Thursday, January 09, 2014

Got a Question about ATG? I've got answers on the next webcast

If you have any questions about Ain't That a Groove or the music featured on the show, I'd like to hear them; I've already added seven such questions to the draft of ATG's webcast scheduled for March 2014, and I welcome the challenge of answering such questions with drum tracks that demonstrate the opinions and ideas I present on the show.

Add your two cents to ATG's upcoming webcast

Research on Ain't That a Groove's next webcast is almost complete. The 'highlight reel' for the show will almost certainly be recent music tributes to grandmaster, Tony Williams, from his former bandmates and new admirers as well. I hope to have the webcast ready to rock or to roll -- maybe even both -- by March 1st.


Tuesday, January 04, 2011

ATG's Archives: Winter Webcast, 2010

On Ain't That a Groove this winter we’ll:

*Swear we saw Al Dimeloa getting on the good foot

*Celebrate the return of the king...of afrobeat drumming

*Load our 5A hornets with words of wisdom from hall-of-fame drummer, Hal Blaine

*Take refuge on the planet Kobaia with visionary French drummer, Christian Vander

...then exit stage left once and for all, with the music still playing


This 31st edition of ATG, first webcast in September of 2010, is the final installment of our periodic program, Odds and Sods, featuring recordings old and new of pressing interest to drummers and other connoisseurs of high art and the fundamental wisdom of the big beat. After more than four years of custom-made webcasting, and 150 hours of DJ hosted, drum domintated music, Ain’t That a Groove will stop producing new shows this May, but not to worry, for the webcast will remain on the air for at least another year featuring archived editions of the show. Regrettably, your host has too many creative projects piled up in the garage and in the ol noggin to continue producing the webcast at the level of quality you’ve come to expect from this unique, microniche webcast.

Today’s marathon webcast has a running time of approximatley nine hours and includes 55 recordings and 75 drummers. That’s 13 sets of music, including rock and pop, fusion and funk, undiscovered classics, contemporary jazz, and world music, plus one distributed set of slow songs what got drum tracks worthy of your attention. Of particular importance on today’s webcast are the following:


*Jeff Watt’s cover of bjork’s newly emerging classic, 107 steps

*Oz Noy’s new and improved definition of fusion

*a little-known treatment of an oldy-but-goldie courtesy drummer Hal Blaine.

*The illuminated delerium of Christian Vander’s rock opera, MDK, just
arriving on mother earth from a deep space transmission originally
solarcast on stardate 30315

*A brief and finally futile analysis of the four-handed drumming algorhythm known as Dafnis Prieto

As always, I do all of the research and production for the webcast, and pay all of the fees, but derive no income or perks of any kind from the endeavor. It's just for kicks.

Until we meet again, I’m BK, in Phoenix, Arizona, reminding you to keep it funky, and let the drummer kick…

Friday, July 31, 2009

ATG's Summertime Webcast: Funk and Fusion

Webcast Title: ATG 30, "Funk and Fusion"
Webcast Date: beginning August 2, 2009
Webcast Time: daily at 9-1 AM and 7-11:00 PM (MST)

The latest edition of Ain't That a Groove has been posted to live365.com.

On this Funk and Fusion edition of ATG we’ll:

  • put a back-beat to the Babylonian creation myth

  • discover the ghost of Miles Davis past in the Indian music of the present

  • hit the gravity-free dance floor with a couple bottles of
    home-brewed anti-matter

  • and give a shout out to the millions of freedom fighters in Iran who are opposing the militaristic theocrats who rule their country with a murderous zeal

This summer's webcast is the 30th installment of our periodic program, Odds and Sods, featuring recordings old and new of pressing interest to drummers and other connoisseurs of high art and the fundamental wisdom of the big beat. The webcast has a running time of approximately three and one half hours and includes 24 recordings and 32 drummers who done found the stroke. Of particular importance are sets of music that feature the high order math of funk by the numbers, sets of the phat and the fusionary that share a world view, seventies fusion that’s new and improved, and contemporary fusion bands so prescient…they’re bringing back news from the future.

Also kindly note that this new webcast is only available on the 64kb edition of ATG, which is freely available to all listeners. The 32kb, 'FM' edition of ATG contains archival editions of ATG from our first three years (2005-2008), but no webcasts for 2009. Live365.com owns the rights to the FM edition of ATG for the next year, and has chosen to offer the show as a VIP edition available only to paid subscribers. Because I've stopped paying to webcast the FM edition of ATG, I have no control over it whatsoever.

As always, I do all of the research and production for the webcast, and pay all of the fees, but derive no income or perks of any kind from the endeavor. It's just for kicks.

--Flamdaddy

Saturday, March 14, 2009

ATG's Spring 2009 Webcast

Webcast Title: ATG 29, The Jazz Edition

Webcast Date: beginning February 2009

Webcast Time: daily at 9-1 AM and 7-11:00 PM (MST)


The latest edition of Ain't That a Groove has just been posted at live365.com.

On this jazz edition of ATG, we'll:

  • shake our hula hips with the Copa Cat Band

  • sample a rare treat from England, known to locals as Ginger Sheep

  • determine once and for all if Phish can walk, at least in tie-dyed bell bottom

  • witness the miraculous-makeover of a jazz classic long thought dead

This is the 29th edition of our periodic program, Odds and Sods,featuring recordings old and new of pressing interest to drummers and other connoisseurs of high art and the fundamental wisdom of the big beat.

