November 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 from WFUV in New York! In case you missed, it here’s what she played: Stars, "From The Night"No One Is Lost is Stars' seventh album, and you can tell that the Montreal studio they recorded in was above a dance club. The beats, energy and imagery are all absorbed into the songs, and although it's a sound Stars started to explore on its last album The North, it's taken even further here. The band clearly has fun on this song (and this album), but as usual, Stars doesn't ignore the dark.   Hey Rosetta! "Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering)"This Newfoundland band has just released its fourth album, Second Sight. It's already out in Canada and will be released in the U.S. in January. Hey Rosetta! is songwriter Tim Baker and now six other musicians, so it's rock at the core plus cello, violin, french horn, synthesizers and more. Much of the band's catalog could be film soundtrack material, but as Baker took on the challenge of writing a single for this album, this song is one that manages to feel both focused and expansive.

Kurt Coabain: Montage of Heck is being labeled the first fully authorized documentary about the life of the iconic musician and is being executive produced by Cobain's daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The Documentary which is being scheduled to air on HBO in  2015. The Film is promising to feature never before seen footage including home movies, photography, artwork and recordings as well as many Nirvana performances and even unheard original Cobain songs. The announcement of "Montage of Heck" follows the release of Cobain's 80's mix tape of the same name earlier this month.

Read more on the Cobain documentary at Wondering Sound.

As Early as June James Blake revealed that his next album was as much as half way done and that work was progressing well. In a recent interview Blake reveals that the album is now roughly 70% done and could be released in as short as five months. Recent reports have suggested that  Blake is working with a myriad of new production techniques and that the rumored collaboration with Kanye West is still a possibility. Read more on James Blake and his upcoming projects at SPIN.

After years of being stuck in development and pre-production a film about the life of Janis Joplin appears to finally be happening. Get It While you Can  is being reported to star Amy Adams as the iconic singer songwriter, after many names have been attached to the on again off again project. With Adams officially attached, filming could begin as early as next year. Read more on the Janis Joplin Biopic at SPIN.

A recent poll in has revealed the top funeral song in Britain to be Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright side of Life" a humorous song originally featured in the comedy groups film The Life of Brian. The poll has revealed that classical songs are on the way out in the funeral business making way for more contemporary works from film and television. More can be read on this story at NME.

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: L.U.H., "Unites" - LUH (which stands for "Lost Under Heaven" is the latest project from Mancunian singer/songwriter Ellery James Roberts, who's previous band, WU LYF, released the critically acclaimed 2010 record, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, was almost immediately followed by the band's abrupt break up. With LUH's first single "Unites," Roberts has crafted a sound that's similar to WU LYF's expansive, anthemic indie rock, but tempers it this time with more subtle melodies and guitar work along with some of his strongest singing to date. But still, it's impossible for this guy not to create music that sounds like a tidal wave crashing into a beach head, and "Unites" is a strong indicator that LUH's first release will be one to watch out for. Panda Bear, "Mr. Noah" - Animal Collective mainstay Panda Bear returns with the Mr. Noah EP, his first solo release since 2011's critically acclaimed full-length Tomboy. It's a record full of buoyantly strange psychedelic that seems to wash away any of the clunky, repetitive experiments that mar Animal Collective/Panda Bear's best work. "Faces in the Crowd" is a day-glo burst of easy going synths and woozy atmosphere that's propelled by Panda Bear's gorgeously full vocals. If the track was released last May, it would have been an automatic contender for the song of the summer, but as we move toward the dregs of winter, it will just have to suffice as a humid, hot and fun daydream.
  With the Exception of a best of release the band Ride has been on a nearly 14 year hiatus. Fans have decided to reunite in 2015 for  a UK tour as well as limited appearances in Toronto and New York. "We want to give the people what they want" stated front man Mark Gardener, however while there are no official plans for a new LP Gardener also has stated that it is not an impossibility, "That's not to say we Wouldn't make new music". Read More on Ride's return and their tour at NME. Bob Marley was clear on his stance on Marijuana use and his family has decided that the time is right to launch a consumer cannabis brand under their family name. "Marley Natural" is set to launch next year and include an extensive product line including hand made accessories, cannabis infused lotions and balms as well as various cannabis strains. Marley Natural is to be owned an operated by Seattle based company Privateer Holdings. To learn more about Marley Natural visit Consequence of sound. Lana Del Ray has new Oscar hopes after contributing two songs to the Tim Burton film "Big Eyes". The songs "I Can Fly" which will be featured in the credits of the film and "Big Eyes" which is to given a spot right in the middle of the film are Del Ray originals and the film executives expect to receive positive reactions at the Academy Awards. Read more on "Big Eyes" and Lana Del Ray at SPIN.

Plans for U2 to have a week long residency on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show have been cancelled do to injuries sustained by Bono During a cycling incident. reports suggest that Bono's arm will require surgery after reportedly being broken during a bicycle spill in New York's Central Park. Despite having to cancel their week long stay on the Tonight Show there seems to be no hard feelings between the band and Fallon and U2's official website has stated "Thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding". U2 hopes to fulfill the Tonight Show residency at a later date.

Read more on Bono's injury and Tonight show cancellation, at NME.

