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 Wardropfrom WFUV in New York! We asked Sarah to bring in her favorites of 2015. In case you missed, it here’s what she played: Favorite Song: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "S.O.B." - I picked this song, partly because of seeing people's reactions to it. When it comes on, it's hard not to stomp, clap, sing or shout along. Even though the story it tells is on the bleak side, there's a side of satisfaction too, knowing that Rateliff has come out of some dark times and into hard-earned and well-deserved success.
Favorite Album: Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - "Avant Gardener" built the buzz about Barnett and her debut album hopefully made any doubters sit and think. As a wordsmith, she meanders with intention and wit, and as a guitarist, her mix of rhythm and lead expands and contracts to suit the songs. The song "Small Poppies" knocked me over with its smirk of a title, gritty lilt and expansive sound, but I thought I'd pick this track in honor of holiday party season.
Favorite Shows: This category is a tie for me. The Sleater-Kinney show was my first time seeing them live, so add that fact to the crowd-wide glee of knowing "they're back," and the energy in the room was palpable and incredible. With the musical Hamilton, there's not a lot that hasn't been said about how good it is, so I will just add that I was blown away, I've had several songs from it stuck in my head all year, and do try to see it if you can. Sleater-Kinney at Terminal 5 (2/26) This is from a different show, but a good one!: