When Rosanne Cash turned 18 her father gave her a list of “100 Essential Country Songs.” Johnny Cash’s aim was to educate his young daughter in the knowledge of great American roots songs. Listen as Rosemary Welsch talks with Rosanne Cash about the songs on the record, the four guest vocalists who accompany her, and her relationship with her father. Now available on the On Demand Audio section of our website. Listen to the interview here.
October 20, 2009 by [email protected]
The newest You Gotta Hear This podcast is up now. This month, you get a 3 minute preview of the New Orleans based band, The Generationals. Con Law is the debut album from The Generationals, who are made up of former Eames Era members. It's influence include vintage 50's rock n' roll and 70's glam rock while still sounding like a modern band. Highlights include "When They Fight, They Fight" (a tribute to the Phil Spector produced 1950's girl groups) and "Faces In The Dark" (reminiscent of M. Ward). For more information, check out the YGHT podcast at the On-Demand Audio section.
October 6, 2009 by [email protected]
WPA or Works Progress Administration is a changing collective of artists that have just released their debut on their own. Made up of some big names from the music scene; WPA is an expandable collective, with Luke Bulla (Lyle Lovett), Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) at its core. The album was recorded with additional members Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bill Frisell, Joni Mitchell), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Imposters), and Davey Faragher (Cracker, the Imposters) They’ll be hitting Pittsburgh on November 7th. Be looking for a sign up chance soon to be in a WYEP studio session with WPA. Check them out their live video.
September 28, 2009 by [email protected]
Let Freedom Ring! is the name of the new Chuck Prophet release. Chuck's been making great rock and roll for a long time and decided to record the new release in Mexico City. Chuck explains a few of the reasons for recording in Mexico in this new trailer.
September 23, 2009 by [email protected]
Today the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced this year's nominees for the 2010 inductions. They are: ABBA, The Chantels, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, KISS, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stooges and Donna Summer. This is the first year that LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been nominated, as per Rock Hall rules, artists must have released their first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. These nominees will be narrowed down to five that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this March in New York City. (Trivia note: This is the 6th time the Stooges have been nominated)
September 21, 2009 by [email protected]
If you sign up for The Low Anthem's email list, they will send you a cover they recently recorded of Bob Dylan's "Dignity". Here's the link
September 18, 2009 by [email protected]
Meeting of Important People have been winning over new fans since the release of their debut cd earlier this year. The Pittsburgh band put on an excellent performance at this June's WYEP Summer Music Fest at Schenley Plaza and continue to play to growing crowds. If you haven't heard them check out their well done cardboard video for their song "Brittney Lane Don't Care"
September 14, 2009 by [email protected]
You can check out the newest episode of You Gotta Hear This featuring the New Zealand musician, Ladyhawke. She's gotten tons of praise for her self-titled debut album, released last year. Filled with catchy dance inspiring hits like "Magic" and "Paris is Burning", you'll be up and bouncing around to Ladyhawke on first listen. For more information, check out the YGHT podcast at the On-Demand Audio section
September 3, 2009 by Mike Sauter
The number "9" was a favorite of John Lennon's (n.b., "Revolution 9," "#9 Dream"), so it's quite fitting that The Beatles' record company is releasing the first major updating of The Beatles' CD catalogue since the discs were first released twenty years ago on 09-09-09, or this Wednesday, September 9th. Box sets with the entire band's original recorded output in stereo and another one in mono are coming out that day, each painstakingly remastered with technology not available when the CDs first hit the ears of Fab Four fans in the late 1980s. To give you a sampler platter of these reissues, WYEP will play one song from the stereo remasters each hour from 6am to 6pm on Wednesday. We'll select a dozen of the most interesting songs with updated sonics and let you taste for yourself. Meanwhile, here's a review of the reissues. (Here's a more audiophile-oriented review.) The remasters are coming out in conjunction with the Rock Band video game with a Beatles theme.
September 1, 2009 by [email protected]
This is the 2nd installment of the collaborative outfit/band put together by Neil Finn. The last release was a live recording back in 2001 that featured Ed O'Brien (Radiohead), Lisa Germano, and Johnny Marr. This time around Neil Finn took his friends into the studio and included Jeff Tweedy, KT Tunstall, and Phil Selway. In total, 20 different musicians contributed to the double album by 7 Worlds Collide titled The Sun Came Out. The project benefits Oxfam. This video features KT Tunstall on the track Hazel Black
September 1, 2009 by [email protected]
Saturday, September the 12th is the date for WYEP's annual Rock The Block event at Bedford Square. Local opener Lohio get's the music started and this year headlining is the Syracuse, NY band Ra Ra Riot. http://www.wyep.org/events/event.php?event_id=1157 Check our Ra Ra Riot's video for 'Can You Tell'
August 31, 2009 by [email protected]
Scott Miller was in Pittsburgh as part of Final Friday's in July. We have just starting playing his new effort that is titled For Crying Out Loud. It's another gem highlighting his no nonsense rock n roll, roots influences, and a bit of his acoustic side. Watch Scott's video for 'Sin in Indiana' one of a baker's dozen new songs on For Crying Out Loud. Pick up Scott's cd as a thank you gift and membership to WYEP through September 6th. http://www.wyep.org/support/cdoftheweek/
August 25, 2009 by [email protected]
Mason Jennings grew up in Pittsburgh and references the city for the first time in this new EPK. He'll be back in Pittsburgh performing on October 13th.
August 20, 2009 by Mike Sauter
August 16, 2009 by [email protected]
Club Cafe was packed Saturday night to welcome back Jill Sobule for her first of two visits to Pittsburgh this year. As the early show, Sobule entertained for over 90 minutes beginning with "Where is Bobbie Gentry?" from her latest CD "California Years". She wore a sleeveless pink/red dress with a large peace symbol on the bottom, and boots. Sobule showed she can play electric guitar, and even briefly sounded like Jimi Hedrix. Also on the stage was a stand to hold her music and lyrics. Sobule is not afraid to do covers, she did her take on The Association's "Never My Love", inviting the audience to sing-along, as she did on quite a few of her tunes. Themes in her songs seem to be often about people ("Margaret", "Karen by Night") or places ("Cinnamon Park", "Somewhere in New Mexico"). Older songs like "Heroes" mixed with newer material that has yet to be recorded, like the song inspired by her visit to a Bearbucks in Castro, CA. Typical of a singer-songwriter, Sobule had many stories to share. Additional songs from "California Years" included "Palm Springs", "Mexican Pharmacy" and during the two-song encore "San Francisco". Sobule promised to do songs that she didn't get to this time during her set in November (check out the WYEP Concert Calendar for more info.)