Peter Bjorn and John

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

In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ): 

Kevin Morby, "Dorothy" - Kevin Morby splits the difference between Mikael Cronin and Kurt Vile. That is to say he's a folk-minded garage rock kid who knows how to write a hook without getting too excited about it. Morby used to play bass in New York collective Woods (whose latest I played last month), but he's been out on his own now for three albums. His latest, called Singing Saw, is by far his best — it's a spooky, beautiful gem of folk rock tunes. "Dorothy" is the album's first single.

Peter Bjorn and John, "Breakin Point" - These Swedes became megastars when their hit "Young Folks" got thrown on every radio and shopping center playlist in America in 2006. They've released music since then, but nothing quite as good as this new track. Simple, super-catchy melody, playful vibes and even the whistling that was the hallmark of "Young Folks." This track has all the makings of a real, live comeback for this trio. 


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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 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.


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