March 2015

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

The Weepies, No Trouble - A good part of my time living in Boston had a Deb Talan soundtrack, and since she and Steve Tannen became The Weepies, it's been great to see their career (and family) grow. Now the duo is back with its fifth album, Sirens, which is due out at the end of April, and it's a welcome return both because of the five-year wait and most definitely because it finds Deb on the other side of a battle with breast cancer. Knock on wood for continued good health, good songs and "No Trouble."

Ibeyi, River - French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz just released their self-titled debut album as Ibeyi. Their father was percussionist Anga Díaz (who played with Buena Vista Social Club among many other artists), so music is in their blood, and the family intuition extends into their vocal interplay, rhythm and energy. Check out the album version of "River" to hear the soulful and hypnotic sounds they've built around their voices, but this a cappella performance from SXSW gets right to the core.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha's Vineyard!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Punch Brothers, “My Oh My” - It seems like everything mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile touches turns to gold. When the long awaited Nickel Creek reunion happened last year, I didn’t think it could get any better, but this year’s new Punch Brothers album is dynamite! I can’t stop listening to this track in particular, which has such incredible dynamics…it goes from hootin’ and hollerin’ to a beautiful whisper and back in just a few minutes. Marry me, Chris?

Chadwick Stokes, “Mother Maple” - Dispatch and State Radio frontman Chad Stokes has really turned his focus to his solo career in recent years, and the material I’ve heard has left me feeling luke warm…until now. I’m digging this experimental single from Stokes’ new album, The Horse Comanche. Add a sing-along chorus in with thoughtful lyrics and some video game sounds and you’ve won me over.

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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:

Violent Femmes, "Love, Love, Love, Love, Love" - A song about hate, water and pestilence ... no, just kidding. Actually, this single from the Violent Femmes' first new release in 15 years is, indeed, a song about love. Of course, it's filtered through Gordon Gano's off-kilter, tension-filled voice that we've grown to, well, love. Key lyric: "Some do it for the summit/some do it for the climb/some people like to settle down/I can't help wondering what's on the other side." If you partied to the Violent Femmes in their "American Music," "Blister in the Sun" days, you'll enjoy.

Young Guv, "Kelly, I'm Not a Creep" - Toronto hardcore punk Ben Cook indulges his power-pop side -- and we reap the benefits on an album that's one of the year's early surprise standouts. This is a deeper cut -- spinning the age-old story of a boy smitten by a girl in his apartment complex. They've locked eyes, but he wants to take it to the next level, but first hopes to convince her he's not, well, some creep. Good luck with that.

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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 Pop City's Patrick Bowman

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Multi-Love” - As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp soul touchstones, mostly due to his gold-plated voice and studio wizardry that really makes his albums sound like they were lost relics of the late 60s and early 70s. After two albums of pretty interesting psych rock, Nielson returns with Multi-Love, the first single off the album of the same name due in May, which is this sort of nu-disco, soul, 70’s FM radio, especially with that hammond organ intro. It reminds me of Wings-era Paul McCartney for some reason, cut with some Todd Rundgren weirdness, remixed by Hercules and the Love Affair.

Them Are Us Too, “Us Now” - Them Are Us Too are a couple 21-year-olds who have taken the best of late 80s shoegaze, whether it be the big squall of guitars absolutely drenched in reverb or echoey, spacious productions, and really use them to dramatic affect. On the song “Us Now” from their upcoming albumn Remain, certain bits like the industrial drum beat give the song this iron lattice work to latch onto, and the melody turns the track into this slow building epic, soaring song, that, for me, feels like it’s just going to melt all the snow and ice of the winter and leave behind green valleys and brids singing or something. It’s so hopeful, it’s so full of life. I think a lot of bands wear influences like pieces of clothing, but these two have worked through a couple very chic sonic influences, shoegaze and industrial rock, and figured out what they liked best and turned it into their own.

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