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WayneToday marks the 49th birthday of Wayne Coyne (lead singer of The Flaming Lips). I mentioned it on the Morning Mix today and got this great listener email from Paul in Pittsburgh:

"You were mentioning that it was Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips’ birthday and he was born in Pittsburgh.  His parents were from the Troy Hill section of the North Side (the little plateau above the Heinz plant).  My older sister was a very good friend of his aunt and used to see them play at their restaurant/bar on Mt Royal Blvd in Shaler, around 20 years ago, when they were still up and coming.  When they played the East Coast they would swing through and play there.  My sister also said Wayne is a very kind and generous fellow."

Nice!!! Take some time to listen to a fellow Pittsburgher today on his birthday :)

--- Cindy

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Starting this Tuesday (Nov 3rd) at 6:40 AM, you will be able to experience a new segment on the Morning Mix called "Now and Then". Look I wrote this fancy description:

Now and Then is a two song snapshot of an artist's career. It starts with a modern song from the act's current project. Followed up by an older track that give example of where that musician came from.

Sounds fun, right? YES! If you have any suggestions of artists and songs for "Now and Then", you should email me about it: cindy@wyep.org

thanks!
Cindy

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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.  

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