September 14, 2018 by joey@wyep.org

Nirvana's final studio album, In Utero, was released 25 years ago this week. We asked members of the Pittsburgh music community to pay tribute to the songs that inspired them.


Serve The Servants
Ernie Francestine (The Buckle Downs)

Nirvana was such a shock to my system as a kid. They were my favorite band and after “Nevermind”, I couldn’t wait for “In Utero”. I went to my local mall and picked up the CD on the first day it was released. Once I hit play, and “Serve The Servants” steadily revved up to its groove, I was totally enraptured in the melodic content of the rock n roll that was hitting my brain. I often say Kurt Cobain’s blessing and curse is that he couldn't write a bad melody if he tried and this song is a perfect example of that. It’s a mixture of things that shouldn't work, but come together to form a signature sound that no one has been able to come close to since. Nirvana taught me that music can be as deep as you want it to be and it can still appeal to a lot of people. “In Utero” is a perfect example of that. 


Scentless Apprentice
Andrew Belsick (LoFi Delphi)

Like most 30-something’s in 2018, I discovered Nirvana via Smells Like Teen Spirit on alternative rock radio in the early/mid 90’s.  I had never heard anything like that before and immediately dug in.  Once I wore out my Nevermind cassette, my first-ever CD purchase was In Utero.

I’m not sure how it happened, but I somehow accidentally skipped the first track and wound up with Scentless Apprentice as my introduction to In Utero.  From that point on, this disc held the top spot of my favorite Nirvana album and one of my all-time favorites.  Dave Grohl’s drumming absolutely punches you in the gut out of the gate and doesn’t let up for the duration of the song.  The raising guitar riff kicks in like nails on a chalkboard (in a good way).  The pre-chorus builds in such a way that it’s teetering out of control, and then just spins out once the chorus vocals hit.

I didn’t know anything about recording or production technique at the time, but I knew I gravitated toward the raw/unfiltered approach of In Utero over the slick production value of Nevermind.  I’m not sure that I understood the genius of the album at the time either, but it was absolutely a gateway drug away from mainstream radio to an entire new world of music. 

 


Heart-Shaped Box
Chris Fafalios (Punchline)

If "Smells Like Teen Spirit" kicked down the door into our angsty 90s hearts, it was "Heart-Shaped Box" that completely burned down the house. It’s amazing that Nirvana had such huge commercial success with lyrics like “I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black”, the complete antithesis to  the other chart-topping songs at the time (such as Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover”). Could this song be a hit in 2018? I doubt it. It was a perfectly-timed anthem for people who were tired of the fake and boring music that they were spoon-fed throughout their lives. The huge cultural impact of this song was apparent in everything from Wayne’s World sketches to Beavis and Butthead, and Anton Corbijn’s award-winning music video gave us some of the most iconic Kurt Cobain visuals. The song is both beautiful and ugly, which is the dichotomy that really defines Nirvana’s unique songwriting approach. It’s totally fitting that this is the last song that Nirvana ever played, as all of us who were influenced by them will forever be indebted to their priceless advice! Okay, that was dumb, but here’s a cool sidenote: I won my In Utero compact disc at a game at Kennywood. 


Rape Me
Morgan Erina

I don't even know where to start with why this song is important to me, the many reasons are trying to sort themselves out in my head. The first one that comes to the forefront, is the simple fact that Kurt Cobain made people listen to a topic that was and still is uncomfortable. He talked about it, in a melodic gritty beautiful way, which is hard to do with such an ugly disgusting act. An act that happened to me, I took comfort in his delivery, his voice soothed the anger inside of me. I learned how to play it, though my cover is more of a depressed angry whisper, like a ghost with an revengeful agenda, and I enjoy making the audience uncomfortable because they should be with this.  It's an anthem for generations and generations, for hundreds of women and men who had to go through this pain from another. It's taking the word and the rage and giving it back to the world and saying "screw you, you will listen to me and you will not hurt me anymore." 


Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
Bethany Conley (Balloon Ride Fantasy)

The unassuming Jaws-like intro of "Frances Farmer..." quickly unleashes into a full-on sonic assault. As characteristic in many Nirvana songs, its musically jarring weight is balanced by its unexpected melodic riffs, general pop structure and repetition. The catchiest part of the song “I miss the comfort in being sad” begs to be considered. Sarcastic lyrics like “It’s so soothing to know that you’ll sue me” are teeming with Cobain’s clever passive aggression. The song grew out of his disgust for the people and society who mistreated the outspoken mid-1900s Hollywood film actress Frances Farmer, a Seattle native who struggled with depression and substance abuse.  Nirvana’s iconic frontman cared deeply about the plight of women and was incensed by the hypocrisy of society, as with what happened to Farmer, the victim of a condemnatory public and the systemic horrors of 1940s psychiatric treatment. Cobain empathized with Farmer’s experience, fueled by his own turn on the receiving end of invasive media scrutiny.  Indulging a satisfying retribution, Cobain wailed, “She’ll come back as fire to burn all the liars / leave a blanket of ash on the ground” and avenged Farmer in a powerful piece of art that still endures.  


Dumb
Don Strange (Strange Monsters)

I was in college when In Utero came out. It’s an understatement to say it was one of the most anticipated albums of the year, because it was the anticipated album of that year. “Dumb” captured the 90s Nirvana vibe in a different way. The song was self-deprecating yet indulgently misanthropic. Much like the album closer, “All Apologies”, it said, You just really want to be thing you hate and you know it. That was the message in this mellow, almost poppy, tune from an otherwise loud and aggressive band. It was about catching yourself laughing at the same joke as some vacuous frat boys on your way to the commons or the computer lab. It was about being bored and not wanting to study while hating on those kids playing hacky-sack in the quad. It was about watching the girl you’re into fawn all over some musclehead outside the library. But ultimately, I think “Dumb” was as light-hearted as Kurt Cobain got. The tortured animosity and derision heard earlier on the album fell away. "Dumb" had a certain maturity to it, in its temperament, in its placidity; a quality that perhaps we would have seen more of in the future.


Pennyroyal Tea
Josh Verbanets (Meeting Of Important People)

I was in Elementary school when ‘In Utero’ was released, the era where indoor shopping malls had record stores in each corner, and you couldn’t escape those giant cardboard anatomical angels. My memory is that my parents were a little hesitant about some of the lyrics and subjects on In Utero (from what they had heard from other parents??)… So, I probably first knew ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ from the Kurt-solo Unplugged version, a nice clunky performance that he famously announces he will most likely ‘screw up.’

On the album, ‘Pennyroyal Tea’ is one of the more simple, straightforward, and poppy songs that In Utero offers, the perfect loud-quiet-loud mix of pretty and demented.  The rumor at the time was that the song’s lyrics included a recipe for a home-made abortion potion, and I think this was given credence in Kurt’s Journals published a decade later, mentioned in his own liner note drafts.  Dark view of reality or bored/ imaginative teenage voice trying to shock the listener??  Sounds like a little bit of both, in the same way that the overall album balances equal numbers of ‘noise’ songs with pop singalongs so beautifully.


Tourette's
Cindy Howes (WYEP)

There are a few complex things happening in this 92-second fit of a rock song. Cobain’s vocals scream nonsense words in a strained voice heard on other Nirvana songs like “Hairspray Queen” and “Negative Creep.” Barely understandable, there are actually lyrics to the song. Lines like “May day, every day, my day/Could've had a heart attack, my heart” repeat over and over. The only audible line is Cobain saying the phrase “Moderate Rock” at the start of the track, apparently taking a jab at the modern rock radio format that had turned the band into superstars just years earlier. “Tourette’s” showcases the Nirvana that deeply resonated with frustrated adolescents and scared the crap out of their parents. While Kurt did not have the neuropsychiatric disorder himself, his delivery and the frantic pace of the drums, bass and guitars create a certain anxious energy.


 

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September 7, 2018 by antonio

According to TMZ, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has been found dead at age 26 in his California home of an apparent drug overdose.

Miller was born Malcolm McCormick and began his rap career while a student at Taylor Allderdice High School. His first album Blue Slide Park (with a name inspired by a Frick Park playground and its distinctive slide) debut at #1 on the album charts and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Miller had just released his fifth album, Swimming, last month, and performed a Tiny Desk concert for NPR in conjunction with its release.

Fellow Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa tweeted condolences to Miller's family, and other musicians and fans also took to Twitter to pay tribute and express their grief.

 

 

 

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August 31, 2018 by mike@wyep.org

For our Theme Thursday on August 26, we chose all of our music from the "Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll" list. James Henke, chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, put together this list in 2004 with input from a blue-ribbon group of music writers and scholars. It was initially a 500 song list, but it was later updated with another 160 songs.

Below is the list in full (in alphabetical order). Songs that we played on the air during our Theme Thursday have a "(WYEP)" after the song title.

