July 31, 2018 by [email protected]

Andy Warhol would have celebrated his 90th birthday this week, the pop artist made an impact on music by helping introduce the influential Velvet Underground to the world, as well as designing album covers and music videos. Warhol’s indirect influence on music is significant as well, there are many musicians who name drop the artist in their songs. Here’s a look at some of them along with a somewhat comprehensive* list of songs that mention Andy Warhol.

“Andy Warhol” - Dana Gillespie

This song about Warhol is best known from David Bowie’s 1971 album “Hunky Dory”. This version is sung by Dana Gillespie, a friend of Bowie’s who sang backup on his “Ziggy Stardust” album. Gillespie actually recorded her version about the same time as Bowie recorded his, but her version wasn’t released until 1973. Both the Bowie and Gillespie versions feature Mick Ronson on guitar. Bowie sent Warhol an advance copy of the song (which now lives in the collection of the Warhol Museum) but according to a 1987 interview, Bowie was never sure if Warhol liked it or not.

Andy’s Chest” - Lou Reed 

This track just name checks Warhol in the title, but was inspired by the 1968 incident where Warhol was shot in the chest multiple times by Valerie Solanas.  Originally recorded by the Velvet Underground in 1969, Reed shelved the song until 1972 when he released it on his “Transformer” album (The VU’s version would eventually be released in 1985) .  The reference to Andy’s chest is of the multitude of scars left behind from the shooting, which damaged his spleen, lungs, stomach, liver and esophagus. Although Warhol usually hid his scars, he did show them for a series of 1969 photographs by Richard Avedon. Reed wrote about Warhol in song more than once, in 1990, he and John Cale recorded “Songs for Drella” an entire album of songs about Warhol’s life.

"A Simple Desultory Philippic" - Simon & Garfunkel

The subtitle to this 1965 Paul Simon composition is “How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission”, and features Simon & Garfunkel doing their best Bob Dylan impression.  Name dropping many cultural figures from the 60’s like Jack Kerouac, John Lennon, Cassius Clay, Lenny Bruce, Dylan Thomas and of course, Andy Warhol. Certainly, Simon and Garfunkel are having some fun poking fun at Bob Dylan, and American culture at the time.   

“Chocolate Cake” - Crowded House

Among of the more better-known songs that mention Warhol, The Finn Brothers do their fare share of name dropping on this track (including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elvis Presley, Tammy Faye Bakker, Pablo Picasso). Critical of the culture of consumption, Warhol is mentioned as “spinning in his grave” at the notion of “cheap Picasso fakes”.

“Drunk in Love” - Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z)

After Warhol’s death, his individual paintings were valued in the millions, his name began to appear in songs as a thing. Warhol’s work took on a level of status, having the ability to buy a Warhol was a way of showing off wealth.  Jay-Z and Beyonce are said to have a sizable art collection and he name drops Warhol here, in this case “messing up” his Warhol in throes of drunken lovemaking. In fact, Jay-Z’s name appears multiple times on the list below, coming in only behind Lou Reed in mentioning Warhol in song.

“Something Worth Leaving Behind” - Lee Ann Womack

In her 2002 song, Country star Lee Ann Womack mentions Warhol (along with Leonardo Da Vinci, Marilyn Monroe, Mozart and Elvis) in the opening verse of this song, following with “you gotta die to be famous”.  A veiled reference perhaps to Warhol’s well-known "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" quote.  There are more than one references to this Warhol quote used in songs on this list, including others from Van Morrison and Tin Machine.

“Dancing Together” - David Byrne & Fatboy Slim featuring Sharon Jones

This track was written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim for “Here Lies Love”, their musical based on the life of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.  The musical debuted in 2013, but three years prior, the duo released an album of all the songs from it sung by various women. Sharon Jones takes the vocals on this track about Marcos hobnobbing with many New York nightlife luminaries in the 1970’s, including Andy Warhol.

Here's the rest of the list...*
Simon & Garfunkel "A Simple Desultory Philippic" 1966
The Monkees “No Time” 1967
David Bowie “Andy Warhol” 1971
Lou Reed “Andy’s Chest” 1972
Dana Gillespie “Andy Warhol” 1973
Fleetwood Mac “Miles Away” 1973
Gilbert O’Sullivan “You Are You” 1974
Elliot Murphy “Hollywood” 1975
Ulltravox “Artificial Life” 1977
Human Sexual Response “Jackie Onassis” 1980
The Teardrop Explodes “Christ vs. Warhol” 1981
Foetus “New York or Bust!” 1981
Television Personalities “Painting By Numbers” 1982
Falco "Manner Des Westens/Any Kind Of Land" 1985
The Dead Milkmen "Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance to Anything)" 1987
Maureen Tucker “Andy” 1989
ALL “Mary” 1989
The Cult "Edie (Ciao Baby)" 1989
Tin Machine "I Can't Read" 1989
Lou Reed & John Cale The “Songs for Drella” album (15 songs) 1990
Television Personalities “All My Dreams are Dead” 1990
Crowded House “Chocolate Cake” 1991
Sloppy Seconds “Underground” 1993
The Times “My Andy Warhol Poster” 1994
Urban Dance Squad “Selfstyled” 1994
Gavin Friday “Caruso” 1995
Underworld “Oich Oich” 1996
Stone Temple Pilots “Art School Girl” 1996
Dan Bern “Estelle” 1997
Sugarplum Fairies “Fifteen Minutes” 1998
Simple Minds "Killing Andy Warhol" 1998
Queensryche “Revolution Calling” 2001
Lee Ann Womack “Something Worth Leaving Behind” 2002
Marrianne Faithfull “Song for Nico” 2002
Les Sans Culottes “Apollinaire” 2002
Berlin “All I Ever Need” 2002
Van Morrison "Fame" 2003
Barenaked Ladies “Upside Down” 2003
The Thrills “Whatever Happened to Corey Haim” 2004
Slapshot “F**k New York” 2005
The Happy Mondays “Anti-Warhole on the Dancefloor” 2007
Q-Tip “Dance on Glass” 2008
Little Joy "How to Hang a Warhol" 2008
Jay-Z “Ain’t I” 2008
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim featuring Sharon Jones “Dancing Together” 2009
Jay-Z & Kid Cudi “Already Home” 2009
Danny Brown “DNA” 2011
Jay-Z & Kanye West “Illest Motherf**ker Alive” 2011
Robbie Robertson “When the Night Was Young” 2011
Madonna “I F**ked Up” 2012
Tyga (feat. Nas & Wale) “Kings & Queens” 2012
Rick Ross “Burn” 2012
Joseph Arthur "Kandinsky" 2012
Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z) “Drunk in Love” 2013
Jay-Z “Picasso Baby” 2013
Leaf (w/ Action Bronson) “Sugar Mama” 2013
Alakaline Trio “I Wanna Be A Warhol” 2013
MIKA “Good Guys” 2015
Pusha T (feat: Beanie Sigel) “Keep Dealing” 2015
Jonathan Richman “They Showed Me the Door to Bohemia” 2015
Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak “Glowed Up” 2016
Sharon Needles "Andy Warhol Is Dead" 2017
Pusha T (feat. Rick Ross) “Hard Piano” 2018

