Boca Chica

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.

Pairings Nov 14 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

This has been a great week for fans of the Barr Brothers. The Montreal quartet performed just days ago at the Warhol Museum as part of the Sound Series and made an appearance in WYEP’s own studio for a Live and Direct session. To celebrate this Cindy has chosen their song “Love Ain’t Enough” for her music Pick a personal favorite. Bill would describe with song as “Wistful and Sad” but it forms some clear images in his mind as he forms his menu pairing. “I was thinking about being out in Montreal and it’s rainy and cold” Bill says and this leads to his menu choice of poutine, a Canadian dish consisting of French fries topped in cheese and gravy, perfect for a cold sad day. Bill also has the idea to top his poutine with smoked brisket. To wash this this Bill suggests ice wine, a wine made from grapes left on the vine long enough to freeze resulting in a sweet taste.

Cindy's Music Pick:

The Barr Brothers - "Love Ain't Enough"


Bill's Menu Pairing: 

Poutine with Smoked Brisket

Ice Wine


Bill is celebrating the opening of a new Mad Mex restaurant in the Erie Pennsylvania area which is also the area the he hails from. To celebrate here on Pairings Bill has prepared a menu that consists of traditionally Erie foods. This menu wouldn’t be complete without the fried fish sandwich with wall eyed pike or perch caught fresh from the lake, Smith’s hot Dogs an old Erie tradition and as a refreshment a sample from the Erie Brewing Company, Bills personal suggestion is the Erie Rail bender. Cindy knows just the song the Pair with this menu in fact her song is all about Lake Erie, “Lake Erie” by Boca Chica.

Bills Menu Pick:

Erie Fried Fish Sand which

Smiths Hot Dog

Erie Brewing Company Beer


Cindy's Music Pairing:

Boca Chica - "Lake Erie


Pairings With Bill Fuller


Boca Chica Chef Bill Fuller Erie Brewing Company Smith's hot Dogs The Barr Brothers The Morning Mix

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 two bonus songs):

Nikki Lane, "Coming Home to You" - I played a tune from Nikki Lane's debut EP a few months back on the Buzz and noted that her forthcoming full-length would prove whether she had staying power. In late September, that album came out, and the answer seems to be: Absolutely. Great songwriter, wonderful voice, cheeky sense of humor (as is evidenced by the title of the full-length, Walk of Shame). This is a delightful re-figuring of a song that first appeared on the EP.

Real Estate, "It's Real" - This Jersey-via-Brooklyn indie rock band released its latest, Days, last month on Domino. It's full of catchy, straightforward tunes; this one's the catchiest, I think. Catch them live in Pittsburgh later this month.

Boca Chica, "Long Range Guns"- The local Americana group headed by Hallie Pritts has returned with a new full-length called Get Out of Sin City. It's another crop of solid songs, and this one's my favorite.

Black Crash, "Sometimes Dreams" - This is the title track from the local band's newest release; recommended for fans of Britpop along the lines of Travis, and maybe Radiohead or even (*shudder*) Coldplay. Great vocals, solid tunes.


New Music Personal Picks


Andy Mulkerin Black Crash Boca Chica Nikki Lane Real Estate The 9:13 Buzz
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