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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

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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

Run (March 2010)

Posted in New Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 26, 2010 by fred6368

We mostly work to live until

…the music breaks our smiles wide open. This is my current favourite track, Run, from my current favourite album, Contra, from the tardy, cold but smartly photo-snapping Vampire Weekend. I reckon Contra easily out performs the first album. This is live in the studio and not quite as dynamic as the album version but it looks better. Ok, let it Run; Continue reading