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Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

October 17th, 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 Oct 17 2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

This week’s Pairings predates Tune Yards performing in Pittsburgh at Mr. Smalls Theater and to celebrate Cindy chooses the song “Bizness” by Tune Yards. Bill hears this song and recognizes the depth the song has to offer, “on the surface it’s sort of pretty and delicate and light, but as you listen and sort of work your way down into the song there is some darkness in the lyrics”. This theme is reflected in his menu pairing that includes items that appear light and easy but reveal themselves to be fulfilling and rich. The menu includes braised short rib beef pot pies, with slow cooked vegetables, and a stout beer ice cream float.

Cindy’s Song Pick: 


Bill’s Menu Pairing:

Beef Pot Pie

Stout Beer Float


Bills menu this week features his version of traditional layered Mexican sandwiches known as Cemitas. Bills cemita features a sesame seed bun smeared with hot bean dip, skirt steak sliced thin with cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, and avocado. To wash down this hearty sandwich Bill suggests horchata. Cindy upon hearing of this hearty sandwich is thinking that the actual eating of a cemita is probably best done alone due to its overwhelming nature, which brings to mind the overwhelming emotions conjured within her good friend when she hears Mark Cohns “Walking in Memphis”.

Bills Menu Pick:




Cindy’s song Pairing:

The 9:13 Buzz with Patrick Bowman

October 15th, 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 with commentary by Patrick.

Moon Baby – “Bae Sick”Pittsburgh-based neo-soul act Moon Baby is a close collaborator of Chris “Wise Blood” Laufman–who produced four of six tracks on her upcoming EP–and she shares Laufman’s affinity for sample-driven, lo-fi R&B slow jams. The first the track from the EP “Bae Sick” is an amazingly sensual but intimate ballad that sounds as if Moon Baby is singing to you from her bedside.

Iceage – “The Lord’s Favorite” - These Danish punks made their names by unleashing two doomy, nihilistic albums of scorched earth noise rock in 2011 and 2013. I definitely admired what they were doing more than I actually liked listening to it. But now, they just released their third album Plowing into the Field of Love and have completely changed gears while still maintaining the raging muscularity of their former work. They’ve transformed into rambling, Scandinavian rockabillies, and have stuck the landing. This song “The Lord’s Favorite” is just a kick-ass honky-tonk ramble, with lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s disaffected howl making me imagine a hungover Jonathan Richman doing punked-up Johnny Cash covers.

Ikey Owens, Keyboardist for Jack White and others, Found Dead at 38

October 15th, 2014 by Cindy H

The keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens has been found dead in his hotel room. Owens, age 38 has recorded and performed with groups such as The Long Beach Dub Allstars, The Mars Volta, and  recently Jack White. Owens has been working with White since 2012 and has contributed to the album  Blunderbuss and most recently Lazaretto. Owens was touring with White in Mexico when he was found dead in his hotel room. It is being reported that the hotel room that Owens was found in may have contained drugs and alchohol, though the official cause of death is being ruled a heart attack. Jack White has cancelled the remaining shows on the Mexican tour in respect for Owens.

Read more on Ikey Owens at Rolling Stone.

The Music of John Lennon Is Now Streaming On Spotify

October 13th, 2014 by Cindy H

Previously unavailable on the music streaming service, the solo discography of former Beatle John Lennon can now be heard on Spotify. Eight albums that were released between 1970 and 1984 can be heard in their entirety, as well as many non record song compilations. Spotify acquired Lennon’s solo discography as part of a series of exclusive deals the streaming service has been working on in order to compete with rise in the number of similar services being made available online. Lennon joins fellow Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Star in having his discography available on Spotify as well as several songs by George Harrison. however the Beatles music is still unable to be streamed on the service.

Read more on the Spotify release of John Lennon’s music at Consequence of Sound.