Archive for: September, 2015

037: Dee Plakas (L7)

Dee Plakas talks about discovering her natural gift for drumming, pulverizing the music world with L7, breaking up the band, and reuniting over a decade later.

BNS: Fred Armisen Bonus Mini-Episode

Fred and Joe pontificate over the nature of music and how it relates to cultural anthropology. Neither of them is an expert, so everything they think might be wrong. You be the judge.

036: Simone Pace (Blonde Redhead)

Blonde Redhead’s Simone Pace tells Joe about his mischievous childhood in Italy and Canada, studying with the legendary Alan Dawson in Boston, founding Blonde Redhead in NY, and managing his insecurities as an artist.

BNS: James Gadson Bonus Mini-Episode

James Gadson is one of the greatest drummers in the history of recorded music, but even he sometimes has an off day in the studio. He tells Joe about a time when he wasn’t at his best. Be sure to listen to Gadson’s full-length episode by subscribing to The Trap Set on iTunes or by…

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BNS: DJ Bonebrake Bonus Mini-Episode

DJ Bonebrake, of legendary punk band X, discusses his time as a Buddhist with Joe, who is just now exploring Buddhism. Be sure to listen to DJ’s full-length episode by subscribing to The Trap Set on iTunes or by visiting

035: James Gadson (Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, etc.)

James Gadson is one of most prolific drummers in funk and soul. His singular style can be heard on seminal records by Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Charles Wright, The Temptations, and many other legends. He tells Joe his remarkable life story.

BNS: Venzella Joy Bonus Mini-Episode

Venzella Joy (drummer for Beyoncé) and Joe talk about their wonderful moms.

BNS: Steven Adler Bonus Mini-Episode

Steven Adler of Guns N’ Roses tells Joe about growing up as a “good Hebrew boy” and seeing UFOs. Be sure to check out his full episode at or on iTunes.

034: DJ Bonebrake (X, Orchestra Superstring, Bonebrake Syncopaters)

DJ Bonebrake (yes, that’s his real name) is the founding drummer of legendary LA punk band, X. He tells Joe about his tragic childhood, the early LA punk scene, and how he constantly broadens his artistic skill set.

BNS: Sam Fogarino Bonus Mini-Episode

In this bonus mini-episode, Joe and Interpol’s Sam Fogarino trade culinary tips and discuss the sometimes annoying foodie culture. Check out Sam’s full-length episode at (Past Episodes) or on iTunes.

BNS: Sheila E. Bonus Mini-Episode

In this bonus mini-episode, Sheila E. discusses her grandmother’s obsession with sex. Check out Sheila’s full-length episode at (Past Episodes) or on iTunes.

033: Venzella Joy (Beyoncé)

It’s not enough to merely be a great drummer if you want to play with the biggest pop star in the world. In addition to her unstoppable groove and technical prowess, Venzella Joy possesses an extraordinary combination of wisdom, humility, and confidence that enabled her to secure the drum throne in Beyoncé’s band. But as…

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