The 9:13 Buzz with Justin Jacobs

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! In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin. Click the title to hear the song! "Oh jeez, it's the daunting time of the year when I have to pick favorites. Selecting favorite songs or albums is like (I imagine?) picking your favorite kids — it really depends what mood you're in. There are other songs that, at other points, I like better than these three (namely, anything off the new Vampire Weekend or Kanye West records), but here are my picks for Favorite Tracks of 2013." Mikal Cronin, "Weight" - Sometimes, simplicity is key. Mikal Cronin's latest album, MCII, isn't great because of it's weirdness or sonic exploration or whatever — it's just a great, straightforward garage rock record. Sweet melodies, fuzzy guitars, bittersweet lyrics. What's better than that? Phosphorescent, "Song for Zula" - Then, on the other side of the spectrum, is this bad boy. Over six minutes of layered strings and dense emotional content. It reminds me of Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia." It takes patience, but boy does it hit you hard. Portugal the Man, "Atomic Man" - And, of course, a party jam! Portugal finally made a record fusing all their strengths and weirdness together into something altogether new and exciting. Produced by Danger Mouse, their album "Evil Friends" is the record of the year for getting your friends to ask "Dude, who is this?" at your next house party.