December 5, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Over the past year, WYEP has been proud to showcase a diverse array of Pittsburgh musicians on-air through our weekly local music spotlight, The Local 913. Each week, we were able to introduce our listeners to so many talented musicians in the area. We are able to present one of our favorite local bands live every month at The Local 913 Live, our monthly local music happy hour. At the end of the year, it's always difficult to select only 5 albums to highlight as our city's best, but here is our attempt! Please support all these hometown musicians through purchasing their music or attending one of their local concerts. 

*** WYEP’s Top 5 Local Acts for 2016 ***

1. Meeting of Important People Troika (Meeting of Important People)
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Meeting of Important People's third album is another terrific collection of ear-grabbing rock tunes, but this time displaying a wider range of influences. Perhaps coincidentally (or not), songwriting this time was more of a group process among all three band mates—a key reason for the album title. Inventively co-produced by Donora's Jake Hanner and MOIP's Josh Verbanets, the album encompasses elements of country-folk, '90s alternative, Kinks-esque rock and a touch of baroque psychedelia. It also includes the fine 2015 single, "All Rode Off Together," a virtual summit meeting of guest artists from the Pittsburgh local music scene. But when all's said and done, the common denominator here is simply good, quality song craft. (MS)

2. Morgan Erina Lady (Morgan Erina)
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Morgan Erina’s first solo release since the dissolution of her duo, Broken Fences, showcases her beautiful, ethereal voice, songwriting, and versatility. Although it’s easy to label Erina’s music as moody and sad, Lady stirs emotions and proves enthralling from start to finish. Her voice is gripping and quietly intense, and leaves you practically begging for her next line. Treelady Studios’ Dave Hidek has added superb production touches, layers and dynamics that clearly challenged Erina’s boundaries and inspired her to push further. (CH)  

3. Pet Clinic No Face (Pet Clinic)
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No Face is a tour-de-force of dark, crunchy riff rock. Rather than working in a commercial studio, the band recorded their full-length debut in their Troy Hill home. The decision allowed the band to take their time and focus on every possible detail in the recording process, including building a few pieces of their recording arsenal from scratch. David Bubenheim’s voice ranges from a quiet whisper to a blood-curdling howl over swirling guitars, atmospheric keyboards and a hard-driving rhythm section. (JS)



4. The Red Western Arrows/Sirens (The Red Western)
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The Red Western has evolved since 2007 inception, as evidenced by the sounds streaming through their simultaneously released EPs. The twin EP releases signified the band’s continued journey from alt-country to indie pop and rock sound, along with a shift from a quintet to a quartet.  Arrows is the release that continues the country leanings, while Sirens cements the band’s transition to a more guitar-forward, jangly pop sound. Lauren Delorenze's vocals highlight the varied sounds on the EPs and fit the assorted arrangements especially well. (KS)


5.
 Emerson Jay Louie (Emerson Jay)

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Emerson Jay, project of producer Jared Gulden, is a breath of fresh air to the electronic scene in Pittsburgh. After attending audio engineering school in Chicago, Gulden returned home with a SoundCloud full of songs. Gulden produced tracks by replicating what his live band (Brendan Bates, Dan Evans and Pat Donovan) had worked out in concerts. Louie is colorfully sunny and cool in a way that is not overly digital. It’s truly fresh, electronic music with a soul. (CH) 

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December 2, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

Last year, we had so much fun with it that we knew we'd have to do another one in 2016. So here we go again, from "ABC" by the Jackson 5 -- the first song on the list -- all the way to Red Hot Chili Peppers' "The Zephyr Song," our last track. (Should I have given a spoiler alert first? Nah, it's not the destination, it's the journey!)

I guess I should go over the parameters of the week, just so you know what to expect. All week, from December 5th through the 9th between 6 AM and 6 PM, the songs we play will be presented in alphabetical order by song title.