Neil Young has called for his fans to boycott Starbucks products due to the company's ties with Monsanto, a company involved in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over genetically modified organism legislation. A law was passed in Vermont requiring food producers label all foods containing GMOs which prompted Monsanto and other companies to file a lawsuit against the state. Young despite loving his morning coffee hopes that boycotting Starbucks will cause a ripple affect grabbing the attention of other companies. "Monsanto might not care what we think" says Young "But as a public facing company Starbucks does".

Read more on Neil Young's Starbucks Boycott at NME music news.

News that Jimmy Page would be doing several Book Signing events following the release of his new book Jimmy Page has had fans eagerly anticipating the opportunity to have the guitarist sign their copies. Some however may be disappointed to learn that the Signing will actually be a stamping. despite early news that Page would be signing books, official reports have indicated that Page will be using his custom stamp on all books at the events.

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.

Pairings Nov 14 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

This has been a great week for fans of the Barr Brothers. The Montreal quartet performed just days ago at the Warhol Museum as part of the Sound Series and made an appearance in WYEP’s own studio for a Live and Direct session. To celebrate this Cindy has chosen their song “Love Ain’t Enough” for her music Pick a personal favorite. Bill would describe with song as “Wistful and Sad” but it forms some clear images in his mind as he forms his menu pairing. “I was thinking about being out in Montreal and it’s rainy and cold” Bill says and this leads to his menu choice of poutine, a Canadian dish consisting of French fries topped in cheese and gravy, perfect for a cold sad day. Bill also has the idea to top his poutine with smoked brisket. To wash this this Bill suggests ice wine, a wine made from grapes left on the vine long enough to freeze resulting in a sweet taste. Cindy's Music Pick: The Barr Brothers - "Love Ain't Enough"   Bill's Menu Pairing:  Poutine with Smoked Brisket Ice Wine   Bill is celebrating the opening of a new Mad Mex restaurant in the Erie Pennsylvania area which is also the area the he hails from. To celebrate here on Pairings Bill has prepared a menu that consists of traditionally Erie foods. This menu wouldn’t be complete without the fried fish sandwich with wall eyed pike or perch caught fresh from the lake, Smith’s hot Dogs an old Erie tradition and as a refreshment a sample from the Erie Brewing Company, Bills personal suggestion is the Erie Rail bender. Cindy knows just the song the Pair with this menu in fact her song is all about Lake Erie, “Lake Erie” by Boca Chica. Bills Menu Pick: Erie Fried Fish Sand which Smiths Hot Dog Erie Brewing Company Beer   Cindy's Music Pairing: Boca Chica - "Lake Erie
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.   Life Leone, "I Can't Say No." - Fuzzy garage-rock meets the dusty desert in the music of this Laos-born, Joshua Tree, Calif.,-raised artist who also lived for awhile in Vietnam, crafting guitars. This new single arrives ahead of Leone's first U.S. tour. Once described as "a rougher brand of indie-rock," he reminds me here of The Strokes. The Decemberists, "Make You Better" - "We're not that starry-eyed anymore." Colin Meloy sings with resignation and compelling emotion on this lead-off single from the seventh studio album from the Portland. Ore. indie heroes (arriving Jan. 20). This song foreshadows the lyrical thrust of "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World," which could be the band's most personal album yet. "Having a family, having kids, having this career, getting older -- all of these things have made me look more inward," Meloy says.

Big Bank Hank, born Henry Jackson passed away from cancer on Tuesday. Hank was a third of the influential rap group Sugarhill Gang along with Wonder Mike and Master Gee. The group was best known for their hit song "Rapper's Delight". Hank who lived in the Bronx during the rise of hip-hop has been one of the most prolific voices in the genre thanks to songs like "Rapper's Delight".

Read more on Big Bank Hank and the legacy of Sugarhill Gang at Rollingstone.

Virgin owner Richard Branson offered the remaining members of Led Zeppelin a sum of cash around $800 million to tour 35 dates across three major cities. according to reports most of the group were ready to sign with the exception of Robert Plant. Plant reportedly ripped up his contract in front of tour promoters, and the entire project has been cancelled. More can be read on Robert Plant and the now defunct Zeppelin reunion at Ultimate Classic Rock.

In other Led Zeppelin news the mystery behind the title of Houses of the Holy has been addressed in an interview with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Page explains that the reason that Houses of the Holy  was not simply Led Zeppelin V like the preceding albums had been I, II, IV was that he at the time did not want the title to read as Led Zeppelin Victory Sign. Popular theory has suggested that the title had occultist origins or even simply signaled a change in musical style but says this was never the case. You can find more on this interview with Page at Consequence of Sound.

Rick Rosas a bassist for Neil Young has died at the age of 65. Rosas has performed over the years with artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, Rom Wood, Buffalo Springfield and Jerry Lee Lewis. The cause of death is at this time unknown. Read more on the Rosas's legacy at Ultimate Classic Rock.

Murder for hire charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have been dropped in New Zealand. Rudd was recently accused by New Zealand police of arranging a hit man to execute two killings. Prosecutes have since taken over the case and the murder charges have been dropped. Rudd still faces serious charges including possession of Marijuana. AC/DC has gone on record as saying that Rudds arrest and legal issues will not affect the bands upcoming tour. More on Rudd's arrest and AC/DC's tour can be found at ABC.

According to a new book by Glyn Johns there was once the possibility of Bob Dylan uniting The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for an album. Johns says that Dylan approached him in the '60s with the idea and charged him with finding out if the bands would be interested. Johns said that while he and some members of both bands were interested there were two many hold outs including Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. Read more on this story and more at Consequence of Sound.