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Dave Holland, a living legend of the upright bass, was quoted yesterday on Twitter by music journalist Andrew Dubber during a clinic he was giving in Holland.  This was Dubber’s tweet:

Dave Holland on his dislike for click tracks: “Music is not metronomic. Music breathes. Time breathes.”

Holland then clarified in a tweet response to Dubber:

Quote about not using click trks only referred to music that needs a flexibility of feel. I am not against it in general

Important to note here is the blanket use of the term “music” in Holland’s initial quote.  At this point in the multi-genre world of modern music, it’s almost impossible to say anything about “music” generally.  Clarifications such as Holland’s reference to “music that needs flexibility of feel” are necessary more often than not.

In related news, Twitter is getting cooler and cooler.

I’ve been meaning to resurrect my weekly “music news” installments (Mews), and this week has some cool Mews-worthy happenings, so the timing feels right. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you, the return of the Mews…

– Thom Yorke announced today on the Radiohead blog that his solo project, to which he added official band members just last year, now has an official name and will be touring the US this Spring.  deadairspace

– The awesome free music website known as Noisetrade just got much more awesome.  Go check out the changes, and get yourself a bunch of free records while you’re at it.  Noisetrade

– To all the haters: Erykah Badu apparently used Twitter to clear some copyright permission issues with Paul McCartney earlier today.  See people?  Stop making fun of me for having a Twitter account.  I’m telling you, it’s helpful on a lot of levels.  Pitchfork

– Speaking of Twitter, Matt Chamblerlain just tweeted that he played the drums on the new Of Montreal record.  Apparently they just completed the tracks, which Chamberlain is calling “a crazy-funky-psychedelic-drum extravaganza.” Nice.  Chamberlain’s Twitter

– Nickleback lost their popularity contest with “a pickel,” and lead sing Chad Kroeger isn’t happy about it.  Comcast

– Editorial:  We just decided on a date for a clinic I’ll be giving at New Hope Church.  The day is March 13th, is open to everyone, and will center around playing drums in a church environment.  The cost will be low and maybe even nothing, so I’m hoping we can get a good group of guys who care about drums in worship services to come out for the clinic.  I’ll post official details here soon.

So, I have a Twitter account. Nothing special there… everybody has one these days.  I’ve had it for a while, but lately all I use it for is “following” what other people are doing – drummers, musicians generally, news stuff, theology stuff… whatever. But, it turns out I can link it to this blog (look left right now on the blog template), so I think I’ll start posting more often show it shows up here. I’d love to hear more regularly what everyone who reads listens to, so this is the open invite to post comments about you’re listening.  I’m not sure what that looks like since you can’t post comments on the Twitter feed, but I’m just saying.  Everybody look for ways to fill me in on stuff that you’re listening to.

PS. I realize I haven’t been posting as often as I normally do, but my wife is about to give birth to our second child any day now, so that’s why the blog is less of a priority.  I’ll get some pictures up here when the baby arrives.


The guys at the Risen Drums shop are now on Twitter.  The account was born earlier today, and this video was “tweet” number two.  If you’re a Twitter user like I am, you’ll want to follow the RD page… asap.

The other day I came across a website called New Music Strategies. It’s a site devoted to successfully participating in and accurately analyzing the new and rapidly evolving music industry in the digital/internet age. Lots of great stuff on here to help freelance musicians adapt to the ever-changing playing field of professional music.  The article that initially caught my interest was an interview with Steve Lawson about the commercial value of Twitter for musicians.   I have a Twitter profile, and I admit I don’t fully understand the potential of it, but Lawson’s insights have certainly helped in that regard.  If anybody else has other helpful hints or suggestions about how to get the most out of the Twitter world, hit me up.

In other news…

My friends at the Food For The Beloved blog just posted a great interview with James Diers, the lead singer for Love-cars and Halloween, Alaska.

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