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 from Israel via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.
Django Django, "Firewater" - What do you get when you mix early psych rock, acoustic strumming, 60's folk harmonies, touches of electronics and just a bit of pretentiousness? The answer is Scottish art students Django Django! The band excels in mixing musical parts like puzzle pieces, making a satisfying and unique sound. Check out the cover of their debut album; it's what the band calls the physical representation of their music.
Kaki King, "Bowen Island" - Oh, sweet, sweet lord, what this woman can do with a guitar. Her instrumental pieces range from stunningly beautiful to beautifully rockin'. As in, it's all very good and captures different moods. Her latest record, "Glow," just dropped this month. She's not a showy player, but her skills push her into the upper echelon of today's guitarists.
Books on Tape, "Retired Numbers" - Out in November, electronic producer Books on Tape makes wonderfully schizophrenic pop music that sounds like you're tripping on acid whilst caught inside a video game. A really, really awesome video game.