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Pairings with Chef Bill Fuller

June 22nd, 2012 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 food and drink. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Cindy’s song pick: Dr. Dog “Shadow People”

Bill’s menu pairing: Strolling down the street in the Italian Market in Philly; stopped in DiBruno Brothers to buy cheese and prosciutto, hit the pretzel cart, stop by the one place in the Italian Market that sells warm tortillas, grab some Tastykakes from a nearby bodega and drinking Troegs beer (Dream Weaver) at a bar.

Bill’s menu pick: Fresh, still warm yellow and red garden tomatoes, sliced on a plate with oil and vinegar drizzled on with chunks of grilled chicken and fresh basil. Drinking a unoaked chardonnay (White burgundy).

Cindy’s song pairing: The Be Good Tanyas “The Littlest Birds”

The 9:13 Buzz with Scott Tady

February 29th, 2012 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 Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here’s what he played (with commentary by Scott):

Dr. Dog, “Do the Trick” – Prior efforts were tagged as psychedelic-folk, though this Philly band rocks out on album No. 7, “Be the Void,” their loosest, loudest, most live sounding yet. It’s a very cohesive album, and entertaining from start to finish. To prove it, I steered clear of “That Old Black Hole” and “These Days,” both being spun on WYEP, and chose a deeper cut that hearkens more to “classic” Dr. Dog, with a swirling melody, swelling harmonies and clever but un-fancy lyrics. Sample: “My talk is a nervous tick/Won’t you freeze my hands of time?/Will you do the trick?.” They’re in town tomorrow for a concert.

Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons, “Anaconda” – Joseph’s songwriting is inspired by his years in Salt Lake City (where Jack Mormons is a local coffee company). You can practically taste the dry, dusty expansive setting of Utah in his music, which is guitar-driven alt-rock with jam-band elements. This isn’t the angst of a New York songwriter affected by the hustle-and-bustle of a big city, but a guy whose demons are spurred by the Wild West with its lonesome highways and stark, barren landscapes. Jerry has written several songs for Widespread Panic, and his band has shared stages with Drive-By Truckers (who were the opening act). Alas, his touring in the past decade has been limited largely to the Rockies and Pacific Northwest. I’m hoping WYEP can bring him to Pittsburgh! Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons album goes public on March 30.

The 9:13 Buzz with Justin Jacobs

February 15th, 2012 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 Justin Jacobs (talking to us via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin:

Nneka, “My Home” – This Nigerian goddess of awesome is like the perfect synthesis of two of my favorite singers — the soul and emotion of Corinne Bailey Rae and the funk and robot swagger of Janelle Monae. Play this track really loud, it’ll be fun for everyone around you!

Tennis, “My Better Self” – Cutesy indie pop husband-wife duo gets so much better on their second album. Maybe it’s because they weren’t writing about a sailboat this time out, but who knows. This record was produced by the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and though there’s no dirty blues here, his crisp production sounds great.

Bonus track!

Dr. Dog, “How Long Must I Wait” – My favorite track from my favorite band’s new album. Such a good mood-enducing track. Buy the whole album, Be the Void, and support these Philly boys.

Show preview: Dr. Dog

February 14th, 2011 by Cindy H

WYEP Presents Dr. Dog // Thurs. 2/17 @ Mr. Smalls Theater – 9pm

Words by Justin Jacobs:

For longtime fans, to track the growth of Philadelphia band Dr. Dog — from its humble beginnings around 1999 to one of indie rock’s most revered bands today — is a lot like watching your child grow up. Ok, ok, that might be a bit hyperbolic. But follow me here.

For Dr. Dog’s first few albums, the band created extremely lo-fi folk rock that was equal parts catchy and silly, like a kid saying his first words. There was even a song on second album Toothbrush called “Say Ahhh.” Dr. Dog’s next few records, We All Belong and Fate, showed serious growth, like an adolescent band, realizing its strengths and weaknesses, sounding smarter and more self-assured. And with last year’s breakthrough album Shame, Shame, Dr. Dog finally reached adulthood — the album cast aside completely the lo-fi whispers of the band’s childhood in favor of a clean and professional, but still inspiring sound.

Now, a trajectory like this often brings out calls of “Sell out!” for indie rock bands, but not so with Dr. Dog. While the band’s actual recordings have changed shape, these Philly boys have maintained the core of their music — idiosyncratic doo-wop harmonies, lyrics filled with child-like wonder and adult ruminations on love and death, melodies hummable for days.

And the best part? You get to see Dr. Dog this Thursday, when the band stops at Mr. Smalls. The show’s at 9 p.m. See you there!

WYEP Presents Dr. Dog // Thurs. 2/17 @ Mr. Smalls Theater – 9pm