June 1, 2016 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): 

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, "Over the Rise" - Classic rock's other beloved Bruce returns with a brand new album — but without his signature piano. Don't worry, though, Hornsby's songwriting chops are amazing, as always, and his new musical direction works wonderfully. The album, Rehab Reunion, is a mellow, folk record with Hornsby on the dulcimer, giving every song an acoustic, wind-swept openness. This first single features Bon Iver's Justin Vernon on background (and barely there) vocals. 

New Madrid, "Darker Parts" - Do you love Television, old school Modest Mouse and early days Animal Collective? If you're on WYEP's website reading this, the answer is "Of course." That's why New Madrid is the new band for you. These dudes wrap all those influences into one weird, winding package that's as catchy as it is creative. They're new album, magnetkingmagnetqueen, is out now.

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May 27, 2016 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.

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May 25, 2016 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:

The Claypool Lennon Delirium, "Cricket and the Genie" - With musical resumes that include Primus and The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the combined imagination of Les Claypool and Sean Lennon could go anywhere, but in this song they invite us in rather than leave us lost. The world is psychedelic, prog and pop, and felt, to me, like a long lost Roald Dahl story. I can only imagine where their album (Monolith of Phobos, out June 3) and upcoming tour will lead next.

The Staves, "Sleeping In A Car" - This trio of English sisters is back with a new EP which will hopefully lead to a new album, but for now it's a beautiful reminder of their stunning sibling harmonies and naturally unfolding but intricately arranged songs. With subtle motion and intertwined rhythms the EP's title track builds into an amazing swell, and sounds made for a dusk or dawn roadtrips.

  

 

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May 20, 2016 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.

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May 18, 2016 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:

Ryan Beaver, "Rum & Roses" - Are you ready for the country? Beaver brings it; old-school style, on his third full-length released this past Friday, and ready to rope in fans who like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton. Here's the single, with feel-it-in-your-gut guitar and plainspoken imagery of a downward spiral too beneficial to give up. The Texas singer describes as "a song about giving into temptation while knowing what the repercussions are." Rolling Stone Country, NPR Music and Stereogum are among the taste-makers giving Beaver praise. He's on the road now (no Pittsburgh stop), having previously toured with Ashley Monroe and Lee Ann Womack.  

Stone Roses, "All For One" - The beloved Manchester, English band's first single in 21 years launches with a terrific guitar riff and gets danceable in a hurry. Or at least makes you want to wiggle a few body parts. Lyrically, the Stone Roses are trying to make some sort of statement with "All for one/one for all/If we all join hands, we'll make a wall." An indictment on politically driven social inequality? Erm... we'll let the excitable British press get to the bottom of that. For now, just enjoy this fun comeback from an influential band that gave us 1989's still groove-tastic "Fool's Gold." 

 

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May 13, 2016 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.

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May 11, 2016 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:

Broncho, "Fantasy Boys" - Broncho's 2014 second album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman, was one of my favorite records of that year. With a snotty sneer, the Oklahoma group effortlessly put together track after track of throwback power pop that was the best guitar-based indie rock I'd hear in quite some time. They are readying their third LP Double Vanity on Dine Alone Records, dropping May 27th, and just released the single "Fantasy Boys" which sounds like a shoegaze love song sung from the floor of a dirtbag motel after a three day bender. It's pretty obvious these guys are picking up right where they left off.

ANOHNI, "Drone Bomb Me" - ANOHNI, formerly known as Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, just relased her solo record HOPELESSNESS on May 6th. The album itself is a staggering work emotionally resonate protest music, filtered through sweeping ballads and dancefloor beats that will surely be at the top of numerous year end lists in 2016. "Drone Bomb Me" is the devastating track one produced by it-electronic musicians Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, and ANOHNI describes it as such: “It’s a love song from the perspective of a girl in Afghanistan, say a 9-year-old girl whose family’s been killed by a drone bomb,…She is kind of looking up at the sky and she’s gotten herself to a place where she just wants to be killed by a drone bomb too.”

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May 6, 2016 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.

