May 2014

"Daddy What If" is a short but strong musical conversation between a father and child. "If the sun stopped shinin'" a child asks, "what would happen then?" It seems like, when we're young, parents have all the answers to these childish questions. The song does this with a few other questions before ending with one of the hardest questions, "daddy, what if I stop lovin' you?" as a child wonders if these scary things have to happen for us to grow up. What's cooler is the fact that though the original song features Bobby Bare and his son Bobby Bare Jr., later videos of the song can be found of Bobby Bare Jr. singing the song with his own kids. Maybe one day, those kids will pass on the song as well.

 

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Andrew Bird will release a Handsome Family cover album June 3rd entitled Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of... The album will include songs from the Albuquerque based band including "Far From Any Road," also the theme of HBO's "True Detective," and "Tin Foil," which shows up on the album as"Tin Foiled."

Bird is quite fond of Handsome Family as he has covered the band many times in concert and even toured with the husband-and-wife duo last year.

Bird and his new band Hands of Glory, featuring guitarist Tift Merritt, will embark on an American tour in support of the album this summer.

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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:

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, "The Company Man" - This is a new-to-me band out of Alabama that just released its first record on Sub Pop. All of the energy and class politics of good Southern rock, but with a more progressive cultural sense, and lots of name-checking of specific types of weeds and wildflowers. Skynyrd meets garage punk meets the Audubon Society Guide to Wildflowers, Southern U.S. edition.

Haley Bonar, "No Sensitive Man" - I was just recently thinking about Haley Bonar (as she says, "rhymes with 'honor'"), and how she's a great songwriter and a fun person to interview. And I wondered, "When will she have a new record?" The answer: last week. Her new "Last War" just came out on Graveface Records (which is run by a guy who's really into psych rock and works with Black Moth Super Rainbow); it's a little different from her older stuff, but in a great way.

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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.

Pixies, "Another Toe in the Ocean" - At first (and maybe second) glance, this sounds like Bad Religion. But it's actually a song from the first Pixies album in 23 years! Although "Indie Cindy" has been getting slagged by some critics, I like it, even if it's not the Pixies in groundbreaking mode. This is a fun summery song with typically surreal lyrics and a chorus that sticks in your head.

Ingrid Michaelson, "You Got Me" - Not a big Ingrid Michaelson fan, per se, but the new album, "Lights Out,' has some good songs, like this duet with Storyman, who opens for her at Stage on May 25. Michaelson's sound has been expanded since she arrived as the quirky ukulele girl, so it might be time for pop radio to take another look.

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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!

La Sera, "Losing to the Dark" - Boy, oh boy, Katy Goodman is better on her own. The former Vivian Girl just released a new album as La Sera, and it's full of catchy choruses, tight guitars and her light, rocking voice. Think of Best Coast but a little bit less about lovey-dovey stuff and you've got La Sera.

Modern Baseball, "Fine, Great" - This Philadelphia band makes tight, pop-punk for the jilted 90's generation that loved The Promise Ring and Pinkerton-era Weezer. This track is a wonderfully, self-effacing confessional blast of energy. Check out the band's whole second album, You're Gonna Miss It All, for more of these short gems, and relive your sexually awkward teens and early-20's all over again.

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