September 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):

Stars, "Hold You When You Get Love, Let Go When You Give It" - Tantalizing electro-pop from a Canadian band whose members are part of the Broken Social Scene music collective. This song has an Erasure-ish appeal. Try saying that fast three times "Erasure-ish ... Erasure-ish..."

Bad Books, "It Never Stops" - Rich harmonies reminiscent of Dawes from the sophomore effort by an act that pairs Brooklyn solo artist Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra frontman Andy Hull of Atlanta.

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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.

Alt-J (∆), "Breezeblocks" - My pick for Best New Band of 2012. Fusing rock, hip-hop, trip-hop, folk and electronica, this quartet of Brits has created a wholly new and exciting sound. The album, "An Awesome Wave," is out in the states Sept. 18. Hopefully we take a page from the UK, and make this band a success story. They've been streaming the whole album on Soundcloud, so try it before you buy it. You won't regret it for a second.

Dispatch, "Josaphine" - This funky folk trio from Boston broke up a decade ago, with sparse reunion shows popping up throughout the 2000's. But now they're actually back, with a great new record called "Circles Around the Sun." The band amassed a huge, scruffy, college-aged following in the late 90's with its acoustic, tongue-twisting jams. Make all the jokes about 'dorm-room-rock' you want; this is feel good stuff, and the new songs are among their best.

Extra bonus!

Alt-J, "Fitzpleasure" Jim James Remix - That's right; the leader of My Morning Jacket saved his first ever official remix for these dudes. Google this track and hear James' spacey interpretation of an already-incredible song.

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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:

Meeting of Important People, "Got a Clean Head" - What a polished pop gem here from the Pittsburgh power-pop trio! MOIP has a few different tricks, including sounding like vintage Who or flat-out punk. This is Josh Verbanets and the band in "Village Green"-era Kinks mode, pulling off that percolating Britpop with impeccable vocal harmonies.

The Harlan Twins, "Mama Jo"
- The Pittsburgh-based Americana band has a pair of talented and very different singer-songwriters in Carrie Battle and James Hart. This is Carrie at her sweet, Appalachian-sounding best with the Harlans carrying on like The Band behind her. Although the title and sound might evoke the South, it's actually about Mary Jo (aka Momjo), who books the bands and serves as a mom to them at Howler's Coyote Cafe in Bloomfield.

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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:

Rumer, "P.F. Sloan" - This is a little outside of my wheelhouse as far as contemporary stuff that I pick for the Buzz goes ... but, it's a song that was written by Jimmy Webb about his 1960s contemporary, P.F. Sloan, who wrote "Eve of Destruction." British singer Rumer revived it on her recent album Boys Don't Cry, on which she covers tunes by male songwriters of earlier decades. I'm a big Jimmy Webb fan, and Rumer's voice has a Karen Carpenter-ish quality to it.

Mark Lanegan, "White Light/White Heat" - Everyone knows "White Light/White Heat," the song penned by Lou Reed for The Velvet Underground. You also likely know Lanegan, if not for The Screaming Trees then for his many collaborations and production credits over the years. This cover is on the soundtrack of the new Nick Cave/Warren Ellis movie, Lawless. There's also a pretty haunting version of this song performed by Ralph Stanley on the same soundtrack.

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