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IN CELEBRATION OF THE DRUM: PART SIX, TWO DRUMMER BANDS

Posted by Billyjam, January 23, 2008 09:00am | Post a Comment

Q: In a rock band what could be better than hearing the drummer banging out a killer rhythm?
A: How about two drummers?

Most popular with groups formed in the seventies, the phenomenon of bands with two drummers -- each with their own full drum kits set up live and/or in recording sessions -- have included the Allman Brothers with drummers Jai Johany Johansen & Butch Trucks, the Doobie Brothers, the Grateful Dead with Mickey Hart & Bill Kruetzman, .38 Special, the Outlaws, Genesis (post Peter Gabriel as in the above clip from 1976 with dual percussionists Bill Buford and a bearded/pre vocal pop sensation Phil Collins), (for part of their career) space rockers Hawkwind, King Crimson (in the nineties), Foreigner, Yes, Adam & the Ants, and the more contemporary rock group Modest Mouse. Note that some of these only occasionally/sporadically utilize the two drummer set up.
               













The advantage of having two drummers varies depending on who you ask. In fact, many believe that it is just plain unnecessary -- that if one drummer is good enough, that he/she can do an adequate job alone. There are many reasons to utilize two drummers, including that together two drummers can create a more full big beat sound and groove, that they can switch up types of drums each play, and that together they can really speed up the tempo.

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Heath Ledger

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 23, 2008 08:27am | Post a Comment
I can't even bring myself to post a picture here.  Tragedy and anguish for his family, senseless bewilderment for all who looked to him with respect to his talent and potential.  Confusing and inexplicable, especially to a 2 year old, who hasn't just lost her dad, but has to grow up in a world as cold and cruel as this one:

the papers:

Outside the Manhattan building on an upscale street, paparazzi and gawkers gathered, and several police officers put up barricades to control the crowd of about 300. Onlookers craned their necks as officers brought out a black bodybag on a gurney, took it across the sidewalk and put it into a medical examiner's office van.

As the door opened, bystanders snapped pictures with camera phones, rolled video and said, "He's coming out!"    (AP)


What is this? Who are we, and how dare any of us lay claim to be living in a civilized world? It has all gone so far past decency for me, that I can't imagine our society ever finding it's way back to common decency. I'm a fool to ever think anything else about this place. If there had been camera phones when M. Monroe died, the same situation would have unfolded. Years after I am gone, the same ugliness will happen. I never had humanity on a pedestal, but I certainly thought we were much better than yelling barbarians with cell phones taking pictures of a young father being taken out in a bodybag.

Something has gone terribly wrong with Evolution - in fact, for those like Presidential hopeful Huckabee, things are even more disturbing if you can call this Creationism. It matters not one bit how you look at how we got here: what matters is that there is something terribly, awfully wrong with how we have turned out.

                                                   - The Insomniac, still not sleeping

Deadly Obsession

Posted by phil blankenship, January 22, 2008 05:22pm | Post a Comment
 





Republic Pictures Home Video 0975

Don't Quit Your Day Job

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 22, 2008 11:55am | Post a Comment
Aaaaw, that ever delightful Foghorn Leghorn imitator has gone bowed out of the race.  Maybe he'll go back to this gig, leading the "Guadalajara National Philharmonic".  This label is out of San Diego, I didn't know that Fred was my homie.  He should grow the moustache back...



IN CELEBRATION OF THE DRUM: PART FIVE, THE ROOT OF ALL MUSIC:

Posted by Billyjam, January 22, 2008 07:52am | Post a Comment

To me, the drum or percussion is the basis of all music. I believe that the drum has to have been the original instrument played by our earliest forefathers on this earth. All they needed was a stick and some (preferably hollow) object to bang out a rhythm on. In fact, they didn't even need that when they had their mouths to make percussive sounds with, a la Biz Markie.

In fact, I would bet money that at the beginning of human life on this earth -- long, long, long before hip-hop was born in the Boogie Down Bronx there were some cavemen in a circle (who couldn't even articulate words to communicate with one another) making music with their mouths, primitive beat-boxing.

And to this day there is some distinctive quality about the drum that is automatically universally communicative, not to mention healing. Everyone  understands and feels the drum, even if they don't speak each others' language. That is why, I believe, house or electronic music, which is typically vocal-less and based on rhythm, is the most popular (even over hip-hop) on a global scale. People of all races and backgrounds can readily relate to the hypnotic, tribal feel of the drum. For proof, go sit in or nearby a drum circle in any place in the world.

So for this fifth installment in the ongoing In Celebration of the Drum Amoeblog series, I say let the drummer get wicked, well wicked -- in the form of these three great video clips including the French beatboxer Joseph, the Japanese drummers whose formal attire should not fool you into thinking they can't get funky, and the wonderful American marching band, hip-hop drummers in the clip on top of this Amoeblog.

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