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August 11, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Mumford & Sons.

 

Following their 2009 release Sigh No More and a record deal with Island, they have grown to be one of the largest rock bands in the country

 

  • Song: "Babel"

  • Album: Babel
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: As the first and title track on the album, the album won a Grammy for Album of the Year

 

 

  • Song: "Roll Away Your Stone"

  • Album: Sigh No More
  • Year: 2009
  • Comment: Mumford & Sons themselves have stated that this song is highly influenced by Shakespeare's MacBeth

 

 

  • Song: "The Wolf"

  • Album: Wilder Mind
  • Year: 2015
  • Comment: The song and album as a whole marks a shift in the band's sound toward more electric instrumentation as there is a noticeable lack of banjo

 

 

  • Song: "I Will Wait"

  • Album: Babel
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: The music video for arguably the band's most popular song was filmed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado

 

 

  • Song: "Little Lion Man"

  • Album: Sigh No More
  • Year: 2009
  • Comment: This was the band's first single and has been certified double platinum, not bad for their first track

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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August 4, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Matt Pond PA.

 

Active since 1998, Matt Pond PA is a trio formed around frontman Matt Pond. The "PA" in their name is a relic from when they needed some extra identification playing house shows around their native Philadelphia. View the Live & Direct session that Matt Pond PA played last year at WYEP here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_OwacCmq36qJSl1jhWBL706S0umHG3eu

 

  • Song: "Still Summer"

  • Album: Still Summer
  • Year: 2017
  • Comment: Matt Pond PA have announced this record to be their 12th and final LP.

 

 

  • Song: "Halloween"

  • Album: Several Arrows Later
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: This song seemingly tells of how people are not who they are behind the masks they wear, hence the title.

 

 

  • Song: "Let Me Live"

  • Album: The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: The first track on this album introduces the unfamiliar listener to Matt Pond as a seasoned pop songwriter.

 

 

  • Song: "The Glow"

  • Album: Winter Lives
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: Ironically, Winter Lives was released a year prior to and directly precedes Still Summer.

 

 

  • Song: "Love to Get Used"

  • Album: The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: This was the lead single from the record and directly follows "Let Me Live" on the track list.

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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July 28, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Dr. Dog.

 

Following their 2002 debut release, Dr. Dog was "discovered" by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James and have gone on to release eight albums since.

 

  • Song: "Shadow People"

  • Album: Shame, Shame
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: This record was the band's first on the ANTI- label.

 

 

  • Song: "Bring My Baby Back"

  • Album: The Psychedelic Swamp
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: The album's release is shrouded in a mythos about its origination. Start with swamptruth.com

 

 

  • Song: "Be the Void"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: While no longer there, the album was recorded in the band's Meth Beach studio in Philadelphia.

 

 

  • Song: "Distant Light"

  • Album: B-Room
  • Year: 2013
  • Comment: Consistent with other Dr. Dog releases, both the track and the album evoke a sense of rawness that fans have come to appreciate at live shows.

 

 

  • Song: "That Old Black Hole"

  • Album: Be the Void
  • Year: 2012
  • Comment: The video for "That Old Black Hole" evokes a sense of whimsy found in Dr. Dog while practicing.

 

 

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July 28, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group) 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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July 26, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from John Hiatt.

 

A prolific artist since the 70s, Hiatt's songs have been covered by the greats of various genres, from blues to soul to punk.

 

  • Song: "Riding with the King"

  • Album: Riding with the King
  • Year: 1983
  • Comment: This track was later covered by BB King and Eric Clapton on their album of the same name.

 

 

  • Song: "My Baby Blue"

  • Album: Beneath This Gruff Exterior
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: Sonny Landreth, the "king of slydeco," plays slide guitar on this record.

 

 

  • Song: "Through Your Hands"

  • Album: Stolen Moments
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Joan Baez covered this song two years later on her Play Me Backwards release.

 

 

  • Song: "Perfectly Good Guitar"

  • Album: Perfectly Good Guitar
  • Year: 1993
  • Comment: Matt Wallace, the producer of this record, has also produced albums for the likes of The Replacements, Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors.

 

 

  • Song: "Have a Little Faith In Me"

  • Album: Bring the Family
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: This tune has also been performed by artists such as Joe Cocker and Jon Bon Jovi.

 

 

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July 26, 2017 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:

Buffalo Sunn, "The Long Road" - Do we still call it "Americana" if the band hails from Dublin, Ireland? Ponder that for three minutes as you listen to "The Long Road," the second single from Buffalo Sunn's new album, arriving Aug. 26. Strings, pedal steel, backing vocals all float to the surface of this track from a band featuring the Paxton brothers, Daniel (vocals/guitar) and Conor (bass).

Wolf Alice, "Don't Delete the Kisses"It's all in the voice and the emotion conveyed by Elliw Rowsell singing about love in the emoji era. "I look at your picture and I smile/How awful is that?/ I'm like a teenage girl might as well write all over my notebook/That you 'rock my world!'/You do, you really do/You've turned me upside down And that's okay, I'll let it happen/'Cause I like having you around." This is the second single from the London alt-rock band's sophomore album due out Sept. 29. 

