June 24, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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June 22, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

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

River Whyless, "All Day All Night" - This Asheville, North Carolina quartet releases its new album We All The Light in August. It's not their first, but in better-late-than-never form, this song introduced me to their expansive acoustic sound. With hypnotic rhythms and harmonies, bands like HEM and The Low Anthem came to mind (the latter, coincidentally, being current tourmates of River Whyless), and with three songwriters in the band, I look forward to hearing the variety and range it brings to the album.

 

Erin McKeown, "The Queer Gospel" - This is the closing track of a six-song EP out this week called According To Us, and it's a signature Erin mix of wordplay and humor, depth and activism, and of course, melody. I first heard it live last month at a show and where the humor stood out then, the heart stands out now. After the Orlando shootings, this song comes with some hurt but hopefully some healing too. And pride.

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June 17, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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June 15, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Angel Olsen, "Intern" - An alluring dream-pop song that deals with fickle expectations and the sometimes crushing weight of fame. ("I don't care what the papers say/You're just another intern with a resume.") It's the lead-off track for Angel's Sept. 2 album, which she said is about “the complicated mess of being a woman."

The Interrupters, "Say It Out Loud" - A female led ska-punk band is refreshing enough. But this song, off the California group's June 24 album, is irresistible fun. Produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, this blast of guitar-fueled energy offers a melodic, feel-good and utterly catchy chorus celebrating a friendship spanning 20 years and countless beers. The singer's point: I don't want to die, but if I do die, I know you'll be by my side.

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June 10, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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June 8, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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

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

Chance the Rapper, “All We Got” (feat. Kanye West) - Chance The Rapper just dropped the album of the summer in Coloring Book, a gospel hip-hop explosion that is jubilant and vigilant in the face of a city, in this case Chance's own Chicago, that was decimated by urban violence and marginalization. This dwarfs every other hip hop album released this year, and "All We Got" is the track one, with Kanye West, his mentor and muse, providing production. Shout out to Selecta on Grand Groove Radio playing this before me.

Kaytranada, “Weight Off” (feat. electronica/free jazz trio BadBadNotGood) - Kaytranada, aka Louis Kevin Celestin who is Haitian by way of Montreal, is a very of the moment producer right now (and Chance Collaborator) and has worked with some of my favorite rappers including Freddie Gibbs, Vic Mensa, and Azaeilia Banks. He just dropped his first official album 99.9% and again, from end to end, it's just another banger for the summer. His production is club ready but has major world music vibes, merging house music beats with reggaeton/dancehall, and afrobeat for an album that’s just sizzling with life. “Weight Off” showcases all of his strengths: an ear for merging traditional instrumentation and samples with other wordly synths and vibes. This is a song I just wanna grab a Red Stripe and vibe to.

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June 3, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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June 1, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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

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

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, "Over the Rise" - Classic rock's other beloved Bruce returns with a brand new album — but without his signature piano. Don't worry, though, Hornsby's songwriting chops are amazing, as always, and his new musical direction works wonderfully. The album, Rehab Reunion, is a mellow, folk record with Hornsby on the dulcimer, giving every song an acoustic, wind-swept openness. This first single features Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on background (and barely there) vocals. 

New Madrid, "Darker Parts" - Do you love Television, old school Modest Mouse and early days Animal Collective? If you're on WYEP's website reading this, the answer is "Of course." That's why New Madrid is the new band for you. These dudes wrap all those influences into one weird, winding package that's as catchy as it is creative. They're new album, magnetkingmagnetqueen, is out now.

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May 27, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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May 25, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

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

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, "Cricket and the Genie" - With musical resumes that include Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the combined imagination of Les Claypool and Sean Lennon could go anywhere, but in this song they invite us in rather than leave us lost. The world is psychedelic, prog and pop, and felt, to me, like a long lost Roald Dahl story. I can only imagine where their album (Monolith of Phobos, out June 3) and upcoming tour will lead next.

The Staves, "Sleeping In A Car" - This trio of English sisters is back with a new EP which will hopefully lead to a new album, but for now it's a beautiful reminder of their stunning sibling harmonies and naturally unfolding but intricately arranged songs. With subtle motion and intertwined rhythms the EP's title track builds into an amazing swell, and sounds made for a dusk or dawn roadtrips.

  

 

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May 20, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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May 18, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Ryan Beaver, "Rum & Roses" - Are you ready for the country? Beaver brings it; old-school style, on his third full-length released this past Friday, and ready to rope in fans who like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton. Here's the single, with feel-it-in-your-gut guitar and plainspoken imagery of a downward spiral too beneficial to give up. The Texas singer describes as "a song about giving into temptation while knowing what the repercussions are." Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music and Stereogum are among the taste-makers giving Beaver praise. He's on the road now (no Pittsburgh stop), having previously toured with Ashley Monroe and Lee Ann Womack.  

Stone Roses, "All For One" - The beloved Manchester, English band's first single in 21 years launches with a terrific guitar riff and gets danceable in a hurry. Or at least makes you want to wiggle a few body parts. Lyrically, the Stone Roses are trying to make some sort of statement with "All for one/one for all/If we all join hands, we'll make a wall." An indictment on politically driven social inequality? Erm... we'll let the excitable British press get to the bottom of that. For now, just enjoy this fun comeback from an influential band that gave us 1989's still groove-tastic "Fool's Gold." 

 

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May 13, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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May 11, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

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

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

Broncho, "Fantasy Boys" - Broncho's 2014 second album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, was one of my favorite records of that year. With a snotty sneer, the Oklahoma group effortlessly put together track after track of throwback power pop that was the best guitar-based indie rock I'd hear in quite some time. They are readying their third LP Double Vanity on Dine Alone Records, dropping May 27th, and just released the single "Fantasy Boys" which sounds like a shoegaze love song sung from the floor of a dirtbag motel after a three day bender. It's pretty obvious these guys are picking up right where they left off.

ANOHNI, "Drone Bomb Me" - ANOHNI, formerly known as Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, just relased her solo record HOPELESSNESS on May 6th. The album itself is a staggering work emotionally resonate protest music, filtered through sweeping ballads and dancefloor beats that will surely be at the top of numerous year end lists in 2016. "Drone Bomb Me" is the devastating track one produced by it-electronic musicians Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, and ANOHNI describes it as such: “It’s a love song from the perspective of a girl in Afghanistan, say a 9-year-old girl whose family’s been killed by a drone bomb,…She is kind of looking up at the sky and she’s gotten herself to a place where she just wants to be killed by a drone bomb too.”

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May 6, 2016 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

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