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Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

March 27th, 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:

This week, Cindy played “Penitentiary”, a track from Houndsmouth’s 2013 album From the Hills Below the City.  Houndsmouth will be in town Saturday night for a show at Mr. Small’s in Millvale.

Bill’s menu for “Penitentiary” by Houndsmouth:

Bill told Cindy that the song reminded him of his younger days – when he was versed in Kerouac and hitchhiking the open road. Bill told a story of a shifty-looking fellow he came across in Nebraska.  Bill remembers the meal the two had in an Omaha diner vividly.  ”He’s in the penitentiary,” Bill joked.

Grilled Cheese

Cole Slaw in a Tiny Dish

 

Coca-Cola

Chocolate Pudding Pie

 

Bill’s menu:

Bill discussed an event he’s participating in this Sunday afternoon, the Empty Bowl Benefit.  There, local chefs and restaurants cook up some soup to raise money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.  Accordingly, Bill gave Cindy a recipe for some delicious bouillabaisse seafood soup.

Shrimp

Clams

Halibut

Mussels

Diced Tomatoes

Butter

 

Fennel

Final Product

Grilled Bread

Sancerre (White Wine)

 

Cindy’s pick for Bill’s menu:

The traditional elements of Bill’s menu appealed to Cindy’s vintage tastes, so she went with a classic Nick Drake tune, “Northern Sky”.

Pairings March 27 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

The 9:13 Buzz with Sarah Wardrop

March 25th, 2015 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!

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

The Weepies, No Trouble - A good part of my time living in Boston had a Deb Talan soundtrack, and since she and Steve Tannen became The Weepies, it’s been great to see their career (and family) grow. Now the duo is back with its fifth album, Sirens, which is due out at the end of April, and it’s a welcome return both because of the five-year wait and most definitely because it finds Deb on the other side of a battle with breast cancer. Knock on wood for continued good health, good songs and “No Trouble.”

Ibeyi, River – French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz just released their self-titled debut album as Ibeyi. Their father was percussionist Anga Díaz (who played with Buena Vista Social Club among many other artists), so music is in their blood, and the family intuition extends into their vocal interplay, rhythm and energy. Check out the album version of “River” to hear the soulful and hypnotic sounds they’ve built around their voices, but this a cappella performance from SXSW gets right to the core.

Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

March 20th, 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:

This week, Cindy went with “Somebody to Love” by Queen.

 

Bill’s menu for “Somebody to Love”:

Bill called Queen “majestic, beautiful, fancy, and sad”.  Accordingly, he chose a “meal” that fit those tones rather well.  He described a massive four-tier, lavender and baby blue wedding cake for a wedding that never happened.  Bill remarks that there’s no need to cut the cake, and it should be washed down with “a lot of champagne”.

Un-used Wedding Cake

 

Drinking Champagne from the Bottle

Bill’s Menu Selection:

To celebrate the beginning of spring, Bill chose one of his favorite spring meals: halibut.  Bill described some halibut tacos with a lemon-mayo aioli and a lentil salad  garnished with feta and lemon as a side.  To wash that down, Bill recommended a wheat beer – specifically Bell’s Oberon.

Halibut Tacos

 

Lentil Salad w/ Peas, Feta Cheese, and Olive Oil

 

Bell’s Oberon

Cindy’s Music Pick for Bill’s Menu:

To fit Bill’s “springy” menu, Cindy went with a band that makes her think of the season.  She picked “Current Carry” by Vetiver from their upcoming album, Complete Strangers.


 

Pairings March 20 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

The 9:13 Buzz with Jess Phaneuf

March 18th, 2015 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 Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha’s Vineyard!

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

Punch Brothers, “My Oh My” - It seems like everything mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile touches turns to gold. When the long awaited Nickel Creek reunion happened last year, I didn’t think it could get any better, but this year’s new Punch Brothers album is dynamite! I can’t stop listening to this track in particular, which has such incredible dynamics…it goes from hootin’ and hollerin’ to a beautiful whisper and back in just a few minutes. Marry me, Chris?

Chadwick Stokes, “Mother Maple” - Dispatch and State Radio frontman Chad Stokes has really turned his focus to his solo career in recent years, and the material I’ve heard has left me feeling luke warm…until now. I’m digging this experimental single from Stokes’ new album, The Horse Comanche. Add a sing-along chorus in with thoughtful lyrics and some video game sounds and you’ve won me over.