 

? And The Mysterians, 96 Tears (WYEP)
2pac, Me Against the World (or Keep Ya Head Up)
2pac and Dr. Dre, California Love
Aaron Neville, Tell It Like It Is (WYEP)
AC/DC, Back In Black
AC/DC, Highway to Hell (WYEP)
Aerosmith, Dream On (WYEP)
Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic
Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force, Planet Rock
Al Green, Let's Stay Together
Alanis Morrisette, You Oughta Know (WYEP)
Albert King, Born Under A Bad Sign (WYEP)
Alice Cooper, I'm Eighteen
Amos Milburn, Chicken Shack Boogie
Amos Milburn, Let's Have A Party
Archie Bell & The Drells, Tighten Up (WYEP)
Aretha Franklin, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (WYEP)
Aretha Franklin, Chain Of Fools (WYEP)
Aretha Franklin, I Never Loved A Man (the Way I Love You) (WYEP)
Aretha Franklin, Respect (WYEP)
Arkie Shibley, Hot Rod Race
Arrested Development, Tennessee (WYEP)
Arthur Smith, Guitar Boogie
Average White Band, Pick Up the Pieces
B.B. King, Sweet Little Angel
B.B. King, The Thrill Is Gone (WYEP)
B.B. King, Three O’Clock
Barrett Strong, Money (That's What I Want)
Barry McGuire, Eve of Destruction
Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi’s Dead (WYEP)
Beck, Loser (WYEP)
Ben E. King, Spanish Harlem
Ben E. King, Stand By Me (WYEP)
Bessie Smith, Downhearted Blues
Big Brother & The Holding Company, Piece Of My Heart (WYEP)
Big Joe Turner, Roll Em Pete
Big Joe Turner, Shake, Rattle And Roll
Big Joe Williams, Baby Please Don't Go
Big Star, September Gurls (WYEP)
Bill Doggett, Honky Tonk
Bill Haley & His Comets, (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock (WYEP)
Bill Monroe, Blue Moon of Kentucky
Bill Monroe, Mule Skinner Blues
Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit
Billy Joel, Just The Way You Are
Billy Joel, Piano Man
Billy Lee Riley & His Little Green Men, Red Hot
Black Flag, T.V. Party
Black Sabbath, Iron Man
Black Sabbath, Paranoid
Blind Lemon Jefferson, Matchbox Blues
Blind Willie Johnson, Mother's Children Have a Hard Time
Blind Willie McTell, Statesboro Blues
Blondie, Heart Of Glass (WYEP)
Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley (WYEP)
Bo Diddley, Say Man
Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind
Bob Dylan, Like a Rolling Stone (WYEP)
Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bob Dylan, Tangled Up In Blue
Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin'
Bob Marley & the Wailers, Get Up Stand Up (WYEP)
Bob Marley & the Wailers, I Shot The Sheriff (WYEP)
Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lively Up Yourself
Bob Marley & the Wailers, No Woman, No Cry (WYEP)
Bob Marley & the Wailers, Redemption Song
Bob Marley & the Wailers, Three Little Birds (WYEP)
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Night Moves
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Ida Red
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Take Me Back To Tulsa
Bobby "Blue" Bland, Turn On Your Love Light
Bobby Darin, Mack the Knife (WYEP)
Bobby Darin, Splish Splash
Bonnie Raitt, Something To Talk About (WYEP)
Booker T. & The MG's, Green Onions (WYEP)
Boston, More Than A Feeling
Bruce Springsteen, Born In the USA
Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run (WYEP)
Bruce Springsteen, Dancing In The Dark (WYEP)
Bruce Springsteen, Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (WYEP)
Bruce Springsteen, Streets of Philadelphia (WYEP)
Buddy Holly, Peggy Sue (WYEP)
Buddy Holly, That'll Be the Day (WYEP)
Buddy Knox, Party Doll
Buffalo Springfield, For What It's Worth
Buzzcocks, Ever Fallen In Love (WYEP)
Carl Perkins, Blue Suede Shoes
Carl Perkins, Matchbox
Carole King, You've Got A Friend (WYEP)
Cecil Gant, I Wonder
Charles Brown, Driftin' Blues
Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Orchestra, Solo Flight
Chic, Good Times (WYEP)
Chic, Le Freak
Chubby Checker, The Twist
Chuck Berry, Brown Eyed Handsome Man (WYEP)
Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode (WYEP)
Chuck Berry, Maybellene
Chuck Berry, Rock & Roll Music (WYEP)
Chuck Berry, Roll Over Beethoven (WYEP)
Chuck Willis, C.C. Rider
Clara Ward & The Ward Singers, How I Got Over
Cliff Richard And The Drifters, Move It
Cocteau Twins, Ivo (WYEP)
Coldplay, Yellow (WYEP)
Country Joe and The Fish, The Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die-Rag
Cream, Crossroads (WYEP)
Cream, Sunshine of Your Love
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fortunate Son (WYEP)
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Green River (WYEP)
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Proud Mary (WYEP)
Crosby, Stills & Nash, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (WYEP)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Ohio
Culture Club, Time (Clock Of The Heart)
Curtis Mayfield, Superfly
Cyndi Lauper, Girls Just Want To Have Fun (WYEP)
Dale Hawkins, Suzy-Q
Danny & The Juniors, At The Hop (WYEP)
Dave Clark Five, Glad All Over
Dave Matthews Band, Ants Marching (WYEP)
David Bowie, Changes (WYEP)
David Bowie, Fame (WYEP)
David Bowie, Space Oddity (WYEP)
David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust (WYEP)
De La Soul, Me Myself And I
Deep Purple, Smoke On The Water (WYEP)
Del Shannon, Runaway
Depeche Mode, People Are People (WYEP)
Derek and the Dominos, Layla
Desmond Dekker & the Aces, Isrealites
Devo, Whip It (WYEP)
Dick Dale And The Del-Tones, Let's Go Trippin'
Dinah Washington, TV Is the Thing
Dion, Runaround Sue
Dion & the Belmonts, A Teenager In Love
Dionne Warwick, Walk On By (WYEP)
Dire Straits, Sultans Of Swing (WYEP)
Don Covay, Mercy Mercy
Don McLean, American Pie
Donna Summer, Love To Love You Baby
Donovan, Sunshine Superman (WYEP)
Dr. Dre, Nuthin' But A "G" Thang
Dr. John, Right Place Wrong Time
Duane Eddy, Rebel-'Rouser
Duran Duran, Hungry Like The Wolf (WYEP)
Dusty Springfield, Wishin’ and Hopin’
Earth Wind and Fire, Shining Star
Eddie Cochran, C'mon Everybody
Eddie Cochran, Summertime Blues (WYEP)
Edwin Starr, War
Elmore James, Dust My Broom
Elmore James, Shake Your Moneymaker (WYEP)
Elton John, Bennie And The Jets (WYEP)
Elton John, Your Song
Elvis Costello, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding (WYEP)
Elvis Costello, Pump It Up (WYEP)
Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel (WYEP)
Elvis Presley, Hound Dog
Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock (WYEP)
Elvis Presley, Love Me Tender
Elvis Presley, Mystery Train
Elvis Presley, Suspicious Minds (WYEP)
Elvis Presley, That's All Right
Eminem, Stan
English Beat, Mirror in the Bathroom
Eric Clapton, After Midnight (WYEP)
Eric Clapton, Tears In Heaven
Etta James, At Last (WYEP)
Etta James, Tell Mama (WYEP)
Etta James, The Wallflower (WYEP)
Eurythmics, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Fatboy Slim, The Rockafeller Skank (WYEP)
Fats Domino, Ain't That a Shame
Fats Domino, Blueberry Hill
Fleetwood Mac, Go Your Own Way (WYEP)
Frank Zappa, Montana
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent
Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers, Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Freddy King, Hide Away (WYEP)
Free, All Right Now
Funkadelic, One Nation Under a Groove
Gang of Four, What We All Want
Gary Glitter, Rock 'N' Roll, Part 2
Gary U.S. Bonds, Quarter To Three
Gene Chandler, Duke Of Earl
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps, Be-Bop-A-Lula
Genesis, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
George Clinton, Atomic Dog (WYEP)
Georgia Tom/Tampa Red, It’s Tight Like That
Gerry and The Pacemakers, How Do You Do It?
Geto Boys, Mind Playing Tricks On Me
Gnarls Barkley, Crazy (WYEP)
The Go-Go's, We Got The Beat (WYEP)
Golden Gate Quartet, Rock My Soul
Grand Funk Railroad, We're An American Band
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, The Message (WYEP)
Green Day, Basket Case (WYEP)
Guitar Slim, The Things That I Used To Do
Guns N' Roses, Welcome To The Jungle
Hall and Oates, She’s Gone
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Work With Me Annie
Hank Williams, Lovesick Blues
Hank Williams, Movin’ On Over
Heart, Barracuda (WYEP)
Howlin' Wolf, Smokestack Lightnin'
Howlin' Wolf, Spoonful
Howlin' Wolf, The Red Rooster
Huey 'Piano' Smith & His Clowns, Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie-Woogie Flu
Human League, Don't You Want Me? (WYEP)
Hüsker Dü, Turn On the News
Iggy And The Stooges, Search And Destroy
Ike & Tina Turner, River Deep, Mountain High (WYEP)
Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Isaac Hayes, Theme from Shaft (WYEP)
Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, Rocket 88
Jackie Wilson, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher
Jackie Wilson, Lonely Teardrops
Jackson 5, ABC (WYEP)
Jackson 5, I Want You Back
Jackson Browne, Late For The Sky
James Brown, I Got You (I Feel Good) (WYEP)
James Brown, Please Please Please
James Brown, Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud
James Brown, Sex Machine
James Taylor, Fire And Rain
Jan & Dean, Surf City
Jane's Addiction, Been Caught Stealin' (WYEP)
Janet Jackson, Control (WYEP)
Jay-Z, Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
Jeff Beck Group, Plynth (Water Down The Drain)
Jefferson Airplane, Somebody to Love (WYEP)
Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit (WYEP)
Jerry Butler and the Impressions, For Your Precious Love
Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire
Jerry Lee Lewis, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On
Jethro Tull, Aqualung
Jimmie Rodgers, Blue Yodel No. 9
Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross
Jimmy Cliff, The Harder They Come (WYEP)
Jimmy Preston, Rock this Joint
Jimmy Reed, Big Boss Man
Jimmy Reed, Bright Lights, Big City
Jimmy Yancey, Midnight Stomp
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, I Love Rock 'N Roll (WYEP)
Joe Cocker, With A Little Help From My Friends (WYEP)
Joe Liggins, The Honeydripper
John Cougar Mellencamp, Authority Song (WYEP)
John Cougar Mellencamp, Pink Houses
John Lee Hooker, Boogie Chillun (WYEP)
John Lee Hooker, Boom Boom
John Lennon, Give Peace A Chance
John Lennon, Imagine (WYEP)
John Lennon, Instant Karma!
Johnnie Ray, Cry
Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio, Train Kept A-Rollin'
Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line
Johnny Otis, Willie And The Hand Jive
Joni Mitchell, Help Me (WYEP)
Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart (WYEP)
Jr. Walker and the All Stars, Shotgun
Judas Priest, Breaking the Law
King Crimson, The Court of the Crimson King
Kiss, Rock And Roll All Nite (WYEP)
Korn, Freak on a Leash
Kraftwerk, Autobahn (WYEP)
Kurtis Blow, The Breaks (WYEP)
L.L. Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out (WYEP)
Larry Williams, Bony Moronie
LaVern Baker, Jim Dandy
Lead Belly, The Midnight Special
Led Zeppelin, Dazed And Confused (WYEP)
Led Zeppelin, Kashmir (WYEP)
Led Zeppelin, Rock And Roll (WYEP)
Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven
Led Zeppelin, Whole Lotta Love (WYEP)
Lene Lovich, Lucky Number (WYEP)
Leonard Cohen, Suzanne (WYEP)
Leroy Carr, How Long How Long Blues
Les Paul and Mary Ford, How High The Moon
Link Wray, Rumble (WYEP)
Lionel Hampton, Flying Home
Little Eva, The Loco-Motion (WYEP)
Little Feat, Dixie Chicken (WYEP)
Little Millie Small, My Boy Lollipop
Little Richard, Good Golly, Miss Molly (WYEP)
Little Richard, Long Tall Sally (WYEP)
Little Richard, Tutti Frutti (WYEP)
Little Stevie Wonder, Fingertips
Little Walter, Juke
Little Willie John, Fever
Lloyd Price, Lawdy Miss Clawdy
Lonnie Donegan, Rock Island Line
Lou Reed, Walk On The Wild Side (WYEP)
Louis Armstrong, West End Blues
Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five, Caldonia
Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five, Saturday Night Fish Fry
Lowell Fulson, Reconsider Baby
Lucky Millender, Who Threw the Whiskey in the Well
Lyn Collins, Think
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Free Bird
Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sweet Home Alabama
Ma Rainey & Her Tub Jug Washboard Band, Prove It On Me Blues
Madonna, Like A Virgin (WYEP)
Madonna, Vogue (WYEP)
Mahalia Jackson, Move On Up A Little Higher
Mamie Smith, Crazy Blues
Marion Williams, Packin' Up
Martha and The Vandellas, (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave (WYEP)
Martha and The Vandellas, Dancing In The Street (WYEP)
Marvin Gaye, I Heard It Through The Grapevine (WYEP)
Marvin Gaye, Sexual Healing (WYEP)
Marvin Gaye, What's Going On (WYEP)
Mary Wells, My Guy (WYEP)
MC Hammer, U Can't Touch This
Metallica, Enter Sandman
Miami Sound Machine, Conga (WYEP)
Michael Jackson, Beat It (WYEP)
Michael Jackson, Billie Jean (WYEP)
Midnight Oil, Beds Are Burning (WYEP)
Ministry, Stigmata
