February 24, 2017 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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February 22, 2017 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:

Aimee Mann "Goose Snow Cone" - I'm always pretty excited to hear what Aimee Mann has put together and it's been a little while since her last project, so I'm really looking forward to this album. So far, I'm digging the lovely sounds of this single, although I can't for the life of me figure out what a goose snow cone is!

Bell X1, "I Go Where You Go" - I've enjoyed bits of Bell X1 in the past, but this is the first full album from them that I've fallen in love with. I like to describe it as Bon Iver meets Dawes. This particular track is quite sweet and romantic.  

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February 20, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

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

 

Scottish band that have made a career on indie pop filled bright songs with lyrics that tug at the head and heart

 

  • Song: "Driftwood"

  • Album: The Man Who
  • Year: 1999

 

 

  • Song: "Re-Offender"

  • Album: 12 Memories
  • Year: 2003

 

 

  • Song: "Sing Me To Sleep"

  • Album: Wreckorder
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: Fran Healy's solo effort. This song features Neko Case with Fran.

 

 

  • Song: "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?"

  • Album: The Man Who
  • Year: 1999
  • Comment: My introductory song from Travis

 

 

  • Song: "Sing"

  • Album: The Invisible Band
  • Year: 2001
  • Comment: Maybe the best Travis song !

 

 

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

 

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February 17, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

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

 

The Seattle-based band is considered one of the top bands of the '90s.

 

  • Song: "Black"

  • Album: Ten
  • Year: 1992

 

 

  • Song: "Better Man"

  • Album: Vitalogy
  • Year: 1994

 

 

  • Song: "Lightning Bolt"

  • Album: Lightning Bolt
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "Daughter"

  • Album: Vs.
  • Year: 1993

 

 

  • Song: "Just Breathe"

  • Album: Backspacer
  • Year: 2009

 

 

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

 

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February 17, 2017 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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February 15, 2017 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):

Father John Misty, "Pure Comedy" - American needs Father John Misty right now. The weirdo folk star is prepping to release his third album in April, and in the meantime he's been dropping some golden nuggets of knowledge that we all should hear. "Pure Comedy" is best experienced along with the video linked below—it's an Elton John-esque explanation of how we, as a human race, have royally f****d ourselves over and let the dumbest among us take the lead. 

Southern Avenue, "Don't Give Up" - While that first track is a bit of a sobering downer, the new music coming from Mephis' Southern Avenue will lift you right back up. Led by Israeli guitarist Ori Naftaly, Southern Avenue was recently signed to Stax and sounds like it — this is pure, Memphis soul music to play at your next barbecue, house party, or even bus ride. Basically, if you need to feel lifted, this is your jam. 

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February 10, 2017 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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February 8, 2017 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:

Tash Sultana, Jungle - Tash Sultana has already earned big buzz in Australia and it has traveled quickly to the U.S. ahead of her upcoming tour. Music helped her get through some personal battles, and she's gone from busking to winning awards for her songs and powerful performances. This self-taught musician is also a looping wizard, so aside from checking out her EP, be sure to watch video of Tash bringing "Jungle" to life.

Sinkane, U'Huh - Brooklyn-based Ahmed Gallab is back with a sixth Sinkane album, called Life & Livin' It, which is out on Friday. England, Sudan and Ohio are just a few of his other stops around the globe, and those travels seem to make his fusion of funk, jazz and Afropop even more soulful. This song has been out for a few months, but it's worth playing (and repeating) to get its positivity out into the world. 

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February 3, 2017 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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February 1, 2017 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:

Sloucher, "Certainty" - A tip of the hat to 90's alt-rock, with mildly distorted guitars in an early Wilco or The Lemonheads way. Just one of those songs that grabs and tugs you right away. The Seattle group describes its sound as "Not quite grunge, not really lo-fi, not very alternative, we're just a basement band." Hope they're headed here in 2017.

Communist Daughter, "Roll a Stone" - A menacing start leads to a cool gait and groove. The male-female vocal dynamic is moody and riveting. As a single it's accessible, but yields smaller treats with repeated listens. I've seen some New Pornographers comparisons. The band takes its name from a Neutral Milk Hotel song, which leads to the assumption their artistry is uncompromising. 

