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Pairings With Chef Bill Fuller

November 21st, 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 Nov 21 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

There has been no shortage of great new music this year and Cindy has been enjoying listening through and finding new favorites. For this week’s Pairings she has selected one of her favorites from Ben Howard, the title track to his new album “I Forget Where We Were” for Bill to match a menu to. Bill Being impressed by the song picks out certain phrases that paint an image in his mind, such as “Thistle and the burr”, “The green green grass”, “Your great divide”. This reminds Bill of hiking and exploring in the woods as a kid perhaps picking blackberries, packing a lunch full of delicious Hoagies full of thick sliced ham and white cheddar along with crispy apples and classic canteen water to wash it down.

Cindy’s Music Pick:

Ben Howard – “I Forget Where We Were”


Bill’s Menu Pairing:



Crispy Apples




Canteen water


For Bill’s Menu he wants to wrap his menu around a seafood delicacy that can only be obtained this time of year. The Nantucket Bay scallop is a small scallop that can only be obtained in the late fall / early winter and have a rich, sweet taste.  Bill suggests lightly sautéed over thin pasta, sprinkled with prosciutto and bread crumbs, along with a salad and white wine. Cindy upon hearing with menu is put into the mindset of James Taylor and Martha’s Vineyard. Her song pairing this week is James Taylor’s “Country Road”.

Bill’s Menu Pick:

Nantucket Bay Scallops over Pasta


Kale Salad


Albarino Wine


Cindy’s Music Pairing:

The 9:13 Buzz with Patrick Bowman

November 19th, 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 Patrick Bowman

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

L.U.H., “Unites” – LUH (which stands for “Lost Under Heaven” is the latest project from Mancunian singer/songwriter Ellery James Roberts, who’s previous band, WU LYF, released the critically acclaimed 2010 record, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, was almost immediately followed by the band’s abrupt break up. With LUH’s first single “Unites,” Roberts has crafted a sound that’s similar to WU LYF’s expansive, anthemic indie rock, but tempers it this time with more subtle melodies and guitar work along with some of his strongest singing to date. But still, it’s impossible for this guy not to create music that sounds like a tidal wave crashing into a beach head, and “Unites” is a strong indicator that LUH’s first release will be one to watch out for.

Panda Bear, “Mr. Noah” – Animal Collective mainstay Panda Bear returns with the Mr. Noah EP, his first solo release since 2011′s critically acclaimed full-length Tomboy. It’s a record full of buoyantly strange psychedelic that seems to wash away any of the clunky, repetitive experiments that mar Animal Collective/Panda Bear’s best work. “Faces in the Crowd” is a day-glo burst of easy going synths and woozy atmosphere that’s propelled by Panda Bear’s gorgeously full vocals. If the track was released last May, it would have been an automatic contender for the song of the summer, but as we move toward the dregs of winter, it will just have to suffice as a humid, hot and fun daydream.

Music News Round Up: Ride Reforms, Marley Family Launches Marijuana Brand and Lana Del Ray Contributes to New Tim Burton Film

November 19th, 2014 by Cindy H


With the Exception of a best of release the band Ride has been on a nearly 14 year hiatus. Fans have decided to reunite in 2015 for  a UK tour as well as limited appearances in Toronto and New York. “We want to give the people what they want” stated front man Mark Gardener, however while there are no official plans for a new LP Gardener also has stated that it is not an impossibility, “That’s not to say we Wouldn’t make new music”. Read More on Ride’s return and their tour at NME.

Bob Marley was clear on his stance on Marijuana use and his family has decided that the time is right to launch a consumer cannabis brand under their family name. “Marley Natural” is set to launch next year and include an extensive product line including hand made accessories, cannabis infused lotions and balms as well as various cannabis strains. Marley Natural is to be owned an operated by Seattle based company Privateer Holdings. To learn more about Marley Natural visit Consequence of sound.

Lana Del Ray has new Oscar hopes after contributing two songs to the Tim Burton film “Big Eyes”. The songs “I Can Fly” which will be featured in the credits of the film and “Big Eyes” which is to given a spot right in the middle of the film are Del Ray originals and the film executives expect to receive positive reactions at the Academy Awards. Read more on “Big Eyes” and Lana Del Ray at SPIN.

Music News Roundup, Bono Injured, Neil Young Calls for Coffee Boycott and Jimmy Page Book Stamping.

November 17th, 2014 by Cindy H

Plans for U2 to have a week long residency on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show have been cancelled do to injuries sustained by Bono During a cycling incident. reports suggest that Bono’s arm will require surgery after reportedly being broken during a bicycle spill in New York’s Central Park. Despite having to cancel their week long stay on the Tonight Show there seems to be no hard feelings between the band and Fallon and U2′s official website has stated “Thanks to Jimmy Fallon and everyone at the show for their understanding”. U2 hopes to fulfill the Tonight Show residency at a later date.

Read more on Bono’s injury and Tonight show cancellation, at NME.

Neil Young has called for his fans to boycott Starbucks products due to the company’s ties with Monsanto, a company involved in a lawsuit against the state of Vermont over genetically modified organism legislation. A law was passed in Vermont requiring food producers label all foods containing GMOs which prompted Monsanto and other companies to file a lawsuit against the state. Young despite loving his morning coffee hopes that boycotting Starbucks will cause a ripple affect grabbing the attention of other companies. “Monsanto might not care what we think” says Young “But as a public facing company Starbucks does”.

Read more on Neil Young’s Starbucks Boycott at NME music news.

News that Jimmy Page would be doing several Book Signing events following the release of his new book Jimmy Page has had fans eagerly anticipating the opportunity to have the guitarist sign their copies. Some however may be disappointed to learn that the Signing will actually be a stamping. despite early news that Page would be signing books, official reports have indicated that Page will be using his custom stamp on all books at the events.