The 9:13 Buzz

Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played: 

Goldlink, "Pray Everyday (Survivor's Guilt)"Goldlink is a D.C. based rapper who specializes in making exceedingly smooth, Go-Go funk inspired hip-hop that easily slips in and out of a lot of different dance music styles. It's nice antidote to the often halting, disjointed trap music that get's a lotof attention these days. His major label debut "At What Cost" delivers on the promise on his slew of early mix tapes, and while I'd love to pick one of his more party ready tracks, the album closer "Pray Everyday (Survivor's Guilt)" shows Goldlink in a little more contemplative mood, but no less slick.


Perfume Genius, "Otherside"
Perfume Genius, aka singer songwriter Mike Haedras, just dropped his brilliant fourth album No Shape, continuing to expand his sound out from the barebones piano-driven songs he debuted with, so a symphony of synth-pop that explodes with passion, empathy, and pain. The Block Party has been giving some good burn to his first single off this record "Slip Away", but i wanted to share the track one off this album "Otherside," which actually recalls those devestating piano ballads that Haedras made his name on, while still exploding with drama and synth textures. As far as track ones go, it reminds me of one of my favorite of all time, The Cure's "Plainsong" from Disintegration."

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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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

Rufus Wainwright, "Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours" - Sometimes hearing a unique cover of a familiar song will breathe a whole new life into it. I love the way Rufus Wainwright makes this tune completely his own. This was a single he did to contribute to a Stevie Wonder tribute earlier this year.

Ron Sexsmith, "Radio" - Here's an artist who I think is often overlooked ...he's a very talented songwriter and quite frequently he creates such contagiously fun music. Like this song for example! Off his new record - The Last Rider.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs

In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Alex G, "Proud" - We all know Pittsburgh's got some incredible music, but boy-o is Philly killing it! Alex G is a former Temple University student who's been quietly releasing beautifully noisy lo-fi indie rock for the past few years. But after he released Beach Music last year, then got drafted to work on Frank Ocean's Blonde, his profile rose quickly. This new tune is from his upcoming album Rocket, a gorgeous collection of country-folk he recorded, amazingly, on his laptop.

Eric Slick, "You Are Not Your Mind" - Philly strikes again! This song is the new single from the drummer of Dr. Dog, one of that city's finest rock bands. It's a decidedly dreamy tune from his debut solo album Palisades. The record isn't as quirky and clever as Dr. Dog, but Slick's solo music is almost meditative in it's melodic simplicity. If you're a true Pennsylvanian, you're going to love it. 

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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 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 our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played: 

Girlpool, "123"
Girlpool is a folk-punk band from Los Angeles, CA. Its members are Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad. "123" The first single off of Girlpool’s 2017 LP “Powerplant”. The song deals with an interpersonal relationship that is simultaneously “toxic and loving.” The video for the song is excellent, and kind of horrifying, as it turns being awkward and insecure in the early stages of a relationship into a horror movie, but one that has a happy ending. I suggest you seek it out. It stays in the group's designated lane as very simple, almost playground indie rock, but "123" gets more expansive than they did on their debut, 2015’s great Before The World Was Big. 

Vagabon, "Embers"Vagabon is Laetitia Tamko, the Brooklyn-based musician who dropped her stunning debut album, Infinite Worlds, in February is pretty breathtaking and intimate and powerful as far as indie rock records go. And, also, Tamko is black, she was raised in Cameroon and moved to New York in her teens, first to Harlem then to suburban Yonkers. That's a big deal because the kind of music she makes, 90s tinged indie rock, is sort of infamous for having next to no artists of color. And in interviews, she's not shied away from the fact that she wants to reach women of color with her art, and invite them into a world they rarely feel welcome. "The Embers" is the first track from the new album is the best kind of loud/quiet anthemic rocker, one where Tamko parses out fragmented lyrics about feeling small in the face of a world that is so obviously and regularly predatory. She sings about surrendering her self to "the demons that carry" the people around her. She's defiant, but afraid, of the world that's looking to eat her. 

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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 Jess Phaneuf from WUMB in Boston!

In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

John Craigie, "Virgin Guitar" - This LA-based singer-songwriter has been hailed as a modern day troubadour and I'm just now catching on. His voice and overall sound really impress me, so much so that he's become my favorite new music discovery in quite some time.

Timothy Seth Avett as Darling, "Samuel and the Baler" - We've received what's apparently the 4th album from this Avett Brothers side project, which sounds just a little more low key to me than the band's material. I'm most impressed by this instrumental, which showcases Seth Avett's guitar playing and keeps me toe tapping along.

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Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs

In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Timber Timbre, "Sewer Blues" - The dudes in Timber Timbre are absolute masters at creating a mood. The band began by releasing ghostly folk music, then graduated to David Lynch-ian, sax-driven rock with their last record. Now, they've moved on to a more urban, gritty feel—their latest album, the upcoming "Sincerely, Future Pollution", has all the icy synths of a dark, 1980's horror movie. The first single, "Sewer Blues," is far and away the most rocking cut on the album. If you like the "Stranger Things" soundtrack, this album will be your new obsession. 

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "Nuclear Fusion" - This young, Australian band has been blasting out totally psyched-out rock 'n' roll for the past few years, and their upcoming record, "Flying Microtonal Banana," is their finest hour yet. The guys explore 'microtonal playing' on this album, meaning the notes in between the notes we're used to hearing in pop music. The result is an impressively colorful, frantic album of blissed out weirdo rock. Let your freak flag fly high with the King. 

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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 our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Patrick Bowman!

In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played: 

Sinkane, "Passenger"Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane just dropped his new fun as hell album Life & Livin It on February 10th, and it's just an excellent melting pot of influences and international sounds that never stops being the soundtrack to a party. Gallab was born in London, raised in Sudan, before his family took up political refuge in Provo, Utah. Over his career, he's played with Caribou and Yeasayer, and toured/ performed the music of Nigerian synth funk cult legend William Onyeabor. He's comfortable mixing and matching Krautrock with Dub and Afrobeat, and the song "Passenger"  from Life and Livin It is a perfect example of this. You can't quite put your finger on where the song is gonna go, and if you want, you could do a deep dive dissecting up the different lineages of the beats/guitars/ harmonies, or you could just bump it. He actually played Club Cafe last week. 

 Syd, "All About Me"  - Syd, is 24-year-old Sydney Bennett, the charismatic songwriter and performer at the center of R&B group the Internet, and also an affilliate/producer of the Odd Future Crew. She just dropped her major label debut curiously titled Fin a few weeks ago and it hits this awesome sweetspot between the best boundary pushing contemporary hip-hop, and a trip-hop warp records vibe that makes me feel like she'd be right at home touring along side Tricky in the 90s. "All About Me" is my favorite moment on the album, and its slinky, and smouldering and shows off Syd as resolutely confident in her vision and sound, really growing in to her own. 

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