April 2014

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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 Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott.

Tiny Victories, “Drinking With Your Ghost” – First single from the debut full-length by this synth-y duo drawing comparisons to MGMT (sonically) and The National (vocally). Lush, with lots of little unexpected melodic moments. Lyrically, the singer is losing sleep, haunted by a former relationship. It’s as if the specter of that ex-lover is “shaking chains, making sounds, rattling this old house to the ground.” Must be a theme to the album, called “Haunts,” due out June 10. Interesting trivia: singer Greg Walters, spent six years as a foreign correspondent journalist in Moscow, before meeting bandmate Cason Kelly in a Brooklyn bar.

Fever High, “That’s So Typical” – Forget posting one of your big-haired high-school photos. Celebrate the next Throwback Thursday instead by sharing this savory slice of retro dance-pop from Fever High, another Brooklyn duo. The blonde twosome of Anna Nordeen and Leah Cary take a tip from The Waitresses, with this catchy, bouncy tune, urging a cynical someone to quit being such a grump. A double-barrel blast of girl group harmony gets right to the point on lines like “Do you ever lighten up? No, no. Nothing’s good enough. Do you ever shut your mouth? Your logic wears me out. Oh…. Outside here the sun is shining. But you spend the whole day whining.” You go, girls! Just about everyone needs to lighten up.

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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!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:

The Both, "Milwaukee" - Who doesn't love both Ted Leo and Aimee Mann? Seriously. If you don't like them, I'll fight you. They have a new band together called The Both and it sounds like Ted Leo and Aimee Mann and so that's a good reason to love it. They play Small's on May 5, if you like seeing good things live.

Sharon Van Etten, "Taking Chances" - This is the first single from Sharon Van Etten's new album, Are We There. The big news about this album is going to be the synths, but when the full album hits your ears, I want you to listen for the tastefully done saxophones and clarinets. This particular song sounds like it could be a Beach House song; the rest of the album sounds more like a Sharon Van Etten record, I promise you.

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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!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott.

The Julie Ruin, "Just My Kind" - Although this more subdued song might not fully demonstrate it, Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna is back with a force with this new band, which just released its debut album. She's her screamy, punky self again after spending the past decade fighting the effects of Lyme disease. On this song, better for morning radio, she hits more of a Motown kind of soul groove.

Eels, "Where I'm From" - There are few singers who pack as much feeling into a phrase as Mark Everett. He's in a folky, reflective mode on this song from the forthcoming album "The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett." Let's hope he follows that with his first show here since opening for Tom Verlaine at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2006.

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin!

Manchester Orchestra, "Cope"-  Boy, oh boy, is this song loud. Right now, press play and turn up your car stereo or your shitty computer speakers. This Atlanta band has been messing around with some 'alternative rock' sounds for a few albums now, but on their fourth record, they come up with something that sounds like a sonic upgrade of 1994.

Tune-Yards, "Water Fountain"-Merrill Garbus' new album, Nikki Nack, squeezed its way into my head last month, and I don't think it'll leave until Christmas. The music is out-there weird but totally funky and undeniably fun. This is her first single off the album. Enjoy!

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Saturday, April 5th marked the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. On April 5th, 1994 Nirvana's front man took his life at 27 years old in his Seattle home. Had Cobain not taken his life, he would be 46 years old today. Sachs Media Group commissioned an age progression for Kurt Cobain of what he would look like:

This past weekend, various artists paid tribute to Cobain's death, performing live covers of Nirvana songs.

At Lollapalooza Brazil in Sao Paolo, Muse covered one of Nirvana's classic songs, "Lithium".

Coincidentally, this same night St. Vincent performed "Lithium" in Chicago

 

Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10 in New York City, an event that is open to the general public for the first time. Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic has brought up the fact that the remaining members of Nirvana may be performing at the ceremony.

 

Whether or not Nirvana plays together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl will be interviewed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, April 8th. This week The Tonight Show will also include guests such as Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens), Stevie Nicks, Kiss, and John Oates of Hall and Oates.

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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 Tady!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott.

The Baseball Project, “Box Scores” - With baseball fever rising high again in Pittsburgh, I had to play a brand-new one by The Baseball Project, a collective of seamheads whose roster includes R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills, and Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate. All their songs are about baseball legends and peculiarities of the National Pastime. Saw them perform at the 3 Rivers Arts Festival a few years ago, and they almost single-handedly renewed my interest in Major League Baseball with their collection of folk songs, Americana, and Bo Diddley-beat-ish baseball ditties. This one is about the simple joys of reading baseball box scores. The March 25 release also includes a quirky song about former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, and the day he purposely aimed beanballs at the starting lineup of the Cincinnati Reds.

1, 2, 3 “When the Levee Breaks at the County Fair” - The goldfish escape; the funnel cakes are ruined, and the Tilt-a-Whirl tilts in a way it shouldn’t after the climactic action in the title of this amusing tune off the May 27 double-album from 1, 2, 3 -- the low-fi/garage-rock Pittsburgh band that’s earned praise internationally from the likes of Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound and The Guardian. 1, 2, 3 lyricist Nicolas Snyder says he was inspired by 70’s dystopian movies and strange weather occurrences – like the Japanese tsunami and a tornado that ripped through his aunt’s Pennsylvania house. The band recorded storm sounds through a screen door in a house outside Monroeville, and used primitive instruments, later adding classic vinyl sampling and spoken-word interludes that are some of the album’s best philosophizing.

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