I use matched grip and my set-up is right-handed despite being primarily left-handed. Overall I personally find traditional grip to be too restrictive and unintuitive however many of the worlds best drummers prove that not to be the case. I think it’s about adapting to what’s most comfortable as a player.
In answer to the second question, Tin Drum probably contained the most explorative strategies within the confines of ‘pop’ and therefore enjoyable for me as a drummer in the studio. Much of the material was heavily structured around the rhythm section at the point of conception and therefore dictated the integration of musical arrangements to a large degree and was uniquely challenging to us all at the time. Sonically speaking though I think my choice would be Rain Tree Crow as the recording and mixing techniques were more natural (less effected) and creates a more intimate and visceral sound.
Thanks for rating the new album!