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.
The Baseball Project, “Box Scores” - With baseball fever rising high again in Pittsburgh, I had to play a brand-new one by The Baseball Project, a collective of seamheads whose roster includes R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Mike Mills, and Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate. All their songs are about baseball legends and peculiarities of the National Pastime. Saw them perform at the 3 Rivers Arts Festival a few years ago, and they almost single-handedly renewed my interest in Major League Baseball with their collection of folk songs, Americana, and Bo Diddley-beat-ish baseball ditties. This one is about the simple joys of reading baseball box scores. The March 25 release also includes a quirky song about former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, and the day he purposely aimed beanballs at the starting lineup of the Cincinnati Reds.
1, 2, 3 “When the Levee Breaks at the County Fair” - The goldfish escape; the funnel cakes are ruined, and the Tilt-a-Whirl tilts in a way it shouldn’t after the climactic action in the title of this amusing tune off the May 27 double-album from 1, 2, 3 -- the low-fi/garage-rock Pittsburgh band that’s earned praise internationally from the likes of Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound and The Guardian. 1, 2, 3 lyricist Nicolas Snyder says he was inspired by 70’s dystopian movies and strange weather occurrences – like the Japanese tsunami and a tornado that ripped through his aunt’s Pennsylvania house. The band recorded storm sounds through a screen door in a house outside Monroeville, and used primitive instruments, later adding classic vinyl sampling and spoken-word interludes that are some of the album’s best philosophizing.