Mississippi John Hurt, Stack O' Lee Blues
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Get Ur Freak On
Mitch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels, Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly
Moby, Porcelain
Moby Grape, Omaha
Mott The Hoople, All The Young Dudes (WYEP)
Muddy Waters, Got My Mojo Working (WYEP)
Muddy Waters, Hoochie Coochie Man
Muddy Waters, Mannish Boy (WYEP)
Muddy Waters, Rollin' Stone
My Chemical Romance, Welcome to the Black Parade
N.W.A., F*** tha Police
Nat “King” Cole, Straighten Up and Fly Right
Naughty by Nature, O.P.P.
Neil Young, Down By The River (WYEP)
Neil Young, Heart Of Gold (WYEP)
Neil Young, My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) (WYEP)
New Order, Blue Monday (WYEP)
New York Dolls, Personality Crisis (WYEP)
Nick Lowe, Heart of the City
Nine Inch Nails, Head Like a Hole
Nirvana, All Apologies (WYEP)
Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit (WYEP)
Oasis, Wonderwall (WYEP)
Otis Redding, (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding, Shake
Otis Redding, Try A Little Tenderness
Otis Rush, I Can't Quit You Baby
OutKast, Hey Ya! (WYEP)
Ozzy Osborne, Crazy Train
P.J. Harvey, Dress (WYEP)
Parliament, Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) (WYEP)
Patsy Cline, I Fall To Pieces
Patsy Cline, Walkin’ After Midnight (WYEP)
Patti Smith, Gloria (WYEP)
Patti Smith, Dancing Barefoot (WYEP)
Paul McCartney, Maybe I'm Amazed
Paul Revere & The Raiders, Just Like Me
Paul Simon, Graceland
Pearl Jam, Jeremy (WYEP)
Percy Sledge, When A Man Loves A Woman
Pere Ubu, Final Solution
Pete Seeger, Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Peter And Gordon, A World Without Love
Peter Gabriel, Biko
Peter Gabriel, In Your Eyes
Peter Tosh, Legalize It
Peter, Paul And Mary, If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)
Phil Ochs, I Ain't Marchin' Anymore
Phish, Chalk Dust Torture
Pinetop Perkins, Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
Pink Floyd, Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2
Pink Floyd, Money
Pink Floyd, See Emily Play (WYEP)
Prince, Little Red Corvette (WYEP)
Prince, Purple Rain (WYEP)
Prince, Sign o’ the Times (WYEP)
Prince, When Doves Cry (WYEP)
Procol Harum, A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Professor Longhair, Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Professor Longhair, Tipitina
Public Enemy, Fight the Power (WYEP)
Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen, We Will Rock You
Queen Latifah, Ladies First (WYEP)
Quicksilver Messenger Service, Fresh Air [Who Do You Love?]
R.E.M., Losing My Religion (WYEP)
R.E.M., Radio Free Europe (WYEP)
Radiohead, Karma Police (WYEP)
Ramones, Blitzkrieg Bop (WYEP)
Ramones, Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (WYEP)
Randy Newman, Sail Away
Ray Charles, Hallelujah I Love Her So
Ray Charles, I Can’t Stop Lovin’ You
Ray Charles, I Got A Woman
Ray Charles, What'd I Say (WYEP)
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Give It Away (WYEP)
Richard Hell & The Voidoids, (I Belong To The) Blank Generation (WYEP)
Rick James, Super Freak
Ricky Nelson, Hello Mary Lou
Ritchie Valens, La Bamba (WYEP)
Robert Johnson, Cross Road Blues
Robert Johnson, Hellhound On My Trail
Robert Johnson, Love In Vain
Robert Johnson, Sweet Home Chicago
Rod Stewart, Maggie May
Roxy Music, Love Is The Drug
Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys, Wabash Cannonball
Roy Orbison, Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison, Only the Lonely
Run-D.M.C., Walk This Way
Rush, The Spirit Of Radio (WYEP)
Ruth Brown, Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Salt-n-Pepa, Let's Talk About Sex
Sam & Dave, Soul Man (WYEP)
Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke, Bring It On Home to Me
Sam Cooke, You Send Me
Sam The Sham And The Pharoahs, Wooly Bully
Santana, Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
Saunders King, S.K. Blues
Screamin' Jay Hawkins, I Put a Spell On You (WYEP)
Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water (WYEP)
Simon & Garfunkel, The Sounds Of Silence
Siouxie and the Banshees, Cities In Dust
Sir Douglas Quintet, She's About A Mover
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, This Train
Sister Sledge, We Are Family (WYEP)
Slim Harpo, Rainin' In My Heart
Sly & The Family Stone, Dance To The Music (WYEP)
Sly & The Family Stone, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Solomon Burke, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (WYEP)
Sonic Youth, Teenage Riot
Sonny Boy Williamson, Good Morning (Little) School Girl
Spencer Davis Group, Gimme Some Lovin' (WYEP)
Steely Dan, Reelin' In The Years
Steppenwolf, Born To Be Wild (WYEP)
Steve Miller Band, Fly Like An Eagle
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pride And Joy (WYEP)
Stevie Wonder, Living for the City
Stevie Wonder, Master Blaster (Jammin')
Stevie Wonder, Superstition (WYEP)
Stevie Wonder, Uptight (Everything's Alright)
Stick McGhee, Drinkin’ Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
Strafe, Set It Off
Stray Cats, Rock This Town (WYEP)
Swinging Blue Jeans, Hippy Hippy Shake
T. Rex, Bang A Gong (Get It On) (WYEP)
Talking Heads, Life During Wartime (WYEP)
Talking Heads, Once In A Lifetime (WYEP)
Talking Heads, Psycho Killer (WYEP)
T-Bone Walker, Call It Stormy Monday
Television, Marquee Moon
The "5" Royales, Think
The Allman Brothers Band, Ramblin' Man (WYEP)
The Allman Brothers Band, Whipping Post
The Animals, The House Of The Rising Sun
The Animals, We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
The B-52's, Rock Lobster (WYEP)
The Band, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band, The Weight (WYEP)
The Beach Boys, California Girls
The Beach Boys, Don't Worry Baby
The Beach Boys, God Only Knows
The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations (WYEP)
The Beach Boys, Surfin' U.S.A.
The Beastie Boys, (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)
The Beastie Boys, Hey Ladies
The Beatles, A Day in the Life
The Beatles, Help! (WYEP)
The Beatles, Hey Jude
The Beatles, I Want to Hold Your Hand
The Beatles, In My Life
The Beatles, Norwegian Wood
The Beatles, Strawberry Fields Forever
The Beatles, Yesterday
The Beau Brummels, Laugh Laugh
The Bee Gees, Stayin' Alive (WYEP)
The Big Bopper, Chantilly Lace
The Bobby Fuller Four, I Fought The Law (WYEP)
The Box Tops, The Letter
The Byrds, Eight Miles High (WYEP)
The Byrds, Hickory Wind
The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man
The Carter Family, Keep On the Sunny Side
The Champs, Tequila (WYEP)
The Chantays, Pipeline
The Chantels, Maybe
The Chi-Lites, Have You Seen Her (WYEP)
The Chords, Sh-Boom
The Clash, London Calling
The Clash, White Man in Hammersmith Palais
The Clovers, Love Potion No. 9
The Coasters, Yakety Yak
The Coasters, Young Blood
The Contours, Do You Love Me
The Count Five, Psychotic Reaction
The Crows, Gee
The Crystals, Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) (WYEP)
The Crystals, He's A Rebel
The Cure, In Between Days (WYEP)
The Damned, New Rose
The Dead Boys, Sonic Reducer
The Dead Kennedys, Holiday in Cambodia
The Dells, Oh, What A Night
The Dell-Vikings, Come Go With Me
The Delmore Brothers, Hillbilly Boogie
The Dixie Cups, Chapel Of Love
The Dixie Hummingbirds, I'll Live Again
The Dominoes, Sixty Minute Man
The Doobie Brothers, What a Fool Believes
The Doors, Light My Fire
The Doors, The End
The Drifters, Money Honey
The Drifters, On Broadway
The Drifters, There Goes My Baby
The Drifters, Up On The Roof
The Eagles, Hotel California
The Eagles, Take It Easy
The Everly Brothers, All I Have to Do Is Dream
The Everly Brothers, Bye Bye Love
The Everly Brothers, Wake Up Little Susie N
The Five Satins, In The Still Of The Nite
The Flamingos, I Only Have Eyes For You
The Flying Burrito Brothers, Sin City
The Four Seasons, Big Girls Don't Cry
The Four Seasons, Walk Like A Man
The Four Tops, Baby I Need Your Loving
The Four Tops, Reach Out I'll Be There (WYEP)
The Fugees, Ready or Not
The Grateful Dead, Dark Star
The Grateful Dead, Uncle John's Band
The Hollies, Bus Stop
The Impressions, People Get Ready
The Ink Spots, If I Didn't Care
The Isley Brothers, It's Your Thing
The Isley Brothers, Shout
The Jam, In the City
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, All Along The Watchtower
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Little Wing
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Purple Haze
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
The Kingsmen, Louie Louie
The Kinks, A Well Respected Man
The Kinks, Lola
The Kinks, Waterloo Sunset
The Kinks, You Really Got Me (WYEP)
The La’s, There She Goes
The Left Banke, Walk Away Renee
The Lovin' Spoonful, Do You Believe In Magic
The Mamas And The Papas, California Dreamin'
The Marcels, Blue Moon
The Miracles, Going To A Go-Go
The Miracles, Shop Around
The Miracles, The Tracks Of My Tears
The Miracles, You've Really Got A Hold On Me
The Monkees, I'm A Believer (WYEP)
The Monkees, Last Train To Clarksville (WYEP)
The Monotones, Book Of Love
The Moody Blues, Nights In White Satin
The Moonglows, Sincerely
The Mothers of Invention, Brown Shoes Don't Make It
The O'Jays, Love Train
The Orioles, Crying In The Chapel
The Penguins, Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
The Pixies, Where Is My Mind? (WYEP)
The Platters, The Great Pretender
The Police, Every Breath You Take (WYEP)
The Police, Roxanne (WYEP)
The Pretenders, Brass In Pocket (WYEP)
The Replacements, Here Comes a Regular
The Replacements, I Will Dare (WYEP)
The Righteous Brothers, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
The Rolling Stones, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women
The Rolling Stones, Jumpin' Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones, Miss You
The Rolling Stones, Paint It Black
The Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil
The Rolling Stones, Time Is On My Side
The Rolling Stones, Wild Horses
The Ronettes, Be My Baby (WYEP)
The Runaways, Cherry Bomb (WYEP)
The Searchers, Needles and Pins
The Seeds, Pushin' Too Hard
The Sex Pistols, Anarchy In The U.K. (WYEP)
The Sex Pistols, God Save The Queen
The Shadows Of Knight, Gloria
The Shangri-Las, Leader Of The Pack (WYEP)
The Shirelles, Dedicated To The One I Love
The Shirelles, Will You Love Me Tomorrow (WYEP)
The Skatalites, Guns of Navarrone
The Smiths, Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
The Smiths, How Soon Is Now? (WYEP)
The Soul Stirrers, By And By
The Specials, Ghost Town
The Standells, Dirty Water
The Staple Singers, I’ll Take You There
The Staple Singers, Respect Yourself (WYEP)
The Stooges, I Wanna Be Your Dog (WYEP)
The Sugarhill Gang, Rapper's Delight (WYEP)
The Supremes, Stop! In The Name Of Love (WYEP)
The Supremes, You Can't Hurry Love (WYEP)
The Surfaris, Wipe Out
The Temptations, Ain't Too Proud To Beg
The Temptations, My Girl
The Temptations, Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
The Trammps, Disco Inferno
The Troggs, Wild Thing (WYEP)
The Turtles, Happy Together
The Turtles, It Ain't Me Babe
The Undertones, Teenage Kicks
The Ventures, Walk-Don't Run
The Weavers, Goodnight Irene
The Who, Baba O'Riley (WYEP)
The Who, Go To The Mirror!
The Who, I Can See for Miles (WYEP)
The Who, My Generation (WYEP)
The Yardbirds, Shapes Of Things
The Young Rascals, Good Lovin'
The Young Rascals, Groovin' (WYEP)
The Zombies, Time of the Season
Tina Turner, What’s Love Got to Do with It
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, American Girl
Tom Waits, Hang on St. Christopher
Tommy James & The Shondells, Crimson & Clover
Tommy James & The Shondells, Hanky Panky
Toots & The Maytals, Pressure Drop
Traffic, Dear Mr. Fantasy
Trixie Smith, My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)
U.T.F.O., Roxanne, Roxanne
U2, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (WYEP)
U2, One (WYEP)
U2, Pride (In The Name Of Love)
U2, Sunday Bloody Sunday (WYEP)
Van Halen, Jump
Van Halen, Runnin' With the Devil
Van Morrison, Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison, Madame George
Van Morrison, Moondance
Velvet Underground, Heroin
Velvet Underground, Sweet Jane
Velvet Underground, White Light / White Heat
War, Low Rider
War, Slippin' Into Darkness
Weezer, Undone (The Sweater Song) (WYEP)
Wilbert Harrison, Kansas City
Wild Bill Moore, Rock and Roll
Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton, Ball 'N' Chain
Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton, Hound Dog
Wilson Pickett, In The Midnight Hour
Woody Guthrie, Pastures Of Plenty
Woody Guthrie, Pretty Boy Floyd
Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land (WYEP)
Wynonie Harris, Good Rockin' Tonight
X, Los Angeles
Yes, Roundabout
ZZ Top, La Grange
ZZ Top, Legs

