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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!

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

Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, "The Company Man" - This is a new-to-me band out of Alabama that just released its first record on Sub Pop. All of the energy and class politics of good Southern rock, but with a more progressive cultural sense, and lots of name-checking of specific types of weeds and wildflowers. Skynyrd meets garage punk meets the Audubon Society Guide to Wildflowers, Southern U.S. edition.

Haley Bonar, "No Sensitive Man" - I was just recently thinking about Haley Bonar (as she says, "rhymes with 'honor'"), and how she's a great songwriter and a fun person to interview. And I wondered, "When will she have a new record?" The answer: last week. Her new "Last War" just came out on Graveface Records (which is run by a guy who's really into psych rock and works with Black Moth Super Rainbow); it's a little different from her older stuff, but in a great way.

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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 (plus  bonus songs):

The Cynics, "Circles Arcs and Swirls" - This track comes from the venerable Pittsburgh garage-rock band's new album, Spinning Wheel Motel. The record shows the band's range -- from all-out distorted rock to jangly Byrds-style power-pop. This song belongs in the latter category.

Haley Bonar, "Raggedy Man" - Haley Bonar is a talented and congenial young lady from Minneapolis; this is from her new record, Golder. She's also got a pretty neat Pittsburgh connection, which you can learn about when you read my interview with her in this week's City Paper!

Pujol, "Black Rabbit" - Pujol is the project of Nashville's Daniel Pujol. They've got the aesthetic of the new wave of garage (Jay Reatard, Thomas Function) but Pujol's writing is the best I've heard from that crop. This song has a video here, featuring a girl with a flaming hula hoop. My summer jam so far.

Des Ark, "Bonne Chance, Asshole" - Des Ark is the name of any number of permutations of musicians centered around North Carolinian songstress Aimee Argote. Her first record was an all-out rocker in 2005; since then, she's put together a few demos and splits, but this is technically her official follow-up -- a much softer, more epic record, but equally emotional.

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