August 2016

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: 

Frank Ocean, "White Ferrari" - Frank Ocean just released his hotly anticipated follow up after the generation defining Channel Orange dropped in 2012. Blonde released like most albums do these days, suddenly and online only on Saturday night August 20 after weeks, even months of speculation.

Ocean has increasingly cut the figure of a reclusive, sensitive artist, adding mystique to his loads of talent, coveted collaborator by pretty much anyone in the industry. Blonde lived up to the hype...it's deep and rich and emotional and nuanced artistically and confident and full of life. "White Ferrari" is this devastating ballad that comes late in the album and almost left me in tears the first time I heard it...Bon Iver actually appears to duet with Frank on the outro.

Blood Orange, "Augustine" - Blood Orange is Dev Hynes, a British singer, songwriter, producer, author who I've actually played on the show before about a year ago, or longer, with his track from the Palo Alto movie soundtrack. He's worked as a producer/songwriter with Kylie Minogue/Brittney Spears/and provided one of the best songs on Carly Rae Jepsen's last amazing album Emotion. He's back with his third proper record Freetown Sound, and it builds off all the things he does well, namely filtering his soulful, R&B, and jazz chops through Kate Bush inspired art pop, for this really lush, symphonic sound. It's a very personal record, wrestling with issues of race and social justice (Freetown is the name of the town in Sierra Leone where Hynes' father was born) and people consider it in the same breath as Kendrick Lamar's TPAB and D'Angelo's Black Messiah. "Augustine" is one of the album's highlights, with Hynes putting on this weird, Lynchian lounge act persona, alternating between low tenor, sing song lyrics, and a soaring chorus that sounds almost gospel-esque. 

 

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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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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:

Ages and Ages, "So Hazy" - I've heard a lot about this band but this is the first time I've sat and listened and this new album Something To Ruin is so wonderful! Despite the album title, the songs are upbeat and hopeful, with perfect melodies for the summertime and really beautiful, thoughtful lyrics. This particular track reminds me of Modest Mouse.

Esme Patterson, "No River" - Beyond singing backing vocals on the tune "Dearly Departed" with Shakey Graves, I hadn't heard of Esme Patterson until her new album came across my desk. WOW. She's such an incredibly talented songwriter with guitar chops to boot! This song serves as a sort of mantra for me...it's really a reminder for all of us - we are human! 

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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):

Regina Spektor "Small Bill$" - Who is cooler than Regina Spektor? Not me, not you, not even Cindy. The New York singer-songwriter has been casually creating some of the catchiest, weirdest, most fun piano-pop for over a decade. If this track is any indication, her upcoming album, Remember Us to Life, should be fantastic. "Small Bill$" is all rubber-band melodies bounding back and forth over a quirky piano loop. Enjoy. 

The Felice Brothers "Aerosol Ball" - Speaking of fun, The Felice Brothers are a gang of old friends (and yes, brothers) from upstate New York who create loose, stomping, down and dirty folk music for your next barn dance. The band's 10th album, Life in the Dark, came out this summer, and it's another collection of old time string music in a new school lens, complete with story-songs about shooting a judge and dancing with the belle of the ball. And if these guys come to town, buy yourself a bottle and head to the show. 

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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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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:

Kristin Kontrol, "Show Me" - The voice of Kristin Welchez might sounds familiar, as she is Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls. The band's noir girl group pop is on the back burner at the moment, as Kristin is now hitting notes of '80s and '90s rock, pop and R&B nostalgia as Kristin Kontrol and on her new album, X-Communicate. Given her power onstage and the era this project points to, extra kudos to whoever arranged her run of shows opening for Garbage this summer. 

Hiss Golden Messenger, "Biloxi" - The new Hiss Golden Messenger album, Heart Like A Levee, is due out in October. On it, North Carolina's M.C. Taylor once again surrounds himself with an incredible community of musicians, including Brad and Phil Cook and Tift Merritt. This track is a soothing road tune full of dreams, loneliness and the chasing of art and home, and to my ear, sits alongside some of the acoustic, road-worthy best of Ryan Adams and The Allman Brothers Band. 

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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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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:

Big Eyes, "Behind Your Eyes"A refreshing melodic-punk/power-pop band spearheaded by 28-year-old Kait Eldridge, who channels Joan Jett/Runaways and Juliana Hatfield influences on this track off the NYC group's third album. It's a song about recognizing a once-targeted love connection isn't worth the pursuit. "It's a shame you didn't see/the possibility/Of trying to hang with me," she sings with just a touch of remorse, reaching closure by the final verse, "I've got nothing you want/and you're nothing I need."

Teenage Fanclub, "I'm in Love"The Scottish alt-rock band releases its 10th album -- and first in 5 years -- on Sept. 9, led by this delightfully simple single, "I'm in Love". Breezy, jangle-pop guitar leads the way for lyrics about being happy and fulfilled in a relationship (what a concept!) Sample lyric: "It feels good with you next to me/That's enough/Isn't life such a mystery/I'm in love."   

 

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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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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: 

Katie Dey, "Only To Trip and Fall Down Again" - Katie Dey's has made a career on making bedroom pop that recalls the early trippy music of of Animal Collective. She just dropped "Only to Trip and Fall Down Again," from her new album Flood Network (out 8/12) and its a trip down a rabbit hole. Listening to the track, you can visualize Dey sitting cross legged on the floor of her childhood bedroom, tweaking her pocket psych symphonies on a beat up laptop and cheap synthesizer.


Jamila Woods, "Vry Blk" - 
Jamila Woods is a singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and on her debut album, HEAVN, she crafts quirky neo soul with rich layers of wokeness. “VRY BLK” is an unabashedly fun track with social justice undercurrents, built on the melody of the “Mary Mack” clapping that's deceptively powerful in the right 

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