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:
Black Joe Lewis, "Dar es Salaam"
- If this song doesn't wake you up on your morning commute, you need to check your pulse. Black Joe Lewis has been playing funk rock for a few albums now, but his most recent, "Electric Slave," is down and dirty garage rock and punk, with a horn section for good measure. Loud, fun and trashy. Just how I like it.
Okkervil River, "On a Balcony"
- On the other side of the spectrum is Okkervil River, a fairly refined, intelligent, melodic indie rock act. This track, off their upcoming "The Silver Gymnasium," is the band's best release since 2006's near-classic "The Stage Names." We had to wait through two so-so albums, but this return to dramatic form is great.