October 1st, 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 Andy Mulkerin
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary from Andy.
The Van Allen Belt — “Different Storm”
The new record from these locals is another stellar one; Heaven on a Branch is both beautiful and weird, and shows the hallmarks of a group of artists with a cohesive view of what they do. Like I said in my short review of the album: There’s no reason the BMSR-and-Animal Collective crew shouldn’t all want this album.
André Costello and the Cool Minors — “Virgil”
This is the lead track from this band’s first full-length, The Rattling Arcade, issued by Wild Kindness Records. I’ve been a fan since André’s first solo album, and this one fulfills a lot of the potential he showed early on. This could be a breakout for a great local songwriter.
October 1st, 2014 by Cindy H
Iconic guitarist and founding member of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page has revealed plans to form a new band and go on tour playing music spanning his entire career. Despite long time hopes of organizing a Led Zeppelin reunion Page comments that the chances are “Not Very likely” likely do to reluctance on the part Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant.
Page’s new group will consist of as of yet unknown musicians, but he has said that he will be playing material from every stage in his career “right back to my very, very early days with The Yardbirds…and there would certainly be new material in there as well”.
Read more on Jimmy Page and his upcoming tour at The Guardian.
September 29th, 2014 by Cindy H
Following a series of mysterious tweets Thom Yorke, front man for Radiohead has released his sophomore solo album Tommorrow’s Modern Boxes via the file sharing platform Bittorrent. The album comes as a surprise to fans, many of whom assumed that the mysterious tweets by Thom would result in a new Radiohead project.
The distribution of the album is an experiment that Yorke says, “could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to the people who are creating the work”. If successful Yorke hopes that others will follow suit and bypass other online distribution methods that he has been openly critical of in the past.
More on Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes and Thom Yorke can be found at Consequence Of Sound.
September 26th, 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 Sept 26 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud
Cindy’s Song Pick: Parliament “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off The Sucker)
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic is bringing the party to Pittsburgh this weekend and Cindy’s first song “Give up the Funk” is a great example of what one can expect from their show. While listening to the song Bill knows that there will be a lot of people on stage this weekend and it will be as much of a party on stage as off. For this menu he wanted to match the performance with the perfect fun party food…tacos and champagne.
Bills Menu Pairing:
Assorted Mini Tacos
Bill’s Menu Pick: For his menu pick this week Bill has Spanish food in mind. He imagines perhaps grabbing a meal on the Barcelona coast that features numerous cultural favorites and Spanish appetizers.
Cindys Song Pairing: To match up with this menu Cindy makes her way to England with the song “Budapest” by George Ezra, who she feels has an old soul the match the the old soul feel of the menu.