Archive for May, 2010

Let There Be Drums

Posted in Specials with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2010 by fred6368

I’m In A Rock N Roll Band; The Drummer

The BBC have been running a series on terrestrial TV channel BBC2 celebrating the Rock Band and tonight, Saturday 15 May 2010 they are celebrating the drummer. With drummer jokes. Having been a drummer myself (that’s a fact not a recommendation) I thought I’d put together a list of the drummers who influenced me, or who I copied or, later on, whom I realised I had no chance of emulating. You can vote on your favourite drummer at the BBC here. I ended up briefly managing a Venezuelan Salsa band, Spiteri, because I recognised the Brasilian drum solo by Airto Moreira they were copying (it’s included below), so I know I have got the ears if not the chops. Here we go;

Sandy Nelson; And in the beginning was the solo drum artist. The first bit of drumming I can actually recall identifying was the little tom-tom riff in my Mum’s copy of the Everly Brothers Til I Kissed You. So when Sandy Nelson made his bid to be the Duane Eddy of the Drums I was hooked right away. Let There Be Drums; Continue reading

Tango 3.0

Posted in New Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2010 by fred6368

May 2010

I started this blog because 2009 seemed to be the best year for music since 1969. A really wide range of albums topped various polls, all of exceptional quality, many of which I loved. Then at the start of the year Vampire Weekend trumped their 2009 debut with Contra (one of the 250 best albums of all time according to FNAC) and I thought blimey 2010 could be just as great as well! Perhaps not quite yet, but there have been some staggeringly good albums already, if a few disappointments. One group whose blood hasn’t failed me yet is last months poll-winners Gotan Project and they have a new album Tango 3.0 (playlist here) which sounds club-heavy and ready to take on the road. Lunatico is their meisterwerk for me, but I have the rest of the year to learn the 3.0 semantics of La Gloria; Continue reading