Cloud Nothings

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!

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

The Nox Boys, "Take My Heart and Break It" - Fox Chapel High School kids from Blawnox playing garage-rock legit enough for esteemed local label Get Hip? Believe it. These kids -- with slide guitar veteran Bob Powers -- went to Detroit to record with producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Cynics) and came back with a killer debut loaded with rockers like this.

Cloud Nothings, "I'm Not Part of Me" - The forthcoming third album from the Cleveland band is said to find frontman Dylan Baldi in a happier state than he was when he was raging on "Stay Useless." This first single is proof that he be there without losing his edge.

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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.

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

Cloud Nothings, "Stay Useless" - This starts out like so many indie-rock songs, sounding like the Strokes, but once the vocals get going, Dylan Baldi's personality takes over and you get that more raw emotion the Cleveland rocker injects into his tunes. Although this one is tight, poppy and, admittedly, repetitive, it lays the groundwork for some of the longer sonic jams on the band's explosive third album, "Attack on Memory."

Big Snow Big Thaw, "Red Hollow Road" - This Pittsburgh trio may not be rewriting the book on Americana, but this song showcases the unique vocal range of Jim Sabol, who also plays banjo. In his travels to Alabama, he took the windy Red Hollow Road and was inspired to write this mysterious Southern gothic tune with a melody manages to lodge into your head.

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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, contributing writer to Billboard Magazine

In case you missed it here's what he played:

Cloud Nothings, "Should Have" - I already listed this last month as one of my extra picks, but hell, I just couldn't get away from it. Few things are better than a three minute sugar rush of some catchy, electric power pop, and this song takes the cake this summer.

White Denim, "Street Joy" - An ethereal cloud of dreamy acoustic folk, this song is alone stylistically on White Denim's album "D." That's a shame, too — the rest of the album is full of assorted rock genres, but none touch on the gorgeous ache of this brooder.

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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, contributing writer to Billboard Magazine

In case you missed it here's what he played (plus bonus songs):

Tune-Yards, "You Yes You" - The lady behind this noise is Merril Garbus, and she is awesome. Her voice? A scratchy, passionate yelp that's more rhythmic than melodic. Her music? Heavy grooving, stripped down and incredibly catchy. Wait till you start yelping along at work.

Rubik, "Laws of Gravity" - These dudes are Finnish, and that's pretty much all I know about them. Well, aside from the fact that they make songs like a shiny, outerspace Peter Bjorn and John.

Cloud Nothings, "Should Have" - This is the most infectious slice of scrappy guitar pop I've heard all year. Like Wavves but with oh so much less hype. The band is really young, so there's tons of promise here.

Death Cab for Cutie, "Codes and Keys" - When I started listening to this new record, I thought it sucked. But in just two days, I've grown from thinking it sounded like a bad Death Cab for Cutie cover band to sounding like a good Death Cab for Cutie record! Who knows, at this rate, in days this may grow to be my favorite. I don't think so, but it's possible.

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