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!

Villagers, "Everything I Am Is Yours" - Hot damn, is this song pretty. Villagers is the moniker of Conor O'Brien, an Irish singer who has released three albums of get-choked-up-by-beauty folk music. His last album, Darling Arithmetic, was widely acclaimed when it was released over a year ago, but O'Brien decided to go back and have another crack at the songs. So now he's releasing Where Have You Been All My Life?, which takes some hushed folk rock and makes it even sparser. The result is a new album that's aimed at hardcore fans, but enjoyable by anyone.

Lissie, "Don't You Give Up On Me" - Lissie's back, everyone! The Illinois singer-songwriter's third album, My Wild West, is out this month and this track is its second single. Lissie's got a voice that could blow down a house, and she uses it on some gorgeous piano-driven ballads on the new record, with a few rockers like this one thrown in to keep things lively. Cindy tells me she's got a Pittsburgh date coming up, so if you know what's good for you you'll head to Mr. Smalls and get your socks knocked completely off.



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Friday mornings on WYEP, Chef Bill Fuller (Corporate Chef for big Burrito) joins Cindy Howes at 7:30am for Pairings! Bill & Cindy challenge each other to pair up your favorite music with matching menus. Let’s see what they came up with this week.

Listen to the audio:

Pairings June 19 2015 by Cindy Howes on Mixcloud


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The Mercury Prize has announced it's nominees for the 2013 award season. The Prize is used to honor one artist from the United Kingdom or Ireland for outstanding music, and is usually a huge boost for any artist that receives it. This year's nominees have a giant in their midst, so it's definitely going to be a nail biter.The nominees include The Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Foals, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Savages, and Villagers.

This year, James Blake receives his second nomination, his first being for his eponymous breakthrough record in 2011. He has come from a dubstep background, and has worked with some huge names in the music industry, including Brian Eno. The Arctic Monkeys have already won a Mercury Prize in 2006 with their album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Laura Marling is enjoying her third nomination for her latest release, Once I Was an Eagle. Villagers, Foals, and Jon Hopkins each have a second nomination, although Jon Hopkins' last nomination was for a collaboration with King Creosote in 2011.

Of course the obvious leader of the pack is David Bowie. David Bowie has never won a Mercury Prize since the awards were started in 1992, although he was nominated in 2002 for his album Heathen. His first album in 10 years came as a bit of a surprise for most, but seeing this giant on the list of nominees shouldn't be.

Last year's recipients were Alt-J for the album An Awesome Wave. This year, the winner will be announced on October 30th.


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Sometimes when you hear a song, it casts a spell on you that can only be broken by continuously listening to it for days on end. “Becoming a Jackal” by Villagers still has me in its whimsical grip, and I suspect the only way that the spell can be broken is if I pass it along to the collective consciousness.

Actually, after listening to the Irish band’s debut LP — also titled Becoming a Jackal, out now on Domino Records — I fear the spell won’t go away until the rest of you fall in love with the entire album, just as I have. But for starters, have a look-see at the above video. I must warn you, though — it may conjure emotion.




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