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 (plus some bonus songs):
Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses, Junky Star
- Now that he’s an Oscar-winning songsmith, Bingham can’t swoop under the radar. Yet, “Crazy Heart” success didn’t make him sell his soul, judging by this artistically bold album released Aug. 31. Sparse melodies evoke the wide-open spaces of the Southwest where the 29-year-old ex-rodeo bull-rider was raised. Native American-sounding kick drums, jolts of slide-guitar and Bingham’s wisdom-worn vocals paint an absorbing if not overtly commercial landscape.
Shonen Knife, Perfect Anthem
- Japan’s legendary pop-punk girl-band Shonen Knife just released the English-language versions of its latest album, “Free Time,” and 2007’s “fun! fun! fun!” That latter title perfectly describes this single. Kurt Cobain was a big fan, you know, once saying about Shonen Knife, “When I finally got to see them live, I was transformed into a hysterical 9-year-old girl at a Beatles concert.” See Shonen Knife Sept. 24 at the 31st Street Pub in Pittsburgh.
K.T. Tunstall, Tiger Suit
- This third studio album is a crucial one for the diminutive Scottish singer with the mighty vocal pipes. There’s nothing on here that’ll get as much radio or movie soundtrack action as her 2004 rookie album’s twin hits, “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” But give “Tiger Suit” grows on you after a few listens, owing to Tunstall’s feisty lyrics and singing, and imaginative, occasionally techno-ish rhythms.