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:
Blitzen Trapper "Ever Loved Once"
- Sure, these guys have one of the worst names in rock'n'roll, but don't hold that against them! This gritty track is from their latest, "VII." The band's been pumping out rustic, rhythmic Americana for - you guessed it - seven albums, all based upon front man Eric Early's on-the-road musings and simplistic melodies. If you dig this, head back to 2008's "Furr."
The Weeks "Brother in the Night" -
The debut by Mississippi rock band The Weeks, Dear Bo Jackson, dropped a few months ago. But just because you didn't hear about it then doesn't mean it isn't totally badass now. The band sounds like Kings of Leon when Kings of Leon were awesome... like 3 albums ago. Ragged, wild and fun.
Justin's bonus track:
King Khan and Shrines "Born to Die"
- The King is back! King Khan holds an esteemed spot in the trashy garage-rock scene that most notably includes the Black Lips. His shows are raucous and drunken and often involve cross-dressing. His latest record, "Idle No More," is a funky affair, a little less scrappy than his earlier work.