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 Paste Magazine, AOL's Spinner.com and Pittsburgh's City Paper
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin (plus some bonus songs):
Robyn, "Dancing on My Own"- Swedish recording artist and singer-songwriter. Robyn was known in the late nineties for her dance-pop hits. She's currently an beloved indie-electro sensation. Justin says: "The Lady Gaga of the underground? And I mean that as a compliment. This is dance pop at its finest, with a rapid-fire fuzz beat and a chorus that will stick in your head and never let go. Plus, the lyrics go much deeper than any pop song on the radio — this is touching stuff. Bonus trivia: Robyn first broke onto the scene almost 15 years ago with hits like "Show Me Love." Back then, though, she was just a teen riding the late 90s pop wave."
Tame Impala, "Solitude is Bliss"- A four piece psychedelic rock band from Perth, Western Australia. This is from their debut record. Justin says: "Odd band name, but great sound. This is headphone rock at its finest — a scuzzy mess of late 60s psychedelia. Burn some incense, sit back, close your eyes and take a ride."
Grinderman, "Heathen Child"- This is Nick Cave's side project. They are on their second release. Justin says: "This is a single off of Grinderman's second album (out next month) called — surprise! — Grinderman 2. It's a side project from famously brooding Nick Cave; the tune is a down and dirty, unnerving and creepy stomp. Not a good pick for your next mixtape for your girlfriend."
Interpol, "Success"- Indie band formed in 1997 on their fourth LP. They are one of the biggest indie bands currently performing. Justin says: "These guys disappeared for a few years after their not-great 2007 album, but the new, self-titled record (also out next month) is a return to form — jerky post-punk that's dark and filled with reverb and echoes. It's not going to make Interpol young and hip again, but proves they still got it."