We're not playing our entire library alphabetically, though. We have around 20,000 albums in our library, so a quick back-of-the-envelope math suggests that it would take almost two straight years of continuous 24/7 airplay to plow through our entire library alphabetically!

Here are a couple of answers to questions we've heard from listeners about our A to Z Week:

Q: Do you allow cover songs during the A to Z Week?

Yes! However, only one version of any one song. So while we might play, say, Jimi Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower," we wouldn't also play Bob Dylan's original version. Otherwise, they would alphabetically come right next to each other and we don't want to play the same song twice in a row (great as they both are).

Q: Hey, I just heard a song with a title that begins with "The" in a different part of the alphabet! What gives?

We're using traditional alphabetization rules. (The way books are filed in your local library.) All song titles beginning with the words "A," "An," and "The" get those words dropped from the title. Numbers are sorted as if they are words. Titles that begin with non-alphanumeric characters (like a parenthesis or an apostrophe) are sorted as though that character was not there.

Q: Is there any date/year range or cut-off for songs included?

Nope. The songs we're playing this year during A to Z Week span from 1955 through to this year. Also, they're not limited by style (there will be rock, folk, soul, blues, reggae, and more) or geography (we'll have songs by local artists all the way to performers from Somalia, London, Jamaica, and Sweden).

Q: Why are you only doing this from 6 AM to 6 PM?

Well, we have a lot of great shows during the week (like the World Cafe, Grand Groove Radio, the Block Party, and WYEP Afterhours) that we don't want to mess with. We wouldn't incorporate their music into the A to Z mix because then it wouldn't show up during the show time. And we can't really do a separate A to Z during these other shows -- that would just be confusing. So each day, we'll pause the A to Z progression at 6 PM and then pick it up again at 6 AM.

If you have any other questions, feel free to send 'em my way at mike@wyep.org. And enjoy A to Z Week!

 

Mike Sauter

WYEP Director of Content and Programming

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December 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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November 30, 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!

We asked Jess to bring in her favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

2016 was a year FULL of amazing music but some releases really rose to the top for me. Ages and Ages from Portland, Oregon take my top spot for favorite album of the year with Something To Ruin...11 tracks which move through life's ups and downs with lyrics that cut to the core, sung in catchy harmonies and with an adventurous musical spirit, complete with plenty of tambourine. Yup, tambourine.

Esme Patterson really nailed it with her song "No River", which I will always hold onto as a mantra for myself. "I can't keep running, I'm no river...I know that I'm alive today, but I'm human, I'm human". 

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November 30, 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!

We asked Jess to bring in her favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

2016 was a year FULL of amazing music but some releases really rose to the top for me. Ages and Ages from Portland, Oregon take my top spot for favorite album of the year with Something To Ruin...11 tracks which move through life's ups and downs with lyrics that cut to the core, sung in catchy harmonies and with an adventurous musical spirit, complete with plenty of tambourine. Yup, tambourine.

Esme Patterson really nailed it with her song "No River", which I will always hold onto as a mantra for myself. "I can't keep running, I'm no river...I know that I'm alive today, but I'm human, I'm human". 

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November 28, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

 

We've heard from a lot of listeners that they really enjoyed our Thanksgiving tribute to Prince and David Bowie, and some people inquired about seeing the complete list of songs we played. So here it is!

 

Thanks for listening. We're thankful for all of our listeners, and especially all of our members! To support WYEP, please make a donation.

 

 

