Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of our most trusted music aficionados joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Justin Jacobs!
For today's 9:13 Buzz, we asked Justin to bring in his favorites from 2015.
Beck, "Dreams" - Even though Beck won tons of accolades for his last album "Morning Phases," I couldn't help thinking it was a little, well, boring. The world just didn't need a less-good "Sea Change." So when he dropped "Dreams" this summer, I was thrilled. Here's the Beck I know and love: off-kilter, endlessly funky and catchy as all hell. I probably listened to this song 50 times this year, and it never gets boring. Maybe even cooler is that "Dreams" isn't attached to an album — Beck just dropped this red-hot little gem as a teaser, to get us excited for whatever it is that comes next. Whenever he decides that will be.
Kurt Vile, "Pretty Pimpin" - Kurt Vile's been releasing laid back odes to Neil Young for a handful of albums now. But with this year's "b'lieve i'm goin down," he dusted off the edges of his folk into something with a bit more modern momentum. "Pretty Pimpin" is the album's lead single: a gorgeous, gentle, thumping, meditative guitar anthem with tons of delicious Vile lyrics: "I wonke up this mornin', didn't recognize the man in the mirror, then I laughed and said, 'oh silly me, that's just me,'" he sings. "Then I proceeded to brush some stranger's teeth."
Allen Stone "Radius"
Tame Impala "Currents"
The Weeknd "Beauty Behind the Madness"
Courtney Barnett "Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit"
Kanye West, Tel Aviv, September 30 - We don't get a ton of amazing international shows here in Tel Aviv (I mean, thanks for coming Bon Jovi...), but I would've been hyped for this one no matter where I was. Who else can rip through a 2-hour set alone onstage — and make it completely captivating? And who else can get a stadium of people shouting obscene one-liners in their second language? Nobody looks quite as dedicated onstage (dude can sweat like nobody's business) quite like Yeezy.
Still not over Christmas? That holiday is so two weeks from now. Why not celebrate the next big thing in holidays, Valentines Day? And while you're at it, check out this sweet compilation of romantic covers that Starbucks is putting out in February. This version of Sweetheart is actually the 5th in the Sweetheart series.
The Valentines Day album, called Sweetheart 2014 has a whole bunch of artists we at WYEP love, doing covers of songs about love. You'll hear Phosphorescent covering Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", Beck doing John Lennon's "Love", The Head and the Heart channeling Harry Nilsson in their version of "Don't Forget Me", Vampire Weekend's Andrea Bocelli inspired "Con Te Partirò", and many others. You can find the whole track listing below, and you can find Sweetheart 2014 on sale February 4th.
01 Jim James: "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Bob Marley cover)
02 Vampire Weekend: "Con Te Partirò" (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03 Beck: "Love" (John Lennon cover)
04 Phosphorescent: "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" (Bob Dylan cover)
05 The Head and the Heart: "Don’t Forget Me" (Harry Nilsson cover)
06 Valerie June: "Happy or Lonesome" (the Carter Family cover)
07 Bahamas: "Always on My Mind" (Willie Nelson cover)
08 Thao: "If You Were Mine" (Ray Charles cover)
09 Ben Harper: "Fade Into You" (Mazzy Star cover)
10 Fiona Apple: "I’m In The Middle of a Riddle" (Anton Karas cover)
11 Brandi Carlile: "The Chain" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12 Blake Mills: "I Hope" (Bobby Charles cover)
13 Sharon Jones: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours" (Stevie Wonder cover)
Just the track list itself gets us in the mood for lovin', so this album should be pretty excellent. As a sneak peek for your ears, listen to Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) cover Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low" here. Lay back with your sweetheart and a glass of wine, and get ready for this sweet Valentine's Day.
Capital Records reeled in the big one this time. Beck recently announced that he signed with the label and would be releasing his 12th studio album, Morning Phase, in February 2014. Beck's upcoming release will be his first since 2008's Modern Guilt.
Morning Phase is full of remarkable harmonies, song crafting, and emotion. Morning Phase has actually been described as a "return to the Sea Change days." The album actually features a lot of the same musicians present on Sea Change including one of Beck's longtime collaborator Smokey Hormel.
There has been no official track listing or release date for Morning Phase have been announced. More details will come in the near future.
Here is something to tide you over from Sea Change.
Beck will be releasing his latest album in the Fall of 2013. To build some of the hype up for his upcoming record, Beck has released the single "Defriended." This is will be Beck's first album since his 2008 release, Modern Guilt. The single "Defriended" is a non-acoustic cut, however Beck's next release will be an exclusively acoustic record. Beck commented on his upcoming Fall release, "that [a] source describes as the proper follow-up to Modern Guilt." It has also been reported that the single "Defriended" and the new album will be released independently. Look below to listen to Beck's new single "Defriended."