August 2012

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):

Sean Rowe, “Bring Back the Night” - Alt-folk artist Rowe’s remarkable, emotion-stirring baritone is put to great use on the nature-loving, upstate New Yorkers’ “The Shark and The Salesman” album released yesterday. Instrumentation is sparse and the vocal delivery is unhurried, but there’s plenty of feeling and power.

Gypsy and his Band of Ghosts, “Vagabond” - Giuseppe Capolupo sounds like someone who should be playing striker for A.C. Milan. He’s actually a former heavy metal drummer indulging his folk-pop side fronting this gifted Pittsburgh band. This particular radio edit, fine-tuned to make its debut today on WYEP, is representative of the upbeat, intelligent and infectious songwriting on the band’s six-song album that debuts Tuesday. Reminds me a bit of Good Old War. See Gypsy and His Band of Ghosts this Saturday at the South Park Rib & Wing Challenge.

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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 from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

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

Trampled By Turtles, "Widower's Heart" - This Minnesota band is getting closer to perfecting that aching, slow-crawling bluegrass sound, and this song is proof. It's from their latest album, "Stars and Satellites," which dropped in April. Disregard the silly name - these guys create beautiful music that won't trample you — it'll gently blow over you. That sure sounds cheesy, but give this band a shot. You won't be disappointed.

Yonder Mountain String Band, "Whipping Post, July 20, 2012" - YMSB has been the staple of the jamgrass scene for years now, with fans in both the jamband and bluegrass worlds. Though their own songs are certainly fun, I wanted to play a recent cover. This is the Allman Brother's "Whipping Post," played by YMSB at All Good Music Festival this summer. Their take is a lot faster and arguably more aggressive, despite being totally acoustic. You can find this whole set to (legally) download at www.archive.org.

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Here are a few more of my favorite bluegrass bands for you to sort through in between spins of Mumford & Sons:
Greensky Bluegrass
The Infamous Stringdusters
Hot Buttered Rum
The Rumpke Mountain Boys

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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. Special thanks to Brian Siewiorek for filling in for me!!!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Ponderosa, "Navajo" - With a name like Ponderosa you expect a country band on the bottom of a Kenny Chesney festival. Not the case. This band, produced by Dave Fridman (Flaming Lips), is more in line with a Fleet Foxes or Band of Horses, as it demonstrates on this dynamic track.

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band, "When I'm President" - At a ripe old 73, the former leader of Mott the Hoople still sounds fired up here, as he takes on the 1 percent, with Who-like synths and vocals that nod to Dylan. The album is due on Sept. 4.

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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:

Beachwood Sparks, Sparks Fly Again - Nice little country-rock ditty from the California band -- it's got that early-'70s California sound. This song has an American Beauty-era Dead vibe; there are other tunes on the record that are reminiscent of Gram Parsons. Their new record, The Tarnished Gold, is out now on Sub Pop.

Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan - This is the title track of the eclectic art-pop band's latest album. Parts of the record are loud and rowdy; this song is quiet, stripped-down and sweet. One of my favorite albums of 2012, and their show at Small's was one of my favorite shows this year, too.

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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):

Antlers, "Drift Dive" - The Antlers can be found "Undersea," the well-chosen title of the Brooklyn indie-rock band's new 4-song EP, which has a watery, dreamy, ambience. Hawaiian pedal steel and Pete Silberman's floating,hypnotic vocals give this lead-off track a Sigur Ros-ish feel. The slow, steady buildup of intensity leads to a satisfying finish.

The Gaslight Anthem, "Mullholland Drive" - Brian Fallon's urgent singing and earnest lyrics are the high-octane fuel for this New Jersey band's punk-edged, blue-collar rock. The single off their fourth studio album is "45." Check out this deeper album cut, with lines like "I used to drive you all around with the radio on" and "In the deep, dark parking lot pressed up against my car/With your hands around my neck I felt the pounding of your heart." Remind you of some other Jersey rocker?

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