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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):

Regina Spektor "Small Bill$" - Who is cooler than Regina Spektor? Not me, not you, not even Cindy. The New York singer-songwriter has been casually creating some of the catchiest, weirdest, most fun piano-pop for over a decade. If this track is any indication, her upcoming album, Remember Us to Life, should be fantastic. "Small Bill$" is all rubber-band melodies bounding back and forth over a quirky piano loop. Enjoy. 

The Felice Brothers "Aerosol Ball" - Speaking of fun, The Felice Brothers are a gang of old friends (and yes, brothers) from upstate New York who create loose, stomping, down and dirty folk music for your next barn dance. The band's 10th album, Life in the Dark, came out this summer, and it's another collection of old time string music in a new school lens, complete with story-songs about shooting a judge and dancing with the belle of the ball. And if these guys come to town, buy yourself a bottle and head to the show. 

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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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