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 he played with commentary by Justin:
- I played this for my girlfriend today, and she said, "If I wanted to listen to a girl version of Michael Jackson, I'd just listen to any number of Michael Jackson songs." Fair enough. But this breakout all-girl group made waves last year for their mix of indie pop and straight up R&B (with a little gentle folk thrown in). "Falling," I predict will be their breakout single - it's too catchy for you to listen just once.
Youth Lagoon, "Dropla"
- I played this band early in 2012 as a 'slept-on album of 2011.' A year later, YL is back with the second record, called "Wondrous Bughouse." First single "Dropla" is a beautiful piece of bedroom pop - appropriate for all those music writer-y words that are used for bands like Beach House: gauzy, hazy, dreamy, etc. Give this one a chance, though - some haunting lyrics and a great melody from a could-be indie star.