*Certainly, coming up with a completely comprehensive list of songs that mention Warhol is next to impossible, and although we feel pretty confident about this list, if there are any glaring omissions, please let us know. List current as of July, 2018.

For more on Andy Warhol and Music, including our award-winning one-hour documentary, go to wyep.org/warhol 

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July 27, 2018 by [email protected]

Hey it's Kyle Smith! Summer concert season can be overwhelming with a lot of nights having multiple options for amazing live music in Pittsburgh. My hope is that this guide can keep you up to date, with a few personal selections on what to see in Pittsburgh during the month of August. Here are my recommendations for the month. See you out there -- Kyle....

Aug 8th The Breeders Mr. Smalls
Aug 5th Toots & The Maytalls Hartwood Acres
Aug 4th Smashing Pumpkins PPG Paints Arena
Aug 3rd Father John Misty Stage ae
Aug 3rd Good Old War Mr. Smalls
Aug 3rd Better Than Ezra South Park 
Aug 31st Dave Haus / Punchline Schenley Plaza: Final Fridays
Aug 2nd Nighthawks w/ Billy Price Jergels
Aug 26th Sinkane Hartwood Acres
Aug 24th Flaming Lips Stage ae
Aug 24th Shawn Mullins South Park 
Aug 21st Wolf Parade Mr. Smalls
Aug 21st Marcia Ball Club café
Aug 1st Samantha Fish Moondogs
Aug 17th Nicole Atkins Club Café
Aug 16th Avett Bros Stage ae
Aug 16th Pedro The Lion mr. smalls
Aug 14th Psychedelic Furs mr. smalls
Aug 10th Ferdinand The Bull Club café

Here's a spotify playlist to enjoy the bands you know and discover others that will be playing in August

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July 20, 2018 by [email protected]

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




  • Song: "Nightmares"

  • Album: 3
  • Year: 1989



  • Song: "Memory"

  • Album: We Can Do Anything
  • Year: 2016



  • Song: "Please Do Not Go"

  • Album: Violent Femmes
  • Year: 1982



  • Song: "Issues"

  • Album: We Can Do Anything
  • Year: 2016



  • Song: "Blister In the Sun"

  • Album: Violent Femmes
  • Year: 1982



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


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July 18, 2018 by [email protected]

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




  • Song: "This Is Cracker Soul"

  • Album: Cracker
  • Year: 1992



  • Song: "The Good Life"

  • Album: Gentlemen's Blues
  • Year: 1998



  • Song: "Euro-Trash Girl"

  • Album: Kerosene Hat
  • Year: 1993



  • Song: "Get Off This"

  • Album: Kerosene Hat
  • Year: 1993



  • Song: "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)"

  • Album: Cracker
  • Year: 1992



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


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July 16, 2018 by [email protected]

Gratitude /ˈɡradəˌt(y)o͞od/ (n): the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

Expression of gratitude are so important in life. When everything seems to be going wrong in your world, it's difficult to focus on what's good, but that's where gratitude becomes vital to happiness. There are lots of articles on reasons to practice and focus on gratitude, including this one. 

I'm not a psychologist, but in order to get you in a grateful mood, I've collected all the songs we can think of about "GRATITUDE" (thanks for your submissions on social media!) as the first in our "WYEP Presents" restorative playlists. In the future, we'll focus on other positive aspects of life like patience, kindness and humilty. If you have a suggestion, please let me know! I'll say putting this playlist made me feel more grateful and happy. Hope you find listening to it brings you the same joy. 

xo - Cindy

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July 6, 2018 by [email protected]

With more than 350 concerts over 2 days, Deutschtown Music Festival could feel overwhelming to the uninitiated festival-goer. However, we know better! To prove our point, we reached out to a few local musicians and at least one festival organizer to share their memories of past festivals and their hopes for year. 

Jim Donovan (Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors)
This will be our first appearance at Deutschtown and we're fired up to be a part of this great event. The North Side has a special place in my heart. As a toddler, my mother would take me on the trolley to Allegheny Center, a small mall which now the home of Nova office complex.  Later the area played a key role in the development of my first band Rusted Root. It was there at a studio called Audiomation where we recorded our first full length CD called "Cruel Sun" in 1992. This was the album that included the original version of "Send Me On My Way" which would go on to propel the band to fulfilling many life long dreams. One of these dreams was to play at Three Rivers Stadium which we did in 1995 with the Grateful Dead. Now my son Oliver and I regularly attend Pirate games on this side of the river. Deutschtown is a prime example of how Pittsburgh's neighborhoods can thrive when it's residents step up and decide to make the area more vibrant. I love that they choose to use music as their way of bringing energy and people to the place they call home. We're honored to be a part of it.

