April 2013

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).

Escondido, "Evil Girls" - This Nashville duo serves up a spaghetti-western vibe. It's all good (not bad, or ugly), especially when singer Jessica Maros' voice comes floating in. She might make you
think of Mazzy Star. They've got another song, "Bad Without You," in which she sings about "In the hills of Pennsylvania, closer to the moon/I'm bad without you." Well, all right then! Escondido made its national TV debut this month on Conan.

Said the Whale, "I Love You" - The Vancouver alt-rock quintet revs up the fun on a road-trip-worthy, Dandy Warhols-ish single from an EP arriving June 18. Sample lyrics: "You're kind of sad but I love you/You're kind of rough but I love you/Maybe I'm broke but I love you/I know it's stupid but I love you." Guess that's what you'd call unconditional love.

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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 is what he played with commentary by Justin:

The Features, "This Disorder" - These dudes have been around forever, but they've never quite had that breakthrough. Signed to Kings of Leon's label, this cut is off their latest, self-titled album. It's the catchiest slice of indie pop I've heard all day, and just may give The Features a well-deserved stab at the big leagues.

Portugal. The Man, "Evil Friends" - The first single off of Portugal. The Man's latest album is a trip, and a great indicator of the record: it's both the poppiest and most sinister thing they've done yet. This band was on an album-a-year streak, but this record took them two. The time off shows, and it's a creative, wonderfully weird album — and their first with producer Danger Mouse.

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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:

Kurt Vile, "Never Run Away" - Another hazy stoner track from the Philly rocker who finds the sweet spot between classic and indie rock. This is one of the few radio-sized cuts from his fifth album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, a 69-minute double LP that finds most of the songs stretching past the 7 minute mark.

Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow" - Yes, she's a singer with a shot at mainstream success, but there's a refreshing authenticity to the songs on her major-label debut "Same Trailer Different Park." On this breezy and clever song, she makes a case for being yourself whether that means smoking weed or experimenting with sexuality.

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Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy are working together again on a new album. Produced by Tweedy, One True Vine is coming out on June 25 (ANTI-) and serves as Staples' 13th studio album. Staples, a veteran of the soul music world and one time member of The Staples Singers, worked with Tweedy on her 2010 album You Are Not Alone. One True Vine was recorded at Wilco's loft in Chicago and features Tweedy playing nearly every instrument. The only exception would be the drums, which were handled by Tweedy's 17 year old son, Spencer.

Check out the first song released online from the new album, a cover of Funkdelic's "Can You Get to That":

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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:

Austra, "Home" - Unlike the scads of other popular songs about "home" lately, this one does not involve a banjo. Toronto-based Austra has a new album of goth-y, Pagan-ish dance pop coming out this summer, and this jam is the first single from it. Enjoy!

Generationals, "Spinoza" - This band has a way of changing form all the time -- they do electronic pop, they do doo-wop-sounding stuff, but this one's just a straightforward rocker. They're coming to town later this month, too!

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