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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August 12, 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 10, 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:

Big Eyes, "Behind Your Eyes"A refreshing melodic-punk/power-pop band spearheaded by 28-year-old Kait Eldridge, who channels Joan Jett/Runaways and Juliana Hatfield influences on this track off the NYC group's third album. It's a song about recognizing a once-targeted love connection isn't worth the pursuit. "It's a shame you didn't see/the possibility/Of trying to hang with me," she sings with just a touch of remorse, reaching closure by the final verse, "I've got nothing you want/and you're nothing I need."

Teenage Fanclub, "I'm in Love"The Scottish alt-rock band releases its 10th album -- and first in 5 years -- on Sept. 9, led by this delightfully simple single, "I'm in Love". Breezy, jangle-pop guitar leads the way for lyrics about being happy and fulfilled in a relationship (what a concept!) Sample lyric: "It feels good with you next to me/That's enough/Isn't life such a mystery/I'm in love."   

 

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August 5, 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 3, 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: 

Katie Dey, "Only To Trip and Fall Down Again" - Katie Dey's has made a career on making bedroom pop that recalls the early trippy music of of Animal Collective. She just dropped "Only to Trip and Fall Down Again," from her new album Flood Network (out 8/12) and its a trip down a rabbit hole. Listening to the track, you can visualize Dey sitting cross legged on the floor of her childhood bedroom, tweaking her pocket psych symphonies on a beat up laptop and cheap synthesizer.


Jamila Woods, "Vry Blk" - 
Jamila Woods is a singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and on her debut album, HEAVN, she crafts quirky neo soul with rich layers of wokeness. “VRY BLK” is an unabashedly fun track with social justice undercurrents, built on the melody of the “Mary Mack” clapping that's deceptively powerful in the right 

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July 29, 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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July 27, 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):

Eli "Paperboy" Reed, "Cut Ya Down" - This Boston dude just never disappoints when it comes to a good groove. Reed is one of the most convincing modern soul singers, with an impassioned howl and an effortlessly funky band to back him up. His latest album, My Way Home, is packed with down and dirty, old school soul music that'll get you moving even more than Pokemon Go. The first single is "Cut Ya Down," with its chorus taken from a classic gospel song. If it sounds familiar, though, you may have Moby to thank - he used the same sample for "Run On" from his mega-hit album Play.  

Blind Pilot, "Umpqua Rushing" - The field of acoustic pop is a crowded one, especially since that Ed Sheeran fellow got to town, so it takes something special to stand out. Thankfully, Blind Pilot have what it takes. The band create beautifully catchy, heartfelt folk-pop that feels equally ethereal and totally human. Their latest album, And Then Like Lions, is out soon and is well worth the hour or so of your life. 

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July 22, 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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July 20, 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:

Michael Kiwanuka, "The Final Frame" - After a four-year wait, Michael Kiwanuka's sophomore album Love and Hate continues the innately soulful sounds of his debut album, but with some remarkable growth. There's an added cinematic feel, thanks in part to the production work of Danger Mouse, and Kiwanuka also steps out in the roles of guitarist and bandleader, making this closing track sear and ache.

The Julie Ruin, "I'm Done" - Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame is back with the second album by her latest band The Julie Ruin, called Hit Reset. This defining punk voice tears through yet another great pop song, mixing attitude, a defiant melancholy and plenty of bounce.

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July 15, 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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July 13, 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:

Dan Bubien, "Grinding These Gears"The Beaver County blues-rocker's lively title track from a September release includes a sax solo from Eddie Manion (Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball Tour"/Joe Grushecky.) If you dig Grushecky's Houserockers you'll appreciate Bubien's band and this song about movin' on. Bubien's a tasteful guitar player. The nice piano touches here are courtesy of Joe Munroe, from the WQED-TV American Soundtrack house band. 

Butch Walker, "Descending" That's alt-country heroine Ashley Monroe providing the counter-vocals to Walker in this ballad about a relationship that's in limbo, leaning towards dissipation. ("We're not falling; we're not flying; we're somewhere in between...") "I just want you to worry about me some times," sings Walker, the acclaimed rootsy rocker whose credits as a producer range from Taylor Swift to Frank Turner and Avril Lavigne to Dashboard Confessional.

 

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July 8, 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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