The 9:13 Buzz with Justin Jacobs

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

We asked Justin to bring in his favorites from 2016. In case you missed it, here's what Justin played (commentary by JJ):

Mitski, "Your Best American Girl" - I wasn't thrilled with the state of indie rock this year — but there were certainly some great highlights (yeah, I see you Car Seat Headrest). That said, Mitski's album Puberty 2 gave me pause, and reinstated my faith in the power of a big, blowout chorus. Her track "Your Best American Girl" is a great track to blast from car speakers on after a long day: giant, crunchy guitars, frustrated lyrics, and a sing-along melody. Want to feel your heart ripped out of your chest? Watch the video. As Courtney Barnett is an Aussie, Mitski may just be our best American girl (of indie rock).

 Frank Ocean, "Ivy" - Frank mastered the hype machine of modern pop music with a 'Will he or won't he" release of his epic album Blonde. After a few false starts, he did, and it was every bit as aching and beautiful as we might have hoped. Along with Chance the Rapper, Beyonce, Anderson .Paak, and Kanye West, Frank proved that hip-hop and R&B were the most dominating and innovative genres of 2016, and made me super excited to see what rolls out next year.