Thursday, December 29, 2011

Blending Your Thursday: JAYBeatz

The group known as The Weeknd have become an internet sensation. I haven't quite jumped on the bandwagon yet, but I can definitely appreciate their music and its ability to provide a unique basis for a mashup. DJ JAYBeatz has the same outlook with my latter comment as he has taken a Weeknd track and turned it from mellow to eccentric. How? Just add in some Michael Jackson; it's easy, or at least this DJ makes it seem that way. I've told you recently that I'm not too keen on mashups anymore, but I figured I'd share this one as its simple. I hate busy. Go ahead, relive a classic and enjoy a new sensation all in one...

Dirty Diana - JAYBeatz 

Monday, December 26, 2011

One More For Your Holiday Mixtape

I know I'm a day late, but this is one track that can't be left out during this Christmas season - or any time of the year in my opinion. This is one of those Christmas originals that you will rarely, or never, hear on the radio playing alongside those tacky Christmas classics, such as Madonna's Santa Baby and Grandma Got Run Over By a Raindeer. Unlike those, "Christmas Must Be Tonight" celebrates the true meaning of Christmas. Rick Danko does a great job of illustrating the nativity scene involving Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, which many of us are aware of, but simply fail to acknowledge at times (much like Dave Matthew's Christmas Song on the Holiday Mixtape). With simple lyrics, The Band brings a strong message with this one. So go ahead, continue celebrating this Christmas season the right way, and be sure to add this track to your Holiday Mixtape. Enjoy.

Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band

Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Holiday Mixtape


So I'll be honest: I'm not much of a fan for Christmas music. Call me a scrooge or the grinch, but songs centered on the holidays have never struck me as enjoyable. Sure, there's the nostalgic feeling that clings on to specific tracks, the ones that instantly bring back memories of previous Christmas mornings spent shredding through wrapping paper, but I have a tough time of actually enjoying the music. Most of it is cheesy and impractical, meaning there are only 25 days out of the year that are deemed acceptable for listening to this kind of music. 

That being said, Tommy and I have decided to give you a mixtape of holiday tunes that are the opposite of what I just described. These bad boys showcase a wide variety of sound - inventive remakes of the classics as well as original pieces. You'll recognize just about every name on the list, but hopefully most of these songs will be new to your ears. So, whether you're on the road to Grandma's or sitting in your living room, we hope you enjoy some more unconventional, and rather more enjoyable holiday tunes. 

From Tommy and I, we wish everyone a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, and a wonderful new year.

Keep reading if you want to preview the tracklist before downloading.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Jamiroquai


I was killing some time the other day with my iTunes running on shuffle when this next track came up. It was one of those “lost treasures” that happened to be perfect for the rainy day that it was. You all may remember that popular and practically viral dance video from the movie Napoleon Dynamite…well, Jamiroquai, whose song “Canned Heat” is the song for that particular dance, turns out to be pretty damn good and has produced many great songs with a very unique sound full of soulful, electronic funk with accents of anything from horns to a didgeridoo.

This London-based band has been around since 1992 and after their success from the “Rock Dust Light Star” tour just last year; this six-man crew doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. I decided to give y’all a wide spectrum of Jamiroquai’s music raging from their debut single from 1992, When You Gonna Learn? along with their biggest hit, Virtual Insanity from 1996, and topping it off with a later single from 2005. Be on the lookout for this group of guys who really have found a special sound that has changed through the years and will hopefully continue to do so. Enjoy

Jamiroquai - When You Gonna Learn?

Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity


Jamiroquai - Seven Days In Sunny June

AWOLNATION


AWOLNATION (pronounced A-wall-Nation) is "an American electronic rock solo project" headed by Aaron Bruno. This project, from what I gather, has something to do with battling extraterrestrials? I don't know; it could be that I'm writing this late at night and tired, but I honestly have no idea what this guy is about. I visited his website to try and gain a better understanding, but left more confused than I was before. He is weird, but he makes music that pops. He's recently received a boat load of attention for his new single, Sail, which comes from their new album, "Megalithic Symphony." 

Time out. I know what you're thinking. An all caps band name, electronic rock, and an album named "Megalithic Symphony?" What has Beat Dropping turned into? 

