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.

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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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July 24, 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.

  

 

Pairings July 24 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

July 22, 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!

Foals, "What Went Down" - This song is going to make you want to drive faster, yell louder and maybe even punch your neighbor. Foals is an English band who started out making jittery indie-pop, and on their fourth album they blast out of the gate with stadium-sized rock'n'roll songs set to burn the world down. This is the first single from their album of the same name.

Lucero, "Went Looking for Warren Zevon's Los Angeles" - I've a soft spot for Lucero, a Memphis band whose been making dusty country-rock that sounds even better with a shot of bourbon. This is the first single from their latest album, "All A Man Should Do." It's mournful and lost, but catchy enough that you'll be bumming around humming it all day.

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July 17, 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 15, 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:

The Staves, Black & White - As The Staves, Jessica, Camilla and Emily Stavely-Taylor released their beautiful, second full-length album, If I Was, earlier this year. It grew from a musical connection made when the UK trio opened for Bon Iver a few years ago, and Justin Vernon invited the band to record at his Eau Claire, Wisconsin studio. You can hear how relaxed the sessions were as the songs unfold, with the three voices and musical personalities weaving around the lyrics.

Lianne La Havas, What You Don't Do - When Lianne La Havas stopped by WFUV in 2012, it was just a vocal and guitar performance, but with that voice and her impressive songwriting and guitar work, the combo was really all she needed. Now set to release her new album, Blood, at the end of July, there are a lot more layers to her sound, and in the case of this song, a "Hot Fun In The Summertime" riff, some doo-wop and some gospel, let her shine even more.

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July 10, 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 8, 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:

The Hunts, "Make This Leap" - The Hunts are SEVEN young siblings from Virginia. Lovely harmonies over stringed instruments with a tambo beat all make this song a delightful tune for the summertime.

My Morning Jacket, "Get The Point" - This song is a little hidden gem on the new My Morning Jacket album, Waterfall. Here Jim James is finger-pickin' and lamenting a relationship gone wrong. I love these relatable lyrics so much. It's a really nice take on the break up song.

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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

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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.

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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

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