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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 of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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

Brooke Annibale, "Silence Worth Breaking" - This title track to her last album ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor. Two years later, the singer-songwriter from Moon, now based in Nashville, has pulled a Led Zeppelin, a la "Houses of the Holy," and put in her new EP, "Words in Your Eyes." It's a majestic beauty in the Sarah McLachlan vein with a haunted vocal and musicianship that heightens the longing in the song.

The Replacements, "I'm Not Saying" - It's great to hear them again, even if it's under sad circumstances. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have reunited for "Songs for Slim," an EP to benefit guitarist Slim Dunlap who suffered a stroke. A cover of a Gordon Lightfoot song (of all things), it reminds us of the youthful exuberance of the band in the '80s.

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Laura Marling's next album, Once I Was An Eagle, will be released on May 28 via Ribbon Music in the U.S. The album was produced again by Ethan Johns and is lead off with the song "Where Can I Go?". Says Marling "It’s just me and [producer Ethan Johns] this time. I gave him the songs and he pretty much ran with it. I’m very lucky to have him." [via NME]. Check out the track listing and the new song below ---

Once I Was an Eagle:

01 Take the Night Off
02 I Was an Eagle
03 You Know
04 Breathe
05 Master Hunter
06 Little Love Caster
07 Devil’s Resting Place
08 Interlude
09 Undine
10 Where Can I Go?
11 Once
12 Pray For Me
13 When Were You Happy? (And How Long has That Been)
14 Love be Brave
15 Little Bird
16 Saved These Words

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She & Him (actor Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) are back this spring with their Volume 3 release on May 7 on Merge Records. The pair have released their first single, the not surprisingly sunny sounding "Never Wanted Your Love". This single sounds more ambitious than previous material on the production side of things with M. Ward channeling his inner Phil Spector. Lyric-wise, Deschanel is inging about heart break, which is not unusual, but still very lovely. Check out the audio below.

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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 of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

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

Tristen, "No One's Gonna Know" - This is the single that you got if you helped back this Nashville singer/songwriter's recent Kickstarter project. I've been a Tristen believer since her last one, Charlatans at the Garden Gate, came out and I saw her at Stage AE two years ago. Her new stuff is less country, more synth-y, but has the same core pop songwriting featured.

The Features,"This Disorder" - Another Nashville act, because I'm a theme-oriented guy. This band has been starting to get some Buzz; thanks to the drunk Vanderbilt grad student I met at Gooski's a couple years ago who mentioned them as a Nashville band I should know. He was right!

Two bonuses: In this week's paper, I write about the new split LP from The Red Western and Grand Piano, two quality locals. Worth a try:

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Jack White's Third Man Records is set to release a unique collaboration between Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard and the Nashville singer, Ruby Amanfu (who is best known for her performance on Jack White's "Love Interruption"). According to the Third Man website, the pair have recorded two songs featured on a 7" single: "I Wonder" which was written and performed orginally by Rodriguez, featured in the documentary Searching for Sugarman, and Memphis Minnie's "When My Man Comes Home" Single (TMR 201). The songs will be released on March 12, more information is at Third Man Records.

Listen below to "When My Man Comes Home" featuring Brittany Howard and Ruby Amanfu

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You can stream the new David Bowie album, The Next Day, now via iTunes. The stream is two weeks early of the release date and will be available until the March 12th release date. Before the full stream was available, we had heard two songs from the release, the haunting "Where Are We Now" and the uptempo rock n roll number "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)". The promises to be one of the biggest releases of 2013!

The Next Day track listing:
1. "The Next Day"
2. "Dirty Boys"
3. "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
4. "Love Is Lost"
5. "Where Are We Now?"
6. "Valentine's Day"
7. "If You Can See Me"
8. "I'd Rather Be High"
9. "Boss of Me"
10. "Dancing Out in Space"
11. "How Does the Grass Grow?"
12. "(You Will) Set the World On Fire"
13. "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die"
14. "Heat"

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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 of The Beaver County Times.

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

Girls Names, “Pittura Infamante” - A slinky bass and drum beat and Johnny Marr-ish guitar groove yields to some shoegazer groovy-ness with a nice, icy keyboard on this single from a sophomore album released last week by the Belfast, Northern Ireland post-punks. They’re serious fellows; hence a song named for a style of Italian Renaissance era art meant to defame scoundrels, criminals and political cheats.

Big Scary, “Phil Collins” - You should’ve seen the look on Cindy’s face when I told her I wanted to play “Phil Collins.” Don’t worry: That’s just the song title by this Australian indie-pop, male-female duo who have toured with Florence + the Machine and Gotye. The vocals are chill, but you can’t get too relaxed with those waves of reverb-drenched guitar that keep crashing into the melody.

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The Replacements' reunion EP Songs For Slim will be released digitally on March 5th and on 12" vinyl April 16 (released on New West Records). Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have released their Gordon Lightfoot cover, "I'm Not Saying" and you can hear it now over at Pitchfork.

The Songs for Slim EP is part of a project that will benefit former Replacements' guitarist, Slim Dunlap. Slim suffered a stroke in 2012, which left him partially paralyzed. Track listing for the EP:

Side A:
01 Busted Up (Robert Dunlap)
02 Radio Hook Word Hit (Robert Dunlap)

Side B:

01 I'm Not Sayin (Gordon Lightfoot)
02 Lost Highway (Leon Payne)
03 Everything's Coming Up Roses (Stephen Sondheim/Jule Styne)

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David Bowie has released another new song and video from his new album The Next Day, which will be released on March 12. The video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" stars Oscar winning actress, Tilda Swinton and Bowie as a married couple that is being harassed by a younger couple played by Andrej Pejic and Saskia de Brauw. Directed by Floria Sigismondi, the video portrays a happily married couple, whose world is disturbed and then re-arranged by the intrusion of a younger/celebrity couple. The goal was to capture “a twenty first century moment in its convergence of age, gender and the normal/celebrity divide.”The song is currently available for download on iTunes. Check out the video and also lyrics to "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" (via Bowie's Facebook) below.

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Rumors of a Rilo Kiley reunion were quickly proven untrue after the L.A. band announced details on RKives, a compilation album of b-sides, demos and rarities to be released on April 2nd. Since the news of the release, we've been patiently waiting for a new single and the wait is over! Head over to Spin to hear "Let Me Back In" from Rilo Kiley's Rkives.

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