June 30, 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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June 28, 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:

Stars, "We Called It Love" - This is one of two new songs released by the Montreal band Stars as a preview of a forthcoming album. It follows 2014's No One Is Lost, which was recorded in a studio above a club with the beats and the neon turned up. On this song, those elements are turned down but the drama remains, and it's a perfect complement to the dark pop duets Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan do so well.

Waxahatchee, "Never Been Wrong" - This taste of guitar driven '90s nostalgia is from Waxahatchee's, Out in the Storm, which is out on July 14. Katie Crutchfield returns in force on her fourth album with this defiant anthem, but it's the moments of pause to let some harmonies kick in that really caught my ear. As the album opener, all signs point to an intriguing, riff-filled journey the rest of the way.

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June 23, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from k.d. lang.

 

The multiple Grammy Award-winning k.d. lang has steadily been producing music since 1984. She is known for her hits "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine" as well as her collaborations with artists such as The Reclines and Tony Bennett.

 

  • Song: "The Consequences of Falling"

  • Album: Invincible Summer
  • Year: 2000
  • Comment: The lead single from lang's 2000 release.

 

 

  • Song: "Lifted By Love"

  • Album: Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Year: 1993
  • Comment: The first of lang's singles on the US Dance Chart, the song was featured on the soundtrack for Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.

 

 

  • Song: "Helpless"

  • Album: Hymns of the 49th Parallel
  • Year: 2004
  • Comment: Originally a Neil Young song, this album featured covers of lang's favorite fellow Canadian musicians.

 

 

  • Song: "Atomic Number"

  • Album: case/lang/veirs
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: The lead single from lang's collaborative effort with Neko Case and Laura Veirs.

 

 

  • Song: "Constant Craving"

  • Album: Ingénue
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: Perhaps lang's most well-known song, it reached #2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart following its release.

 

 

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

 

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June 23, 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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June 21, 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:

Ride, "Charm Assault" - One of the architects of the '90s shoegazer movement has released its first new album in 20 years (check it out on Spotify.) Here's one of three singles released recently. It's good to have Ride back with all the ingredients intact -- the driving drums, the chiming guitar, the urgent vocals from Mark Gardener with a bit of distortion. With age has come wisdom and a keener desire for political commentary from the English band.  Guitarist Andy Bell says this song "is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run the country." 

Super Whatevr, "Bloomfield"Here's a sample from the Orange County, Calif. alt-rock trio's first full-length album. The title caught my attention (no, it's not about the Pittsburgh neighborhood), but the catchy hook keeps me coming back. "Bloomfield" is a song about the aftermath of a relationship where you struggle with feelings and are searching for some excuse to return to the person you've broken up with, despite common sense telling you otherwise . As vocalist-bassist Skyler McKee says, "The lyrics are about arguing back and forth with your better judgment and the turmoil that comes out of that state of being."

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June 20, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

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

 

Phish, who have been playing together for over 30 years now, met at the University of Vermont and are at the forefront of the jam band scene. They are renowned for their live performances and devout fans. Phish are Trey Anastasio (guitar), Mike Gordon (bass), Page McConnell (keys) and Jon Fishman (Drums).

 

  • Song: "Birds of a Feather"

  • Album: The Story of the Ghost
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: One of the more upbeat tracks on their largely downtempo, eerie 1998 release.

 

 

  • Song: "Chalkdust Torture"

  • Album: A Picture of Nectar
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: This track is known for its rock and roll opening. This version at SPAC last year features Anastasio on drums during the jam section.

 

 

  • Song: "Bouncing Around The Room"

  • Album: Lawn Boy
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: A fan favorite from their second official studio release.

 

 

  • Song: "Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan"

  • Album: Joy
  • Year: 2009
  • Comment: This song is featured on their first release after their hiatus. The album is dedicated to Anastasio's sister.

 

 

  • Song: "Down With Disease"

  • Album: Hoist
  • Year: 1994
  • Comment: Another fan favorite, this is the only Phish song with an official music video, directed by their very own bassist, Mike Gordon.

 

 

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

 

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June 16, 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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June 14, 2017 by mike@wyep.org

 

The Roots & Rhythm Mix this Sunday will be spending Father's Day exploring "Musical Dads and their Kids," sets of music by artists and his son or daughter.

