Meeting of Important People

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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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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Today's cool kids segment is brought to you by the letter M! "M" stands for Meeting of Important People, who wrote a song called "Brittney Lane Don't Care". Of course, Brittney Lane Don't Care isn't exactly grammatically correct, but how can we fault the band for their creative licenses?

The same should be true for our children, who have been known to make a mistake or two. They're still learning the language after all, and if our kids grow up to making only the same "mistakes" as Meeting of Important People, well, they could be a lot worse off.

Here’s to good (although technically incorrect) song writing, and learning children! At least their spelling ain’t that bad! The music video for Meeting of Important People’s song “Brittney Lane Don’t Care” is below, and it features the band playing cardboard instruments in a cardboard city. Kids should enjoy that too, since the cardboard box was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2005!

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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 of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott).

J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten, “Prisoners” - We could use a new John Denver in this era of snarkiness. Denver’s simple, optimistic, pro-environmental acoustic songs still must resonate profoundly, judging by the bevy of musical hipsters who stepped forward to lend their voices to the new “This Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver.” From Jim James’ pretty singing on My Morning Jacket’s cover of “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” to Old Crow Medicine Show’s twangy “Back Home Again,” to Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris harmonizing winsomely on “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” there’s plenty here to make you appreciate Denver’s songwriting. Dave Matthews, Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter, Mary Chapin Carpenter and a surprisingly restrained Train also make memorable contributions. I was most intrigued by the guitar saturated cover of “Prisoners,” a 1972 track on the same Denver album as “Rocky Mountain High,” performed here by the tantalizing pairing of Sharon Van Etten and Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis.

Meeting of Important People, “Innocents Abroad” - The Pittsburgh garage-pop trio already is getting WYEP spins for their new single “Keep Your Eyes on Me.” The entire album, due out April 9, offers solid songcraft. I picked this track as a prime example of their multi-dimensional, accessible sound. I had the vocal hook stuck in my head all weekend (complete with the layered “whoa-whoa-o-o” harmonizing). I like how at the 2 minute mark they kick into another gear, then at 2:16 take things to an even louder, rawer level with cymbals bashing, and guitar slashing, which soon subsides back to that simple and catchy vocal hook. Way to represent, guys!

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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 Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Meeting of Important People, "Got a Clean Head" - What a polished pop gem here from the Pittsburgh power-pop trio! MOIP has a few different tricks, including sounding like vintage Who or flat-out punk. This is Josh Verbanets and the band in "Village Green"-era Kinks mode, pulling off that percolating Britpop with impeccable vocal harmonies.

The Harlan Twins, "Mama Jo"
- The Pittsburgh-based Americana band has a pair of talented and very different singer-songwriters in Carrie Battle and James Hart. This is Carrie at her sweet, Appalachian-sounding best with the Harlans carrying on like The Band behind her. Although the title and sound might evoke the South, it's actually about Mary Jo (aka Momjo), who books the bands and serves as a mom to them at Howler's Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield.

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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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy (plus a bonus song):

Samantha Crain - Lions
A 23 year old singer from Oklahoma who is making some waves in the indie-folk world. Andy says: "I wrote a short bit about Samantha Crain when she played at South Park last year; her 2009 release, Songs In the Night, was haunting, beautiful and folky. "Lions" comes from her new release, You (Understood), and has more of a rock feel, which -- perhaps suprisingly -- befits her. I listen to it again and again, and keep picking up on subtle rewards within."

Meeting of Important People - The Jesus Song
WYEP's local act of the year for 2009. From their new EP 'Quit Music'. Andy says: "This is a local band I've been a fan of since I encountered their first release early last year -- I had a great time interviewing Josh about their new record a couple weeks back, and I was particularly interested in this song. As he explains it, it's not sincere nor ironic; it's just a character song, an exercise in expression."

Love of Everything - Tin Can Phone
Project of Bobby Burg of the indie group Joan of Arc. It began in 1999 before Bobby was a part of JoA. Andy says: "This is the lead track from a recent collection of songs from the Joan of Arc-related project. Kind of lo-fi, a little bit amateurish, definitely naive and sweet, it fits well with the JoA vibe. Perhaps a slightly nostalgic pick on my part."

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Well, the acts featured in The Local News for July all coincidentally have long complicated titles. All quality artists and all available on The Local News Podcast. You can also check them out on-air Monday-Thursday at 9 pm (starting tonight). Let me know what you think: cindy@wyep.org
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Cindy

Joy Toujours and the Toys Du Jour - "Touchez Moi"
I have to say the name of this band very slowly: Joy Toujours and the Toys Du Jour. They've been playing for a few years and have a new record entitled Onward. Definitely of the experimental indie persuasion, Joy Toujours' new record would please fans of bands like Morphine, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers and Talking Heads.

Meeting of Important People - "Leap-The-Dips"
Last year, WYEP named Meeting of Important People our local act of the year for their excellent self-titled debut. They boys are back this month with a new EP titled Quit Music, which hopefully they don't plan on doing. The seven song release further demonstrates the pure talent of lead singer Josh Verbanets in songwriting and performing.

B-Rad and The Best of The West Players - "Oh, My Baby"
B-Rad and The Best of The West Players is lead by Brad Ladik. The new B-Rad CD features players from local favorites like Donora, Meeting of Important People and Mariage Blanc. It also covers a broad sonic spectrum with clear influences of country, garage rock, punk, soul and funk.

Thomas Jefferson's Aeroplane - "This Changes Everything"
Thomas Jefferson's Aeroplane consists Bill Deasy and and Rich Jaques- who led two of the finest bands to come out of Pittsburgh in the late 90's- The Gathering Field and Brownie Mary. Together, they've created very catch music with skillful songwriting and creative interesting electronic instrumentation. This is their second release.

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Pittsburgh's own Meeting of Important People's rowdy instrumental "Pretzel Rod Blues" will be featured on MTV's The Real World: Washington DC's season premiere. The show airs tomorrow (Wed, Dec. 30th) at 10 pm on MTV. When asked, lead singer Josh Verbanets proclaimed "We don't know how it will be used... it could be inaudible, but its definitely in there". Hopefully "Pretzel Rod Blues" will be sweeping the nation... more on MOIP (WYEP's #1 Local Act of the Year) is here: http://myspace.com/meetingofimportantpeopleMOIP

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