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  • Gettin’ cinematic with Carlos D

    Interpol bassist Carlos Dengler, a.k.a. Carlos D, has made a film exploring “the unstable nature of fame and the incredible cost of celebrity.” Dengler stars in and co-produced My Friends Told Me About You, composed an all-original score for the 26-minute film. The production was “a chance to explore the narrative potential of sound and... »

  • RIP George Kaufman

    Nails bassist George Kaufman has passed away at the age of 58, following aneurysm surgery. A memorial service was held on Thursday in Yonkers, NY. Kaufman’s band, The Nails, released two albums in the 80s, including the hit “88 Lines about 44 Women”. He was also a music teacher and owner of Supreme Sound Engineering,... »

  • Wester Désamours: First Step [featured bass player]

    Today’s featured bassist is Wester Désamours, hailing from northern Haiti, and our newest Facebook friend. At the age of five, Wester made his own guitar out of an oil drum, some wood and nylon strings. Since 2003, Wester has been studying music, composing and recording his debut album First Step. Check out Wester’s web site... »

  • Aguilar Amplification signs Adam Nitti

    Adam Nitti has signed on to endorse Aguilar Amps, selecting the DB 750, two DB 410 cabinets and a Tone Hammer preamp/D.I. as his rig for live performances, and the AG500 and DB112 cabinets for studio use. “The DB750 is one of the most musical pieces of bass gear I have ever played through. Combined... »

  • Krist Novoselic: “No unreleased Nirvana songs”

    In a recent interview with Washington State’s Legacy Project (via Seattle Post-Intelligencer), former Nirvana bassman Krist Novoselic ended any hope for new Nirvana releases. While Novoselic said there are no more unreleased tunes, he did say there’s “a lot of video”, and that he and Courtney Love (the widow of Nirvana’s front man, Kurt Cobain)... »

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  • Sean Kelly joins Helix

    “A childhood dream came true for me last week…” Sean Kelly told Blabbermouth.net. “I was asked to play in one of my all time favourite bands, Helix!” Kelly, frontman for Canadian glam-rock band Crash Kelly, will be the new bassist. According to Kelly, Crash Kelly will still be “going strong through 2009 as well”, despite... »

  • One bassist’s retirement plan

    How will you spend retirement? Oh yes, you’re enjoying huge success as the bassist for your band right now, but what will you do after you’ve corralled boatloads of money and the limelight fades? It’s a tough question, but one to which Ryc Rienks has found a solution: instrument repair. Rienks toured as bassist with... »

  • Roscoe Beck gives cohesion to Leonard Cohen’s latest tour

    Roscoe Beck has been on the road with Leonard Cohen for a worldwide tour. After 98 concerts abroad, they landed stateside February 19th at the sold-out Beacon Theatre in New York City. Fans were elated to see the 74-year-old Cohen perform again after his 15-year absence from the stage. As musical director and bassist, Roscoe... »

  • It’s Official: Victor Wooten Jumps to Hartke

    We first caught this on the back of Bass Player magazine: “Please welcome, Mr. Victor Wooten”. Victor Wooten is the latest endorser of Hartke. Wooten used Hartke’s HyDrive cabinets and LH1000 amps during the SMV tour (with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller), and is now using them on the Béla Fleck and Flecktones tour. Wooten... »

  • A look at Larry Hartke’s “greatest unsigned bassists”

    Hartke Systems founder Larry Hartke decided he wanted to find great, unsigned bass players from around the world, so he published his cell phone number with a call to action. Over 5,000 players responded by sending in their CDs and web sites to him, and he’s since selected three winners. Each will receive Hartke artist... »