January 11, 2010 by kyle@wyep.org

This week we're are featuring the new Vampire Weekend cd Contra as our featured cd of the week.

The review is here http://www.wyep.org/support/cdoftheweek/

Enjoy the new Video for "Cousins"

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January 8, 2010 by barbmstein@aol.com

A singer–songwriter is a musician who writes, composes and sings their own material including lyrics and melodies.  They often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using an acoustic guitar or piano.  Their lyrics are often personal.  The song is more important than the performance.  The sound can be sparse, direct and reflective, again placing the emphasis on the song itself.  Singer-songwriters came into popularity in the early 1970’s and are still sharing their stories with us as we embark on a new decade.

Join me January 10th on The Sunday Mix as we explore the best of... singer-songwriters.  From the 1940’s until the present, artists from all around the world.  Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Barb S. – Sunday Mix Host

January 7, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org

local news

Happy New Year!
New local music for January!! You can find these on The Local News Podcast or Mon-Thurs at 9 pm on 91.3 fm. Let me know what you think- cindy@wyep.org. A lot of familiar names this month with great sounding albums.
Thanks :)
Cindy

Chalk Dinosaur- "Rosedale" (Chalk Dinosaur)
New band made of mostly students (CMU, Robert Morris and CCAC). Fun indie-pop sound- similar to locals Good Night, States. They cite Death Cab, Weezer, The Beach Boys and My Morning Jacket as influences (among others). This is their debut.

Bill Deasy- "No One Try and Talk Me Down" (Being Normal)
Bill's kind of rocking out on this release. He's brought in some electric guitars and has found his "rock star voice". Another great collection from one of Pittsburgh's finest singers.

The Boogie Hustlers- "Find A Way" (The Boogie Hustlers)
Third release from the local funk/soul band. This time they found a new singer, dropped the horns and made an album that sounds more like The Boogie Hustlers than their two previous albums.
*** An addendum ***  It is the same lead singer as the other two records. From Ryan Meals of The Boogie Hustlers:

"Wanted to let you know that all 3 of our albums have the same lead singers, no new one for this album.  What happened is right after "True Colors" (2nd album) was released, Vince left the band, only to return a year or so later.  On this album, we did add a 3rd voice to the vocals, Scott Jamison, whose voice adds depth to the vocal harmonies in addition to his aux. percussion playing." 

Good Brother Earl- "When I Come Around" (Fiction)
Also a third release from the local roots-rock quartet. This song sounds very tight- this band has hit their stride with a strong new release. PS: it is NOT a Green Day cover.

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January 6, 2010 by cindy@wyep.org

Check out RJD2's new video for "There Will Be Horns" which prominently features the programming offices at WYEP. Did you see the pledge peeps? Or how about Brian's Joey Ramone bobble head?

RJD2, based in Philly, is a prominent DJ, producer and musician. He began his career DJ-ing in Colombus, OH. He's released several groundbreaking albums and is known for creating the theme song to AMC's TV show Mad Men. "There Will Be Horns" is from RJD2's latest release The Colossus which is due out on January 19th.

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January 5, 2010 by kyle@wyep.org

Widely considered one of the best break up albums of all time, Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks officially turns 35 on Janaury 17th.  Join us on Monday, January 18th as we roll out and feature many of tracks from this seminal album throughout the day on WYEP.  We'll feature covers from national artists, highlight the record with a Discumentary spotlight at 3pm,  and air some exclusive covers recorded recently from Pittsburgh area musicians. We'll air songs, national and local covers throughout the day and also feature a special edition of the Local News at 9pm spotlighting the local covers.

Dylan

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December 29, 2009 by cindy@wyep.org

Pittsburgh's own Meeting of Important People's rowdy instrumental "Pretzel Rod Blues" will be featured on MTV's The Real World: Washington DC's season premiere. The show airs tomorrow (Wed, Dec. 30th) at 10 pm on MTV. When asked, lead singer Josh Verbanets proclaimed "We don't know how it will be used... it could be inaudible, but its definitely in there". Hopefully "Pretzel Rod Blues" will be sweeping the nation... more on MOIP (WYEP's #1 Local Act of the Year) is here: http://myspace.com/meetingofimportantpeopleMOIP

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December 16, 2009 by brian@wyep.org

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the "class of 2010" yesterday. Among them were The Stooges, Iggy Pop's influential protopunk group, who were on their 8th nomination for the honor. Also to be inducted are the Swedish-pop group Abba, who had also been previously nominated. Filling out the bunch is reggae star Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, and British-invasion group The Hollies.

