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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. Click the title to hear the song!

Twin Forks, “Back to You,” - One of my favorite “sleeper” albums of the last few months is this new Americana project starring Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba. This track epitomizes the 5-song disc’s hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun. Sort of like The Lumineers, but not trying so hard. And since the lyricist is Carrabba, there are emo-y references to hearts aflutter just about every other verse. It’s just very listenable.

The History of Apple Pie, “Don’t You Wanna Be Mine,” - No, I wouldn’t have picked that band name, either, especially for a London fuzz-pop group. But there is something undeniably savory to their sound; assuming you’ve got a healthy appetite for early ‘90s shoegazer bands like Lush and My Bloody Valentine. Stephanie Min’s voice and that simple, catchy chorus leave a nice after-taste. The History of Apple Pie is currently in the studio working on a sophomore album to be released next year. This is a special 7’’-inch release to tide you over until then. Think of it as an appetizer.

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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 of The Beaver County Times.

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

J.D. Eicher and the Goodnights , “Ode to the Underdog” - "I’m what you’d call a work in progress/not the portrait, but a sketch,” sings J.D. Eicher, frontman for this Pittsburgh-Youngstown pop-rock band releasing its third album Saturday with a show at Club Café. He’s being modest; Eicher has actually developed nicely as a wordsmith, vocalist and all-round creative artist. He named his third album “Into Place,” which sequentially follows the titles of the band’s prior two albums to form the defining sentence “The Shape of Things Shifting Into Place.” Joy Ike and O.A.R.’s Jerry DePizzo make guest appearances. There’s a fun rant, “You’ve Got a Lot of Growing Up to Do,” that still manages a buoyant melody befitting a band that’s drawn comparisons to Keane and The Script. I went with the opening track; one of many cuts with a memorable hook, based on a thick bass groove.

Margot Bingham, “I’m Going South” - Viewers of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” are about to learn what Pittsburgh audiences first learned several years ago – that Margot Bingham can flat-out sing. The Scott Township native, and former two-time “Female Vocalist of the Year” in the Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Awards, has been cast as a jazz singer in the new season of “Boardwalk Empire.” Bingham sings two songs on the critically acclaimed show’s brand-new soundtrack, alongside such luminaries as Elvis Costello, Neko Case, St. Vincent, Patti Smith and Liza Minnelli(!) I went with this pick for its smoky, 1920s speakeasy vibe that playfully references “Dixie” and Stephen Foster’s “Old Folks at Home” aka “Swanee River.”

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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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

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

No Age "I Won't Be Your Generator" - The L.A. duo is going to be part of the Station to Station tour, which stops at the train station at Liberty and Grant on Sept. 8. The new album from No Age is An Object; this tune kinda reminds me of a slow-burning Mission of Burma tune.

Angel Olsen "The Waiting" - Pretty folk-rock-y stuff from the Chicago singer-songwriter, who appears at the Warhol later in September. Kind of reminds me of something from the mid-'60s, when the folk revival was just starting to mix with rock and psych.

 

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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 of The Beaver County Times.

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

Brick + Mortar, “Locked in a Cage" - Greetings from Asbury Park drum, bass and samples duo Brick + Mortar, whose foundation is built on beat-oriented hard-rock that doesn’t pander to the dance clubs or alt-rock scene. Comparisons to Alt-J, Sleigh Bells and Arctic Monkey are legit.

Willy Mason, “Pickup Truck" - Mason jars you with his voice – both rugged and sensitive. And wait until you hear that little surprise yodel he uses at the end of this song, from his new album released yesterday. Sure he lives on a preppy Massachusetts island, but this is mighty fine alt-country, absorbed in a world-weary wisdom with guitar that follows a sparse trail with an underlying intensity. “This album was written in a damp shack during a winter when it seemed like the whole world was falling down, or at least shifting its stance,” the 28-year-old Mason told American Songwriter.

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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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

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

The Van Allen Belt, "Songs" - This is a local band that's been around for some years and is starting to gain real momentum. They do cool stuff with live performance and sound collage; Tamar Kamin's vocals are beautiful to boot. This is from the 7-inch of the same name, which is in advance of their new full-length, coming in the fall.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, "Holy Roller" - This was the first single from Thao's new album, We the Common. Big fan of her as a songwriter, and I'm excited about the new album, her first with this band in several years.

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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:

Dawes, “From A Window Seat” - Speaking of harmonies, Dawes has some too. The LA band favors the Laurel Canyon folk sound associated with the likes of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jackson Browne. This is the tuneful first single from a third album, “Stories Don’t End,” coming April 9.

Bad Books, “It Never Stops” - Kevin Devine and the Manchester Orchestra were pretty good on their own. Put them together and you end up with this — an indie pop song with glorious harmonies, great lyrics and some sonic kick. What’s it all about? Devine says it deals with his transition of his native Brooklyn into a hipster haven. The band plays Mr. Smalls on Feb. 17.

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