The Shins

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 Shins, "So Now What" - OK, Natalie Portman isn't Nostradamus, and The Shins' "New Slang" didn't exactly change our lives like she predicted 10 years ago in "Garden State." Though fess up: That's where most of us discovered the dreamy pop beauty of The Shins who last week debuted their new single "So Now What," another lovely slice of yearning, hope and renewal that appears -- surprise, surprise, on "Garden State" director Zach Braff's upcoming movie, "Wish I Was Here." The Shins' James Mercer wrote this soundtrack song after seeing the film about a 30-something father seeking a new purpose in life. I can't vouch for the movie, but I'm digging this song, and look forward to the rest of the soundtrack (out July 15) which includes Bon Iver, Paul Simon and a Coldplay-Cat Power collabo.

Tijuana Panthers, "NOBO" - The SoCal garage-punks' new single has been stuck in my head for a month, so watch out. This song is both chill and tension-filled, hazily sung from the point of view of a guy questioning choices of bohemian friends. Hailing from Long Beach, a sketchier side of the fun-in-the-sun California dream. I'm guessing the Tijuana Panthers have listened a lot to the Velvet Underground.

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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 Tady of The Beaver County Times.

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

The Shins, “Simple Song” - Well, it’s not THAT simple, or else more bands would figure out how to make such an uplifting song. The ingredients are elemental: lilting melody, a catchy hook, a swelling chorus where singer James Mercer scales the heights. The upbeat lyrical message, “you don’t have to go it alone,” inspires without getting bogged down in details. There are a few subtle layers, too, including some brief but pretty piano. Can’t wait to hear the full album, “Port of Morrow,” due out March 20.

Heartless Bastards, “Parted Ways” - Words like “primal” and “throaty” get used when discussing the distinct, powerful voice of Erika Wennerstrom. “I need a little bit of whiskey and a little bit of time to ease my troubled mind,” she sings with a dusty, soulful charm on this post-breakup rumination. Formed in Cincinnati but now based in Austin, Texas, the Heartless Bastards have been characterized as a garage-y, bluesy rock band, but this single also has some alt-country seasoning. See them next month at Club Café at a WYEP-sponsored show.

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