Devil in the Details: 5 great drum songs

There’s something that I absolutely love about the drum set, and I have no idea what it is.  Drums are incapable of carrying even a simple melody, so why am I so drawn to them as an agent of music?  Perhaps it is because a drum set offers so many sonic possibilities in its unique combination of otherwise disparate instruments.  Or maybe the fact that I have virtually no talent for playing them myself elevates them an unattainable status for me. Really, though, it’s because they make music sound so damn good. But what makes a great drum part?  For me, the best rock/pop drummers are not always the ones that will blow you away with their Thor-like virtuosity.  For a drum part to be great, it has to groove.  You do not necessarily have to be able to dance to it, but it certainly helps.  For it to be truly great, a drum part must lend itself to increasing rewards on return listens.  If I am floored by a drummer after hearing them play a song for the first time, that’s great, but I want to have my mind blown even more after the fifth time I listen to more »

Band Called Catch – Album Release

John has been playing trumpet with Band Called Catch since this past winter, and can be heard on their new album, The Story, available on June 17th. Follow them this week! Sunday, June 10 – RIB FEST at NOON Wednesday, June 13 – FEARLESS RADIO INTERVIEW at 4pm Thursday, June 14 – LIVE NATIONWIDE PERFORMANCE ON WGN at NOON Thursday, June 14 -LIVE interview on WLUL (88.7pm in chicago) at 8:30pm Saturday, June 16 – RECORD RELEASE Metro Chicago! at 8:45pm