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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 Lonely Wild, "Holidays" - It's NOT the most wonderful time of the year -- not consistently, as Madison Avenue would want us to believe, anyways -- as pointed out by this Christmas-is-stressful song from a cool L.A. quintet that glazes its country-rock with a layer of shoe-gaze. Not a rant, just a heart-wrenching look at a season that brings loneliness and unreachable expectations to many. Singer Andrew Carroll explains: "Every year we're bombarded with baby boomer-era Christmas carols and jingles that paint a superficial portrait of what the holidays are for a lot of people...When I wrote 'Holidays' I wanted to show the other side -- the emotional fatigue, the pressure to be with estranged family and that anxiety that mounts at the end of the year when we start to ask ourselves, 'Were you successful?'

Steve Earle & the Dukes, "You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had" - How many of Earle's six ex-wives wonder if he's singing about them on this straight-forward blues-folk song? Catchy melody and a topic that might make you scan your own memory banks -- in a moment of solitude -- to ask who you'd sing this song about. Will appear on Earle's "Terraplane" album set to land in February.

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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 Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

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Stars, "From The Night"No One Is Lost is Stars' seventh album, and you can tell that the Montreal studio they recorded in was above a dance club. The beats, energy and imagery are all absorbed into the songs, and although it's a sound Stars started to explore on its last album The North, it's taken even further here. The band clearly has fun on this song (and this album), but as usual, Stars doesn't ignore the dark.

 

Hey Rosetta! "Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering)"This Newfoundland band has just released its fourth album, Second Sight. It's already out in Canada and will be released in the U.S. in January. Hey Rosetta! is songwriter Tim Baker and now six other musicians, so it's rock at the core plus cello, violin, french horn, synthesizers and more. Much of the band's catalog could be film soundtrack material, but as Baker took on the challenge of writing a single for this album, this song is one that manages to feel both focused and expansive.

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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 Patrick Bowman

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L.U.H., "Unites" - LUH (which stands for "Lost Under Heaven" is the latest project from Mancunian singer/songwriter Ellery James Roberts, who's previous band, WU LYF, released the critically acclaimed 2010 record, Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, was almost immediately followed by the band's abrupt break up. With LUH's first single "Unites," Roberts has crafted a sound that's similar to WU LYF's expansive, anthemic indie rock, but tempers it this time with more subtle melodies and guitar work along with some of his strongest singing to date. But still, it's impossible for this guy not to create music that sounds like a tidal wave crashing into a beach head, and "Unites" is a strong indicator that LUH's first release will be one to watch out for.

Panda Bear, "Mr. Noah" - Animal Collective mainstay Panda Bear returns with the Mr. Noah EP, his first solo release since 2011's critically acclaimed full-length Tomboy. It's a record full of buoyantly strange psychedelic that seems to wash away any of the clunky, repetitive experiments that mar Animal Collective/Panda Bear's best work. "Faces in the Crowd" is a day-glo burst of easy going synths and woozy atmosphere that's propelled by Panda Bear's gorgeously full vocals. If the track was released last May, it would have been an automatic contender for the song of the summer, but as we move toward the dregs of winter, it will just have to suffice as a humid, hot and fun daydream.

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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.

 

Life Leone, "I Can't Say No." - Fuzzy garage-rock meets the dusty desert in the music of this Laos-born, Joshua Tree, Calif.,-raised artist who also lived for awhile in Vietnam, crafting guitars. This new single arrives ahead of Leone's first U.S. tour. Once described as "a rougher brand of indie-rock," he reminds me here of The Strokes.

The Decemberists, "Make You Better" - "We're not that starry-eyed anymore." Colin Meloy sings with resignation and compelling emotion on this lead-off single from the seventh studio album from the Portland. Ore. indie heroes (arriving Jan. 20). This song foreshadows the lyrical thrust of "What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World," which could be the band's most personal album yet. "Having a family, having kids, having this career, getting older -- all of these things have made me look more inward," Meloy says.

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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 Sarah Wardrop of WFUV in New York!

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These two artists played our 'FUV Live at CMJ' showcase last week, so their songs have been stuck in my head (in a good way) for awhile.

Happyness, "Montreal Rock Band Somewhere" - Happyness is a trio out of South London, and the first song I heard from them was the pure, melodic punk of the title track of their EP, Anything I Do Is All Right. Their CMJ soundcheck was good and loud too, but during their set, they managed to sound like four different bands in one. Aside from having an Arcade Fire reference, the song "Montreal Rock Band Somewhere" shows the trio's humor and ear for melody on the moodier side of rock, and it's lo-fi, lush and beautiful. Track down the UK release of the band's full-length album, Weird Little Birthday, if you can.