To be inducted in the non-performer category is songwriting duos Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Also, songwriters Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell and music impresario David Geffen.

This year's induction ceremony will be at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on March 15th.

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December 16, 2009 by cindy@wyep.org

A reliable source from Ryan Adams' record label, Lost Highway, confirms that Chris Feinstein, member of The Cardinals, was found dead yesterday in his New York apartment. 

Feinstein joined Ryan Adams and The Cardinals in 2006, replacing Catherine Popper on bass guitar. Before joining the Cardinals, Feinstein recorded with Jack Ingram and Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., among others. He also appears on and served as a producer on the I am Sam soundtrack. He was 42.  

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December 9, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org

Check out Tori Amos’ performance from Electric Lady studios in NY on Friday, December 11th at 3pm. This will be a live only performance that won’t be viewable later. Tori will be performing songs from her latest effort 'Midwinter Graces'. Tori reworks some classic carols and provides some of her own seasonal tracks. That's Friday, December 11th at 3pm.

Watch live streaming video from toriamos at livestream.com

Interview powered by fan questions will follow the live performance. Enjoy and Happy Holidays.

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December 2, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org

Some cool holiday songs for free via a download. Artists include Josh Ritter, Brandi Carlile, Greg Laswell, Erin McKeown, Brett Dennen, The Watson Twins, and many more. There are 16 cool holiday tunes available at

http://vanguardrecords.com/downloads/Holiday/

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December 1, 2009 by cindy@wyep.org
Local News
You can tune in for The Local News Monday - Thursday at 9 PM or subscribe to the Local News Podcast
Pittsburgh is sounding good this month :)
Please let me know what you think: Cindy@wyep.org
Mark Bethune- "Rocket" (Faces)
Sounds like a combination of Jose Gonzalez and Marc Bolan (T. Rex). Originally from Canada, just moved to Pgh for school (I think at CMU) from London.
The Deceptions- "Not Breathing" (Sinner's Soul)
Great big alt-country sound. Like Old 97s and 1980's Johnny Cash/Waylon Jennings
Kevin Finn- "Blown Spirits" (Thirteen Rune)
Lo-fi indie folk. Kevin's sound is similar to Mark Kozelek(Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon)
City Dwelling Nature Seekers- "Will and a Way" (City Dwelling Nature Seekers)
These guys are recent Duquesne grads who have probably listened to tons of Whiskeytown, Gillian Welch and Son Volt. Easy, breezy sounding debut.
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November 19, 2009 by barbmstein@aol.com

What a bountiful crop of new releases this fall. I can’t recall the last time, at the end of a decade, when I’ve had so many quality CD’s to listen to. 

September

Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers The Bear (Vanguard Records)

The CD cover looks like most of the albums in my collection from the 1970’s. Worn, but comfortable; just like the music on this CD. The title track, “Oh Adeline” and “Satisfied Man” stand out. Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers opened up for Toad the Wet Sprocket in May. I do pay attention to the supporting acts; in fact, I’ve been known to go to concerts, just to see the opening act. This CD is on my 2009 best of list.

WPA Works Progress Administration (WPA Music/Umami Music/Red Distribution)

You will find this album in the top 3 of my best of 2009 list. “Always Have My Love”, the first track and first release proves that Glen Phillips continues to write those catchy lyrics and melodies. My new favorite track, especially after hearing the acoustic version during their studio session at WYEP, is “Already Gone” with Sean Watkins singing lead and Glen Phillips on backing vocals. The other core WPA member Luke Bulla wrote the touching “Remember Well”, after a visit to a nursing home with Alzheimer’s patients. My wish is that this talented group of musicians will follow up this debut release with even more songs that take us on another ride beyond a single genre of music .

Will Hoge The Wreckage (Rykodisc)

A singer-songwriter out of Nashville, TN who caught my ear. I’ve been asking myself why I’ve never heard of Will Hoge until now. It took 10 months for Hoge to recover from an accident that left him seriously injured and “The Wreckage” is the end result. A song like “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” resonates loud and clear not only for the performer but for us music fans as well. I can absolutely say that I-love-every-song on this album. This CD is in the top 5 of my best of 2009 list.

