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‘Drummer Needed’ flyer is absolutely hilarious and VERY specific
11:10 am



Whilst this “Drummer Needed” flyer could totally be fake, I still had a good chuckle at its strict and very specific rules.

No goddamn chelsea haircuts, no “cool” shoes, and tie-dye shirts are ok if they only showcase primary colors. Well, alrighty then…

A little uptight? Perhaps, but they did take care to mention that they’re 420 friendly!

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Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Def Leppard tribute band seeks one-armed drummer

Via Copyranter

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Young drummer vomits during solo, finishes anyways
12:03 pm


Drum solo

The person who uploaded this video gave it the title of “EPIC Drum Solo FAIL!”

I think they’re sorely mistaken. This should be called “EPIC Drum Solo WIN”!

The show must go on!

(via Barstool Sports)

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Do drummers have different brains from the rest of us?

Yesterday’s PopBitch newsletter (a particularly good one, I thought) hipped me to a fascinating New Yorker article by Burkhard Bilger about David Eagleman, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston and someone I need to know more about. The title of the piece is “The Possibilian: What a brush with death taught David Eagleman about the mysteries of time and the brain.” It’s far too complex an essay to summarize in a blog post, but if you enjoy pop science articles (and Doctor Who) as much I do, this one is an absolutely terrific read.

Seven pages in, there is an incredible event that gets described where a bunch of professional drummers, invited by Brian Eno from some of the biggest bands in the world, allowed Eagleman to observe them. They were outfitted with EEG units on their heads in special workstations for the data collection.

Early this winter, I joined Eagleman in London for his most recent project: a study of time perception in drummers. Timing studies tend to be performed on groups of random subjects or on patients with brain injuries or disorders. They’ve given us a good sense of average human abilities, but not the extremes: just how precise can a person’s timing be? “In neuroscience, you usually look for animals that are best at something,” Eagleman told me, over dinner at an Italian restaurant in Notting Hill. “If it’s memory, you study songbirds; if it’s olfaction, you look at rats and dogs. If I were studying athletes, I’d want to find the guy who can run a four-minute mile. I wouldn’t want a bunch of chubby high-school kids.”

The idea of studying drummers had come from Brian Eno, the composer, record producer, and former member of the band Roxy Music. Over the years, Eno had worked with U2, David Byrne, David Bowie, and some of the world’s most rhythmically gifted musicians. He owned a studio a few blocks away, in a converted stable on a cobblestoned cul-de-sac, and had sent an e-mail inviting a number of players to participate in Eagleman’s study. “The question is: do drummers have different brains from the rest of us?” Eno said. “Everyone who has ever worked in a band is sure that they do.”

The drummers study was inspired by an anecdote Eno told Eagleman:

“I was working with Larry Mullen, Jr., on one of the U2 albums,” Eno told me. “ ‘All That You Don’t Leave Behind,’ or whatever it’s called.” Mullen was playing drums over a recording of the band and a click track—a computer-generated beat that was meant to keep all the overdubbed parts in synch. In this case, however, Mullen thought that the click track was slightly off: it was a fraction of a beat behind the rest of the band. “I said, ‘No, that can’t be so, Larry,’ ” Eno recalled. “ ‘We’ve all worked to that track, so it must be right.’ But he said, ‘Sorry, I just can’t play to it.’ ”

Eno eventually adjusted the click to Mullen’s satisfaction, but he was just humoring him. It was only later, after the drummer had left, that Eno checked the original track again and realized that Mullen was right: the click was off by six milliseconds. “The thing is,” Eno told me, “when we were adjusting it I once had it two milliseconds to the wrong side of the beat, and he said, ‘No, you’ve got to come back a bit.’ Which I think is absolutely staggering.”

Read The Possibilian: What a brush with death taught David Eagleman about the mysteries of time and the brain (The New Yorker)

And this is as good an excuse as any to post a number by my favorite drummer, Afro Beat pioneer, the great Tony Allen:

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