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April 6, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

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

 

The Jayhawks continue to carry the torch of one of the best Country Rock acts to this day. They got their start in the Twin Cities in the mid 80's and after some line up changes and a hiatus the band has released 2 efforts and toured extensively in the past 5 years

 

  • Song: "Big Star"

  • Album: The Sound Of Lies
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: Someday !

 

 

  • Song: "Waiting For The Sun"

  • Album: Hollywood Town Hall
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: Gary Louris classic guiatr work

 

 

  • Song: "It's Up To You"

  • Album: The Sound Of Lies
  • Year: 1997

 

 

  • Song: "Save It For A Rainy Day"

  • Album: Rainy Day Music
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: A fitting song for a rainy day in Pittsburgh

 

 

  • Song: "Blue"

  • Album: Tomorrow The Green Grass
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: This was the band's first effort without Marc Olson

 

 

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

 

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April 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:

John Craigie, "Virgin Guitar" - This LA-based singer-songwriter has been hailed as a modern day troubadour and I'm just now catching on. His voice and overall sound really impress me, so much so that he's become my favorite new music discovery in quite some time.

Timothy Seth Avett as Darling, "Samuel and the Baler" - We've received what's apparently the 4th album from this Avett Brothers side project, which sounds just a little more low key to me than the band's material. I'm most impressed by this instrumental, which showcases Seth Avett's guitar playing and keeps me toe tapping along.

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March 31, 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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March 29, 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):

Timber Timbre, "Sewer Blues" - The dudes in Timber Timbre are absolute masters at creating a mood. The band began by releasing ghostly folk music, then graduated to David Lynch-ian, sax-driven rock with their last record. Now, they've moved on to a more urban, gritty feel—their latest album, the upcoming "Sincerely, Future Pollution", has all the icy synths of a dark, 1980's horror movie. The first single, "Sewer Blues," is far and away the most rocking cut on the album. If you like the "Stranger Things" soundtrack, this album will be your new obsession. 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Nuclear Fusion" - This young, Australian band has been blasting out totally psyched-out rock 'n' roll for the past few years, and their upcoming record, "Flying Microtonal Banana," is their finest hour yet. The guys explore 'microtonal playing' on this album, meaning the notes in between the notes we're used to hearing in pop music. The result is an impressively colorful, frantic album of blissed out weirdo rock. Let your freak flag fly high with the King. 

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March 22, 2017 by rwelsch@wyep.org

As Aretha celebrates her 75th birthday on Saturday March 25, 2017, WYEP's Rosemary Welsch has some song suggestions from her catalogue.

 

  • Song: "Respect"

  • Album: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
  • Year: 1967
  • Comment: For its kick-ass sister-power attitude.

 

 

  • Song: "Think"

  • Album: Aretha Now
  • Year: 1968
  • Comment: For its sit-up-and-pay-attention attitude.

 

 

  • Song: "Chains of Fools"

  • Album: Lady Soul
  • Year: 1968
  • Comment: Makes you feel proud to be part of the chain of losers in love.

 

 

  • Song: "Drinking Again "

  • Album: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
  • Year: 1964
  • Comment: Depression never sounded so sexy.

 

 

  • Song: "Evil Gal Blues "

  • Album: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
  • Year: 1964
  • Comment: How a preacher’s daughter knows the truth of this song is a mystery to me, but she nails it.

 

 

  • Song: "This Bitter Earth"

  • Album: Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
  • Year: 1964
  • Comment: Where’s my lounge and tonic?

 

 

 

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March 21, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Beth Orton.

 

Beth Orton is an English folk musician that has been recording and releasing music since 1996. She's known for traditonal arrangements, and a strong voice that meets electronic beats.

 

  • Song: "Carmella"

  • Album: Daybreaker
  • Year: 2002

 

 

  • Song: "1973'"

  • Album: Kidsticks
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: A return to Beth's early folk meets mellow beats.

 

 

  • Song: "Best Bit"

  • Album: Best Bit EP
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: The Best Bit EP was released just before Central Reservation.

 

 

  • Song: "Concrete Sky"

  • Album: Daybreaker
  • Year: 2002
  • Comment: Ryan Adams joins Beth on this song.

 

 

  • Song: "She Cries Your Name"

  • Album: Trailer Park
  • Year: 1996
  • Comment: This was the 3rd and most sucessful single from her debut album.

 

 

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

 

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March 17, 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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March 15, 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:

Alex Lahey, "Wes Anderson" - Out of Melbourne, Australia, Alex Lahey just started her first U.S. tour, including SXSW this week, and it follows the U.S. release of her debut EP B-Grade University. While I doubt it's because she's from Melbourne that her songwriting reminds me of Courtney Barnett's, there is a similar way with words and a gift for setting scenes. Lahey studied saxophone and played in concert bands in her past and I think that experience brings an ear for arrangements, which propel this song forward.

Tennis, "My Emotions Are Blinding" - The married duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley made their debut album as Tennis on a sailing trip, and they returned to ocean living for album number four, Yours Conditionally, which just came out last Friday. The setting adds a breezy, fluid and vintage pop sound to this song in particular, but there's also an interesting combination of feeling relaxed and isolated at the same time.

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March 13, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Sinead O'Connor.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Downpressor Man"

  • Album: Throw Down Your Arms
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: Cover of the Peter Tosh classic

 

 

  • Song: "The Emperor's New Clothes"

  • Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Sinead relates the story behind the song to those that judge her.

 

 

  • Song: "Mandinka"

  • Album: The Lion And The Cobra
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: Sinead performed this song at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

 

 

  • Song: "No Man's Woman"

  • Album: Faith and Courage
  • Year: 2000

 

 

  • Song: "Nothing Copmares To You"

  • Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Prince wrote this song. This rendition reflected on O'Connor's mother who lost her life in an auto accident five years earlier

 

 

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

 

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March 13, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Sinead O'Connor.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Downpressor Man"

  • Album: Throw Down Your Arms
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: Cover of the Peter Tosh classic

 

 

  • Song: "The Emperor's New Clothes"

  • Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Sinead relates the story behind the song to those that judge her.

 

 

  • Song: "Mandinka"

  • Album: The Lion And The Cobra
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: Sinead performed this song at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

 

 

  • Song: "No Man's Woman"

  • Album: Faith and Courage
  • Year: 2000

 

 

  • Song: "Nothing Copmares To You"

  • Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Prince wrote this song. This rendition reflected on O'Connor's mother who lost her life in an auto accident five years earlier

 

 

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

 

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March 10, 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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March 6, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Brett Dennen.

 

Brett Dennen is a singer-songwriter from California who got his start in music after spending years honing his skills around a campfire as a summer camp counselor.

 

  • Song: "Sweet Persuasion "

  • Album: Smoke and Mirrors
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "San Francisco"

  • Album: Hope For The Hopeless
  • Year: 2008

 

 

  • Song: "When We Were Young"

  • Album: Smoke and Mirrors
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "Make You Crazy"

  • Album: Hope For The Hopeless
  • Year: 2008
  • Comment: This song features world musician Femi Kuti

 

 

  • Song: "Ain't No Reason"

  • Album: So Much More
  • Year: 2006
  • Comment: Brett's million dollar song

 

 

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

 

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March 3, 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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