Time  Artist  Song Title  Orig. Album  Year
6:01am Prince My Computer Emancipation 1996
6:06am David Bowie The Man Who Sold the World The Man Who Sold The World 1970
6:09am David Bowie Rock and Roll With Me Diamond Dogs 1974
6:13am Prince Controversy The Hits 1981
6:17am David Bowie Stay Station to Station 1976
6:24am Prince The Sun, The Moon and Stars Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 1999
6:29am Prince Call My Name Musicology 2004
6:34am David Bowie It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen 1976
6:39am David Bowie Absolute Beginners Absolute Beginners [MPS] 1986
6:45am David Bowie Diamond Dogs Diamond Dogs 1974
6:51am David Bowie Space Oddity Space Oddity 1969
6:56am Prince Alphabet Street Lovesexy 1988
7:01am David Bowie Sorrow Pin Ups 1973
7:04am Prince The Holy River Emancipation 1996
7:08am David Bowie Wild Is the Wind Station to Station 1976
7:14am Prince So Far, So Pleased Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic 1999
7:17am David Bowie & Pat Metheny This Is Not America The Falcon & The Snowman [MPS] 1985
7:22am David Bowie Where Are We Now? The Next Day 2013
7:26am David Bowie Life On Mars? Hunky Dory 1971
7:30am David Bowie I Feel Free Black Tie White Noise 1993
7:34am Prince One of Us Emancipation 1996
7:40am David Bowie Oh! You Pretty Things Hunky Dory 1971
7:44am David Bowie Cat People Let's Dance 1983
7:49am David Bowie I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday Black Tie White Noise 1993
7:53am Prince 17 Days The B-Sides 1985
7:57am David Bowie Kooks Hunky Dory 1971
7:60am Prince Peach [single] 1993
8:01am Prince Sign 'O' The Times Sign 'O' The Times 1987
8:05am David Bowie Dollar Days Blackstar 2016
8:09am David Bowie Fantastic Voyage Lodger 1979
8:12am Prince Strange Relationship Sign 'O' The Times 1987
8:16am David Bowie John, I'm Only Dancing [1972 Single] 1972
8:19am Prince I Feel For You Prince 1979
8:23am David Bowie China Girl Let's Dance 1983
8:29am Prince Paisley Park Around The World In A Day 1985
8:33am David Bowie Strangers When We Meet Outside 1995
8:38am Prince I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince 1979
8:42am David Bowie Changes Hunky Dory 1971
8:46am Kate Bush with Prince Why Should I Love You? The Red Shoes 1993
8:51am Prince She's Always In My Hair The B-Sides 1985
8:54am David Bowie Across the Universe Young Americans 1975
9:01am Prince 7 the symbol album 1992
9:06am David Bowie Seven Hours 1999
9:10am Prince Te Amo Corazon 3121 2006
9:14am David Bowie Slip Away Heathen 2002
9:18am Prince Starfish & Coffee Sign O' the Times 1987
9:22am David Bowie D.J. Lodger 1979
9:26am Prince Uptown Dirty Mind 1980
9:30am Prince Mountains Parade 1986
9:34am David Bowie Black Country Rock The Man Who Sold The World 1970
9:38am Prince Soft and Wet For You  1978
9:42am David Bowie Heroes Heroes 1977
9:48am Prince Black Sweat 3121 2006
9:51am David Bowie Time Aladdin Sane 1973
9:56am Prince Stare [single] 2015
10:01am David Bowie Always Crashing the Same Car Low 1977
10:04am David Bowie Sue (or In A Season of Crime) Nothing Has Changed 2014
10:08am Prince Pop Life Around The World In A Day 1985
10:12am David Bowie Tonight Tonight 1984
10:16am Prince Baltimore [single] 2015
10:21am David Bowie All The Madmen The Man Who Sold The World 1970
10:27am David Bowie Golden Years Station to Station 1976
10:30am Prince with Vanity Take Me With U Purple Rain 1985
10:34am Prince When You Were Mine Dirty Mind 1980
10:38am David Bowie A Better Future Heathen 2002
10:43am David Bowie Moonage Daydream Ziggy Stardust 1972
10:47am Prince Escape The B-Sides 1988
10:51am David Bowie Starman Ziggy Stardust 1972
10:55am Prince Daddy Pop Diamonds and Pearls 1991
11:01am David Bowie The Next Day The Next Day 2013
11:04am Prince Let's Work Controversy 1981
11:07am Prince Courtin' Time Emancipation 1996
11:10am David Bowie Suffragette City Ziggy Stardust 1972
11:14am David Bowie Panic In Detroit Aladdin Sane 1973
11:19am Prince Let's Go Crazy Purple Rain 1984
11:23am David Bowie Young Americans Young Americans 1975
11:29am Ani Difranco with Prince Providence To the Teeth 1999
11:36am David Bowie with Arcade Fire Wake Up (live) Fashion Rocks '05 2005
11:42am David Bowie Let's Dance (live) BBC Radio Theatre, London, June 27, 2000 2000
11:49am Prince Creep (live) 2008
11:57am David Bowie Afraid Heathen 2002
12:01pm David Bowie Rock 'n' Roll Suicide Ziggy Stardust 1972
12:04pm Prince Diamonds and Pearls Diamonds and Pearls 1991
12:08pm David Bowie Love Is Lost The Next Day 2013
12:12pm David Bowie Fame Young Americans 1975
