Bob Mould

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:

Bob Mould, "Voices In My Head" - Thirty-plus years since pioneering noise-pop with Husker Du, Mould still consistently churns out songs with great guitar hooks and relatable lyrics. He's done it again with this debut track from his "Patch The Sky" album due out March 25. Here, Bob addresses the voices in his head, noting they multiply and amplify his fears. He reaches the conclusion he can either play the victim, or get on with his life.

Violent Femmes, "Memory" - If you saw them last summer at Stage AE, then you know the Violent Femmes are still as off-kilter, twisted and fun as ever. Thing is, they haven't released a new album in more than 15 years, though that will change come March 4 with the long-awaited arrival of "We Can Do Anything." This is the single, with Gordon Gano still resplendently quirky and agitated, lamenting he can't conjure specific memories of someone who once mattered in his life. The band's still got that rowdy folk/sparse punk/frat-house rock feel.

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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!

This month, we asked Sarah to bring in her favorites from 2014. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Song: Bob Mould, "I Don't Know You Anymore" - Bob Mould's latest album is called Beauty & Ruin, and those two words fit this song well. There is beauty in this perfectly structured, 3-minute pop song (that rocks), especially when the music is paired with post-angst, kiss-off lyrics that sound like Mould made it past the ruin to know himself better than ever. I played "I Don't Know You Anymore" multiple times in a row, multiple times this year.

Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent ("Rattlesnake") - I could have picked St. Vincent in all three of these categories. "Digital Witness" was the first song I heard from this album, and it had me hooked. I later saw a couple of shows on this year's tour, and her performances (and shredding) left me in awe. "Rattlesnake" opens the album and her recent shows, so while there's no way it could encompass the range of what St. Vincent created this year, it perfectly introduces Annie Clark's latest musical world.

Show: The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY ("Left Of The Dial") - Although I saw some great performances of new music this year, it was hard to top a band I never thought I'd get to see: The Replacements. I had the lucky chance to go to their Forest Hills Stadium show in September, which Deer Tick and The Hold Steady opened. Of course, it couldn't be the original band, but happily it was a "reunion" show that more than met expectations. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson led the current line-up through a 29-song set so there are many to choose from, but in honor of the dial positions of WYEP and WFUV, I had to pick "Left Of The Dial."

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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.

This time around, Scott brought in his favorites of 2012. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Bob Mould, “Star Machine” - The formidable Husker Du/Sugar frontman puts aside the electronics and just rocks — with the old fury — on his 10th studio album. “Star Machine” opens the album and sets the tone in vintage fashion.

Jack White, “Freedom at 21” - “Blunderbuss,” the first Jack White solo album, is one he couldn’t have made with the late White Stripes or either of his spinoff bands, The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather. This is the guitar-slinging rock star’s chance to throw himself into a full-on, lash-out breakup album.

Japandroids, “Nights of Wine and Roses” - The album opens with the popping of fireworks and they shoot off like mad on “Celebration Rock,” the third album from this Canadian punk duo. “We yell like hell to the heavens” is the spirit throughout this noisy celebration.

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