 

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August 27, 2018 by cindy@wyep.org

Pittsburgh band Punchline will be playing WYEP's Final Friday Concert this Friday. Before you catch the free show (along with Philly's Dave Hause & The Mermaid), the band had a confession to make.... read on!

Hi radio friends,

It is us, Punchline. The cat is out of the bag: We love to play hacky sack. Is that a crime? (It's not.) You know what? We've always loved hacky sack. We played in high school and found it a great way to kill time on our early tours. 

Where do you play hacky sack? 

Anywhere that is level, where there's enough space to form a little circle with your fellow players. Beware of gutters and places where the hack could slip away or land in a puddle of muck! Hacks are gorgeous. Don't let 'em fall in the muck, pal. 

How do you play the game?

Serve the hacky sack, or hack, to a fellow player. Never serve to yourself. Kick the hack to each other without letting it hit the ground. Once every player touches the hacky sack once, the team gets a point or hack. The goal is to get as many hacks for your team as you can! We're sure by this point you're sold and want to know how to strive to excel at hacky sack. Let's get to it. 

NOTE: We call it hacky sack, but most people call it footbag. 

1) Put in the time. We have our first hack session of the day at some point during our van ride to the next show, like when we stop for gas or lunch. It's good to get loosened up early on in the day! Second hack generally comes after we've arrived at the club and loaded in our gear/soundchecked. Generally, though, the most serious hack sessions happen just before bed. We're not kidding. Once we arrive at our hotel for the night, sometimes after driving for 2-3 hours, we get a couple hacks going in the parking lot. Sometimes we hack for a full hour. How do you know when to stop? Answer: Someone will say, "Hey, let's wrap this up," which will 100% be met with "Ok, let's get a good one in first." We like to end on a good note!

2) Don't teeth the hack. If the hacky sack lands on the hood of a car, or something that is not the ground, it's still in play and can be picked up with your teeth and thrown back into the circle. Be careful though, because last time Chris teethed the hack he got very sick. 

3) Strive to be like your hack idol. Every athlete strives to be like their idols. Our hack idol is Steve's neighbor, Ian. One night Ian mentioned to Steve that he had (for no real reason at all) mastered a certain skill in his youth. Upon further prodding, Ian revealed that the skill was hacky sack. Steve's mind was blown, as was Ian's when he realized he had found some of the last remaining individuals who think hacky sack is cool. Ian is good enough to play by himself. His record is 2,200 kicks in a row (without hitting the ground!). Get this— the ultimate record is 51,000!!!

Please let us know if you have any questions and come hack with us sometime. 

