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:
Ride, "Charm Assault" - One of the architects of the '90s shoegazer movement has released its first new album in 20 years (check it out on Spotify.) Here's one of three singles released recently. It's good to have Ride back with all the ingredients intact -- the driving drums, the chiming guitar, the urgent vocals from Mark Gardener with a bit of distortion. With age has come wisdom and a keener desire for political commentary from the English band. Guitarist Andy Bell says this song "is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run the country."
Super Whatevr, "Bloomfield" - Here's a sample from the Orange County, Calif. alt-rock trio's first full-length album. The title caught my attention (no, it's not about the Pittsburgh neighborhood), but the catchy hook keeps me coming back. "Bloomfield" is a song about the aftermath of a relationship where you struggle with feelings and are searching for some excuse to return to the person you've broken up with, despite common sense telling you otherwise . As vocalist-bassist Skyler McKee says, "The lyrics are about arguing back and forth with your better judgment and the turmoil that comes out of that state of being."
With the Exception of a best of release the band Ride has been on a nearly 14 year hiatus. Fans have decided to reunite in 2015 for a UK tour as well as limited appearances in Toronto and New York. "We want to give the people what they want" stated front man Mark Gardener, however while there are no official plans for a new LP Gardener also has stated that it is not an impossibility, "That's not to say we Wouldn't make new music". Read More on Ride's return and their tour at NME.
Bob Marley was clear on his stance on Marijuana use and his family has decided that the time is right to launch a consumer cannabis brand under their family name. "Marley Natural" is set to launch next year and include an extensive product line including hand made accessories, cannabis infused lotions and balms as well as various cannabis strains. Marley Natural is to be owned an operated by Seattle based company Privateer Holdings. To learn more about Marley Natural visit Consequence of sound.
Lana Del Ray has new Oscar hopes after contributing two songs to the Tim Burton film "Big Eyes". The songs "I Can Fly" which will be featured in the credits of the film and "Big Eyes" which is to given a spot right in the middle of the film are Del Ray originals and the film executives expect to receive positive reactions at the Academy Awards. Read more on "Big Eyes" and Lana Del Ray at SPIN.