Local Pittsburgh Music

Well, the acts featured in The Local News for July all coincidentally have long complicated titles. All quality artists and all available on The Local News Podcast. You can also check them out on-air Monday-Thursday at 9 pm (starting tonight). Let me know what you think: cindy@wyep.org
Thanks!
Cindy

Joy Toujours and the Toys Du Jour - "Touchez Moi"
I have to say the name of this band very slowly: Joy Toujours and the Toys Du Jour. They've been playing for a few years and have a new record entitled Onward. Definitely of the experimental indie persuasion, Joy Toujours' new record would please fans of bands like Morphine, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers and Talking Heads.

Meeting of Important People - "Leap-The-Dips"
Last year, WYEP named Meeting of Important People our local act of the year for their excellent self-titled debut. They boys are back this month with a new EP titled Quit Music, which hopefully they don't plan on doing. The seven song release further demonstrates the pure talent of lead singer Josh Verbanets in songwriting and performing.

B-Rad and The Best of The West Players - "Oh, My Baby"
B-Rad and The Best of The West Players is lead by Brad Ladik. The new B-Rad CD features players from local favorites like Donora, Meeting of Important People and Mariage Blanc. It also covers a broad sonic spectrum with clear influences of country, garage rock, punk, soul and funk.

Thomas Jefferson's Aeroplane - "This Changes Everything"
Thomas Jefferson's Aeroplane consists Bill Deasy and and Rich Jaques- who led two of the finest bands to come out of Pittsburgh in the late 90's- The Gathering Field and Brownie Mary. Together, they've created very catch music with skillful songwriting and creative interesting electronic instrumentation. This is their second release.

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On Thursday May 20, 2010, Colonizing The Cosmos PACKED the WYEP Community Broadcast Center and played an amazing set. Check out the recording from that night on the recently posted Third Thursday podcast. It's on your Mp3 player or listen below. More photos here.

Third Thursday: Colonizing The Cosmos

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We're featuring the new Donora video for "Shhh" on our main page (in the right corner). The video was directed by the incredible Casey Hanner (lead singer of Donora). Can you spot the drummer for Big Hurry?

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New local music featured on WYEP’s The Local News during the month of June. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM). These tracks begin airing on Monday May 24th and will posted to the 'cast very soon. Lemme know what you think of that Cry Fire song- WOWZA.
--- Cindy


Joy Ike - "Like A Picture" Rumors

The sophomore release from Pittsburgh's piano playing sweetheart, Joy Ike. Joy's wonderfully engaging on her records, on stage and in person. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer person- plus she's a tremendously talented performer. Her fans proved that she was #1 by voting her "Best Solo Artist" by City Paper two years in a row and this new CD, "Rumors" was fan-funded. Although she has a different sound, Ike has the potential to gain a Tori Amos-like devotional fan-base at a regional or even national level (she was recently featured on NPR!). Joy's music would appeal more to fans of Ingrid Michaelson, Elliott Smith and Josh Ritter.

Small Cities - "Hit My Door" Jackson Purchase
My favorite new Pittsburgh band- they are six members and 2.5 doctors strong. Small Cities emulates a classic southern rock sound reminiscent of The Band, Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris and Tom Petty. You can trust you're in for something good when all the guitars are Rickenbacker guitars (even the bass). There's some sweet southern charm going on here as well, four members moved to Pittsburgh from Kentucky (specifically to start this band). Their live shows are a really exciting experience- you can see them for free at WYEP on Oct 21st for Third Thursday.

Cry Fire - "The Spark" If I Don't See You Again
Listen. I tried to fight the urge to like this album.... I can't- it's so good and smooth and I don't even care to tell you all about it. Cry Fire doesn't care what cool hipsters think about them, either! This is from their press release: "Where a lot of current groups shy away from clean production, strong vocals and classic lead guitar work, Cry Fire tastefully embraces all these elements." And how! This record is good start to finish. It is further made great by backing vocals from well-known regional country singer, Katie Orlofske. Embrace it! Feel good about life!

