Jim Macpherson is a Rock Icon
Sep13

Jim Macpherson is a Rock Icon

Jim Macpherson is a rock icon. To me. And he should be to you, too. I’m going to try to put something into context here. Do you know that by the end of 1993, there were only 623 websites in existence? Literally, the Internet was a novelty. MTV “VJ” Adam Curry registered MTV.com and ran it himself as an unofficial side project. And a band from Dayton, Ohio called the Breeders (a side project for Kim Deal of the...

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I Was A Teenage John Bonham
Aug05

I Was A Teenage John Bonham

The above photo is taken from the 1984 Riverside High School yearbook in sunny WIndsor Ontario Canada. My home town. The kid with the shit eating grin with John Bonham beside his photo is yours truly. The full story is this. You know when they do yearbook photos in school? They herd all the kids down to the gym or auditorium where they’ve got the local photographer set up to take the photos. So our class gets called down and my...

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2012: The Year Of The Wurster
Jan06

2012: The Year Of The Wurster

Since the world did not end a few days ago, anyone who writes about music and popular culture will now have to review the past year and tell us all who’s best. In the world of The Best Drummer In The World , it would be hard to find a better wrap up for the year than declaring Jon Wurster Drummer Of The Year 2012. Factually, this title could have been bestowed upon Jon for any of the past 20 years as he has played great drums on...

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Guided By The Mountain Goats
Dec02

Guided By The Mountain Goats

Alright, here’s a confession. Or 2. I saw Guided By Voices on the side stage of Lollapalloza in Chicago on the Bee Thousand tour. Thats not the confession. I was in awe and somewhat confused. I thought, “Who are these older than me guys in striped spandex rocking out like TheWho?” Next day I ran out and bought their latest at the time album, Bee Thousand and listened to it once. Thats part of the confession. Once....

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A Review Of Reviewing Drums And Drummer

Ok, I hate to paint myself into a corner with a generality. For example, I don’t really like a double bass pedal. Or double bass. This is a generality. I love Slayer. I love Metallica. I love all kinds of metal. There’s lots of double bass in metal. See A generality closes the doors on observation and experience. A generality is an easy way to set something aside and not confront it. It is the end of logic and...

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