slippy" - Oh lord, why can't The Strokes be this much fun anymore? This is the lead track on (Strokes guitarist) Albert Hammond Jr.'s latest solo album, Momentary Masters, and it's four minutes of pinging guitars, catchy melodies and danceable drums. With Strokes singer Julian Casablancas also releasing quality solo material, maybe this is a sign that the whole is no longer better than the sum of the parts? Either way, you'll love "Born Slippy."

Deradoorian, "A Beautiful Woman" - Angel Deradoorian has played in the Dirty Projectors and with members of Animal Collective. But on her solo album, The Expanding Flower Planet, she's her own woman. This track is a gorgeous, psychedelic, vaguely Middle Eastern-sounding jam packed with weird effects and layered vocals.

Deradoorian - "A Beautiful Woman" Live from anticon. on Vimeo.

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August 21, 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 Aug 21 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

August 19, 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:

John Grant, "Disappointing" - This American songwriter based in Iceland is set to release Grey Tickles, Black Pressure in October. It's a follow-up to his 2013 album Pale Green Ghosts, which showcased Grant's artful eccentricity and dark humor cabaret. Those songs also explored beats, and he takes that sound even further on this new song, which features vocals by Tracey Thorn of Everything But The Girl.

Nathaniel Rateliff, "I Need Never Get Old" - I first heard Rateliff in 2012 with his song "Whimper and Wail," and there was a ragged edge to his voice but the delivery was slightly halted. Now he's not holding anything back, belting and preaching soul songs with roots, joined by his band The Night Sweats. This track opens the self-titled album, which very appropriately has a home on the Stax label.

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August 14, 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 14 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

August 12, 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:

Family Of The Year, "Give A Little" - Not straying too far from the sound on their recent hit "Hero", Family Of The Year have another sweet sounding single out. It's just one track off their forthcoming self-titled album, which drops on 9/4.

Josh Ritter, "Getting Ready To Get Down" - Josh Ritter has fun with this new song, which has a ton of lyrics in each verse, and they're almost spoken rather than sung. I think Josh Ritter songs like these are the Ritter I like best - with a light hearted, catchy feel to them.

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August 7, 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 5 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

August 5, 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:

Delta Saints, "Bones" - Swampy, bluesy, rootsy rock from a Nashville band that cites My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses and the Black Keys as influences. This is the title track (chorus: "Be the wind, not the willow") to their solid album that comes out this Friday.

Silverbird, "Lyfe" - Starts with a indie-rock shuffle & jangle, before some reverb-y guitar and then a blissfully simple verse: "I want to love you forever/I want to be your best friend/I want to lay with you in a garden..." Halfway through, though, the song kind of peters out dreamily ... leaving you to wonder is it over? Nope, this NYC band comes crashing back again at full speed. The singer is Tim Barr from Lana Del Ray's band, so you can expect a little drama and trippyness. Their debut album comes out in September, and I hope it offers a lot more of this.

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July 31, 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 July 31 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

July 29, 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:

Pure Bathing Culture, “Pray For Rain” - Pure bathing culture is a Portland-based duo who are readying the release of their sophomore album, which is due out in October. They’ve just dropped that record’s first single “Pray for Rain” which hits a nice balance between the woozy psychedlica of bands like Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the dancey, grooving nu-disco of a band like Rhye or Hercules and the Love Affair. This song can get the dancefloor going, or just soundtrack a good summer evening on the porch. This is actually the first song I’ve heard from them, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

Maximum Balloon, “Let It Grow” Featuring Karen O and Tunde Adebimpe - Maximum Balloon is famed NYC producer Dave Sitek’s solo project he’s tinkered with on occasion, releasing his first album way back in 2010. Sitek is best known for his work with TV on the Radio, and now for the first single from his new upcoming album “Let It Grow” features not only TV On the Radio lead singer Tunde Adebimpe, but also Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O, so it’s basically a class reunion for the biggest indie bands in the world circa 2004. I’m already nostalgiac! The song, as it to become expected from Sitek, is full of little nooks and crannies and suprises from the production, deceptively simple considering it’s built off the back of a fairly easy guitar chord progression, but the fact it lets Karen O and Adebimpe do their thing, Kenny Rogers/Dolly Parton style, is what makes this such a jam.

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