Love, 

Punchline

www.punchlion.com

Photos courtesy of Punchline

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August 20, 2018 by cindy@wyep.org

The impact of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill's 1998 debut (and only) solo album, has grown large in the cultural consciousness of hip-hop and R&B in the 20 years since its release. It was almost immediately canonized as a classic first album, with Hill possessing a laser-focused sense of purpose and delivering a stark and beautiful personal journey buoyed by a virtuosic display of talent (my god, that voice), mastery of genre (hip-hop, neo-soul, reggae, folk music), and her Haitian heritage on proud display. Miseducation is a landmark album because it's a world until itself, with Hill the center of gravity, pulling listeners along through her story with passion and care. 

As an executive producer, as a rapper, as a singer, Hill's work on Miseducation remains unimpeachable, but the album also serves as a bittersweet time capsule of a career that only seemed to be going in one direction. But as we know now, Hill hasn't released an album of new material since Miseducation, and has ghosted in and out of the public eye over the last two decades—reportedly due to the pressure of ever growing fame and dissatisfaction with the record industry—with only a few stray singles and a long line of mercurial live performances and cancellations left in her wake. Whether it's fair or not, Hill's turmoil has only added to the outsized myth that surrounds the record. 

But now, on the 20th anniversary of the release of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, we've asked several WYEP contributors, local musicians and music writers to reflect on and celebrate their favorite songs, paying homage to one of the most important albums of the 1990s.  Patrick Bowman


"Doo Wop (That Thing)"

One of my favorite songs on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill  is “Doo Wop (That Thing).” This lead single received a lot of radio play before and after she released the project. I remember many car trips being mesmerized by the production. I was 6 years old when this song was released; however even then I was drawn initially to the beat and instrumentation. As I grew older and more aware, I would listen to the record through new ears.  I slowly began to realize the significance of the lyrics. The song presented words of caution and perspective when dealing with matters of the heart. Through this song Lauryn taught us to look past facades and material things and encouraged us to see a lover’s true intentions. Navigating through the emotion of love for anybody is complicated.  This record served as an eye opener and guide. — Kai Roberts


"Ex-Factor"

Hearing this album in 1998 is what made me a fan of Lauryn Hill. There are a few songs on the album that really hit home for me, one of them being "Ex-Factor," a song that she supposedly wrote as a reflection of her relationship with Wyclef Jean, a member of The Fugees. I would play this song on repeat, riding around East Liberty and the Hill District singing my little lungs out and feeling like I connected with this song on such a deep level even though I was only 19 at the time and couldn't really claim having any actual, meaningful relationships. However, that first line "It could all be so simple. But you'd rather make it hard" is something that most people can identify with. We have all been in a relationship where we just felt the other person wasn't "getting us" or that we weren't being heard or understood, but at the same time we may not have been ready to completely abandon the situation. Lauryn's raw emotions always come through loud and clear in her work, but this particular song is one that will hit you right in the core. Being a hip hop artist, I also feel like this song can be applied to the love/hate relationship I have had with the genre over the last 20 years or so. Dear Hip Hop: "No one loves you more than me. And no one ever will." — Hollyhood


"Lost Ones"

Ostensibly the album opener (save a short, classroom-tinged interlude) "Lost Ones," with Hill immediately declaring "Funny how money change the situation," is an unforgiving punch in the mouth, especially considering most fans who purchased the record were lured in by the groovy neo-soul inflected hip-hop of lead single "Doo-Wop (That Thing). Hill cooly unspools tightly coiled verses of venomous bars--allegedly aimed at ex-lover and former bandmate Wyclef Jean--over sparse, pulsating keyboard samples, kick drums, and record scratches, dipping in and out of a Caribbean patois as she goes. It's a neck-snapping re-introduction to say the least, solidifying Hill's bonafides as a truly fearsome MC ("My emancipation don't fit your equazaaan," is a phrase I think about on a weekly basis) while putting one of the biggest hip-hop stars in the world, and the most toxic person in her life both professionally and personally, on blast with her first words on the record. Ms. Hill, we salute you. — Patrick Bowman (WYEP Contributor/Speed of Sound)


"To Zion"

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is turning 25 this year on the day after my birthday. This album served as one of the soundtracks of my childhood, but the song that stands out among them all to me is "To Zion". Not only is this my mother’s favorite Ms. Lauryn song but it's one of the most emotional on this album. It tells the story of a young Lauryn Hill who is has just found out she's pregnant and now is faced with the challenges of raising a child and continuing her then budding career. She speaks about how others told her to get an abortion and instead she chose to follow her heart and have her son. This song sticks with me because its a story that mirrors that of my own mother and I hope it sticks with you all in the same way. —Barz Blackman (of BB Guns)


"When It Hurts So Bad"

When someone as soulful as Hill takes on a tried-and-true topic like heartbreak, the pain makes the notes vibrate as much as her vocal cords do. The subtle, midtempo groove on “When It Hurts so Bad” mirrors Hill moving through the emotional aftermath of loving a man who “wasn’t even concerned.” A pronounced bassline, textured percussion, floating background vocals, fingerpicked guitar, and harp strums frame Hill’s voice. Even in her wounded state, she moves, she speaks—she isn’t stagnant. And her vocal runs shine—remarkable and clean but drawing from something obviously raw and real: valleys of lament (“I loved real, real hard once/but it wasn’t returned…”), peaks of anguish (“Gave up my power/I existed, for you…”), and the introspection in between.

At this midpoint of her Miseducation, it makes sense that some lessons need learned the hard way. “When It Hurts so Bad” is strikingly vulnerable. It’s mourning in motion, and it’s gorgeous. Melanie Stangl (Sound Scene Express)


"Every Ghetto, Every City"

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a milestone album in the history of hip-hop. Ms. Lauryn Hill tastefully fused rap, R&B, and neo soul in this project. "Every Ghetto, Every City" is a tribute to Lauryn Hill's hometown, South Orange, New Jersey. Her lyrics descriptively give listeners a glimpse of good and bad memories growing up in a turbulent time period. Jimmy Bucek


"Superstar"

Not only was Lauryn a prominent female force in a male-dominated field, but she was a self-actualized, spiritually, morally and existentially potent individual. She was honed into the rap game and how fake it can be. “Superstar,” an ode to being taught to be something she was not, regarded the state of hip-hop back then in way that could be applied to the state of it today. Lauryn Hill found showing a one-dimensional version of reality trivial. The chorus poetically puts this into terms very well. “Music is supposed to inspire, why aren’t we getting any higher?” As artists and people in general, we have to question ourselves and come to find comfort in expressing our truths. Aside from Lauryn’s riffing skills, one major thing I enjoyed about the album was that it fearlessly asks important existential questions. And one question I will leave you with: Would the same people who become successful for appeasing people and looking crazy, get on for their talent, lyrical abilities and hard work if all the hype were stripped away? — Lexa Terrestrial

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August 10, 2018 by mike@wyep.org

Songwriters sometimes have a lot invested in the characters and pursuits they immortalize in their lyrics. A musical artist can be forgiven in sometimes not wanting the magic to end after that one song, especially if it was notably successful. Thus, we have the phenomenon of the “sequel song.”

 

A sequel song is one in which an artist takes very specific characters or situations from one song and continues the storyline or situations beyond the original in a new song. (Not to be confused with an “answer song,” in which a different artist responds to or extends a concept from someone else’s song.) Sometimes the sequel song follows hot on the heels of the original.

 


 

An early rock ‘n’ roll example of the answer song comes from Buddy Holly. After Holly scored his second hit with “Peggy Sue” in 1957, he returned to the idea and wrote “Peggy Sue Got Married” the following year. Although Holly recorded a demo version of the song, he died two months later -- before he was able to make a proper recording of the sequel.

Song: "Peggy Sue"

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"Johnny B. Goode" has always been a calling-card song for Chuck Berry. The 1958 track was neither his first nor his biggest hit, but it’s a song that has captivated rock audiences in the ensuing decades since its release. Elements of the song about the talented guitar slinger were inspired by Berry’s own experiences as a lauded guitarist, so he obviously had a fondness for the song’s character. He brought Johnny back in the 1960 song "Bye Bye Johnny," in which the mom of the guitar-playing kid bids him farewell as he heads to Hollywood to make movies. On Berry’s final album, 2017’s Chuck, he continued the saga in "Lady B. Goode." The girl from Johnny’s hometown who was always in love with him finally marries him and brings Johnny Junior into the world.

Song: "Johnny B. Goode"

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In 1962, singer Bobby "Boris" Pickett hit upon the idea of a Halloween-themed “dance craze” song. "Monster Mash" went to the top of the charts by the end of that October, and Pickett then tried to catch lightning in a bottle again. Before Christmas of the same year, he had the sequel "Monster's Holiday" on the charts. While nowhere near as successful (or enduring) as the original, the Christmas song still made it to a respectable #30 on the pop charts. Pickett also turned “Monster Mash” into a lifelong pursuit. Along with “Monster Holiday” in late 1962, he released a monster-themed LP with songs like “Blood Bank Blues” and “Graveyard Shift.” He was still making monster novelty songs and even musicals decades later.

Song: "Monster Mash"

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A rock group from Florida called The Royal Guardsmen struck pay dirt on their second single, a 1966 song called "Snoopy vs the Red Baron." The song was based on the iconic character from the Peanuts comic strip, who had just recently been depicted in the strip as imagining himself fighting against World War I German ace combat pilot Manfred von Richthofen (a.k.a., the “Red Baron”). The song was a smash, nearly topping the pop chart at #2. Snoopy creator Charles Schultz sued the band for using his character without permission, and eventually Schultz won all of the publishing royalties from the song. Since Schultz was now getting a cut, he gave permission for the band to record a sequel, and in 1967, The Royal Guardsmen released "The Return of the Red Baron." In this song, after having bested the Red Baron in the air, Snoopy engages the song’s villain in a ground-based pistol duel with an open-ended finale that left the door open for further sequels. "The Return of the Red Baron" was a top 15 hit, and like Bobby “Boris” Pickett, The Royal Guardsmen made a mini-industry of singing further songs featuring Snoopy (“Snoopy’s Christmas,” “Snoopy For President”) to much lesser commercial results.