Jim Donovan & The Sun King Warriors // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 12:00pm

Becki Gallagher (LoFi Delphi)
Deutschtown is one of my favorite weekends of the year.  Roaming the Northside all day long, trekking across the bridges and running through the streets to find your favorite bands is such a blast! I always grab the pamphlet that shows all the bands/venues and make my plans for the day! I plot out which bands/acts I'm going to see and run around all day long! 

Last year, while me and Andrew (from LoFi) were hanging out in the park seeing Strange Monsters, we look over and see someone in a LoFi Delphi shirt!  That was the first time I've run into someone sporting our merch out in public! It was so exciting.  It was our friend Thomas who writes for Punksburgh... But it was still so exciting either way!  

I can't wait for the festival this year. LoFi is playing the main HughShows stage with a bunch of our friends and we couldn't be more grateful. 

LoFi Delphi // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 6:00pm

In 2016, Byron Nash & Plan B was relatively new and finding our way. We were very excited to play the festival. We were booked in this little bar known for trouble. When I pulled up, a fight broke out that started inside and spilled into the streets. I'll be honest, I was a little nervous, but was determined to rock this gig. This show was unique because PLANB is a five piece set up but our keyboard player Randraiz Wharton and other guitarist Evan Thorsen had gigs booked so decided to rock as a three piece. The bar was long and narrow, smoky as hell and when we started sound check the soundman said "Are you guys cool?" We were like, "Yeah buddy." He then said, "Cool. Here's the volume and mixers, I have to run to another stage so have a good set!" and bounced! 

We had to run our own sound and were about to hit and all of a sudden a humongous group of people came in. What had happened is that the other stages were being harassed and shut down for noise complaints so the audience scattered and filled every other venue. Because of that unfortunate situation, we ended up being packed to capacity and had a lot of people check us out who probably would have missed us. We played a grimy, gritty, and funky set that was a result of being so stripped down. It to this date is one of our fiercest performances. We loved it, smoke, sweat, fights and all!

Byron Nash & Plan B // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 5:00pm

Addi Twigg (The Telephone Line)
The Telephone Line played our first Deutschtown MF in 2015 and had no idea what to expect. We got slotted for Verdetto's, which turned out to be pretty tight for a full band! We weren't sure how to set up, there was a weird wall to work around, and the drum backline was running late. Not to mention the venue is on the outskirts so we weren't sure anyone would show! But when it came time to play, everything fell together: the sound tech nailed it, we made the space work, the crowd showed up and rallied, and the DMF volunteers took great care of us -- including one of them literally giving us the DMF shirt right off his back! 

This just might be the biggest annual gathering of people who love music in Pittsburgh -- musicians, sound engineers, volunteers, fans -- everyone comes together to celebrate. We're honored to have been a part of it for the last few years and can't wait for this year!

The Telephone Line // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 8:00pm

Andre Costello (Andre Costello & The Cool Minors)
For whatever reason, that first year, I ended up going by myself (I don't have any friends). I didn't perform that year, because I hadn't met Cody. I remember popping in and out of all these venues here and there, checking out this band and that band. At the time, I thought I had a fix on every band in town, but man was I mistaken. There was a band in every space, nook and cranny, and every band local. I remember I ended up at James Street Ballroom at the end of the night. It was about 110 degrees in there. They  hadn't renovated at all yet, so the place still had that 1920's stage that ran the whole width of the venue against that back wall of the room. The thing was only about 4 feet deep, and that long, so the band set up in a line that spanned the whole thing. I remember thinking how great is to be in Pittsburgh at this moment in time, and how lucky we are to have such great people working together, making music, and being kind and supportive of each other.

Andre Costello & The Cool Minors // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 10:00pm

Mac Inglis (Buffalo Rose)

My most fond memory of DMF was in 2017, I was running sound at the Pittsburgh Winery Satellite Stage in an old closed down bar (I think the double r). We had been having a fantastic day loaded with some of my favorite bands playing their best performances when Tim Gaber, of the Winery, came up to me and said the last band had cancelled.  He didn’t look worried but he was definitely thinking hard about what to do to keep the music going late.  (This was one of the latest venues to have music.)

A few hours later he came up to me again and told me that he may be able to get Clinton Clegg to come and play a secret surprise solo acoustic set for the stages closing act.  I was so excited; I was going to have a front row seat and get to mix the great Commonheart front man in an intimate setting.  I was giddy.  Tim said “let’s keep it quiet for now.”  Around 10pm Tim confirmed that he was gonna make this happen.  

After a long, long day of non-stop mixing, and having the venue packed for every single set we had, we finally made it to the last set.  Apparently Tim had been spreading rumors around the festival during the evening but no one really knew what was coming.  The venue was shoulder to shoulder packed.  I could barely get around to set up the stage.  Clinton showed up with a guitar with no pickup and his fancy black vocal mic.  So I miked up his guitar and turned up the faders and the crowed went dead silent. 

Clinton’s massive soulful voice and tender yet powerful playing filled every inch of the room.  Few people spoke throughout the whole set.  Everyone was fixated on this crazy honest man seated in front of them spilling his soul. It was late, we were all tired, and it was perfect.  

After I tweaked the board I went and sat on stage left of him on the ground.  It was the only place left with room.   I looked up and like the crowed was fixated: I was 2 feet away from an unplugged, unadvertised, late night, spontaneous moment of musical magic.  What a way to finish one of the best days of music I’ve seen.  I’ll never forget it.  That’s what DMF is really about.

Buffalo Rose // HughShows Stage at Foreland // Saturday at 4:00pm

Hugh Twyman (HughShows - Festival Organizer)
I have a unique position in that I have an inside view as the band coordinator for the festival and I am such a fan of the local music scene. This is my third year being given the opportunity to be lucky enough to do this, I am still awestruck on festival day at how much musical talent we have in Pittsburgh because it is concentrated, right there, right then. The last two years I literally had to stop at one point in the day and take a moment to reflect on what was happening. I get overwhelmed for a second (in the best way) at all that is going on around me.

