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). Joy Ike, “Everything You Have” – I like Ike. How could you not? Pittsburgh soul-pop singer Joy Ike is upbeat, intelligent and can flat out sing. She’s got an ear for hooks, too, evident on this single from her third full-length indie release, “All or Nothing,” which she will introduce Sunday with a show at the New Hazlett Theater. I like this song’s message, as Joy vows not to let possessions and objects rule her life. She’s answering to a higher calling. Donora, “Under the Lights” – Imagine if Karen O joined the Go-Go’s. Yeah, yeah, yeah that would sound fabulous. And it might sound a little like this effervescent cut by local indie-pop trio Donora. Their new 5-song EP, “Play Nice,” arrives Tuesday. Singer-guitarist Casey Hanner & the two Jakes (her drum-playing, music sampling brother Jake Hanner and bassist Jake Churton) are gearing up for an East Coast and Midwest jaunt before gigging at the prestigious SXSW music festival in Austin. Donora has scored key song placements recently, such as the plucky piano melody from their “I Think I Like You” jazzing up the latest Nationwide Insurance commercial. Another previously released Donora song, “Champion,” was used in the second episode of the current season of “Glee” (Gleeks will remember the scene, where Rachel spots Brody doing crunches in the park, as he’s listening to headphones.) You can catch Donora Feb. 16 at Brillobox.
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: The Dropkick Murphys, “Rose Tattoo” - You never have to worry about the Murphys reinventing the wheel, as the band sticks to the Irish punk jigs and reels that brought them to the dance. Here’s a good ol’ drinking sing-along that includes a cry of “Black and gold, we wave the flag!” So, it’s not our Black & Gold, but we can use it anyway. The Wandering Rocks, “Hell & High Water” - Here’s a familiar voice for Pittsburghers. Karl Mullen made his name here in the late ’70s with Carsickness, and moved on to the folkier Ploughman’s Lunch and a solo career, getting quieter and more traditional along the way. Here’s the debut from his new Massachusetts-based band, named for an episode from “Ulysses,” making its first Pittsburgh appearance at Club Cafe on January 18.
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: Mariage Blanc, "Undercurrents" - This is the title track from the local band's new EP; in addition to the band's production skills, the new record exhibits some progression toward more rhythm-section-centered, groove-based stuff. Mount Moriah, "Younger Days" - This North Carolina band, consisting of some folks from other good bands (Heather from Bellafea, Jenks from Horseback), is readying its second full-length, and its first issued by Merge. Good, pretty, country-ish stuff from some folks known for harder rock.