Guards

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:

Divine Fits, "My Love Is Real" - This is the first track on the indie supergroup's debut album; Divine Fits is made up of Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Handsome Furs/Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown, the drummer from New Bomb Turks. This is one of the most-toured records of this fall; expect to hear plenty from these guys in the future.

Guards, "Silver Lining" - Guards came to Pittsburgh last year with that buzz-band Cults; it made sense, because the guy from Guards is the brother of the woman from Cults. Anyway: They're a pretty good band. Upbeat, fuzzy pop the like of which I often play during these segments. Enjoy!

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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 and Pittsburgh's City Paper

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

Guards, "Resolution of One" - This mysterious band has no website or MySpace (which means, in 2011, you may as well have extremely low ambitions for your music being heard), but makes up for it by making great music — lo-fi, stomping garage rock with monstrous choruses. Guards is made of the singer of The Willowz along with some friends from MGMT and Chairlift. Mix them together and send 'em back to 1965, and you've got "Resolution of One."

Lykke Li, "I Follow Rivers" - Her parents know her as Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, but we know this Swedish temptress by her coy, sexual lyrics (remember "For you I keep my legs apart" from her 2008 song "Little Bit"? Of course you do) and darkly romantic pop music. I think this new tune, from her upcoming second album "Wounded Rhymes," is easily her best ever. Can't wait for this record.

U.S. Royalty, "Equestrian" - This band does their schtick logically, taking three bands that everyone loves and combining them in equal portions. Fleet Foxes, the Black Keys and Local Natives all show up in "Equestrian." Thought that might sound contrived, it's a great, lofty and harmonized tune.

Jonquil, "It Never Rains" - Tropical pop to dance your butt off. Totally cheesy, but totally fun. Look this band up for your next party.

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