Time in. Give it a shot. Like multiple shots, and you won't be able to stop listening to this guy, I promise. To hell with explanations; not everything you listen to has to be clearly definable. You may not like the following two songs at first listen, but hear them a few more times and you'll be glad Aaron Bruno has some mental fixation involving E.T. - it makes for some pretty cool music. Like I said before, his songs have a certain way of standing out. Although I'm not normally attracted to music like this, AWOLNATION has somehow lured me in. It's grungey, it's catchy, and it's out of this world! (kidding, I would never use an exclamation point seriously, that's just silly.) Enjoy 

Guilty Filthy Soul - AWOLNATION

Sail - AWOLNATION

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

John Butler: Live & Intimate at Subiaco Arts Center

My favorite Aussie, John Butler, is home for the holidays in Perth, Australia and spreading some holiday cheer. Butler announced on the 15th that he'd be playing unplugged and solo at the Subiaco Arts Center the next day. The catch: limited seating for 300. The guy is more or less a god to his fellow Perthians. Case in point, the show sold out in less than five minutes. Either Butler is a social media guru or he has some serious hometown fan support. I'm banking on the latter. 

The cool thing about this show is the fact that he performed by himself, besides letting his wife, Mama Kin, jump in on a song or two, and shared numerous stories. On top of being one of the most unique musicians I've ever heard, the guy is capable of making a room of 300 laugh in hysterics. Below are two of his songs, Revolution and Losing You, that he performed at Subiaco. Consequently, an entirely new vibe is adopted to both tracks. Watch the unplugged version of Revolution above, or listen to both songs below. Either way, you should leave this site with two new songs and a greater appreciation for Butler's diversified music. 

Revolution - John Butler


Losing You ft. Mama Kin - John Butler

Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Media Player


So HulkShare, the file sharing host we use so you can download the songs on the site, has finally decided to move in a positive direction. They've eliminated the hassle of visiting their website in order to download a file hosted elsewhere. In other words, to download a song from Beat Dropping now, all you have to do is click on the small green down-arrow on the media player. Instead of taking you to another website, the song is automatically downloaded without leaving our site.

Can you say hallelujah? Life just got a little easier. I won't say it often, but HulkShare, you've made me proud. Check out the post previous to this one to give the new feature a go...

A Smokey Mist


A lot of critics or promoters will throw around the word smokey to characterize an artist's voice. I'll admit I've used the adjective a couple of times when trying to describe an artist with a hoarse voice. Noah Gundersen, however, is making me realize what a real, smokey voice sounds like. The truth is, the word smokey is being used improperly. It doesn't mean scratchy or hoarse, but instead should be used to describe something smooth and dark, like an opaque mist. His song, David, showcases his ability to mystify (I'm getting a little carried away, I know) listeners by keeping his voice smooth, dark, and rapid. It's pretty soothing if you ask me, and this is why it works well. It's an odd sound, but a good one. Check out Noah's smokey voice below 

10 Things You Never Saw Coming


Everyone loves a good top 10 list. I guess I'm just now realizing this since this is Beat Dropping's first one, but better late than never. Keep reading in order to focus in on the ten things you never saw coming this past month...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Blending Your Thursdays: Mimosa

I found out about Mimosa a while back, but was only at first introduced to the dubstep side of his music forcing me to think that was it...luckily that wasn't the case. Now don't get me wrong, this Oakland, CA native can throw a beat down with a huge bass and make you rethink your love for Bassnectar, but his talent goes far beyond that. I just found this track Mimosa released back in the spring where he takes Collie Buddz's hit song, "Come Around" for an entirely new spin. He still sticks to his dubstep tendencies, but lays off of the in-your-face sound that dubstep usually carries with it. Mimosa is definitely still up and coming, but if he sticks to different sounds like he's been doing, then he will definitely get the fan base he deserves.

Be sure to check out his facebook and twitter and keep up with newly released tracks. On his facebook page, Mimosa dubs his genre as "Crunk-Step Dub-Hop for the Soul." I don't think there's anyone who can name their own genre better than the artist themselves, however, I think anyone would agree that this is pretty dead on. And to prove that to you, I've posted a bonus track of his that is 25 minutes of this "Crunk-Step Dub-Hop for the Soul". So when you find yourself sitting around, switching songs on iTunes way too often, and with nothing better to do, play this track and see what Mimosa is really capable of. Then after doing so you can decide for yourself if you think that genre is as fitting as I do. Enjoy.

Mimosa - Come Around (Collie Buddz Remix)

BONUS TRACK: Mimosa - September Mix 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dani California (Manic Focus Remix)

Not much to say about this next post other than it's a damn good track, and great for studying in my opinion. Manic Focus keeps this remix mellow, but still manages to get your head nodding with this old school Chili Peppers and new school bass mix. So while you're up late tonight and the remainder of this week cramming for those exams, take a second to kick back and relax. You can follow Manic Focus on their Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy.

