Hew Time

Inspired by Max Roach’s M’Boom, Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, The Black Heart Procession, The Shins) leads Dale Crover (Melvins, some pre-Grohl Nirvana, occasionally fill-in for Dave Lombardo for Fantômas) and Coady Willis (also Melvins, Dead Low Tide, The Murder City Devils) in an instrumental and somewhat experimental record. If you know more than one of the names above (people, not bands), your spider-sense may be tingling. If you know the bands and not the people, the combination may cause your confusion-sense to tingle.

It’s true: three indie-punk-alt drummers inspired by perhaps the second or third most famous jazz drummer of all time (compare to Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa, with plenty of allowance for “jazz is not my area of expertise”) have put together an inventive and engaging percussion record. It’s cool stuff, and I say that as someone who finds most drum solos obnoxious, wank-y, and boring exercises in groove-less technique.

They avoid leaning on melodious percussion instruments without completely excising them, and make a pretty solid humdinger. Check it out if drums are your thing.