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:

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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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:

Aimee Mann "Goose Snow Cone" - I'm always pretty excited to hear what Aimee Mann has put together and it's been a little while since her last project, so I'm really looking forward to this album. So far, I'm digging the lovely sounds of this single, although I can't for the life of me figure out what a goose snow cone is!

Bell X1, "I Go Where You Go" - I've enjoyed bits of Bell X1 in the past, but this is the first full album from them that I've fallen in love with. I like to describe it as Bon Iver meets Dawes. This particular track is quite sweet and romantic.  

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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):

Father John Misty, "Pure Comedy" - American needs Father John Misty right now. The weirdo folk star is prepping to release his third album in April, and in the meantime he's been dropping some golden nuggets of knowledge that we all should hear. "Pure Comedy" is best experienced along with the video linked below—it's an Elton John-esque explanation of how we, as a human race, have royally f****d ourselves over and let the dumbest among us take the lead. 

Southern Avenue, "Don't Give Up" - While that first track is a bit of a sobering downer, the new music coming from Mephis' Southern Avenue will lift you right back up. Led by Israeli guitarist Ori Naftaly, Southern Avenue was recently signed to Stax and sounds like it — this is pure, Memphis soul music to play at your next barbecue, house party, or even bus ride. Basically, if you need to feel lifted, this is your jam. 

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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 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: 

Little Simz, "Picture Perfect"British rapper Simbi Ajikawo, who records as Little Simz, is steadily on the up in the hip-hop world with a critically acclaimed debut album under her belt-- 2015's A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons-- and some impressive cosigns by the genre's biggest stars (reigning king MC Kendrick Lamar r said Simz “might be the illest doing it now.”) 

Now, at the beginning of 2017, Simbi has followed up A Curious Tale... with Stillness in Wonderland, a virtuoso rap odyssey that also happens to be a concept album about Alice in Wonderland. And while "Picture Perfect" isn't the trippiest song on the album, it's certainly the most fun, and shows Simbi having a blast and showing off her hook writing as well as her rhythmic, technical rapping.

 

Run The Jewels, "Down" feat. JoiRevered Atlanta-based MC Killer Mike and underground rap giant/Brooklyn-based MC and producer El-P have been collaborating under the name Run the Jewels since 2013. They released their third album RTJ3 to adoring fans on Christmas eve 2016, and like their previous two records, it's a shotgun blast of the wittiest, tightest battle rap you'll ever hear, hardened by a fiery social consciousness as well as moments of genuine reflection and heartache. This is the hip-hop we need in Trump's America.

"Down" is the track one from RTJ3 and it finds the duo taking a step back from their usual righteous fury, producing a heady groove of a song that feels like Mike and El are collecting themselves for future battle, parsing out what needs to be done and what past injustices need to be reconciled. The track sacrifices none of the trademarks that have made Run the Jewels who they are, but shows new dimensions to RTJ's formidable sound. 

 

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