September 28, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

 
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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

Dawes, "For No Good Reason" - These guys are finally stepping beyond their Jackson Browne-like sound and I'm digging it! At first I was a little surprised at the experimental nature of the new album but the more I listen, the more I love it, especially this George Harrison-esque song, "For No Good Reason"...oh and as always, it's complete with incredibly beautiful and thoughtful lyrics.

Allah Las, "Satisfied" - This LA-based band has caught my attention with their throwback, laid back vibe. Listening to the album is like kicking back with an ice cold drink on a sunny day. Makes sense I'm diggin' the sound since I'm hanging on to the last warm days we'll have for a while!

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September 23, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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September 21, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs

In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Bob Weir, "Only a River" - The Grateful Dead's godfather of jean shorts is back with his first solo material in decades, and boy does it sound nice. Still in the midst of his hot streak touring with John Mayer as Dead & Co., Weir's new album, Blue Mountain, is a slow, acoustic collection of folk and country songs. His co-songwriter was none other than Josh Ritter, and members of The National also lent a hand on these tunes. But don't worry—these aren't sad-eyed indie rock songs. 

Sampha, "Blood on Me" - You probably know this voice—British nu-soul singer Sampha sang the hook on Drake's emotionally-gooey hit "Too Much" a few years back. Since then, he's been quietly releasing unique, haunting tracks one by one. "Blood on Me," with it's echoing intro and stuttering beat is one that'll get stuck in your head for days on end. Sampha's debut LP is due out soon, but it seems he likes to keep us guessing. 

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September 16, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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September 14, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Kishi Bashi, "Say Yeah" - This wizard of violin and loops has more than proven his one man band abilities and gift for merging analog and tech, but he enlisted a few other people to help on his latest album, including drummer Matt Chamberlain and producer Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. The new album is Sonderlust (out this Friday) and "Say Yeah" is one sample of its lush pop sound, starting with strings and some Mario Brothers-esque synths, and getting even better when the bass kicks in. 

Middle Kids, "Edge of Town" - This is a hook-filled song from a band to watch out of Sydney, Australia, which is due to release an EP in the U.S. soon. There is some classical training in this trio but they are definitely a rock band, and the voice of Hannah Joy can suit whatever sound is behind it, from echoing the slide guitar lines to belting the tempo change into full gear. 

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September 9, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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September 7, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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:

From Indian Lakes, "The Monster"Joey Vannucchi grew up off-the-grid on a 40-acre property in Indian Lakes, Calif., near Yosemite National Park. That's from whence the multi-instrumentalist draws his stage name and artistry, characterized by NPR Music as a mix of "moody indie-rock" and "atmospheric pop". He uses vintage synth and guitar amps throughout his forthcoming album including this catchy single. "I was really trying to capture a lo-fi aesthetic, while still retaining a sense of thoughtfulness," he said. The opening verse: "I hate to say it but it never felt quite right/I'm pointing fingers and I'm holding the knife./You want to stand around and stare at the night/We're only happy when we turn out the lights./I never told you it was going to be this way/I only said enough to get you to stay. But I don't want to live  like that."

Ablebody "Gaucho"Wow, what a groove and guitar hook by LA-based duo and identical twins Christoph and Anton Hochheim.   Has a hint of '80s romanticism, but isn't lost in time. This song is off the debut full-length arriving in October. Just a handful of hometown dates on their concert calendar, though if most of their songs sound this good, I can't wait to see them.

 

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September 6, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

 

September 9, 2016 would have been Otis Redding's 75th birthday. Redding died in 1967 just as his talents were connecting with a broader audience, but he left behind a great legacy of music. Let's go through the best songs from the albums released during his lifetime, and a couple of the key posthumous releases.

(click on the song titles below to hear the music)

 


 

 

Pain in My Heart

album: Pain in My Heart
year: 1964

don't miss: "Pain in My Heart," "That's What My Heart Needs"

 


 

The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
album: The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
year: 1965

don't miss: "That's How Strong My Love Is," "Mr. Pitiful"

 


 

Otis Blue
album: Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
year: 1965

don't miss: "Respect," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Shake"

 


 

The Soul Album
album: The Soul Album
year: 1966

don't miss: "Scratch My Back," "634-5789"

 


 

Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
album: Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
year: 1966

don't miss: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)," "Try a Little Tenderness"

 


 

King & Queen
album: King & Queen (by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas)
year: 1967

don't miss: "Tramp," "Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis"

 


 

The Dock of the Bay
album: The Dock of the Bay
year: 1968

don't miss: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

 


 

The Immortal Otis Redding
album: The Immortal Otis Redding
year: 1968

don't miss: "Hard to Handle"

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September 2, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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August 31, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played: 

Frank Ocean, "White Ferrari" - Frank Ocean just released his hotly anticipated follow up after the generation defining Channel Orange dropped in 2012. Blonde released like most albums do these days, suddenly and online only on Saturday night August 20 after weeks, even months of speculation.

