Soul Patch playing 100% live in-studio

Soul Patch playing 100% live in-studio

our silly little 90’s side project SOUL PATCH got invited to drink some brew and bust out some jams at Quiet Country Audio last month. Here is our take on the Sonic Youth early 90’s jam 100%. 

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some Gretsch Catalina Club love.

A few summers ago i picked up for a few hundred bucks what I considered to be another “beater kit”. I’m a huge collector of vintage drums and depending on the type of gig it’s nice to have something smaller and less valuable to bring out to the odd street gig or rehearsal.

A big outdoor show on the waterfront isn’t exactly the gig I’d ever think of when describing a “beater kit” but for some reason I decided to try it. This particular kit is really quite amazing, the mahogany shells and small sizes create a really fantastic warmth with a quick decay. I’d describe it as modern retro almost. I have to admit I really fell in love with this kit, and scoring it for a couple hundred bucks used was even better.

My bandmates describe it as my tight ‘n fast kit. Very funky and very precise. Check it out in the video above and see what you think. Quite a bit of punch for a little guy.

10 Indispensable Funk Albums

Here is a recent reissue of one of the many articles I’ve written for famed drum magazine MODERN DRUMMER. This originally appeared back around 2005-06 so it’s a little outdated only in the sense that it would be much different if written today. Perhaps a Pt. 2 is in order, there’s certainly no less than 100 essential funks albums in reality. Enjoy!

http://www.moderndrummer.com/site/2011/12/10-indispensable-funk-albums/

mister steve jordan sizzles on mister elvin jones.

Probably one of the coolest drummers of the last 30 years tastefully giving the late great Elvin Jones’ cymbals a whirl. One of the best part’s about Steve and his style is that he makes it look so easy and simple when indeed it is anything but. I can watch Jordan all day long, the pocket master. And he’s right, those are pretty much the best cymbals ever.

the mighty wonder.

I often get asked (like all of us musicians do) who I admire as drummers go, who my favorites are. The obvious choices for myself will always be guys like John Bonham, Phil Rudd, Ringo, Charlie, Moonie. Some of the not so obvious ones would be Steve Jordan, Yuval Gabay, Abe Laboriel Jr. and the legend himself Mr. Stevie Wonder. Many people don’t realize that Stevie played on most of his 1970’s classic Motown recordings. His approach to the drums and the musicality within his playing is something total unique to Stevie that nobody can ever replicate. It’s musical, oozing with soul, and his touch and feel are something no drum school can ever teach. Here’s a little Stevie solo from back in the day that’s just a pleasure to watch. The man!