Local singer-songwriter, Mieka Pauley, will be performing live on WERS tomorrow morning with her new band, The Mieka Canon, as part of Live Music Week. Make sure to listen in to WERS at 7AM tomorrow so you don’t miss what I’m sure will be an incredible performance! And, don’t forget to pledge your support to WERS by calling 617 824 8700 or by going online to WERS.org, to keep noncommercial radio going strong.
To hype up Mieka’s performance tomorrow, here’s a new song of hers that I hope she’ll be performing with her new band live at WERS. It’s called “Faster” and it’s from The Mieka Canon’s From the Mouth of Paris EP. Check out the video of Mieka Performing the song live, below, and tune into WERS tomorrow morning to see if she plays this song. Enjoy!
Member Madness is our time to accumulate feedback from you and our other favorite listeners while raising money to support public radio and the music community in Boston. This year, we’ve had some good friends stop by to spin their favorite tunes and share their love for WERS! We consider these people family here at the station. Here’s what they chose to play:
Mieka is a local singer-songwriter and great friend of the station. Back in May, she played at WERS’ Semel Spotlight with Tom Brosseau at the Semel Theater in downtown Boston. She recently won $10,000 from Cosmopolitan Magazine, all of which is going toward the production of her upcoming album. She spun songs to reflect the sound she’s looking to tackle on her next record.
1. Death Cab For Cutie – “Bixby Canyon Bridge”
2. Kings of Leon – “Closer”
3. Ben Folds Five – “Narcolepsy”
4. The Frames – “Stars Are Underground” (Live)
5. Arctic Monkeys – “Brianstorm”
6. Muse – “Take a Bow”
Sounds like it’ll be a pretty epic and rocking album, Mieka!
You may have seen Will appropriately belting the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” without a microphone, at our 60th Anniversary show back in March. You may have also seen him playing his song “Rise” on CSI:NY (Gary Sinise on bass??) Either way, the local artist splits his time between Boston and L.A., and it’s always a treat to have him come by the station. On Wednesday, he visited WERS and threw on a few songs that have definitely shaped his career in music.
1. Grant Lee Buffalo – “Mockingbirds”
2. Neil Young – “Don’t Cry No Tears”
3. Apostles of Hustle – “Chances Are”
4. Air Traffic Controller – “Can’t Let Go”
5. The Rolling Stones – “100 Years Ago”
6. Elbow – “Mexican Standoff”
7. Emmylou Harris – “Where Will I Be”
8. Guided By Voices – “Glad Girls”
9. Rod Stewart – “Los Paraguayos”
Jay Sweet is the Editor-At-Large of Paste Magazine, as well as Producer of Folk at Fifty, a celebration of Folk in Newport. Jay stopped by to spin his favorite tunes of recent memory, all of which happen to look a helluva lot like our WERS Daytime playlists on any given day. He even admitted to using the station as a reservoir of influence during those early hours while he starts his day. No wonder the artists featured in Paste always look so familiar! The guy definitely did a good job producing the Newport Folk Festival last year; he brought artists like Calexico, Cat Power, The Avett Brothers, The Black Crowes, She & Him, Levon Helm, and many others to Fort Adams State Park. Can’t wait to see who will be playing this year. (But definitely keep an eye out for the lineup being revealed within the coming weeks.)
1. Frightened Rabbit – “Good Arms Vs. Bad Arms”
2. Iron & Wine – “The Devil Never Sleeps”
3. Decemberists – “Sons & Daughters”
4. Elvis Perkins – “Hey!”
5. Ben Kweller – “Sawdust Man”
6. Fleet Foxes – “Ragged Wood”
7. Neko Case – “People Got a Lotta Nerve”
The fun doesn’t end there. Susan Scotti, Publicist of the historic Club Passim will be stopping by around 4pm on Friday. Don’t miss her favorite songs!
We’re well on our way to our goal of $105,000 for Member Madness! Pledge your support to non-commercial radio to keep your music fresh and fun. Visit WERS.org to make a donation, or call 617-824-8700.
Mieka Pauley performs during Local Music Week at WERS
By Paige Trubatch
Local musician Mieka Pauley is a winner. Literally–her music has won her not only local and national recognition, but also cash and free recording time. While she already has an album out entitled Elijah Drop Your Gun, (the vocals of which were recorded right here in the WERS studios) she is excited about the four-song demo she will get to record for free as a result of the Cosmopolitan Star Launch contest she entered on a whim. Pauley is ready to produce some new material, though only two of the four tracks on the demo will be wholly new.
In addition to that contest which also won her $10,000, Pauley has won other recognitions through the New York Songwriters’ Circle. The set included songs both off of Elijah Drop Your Gun and contest winners. The first track performed was the sexy acoustic number “9:45,” followed by “All the Same Mistakes,” the song which won her the New York Songwriters’ Circle contest (and $5,000 more dollars). Pauley’s voice is slightly deep yet feminine will a versatile range, and a different energy came across in each different track.
Mieka also discussed her third trip to the SXSW music festival held in Austin, Texas every year. This was the first she year she decided to bring her band along, the crew made a three day there, three day back journey to the annual event.
“It was fun once I got over the guilt of cramping them in the car ’cause I couldn’t afford to buy them plane tickets, but we had a good time,” she said.
Pauley feels like she got to see a lot of cool acts over the course of the “cacophonous” festival, including April Smith who sticks out in Pauley’s mind.
The last song performed in the set was an edgy number called “We’re All Gonna Die.” With an intensified energy and amped-up attitude, it was definitely a fun way to end Pauley’s visit for Local Music Week.
For more Mieka Pauley, check out this article on WERS.ORG