‘brunch.’ by The Zells

I had brunch for dinner three times this past week. Not sure if it’s because this song is awesome, or because I was eating what was left in my fridge.

Whatever the case, this song is a change up for The Zells slowing down the pace and providing a tap along drum and bass beat with a melodic guitar intro and a catchy hook of a chorus.

It is highly recommended that you go eat some ‘brunch.’ while listening to ‘brunch.’

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‘Rolling Stoned’ by Leila Rhodes

The first minute is by far the best part of this song in my ears. The build up and production of sound that meshes and comes together is melodic, perfectly timed, and soothingly catchy.

The chill rapping with echoing and the drawn out rhymes are subtle but executed to perfection.

The piano and guitar combination post chorus is prime.

I can’t wait to hear more of what Leila Rhodes creates musically.

– zimmertime

‘El Gato Del Fuego’ by The Clock Reads

Saucy Jazz. Salsa & Jazz? The crescendos, the build up, the rifts, the lines. Yeah, this song is one of a kind.

The saxophone is special, but all instrumentals combined make it 8 minutes of heaven – this song hits all the right spots.

The Clock Reads is something else 👌🏼

– zimmertime

‘Don’t Worry’ by Chalk Dinosaur

Follow That Feeling.

Don’t Worry.

Can’t stress enough how chill the vibes are in this tune and the sheer creativity and quality of production on this track and all Chalk Dinosaur’s tracks.

Their music is introspective, thought provoking, and evokes emotion that leaves the listener willingly vulnerable to the emotions they’re feeling, yet yearning for more of that feeling.

– zimmertime

‘Monkey Around’ by JACK SWING

Jack Swing released their latest single ‘Monkey Around’ along with a music video on December 31st 2018:

Immediately starting off with heavy bass and low-pitched lyrics, the edgy song gets off to a fast start.

The pace picks up with the chorus showcasing some funky guitar rifts during and after.

Then interestingly enough, the beat turns into a slow paced segment leaving the listener curious to where the song will be heading, only for it to get back to Monkeyin’ Around 🤘🏼

Check out the intriguing video above and check out more of Jack Swing on all streaming platforms.

– zimmertime

‘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:

MOD SUN – Movement On Dreams Stand Under None

Whatever brings you happiness, go get it in 2019!

– zimmertime

‘Funeral’ by Forget Brennan

This song makes me think. About everything and nothing at the same time. I had listened to it prior to hearing it live on Mod Sun’s tour in Pittsburgh but Forget Brennan’s performance kept me listening long after.

Are we desensitized by everything from our phones to our TVs to this digital world we live in?

“My iPhone says what my TV says, and the texts I sent are all left on read.”

At points in the song, I find the somber guitar sound of it all linking me to skepticism, perhaps cynicism, about the future of this world. Yet, at points in the song I feel a sense of individuality and optimism with who I can be, who we can all be as humans.

“The joke is you, the joke is us, the joke is everybody anywhere.”

“The box is you. The box is them. The box is everybody anywhere.”

If I take this song literally as in “no one goes to funeral anymore” then maybe foolishly I find happiness in the hope that it means we have become a generation participating in celebrations of life. Or maybe it means that we are unphased by all the loss and tragedy the world is constantly throwing in our face on every screen every day.

In my life, I want to hold conversations with people that are thought provoking, meaningful, and deep. The same goes for the music I listen to.

Maybe Forget Brennan had specific meaning and intention for this song…maybe not.

That’s the beauty in it.

– zimmertime

‘Renegade’ by Styx

The Jig is Up, The News Is Out.

If you’re from Pittsburgh, stop here, grab a cold one, and turn on your TV to gear up for the ‘LERS. You know this is a Pittsburgh staple.

If you don’t know, now you know thanks to the Post Gazette how this song came about.

Go listen to Styx

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‘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