Thursday, October 31, 2019

Modern drummers

It would be hard to overstate how much of a thrill it was to speak at length with one of my musical heroes, Bill Bruford, or to be in the room while Dave Grohl and Ringo Starr — two icons I admire hugely — conversed for an hour-plus about drums and life. I hope you enjoy the results!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Heavy Metal Bebop Podcast #9: Pyrrhon

A really fun interview with a truly avant-garde band, and a great bunch of guys, to boot.

Please check out their music here.

Fun fact: Pyrrhon vocalist Doug Moore is also an excellent writer. Check out his take on the resurrection of craw here. He also wrote the bio for the recently released Skryptor album; scroll to the bottom here to read. And if you've ever been a death-metal fan, you need to read his classic 2013 treatise on Death Metal English.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

"Schizoid Man" at 50 // Goodbye, GB

*A deep dive into the history and legacy of King Crimson's avant-rock landmark "21st Century Schizoid Man," in two parts:

-Inside Prog's Big Bang
-50 Years in the Life of a Gamechanging Song

I'm proud of this one and hope that you will give it a read. It's saying something about the reach of this song that there easily could have been a part III.

*A quick round-up, merely scratching the surface, of tracks showing the range of the late, great Ginger Baker. His playing fascinates me more and more over time. I feel fortunate that I got to see him in person some years back. Don't miss tributes at RS by Jay Bulger, director of the definitive GB doc Beware of Mr. Baker, and Bill Frisell, a key '90s collaborator of Baker's.