The Decemberists

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:

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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!

This month, we asked Sarah to bring in her favorites from 2014. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

The Decemberists, "The Wrong Year" - The title of "The Wrong Year" had me wary of the new year's prospects, but the sound of the song quickly put me at ease. This is Colin Meloy at his hopeful melancholy best, lightening the mood (a bit) with lilting melodies that, as the lyrics say, "won't leave you alone." A band that could always venture into concept album or rock opera territory has hit a songwriting sweet spot, and there's more to hear soon with the album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, due out next week.

Rhiannon Giddens, "Black Is The Color" - You may know Rhiannon Giddens from Carolina Chocolate Drops, The New Basement Tapes, the latest Apple commercial, or her appearance at 2013's "Another Day, Another Time" concert which grew out of the Inside Llewyn Davis film. At the show, she impressed the crowd as well as T Bone Burnett, and he has now produced her debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn (out February 10th). Her band has incorporated beat boxing with Americana sounds, and this version of "Black Is The Color" takes that combination another step, putting a traditional song Nina Simone frequently performed in the able musical hands, voice and spirit of a present day song interpreter whose future will be exciting to watch.

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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.

 

Life Leone, "I Can't Say No." - Fuzzy garage-rock meets the dusty desert in the music of this Laos-born, Joshua Tree, Calif.,-raised artist who also lived for awhile in Vietnam, crafting guitars. This new single arrives ahead of Leone's first U.S. tour. Once described as "a rougher brand of indie-rock," he reminds me here of The Strokes.

The Decemberists, "Make You Better" - "We're not that starry-eyed anymore." Colin Meloy sings with resignation and compelling emotion on this lead-off single from the seventh studio album from the Portland. Ore. indie heroes (arriving Jan. 20). This song foreshadows the lyrical thrust of "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World," which could be the band's most personal album yet. "Having a family, having kids, having this career, getting older -- all of these things have made me look more inward," Meloy says.

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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) - Best of 2011 version!:

The Decemberists, “The King is Dead” - Oregon folk/alt-rockers tone down the theatricality and embrace a compelling, R.E.M.-ish flavored brand of Americana for their most accessible effort yet. Colin Meloy’s voice and phrasing compellingly set scenes. Released in January, the album still sounds fresh, even after numerous listens.

Paul Simon, “So Beautiful or So What" - Simon is rhymin’ masterfully again on what he correctly labeled his best album in 20 years. The instrumentation is spry and imaginative; the lyrics are exceptional and straightforward. Sample verse from “Getting Ready for Christmas Day,” the album’s leadoff track: “I got a nephew in Iraq/It’s his third time back/But it’s ending up the way it began/With the luck of a beginner/He’ll be eating turkey dinner/On some mountain top in Pakistan.” Then there’s “Questions for the Angels,” on which Simon’s delicate voice strikes a potent note pondering “If every human on the planet/And all the buildings in it should disappear/Would a zebra grazing in the African savannah/Care enough to share a zebra tear?”

The War on Drugs, “Slave Ambient” - Philly band laces shoe-gazer alt-rock with dream pop, then filters it through a classic-rock prism. The result is cerebral, visceral and catchy — in short, a band that can be enjoyed by fans of My Bloody Valentine as well as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Singer Adam Granducial’s poetic lyrics chronicle journeys in which thoughts, not landmarks, are the mileposts. He’s drawn Bob Dylan comparisons, owing much to the way his voice lingers on certain words. I’m reminded more of Lloyd Cole.

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