If you consider yourself a true music fan and live in Boston, then odds are you’ve been to Wally’s. Since 1947, it’s been a Beantown institution, known as a stomping ground for both Berklee students and touring musicians alike. The size of a small apartment (it’s literally the ground floor of an old brownstone), Wally’s is about as intimate as a venue can get. In order to safely walk to the bathroom, you need to squeeze past the hi hat and pray to god the drummer doesn’t do a fill.

While my friends and I were in college, Wally’s was our Mecca. You could find us there on any given Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday night. These were known as “funk nights”… and funky it was. The musicians responsible for “house band” duties usually consisted of Sam Kininger on sax, Eric Kranso on guitar, Adam Deitch on drums, and a slew of other musicians who would later go on to form the band, Lettuce.

Wally's
Wally's

Loop #26

This is a groove inspired by those late night jam sessions at Wally’s. Uptempo funk with a bit of conga in the mix. For this loop I used my little 10″ Premier snare and cranked it up nice and high with no dampening.

Preview Here:

[audio:130_wallys.mp3]

Download the Logic session here. (16MB)

Get the .wav file here.

130 BPM

5 Responses

  1. I know this is about the drums but I wish I could have the congas a bit louder on this loop

    (i can’t make out the pattern and I don’t use logic)

  2. I don’t know how you are creating your wav files, but it isn’t the same as the mp3. I found mixing the two and adding a bit of real room echo (a mic in the corner set to just bellow the point of feedback) was very interesting.

    The wav file is 4 bars, whereas the mp3 is 32. Live does some interesting things with the synchronisation which I’m not sure always sound right!

    I need to record and put it somewhere.

  3. hey jim,

    yeah, the mp3s are always 32 bars… I keep them longer for the preview on the blog. the wav files are typically only 2-4 bars… whatever the length of the loop is.

    hope this clears up some confusion. I’d love to hear what you did with it… sounds interesting. upload and post a link when you get a chance!

    -rg

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