October

Brandi Carlile Give Up the Ghost (Columbia)

Talented with anuber-amazing voice. I turn up “Dreams” every time I hear it on the radio. “Dying Day” is another great song. Carlile will be in Pittsburgh in January. What a great way to start off the new decade, hearing Carlile belt out tunes. This CD is also made my list for best of 2009.

The Swell Season Strict Joy (Anti)

The follow up to the “Once” soundtrack. I’ve been waiting for more from Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. I fell in love with “Low Rising” the first time I heard it. “The Rain”, “Feeling The Pull” and “Back Broke” are vintage Hansard songs. Oh yeah you know this CD made the top 5 in my best of 2009 list.

November

Peter King Dancing on a Long Leash (Raincheck)

This is the sophomore release (the follow up to the 2006 “The Road to Ubatuba”) by local writer and musician Peter King. I had the pleasure of attending the CD release show for “Dancing on a Long Leash”. King assembled an amazing set of local musicians to showcase his latest effort. The smile on King’s face was infectious. He was enjoying himself and so was the audience as he drew us in to his music. The dominant themes in King’s songs: his wife, his dog and samba music. I must confess that my favorite track on the new CD is the tongue and cheek “Number One in Liechtenstein." What fun.

John Mayer Battle Studies (Columbia)

This is only the 4th studio album for 32-year old John Mayer. I was hooked immediately by “Who Says”. Newly crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift joins Mayer on “Half of My Heart.” Mayer does catchy pop well and there's nothing wrong with that.

Livingston Taylor Last Alaska Moon (Whistling Dog Music)

Hearing a new CD by Livingston Taylor for the first time is like putting on an old pair of flannel pajamas. It’s soooo comfortable. I had a smile on my face the whole time I listened to “Last Alaska Moon” all the way through. The first song I previewed was “Kitty Hawk”. Taylor has been singing this tribute to The Wright Brothers in concert for years and it has always been a show highlight (Taylor is also a pilot). "I'm in a Pickle" is certain to be another of those lovable quirky songs that fans will request he sing live. "Call Me Carolina" is one of the most beautiful songs I've heard in a long time. The only cover on the album is 1982’s “The Girl is Mine” (Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney) and Taylor even gives that a magical touch, with some help from his nephew Ben Taylor. Members of Union Station (Alison Krauss) join Taylor.  This CD is a gem.

Barb S. - Sunday Mix Host

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November 18, 2009 by cindy@wyep.org

Moz

Sam

Morrissey's always felt like a bit of an outcast from the nest... now we know why after comparing his new album cover to the much beloved curmudgeonly Muppet, Sam The Eagle. What do you think?

Moz's new album, The Swords, is out now.

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November 17, 2009 by kyle@wyep.org

There was quite the buzz at the recent CMJ music festival over newcomer and Denver based singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff and the Wheel. His first recording with his band 'The Wheel' hasn't quite started yet, but I'm more than excited about it's Spring 2010 scheduled release.

Comparable to Grant Lee Phillips, Martin Sexton, Iron & Wine, and Ray Lamontagne this recent youtube discovery for the song "Hanging Surrender" has me eagerly anticipating the new release.

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November 16, 2009 by cindy@wyep.org

 

The Who

Another Super Bowl, another performance from a classic rock icon. Sports Illustrated is reporting this year's halftime spectacular will feature the Who. That's right -- Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and company will provide the musical fireworks when the game hits Miami on Feb. 7.

Ever since the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake wardrobe malfunction in 2004, the NFL has gone with "veteran" acts and turned the reins over to one band or artist. Prior to that, there were often medleys and multiple acts, like No Doubt, Sting and Shania Twain in 2003 and the 2001 show that saw Aerosmith rocking 'Walk This Way' with Britney Spears and Timberlake.

The Who certainly fit the newer mold, proving worthy successors to the recent run of Paul McCartney (2005), the Rolling Stones (2006), Prince (2007), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2008) and this year's performance by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

With the matchup still far from decided, one thing is for certain -- a stadium of 80,000 people rocking out to 'Won't Get Fooled Again' will sound great no matter what. (Spinner.com)

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