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May 12, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

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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May 10, 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:

Rufus Wainwright, "Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours" - Sometimes hearing a unique cover of a familiar song will breathe a whole new life into it. I love the way Rufus Wainwright makes this tune completely his own. This was a single he did to contribute to a Stevie Wonder tribute earlier this year.

Ron Sexsmith, "Radio" - Here's an artist who I think is often overlooked ...he's a very talented songwriter and quite frequently he creates such contagiously fun music. Like this song for example! Off his new record - The Last Rider.

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May 5, 2017 by mike@wyep.org

Over the past week, WYEP solicited listeners to vote for the Worst Song Ever and listeners chose the 1974 hit "(You're) Having My Baby" by Paul Anka and Odia Coates to top the list. Despite being a #1 hit on the pop charts, the song has always had its detractors.

 

Following closely behind Anka was the 2005 rock hit “Photograph” by Nickelback, proving that songs that repel listeners are not limited to any one era or genre. The complete list of finalists is below.

 

All music is subjective, of course, and just about any song of note will attract a mix of admirers and haters. Some surprising songs were nominated by listeners to be included for consideration in the Worst Song Ever voting, including widely-acclaimed songs such as John Lennon’s “Imagine,” “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell’s “Coyote,”  and “Sledgehammer” by Peter Gabriel.

 

After analyzing all of the songs nominated by listeners, the year with more nominees than any other was 1976. That year produced three finalists: "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees, Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight," and "Silly Love Song" by Paul McCartney & Wings. It also featured other contenders like "Muskrat Love" by The Captain & Tennille and Elton John & Kiki Dee's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

 

The next biggest years with song nominations were 1983 (Styx, "Mr. Roboto"; Def Leppard, "Rock Of Ages"; Jackson Browne, "Lawyers in Love") and 1999 (Lou Bega, "Mambo No. 5"; Sugar Ray, "Someday"; Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss"), which illustrates that there appears to be a focal point of shame for each era of music.

 

And now on with the worst of the worst....
 

How the Finalists Ranked:

 

#20 - Chicago, "You're the Inspiration" (1984)

#19 - Paul McCartney & Wings, "Silly Love Songs" (1976)

#19 - REO Speedwagon, "Keep On Loving You" (1980)

#17 - Richard Harris, "MacArthur Park" (1968)

#16 - Cher, "Believe" (1998)

#16 - Styx, "Mr. Roboto" (1983)

#15 - 4 Non Blondes, "What's Up?" (1992)

#13 - Chumbawamba, "Tubthumping" (1997)

#12 - Starland Vocal Band, "Afternoon Delight" (1976)

#11 - Jimmy Buffett, "Cheeseburger in Paradise" (1978)

#10 - Phil Collins, "Sussudio" (1985)

#9 - The Beach Boys, "Kokomo" (1988)

#8 - Lou Bega, "Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...)" (1999)

#7 - Debby Boone, "You Light Up My Life" (1977)

#6 - Starship, "We Built This City" (1985)

#5 - Billy Ray Cyrus, "Achy Break Heart" (1992)

#4 - Rick Dees, "Disco Duck" (1976)

#3 - Rebecca Black, "Friday" (2011)

#2 - Nickelback, "Photograph" (2005)

#1 - Paul Anka and Odia Coates, "(You're) Having My Baby" (1974)

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May 5, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Elliot Smith.

 

Elliott Smith was an indie folk and rock musician. There was a recent reiussue of his record Either/or to commemorate it's 20th anniversary. Elliott Smith passed away in 2003.

 

  • Song: "I Figured You Out"

  • Album: Either/Or reissue
  • Year: 2017
  • Comment: recorded in 1995 and just released for the first time on 20th Anniversary of Either/Or release

 

 

  • Song: "Baby Britain"

  • Album: XO
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: Well constructed Beatlesque pop song

 

 

  • Song: "Miss Misery"

  • Album: Sound Track to Good Will Hunting
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: From closing credits of 'Good Will Hunting'

 

 

  • Song: "Son Of Sam"

  • Album: Figure 8
  • Year: 2000
  • Comment: The song was not about the real life "Son of Sam"

 

 

  • Song: "Walt #2 (X/O)"

  • Album: XO
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: This was the first single from his fourth studio album

 

 

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

 

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May 5, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

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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May 3, 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):

Alex G, "Proud" - We all know Pittsburgh's got some incredible music, but boy-o is Philly killing it! Alex G is a former Temple University student who's been quietly releasing beautifully noisy lo-fi indie rock for the past few years. But after he released Beach Music last year, then got drafted to work on Frank Ocean's Blonde, his profile rose quickly. This new tune is from his upcoming album Rocket, a gorgeous collection of country-folk he recorded, amazingly, on his laptop.

Eric Slick, "You Are Not Your Mind" - Philly strikes again! This song is the new single from the drummer of Dr. Dog, one of that city's finest rock bands. It's a decidedly dreamy tune from his debut solo album Palisades. The record isn't as quirky and clever as Dr. Dog, but Slick's solo music is almost meditative in it's melodic simplicity. If you're a true Pennsylvanian, you're going to love it. 