You'll hear from Steve and Justin Townes Earle; Johnny and Rosanne Cash; John and Lilly Hiatt; Levon and Amy Helm; Muddy Waters and Big Bill Morganfield; Woody, Arlo, and Sara Lee Guthrie; Bob and Jakob Dylan; Loudon III and Rufus and/or Martha Wainwright; Bob and Ziggy Marley; John and Bonnie Raitt; and James and Ben Taylor.

The Roots & Rhythm Mix can be heard every Sunday from 11 AM to 2 PM on WYEP. This week's special guest host is Dave Blaushild.

 

Happy Father's Day to all dads, whether you make music or are just a music fan!

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June 14, 2017 by cindy@wyep.org


WYEP hosts Pairings Dinner at Eleven
Chef Bill Fuller creates menu to match The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

This past Sunday (June 11, 2017), Eleven (part of the big Burrito's Restaurant Group) hosted a WYEP benefit dinner with a menu that paired with The Beatles landmark release, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which recently celebrated it's 50th anniversary. WYEP's General Manager and foodie extraordinaire, Abby Goldstein, was in attendance and taking notes. Abby detailed the menu on her food blog Goldilox CooksRead a preview below and check out Abby's full post on the WYEP Pairings dinner here.

Matching Music and Menus

Music and food go together like, well.....I can't seem to come up with a simile that doesn't include food references in song lyrics. They go together like beans and cornbread, like a cheeseburger in paradise, like a lime in a coconut, like jambalaya, crawfish pie and a file gumbo. When you have a dinner party, do you have your guests eat in silence?  If you are having a barbeque, would you choose to regale your guests with La Traviata?  For a holiday cocktail party, would you pick surf music as the soundtrack? Of course not. You would pick music to create the right mood, that special ambiance that will make your event most enjoyable. I am a big fan of Bob Blumer and his book The Surreal Gourmet actually has album suggestions to accompany various menus. It's a really interesting approach and one I think is worth exploring more.

I have the best job in the world. I am the general manager of a very cool non-commercial music radio station in Pittsburgh, PA - WYEP. Obviously, I am biased, but I would be remiss if I didn't make sure you knew about this amazing station. Hint - you can stream it online. But I digress. Pittsburgh has a thriving and growing food scene with new and interesting restaurants popping up all the time. One of the segments on WYEP is called "Pairings" and in this collaboration between our on-air host Cindy Howes and our own local celebrity Chef Bull Fuller, they match music and menus. Cindy will play a song and Bill will suggest a menu. Then Bill will describe a menu, usually something seasonal, and Cindy will suggest some music. This approach seems custom made for a dinner party, doesn't it?  So, that's exactly what we did.

Chef Fuller is the executive chef for the Big Burrito Group, which runs six restaurants. They do these benefit dinners once a month for local nonprofits in which they donate all the food and wine and the nonprofit sells tickets. We approached Chef Fuller about doing this as a theme dinner inspired by a classic album and he loved the idea. In 2014, we hosted a dinner at Eleven restaurant inspired by Bruce Springsteen's "The River" and it was a huge success.  This time, we chose The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. It was perfect timing for a perfect pairing. Chef Fuller personally designed and executed this perfect menu.

Read the rest of Abby's post at her food blog Goldilox Cooks.

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June 14, 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: 

SZA, "Go Gina" - New Jersey based R&B songstress SZA has been around for a minute on LA's TDE with plenty of great features on songs from that label's roster of top notch MCs (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad) and also dropping two highly regarded EPs. Her big debut record Ctrl is a massive expansion of her previous creative vision, pushing her influences, such as vulnerable indie rock and damaged art pop, outside of the usual prerequisites for an R&B record. "Go Gina" , the Martin crbbing mid album track, is a confident merging of old and new R&B worlds, as SZA shows off her song writing chops and pop sensibilities.

Smino, "Father Son Holy Smoke" - The St. Louis based rapper, who  could be considered in the same creative orbit as Chicago Mcs Noname and Chance the Rapper, dropped his heady, acid funk grooving debut full length blkswn back in March. Compared to many of the other slower, late night vibing tracks on the album,  "Father Son Holy Smoke" shows Smino switching into a higher gear, laying down rapid fire verses over the best beat on the album while still maintaining the cool air of late night, post party come down.

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June 13, 2017 by mike@wyep.org

We just got the word that Farm Aid is returning to Western Pennsylvania for 2017. The show will take place September 16 at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown and will feature Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds, Jack Johnson, The Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and Insects vs Robots. More artists are expected to be announced later on.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 23.

