Valerie June

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):

Valerie June, "Astral Plane" - That voice! Valerie June is not from this world, and her new album proves it. Following her incredible folk breakthrough "Pushin' Against a Stone," she'll release "The Order of Time" in January. The new album is a bit more plugged-in and kicked-up, with less of a dusty, dirt road vibe that encapsulated her debut. But it's another pure soul stunner, and it'll push June to a new level of popularity, if there is any justice in the world. 

Islands, "Rough Gem" - This pick is cheating a bit, because it's 10 years old. Islands was one of the bands that formed after the dissolution of the Unicorns, one of the most fun (and certainly weirdest) indie pop bands of the early 2000's. The band released "Return to the Sea" in 2006 to lots of critical acclaim — it toned down the freakout vibes of the Unicorns into a catchy, more easily digestible package. A decade later, they're rereleasing the album for a new generation of indie kids. "Rough Gem"  is exactly that: a shiny jewel covered in a thin layer of grime. You'll love it. 


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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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