– St. Vincent: Masseduction

– LCD Soundsystem: American Dream

– Queens of the Stone Age: Villains

– Spoon: Hot Thoughts

– The New Pornographers: Whiteout Conditions

– Nine Inch Nails: Add Violence

– The National: Sleep Well Beast

– Laura Marling: Semper Femina

– Peter Adams: Spotlight, Floodlight (Somnio)

– War On Drugs: A Deeper Understanding

– Nate Smith: Kinfolk

– Gabriel Garzon-Montano: Jardín

I was chatting with Bill Zildjian a few months back, and we spoke about “influential drum recordings.” I came up with this list…


1. Jimi Hendrix, Wait Until TomorrowMitch Mitchell
2. The Police, Miss GradenkoStewart Copeland
3. The Cure, UntitledBoris Williams
4. Paul Simon, Late In The EveningSteve Gadd
5. Devo, SatisfactionAlan Myers
6. James Taylor, Country RoadCarlos Vega
7. Parliament, Give Up The FunkTiki Fulwood
8. Los Lobos, RevolutionPete Thomas
9. Fabulosos Cadillacs, MatadorFernando Ricciardi
10. Sergio Mendes, MagdalenhaCarlinhos Brown

Honorable Mentions:

1. Genesis, No Reply At AllPhil Collins
2. James Taylor, Got to Stop Thinking Bout ThatSteve Jordan
3. Tori Amos, A Sort of FairytaleMatt Chamberlain
4. John Scofield, Blue MatterDennis Chambers
5. Bob Marley, Could You Be LovedCarlton Barrett
6. The Meters, Just Kissed My BabyZigaboo Modeliste
7. Joshua Redman, Jig-A-JugBrian Blade
8. Carlos Vives, Pa’ MaytéPablo Bernal
9. Shawn Colvin, Sunny Came HomeShawn Pelton
10. Blur, Song 2Dave Rowntree

* David Bowie, Sound and VisionDennis Davis
* Autolux, Turnstile BluesCarla Aznar
* Andrés Calamaro, LocoSteve Jordan

– A Tribe Called Quest: We Got it From Here… (thank you 4 your service)

– Lera Lynn: Resistor

– School of Seven Bells: SVIIB

– Meshuggah: The Violent Sleep of Reason

– Gallant: Ology

– Deftones: Gore

– Tegan And Sara: Love You To Death

– Gojira: Magma

– David Bowie: Blackstar

– Matt Chamberlain: Comet B

– Stranger Things: Vol. 1

This past April, I began working with two lovely artists named Tegan And Sara. We are currently out on a world tour promoting their new album, “Love You To Death.”

Sharing the stage with me are keyboardist Gabrial McNair (from No Doubt’s band), and bassist Eva Gardner (from Pink’s band). The concept of this live show is to bring all of their eight albums’ worth of hits under one delicious umbrella of “electro pop.” It’s been pretty fun updating the arrangements using synthesizers, samplers, and electronic drums(!).

So far, we’ve made it to Asia, Australia, The UK, and North America. The big plan is to continue throughout 2017, hitting all the major areas like South America, Europe, Asia (again), Australia (again), and North America (again).

This was a fun afternoon of live performances on Univision.  I had the fortunate opportunity to play in the house band backing up such artists as Carlos Vives, Fonseca, Lila Downs, Julieta Venegas, Debi Nova, Miguel Bosé, Jessy & Joy, Natalia LaFourcade, and Jorge Drexler.