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January 27, 2017 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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January 25, 2017 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: 

Little Simz, "Picture Perfect"British rapper Simbi Ajikawo, who records as Little Simz, is steadily on the up in the hip-hop world with a critically acclaimed debut album under her belt-- 2015's A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons-- and some impressive cosigns by the genre's biggest stars (reigning king MC Kendrick Lamar r said Simz “might be the illest doing it now.”) 

Now, at the beginning of 2017, Simbi has followed up A Curious Tale... with Stillness in Wonderland, a virtuoso rap odyssey that also happens to be a concept album about Alice in Wonderland. And while "Picture Perfect" isn't the trippiest song on the album, it's certainly the most fun, and shows Simbi having a blast and showing off her hook writing as well as her rhythmic, technical rapping.

 

Run The Jewels, "Down" feat. JoiRevered Atlanta-based MC Killer Mike and underground rap giant/Brooklyn-based MC and producer El-P have been collaborating under the name Run the Jewels since 2013. They released their third album RTJ3 to adoring fans on Christmas eve 2016, and like their previous two records, it's a shotgun blast of the wittiest, tightest battle rap you'll ever hear, hardened by a fiery social consciousness as well as moments of genuine reflection and heartache. This is the hip-hop we need in Trump's America.

"Down" is the track one from RTJ3 and it finds the duo taking a step back from their usual righteous fury, producing a heady groove of a song that feels like Mike and El are collecting themselves for future battle, parsing out what needs to be done and what past injustices need to be reconciled. The track sacrifices none of the trademarks that have made Run the Jewels who they are, but shows new dimensions to RTJ's formidable sound. 

 

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January 25, 2017 by mike@wyep.org

On Friday, WYEP will be playing all of our music from the Morning Mix until the end of Grand Groove Radio at 8 PM from vinyl records. Although the song selection will be fairly close to what WYEP listeners expect to hear on a regular day, you'll once again hear the rich sound and the occasional crackle or pop that defines the vinyl sound.

 

Although WYEP's main on-air hosts play the occasional song from vinyl, they will still have to re-learn some old skills for the all-vinyl day. When was the last time that WYEP's hosts recall playing more than one songs back-to-back from vinyl? It's been a dozen years for Morning Mix host Cindy Howes. "Since 1997 for me," says Midday Mix host Kyle Smith. "It has to be the early '90s since I have," chimes in Rosemary Welsch of the Afternoon Mix. "Never!" declares the Morning Mix's Joey Spehar. So it might be a little bit of a high-wire act without a net at times.

 

Music lovers have an almost mystical attachment to vinyl. As digital music formats dominate the music landscape, vinyl has been making a significant resurgence. For several years now vinyl has been the only physical music format that has been growing in sales, and vinyl revenue to the music industry in 2015 (the last year that data is available) was at its highest level since 1988. The phenomenon is not necessarily rooted in nostalgia, however. While big-sellers in recent years include perennial favorites like The Beatles and Pink Floyd, newer artists like Adele and Alabama Shakes also make the list. And consumers from college-age to as young as nine-year-olds have been bitten by the vinyl bug.

 

Join us on Friday! It should be a fun day of great music, new and old.

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January 20, 2017 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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January 18, 2017 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:

Jesca Hoop, "The Lost Sky" - I've always admired the weirdness of Jesca Hoop's music and then last year's collaboration with Sam Beam (Iron &Wine) made me into an uber fan. Now I'm loving this new song from her forthcoming album... it's so bold and has so much raw emotion. If you really want to dig in, check out the music video, which is REALLY trippy.

Laura Marling, "Soothing" - I'm always impressed by everything Laura Marling puts out there. I'm especially excited to hear her produced by Blake Mills on the forthcoming release Semper Femina. He seems to be the hot new producer to work with these days, having just wrapped projects with Dawes and Jim James. Oh and he happened to produce the new Jesca Hoop album too! 

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