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.

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

Brooke Annibale, "Silence Worth Breaking" - This title track to her last album ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor. Two years later, the singer-songwriter from Moon, now based in Nashville, has pulled a Led Zeppelin, a la "Houses of the Holy," and put in her new EP, "Words in Your Eyes." It's a majestic beauty in the Sarah McLachlan vein with a haunted vocal and musicianship that heightens the longing in the song.

The Replacements, "I'm Not Saying" - It's great to hear them again, even if it's under sad circumstances. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have reunited for "Songs for Slim," an EP to benefit guitarist Slim Dunlap who suffered a stroke. A cover of a Gordon Lightfoot song (of all things), it reminds us of the youthful exuberance of the band in the '80s.


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The Replacements' reunion EP Songs For Slim will be released digitally on March 5th and on 12" vinyl April 16 (released on New West Records). Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson have released their Gordon Lightfoot cover, "I'm Not Saying" and you can hear it now over at Pitchfork.

The Songs for Slim EP is part of a project that will benefit former Replacements' guitarist, Slim Dunlap. Slim suffered a stroke in 2012, which left him partially paralyzed. Track listing for the EP:

Side A:
01 Busted Up (Robert Dunlap)
02 Radio Hook Word Hit (Robert Dunlap)

Side B:

01 I'm Not Sayin (Gordon Lightfoot)
02 Lost Highway (Leon Payne)
03 Everything's Coming Up Roses (Stephen Sondheim/Jule Styne)


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