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):
Lissie, "When I'm Alone"
- She started off a folkie, but her debut album Catching a Tiger is pretty rocking. Doesn't matter her genre, though - Lissie's got one of the strongest, most beautiful voices I've heard in a long time. Bonus trivia: director David Lynch is a huge fan and Tweeted Lissie his phone number. And now they're friends.
The Thermals, "I Don't Believe You"
- Unshakable proof that all rock'n'roll needs is a few chords, a lot of energy and some lyrics about how much love sucks. Plus, Thermals jams always have lots of 'Whoa's and 'Yeah's, so singing along is fun and easy. Their new album, Personal Life, is more fun than a winning Pirates game.
Perfume Genius, "Mr. Petersen"
- Just one man and a piano, but the whole thing seems haunted by ghosts. This is a song seemingly about an older man introducing our young narrator to Joy Division and smoking pot, as well as some far, far less appropriate things. Beautiful, but scary.
The Love Language, "Brittany's Back"
- This band is all about swooning romantics and the sweeping dramatics. But if you love love, you'll love The Love Language.
Lost in the Trees, "Love on my Side"
- This band is half folk rock, half classical music; several of their songs are simply instrumental movements played by a mini-orchestra. This tune falls way more in the former genre, though, and is a catchy, touching little ditty.