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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 Andy Mulkerin!

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

Ezra Furman, "My Zero" - This one dropped in the fall and is a great mix of raucous punk-y stuff and literary lyricism. One of my most lamented show-misses of the year; I think I had band practice the night he came to town or something. But I did see him a few years back, and it was excellent!

Phosphorescent, "Ride On/Right On" - Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) brought one of my favorite albums of the year, Muchacho -- vulnerable but self-assured, soft but not boring. Everyone knows the first single, "Song for Zula"; this song, the song I played, "Ride On/Right On," comes immediately after that one on the album, and amps up the energy some.

Mount Moriah, "Younger Days" - Mount Moriah gave one of my favorite shows I DID make it to this year. I've been following Heather McEntire (metaphorically speaking) since her early days in Bellafea; she's quieted down but also rounded out well as a songwriter in Mount Moriah. Pretty alt-country stuff from North Carolina.

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sweetheart-2014-album

Still not over Christmas? That holiday is so two weeks from now. Why not celebrate the next big thing in holidays, Valentines Day? And while you're at it, check out this sweet compilation of romantic covers that Starbucks is putting out in February. This version of Sweetheart is actually the 5th in the Sweetheart series.

The Valentines Day album, called Sweetheart 2014 has a whole bunch of artists we at WYEP love, doing covers of songs about love. You'll hear Phosphorescent covering Bob Dylan's "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", Beck doing John Lennon's "Love", The Head and the Heart channeling Harry Nilsson in their version of "Don't Forget Me", Vampire Weekend's Andrea Bocelli inspired "Con Te Partirò", and many others. You can find the whole track listing below, and you can find Sweetheart 2014 on sale February 4th.

Sweetheart 2014:

01 Jim James: "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (Bob Marley cover)
02 Vampire Weekend: "Con Te Partirò" (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03 Beck: "Love" (John Lennon cover)
04 Phosphorescent: "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" (Bob Dylan cover)
05 The Head and the Heart: "Don’t Forget Me" (Harry Nilsson cover)
06 Valerie June: "Happy or Lonesome" (the Carter Family cover)
07 Bahamas: "Always on My Mind" (Willie Nelson cover)
08 Thao: "If You Were Mine" (Ray Charles cover)
09 Ben Harper: "Fade Into You" (Mazzy Star cover)
10 Fiona Apple: "I’m In The Middle of a Riddle" (Anton Karas cover)
11 Brandi Carlile: "The Chain" (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12 Blake Mills: "I Hope" (Bobby Charles cover)
13 Sharon Jones: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours" (Stevie Wonder cover)

Just the track list itself gets us in the mood for lovin', so this album should be pretty excellent. As a sneak peek for your ears, listen to Jim James (of My Morning Jacket) cover Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low" here. Lay back with your sweetheart and a glass of wine, and get ready for this sweet Valentine's Day.

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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!

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin. Click the title to hear the song!

"Oh jeez, it's the daunting time of the year when I have to pick favorites. Selecting favorite songs or albums is like (I imagine?) picking your favorite kids — it really depends what mood you're in. There are other songs that, at other points, I like better than these three (namely, anything off the new Vampire Weekend or Kanye West records), but here are my picks for Favorite Tracks of 2013."

Mikal Cronin, "Weight" - Sometimes, simplicity is key. Mikal Cronin's latest album, MCII, isn't great because of it's weirdness or sonic exploration or whatever — it's just a great, straightforward garage rock record. Sweet melodies, fuzzy guitars, bittersweet lyrics. What's better than that?

Phosphorescent, "Song for Zula" - Then, on the other side of the spectrum, is this bad boy. Over six minutes of layered strings and dense emotional content. It reminds me of Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia." It takes patience, but boy does it hit you hard.

Portugal the Man, "Atomic Man" - And, of course, a party jam! Portugal finally made a record fusing all their strengths and weirdness together into something altogether new and exciting. Produced by Danger Mouse, their album "Evil Friends" is the record of the year for getting your friends to ask "Dude, who is this?" at your next house party.

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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 he played with commentary by Justin:

Phosphorescent, "Song for Zula" - The first single from Phosphorescent's latest album, "Muchacho," is this totally beautiful track called "Songs for Zula." Matthew Houck's voice is creaky and broken, and it sounds perfect against the song's soft, swirling sounds. Granted, this is a change for Houck, who has made his name on dusty country rock. Some risks are well worth taking.

Young Galaxy, "Pretty Boy" - Tight, catchy, concise — it's pop's newest sensation, Young Galaxy! Wouldn't the world be better if that were true. No, this act won't become radio darlings, but this track is a lovely, affecting little piece of hard candy from a band that's been at it since 2006.

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