Being a DIY festival, it cannot be overstated that the success of the festival depends on many, many people but in my opinion, mainly on the bands that perform. Without their professionalism, their willingness to be flexible, and the music that they bring, the event would be a disaster. The organizers, the volunteers, the fans are all great but my heart has always and will always be with these musicians.

Hugh Twyan // HughShows Stage at Foreland // All Dang Weekend!

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July 5, 2018 by Mike Sauter

WYEP did a deep dive into the lyrics of songs recorded by the Rolling Stones. The band have officially released some 460 songs over the course of their 55 year history, and we combed through them to find all of the real and specific locations mentioned in those lyrics. You can browse around and find these locations on the map embedded below.

However, there are several real locations referred to in Rolling Stones songs that couldn't be mapped. Three, in fact, that we identified.

Two songs referenced geographic areas that no longer exist. 1971's "Brown Sugar" mentions the Gold Coast, a name for a region in Africa which is mostly now Ghana. And "Indian Girl" (from 1980's Emotional Rescue) refers to "Nueva Granada," a Spanish Empire name from the 18th century for an area which is today Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela.

Lastly, this map is Earth-bound, so we couldn't place on it the star Aldebaran, which is used in "2000 Light Years From Home" on Their Satanic Majesties Request, from 1967. ("Seen you on Aldebaran, safe on the green desert sand....")

So pack your bags and head off on a worldwide trip deep into the lyrics of The Rolling Stones.

While browsing the map, click on each icon to see what song and which line mentions that geographic location.

Click here to see a large version of the map (or click on the fullscreen icon at the top right of the map).



Posted in
June 28, 2018 by [email protected]

Kyle Smith's WYEP July concert preview.

The summer concert series is in full swing for the 3rd month in a row in Pittsburgh.  As far as I can recall, this might be the busiest summer that I'v ever experienced in Pittsburgh.  There are some big shows, a new outdoor venue in Lawrenceville hosting it's first event, The Deutschtown Music Festival, County Parks shows, plus a Final Friday concert with WYEP at Schenley Plaza.  Here's a partial listing of events and a Spotify playlist for you to use to warm you up for July concerts.

Date Band Venue
July 1st Snarky Puppy Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
July 3rd Neko Case / Ray Lamontagne Heinz Hall
July 6th Selwyn Birchwood Greensburgh - St.Clair Park
July 8th Felice Brothers Club Café 
July 10th Pixies & Weezer  Key Bank Pavillion
July 10th Acarde Fire Stage ae
July 13th Lone Bellow Mr Smalls.
July 13th Lettuce Bay 41
July 13th Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors South Park Ampitheater
July 13th Deutschtown Music Fest North Side
July 14th Deutschtown Music Fest North Side
July 18th Greta Van Fleet Stage ae
July 18th Tedeschi Trucks Band & Marcus King Band Key Bank Pavillion
July 18th Joe Jackson Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
July 18th Eileen Jewell Club Café
July 20th Cordovas Club café
July 21st Amanda Shires Rex Theater
July26th Lord Huron Stage ae
July 26th Radiohead PPG Paints Arena
July 26th Donora & Chet Vincent WYEP Final Friday: Schenley Plaza
July 27th Lucy Dacus Club Café
July 29th Lucius Hartwood Acres
July 29th Boy George & Culture Club Stage ae


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June 22, 2018 by [email protected]

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




  • Song: "Fingertips (Part 2)"

  • Album: The 12 Year Old Genius
  • Year: 1963
  • Comment: Was still known as 'Little Stevie Wonder' at this time.



  • Song: "Higher Ground"

  • Album: Innervisions
  • Year: 1973



  • Song: "You Haven't Done Nothin'"

  • Album: Fulfillingness' First Finale
  • Year: 1974



  • Song: "Master Blaster (Jammin')"

  • Album: Hotter Than July
  • Year: 1980



  • Song: "Superstition"

  • Album: Talking Book
  • Year: 1972



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


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June 22, 2018 by [email protected]

Let's Talk About THE Song of the Summer... WYEP Hosts Make Their Predictions. 

Okay, so we're not talking about the BLAZIN' HOT Top 40 song that you're gonna hear in every mall, radio station and roller skating rink in America, but we're aiming to make YOUR summer (you thoughtful, cool, WYEP listener) more audibly enjoyable with WYEP Host picks for best tunes of the season. ALSO make sure you get in on WYEP's Summer in the City Giveaway, where you're entered to win a bike, kayak or concert tickets when you donate $10 to listener-supported WYEP. Enjoy our hosts' summer song picks and see ya at WYEP's Summer Music Festival (This Saturday!)

Joey Spehar (Morning Mix Host)
Song of the Summer: "Africa" by Weezer

Back in December, Mary Klym started a movement. The 14 year old didn’t organize a political march or write a letter to her congressman. No, she created a Twitter account called @WeezerAfrica. Klym just wanted her favorite band to cover Toto’s 1982 hit song, “Africa.”

In May, Weezer finally responded to Klym’s request with a striking Toto cover. In true troll fashion, though, the song they released was “Rosanna”- the opening song from Toto IV which happens to close with “Africa.” A few days later, bringing this long-standing meme full circle, Rivers Cuomo and company shared their faithful rendition of “Africa” using an image of one of Klym’s tweets for the single’s cover art.

Weezer’s version is very well done (of course) and its release prompted Toto guitarist Steve Lukather to sing its praises on Twitter saying, “Very flattered and thanks Weezer.” Lukather went on to say “We recorded this -2nd take NO rehearsal in 1981. Not that anyone cares.. hahaha... Hope we meet someday. Unless you hate us. hahaha.”

Weezer has a long repertoire of cover songs including “Love My Way” by the Psychedelic Furs, a couple of Radiohead songs, and Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” to name a few.

Cindy Howes (Evening Mix Host)
Song of the Summer: "Crazy Classic Life" by Janelle Monae

When we know we’re going to have a wild night, my friends and I will jokingly declare “No one dies tonight!” before we clink our glasses. Since we’re closer to 40 than 20, we’re usually in bed by 11pm, but man, the memories of past summer adventures are alive and well. This is particularly true when I hear Monae’s “Crazy Classic Life” from her explosive new record Dirty Computer.

