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  • Radiohead Release “King of Limbs” Direct to Fans

    Radiohead Release “King of Limbs” Direct to Fans

    Radiohead’s newest album, King of Limbs, is now available for download, with physical copies to be released in retail stores on March 28. The release was announced less than a week ago, and in fact was released a day earlier than previously stated. Colin Greenwood’s bass and synth bass hold down the abstract collection of... »

  • The Cars Reform While Preserving Bassist’s Memory

    The Cars Reform While Preserving Bassist’s Memory

    New Wave rockers The Cars have reformed to record new material for the first time since their split in 1988, though the group will be missing bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died of cancer in 2000. Co-founder Ric Ocasek told Rolling Stone that, “This is not a reunion – it’s more like a conjunction. I never... »

  • Paul Simon: Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes (Live, 1987 with Bakithi Kumalo)

    Paul Simon: Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes (Live, 1987 with Bakithi Kumalo)

    Checking out videos featuring bassist Bakithi Kumalo this morning, I ran into this old favorite from Paul Simon’s Graceland concert in South Africa in 1987. Kumalo’s fretless work on this and the rest of the performance is so awesome, even 24 years later. »

  • Daisy Rock Introduces Rebel Rockit Bass

    Daisy Rock Introduces Rebel Rockit Bass

    Daisy Rock has introduced the Rebel Rockit Bass, the newest model in the company’s line of full-scale instruments. The 34” scale bass features a lightweight sycamore body and a rock maple neck with 22 frets, designed to be more comfortable for girls with smaller hands. Seymour Duncan P+J passive pickups are included. In keeping with... »

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  • Christian McBride: “Havona” Solo on Electric Bass

    Christian McBride: “Havona” Solo on Electric Bass

    Christian McBride is one of those rare bassists who switch from upright to electric and back with ease. We more frequently see (and feature) him playing upright, but this one was too fun to pass up. Here’s a fan shot video of McBride taking a solo break to Jaco Pastorius’ “Havona”. »

  • Bernhard Lackner Releases Plucking Hand Workout For Electric Bass

    Bernhard Lackner Releases Plucking Hand Workout For Electric Bass

    Bassist Bernhard Lackner has released a new instructional book, Plucking Hand Workout For Electric Bass, featuring 200 exercises on 2-finger right hand technique. Written in both standard notation and tablature, the book focuses on developing your plucking hand in order to improve your overall technique, tone and musicianship. The exercises start at the beginning with... »

  • Daring Audio Debuts with Bass Effects Pedal Line

    Daring Audio Debuts with Bass Effects Pedal Line

    Daring Audio made their debut at NAMM this year with the release of a new line of bass effects pedals, including the Particle Beam, Laser Cannon, Edge Activator, and Phat Beam. Built in California, the light energy-inspired pedals all feature true bypass and high headroom 18-volt circuits that run off of either a 9-volt batter... »

  • An Interview with Doug Johns

    An Interview with Doug Johns

    Doug Johns’ virtuosity on bass and compositional prowess plants him firmly as one of the top funk players in a genre with a reputation for precise attack and ultra “in the pocket” approach. Johns’ playing and compositions span multiple styles, making him a sought after musician. The bassist has performed alongside artists as diverse as... »

  • Wally Voss: Live Bass Solo (1980’s)

    Wally Voss: Live Bass Solo (1980’s)

    Joseph Garcia sent in this video of bassist Wally Voss, a shredding master who spent time in the ‘80s touring with Yngwie Malmsteen. Here is a face-melting solo he played with the band Front Runner, before joining Malmsteen. “This is a must see for fans of Cliff Burton and Billy Sheehan,” Garcia wrote, and we... »

  • Gerald Veasley’s 2011 Bass BootCamp Adds Rhonda Smith

    Gerald Veasley’s 2011 Bass BootCamp Adds Rhonda Smith

    This year marks the 10th anniversary of Gerald Veasley‘s popular Bass Boot Camp, and the bassist has just announced that Rhonda Smith will be joining the instructor line up. In addition to Veasley and Smith, the 2011 camp instructors include Adam Nitti, Jimmy Haslip, Anthony Wellington, David Dyson, Bryan Beller and Richard Waller. The camp... »