The 9:13 Buzz with Justin Jacobs

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. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin - Best of 2011 version!! Dawes,  "Fire Away" - Dawes' 'Nothing is Wrong' is my pick for album of the year, yet it isn't necessarily the edgiest or most innovative record — it's simply the best rock'n'roll album to come out in a long, long time, balancing classic rock guitar and harmonies with timelessly amazing songwriting. Nothing fancy here, just great rock music. Tune-Yards, "My Country" - Weird and wonderful, Tune-Yards' 'Whokill' was exactly the opposite of Dawes — innovative in every way and never looking back. Singer/songwriter Merrill Garbus mixes hip-hop, lo-fi garage pop and folk to make a seriously electrifying record. Lana Del Rey, "Diet Mt. Dew" - This lady was just booked to appear on Saturday Night Live - and she hasn't even released an album yet. That's nuts. Lana Del Rey, whose album 'Born to Die' drops early next year, is my pick for Most Promising of 2012. She writes sharp, sexy retro soul music; let's hope she isn't as self-destructive as pop music's last soul diva. Bonus! An orderless handful of my other favorite records of 2012: - Fleet Foxes, 'Helplessness Blues' - Drake, 'Take Care' - The Weeknd, 'House of Balloons' - Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver' - Oddisee, 'Rock Creek Park' - Beastie Boys, 'Hot Sauce Committee Part Two' - War on Drugs, 'Slave Ambient' - Jay-Z & Kanye West, 'Watch The Throne' - Felice Brothers, 'Celebration, Florida' - The Head and the Heart, 'S/T' - M83, 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming' - Ryan Adams, 'Ashes and Fire' Way to go 2011, you had some really great music! I'm proud of you.