Okkervil River

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:

Black Joe Lewis, "Dar es Salaam" - If this song doesn't wake you up on your morning commute, you need to check your pulse. Black Joe Lewis has been playing funk rock for a few albums now, but his most recent, "Electric Slave," is down and dirty garage rock and punk, with a horn section for good measure. Loud, fun and trashy. Just how I like it.

Okkervil River, "On a Balcony" - On the other side of the spectrum is Okkervil River, a fairly refined, intelligent, melodic indie rock act. This track, off their upcoming "The Silver Gymnasium," is the band's best release since 2006's near-classic "The Stage Names." We had to wait through two so-so albums, but this return to dramatic form is great.

Categories:

New Music

Tags:

Black Joe Lewis Justin Jacobs Morning Mix Okkervil River The 9:13 Buzz

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 Relix Magazine

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

Okkervil River, "The Valley" -The lead off track from the band's sixth album, "I Am Very Far," due out in May. It falls right in line with Okkervil's best song, "For Real," with it's jackhammer pulse and serious tension. Some folks hate on Okkervil for being too pretentious, but forget about the wordy lyrics ? dudes make great, catchy, emotional rock'n'roll.

The Felice Brothers, "Fire at the Pageant" - Don't turn off the lights; this tale of a burning down building comes complete with a bunch of children shouting. The Felice Brothers have always had a macabre streak, but this tune, off of the upcoming "Celebration, Florida" album takes the cake.

Pains of Being Pure at Heart, "Belong" - I really didn't like this band... until this song, really. Their indie-pop was too cute, or twee, or whatever for me. But this song, off their upcoming second album of the same name, adds some guitar heft and crunch to the mix. Sounds like, as so many have already said, an early 90's Smashing Pumpkins song. Not as awesome, but few could be.

Peter Bjorn and John, "(Don't Let Them) Cool Off" - Remember "Young Folks"? Of course you do. You loved it when you first heard it, then started to hate it after the 8,000 time. Well, forget about that whistle-happy song ? PB&J are back, and kinda sound like a real rock band! This song, from their upcoming "Gimme Some" album, is a catchy rock romp.

Categories:

New Music Personal Picks

Tags:

Justin Jacobs Okkervil River Peter Bjorn and John The 9:13 Buzz The Felice Brothers The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Twitter icon
Facebook icon
Google+ icon
Instagram icon
RSS icon
Vimeo icon