Dani California (Manic Focus Remix) - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Exam Studying with Dan Mills

If you're in school like Tommy and I are, then you're going through hell right now. It's that time of the year, right before Christmas, where teachers like to cup your confidence then swiftly strangle the life out of it. I'm talking about finals, which by the way are responsible for the lack of posting lately. Here's a song that'll make up for the absent posting and will help you study at the same time. Dan Mills hails from Brooklyn, New York and has a knack for catchy guitar licks and can sing just as well. He came out with his album, "Fiction In Photographs," over the summer and it showcases just how great of a singer/songwriter he really is. Check him out below and good luck maintaining your confidence level this week... 

Ballad - Dan Mills

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Covering Your Wednesday: Bluegrass Special

For today’s Covering Your Wednesday, I picked out two bands that take a popular song from an entirely different genre, and make it their own. The first is a rendition of The Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” by Jesse McReynolds. Jesse is known as “Mr. Mandolin” in the bluegrass duo he shares with his brother, Jim. He takes one of the Dead’s biggest hits and puts his own spin on it, filling it with his notorious mando and unique voice. My second pick is from the rapidly up-and-coming “newgrass” band, Tampled by Turtles. In their cover of the Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind,” they do exactly what Jesse has done, but take it to a new level. They take the dark, punk sound of the Pixies and substitute in their well-known wailing fiddle, and more; and even with a slow grass tune like this one, the Turtles still get you moving. So while your listening to this on your rainy Wednesday, simply “roll away the dew” and enjoy.

 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sunday Session with Trace Bundy


Trace Bundy must be seen, not just heard.” This is how the Colorado native is described in a bio on his website, and I cannot think of a better way to describe him. He truly has helped change the way the guitar is played and brought with it a beautiful sound; one that, in my opinion, is great for a Sunday when you’re trying to forget all the worries and work ahead. Trace Bundy will help you do just that. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the true talent of the “acoustic ninja”.

Dueling Ninjas - Trace Bundy


Pachelbel's Canon - Trace Bundy

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Greatest Live Album You've Never Heard Of


I'm sure most of you know who The John Butler Trio is, and I'm sure you enjoy them. If neither of those statements apply to you, then I want you to continue reading this, purchase this album, and kindly reconsider your previous stance against this band. For those of you that enjoy John Butler, I applaud you and I'm willing to bet that after listening to this album, you'll love them that much more. 

Red Rocks Amphitheater, located in Morrison, Colorado, plays host to some of the most outrageous concerts in the United States. Visually striking, the theater sits between, as you guessed it, two big, red rocks. John Butler and his boys had the pleasure of playing and recording a live album there in June of 2010 (the album was released this past July however). When all said and done, the group managed to produce one of the best live albums I have ever laid ears on... 

John Butler is a quirky, yet bad-ass Aussie with overgrown fingernails, a nappy beard, and some epic dreads. The coolest part about this guy, however, is his outrageous ability to produce amazing guitar ballads. You might be able to guess where I'm going with this - "Live At Red Rocks: The John Butler Trio" features jam after jam that show off Butler's iconic talent. If he's not extending a song with an impromptu solo, he devotes a whole segment to nothing but a guitar and a kick-drum. Take Ocean for example - hands down the most expressive, creative, and spontaneous guitar ballads I have ever heard

Individually, they're great. Together, the musicians that make up The John Butler Trio are phenomenal. Showcased by this album, they're music is diverse, creative, and genuine. Every song has a meaning, every note has a reason. The album features 22 tracks spread out over two discs and two hours. Some tracks acoustic, some electric, but either way, this is a great collection of musical talent. Purchase the album here or below, and then sit back and enjoy my friends, because this is the best live album you've never heard of...

Artist Spotlight: Will Overman


It’s always a good feeling to “know” a musical artist you enjoy listening to, it’s another thing to have been able to see that artist grow into the musician he or she is now. For me, that guy is named Will Overman. Will is a senior at Cape Henry up in Virginia Beach who I have been working with during the summer for over 5 years. Will has a great love and passion for music and plays for the simple enjoyment of it. I wanted to share his music with as many people as possible and was fortunate enough to ask Will about his up-and-coming music career and plans for the future:    

Beat Dropping: I can remember always hearing you playing the guitar and mandolin, but only this past summer heard the first song you’ve written…how long have you been writing songs? 
Will: I've been writing for about three years but most of it hasn't been very good. I'm just now starting to really get comfortable with my songwriting. 

