Spoon

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.

Literature, "New Jacket" - Catchy, smart, well-crafted guitar-pop from a band that says it's OK with Belle & Sebastian comparisons. Personally, I hear more Johnny Marr-ish guitar on this track that's representative of Literature's sophomore album, "Chorus," arriving Tuesday. I'm also digging the leadoff track, "The Girl, The Gold Watch & Everything" (holla if you remember that TV movie.) Literature was founded in Austin but relocated to Philly. They must like cheesesteaks.

Spoon, "I Just Don't Understand" - Nifty piano-guitar interplay to go with Britt Daniel's raw-throated intensity on this album cut about a guy questioning a one-sided relationship. Get this: It's a remake of an Ann-Margret(!) song. Well, Viva Las Vegas. Just wanted to give you something different to show the depth of Spoon's week-old album, which is hand's down my favorite of the summer. Other top tracks are "Knock, Knock, Knock," "Outlier" the "They Want My Soul" title track and leadoff single "Rent I Pay," being featured on WYEP.

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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 morning, Scott shares some of his favorites from 2010. Look for his full list in the Post-Gazette right before Christmas. Here's what we heard today:

Spoon, "Transference" - Spare, driving and still filled with smart hooks, "Transference" is another winner from the Austin band. "Is Love Forever?" shows how Spoon locks into a groove and builds around it.

The Roots, "Dear God" - The Philly hip-hop band didn’t make one great record this year, it made two — one as just The Roots, and one a collaboration with John Legend. "Dear God," from The Roots-only "How I Got Over," is indicative of the increasing crossover with hip-hop and indie-rock as The Roots take a sample from the Monsters of Folk song "Dear God," featuring the angelic voice of Jim James, and add their touch of conscious-hip-hop.

Steve Wynn + and the Miracle 3, "Resolution" - Bound to be overlooked, the latest album from the former leader of the Dream Syndicate, "Northern Aggression," could have been made back in the post-punk/paisley underground era of the ’80s. And that’s a good thing. Taking its cues from the Velvet Underground, it’s a guitar record well stocked with melodic tension and dizzying jams, like this one that leads it off.

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