Silver Lining Release Date Announced!

February 21st.

That’s the day my newest project, Silver Lining by Wet Eyes, is released!

My very talented friend Ross is the man behind Wet Eyes, and his newest album features heavy collaboration with me. This was a really fun project to make and I can’t wait for you to hear it!


The People Have Spoken: Rush to Finally Be Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was opened in 1983, and for 29 years Rush fans have been baffled by the Hall’s exclusion of the legendary Canadian rockers. This year, however, fans were able to vote for up to 5 performers to be inducted, and Rush, who received the most fan votes, has been chosen for induction at the April 18, 2013 ceremony.

As a huge Rush fan I am obviously ecstatic that the band has finally gotten this recognition, but this event has really made me angry at the Hall of Fame. Why did it take this long for Rush to get in? Did the Hall really not understand that Rush would get voted in the first year they opened it to the public? And, most importantly, why was Deep Purple excluded when they garnered the second most fan votes?

The reason is that the Hall of Fame members are biased against progressive and hard rock groups, and refuse to give them the credit they deserve. There is no other explanation for why groups like King Crimson, Yes and Jethro Tull are missing from the Hall. And now they have sealed their own fate by opening voting up to fans. It’s still going to be hard, as evidenced by Deep Purple this year, but progressive and hard rock bands will not be able to be ignored every year because if they snub the performer that got the most votes from fans then it will be obvious that the fan vote has no legitimacy. This is going to open the door, like it has this year for Rush, for groups that are adored by the public, but criminally ignored, to finally get the recognition of the Hall of Fame.

The main issue here is simple: If we know the Hall of Fame members are biased then why should we even care about it? Rush doesn’t care. If there’s one thing that the band hasn’t done in their 44 year career it’s care what the mainstream thinks. In a story from the Calgary Herald, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson stated just how little the induction means to them. “It doesn’t change anybody’s life at the end of the day. Are we going to become more popular? Are we going to sell more records? Are more people going to come to the shows? I don’t know. We’re quite happy where we are and with what we’ve accomplished.”

I think it might come down to a need to prove that we’re not crazy. If I know this band is amazing, why can’t they realize it? This recognition may mean nothing, but I still think my favorite band deserves it!

In conclusion, this news is a well deserved little addition to Rush’s resume; nothing more, nothing less. It’s great that they were finally recognized, but it really doesn’t mean that much. What should really be appreciated is the band’s great history of recording and performing and their ability to keep going over such a long career. With that in mind, here’s a video of a classic Rush track. Enjoy.


No Instructions Necessary: Famous Drummers Who Never Took Lessons

When I first started playing the drums in bands I was self conscious about the fact that I had never taken lessons, but I soon found out that there are a lot of successful musicians who are completely self-taught, especially drummers. This realization seemingly proves all of the “drummers aren’t musicians” jokes that everyone loves, but I like to think it has more to do with a natural talent and ability to learn by watching and listening to other musicians.

I understand that there are certainly disadvantages, but I now wear my lack of formal teaching as a badge of honor, and in that spirit, here is a list of drummers who never took lessons:

Buddy Rich: American jazz drummer and band leader, billed as “The World’s Greatest Drummer.” Buddy admired and was influenced by Chick Webb, Gene Krupa, Dave Tough, and Jo Jones.

John Bonham: Drummer of Led Zeppelin, widely considered one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. Bonham was influenced by Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, as well as other drummers in his hometown of Redditch, Worcestershire.

Dennis Chambers: American drummer, has recorded and performed with John Scofield, George Duke, Santana, Parliament/Funkadelic, and many others. Dennis has listed Clyde Stubblefield, Al Jackson, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, and Tony Williams as some of his influences.

José Pasillas: Drummer of alternative rock band Incubus. Some of his influences include Chad Sexton, Stewart Copeland, and Tim Alexander.

Joey Castillo: Drummer of Eagles of Death Metal, formerly of Queens of the Stone Age, Danzig and Wasted Youth. Joey’s style is influenced by bands such as War, Al Green, Led Zeppelin and Black Flag.

This is just a short list and I know there are more out there, if you know of any others leave me a comment!


I’m Back! (The Replacements – “Bastards of Young”)

My internet was temporarily out so there is a noticeable gap between this post and my last one, but now I’m back online!

I’d quickly like to pay respect to some Minneapolis legends, The Replacements. This video, for the song “Bastards of Young” from the album Tim, is a perfect statement that the band was unwilling to change to please anyone. Instead of making a commercially marketable video, the band made a video that consisted of one black and white, continuous shot of a speaker in a room where someone listens (and reacts) to the song. The Replacements never gained big commercial success, but they have been hugely influential to alternative rock musicians and members of the Minneapolis music scene. Please enjoy this classic video.


Dave Grohl says that Queens Of The Stone Age are, “The baddest rock and roll band in the world!”

Well, it’s official. Queens of the Stone Age are the baddest rock and roll band in the world. …at least if you ask Dave Grohl.


Grohl, who recently rejoined QOTSA, spoke to Zane Lowe from BBC’s Radio 1 and told him, “When you walk into a festival backstage with Queens of the Stone Age, it’s like, the record stops. People stop and they stare, and it’s like, Queens of the Stone Age are, without question, the baddest rock and roll band in the world!”

Dave went on to talk about the recording of the new QOTSA album. “With Queens of the Stone Age, like, there were no boundaries with that band, there were no limits with them,” he said. “It was like if you did something insane, you’d do more, if you did something that seemed too ridiculous– and honestly the new Queens of the Stone Age record, I’m playing drums on that, and I’ll do something so completely ridiculous, I’ll just, like, ‘There’s no way that Josh [Homme] isn’t going to let me do that,’ and he’ll say, ‘Do that for forty-five seconds, over and over again, that’s become, like, part of the song, that is a big part of the song,’ and that’s the way they work,” Grohl said.

With the Foo Fighters currently on hiatus, I can’t be alone in hoping that Dave joins Queens on tour to support the album. Dave already has some big things on his plate, including his family life and his upcoming documentary, but he seems nostalgic of his days on the festival circuit with QOTSA. It very well might not happen, but nothing would make me happier than to see Dave back on stage with Queens of the Stone Age. After all, when he toured with them in 2002 they were the baddest rock and roll band in the world, “And they still are.”




Record Store Day is an event that takes place on the third Saturday in April every year and consists of artists and labels releasing special vinyl releases to celebrate records and record stores. For the third year now, Record Store Day is having a secondary Black Friday event of special releases this Friday, 11/23. I’ll tell you I’m most excited about the White Stripes 7″s, and Tenacious D’s Jazz, but you can see the full list right here.