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October 31st, 2014 by Cindy H

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.

Pairings Oct 31 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

This week the theme both Cindy and Bill bring to the table is pretty easy to figure out…Halloween! Cindy’s music pick is “Black River Killer” by Blitzen Trapper from a type of music called murder ballads, folky sounding songs but often with macabre themes such as being buried alive. To pair up to this murderous song Bill channels his inner slasher.  This menu includes Hamachi sashimi which is sliced fish often eaten raw, broken down duck, with dark Nero D’avola wine.

Cindy’s Music Pick: 

Bill’s Menu Pairing:

Hamachi sashiimi

Roast Duck

Nero D’avola


For his own menu pick of the week Bill chooses to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos or day of the dead, a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 1st. To best represent the day of the dead Bill puts together a Mexican cook out fit for the holiday. His menu includes spit pigs over a fire, placed into a bowl of posole, corn tortillas, and pisco sours to wash it down. To pair up to Bill’s day of the dead menu Cindy picks a song by Ozomatli called “Cumbia de los Muertos” which is a song specifically about communing with the spirits on the dance floor.

Bill’s Menu Pick:

Spit Pig


Pisco Sour

Cindy’s Song Pairing:

The 9:13 Buzz with Sarah Wardrop

October 29th, 2014 by Cindy H

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 of WFUV in New York!

In case you missed it here’s what she played with commentary by Sarah:

These two artists played our ‘FUV Live at CMJ’ showcase last week, so their songs have been stuck in my head (in a good way) for awhile.

Happyness, “Montreal Rock Band Somewhere” – Happyness is a trio out of South London, and the first song I heard from them was the pure, melodic punk of the title track of their EP, Anything I Do Is All Right. Their CMJ soundcheck was good and loud too, but during their set, they managed to sound like four different bands in one. Aside from having an Arcade Fire reference, the song “Montreal Rock Band Somewhere” shows the trio’s humor and ear for melody on the moodier side of rock, and it’s lo-fi, lush and beautiful. Track down the UK release of the band’s full-length album, Weird Little Birthday, if you can.

Son Little, “The River” – You might know the voice of Aaron Livingston from his work with The Roots and RJD2, but this Philly-based artist is stepping out on his own as Son Little. He has an EP due out November 11th called Things I Forgot, which features this song, “The River.” While the EP centers on his laid-back but expressive voice, the sounds that surround it are pretty varied. He incorporates blues riffs, beats and grooves, adding in synths without sacrificing any soul.

Erin Dawn “Scratchy” Hutter Fiddler For Slim Forsythe Dead At 48

October 29th, 2014 by Cindy H


Erin Dawn “Scratchy” Hutter was an accomplished local musician and music educator. Hutter had 20 years experience educating local students in music and performed with many local musicians including the Butler Symphony, The Deliberate Strangers and Slim Forsythe, with whom she was featured in a WYEP Third Thursday performance.

Erin Hutters obituary can be found at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and her Third Thursday performance can be found in our On Demand Section.

Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead At 71

October 27th, 2014 by Cindy H

Iconic bassist for the Band Cream has passed away in his home in Suffolk, England. Bruce’s death was announced on his Facebook page, “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all around legend, the world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts”, read the post.

Bruce was an integral part of the group Cream during their early years. He also had a strong solo career interspersed with occasional performances with Cream. he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the band. Bruce’s final album was released in March.

Read more on Jack Bruce at the Los Angeles Times.