Youth Lagoon

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:

Haim, "Falling" - I played this for my girlfriend today, and she said, "If I wanted to listen to a girl version of Michael Jackson, I'd just listen to any number of Michael Jackson songs." Fair enough. But this breakout all-girl group made waves last year for their mix of indie pop and straight up R&B (with a little gentle folk thrown in). "Falling," I predict will be their breakout single - it's too catchy for you to listen just once.

Youth Lagoon, "Dropla" - I played this band early in 2012 as a 'slept-on album of 2011.' A year later, YL is back with the second record, called "Wondrous Bughouse." First single "Dropla" is a beautiful piece of bedroom pop - appropriate for all those music writer-y words that are used for bands like Beach House: gauzy, hazy, dreamy, etc. Give this one a chance, though - some haunting lyrics and a great melody from a could-be indie star.

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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 via Skype!), contributing writer to Billboard & Relix Magazine.

In case you missed it here's what he played with commentary by Justin:

My picks this week cover a few sadly overlooked records of last year. It's not too late, check them out!

Thee Oh Sees, "Heavy Doctor" - From the band's 2nd 2011 release, Carrion Crawler/The Dream, this blast of psychedelic-garage punk sounds like an update on The Stooges: raw, fast, weird, awesome. The band is incredibly prolific (6 albums since 2008), and this latest record is among their best. Definitely a lot of fun, and simply wonderful for air guitar practice.

Youth Lagoon, "Afternoon" - This is the opening track from Youth Lagoon's The Year of Hibernation. It's an album of dreamy, lo-fi bedroom pop from an actual kid (Trevor Powers) in an actual bedroom (in Boise, Idaho). This is music for rainy day hibernation - under a blanket, maybe. It's beautiful and sad and makes me feel like I'm inside some bittersweet romantic indie movie.

The Roots, Undun - The latest album from The Roots was released way at the end of 2011, and was understandably overshadowed by the holidays, New Years Eve parties and our collective fear that the world would end in 2012. That's a shame because it's really, really good. Even for folks unfamiliar with The Roots' long hip-hop history, it's very worth checking out.

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