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  • Cardona’s colleagues and friends remember him as a fierce warrior who played hard but also had a good-natured, kind spirit. We asked some of these friends and colleagues to share what they remember about him....

    Latin Percussion Icon Milton Cardona Remembered

    Cardona’s colleagues and friends remember him as a fierce warrior who played hard but also had a good-natured, kind spirit. We asked some of these friends and colleagues to share what they remember about him....

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  • Our January 2015 Spotify Playlist covers the usual gamut, including important jazz tracks from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and today; lots of rock from the classic to the contemporary; and much more. Get it all right here.

    Listen to the Drumming on Spotify: Great Tracks From MD‘s January 2015 Issue

    Our January 2015 Spotify Playlist covers the usual gamut, including important jazz tracks from the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, and today; lots of rock from the classic to the contemporary; and much more. Get it all right here.

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  • Supertramp has always been tough to categorize. Is it a pop band with a fondness for complex arrangements, a progressive-rock band with impeccable pop smarts, or something else entirely? One thing’s for sure: Difficulties categorizing the group seemed not to hurt its popularity, as a string of hit albums, including Even in the Quietest Moments (featuring the hit “Give a Little Bit”) and Breakfast in America (“The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Goodbye Stranger”) kept Supertramp at the top of the charts throughout the mid and late ’70s....

    Supertramp’s Bob Siebenberg

    Supertramp has always been tough to categorize. Is it a pop band with a fondness for complex arrangements, a progressive-rock band with impeccable pop smarts, or something else entirely? One thing’s for sure: Difficulties categorizing the group seemed not to hurt its popularity, as a string of hit albums, including Even in the Quietest Moments (featuring the hit “Give a Little Bit”) and Breakfast in America (“The Logical Song,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “Goodbye Stranger”) kept Supertramp at the top of the charts throughout the mid and late ’70s....

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  • As someone working in a drum shop or the drum department of a music store, your word is gold. Most of the time, you’re the only connection that drummers have to the manufacturers and their products, so your knowledge of drum gear can have a lasting effect on your customers. That said, the variety of questions you’re asked can surely be overwhelming at times. This column will field some of the most common queries related to a specific topic, and you can use the answers the next time you’re helping a customer figure out what to buy and why to buy it. We’re kicking off this series with the most basic yet most essential accessory item: drumsticks....

    What You Need to Know About…Drumsticks

    As someone working in a drum shop or the drum department of a music store, your word is gold. Most of the time, you’re the only connection that drummers have to the manufacturers and their products, so your knowledge of drum gear can have a lasting effect on your customers. That said, the variety of questions you’re asked can surely be overwhelming at times. This column will field some of the most common queries related to a specific topic, and you can use the answers the next time you’re helping a customer figure out what to buy and why to buy it. We’re kicking off this series with the most basic yet most essential accessory item: drumsticks....

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  • Snare drums are easily the most recognizable voice in the drumkit. The practice of studio drummers using a different snare for every song, in order to change the overall voice of the kit, shows this theory in action. Some players have signature snare sounds that identify them immediately, where others aim for less distinct tones that blend into the music. Drummers also tend to bring...

    What You Need to Know About…Snare Drums

    Snare drums are easily the most recognizable voice in the drumkit. The practice of studio drummers using a different snare for every song, in order to change the overall voice of the kit, shows this theory in action. Some players have signature snare sounds that identify them immediately, where others aim for less distinct tones that blend into the music. Drummers also tend to bring...

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  • Many drummers don’t think about the edges of drum shells in terms of their impact on sound, but they can actually change the timbre quite dramatically. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a handle on different bearing-edge options and how they’ll affect the sound, in order to choose the most appropriate gear for your needs....

    What You Need to Know About…Bearing Edges

    Many drummers don’t think about the edges of drum shells in terms of their impact on sound, but they can actually change the timbre quite dramatically. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a handle on different bearing-edge options and how they’ll affect the sound, in order to choose the most appropriate gear for your needs....

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  • In October of 2014, the drumming community lost an esteemed member, veteran Broadway drummer Dave Ratajczak, whose credits included the shows City of Angels, Sweet Charity, Titanic, The Music Man, and Mary Poppins. Ratajczak, who […]

    Broadway Drummer Dave Ratajczak Remembered

    In October of 2014, the drumming community lost an esteemed member, veteran Broadway drummer Dave Ratajczak, whose credits included the shows City of Angels, Sweet Charity, Titanic, The Music Man, and Mary Poppins. Ratajczak, who […]

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  • Steven Drozd’s main gig is multi-instrumentalist for the psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips. The group’s latest album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, is a tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Drozd also appears with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, plus members of Nashville band Linear Downfall...

    The Modern Drummer Podcast Episode 2 with Steven Drozd

    Steven Drozd’s main gig is multi-instrumentalist for the psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips. The group’s latest album, With A Little Help From My Fwends, is a tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Drozd also appears with Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, plus members of Nashville band Linear Downfall...

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  • Want to hear music from the artists featured in the latest issue of Modern Drummer? We’ve got you covered. Our December 2014 Spotify Playlist kicks off with legendary D.C. go-go band E.U.’s hit “Da Butt,” […]

    Listen to the Drumming on Spotify: Great Tracks From MD‘s December Issue

    Want to hear music from the artists featured in the latest issue of Modern Drummer? We’ve got you covered. Our December 2014 Spotify Playlist kicks off with legendary D.C. go-go band E.U.’s hit “Da Butt,” […]

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  • Drummer Tam Johnstone, son of longtime Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone, recently created this video to accompany the song “Mars” from December Modern Drummer cover artist Gregg Bissonette’s recent solo album, Warning Will Robinson!

    Gregg Bissonette “Mars” Lyric Video

    Drummer Tam Johnstone, son of longtime Elton John guitarist Davey Johnstone, recently created this video to accompany the song “Mars” from December Modern Drummer cover artist Gregg Bissonette’s recent solo album, Warning Will Robinson!

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  • The December issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Up & Coming article on Night Verses’ Aric Improta. This video features Improta and the band playing a live version of “Time Erases Time,” originally released on the band’s 2013 album, Lift Your Existence.
 To check out a special interactive multi-camera version of the video, look below....

    Night Verses’ Aric Improta: “Time Erases Time” Live Interactive Drum Cams

    The December issue of Modern Drummer magazine features an Up & Coming article on Night Verses’ Aric Improta. This video features Improta and the band playing a live version of “Time Erases Time,” originally released on the band’s 2013 album, Lift Your Existence.
 To check out a special interactive multi-camera version of the video, look below....

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  • Earlier this year Gregg invited MD to film him during rehearsals with Ringo, and here we share a clip of him playing a favorite groove, which he elaborates on below. But first let’s hear what he has to say about creating drum charts such as the one below, for the Warning Will Robinson! track “After All,” which we present here in two mixes, one with drums and one without so you can play along....

    Gregg Bissonette “After All” Chart and Drum Groove Video

    Earlier this year Gregg invited MD to film him during rehearsals with Ringo, and here we share a clip of him playing a favorite groove, which he elaborates on below. But first let’s hear what he has to say about creating drum charts such as the one below, for the Warning Will Robinson! track “After All,” which we present here in two mixes, one with drums and one without so you can play along....

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  • Jonathan Joseph recently wrapped up his second tour with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a gig that you can read all about in the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Here we talk with Joseph, who’s also singer Joss Stone’s drummer and musical director, about his work with R&B singer Betty Wright, with whom he recorded the recently released album Living…Love…Lies....

    Jonathan Joseph: Tracking Soul Legend Betty Wright’s Living…Love…Lies

    Jonathan Joseph recently wrapped up his second tour with legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, a gig that you can read all about in the November issue of Modern Drummer magazine. Here we talk with Joseph, who’s also singer Joss Stone’s drummer and musical director, about his work with R&B singer Betty Wright, with whom he recorded the recently released album Living…Love…Lies....

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  • What is the rhythmic essence of progressive music? What makes prog so different from other genres? Does it require a specific skill set on the drumkit, or does the nature of the music make it open to interpretation? MD posed these and other questions to the drummers in Spock’s Beard, King’s X, the Devin Townsend Project, Haken, Glass Mind, the Flower Kings, and the Adrian Belew Power Trio, all of whom performed on the 2014 edition of Mike Portnoy’s Progressive Nation at Sea cruise. The answers...

    The Essence of Progressive Drumming

    What is the rhythmic essence of progressive music? What makes prog so different from other genres? Does it require a specific skill set on the drumkit, or does the nature of the music make it open to interpretation? MD posed these and other questions to the drummers in Spock’s Beard, King’s X, the Devin Townsend Project, Haken, Glass Mind, the Flower Kings, and the Adrian Belew Power Trio, all of whom performed on the 2014 edition of Mike Portnoy’s Progressive Nation at Sea cruise. The answers...

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  • Recording with Black Sabbath was the first surprise; now the ex-Rage/Audioslave drummer dashes expectations again with the Last Internationale....

    Brad Wilk Dashes Expectations With the Last Internationale

    Recording with Black Sabbath was the first surprise; now the ex-Rage/Audioslave drummer dashes expectations again with the Last Internationale....

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  • Drummer Bill Stevenson is among the most influential musicians associated with West Coast punk rock, on any instrument. After making his name with seminal hard-core band Black Flag in the ’80s, Stevenson proceeded to set a standard for punk drumming with the Descendants and All, later spreading his reputation even further as producer and engineer with countless other groups. Modern Drummer’s October issue includes an Influences feature detailing Stevenson’s career highlights; here we speak directly with the iconic figure.

    Influences: Bill Stevenson

    Drummer Bill Stevenson is among the most influential musicians associated with West Coast punk rock, on any instrument. After making his name with seminal hard-core band Black Flag in the ’80s, Stevenson proceeded to set a standard for punk drumming with the Descendants and All, later spreading his reputation even further as producer and engineer with countless other groups. Modern Drummer’s October issue includes an Influences feature detailing Stevenson’s career highlights; here we speak directly with the iconic figure.

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  • Though Adam Wade cut his teeth with seminal ’90s noise rockers Jawbox, he didn’t truly come into his own until joining fellow Beltway-based post-hardcore pioneers Shudder to Think. Manning the drumkit on the latter’s prog-pop masterpiece Pony Express Record—an under-sung treasure of the alt-rock epoch—Wade weathered Shudder’s stylistic schizophrenia and time-signature hopscotch to deliver a classic performance worthy of air-drum immortality....

    Encore: Adam Wade on Shudder to Think’s Pony Express Record

    Though Adam Wade cut his teeth with seminal ’90s noise rockers Jawbox, he didn’t truly come into his own until joining fellow Beltway-based post-hardcore pioneers Shudder to Think. Manning the drumkit on the latter’s prog-pop masterpiece Pony Express Record—an under-sung treasure of the alt-rock epoch—Wade weathered Shudder’s stylistic schizophrenia and time-signature hopscotch to deliver a classic performance worthy of air-drum immortality....

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  • Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more....

    Influences: Harvey Mason

    Here, as a companion to our August 2014 Influences piece on Mason, we speak with the drummer about his new album, his early days, the drummers who inspired him, and more....

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