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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. Today, Scott shares his favorites of 2014.

Favorite album:
War on Drugs, Lost in the DreamHailed as a road trip album, the scenery here is consistently pretty, dreamy and wistful, like staring out a car window on an overcast day, zipping past an unspoiled Midwestern landscape. Indie-rock coupled with a keyboard-driven ambient Americana yielding songs fitting together seamlessly, unfolding at an unhurried pace before reaching a satisfying acceleration. The Philly band's leader, Adam Granduciel, has said the lyrics were inspired by post-tour loneliness and anxiety, though his words are more reflective than angst-y.
Defining lyric: "Lying on my back, loosening my grip, wading in the water, just trying not to crack under the pressure."

Rest of my Top-10: Sturgill Simpson, St. Vincent, Spoon, Jack White, Taylor Swift, Ex-Hex, Flying Lotus, Sharon Van Etten, Ben Howard.

Favorite concert:
Paul McCartney, July 7, Consol Energy Center. - Sir Paul was amazing -- ask anyone who saw the 72-year-old legend's enthusiastic three-hour, 40-song set at Consol Energy Center. It was action-packed from an "Eight Days a Week" and "All My Loving" launch through a two-encore smoker ending with "Helter Skelter" and the Abbey Road medley.
McCartney's voice held up strong throughout a set that also featured Wings hits ("Band on the Run," "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five"), deeper Beatles album cuts "Lovely Rita" and a carnival-sounding "Being for The Benefit of Mr. Kite!" and some heartfelt musings about his mates John, Ringo and George (to whom the ukulele-led "Something" was dedicated.)

The rest of my top-10 concerts: Kaiser Chiefs, Billy Joel, Zac Brown Band/Sturgill Simpson, Black Keys, Jack White, Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Sharon Van Etten.

Favorite song:
Jack White, "Would You Fight For My Love" - If we're counting their epic Letterman performance, I'd have gone Future Islands' "Season." The regular single is cool, too, and has made some other lists, including NME's No. 1. Though in 2014, I was grooving more to Jack White. The title track to his "Lazaretto" album earned lots of 'atta boys, though I prefer "Would You Fight For My Love?" for the intensity of his vocals, the thought-stirring lyrics, and its spaghetti-western cool. It's a song that I appreciate more with each listen, so I'm picking it for my No. 1. (Besides, Cindy won't let me choose Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off") :-)

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The keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens has been found dead in his hotel room. Owens, age 38 has recorded and performed with groups such as The Long Beach Dub Allstars, The Mars Volta, and  recently Jack White. Owens has been working with White since 2012 and has contributed to the album  Blunderbuss and most recently Lazaretto. Owens was touring with White in Mexico when he was found dead in his hotel room. It is being reported that the hotel room that Owens was found in may have contained drugs and alchohol, though the official cause of death is being ruled a heart attack. Jack White has cancelled the remaining shows on the Mexican tour in respect for Owens.

Read more on Ikey Owens at Rolling Stone.

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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.

Jack White, "Entitlement" - Jack is sick of spoiled people who act entitled, and he's tired of being told what to do. Modern rock's top guitarist takes out his frustrations on piano on this countrified slow-burner and standout track from White's bold and fascinating new album, "Lazaretto," arriving June 10. Yes, there's explosive guitar; though some of the quieter, more spacious moments on the highly anticipated album yield many of its most memorable hooks. I haven't read any reviews yet, though my preliminary mark is an A-.
Stream Jack White's new album in full here.

Grand Piano, "Punk Rocker" - Trumpet and sax assert themselves on this eclectic and compelling debut full-length from the Pittsburgh rock-folk-jazz-honky-tonk band. Singer Zak Kane has a languid, lived-through-a-lot delivery that counter-balances the instrumental ambitiousness swirling around him. "I dreamed about my travels and I traveled though my dreams," he says in this soul-searching song recalling a former life as a punk rocker. Sharp lead guitar, boisterous bass and a fuzzy layer of rhythm guitar all hop along for the ride on what the Violent Femmes might sound like if they covered They Might Be Giants (or vice versa.) Tough to peg, easier to listen to, Grand Piano's "Leap Year," album arrives June 17. The CD release show, June 13
at The Rex, includes special guests Chet Vincent & the Big Bend, Roger Harvey & the Wild Life and Morgan Erina of Broken Fences.

Also check out: Tijuana Panthers' "Nobo" from the garage-surf-punk band's new album released yesterday. Sounds like the Velvet Underground filtered through a West Coast haze.

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Every few months it seems like there is a new tribute album out on the market, covering some really fantastic musicians. In the past we've seen albums paying respect to Buddy Holly, Fleetwood Mac, John Denver and others. The latest in this string of tributes, Jack White is being honored by some of the formative musicians behind the rockabilly and punk genres. Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White will be released on November 18th, and features 14 covers of Jack White songs, from the White Stripes to his solo material.