BD: Who are your biggest musical influences? 
W: I have a ton of musical influences. Thanks to my parents I've been listening to great music ever since I can remember. But my go to band would have to be The Avett Brothers. I feel like most people have a band they grew up with, and for me that's been the Avetts. I've been listening to them since they were small, seen them in small venues, met them and really grown to respect them and connect to their lyrics. 

BD: If you had to choose between the guitar and mandolin, what would you pick? 
W: I would pick the guitar, just because it's a better instrument for soloing. And as amazing as the mandolin is, it doesn't suffice when playing rhythm. It's made for lead, and unfortunately I'm not that good, so I don't sound that great when it's just me playing. 

BD: What is Indian Summer? 
W: Indian Summer was the name my friend and I decided on when we played a gig. 

BD: What are your immediate music career goals (1-3 years) 
W: My immediate goals consist of: getting more and more gigs, recording more, and once I go to college I'd like to establish a much larger band, (ie. more instruments, harmonies.) 

BD: Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years? 
W: In ten years, I honestly have no clue. I would love to make music my profession. So if that is the case then I'll just see where it takes me. I love music. I love connecting to people through they lyrics I write, so if I can do that for a living, fine by me. But it's something I really enjoy, so I'll do my best to keep that way. 

Here are two tracks Will recently recorded, and we look forward to hearing more and more. Enjoy these in the meantime, and keep a look out for Will whose future sure looks bright. 

 

Covering Your Wednesday: Florence + The Machine


This woman easily has one of the deadliest voices in the music industry, past and present. If Florence's voice was a physical object, it would be a bundle of silk dipped in dark chocolate. I mean, she can belt it and makes anything sound pretty damn sweet. Take Drake for example. One of the most frequently remixed and covered artists of our time (whether or not it's done successfully is another story), Drake poses no challenge for Florence and her vocal chords. She tackles Take Care with ease and makes it sound like it should be her song instead of Drake's. With his wide set eyes and broad smile, Drake has probably admitted the same. 

Take Care - Florence + The Machine

Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Studying: Germany Germany

I'm a firm believer that the voice and meaning of a song are far more important than the actual notes being played. Sometimes, however, there's nothing better, or more relaxing, than an instrumental. Tommy touched on this last week, and I'm gonna add on. Drew Harris, the mastermind behind Germany Germany, has a knack for creating ambient music that is perfect for studying. Despite the absence of vocals, Germany Germany's songs showcase emotion in a different light. Personally, when I hear the below song, Rain, I picture Maverick and Goose walking to their jet through the smoke, onward towards a laid back, arial ass kicking. But that's just me, listen below and take it how you will... 

Rain - Germany Germany

Friday, November 25, 2011

Ronald Jenkees

Ronald Jenkees is a self-taught musical genius who has made himself famous to listeners across the world. He became popular through his viral YouTube videos, and has since released two independent albums, all despite the fact that he is still unable to read music and simply plays by ear. Jenkees was exposed to the piano at the age of 4, and from there has produced music with it unlike anyone before him. He is one of the rare musicians nowadays who merely "makes music because it is fun" as he says.   Here are a couple of my personal favorites, but be sure to check out his website, Facebook, and YouTube for more. We want this guy to get as much publicity and encouragement to start touring, which could make him the next big thing; and he also simply deserves it. Enjoy.

Stay Crunchy - Ronald Jenkees


Super-Fun - Ronald Jenkees


Disorganized Fun- Ronald Jenkees 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Covering Your Wednesday: Courtney Welbon


Courtney Welbon has managed to make William Shakespeare seem like no big deal. Just 18 years old, Courtney found herself with the daunting task of having to memorize Shakespeare's famous "To Be, or Not To Be" soliloquy for her AP English class. Completely rattled, she turned toward what she knows best: music. One of the most creative covers I have ever heard, Courtney's version of the famous monologue has stopped me in my tracks, compelling me to listen to it on repeat. Although the warm sounds of the ukele and her sweet voice oppose the true, intended tone of the monologue, Courtney makes it work really, really well. Somehow Shakespeare just got a little less horrifying. Enjoy 

To Be or Not To Be - Courtney Welbon

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Studying: Andrew Duhon

Bring on another daily feature. I've had a couple of weeks back to back where my Monday nights have been swamped with mindless busy work - papers upon papers, tests after tests. Consequently, I've found myself listening to a lot of music that can be perfectly categorized as study music. So, in honor of my friends who sit staring at chemical compounds and endless mock financial reports without headphones, I'm committing my Mondays to helping you out. Every Monday will feature a different song that will hopefully raise that next test grade a point or two. If nothing else, I'll just be posting more good music. Sounds like a plan to me.

