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 month, we asked Sarah to bring in her favorites from 2014. In case you missed, it here’s what she played:
Song: Bob Mould, “I Don’t Know You Anymore” – Bob Mould’s latest album is called Beauty & Ruin, and those two words fit this song well. There is beauty in this perfectly structured, 3-minute pop song (that rocks), especially when the music is paired with post-angst, kiss-off lyrics that sound like Mould made it past the ruin to know himself better than ever. I played “I Don’t Know You Anymore” multiple times in a row, multiple times this year.
Album: St. Vincent, St. Vincent (“Rattlesnake”) – I could have picked St. Vincent in all three of these categories. “Digital Witness” was the first song I heard from this album, and it had me hooked. I later saw a couple of shows on this year’s tour, and her performances (and shredding) left me in awe. “Rattlesnake” opens the album and her recent shows, so while there’s no way it could encompass the range of what St. Vincent created this year, it perfectly introduces Annie Clark’s latest musical world.
Show: The Replacements at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY (“Left Of The Dial”) – Although I saw some great performances of new music this year, it was hard to top a band I never thought I’d get to see: The Replacements. I had the lucky chance to go to their Forest Hills Stadium show in September, which Deer Tick and The Hold Steady opened. Of course, it couldn’t be the original band, but happily it was a “reunion” show that more than met expectations. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson led the current line-up through a 29-song set so there are many to choose from, but in honor of the dial positions of WYEP and WFUV, I had to pick “Left Of The Dial.”