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foxisms On April - 23 - 2011

From around the corner or around this planet, people create the beats and thus the rhythm to which this old world resonates.

This week the theme is drums and rhythm —  anything with a kick ass rhythm lead or accompaniment that provides a rhythm that is in your opinion, of exceptional note.

From Buddy Rich to tub drumming  —  in your POV, any extraordinary rhythm experience from any place or time. Share whatever grabs you against your will and makes your heart beat. (Knowing the name of the drummer(s) is optional.)

Who are you? Keith Moon/The Who

Tito Peunte and his orchestra live with Sheila E.

When the levy breaks~John Bonham/LedZep:

Baraka – Kecak (Ramayana Monkey Chant)

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  1. Khirad says:

    This one song made playing your cymbal stands fashionable overnight.

    The Breeders -- Cannonball


    And back to the lyrics discussion, I love the line “spitting in a wishing well”.

    …crap, totally forgot about Tim Alexander from Primus! For his use of cannon and gong drums alone he gets an honorable mention (toys!).

    Really clean, classy execution. Just astounding.


  2. Khirad says:

    This is a little cymbal technique made famous by Carl Palmer. Did it once in band on a suspended ride cymbal (those are the big ones typically 18-22’’ diameter). What makes this unique is it is done right on a timpani while using the tuning pedal to change the pitch of the cymbal reverberations.


    Honorable mention to Brian Viglione of the Dresden Dolls for this inspired piece of thrashing in “Half Jack”. I love the heart he puts into this. 110%. It’s liberating. It’s what I love about drumming. Raw catharsis. Having a bad day? That’s when being a drummer comes in handy. You can get it all out with your sticks. It’s damn therapeutic; and emotionally cleansing.


    One of my favorite drum intros ever – just because it’s catchy and I love that high (piccolo?) snare tight in the pocket like that.

    Candlebox – Arrow


    Another honorable mention to Trés Cool of Greenday


  3. foxisms says:

    Another “conceptual” drummer who’s name isn’t mentioned enough.
    Harvey Burns who played drums for Cat Steven’s, Tea for the Tillerman.
    What’s a “conceptual” drummer, you may ask? One who knows how to play the silence (for the sake of setting the mood) as well as playing the rhythm.


  4. foxisms says:

    Ballad of Billy the Kid ~ Liberty DiVitto, Crystal Taliefero and Chuck Burgi (imo, DiVitto…perhaps the best “conceptual” drummer around. Billy lost the band when Liberty walked.)


  5. Khirad says:

    Here’s a compilation of set drummers that are legends, influenced me, or whom I respect at the very least.

    First, you have no business calling yourself a set drummer if you’ve never heard of Buddy Rich. PERIOD.


    Even before him was Gene Krupa – the first drumming superstar


    And Louie Bellson was using a double bass set up all the way back in the 40s! Here he is later in his life.


    Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) -- a huge influence in funkifying my style.


    Ginger Baker (Cream)


    John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) – created many techniques like the Bonham “bomb” and Bonham triplets which every drum student learns early on.


    Keith Moon (and his goldfish – The Who)


    Neil Peart (Rush) -- always makes #1 on best drummers lists. He has like a devoted cult in the drumming world. No exaggeration.


    A drummer who is even better than Neil Peart IMO—he’s a rocket scientist of rhythm, a mathematical genius of beats.

    Bill Bruford (King Crimson, Yes)


    Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa)


    Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)


    Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band — should be the Carter Beauford Band!)


    Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam) -- a quiet serious guy who is as professional as grunge drummers come


    The underrated (and very close to my style) Dave Abruzzese (Pearl Jam)


    David Silveria (KoЯn) – specialty: crunchy beats!


    Danny Carey (T00L) – I have a really special love for him. In my top five easy, if not my #1.


    And no, I did not “forget” Ringo Starr. Seriously, a mediocre drummer at best. Don Henley gets props for being decent and singing, but not a major innovative force when it comes to the skins. Phil Collins I left out here, but he actually is a great drummer which belongs on this list but whom has already been covered. Same with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead.