Round Black Ghosts - "Thick As Thieves" Line Up
Round Black Ghosts features former members of Waking Matthew and other local bands of the past. While I enjoyed their previous release, they've developed in a few ways on their new CD that's been in the works since January 2009. Titled Line Up, it features stronger songwriting from Aaron Shafer, who shines with his Jay Farrar like vocals. This record will further increase their already strong presence in the local music scene.

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New local music featured on WYEP’s The Local News during the month of May. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM). These tracks begin airing on Monday April 26th and will posted to the 'cast very soon :D
--- Cindy

Scott Weitzenfeld - "Helps Ease My Pain" (Born An Outsider)
SW grew up outside Washington, D.C. and played in bands that covered acts like The Stones and Van Morrison. All the while, he had to keep his haircut short in order to participate in his other life passions, baseball and football. His guitar playing is a skilled soulful blues while his voice is reminiscent of Steve Forbert. From the looks of the video for "Helps Ease My Pain", he's adjusting quite well to his new hometown.

Justin Andrew - "Fuses" (Transplant EP)
This little gem of an EP will appeal to fans of modern indie Americana (The Watson Twins, Deertick, The Low Anthem). It comes from Massachusetts-transplant, Justin Andrew, who's been making a name for himself in the local scene since this CD was released last year. You may have seen Justin working the soundboard at your favorite local rock club or your favorite local children's radio show or walking his cute little dog, Parker.

Caleb Murphy - "Oil Lamp Life" ([digital single])
Not quite sure how old this Indiana, PA resident is, but he's definitely got talent that's beyond his years. He's a fan of The Beatles, Switchfoot and Iron & Wine- 3 acts that have very different sounds. "Oil Lamp Life" has cutesy indie instrumentation and a bountiful amount of hand claps (!). It's available as a free download at CalebMurphy.com

Horse Or Cycle - "Oh Captain My Captain" (Flood Season)
Not a supergroup, HoC is made up of former and current members of Lohio, Boca Chica and Mariage Blanc. It first served as a solo project for Liam Cooney, but has now transformed into one of the most exciting slowgrass bands to rise out of the East End music scene. If you like My Morning Jacket, Nickle Creek or Band Of Horses, chances are Horse or Cycle are right up your alley. Produced by Jake Hanner (of Donora).

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Colonizing The Cosmos are a great new local band with a stellar debut (The First Frontier). The fellas in the band were kind enough to send us this video of "Dear Citizens" from their CD release.

Check 'em out live on the Morning Mix on Wed May 5th at 9am. CTC are also on tap for the May 20th Third Thursday, so you can catch them for free. Details on Colonizing The Cosmos Third Thursday are here

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New local music featured on WYEP's The Local News. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM).  

Nik & The Central Plains - "You're The Blues" (Nik & The Central Plains)
Nik Westman fronts this twangy/indie band. He's one of the best songwriters in Pittsburgh, noted for his meandering flow of conscious lyrics. You'll like this album if you are a fan of The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley or Pavement. The songs on the record range in dynamics- this one is a fairly breezy back porch folk number.

Larkin Mayberry - "In The Parlour" (IV)
Paul Rouse uses the moniker Larkin Mayberry. The recordings are sparse, but his voice is quite striking. Fans of Devendra Banhart may like this. Seems like he is just getting started on something with great potential.

Mark Rice - "Maybe This Time" (Topography of a Bird)
A native of Weirton, WV and now living in Pittsburgh. Mark has a nice gentle Josh Ritter type of voice with writing skills like Glen Hansard. The CD is very well produced and his band compliments his sounds quite well.

The Sparrows - "Hitchhiker" (Back In The Red)
This is a fun band with a classic Americana/Rock sound. The lyrics are nothing deep, but they are not trying to be. It seems like this band would put on a good live show- their guitar player is killer on the CD. Also features a former member of The Cynics.

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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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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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