The 9:13 Buzz

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 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: 

SZA, "Go Gina" - New Jersey based R&B songstress SZA has been around for a minute on LA's TDE with plenty of great features on songs from that label's roster of top notch MCs (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad) and also dropping two highly regarded EPs. Her big debut record Ctrl is a massive expansion of her previous creative vision, pushing her influences, such as vulnerable indie rock and damaged art pop, outside of the usual prerequisites for an R&B record. "Go Gina" , the Martin crbbing mid album track, is a confident merging of old and new R&B worlds, as SZA shows off her song writing chops and pop sensibilities.

Smino, "Father Son Holy Smoke" - The St. Louis based rapper, who  could be considered in the same creative orbit as Chicago Mcs Noname and Chance the Rapper, dropped his heady, acid funk grooving debut full length blkswn back in March. Compared to many of the other slower, late night vibing tracks on the album,  "Father Son Holy Smoke" shows Smino switching into a higher gear, laying down rapid fire verses over the best beat on the album while still maintaining the cool air of late night, post party come down.

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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:

Dolly Parton, "The Story" - Brandi Carlile is celebrating 10 years of her album The Story and has an all star cast of musicians to cover each track on Cover Stories. Not only does this album of unique covers captivate, but it's also for a great cause - proceeds benefit War Child UK.

Dan Auerbach, "Shine On Me" - One half of The Black Keys, Auerbach has really established himself as a solo artist at this point and his new album sounds quite solid with Mark Knopfler assisting on this particular track.

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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 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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