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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:

Dan Bern, "Merle, Hank & Johnny" - Vastly underrated songwriter sings about growing up in Iowa where his generation gravitated to rock 'n' roll, although classic country was all over the radio. Like many, he traveled the globe, moved to a big city as a young adult and became smitten with songs that relied on drum machines. As he aged, his latent appreciation for classic country only grew, and now he vows to pass that appreciation along to his daughter as she and her friends follow pop-rock bands fronted by former teenage TV stars.

Widowspeak, "Dead Love (So Still)" - This couple describes its sound as "cowboy grunge," "dream country" or "earthtone pop" (hey, we're all tired of having to say "indie"-whatever.) All I know is that this single, from an album that began streaming this week, pairs a dreamy voice (Molly Hamilton) with all sorts of enticing guitar textures -- swirly, twangy, slightly psychedelic (courtesy Robert Earl Thomas.)

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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 (plus some bonus songs):

Gaslight Anthem, "American Slang" - An American rock band from New Jersey that perfects Blue-collar rock in the tradition that began with Bruce Springsteen. Scott says: "'We're not into just kinda being like a little footnote,' Gaslight Anthem singer Brian Fallon says in the press release for the Jersey rockers' new album. "We want to be The Ones, y'know?" They take a bold step in that direction with "American Slang," their third full-length effort that's loaded with anthemic melodies and raw-throated, Springsteen-ian singing. This title track is consistent with the band's hard-driving approach. If you dig the Hold Steady (or the early E Street Band) you're already a Gaslight Anthem fan."

Paul Weller, "Fast Car, Slow Traffic" - Former frontman for mod/punk band The Jam and also the soulful Style Council. This is his tenth solo album. Scott says: "A breezy summer-y tune, especially appropriate for traffic-snarled Pittsburgh. Weller, formerly of The Jam and Style Council, ditched the acoustic guitars and rocks out throughout this album, which in the liner notes he compares to "Diamond Dogs"-era David Bowie with a pinch of the Faces. A few reviewers have proclaimed this Weller's best album in 20 years."

The National, High Violet
- Originally from Cincinnati, OH, The National now based themselves in Brooklyn. Known for their flat-lined vocals surrounded by swelling rock music, this is their fifth LP. Scott says: "The Joy Division-ish vocals lure you in; the shimmering, smoldering sonics keep you coming back."

Dan Bern, Live in Los Angeles - An American songwriter often compared to Dylan, Phil Ochs and Woody Guthrie. Scott says: "The feisty, funny folk-rocker launches his live album with the 1998 masterpiece "Tiger Woods" -- which takes on a whole new relevance now. There are sweet songs, ("Love Makes All the Other Worlds Go Round," The Golden Voice of Vin Scully"), and surreal ones, ("Osama in Obamaland" and "The Fifth Beatle.") That latter tune includes hilarious and spot-on impersonations of Bob Dylan, Ringo
Starr, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young."

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