This week's puzzler comes courtesy Joe Easley, drummer for the D.C.-based rock group The Dismemberment Plan. It shouldn't be too hard for fans of the band to hear why he loves the fills and intros he selected from some of his favorite artists and songs.
The Dismemberment Plan is currently performing select shows for its latest album, and first in more than a decade, Uncanney Valley.
As always, if you know a fill (or intro) or drummer you'd love to see featured in this game, let us know in the comments section, or via Twitter @allsongs, #drumfillfriday. Good luck, careful listeners!
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants this week is tantamount to a terrorist attack on the United States and that it comes as the al-Qaida-inspired extremist group has "gained capacity in the last several months."
In response to a question from a reporter at an afternoon briefing, Rhodes said the U.S. sees the killing of journalist James Foley "as an attack on America," adding that Washington is "moving heaven and earth to find and bring home American hostages" held captive in the region.
"We will be relentless in protecting Americans," he said.
The comments from Rhodes largely echoed remarks earlier in the day by Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, and strong words about the group known variously as Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL made Thursday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey. Hagel said the Islamic State extremists go "beyond anything we've seen."
However, Kirby said U.S. airstrikes had "succeeded in blunting [Islamic State] momentum."
Asked whether the U.S. planned to expand its air campaign against the group in northern Iraq, possibly into Syria, where it has also been active, the admiral replied: "We don't telegraph our punches, but I think you can rest assured that the leadership team here in the Pentagon understands the threat."
Kirby defended a failed operation to rescue Foley and other hostages in Syria. He said that although U.S. forces participating in the rescue effort found no hostages at the target location, "we had an indication that they were once on that site.
"Attempts like this — which was risky under the best of circumstances — they take time," he said. "Intelligence is not perfect."
Jason Bentley, KCRW Music Director
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah self-released its debut album back in 2005 — when the Philly indie-rock group became one of the first big bands to break through on the strength of acclaim from music blogs — and still ventures into new sonic territory on its fourth studio album, the new Only Run.
From rock clubs to living-room shows, singer Alec Ounsworth is leading Clap Your Hands Say Yeah with a renewed sense of optimism. The band recently performed a batch of new songs during a return engagement on Morning Becomes Eclectic — including the single heard here, "Coming Down."
- "Coming Down"
Watch the entire Clap Your Hands Say Yeah session for Morning Becomes Eclectic at KCRW.com.
There's something about a rapidly strummed guitar chord followed quickly by an urgent vocal that is one definition of an effective rock song, and Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker thinks he's found quite a few examples of this on Benjamin Booker's self-titled debut album. The 25-year-old guitarist-singer-songwriter has already served as an opening act on Jack White's recent tour, and he may be ready for headliner status.