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July 21, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group) 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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July 19, 2017 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: 

Jay-Z, "Smile" - On his 12th studio album 4:44, Jay-Z finally gets introspective about his life, his mistakes , and his place in the cultural zeitgeist. "Smile" is the moment on the album where his uncanny technical abilities as an mc  intersects with a strain of personal story telling we've never heard from him before. The result is a beautiful, head spinning trip through the racked mind of arguably the biggest living legend hip hop has today. 

Shabazz Palaces, "Shine a Light" - Seattle native Ishmael Butler’s of Digable Planets is one half of Shabazz Palaces, a  free-form hip-hop project that emerged from the internet ether about eight years ago. He continues to defy convention with a pair of companion albums (Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines) that examine contemporary America as if it's a strange and dangerous planet. "Shine a Light" is the most conventional song between the two albums but still manages to showcase Butler's knack for pushing hip hop production into unexpected places. 

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July 14, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Ben Folds.

 

Initially the frontman of the Ben Folds Five from '95 - '00, Folds went on to release three solo LPs. The group reunited in 2011 and released their fourth album a year later. Despite their name, they are a trio.

 

  • Song: "Trusted"

  • Album: Songs for Silverman
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: His second solo studio album, it reached #13 on the Billboard 200.

 

 

  • Song: "Kate"

  • Album: Whatever and Ever Amen
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: Co-written by Folds' first wife, Anna Goodman, the story follows a man so enamored with a woman named Kate that he wants to be her.

 

 

  • Song: "Philosophy"

  • Album: Ben Folds Five
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: The piano solo at the end of the track borrows a melody from Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin.

 

 

  • Song: "Landed"

  • Album: Songs for Silverman
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: Songs for Silverman was named after Folds' former A&R representative at Sony Records.

 

 

  • Song: "Phone In a Pool"

  • Album: So There
  • Year: 2015
  • Comment: The album was recorded in collaboration with yMusic, a chamber ensemble from New York City.

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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July 14, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group) 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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July 12, 2017 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):

ZZ Ward, "Help Me Mama" - This head-bobbing cut is from ZZ Ward's latest album, The Storm. That's a great album title from this Philadelphia singer—she's got a hell of a big, stormy voice. The album just dropped last month, so you're just in time to discover her new tunes. It's full of great collaborations with other favorites like Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums) and Gary Clark Jr. 

Thundercat, "Them Changes" - This dude is one funky cat. The LA-born bassist played with everyone from Erykah Badu to Bootsy Collins as an extra-thick low-end player, but these days he's making a name for his own work. His album from earlier this year, Drunk, is a head-spinning collage of deep grooves, humorous lyrics, and more bass acrobatics than a pool party at Flea's house. 

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July 7, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from The Pogues.

 

One of the most influential bands in the Celtic punk scene, The Pogues have gone on to influence more contemporary bands such as Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.

 

  • Song: "A Rainy Night In Soho"

  • Album: Poguetry In Motion
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: The band's EP Poguetry In Motion was produced by Elvis Costello.

 

  • There was no key track on Tuesday due to the Independence Day holiday.
  • Song: "Sally MacLennane"

  • Album: Rum Sodomy & the Lash
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: The track is named not after a woman but after a brand of stout.

 

 

  • Song: "Sunny Side of the Street"

  • Album: Hell's Ditch
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Following the release of this album, other members of The Pogues kicked out frontman Shane MacGowan due to his substance abuse-related unreliability.

 

 

  • Song: "Dirty Old Town"

  • Album: Rum Sodomy & the Lash
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: This song was originally written by Ewan McColl and performed by The Dubliners

 

 

Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

 

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July 7, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito Restaurant Group) 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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July 5, 2017 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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

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

Chris Stapleton, "Either Way" - My goodness this song is so gut-wrenching! Every time I listen, I'm stopped in my tracks by Stapleton's vocal performance...and I'm so moved by the lyrics. Even though I've never found myself in this particular situation, the story is told so powerfully that I can actually FEEL how heart-breaking it would be. That's a sure sign of a talented song-writer!

The Secret Sisters "He's Fine" - Laura and Lydia Rogers have that wonderful sibling chemistry and I'm thankful that they're back with a new album - You Don't Own Me Anymore. Brandi Carlile produced the record and I think it's some of their best work yet! This particular song is catchy and fun... even though it's also about heartache!

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June 30, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Drive-By Truckers.

Alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers have been performing since their 1996 founding by Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley.

  • Song: "Carl Perkins' Cadillac"

  • Album: The Dirty South
  • Year: 2004
    • Song: "Everybody Needs Love"

    • Album: Go-Go Boots
    • Year: 2011
      • Song: "What It Means"

      • Album: American Band
      • Year: 2016
        • Song: "Working This Job"

        • Album: The Big To-Do
        • Year: 2010
          • Song: "3 Dimes Down"

          • Album: Brighter Than Creation's Dark
          • Year: 2008

            Catch Key Tracks every weekday during the Midday Mix at 1 PM on 91.3 WYEP.

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