Son Little, "The River" - You might know the voice of Aaron Livingston from his work with The Roots and RJD2, but this Philly-based artist is stepping out on his own as Son Little. He has an EP due out November 11th called Things I Forgot, which features this song, "The River." While the EP centers on his laid-back but expressive voice, the sounds that surround it are pretty varied. He incorporates blues riffs, beats and grooves, adding in synths without sacrificing any soul.

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Iconic bassist for the Band Cream has passed away in his home in Suffolk, England. Bruce's death was announced on his Facebook page, "It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all around legend, the world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts", read the post.

Bruce was an integral part of the group Cream during their early years. He also had a strong solo career interspersed with occasional performances with Cream. he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the band. Bruce's final album was released in March.

Read more on Jack Bruce at the Los Angeles Times.

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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 Patrick Bowman

in case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Patrick.

Moon Baby - “Bae Sick”Pittsburgh-based neo-soul act Moon Baby is a close collaborator of Chris "Wise Blood" Laufman--who produced four of six tracks on her upcoming EP--and she shares Laufman's affinity for sample-driven, lo-fi R&B slow jams. The first the track from the EP "Bae Sick" is an amazingly sensual but intimate ballad that sounds as if Moon Baby is singing to you from her bedside.

Iceage - "The Lord's Favorite" - These Danish punks made their names by unleashing two doomy, nihilistic albums of scorched earth noise rock in 2011 and 2013. I definitely admired what they were doing more than I actually liked listening to it. But now, they just released their third album Plowing into the Field of Love and have completely changed gears while still maintaining the raging muscularity of their former work. They've transformed into rambling, Scandinavian rockabillies, and have stuck the landing. This song “The Lord’s Favorite” is just a kick-ass honky-tonk ramble, with lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s disaffected howl making me imagine a hungover Jonathan Richman doing punked-up Johnny Cash covers.

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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.

Trigger Hippy, "Rise Up Singing" - The group that answers the question: What would it sound like if Joan Osborne joined the Black Crowes? Osborne is co-lead vocalist on this satisfying and soulful Americana full-length from a group also featuring the Crowes' Jackie Greene and Steve Gorman. Comparisons to Tedeschi Trucks Band are inevitable. This song's straight-up lyrics of tenderness and affection sparkle with lines like "She cured my blindness/with love and kindness".

Matthew Ryan, "Boxers" - Most characters find themselves at crucial intersections on this intelligent, rocking release from ex-Nashville alt-country singer-turned-Western Pennsylvania transplant Ryan. The widening chasm between have's and have not's impacts their lives, though this isn't a gloomy record, Ryan says, noting that these characters are fighters who come out swingin'. That's evident on this, the title track to his new album (out next Tuesday), with lines such as "You're like a boxer on the ropes/there's blood running down your throat/But this is the fight you chose." Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon appears throughout the album. Ryan has toured with Gaslight Anthem, Paul Weller and John Hiatt.

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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!

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SOJA, "Tear It Down" - Don't be a hater: this song is catchy, sunshine-y, let's-get-together reggae from a gang of Americans from D.C. The band's new album is full of fun jams like this, and it just dropped last month. The record features Damian Marley, Michael Franti and more, so the whole thing hits like a big, modern reggae party. You are not too cool to like this song.

Allo Darlin', "Romance and Adventure" - Is there a more British band name than Allo Darlin'? Hello Darling, this is not: the band's from London and play acoustic, slightly twee folk-pop with an understated front woman. There's a subtle, enjoyable lilt to the band's music, especially on new album "We Come from the Same Place." You are not too cool to like this song.

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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.

Terry Malts, “Don’t Go” – Pop-punk with substance from this San Francisco trio’s third release, the four-song EP “Insides” arriving Sept. 23. Fuzzed up guitar and rattling bass and drums carry the melody, masking a bit of the darkness and desperation of the singer begging a lover not to leave.

Erasure, “Dead of Night” – Behold the synthy pop goodness from ‘80s masters of the craft, Erasure, back with a new album also out on Sept. 23. This isn’t the single, but it’s so catchy it could have been. Then again, catchy is a given for Erasure’s Andy Bell and Vince Clarke. In my Beaver County Times interview with Bell previewing the duo’s Sept. 28 Munhall concert, he said the song “kind of has to do with club culture and drug culture – the two are combined, or at least they used to be combined -- where you’re going to a club to chase after something and when that happens and you go home you find yourself in a dark space that makes you wonder if it was worth it.”

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