The 9:13 Buzz

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!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Best Coast, "Feeling OK" - The new Best Coast album California Nights is due out in early May, and its title track points to a more expansive sound for the band. This song definitely turns up the volume a bit, but it gets right to the pop punk, '90s nostalgia, recalling Letters To Cleo or even K's Choice. I also appreciate that it celebrates the grey of life: not feeling good or bad, but okay.

Calexico, "When The Angels Played" - For a couple of decades Calexico has embraced the sounds and stories of the Southwest, and the cinematic quality of the band's songs continues on the new album, Edge of the Sun. The layers of instrumentation are a huge part of that visual feel, but this particular track strips them back a bit. It may be a short song, but there is a lot to grab onto in the melody and lyrics, and while it's a sad song, it's also full of beauty.

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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 Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha's Vineyard!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Dawes, "Things Happen" - "Things happen...that's all they ever do." I can't get enough of this honest tune from the new Dawes album. These lyrics really hit me and somehow make me feel like everything is gonna be OK. I'm really excited to hear the entire new album - "All Your Favorite Bands" comes out June 2nd.

Ryan Montbleau Band, "Pacing Like Prince" - Before they went their separate ways, the Ryan Montbleau Band recorded one last album. After a decade of touring the country together, this release certainly marks the end of an era for the band. You'll hear a lot of emotion within the tracks on "Growing Light" (officially out 4/21), but there's a whole lotta funkiness in this particular song.

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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:

Balloon Ride Fantasy, "0100101" - This 6-piece Pittsburgh synth-rock band released a terrifically catchy and cohesive album yesterday with nice male-female split vocals.

In Letter Form, "Wait Now" - New single from San Francisco post-punk foursome that wears its Bauhaus and Joy Division influences proudly. "We are sentimental about the way we go about writing songs," says singer Eric Miranda, notingthat just like the band's name, "Yes, we still write and mail letters."

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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 Pop City's Patrick Bowman

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Hop Along, "Waitress" - This Philly band is gearing up to release their sophomore album Painted Shut on April 21st, and they dropped the album's barnstorming first single "Waitress" in early March. Lead singer Frances Quinlan's raspy, full-bodied howl really propels this expertly constructed slice of wiry guitar rock into the stratosphere. By the time the track hits its calamitous conclusion, Quinlan is practically on fire.

Tame Impala, "Let it Happen" - After two albums of heady, exploratory psychedelic rock, Australian returns with the new synth-laden single "Let it Happen" off their upcoming third record. The almost eight minute behemoth infuses proggy electro with the group's already established druggy sunshine rock, creating a potent trip which bodes extremely well for their new batch of material. They will be at Stage AE on June 6.

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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!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

The Weepies, No Trouble - A good part of my time living in Boston had a Deb Talan soundtrack, and since she and Steve Tannen became The Weepies, it's been great to see their career (and family) grow. Now the duo is back with its fifth album, Sirens, which is due out at the end of April, and it's a welcome return both because of the five-year wait and most definitely because it finds Deb on the other side of a battle with breast cancer. Knock on wood for continued good health, good songs and "No Trouble."

Ibeyi, River - French-Cuban twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz just released their self-titled debut album as Ibeyi. Their father was percussionist Anga Díaz (who played with Buena Vista Social Club among many other artists), so music is in their blood, and the family intuition extends into their vocal interplay, rhythm and energy. Check out the album version of "River" to hear the soulful and hypnotic sounds they've built around their voices, but this a cappella performance from SXSW gets right to the core.

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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 Jess Phaneuf from MVY Radio on Martha's Vineyard!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Punch Brothers, “My Oh My” - It seems like everything mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile touches turns to gold. When the long awaited Nickel Creek reunion happened last year, I didn’t think it could get any better, but this year’s new Punch Brothers album is dynamite! I can’t stop listening to this track in particular, which has such incredible dynamics…it goes from hootin’ and hollerin’ to a beautiful whisper and back in just a few minutes. Marry me, Chris?

Chadwick Stokes, “Mother Maple” - Dispatch and State Radio frontman Chad Stokes has really turned his focus to his solo career in recent years, and the material I’ve heard has left me feeling luke warm…until now. I’m digging this experimental single from Stokes’ new album, The Horse Comanche. Add a sing-along chorus in with thoughtful lyrics and some video game sounds and you’ve won me over.

