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 Justin Jacobs, contributing writer to Relix Magazine, AOL's Spinner.com and Pittsburgh's City Paper. This morning, Justin shares his top picks for 2010. In case you missed it here's what he played: Suckers, "A Mind I Knew" - This band, who made my favorite album of the year, creates off-kilter, exotic sounding anthems. Each song builds and twists unexpectedly, usually marked by a wild yelp of gang vocals or some explosive guitar. The weirdest, and most fun, record of the year. Dr. Dog, "Where'd All the Time Go" - These Philly boys are the success story of the year - the band's been toiling around playing mid-level venues for almost a decade, but with this year's Shame, Shame, they're finally among indie's elite bands. This is my favorite jam from that album. Cee-Lo, "No One's Gonna Love You" - The man behind "Fuck You"/"Forget You" cut a cover of the best Band of Horses song this summer, and this version hit the internet (with a very NSFW video) by storm. Unfortunately, the version on Cee-Lo's new album, The Lady Killer, is kinda lame, but no matter — this cut is utterly gorgeous and haunting. Who knew the best song of the year wouldn't come from an album at all? I was drawn to albums from all different genres this year - there wasn't one trend that resulted in the most great music. Here's Justin's Top 10 Albums of 2010: 10. Sharon Van Etten - Epic 9. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles 8. Baths - Cerulean 7. LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening 6. Twin Shadow - Forget 5. Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame 4. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 3. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea 2. Janelle Monae - The Archandroid 1. Suckers - Wild Smile Just barely missed the list: Big Boi - Sir Lucious Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty Local Natives - Gorilla Manor The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs Tame Impala - Innerspeaker Liars - Sisterworld
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 of The Beaver County Times In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott (plus a bonus song): Atlantic/Pacific, "Patters" - Lush vocal harmonies and looped instruments highlight the softly alluring sound of this Brooklyn indie-folk duo, recently featured on The World Cafe. They remind me of a mix between '80s Aussie rockers The Church and solo artist Aqualung. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, "Nowhere" - This never-before-heard song was believed to have been lost in 1979 when the band was moving its box of studio tapes daily to avoid the possibility they'd be confiscated as part of a record label lawsuit against Petty. Recorded for the band's breakthrough "Damn the Torpedoes" album, the original studio version was discovered recently, and added to the brand-new Deluxe Edition of the album, along with another never-before-released '79 tune, "Surrender." The band's Byrds influence is evident here. Bryan Ferry, "Olympia" - When I grow up, I want to be as cool as Ferry. The ex-Roxy Music frontman sounds as sophisticated as ever on this album that has both a vintage and contemporary appeal. He enlisted some impressive help, including David Gilmour, the Scissor Sisters, Flea, Nile Rodgers and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, as well as former Roxy Music mates Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay.
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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy (plus some bonus songs): Sharon Van Etten, "A Crime" - This is the first track from Sharon's new LP, Epic. She's one of my favorites right now with respect to simple, folky guitar-and-voice songwriting -- this is one of the more upbeat tracks from the new one, and might be my favorite. Smith Westerns, "Weekend" - This is a young Chicago garage rock-pop band that's picked up a lot of attention in the past year or so; this track is the first glimpse of the band's forthcoming album, Dye It Blonde, coming out in early 2011 on Fat Possum. Kelley Stoltz, "I Remember, You Were Wild" - This is a fun, poppy track from Stoltz's recent LP, To Dreamers, issued on Sub Pop. Shimmery guitars, simple harmonies and a triumphant chorus make it a nice little addition to a mix CD. The Chapin Sisters, "Palm Tree" - This might be my favorite track from the new disc by the two-piece band of sisters, who played in Pittsburgh last week. It's a relaxed (maybe even resigned) country tune and exhibits some of their better lyrics, I think.
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 Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott (plus a bonus song): Peg Simone, "Mirst & Avel" - Deb Catanzaro was the guitarist for Pittsburgh punk bands The Pleasure Heads and Wormhole before taking on this alias for her more quietly seductive solo stuff. The essential piece on her new album, "Secrets from the Storm," is the opener "Levee/1927," but, at 22 minutes, it hardly fits any radio format. This song is still a pretty good representation of her currently Zeppelin-y mindset. Bad Religion, "Avalon" - There's no reason why this California punk band, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, couldn't be in rotation somewhere up the dial. Bad Religion is a steady, solid presence on the punk scene, and 15 albums in, it's still churning out hard-nosed songs with little in the way of frills. Ke$ha, "We R Who We R" - After one tedious 12-hour workday last week, this song on continuous repeat was somehow the antidote. As d-d-dumb trashy music goes, it doesn't get much better than this. (Apologies to Greg Graffin to Deb C. for this unlikely association.)