38 Chad Smith
On the Chili Peppers’ first studio album in five years, the clown prince of funk-rock brings the heat. By Patrick Flanary
33 2011 Drummies
Who’s the Drummer Of The Year? Which Latin percussionist won? Which kit is most coveted? The readers have spoken ...
52 Jason McGerr
The Death Cab driver’s beats are so dead on you forget they’re there — and that’s the way he likes it. By Andrew Nusca
63 Vintage Paper
You’ll start to see drum catalogs in a whole new light after reading this. By Rob Cook
71 Mike Dillon
Once the domain of West Coast cool jazz, the vibes get a new level of respect from the Garage Á Trois mallet man. By j. poet
75 Product Test Roundup
New stuff from Tycoon, Pearl, Remo, and TreeWorks.
Taku Hirano takes us to Bahia with the samba reggae; Richie Garcia goes all bandari on congas and djembe; Glen Caruba expands the vocabulary of the talking drum.
83 Pro Tools Shortcuts
Essential speedy keystrokes for the engineer’s best friend. By Jake Wood
90 DW Performance Series Drum Set By Brad Schlueter
101 Danny Thompson
Face To Face’s drummer defies expectations on “The Invisible Hand.” By Eric Kamm
106 Wally Schnalle plays hi-hat whackamole; Danny Gottlieb knows your weakness (bass drum and cymbal unisons), and does his darndest to correct it.
110 DRUM! 20th Anniversary
We’ve been fêting the momentous occasion all year but now we break down the last two decades of DRUM! with a timeline of our highest and lowest points.
23 Bud Gaugh
Sublime is back (with Rome) and the band’s pocket has only gotten deeper.
29 Howard Grimes
The Bo-Keys skinsman and Stax house drummer helped pioneer soul grooves.
12 Notation Guide
14 Single Strokes
95 DRUM! Picks