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Ween drummer Claude Coleman Jr. is interviewed about SoundSpace, the practice facility for musicians he’s opening soon in Asheville, North Carolina.
Ween drummer Claude Coleman Jr. will take his amandla project on the road with the Mike Dillon Band next month.
Amandla is the music and group of Claude Coleman Jr., familiarly known as the perversely versatile drummer for the group Ween. His 20-year discography as a drummer stretches across an eclectic array of artists and players throughout the NY/NJ area and beyond, including artists ranging from Elysian Fields and Eagles of Death Metal to Marco Benevento and Chocolate Genius.
On record, Amandla is Coleman as its singer-songwriter, performing on all instruments, engineering and producing. Live, he is Amandla’s frontman and guitarist.
In 1989, his first band Skunk was signed to TwinTone Records, after which he began recording and performing with Ween in 1992. Skunk’s second release Laid (1991) featured three Coleman-penned tracks including the slow falsetto burner I Think I Don’t Mind, later re-recorded and re-released on the debut Amandla release, Falling Alone (2001).
Falling Alone was a contextual portrait of Coleman’s influences, defying all categories with its alt-rock-soul-folk-psychedelic exploration. It was at its heart a songwriter’s record, and it proudly defined Amandla with its own traditions and sounds; boasting the lush haunting of On A Ferry, then jumping over to the prog-heavy Daniella. Gene Ween sings on the Marc Bolan cover, Summer Deep.
The Full Catastrophe (2006), also independently released, took the span of four years in which Coleman became a near-fatal accident survivor. His music as well as his miraculous recovery story has been featured by The New York Times and NPR. On Catastrophe, Coleman continued Amandla’s across style boundaries, bringing Costello-esque pop and flirting with jungle music moods. It has been reviewed as “a minor masterpiece”.
Currently, the drummer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer / producer, music teacher, writer, web designer and carpenter is currently in sessions for his third Amandla release, Laughing Hearts to be released summer of 2010, as well as touring the new material through the summer. Recording is taking place between his home studio and CoMA Recording Studio in Trenton, NJ, a 1940’s era radio station / studio restoration project.
Famed photographer Jay Blakesberg will release a new book entitled ‘Jerry Garcia – Secret Space Of Dreams’ this October.
Watch Trey Anastasio lead Ghosts Of The Forest through “About To Run” in video filmed on April 10 in Boston.
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong had plenty of treats in store for their five sets at the 10th annual Domefest, which was held at Marvin’s Mountaintop this past weekend.
Drummer Joe Russo plays most of the instruments and wrote most of the material found on his surprise new solo album ‘phér•bŏney.’
Watch five amazing ‘Classroom Instrument’ covers from the ‘Tonight Show,’ featuring Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and special guests.