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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.
This time around, Andy brought in his favorites from 2012. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:
Jenny Owen Youngs, "Already Gone"
- This song has two amazing pop hooks. It's almost unfair. Why wouldn't she save one of them for another song? I feel like there are other songs out there that are jealous. Anyway, this is from Jenny's early-2012 release An Unwavering Band of Light, which is worth having.
- I've been a fan of Pujol since I heard the band's 7-inch on Third Man. This is their first full-length, issued on Saddle Creek, and it includes re-records of some earlier stuff in addition to some new material. Daniel Pujol is one of the great young lyricists. They place at Club Cafe on Dec. 14!
Hospitality, "Friends of Friends
" - This band was new to me this year -- their Merge-issued debut came out in January. I managed to catch them live twice, and they're a fun bunch. Cute, clever, well-written songs.