12:16pm Prince Delirious 1999 1982
12:19pm David Bowie Watch That Man Aladdin Sane 1973
12:24pm David Bowie Let's Spend the Night Together Aladdin Sane 1973
12:27pm Prince The One U Wanna C Planet Earth 2007
12:32pm Prince Moonbeam Levels Prince4Ever 1982
12:36pm Queen (and David Bowie) Under Pressure Hot Space 1981
12:41pm David Bowie Sound and Vision Low 1977
12:44pm David Gilmour & David Bowie Arnold Layne (live) Arnold Layne [single] 2006
12:47pm David Bowie Loving the Alien Tonight 1984
12:54pm Prince Shockadelica The B-Sides 1987
12:58pm David Bowie Star Ziggy Stardust 1972
1:01pm Prince Little Red Corvette 1999 1982
1:06pm David Bowie Ziggy Stardust Ziggy Stardust 1972
1:09pm David Bowie Beauty and the Beast Heroes 1977
1:13pm Prince The Most Beautiful Girl in the World The Gold Experience 1995
1:18pm David Bowie Drive-In Saturday Aladdin Sane 1973
1:23pm David Bowie Neighborhood Threat Tonight 1984
1:26pm Prince Extraordinary The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale 1999
1:28pm David Bowie Fascination Young Americans 1975
1:34pm David Bowie Everyone Says Hi Heathen 2002
1:38pm Prince A Case of You A Tribute to Joni Mitchell 2007
1:42pm David Bowie Station to Station Station to Station 1976
1:52pm Prince 200 Baloons Batdance 1989
1:57pm David Bowie Joe the Lion Heroes 1977
2:01pm Prince Raspberry Beret Around The World In A Day 1985
2:04pm David Bowie The Stars (Are Out Tonight) The Next Day 2013
2:08pm David Bowie Be My Wife Low 1977
2:11pm Prince Partyman Batman Soundtrack 1989
2:14pm David Bowie Look Back in Anger Lodger 1979
2:18pm David Bowie Scary Monsters Scary Monsters 1980
2:23pm Prince Get on the Boat 3121 2006
2:30pm David Bowie Ashes to Ashes Scary Monsters 1980
2:34pm Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne While My Guitar Gently Weeps Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2004
2:41pm David Bowie Soul Love Ziggy Stardust 1972
2:44pm TV on the Radio with David Bowie Province Return To Cookie Mountain 2007
2:49pm Prince Hello The B-Sides 1985
2:52pm David Bowie Slow Burn Heathen 2002
2:56pm David Bowie Boys Keep Swinging Lodger 1979
3:01pm Discumentary: David Bowie Ziggy Stardust --  
3:14pm Prince 1999 1999 1982
3:17pm David Bowie 1984 Diamond Dogs 1974
3:22pm Prince Kiss Parade 1986
3:25pm David Bowie The Jean Genie Aladdin Sane 1973
3:29pm Prince Nothing Compares 2 U One Nite Alone...Live! 2002
3:34pm David Bowie New Killer Star Reality 2003
3:40pm Prince 4 The Tears In Your Eyes (live) The B-Sides 1985
3:43pm David Bowie Andy Warhol Hunky Dory 1971
3:47pm Prince Guitar Planet Earth 2007
3:50pm David Bowie TVC15 Station to Station 1976
3:56pm David Bowie & Pet Shop Boys Hallo Spaceboy (remix) Hallo Spaceboy EP 1996
4:01pm Prince When Doves Cry Purple Rain 1984
4:05pm David Bowie Let's Dance Let's Dance 1983
4:12pm Prince Thieves in the Temple Grafitti Bridge 1990
4:16pm David Bowie Fashion Scary Monsters 1980
4:20pm Stevie Wonder So What the Fuss A Time 2 Love 2005
4:25pm Prince Cream Diamonds and Pearls 1991
4:30pm Madonna & Prince Love Song Like a Prayer 1989
4:34pm David Bowie Rebel Rebel Diamond Dogs 1974
4:39pm David Bowie with Gail Ann Dorsey Under Pressure (live) Hallo Spaceboy EP 1996
4:44pm David Bowie I'm Afraid of Americans Earthling 1997
4:48pm Prince I Would Die 4 U Purple Rain 1984
4:51pm David Bowie Lazarus Blackstar 2015
4:55pm David Bowie with Arcade Fire Life on Mars (live) Fashion Rocks '05 2005
5:01pm David Bowie Moonage Daydream (live) Hallo Spaceboy EP 1996
5:06pm Prince I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man Sign O' the Times 1987
5:10pm David Bowie Jump They Say Black Tie White Noise 1993
5:14pm Prince U Got the Look Sign O' the Times 1987
5:18pm David Bowie The Hearts Filthy Lesson Outside 1995
5:23pm Prince Purple Rain Purple Rain 1984
5:31pm David Bowie Dancing in the Street Bowie the Singles 1969 to 1993 1985
5:35pm Prince How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore The B-Sides 1982
5:38pm David Bowie When I Met You Lazarus Cast Recording 2016
5:44pm Prince Batdance Batman 1989
5:48pm David Bowie Modern Love Let's Dance 1983
5:52pm Prince Another Lonely Christmas The B-Sides 1984
5:57pm David Bowie & Bing Crosby Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy [1982 single] 1977
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November 25, 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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November 23, 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!

