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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!

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."

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Grizzly  Bear, "Mourning Sound" - The second single from the eagerly awaited new release by the dependable Brooklyn indie-rock band. A thick bass line, harpsichord, synth drums and dual vocals from Ed Droste and Dan Rossen, are part of the entrancing, multi-textured sound. The lyrics are about love aging, burning out then dying. The opening verse: I made a mistake/I should have never tried/I took the cake/Thinning every slice/I moved away/Still playing off the fights... Alright, you won't be hearing this one at any summer weddings.

Kids on Bridges, "Just Because You Can" - A danceable track from a fresh Liverpool trio -- (The Fab Three?) -- that's opened shows for Beck and Calvin Harris. Their album comes out June 23, featuring bassist Jennie Vee from Eagles of Death Metal on a number of tracks. This is the single, which tips a hat to the Rolling Stones with a groove near the end that's straight out of "Undercover of The Night."

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Matthew Ryan, "(I Just Died) Like an Aviator"With his Blue Collar rasp and razor-sharp lyrical focus, Beaver County transplant Matthew Ryan has long been a poetic voice for the downtrodden but persevering. The ex-Nashville singer-songwriter is on top of his game here on "Hustle Up Starlings," his new national release arriving May 12, and certain to rack up accolades. Produced by The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon who also provides guest guitar, with Brad Pemberton (Ryan Adams & The Cardinals) on drums, the album attains a cinematic quality. This is the tone-setting lead-off track. I love the line "our guts are born in that fiery trench between hurt and hope." Later, in the last-call-before-closing time lament, "All I Wanted," Ryan drops a cool "we're both creeping around like Nosferatu" reference.

 

Sunshine & The Rain, "Let's Go" A stampede of drums comes first, followed by slashes of distorted guitar and then the sugary pop chorus. An exhilarating album opener, indeed, from the Jersey City hubby-wife duo of Ashley and Justin Morey, previously of psychedelic-rock band The Black Hollies. They sound leaner and more immediate on this new project's debut album "In The Darkness of My Night" (out May 12) influenced by The Ramones , '60s girl-groups, and Jesus & Mary Chain feedback and fuzz.   

 

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Sloucher, "Certainty" - A tip of the hat to 90's alt-rock, with mildly distorted guitars in an early Wilco or The Lemonheads way. Just one of those songs that grabs and tugs you right away. The Seattle group describes its sound as "Not quite grunge, not really lo-fi, not very alternative, we're just a basement band." Hope they're headed here in 2017.

Communist Daughter, "Roll a Stone" - A menacing start leads to a cool gait and groove. The male-female vocal dynamic is moody and riveting. As a single it's accessible, but yields smaller treats with repeated listens. I've seen some New Pornographers comparisons. The band takes its name from a Neutral Milk Hotel song, which leads to the assumption their artistry is uncompromising. 

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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!

We asked Scott to bring in some of his top picks for 2016. In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Tady's #2 album for 2016 is Leonard Cohen from the album You Want it Darker

Music's poet laureate suspected his days were numbered as he sat down to write a swan song masterpiece. The lyrics are startling, urgent, uncompromising, confessional and packed with 82 years of wisdom, set to sparse arrangements offering both beauty and eeriness as on the title track, a dark rumination on the religious mind, blessed by the vocal harmonies of a Montreal synagogue choir. So many quotable lyrics ready to be recited and applied to our own lives as in "I was fighting with temptation, but I didn’t want to win" from this lovely track, "On The Level".

Tady's #1 of 2016 is Beach Slang, from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

Punk-rock urgency but still melodic -- in a Replacements-meets-Gaslight Anthem way -- with gravelly vocals that impart heart-on-the-sleeve grace and the wisdom of being an outsider or someone pondering life's big questions. Frontman James Alex wrote most of the songs after talking with the kids who bought the band's first album and came out to see the Philly band's correlating tour.  Though the feelings here span generation gaps, catering to those who simply yearn for hard, fast and purposeful punk and alt-rock that provides an adrenaline rush as on this selected tune, "Spin the Dial". Wouldn't be a bad thing if Beach Slang spawns a bunch of copy cat bands.

