November 2011

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):

Snow Patrol, "Called Out in the Dark" - The Britpop band admits its new album -- the first in 3 years -- took longer than expected to finish. The wait was worth it, judging by the first two singles, including this track highlighted both by Gary Lightbody's elegant, Bryan Ferry-ish vocals, and cool and subtle indie-electronica synth squiggles.

Yacht, "Utopia" - Trippy and danceable electro-pop from "Shangri-La," the sophomore release from the Portland, Ore. band that floats somewhere between The Talking Heads and Devo. This single typifies Yacht's sunny view of man's perpetual quest for utopia. Tune in, turn on and shake your body Dec. 5, when Yacht sets sail for the Rex Theatre on the South Side. It's been a breakout year for "Y" bands, namely Yuck, Yawn and now
Yacht.

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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.

Yukon Blonde, "Fire" - Isn't this song pretty? I think so, too. Sure, these Canadian dudes take more than a few pages from the books of Fleet Foxes and similarly bearded bands, but they pull it off well. This song is off of Yukon Blonde's new EP, "Fire//Water." It's hard to dock points for originality when the harmonies are this tight and the melody this catchy. And it's really pretty, amiright?

Big Pink, "Give It Up" - This London duo got all the dark, indie kids dancing (read: coolly swaying) with its shadowy debut album a few years back. "Give It Up" is a great example of their new sound: more polished, bolder, sharper and, thankfully, still dark and catchy. Be wary, some tracks off their new album "Future This" go too far — one sounds like a car chase soundtrack — but most strike a good balance between grimy and glittering.

Grouplove, "Colours" - Seems like I'm a little late to the Grouplove party, but I'm glad I finally found this band. Loose, jangling, sing-along-in-the-car anthems about having fun and going to the beach and such; Grouplove's debut album "Never Trust a Happy Song" is sugary fun. "Colours," originally out on an EP, is a perfect sampler.

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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:

Carole King, "Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday" - The other day my job required that I endure repeated plays of the new Anthrax album, which was fine, but once done with that, I needed the antidote. The closest thing was the soothing new Carole King album, her first foray into holiday music. The legendary singer sounds like her old self here, just
as she did at the Arena with James Taylor. This one is cover of a soul song by William Bell and Booker T. Jones.

Summer-Winter, "Shine" - The second album from Pittsburgh singer-songwriter Terry O'Hara (who goes under the moniker of Summer-Winter) is suitable for gazing out the window at a snowy winter scene. If you like Grandaddy, Sparklehorse or even Kurt Vile, you'll appreciate his slow, spacey mode of indie pop.

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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 two bonus songs):

Nikki Lane, "Coming Home to You" - I played a tune from Nikki Lane's debut EP a few months back on the Buzz and noted that her forthcoming full-length would prove whether she had staying power. In late September, that album came out, and the answer seems to be: Absolutely. Great songwriter, wonderful voice, cheeky sense of humor (as is evidenced by the title of the full-length, Walk of Shame). This is a delightful re-figuring of a song that first appeared on the EP.

Real Estate, "It's Real" - This Jersey-via-Brooklyn indie rock band released its latest, Days, last month on Domino. It's full of catchy, straightforward tunes; this one's the catchiest, I think. Catch them live in Pittsburgh later this month.

Boca Chica, "Long Range Guns"- The local Americana group headed by Hallie Pritts has returned with a new full-length called Get Out of Sin City. It's another crop of solid songs, and this one's my favorite.

Black Crash, "Sometimes Dreams" - This is the title track from the local band's newest release; recommended for fans of Britpop along the lines of Travis, and maybe Radiohead or even (*shudder*) Coldplay. Great vocals, solid tunes.

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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):

Tom Waits, "Bad as Me" - With the possible exception of Scotch whiskey, there's no clearer example of an "acquired taste" than Tom Waits' singing. I've got music-loving friends who don't "get" Waits. Personally, I admire the feeling and wisdom imparted by his rough and rumbling vocals. I chose the title track from Waits' week-old album, which is solid from start to finish. The standout cut might be the not-quite-ready-for-the-FCC "Hell Broke Luce," a poignant and clever anti-war track (who else does those anymore?) His fans number guest musicians on the album such as Keith Richards, Flea, Slash, Les Claypool and Ben Jaffee from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

HoneyHoney, "Angel of Death" - There's another Ben Jaffee making music, the Ben that's one-half of the delightful alt-country/indie-folk L.A. duo HoneyHoney.He's the guitar foil to the sweet, sexy and soulful singing of Suzanne Santo. She's also got a saucy side (check the band's ode to decadence "Let's Get Wrecked.") Here, she manages to make a song called "Angel of Death" sound alluring. In an interview with Jaffee, I told him this song sounds like something Gram Parsons would have written for Emmylou Harris. "Naw, that was just me trying to rip off a Hank Williams song," he said.

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