The thing about this song is that it’s one of those up-tempo bangers that has a very important message that revolves around the rights of women and people of color to be treated equally. This means that a black girl should have the same treatment as a white girl when making the same stupid mistakes in life. Monae’s message is that no one is perfect and we should all be allowed to be ourselves, mistakes and all, without judgement, no matter who we are. 

The pop-centric “Crazy Classic Life” has a sweet R&B groove with a poignant rap verse rounding it out. There Monae puts into perspective what it’s like to be a black woman in a white world: “Me and you was friends, but to them, we the opposite/The same mistake, I'm in jail, you on top of sh-t” meaning that she and her white friend both get arrested for the same misdemeanor, but her punishment is harsher.

While the song is really fun and enjoyable and would sound great at your summer pool party, Monae has opened the window for people who feel the way she feels to be more understood by those who are learning about it. 

Kyle Smith (Midday Host/Music Director)
Song of the Summer: "Bad Bad News" by Leon Bridges 

This is easily my favorite summer jam, the first single on Leon Bridges sophomore effort, Good Thing. "Bad, Bad News"  has a soul groove, hip-hop beats and some funky jazz guitar that takes Leon’s music from the Sam Cooke era on his debut, to a summer jam made for the car and dance floor.  Once you’ve spent time head bobbing along to the grooves, the lyrics like “I don't worry about people in my face - Hit 'em with style and grace and watch their ankles break" grab you and realize the song has depth and real meaning.  Leon’s been quoted as saying the song is “an anthem about breaking past negativity and achieving greatness.”  If you enjoy the track as much as I do, the video has a powerful message, about women being catcalled and rising up against harassment.

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix Host)
Song of the Summer: "Nameless, Faceless" by Courtney Barnett

Let’s shun the formulaic approach to a summer hit song and instead go with one that quotes Margaret Atwood! That’s what Courtney Barnett does in “Nameless, Faceless,” a track that balances bouncy pop and head-banging grunge rock. It’s driven by heavy percussion, pulsing bass, and Barnett’s distorted guitar and vocals – think Kurt Cobain’s feminine side. Barnett’s take on everyday events and emotions is so original that she makes the mundane feels sublime. Her wit is subtle and often self-deprecating, but when push comes to shove, watch out. She brilliantly defangs a snarky troll’s critique of her songwriting: “I could eat a bowl of alphabet soup and spit out better words than you” he claims. “But you didn’t” she deadpans. Barnett treads the indelicate balance between men and women, quoting Atwood’s line “men are scared that women will laugh at them, women are scared that men will kill them.” All that’s missing is a tra-la-la.

Brian Siewiorek (Production Director, WYEP's Disembodied Voice, Fill-In Superstar Host)
Song of the Summer: “Humility” by Gorillaz

Damon Albarn’s cartoon band plan to release a new album in late June, and the debut single, “Humility”, is my choice for song of the Summer. It has sort of an “easy breezy” sound to it, the kind of song that you want to turn up at a backyard barbecue or blast in the car with the windows down. Its strung-out synths and laid-back beat are expertly accentuated by the smooth guitar of jazz legend, George Benson. Albarn’s lyrics cast away the notion of isolation and vaguely warble about getting back with someone, or back to some place. He could easily be singing about the the end of Winter and cabin fever, and the return of the warmer weather and the activities it brings. That idea is furthered in the song’s music video, which features the band’s cartoon leader, 2D, roller skating alongside a beach in sunny California and passes by all kinds of people enjoying the sunshine in different ways. This is a feeling definitely relatable to most, which is why this song will be on all my Summertime playlists.

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June 18, 2018 by [email protected]


June 23, 1998 Mermaid Avenue, an album of previously unheard lyrics written by the late American songwriter Woody Guthrie, was released into the world forever changing the landscape of Americana music. 

The UK singer/songwriter and activist, Billy Bragg teamed up with the alt-country band Wilco to bring these unheard songs to life. Bragg had been approached by Woody's daughter Nora Guthrie several years before about recording some of the thousand or so unrecorded compositions her father left behind. This was the first attempt at handing of these unfinished Woody songs to a new generation to discover and the results of the project were met with enormous critical acclaim. Mermaid Avenue is one of the most loved Americana albums of all-time inspiring fans and musicians alike. Billy Bragg & Wilco were successful in introducing the genius of Woody Guthrie's writing to a new generation and thus began the tradition of reviving his unwritten songs from the massive Guthrie archive. 

To celebrate this momentous album's 20th anniversary, WYEP asked some of the best Pittsburgh roots musicians to share their thoughts about their favorite songs from Mermaid Avenue.

"California Stars" 

I first heard “California Stars” at the end of a marathon Wilco set at the 9:30 Club in DC (mid 2000s). A fan up front booed when he realized they weren’t going to play his request. Jeff Tweedy scolded him, “are you really booing us? We’ve played 22 songs tonight!” and then launched into “California Stars.” I didn’t know about the song or the Mermaid Avenue project at the time. But even at the end of a long set I knew this was something special.

For me, “California Stars” embodies the spirit of Mermaid Avenue. It’s a true example of what Gram Parsons called the Cosmic American Music. It’s a collaboration across space and time. A sound steeped in tradition but not bound by it, something Woody Guthrie understood well. Music that welcomes immigrants, refugees, trespassers and outlaws — also an indie band from Chicago and an English punk rocker. “California Stars” is all of this, two young lovers looking up at an american sky and dreaming of a better tomorrow. - Chet Vincent

"Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key"  

After only discovering Wilco, Bragg, and Guthrie in my mid-twenties, I was a late in appreciating the slight twang and heavy emotional appeal of their music. I listened to their catalogs in reverse, hitting Mermaid Ave only when I was well into my time with The Red Western. Growing up I basically lived in the “woods” around my house, “Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key” brings me back to summers of freedom where I had nothing but my own childish ambitions to guide me. The tiny wooded world was a universe for me and my friends and the circle of pines behind my house was our fort. This will always be a song that shows me music’s ability to paint a picture, a tendency that seems to creep its way into my own songwriting, and guides me to seek out music that is sensory, emotional, and honest. - Lauren DeLorenze (former Red Western)

 "Walt Whitman's Niece"

Billy Bragg & Wilco recorded “Mermaid Avenue.” But to me, it’s a Woody Guthrie album. Of course, it’s his lyrics. Woody Guthrie always represented to me, the true American Songwriter. The opening cut is “Walt Whitman’s Niece”. Walt Whitman, the true American Poet. Whitman said “The American poets are to enclose old and new, for America is the race of races.” This record encompasses the old and new, and forces the listener to forget time.