First up: Andrew Duhon. The man has an awesome voice and knows how to use it. His song I Miss My Home is a soft melody that showcases his vocal chords and basically warms whoever listens. I've found myself playing this track a lot whenever working and I think it's by no coincidence. We definitely have something here, listen for yourself... 

I Miss My Home - Andrew Duhon

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Hackensaw Boys

The Hackensaw Boys is a band that seems to keep on changing. David Sickmen and Tom “Peepaw” Peloso, who soon brought in two more talented musicians, Robbie St. Ours and Rob Bullington, started it in 1999 based out of Charlottesville, VA. This bluegrass quartet began strong with a great sound and only improved. Now, out of the current seven-man-band, only Rob remains. And through 12 years of playing, much has obviously changed, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. These guys are still pickin’ and grinnin’ just as much, if not more, then they were in the beginning, bringing the reckless, foot stomping sound that has become popular to all ages. Here are three songs that, in my opinion, help show the Hackensaw Boys’ journey through the years. You can follow them on their website or facebook page. Enjoy.



Blending Your Thursdays: Vico Ono

Mashups are usually slammed together, forced, and overly complicated. I hate most of them; they tend to ruin music. Vico Ono is keeping me somewhat faithful, however, with his recent drop, Bonfire Under the Bridge. Sewing, streaming, and succesfully sticking Childish Gambino's new hit, Bonfire, with a little Red Hot Chili Peppers, Vico Ono should be the paragon for mashups. If a mashup sounds like a mashup, it sucks. If a mashup sounds like an original, just new song on the block, then you truly have something special. Vico Ono, made apparent by Bonfire Under the Bridge, understands this. Hopefully you will too after listening below...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Covering Your Wednesdays: Grace Potter


I posted a song by Grace Potter a couple of months ago and meant to include this amazing cover of hers with it, so here it is; but in order to appreciate the cover to its fullest, I think you have to see it for yourself. Here is a clip of Grace Potter covering Bob Dylan’s “Cortez the Killer” with fellow musicians Joe Satriani, Steve Kimock, Reed Mathis, Willy Waldman, and Stephen Perkins at the Jammy’s in 2006. By mixing soul, grunge, and some amazing trumpet playing, this has become the best cover of this song that I’ve ever heard. Enjoy.

Cortez The Killer - Grace Potter & Friends

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TV On The Radio

I hadn't heard of these guys until about an hour ago after being directed to a music blog featuring them. TV On The Radio is a four man group that I'm having trouble labeling with a genre title. They've got an electronic appeal, they can groove, and the lead vocal is pretty damn soulful. Electrooveful? It's a work in progress. They recently came out with a new album titled "Nine Types of Light" and have me hooked with their song Will Do. This is all very new to me; I don't know much music that's like this, but I'm definitely digging it. See what you think, and if you like it, thank Mary Frances for giving me the heads up 

Will Do - TV On The Radio

Gravy and the Biscuits


What do you get when you combine three college kids, Clay Matthew's hair, and some serious vocal and lyrical capability? Gravy and the Biscuits, a band that has formed out of friends, all of which could have separate, successful music careers. You have a kid who can belt it as if John Mayer and Ray Lamontagne had a love-child, another that can spit some of the most laid-back, original raps I have enjoyed in a while, and lastly a drum player who can guide any song with ease. These guys attend Belmont University, record all of their songs in their dorm room, and are loving every minute of it. As they should; their new EP, "Soul Food," which debuted a few days ago and can be downloaded below, is near perfect if you're a fan of the rock/rap duo. Even if you're not, you've gotta love the love-child's voice... 

Watch out for these kids, they're going places. Enjoy it or get lost

Soul Food EP Download via GMAD 

That Sunset - Gravy and the Biscuits


Butter - Gravy and the Biscuits 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Can't Get Enough Of It

A mean electric guitar, a funky saxophone, and a groovy voice - three components that make The Tedeschi Trucks Band my new favorite, easy-listening band. These guys can flat out jam out. I've been listening to their album, "Revelator," all night and have not a negative comment to make. Every instrument has their solos and Susan Tedeschi's voice is as soulful as possible. If you don't know who that lady is, you have been a victim of severe musical deprivation. As far as voices go in the music business, this woman is a vocal sex icon. Combine that with a couple ridiculous sax solos and you have me drooling. Buy this album now and regain some musical muscle mass you have been lacking...