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Dinowalrus, 
"Falling to The Periphery" - "Heady" and "trippy" are the go-to words anytime someone writes about this Brooklyn band. And that's understandable given the psychedelic synth and shoe-gazing guitar evident on the first 2 singles -- including this one -- from Dinowalrus' fourth album, "Fairweather". Though like peers Tame Impala, there's enough of an indie-pop groove and radio-accessible vocals to keep things from sounding too far out.


Leonard Cohen, "You Want It Darker"
 - 82-years old, and feisty as ever, the exulted songsmith returns with a new album featuring this single described in press materials as "an unflinching exploration of the religious mind". A synagogue choir from nearby his Montreal home provides celestial sounds as Cohen cuts to the bone with his deep, foreboding voice on lines like, "didn't know I had permission to murder and maim." It's dark alright, with a hypnotic groove.

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

From Indian Lakes, "The Monster"Joey Vannucchi grew up off-the-grid on a 40-acre property in Indian Lakes, Calif., near Yosemite National Park. That's from whence the multi-instrumentalist draws his stage name and artistry, characterized by NPR Music as a mix of "moody indie-rock" and "atmospheric pop". He uses vintage synth and guitar amps throughout his forthcoming album including this catchy single. "I was really trying to capture a lo-fi aesthetic, while still retaining a sense of thoughtfulness," he said. The opening verse: "I hate to say it but it never felt quite right/I'm pointing fingers and I'm holding the knife./You want to stand around and stare at the night/We're only happy when we turn out the lights./I never told you it was going to be this way/I only said enough to get you to stay. But I don't want to live  like that."

Ablebody "Gaucho"Wow, what a groove and guitar hook by LA-based duo and identical twins Christoph and Anton Hochheim.   Has a hint of '80s romanticism, but isn't lost in time. This song is off the debut full-length arriving in October. Just a handful of hometown dates on their concert calendar, though if most of their songs sound this good, I can't wait to see them.

 

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Big Eyes, "Behind Your Eyes"A refreshing melodic-punk/power-pop band spearheaded by 28-year-old Kait Eldridge, who channels Joan Jett/Runaways and Juliana Hatfield influences on this track off the NYC group's third album. It's a song about recognizing a once-targeted love connection isn't worth the pursuit. "It's a shame you didn't see/the possibility/Of trying to hang with me," she sings with just a touch of remorse, reaching closure by the final verse, "I've got nothing you want/and you're nothing I need."

Teenage Fanclub, "I'm in Love"The Scottish alt-rock band releases its 10th album -- and first in 5 years -- on Sept. 9, led by this delightfully simple single, "I'm in Love". Breezy, jangle-pop guitar leads the way for lyrics about being happy and fulfilled in a relationship (what a concept!) Sample lyric: "It feels good with you next to me/That's enough/Isn't life such a mystery/I'm in love."   

 

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Dan Bubien, "Grinding These Gears"The Beaver County blues-rocker's lively title track from a September release includes a sax solo from Eddie Manion (Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball Tour"/Joe Grushecky.) If you dig Grushecky's Houserockers you'll appreciate Bubien's band and this song about movin' on. Bubien's a tasteful guitar player. The nice piano touches here are courtesy of Joe Munroe, from the WQED-TV American Soundtrack house band. 

Butch Walker, "Descending" That's alt-country heroine Ashley Monroe providing the counter-vocals to Walker in this ballad about a relationship that's in limbo, leaning towards dissipation. ("We're not falling; we're not flying; we're somewhere in between...") "I just want you to worry about me some times," sings Walker, the acclaimed rootsy rocker whose credits as a producer range from Taylor Swift to Frank Turner and Avril Lavigne to Dashboard Confessional.

 

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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!

In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott:

Angel Olsen, "Intern" - An alluring dream-pop song that deals with fickle expectations and the sometimes crushing weight of fame. ("I don't care what the papers say/You're just another intern with a resume.") It's the lead-off track for Angel's Sept. 2 album, which she said is about “the complicated mess of being a woman."

The Interrupters, "Say It Out Loud" - A female led ska-punk band is refreshing enough. But this song, off the California group's June 24 album, is irresistible fun. Produced by Rancid's Tim Armstrong, this blast of guitar-fueled energy offers a melodic, feel-good and utterly catchy chorus celebrating a friendship spanning 20 years and countless beers. The singer's point: I don't want to die, but if I do die, I know you'll be by my side.

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