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I’ve just been hipped to the Adventure Drums youtube channel.  I know I’m a little late to the party on this, but sheesh… I love it.

HT: Chris Richter

Guys. I have SO MANY blog posts in draft form right now. Tons of stuff I’ve been thinking about and there’s a bunch of ideas in there that I’m anxious for you all to respond to… BUT… today was busy so all you get is the obligatory cool video. This one is pretty cool though.

HT: Bob Stromberg

Holy high ride cymbal, Batman…


I’ve been digging this band lately, and definitely the drummer John Stanier.  He’s got a super solid feel and tons of patience for the long looping moments of their music.  And good grief, that ride cymbal height… so funny and so awesome.

Also, the drum entrance is a great example of the whole concept of rhythmic orientation, as everyone assumes he’s playing quarter notes, but then after the full groove enters you realize he was playing upbeats the whole time.  I was listening to the Dogs Of Peace record with some friends the other day and the same thing happens on the title track from that album, except it’s the kick drum that you think is on quarters but is really on the upbeats.

Rhythmic orientation is also the issue behind much of the confusion on Bonham’s intro fill on Rock And Roll, and as I mentioned last week, is used heavily by Thom Yorke.

Oh my goodness, I love Fred Armisen so much for doing this…

HT: Stephen Chopek

I feel like “deuce” is an accurate term here…

It’s way funnier because I think the guy is actually serious. I was also going to make fun of the robot’s wuss volume, but sadly that’s not too far off from how I have to play at my regular church gig.

HT: Jason Miller

It’s rare to find a drummer that sings in any sense beyond just a background vocal. And it’s also rare to find a female on the drums.  Of course there are the handful of well-known exceptions to both of these generalities, but “rare” is still an accurate term.

And then you have Karen Carpenter… doing both.  I mean, she doesn’t suck.  Maybe not a significant influence on the evolution of the drumset, but she’s getting the job done for sure.

Check that out. That’s the Grand Ole Opry, the historic live music venue in Music City (Nashville). They experienced the heaviest rainfall in recorded history last weekend, with some pretty devastating results. The flooding is of course nowhere near as bad as the more notorious natural disasters over the past decade, but it’s still remarkable.

Below is a very cool video montage on the situation I found just now on Twitter. I guess this is what happens when a flood hits a town full of artists…

This dude calls himself “Puncture Kit.”  It’s a pretty gimmicky concept, but he’s playing some cool stuff.  “Busking” is the term for playing on streets in public places and just hoping for tips, and I’ve always thought it would be fun to take a chunk of time and go busking around the country and see what happens.  While a drumset made from a bike might not be the most fun to play, it obviously helps the transportation side of things.

HT: Bill Radintz

Although I’ve never played one of these drums, from all indications it looks like Yamaha’s version of a supraphonic.  So it probably sounds amazing, being that Yamaha is a killer company and supras are killer drums.

Regardless of what the drum sounds like, Nashville session great Paul Leim has some insightful words about snare tone in the studio on this clip…

Disclaimer: this video is really lame and really rad at the same time. Lame, because the narrator and the crew (and Mangini for that matter) are total tools. Rad, because I’m totally blown away by how the drums actually move while you’re playing them.

Scroll ahead to 4:15 to skip most of the lame parts…

HT: Keeto

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