October 2014

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 of WFUV in New York! In case you missed it here’s what she played with commentary by Sarah: These two artists played our 'FUV Live at CMJ' showcase last week, so their songs have been stuck in my head (in a good way) for awhile. Happyness, "Montreal Rock Band Somewhere" - Happyness is a trio out of South London, and the first song I heard from them was the pure, melodic punk of the title track of their EP, Anything I Do Is All Right. Their CMJ soundcheck was good and loud too, but during their set, they managed to sound like four different bands in one. Aside from having an Arcade Fire reference, the song "Montreal Rock Band Somewhere" shows the trio's humor and ear for melody on the moodier side of rock, and it's lo-fi, lush and beautiful. Track down the UK release of the band's full-length album, Weird Little Birthday, if you can. Son Little, "The River" - You might know the voice of Aaron Livingston from his work with The Roots and RJD2, but this Philly-based artist is stepping out on his own as Son Little. He has an EP due out November 11th called Things I Forgot, which features this song, "The River." While the EP centers on his laid-back but expressive voice, the sounds that surround it are pretty varied. He incorporates blues riffs, beats and grooves, adding in synths without sacrificing any soul.
  Erin Dawn "Scratchy" Hutter was an accomplished local musician and music educator. Hutter had 20 years experience educating local students in music and performed with many local musicians including the Butler Symphony, The Deliberate Strangers and Slim Forsythe, with whom she was featured in a WYEP Third Thursday performance. Erin Hutters obituary can be found at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and her Third Thursday performance can be found in our On Demand Section.

Iconic bassist for the Band Cream has passed away in his home in Suffolk, England. Bruce's death was announced on his Facebook page, "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all around legend, the world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts", read the post.

Bruce was an integral part of the group Cream during their early years. He also had a strong solo career interspersed with occasional performances with Cream. he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the band. Bruce's final album was released in March.

Read more on Jack Bruce at the Los Angeles Times.

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 Patrick Bowman in case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Patrick. Moon Baby - “Bae Sick”Pittsburgh-based neo-soul act Moon Baby is a close collaborator of Chris "Wise Blood" Laufman--who produced four of six tracks on her upcoming EP--and she shares Laufman's affinity for sample-driven, lo-fi R&B slow jams. The first the track from the EP "Bae Sick" is an amazingly sensual but intimate ballad that sounds as if Moon Baby is singing to you from her bedside. Iceage - "The Lord's Favorite" - These Danish punks made their names by unleashing two doomy, nihilistic albums of scorched earth noise rock in 2011 and 2013. I definitely admired what they were doing more than I actually liked listening to it. But now, they just released their third album Plowing into the Field of Love and have completely changed gears while still maintaining the raging muscularity of their former work. They've transformed into rambling, Scandinavian rockabillies, and have stuck the landing. This song “The Lord’s Favorite” is just a kick-ass honky-tonk ramble, with lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s disaffected howl making me imagine a hungover Jonathan Richman doing punked-up Johnny Cash covers.

The keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens has been found dead in his hotel room. Owens, age 38 has recorded and performed with groups such as The Long Beach Dub Allstars, The Mars Volta, and  recently Jack White. Owens has been working with White since 2012 and has contributed to the album  Blunderbuss and most recently Lazaretto. Owens was touring with White in Mexico when he was found dead in his hotel room. It is being reported that the hotel room that Owens was found in may have contained drugs and alchohol, though the official cause of death is being ruled a heart attack. Jack White has cancelled the remaining shows on the Mexican tour in respect for Owens.

Read more on Ikey Owens at Rolling Stone.

Previously unavailable on the music streaming service, the solo discography of former Beatle John Lennon can now be heard on Spotify. Eight albums that were released between 1970 and 1984 can be heard in their entirety, as well as many non record song compilations. Spotify acquired Lennon's solo discography as part of a series of exclusive deals the streaming service has been working on in order to compete with rise in the number of similar services being made available online. Lennon joins fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in having his discography available on Spotify as well as several songs by George Harrison. however the Beatles music is still unable to be streamed on the service.

Read more on the Spotify release of John Lennon's music at Consequence of Sound.

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. Trigger Hippy, "Rise Up Singing" - The group that answers the question: What would it sound like if Joan Osborne joined the Black Crowes? Osborne is co-lead vocalist on this satisfying and soulful Americana full-length from a group also featuring the Crowes' Jackie Greene and Steve Gorman. Comparisons to Tedeschi Trucks Band are inevitable. This song's straight-up lyrics of tenderness and affection sparkle with lines like "She cured my blindness/with love and kindness". Matthew Ryan, "Boxers" - Most characters find themselves at crucial intersections on this intelligent, rocking release from ex-Nashville alt-country singer-turned-Western Pennsylvania transplant Ryan. The widening chasm between have's and have not's impacts their lives, though this isn't a gloomy record, Ryan says, noting that these characters are fighters who come out swingin'. That's evident on this, the title track to his new album (out next Tuesday), with lines such as "You're like a boxer on the ropes/there's blood running down your throat/But this is the fight you chose." Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon appears throughout the album. Ryan has toured with Gaslight Anthem, Paul Weller and John Hiatt.

Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders loses his battle with cancer on October 4th at the age of 76. Revere has been touring and performing even up to this year despite fighting cancer and it was only this summer that he took the advice of his doctors and took a break, remaining optimistic however he made a statement on Facebook to his fans, “Even though I’ve had some health issues nothing can stop the old man, I’m like the energizer bunny!”.  Revere was with his family at their home in Idaho at the time of his death. Paul Revere and the raiders have been performing since the 60’s and have experienced commercial success with songs such as “Indian Reservation”, “Kicks”, and “Louie, Louie”. More on Paul Revere and his career can be read at NME. Paul Revere and the Raiders perform "Kicks".
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 Andy Mulkerin In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary from Andy. The Van Allen Belt -- "Different Storm" The new record from these locals is another stellar one; Heaven on a Branch is both beautiful and weird, and shows the hallmarks of a group of artists with a cohesive view of what they do. Like I said in my short review of the album: There's no reason the BMSR-and-Animal Collective crew shouldn't all want this album.   André Costello and the Cool Minors -- "Virgil"  This is the lead track from this band's first full-length, The Rattling Arcade, issued by Wild Kindness Records. I've been a fan since André's first solo album, and this one fulfills a lot of the potential he showed early on. This could be a breakout for a great local songwriter.  

Iconic guitarist and founding member of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has revealed plans to form a new band and go on tour playing music spanning his entire career. Despite long time hopes of organizing a Led Zeppelin reunion Page comments that the chances are “Not Very likely” likely do to reluctance on the part Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant. Page’s new group will consist of as of yet unknown musicians, but he has said that he will be playing material from every stage in his career “right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds…and there would certainly be new material in there as well”. Read more on Jimmy Page and his upcoming tour at The Guardian.