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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:

Violent Femmes, "Love, Love, Love, Love, Love" - A song about hate, water and pestilence ... no, just kidding. Actually, this single from the Violent Femmes' first new release in 15 years is, indeed, a song about love. Of course, it's filtered through Gordon Gano's off-kilter, tension-filled voice that we've grown to, well, love. Key lyric: "Some do it for the summit/some do it for the climb/some people like to settle down/I can't help wondering what's on the other side." If you partied to the Violent Femmes in their "American Music," "Blister in the Sun" days, you'll enjoy.

Young Guv, "Kelly, I'm Not a Creep" - Toronto hardcore punk Ben Cook indulges his power-pop side -- and we reap the benefits on an album that's one of the year's early surprise standouts. This is a deeper cut -- spinning the age-old story of a boy smitten by a girl in his apartment complex. They've locked eyes, but he wants to take it to the next level, but first hopes to convince her he's not, well, some creep. Good luck with that.

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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 Pop City's Patrick Bowman

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played:

Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Multi-Love” - As Unknown Mortal Orchestra, New Zealand by-way-of Portland songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson marries psychedelia with sharp soul touchstones, mostly due to his gold-plated voice and studio wizardry that really makes his albums sound like they were lost relics of the late 60s and early 70s. After two albums of pretty interesting psych rock, Nielson returns with Multi-Love, the first single off the album of the same name due in May, which is this sort of nu-disco, soul, 70’s FM radio, especially with that hammond organ intro. It reminds me of Wings-era Paul McCartney for some reason, cut with some Todd Rundgren weirdness, remixed by Hercules and the Love Affair.

Them Are Us Too, “Us Now” - Them Are Us Too are a couple 21-year-olds who have taken the best of late 80s shoegaze, whether it be the big squall of guitars absolutely drenched in reverb or echoey, spacious productions, and really use them to dramatic affect. On the song “Us Now” from their upcoming albumn Remain, certain bits like the industrial drum beat give the song this iron lattice work to latch onto, and the melody turns the track into this slow building epic, soaring song, that, for me, feels like it’s just going to melt all the snow and ice of the winter and leave behind green valleys and brids singing or something. It’s so hopeful, it’s so full of life. I think a lot of bands wear influences like pieces of clothing, but these two have worked through a couple very chic sonic influences, shoegaze and industrial rock, and figured out what they liked best and turned it into their own.

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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:

Diamond Rugs, "Voodoo Doll" - Spoon with a shot of Morphine is what I'm hearing from this single off the sophomore album by a band that includes Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), John McCauley and Robbie Crowell (Deer Tick), Ian Saint Pé (ex-Black Lips guitarist), T. Hardy Morris (Dead Confederate) and Bryan Dufresne (Six Finger Satellite). Just some friends blowing off steam. The musical equivalent of a lightly planned/publicized party that turns out to be a blast.

Juliana Hatfield 3, "If I Could" - Well, it had been 21 years since their rookie effort, so the jangly power/indie-pop trio decided to release a sophomore album (out last week). Hatfield sounds all cool, sweet and vulnerable with her singing -- just as we've always like her solo. Sample lyric: "You take a piece of mind every time you leave," she says, telling a wayward lover she'd kiss away the tears to make him stay. Back in the '90s, Pittsburgh-Beaver Valley band Paint had a song called "Juliana Hatfield on My Mind." It should've been a hit. Well, at least a cult classic.

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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!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Matthew E. White, "Rock & Roll Is Cold" - This Virginia-based songwriter, producer and arranger released his debut Big Inner in 2012, and his new album, Fresh Blood, is due out on March 10th. Hopefully the title doesn't scare you off, because the songs showcase White's talent for building intricate-but-not-extravagant arrangements that perfectly suit his low-key vocal style. He's proving his range live too, with upcoming album release shows that are either solo or with a 30-piece band.

Courtney Barnett, "Depreston" (live at WFUV) - One highly anticipated album of the year (and not just by me) is Courtney Barnett's Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which will be out on March 24th. The guitar-focused "Pedestrian At Best" is one preview we've gotten. Another is a song Courtney and her band performed at WFUV back in February of last year, called "Depreston." I'm very curious to hear how it ends up sounding on the album, but this version sets Barnett's clever wordsmithing in some sweet, melodic melancholy.

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