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After a 35 year career famous A&R executive David Anderle has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 77. Anderle began his career at Auto Stereo helping labels to transfer their catalogs to the 8- track format. After becoming west coast talent director for MGM, Anderle pushed to sign Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention to Verve records, and over his career he has worked with such artists as the Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow, Aaron Neville and many more. As well he was in charge of film music while working for A&M and worked with such films as Pretty In Pink, Good Morning Vietnam, and The Breakfast Club. After retiring in 1999 Anderle spent time becoming an accomplished portrait artist. Anderle passed away on Monday September 1, 2014. Read more here.

 

 

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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)!

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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 Justin Jacobs!

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

La Sera, "Losing to the Dark" - Boy, oh boy, Katy Goodman is better on her own. The former Vivian Girl just released a new album as La Sera, and it's full of catchy choruses, tight guitars and her light, rocking voice. Think of Best Coast but a little bit less about lovey-dovey stuff and you've got La Sera.

Modern Baseball, "Fine, Great" - This Philadelphia band makes tight, pop-punk for the jilted 90's generation that loved The Promise Ring and Pinkerton-era Weezer. This track is a wonderfully, self-effacing confessional blast of energy. Check out the band's whole second album, You're Gonna Miss It All, for more of these short gems, and relive your sexually awkward teens and early-20's all over again.

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Today's Cool Kids pick is by a Nashville americana group named Old Crow Medicine Show. Old Crow Medicine Show has been around since the late 90's and can be popularly recognized as the group who brought to life an old Bob Dylan bootleg, "Wagon Wheel."

"Let it Alone," today's Cool Kids song choice comes from the 2006 album Big Iron World and relays a message important for people of all ages. The group tells listeners to mind their own business when it comes to other people's problems. It's the safe thing to do! Here's the song:

Cool Kids airs every weekday morning at 8:15 AM. If you have a Cool Kids suggestion send Joey a message!

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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!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott.

Jimmer Podrasky, "She Has Good Records" - Jimmer wrote this song back in the late '70s when he formed The Rave-Ups here at CMU. He obviously had the Ramones on his mind, maybe even a little Phil Spector. The Rave-Ups never recorded it, but Jimmer, based in LA, has revived it for his first solo album, "The Would-Be Plans," and first new music in 24 years.

The Show, "One More Night" - Here's a Pittsburgh band that could fool you into thinking their Brits. The Show, which just released the new album "Until you know what it's like to stand where there is no ground ," takes its cues from bands like Oasis and The Verve and pours its love into the Britpop sound.

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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:

Vaadat Charigim, "Haolam Avad Mizman" - (העולם אבד מזמן) That's right folks, this song is in Hebrew. The band's name means 'Exceptions Committee,' and they are one of just a few Israeli indie bands in recent years to launch a US tour, which will begin at SXSW later this month. Their sound is dark, shadowy guitar rock that reminds me of The Cure, but the press have already taken a liking to 'Israeli Shoegaze.'

Jonathan Wilson - Love to Love - This old soul is a singer-songwriter with quite a CV, considering you've probably never heard of him. He's played with folks from the Grateful Dead and CSNY, as well as Jackson Browne, Benmont Tench and others. A few of those famous friends show up here, on his new album Fanfare.

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Saturday night at Miley Cyrus' show in Los Angeles she was joined on stage by The Flaming Lips to perform "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1" for the 31st anniversary of the band's first show. Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips recently claimed how much of a fan he has been of Cyrus since she has taken a more free spirited route of performance. Check out the video below!

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Last year David Bowie surprised many fans with the release of his album The Next Day, his first studio record in almost a decade. This past weekend at the Music Producer's Guild Awards in London, Bowie won the Innovation Award for The Next Day  where his producer Tony Visconti picked up the award and talked about Bowie's unreleased tracks. Visconti claimed that while many critics were skeptic on the rest of Bowie's career in the music industry and talked of his retirement, he was writing amazing songs. Visconti claims a few songs written for the album that were not released are astounding and may be released some day.

Bowie is also nominated for two 2014 BRIT awards for Best Male and Best Album which will take place next week. Check out his video for "Where Are We Now?" off of the most recent album.

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Your kids might be familiar with "Whip It," Devo's 1980 hit single, but WYEP Morning Mix host, Joey Spehar, knows that they'd really love to dive deeper into this New Wave bands discography. Beautiful World was released on New Traditionalists, Devo's fourth studio album in 1981. When on tour for this album the band developed a new style which included the "New Traditionalist Pomp" based off of John F. Kennedy's hairstyle, and wore getups they called "Utopian Boy Scout Uniforms". Yikes!

This song features a positive message for kids to adhere to with lyrics that talk about how beautiful the world is. The beats and synths in this song will get anybody moving. Check out the music video below!

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