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April 28, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

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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April 26, 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 Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

PWR BTTM, "LOL" - This Brooklyn-based duo is set to release its sophomore album, Pageant, on May 12. Queer, punk, glitter and humor are only part of the story, as the band takes a musical step up from lo-fi to include French horn, backing vocals and more in the arrangements. They also step forward in speaking out, conveying the challenges of being an "other" in the world but also the power in it. In this song, Ben Hopkins owns the angst, and it's beautiful.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "Santiago" - Led by Ben Jaffe, collaboration and community always come together with New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in the case of the band's new album, So It Is, inspiration also came from a trip to Cuba. From those musical connections to the work of producer Dave Sitek, there is an incredible energy and groove in this new tune. So with the album just out and Jazz Fest starting this weekend, feel free to celebrate and start your own personal second line parade.

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April 21, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

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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April 19, 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:

Matthew Ryan, "(I Just Died) Like an Aviator"With his Blue Collar rasp and razor-sharp lyrical focus, Beaver County transplant Matthew Ryan has long been a poetic voice for the downtrodden but persevering. The ex-Nashville singer-songwriter is on top of his game here on "Hustle Up Starlings," his new national release arriving May 12, and certain to rack up accolades. Produced by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon who also provides guest guitar, with Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) on drums, the album attains a cinematic quality. This is the tone-setting lead-off track. I love the line "our guts are born in that fiery trench between hurt and hope." Later, in the last-call-before-closing time lament, "All I Wanted," Ryan drops a cool "we're both creeping around like Nosferatu" reference.

 

Sunshine & The Rain, "Let's Go" A stampede of drums comes first, followed by slashes of distorted guitar and then the sugary pop chorus. An exhilarating album opener, indeed, from the Jersey City hubby-wife duo of Ashley and Justin Morey, previously of psychedelic-rock band The Black Hollies. They sound leaner and more immediate on this new project's debut album "In The Darkness of My Night" (out May 12) influenced by The Ramones , '60s girl-groups, and Jesus & Mary Chain feedback and fuzz.   

 

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April 18, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Joe Jackson.

 

Joe Jackson has been creating music in many different genres since the 1970's. From Pop, Jazz, Swing, Classical to New Wave and Punk.

 

  • Song: "Stranger Than Fiction"

  • Album: Laughter & Lust
  • Year: 1991

 

 

  • Song: "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"

  • Album: Look Sharp !
  • Year: 1979
  • Comment: Best known song and biggest hit.

 

 

  • Song: "Take It Like A Man"

  • Album: Volume 4
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: Live Television performance

 

 

  • Song: "Steppin' Out"

  • Album: Night and Day
  • Year: 1982
  • Comment: 80's vibe

 

 

  • Song: "Sunday Papers"

  • Album: Look Sharp !
  • Year: 1979
  • Comment: Great lyrics that still fit today. Lyrics of song sarcastically criticize the press and those who read it.

 

 

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

 

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April 14, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

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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April 12, 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: 

Girlpool, "123"
Girlpool is a folk-punk band from Los Angeles, CA. Its members are Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. "123" The first single off of Girlpool’s 2017 LP “Powerplant”. The song deals with an interpersonal relationship that is simultaneously “toxic and loving.” The video for the song is excellent, and kind of horrifying, as it turns being awkward and insecure in the early stages of a relationship into a horror movie, but one that has a happy ending. I suggest you seek it out. It stays in the group's designated lane as very simple, almost playground indie rock, but "123" gets more expansive than they did on their debut, 2015’s great Before The World Was Big. 

Vagabon, "Embers"Vagabon is Laetitia Tamko, the Brooklyn-based musician who dropped her stunning debut album, Infinite Worlds, in February is pretty breathtaking and intimate and powerful as far as indie rock records go. And, also, Tamko is black, she was raised in Cameroon and moved to New York in her teens, first to Harlem then to suburban Yonkers. That's a big deal because the kind of music she makes, 90s tinged indie rock, is sort of infamous for having next to no artists of color. And in interviews, she's not shied away from the fact that she wants to reach women of color with her art, and invite them into a world they rarely feel welcome. "The Embers" is the first track from the new album is the best kind of loud/quiet anthemic rocker, one where Tamko parses out fragmented lyrics about feeling small in the face of a world that is so obviously and regularly predatory. She sings about surrendering her self to "the demons that carry" the people around her. She's defiant, but afraid, of the world that's looking to eat her. 

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April 11, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Frightened Rabbit.

 

Frightened Rabbit are a band that formed in 2003 and are from Scotland. They are known to combine poetic lyrics with their brooding indie rock sound

 

  • Song: "Blood Under The Bridge"

  • Album: Painting Of A Panic Attack
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: One of The many excellent songs from their latest effort

 

 

  • Song: "State Hospital"

  • Album: Pedestrian Verse
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "Good Arms vs. Bad Arms"

  • Album: The Midnight Organ Fight
  • Year: 2008
  • Comment: The album title creates some interesting imagery.

 

 

  • Song: "Swim Until You Can't See Land"

  • Album: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: One of my personal favorites

 

 

  • Song: "Get Out"

  • Album: Painting Of A Panic Attack
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: First single and video from their latest album

 

 

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

 

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April 7, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org

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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