September 10, 2010 by kyle@wyep.org
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September 10, 2010 by Josh W
Cloud Cult are nothing if not prolific. The Minnesota band just finished up their eighth studio album, Light Chasers, which is set to hit stores on September 14th. Light Chasers picks up right where Owl and Bear favorite Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) left off, exploring the relationship between the human experience and the unknown. Frontman Craig Minowa took some time out from tea-partying through tornadoes to talk to us about loss, the environment, and what the band has in store for us in the future. Continue Reading....
September 9, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org
Video for "Always" from Junip. José González seems like he's got a pretty swell sense of humor. This video is highly entertaining!! Full album from Junip (Fields) is out on 9/14/2010 (next Tuesday)
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September 8, 2010 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 of The Beaver County Times In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott (plus some bonus songs): Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Junky Star - Now that he’s an Oscar-winning songsmith, Bingham can’t swoop under the radar. Yet, “Crazy Heart” success didn’t make him sell his soul, judging by this artistically bold album released Aug. 31. Sparse melodies evoke the wide-open spaces of the Southwest where the 29-year-old ex-rodeo bull-rider was raised. Native American-sounding kick drums, jolts of slide-guitar and Bingham’s wisdom-worn vocals paint an absorbing if not overtly commercial landscape. Shonen Knife, Perfect Anthem - Japan’s legendary pop-punk girl-band Shonen Knife just released the English-language versions of its latest album, “Free Time,” and 2007’s “fun! fun! fun!”  That latter title perfectly describes this single. Kurt Cobain was a big fan, you know, once saying about Shonen Knife, “When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical 9-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” See Shonen Knife Sept. 24 at the 31st Street Pub in Pittsburgh. K.T. Tunstall, Tiger Suit - This third studio album is a crucial one for the diminutive Scottish singer with the mighty vocal pipes. There’s nothing on here that’ll get as much radio or movie soundtrack action as her 2004 rookie album’s twin hits, “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” But give “Tiger Suit” grows on you after a few listens, owing to Tunstall’s feisty lyrics and singing, and imaginative, occasionally techno-ish rhythms.
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September 7, 2010 by barbmstein@aol.com
I've had the pleasure of interviewing singer-songwriter Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet SprocketWorks Progress Administration) via email for the WYEP Music Blog a couple of times.  Now you have the opportunity to ask Mr. Phillips a question.  Ask Glen Phillips / Toad / WPA - Fan Questions. You will find some interesting questions and even more intriguing answers from Mr. Phillips. Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host
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September 3, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org
Vampire Weekend cover's Bruce Springsteen's "I'm Going Down". Much fanfare and rejoicing! Great band covering a great song...
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September 1, 2010 by kyle@wyep.org
Michael Franti & Spearhead
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September 1, 2010 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 news songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Josh Walkos of the music blog Owl & Bear In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Josh (plus some bonus songs): Villagers, “Becoming A Jackal” - The title track to a brilliant and richly orchestrated debut album complete with soaring string arrangements, piano runs and horns. Yet, singer/songwriter and Ireland native Conor O'Brien makes it sound as warm and intimate as a lo-fi bedroom recording. Villagers were recently nominated for this year's Mercury Prize which is a short list of the best releases of the year in the UK and Ireland. This track  immediately caught my ear with the very deliberate sounding delivery O’Brien employs, its very brooding and elusive and kind of leave you with a sense of nostalgia. Cut Copy, “Where I’m Going” - An Australian band known for their hypnotic electronic dance tunes, but not so much for their Beach Boy-esque psychedelic rock. Which is precisely what we have with their sneak peak single “Where I’m Going” from the as-of-yet-untitled forthcoming LP. The record was mixed by hot commodity producer Ben Allen, the man behind the mind bending mixing on Animal Collective's widely acclaimed 2009 release, Merriweather Post Pavillion. If this single is just a warm up then their new album is undoubtedly one of my most anticipated of 2011. Toro Y Moi, “Leave Everywhere” - Usually known for his hazy synth driven tunes , Toro Y Moi sheds the synths in favor of instruments. The results are a great summer song that keeps conjures the endless summer romantic in all of us. And with summer just about behind us, this song may help you to hang on for just 3 minutes longer. Tennis, “Marathon” - Husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore make up much buzzed about band Tennis. A band that burst onto the national scene with their single “Marathon”. Its a Brian Wilson meets Daniel Johnston lo-fi gem of a song. They just released a 3-song 7-inch on Underwater Peoples that will only serve to wet the appetite of the indie masses until they release their first full length in 2011. They are definitely a band to watch in the coming months.
