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Antonio Sanchez on Improv Drumming the ‘Birdman’ Score

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Antonio Sanchez on Improv Drumming the ‘Birdman’ Score

Birdman is a movie out in theaters starring Micheal Keaton and as it turns out has a very unique score.

Consisting almost entirely of drums, the score was improvisedby Antonio Sanchez (as in, Pat Metheny Antonio Sanchez) just one week before the release of the film. Says Sanchez,

One would think that drums would be monochromatic to achieve all the emotions you see. As a jazz drummer you learn to play from the softest ballads to the most hectic music. Technically from experience I know how to achieve those textures.

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Listen below. What do you think?

David Silveria apologizes to Korn fans

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David Silveria apologizes to Korn fans

In honor of it’s 20th (yikes!) anniversary, Korn is slated to play their debut album in its entirety during their upcoming tour with Slipknot; however, with David Silveria having left the band in 2006, the original lineup won’t be there to celebrate. Silveria has made an apology on Facebook:

Without the fans Korn would just be a hobby. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our debut release, I’m sorry to all the fans that I couldn’t be there on tour to celebrate – but that’s just the way it goes

The split in 2006 wasn’t exactly amicable, and Korn leader, Jonathan Davis has not minced words about being glad the drummer is gone.

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Study shows that musicians spot mistakes more quickly than non-musicians

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Study shows that musicians spot mistakes more quickly than non-musicians

If you ever wondered why you were so good at Where’s Waldo or those “Spot the Difference Pics,” it may because SCIENCE!

Researchers have released a study in the journal Neuropsychologia, that indicates that musicians have an increased aptitude for spotting mistakes more quickly and more accurately.

“[The results] suggest that higher levels of musical training might result in more efficient information processing in general (indicated by faster overall speed across tasks without accuracy tradeoff), and confirms earlier reports indicating a positive link between mental speed and musical ability.”

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Why Billy Corgan fired Mike Byrne from Smashing Pumpkins

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Why Billy Corgan fired Mike Byrne from Smashing Pumpkins

Although Mike Byrne exited Smashing Pumpkins back in June, a recent blog post by Billy Corgan has revealed why Byrne was ultimately let go. As it turns out, the 24 year old drummer simply wasn’t a generational fit for the band.

Mike Byrne has taught me a lot about his generation. And watching the twitch up close, the ADD of it all, I’m starting to understand what he found boring about The Mighty SP. He wasn’t wrong. But he also wasn’t right, too.

Interesting.

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How real is the movie, Whiplash?

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How real is the movie, Whiplash?

Movies almost never get music stuff right; however the upcoming movie, Whiplash, looks to change what we think of music schools… maybe.

The film, in theaters now, features Miles Teller as an aspiring jazz drummer and J.K. Simmons as his relentless, often abusive mentor. But how accurate is the film at depicting elite music programs?

According to a Mark Sherman, a Julliard professor, it gets a some right, but some wrong.

Some of the things the drummer was practicing were not really things you’d want to practice. When Andrew was drawing blood, for example, he was playing the single strokes so fast and for so long.

The commitment that it takes to play music is like any other art form. The commitment of trying to be a master of jazz’s poetic language is an addiction, just like a drug, and there can be very little room for a social life.

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Taylor Hawkins weighs in on U2’s New Album. Says, “It Sounds Like a Fart”

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Taylor Hawkins weighs in on U2’s New Album. Says, “It Sounds Like a Fart”

And yet another high profile drummer has weighed in on the US/iTunes situation. What did Taylor Hawkins have to say about it?

“They didn’t really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with like, ‘(In menacing voice) You have the new U2 record’ … You couldn’t get rid of it and they actually had to come up with an app to get rid of it, that’s horrible.”

He then went on to say,

“It’s so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it.”

Man… U2 will be digging out of this for a while.

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Jimmy Chamberlin’s take on the U2/iTunes debacle

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Jimmy Chamberlin’s take on the U2/iTunes debacle

This iTunes/U2 album drop thing is become quite a divisive topic the the music industry. Last week, we Patrick Carney of the Black Keys had some strong words about his thoughts of the situation. Now, Jimmy Chamberlin has  weighed in.

“Really, it’s hard enough to preserve a business and a brand, certainly with a visibility like U2. They looked at the market, they made a decision and they moved the ball forward for everybody.”

Considering Jimmy’s tenure in the music biz, I think he has a bit more perspective than Carney.  What say you?

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Phil Rudd update: hitman charges dropped, but drummer is not out of the woods

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Phil Rudd update: hitman charges dropped, but drummer is not out of the woods

The “murder-for-hire” charges against AC/DC’s Phil Rudd have been dropped just one day after being filed by police in New Zealand. That’s a relief, but there are other non-hitman related charges brewing.

Rudd’s lawyer said the charge was dropped because of a lack of evidence, however, the 60-year-old drummer still faces charges of possessing drugs and threatening to kill.

The band has a record due later this year, and they have said it won’t delay the release.

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Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is not happy with U2’s iTunes Stunt

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Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) is not happy with U2’s iTunes Stunt

In a recent interview with the Phoenix New Times, the drummer for The Black Keys, Patrick Carney” had some harsh words for last month’s U2 iTunes albums push.

“They [U2] did a disservice for most independent artists. People… perceive music to be a free commodity.  You have a band needs to sell their 5,000, 10,000 albums, and it’s a big *&@($ deal so they can pay their bills and make another album, and you see that the biggest band in the world is giving it away for free … basically showing thy consumer that music shouldn’t even be !#$%@# paid for. When you have some of the richest guys in music doing that, it’s super selfish. … It’s like price-fixing.

Ouch. What do you think?

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AC/DC’s Phil Rudd arrested for hiring hitmen?!

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AC/DC’s Phil Rudd arrested for hiring hitmen?!

This is the last thing AC/DC needs right before they have a new record dropping (Dec 2). Drummer, Phil Rudd, has been arrested and charged with “attempting to procure the death of two men” in New Zealand.

The 60-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday afternoon facing a count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, said Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim Perks.

Say it ain’t so, Phil!

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Update On Jerry Gaskill (King’s X)

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Update On Jerry Gaskill (King’s X)

A few months ago we reported that Jerry Gaskill, drummer for King’s X, had undergone bypass surgery.  The band has recently posted an update for the fans:

“Let’s rally around Jerry! Thank you all for your positive thoughts, prayers and continuing support. Jerry is extremely thankful…”

They also provided an address for sending support. While not much of a direct update on Jerry’s condition, I hope the lack of information doesn’t point to bad news.

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Rick Allen Artwork for Sale

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Rick Allen Artwork for Sale

Along side other like Bill Ward and Dave Lombardo, Rick Allen is the latest drummer to extend his talents into visual arts with an art tour beginning December 6.

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A portion of the proceeds from each and every sale during this event will be donated back to Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program, sponsored by his charity foundation, the Raven Drum Foundation.

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Nick Mason Will Never Give Up On Pink Floyd

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Nick Mason Will Never Give Up On Pink Floyd

There is just one week before Pink Floyd’s latest (and last?) record hits. It’s been over 20 years since the bands last album, and many (myself included) thought the band was done.

What about the band? In a recent Rolling Stone article, Nick Mason says he’ll stop when he’s dead and buried!

I think I’ll let David [Gilmore] do the, “This is the last, this is the end.” I now believe when I’m dead and buried my tombstone will read, “I’m not entirely sure the band’s over.”

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