August 2013

The catchiest (and usually the most memorable) part of a pop song is the refrain.  It’s usually the easiest part of a song to sing along to and we know that kids looooove to sing along!

Today’s Cool Kids selection comes from the Swedish band The Cardigans and features one of the catchiest and most fun refrains in all of pop music to sing along to.  Yes, we’re talking about “Lovefool” with its simple, yet profound cry of “love me, love me, say that you love me!”  This song became an international hit after being featured in the Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” film in 1996.

Take a listen (and shout along) to The Cardigans’ “Lovefool”:

paul-mccartney-bonnaroo-2013-650-430c Yes, you read that right, Sir Paul McCartney is back with some "New" music.  "New" is the title of both the single and upcoming LP.  The title track is reminiscent of the Revolver-era Beatles sound.  This is McCartney's first album of new material since his 2007 release, Memory Almost Full.  In 2012 McCartney released an album, Kisses on the Bottom, which was comprised of reworked pop standards and covers. New will feature 12 tracks that are reportedly taken from McCartney's work with producers Ethan Jones (Ryan Adams), Paul Epworth (Adele), Giles Martin (son of George Martin), and Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse).  Mark Ronson produced the first single of the album, "New." New is do to be released in the US on October 15.  "New" is currently available for purchase on iTunes.  Listen to the track "New" below.

Woooo Hooooo!!

There’s not too much more to say about today’s Cool Kids selection.  The hook of this song is one of the best, yet simplest, ever written.  Young folks will certainly enjoy screaming along to Damon Albarn’s chant of “woo-hoo” while the crunchy guitars collide all around it.

Kids like things that are familiar and this song has been used almost everywhere.  If your Cool Kid has watched TV or played a video game, there’s a good chance that she’s heard this song before.  Clocking in at a hair over 2 minutes, this one is great for those with short attention spans.

Take a listen to Blur’s “Song 2”:

boseman-brown Chadwick Boseman is a pretty lucky guy.  First, he gets to play, arguably, one of the most important players in the history of baseball.  Now, he's going  to portray the Godfather of Soul - James Brown! Wow!  On top of that, frontman of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, is going to collaborating with Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins to produce the biopic of James Brown. The film will be working off of the script by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Birthday Girl, Fair Game).  The film will follow Brown's rise to stardom following a childhood of poverty of violence.  Tate Taylor (The Help) has been recruited as the films director and will begin to shoot in Mississippi this fall. At the moment the film lacks a title and release date.

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: No Age "I Won't Be Your Generator" - The L.A. duo is going to be part of the Station to Station tour, which stops at the train station at Liberty and Grant on Sept. 8. The new album from No Age is An Object; this tune kinda reminds me of a slow-burning Mission of Burma tune.
Angel Olsen "The Waiting" - Pretty folk-rock-y stuff from the Chicago singer-songwriter, who appears at the Warhol later in September. Kind of reminds me of something from the mid-'60s, when the folk revival was just starting to mix with rock and psych.

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times:  Kids love to dance.  There’s just no stopping them.  Once their little feet start moving, look out!

Today for Cool Kids, we have a song from legendary soul man Ray Charles.  Released in 1956, “This Little Girl Of Mine” plays off of the gospel classic “This Little Light Of Mine”.  The call and repeat section of the chorus provides a fun opportunity for kids to shout along and, of course, you can dance, dance, dance to this song.

Take a listen to Ray Charles’ “This Little Girl Of Mine”:

Sebadoh-Defend-Yourself If you didn't know already, Sebadoh is releasing their first album in almost a decade and half.  Sebadoh set the precedent for the "90s indie rock" sound.  Needless to say, it's a pretty big deal that the trio are back together making music. Sebadoh's new album, Defend Yourself, is set to be released on September 17 via Joyful Noise Records.  Sebadoh have already released a pair of singles off of Defend Yourself ("I Will" and "All Kinds") to build up some hype for the new album. The trio just released a third track off of Defend Yourself, "State of Mine."  Listen to the new Sebadoh track, "State of Mine," below.  You can also see Sebadoh in Pittsburgh on November 15 at Club Cafe.  
cc2011067 - Dr. Dog for Band Publicity photographed in Philadelp The Philadelphia-based sextet, Dr. Dog, have released another track off of B-Room.  Dr. Dog's new single, "Broken Heart," is a soulful track the tells the story of a heartbreak.  The video includes vintage footage from an amusement park and fair which pairs perfectly with the track to give it a "retro" feel.  Dr. Dog branches out from their traditional indie/psychedelic sound and took a more "soul" approach on B-Room.  One could go as far as saying Dr. Dog pulled in influences from the likes of fellow Philadelphia greats Gamble and Huff for their upcoming record.  Look out for Dr. Dog's eighth studio album, B-Room on October 1 via ANTI- records.  Dr. Dog will continue touring to support their upcoming album this fall/winter. Listen to the single "Broken Heart" below.
MV5BMjA1Nzk1NDc5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDEwMzM0OQ@@._V1._SX640_SY962_ Steve Buscemi? Check. Martin Scorsese? Check. Awesome drama about the 1920s bootlegging? Check. Just when it appeared HBO's Boardwalk Empire couldn't get any better, the show stepped up its game once again.  Matt Berninger of The National will be contributing to the show's second soundtrack with 1920s inspired track "I'll See You in My Dreams."  The low tone of Berninger's voice mixes perfectly with the 20s feel that the soundtrack aims to capture. The Boardwalk Empire Vol. 2 album will also feature the likes of Patti Smith, St. Vincent, and Elvis Costello.  The soundtrack will be made up of 1920s covers. Boardwalk Empire producer, Randall Poster, expressed his excitement for the project: “Boardwalk Empire provides an incredible backdrop for music. It’s been a steady treat to mark the passing of time in song over the course of four seasons. Terry Winters, Martin Scorsese and the entire Boardwalk Empire team inspire the sound of the episodes.” The collection will be released September 3 via ABKCO records.  Listen to the Matt Berninger's "I'll See You in My Dreams" below.    

Scottish alt-rock veterans Belle & Sebastian have been around for 17 years, so they have a lot of stray material floating around— and more than just 8 studio albums, apparently. Their most recent release, The Third Eye Centre, streaming now at The Guardian website, is a the 19-track rarities collection. It includes various remixes of songs like "I'm a Cuckoo," but more importantly, songs such as "Suicide Girl," "The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House," "Passion Fruit," and other bonus tracks, compilation tunes, and EP gems you've probably never heard are included.

TEC contains outtakes stretching from 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress to 2010's most recent Write About Love. It will be released on August 27th, and you can stream it right now here. Belle & Sebastian also performed in Pittsburgh for the very first time in July, and you can read about that show on WYEP's blog.