Friday, February 28, 2014

The Most Interesting Drummers in the World with Illustrations by Jeremy Wheeler

       Ginger Baker, subject of the new documentary Beware of Mr. Baker.

 Among musicians, drummers are widely considered a base species distinct from non-percussionists. A vast corpus of drummer jokes makes them out to be only marginally civilized, barely capable of complying with the extremely loose standards of decency within the musical world, borderline mentally handicapped, and rhythmically deficient to boot. (What's the difference between a drummer and a savings bond? The savings bond will eventually mature and make money. How do you know it's a drummer at your door? The knocking speeds up.)

Most drummers dispute all of that, of course. But drummers themselves have over the years provided plenty of evidence to the contrary, in the form of outrageous antics that have formed the basis for pretty much every cliché in pop culture about rock-star misconduct. All of that is on fine display in Beware of Mr. Baker, the new documentary about Cream drummer Ginger Baker, which is being released nationally today by SnagFilms. Below, a brief history of Baker and the other famously whacked-out drummers who have shaped our image of them.

Ginger Baker
As part of Cream, arguably the most powerful power trio of the Psychedelic Age, Ginger Baker radically upped the ante for rock drumming and outrageous behavior. Beware of Mr. Baker, directed by Jay Bulger, recounts a lifetime of antics and misadventure that puts every other rocker bio to shame. A jazz drummer who wandered into rock 'n' roll at a moment of stylistic upheaval, Baker introduced a level of complexity and fearless experimentation to the form that he more than matched offstage. Now a septuagenarian retired to an estate in South Africa — the film's title was lifted from a sign at the property's entrance — Baker's life has consisted of peripatetic wanderings across the globe, addictions, divorces, and bankruptcies in between stints behind the kit with Cream, Blind Faith, iconoclastic Nigerian Afrobeat hero Fela Kuti, and postpunk provocateurs Public Image Ltd. He once decided to kick a heroin habit by driving across the Sahara. The only addiction he's had that's cost more than drugs is raising polo ponies. He's the most interesting - and possibly craziest - drummer in the world.

Friday, December 13, 2013

No Reverb Added: An Acoustical Experiment in Drumming

No Reverb Added: An Acoustical Experiment in Drumming music drumming
It’s one thing to record audio of a drummer and then digitally synthesize the reverberation to mimic various environments, but it’s another thing entirely to film a drummer actually playing in all of those environments and then stitch it together into a single track. That’s exactly what Audio Zero and Wikidrummers did with drummerJulien Audigier who played the same drum pattern in a variety of indoor and outdoor locations to show the effects of natural reverb, sometimes even blending multiple tracks into a single shot. Amazing. (via The Awesomer)

Friday, September 20, 2013

Why Dave Grohl Is Probably Jesus

How do we love Dave Grohl? Let us count the ways! All joking aside, it was hard to decide what blog to write about him in. Let's see, drummer for Nirvana, drummer for Them Crooked Vultures, guitar player and singer for the Foo Fighters, and least not forget his new documentary Sound City..for sale right here on Xanaland on our movie blog. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

An Epic Drummer Moment with Rita Moreno and Animal

I would be shocked to find out someone I know had not seen this, but for the sake of archiving all our favorite drummers and drummer moments, I decided it must be added immediately to our blog! 

Stay tuned for more epic drummer moments, maybe even some new drum off's with Animal, since we are introducing " grunge Kermit" on Xanaland soon, we may have to have some local drum off's with Barrett Martin or Matt Cammeron, who would you like to see in a drum off with Animal? Leave your creative or interesting comments in the comment section! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Female Drummer of The Moment:Lux Drumerette Kills Interactic ESP!

Now, now Cedric...don't get your feathers in a ruffle, after all The Mars Volta broke up correctamundo? 

This girls not only talented but has great style and of course great taste in music! 

Here she is performing The Mars Volta's Interactic ESP, please subscribe to her youtube channel to see more, or find her on Facebook, links are below....enjoy! 

and yes, she plays in high heels! 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Underestimaed From Day One! The Charming and Not So Random Life of Richard Stuverud

    Where do I begin? This is one time I must say I had to actually use my brain and not just type away, even though I have known Richard for over 20 years, we had not seen each other or even spoken in 15 years and I had somehow  missed out on many years of what seems to be a charmed life and some really great music! 

Friday, April 19, 2013