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 (talking to us via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine. Girls, "Alex" - Sophomore slump is for the birds. This track is off the second album by Girls called "Father, Son, Holy Ghost" and it is totally, completely fantastic. Girls has made its name for emotionally bare, intimate rock and roll, and the new music delivers, but this time with a fuller sound and cleaner production. Bombay Bicycle Club, "Shuffle" - There hasn't been a piano line this fun since Matt and Kim's "Daylight." From this English band's third album "A New Kind of Fix," this track has the right mix of soft, pretty melodies and some freaky-artsy-interesting parts. It's like Snow Patrol if Snow Patrol didn't totally suck.
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: Battles, "My Machines" - When the experimental New York band lost its singer (to use the word loosely) during the making of "Gloss Drop," it enlisted the help of four special guests. One of them was New Wave icon Gary Numan, who brings a rush of familiarity to this industrial metal track. The members of Battles were heartened by the fact that even Mr. Numan thought the song was "weird." Allies, "Wire Walk" - The second offering from this Pittsburgh punk/post-punk band is a fierce and noisy guitar record with as much passion as volume. At times, like on this title track, it sounds like Jane's Addiction is bashing away in your basement.
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 a bonus song): Austra, "Lose It" - Austra is the synthpop project of Toronto's Katie Stelmanis. This coldwave-ish album combines the baroque beauty of Kate Bush with the sensual weirdness of Bjork, and is one of my favorite records of the year; the band plays Saturday night as part of the VIA Festival lineup. Emperor X, "Canada Day" - Emperor X is the band/project of Chad Matheny, who is a great pop songwriter and a swell human. His lyrics often have a weird futurist bent to them, even as they deal with the most mundane topics; he plays Garfield Artworks next Wednesday, the 12th. Pujol, "Mayday" - This is the lead single from Pujol's forthcoming EP, Nasty, Brutish and Short, on Saddle Creek. Favorite new-to-me songwriter, hands down; nearly everything Daniel Pujol has produced as yet has been golden. Think of him as an intellectual Jay Reatard.