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: Neighbours, "Tell the Truth" - You gotta love a new song that sounds like it could have been on the "Nuggets" boxed set of classic garage-rock and soul. That's part of what producer Derek White (The New Shouts) brings to the table for this Pittsburgh band that features singer-keyboardist Michael Cunningham, singer-guitarist Ross Reilly, bassist Joe Tarowsky and drummer Andy Mulkerin (heard here on the 9:13 Buzz). This is the opening track of an album that shows influences ranging from the Zombies to the Jam. Blue of Colors, "This is A Story" - Blue of Colors is the spinoff project of Punchline singer Steve Soboslai, who stretches out from the pop-punk formula on this finely crafted set of songs about love on the rocks.
Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples. — Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) July 14, 2013Yorke accused Spotify of acting in the interest of its shareholders and not the musicians. Yorke commented on the issue, "Make no mistake, new artists you discover on Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly be rolling in it. Simples.” The singer said he was “standing up for our fellow musicians.” Yorke has also been backed by his long-time producer Nigel Godrich on the matter. In a series of tweets, Godrich states “We’re off of Spotify…Can’t do that no more man…Someone gotta say something. It’s bad for new music…The reason is that new artists get paid f*** all with this model…It’s just an equation that doesn’t work." Yorke has received a lot of flack publicly, most notably from Stephen Street, award-winning producer of Blur and The Smiths. Radiohead famously put their album, In Rainbows on the internet for free, allowing fans to pay whatever they felt necessary. Also going to Twitter, Street commented on the matter, “Bit rich coming from Thom Yorke that Spotify doesn't work for new artists. It’s exactly what I said when Radiohead made their album available for free/ pay what you want a few years back." For the time being, Radiohead's albums will remain on Spotify, but the ongoing legal disputes continue and that could change.