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!
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:
Now then. One of the things about this video and its viral success is that folks -- including Letterman -- are taken aback by Sam Herring's dance moves, his frantic energy, his chest-pounding and pointing and all that. Here's the thing: That's what he does. For every song. Anytime he performs live. What's more, he writes pointed, poetic lyrics (he is, as it turns out, a fan of the late Pittsburgh poet Jack Gilbert), and delivers them sincerely.
Pattern is Movement, "The River" - I'd been waiting five years for a new album from this Philadelphia duo. Weird time-signature stuff, chamber-pop leanings and great vocals color this new self-titled release, much like their previous album; think Dirty Projectors, but a little more minimalist.
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 welcomeAndy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy (plus a bonus song):
Future Islands, "Before the Bridge" - Future Islands is a formerly Baltimore-based, currently Brooklyn-based synthpop band led by the enigmatic and growly Samuel T. Herring. Their last full-length grew to be a favorite of mine; this single was released earlier in the summer in advance of their next full-length, On the Water, which is due in October.
Nikki Lane, "Gone, Gone Gone" - This is the title track from Nikki Lane's EP from earlier this year. She's a young singer-songwriter with a very classic take on country music; it's a little bit affected, but then, so is Dolly Parton, eh? She's got a full-length in the works; I'm interested in seeing how it comes together.
The War on Drugs, "I Was There" -This Philly-based band (which originally included Kurt Vile) is getting a lot of buzz for their ethereal new album, Slave Ambient. Is it wrong that I think Adam Granduciel sounds a little like Bryan Adams? Like, if Bryan Adams were the least bit cool?