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. Today, Scott shares his favorites of 2014.
War on Drugs, Lost in the Dream -
Hailed as a road trip album, the scenery here is consistently pretty, dreamy and wistful, like staring out a car window on an overcast day, zipping past an unspoiled Midwestern landscape. Indie-rock coupled with a keyboard-driven ambient Americana yielding songs fitting together seamlessly, unfolding at an unhurried pace before reaching a satisfying acceleration. The Philly band's leader, Adam Granduciel, has said the lyrics were inspired by post-tour loneliness and anxiety, though his words are more reflective than angst-y.
Defining lyric: "Lying on my back, loosening my grip, wading in the water, just trying not to crack under the pressure."
Rest of my Top-10: Sturgill Simpson, St. Vincent, Spoon, Jack White, Taylor Swift, Ex-Hex, Flying Lotus, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Howard.
Paul McCartney, July 7, Consol Energy Center.
- Sir Paul was amazing -- ask anyone who saw the 72-year-old legend's enthusiastic three-hour, 40-song set at Consol Energy Center. It was action-packed from an "Eight Days a Week" and "All My Loving" launch through a two-encore smoker ending with "Helter Skelter" and the Abbey Road medley.
McCartney's voice held up strong throughout a set that also featured Wings hits ("Band on the Run," "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five"), deeper Beatles album cuts "Lovely Rita" and a carnival-sounding "Being for The Benefit of Mr. Kite!" and some heartfelt musings about his mates John, Ringo and George (to whom the ukulele-led "Something" was dedicated.)
The rest of my top-10 concerts: Kaiser Chiefs, Billy Joel, Zac Brown Band/Sturgill Simpson, Black Keys, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Sharon Van Etten.
Jack White, "Would You Fight For My Love"
- If we're counting their epic Letterman performance, I'd have gone Future Islands' "Season." The regular single is cool, too, and has made some other lists, including NME's No. 1. Though in 2014, I was grooving more to Jack White. The title track to his "Lazaretto" album earned lots of 'atta boys, though I prefer "Would You Fight For My Love?" for the intensity of his vocals, the thought-stirring lyrics, and its spaghetti-western cool. It's a song that I appreciate more with each listen, so I'm picking it for my No. 1. (Besides, Cindy won't let me choose Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off") :-)