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The 9:13 Buzz with Scott Tady

July 1st, 2015 by Cindy H

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:

Desaparecidos, “Slacktivist” – Bright Eyes turns Black Flag on this socially conscious punk album from a fired-up Conor Oberst. This song rails against would-be “activists” who fool themselves into believing they’re fighting in the trenches by clicking “like” on Facebook, re-tweeting a trending news item or wearing a colored arm bracelet representing some cause. That’s not enough, Conor says.

Pearl Charles, “You Can Change” – Sleek, chic, indie-rock from the 23-year-old L.A. singer’s self-titled debut EP arriving July 28. Her first band was Americana’s The Driftwood Singers, and she drummed for awhile with garage-pop band The Blank Tapes. She lists Sharon Van Etten and Tame Impala as influences. If the grooves and pretty singing in this song are any indication, Charles is on the right track with a solo career.

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

June 26th, 2015 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.

Listen to the audio:

 

Cindy’s Pick for Bill:

Tomorrow is WYEP’s Summer Music Festival in Schenley Plaza, a free family-friendly event going on all day in the community of Oakland.  Attendees can hear music form a slew of great artists, including the band Cindy picked for today – Kopecky.

Bill’s Menu for “Are You Listening” by Kopecky:

As the WYEP Summer Music Festival is taking place in Schenley Plaza, Bill brings up an eatery located there called Conflict Kitchen.  Conflict Kitchen features foods from countries with which the United States is in some sort of conflict – whether active or longstanding – and the restaurant is currently featuring Cuban cuisine.  As such, Chef Bill has prepared a menu of great Cuban food featuring Cuban sandwiches, a large salad, and Cuba Libres.

Cuban Sandwiches

Salad

Cuba Libre

Bill’s Menu for Cindy:

Bill has Asian food on the brain, so he has prepared Cindy a menu composed of Dandan noodles, pork dumplings, mapo tofu, pork belly, and Chongquing chicken.

Dandan Noodles

Pork Dumplings

Mapo Tofu

Szechuan Pork Belly

Chongqing Chicken

Cindy’s Music Pick for Bill’s Szechuan Menu:

Cindy tried to pick a track that could match the spiciness of Bill’s menu, so she went with “Terrible Love” by The National.

The 9:13 Buzz with Patrick Bowman

June 24th, 2015 by Cindy H

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 Pop City’s Patrick Bowman

In case you missed, it here’s what Patrick played:

Neon Indian, “Annie” - Austin-based Alan Polomo became one of the big names in the microgenre of Chillwave when he released his debut Psychic Chasms in 2009. He’s back a new single “Annie” and the rumor of a third full-length coming in the next year. “Annie” is like an evolved version of what Polomo made his name on: gone are the lo-fi trappings that made his dance music sound like a warped cassette tape stuck in an old Honda Civic, and replaced with pristine production that allows the gorgeously weird, island-inflected beats to pop in high definition.

Gwenno, “Chwyldro” - Welsh singer/songwriter Gwenno was most famously known for her work in the Pipettes, a British-60’s throwback girl group that made a little stir in the early aughts, but her solo work is much, much different. “Chwyldro,” the first track on her her full-length sophomore album Y Dydd Olaf, which is is going to be released in July, has Gwenno working in a ghostly meter and spacey production. The fact that she sings the song in her native Welsh only adds to the otherwordly quality.

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

June 19th, 2015 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.

Listen to the audio:

Pairings June 19 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud