WHERE THE MUSIC MATTERS LISTEN LIVE | DONATE NOW | PLAYLIST | PROGRAM SCHEDULE
wyep logo

The 9:13 Buzz with Sarah Wardrop

December 17th, 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 from WFUV in New York!

This month, we asked Sarah to bring in her favorites from 2014. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Song: Bob Mould, “I Don’t Know You Anymore” – Bob Mould’s latest album is called Beauty & Ruin, and those two words fit this song well. There is beauty in this perfectly structured, 3-minute pop song (that rocks), especially when the music is paired with post-angst, kiss-off lyrics that sound like Mould made it past the ruin to know himself better than ever. I played “I Don’t Know You Anymore” multiple times in a row, multiple times this year.

Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent (“Rattlesnake”) – I could have picked St. Vincent in all three of these categories. “Digital Witness” was the first song I heard from this album, and it had me hooked. I later saw a couple of shows on this year’s tour, and her performances (and shredding) left me in awe. “Rattlesnake” opens the album and her recent shows, so while there’s no way it could encompass the range of what St. Vincent created this year, it perfectly introduces Annie Clark’s latest musical world.

Show: The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY (“Left Of The Dial”) – Although I saw some great performances of new music this year, it was hard to top a band I never thought I’d get to see: The Replacements. I had the lucky chance to go to their Forest Hills Stadium show in September, which Deer Tick and The Hold Steady opened. Of course, it couldn’t be the original band, but happily it was a “reunion” show that more than met expectations. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson led the current line-up through a 29-song set so there are many to choose from, but in honor of the dial positions of WYEP and WFUV, I had to pick “Left Of The Dial.”

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

December 12th, 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.

Listen to the audio:

Pairings Dec 12 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

The 9:13 Buzz with Patrick Bowman

December 10th, 2014 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

This week, Patrick brough in his favorites of 2014. In case you missed, it here’s what he played:

Best Show – Sharon Van Etten, “Your Love is Killing Me” - The best live shows enhance all the things you love about the band’s recorded work, and considering Sharon Van Etten’s excellent 2014 sophomore record Are We There was even more emotionally devastating than her 2011 debut record, her incredible performance at Mr. Small’s in late June was absolutely heart-wrenching. So, when Are We There centerpiece “Your Love is Killing Me” arrived in the middle of her live set, a track in which Van Etten howls lyrics like “break my legs so I won’t run to you,” it basically leveled the entire building.

Best Song – Perfume Genius, “Queen” - As Perfume Genius, singer/songwriter Mike Hadreas made his name on his first two records by crafting delicate, emotionally bare, usually piano-driven songs about heartache, spiritual disillusionment and sexual alienation. But for his third album Too Bright, Hadreas has turned the vulnerability he exhibited in his songwriting into a source of edgy power, writing compositions that vibrate with energy and confidence, displayed excellently in the blaring organ-laden lead single “Queen.”

Best Song – Flying Lotus Feat. Kendrick Lamar, “Never Catch Me” - Los Angeles-based producer/DJ Flying Lotus is basically a genre unto himself, combining acid jazz, hip-hop, and cutting edge electronic music into headphone symphonies that seem infinitely complex. On his sixth solo album You’re Dead, Fly Lo enlisted the Greatest Rapper Alive, fellow Los Angeles native Kendrick Lamar, to drop some light speed bars on the track “Never Catch Me,” which sounds like Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis producing an Outkast Record. Fly Lo’s beat is bonkers, replete with jazz guitar freak out, but Lamar’s verse is damn near other worldly in its technical perfection and emotional resonance.

Best Album – Cymbals Eat Guitars, “Jackson” from LOSE – East Coast indie rockers Cymbal Eat Guitars take an expansive approach to impressionistic 90s slack rock, crafting two albums that were noodly and anthemic and ambitious and somewhat uneven. But on their third album LOSE, all the ideas they kicked around and almost pulled off in their earlier work have snapped into place, creating a constantly shifting soundscape that Cymbals Eat Guitars appear to be in complete control of. Side one, track one “Jackson” is basically a microcosm of all the best parts of LOSE: gorgeous melodies and transitions sung by lead singer Joseph D’Agostino, a deceptively dense composition, and incredible guitar and piano work.

Pairings With Chef Bill Fuller

December 5th, 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 Dec 5 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

Cindy Howes is very excited in light of WYEP’s recently rediscovered Tom Waits interview and, as Waits is one of her favorite people anyway, her musical pick for this week’s Pairings is Tom Waits, “Come On Up To the House” from the album Mule Variations. Upon listening to the song, Bill Fuller recognizes the poetic powerful nature of Waits’ music and a very clear image is formed in his mind helping to assemble a menu pairing. Bill pictures a very Appalachian influence with a type of after-church communal meal a family might prepare for the community. Bill forms a menu that includes picnic-esque items such as cold fried chicken, biscuits, ham, baked beans, a pickle tray and sweet tea and beer to drink.

 

Cindy’s Music Pick:

Tom Waits – “Come On Up To the House”

 

Bill’s Menu Pairing: 

Cold fried chicken

Baked beans with bacon

Cold ham with biscuits

pickle tray

keg of beer

 

For Bill’s menu this week, he has the long freeze of winter on the mind and one of the most satisfying things you can eat for such an occasion is a hearty winter beef stew. Bill’s menu includes a large pot of stew with slow cooked beef, with turnips, parsnips, and celery thrown in as well as canned tomatoes, bay leaves and spices like thyme and rosemary. As well as home baked parmesan pepper bread with plenty of salty butter and to wash it all down a zinfandel from Bridges Wine Company.  Cindy feels that to match this menu a very warm voice with a rich sound. Immediately the voice of Madeleine Peyroux came to mind and for her music pairing Cindy Chooses her song “Dance Me to the End of Love”.

Bill’s Menu Pick:

Slow cooked beef stew

Home made Parmesan pepper bread

Bridges Wine Company Zinfandel

Bridges wine compancy zinfandel-2012

 

Cindy’s Music Pairing:

Madeleine Peyroux - Dance Me To the End of Love”