Ashley Monroe

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!

Overseas - "Old Love". Lyrically accessible, patiently combustible songs dot the debut album from this indie-rock band that includes David Bazan (Pedro the Lion; Headphones). This standout track casts an unflinching eye at marital strife and acceptance via quiet acts of desperation. The opening line: “I’m thinking back to a sensual act I enjoyed with a girl in my teens/While me and the Mrs. exchange goodnight kisses, roll over and pretend we’re asleep.”

Ashley Monroe - “Weed Instead of Roses”. The other side of the long-time married coin, where the wifey suggests to her hubby that they send the kids to grandma’s, and pull out the whipped cream, sexy underwear, a whip, a Polaroid and some of her brother-in-law’s homegrown. Monroe’s songs are entertaining, and I love the trend she represents – along with newcomer Kacey Musgraves and The Pistol Annies (Monroe’s side project with Miranda Lambert) – namely female-led country acts steering the genre away from dumbed-down pop, with songs that sound traditional in a Parton-esque or Loretta Lynn-ish way, with a few pinches of modern lyrical edginess.

Arcade Fire - “Reflektor”. How could rock’s most important band du jour possibly follow-up 2010’s best album, “The Suburbs”? Well, by incorporating disco and Haitian influences alternately good for a party or a deep-think session. This is the title track from their long, ambitious album that never ceases to intrigue. Now that they’re famous, a backlash is inevitable. But Arcade Fire is ready for that as indicated in another album cut, “Joan of Arc,” with its prescient line “First they love you/Then they kill you/Then they love you again.”

My overall top-10 albums:
1. Kanye West, “Yeezus"
2. Ashley Monroe, “Like a Rose”
3. Foals, “Holy Fire”
4. Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
5. Two Cow Garage, “Death of the Self-Preservation Society”
6. Jason Isbell, “Southeastern”
7. Disclosure, “Settle”
8. Overseas, “Overseas”
9. Justin Timberlake, “The 20/20 Experience”
10. My Bloody Valentine “M_B -V”

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