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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Stars, "We Called It Love" - This is one of two new songs released by the Montreal band Stars as a preview of a forthcoming album. It follows 2014's No One Is Lost, which was recorded in a studio above a club with the beats and the neon turned up. On this song, those elements are turned down but the drama remains, and it's a perfect complement to the dark pop duets Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan do so well.

Waxahatchee, "Never Been Wrong" - This taste of guitar driven '90s nostalgia is from Waxahatchee's, Out in the Storm, which is out on July 14. Katie Crutchfield returns in force on her fourth album with this defiant anthem, but it's the moments of pause to let some harmonies kick in that really caught my ear. As the album opener, all signs point to an intriguing, riff-filled journey the rest of the way.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Big Thief, "Shark Smile" - This Brooklyn-based band had me hooked with the title of this one, but the sound would have done it anyway. It's a great road song and even though there is an unhappy end, there are so many beautiful moments in between – from the guitar tone, to Adrianne Lenker's vocal lilt in the chorus, to the lyric, "it came over me at a bad time." Look for Big Thief's sophomore album, Capacity, out June 9.

Nicole Atkins, "Listen Up" - After a move from New Jersey to Nashville, Nicole Atkins is set to release her new album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, on July 21. Classic country stands out in another new song that's already out ("A Little Crazy"), but this one leans soul. It's no surprise that Nicole can hold her own given all the directions her incredible voice has traveled across her catalog, but with what was apparently a live-to-tape recording process, there's a freeing energy that comes through too – in the song and in the video.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

PWR BTTM, "LOL" - This Brooklyn-based duo is set to release its sophomore album, Pageant, on May 12. Queer, punk, glitter and humor are only part of the story, as the band takes a musical step up from lo-fi to include French horn, backing vocals and more in the arrangements. They also step forward in speaking out, conveying the challenges of being an "other" in the world but also the power in it. In this song, Ben Hopkins owns the angst, and it's beautiful.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, "Santiago" - Led by Ben Jaffe, collaboration and community always come together with New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in the case of the band's new album, So It Is, inspiration also came from a trip to Cuba. From those musical connections to the work of producer Dave Sitek, there is an incredible energy and groove in this new tune. So with the album just out and Jazz Fest starting this weekend, feel free to celebrate and start your own personal second line parade.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Alex Lahey, "Wes Anderson" - Out of Melbourne, Australia, Alex Lahey just started her first U.S. tour, including SXSW this week, and it follows the U.S. release of her debut EP B-Grade University. While I doubt it's because she's from Melbourne that her songwriting reminds me of Courtney Barnett's, there is a similar way with words and a gift for setting scenes. Lahey studied saxophone and played in concert bands in her past and I think that experience brings an ear for arrangements, which propel this song forward.

Tennis, "My Emotions Are Blinding" - The married duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley made their debut album as Tennis on a sailing trip, and they returned to ocean living for album number four, Yours Conditionally, which just came out last Friday. The setting adds a breezy, fluid and vintage pop sound to this song in particular, but there's also an interesting combination of feeling relaxed and isolated at the same time.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Hurray for The Riff Raff, "Rican Beach" - Alynda Lee Segarra is an artist that understands the power of music, storytelling and speaking out, and she puts that combination into action with her band Hurray for the Riff Raff. "I'll keep fighting 'til the end" is the repeated lyric that ends this song, and it's an empowering, intriguing and percussive taste of what's to come on the new album, The Navigator, which is out March 10. 

Rose Cousins, "Chosen" - Rose's voice and songwriting chops can stand on their own, but she's a constant collaborator with an incredible ability – in and out of music – to bring people together. You can hear it in the harmonies of this song, which opens her new album Natural Conclusion (out February 3) and also features the production work of Joe Henry.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

This week, we asked Sarah to bring in some favorites of 2016. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

In looking back on the year in music for this month's 9:13 Buzz, I decided to narrow things down to a couple of songs that simply made me feel better in 2016.

