Flaming Hot Dance Beat

Sorry for the delay in today’s loop. I’ve been at the ER all night receiving treatment for third-degree burns to my scalp. Nobody told me I shouldn’t use Nair on my dome.

Rough Night.
Rough Night.

Loop #42

File this one under The Walkmen meets Dizzy’s Party.

Preview Here:

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Download the Logic session here. (62MB)

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Lunchtime Lesson – Making Beatz

In a complete 180 from Lanois’ ambient and ethereal sound, Hip Hop production duo, Tha Bizness, show us how they crafted the beat for Young Jeezy‘s hit track, “My President iz Black“.

I can’t say I’m a big Jeezy fan, but a hit is a hit… and I’m always interested in watching the workflow of other producers (especially when they’re working in Logic).

Movie Recommendation

A few weeks ago Matt Fordham suggested that I check out the Daniel Lanois documentary, “Here Is What Is“. I added the movie to my Netflix queue and last night I finally had the opportunity to watch it.

It’s a wonderfully crafted film which provides great insight into Lanois’ distinct style of producing, writing and performing music. There are some great scenes where Lanois discusses the creative process with his longtime collaborator, Brian Eno, as well as some amazing footage of Brian Blade and Garth Hudson laying down tracks in the studio.

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The highlight of the movie (for me) was watching Lanois sit at the console and “perform” a mix of one of his songs. I say perform because he treats the mixing board as an instrument. Lanois slides the faders with the same sensitivity and musicality that he uses when playing the pedal steel and guitar. It’s truly an inspiring moment in the film and it definitely made an impression on my approach to mixing.

If you’re in the mood to be inspired and want to get inside the mind of one of the greatest producers in the world, then I highly recommend you go out and buy/rent/download this movie.

Old is the new New

There’s recently been a resurgence of the classic “Motown Sound” in modern music. Artist like Jamie Lidell, Amy Whinehouse and one of my favorites, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been infusing their twenty-first century tracks with both the production and feel that came roaring out of Detroit in the early 1960s.

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Loop #41

This loop is dedicated to the legendary Uriel Jones who sadly passed away last week. If you want to learn more about Uriel (and the history of the greatest rhythm section ever), then I highly recommend watching the documentary, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown”.

Uriel Jones and James Jamerson
Uriel Jones and James Jamerson

Preview Here:

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Download the Logic session here. (85MB)

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130 BPM

Tip Jar

So, you come to this site everyday, downloading free drum loops that would normally cost you $$$ and soaking in the latest and greatest in the world of drumming. Perhaps you’re asking yourself: “How can I give back? What can I do to show my appreciation?”

Well, the answer is simple: Donate!

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All donated money will go directly towards my studio (no hookers and coke… I promise!), and in turn, will enhance the quality of the loops. Those Neve 1073 preamps aren’t cheap… but I bet they’d sound great on my kick and snare. Donating is also good for your karma, so it’s a win-win situation. There’s a good chance you’ll win the lottery or hook up with a supermodel. Just click the “donate” button below and see for yourself!





Double Drums

You don’t need to be Miles Davis, The Grateful Dead or The Allman Brothers to have double drums on your albums. With the advent of digital recording (and even more so with looping), tracking and layering two complete drum tracks within a song has never been easier.

Joe Russo
Joe Russo

I was listening to my friend, Jonah Smith’s, new album, “Lights On”, and heard a great example of double drumming (by one drummer). On the track, “Cabin Fever”, drummer Joe Russo recorded two distinct drum parts. One is a light, 16th note brush groove on the snare and the other is a crisp halftime feel with sticks. When the two grooves are combined, the result is unique and highly musical.

Here is a clip of the track:

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I highly recommend checking out the rest of this album. Produced by the Grammy award winning Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith), it’s loaded with great songs and tasteful drumming. I think it’s Jonah’s best work to date and I’m excited to see where it takes him. It’s not yet in stores but you can download it directly from Jonah’s website.

Update I just found out that Jonah is playing at the Blue Note in NYC tomorrow night (Monday 3/30). It’s part of their “New Sound of Soul” series and Jonah is bringing a full string section with him. If you live in the New York area, get your tickets now!

Dirty Laundry.

I’ll find any excuse to put off doing laundry. It’s one of those mundane chores of life that I could really do without… but then again, I don’t want to smell like a bum.

Earlier today, as I was reluctantly carrying my basket of laundry downstairs, I passed my studio in the hallway and could hear my drums calling out to me:

Hey asshole. Put that basket down. Come in here. Laundry can wait. You’re two days behind on loops!”

Fine, fine. Twist my arm.

I sat down and thought about what I was going to record. I’ve been on another Beatles kick the past few days (The White Album on heavy iPod rotation) and decided I’d go for a Ringo type vibe. To get the flat “towel sound”, I reached for three t-shirts that were on top of the pile of laundry and placed them on my toms and snare. Why mess up some perfectly clean towels?

The sound is in the smell.
The sound is in the smell.

Loop #40

Three dirty t-shirts, a bit of compression and a lot of procrastination.

Preview Here:

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Download the Logic session here. (61MB)

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