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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:

Bear in Heaven, "Autumn" - Everyone's always hunting for that summer jam, but Bear in Heaven has your fall jam, and it's called "Autumn." The psyche-y Brooklyn synth-pop/space-rock trio is back with a new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, which is a title that makes no sense, but also makes all of the sense.

S. Carey, "Crown the Pines" - Pretty, quiet stuff from the guy who plays percussion and adds vocal harmonies to Bon Iver's songs. Whispered vocals and built-up soundscapes color his new release (his first in a few years), Range of Light.

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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!

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."

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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 (Pop Filter editor for Pop City)!

Listen to the audio:

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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.

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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.

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.

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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:

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.

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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!

Zvuloon Dub System, "Tenesh Kelbe Lay" - It's prime time we heard some good vibes coming from the Middle East. This Ethiopian-Israeli band has made its name in Tel Aviv for laying down heavy, horn-laden grooves and great melodies largely sung in Amharic. The band's latest album, "Anbessa Dub," dropped this summer, followed by their first ever tour in the US.

Caribou "Can't Live Without You" - Speaking of heavy grooves, Caribou's latest single, off the upcoming album "Our Love," is a slice of dark, minimalist dance music that gets you moving with very few moving parts. A rumbling bass here, a sampled vocal there, some live percussion and a few synthesizers and you've got this great, catchy bit of pop.

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A new release from Sub Pop Records is the delicate indie-folk album, Passerby by the duo, Luluc (Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett). Passerby is like an album of lullabies for adults. Randell’s voice has a simple and pure tone with a gentle vibrato. Her careful and quiet finger-picking on acoustic guitar creates an image of the wind causing ripples in the sea. Together, Randell and Hassett’s effortless harmonies bring together the best of Luluc: sweet simplicity.

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Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE) hails from Melbourne, Australia where they released their first album in 2008, Dear Hamlyn. They moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2010, and after being introduced to The National’s Aaron Dessner by a mutual friend, they had the opportunity to record a new album in his garage studio. Dessner produced their album and invited members of The National’s touring band to contribute additional instrumentation to the project. Other notable people in the music industry have supported Luluc including legendary singer, Lucinda Williams and Nick Drake’s producer, Joe Boyd.

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While the album is tightly crafted as a whole, the songs to pay close attention to are “Small Window,” “Without A Face,” “Passerby,” “Tangled Heart,” “Reverie on Norfolk Street” and “Early Night.” Passerby will require time and patience to listen to, but Luluc will provide you with a special view of the world and life’s fleeting moments with their vivid and poetic lyrics.

You can hear Luluc live (with J Mascis) on October 15, 2014 at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA.

Lisa Fierstein, WYEP Music & Programming Intern

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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 (Pop Filter editor for Pop City)!

Listen to the audio:

The 9:13 Buzz with Patrick Bowman - 7/24/2014 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud

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How to Dress Well, “Repeat Pleasure” - What is this Heart? is Tom Krell’s third album as How To Dress Well, and on it he has continued pursuing his vision of boundary expansion of R&B. He’s an excellent, emotive songwriter and composer, and he takes the tropes of R&B that can be relatively histrionic--intensely sensitive lyrics, a longing falsetto, really pillowy production--very seriously. As a result, he pushes R&B into places that seem poigiant and real rather than cartoonish, vulgar, and silly.

“Repeat Pleasure” is the best song on What is this Heart?, and like a lot of his Krell’s work, it wrestles with the authenticity of love and pleasure, specifically the sad reality reggarding how passion can fade even after it was burning so bright at the begnning of the relationship. That seems like a pretty standard R&B songwriting theme, but again, Krell has so much conviction in his vision regarding what this music can do, and his songwriting/production execution is so tight, that “Repeat Pleasure” makes big, broad emotions feel devestating and intimate.

Hamilton Leithauser, “11 O’Clock Friday Night” - The Walkmen took an extreme hiatus last year, which allowed lead singer Hamilton Leithauser to release his first solo album Black Hours about a month ago. On it, Leithauser takes the timeless, Tom Waits-ish indie rock of his former band and turns it into a bit of a haggered lounge-act, using production with lush string sections, jazzy interludes, and big showy vocal performances.

The album itself is hit or miss, but “11 O’Clock Friday Night” is just this really pretty, mid-tempo track that could have easily popped up on any one of The Walkmen’s last few albums. It builds slowly around these cryptic lyrics (“It's getting dark between the frames /I lost my light, you're monday's child”) that hazily sketch out a romantic night in a NYC blackout. You get the feeling that at this point in Hamilton Leithauser’s career, he can write these songs in his sleep, with all the chiming guitars and poetic lyrics, and an emotional wave of a chours crashing into you right before the track fades out.

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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:

Sondre Lerche, "Bad Law" - Sondre Lerche is one of my longtime favorites, going back to his debut album when he was still a teenager. The bad news for Sondre: He recently divorced his wife of eight years. The good news for Sondre: His new album, Please, from which this single comes, is great, and also HIS FACE IS ON A NORWEGIAN POSTAGE STAMP!

Emperor X, "Fierce Resource Allocation" - Chad Matheny has long been a favorite of mine; why he's not totally famous I'm not really sure. This is the lead track from his new one, The Orlando Sentinel, which hopefully he won't get sued by a newspaper publisher 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 Justin Jacobs!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Justin!

Roadkill Ghost Choir, A Blow to the Head -  Many moons ago, I played these guys on the Buzz and Cindy totally flipped. That was the Florida band's first single, Beggar's Guild. On this first single from the band's first full length album (In Tongues, out Aug. 19), they've bulked up their sound, stretched out the jams and turned up the volume. But they still sound like a mutant version of My Morning Jacket. Big things in the future for this Choir.

Trampled by Turtles, Are You Behind the Shining Star - Boy, oh boy, these guys sound great. Minnesota's TbyT has moved farther from traditional bluegrass with each release, and their upcoming album Wild Animals, out July 15, is just gorgeous acoustic songs led by Dave Simonnett's beautiful, clear voice. Great open sky music.

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