Come See About Me - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Bound For Glory - Tedeschi Trucks Band

Monday, October 31, 2011

Loving the Unexpected

Like I've said recently, I'm starting to fall off the dubstep and electronic bandwagon. There are a few, however, that are making me rethink my musical adjustments. This remix by Simon Sh:Out is one of those tracks that forces you to start jumping around. It's also extremely unique and the first remix featuring Eagle Eye Cherry's massive hit, Save Tonight, that I've ever heard. This one lingers on the club electro feel, which I can't stand, but I can certainly dig this. Get jumpin'

Save Tonight Remix - DJ Sh:Out

The Next Big Thing

It's no secret that the modern music industry is primarily hip-hop driven. More and more people are listening to rap, and a large reason for that is that artists are giving away their music for free in attempts to attract larger fan bases. I'm a fan of hip-hop, but at the same time, I think it's unfortunate that future teenagers will be asking their parents who The Temptations were and the parents asking the kids who DJ Bangin is. So why not come up with a compromise and start blending the two together? Young artists are starting to get on the same page and invest some time into the preceding idea. Regg, for example, is a band based out of Oklahoma and has figured out a unique combination of rock and rap. It's catchy, modest, and a breath of fresh, era-mushing air. Say hello to a new genre... 

If I Fall Down - Regg 

The Steel Wheels

This is some good, old fashioned bluegrass - something I used to hate before hearing The Steel Wheels. They're twangy, southern, and make good use of the fiddle, banjo, and mandolin. If you're not a fan of bluegrass or any of the preceding qualities, look elsewhere. Don't think these guys are over-the-top however. Take myself for example; I just said that I don't care for the backwoods hoedown, yet I'm wishing I was sitting in a rocker on a front porch when I hear The Steel Wheel's new album, "Red Wing." It's simple music, yet easily grabs your attention - what every musician should strive for. They jam out, ususally with extended intros, and then slowly work the vocals in. In other words, the vocals compliment the instruments. Grab the full album off of Noise Trade, but for now, listen below... 

Love You Like I Should - The Steel Wheels

Nothing You Can't Lose - The Steel Wheels

Friday, October 21, 2011

Blending Your Thursdays on a Friday

I dropped the ball yesterday, but I'm making up for it today with two mashups. Both are by the recently discovered artist, DJ 21azy (still haven't figured out how to say it). The first, Can I Get Those Colours, came out earlier this week and features my main man Biggie on top of a Skizzy Mars and Xaphoon Jones beat. The second, I Got That Flame, dropped yesterday and spotlights the up and coming rapper, J. Cole mixed with another rising talent, Mac Miller. Both are worthy of their own features, but I figure why not blow your mind twice as much with a single post? I featured this DJ last week, so refresh your memory, listen up and enjoy. 

Can I Get Those Colours - DJ 21azy


I Got That Flame - DJ 21azy 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Covering Your Wednesday: G. Love

G. Love can play the hell out of a harmonica. How could you not with a show name like that? G. Love covers Paul Simon's 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover in an awesome style: his own. It's energetic, filled with his grinding voice, and at the tail end showcases a wicked, trademark harmonica bit. I've always been a fan of G. Love & Special Sauce, but I'm loving him on his own. Paul Simon's birthday was this past week, so think of this installment of Covering Your Wendesdays a tribute to one of the grooviest singer-songwriters of all time. Enjoy 

50 Ways To Leave Your Lover - G. Love

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ease Into This Week With Lisa Hannigan


Tuesdays are doomed to be long and miserable. You can argue that Mondays are worse, but at least you go into the week knowing that Monday will be rough. Tuesdays always seem to surprise you; they're the day where everyone utters this week is going by so slowly. It's days like these where you need music to relax to. You need the occasional mellow tune that will mesh your mind into the agony of yet another week. That's where Lisa Hannigan and her song, "I Don't Know" come in. It has an upbeat tempo yet a mellow attitude, and an amazingly smooth voice. Ease into this week with Ms. Hannigan and forgetcha worries 

I Don't Know - Lisa Hannigan

Mana Nutrition: How You Can Save a Life


My sister is now working for an outstanding non-profit known as Mana Nutrition. MANA dedicates itself on providing ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF), and it's been designed specifically to treat kids diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition (SAM). Basically, MANA is providing peanut butter mixed with fortified milk in over-sized ketchup packets, and it's saving thousands of malnourished children every day. 

A child diagnosed with SAM can be literally on the brink of death. On average, three packets of MANA per day for six weeks will revive a child, getting him or her back to normal nutritive levels, healthy, responsive and happy. Better yet, the track record is such that kids who have been restored rarely fall back or need RUTF again. Watch the video below to learn more. 

