The 9:13 Buzz

 
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:

Jesca Hoop, "The Lost Sky" - I've always admired the weirdness of Jesca Hoop's music and then last year's collaboration with Sam Beam (Iron &Wine) made me into an uber fan. Now I'm loving this new song from her forthcoming album... it's so bold and has so much raw emotion. If you really want to dig in, check out the music video, which is REALLY trippy.

Laura Marling, "Soothing" - I'm always impressed by everything Laura Marling puts out there. I'm especially excited to hear her produced by Blake Mills on the forthcoming release Semper Femina. He seems to be the hot new producer to work with these days, having just wrapped projects with Dawes and Jim James. Oh and he happened to produce the new Jesca Hoop album too! 

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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):

Khalid, "Location" - This track came out back in spring of 2016, but it never became the big hit it should've. Though he's not even 20, Texas singer Khalid has the kind of voice that sounds wise and experienced. On this track, he's mixing neo-soul vocals with an echoing, outer space beat. It's the sound of the past and future fused into something that is very much now. 

Whitney, "No Woman" - Whitney was formed from the ashes of lo-fi rockers The Smith Westerns—the new sound is mellower, but even more likeable. The band's first album came out in mid-2016. "No Woman" is the perfect intro to Whitney, with it's eminently hummable melody that oozes the sort of hazy, confused, "Is this my life?" sentiment. Call it an anthem for not-yet-adults. 

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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 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 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!

We asked Patrick to bring in his favorites of 2016. In case you missed, it here's what Patrick played: 

 
The Avalanches, "Because I'm Me" -
The Austrailian DJ collective/electronic music group dropped their sophomore album Wildflower earlier this year, off which I shared the vibe out "Colours," in an earlier buzz session, after a 16 year wait from when their groundbreaking debut Since I Left You came out in 2000.. 

"Because I'm Me" is the album's defacto opening track, and it's almost entirely focused around one amazing calssic 70s soul sample, the track "Want Ads" by the Honey Cones, a record that has been the secret weapon of DJs for years, and while I thought it had been used more often, "Because I'm Me" is actually the biggest song it's ever been featured on. The way the Avalanches use it is just really impressive, and then they stack the deck by featuring canonical Bronx hip-hop duo Camp Lo who have made a career of sounding cool as heck over 70s soul beats...they just slide on to the track and spit gorgeous verses completly locked in with the beat...it's a thing to behold.

 

Joey Purp, Cornerstore - The centerpiece from Joey Purp's insanely impressive iidrops mixtape he dropped this summer--arugably my favorite hip-hop release of the year--which is just this almost novel, headspinning, nostalgiac, tragic, and relevant, about a life living in the west side of Chicago, one of the most violent, impoverished inner city areas in the country. Joey's verse is almost stream of consciousness and gets more and more desperate and strained as the verse goes on, almost losing his breath, his compatriot Saba, another chicago native, also mirrors Joey's verse spitting off fragmented memories of living in an area where gun violence is an every day obstacle, drug dealing/gang membership is the major means of employment, and you gotta do what you gotta do to get off the block.

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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

We asked Justin to bring in his favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" - I wasn't thrilled with the state of indie rock this year — but there were certainly some great highlights (yeah, I see you Car Seat Headrest). That said, Mitski's album Puberty 2 gave me pause, and reinstated my faith in the power of a big, blowout chorus. Her track "Your Best American Girl" is a great track to blast from car speakers on after a long day: giant, crunchy guitars, frustrated lyrics, and a sing-along melody. Want to feel your heart ripped out of your chest? Watch the video. As Courtney Barnett is an Aussie, Mitski may just be our best American girl (of indie rock).

 

 Frank Ocean, "Ivy" - Frank mastered the hype machine of modern pop music with a 'Will he or won't he" release of his epic album Blonde. After a few false starts, he did, and it was every bit as aching and beautiful as we might have hoped. Along with Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, Anderson .Paak, and Kanye West, Frank proved that hip-hop and R&B were the most dominating and innovative genres of 2016, and made me super excited to see what rolls out next year. 

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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!

We asked Jess to bring in her favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

2016 was a year FULL of amazing music but some releases really rose to the top for me. Ages and Ages from Portland, Oregon take my top spot for favorite album of the year with Something To Ruin...11 tracks which move through life's ups and downs with lyrics that cut to the core, sung in catchy harmonies and with an adventurous musical spirit, complete with plenty of tambourine. Yup, tambourine.

Esme Patterson really nailed it with her song "No River", which I will always hold onto as a mantra for myself. "I can't keep running, I'm no river...I know that I'm alive today, but I'm human, I'm human". 

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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!

We asked Jess to bring in her favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Jess played:

2016 was a year FULL of amazing music but some releases really rose to the top for me. Ages and Ages from Portland, Oregon take my top spot for favorite album of the year with Something To Ruin...11 tracks which move through life's ups and downs with lyrics that cut to the core, sung in catchy harmonies and with an adventurous musical spirit, complete with plenty of tambourine. Yup, tambourine.

Esme Patterson really nailed it with her song "No River", which I will always hold onto as a mantra for myself. "I can't keep running, I'm no river...I know that I'm alive today, but I'm human, I'm human". 

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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 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):

Valerie June, "Astral Plane" - That voice! Valerie June is not from this world, and her new album proves it. Following her incredible folk breakthrough "Pushin' Against a Stone," she'll release "The Order of Time" in January. The new album is a bit more plugged-in and kicked-up, with less of a dusty, dirt road vibe that encapsulated her debut. But it's another pure soul stunner, and it'll push June to a new level of popularity, if there is any justice in the world. 

Islands, "Rough Gem" - This pick is cheating a bit, because it's 10 years old. Islands was one of the bands that formed after the dissolution of the Unicorns, one of the most fun (and certainly weirdest) indie pop bands of the early 2000's. The band released "Return to the Sea" in 2006 to lots of critical acclaim — it toned down the freakout vibes of the Unicorns into a catchy, more easily digestible package. A decade later, they're rereleasing the album for a new generation of indie kids. "Rough Gem"  is exactly that: a shiny jewel covered in a thin layer of grime. You'll love it. 

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