Hey y’all. We’ll have a fresh show this week with Carter flying solo again. I’ll go live at 1:30 pm Central Standard Time. The video feed didn’t agree with me last time so I’ll see if I can get it running this time. Definitely will have a chat room. Topic will be The Right Cymbal For The Job. We’ve discussed cymbals AT LENGTH before on the show, but this particular topic will deal with that sounds are typically used in various styles. I’ll be rockin some news, an album review, plus Jose Pasillas of Incubus as Drummer of the Week. And of course, I’ll have a rant or two cued up about some inanne sports subject. So tune in Friday afternoon for another awesome show!
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My love of all things Dave Matthews Band has been discussed much on the show, so here goes again. Hulu.com has a video providing an interesting look behind the scenes of the writing and recording of their new album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King. Lots of very interesting tidbits in this video, including shots of the band using legit charts, engineer Doug McKean’s thoughts on drum sounds, and the band’s thoughts on the passing of saxophonist LeRoi Moore, who died during the recording. Also, at one point you see drummer Carter Beauford go for it in the studio (8:02 minute mark). I’ve picked up the album, and I must say it’s pretty great. Definitely a solid effort from a band who’s entering their third decade of existence.
Got a cool heads up from Jim Pettit, owner of Memphis Drum Shop (aka The Best Drum Shop on the Face of the Planet) today. For all those in the Memphis area tomorrow the good folks from Roland USA will be in store for free one-on-one lessons and small group lessons on any Roland product. Basically, if you’ve got a piece of Roland equipment that maybe you don’t know how to get the most out of it or have a question, come on down and they’ll help you in person with the gear. Gotta love Memphis Drum Shop. They always go that extra mile for their customers.
Now THIS is cool. As part of their 100th anniversary celebrations, Ludwig is releasing a gorgeous stainless steel kit. Every kit will be fashioned by Ronn Dunnett, owner of Dunnett Classic Drums, who knows a thing or two about making metal drums. Too bad they’re only making 100 of them. I’d love to get one.
This makes me drool. Taye’s unveiling a new finish for their BeBop kits. This classic walnut finish is seriously mouth-watering. Maybe it’s because I’ve been playing and listening to a lot of jazz recently, but my favorite part of this kit besides the finish is the 18″x14″ kick drum. Looks marvelous. Bet it sounds great too! Always been impressed with how Taye’s kits sound. They do great work.
Good things come in groups, I guess. Flipside Memphis, which is a series of videos about local Memphis music and such that MTV has recently put out, put together a short video about the Memphis Drum Shop. I know we’ve talked about our love for MDS ad nauseum on the show, but I think this video really sums it up. AND, the main narrator is my own instructor, Renardo Ward. Pretty cool. Check it out. Links to the Flipside Memphis site can be found after the jump.
Great news for Jim Petit and the guys at the Memphis Drum Shop! Music Inc. Magazine has named MDS as it’s 2008 Independent Retailer of the Year and ran a long feature article on owner/founder Jim Petit in a recent issue. VERY interesting read. You can download the article itself from the magazine’s website here. Check the links below for more info on Memphis Drum Shop or Music Inc. Congrats to MDS! Best Drum Shop in the world!
Interesting clip here. This shows a few guys demonstrating the visual effects seen when performing with Vic Firth’s LED Lite Stix. The sticks, which have a colored LED light on the beads, are a total gimmick, but some of these look cool. However… can anyone explain to me why Vinny Appice appears to be in a bathroom towards the end of the video?[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTLqTPZe9AI&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
For the upcoming tour with his new supergroup, Chickenfoot, Chad Smith is pulling out all the stops. He’s been known to go over the top in kit design before, a couple times. This time around is no exception. Smith’s teamed up with Orange County Chopper motorcycle artist Nub. No… that’s really his name. The kit looks pretty flippin’ sweet. Not a bad design. Check it our here.
Back when the Pearl Reference (cue the accordian) kit was released, we on Drummer Talk surmised that it was not a viable option for the gigging/touring drummer solely because of the sheer weight of the drums and hardware. Well… three and a half years later, Pearl has put it’s money where it’s mouth is and proved us wrong. Kinda… Check out how after the jump.
Proving that the Memphis Drum Shop is a top notch and high caliber establishment, a couple of the drumming community’s up and coming players dropped by recently and showcased some of their talent. Ronald Bruner Jr. (Stanley Clark) and Jason McGerr (Death Cab For Cutie) both sat down at the kit in MDS’s cymbal vault (which houses the largest Zildjian collection in the world outside of the Zildjian factory itself) and gave viewers a tiny showcase.
It’s interesting to see the difference in styles between the two guys. Ronald is very flashy and all about the speed while Jason is very methodical and has a more calm, cool, and collected vibe. Love both of their playing.
Alfred Publishing’s pulling out the big guns this time. With the release of their “Drum Atlas” series of books, drummers can now find a book on specific countries and the rhythms found in those countries. Seems like a pretty cool idea to me. Although… I wonder why they chose India, Brazil, Cuba, and… Salsa… Salsa’s not a country. Although I could go for some chips and salsa right now.
You’re never too famous to audition. At least that was the mentality former System of A Down drummer John Dolmayan took with him to audition for The Smashing Pumpkins. Pumpkins frontman/genius Billy Corgan recently auditioned 12 drummers for the spot left open when founding member Jimmy Chamberlin departed in March. Dolmayan would certainly be an interesting fit for the Chicago-based rock group. He’s certainly proved his chops during his 12 year run with System of A Down. Stay locked in to Drummer Talk for more news.