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Flyin' Traps

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Masterminded by Redd Kross' Brian Reitzell, Flyin' Traps is a celebration of rock drumming similar in spirit to the solo records of Hal Blaine or Sandy Nelson. Moving the drums and percussion to the front of the mix, the record not only spotlights the often-overlooked importance of drummers, but also allows players like Soundgarden's Matt Cameron, the Jesus Lizard's Mac McNeilly and the Screaming Trees' Barrett Martin to step out from behind their kits to reveal their other musical talents. The results are often excellent, ranging from surf (the Fastbacks' Mike Musburger's "Noodles") to worldbeat (Jane's Addiction's Stephen Perkins' "Monkey to Brazil") to evocatively gorgeous soundcapes (the Flaming Lips' Steven Drzod's "Headphone Theme From Seeming Infinity").

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