How can we help? You can donate to help give more MANA to kids who need it. For $60, a child is saved, brought back from the brink of death. Beat Dropping is beginning a donation page where anyone can donate any amount they feel is appropriate or possible. Even a donation of $1 can and will make a difference. To donate, visit Beat Dropping's donation page, or just click the button on the side bar to your right. You can learn more, you can spread the word, and you can help save thousands of hungry lives...

 
MANA Has Arrived from ManaNutrition on Vimeo.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Folk Is Great

Note: I'm well aware that probably about 95% of my followers have grown to hate me over the past two weeks. I've managed to post about three times, but at least know that I have a legitimate excuse, which comes in the form of hand-cramping busy work delivered by Wofford College. 

I've listened to nothing but folk during my brief hiatus. It has been playing non-stop in my ears for two weeks and I wouldn't have it any other way. Initially, Beat Dropping was pretty much consumed by hip-hop, dubstep, and any other electronically butchered track I could find. Then, when I finally got comfortable enough to say whatever twisted thought popped into my head, I started featuring the music I really love - folk. This shit is really good, like unbeatable by any other genre. Try me. 

Knowing me, you're aware I have extreme music ADD. I'm hoping to get the ball rolling on some kind of experimental drug that fixes this ridiculous obligation to hit the next button in my iTunes library. I think I've made some headway over the past two weeks and it comes in the form of Matthew and the Atlas, a band based out of Aldershot, United Kingdom. They're relatively young, both in members' ages and band creation (they came together in 2009). I'm guessing by their hectic tour schedule (includes a November 6th show in Raleigh I may attend), which crosses back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, countless people have already figured out these guys are a pretty solid group - solid enough to keep your musical ADD at bay at least for a song or two. They can pick it up, and they can certainly slow it down. They're a complete package, and I can't get enough of them. One second you're being lulled to sleep via one raspy voice and the slight twang of a banjo, and then the next minute you're on your feet dancing like a fool. Again, this stuff is really good. Visit their website and buy everything. Now 

Here's the best of the best:

I Will Remain - Matthew and the Atlas


Deadwood - Matthew and the Atlas


Fisherman's Wife - Matthew and the Atlas .

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Put It In Your Manners

I've had this track sitting in my inbox since the beginning of last week and it has been nothing short of torture not being able to find the time to feature it. Better late than never, though. I would normally save something like this for Blending Your Thursdays, but shit, this is exactly what I love to hear from mashups. It's smooth, catchy, and combines two artists I already love - Childish Gambino and Chiddy Bang. DJ 21azy, or rather Kevin Nelson, is surely getting noise complaints from his neighbors every night at the University of Minnesota...Check out his facebook page to pick up more songs and to feed the flames on this guy's musical rampage. Enjoy 

Put It In Your Manners - DJ 21azy

Covering Your Wednesdays: Tommy Oakes on The Avett Brothers

Nowadays when you hear someone mention the Avett Brothers, the first thing that comes to mind is their most recent and most mainstream album, "I And Love And You." A great album. However, in both my opinion and the opinion of many other fans as well, the album doesn’t quite show the true Avetts - the loud, reckless, banjo-picking brothers that we have grown to love. Well here’s a little taste of what I’m talking about through their cover of John Prine’s “Spanish Pipedream.” If you like what you hear, I have also posted a few other “oldies but goodies” from the Avett Brothers, whom you can follow via their website, their facebook page, or their twitter. Hope you enjoy 

 

 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Slow It Down with The Dirty Guv'nahs

I've posted about The Dirty Guv'nah's music and their kickass band name before, and now I'm doing it again. This young group of guys from Tennessee has this whole rock and roll thing figured out. They can jam out, and then they can slow it down; they understand how humans work and they exploit that knowledge. I've said before that nowadays hardly anyone stops to appreciate the slow songs. Our lives are incredibly fast paced today; hell, I have two tests, a paper, and meetings every day this week. I shouldn't even be posting today because I'm so swamped with work, but that's how much I like my followers. Well, I say screw sprinting through life, you never know what you might miss. After all, it's the small things that matter. Slow your day down with the Guv'nah's Song For My Beloved and visit their profile on Noise Trade to download their whole album while you name your own price. 