This will be the second time that Farm Aid has taken place in Burgettstown (it was also there 15 years ago), and it's only the third occasion that the festival has happened in Pennsylvania (it was located in Hershey in 2012). Pennsylvania is behind only Illinois as the state that has hosted the festival most often (Farm Aid has been held in Illinois five times since its 1985 debut; including the upcoming event, PA is tied with Virginia as the host site most frequently).

Pennsylvania was chosen as the Farm Aid site again in part because agriculture is the Commonwealth’s leading economic enterprise. It is also home to 58,200 farms and is the birthplace of organic agriculture in the United States.

"Family farm agriculture is the heart of Pennsylvania," Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson said. "What’s happening in western Pennsylvania and the region shows us that we can count on family farmers to strengthen our communities and connect people. Whether we live in rural or urban places, food — and music — brings us all together."

Keep listening to WYEP and checking our website, Twitter, and Facebook to find out how you can win tickets to the festival from us!

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June 9, 2017 by kyle@wyep.org

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

 

A vital voice of the 1980's music scene. The Smiths were Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke. The band was nominated in both 2014 and 2015 for induction into the Rock hall of fame.

 

  • Song: "A Rush & a Push & the Land Is Ours"

  • Album: Strangeways, Here We Come
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: Remastered version of this classic.

 

 

  • Song: "Sheila Take a Bow"

  • Album: Single
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: This track reached #10 in UK in 1987

 

 

  • Song: "Ask"

  • Album: Single
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: features Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals

 

 

  • Song: "What Difference Does It Make?"

  • Album: The Smiths
  • Year: 1984
  • Comment: There are 2 verisons of the single, one on their debut and one from the John Peel show recording

 

 

  • Song: "How Soon Is Now?"

  • Album: Meat Is Murder
  • Year: 1984
  • Comment: B-side to a 1984 single that was eventually released 2 years later as a single

 

 

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

 

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June 9, 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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June 7, 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:

Dolly Parton, "The Story" - Brandi Carlile is celebrating 10 years of her album The Story and has an all star cast of musicians to cover each track on Cover Stories. Not only does this album of unique covers captivate, but it's also for a great cause - proceeds benefit War Child UK.

Dan Auerbach, "Shine On Me" - One half of The Black Keys, Auerbach has really established himself as a solo artist at this point and his new album sounds quite solid with Mark Knopfler assisting on this particular track.

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June 3, 2017 by mike@wyep.org

 

 

It's no secret in Pittsburgh that Mayor Bill Peduto is a big music fan. Many of us have seen him out at concerts -- sometimes in the audience, occasionally on stage, and he's even been known to drop backstage at WYEP's annual Summer Music Festival. So our own Morning Mix host Cindy Howes decided to be a facilitator, seeing if she could put the mayor together with a major artist. (It's like her Pairings feature, I guess, but instead of matching "music & menus," she's matching "music & mayors.")

 

It all started after President Trump namechecked Pittsburgh in his speech announcing he was withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement. Mayor Peduto issued multiple responses to this reference to our city, including this one:

 

 

Peduto's tweets drew reaction from a number of musicians, including retweets related to his comments by Rosanne Cash and Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Also a reply from Aimee Mann:

 

 

This is where Cindy joined the story. She jumped in to make a virtual introduction between Mann and Mayor by way of a musical suggestion:

 

 

 And it turned out that Mayor Peduto was on board with this notion:

 

 

 To which Aimee Mann tweeted:

 

 

We certainly have abundant evidence of Mayor Peduto's tambourine skills. Here he is with the local group Lohio:

And Donora tweeted a pic of Peduto with them:

 

And, of course, we all likely recall what happened with Guster last year. After Guster performed in an alley by a dumpster, Peduto tweeted about it and the band tweeted back, Peduto later joined us on WYEP to announce that Guster would be performing at the 2016 Three Rivers Arts Festival. The next day, Guster told Peduto that he was going to perform with them, and the mayor conditionally agreed as long as they wrote a song about Pittsburgh.

 

And then it happened:

(The mayor walks on stage for his incredible spoken-word part beginning at 5:45 in.)

 

So will the mayor actually play tambourine with Aimee Mann? Time will tell. As of right now, Mann has a string of concert dates booked in June and July -- before she heads to tour Europe in the fall -- but nothing in the Pittsburgh area. We'll keep our eye on the situation and let you know if any concert opportunities emerge. Because what other major city has a mayor as musically plugged-in and as cool as ours?

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