I absolutely love Tortoise, and TNT is nothing short of a masterpiece of an LP. Pitchfork just posted this live video of them performing the entire album in full at the Art Institute of Chicago and it is glorious.
Sound quality is absolutely excellent, and video production quality is equally as great. I saw them way back in the 1990s, and it makes me very happy to see them performing this material today. This was a great way to start my morning.
TNT has also recently been reissued on vinly (I already got a copy) but you can pick one up with the link below 🙂
I started playing the drums when I was 10 years old. Over the years many different drummers have influenced my playing but one in particular that I saw play in the early 90s basically changed the way I thought about playing the drums, and the instrument as a whole. That drummer was Damon Che of the band Don Caballero.
I grew up in Morgantown WV, and quite often my friends and I would head up to nearby Pittsburg PA to see touring bands that weren’t making it to Morgantown. This time we were heading up to see the band Tar. Tar were an awesome band and we were all very excited to see them. There were two opening bands, and one of them was this band I’d never heard of at the time called Don Caballero.
I barely remember them setting up, but I do remember some tall lanky dude standing outside behind the glass doors of the venue before they got started in a long black trench coat, drinking water out of a gallon jug and smoking a cigarette. That dude was the drummer of Don Cab, Damon Che.
Don Cab came out and their first song was like a sudden explosion of a sonic fireball that basically leveled the audience. You could feel everyone in the room staring at the stage like they were witnessing something like planets colliding. At the center of all this, and the one directing the collision was the drummer. He was seated behind a cheap black Pearl Export series drum set, with huge toms setup nearly perfectly flat and gigantic shiny B8 Pro cymbals set up very high and tilted.
I was close to the front of the stage, and watching him play, but couldn’t really believe my eyes. His motions were completely alien looking, and the way his drums were setup looked amazingly uncomfortable. But the sounds I was hearing were unlike any drumming I had previously encountered. It was busy, really busy, but with a very deep pocket feel and incredible power. Every couple seconds I was hearing a new beat I hadn’t heard anyone else play before. It was complex, bombastic, intense and incredibly tight.
At this moment I knew the drumming world had just received an upgrade and I felt incredibly inspired to get even better at drums and my love for the instrument grew even stronger than it already was.
So let’s take a closer look at Damon Che and see what exactly made him such an awesome force behind the drums.
Today I thought I would try out the beta version of Kdenlive for Windows. I am running Windows 10 home 64 bit, and it works great! If you don’t know, Kdenlive is an amazing free video editor for Linux, I make almost all of my content with it. Now it also runs in Windows!
If you’re a YouTube musician, or just a videographer, this is an excellent technique for recording hi quality audio simultaneously as video on your android smart phone. I am running MIUI (, which is actually Android 7 on my Xiaomi Redmi 5a. On the video below I ran directly out of my mixer into my Behringer UCA202 Audio Interface.
So how do you get it to work? Well first you’ll need a micro USB to female USB adapter like the one below.
Once you have open camera installed, go into the video settings and select “use external microphone if available”. Now before you attempt recording there’s still one more thing you need to change or the videos will most likely not record. Go into Android’s app permission settings and under Microphone, find the Google App and turn off it’s access to your microphone. For some reason this interferes the recording (probably due to google spying on you all the time) haha.
Once that’s all configured, you should be able to plug in any USB audio interface or microphone and record video with great sounding audio!