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February 1, 2014 7:20 PM   Subscribe

Sam Westphalen's Guitar Percussion Cover of Tool's Lateralus.
posted by cashman (13 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

Westphalen previously.
posted by googly at 7:35 PM on February 1

Good grief. This is astoundingly good. O.O
posted by hippybear at 7:56 PM on February 1

His cover of "Message in a Bottle" might actually be a little more impressive....

But good god. How is this even possible???
posted by lattiboy at 7:59 PM on February 1 [3 favorites]

Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat's impressive.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:51 PM on February 1

I hadn't noticed previously that "Seven Nation Army" was lying hidden in "Message in a Bottle".
posted by idiopath at 9:36 PM on February 1

But good god. How is this even possible??
posted by lattiboy at 10:59 PM on February 1

He's extending a very old technique called golpe. Here's some more examples. Having grown up in an era before even basic cable, it was kind of mind blowing watching someone play flamenco the first time. For years I had always assumed that they were just recording them in a dance hall and that clacking sound was folks dancing.
posted by mcrandello at 11:22 PM on February 1 [3 favorites]

Thanks for telling us about golpe, mcrandello. Well I'm off to YouTube, see you in a few hours.
posted by fonetik at 2:44 AM on February 2


If I may present a couple of other masterful guitarists you may not have heard of yet:

Michael Kelsey

Aniello Desiderio

I didn't know who Desiderio was when I saw him play at Auer Hall, without amplification. I have never seen anyone use the room itself as a resonant chamber the way he did.

May these bring you joy.
posted by dragonsi55 at 4:28 AM on February 2 [2 favorites]

Stanley Jordan does the tapping with two hands instead of tapping+percussion.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 6:19 AM on February 2 [1 favorite]

RobotVoodooPower: "No Stairway, denied."
posted by little_dog_laughing at 9:09 AM on February 2

It's like a human chiptune.
posted by en forme de poire at 11:31 AM on February 2

Loved that cover of Message in a Bottle. He does a great job of surfacing the primary voices while keeping it driving.... Thanks lattiboy.
posted by armoir from antproof case at 2:15 PM on February 2

He's extending a very old technique called golpe

Works on ukes too
posted by flabdablet at 9:26 AM on February 3 [1 favorite]

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