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August 30, 2010 by kathi@wyep.org
British author Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, About a Boy, 31 Songs/Songbook) and piano man Ben Folds have teamed up on the album Lonely Island, due out September 28. It will be available as a special edition LP with short stories by Hornby (and was recorded with vinyl in mind as the preferred method to enjoy it), as well as standard edition LP, CD, or as a download. Check out the video for "Things You Think", also featuring Pomplamoose.

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August 25, 2010 by kyle@wyep.org
Mavis Staples, southern soul legend and gospel queen, will release her new album, You Are Not Alone, on September 13. It's produced by Jeff Tweedy. It's set to include covers of songs from Randy Newman, The Rev Gary Davis, John Fogerty, and Allen Toussaint (just to name a few). I hope you enjoy the video of Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy
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August 25, 2010 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 Justin Jacobs, contributing writer to Paste Magazine, AOL's Spinner.com and Pittsburgh's City Paper In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin (plus some bonus songs): Lissie, "When I'm Alone" - She started off a folkie, but her debut album Catching a Tiger is pretty rocking. Doesn't matter her genre, though - Lissie's got one of the strongest, most beautiful voices I've heard in a long time. Bonus trivia: director David Lynch is a huge fan and Tweeted Lissie his phone number. And now they're friends. The Thermals, "I Don't Believe You" - Unshakable proof that all rock'n'roll needs is a few chords, a lot of energy and some lyrics about how much love sucks. Plus, Thermals jams always have lots of 'Whoa's and 'Yeah's, so singing along is fun and easy. Their new album, Personal Life, is more fun than a winning Pirates game. Perfume Genius, "Mr. Petersen" - Just one man and a piano, but the whole thing seems haunted by ghosts. This is a song seemingly about an older man introducing our young narrator to Joy Division and smoking pot, as well as some far, far less appropriate things. Beautiful, but scary. The Love Language, "Brittany's Back" - This band is all about swooning romantics and the sweeping dramatics. But if you love love, you'll love The Love Language. Lost in the Trees, "Love on my Side" - This band is half folk rock, half classical music; several of their songs are simply instrumental movements played by a mini-orchestra. This tune falls way more in the former genre, though, and is a catchy, touching little ditty.
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August 18, 2010 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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy (plus some bonus songs): Jaill, "Everyone’s Hip" - This band’s first Sub Pop release just came out, and while on the whole it’s pretty solid, this is the real stand-out track. Hooky, poppy, and with an entire verse in Spanish (Does it actually mean something? Not sure.), it’s been on repeat on my MP3 player and in my head. Sambassadeur, "Days" - My friend Brian won’t stop talking about this band. And rightly so – simple pop constructions draped with lush string orchestration and a vocalist who sounds like a Scandanavian Chrissie Hynde? Yes, please! Satin Gum, "Flea Markets & Libraries" - This local band is a fun one to catch live, and writes catchy pop-oriented rock with a lot of stop-start action and time changes. I tend to think they’re going somewhere – either rising to fame or going back to the bar for another few drinks, or, most likely, both. Modern Mothers, "Allison" - There’s not much information around on this Philly-based garage-glam band, which released Berserker with the help of the venerable Bada Bing label. Their imagery and aesthetic are weird to say the least, but this song is a pop gem – starting out with a poppy Ramones/Screaching Weasel feel then progressing into a Diamond Dogs-era Bowie-style bridge.
