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  1. KevinD

    Los Angeles scene?

    I have some friends that play in high-end agency bands and their rates can get up near $30,000 (no typo there) for a gig. (full band with horns, multiple vocalists, a full production and all that) I do not personally know of any getting $50K, BUT given the way money is made and spent in some...
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    Going into the home studio?

    I’ve found that in most situations, a recording engineer who really knows their craft, which includes knowing all the techniques and the ins & outs of the gear, but also having big ears, is the key to getting things to sound great. Someone like that can make a seemingly “bad” room sound pretty...
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    Hearing Protection

    Thankfully, I started wearing ear plugs when I was just starting to play out. I had the foam industrial type. Over the years I've tried different ones like "Hear Os" and other filtered plugs and they worked pretty well BUT .... the problem is that I always managed to lose one....so that was the...
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    Age, Cognition, and Time

    I'm One thing that should not be overlooked is the need to stretch and maintain a regular exercise schedule, even if it is just walking every day. It helps in delaying Father Time. I am just north of the half century mark and notice a difference in things from even 3-4 years ago. For now I can...
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    Rick Allen

    I have a tremendous amount of respect for him as well. I remember back in the late 1980s "Musician" magazine (if anyone remembers that) did a story on his accident, medical and musical recovery. The article mentioned that in a new, experimental procedure the Drs had salvaged a bunch of his...
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    Which band replace their drummer for a better technical drummer that ended up not working as well for their songs?

    Sometimes the original drummer’s feel is indelibly incorporated into the band’s overall sound and once that changes up it can alter the whole dynamic. And many times, that initial band sound is what is imprinted on a listener’s mind. I notice this with a number of bands, replacement drummer is a...
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    Rough experience this week

    Know the experience well I'm afraid. The 20s are pretty low. My dad has been a type I Diabetic since 1956... (he is now 81 and luckily has managed it well with few complications) But going into shock like that is one of the nasty elements that comes with the territory I'm afraid. Is this the...
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    Some pretty cool Peter...

    Great stuff, thank you for posting David. Did I see Eric Marienthal and Brandon Fields in there?
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    Ludwig Weather Master 14" Heads - Price Increase

    Was at Alto Music in Middletown NY on Fri. Picked up two 14" Ludwig WM meds for about $15 each. Price has increased a bit, at one point last year they were priced at "blow out" levels because they figured that they would not be able to get any more stock. But they seem to be part of their normal...
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    Ot: Great/Memorable TV Commercials

    Effective commercial I remember it well, one of the first things I remember seeing on TV, watching it again I recall all the scenes, funny how that works. Interestingly, The Native American with a tear, is Espera Oscar de Corti, an actor of Sicilian descent, from Louisiana... otherwise known...
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    How computers ruined rock music

    After I posted, and had my coffee I remembered an old (1979-80 perhaps?) MD interview with Craig Krampf where he spoke about Nick Gilder's "Hot Child in the City" where the engineer had to somehow go through every beat of the song (in post) to line up (or maybe he said " tighten up") the hits...
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    How computers ruined rock music

    Agreed, that manipulation has gone on forever (a number of instances cited in this thread), he may have approached it differently by stating that the technology advances have made it cheaper, faster, and a lot easier to make these changes... Back when The Beatles, Floyd Steely Dan etc.. were...
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    Bubinga drums

    I have only ever been interested in, and researched, one Ddrum model and it was the dios Bubinga set a number of years ago. From what I recall these were their top of the line model. I remember this model because my initial concern was whether they were simply a Bubinga veneer on the outer ply...
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    O/T Monroe, Louisiana

    I've been through there a number of times on business but I have not had much leisure time to explore it. I did manage get to the Chenault Air Museum at the entrance to the airport. If you like military air history that is a great museum, just check the hours, it is run by volunteers and not...
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    Discuss Don Henley strictly as a Drummer....thoughts??

    I think some of the best drummers are songwriters (Stevie Wonder comes to mind as one) since they are playing what they are hearing/composing in their head for the tune. May be something totally different from what a "conventional" drummer may conceive but that is usually a a pretty good thing...
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    Ahead Spinal G drum seat

    I do not have any back issues, but I bought the Ahead round top throne last year, one of the reasons being that I hoped it could help me fend off any use-related back injuries in the future. While I can't say I'm disappointed in it I really don't feel any difference in comfort during short ,or...
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    Just got back from the worst concert in my life !

    EDIT: Not that it is really important, but for the posterity of the interwebs, after speaking to my dad earlier I have some corrections. The concert was not in Newburgh, NY, but at Carnegie Hall.. My dad seemed to think it was in May or June of 1962.. Did some Googling..sure enough, May 10...
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    RIP Hal Blaine

    Not only was Hal a great drummer, his contribution to the craft and to the Entertainment industry is well known. But he was an incredibly entertaining person as well (as evidenced by the Dom F interview). He had a million Hollywood stories, and was literally at the center of some of the most...
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    Getting back into it (hello and help)

    Live BPM and one of the various metronomes available for your phone will do the trick (still waiting for someone to develop one app that does both). There is no stigma attached to using a metronome to help with start tempos. Years ago I had some trepidations, figuring it was "cheating" but in...
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    Asking to be a drummer...

    Socially/ethically, it would be more accepted to approach someone to ask if they ever need subs vs. telling them they need a new drummer. I’ve subbed for a handful of bands, I do not recall ever actually asking to be the sub… All of the the invitations to sub came after either knowing or playing...
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