Song For My Beloved - The Dirty Guv'nahs

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Blending Your Thursdays: Van O

It's been a really long time since I last featured some dubstep/electronic music, but for all you glitch junkies, this one should make up for it. I guess I've fallen off the glitch bandwagon, but I'm still a sucker for dubstep that features soulful greats, like Marvin Gaye...DJ Van O completely remodels Ain't No Mountain High Enough by implementing the classic womps, booms, and wobbles. If you like glitch production, then this track is one you need to have in your library. Enjoy
 
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Van O

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Covering Your Wednesday: Chamberlin

Acoustic/folk group, Chamberlin, recently debuted an E.P. titled "Cabin Covers." This is the first I've heard of the group, but I assure you, it won't be the only time I do. They showcase a simple approach to each song and deliver outstanding vocals (especially with Pumped Up Kicks, Giving Up The Gun, and Go Outside). If you have $4.95 to spare, then this five track E.P. is a must purchase. I guarantee you'll enjoy every minute, especially if you need study music or to simply relax. Each original track is known for either their upbeat tempos or electronic shootouts, but Chamberlin spins each on its head and turns them into folk renditions that demand to be listened to. Do it; best $4.95 you'll ever spend (or at least until I find an even better album for the exact same price), or if you want to pick and choose, you can download individual tracks by clicking on the song titles. Enjoy

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band

Clearly a mouthful, enjoyably an ear full: The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band is a roots/jam/rock band playing loudly out of their dorm rooms at Syracuse University. Despite being extremely unhappy with Syracuse's addition to the ACC (Go Duke), I'm not holding a grudge against this talented group of guys. Think of them this way: they're The Dirty Guv'nahs garnished with a little bit of Dank Sinatra and Perpetual Groove. These guys have the right formula and they're working it via "boisterous live shows and musicianship." If you like the following track, Clay, then head on over to their BandCamp site and name your price for their three track EP titled "Ackerman." Thanks to Adam Cohen for the song submission! 


Clay - The Northbound Traveling Minstrel Jug Band

Monday, September 26, 2011

I'm an American

I know Macklemore is extremely deep with the messages he conveys in his songs. That means the following song is most likely poking fun at that guy that waves his confederate flag, bongs a beer, and fills his pickup truck with jet fuel hoping it will take off. Frankly, though, I don't give a damn because there is, or at least should be a little of that in all of us. Believing that, I feel as if it's appropriate to say that this is quite possibly the greatest song ever created, which is appropriate because Macklemore is quickly becoming one of my favorite rappers of all time (even though American is more country than hip-hop). So, go ahead and shot gun that beer, scream hell yeah, and salute everything American by blaring this song for everyone to hear.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blending Your Thursday: wait what

This mashup album has officially made it as my favorite to date (boom). Notorious B.I.G. and The xx - two polar opposites. Mashup artist and DJ, wait what, gives the finger to that statement with this album. Even though the project is small (only 11 tracks made the cut), "The Notorious xx" makes up for its lack of size with some of the most unique takes on Biggie's best.
"The marriage, if you can call it that and really, you can't, given that it's about 43 minutes long, so he's more aiming for a really solid connection between two people just trying to feel something--is admittedly unorthodox. Biggie's music can make anyone at the club feel like they're a rapper, and gets a dance floor going at most any party, whereas The xx are mostly consumed in iPod ear buds on public transit, sitting in isolation at home, or driving alone--in many ways, the combination of the two is the extrovert meets the introvert. 
Despite the clear differences between The xx and Biggie, their union--err, encounter--works. While their music comes from different eras and genres, both have one undeniable quality in common: when they speak, you can't not listen. As soon as Biggie's verses start, you want to hear more about his Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, just as you want to hear how the story concludes when The xx exchange lines asking each other to please not go when they're not finished. This need to hear what both artists have to say makes them a compelling match- the introvert and the extrovert from whom you can't take your attention away."
Stream and download the entire album below; you're going to want all of them unless you don't have a good ear or soul. So make a good musical decision tonight and sit back with "The Notorious xx." 

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Covering Your Wednesday: Tyler Ward & Megan Nicole

I am officially hooked on Spotify. For those of you that don't know what it is, click here and find out - I'm not trying to compete with their video explanation. At first I thought it was just another version of iTunes, but now I'm discovering what it has to offer. I discovered Tyler Ward and Megan Nicole's cover of Mumford & Son's The Cave via Spotify and I couldn't be more excited knowing that I'll continue to find great music this way. Megan's voice is silky smooth and I love hearing a male-dominated and performed song by a female. I've heard numerous covers to this song, but this has quickly become my favorite as it's refreshing and simple. The duo sticks pretty close to Mumford's original, but damnit it's something about hearing a woman tackle it that draws me. Listen below and see (hear?) for yourself

The Cave - Tyler Ward & Megan Nicole