August 17, 2010 by kyle@wyep.org
Tune in to the Dubmission this Saturday and every Saturday late night on 91.3fm WYEP. The Dubmission is a weekly 4 hour mix of broken soul, downtempo, nujazz, house and rare grooves. This past week Scuba was in Pittsburgh for a rare appearance and Kerem was able to catch up with one of the most influential figures in the worlds of both dubstep and techno. One of the key figures in crossing the sounds of techno and dubstep, Paul Rose aka Scuba has been shaping the scene as one of the pivotal figures on the triple B axis of Bristol, Berlin and bass - running Hotflush Records in Bristol, running the Sub:stance night at Berlin's Berghain club, and bringing plenty of bass in either case. Along the way he's finding time to produce some ground shaking tracks and take them to places around the world. Tune in for the interview and music this Saturday beginning at 1am on 91.3fm and wyep.org
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August 11, 2010 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 of The Beaver County Times In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott (plus some bonus songs): Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sound of Sunshine - Blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock. Outspoken supporter for a wide spectrum of peace and social justice issues. Scott says: "The hip-hop-reggae-funk-rocker delivers the most upbeat and lyrically positive album you'll hear all year. Interestingly, he began recording these songs after suffering what he describes as a near-death experience that included a ruptured appendix and eight days in the hospital. Judging by the songs on this album, Franti has his priorities straight, appreciating how love, friends and family are our most valuable commodities. I chose to play "Shake It," a buoyant song that emphasizes the importance of attitude and inner beauty. ("It's not the way you looked, it's the way you shook.") Another song on the album was inspired by Franti's time spent touring with U2. It's got Edge-y guitar!" Arcade Fire, The Suburbs - Indie rock band in from Canada. This is their highly anticipated third album. Scott says: "If you're a child of the cul-de-sacs like me, or simply someone who likes intelligent but accessible indie-rock, then you'll love this Montreal band's highly touted album released on Aug. 3. It's a concept album that doesn't get bogged down by a narrative (erm... you listening Green Day?). Songs are from the point of view of an adult wistfully revisiting the suburbs where he was raised. I chose to play "Month of May," which is more revved up, and less keyboard-ish than most of the other songs, though it captures the album's lyrical essence in the verse about teenagers standing in the street with their arms defiantly folded tight. Being young and bored and unfulfilled is a heavy burden to carry, notes singer Win Butler, "But how you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight?" Good one!" Also been spinning this week: Justin Nozuka, You I Wind Land and Sea - Second release from the 21 year old singer. Scott says: "Canadian singer, with Japanese and American parents, has an emotionally gripping voice reminiscent of Paolo Nutini. His bloodlines are traced to Kyra Sedgwick and Edie Sedgwick, while his brother, Phillip, appears on TV's "Degrassi: Next Generation." Justin's lyrics, at times, are frustrating; sometimes too oblique; sometimes too basic. But put him on your radar, as this 21-year-old has a bright future." Dick Dale, Guitar Legend: The Very Best Of - King of Surf Guitar who was brought to prominence in the Quentin Tarantino film, "Pulp Fiction". Scott says: "If you loved Dick's "Miserlou" in "Pulp Fiction" -- and c'mon, who didn't -- then you should already be tempted to buy this first-ever, career-spanning release from the surf-rock pioneer. Due out Sept. 7 on the retro-minded Shout! Factory label -- the 21st century Rhino Records -- this album includes signature surf songs, rare B-sides, a fantastic cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone from the Sun" and a 1987 collaboration with Stevie Ray Vaughan on the Chantays' "Pipeline." You could play worse at your next party or picnic."
August 10, 2010 by Josh W
Arcade Fire just released The Suburbs and it has skyrocketed to the top of the charts beating out Eminem for the #1 spot this week. They also recently sold out 2 nights in a row at Madison Square Garden. One of the shows there was directed by none other than Terry Gilliam and webcasted on youtube. In case you missed the performance I wanted you to see the opener "Ready to Start" which is a standout track from The Suburbs. Upon watching this I think its safe to say Arcade Fire have come full circle and are one of the best bands on the planet right now. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pp3olGyku0
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