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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Extended Interview: Claire Evans from YACHT

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM

There’s a really short version of this interview in today’s paper; I talked to Claire last week when YACHT was on tour with Yo Gabba Gabba’s stage show. It was a really interesting interview, so I’m bringing you the long version! The band plays at the Rex Theater on Mon., Dec. 5.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MP3: Yves Jean

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 5:19 PM



This week's Local Beat column -- which you'll read tomorrow -- is about longtime local singer and songwriter Yves Jean. The Haitian born pop singer is releasing his latest Hope for the Best ... But Expect Nothing this Thursday with a show at Stage AE. Want a sneak peek? Download this weeks's free MP3: "Last Forever."


To download MP3, right-click link and choose "save link as" or "download linked file as."  


Monday, November 21, 2011

MP3 Monday: Marcus Meston

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 6:41 PM



Welcome to another installment of MP3 Monday up in the FFW>> music blog. This week's local MP3 comes from likely our youngest MP3 supplier yet, 16-year-old Marcus Meston. He recently released an EP, Fake, Fixed, Happy, fully of sunny pop tunes. He shows his chops on the track he's offering here, "Waiting". Enjoy!


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Monday, November 14, 2011

MP3 Monday: WOVOKA

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM



This week's MP3 comes from WOVOKA, the duo of Jack Wilson and Deric Norgren. Jack Wilson (aka DJ Brewer) lit out for warmer -- er, nicer -- er, different climes in Baltimore last year, while Norgren stayed behind in Pittsburgh. Today's track is from sessions recorded while both were still here. Without further ado, download and enjoy: Rotisserie.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

MP3: Black Crash

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 1:09 PM


Hey, it had been a couple weeks in a row that I’d actually gotten the MP3 posted on Monday – cut me some slack. This week’s free MP3 comes from the local band Black Crash, which is preparing to release a new full-length, Sometimes Dreams. I reviewed the record positively a couple weeks back; fans of Britpop a la Travis should definitely check it out. The track they've provided for us is called "Signal Fire."


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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Michael Cuscuna: Unabridged interview

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Michael Cuscuna set the standard on box-set reissues when he launched Mosaic, a mail-order label that works in deluxe, comprehensive jazz re-releases. Released in limited editions, each set compiled a complete overview of a particular period in an artist's career, packing it in a 12-inch-by- 12-inch box, with a detailed booklet full of information that jazz geeks relish. Today, Mosaic still releases that package, though nearly all the sets appear on CD only. They've also branched out to include Mosaic Select and Mosaic Singles, which cover smaller scopes of releases. In addition to this extensive work, Cuscuna became the go-to guy for the numerous labels re-releasing their jazz back catalog.

On Thurs., Nov. 3, he speaks at the 41st Annual Pitt Jazz Seminar, in the William Pitt Union at 7 p.m. This is the long version of the interview that Mike Shanley did with Cuscuna.

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