This week, we asked Sarah to bring in some favorites of 2016. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

In looking back on the year in music for this month's 9:13 Buzz, I decided to narrow things down to a couple of songs that simply made me feel better in 2016.

Lori McKenna, "Humble & Kind" - I lived in Boston when Stoughton, Massachusetts songwriter Lori McKenna released her debut album, and her voice hit my heart as much as my ears. That was in the late '90s, and the mom of five has since gone on to incredible success, including a CMA "Song of the Year" win for "Humble & Kind," which was written for her kids and recorded by Tim McGraw. Lori also released a version on her own album The Bird & The Rifle, and it provides both a reminder and some much-needed reassurance.

 

Corinne Bailey Rae, The Skies Will Break - The Heart Speaks in Whispers is the title of Corinne Bailey Rae's third album, and it comes from the lyrics of this song. "The Skies Will Break" opens the album as well, and it's quite an introduction — covering some expansive new ground for Corinne musically, and creating a slow build that grows from pensive and spiritual to a freeing explosion of hope and joy. To see it performed live is even better, so try to catch Corinne and her band if you can.

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November 18, 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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November 16, 2016 by mike@wyep.org

 

 

On November 20, 1961, Bob Dylan's recording adventure for his own albums began in a New York City recording studio. The 20 year-old singer and songwriter began making his debut album on that day, and now, 55 years later Dylan has a body of work to his credit that includes 37 studio albums, 58 singles, and something in the neighborhood of 14 live albums. He has also been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." So, in his honor, let's chat about his career.

 

Mike Sauter, Direct of Content and Programming: Let's begin with something simple, and still hard -- what is your favorite Bob Dylan album of all, and why is it your favorite?

