‘Space Citizen (Cosmic Man)’ by Starship Mantis

Piano rifts doe.

Jazzy, funky, trippyyy.

Saxophone solos with gnarly bass lines.

Can I go to Mars and listen to this song?

The high pitch of the vocals keeping this song silky smooth.

My regret of 2018 was showing up to Spirit on NYE an hour late and missing Starship Mantis.

Good thing y’all can catch Starship Mantis and Tribe Eternal On February 15th at The Marquee in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh’s new venue!

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about the drum solo either 🤘🏼

See you there!?

– zimmertime

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‘Honest Man’ by Fat Night

For 2019, all I want is to do the best I can. Man, does this song motivate me to do just that.

No matter what happens in 2019, one foot in front of the other is what I want. I want to succeed, fail, try, do, and all while doing that, I simply want to do the best I can while being an honest man.

Honestly (ha), I feel good about being an honest, good person towards others and even myself. But, if I’m being honest with myself, I have room to grow in 2019 from 2018. I want to move more in 2019 in all phases of life.

Movement > Stagnation.

Ambition > Complacency.

The funk, R & B, soul jams that Fat Night has created have caught my attention in only 24 hours of listening. With that…

Fat Night plays at Spirit Lodge in Pittsburgh tonight, and I can’t wait to see them play!

Local artist Isaiah Small and band Lofi Deplhi will be opening. Show starts at 9!

– zimmertime

‘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

Featured Artist of the Week: Clara Kent

‘Winter Song’ is Clara Kent’s latest release. The holiday song is warm to the soul, like a cup of hot cocoa on Christmas morning.

Her latest performance was at Club Cafe on December 20th curated by Dauntless Records. The show included performances by Justo Ontario, Aria Jay, Clara Kent, and DeonRaps with Arie Cole DJing the event throughout.

Justo Ontario opened up the night with music that showcased his vocal range and energetic stage presence. Aria Jay followed with a stellar crowd engaging performance, and DJed her own show. DeonRaps crushed the stage with his fierce rhymes and ended the night on an upbeat note.

In between AriaJay and DeonRaps, Clara Kent performed.

Clara Kent sang a heart throbbing showcase of her latest release ‘Winter Song.’ There may have been actual tears in the audience after she was finished. Her ability to encapsulate the audience through volume control, vibrato, and sheer beauty of tone and pitch is what makes her performance so memorable.

She followed ‘Winter Song’ up with a couple of songs highlighting her ability to tap into her hip hop side and even rapped in the last song – Words. A full range of Clara’s talents were on display:

Just yesterday, the group in which she is lead singer for, Tribe Eternal, announced that she would be performing for Sofar Sounds in DC, Philly, and Pittsburgh. She confirmed today via Instagram @iamclarakent, and she already has one performance for Sofar Sounds in DC in 2018.

She released her latest album ‘Aura’ in 2018 as well, and also released one of my favorite 2018 singles – ‘Loner Type.’ It was a breakout year for Clara Kent, so make sure you keep an eye on what she’ll be putting out in 2019!

Go listen to ‘Winter Song,’ ‘Loner Type’ and the full album Aura right now! And follow her on social media @iamclarakent!

– 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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‘Smooth’ by Sierra Sellers

Today’s featured beat ‘Smooth’ is exactly that – Smoooooooth.

Sierra Sellers is looking out for her sistaaaas in this one warning them to be careful about smooth talkers. They aren’t playin’ a fool to the men trying to woo them over, so no wonder ‘he’ is smooth talking in the first place. Unless he’s a real one and her sisters stick around, they better earn the respect they deserve as she explains throughout the song.

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It’s a straight forward message with a tone to match and display of vocal range that can’t be overlooked.

Act like you know, not like you know better.

– zimmertime

Semple Sessions – David Truman

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David performing with The Mellophants at The Smiling Moose on Pittsbutgh’s Southside on Jan. 2nd of this year

Today, we have one of my favorite musicians and one of my favorite people, the fantastic David Truman (formerly) of the band The Mellophants.

 

He truly pours his heart and soul into his music. And he’s constantly experimenting and growing as an artist. More than anyone else I know, David speaks his mind and expresses
his views on life, no matter how controversial they may or may not be. He has a lot to say, and music gives him a platform to express it.

PSIMG_3632He’s been creating music for many years, having been in two bands previously, The Mellophants and Off the Record. I’ve been able to witness his transformation from then until now and his growth has truly been exponential.

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David’s first full-length LP, Stay Awake and Dream by The Mellophants

Stay Awake and Dream, the first studio album he recorded with The Mellophants, has a special place in my heart, I really feel connected with the music. I get nostalgic just listening to it. I cannot recommend it enough.

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David Truman (right) and Patrick Fabila (left) from The Mellophants

In today’s session, we discussed his upcoming solo EP and hear a preview of two songs from t
he release. David tells us his creative goals for his upcoming project and music i
n general. He also tells us how psychedelics gave him new perspective into how music affects an audience and creates an atmosphere.

This fall, he’s moving across the pond to the UK with his fiancee to study theoretical physics and perform music over there. He said he wants to create a band called Harry Truman and the Atomics. So great things are ahead.

Thanks for watching, everyone! I was late with this one, but we’ll be back with a new session Wednesday, so be on the lookout for that.Be sure to get out The Mellophants on Bandcamp and on Soundcloud.

-Shuggie