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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:

Wye Oak, "Before" - This is the lead track from the Baltimore duo's latest album, Shriek, which sounds considerably different from their past work, because it was written without any guitar. It's still a pretty great record, and that speaks to Wye Oak's songwriting capabilities.

Pujol, "Circles" - The latest from the Nashville garage-rocker is called Kludge, and this song is one of the highlights. Good, smart writing laid over hard-rocking guitars, and a great tune for summer.

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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.

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

Jenny Owen Youngs, "Already Gone" - This song has two amazing pop hooks. It's almost unfair. Why wouldn't she save one of them for another song? I feel like there are other songs out there that are jealous. Anyway, this is from Jenny's early-2012 release An Unwavering Band of Light, which is worth having.

Pujol "Providence" - I've been a fan of Pujol since I heard the band's 7-inch on Third Man. This is their first full-length, issued on Saddle Creek, and it includes re-records of some earlier stuff in addition to some new material. Daniel Pujol is one of the great young lyricists. They place at Club Cafe on Dec. 14!

Hospitality, "Friends of Friends" - This band was new to me this year -- their Merge-issued debut came out in January. I managed to catch them live twice, and they're a fun bunch. Cute, clever, well-written songs.

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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:

Bowerbirds, "In the Yard" - This tune is from the North Carolina Americana group's latest, "The Clearing." I saw this band on tour with The Mountain Goats a few years back and they delivered live; their upcoming show at Mr. Small's is likely to be great.

Santigold, "Disparate Youth" - This is one of the few upbeat, "happy" tunes on Santi's new album, "Master of My Make-Believe." Excited to see her at Stage AE next weekend.

Pujol, "Providence" - Pujol is the Susan Lucci of the 9:13 Buzz; I think I've brought tunes by this band four times and Cindy has always had me play the other tracks I brought, and make Pujol my runner-up. Let the record show, though, that I think Daniel Pujol is one of our most talented young songwriters, and "United States of Being" is my summer 2012 album. [Editor's note- :P]

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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 a  bonus song):

Austra, "Lose It" - Austra is the synthpop project of Toronto's Katie Stelmanis. This coldwave-ish album combines the baroque beauty of Kate Bush with the sensual weirdness of Bjork, and is one of my favorite records of the year; the band plays Saturday night as part of the VIA Festival lineup.

Emperor X, "Canada Day" - Emperor X is the band/project of Chad Matheny, who is a great pop songwriter and a swell human. His lyrics often have a weird futurist bent to them, even as they deal with the most mundane topics; he plays Garfield Artworks next Wednesday, the 12th.

Pujol, "Mayday" - This is the lead single from Pujol's forthcoming EP, Nasty, Brutish and Short, on Saddle Creek. Favorite new-to-me songwriter, hands down; nearly everything Daniel Pujol has produced as yet has been golden. Think of him as an intellectual Jay Reatard.

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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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