Joy Ike

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).

Joy Ike, “Everything You Have” – I like Ike. How could you not? Pittsburgh soul-pop singer Joy Ike is upbeat, intelligent and can flat out sing. She’s got an ear for hooks, too, evident on this single from her third full-length indie release, “All or Nothing,” which she will introduce Sunday with a show at the New Hazlett Theater. I like this song’s message, as Joy vows not to let possessions and objects rule her life. She’s answering to a higher calling.

Donora, “Under the Lights” – Imagine if Karen O joined the Go-Go’s. Yeah, yeah, yeah that would sound fabulous. And it might sound a little like this effervescent cut by local indie-pop trio Donora. Their new 5-song EP, “Play Nice,” arrives Tuesday. Singer-guitarist Casey Hanner & the two Jakes (her drum-playing, music sampling brother Jake Hanner and bassist Jake Churton) are gearing up for an East Coast and Midwest jaunt before gigging at the prestigious SXSW music festival in Austin. Donora has scored key song placements recently, such as the plucky piano melody from their “I Think I Like You” jazzing up the latest Nationwide Insurance commercial. Another previously released Donora song, “Champion,” was used in the second episode of the current season of “Glee” (Gleeks will remember the scene, where Rachel spots Brody doing crunches in the park, as he’s listening to headphones.) You can catch Donora Feb. 16 at Brillobox.


New Music Personal Picks


Donora Joy Ike Morning Mix Scott Tady The 9:13 Buzz

New local music featured on WYEP’s The Local News during the month of June. Podcast it or tune in to The Local News (Mon-Thurs @ 9 PM). These tracks begin airing on Monday May 24th and will posted to the 'cast very soon. Lemme know what you think of that Cry Fire song- WOWZA.
--- Cindy

Joy Ike - "Like A Picture" Rumors

The sophomore release from Pittsburgh's piano playing sweetheart, Joy Ike. Joy's wonderfully engaging on her records, on stage and in person. You would be hard pressed to find a nicer person- plus she's a tremendously talented performer. Her fans proved that she was #1 by voting her "Best Solo Artist" by City Paper two years in a row and this new CD, "Rumors" was fan-funded. Although she has a different sound, Ike has the potential to gain a Tori Amos-like devotional fan-base at a regional or even national level (she was recently featured on NPR!). Joy's music would appeal more to fans of Ingrid Michaelson, Elliott Smith and Josh Ritter.

Small Cities - "Hit My Door" Jackson Purchase
My favorite new Pittsburgh band- they are six members and 2.5 doctors strong. Small Cities emulates a classic southern rock sound reminiscent of The Band, Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris and Tom Petty. You can trust you're in for something good when all the guitars are Rickenbacker guitars (even the bass). There's some sweet southern charm going on here as well, four members moved to Pittsburgh from Kentucky (specifically to start this band). Their live shows are a really exciting experience- you can see them for free at WYEP on Oct 21st for Third Thursday.

Cry Fire - "The Spark" If I Don't See You Again
Listen. I tried to fight the urge to like this album.... I can't- it's so good and smooth and I don't even care to tell you all about it. Cry Fire doesn't care what cool hipsters think about them, either! This is from their press release: "Where a lot of current groups shy away from clean production, strong vocals and classic lead guitar work, Cry Fire tastefully embraces all these elements." And how! This record is good start to finish. It is further made great by backing vocals from well-known regional country singer, Katie Orlofske. Embrace it! Feel good about life!

Round Black Ghosts - "Thick As Thieves" Line Up
Round Black Ghosts features former members of Waking Matthew and other local bands of the past. While I enjoyed their previous release, they've developed in a few ways on their new CD that's been in the works since January 2009. Titled Line Up, it features stronger songwriting from Aaron Shafer, who shines with his Jay Farrar like vocals. This record will further increase their already strong presence in the local music scene.


New Music


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