Happy 2012!

Hey everyone.  I hope it's been a great year for all of you.  Definitely a big one for myself.  I want to thank all my friends and family, and all of you who keep coming back for more.  Celebrate tonight and make sure you all come back safe for a rejuvenated blog in 2012!

Here's 3 songs to get you ready.

Good Morning

Here is a nice little production from Lotus to start off your day.

Funky Hip Hop

This post is from Aceyalone.  Alone, he would not be much.  But in 2006, RJD2 produced the instrumentals for his album "Magnificent City" and the result was pretty incredible.  RJD2 has produced some of the more innovative beats that I've heard.  Here is another example.


Hey everyone.  With people traveling through so many different cities for the holidays, I figured this was the perfect post.  Phish, as anyone who knows me understands, is my obsession.  This jam from Berkeley, CA in 2010 is packed with heavy bass lines and incredible funk interplay amongst the group.

Enjoy the HD video and let me know your thoughts on the experience.  More to come soon!

Here is a video to show you the same crowd grooving:

Groovin for the Holidays

Hey guys.  Finally, the holiday season is upon us.  Hanukkah is starting up and Christmas will finally put an end to the onslaught of holiday commercials this weekend.  This song from The Chemical Brothers should get your energy up in the cold weather.

They are releasing a film soon titled "Don't Think" that revolves around their concert experience.  I had the opportunity to see them live in Chicago and it was one of the best times of my life.  Click here for a sneak peak.

Also, COMMENT ON MY VIDEOS.  Every person that comments will have their name placed into a hat for a chance to win an iTunes Gift Card.  I will draw at the end of the week.

I'm Back

Hey everyone.  Apologies for the delay on the blog.  I took a breather and a few things came up during the past week.

Today's post is from a group known as The Parlor Mob.  The New Jersey band just put out their second album recently.  They have a unique and somewhat Zeppelin-influenced kick to their sound.  The vocals also have a resemblance to Robert Plant.

Regular posts will return this week.

One More to the Winner

It looks like funk is going to take the poll.  The top three: Funk, Jazz and Electronic, will be featured this week.  This post comes from a group called Breakestra.  They are a newer funk kit with a HEAVY JAMES BROWN INFLUENCE

Week Two Begins

It looks like funk is sitting in the driver's seat with a few hours to go.  It is only fitting to throw up a track from the kings of funk, The Meters.  Their baselines melt into songs like no other group I've listened to.  If you need more evidence, click here

Sunday Funday

Hey everyone!  Surprisingly, it took me this long to post anything Phish-related since they are my favorite band.  In honor of the funk/jazz lead in the poll and my desire to pick up your spirits on Sunday, I am providing you with this.

Trey Anastasio is the lead guitarist and singer for Phish.  However, he also has his own group called the Trey Anastasio Band (TAB).  These guys are incredibly talented and he always unleashes some of his other guitar styles because of the brass section.  His emotion forces you to have fun and groove with them.

Also, I will be having a contest next week TBA.  Ben Jacober will be featuring the next guest post and the blog is still expanding.  Keep checking back and thanks for all the support so far!

Start Living or Start Dying

Hey everyone.  Hope it's been a good start to the weekend.  Here's an electro/saxophone heavy mix that will ignite your Saturday night.  Big announcements coming on Sunday!

Hard Hitters

HAPPY WEEKEND.  Here are three SUPER HARD hitting grooves by Gramatik.  He is easily my favorite funk/soul producer.  If you don't start dancing to one of these, you should consult your physician. Enjoy!


Due to popular demand, the first guest post is from my good buddy Eric Muhlberger.  Check out his song choice below.

"What I really enjoy about watching live jazz is the ability for the artists to feed off each other.  I love the percussive interaction in the later parts of this song between the drummer and the double bass player.  It's a fun song to watch and must be even more fun to perform." - Eric

I am a definite fan and I encourage everyone to give this a shot.  Next guest post to follow soon!

Rise and Shine

Here is another morning post for you guys.  Big Gigantic is two guys from Colorado who produce a distinct sound.  The key is a saxophone with layered effects added.  If you dig this at all, check out this other selection as well.  More posts from them will definitely follow.

Keep On Trucking

Hey guys.  Quick update, this blog has now been viewed in EIGHT DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.  The word is spreading and I really appreciate anyone that has referred a friend.  This song is to cover two genres we haven't touched yet, jazz and hip-hop.  One of my personal favorites that brings me out of any mood.  Make sure to comment and let me know your thoughts.  I am ready to take this in some different directions.

Good Morning

It looks like funk and jazz are staying even in the poll.  Here's a nice one to start your day.  The New Mastersounds are a British funk group.  They have a unique bounce to their sound and I would highly recommend checking out their other material.  Click here

First Snow

Hey everyone,

Today was the first snow I've seen in St. Louis.  I figured this song likely follows.  Emancipator is a producer based out of Portland, Oregon that creates more relaxing and pensive tunes.  His material is great for all you studying for finals and fits with many different moods.

Let me know your thoughts!

First Song!

Ok, so the best way to start this off is with my friends, The Maplestar Classic from Oxford, OH.  Unlike most college bands, they created their own well-crafted tunes AND nailed covers from a variety of bands and genres.  Starting small, the only way to go is up from here.  Their high-energy shows were some of my favorite college memories.  Enjoy!

Intro and Purpose

Hey everyone!  Thanks so much for checking out my blog.  I will be putting a lot of my time into this for the foreseeable future and I greatly appreciate any comments or feedback.

I am often asked, "Where did you find this?" or "How do you get into all of your music?"  This blog is meant to be a resource for musical discovery and an outlet for my obsession with different types of music.

A few disclaimers:

1. This is a place for anyone to contribute ideas and browse freely. Don't ruin it.
2. Everyone will find something they enjoy but not every song will be your favorite.  Criticism is welcome but please be mindful of others.
3. Keep an open mind, turn up your speakers, come back often and spread the word!

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