Song: "Snoopy Vs. the Red Baron"

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In 1968, George Harrison was writing songs for what would become The Beatles’ White Album, and he wanted to introduce an element of randomness to his songwriting. He picked up a random book, opened to a random page, and randomly pointed to someone on the page. His finger was on the phrase “gently weeps,” so he wrote a song based on that phrase. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was a standout rocker from that album, and although it was not released as a single (except as a B-side to “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da” in several European countries), it quickly became a mainstay of rock radio stations for years to come. Seven years later, Harrison revisited the notion of a weeping guitar in a pointed song called “This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying)” from 1975’s Extra Texture (Read All about It) album. The song was written in response to criticism of Harrison’s 1974 tour (the first North American tour by a former member of The Beatles), including harsh coverage in Rolling Stone and in newspaper headlines like “This Boy Now a Nowhere Man.” Harrison’s song mentions Rolling Stone by name and includes lines like “I thought by now you knew the score but you missed the point just like before, and this guitar can't keep from crying.”

Song: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

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David Bowie’s first big hit in the U.S. was "Space Oddity," but although it was originally released in 1969, it wasn’t until 1973 that it peaked on the American pop chart (at #15). The song, about an astronaut named Major Tom, was always an important one for Bowie, and he brought the character back in 1980 in "Ashes to Ashes.” Bowie has described this latter song as a personal wrapping-up of the 1970s, so it made sense to bookend the decade with another look at Major Tom.

Song: "Space Oddity"

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From the sublime, we must now transition to the slightly tongue-in-cheek. Carl Douglas, a Jamaican singer who grew up in Great Britain, recorded "Kung Fu Fighting" in 1974 as a B-side song, but its appeal was quickly realized and it was issued as the main single. The song gained a following in dance clubs and made its way to top the pop charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. After such a massive song, Douglas tried to mine more gold from the same material with "Dance the Kung Fu." The sequel song, very similar in sound but with a much less catchy hook, rose to #48 on the U.S. charts in 1975, and thus left Douglas as a one-hit wonder in the United States. (The song fared slightly better in England, cracking their top 40 to #35.)

Song: "Kung Fu Fighting"

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Another gigantic single in the 1970s with a now nearly-forgotten sequel was by country singer C.W. McCall. Riding the C.B. (“citizen’s band”) radio craze in the mid-70s, McCall issued “Convoy” in 1975 about a group of truckers organizing rolling protests against law enforcement using their C.B. radios. The song not only topped the pop and country charts, but it spawned a 1978 film adaptation starring Kris Kristofferson and helped inspire other movies like Smokey and the Bandit. In 1976, McCall attempted to draw from the same well with the single “'Round the World with the Rubber Duck,” bringing back the main character from “Convoy” (with the C.B. radio handle “Rubber Duck”) and his trucker buddies somehow driving across oceans and having fresh skirmishes with law enforcement in England, Germany, Russia, Japan, and Australia. This second-helping of ridiculousness barely brushed the country top 40 and didn’t even make the pop chart.

Song: "Convoy"

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Rick Dees was a Memphis disc jockey when he had the idea to lampoon the then-raging disco craze with a song featuring a Donald Duck voice, and the resulting "Disco Duck" single ended up going straight to the top of the charts. The song has become an iconic pop culture symbol of the 1970s, but much less well-remembered is Dees attempt to recreate the magic the following year. The 1977 single "Dis-Gorilla" attempted another disco novelty song but instead of a duck voice, this one was centered on cartoonish monkey chattering. Needless to say, the sequel was a pale imitation of the original and only managed a feeble #56 on the pop chart. (As a sidebar, those interested in the height of 1970s kitsch, be sure to check out episode #8 of The Brady Bunch Variety Hour. It not only features the usual jaw-dropping Brady-Bunch-as-a-variety-show shenanigans, but guest stars from the sitcom What’s Happening!! and, as if that’s not enough, an appearance by Rick Dees performing “Dis-Gorilla.” It’s the stuff of nightmares.)

Song: "Disco Duck"

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August 8, 2018 by cindy@wyep.org

Sometimes we catch a glimpse or 100 inside a musician's personal life and sometimes that includes getting to know their furry friends. For WYEP Animal Day, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite pet-owning musicians. From Paul's beloved sheep dog, to Elizabeth & The Catapult's braintrust bunnies to Elvis Presley being a “serial wallaby donator” to a community zoo, we'll look at the adorable, reliable and truest companions most musicians will ever know. 


Paul McCartney
Pet: Martha the Sheep Dog

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In 1966, Paul purchased a puppy in the town of High Wycombe, England while living in London with his girlfriend Jan Asher. Paul's first pet Martha the sheep dog became known for appearing in pictures and advertisements. Paul even wrote a song for her that appeared on The Beatles' White Album, "Martha My Dear"


Iggy Pop
Pet: Biggy Pop the Cockatoo

Even though punk icon Iggy Pop has a history of being an animal lover (check out this PETA collaboration he did with Nick Cave), it was still a wonderful surprise to see a new Instagram account for Biggy Pop, Iggy's adorable cockatoo appear in 2016. The home videos of Iggy and his sweet bird give you an idea of what their day-to-day consists of: swinging from cages, playing music and relaxing. 



Elizabeth & The Catapult
Pet: Oslo the Rabbit

Living in New York City as a touring musician makes it difficult to own a dog, so Elizabeth Ziman has been a proud rabbit owner for several years. Formerly, she owned a bun named Patty Moon that WYEP has unofficially dubbed the "braintrust" of her band. Rabbits are a pretty big part of the songwriter's identity as she has even been known to write rabbit songs. Currently, she is the proud caretaker to Oslo, pictured here:


Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ziman


Bob Weir
Pet: Otis the Dog

Otis is forever immortalized on The Grateful Dead's 1980 live album "Reckoning" when, during "Ripple," the pooch walked out onstage. Jerry Garcia casually says "That's Otis," leaving fans who were not at the show wondering "WHO IS OTIS?" 

Hat tip to listener Gerald C. for this very cool story! Here's the track that Otis made it into. You can hear people cheering when the dog walks onstage, Jerry introduces him around 1:37.


Elvis Presley
Pet: too many to name

Elvis had so many pets over the course of his life: a turkey named Bowtie, donkeys, peacocks and on and on. His most famous pet was a trouble-making chimpanzee name Scatters, who had a penchant for whiskey and pulling up women's dresses. He either died of liver failure from the hard drinking or poisoning by a maid he bit. Elvis dabbled in cattle ranching for awhile. People were often giving him animals like the couple of times he was gifted a wallaby in 1957, which he donated to the Memphis Zoo. He became a "serial wallaby donater" when the act was repeated in 1962. He also owned many many dogs throughout his life. Here he is with Priscilla, Lisa Marie and Brutus the dog, who also starred in the 1968 movie, "Live a Little, Love a Little."Embed from Getty Images


Neko Case
Pet: Liza the Dog

Neko Case is an outspoken advocate for the adoption of senior dogs, like her late shepherd mix Liza. Case is an ambassodor for Best Friends Animal Society, which works to end animal homelessness. She wrote very emotionally about when she adopted Liza in the book "My Old Dog" (just try not to cry while reading this!). Liza died in 2015, but will be immortalized in a video Neko recorded for the internet music festival, Couch by Couch West -- see below.


Jenny Owen Youngs
Pet: Sam the Cat

Sooooo, Jenny Owen Youngs' cat Sam has more Instagram followers than you do. This adorable ball of fluff's main gig is playing sidekick to the songwriter who has been compared to a "Golden Retriever." Looking into Sam's eyes is like looking directly into the gates of Heaven. If you're lucky, you might see Sam walking across the screen during one of Jenny's Stageit shows.  


Photo courtesy of Jenny Owen Youngs


These are just a few of the many musicians who own amazing pets! Some others to look into:
- Barbara Streisand cloned her dog Sammie — repeatedly
- Sublime's Bradley Nowell's pup Lou Dog
- Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles
- Billie Holiday's dog Mister

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July 31, 2018 by brian@wyep.org

Andy Warhol would have celebrated his 90th birthday this week, the pop artist made an impact on music by helping introduce the influential Velvet Underground to the world, as well as designing album covers and music videos. Warhol’s indirect influence on music is significant as well, there are many musicians who name drop the artist in their songs. Here’s a look at some of them along with a somewhat comprehensive* list of songs that mention Andy Warhol.

“Andy Warhol” - Dana Gillespie

This song about Warhol is best known from David Bowie’s 1971 album “Hunky Dory”. This version is sung by Dana Gillespie, a friend of Bowie’s who sang backup on his “Ziggy Stardust” album. Gillespie actually recorded her version about the same time as Bowie recorded his, but her version wasn’t released until 1973. Both the Bowie and Gillespie versions feature Mick Ronson on guitar. Bowie sent Warhol an advance copy of the song (which now lives in the collection of the Warhol Museum) but according to a 1987 interview, Bowie was never sure if Warhol liked it or not.

Andy’s Chest” - Lou Reed 

This track just name checks Warhol in the title, but was inspired by the 1968 incident where Warhol was shot in the chest multiple times by Valerie Solanas.  Originally recorded by the Velvet Underground in 1969, Reed shelved the song until 1972 when he released it on his “Transformer” album (The VU’s version would eventually be released in 1985) .  The reference to Andy’s chest is of the multitude of scars left behind from the shooting, which damaged his spleen, lungs, stomach, liver and esophagus. Although Warhol usually hid his scars, he did show them for a series of 1969 photographs by Richard Avedon. Reed wrote about Warhol in song more than once, in 1990, he and John Cale recorded “Songs for Drella” an entire album of songs about Warhol’s life.

