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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.

Pixies, "Another Toe in the Ocean" - At first (and maybe second) glance, this sounds like Bad Religion. But it's actually a song from the first Pixies album in 23 years! Although "Indie Cindy" has been getting slagged by some critics, I like it, even if it's not the Pixies in groundbreaking mode. This is a fun summery song with typically surreal lyrics and a chorus that sticks in your head.

Ingrid Michaelson, "You Got Me" - Not a big Ingrid Michaelson fan, per se, but the new album, "Lights Out,' has some good songs, like this duet with Storyman, who opens for her at Stage on May 25. Michaelson's sound has been expanded since she arrived as the quirky ukulele girl, so it might be time for pop radio to take another look.

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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.

The Julie Ruin, "Just My Kind" - Although this more subdued song might not fully demonstrate it, Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna is back with a force with this new band, which just released its debut album. She's her screamy, punky self again after spending the past decade fighting the effects of Lyme disease. On this song, better for morning radio, she hits more of a Motown kind of soul groove.

Eels, "Where I'm From" - There are few singers who pack as much feeling into a phrase as Mark Everett. He's in a folky, reflective mode on this song from the forthcoming album "The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett." Let's hope he follows that with his first show here since opening for Tom Verlaine at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in 2006.

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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 Scott Mervis!

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

The Nox Boys, "Take My Heart and Break It" - Fox Chapel High School kids from Blawnox playing garage-rock legit enough for esteemed local label Get Hip? Believe it. These kids -- with slide guitar veteran Bob Powers -- went to Detroit to record with producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Cynics) and came back with a killer debut loaded with rockers like this.

Cloud Nothings, "I'm Not Part of Me" - The forthcoming third album from the Cleveland band is said to find frontman Dylan Baldi in a happier state than he was when he was raging on "Stay Useless." This first single is proof that he be there without losing his edge.

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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.

Chet Vincent and the Big Bend, "Doubter's Blues" - This is a Big Bend you haven't heard on record before. On its fourth album, “Unconventional Dog,” the Pittsburgh band sets aside its folk-rock alt-country leanings for a dirtier Southern blues sound with distortion on the guitars and vocals. This opening track, inspired by the frontman's church gig, sets the tone.

Paul Simon, "Biko" - It's no surprise that Paul Simon, who shares an affinity for African music, would deliver one of the few standout tracks on the Peter Gabriel tribute "And I'll Scratch Yours." Gabriel's version was a cinematic tour de force. Simon strips the song about the murdered anti-Apartheid activist down to mostly acoustic guitar and tops it with a moving, melancholy vocal.

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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.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:
Midlake, "Antiphon" - The lush-sounding folk-rock band from Denton,
Texas, was strong enough in the vocal department that it was able to
lose its main singer, Tim Smith, and carry on with guitarist Greg
Pulido as the new frontman. This song is the title track from the
band's fourth album, due Nov. 5.

The Head and the Heart, "Shake" - Josiah Johnson and Charity Rose
Thielen put their voices together beautifully on this joyful
indie-folk song from the Seattle band's forthcoming album "Let's Be
Still." By the sound of it, there won't be a lot of stillness on the
band's sophomore effort.

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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.

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

Neighbours, "Tell the Truth" - You gotta love a new song that sounds like it could have been on the "Nuggets" boxed set of classic garage-rock and soul. That's part of what producer Derek White (The New Shouts) brings to the table for this Pittsburgh band that features singer-keyboardist Michael Cunningham, singer-guitarist Ross Reilly, bassist Joe Tarowsky and drummer Andy Mulkerin (heard here on the 9:13 Buzz). This is the opening track of an album that shows influences ranging from the Zombies to the Jam.

Blue of Colors, "This is A Story" - Blue of Colors is the spinoff project of Punchline singer Steve Soboslai, who stretches out from the pop-punk formula on this finely crafted set of songs about love on the rocks.

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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.

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

Alt-J, "Fitzpleasure" - The young band from Leeds, home to Gang of Four, throws a lot of stuff against the wall and somehow it sticks on this delightfully weird, rocking song. There are many other, varied pleasures on the band's debut album, "An Awesome Wave."

Frank Turner, "Recovery" - The British singer-songwriter/punk rocker points to Springsteen as an inspiration, and you can certainly feel that kind of energy spewing forth in this passionate single. On this song, though, he reminds me more of Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller. Either way, it sounds like he's got a lot of good years ahead of him.

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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.

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

Vampire Weekend, "Diane Young" - I'm still on the fence about this song because the autotune really is kind of annoying, but I like everything else that goes around it. Despite cribbing from Paul Simon and Talking Heads, this over-hyped band sounded fresh when it first popped up, and two albums later, that feeling remains.

Of Monsters and Men, "Mountain Sound" - Here I am doing my job of breaking new bands on the 9:13 Buzz. Just kidding. There's almost no way you haven't heard this band, unless you only listen to talk radio,
in which case you're probably not reading this anyway. This play was a nod to summer concerts, and this one should be a highlight (Stage AE, June 12, as it's one of the few bands coming we haven't seen before. Whether you like Top 40 or indie rock, it's hard to argue that Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir has a gorgeous voice.

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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.

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

Kurt Vile, "Never Run Away" - Another hazy stoner track from the Philly rocker who finds the sweet spot between classic and indie rock. This is one of the few radio-sized cuts from his fifth album, Wakin On A Pretty Daze, a 69-minute double LP that finds most of the songs stretching past the 7 minute mark.

Kacey Musgraves, "Follow Your Arrow" - Yes, she's a singer with a shot at mainstream success, but there's a refreshing authenticity to the songs on her major-label debut "Same Trailer Different Park." On this breezy and clever song, she makes a case for being yourself whether that means smoking weed or experimenting with sexuality.

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