To be perfectly honest, I had no clue about what I was going to write today so I decided to attempt another death-defying round of the “car game”. For those of you just tuning in, the “car game” is when I get in my car (typically after my wife has driven it), start the engine, and then base my loop on whatever happens to be playing on the radio. Anything goes. Brooks and Dunn. Daughtry. Michael Bolton. You name it… I’ll make a loop that sounds like it.

Fortunately, I was spared once again. With a turn of the key, I heard a very familiar voice, some jangly yet driving guitar and some tasteful drumming. It was a new track from Death Cab for Cutie’s latest album. I’ve been a fan of the band since their early Barsuk years and have enjoyed Jason McGerr’s drumming since he joined in 2003. And coincidentially enough, McGerr is no stranger to the world of drum loops. He recently released a ReFill pack of loops for Propellerhead.

Jason McGerr
Jason McGerr

Loop #57

To help set the Death Cab “vibe” for tonight’s loop, I scrolled through the various guitar loops in Logic’s library until I found something that closely fit the bill and tuned the drums for a nice, open sound. I made the loop eight bars long in order to allow the crash cymbal to decay naturally and threw in a little Stewart Copeland hi hat lick to mix things up.

Preview Here:

[audio:157_dcab.mp3]

Download the Logic session here. (107MB)

Get the .wav file here. (no guitar)

Get the .rx2 file here. (no guitar)

157 BPM

2 Responses

  1. Nice drum loops man. Enjoy how you are putting the loops into context with bands/songs. Found your blog yesterday, and have been listening to all the loops. I’m a songwriter/gtr/bass/keys/vocals/beat maker/homerecorder. One thing I never took to was playing an actual drum set. I’ve been starting to sketch out some new songs without a drummer. Started looking into loops, and found you. Excited to try creating using your beats. I’ll keep you posted and send finished works, and most definitely credit you. I recently started using Logic for my platform, so some nice coincidences.

    peace,
    –Kristian in Portland, OR
    p.s. I used to go to DCFC shows When I lived in Bellingham, WA. They were just starting out (Something about Airplanes days), small clubs with about 50 to 100 people. I even remember going to a house party they played at. Would be cool if Reason put out a Nate Good Refill pack too.

  2. Thanks Kristian. Glad you’re finding the loops useful. Definitely send some links once you have some finished tunes!

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