Netsurf 0 comments on The shit people like / Mo’ better Blues

The shit people like / Mo’ better Blues

“That’s right, the people don’t come because you grandiose motherfuckers don’t play shit that they like. If you played the shit that they like, then people would come, simple as that”

Bleek: But the jazz, you know if we had to dep… if we had to depend upon black people to eat, we would starve to death. I mean, you’ve been out there, you’re on the bandstand, you look out into the audience, what do you see? You see Japanese, you see, you see West Germans, you see, you know, Slabobic, anything except our people – it makes no sense. It incenses me that our own people don’t realize our own heritage, our own culture, this is our music, man.

Shadow Henderson: That’s bullshit.

Bleek: Why?

Shadow Henderson: [slurred] It’s all bullsh… Everything, everything you just said is bullshit. Out of all the people in the world, you never gave anybody else, and look, I love you like a step-brother, but you never gave nobody else a chance t- to play their own music, you complain about… That’s right, the people don’t come because you grandiose motherfuckers don’t play shit that they like. If you played the shit that they like, then people would come, simple as that.

Netsurf 0 comments on Beijing 2008: the drum that came from afar

Beijing 2008: the drum that came from afar

There are not only the 2008 Fou drums that enchanted the world in the opening ceremoy, in Beijing 2008. There are drums from everywere. Some of them really coming from afar, and, despite Confucius, not always welcome.

In a great post by Daniel Oshinsky, blogging for Rocky Mountain News from Beijing olympics, there’s a story about people that made a long journey to Beijing and standed for their rights (to play) and support athletes. Most of all a story about people that don’t accept a ‘no’ as an answer.

“One of the drummers in front of me slumps his shoulders. I notice a strange tag on his drum and reach for it. It’s an airline baggage tag. This drum was literally checked all the way to Beijing. It made it this far; all he wants is it take it a little further. “

Read the story

Karma for drums, Netsurf 0 comments on 88 Boadrum. Be 89th drummer

88 Boadrum. Be 89th drummer

Friday 8.8.2008, 88 drummers played for 88 minutes in NY and Los Angeles a composition hosted by Japanese band Boredoms (in LA) and by Gang Gang Dance (in NY). The same day 2008 fou drummers were knocking down the Jericho walls in Beijing, other 176 drummer were playing their kit in a spiral formation (at the end of what there are us listening).

Again, the 8: “In Asian cultures, 8 is an auspicious number. It’s pronunciation sounds similar to a word that means “prosper.” There are also ties to the symbol for infinity. Whatever the meaning and reason, there was no way to get around the bigness of the sound” (from RollingStone.com).

Boadrum is a performance with selected drummers, disposed in spiral and playing on a composition with unison, fills, and all stuff. A great spectacle. A great experience to attend to and, most of all, to play in.

Read this story on Rolling Stone: I was drummer 56

Resources (open in a new tab or windows to not loose this page)

Video (lucky there’s no International Olympic Commettee claiming for copyright):
Los Angeles
Boadrum LA
88 Boadrum at La Brea Tar Pits
New York
88 boadrum in New York (1)
88 boadrum in New York (2)
88 boadrum in New York (3)
88 boadrum in New York (4)

Photos
Hundreds of great shots on Flickr
88 BoaDrum at East River State Park

Other Links
88 Boadrum (from Wikipedia)
77 Boadrum documentary
The Boredoms Official Site

Netsurf, News 0 comments on Show me how to play (dot com)

Show me how to play (dot com)

This is really a 2.0 music site. Maybe 2.5. ShowMeHowToPlay.com has everything you need to learn how to play songs you love, from Beatles to Amy Winehouse, with stops to Santana, Madonna and what else you like.
ShowMeHowToPlay.com killer feature is a free downloadable Multiplayer: a media player where you can listen and see every track of the song, for all instruments involved; you can slow, repeat, play single beats until you learn how to play. There are lyrics, scores, songs facts and so on. Every track costs 1.99 £ (4$; 2.5 euro). There are a usual ‘MyPage’ customizable section, lessons, interviews, live sessions. site is brand new but is growing fast. The only feature i’ve not found is a ‘flat rate’ subscription that shoul be interesting.
Stop talking, and start learning how to play

Netsurf, Video 1 comment on Drums Podcast: Elvin Jones Short Biography

Drums Podcast: Elvin Jones Short Biography

‘At the age of 13’ the young Elvin Jones ‘was practicing 10 hours a day‘. How to become a Drums Master: the short story of Elvin Jones is a 5,39min, 65mb, .m4v free podcast from Hudson music, to absolutely watch: pure drumming legend.
You can download from here or play in streaming here. Video is a .m4v file that can be viewed with free vlc player

Elvin Jones short biography is the first in a series of 5 drummer great profiles written and associate produced by Bruce Klauber.

Netsurf, News 0 comments on Yamaha DTXpress IV drum score

Yamaha DTXpress IV drum score

The new standard and special sets of Yamaha DTXpress IV are everywhere in the news sites, with good reviews. I think the special set is a good compromise for an entry-professional set not too much expensive: you can buy it for more or less 1500$ / 1200€ (DTXstreme serie is definitely more expensive).
But, even if you are not interested in an electronic drums there’s a file that can be downloaded for free from Yamaha Drums site: the DTXPRESS IV DRUM SCORE, a 3.5mb pdf file full of grooves and feels transcribed. Good for reading and play, even if you don’t have the kit