Lori McKenna, "Humble & Kind" - I lived in Boston when Stoughton, Massachusetts songwriter Lori McKenna released her debut album, and her voice hit my heart as much as my ears. That was in the late '90s, and the mom of five has since gone on to incredible success, including a CMA "Song of the Year" win for "Humble & Kind," which was written for her kids and recorded by Tim McGraw. Lori also released a version on her own album The Bird & The Rifle, and it provides both a reminder and some much-needed reassurance.

 

Corinne Bailey Rae, The Skies Will Break - The Heart Speaks in Whispers is the title of Corinne Bailey Rae's third album, and it comes from the lyrics of this song. "The Skies Will Break" opens the album as well, and it's quite an introduction — covering some expansive new ground for Corinne musically, and creating a slow build that grows from pensive and spiritual to a freeing explosion of hope and joy. To see it performed live is even better, so try to catch Corinne and her band if you can.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Honeyblood, "Babes Never Die" - This Scottish duo is set to release its new album on November 4, called Babes Never Die. Its title intrigued me and the title song didn't let me down, mixing rebellion with humor, and some White Stripes with a bit of the Letters to Cleo/Best Coast continuum into pure pop rock.

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, "Let Me Get There" - There's an element of nostalgia and a November 4 release date with this song too, as the voice of Mazzy Star once again steps out with her band The Warm Inventions. The new album is called Until The Hunter and on this song Sandoval is joined by Kurt Vile, creating a duet that's a doubly laid-back beauty. 

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Kishi Bashi, "Say Yeah" - This wizard of violin and loops has more than proven his one man band abilities and gift for merging analog and tech, but he enlisted a few other people to help on his latest album, including drummer Matt Chamberlain and producer Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. The new album is Sonderlust (out this Friday) and "Say Yeah" is one sample of its lush pop sound, starting with strings and some Mario Brothers-esque synths, and getting even better when the bass kicks in. 

Middle Kids, "Edge of Town" - This is a hook-filled song from a band to watch out of Sydney, Australia, which is due to release an EP in the U.S. soon. There is some classical training in this trio but they are definitely a rock band, and the voice of Hannah Joy can suit whatever sound is behind it, from echoing the slide guitar lines to belting the tempo change into full gear. 

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Kristin Kontrol, "Show Me" - The voice of Kristin Welchez might sounds familiar, as she is Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls. The band's noir girl group pop is on the back burner at the moment, as Kristin is now hitting notes of '80s and '90s rock, pop and R&B nostalgia as Kristin Kontrol and on her new album, X-Communicate. Given her power onstage and the era this project points to, extra kudos to whoever arranged her run of shows opening for Garbage this summer. 

Hiss Golden Messenger, "Biloxi" - The new Hiss Golden Messenger album, Heart Like A Levee, is due out in October. On it, North Carolina's M.C. Taylor once again surrounds himself with an incredible community of musicians, including Brad and Phil Cook and Tift Merritt. This track is a soothing road tune full of dreams, loneliness and the chasing of art and home, and to my ear, sits alongside some of the acoustic, road-worthy best of Ryan Adams and The Allman Brothers Band. 

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of WYEP’s trusted music experts joins me (Cindy Howes) on The Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Sarah Wardrop from WFUV in New York!

In case you missed, it here’s what she played:

Michael Kiwanuka, "The Final Frame" - After a four-year wait, Michael Kiwanuka's sophomore album Love and Hate continues the innately soulful sounds of his debut album, but with some remarkable growth. There's an added cinematic feel, thanks in part to the production work of Danger Mouse, and Kiwanuka also steps out in the roles of guitarist and bandleader, making this closing track sear and ache.

The Julie Ruin, "I'm Done" - Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre fame is back with the second album by her latest band The Julie Ruin, called Hit Reset. This defining punk voice tears through yet another great pop song, mixing attitude, a defiant melancholy and plenty of bounce.

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