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  • Tony Parker,

    Um. Not too early to start the drummer jokes then???

    What were the last words the drummer said before he was kicked out of the band?
    "Hey guys lets try one of my songs!"

    Anyway here's a clip. No solo. Just one of the coolest drummers around. Levon Helm.

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    I watched an old Band documentary recently and decided that I would like to be adopted by Levon Helm.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Rachael J,

    And of course Carnival isn't a Cuban thing anyway

    Ooh but it is - in Santiago in the Oriente it's a huge deal in June/July every year and the general feeling is that those Brazilians are a bunch of flashy amateurs.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2007 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    I take it all back. That'll learn me.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • elsketcho,

    The Taiko drum trio that has played up at Gyoza King upon occasion, truly moving with noodles and Asahi! I seem to remember a rather fantastic drum solo at a Ronny Jordan gig at the town hall in the early ninties. And Herb, Herb the ginseng drummer, well, enough said! The beat does indeed go on...

    Auckland • Since Aug 2007 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    I watched an old Band documentary recently and decided that I would like to be adopted by Levon Helm.

    I saw that one too--along with one on Janis Joplin (dipsy) and another on Buddy Holly (especially interesting on the events leading up to the plane crash). All on the Documentary Channel?

    What was particularly interesting about The Band was how 'organic' their music was, in that they did not appear to listen to other music, nor actively search for references. The doco was a little coy about Richard Manuel's suicide (have you ever heard "Richard Manuel" by Drive By Truckers?)

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    It's always interested me that we have this whole South American influence in Welly, just because somebody chartered a boat called "Cuba" to check out the site of Wellington in 1840.

    You guys do know that Cuba is an island nation in the Caribbean... about 700 or 800 km from South America.... right? It's not even Central America.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    Ooh yeah.

    Latin America and South America aren't really synonymous, are they?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Parker,

    What was particularly interesting about The Band was how 'organic' their music was, in that they did not appear to listen to other music, nor actively search for references.

    In an era of overblown musical excess the Band were a breath of fresh air and the only group of musicians that deserved to be called The Band. Shame it all finished so messily.

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • dyan campbell,

    Latin America and South America aren't really synonymous, are they?

    No, they can be really far apart... the distances are enormous. Cuba is a Caribbean nation near North America, Mexico is part of North America and Central America is comprised of: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

    My Grandfather was a survey engineer for the railways in the 1890s and took some amazing pictures of his travels through the areas.

    One of the most interesting and poignant things he noted was the miles and miles of wooden boardwalks (in Caracas I think) built by the indigenous people, who were never allowed to set foot on the boardwalk they'd built, but had to walk on the muddy road with the horses.

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 595 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    And I'm sure looking forward to the drumming during the Echo and The Bunnymen set next week at Laneways. Pete De freitas, who died at 27 in a car accident, will be sorely missed.

    Echo and most of the Bunnymen playing on Jools Holland Oct '09:

    bugger can't remember YouTube embed codes

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    bugger can't remember YouTube embed codes

    Just paste in the URL.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • bronwyn,

    tools that really bring out my inner serial killer are the hippies who take their wee drums in their wee carry-bags to festivals and sit in earnest, crosslegged circles banging out the most tedious rubbish for hours and hours and hours...

    Oh yes.

    At Camp A Low Hum (which has just wrapped up for 2010; musical highlights were Signer, Orchestra of Spheres, The Dodos, Denim Owl and a ukelele player called Dent May) in 2008 a petition calling for the ritual disembowling of just such a person was circulated and widely supported. The drummer obviously hadn't realised that the wrath of hundreds of tight- panted men who have had their quiet enjoyment of other similarly-dressed men singing about girls disturbed could be so violent.

    tamaki makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Parker,

    Of course it may actually be a good thing that the drum solo goes on and on because often after the drum solo comes something even worse.........the bass solo!!!

    Napier • Since Nov 2008 • 232 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    In relation to on-stage band performances, I really have no problem with solos of any description as long as they don't overstay their welcome. Get in, get out, don't mess about.

    ETA:

    The Band was how 'organic' their music was, in that they did not appear to listen to other music, nor actively search for references

    Or that their references were to things completely outside their own popcultural framework - they were very 'steampunk', to use an anachronistic term, in the way they used the nineteenth century for fodder.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Just as an aside--I am in Dunedin Wed-Friday and I notice that Marianne Dissard (with Flip Grater & Delany Favidson) are playing there on Thursday night. Worth going to, do you reckon?

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2539 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    ETA

    You know you're not a real geek when your first thought is "nuts"

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    You know you're not a real geek when your first thought is "nuts"

    Estimated Time of Arrival, right?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    At Camp A Low Hum (which has just wrapped up for 2010; musical highlights were Signer

    The new Signer album is brilliant. BRILLIANT, I say.

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I guess we are lucky the Scunthorpe didn't win the bidding.

    It would have made internet mail filtering a challenge for government departments the world over.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    It would have made internet mail filtering a challenge.

    Snap! ;)

    I got someone the other day who had made the grievous mistake of mentioning 'magnum cum laude' in their email.

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    magnum cum laude

    orgasmic icecream, right?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    LOL whoops. Oh fickle 15 minutes of edit, you have deserted me on the barren shores of embarrassed and slightly-drunk LatinFAIL. Woe is me.

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    It's natural to be distracted by oversized bottles o bubbly while composing

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • stephen clover,

    It's natural to be distracted by oversized bottles o bubbly while composing

    I have that book somewhere.. The Dire Preocupations of Jeroboam, right?

    wgtn • Since Sep 2007 • 355 posts Report Reply

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