 

Brian Siewiorek, Production Director: His first recording session was in June, 1961 - for Belafonte's "Midnight Special". Belafonte did so many takes, and Dylan had to play the same harmonica part over and over that it changed the way he would later want to record his own albums.

 

 

My favorite Dylan album depends on my mood. But the one I come back to the most is Highway 61 Revisited - I love it when he goes wide with the long rambles - "Ballad of a Thin Man" is just brilliant... it all still holds up well these days.

 

Mike Sauter: My album pick is Blood on the Tracks. Love this album from start to finish. It's not as strident as The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan and more low-key than either Highway 61 Revisited or Blonde on Blonde (though all fine albums).

 

I find this to be an especially great record to crank up in the fall and winter months. And you really can't get much better as an album opener than "Tangled Up in Blue." -- a cinematic masterpiece of a song. And then the mellow contemplation of songs like "Simple Twist of Fate," "Shelter From the Storm," and "Buckets of Rain." And the rollicking good fun of "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts."

 

Brian Siewiorek: ...and "Idiot Wind" - one of the best "f-you" songs ever written.

 

Dave Blaushild, Volunteer Host: I agree with Brian. "Idiot Wind" is my favorite song on Blood on the Tracks. There is so much strength in the keyboards and it is lyrically strong. "The idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth, you're an idiot babe, it's a wonder that you still know how to breathe". Dylan wrote two of the best F-you songs: "Idiot Wind" and "Positively 4th Street."

 

I have three Dylan albums that I consider favorites: Highway 61 (1965); "Queen Jane Approximately" is my favorite song "Won't you come see me Queen Jane?". I especially like Dylan's piano playing on this one; New Morning (1970) has a number of great songs and Bob is backed up by some quality musicians including David Bromberg, Harvey Brooks (bass), Charlie Daniels (bass), Al Kooper (keyboards), and Russ Kunkel (drums). I really like his use of wrong grammar on "Day of Locusts": "And the locusts sang, and they were sang-ing for me" and the title track is a really upbeat song for a sunny morning in the spring. I also like Street Legal (1978), an album that got panned by the critics. It was released in 1978, after Blood on the Tracks and Desire which did extremely well. My favorite song is the lead-off single "Changing of the Guard". There is a cool Patti Smith cover of that song.

 

Sean Fogarty, Thursday Night Block Party Host: One of the fascinating aspects about Bob Dylan is he constantly did what he wanted. Dylan always seemed to thrive on challenging the notions of who he is or who his audience thinks he should be. His moves seem at once calculated and at other times, confounding. Weather plugging in, finding Jesus or releasing a pair of LP’s of pop standards, Dylan thrived on being confrontational.

 

I remember seeing Dylan and his band play Pittsburgh at the A. J. Palumbo Center in November of 2002. It was little more than a year since he released Love and Theft and the setlists were peppered with selections from that LP. Dylan was also playing covers on this tour. Two selections in particular were on the setlist that night, as they were just about every night of that leg of the tour. Warren Zevon’s “Mutineer” and The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar”. After the show I remember asking a friend: with volumes of his own songs in his canon to play, why Dylan would start covering those songs?

 

Performing the Warren Zevon number made sense. It was 10 days earlier that Zevon made his last public performance on The Late Show with David Letterman before he began to succumb to cancer. Playing the Rolling Stones number was baffling to me. Why would Dylan play a by-the-numbers cover of one of the Rolling Stones most popular songs about an inappropriate sexual relationship between a master and slave? Because he’s Bob Dylan, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

 

Brian Siewiorek: ...and that goes in line with his wicked sense of humor. I think that really confuses people.

 

Rob O'Friel, Rollin' and Tumblin' Host: I remember an interview with a rap star on an MTV special about Dylan. I can't recall the artist's name but I remember first just being surprised that this rap star had been influenced by Bob. And then the artist said something to the effect of, "in all of Dylan's hundreds of songs, there was never a 'throw away' line or word. Every line had a part to the story." Hearing that perspective from a rap star who really thrives on making it up as the song goes really brought Dylan full circle for me.