    Who’d I forget?

    • TheLateGrardini says:

      Butch Trucks/Jaimoe, Allman Brothers Band. Can’t have one without the other, overshadowed by great guitarists, but stack up with anybody. And before Keith Moon there was Dave Clark of the DC5…defined as a “jackhammer beat”

    • KillgoreTrout says:

      Carl Palmer from Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

      • Khirad says:

        Good call KT, my oversight.

        And what’s not to love about a guy that has not one, but two gongs?! (Maybe one’s a tam-tam)


        • KillgoreTrout says:

          Khirad, yeah, those gongs! I saw them three different times in concert. Palmer was just amazing. It is said he took up marshal arts to help him gain the strength he needed for drumming.

  6. whatsthatsound says:

    Here they are, because I never tire of pointing out how awful they are. The lyrics to “Don’t Know Why”, most famously sung by Nora Jones:

    I waited ’til I saw the sun
    I don’t know why I didn’t come
    I left you by the house of fun
    I don’t know why I didn’t come

    When I saw the break of day
    I wished that I could fly away
    Instead of kneeling in the sand
    Catching teardrops in my hand

    My heart is drenched in wine
    But you’ll be on my mind
    Forever

    Out across the endless sea
    I would die in ecstasy
    But I’ll be a bag of bones
    Driving down the road along

    My heart is drenched in wine
    But you’ll be on my mind
    Forever

    Something has to make you run
    I don’t know why I didn’t come
    I feel as empty as a drum
    I don’t know why I didn’t come

    • KillgoreTrout says:

      Maybe it’s the spelling of the word “come,” that is pivotal in this song? 😉

    • Khirad says:

      I liked empty as a drum.

      But, I think Anoushka got more of the talent there.

      No offense. She’s still a gifted pianist, but those are god-awful.
      Worse than Jewel’s poems. And it’s not until I saw them written out like this that I realized that.

      Me, I’m not so much into lyrics, I’m usually paying attention to the musicians. Lyrics are ancillary to me. Good lyrics make a song so much richer, but they’re completely auxiliary and optional. In fact, I often prefer lyrics in languages I don’t understand. So, even if they were this awful, I would never know! 😛

      • whatsthatsound says:

        I know that feeling, your last line! I’ve been nearly brought to tears by songs in Japanese until I finally worked out what they were saying. I had them so much richer and meaningful and poignant when I only understood about a third of them!

  7. Khirad says:

    Corps edition.

    More from the Basel troop Top Secret


    Did I say timbales were fun? While I was on snare line throughout junior high and high school, I did take a year off last year of junior high on tenors. I was of course not this good, but damn they’re fun.


    Life isn’t fair. Take for instance, this 12 year old at a Blue Devils camp.


    I’ve had a clinic with this guy in the orange cap, Reid Maxwell, drum sergeant of Simon Fraser University from Vancouver -- who have won the Piping World Championships six times.


    One of the most famous Scottish drum fanfares.

    Boghall & Bathgate Drums -- Fanfare


  8. jkkFL says:

    and My favorite: Submotion Orchestra,


  9. jkkFL says:

    Way off the beaten track- Dubstep:


    • Khirad says:

      Yeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sounds like me jammin’ minus the dub all star he’s got there!

      I love this shit, this is what screwin’ around is all about! It can be magical when things groove like this!

      Not only am I drummer, but I love raw underground electro -- best of both worlds!

      Why did it have to end? 😥

  10. KillgoreTrout says:

    From Caveman (the movie)--The invention of music;


  11. KillgoreTrout says:

    Earl Scruggs and The Chieftains--Sally Goodin;


    Talk about toe tappin!

  12. KillgoreTrout says:

    John Cooper Clarke--Evidently Chickentown;


  13. zenith1959 says:

    The opening of “Infrared Roses” by the Grateful Dead.


    • KillgoreTrout says:

      Thanks for posting this zenith. I miss the Dead. Whenever I would start to lose my faith in my fellow man/woman, a Dead show always cured me.

  14. KillgoreTrout says:

    Hart, Wolff & Hennings;



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