‘happyBB’ by MOD SUN

One of my favorite songs to listen to in 2018, I wish everyone happiness in 2019 and onward!

A crazy banger all about individuality, energy, and inner happiness.

Cheers to me not giving a shit about filming this song live and just vibing in the moment:

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Whatever brings you happiness, go get it in 2019!

– zimmertime

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‘Bravo’ by Uptowne Buddha

Uptowne Buddha’s ability to mix rap, jazz, and hip hop to produce a soul, funky sound is what’s up – Bravo!

Uptowne Buddha is based out of Cleveland, and after seeing them perform in 2016, I have been following them ever since including a show in Pittsburgh this year.

My favorite song from them is ‘Written In The Stars’ but the trumpet, beat, and vibe to ‘Bravo’ is what makes it today’s beat.

Go check out Uptowne Buddha right now!

– zimmertime

‘Buffalo Rose’ by Buffalo Rose

“I’ll be your Soldier and you’ll be my Buffalo Rose.”

I recently gave Buffalo Rose a listen and I immediately jumped in. Long car rides with soothing sounds are meant for each other.

A unique take on folk and bluegrass, I am making it a point to see Buffalo Rose early in 2019:

‘I Just Thought…’ by Linwood

Heavy bass, catchy electric piano repetition alongside eery but intriguing sounds throughout make for today’s beat.

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When I’m low key chillin’ this is a go to song. When I want to fly away into my no thought space, I get down to this song. The chorus is easy to ride along with, and provides for a relaxed feel.

Go give this song a listen and give Linwood a follow on Instagram @xxlinwood and on twitter @LinwoodRandolph

And while you’re there peep his latest release ‘Let Me Find Out Freestyle’

“I’m nothing special, I just thought that you might want to fly away”

– zimmertime

‘Hennessy’ by My Favorite Color

Welp, I’m officially shook.

‘Hennessy’ released today and after listening to this song, I was laughing out loud…in a good way. I can’t tell if I never want to drink Hennessy again, or if I want to drink a fifth to the face tonight to see if I can I can wake up with throw up in my eye brows…

The hysterical energy that My Favorite Color puts out on this track along with the hilariously crisp production value by one800 makes this song an epically enjoyable satire. This song is different – isn’t that what it’s all about?

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Cheers to Hennessy

– zimmertime

‘Are You In?’ by Incubus #tbt

The soothing guitar, the rumbling of the drums and cymbals, the bass and DJ sound effects eerily yet beautifully coming into the mix with every sound coming all together with a toe-tapping beat and a guitar rift to get things going, makes this song one of my favorite songs, well, since I can remember.

I was 8 at the time when ‘Are You In’ was released in 2001 as a single and eventually on the album titled Morning View by Calabasas native band Incubus. ‘Are You In’ introduces sounds of jazz and swing music plus DJ Kilmore producing fluttery, ocean-like sounds on his what seems to be synthesizer at the time. The spacey, wavy sounds he puts out on this track along with a full band contribution are just unmatched. Further, after doing some research, the group created this album when they were living in and producing the album in Malibu. Every time DJ Chris Kilmore would show up to the house on Morning View street in Malibu to start recording while over looking the ocean and Pacific Coast Highway he would say, “Ahh Morning View, it’s time to rock!”

A few summers ago, I made it a point to make sure I knew when I’d be passing Morning View on my drive up Pacific Coast Highway 1 with my girlfriend, Kalie, from LA to San Francisco. Needless to say, it makes sense why they titled their album ‘Morning View.’

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When I listen to music, I don’t just listen on the surface and I mean that. Ironically, I am not too detailed of a person in everyday life – more of a big picture type person – but for some reason with listening to music, I am super detailed. I listen to every single lyric, I pick up on every instrument involved and listen for it, and I will repeat songs to make sure I fully take the entirety of it in while trying to place meaning to it throughout. If you notice on this song, there are moments when things are poignantly added in or subtly added in:

The ‘Candy Break’ scratching by DJ Kilmore for example in the beginning of the song is a poignant, right out in the open display of scratching.

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During the midpoint build up of the song, the instrumentals as well as Brandon Boyd vocally build up the energy to a peak only for the band to bring it back to earth like when you drink that glass of ice cold water after a hot day in the sun and soothingly release ‘ahhhh.’

Then come in the faintest, most subtle voice murmurs and someone quietly says – ‘That day I ate so much chicken’ around minute 3:18. Go listen for yourself, and you will hear it. That’s the kind of detail I’m talking about above.

