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After collecting a couple of Grammy awards for their album El Camino on Sunday, Black Keys drummer, Patrick Carney, was randomly asked by TMZ for an opinion about Justin Bieber getting shut out of the nominations. To This, Carney responded "I dunno ... He's rich, right? Grammys are for like music, not for money ... and he's making a lot of money. He should be happy."

This did not sit well with Bieber, who took to Twitter to express his feeling on the situation:

You can imagine the wrath that has befallen Carney from Bieber Nation, but he's taking it all in stride by sending hilarious responses to angry Bielebers' tweets:

In other Black Keys news, according to MTV, it seems the guys are going to be headed back to the studio soon with their unofficial third band member, producer Brian Burton a.k.a. Danger Mouse.

Frontman Dan Auerbach says, "We are going to get in the studio with him but we've been working for the past month [it's] just [been] the two of us. [The songs are just] sketches. We won't know for another month, I don't think, honestly. We're basically going to make this record more like we made Brothers, where we had some help from Brian but we did a lot of it on our own," Carney added. "We're just going to play it by ear and when we do need help, we'll ask for Brian to come in and help us out. He's kind of our guy."

Pretty exciting! Here's hoping we know more in a month.

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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 - Best of 2011 version!!

The Black Keys, "Lonely Boy" - If the Black Keys are going to make their jump to arena rock, they need an appropriate arena rock song. "Lonely Boy," from the Akron band's new album, "El Camino," is super-charged, with Danger Mouse helping to deliver one of the best openings to a rock song you'll ever hear.

Kurt Vile and the Violators, "Puppet to the Man" - This would be a good entry for an Occupy movement playlist (stoner division), as Vile lashes out in his own weary way about being a puppet to the man. The song comes from the Philly band's latest, "Smoke Ring for My Halo," the best hazy, psych-rock album of the year.

Wild Flag, "Boom" - Albums by "supergroup" suck, right? Well, move over, guys. Here's the inimitable Carrie Brownstein, leading the way with Sleater-Kinney bandmate Janet Weiss, Mary Timony (Helium) and Rebecca Cole (The Minders) on this Merge debut. This song delivers on the explosive promise of its title. For a more extended guitar jam, go to "Racehorse."

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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

Today, Scott shares his Top 10 albums for 2010:

1. Arcade Fire, "The Suburbs" - A smart, stinging, vibrant and accessible essay on growing up, and then old, in the 'burbs. There's resentment, bewilderment, and equal bits respect and mistrust of rebellion, though a few rays of optimism, or at least acceptance, creep in eventually. Win Butler, the husband half of the spouse-fronted Montreal indie-rockers said he strived for a Depeche Mode-meets-Neil Young vibe. Nice!

2. The National, "High Violet" - Joy Division comparisons are inevitable, thanks to singer Matt Berninger's somber and spellbinding baritone. Textured guitars heighten the drama from these Brooklyn-by-way-of-Cincinnati rockers.

3. Black Keys, "Brothers" - The Akron, Ohio duo slips some funkiness into its raw and blistering, hook-laden blues-rock. "Next Girl" and "Tighten Up" are the best back-to-back songs on any album this year.

4. Titus Andronicus, "The Monitor" - Mine ears have heard the glory of this New Jersey punk band that sticks numerous Civil War references into its songs. Overall, though, the album is a contemporary call-to-arms, with singer Patrick Stickles rallying the troops by saying, "It's us against them, and they're winning," as his band pounds out a Pogues-Dropkick Murphys brand of defiance.

5. Sufjan Stevens, "The Age of Adz" - The alt-folk artist successfully experiments with electronica. His emotional voice is a grabber, especially on the supreme heartbreak track, "I Walked," where amid window-rattling bass thumps he fragilely sings, "At least I deserve the respect of a kiss goodbye."

6. Jason and the Scorchers "Halcyon Times." The unbridled enthusiasm is infectious on this raucous, rollicking comeback by the pioneering cowpunk/alt-country band.

7. Local Natives, "Gorilla Manor" - This L.A. band's rookie effort melds the rustic charm of Fleet Foxes with the more muscular moments of My Morning Jacket.

8. Deerhunter, "Halcyon Digest" - Dreamy, ambient pop-rock with enough feisty blasts of fuzzed-up guitar to keep you on your toes.

9. Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang" - Their "Born to Run" will come, but for now let's savor this "The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle"-caliber effort from a band that's endured its share of Springsteen comparisons because, well, they're from Jersey, and they craft songs with anthemic ardor. By the way, they've got plenty of alt-rock and punk references, too.

10.  ... will be revealed in my Sunday column (timesonline.com), though if the rest of Sleigh Bells' "Treats" is like the 6 songs I've heard from the Brooklyn noise-pop duo, then they'll be a lock. Also under consideration: Taylor Swift (sorry John Mayer fans) and Paul Weller.

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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 news 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 (plus some bonus songs):

Black Keys,  "Next Girl" - New album from the Akron, OH duo, Brothers has the band producing themselves with help from Danger Mouse on one track. Scott says: "You guys are spinning a different tune, I believe, but this is the gem of the album."

Jason and the Scorchers,  "Moonshine Guy" - Nashville Cowpunk band returns with new release after a 15 year absence. They also return with a new Swede drummer named Pontus Snibb. Scott says: "The most fun song of the year!"

Rising Regina,  "Sheets" - A young bluegrassy band from Pittsburgh, PA. Scott says: "Another fun one. Bluesy sass from Pittsburgh's Celtic-newgrass band. Why aren't they on Lilith Fair? :-)"

Local Natives,  "Wide Eyes" - Great new band coming out the Silver Lake scene in Los Angeles (Rilo Kiley, Elliott Smith, etc). This band's sound is a great combination of Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend. Scott says: "Already penciled in for the year-end Top-10."

VV Brown, "Leave!" - Released last year in her native U.K., this album didn't arrive in the States until six weeks ago. Her influences are early-'60s girl groups, electronica and video game sound effects. Scott Says: "Gotta throw one curveball at you. This song, while bubblegummy, reminds me of something Duffy would sing if she let her hair down ... or Amy Winehouse would sing if she sobered up."

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