Make Your Own DIY Suitcase Drum Kit

Nina Cervantez
Here it is, in all its finished glory

Working in a drum shop exposed me to a lot of gear. I have seen everything from rare vintage pieces to the newest and coolest and everything in between. Over the years I assisted many customers with a multitude of projects, but there is one that stuck out to me so much that I had to do it myself: the suitcase drum kit.

Suitcase drum kits exude cool. Legend has it that early low-budget touring drummers would use these things on the road so they could travel easier and faster. These drum kits are not just cool because of hipster folklore; they're actually practical and look and sound great. With stages getting smaller, smaller kits have become very practical. They are inexpensive to make, and almost everything will fit inside of the suitcase when it's collapsed, making for easy transport.

To build one of these beauties you will need...

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Archers Of Loaf's Matt Gentling on cult status, the reunion, and witnessing a stabbing on the road

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Archers of Loaf are the very definition of the '90s stalwart alt-rock band. They toiled in relative obscurity while many of their contemporaries made it big and ruled the airwaves for a good decade or so. Those who knew them loved them like a small child loves a puppy: with a bursting-at-the-seams excitement that refuses to be reigned in by any words or actions. Those who didn't -- and, sadly, there were many -- missed out on what was likely the hidden gem in the '90s alt-rock landscape.

More arty and obtuse the Big Three (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins) and even more underdoggy than the bands who deliberately positioned themselves as such (Pavement, Dinosaur Jr., Superchunk, et al), AoL have seen all four of their studio albums re-released in the last year to higher praise than when they were first released -- impressive since they were critics' darlings from the beginning.

Listening to them now, away from the clatter of two decades ago, brings the realization that, in the end, much of their work had more in common with British bands like Gang of Four and Wire (their 1993 debut, Icky Mettle, in particular), with their vaguely angular hooks and noisy passages, than with the thunderous sludge being peddled out of the Pacific Northwest. It has aged approximately 342 times better, to boot. Sometimes vindication for your actions takes a little while. Ahead of Archers of Loaf's Saturday and Sunday gigs at 400 Bar, Gimme Noise talked with AoL's bassist Matt Gentling about cult status vs. widespread popularity, and a stabbing they witnessed in Florida.

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Lady Heat Hot Soul Party trading cards -- debuts at Icehouse tonight

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What's more retro than baseball cards? We'd say the hot, buttered soul of the '60s and '70s would certainly do the trick. A trio of familiar Twin Cities lasses launch a new Tuesday night dance series this week at the delightful new Eat Street restaurant/venue Icehouse, and the Lady Heat Hot Soul Party is fixing to be an authentic blend of dance floor enhancers that scream out for platform shoes and patterns as loud as the bass.

To celebrate this new venture, Gimme Noise has created trading cards for each of our celeb DJs. After the jump, collect all three!

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Greg Norton jams with Husker Du tribute band in Chicago

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Photo Courtesy of Hüsker Düdes Facebook
Every city seems to have their share of them--tribute cover bands who tackle the prodigious back catalogs of classic (and not so classic) rock bands who have long since fizzled out, or arena acts which people at dive bars refuse to pay top dollar to see. In the case of Chicago's cleverly named Hüsker Düdes, they faithfully recreate the music of one of the Twin Cities most beloved bands for fans who know that their chance to see Hüsker Dü play live has long since passed.

Spin reports that on Saturday night at Chicago's Quenchers Saloon, the Düdes, along with everyone else at the bar, received quite a treat (and the biggest accolade a tribute band could ever hope for), as Hüsker bassist Greg Norton dropped in to jam with them on a few boisterous numbers from his highly revered old band, "From the Gut," "Target," and "Blah, Blah, Blah."

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Nirvana's In Utero studio site in Cannon Falls overhauled

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Pachyderm Studio was once an ever-expanding source of rural Minnesota trivia. The complex, tucked away behind some trees on a quiet country road near Cannon Falls, hosted many legendary recording sessions. Lore surrounding Nirvana's In Utero, PJ Harvey's Rid of Me, and albums by local heroes including the Jayhawks and Soul Asylum all took place in this two-building country home that looks like it'd be the home of some killer barbecues.

In recent years, the profile of the studio lowered significantly. Several of my friends' jam bands have also recorded lengthy, psychedelic sessions there that certainly didn't make them stars. And when I visited there in late 2009 -- my father was tuning a piano in the "hallowed" space that day -- it was hosting an elderly couple laying down tracks for some classic hymns.

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Miles Davis began recording Bitches Brew on this date in 1969, and changed modern music forever

With the dust of the just-completed Woodstock festival still settling, Miles Davis was on his own idiosyncratic trip on this date in 1969, as he settled into Columbia Records' 30th Street Studio in Manhattan to begin the three-day recording sessions that would produce his groundbreaking jazz-rock record, Bitches Brew. The album features a stellar cast of musicians who came to the studio with little knowledge of what they were getting into or what songs they were going to play. Davis thrived on playing in the moment, giving very little direction to the players or demands for what directions he wanted the songs to go, while also knowing exactly what type of style and sound he was searching for. More »

The Foo Fighters choose local filmmakers to create their next music video, will play live in your garage

Three talented and fortunate Minnesota filmmakers have been chosen to create a new music video for the Foo Fighters. Director Justin Staggs and producers Ben Katz and Shane Nelson are currently in pre-production for a video for "Back And Forth," a song from the Foo's hotly anticipated forthcoming record Wasting Light. Filming is set to begin in the Minneapolis area on Sunday, March 20.

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Tricky rescued from snowstorm by kind couple outside of Toronto

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Those hoping to catch Tricky live at the Varsity Theater last night were saddened by the news yesterday afternoon that the trip-hop phenom would not be performing. Little reason was given for the cancellation beyond travel delays due to the inclement weather, but an article in the Toronto Star sheds a little light on what Tricky was up to yesterday.

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ROBOTlove, PUNY, and Pink Hobo Gallery to form triumvirate of awesomeness

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(Now that's the kind of party we like to see)

We rarely find ourselves enthusiastic over merges. However, we just received a press release that these three companies are coming together like Voltron to create one mega-space. Yeah, we're genuinely excited.

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Burlesque of North America, Renegade Book Sale this weekend

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(Photo by Lin Pernille Photography)

Are your walls bare? Or are you tired of looking at that boring Monet poster you bought in college ten years ago? Perhaps you are looking to purchase some interesting coffee table books for less than the price of a beer? You need to check out these cool weekend sales events. No, they are not at Macy's.

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