 

Mike Sauter: And, Sean, the interesting thing about Dylan's perspective is that although we often associate an "I don't care what anyone thinks" attitude as being purely cantankerous (a la Johnny Rotten/John Lydon personality), Dylan generally isn't going to be defiant for defiance's sake. I remember when Bob won the Academy Award in 2001 for "Things Have Changed" from the Wonder Boys soundtrack, I just assumed that his acceptance speech would strike at least some sarcastic tone in some way--I mean, as I thought at the time, isn't Bob Dylan so far outside of the pull of award gravity?--but he reacted warmly and genuinely and gave a fairly typical thank you speech. So Dylan will always follow his own path, be it away from mainstream thought processes or be it right down the middle of Mainstream Boulevard.

 

 

That Oscar win--and his confounding of my expectations as to his reaction--made me think from the beginning that he would be pleased and humbled by being awarded the Nobel Prize.

 

Does anyone have any special moments in Dylan's history that you'd like to point out or share?

 

Dave Blaushild: I visited the Country Music Hall of Fame last year in Nashville. There is an interesting exhibit called Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats. It profiles Bob, Johnny Cash, and the session musicians who played with them. Between 1966 and 1970, Dylan recorded four albums in Nashville: Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, and Self Portrait. Blonde on Blonde was still electric in nature and a great album. Dylan brought in Robbie Robertson, then of the Hawks to play guitar, John Wesley Harding was more folky, while Nashville Skyline incorporated more country elements. It's an interesting period in Dylan's evolution as a writer, and musician.

 

Mike Sauter: And one final memorable Dylan moment I'd like to share. Dylan's gospel period is sometimes overlooked, but it's a fascinating time in his career. There's a great video of a show in Toronto from April of 1980 which begins with an almost seven-minute long sermon by Bob and then blasts into a terrific rendition of "Solid Rock" from Saved.

 

 

When it comes to Dylan's career, we won’t let go and we can’t let go and we can’t let go no more...

 


 

 

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November 16, 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):

Valerie June, "Astral Plane" - That voice! Valerie June is not from this world, and her new album proves it. Following her incredible folk breakthrough "Pushin' Against a Stone," she'll release "The Order of Time" in January. The new album is a bit more plugged-in and kicked-up, with less of a dusty, dirt road vibe that encapsulated her debut. But it's another pure soul stunner, and it'll push June to a new level of popularity, if there is any justice in the world. 

Islands, "Rough Gem" - This pick is cheating a bit, because it's 10 years old. Islands was one of the bands that formed after the dissolution of the Unicorns, one of the most fun (and certainly weirdest) indie pop bands of the early 2000's. The band released "Return to the Sea" in 2006 to lots of critical acclaim — it toned down the freakout vibes of the Unicorns into a catchy, more easily digestible package. A decade later, they're rereleasing the album for a new generation of indie kids. "Rough Gem"  is exactly that: a shiny jewel covered in a thin layer of grime. You'll love it. 

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November 14, 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: 

NX Worries, "Another Time"Anderson Paak and producer Knxwledge just dropped their proper full-length as NxWorries Yes Lawd! On October 21 via esteem underground hip hop label Stones Throw. Paak has momentum after his exciting debut Malibu dropped earlier this year. "Another Time" is just a smooth neo soul song that has Paak and Knxwledge vibing deep, with the whole album in the same mindset. 

 

Lizzo, "Worship"Coconut Oil is the debut major label EP written and conducted by Minnesota-based singer-songwriter/rapper Lizzo, dropped earlier this month on Atlantic Records.  "Worship" is the lead track off the new ep and it's just this exuberant combination of rapping, singing, and fast stepping production that shows Lizzo at her most dynamic. 

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November 11, 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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November 11, 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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November 4, 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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