"A Simple Desultory Philippic" - Simon & Garfunkel

The subtitle to this 1965 Paul Simon composition is “How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission”, and features Simon & Garfunkel doing their best Bob Dylan impression.  Name dropping many cultural figures from the 60’s like Jack Kerouac, John Lennon, Cassius Clay, Lenny Bruce, Dylan Thomas and of course, Andy Warhol. Certainly, Simon and Garfunkel are having some fun poking fun at Bob Dylan, and American culture at the time.   

“Chocolate Cake” - Crowded House

Among of the more better-known songs that mention Warhol, The Finn Brothers do their fare share of name dropping on this track (including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elvis Presley, Tammy Faye Bakker, Pablo Picasso). Critical of the culture of consumption, Warhol is mentioned as “spinning in his grave” at the notion of “cheap Picasso fakes”.

“Drunk in Love” - Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z)

After Warhol’s death, his individual paintings were valued in the millions, his name began to appear in songs as a thing. Warhol’s work took on a level of status, having the ability to buy a Warhol was a way of showing off wealth.  Jay-Z and Beyonce are said to have a sizable art collection and he name drops Warhol here, in this case “messing up” his Warhol in throes of drunken lovemaking. In fact, Jay-Z’s name appears multiple times on the list below, coming in only behind Lou Reed in mentioning Warhol in song.

“Something Worth Leaving Behind” - Lee Ann Womack

In her 2002 song, Country star Lee Ann Womack mentions Warhol (along with Leonardo Da Vinci, Marilyn Monroe, Mozart and Elvis) in the opening verse of this song, following with “you gotta die to be famous”.  A veiled reference perhaps to Warhol’s well-known "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" quote.  There are more than one references to this Warhol quote used in songs on this list, including others from Van Morrison and Tin Machine.

“Dancing Together” - David Byrne & Fatboy Slim featuring Sharon Jones

This track was written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for “Here Lies Love”, their musical based on the life of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.  The musical debuted in 2013, but three years prior, the duo released an album of all the songs from it sung by various women. Sharon Jones takes the vocals on this track about Marcos hobnobbing with many New York nightlife luminaries in the 1970’s, including Andy Warhol.

 
Here's the rest of the list...*
Simon & Garfunkel "A Simple Desultory Philippic" 1966
The Monkees “No Time” 1967
David Bowie “Andy Warhol” 1971
Lou Reed “Andy’s Chest” 1972
Dana Gillespie “Andy Warhol” 1973
Fleetwood Mac “Miles Away” 1973
Gilbert O’Sullivan “You Are You” 1974
Elliot Murphy “Hollywood” 1975
Ulltravox “Artificial Life” 1977
Human Sexual Response “Jackie Onassis” 1980
The Teardrop Explodes “Christ vs. Warhol” 1981
Foetus “New York or Bust!” 1981
Television Personalities “Painting By Numbers” 1982
Falco "Manner Des Westens/Any Kind Of Land" 1985
The Dead Milkmen "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)" 1987
Maureen Tucker “Andy” 1989
ALL “Mary” 1989
The Cult "Edie (Ciao Baby)" 1989
Tin Machine "I Can't Read" 1989
Lou Reed & John Cale The “Songs for Drella” album (15 songs) 1990
Television Personalities “All My Dreams are Dead” 1990
Crowded House “Chocolate Cake” 1991
Sloppy Seconds “Underground” 1993
The Times “My Andy Warhol Poster” 1994
Urban Dance Squad “Selfstyled” 1994
Gavin Friday “Caruso” 1995
Underworld “Oich Oich” 1996
Stone Temple Pilots “Art School Girl” 1996
Dan Bern “Estelle” 1997
Sugarplum Fairies “Fifteen Minutes” 1998
Simple Minds "Killing Andy Warhol" 1998
Queensryche “Revolution Calling” 2001
Lee Ann Womack “Something Worth Leaving Behind” 2002
Marrianne Faithfull “Song for Nico” 2002
Les Sans Culottes “Apollinaire” 2002
Berlin “All I Ever Need” 2002
Van Morrison "Fame" 2003
Barenaked Ladies “Upside Down” 2003
The Thrills “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim” 2004
Slapshot “F**k New York” 2005
The Happy Mondays “Anti-Warhole on the Dancefloor” 2007
Q-Tip “Dance on Glass” 2008
Little Joy "How to Hang a Warhol" 2008
Jay-Z “Ain’t I” 2008
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim featuring Sharon Jones “Dancing Together” 2009
Jay-Z & Kid Cudi “Already Home” 2009
Danny Brown “DNA” 2011
Jay-Z & Kanye West “Illest Motherf**ker Alive” 2011
Robbie Robertson “When the Night Was Young” 2011
Madonna “I F**ked Up” 2012
Tyga (feat. Nas & Wale) “Kings & Queens” 2012
Rick Ross “Burn” 2012
Joseph Arthur "Kandinsky" 2012
Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z) “Drunk in Love” 2013
Jay-Z “Picasso Baby” 2013
Leaf (w/ Action Bronson) “Sugar Mama” 2013
Alakaline Trio “I Wanna Be A Warhol” 2013
MIKA “Good Guys” 2015
Pusha T (feat: Beanie Sigel) “Keep Dealing” 2015
Jonathan Richman “They Showed Me the Door to Bohemia” 2015
Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak “Glowed Up” 2016
Sharon Needles "Andy Warhol Is Dead" 2017
Pusha T (feat. Rick Ross) “Hard Piano” 2018

*Certainly, coming up with a completely comprehensive list of songs that mention Warhol is next to impossible, and although we feel pretty confident about this list, if there are any glaring omissions, please let us know. List current as of July, 2018.

For more on Andy Warhol and Music, including our award-winning one-hour documentary, go to wyep.org/warhol 

 
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July 27, 2018 by kyle@wyep.org

Hey it's Kyle Smith! Summer concert season can be overwhelming with a lot of nights having multiple options for amazing live music in Pittsburgh. My hope is that this guide can keep you up to date, with a few personal selections on what to see in Pittsburgh during the month of August. Here are my recommendations for the month. See you out there -- Kyle....

Aug 8th The Breeders Mr. Smalls
Aug 5th Toots & The Maytalls Hartwood Acres
Aug 4th Smashing Pumpkins PPG Paints Arena
Aug 3rd Father John Misty Stage ae
Aug 3rd Good Old War Mr. Smalls
Aug 3rd Better Than Ezra South Park 
Aug 31st Dave Haus / Punchline Schenley Plaza: Final Fridays
Aug 2nd Nighthawks w/ Billy Price Jergels
Aug 26th Sinkane Hartwood Acres
Aug 24th Flaming Lips Stage ae
Aug 24th Shawn Mullins South Park 
Aug 21st Wolf Parade Mr. Smalls
Aug 21st Marcia Ball Club café
Aug 1st Samantha Fish Moondogs
Aug 17th Nicole Atkins Club Café
Aug 16th Avett Bros Stage ae
Aug 16th Pedro The Lion mr. smalls
Aug 14th Psychedelic Furs mr. smalls
Aug 10th Ferdinand The Bull Club café

Here's a spotify playlist to enjoy the bands you know and discover others that will be playing in August

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July 20, 2018 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Violent Femmes.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Nightmares"

  • Album: 3
  • Year: 1989

 

 

  • Song: "Memory"

  • Album: We Can Do Anything
  • Year: 2016

 

 

  • Song: "Please Do Not Go"

  • Album: Violent Femmes
  • Year: 1982

 

 

  • Song: "Issues"

  • Album: We Can Do Anything
  • Year: 2016

 

 

  • Song: "Blister In the Sun"

  • Album: Violent Femmes
  • Year: 1982

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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July 18, 2018 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Cracker.

 

 

 

  • Song: "This Is Cracker Soul"

  • Album: Cracker
  • Year: 1992

 

 

  • Song: "The Good Life"

  • Album: Gentlemen's Blues
  • Year: 1998

 

 

  • Song: "Euro-Trash Girl"

  • Album: Kerosene Hat
  • Year: 1993

 

 

  • Song: "Get Off This"

  • Album: Kerosene Hat
  • Year: 1993

 

 

  • Song: "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)"

  • Album: Cracker
  • Year: 1992

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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July 16, 2018 by cindy@wyep.org

Gratitude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ (n): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Expression of gratitude are so important in life. When everything seems to be going wrong in your world, it's difficult to focus on what's good, but that's where gratitude becomes vital to happiness. There are lots of articles on reasons to practice and focus on gratitude, including this one. 

I'm not a psychologist, but in order to get you in a grateful mood, I've collected all the songs we can think of about "GRATITUDE" (thanks for your submissions on social media!) as the first in our "WYEP Presents" restorative playlists. In the future, we'll focus on other positive aspects of life like patience, kindness and humilty. If you have a suggestion, please let me know! I'll say putting this playlist made me feel more grateful and happy. Hope you find listening to it brings you the same joy. 

xo - Cindy


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July 6, 2018 by joey@wyep.org

With more than 350 concerts over 2 days, Deutschtown Music Festival could feel overwhelming to the uninitiated festival-goer. However, we know better! To prove our point, we reached out to a few local musicians and at least one festival organizer to share their memories of past festivals and their hopes for year. 


