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 from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.
Alt-J (∆), "Breezeblocks" - My pick for Best New Band of 2012. Fusing rock, hip-hop, trip-hop, folk and electronica, this quartet of Brits has created a wholly new and exciting sound. The album, "An Awesome Wave," is out in the states Sept. 18. Hopefully we take a page from the UK, and make this band a success story. They've been streaming the whole album on Soundcloud, so try it before you buy it. You won't regret it for a second.
Dispatch, "Josaphine" - This funky folk trio from Boston broke up a decade ago, with sparse reunion shows popping up throughout the 2000's. But now they're actually back, with a great new record called "Circles Around the Sun." The band amassed a huge, scruffy, college-aged following in the late 90's with its acoustic, tongue-twisting jams. Make all the jokes about 'dorm-room-rock' you want; this is feel good stuff, and the new songs are among their best.
Alt-J, "Fitzpleasure" Jim James Remix - That's right; the leader of My Morning Jacket saved his first ever official remix for these dudes. Google this track and hear James' spacey interpretation of an already-incredible song.
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