The show was first webcast the first week of February 2009, and has a running time of approximately two hours. Other highlights of the webcast include:

  • a set of fusionary magic from Bobby Previte and Charlie hunter

  • a heaping helping of thinking man's funk from David Sanchez's long awaited CD

  • a memorable track from Art Blakey's Big Band featuring an up-and-comer named John Coltrane

  • the bruising treatment of a Burt Bacharach classic by a gang of rhythm thugs known as The Bad Plus

Also kindly note that this new webcast is only available on the 64kb,'CD' quality edition of ATG, which is freely available to all listeners. The 32kb, 'FM' edition of ATG contains archival editions of ATG from our first three years (2005-2008), but no new webcasts. Live365.com owns the rights to the FM edition of ATG for the next year, and has chosen to offer the show as a VIP edition available only to paid subscribers. Because I've stopped paying to webcast the FM edition of ATG, I have no control over it whatsoever.

As always, I do all of the research and production for the webcast,and pay all of the fees, but derive no income or perks of any kind from the endeavor.



--Flamdaddy

Saturday, October 18, 2008

ATG's July 2008 Webcast: Rock and Roll

Webcast Title: ATG 28, The Rock and Roll Edition
Webcast Date: beginning July 2008
Webcast Time: daily at 9-1 AM and 7-11:00 PM (MST)

This month on Ain't That a Groove we'll put our right hand on our heart and pledge allegiance to the united states of pop music, digging on the nuveau funk of the New Mastersounds, getting tight with Lenny Kravitz and the Black Keys, rising down with Questlove and The Roots, and traveling on a government mule to the third stone from the sun.

This month's show is the rock and roll edition of Ain't That a Groove number 28, first webcast the week of July 4th, 2008. I'll post other, genre-based editions of the webcast in the upcoming weeks, including jazz, world grooves, and percussion ensembles.

The webcast has a running time just short of two hours, during which I spin sixteen rock-oriented songs, old and new, which I think deserve the attention of drummers and just-plain folks. As always, I aim to compile a wide ranging list of rock styles and influences, as well as tempos and moods, while mostly avoiding songs that you already know too well.

For the first time, ATG's webcast features comments by our listeners, including reviews and analysis about songs by The BlackKeys, Porcupine Tree, Ringo Starr, and many more. In fact, listeners in 15 countries submitted more then 300 comments and analysis about the tracks featured on today's show. Most of the listener responses came from the United States, France, the Netherlands, and Taiwan, but I also received firm opinions about drums, drummers, and drum tracks from countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South America.

The proposed playlist for the upcoming jazz edition of ATG will soon be posted at ainthatagroove.blogspot.com, and so there's still timeto get in the game as a analyst for ATG by submitting a comment about a recording featured on the jazz mix, or by introducing a featured artist and their catalog to our audience. As always, forward your words of wisdom to me at aintthatagroove@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

ATG's Proposed Playlist for May 08: Pop and Rock

If you want to be part of Ain't That a Groove's upcoming webcast, send your comments about any of the following songs to aintthatagroove@gmail.com. I'll read your comments 'on the air' and attribute them to you. My goal is to use between two and four listener comments per song for no less than half of the recordings featured on the show. Naturally, if you don't like a song or drum track, I'll probably not use your comment about same unless it demonstrates exceptional insight -- or humor.

There are lots of ways to discuss the artists and songs on this month's pop and rock set. You could, for example....

  • Explain what you like about a featured drum track

  • Analyze the technical merits of a featured drum track

  • Introduce a featured artist and discuss their discography

  • Explain why you think a particular artist or recording is important

  • Point listeners in the direction of similar recordings

Here are several examples of comments already submitted by ATG listeners for May’s pop and rock webcast. The track they are discussing is entitled Pure, from The New Mastersounds’ CD, This is What We Do.

  • From Brooklyn, Robert Z says, “This is quite the ear candy. Once you start listening to this Mastersounds’ CD, it’s almost impossible to hit the stop button.”
  • And in the windy city, drummer and conguero Tom writes: “what a nice treat: trapdrum tracks and conga drum tracks that are very well recorded. And FYI, this is a great record to play along with. I use it to get warmed up for my Saturday night gigs.”

And finally, here's our tentative Pop and Rock playlist as of May 8. And do note that it is possible for the playlist to change before I publish the final webcast. I must meet certain time and storage requirements for the webcast, most of which cannot be precisely calibrated until the production process is almost finished.

  1. Shallow, Porcupine Tree, Deadwing


  2. Bring It On, Lenny Kravitz, It's Time for a Love Revolution


  3. Strange Times, The Black Keys, Attack & Release


  4. Aretha, Sing One for Me, Cat Power, Jukebox


  5. Pure, The New Mastersounds, This is What We Do


  6. Four Kicks, Kings of Leon, Aha Shake Heartbreak


  7. Mission Control, The Whigs, Mission Control


  8. 2 Circles, Boredoms, Vision Creation Newsun


  9. Panda, Panda, Panda -- Deerhoof, Apple O'


  10. Sunrise, Yeasayer, All Hour Cymbals


  11. Sissyneck, Beck, Odelay (Deluxe Edition)


  12. The Valentyne Suite: January's Search, Colosseum,
    The Valentyne Suite


  13. Killing Floor, The Electric Flag, A Long Time Comin'


  14. Third Stone from the Sun, Gov't Mule,
    Live...With a Little Help from Our Friends

  15. For Love, Ringo Starr, Liverpool 8