The VolkswagenNew Beetle. You can get a full-sized drum set into these things (although a 24" kick's going to require a padded case), a fact I learned after I bought the car in 2002, as my old Pearl Prestige Session drums had, at the time, been stolen by an antiquities-dealing crack addict who was part of a police sting operation to catch a drug lord on Syracuse's West Side. One of my better band stories and proof that people on drugs are not in their right state of mind. Also handy for transporting computer clusters across state lines.
The old Nanorex cluster and my Al Foster-phase Pearl Prestige Session kit. Click on either for a larger image.
Just so no one else has to spend as much time looking around for this information as I did to figure out a problem with my Blinker/Hazard Relay, I provide the fuse box diagram below (for google and beyond). Click on the image for a larger view.
If you lost this card, print and shove into the glove box. You will eventually find it handy.
Top o' the afternoon to ya, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. A fortuitous occurrence above the western skies (relative to my apartment) of Syracuse in the direction of Tipperary Hill (where, for those interested in local trivia, the traffic light has the green on top thanks to the indefatigable efforts of Irish youths in the 1920's) brings to mind three questions about the most recent (and my first sub'ing) Grove Havener (who's name, for those interested in local trivia, is taken from an Earth Science teacher at Jamesville-DeWitt) gig at Coleman's Irish Pub on 6 March 2009:
Answers: (1) people were trashed enough by the end of the night that it likely appeared that way, (2) I'd say we hit 60% pure rock-dom, and (3) regrettably, no.
Click on the image for a larger view (pretty cool).
Thanks to my trusty OlympusLS-10, the entire gig did get captured for posterity, with a few pick hits worked up in Garageband (for those interested in the clean-up procedure, slight added Compression and default Speech Enhancer, no bass enhancement, 320 kb MP3) and provided below. In the interest of explaining the balance on the recording, the LS-10 was sitting 3 feet from my hi-hats (and splashes, they do come out strong) on top of the back of a wall of seats. The fact that (1) you hear the rest of the band at all and (2) you hear them quite well despite the amps pointing away from the drums means that I clearly did not play hard enough. I include a drummer-level visual (with Mark's cheat-sheets, through which several people thumbed in the interest of making requests) from behind an overworked and unprepared set of Pearl Masters Studio BSX's.
Featuring the artistic stylings (the most polite way to describe it after "almost two" rehearsals) of Mark Bell (vocals), Mike Grossman (guitar), Matt Bell (guitar), Andrew Willis (bass), and yours truly (drums and cowbell)…