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!
Paolo Nutini, "Let Me Down Easy" - This Scottish soulful rock dude just released his first album in five years, and it is excellent. The album's called Caustic Love, and this single is called "Let Me Down Easy." The obvious draw here is Nutini's voice - emotive, raw and loud. He's a huge deal in Europe. Let's hope he gets his due in the US of A.
Cymbals Eat Guitars, "Warning" - These guys showed up to the indie rock scene in 2009 when their debut got tons of labeled as 'Inspiring 90's Throwback!' which was a shame, because it was great on its own merit. The band is back with LOSE, out this month. This single is a loud, brash guitar blast, seemingly saying "Shut up about the 'nostalgic' crap."
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 Patrick Bowman (Pop Filter editor for Pop City)!
Listen to the audio:
Kishi Bashi "Philosophize with it, Chemicalize With it" - After recording and touring with the likes of Of Montreal, Sondre Lerche and Regina Spektor, Kishi Bashi is multi--instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi's solo project. “Philosophize In It, Chemicalize With It!” off his sophomore album, 2014’s Lighght, really showcases his restless songwriting creatively. It’s a track that’s very inventive composition-wise with a lot of moving parts that coalesces into a pocket symphony with looping, manic synth pop, gorgeous string sections and huge hooks. “Philosophize In It, Chemicalize With It” epitomizes Ishibashi’s controlled chaos, kitchen sink pop.
Devonte Hynes, "Palo Alto" - Devonte Hynes usually records as neo-R&B savant Blood Orange, but was asked to score the movie Palo Alto, a very dreamy, impressionistic teenage coming of age film based on the short stories of James Franco and directed by Sophia Coppola's niece Gia. The album's title track is this very silky, loose power ballad that encapsulated the film's tone perfectly; all whooshing synth textures, disco hi-hat splashes, and and spacey melodies. But, that chorus. That chorus is enough to hang an entire career on. When Hynes sings "Wait until I know who you are / Waiting for a shot in the dark" in this kind of ascending sigh that dissipates the second it leaves his lips, its both heart-breakingly beautiful and completely fleeting, perfectly mirroring the loss of innocence and rapidly generating nostalgia portrayed in the film.
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.
Literature, "New Jacket" - Catchy, smart, well-crafted guitar-pop from a band that says it's OK with Belle & Sebastian comparisons. Personally, I hear more Johnny Marr-ish guitar on this track that's representative of Literature's sophomore album, "Chorus," arriving Tuesday. I'm also digging the leadoff track, "The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything" (holla if you remember that TV movie.) Literature was founded in Austin but relocated to Philly. They must like cheesesteaks.
Spoon, "I Just Don't Understand" - Nifty piano-guitar interplay to go with Britt Daniel's raw-throated intensity on this album cut about a guy questioning a one-sided relationship. Get this: It's a remake of an Ann-Margret(!) song. Well, Viva Las Vegas. Just wanted to give you something different to show the depth of Spoon's week-old album, which is hand's down my favorite of the summer. Other top tracks are "Knock, Knock, Knock," "Outlier" the "They Want My Soul" title track and leadoff single "Rent I Pay," being featured on WYEP.
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:
Twin Peaks, "Flavor" - This Chicago garage-rock outfit just released its new album, Wild Onion, yesterday. This is the catchy-as-all-get-out single; in the realm of the garage-rock revival, this is one of the bands that gets the balance between raw and well-written right.
Saul Conrad, "Carousel" - The Boston singer-songwriter with the parrot on his shoulder is back with a new album. He's an unconventional songwriter -- many of his songs are linear, and don't even circle back through a chorus more than once -- but this new album is closer to pop than he's gotten before.
In addition to previously recorded tracks with Miley Cyrus, Moby, and Dr. Dog, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has revealed the personnel for their Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band cover album, titled With a Little Help From My Fwends. The album will feature artists such as Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, My Morning Jacket, MGMT, Tegan & Sara, Phantogram, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Foxygen, and Grace Potter.
With a Little Help From My Fwends comes out October 28th via Warner Bros. Records. The full tracklist is shown below, as tweeted by Coyne on his Instagram account.
With a Little Help From My Fwends Tracklist:
01. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (feat. My Morning Jacket, Fever the Ghost, and J Mascis)
02. With a Little Help from My Friends (feat. The Flaming Lips, Black Pus, and The Autumn Defense)
03. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (feat. Miley Cyrus, Moby, and The Flaming Lips)
04. Getting Better (feat. Dr. Dog and Chuck Inglish)
05. Fixing a Hole (feat. Electric Wurms)
06. She’s Leaving Home (feat. Phantogram and Juliana Barwick)
07. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! (feat. The Flaming Lips, Maynard James Keenan, and Sunbears)
08. Within You Without You (feat. Birdflower and Morgan Delt)
09. When I’m Sixty-Four (feat. The Flaming Lips and more)
10. Lovely Rita (feat. Tegan & Sara and Stardeath and White Dwarves)
11. Good Morning Good Morning (feat. Zorch, Grace Potter, and more)
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) (feat. Foxygen and MGMT)
13. A Day in the Life (feat. The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus)