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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:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "We No Who U R" - The Australian master of macabre is back after his 2-album swoop into ragged rock'n'roll with his side band Grinderman. With the Bad Seeds, Cave makes more subdued, darker, theatrical pop. This track is the first single off the new album "Push the Sky Away," also out next month. My early pick for best album cover of 2013. What a bad guy.

Frightened Rabbit, "Dead Now" - This band of brooding Scots has branded a sound perfect for being very sad and drunk and alone. Perfect for the morning drive to work! This is a track from their latest album, "Pedestrian Verse," out in February.

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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 Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

The Dropkick Murphys, “Rose Tattoo” - You never have to worry about the Murphys reinventing the wheel, as the band sticks to the Irish punk jigs and reels that brought them to the dance. Here’s a good ol’ drinking sing-along that includes a cry of “Black and gold, we wave the flag!” So, it’s not our Black & Gold, but we can use it anyway.

The Wandering Rocks, “Hell & High Water” - Here’s a familiar voice for Pittsburghers. Karl Mullen made his name here in the late ’70s with Carsickness, and moved on to the folkier Ploughman’s Lunch and a solo career, getting quieter and more traditional along the way. Here’s the debut from his new Massachusetts-based band, named for an episode from “Ulysses,” making its first Pittsburgh appearance at Club Cafe on January 18.

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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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:

Mariage Blanc, "Undercurrents" - This is the title track from the local band's new EP; in addition to the band's production skills, the new record exhibits some progression toward more rhythm-section-centered, groove-based stuff.

Mount Moriah, "Younger Days" - This North Carolina band, consisting of some folks from other good bands (Heather from Bellafea, Jenks from Horseback), is readying its second full-length, and its first issued by Merge. Good, pretty, country-ish stuff from some folks known for harder rock.

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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 Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott).

Out with the old, in with the new,eh? Here are two interesting bands with early 2013 album releases

Ginger and The Ghost, “One Type of Dark” - Fans of Kate Bush, Bjork and Tegan & Sara might best appreciate the vocals here from the Ginger half of this Australian experimental-pop duo. I dig how this song meanders slow and dreamy-like until halfway through when an acoustic guitar riff makes a surprise appearance, and hastens the vocals into a quick, punchy interlude that melts away. That slow-fast tug-of-war repeats at song's end. Good hook.

Gold Fields, “Dark Again” - Another new Aussie act (maybe it's their year!) releasing its first full-length Feb. 26. Propulsive guitars, bright synth and tribal beats forge the grooves to make you move to this pop-rock jam.

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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 Justin played - this time around he shared some favorites from 2012!


Frank Ocean, "Pyramids" - I know, I know. I'm not special at all for being in love with Frank Ocean and all his songs. But when music is this good, there's nothing wrong with joining the masses. "Pyramids" is a nearly 10 minute, multi-part opus about the sexiest Egyptian stripper ever. Sounds over the top, and it is - perfectly so. Cumulatively, I've spent the better part of six days listening to this song.


Cloud Nothings, "Stay Useless" - Rock bands made more complicated and more technical and skillful records this year, but none captured the same 'Fck you, and you, and you, and you' spirit of Cloud Nothings' "Attack on Memory." This is ragged, raw, punk rock rage at its finest. And what's amazing: just a few years ago, Cloud Nothings was simply one guy making lo-fi bedroom pop. In 2012, Cloud Nothings was a beast. Hey, thanks, Steve Albini!


Alt-J "Tesselate" - If your girlfriend is shaped like a triangle or a square, there was no more fitting song to get her in the mood than "Tesselate." The track is one of the best from Alt-J's "An Awesome Wave," the Mercury Prize-winning debut from this English act. For my money, the most interesting debut release of the year. I can't wait to see where they go next.


Bonus: Here are some of my other favorite records of the year, in no particular order.
Cody ChesnuTT "Landing on a Hundred"
Passion Pit "Gossamer"
Kendrick Lamar "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City"
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, "Big Moon Ritual"
Sharon Van Etten "Tramp"
Aesop Rock "Skelethon"
Kaki King "Glow"
Grizzly Bear "Shields"
Hot Chip "In Our Heads"
Justin Bieber "Beliebe"

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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 Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

This time around, Scott brought in his favorites of 2012. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Bob Mould, “Star Machine” - The formidable Husker Du/Sugar frontman puts aside the electronics and just rocks — with the old fury — on his 10th studio album. “Star Machine” opens the album and sets the tone in vintage fashion.

Jack White, “Freedom at 21” - “Blunderbuss,” the first Jack White solo album, is one he couldn’t have made with the late White Stripes or either of his spinoff bands, The Raconteurs or The Dead Weather. This is the guitar-slinging rock star’s chance to throw himself into a full-on, lash-out breakup album.

Japandroids, “Nights of Wine and Roses” - The album opens with the popping of fireworks and they shoot off like mad on “Celebration Rock,” the third album from this Canadian punk duo. “We yell like hell to the heavens” is the spirit throughout this noisy celebration.

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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 Andy Mulkerin of Pittsburgh's City Paper.

This time around, Andy brought in his favorites from 2012. In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Andy:

Jenny Owen Youngs, "Already Gone" - This song has two amazing pop hooks. It's almost unfair. Why wouldn't she save one of them for another song? I feel like there are other songs out there that are jealous. Anyway, this is from Jenny's early-2012 release An Unwavering Band of Light, which is worth having.

Pujol "Providence" - I've been a fan of Pujol since I heard the band's 7-inch on Third Man. This is their first full-length, issued on Saddle Creek, and it includes re-records of some earlier stuff in addition to some new material. Daniel Pujol is one of the great young lyricists. They place at Club Cafe on Dec. 14!

Hospitality, "Friends of Friends" - This band was new to me this year -- their Merge-issued debut came out in January. I managed to catch them live twice, and they're a fun bunch. Cute, clever, well-written songs.

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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 Scott Tady of The Beaver County Times.

This month, we're asking our music writers about their favorites from 2012. In case you missed it here's what he played (with commentary by Scott):

Grizzly Bear, “Shields” – Just the right amount of weirdness, aggressiveness and fragile beauty from a band we might as well proclaim as America’s answer to Radiohead. The sonic blend of trippy and challenging chamber-pop melodies and vulnerably voiced, tension-filled songs command attention. The drums are more pronounced and the sound is rawer than their 2009 album “Veckatimist” (which also had made my Top-10.) My ‘YEP pick: “Yet Again.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, “Wrecking Ball” – Like his last masterpiece, 2002’s “The Rising,” this is an album perfectly suited for our times. The Boss wants people back to work, cleverly and poignantly railing against 21st century Robber Barons, greedy bankers and their ilk. Not a “Nebraska”-ish downer, but more of a call-to-arms for working class heroes. My ‘YEP pick, “Death to My Hometown” embodies Springsteen and Co.’s recent dabbling in foot-stomping Celtic-rock. The new songs sounded great live, too, at Springsteen’s Consol Energy Center debut, one of my three favorite concerts of the year.

Sean Rowe, “The Salesman and the Shark” – Such a rich, powerful, emotional bass baritone voice… I’d pay to hear him sing a cell phone contract. The depth of Rowe’s songwriting makes this a Top-3 finalist, as he steps out from backwoods alt-folk scene for an album that’s got textural diversity, without sounding like he’s reaching too far. The slow-burning album opener “Bring Back the Night” and my ‘YEP pick, the surf-rock twangy, psychedelic-finishing “Downwind,” are good entrance points for the uninitiated. If you like Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, you’ll dig Rowe.

The rest of my Top-10 is still jockeying for position. Count on Jack White, Fiona Apple, Riverboat Gamblers and Field Report being in there.

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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.

Graveyard, "Fool in the End" - This is the kind of band that makes rock history nerds tight in the jeans. Graveyard is a bunch of Swedes who rock like they are touring with Black Sabbath in 1972. Fast, heavy and loud, but not in the sense that bands are fast, heavy and loud today. Just pictures mustaches and heavy metal parking lots. Their new album just dropped, and is making some serious waves in rock writer circles. Hopefully they catch on.

Cody ChesnuTT, "Don't Wanna Go the Other Way" - Another throwback, and equally as convincing. Cody ChesnuTT's new record, his first in a decade, is some of the world's finest soul music: personal lyrics, big and bold horns, thumping rhythm sections and ChesnuTT's smooth, Marvin Gaye-gone-wild voice. His first album, The Headphone Masterpiece, was 36 lo-fi songs recorded in his bedroom. His second, last month's "Landing on a Hundred," is the opposite, a big, shiny soul record with all the trimmings.

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Jim James, "Know Til Now" - The My Morning Jacket frontman is prepping a solo album, and his first single is a tasty space funk treat. Stream this one at work and watch your coworkers faces as you float away.

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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 Scott Mervis of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Scott:

Family Of The Year, "Never Enough" - This is just a nice sounding neo-folk song from the LA band very much in the vein of Band of Horses or Fleet Foxes. This Family, complete with two brothers from Wales, nicely captures Beach Boys-style harmonies.

Black Moth Super Rainbow, "Window Smasher" - The Pittsburgh area band emerges from the wood with a seventh album led by this single, which combines its hazy electronics and vocoder-ized vocals with a new burst of distorted guitar. You have to see the hipster-smashing video.

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