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The 10 Greatest Drummers of All Time

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The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards air LIVE on Sat, Feb 21 5p ET/2p PT.

Independent Spirit Award-nominated Whiplash is about a young jazz drummer finding his way, and in tribute we decided to run down the all-time masters of the sticks.

10. Max Roach

One of the most influential stickmen ever, Roach transformed the drummer from a glorified metronome to an essential part of the jazz ensemble.


9. Neil Peart

Although opinions on Rush vary wildly, nobody can deny that Peart is one of the most idiosyncratic and progressive drummers to ever walk the cold Canadian soil.


8. Clyde Stubblefield

The most-sampled drummer of all time brings an incredible innate sense of rhythm to his work with James Brown and others.


7. Dave Lombardo

Heavy metal is a playground for drum pyrotechnics, and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo perfectly combines aggression and technique.


6. John Bonham

The Led Zeppelin drummer brought incredible speed, power and precision to the ensemble’s jams.

5. Gene Krupa

Super-energetic Krupa brought his performance behind the kit into the spotlight, paving the way for drummers to become stars.


4. Elvin Jones

To drum with John Coltrane, you need to be on the next level, and Elvin Jones was a cut above the competition.


3. Keith Moon

The Who could have been just another British Invasion combo were it not for Moon’s unpredictable playing, which was unlike any other drummer of his era.


2. Tony Allen

Holding down the drums for Nigerian mastermind Fela Kuti’s epic jams would be a challenge for any percussionist, but Allen handled it in style.


1. Buddy Rich

Rich actually figures into Whiplash, and for good reason – he was a tornado behind the kit with talent only matched by his brutal temper.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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