Archive for the ‘Music (listen)’ category

Heat Wave Givin’ Me Night Fever

March 23, 2013

I don’t think that I’ve been shy in sharing that I am a big fan of funk:  what do you expect, I’m a bassist.  Here’s a couple of tunes that always get me shakin’ my booty to the get down.

*Okay, the second tune is actually disco.  While loosely related to funk, it is not funk proper (due to the arrangement of the drums and bass).

Music Monday: Barry goes to the Beach with Bubblegum Pop and Soft Acid Rock

September 10, 2012

I am not a fan of any of this music, but as a musician I can appreciate it. You see, I don’t listen to music in the same way as most, I listen to distinct parts, pieces, instruments, and tones. So, I often pick out certain elements of songs that I really dig, even if the general song does nothing for me. The following songs are good examples of what I am talking about.

Each of these tunes has an awesome rhythm section. Nothing but old school funkiness and groove. If you listen to the drums and bass, you realize just how the foundation of a good tune is laid down. It all starts and ends with the rhythm section, without that the whole thing crumbles. Each of these song’s success, I believe, is predicated upon the fact that they have a solid rhythm section, nothing else. Percussive 8th notes, triplets, quick double-ups on the beat (stutter steps), a little falling behind the beat (syncopation), tasty niblets of cymbal splashes, high-hat clasps, sparingly smart accents; all of these things I do enjoy.

Each of these tunes kinda sucks, in my opinion. However, if you listen to them within the scope of what I describe above, all of the sudden they rock. It’s all in perspective, and perspective is a wonderful thing.

The TSA Song

August 19, 2012

(ht to Charles Burris at the LRC blog)


August 10, 2012

Fingerstyle guitar has always been an area of interest for me, though I have often used it more on the bass– well, more of a flamenco-style, really– than on an actual guit-fiddle. This is a video of one of the guys that has influenced me in this particular technical area: Don Ross.

His guitar was out of tune the entire song, keep that in mind.

For Gene

August 2, 2012

A crap video, but an awesome tune.

Unyielding conditioning
Tune out from all that’s happening
Nobody deserves empathy
Nobody feels for me

We’ve all been trained by our worlds

I cannot see no one but me
No one can feel my emptiness
Everybody must fend for themselves
There is no openness

We’ve all been claimed by our worlds (x2)

But I have heard of ways
That say there’s light beyond the darkness
And everyone can keep their children warm
And togetherness will guide us safely
Through all storms

Unyielding conditioning
Remove all trace of memory
No one needs justice anymore
No voices raised in anger

We’ve all been tamed by our worlds (x2)

But I have heard of ways
Where people topple all injustice
No one lives their lives on bended knees
And all bigotry is like a disease
Drowned in the sea
And all can hold their head up high !

How’s About a Little Zappa?

July 27, 2012

Perfuckincussiontastic!  Oh yeah, the guitar solos are alright, I guess…

My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Mama!

July 8, 2012

Ok, not really.  But Thomas Pridgen’s high-caliber drumming skills probably will.  I swear, I don’t know how the guy does it. He doesn’t use a double-bass pedal, the heal-toe or slide technique, yet he can do 32nd notes on his kick effortlessly (something that I practice every day and still can’t do).  It’s too bad that he’s no longer with ‘The Mars Volta’, because he’s probably one of the best session drummers out there.  Here’s an example: