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:

Buffalo Sunn, "The Long Road" - Do we still call it "Americana" if the band hails from Dublin, Ireland? Ponder that for three minutes as you listen to "The Long Road," the second single from Buffalo Sunn's new album, arriving Aug. 26. Strings, pedal steel, backing vocals all float to the surface of this track from a band featuring the Paxton brothers, Daniel (vocals/guitar) and Conor (bass).

Wolf Alice, "Don't Delete the Kisses"It's all in the voice and the emotion conveyed by Elliw Rowsell singing about love in the emoji era. "I look at your picture and I smile/How awful is that?/ I'm like a teenage girl might as well write all over my notebook/That you 'rock my world!'/You do, you really do/You've turned me upside down And that's okay, I'll let it happen/'Cause I like having you around." This is the second single from the London alt-rock band's sophomore album due out Sept. 29. 

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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: 

Jay-Z, "Smile" - On his 12th studio album 4:44, Jay-Z finally gets introspective about his life, his mistakes , and his place in the cultural zeitgeist. "Smile" is the moment on the album where his uncanny technical abilities as an mc  intersects with a strain of personal story telling we've never heard from him before. The result is a beautiful, head spinning trip through the racked mind of arguably the biggest living legend hip hop has today. 

Shabazz Palaces, "Shine a Light" - Seattle native Ishmael Butler’s of Digable Planets is one half of Shabazz Palaces, a  free-form hip-hop project that emerged from the internet ether about eight years ago. He continues to defy convention with a pair of companion albums (Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines) that examine contemporary America as if it's a strange and dangerous planet. "Shine a Light" is the most conventional song between the two albums but still manages to showcase Butler's knack for pushing hip hop production into unexpected places. 

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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):

ZZ Ward, "Help Me Mama" - This head-bobbing cut is from ZZ Ward's latest album, The Storm. That's a great album title from this Philadelphia singer—she's got a hell of a big, stormy voice. The album just dropped last month, so you're just in time to discover her new tunes. It's full of great collaborations with other favorites like Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums) and Gary Clark Jr. 

Thundercat, "Them Changes" - This dude is one funky cat. The LA-born bassist played with everyone from Erykah Badu to Bootsy Collins as an extra-thick low-end player, but these days he's making a name for his own work. His album from earlier this year, Drunk, is a head-spinning collage of deep grooves, humorous lyrics, and more bass acrobatics than a pool party at Flea's house. 

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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:

Chris Stapleton, "Either Way" - My goodness this song is so gut-wrenching! Every time I listen, I'm stopped in my tracks by Stapleton's vocal performance...and I'm so moved by the lyrics. Even though I've never found myself in this particular situation, the story is told so powerfully that I can actually FEEL how heart-breaking it would be. That's a sure sign of a talented song-writer!

The Secret Sisters "He's Fine" - Laura and Lydia Rogers have that wonderful sibling chemistry and I'm thankful that they're back with a new album - You Don't Own Me Anymore. Brandi Carlile produced the record and I think it's some of their best work yet! This particular song is catchy and fun... even though it's also about heartache!

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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:

Stars, "We Called It Love" - This is one of two new songs released by the Montreal band Stars as a preview of a forthcoming album. It follows 2014's No One Is Lost, which was recorded in a studio above a club with the beats and the neon turned up. On this song, those elements are turned down but the drama remains, and it's a perfect complement to the dark pop duets Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan do so well.

Waxahatchee, "Never Been Wrong" - This taste of guitar driven '90s nostalgia is from Waxahatchee's, Out in the Storm, which is out on July 14. Katie Crutchfield returns in force on her fourth album with this defiant anthem, but it's the moments of pause to let some harmonies kick in that really caught my ear. As the album opener, all signs point to an intriguing, riff-filled journey the rest of the way.

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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 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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