September 2016

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:

Dawes, "For No Good Reason" - These guys are finally stepping beyond their Jackson Browne-like sound and I'm digging it! At first I was a little surprised at the experimental nature of the new album but the more I listen, the more I love it, especially this George Harrison-esque song, "For No Good Reason"...oh and as always, it's complete with incredibly beautiful and thoughtful lyrics.

Allah Las, "Satisfied" - This LA-based band has caught my attention with their throwback, laid back vibe. Listening to the album is like kicking back with an ice cold drink on a sunny day. Makes sense I'm diggin' the sound since I'm hanging on to the last warm days we'll have for a while!

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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 Justin Jacobs

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

Bob Weir, "Only a River" - The Grateful Dead's godfather of jean shorts is back with his first solo material in decades, and boy does it sound nice. Still in the midst of his hot streak touring with John Mayer as Dead & Co., Weir's new album, Blue Mountain, is a slow, acoustic collection of folk and country songs. His co-songwriter was none other than Josh Ritter, and members of The National also lent a hand on these tunes. But don't worry—these aren't sad-eyed indie rock songs. 

Sampha, "Blood on Me" - You probably know this voice—British nu-soul singer Sampha sang the hook on Drake's emotionally-gooey hit "Too Much" a few years back. Since then, he's been quietly releasing unique, haunting tracks one by one. "Blood on Me," with it's echoing intro and stuttering beat is one that'll get stuck in your head for days on end. Sampha's debut LP is due out soon, but it seems he likes to keep us guessing. 

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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:

Kishi Bashi, "Say Yeah" - This wizard of violin and loops has more than proven his one man band abilities and gift for merging analog and tech, but he enlisted a few other people to help on his latest album, including drummer Matt Chamberlain and producer Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. The new album is Sonderlust (out this Friday) and "Say Yeah" is one sample of its lush pop sound, starting with strings and some Mario Brothers-esque synths, and getting even better when the bass kicks in. 

Middle Kids, "Edge of Town" - This is a hook-filled song from a band to watch out of Sydney, Australia, which is due to release an EP in the U.S. soon. There is some classical training in this trio but they are definitely a rock band, and the voice of Hannah Joy can suit whatever sound is behind it, from echoing the slide guitar lines to belting the tempo change into full gear. 

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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:

From Indian Lakes, "The Monster"Joey Vannucchi grew up off-the-grid on a 40-acre property in Indian Lakes, Calif., near Yosemite National Park. That's from whence the multi-instrumentalist draws his stage name and artistry, characterized by NPR Music as a mix of "moody indie-rock" and "atmospheric pop". He uses vintage synth and guitar amps throughout his forthcoming album including this catchy single. "I was really trying to capture a lo-fi aesthetic, while still retaining a sense of thoughtfulness," he said. The opening verse: "I hate to say it but it never felt quite right/I'm pointing fingers and I'm holding the knife./You want to stand around and stare at the night/We're only happy when we turn out the lights./I never told you it was going to be this way/I only said enough to get you to stay. But I don't want to live  like that."

Ablebody "Gaucho"Wow, what a groove and guitar hook by LA-based duo and identical twins Christoph and Anton Hochheim.   Has a hint of '80s romanticism, but isn't lost in time. This song is off the debut full-length arriving in October. Just a handful of hometown dates on their concert calendar, though if most of their songs sound this good, I can't wait to see them.

 

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September 9, 2016 would have been Otis Redding's 75th birthday. Redding died in 1967 just as his talents were connecting with a broader audience, but he left behind a great legacy of music. Let's go through the best songs from the albums released during his lifetime, and a couple of the key posthumous releases.

(click on the song titles below to hear the music)

 


 

 

Pain in My Heart

album: Pain in My Heart
year: 1964

don't miss: "Pain in My Heart," "That's What My Heart Needs"

 


 

The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
album: The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
year: 1965

don't miss: "That's How Strong My Love Is," "Mr. Pitiful"

 


 

Otis Blue
album: Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
year: 1965

don't miss: "Respect," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Shake"

 


 

The Soul Album
album: The Soul Album
year: 1966

don't miss: "Scratch My Back," "634-5789"

 


 

Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
album: Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
year: 1966

don't miss: "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)," "Try a Little Tenderness"

 


 

King & Queen
album: King & Queen (by Otis Redding & Carla Thomas)
year: 1967

don't miss: "Tramp," "Ooh Carla, Ooh Otis"

 


 

The Dock of the Bay
album: The Dock of the Bay
year: 1968

don't miss: "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"

 


 

The Immortal Otis Redding
album: The Immortal Otis Redding
year: 1968

don't miss: "Hard to Handle"

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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