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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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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio: 

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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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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio: 

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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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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio: 

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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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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week. Listen to the audio: 

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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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