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 Isreal via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.
In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin:
Pomegranates, Passaway - I will love this band until they either get famous, or stop playing altogether, but I hope the first one happens. This is from Heaven, the fourth album from these Cincinnati guys. They create beautiful, exotic sounding indie pop that always seems like it could be the soundtrack to a dream you don't want to wake up from. This track is among their catchiest ever, which is a problem because many of the vocals are falsetto. Be prepared to sing along in your highest voice.
The Whiskey Holler, I Get Dreaming - This is my favorite track from the new EP, HiveSongs, by Pittsburgh band The Whiskey Holler. I may live in Tel Aviv now, but I'll be damned if I don't keep up on what's happening in my city. I love the band's sound — really scrappy, loose alt-country with a punk edge. I only wish I was back home to see them live. They play at Club Cafe June 26.
Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Big Moon Ritual - This is the first album from Chris Robinson's (he of The Black Crowes) new solo project. And - aw shucks - it doesn't include his brother. Sure, that's kind of a dick move, but the music is absolutely great: all smoothed out, soulful Southern rock jams. Like the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead had a picnic on a lake with lots of beer and whiskey. Plus, his guitarist is Neal Casal from Ryan Adam's band. So I love them for a multitude of reasons.
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