This song “Walt Whitman’s Niece” creates no beginning and no end. What it does, is leaves everything up to the audience’s senses. The seaman, the narrator’s buddy, builds the scene. The steps, the building, and the girls. Spending all night with a couple of girls reading poems... or not. It’s the perfect poem. You can smell the sea, see the dirt on the steps, the claustrophobic feel of the long room, hear the girls laugh. There’s beauty, lust, and nowhere. So many unanswered questions. But the moment is quite clear. This is America. (I won’t say what America). - Bill Toms

 "Christ for President"

The rambunctious energy of this tune is captivating. Jeff Tweedy’s signature vocal grit rouses enthusiasm over a steady, swampy groove that conjures visions of a campaign trail parade for Jesus Christ himself. Woody Guthrie’s lyrics nimbly adopt the stump-speech jargon we’ve all heard before, except these declarations are sincere. After all, this candidate is a man of the people with a proven track record. The collaboration results in a brilliant song of enduring relevance. Woody Guthrie bests any high-brow intellectual analysis with the plain-spoken truth. Christ is undoubtedly a radical political figure and his portrayal as a modern-day candidate forces us to examine the pandering and posturing that pervades our electoral process. I think Americans are fatigued by the lack of reverence and the flimsy moral courage of our elected officials. So Put the Carpenter in, he’s got my vote. - Jon Bindley (Bindley Hardware Co.)

 "I Guess I Planted"

Billy Bragg did these lyrics for “I Guess I Planted” the best possible justice by crafting an infectiously catchy song that culminates in a lively, free-flowing sing-along. As a listener, this invites you to join in the celebration of exactly what he is speaking to- coming together, this time in the context of labor unions, to create something bigger than the parts themselves.  

Woody Guthrie’s songs about the labor struggles of his time have always been my favorites of his. My dad was a union shop steward for decades, and we still ride our bikes down to the parade together every Labor Day. I always leave feeling inspired by the courage and the joyfulness of people coming together and realizing their collective power. That spirit is captured so nicely by this song, reminding us above all that “The big ones are made up of the little kind.” - Molly Alphabet

"The Unwelcome Guest"

It's apt that we can compare "the rich man's bright lodges" to Trump Towers today. Woody Guthrie wrote the lyric long ago, but history repeats. Woody, an unwelcome guest in a capitalistic society, a man with "no home" in a world where "the gambling man is rich and the working man is poor," strived to undo injustices. Billy Bragg recognized the prominent point of his own career as a moment of self-realization that he had "joined the tradition." And the tradition remains - an unwelcome guest to sing, to question, to expose, to condemn tyrants in a "playhouse of fortune" who have "stolen their gold" from someone else. 

"My guns and my saddle 

Will always be filled 

By unwelcome travelers...

And they'll take the money 

And spread it out equal 

Just like the Bible 

And the prophets suggest"

It is so befitting that Billy Bragg chose to put Woody's dream to this beautiful tune, this never ending waltz. - Tom Breiding 

 "Hesitating Beauty"

"Hesitating Beauty" is such a joyful tune, especially when considering the other songs on the album. Tweedy's voice is brilliant. The message of the song definitely illuminates a yearning for stability, which was more prevalent during Woody Guthrie's time, post WWII. As a listener in my early twenties, this song is especially relatable in that sense. Everyone wants the "perfect" life, and marriage is the easy answer. It's interesting that the male point-of-view in this song pinpoints the issue as Nora Lee's "hesitation" rather than her own will to not be married. As a songwriter, it would be fun to tell the tale from the woman's perspective, considering her thoughts and emotions. Either way, the song is cheerful and definitely one of my favorites off of the album. - Angela Autumn

"Ingrid Bergman"

In terms of trying to channel the spirit of Woody, I feel Ingid Bergman is the most representative. It's simple and ephemeral, though speaks volumes about creator and performer. Bragg brings Guthrie's infatuation with film star Ingrid Bergman to life in a mere minute 1:50. So quickly in fact, one may not recognize the mechanisms at work. Both artists are known for their political and protest songs, but also for their creation of topical material. The song highlights events taken from 1950's “Stromboli” staring Bergman, directed by Roberto Rossellini. In 1950 Guthrie was still living in the downstairs apartment at 3520 Mermaid Ave. in Coney Island. This song is indicative of one of the many facets of Woody, namely its coy enshrouded wit and insinuation. His open writing style leaves no apologies for lustful innuendo, and Bragg's cool metered delivery and abrupt ending doesn't show his hand. - Bryan McQuaid

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We had a number of people ask about all of the songs we played today, so here is the full list:



