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): Jonathan Coulton, “Good Morning Tucson” - This song made me laugh out loud when I heard Jonathan play it a few weeks ago as opening act for They Might Be Giants. The song is set at one of those ultra-perky, local TV news morning shows where the aging anchor is starting to snap. Jonathan told Pittsburgh audience he’s played lots of those shows, and the host seldom knows who he is. But he sympathizes with them for having to wake up so early. Ray Bonneville, “Night Walker” - This Austin-based, Canadian-born blues-roots-rock singer has been hailed for having “the sexiest guitar styles around” (Acoustic Guitar magazine). Bonneville does pluck an alluring tone; I also like the rich imagery in his songwriting. The lyrics here are about a guy gazing out his second-floor window each night, becoming increasingly fascinated by a mysterious character he sees walking the streets. The singer wonders if they are kindred souls. Bonneville will perform Oct. 6 at the Calliope Center Stage in Shadyside. He also will be performing Oct. 7 at the Hollywood Gardens, in Rochester, Beaver County!
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, contributing writer to Billboard Magazine Mr. Heavenly "Bronx Sniper" - If you're like me, this track arrives with a serious "Whew!" Mr. Heavenly is a sorta-supergroup featuring members of Man Man, Islands and Modest Mouse. They self-described themselves as a 'doom wop' band, but until now, their songs didn't live up to that seemingly awesome new genre title. With "Bronx Sniper," though, we get a hellish and huge guitar romp. If the band's debut follows suit, I might have a new favorite album. Big Harp "Everybody Pays" - Think The National playing songs by Will Oldham - with Big Harp we've got a married couple creating sincere, gorgeous folk rock with a slight grin. I really hope this act gets the attention they deserve; Big Harp's debut "White Hat" is seriously a gem, filled with country heartbreak, smart lyrics and even some fun.
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 Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott: Wild Flag, "Romance" - If you've been missing Sleater-Kinney, here's the remedy. Singer-guitarist Carrie Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss are back with this indie-rock "supergroup" that also features guitarist Mary Timony (Helium) and keyboardist Rebecca Cole (The Minders). This song is on the poppier side, but you still get Brownstein in all her Wild glory on the band's Merge debut. Donora, "The Story" - This is the lead-off track on the pop-rock trio's new album, its second on Rostrum Records. Despite the label being the home of Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, the rappers make no appearance here. Rather, Donora gives us 10 tracks of adorable pop, going all the way back to '50s/'60s girl group and '80s New Wave for influences.
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 of Pittsburgh's City Paper In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy (plus a bonus song): New Shouts, "Reins to Your Heart" - These local retro-ish indie rockers are about to unleash a 7-song EP; they dwell somewhere between throwback and contemporary hip stuff, which I like. This easy jam almost has a Philly soul sound to it. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, "Letter Divine" - Someone still loves you, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. It's me! You just released a new double album filled with unreleased songs old and new, and some demos of songs we already knew. It's great, and this song is sweet and fun and makes me feel young. Thanks! Mandrake Project, "Transitions" - This is the title track from the local band's new album; last year they took on John Schisler (formerly of New Invisible Joy) as a full-time vocalist, and it works really well; I think they've really taken it to the next level. Good, pretty, cinematic stuff. Editor's note: Andy Mulkerin loves this boat --->