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May 4, 2016 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): 

Band of Horses, ​"Casual Party" - Ben Bridwell's Band of Horses dipped weirdly into faceless, sparkless rock for a few years there, but with the upcoming Why Are You OK?, the group is back in the saddle. The album has the same otherworldly Southern rock vibes as Band of Horses' first two (now modern classic) records. It may be the help with production from Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, it may Bridwell's songwriting coming fresh off a project with Iron & Wine's Sam Beam. Whatever it is, I'm happy these dudes are back.

Islands, "Fear" - Nick Thorburn became an indie favorite in the early 2000's with the Unicorns, but he's proved some staying power with his current band, Islands. The indie-pop bandleader creates coy, catchy and quirky guitar pop that's as fun as it is unique. This month Islands releases two brand new albums, Should I Remain Here at Sea and Taste, on the same day. If "Fear" is any indication, both will be great.

 

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April 29, 2016 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.

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April 27, 2016 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:

Beth Orton,"1973" - A new album from Beth Orton is good news enough, but the fact that beats are back in her sound is even better. With nods to her late '90s "folktronica," Orton incorporates the synth-pop textures of today too. The result (in this song especially) is a perfect combo of her breathy melodies and a playful spark. Look for Kidsticks, out on May 27.  

Adia Victoria,"Dead Eyes" - South Carolina, Atlanta, New York City, Paris and now Nashville have been part of Adia Victoria's life and travels, so while this song showcases rock, blues, country, swagger and hurt, it's just a taste of what she can do. Her influences and versatility extend her sound into soulful sweetness and punk edge, and we'll get to hear more when her debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, is released on May 13.

 

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April 13, 2016 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:

Chet Vincent & The Big Bend, "One Night Only"
- A shout-out to Misra Records for allowing us this radio exclusive from the Pittsburgh rock band's forthcoming album (out in June). This cut's a bit twangier than some of the more Neil Young-ish tracks. The whole album has an rambunctious, frisky urgency with off-kilter lyrics and hooks that stick immediately.


Hot Hot Heat, "Kid Who Stays in the Picture"The Vancouver rockers announced their farewell album after 17 years. This is the single, a bouncy mid-tempo track with a couple odd synth warbles to keep you on your toes. The lyrics are a bit of a mantra about staying passionate over selfish interests. Singer Steve Bays says it's a song about his best friend from childhood, who seemed destined for fame. "He was the best singer, actor, comedian, athlete... you name it, but as we grew up, I watched his laughter fade to seriousness as 'real life' eroded his sense of humor and wonder. He inadvertently taught me the importance of fighting to stay young at heart and holding onto your innocence for as long as you can, because once it's gone, it's gone."

 

 

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April 8, 2016 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.

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April 6, 2016 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:

Whitney, "Golden Days"Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich, both formerly of Smith Westerns, just dropped  “Golden Days” from their upcoming debut album Light Upon The Lake out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian. It keeps some of that androgynous pop glam of their former band, while imbuing it with this sort of sincere innocence. They also kept SM’s tricky recording habits of lo-fi artistry and applied it here...I'm a sucker for a song that sounds older than it does, or analog or warm in some way. This sounds like a Badfinger demo or something like that...they can certainly evoke a place and time.

Frankie Cosmos, "On The Lips" - 22-year old Greta Simone Kline,  better known by her stage name Frankie Cosmos, and daughter of Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates, started as a bedroom artist; she’s released over 40 albums on her Bandcamp; and she sings so soft it could lull you to sleep. On her sophomore studio album, Next Thing, which just dropped last Friday, she's still culling from her insanely prolific bedroom years, pulling the song "On the Lips" from a quiet acoustic release in 2013 im sorry im hi lets go. It's so quiet and sort of dream like, with a weird sort of logic and poetry. Initially, I kind of dismissed her as way too twee to take seriously—I think she did a performance for Pitchfork in the middle of a miniature town with toy railroads, like they have at the Carnegie Science Center—just screaming to soundtrack a slow-mo closing scene from Wes Anderson...but this song stuck with me...and the rest of her album does the same. 

 

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April 1, 2016 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.

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