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