The list of contributing artists is as follows:

Wanda Jackson- 'In the Cold Cold Night'
Big Jay McNeely and Nik Turner – 'I’m Shakin''
Gary U.S. Bonds – 'Salute Your Solution'
Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers – 'Steady As She Goes'
Joe Clay and Cranston Clements – 'Trash Tongue Talker',
Robert Gordon and Chris Spedding – 'Another Way to Die'
Knox, Walter Lure and W.S. "Fluke" Holland – 'Seven Nation Army'
Johnny Powers – 'Fly Farm Blues'
Bobby Vee – 'We're Going to Be Friends'
Rosie Flores – 'Blunderbuss'
The Dirt Daubers – 'Fell in Love With a Girl'
Rejected Youth Nation feat. Cyril Neville – 'You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)'
the Denver Broncos U.K. – 'Top Yourself'
Los Straightjackets – 'Icky Thump'

While it may seem like White has only been around for a little while, he's actually been performing for more than 20 years, and has been quite prolific. Between The White Stripes, the Raconteurs, and the Dead Weather, White has played on 10 studio albums. He's also played on film sountracks, produced fellow musicians' records, and been in quite a few films.

If you were hoping for an album of covers performed by Jack White, you're out of luck. But fear not! White's record label, Third Man Records, recently tweeted about his band, the Dead Weather, writing new material. Hopefully we'll be hearing from the man himself soon.

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The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records is a massive collection being put together by Jack White and John Fahey to cover the eclectic recordings done by the Wisconsin Chair Company starting in 1917. The set is going to contain six 180 gram LPs (87 songs) collected in a hand crafted oak case reminiscent of phonograph cases in the 1920s. There will also be a cool app distributed with The Rise and Fall on USB devices. The app will feature unique music and art to help the layman navigate the massive collection.

Paramount Records produced a huge number of recordings, but kept no records of what they recorded. So Jack White and a team of artists, writers, musicians - 30-50 people in all - collected as much information as they could for the release of Volume One. Volume One will be out October 29th, with more volumes to follow in the coming years.

Artists in the Paramount collection include Louis Armstrong, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and so many others. Be warned, The Rise and Fall isn't a "best of". Jack White's partner for the project, Dean Blackwood says that it's a collection of some big names and "not even one-hit wonders, they're one or two recording wonders."

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Loretta Lynn is looking to work with Jack White again.  Both artists have a slew of side projects they've been working on.  Lynn and White worked together previously on her 2004 release, Van Lear Rose.  Lynn is reportedly looking to recruit Mr. White again for one of her many projects.

"I think I'm going to go after Jack White and give him another call to do another album," said Lynn in a recent Billboard interview.  Lynn and White's collaboration was a smash success and received much critical praise.  Lynn says she's got about 19 projects already finished up including a Christmas and a religious album.  Jack White has been quite the busy man himself with his first solo release, Blunderbuss, which came out last year to very high praise.  White has also been recording with The Dead Weather again and plans to release their fist record since 2010's Sea of Cowards.

We can only hope these two can get together sooner rather than later.

Take a listen to WYEP's Discumentary about Van Lear Rose here.

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Mr. Music himself, Jack White continues to use money from The White Stripes to give back to the community.  Jack White has recently donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation. The organization is non-profit and dedicated to establishing, preserving, and adding accessibility to the recorded sounds of the US, a modern day Alan Lomax if you will.  White has also recently donated $143,000 to help save the Detroit Masonic Temple from foreclosure.

Jack White's donation to the National Recording Preservation Foundation is the first the group has received.  Executive Director of the organization, Gerald Seligman, recently commented on White's donation stating, "With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan – and give out our first grants. We're committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months."  Jack White will also serve on the board of the foundation which has established a partnership with the U.S. Congress.  Gerald Seligman has also teased the idea the possibility of the National Recording Preservation Foundation releasing a commercial collection at some point (perhaps on Jack White's Third Man Records).

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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.

This time around, Scott brought in his favorites of 2012. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Bob Mould, “Star Machine” - The formidable Husker Du/Sugar frontman puts aside the electronics and just rocks — with the old fury — on his 10th studio album. “Star Machine” opens the album and sets the tone in vintage fashion.

Jack White, “Freedom at 21” - “Blunderbuss,” the first Jack White solo album, is one he couldn’t have made with the late White Stripes or either of his spinoff bands, The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather. This is the guitar-slinging rock star’s chance to throw himself into a full-on, lash-out breakup album.

Japandroids, “Nights of Wine and Roses” - The album opens with the popping of fireworks and they shoot off like mad on “Celebration Rock,” the third album from this Canadian punk duo. “We yell like hell to the heavens” is the spirit throughout this noisy celebration.

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