Ocean has increasingly cut the figure of a reclusive, sensitive artist, adding mystique to his loads of talent, coveted collaborator by pretty much anyone in the industry. Blonde lived up to the hype...it's deep and rich and emotional and nuanced artistically and confident and full of life. "White Ferrari" is this devastating ballad that comes late in the album and almost left me in tears the first time I heard it...Bon Iver actually appears to duet with Frank on the outro.

Blood Orange, "Augustine" - Blood Orange is Dev Hynes, a British singer, songwriter, producer, author who I've actually played on the show before about a year ago, or longer, with his track from the Palo Alto movie soundtrack. He's worked as a producer/songwriter with Kylie Minogue/Brittney Spears/and provided one of the best songs on Carly Rae Jepsen's last amazing album Emotion.

He's back with his third proper record Freetown Sound, and it builds off all the things he does well, namely filtering his soulful, R&B, and jazz chops through Kate Bush inspired art pop, for this really lush, symphonic sound. It's a very personal record, wrestling with issues of race and social justice (Freetown is the name of the town in Sierra Leone where Hynes' father was born) and people consider it in the same breath as Kendrick Lamar's TPAB and D'Angelo's Black Messiah. "Augustine" is one of the album's highlights, with Hynes putting on this weird, Lynchian lounge act persona, alternating between low tenor, sing song lyrics, and a soaring chorus that sounds almost gospel-esque. 

 

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August 26, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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August 24, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

 
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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

Ages and Ages, "So Hazy" - I've heard a lot about this band but this is the first time I've sat and listened and this new album Something To Ruin is so wonderful! Despite the album title, the songs are upbeat and hopeful, with perfect melodies for the summertime and really beautiful, thoughtful lyrics. This particular track reminds me of Modest Mouse.

Esme Patterson, "No River" - Beyond singing backing vocals on the tune "Dearly Departed" with Shakey Graves, I hadn't heard of Esme Patterson until her new album came across my desk. WOW. She's such an incredibly talented songwriter with guitar chops to boot! This song serves as a sort of mantra for me...it's really a reminder for all of us - we are human! 

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August 24, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs

In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Regina Spektor "Small Bill$" - Who is cooler than Regina Spektor? Not me, not you, not even Cindy. The New York singer-songwriter has been casually creating some of the catchiest, weirdest, most fun piano-pop for over a decade. If this track is any indication, her upcoming album, Remember Us to Life, should be fantastic. "Small Bill$" is all rubber-band melodies bounding back and forth over a quirky piano loop. Enjoy. 

The Felice Brothers "Aerosol Ball" - Speaking of fun, The Felice Brothers are a gang of old friends (and yes, brothers) from upstate New York who create loose, stomping, down and dirty folk music for your next barn dance. The band's 10th album, Life in the Dark, came out this summer, and it's another collection of old time string music in a new school lens, complete with story-songs about shooting a judge and dancing with the belle of the ball. And if these guys come to town, buy yourself a bottle and head to the show. 

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August 19, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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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August 17, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Kristin Kontrol, "Show Me" - The voice of Kristin Welchez might sounds familiar, as she is Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls. The band's noir girl group pop is on the back burner at the moment, as Kristin is now hitting notes of '80s and '90s rock, pop and R&B nostalgia as Kristin Kontrol and on her new album, X-Communicate. Given her power onstage and the era this project points to, extra kudos to whoever arranged her run of shows opening for Garbage this summer. 

Hiss Golden Messenger, "Biloxi" - The new Hiss Golden Messenger album, Heart Like A Levee, is due out in October. On it, North Carolina's M.C. Taylor once again surrounds himself with an incredible community of musicians, including Brad and Phil Cook and Tift Merritt. This track is a soothing road tune full of dreams, loneliness and the chasing of art and home, and to my ear, sits alongside some of the acoustic, road-worthy best of Ryan Adams and The Allman Brothers Band. 

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