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.
In case you missed it, here is what Justin played - this time around he shared some favorites from 2012!
Frank Ocean, "Pyramids"
- I know, I know. I'm not special at all for being in love with Frank Ocean and all his songs. But when music is this good, there's nothing wrong with joining the masses. "Pyramids" is a nearly 10 minute, multi-part opus about the sexiest Egyptian stripper ever. Sounds over the top, and it is - perfectly so. Cumulatively, I've spent the better part of six days listening to this song.
Cloud Nothings, "Stay Useless"
- Rock bands made more complicated and more technical and skillful records this year, but none captured the same 'Fck you, and you, and you, and you' spirit of Cloud Nothings' "Attack on Memory." This is ragged, raw, punk rock rage at its finest. And what's amazing: just a few years ago, Cloud Nothings was simply one guy making lo-fi bedroom pop. In 2012, Cloud Nothings was a beast. Hey, thanks, Steve Albini!
- If your girlfriend is shaped like a triangle or a square, there was no more fitting song to get her in the mood than "Tesselate." The track is one of the best from Alt-J's "An Awesome Wave," the Mercury Prize-winning debut from this English act. For my money, the most interesting debut release of the year. I can't wait to see where they go next.
Bonus: Here are some of my other favorite records of the year, in no particular order.
Cody ChesnuTT "Landing on a Hundred"
Passion Pit "Gossamer"
Kendrick Lamar "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City"
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, "Big Moon Ritual"
Sharon Van Etten "Tramp"
Aesop Rock "Skelethon"
Kaki King "Glow"
Grizzly Bear "Shields"
Hot Chip "In Our Heads"
Justin Bieber "Beliebe"