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."
- 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."