Many people here are still raving about the Nicole Atkins & The Black Sea performance in the WYEP studios yesterday. If you missed it, or want to hear it again, the entire performance is now available in our On Demand Audio archive.
Rolling Stone reports today that Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn is working on the screenplay for a film version of Chuck Klosterman's 2001 memoir "Fargo Rock City". Finn is co-writing the screenplay with "Late Show with David Letterman" writer Tom Ruprecht. "Fargo Rock City" is Klosterman's book about growing up as a heavy metal fan in North Dakota.
Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves are in full color, their smell drifts on the cool air. The nights are a longer and feel darker. There is mystery to the season.
There are many songs that match this mood. Some of them you know well, others may surprise you. Join me on Friday, October 30th from 4pm to 6pm for music from Warren Zevon, Sting, Kirsty MacColl, Eels, Concrete Blonde, and Sea Wolf. You never know what might pop up or who might drop by, so pull out your copy of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and lock the doors. It's time for haunting and howling.
Trick or treat!
New video from the Low Anthem's album Oh My God, Charlie Darwin- this is for the song "Charlie Darwin". The animated video only heightens the solitary feel of the already fragile vocals from Ben Knox Miller.
Erlend Øye and Eirik Glambek Bøe make up the Norwegian duo Kings of Convenience. They have just released their 3rd studio effort called 'Declaration of Dependence'. Their were rumors of the band breaking up after a period of inactivity following their 2004 release. Enjoy the video for 'Boat Behind', the first single from their new cd. No signs of any lutefisk in the video !
When Rosanne Cash turned 18 her father gave her a list of “100 Essential Country Songs.” Johnny Cash’s aim was to educate his young daughter in the knowledge of great American roots songs. Listen as Rosemary Welsch talks with Rosanne Cash about the songs on the record, the four guest vocalists who accompany her, and her relationship with her father. Now available on the On Demand Audio section of our website. Listen to the interview here.
The newest You Gotta Hear This podcast is up now. This month, you get a 3 minute preview of the New Orleans based band, The Generationals. Con Law is the debut album from The Generationals, who are made up of former Eames Era members. It's influence include vintage 50's rock n' roll and 70's glam rock while still sounding like a modern band. Highlights include "When They Fight, They Fight" (a tribute to the Phil Spector produced 1950's girl groups) and "Faces In The Dark" (reminiscent of M. Ward). For more information, check out the YGHT podcast at the On-Demand Audio section.
WPA or Works Progress Administration is a changing collective of artists that have just released their debut on their own. Made up of some big names from the music scene; WPA is an expandable collective, with Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) at its core.
The album was recorded with additional members Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bill Frisell, Joni Mitchell), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Imposters), and Davey Faragher (Cracker, the Imposters)
They’ll be hitting Pittsburgh on November 7th. Be looking for a sign up chance soon to be in a WYEP studio session with WPA. Check them out their live video.
Let Freedom Ring! is the name of the new Chuck Prophet release. Chuck's been making great rock and roll for a long time and decided to record the new release in Mexico City. Chuck explains a few of the reasons for recording in Mexico in this new trailer.
Today the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's nominees for the 2010 inductions.
They are: ABBA, The Chantels, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, KISS, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stooges and Donna Summer.
This is the first year that LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been nominated, as per Rock Hall rules, artists must have released their first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
These nominees will be narrowed down to five that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this March in New York City.
(Trivia note: This is the 6th time the Stooges have been nominated)
Meeting of Important People have been winning over new fans since the release of their debut cd earlier this year. The Pittsburgh band put on an excellent performance at this June's WYEP Summer Music Fest at Schenley Plaza and continue to play to growing crowds.
If you haven't heard them check out their well done cardboard video for their song "Brittney Lane Don't Care"
You can check out the newest episode of You Gotta Hear This featuring the New Zealand musician, Ladyhawke. She's gotten tons of praise for her self-titled debut album, released last year. Filled with catchy dance inspiring hits like "Magic" and "Paris is Burning", you'll be up and bouncing around to Ladyhawke on first listen. For more information, check out the YGHT podcast at the On-Demand Audio section
The number "9" was a favorite of John Lennon's (n.b., "Revolution 9," "#9 Dream"), so it's quite fitting that The Beatles' record company is releasing the first major updating of The Beatles' CD catalogue since the discs were first released twenty years ago on 09-09-09, or this Wednesday, September 9th.
Box sets with the entire band's original recorded output in stereo and another one in mono are coming out that day, each painstakingly remastered with technology not available when the CDs first hit the ears of Fab Four fans in the late 1980s.
To give you a sampler platter of these reissues, WYEP will play one song from the stereo remasters each hour from 6am to 6pm on Wednesday. We'll select a dozen of the most interesting songs with updated sonics and let you taste for yourself.
Meanwhile, here's a review of the reissues. (Here's a more audiophile-oriented review.)
The remasters are coming out in conjunction with the Rock Band video game with a Beatles theme.
This is the 2nd installment of the collaborative outfit/band put together by Neil Finn. The last release was a live recording back in 2001 that featured Ed O'Brien (Radiohead), Lisa Germano, and Johnny Marr.
This time around Neil Finn took his friends into the studio and included Jeff Tweedy, KT Tunstall, and Phil Selway. In total, 20 different musicians contributed to the double album by 7 Worlds Collide titled The Sun Came Out. The project benefits Oxfam.
This video features KT Tunstall on the track Hazel Black