‘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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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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Sunday RnR: Slash – Live at the Roxy 9.25.14

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Good Sunday to all, my friends. This is an absolutely crazy week for me (I have a film premiering tonight and have to prep the rest of the show), so I don’t have much time for get you guys something. But music is important, so I’m here sharing just what I happened to be listening to at the time of writing. As to why I’m listening to Slash’s latest live album, a show from about a week after the release of his last solo record World On Fire, well there is also a film version that I wanted to see first. I was having trouble finding it the other day, and just decided I would listen regardless. With an expanding catalog of his own, Slash plays a few less of the Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver hits in this show than others, even with Myles Kennedy’s outstanding performances on the Guns N’ Roses songs (check out the vocals on “Rocket Queen”). Anyway, that’s all I got. Hope I see you next week.

Jaggernaut

Sunday RnR: Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde

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The news recently came out that Zakk Wylde will be playing with Ozzy Osbourne again in his upcoming shows. Zakk and Ozzy have a long history together, Zakk joining and exiting Ozzy’s line up from time to time every since first joining in 1987. In celebration of the reunion, here is a playlist of some of the best Ozzy songs Wylde played on, as well as some hits from Black Label Society.

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Sunday RnR: Judas Priest – Sin After Sin

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Today makes the 40th anniversary of Judas Priest’s third studio album, Sin After Sin, originally released April 23, 1977. This was the first album on a major record label for the group, as well as the first to fully embrace the heavy metal sound. I was gonna write more about this album, but then a KFC ad started playing on Spotify and now I can only stare into oblivion wondering if any of it was ever worth it? When are we here? What are those 11 herbs and spices? Oh. The album is back. Never mind.

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Sunday RnR: Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire

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This week on Sunday RnR, aside from taking a break from bumping Kendrick’s new album (as hard as it is to stop), we have the 21st anniversary of Rage Against the Machine’s Evil Empire, released April 16, 1996. The big hitter on this one is “Bulls on Parade”, the first single and for sure the one Rage Against the Machine song anyone would know. “Vietnow”, “People of the Sun”, and “Down Rodeo” were also released as singles from this album, a lot of which with politically charged lyrics still relevant in certain aspects of today’s society. I’m personally a pretty big fan of “Revolver”. Evil Empire has some of the best examples of the different musical styles of the members coming together to make not only something unique, but freaking cool.

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Sunday RnR: Rainbow – Long Live Rock n Roll

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On this day 39 years ago, April 9th, 1978, Rainbow released Long Live Rock n Roll. This was their third studio album and the last one to feature original and legendary vocalist Ronnie James Dio. While the singles off this album include the title track, “L.A. Connection”, “Lady of the Lake”, and “Sensitive to Light”, my personal favorite Rainbow song (and one of my favorite rock songs in general) “Kill the King” is also on this album. It’s a quick listen that still kicks some major ass, living just as long as the title suggests.

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Sunday RnR: Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

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Mastodon’s new album, Emperor of Sand, was released on Friday, and it’s a pretty good one. Conceptually, the album follows a character sentenced to death wandering the endless deserts. The band draws inspiration from several family members and loved ones who have suffered or are suffering from various forms of cancer. While the subject matter is quite dark, that doesn’t hold the band back from making some absolute bangers on the track list. While you do not have to listen to the whole thing, I don’t control your life, it is designed to be heard that way, so I won’t even mention what I found to be my favorite tracks on this album. Just have a listen and rock out.

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