Time Artist Song TitleRuns Year
6:06amGrateful DeadTurn on Your Lovelight (live)22:231971
6:30amDire StraitsRomeo and Juliet (live)09:541993
6:41amCreedence Clearwater RevivalI Heard it Through the Grapevine11:071970
6:54amThe PoliceCan't Stand Losing You (live)07:261995
7:01amPearl JamDaughter (live)07:222000
7:20amOasisChampagne Supernova (full album version)07:251995
7:29amFleetwood MacRhiannon (live)07:421980
7:40amPrincePurple Rain08:341984
7:50amNeil YoungDown By the River09:131969
8:00amDavid BowieLet's Dance07:301983
8:09amAllman Brothers BandJessica07:231973
8:17amDeath Cab for CutieI Will Possess Your Heart (full version)08:132008
8:27amThe BeatlesHey Jude07:001968
8:34amCrackerEuro-Trash Girl07:501993
8:44amZero 7Somersault06:452004
8:53amCounting CrowsMrs. Potter's Lullaby07:401999
9:00amThe Rolling StonesYou Can't Always Get What You Want07:271969
9:09amPaul SimonDiamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (live)09:101991
9:20amJimi HendrixVoodoo Chile14:071968
9:35amJoni MitchellSong For Sharon08:251976
9:44amSqueezeBlack Coffee in Bed (live)08:151990
9:54amCrosby, Stills & NashSuite: Judy Blue Eyes07:231969
10:00amBruce HornsbyThe End of the Innocence (live)07:062002
10:09amCatherine WheelBlack Metallic07:041992
10:17amBuddy GuyBaby Please Don't Leave Me07:192001
10:25amLed ZeppelinThe Rain Song07:331972
10:34amMy Morning JacketCircuital (full album version)07:002011
10:42amPeter GabrielBiko07:251980
10:51amSigur RosSaeglopur07:182005
11:00ammoe.Wind It Up07:552006
11:10amNina SimoneSinnerman07:311965
11:18amDerek and the DominosKey to the Highway09:381970
11:29amTelevisionMarquee Moon10:341977
11:41amBruce SpringsteenJungleland09:281975
11:52amThe War on DrugsThinking of a Place11:052017
12:01pmSylvan EssoRadio (Cut Copy remix)07:112018
12:10pmGrateful DeadFriend of the Devil (live)07:201981
12:18pmBuilt to SpillGoin' Against Your Mind08:412006
12:28pmWarren HaynesPretzel Logic (live)08:032012
12:37pmJoe CockerI Don't Need No Doctor11:40?
12:51pmStone RosesI Am the Resurrection08:071989
1:01pmRadioheadParanoid Android06:211997
1:09pmCornershopBrimful of Asha (Norman Cook remix)07:301997
1:17pmThe Rolling StonesCan't You Hear Me Knocking?07:101971
1:26pmLaurie AndersonSharkey's Day07:411984
1:34pmBob DylanLily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts08:431975
1:44pmThe WaterboysAnd a Bang on the Ear07:271988
1:53pmPrimal ScreamCome Together08:011991
2:00pmDon McLeanAmerican Pie08:281971
2:10pmRobert Randolph & The Family BandThe March07:352001
2:19pmNeil YoungLike a Hurricane08:121977
2:28pmTom Petty & the HeartbreakersShout (live)09:211985
2:39pmCat PowerStuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again06:472007
2:47pmCreedence Clearwater RevivalSusie Q (live)11:251969
3:00pmThe Marcus King BandRita Is Gone07:042016
3:09pmStevie WonderLiving For The City07:221973
3:17pmThe PoliceSo Lonely (live)07:071995
3:26pmJane SiberryMimi on the Beach07:301983
3:34pmBenjamin GibbardThe Concept07:552017
3:43pmThe CurePictures of You07:281989
3:52pmSteely DanDeacon Blues07:241977
4:00pmTrafficLow Spark of High-Heeled Boys11:311970
4:13pmJoni MitchellCome In From the Cold07:051991
4:22pmDavid BowieStation to Station09:451976
4:32pmCounting CrowsPalisades Park08:132014
4:42pmBruce SpringsteenProve It All Night (live)09:501978
4:53pmMarianne FaithfullThe Blue Millionaire08:201983
5:00pmU2Bad (live)07:421985
5:10pmBaz LuhrmannEverybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)07:061999
5:17pmAretha FranklinSpirit in the Dark (reprise)08:161971
5:27pmThe WhoWon't Get Fooled Again08:301971
5:36pmThe MavericksCome Unto Me (live)07:212016
5:45pmGary Clark, Jr.When My Train Pulls In07:382012
5:54pmBlondieRapture (live)06:161999
6:00pmIron ButterflyIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida17:001968
6:19pmOasisAll Around the World09:151997
6:30pmBauhausBela Lugosi's Dead09:311979
6:41pmLCD SoundsystemAll My Friends07:372007
6:50pmUnderworldBorn Slippy (Nuxx)09:451995


In case you want to see the list ordered by length, here it is!