From listening to this song hundreds, if not in the 4 digits (no joke) of times, I conjured up that this song was all about going with the flow, being down with the moment, staying open minded, not letting yourself be a sore thumb to what’s going on. Probably on the 10th time as a 10 year old I realized that, but still. Then, I read somewhere that the song kind of just started on a whim with someone playing a sound until everyone was in playing the song, creating the song on the spot. And after some additional research too, it seems that some may think this song is about being ‘in’ when it comes to Mary Jane or Swinging based on the music video they released to it. Interesting, and not surprising at all.

Whatever the case may be I’m all in on this song. Are You In?

– zimmertime

Epilogue:

‘It’s so much easier when sea foam green is in fashion.’ The band Incubus has been my favorite band long-standing. The reason why is because they are able to create sounds that literally span the spectrum of musical sound. The oriental string instruments that make up the all time most chill song ever ‘Aqueous Transmission’; Brandon Boyd essentially rapping in ‘Pardon Me’; Drive – one of their most popular songs – being an acoustic pop song; Wish You Were Here – a standard alternative rock song; The list goes on and on…

Incubus has been ahead of their time, and I think they always will be.

Musicians. Artists. Creatives.

Are You In?

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‘Wildfire Romance’ by PM Mirror

First things first, ‘Wildfire Romance’ is a radio hit. It’s just one of those iconic songs that when you hear it for the first time, you know it is special. How can we get PM Mirror on the radio?! is what I keep asking myself!

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Beauty, passion, emotion is exactly what you will hear in Wildfire Romance. The range PM Mirror puts on display is incredible. His voice is something else straight up! The piano, pop beats, and production value is unparalleled as well.

Make your ears happy and go listen to more PM Mirror at http://www.thepmmirror.com/home.html or go follow him on Spotify and Instagram @pmmirror !

– Zimmertime

Epilogue –

For some time now, I have been attending local Pittsburgh shows, following local artists, and plugging all types of talented Pittsburgh musicians through word of mouth, social media, and now A Beat A Day, so when my friend Annelise responded to one of my Instagram stories telling me I needed to listen to PM Mirror, I immediately did. Shout out Annelise because PM Mirror’s content is extraordinary. This type of music sharing and local support is what I live for. Collaboration, Supporting Others, and Community will bring Pittsburgh to the recognition of music it deserves. One Day At A Time. A Beat A Day.

Sunday RnR: Shuffle 8 – The Last Sunday RnR

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Hi everyone, my name is Jagger. I have been putting out Sunday RnR for the past year and a half. After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to put the program on an indefinite hiatus. I have loved being about to share music with anyone willing to read and listen. Music is in my blood, there’s nothing I would rather talk to someone about. Even on days when I didn’t want to or didn’t have the time to post Sunday RnR, as soon as I started researching and listening, I felt great. For now, I have a lot of great opportunities coming up. I’ve just finished college, I’m working on some great film projects, my band’s album just finished its last recording session and will be coming out soon, and so much more. I would love to continue doing this show, and maybe someday I will, but for now the time has come to say goodbye. A Beat A Day was very kind to bring me in and I had a lot of fun working with a lot of people I’ve never met in order to share music. So thanks to them, and thanks to anyone reading or listening right now or anyone that ever has. In celebration, I added 12 more songs (was gonna do 10 but the next 2 songs were undeniably prefect) to the usual shuffle playlist length to send this shit off with a bang.

One last time, thanks for reading, enjoy the music, and long live rock and roll.

Jaggernaut

 

Sunday RNR: Chris Cornell

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Earlier this week, we lost Chris Cornell to suicide. Cornell was one of the pioneers of the grunge era of the 90’s and continued to create great works throughout his career and inspired many others to do the same. Cornell is best known as the vocalist for Soundgarden and Audioslave, which I have included a short playlist of. With so many great hits between the two, I didn’t have a chance to pull in some of his solo work, but all that matters is to celebrate the life and music of another one of the greats gone too soon. Rest in peace, Chris.

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Sunday RnR: AC/DC – High Voltage

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AC/DC’s High Voltage was originally released (in the US) on May 14, 1976 and was the band’s first international release. This album is full of the songs you know. “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll)”, “T.N.T”,, “Live Wire”, “The Jack”, and of course “High Voltage”.  Though critics did not have much to say at the time of the release, there is still something to appreciate 41 years later.

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