I recently bought one of these guitar pedals and I’ve been really pleased. But a few days ago it started acting funny; loops were getting interrupted midway, the circular LEDs on the display wouldn’t match the duration of the loop that was playing, and the whole thing was just acting weird.
After lots of fruitless Googling for a solution, I was ready to return it as a dud. But then I came across this video that showed what I was doing wrong, and fixed it in about a minute.
Hopefully others who are having trouble with a “broken” Boss RC-1 pedal will come across this post and this video.
It’s pretty impressive that 2 people can create such a groove:
But it’s less surprising when you learn the drummer is one of the most sought-after session drummers in history, Matt Chamberlain. Oh, and he was in Perl Jam.
You might not recognize Matt Chamberlain’s face, but you probably recognize his deceptively-simple, rock-solid driving beats. It’s pretty cool to realize that what makes the following songs work so well is their drums, and the drummer is all the same guy:
Fiona Apple, “Criminal”
One YouTube commenter described his performance as such:
This is a tough part to play consistently, because you’ve got to portray strict 8th-note rock on one hand, yet make it swing at the same time. Drummer Matt Chamberlain does this beautifully. The slightly late, monotonous, “stiff-armed” hi-hat 8th-notes suggest all rock, but the little ornamental notes on the snare and the occasional stuttered 16th on the hi-hat give it a certain swing and a most unique sway, too.
Chamberlain is an immensely talented drummer, so it’s not at all surprising that he’s among the most in-demand studio players of our time. He just makes it all sound so simple. Playing at his level of depth, however, is most definitely not!
The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Impressive cover video btw…)
Specifically, these beats are pretty amazing. Seemingly simple, but endlessly complex.
Lastly, listen to this story about Matt Chamberlain setting up and recording a drum track for The Long Winters. What he ended up doing completely changed my understanding of how talented a drummer can be. He basically took his performance, mixed and edited it in his head, then played 1/5 of the part 5 times in a row so the recordings could be overlayed to create the final drum part. I didn’t understand it the first time either. Give it a listen here.
So to anyone who thinks that being a “great” drummer is a matter of being able to play fast or be flashy, think again.
Just like with great hardware or software, sometimes less is more.
I’ve been listening to Kanye West’s new album “Yeezus” on and off the last few weeks. It’s clearly an intense album and not for everybody. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
But one moment in particular stands out to me as the most intense musical moment I’ve ever heard in any album.
To me this ranks right up there with Jimmy Hendrix’s guitar solo in “All Along the Watchtower” or the opening chord in “Hard Day’s Night”. It’s a pure adrenaline/seratonin shot down your spine.
The moment I’m talking about happens around 1:10 into the first song on the album, “On Sight” (embedded below). To demonstrate how much he “doesn’t give a fuck”, he playfully samples a melody-rich choir sample (“He’ll Give Us What We Really Need”, by the Holy Name of Mary Choral Family). It lasts for 8 measures, and when it ends your ears are jolted back into Kanye’s world – a dark dystopian modern chic Lamborghini of a song. The first time I heard it I got the chills. The first time my brother heard it he burst out laughing.
Whether it’s a funny moment or an artistic moment, it’s undeniably a moment, and a powerful one. That man is a crazy genius.
The thing that makes this quirky jazz rendition of “Suit & Tie” so amazing is that these guys aren’t your run-of-the-mill Holiday Inn trio; they’re The Stepkids, a world-class eclectic trippy R&B trio with fans across the globe (including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke).
Bravo for embracing the genre, and for not taking themselves too seriously.
Here are both versions. It’s pretty astonishing how much Fox ripped of his arrangement. Let’s hope they do something to correct this, otherwise it’s some pretty bad egg on the face of the shiny Glee franchise.
I spotted this DeLorean on my commute yesterday. Even though it’s a simple design, I still think the LeLorean is one of the coolest looking cars around. But I can’t decide if I’d like the DeLorean as much if it wasn’t featured in Back to the Future. Is the car that awesome looking, or is my opinion tainted?
Thinking about the DeLorean also reminds me of one of my first original (and semi intentionally-cheesy) songs I made on my Mac. It’s a throwback to the magic and wonder that is the 1980s. I called it “DeLorean Dreams” and you can listen to it here.
As if all the sound effects of the Mac OSX interface weren’t annoying enough, I decided to take things a step too far. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Due to popular demand, I’m posting the GarageBand file I created that’s responsible for this madness. Feel free to have your way with it. Download the zip here. Also, here’s an m4a audio file for those brave souls who want to risk this song suddenly coming on during a Party Shuffle.
You don’t have to sample obscure B movies or scientific instructional videos from the fifties to make a groove so intense it makes Moby weep. Ladies and Gentlemen: My first recording featuring a vocal performance by yours truly. Download this song and change your life.
I’m not quite sure what to say about this one. It was a funny idea that got out of hand, and now I don’t know whether to laugh with it or at it. Either way, it’ll be sure to top the charts in Europe. Download “No_Surprises.mp3” here.
I won’t say this is my favorite song that I’ve made but I will say that it is without a doubt the greatest 3 minutes of music ever written or recorded in the history of the universe. I’m tentatively calling it “DeLorean Dreams” but feel free to suggest better titles. Download it right here.
I’ve recently achieved one of my long-standing goals – to build a mini digital recording studio. I think it’s every geek/musician’s dream to be in a band where every member is himself, so that being said, I present to you my first recording … “The Self Indulgent Blues Jam.” (Ironically, I’m playing everything except the drum loop…I’m also heavily ripping off Jimmy Smith and John Scofield licks, but shhhhhhh!)