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: Janelle Monae, "Dance Apocalyptic" - Who doesn't like Janelle Monae? This is the first track released from her upcoming album The Electric Lady, set for a September release. Get down with weird robots. Samantha Crain, "Paint" - A song about growing old, from a 26-year-old -- though, to be fair, she started touring at age 19, so she IS a veteran. This is from Crain's new album, produced by John Vanderslice -- the production is minimal but effective.
This is not "only" about race. This is about laws that allow racist acts to go unpunished. We must change laws that promote injustice — Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 14, 2013
If Zimmerman, was a big fat black man, and Trayvon had just been a skinny white kid from FL with a bag of Skittles, verdict the same? — ImmortalTech (@ImmortalTech) July 14, 2013
The Trayvon Martin verdict doesn't surprise me. Stanford, FL never wanted Zimmerman arrested. Now he's free to kill another child. — Ice Cube (@icecube) July 14, 2013Stevie Wonder recently stepped up the bar when he announced that he will no longer play in the state of Florida or any state that has the Stand-Your-Ground Law in act. Stevie Wonder commented on the matter stating, “For those who may have lost the battle for justice, where that fits in any part of the world…we can’t bring them back…” You can watch Stevie Wonder’s emotional response and decision to no longer play in Florida in the video below.
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). Mayer Hawthorne, "Backseat Lover" - At last, an artist who fans of both Steely Dan and Justin Timberlake can agree upon. Mayer puts a slick jazz gloss on his contemporary, sexually charged R&B. The title of this 2-week-old album asks, “Where Does This Door Go?” Evidently, to places both fresh and retro; sometimes delightful, sometimes excessive, but never, ever dull. The Hawkeyes “Double E” - I really enjoyed seeing these Pittsburgh-Ellwood City rockers perform last year in Market Square on a biker night. The Hawkeyes cites Drive-By Truckers and the Hold Steady as big influences, though you’ll hear some Stonesy swagger on this song, about a guy running sketchy errands on the East Coast, hoping he can just make it back to a secret crash-pad, rendezvous point nicknamed the Double E. The Hawkeyes sold out their Club Café CD release show this month, and have a similar show planned for Indianapolis, where they also have a fan base. Recently parting ways with their Cincinnati-based label, they’re already working on a follow-up album.