Length Artist Song Title YearTime
22:23Grateful DeadTurn on Your Lovelight (live)1971 6:06am
17:00Iron ButterflyIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida1968 6:00pm
14:07Jimi HendrixVoodoo Chile1968 9:20am
11:40Joe CockerI Don't Need No Doctor   ? 12:37pm
11:31TrafficLow Spark of High-Heeled Boys1970 4:00pm
11:25Creedence Clearwater RevivalSusie Q (live)1969 2:47pm
11:07Creedence Clearwater RevivalI Heard it Through the Grapevine1970 6:41am
11:05The War on DrugsThinking of a Place2017 11:52am
10:34TelevisionMarquee Moon1977 11:29am
09:54Dire StraitsRomeo and Juliet (live)1993 6:30am
09:50Bruce SpringsteenProve It All Night (live)1978 4:42pm
09:45David BowieStation to Station1976 4:22pm
09:45UnderworldBorn Slippy (Nuxx)1995 6:50pm
09:38Derek and the DominosKey to the Highway1970 11:18am
09:31BauhausBela Lugosi's Dead1979 6:30pm
09:28Bruce SpringsteenJungleland1975 11:41am
09:21Tom Petty & the HeartbreakersShout (live)1985 2:28pm
09:15OasisAll Around the World1997 6:19pm
09:13Neil YoungDown By the River1969 7:50am
09:10Paul SimonDiamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (live)1991 9:09am
09:04PhishEsther1988 7:10am
08:43Bob DylanLily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts1975 1:34pm
08:41Built to SpillGoin' Against Your Mind2006 12:18pm
08:34PrincePurple Rain1984 7:40am
08:30The WhoWon't Get Fooled Again1971 5:27pm
08:28Don McLeanAmerican Pie1971 2:00pm
08:25Joni MitchellSong For Sharon1976 9:35am
08:20Marianne FaithfullThe Blue Millionaire1983 4:53pm
08:16Aretha FranklinSpirit in the Dark (reprise)1971 5:17pm
08:15SqueezeBlack Coffee in Bed (live)1990 9:44am
08:13Death Cab for CutieI Will Possess Your Heart (full version)2008 8:17am
08:13Counting CrowsPalisades Park2014 4:32pm
08:12Neil YoungLike a Hurricane1977 2:19pm
08:07Stone RosesI Am the Resurrection1989 12:51pm
08:03Warren HaynesPretzel Logic (live)2012 12:28pm
08:01Primal ScreamCome Together1991 1:53pm
07:55moe.Wind It Up2006 11:00am
07:55Benjamin GibbardThe Concept2017 3:34pm
07:50CrackerEuro-Trash Girl1993 8:34am
07:42Fleetwood MacRhiannon (live)1980 7:29am
07:42U2Bad (live)1985 5:00pm
07:41Laurie AndersonSharkey's Day1984 1:26pm
07:40Counting CrowsMrs. Potter's Lullaby1999 8:53am
07:38Gary Clark, Jr.When My Train Pulls In2012 5:45pm
07:37LCD SoundsystemAll My Friends2007 6:41pm
07:35Robert Randolph & The Family BandThe March2001 2:10pm
07:33Led ZeppelinThe Rain Song1972 10:25am
07:31Nina SimoneSinnerman1965 11:10am
07:30David BowieLet's Dance1983 8:00am
07:30CornershopBrimful of Asha (Norman Cook remix)1997 1:09pm
07:30Jane SiberryMimi on the Beach1983 3:26pm
07:28The CurePictures of You1989 3:43pm
07:27The Rolling StonesYou Can't Always Get What You Want1969 9:00am
07:27The WaterboysAnd a Bang on the Ear1988 1:44pm
07:26The PoliceCan't Stand Losing You (live)1995 6:54am
07:25OasisChampagne Supernova (full album version)1995 7:20am
07:25Peter GabrielBiko1980 10:42am
07:24Steely DanDeacon Blues1977 3:52pm
07:23Allman Brothers BandJessica1973 8:09am
07:23Crosby, Stills & NashSuite: Judy Blue Eyes1969 9:54am
07:22Pearl JamDaughter (live)2000 7:01am
07:22Stevie WonderLiving For The City1973 3:09pm
07:21The MavericksCome Unto Me (live)2016 5:36pm
07:20Grateful DeadFriend of the Devil (live)1981 12:10pm
07:19Buddy GuyBaby Please Don't Leave Me2001 10:17am
07:18Sigur RosSaeglopur2005 10:51am
07:11Sylvan EssoRadio (Cut Copy remix)2018 12:01pm
07:10The Rolling StonesCan't You Hear Me Knocking?1971 1:17pm
07:07The PoliceSo Lonely (live)1995 3:17pm
07:06Bruce HornsbyThe End of the Innocence (live)2002 10:00am
07:06Baz LuhrmannEverybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)1999 5:10pm
07:05Joni MitchellCome In From the Cold1991 4:13pm
07:04Catherine WheelBlack Metallic1992 10:09am
07:04The Marcus King BandRita Is Gone2016 3:00pm
07:00The BeatlesHey Jude1968 8:27am
07:00My Morning JacketCircuital (full album version)2011 10:34am
06:47Cat PowerStuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again2007 2:39pm
06:45Zero 7Somersault2004 8:44am
06:21RadioheadParanoid Android1997 1:01pm
06:16BlondieRapture (live)1999 5:54pm
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May 29, 2018 by [email protected]

June is always a great month for live music in Pittsburgh. The outdoor concert scene gets into full swing, with free County Park shows at South Park and Hartwood Acres, The Three Rivers Arts Festival is June 1st-10th, and many others in between. We wrap up June with the WYEP Summer Music Festival on Saturday, June 30th at Schenley Plaza.

There are concerts virtually every night this June, with multiple choices on several nights this month.

A few picks from me for the month of June:

See Mavis Staples at the Three Rivers Arts Fest June 1st

Alt-J is always a winner live, at this time it’s outdoors at Stage AE June 12th

Jenny Lewis is at The Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead June 12th

Sinkane & Cut Copy play June 26th at mr smalls

Here’s the rest of the month:




Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Stage AE


Mavis Staples

Point State Park


Dave Matthews Band

Key Bank Pavilion


The Front Bottoms

Mr. Smalls


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Carnegie Music Hall Of Homestead


Real Estate

Mr. Smalls


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real

Point State Park



Mr. Smalls


Valerie June

Point State Park (TRAF)


Horse Feathers

Club Café



Stage AE


The Toasters

Club Café


Jenny Lewis

Carnegie Music Hall:Homestead


The Mavericks

Point State park


Animal Years

Club Café


The Clarks

Stage AE


Dr. Dog

Stage AE


The Posies

Club Café


The Magnetic Fields

Carnegie Music Hall Of Oakland

19-Jun, 20-Jun

Grizzly Bear & Spoon

Stage AE


Parker Millsap

Rex Theater


Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore

Club Café


Cut Copy

Mr. Smalls



Mr. Smalls


WYEP Summer Music Festival

Schenley Plaza


Hope you enjoy this playlist for June!

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May 24, 2018 by [email protected]

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




  • Song: "Champions of Red Wine"

  • Album: Brill Brusiers
  • Year: 2014



  • Song: "Sing Me Spanish Techno"

  • Album: Twin Cinema
  • Year: 2005



  • Song: "Brill Bruisers"

  • Album: Brill Brusiers
  • Year: 2014



  • Song: "Crash Years"

  • Album: Together
  • Year: 2010



  • Song: "Whiteout Conditions"

  • Album: Whiteout Conditions
  • Year: 2017



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


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