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): Nude Beach, "Some Kinda Love" - With a name like that, they had better be entertaining! Fortunately, these Brooklyn-Long Island punk-rockers are on their new album due out in August. While authentic to DIY punk, Nude Beach doesn't mask the Springsteen and Petty influences that sound-tracked their youth. This song hearkens to "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash"-era Replacements. Metric, "Youth Without Youth" - If Muse had a female singer, they might sound like this synth-hardened indie/alt-rock Canadian band. Singer Emily Haines is part of the Broken Social Scene music collective. She displays a gift for intriguing lyrics on the band's 2-week-old album, which also occasionally drifts in an Arcade Fire-ish direction.
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 Justin Jacobs (talking to us from Isreal via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin: Pomegranates, Passaway - I will love this band until they either get famous, or stop playing altogether, but I hope the first one happens. This is from Heaven, the fourth album from these Cincinnati guys. They create beautiful, exotic sounding indie pop that always seems like it could be the soundtrack to a dream you don't want to wake up from. This track is among their catchiest ever, which is a problem because many of the vocals are falsetto. Be prepared to sing along in your highest voice. The Whiskey Holler, I Get Dreaming - This is my favorite track from the new EP, HiveSongs, by Pittsburgh band The Whiskey Holler. I may live in Tel Aviv now, but I'll be damned if I don't keep up on what's happening in my city. I love the band's sound — really scrappy, loose alt-country with a punk edge. I only wish I was back home to see them live. They play at Club Cafe June 26. Extra Bonus: Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Big Moon Ritual - This is the first album from Chris Robinson's (he of The Black Crowes) new solo project. And - aw shucks - it doesn't include his brother. Sure, that's kind of a dick move, but the music is absolutely great: all smoothed out, soulful Southern rock jams. Like the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead had a picnic on a lake with lots of beer and whiskey. Plus, his guitarist is Neal Casal from Ryan Adam's band. So I love them for a multitude of reasons.
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: Broken Fences, "Today It's Raining on Just You" - This duo of Morgan Erina and Guy Russo sounds like Pittsburgh's answer to the Swell Season. They met through the Acousticafe Monday night sessions at Club Cafe, but with harmonies like this, their open stage days might be behind quickly. The 12-song debut is a gem that combines gentle acoustic folk, folk-blues and full-blown melancholy rockers like this one. FOOD, "Jesus and Johnny Cash" - FOOD is an acronym for Far Out Old Dudes, the lead dude being Ed Crawford aka eDFROMOHIO who fronted the '80s indie band fIREHOSE (with the rhythm section of the Minutemen). Crawford, who lives on Polish Hill now, takes a trip down Highway 61 here with bassist Eric Vermillion (formerly of Gumball) and drummer Mike Quinlan (formerly on the Cynics). This song comes from the debut EP "Four Pieces from Candyland" and in between fIREHOSE reunions, a full-length will be in the works.
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]