Jim Donovan (Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors)
This will be our first appearance at Deutschtown and we're fired up to be a part of this great event. The North Side has a special place in my heart. As a toddler, my mother would take me on the trolley to Allegheny Center, a small mall which now the home of Nova office complex.  Later the area played a key role in the development of my first band Rusted Root. It was there at a studio called Audiomation where we recorded our first full length CD called "Cruel Sun" in 1992. This was the album that included the original version of "Send Me On My Way" which would go on to propel the band to fulfilling many life long dreams. One of these dreams was to play at Three Rivers Stadium which we did in 1995 with the Grateful Dead. Now my son Oliver and I regularly attend Pirate games on this side of the river. Deutschtown is a prime example of how Pittsburgh's neighborhoods can thrive when it's residents step up and decide to make the area more vibrant. I love that they choose to use music as their way of bringing energy and people to the place they call home. We're honored to be a part of it.

Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 12:00pm


Becki Gallagher (LoFi Delphi)
Deutschtown is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  Roaming the Northside all day long, trekking across the bridges and running through the streets to find your favorite bands is such a blast! I always grab the pamphlet that shows all the bands/venues and make my plans for the day! I plot out which bands/acts I'm going to see and run around all day long! 

Last year, while me and Andrew (from LoFi) were hanging out in the park seeing Strange Monsters, we look over and see someone in a LoFi Delphi shirt!  That was the first time I've run into someone sporting our merch out in public! It was so exciting.  It was our friend Thomas who writes for Punksburgh... But it was still so exciting either way!  

I can't wait for the festival this year. LoFi is playing the main HughShows stage with a bunch of our friends and we couldn't be more grateful. 

LoFi Delphi // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 6:00pm


Byron Nash (BYRON NASH & PLANB)
In 2016, Byron Nash & Plan B was relatively new and finding our way. We were very excited to play the festival. We were booked in this little bar known for trouble. When I pulled up, a fight broke out that started inside and spilled into the streets. I'll be honest, I was a little nervous, but was determined to rock this gig. This show was unique because PLANB is a five piece set up but our keyboard player Randraiz Wharton and other guitarist Evan Thorsen had gigs booked so decided to rock as a three piece. The bar was long and narrow, smoky as hell and when we started sound check the soundman said "Are you guys cool?" We were like, "Yeah buddy." He then said, "Cool. Here's the volume and mixers, I have to run to another stage so have a good set!" and bounced! 

We had to run our own sound and were about to hit and all of a sudden a humongous group of people came in. What had happened is that the other stages were being harassed and shut down for noise complaints so the audience scattered and filled every other venue. Because of that unfortunate situation, we ended up being packed to capacity and had a lot of people check us out who probably would have missed us. We played a grimy, gritty, and funky set that was a result of being so stripped down. It to this date is one of our fiercest performances. We loved it, smoke, sweat, fights and all!

Byron Nash & Plan B // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 5:00pm


Addi Twigg (The Telephone Line)
The Telephone Line played our first Deutschtown MF in 2015 and had no idea what to expect. We got slotted for Verdetto's, which turned out to be pretty tight for a full band! We weren't sure how to set up, there was a weird wall to work around, and the drum backline was running late. Not to mention the venue is on the outskirts so we weren't sure anyone would show! But when it came time to play, everything fell together: the sound tech nailed it, we made the space work, the crowd showed up and rallied, and the DMF volunteers took great care of us -- including one of them literally giving us the DMF shirt right off his back! 

This just might be the biggest annual gathering of people who love music in Pittsburgh -- musicians, sound engineers, volunteers, fans -- everyone comes together to celebrate. We're honored to have been a part of it for the last few years and can't wait for this year!

The Telephone Line // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 8:00pm


Andre Costello (Andre Costello & The Cool Minors)
For whatever reason, that first year, I ended up going by myself (I don't have any friends). I didn't perform that year, because I hadn't met Cody. I remember popping in and out of all these venues here and there, checking out this band and that band. At the time, I thought I had a fix on every band in town, but man was I mistaken. There was a band in every space, nook and cranny, and every band local. I remember I ended up at James Street Ballroom at the end of the night. It was about 110 degrees in there. They  hadn't renovated at all yet, so the place still had that 1920's stage that ran the whole width of the venue against that back wall of the room. The thing was only about 4 feet deep, and that long, so the band set up in a line that spanned the whole thing. I remember thinking how great is to be in Pittsburgh at this moment in time, and how lucky we are to have such great people working together, making music, and being kind and supportive of each other.

Andre Costello & The Cool Minors // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 10:00pm


Mac Inglis (Buffalo Rose)

My most fond memory of DMF was in 2017, I was running sound at the Pittsburgh Winery Satellite Stage in an old closed down bar (I think the double r). We had been having a fantastic day loaded with some of my favorite bands playing their best performances when Tim Gaber, of the Winery, came up to me and said the last band had cancelled.  He didn’t look worried but he was definitely thinking hard about what to do to keep the music going late.  (This was one of the latest venues to have music.)

A few hours later he came up to me again and told me that he may be able to get Clinton Clegg to come and play a secret surprise solo acoustic set for the stages closing act.  I was so excited; I was going to have a front row seat and get to mix the great Commonheart front man in an intimate setting.  I was giddy.  Tim said “let’s keep it quiet for now.”  Around 10pm Tim confirmed that he was gonna make this happen.  

After a long, long day of non-stop mixing, and having the venue packed for every single set we had, we finally made it to the last set.  Apparently Tim had been spreading rumors around the festival during the evening but no one really knew what was coming.  The venue was shoulder to shoulder packed.  I could barely get around to set up the stage.  Clinton showed up with a guitar with no pickup and his fancy black vocal mic.  So I miked up his guitar and turned up the faders and the crowed went dead silent. 

Clinton’s massive soulful voice and tender yet powerful playing filled every inch of the room.  Few people spoke throughout the whole set.  Everyone was fixated on this crazy honest man seated in front of them spilling his soul. It was late, we were all tired, and it was perfect.  

After I tweaked the board I went and sat on stage left of him on the ground.  It was the only place left with room.   I looked up and like the crowed was fixated: I was 2 feet away from an unplugged, unadvertised, late night, spontaneous moment of musical magic.  What a way to finish one of the best days of music I’ve seen.  I’ll never forget it.  That’s what DMF is really about.

Buffalo Rose // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 4:00pm


Hugh Twyman (HughShows - Festival Organizer)
I have a unique position in that I have an inside view as the band coordinator for the festival and I am such a fan of the local music scene. This is my third year being given the opportunity to be lucky enough to do this, I am still awestruck on festival day at how much musical talent we have in Pittsburgh because it is concentrated, right there, right then. The last two years I literally had to stop at one point in the day and take a moment to reflect on what was happening. I get overwhelmed for a second (in the best way) at all that is going on around me.

Being a DIY festival, it cannot be overstated that the success of the festival depends on many, many people but in my opinion, mainly on the bands that perform. Without their professionalism, their willingness to be flexible, and the music that they bring, the event would be a disaster. The organizers, the volunteers, the fans are all great but my heart has always and will always be with these musicians.

Hugh Twyan // HughShows Stage at Foreland // All Dang Weekend!

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July 5, 2018 by mike@wyep.org

 

WYEP did a deep dive into the lyrics of songs recorded by the Rolling Stones. The band have officially released some 460 songs over the course of their 55 year history, and we combed through them to find all of the real and specific locations mentioned in those lyrics. You can browse around and find these locations on the map embedded below.

However, there are several real locations referred to in Rolling Stones songs that couldn't be mapped. Three, in fact, that we identified.

Two songs referenced geographic areas that no longer exist. 1971's "Brown Sugar" mentions the Gold Coast, a name for a region in Africa which is mostly now Ghana. And "Indian Girl" (from 1980's Emotional Rescue) refers to "Nueva Granada," a Spanish Empire name from the 18th century for an area which is today Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela.

Lastly, this map is Earth-bound, so we couldn't place on it the star Aldebaran, which is used in "2000 Light Years From Home" on Their Satanic Majesties Request, from 1967. ("Seen you on Aldebaran, safe on the green desert sand....")

So pack your bags and head off on a worldwide trip deep into the lyrics of The Rolling Stones.

While browsing the map, click on each icon to see what song and which line mentions that geographic location.

Click here to see a large version of the map (or click on the fullscreen icon at the top right of the map).

 

 

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June 28, 2018 by kyle@wyep.org

Kyle Smith's WYEP July concert preview.

The summer concert series is in full swing for the 3rd month in a row in Pittsburgh.  As far as I can recall, this might be the busiest summer that I'v ever experienced in Pittsburgh.  There are some big shows, a new outdoor venue in Lawrenceville hosting it's first event, The Deutschtown Music Festival, County Parks shows, plus a Final Friday concert with WYEP at Schenley Plaza.  Here's a partial listing of events and a Spotify playlist for you to use to warm you up for July concerts.

Date Band Venue
July 1st Snarky Puppy Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
July 3rd Neko Case / Ray Lamontagne Heinz Hall
July 6th Selwyn Birchwood Greensburgh - St.Clair Park
July 8th Felice Brothers Club Café 
July 10th Pixies & Weezer  Key Bank Pavillion
July 10th Acarde Fire Stage ae
July 13th Lone Bellow Mr Smalls.
July 13th Lettuce Bay 41
July 13th Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors South Park Ampitheater
July 13th Deutschtown Music Fest North Side
July 14th Deutschtown Music Fest North Side
July 18th Greta Van Fleet Stage ae
July 18th Tedeschi Trucks Band & Marcus King Band Key Bank Pavillion
July 18th Joe Jackson Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
July 18th Eileen Jewell Club Café
July 20th Cordovas Club café
July 21st Amanda Shires Rex Theater
July26th Lord Huron Stage ae
July 26th Radiohead PPG Paints Arena
July 26th Donora & Chet Vincent WYEP Final Friday: Schenley Plaza
July 27th Lucy Dacus Club Café
July 29th Lucius Hartwood Acres
July 29th Boy George & Culture Club Stage ae

 

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