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Best of 2020: Part 1

Dec 22, 2020 | 0 comments

The next few episodes are going to be a very self-indulgent “Best of 2020”. I’ve put together some of my favorite clips from the podcast so far with a little backstory for each. If any of my previous guests are listening and you don’t hear your clips, it's because I thought you were really boring and I don’t like you at all. Cheers! This episode is also sponsored by Waves Audio. This podcast would take me soooo much longer to edit if it wasn't for the Waves Vocal Rider plugin. It "rides" the fader in real-time and keeps both my and my...

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'Save it for the Pod': Dance Drummers

Dec 15, 2020 | 0 comments

I’m back with Gunnar Olsen (Puscifer, Big Data, Bruce Springsteen) for another segment of ‘Save It For The Pod’ where we pause our private conversations about various musical topics until we can record it for the MASSES (that’s you). This week’s episode has us dissecting each of our ‘Top 5 Dance Music Bands That Feature Live Drummers’.   Song: Once In A Lifetime Band: Talking Heads Drummer: Chris Frantz   Song: Ceremony – Total Band: New Order Drummer: Stephen Morris   Song: Bipolar Band: Blonde Redhead Drummer: Simone Pace   Song: In Particular Band: Blond Redhead Drummer: Simone...

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Tucker Rule (Thursday, Frank Iero and the Future Violents) Top 5 Drumming Moments That Shaped His Style

Dec 08, 2020 | 0 comments

We’ve got Tucker Rule, drummer for Thursday, on this week’s episode of the ‘Big Fat Five’ pod breaking down the top 5 drumming moments that shaped his playing style…and it’s a damn fun playing style. Not only is Tucker a rhythmic powerhouse, he’s quite possibly the nicest guy in the world (sorry to ‘out’ you Tucker). We had a really fun conversation that went well beyond his influences including lessons learned from working with Dave Elitch, perspectives on practicing, and how each of us deal with the frustrations, yet needed patience, of always wanted to become better players. I’m listing...

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Yuri Ruley (MxPx): The Top 5 Songs That Shaped His Playing Style

Dec 02, 2020 | 0 comments

        Today’s guest is Yuri Ruley, drummer for the iconic punk band, MxPx. His speed, creativity and disciple were a huge influence on me growing up, and if ever need a good ass whipping, I’ll put on Life In General and sweat my way through a barage of beats at tempo’s that make me questions Yuri’s sanity. We discuss the top 5 songs that best represent his influences when he first started playing drums. Please enjoy my podcast with The Legend, Yuri Ruley.   Drummer: Bobby Schayer Band: Bad Religion Album: Generator Track: Generator   Drummer:...

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Gunnar Olsen & Ben Dissect the Playing of Phil Selway (Radiohead)

Nov 24, 2020 | 0 comments

Continuing with the theme of keeping things fresh, Gunnar Olsen (Puscifer, Big Data, Bruce Springsteen) and I have started a new segment of the show called “Save it for the Pod” where we pause our private conversations about a particular musical topic until we can record it for the MASSES. This week’s topic is the timeless and seemingly underrated drummer of Radiohead, Phil Selway. Gunnar and I each choose our top 5 Phil beats and go a dissectin’! You can find links to all the songs discussed in The Podcast section for the episode at   ‘Morning Bell (Live...

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