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Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy

Member Since 27 Feb 2017
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#1688441 OT: It sucks getting older

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 22 June 2018 - 07:44 PM

I think the key is to appreciate what you are able to do, rather than compare yourself to others or what you used to be able to do.
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#1679440 My first kit 40 years later

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 23 May 2018 - 07:06 AM

Cool story, cool drums, congrats!


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#1678533 Gretsch Broadkaster for rock n' roll?

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 19 May 2018 - 08:48 PM

I haven't played a Broadkaster kit, just a snare and it was fantastic. For those that have played BK and USA or Brooklyn, is there a noticeable difference in projection or perceived volume? My impression is the Broadkasters are kinda mellow when unmic'd, but that's just a guess based on videos.

 

The Broadkasters were a bit quieter than the Brooklyns, but I think the biggest difference is the Brooklyns had a rounder tone. The Broadkasters reminded me of vintage drums from the 40s-50s, with an emphasis on the lows and mids. The Brooklyns were more like a 60s-70s vintage kit, with a bit more mid and high presence. 


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#1559474 What are young jazz musicians going to do do with their lives?

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 21 May 2017 - 08:39 AM

There is something to be said for "survival of the fittest"... Those that will succeed WILL succeed. Those that won't....won't. There will be an ebb and flow to it just like everything else but there will always be people that find a way to make it work. And if anything, I believe the current generation of young people in the US anyway, have it much easier as far as opportunity to learn and networking etc. than any other generation did.
(You weren't getting "jazz instruction" in middle school back in 1935 as far as I know).

Government support of jazz (or ANY other art form for that matter)? No thanks....I have enough mouths to feed at home. You can "keep your hands off of my stack" as far as that goes. Never hurts an artist to starve a little bit. (And it really helps with inspiration in the long run....). Let the billionaire music industry and the millionaire artists provide the support structure for the arts if they are so inclined. The regular folk are doing more than their share already. (Ok, I'm done lol).

 

 

Ugh...I absolutely disagree. Society benefits from art and culture. If society can afford to give tax benefits/rebates/etc... to oil companies, large corporations, etc.. and then spend more money on defense than the next 12 countries combined, well then I'm pretty sure they can afford to use money to support the arts. 

 

As Winston Churchill said when he was asked about support for the arts, “The arts are essen­tial to any com­plete national life. The State owes it to itself to sus­tain and encour­age them….Ill fares the race which fails to salute the arts with the rev­er­ence and delight which are their due.”

 

I agree with Franke. There is no reasonable way musicians can survive without a day job in this day and age. There just are not enough venues available, not enough records being sold, etc... Most bands survive on merchandise sales, YouTube/Spotify, and touring. But that isn't enough to support yourself. And I'm talking about top tier musicians here, not those of us slugging it out in the trenches. 


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#1552145 Concert Season: What Are You Seeing This Spring, Summer?

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 02 May 2017 - 08:17 AM

Lake Street Dive. The intensity of 1000 suns is a sight to behold. 


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#1546471 lake street dive

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 17 April 2017 - 07:59 AM

 

 

 

 

Glad you enjoy that. I hate this hipped up version of the Starland Vocal Band with the burning intensity of 10,000 suns.

Got ya. I personally hate metal and technical wizard bands who lack any sense of musicality (which would be most bands, in my opinion, in those genres). That's why I don't post on threads asking me if I have enjoyed seeing those sh*t bands live. To each their own.
First: I agree with your sentiment that the Vistalite should just keep his hate to himself.

Second: So should you.

Signed- Hardcore, punk and metal guy with an appreciation for musical talent who hasn't insulted anyone but whos genre tends to be attacked anyway.

Probably true. I just believe his comment was uncalled for. If you don't like a band, fine, don't post on a thread about that band. It's pretty simple, really. Be respectful to your fellow forum members.

No, you can post if you don't like it. It's up for discussion. I don't want or enjoy raging flame-outs, but one-sided cheer leading is one reason the internet, and particularly Facebook, become worthless.

I liked 'em at first because they play real instruments and have melodies, which is why I suspect a lot of folks of a certain age here like them. After a while, though, it becomes fully apparent that the lead vocalist is laying some intentionally VERY affected vocal stylings on us. Ugh! No thanks. And the drummer is very good, but it's been done before.

Actually, this thread's been done before, too. Can somebody just find and direct new Starland Vocal-- er, Lake Street fans to that?

 

The  OP's question is about if people have seen them live. He isn't asking for people's opinion on the band's recorded work, he is asking about their live show. If you haven't seen them live, then why the hell would you comment on the thread? If the OP had asked for opinions about the band, then fire away. But the OP clearly asked about the live performance. 


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#1546423 lake street dive

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 16 April 2017 - 11:32 PM

 

 

Glad you enjoy that. I hate this hipped up version of the Starland Vocal Band with the burning intensity of 10,000 suns.

Got ya. I personally hate metal and technical wizard bands who lack any sense of musicality (which would be most bands, in my opinion, in those genres). That's why I don't post on threads asking me if I have enjoyed seeing those sh*t bands live. To each their own.

First: I agree with your sentiment that the Vistalite should just keep his hate to himself.

Second: So should you.

Signed- Hardcore, punk and metal guy with an appreciation for musical talent who hasn't insulted anyone but whos genre tends to be attacked anyway.

 

 

Probably true. I just believe his comment was uncalled for. If you don't like a band, fine, don't post on a thread about that band. It's pretty simple, really. Be respectful to your fellow forum members. 


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#1546107 lake street dive

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 16 April 2017 - 08:21 AM

Glad you enjoy that. I hate this hipped up version of the Starland Vocal Band with the burning intensity of 10,000 suns.

https://www.youtube....h?v=eTQkOHXG6LI

Got ya. I personally hate metal and technical wizard bands who lack any sense of musicality (which would be most bands, in my opinion, in those genres). That's why I don't post on threads asking me if I have enjoyed seeing those sh*t bands live. To each their own.
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#1528592 Joey Kramer Says Aerosmith Better Than The Rolling Stones

Posted by Topsy Turvy on 02 March 2017 - 10:42 PM

 

There's no context where the following words could mean anything else:

 

"I’ve never cared for the Stones. They never had anything to offer me musically, especially in the drumming department."
Joey Kramer

 

Before we say anything more about Kramer vs. Watts, it's probably a good idea to give a quick listen to "Honky Tonk Women." People will be listening to that in 1,000 years, mostly because of the simple, iconic drums that seize your attention with the opening cowbell and keep your head bobbing and your foot tapping through every part of its 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

But then that awful voice kicks in and ruins it.   :P

 

 

Pretty much sums up every Led Zepplin song I have ever heard. 


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