Monday, March 21, 2005

Indie rock moment of the day

(Steven recorded a tambourine and a new lead vocal for "Tonight": "Completely tranformed the song. It'll blow your mind.")

To show that we're not entirely in the dark about our contemporaries, today we highlight drum machine usage in the world of indie rock.

The Raveonettes - Do You Believe Her (They are sort of a retro band. On this song is probably their most exciting drum track, complete with sound effects.)
The Strokes - Hard To Explain (We covered this song during a Sculpted Static concert. What happened to them, anyway?)
Adult. - Glue Your Eyelids Together (electronica/pop/rock)
Spoon - Small Stakes (Not a drum machine, but tambourine all the way except for a couple flourishes and a coda of heavily reverbed real drums)

Probably the most famous example of drum machine rock is The Smashing Pumpkins' Adore, made after they lost their drummer.

Radiohead cut up and looped samples of real drumming on "Airbag". Also notice the sleighbells at the beginning of the track suggesting transportation of the polar kind.

Here is a list of Sculpted Static songs that actually used programmed beats: "Salvo Social," "Save the Day," "carchase2," "Einsamkeit," "Spare Change." We expect to use the drum machine again on the new version of "Save the Day."

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