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  • Juan Alderete Joins Deltron 3030 Tour

    Juan Alderete Joins Deltron 3030 Tour

    Juan Alderete has announced he will be laying down the low end for hip hop supergroup Deltron 3030 on their upcoming tour. The band, which consists of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, is hitting the road in support of their latest album, Event II. “I met Dan “The Automator” Nakamura... »

  • Bass of the Week: Electrical Guitar Company Series One Bass

    Bass of the Week: Electrical Guitar Company Series One Bass

    This week we take a look at the Electrical Guitar Company Series One Bass, an instrument built around a hollow “C” shaped anodized aluminum neck. The neck assembly is completely isolated from the body for maximum sustain. “All aluminum rings out in a very unique way,” EGC writes. “It almost has a natural chorus to... »

  • Richard Bona: Songs from The Ten Shades of Blues

    Richard Bona: Songs from The Ten Shades of Blues

    Richard Bona is far and away one of the greatest living bassists… and more than that, he’s the epitome of the total musician. Here’s Richard with his band performing songs from his album, The Ten Shades of Blues in October, 2009. Enjoy. »

  • In Memoriam: Keith “Sabu” Crier

    In Memoriam: Keith “Sabu” Crier

    Keith “Sabu” Crier, who founded the disco group GQ, has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 58. Crier formed his first band in 1968 under name Sabu & the Survivors, which then became The Rhythm Makers in the 1970s. The band released a single album called Soul on Your Side in 1976, which landed... »

  • Rhythmic Bass Playing: Making it Fit the Musical Setting

    Rhythmic Bass Playing: Making it Fit the Musical Setting

    Q: For a while, I’ve been focusing on developing a percussive finger style bass technique, in a similar style to yours. I have great fun with it when playing on my or own or looping, but whenever I try it in a band situation, it just never sounds as good. All the detail – and... »

  • Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway: Something

    Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway: Something

    This is an absolutely dynamite combination. Snarky Puppy, led by bassist Michael League, recently released Family Dinner, Volume 1 with a host of guest vocalists. Here’s the video for the song “Something,” featuring Lalah Hathaway, who delivers an absolutely stunning performance over top of the absolutely smoking band. Starting with just vocals and a Rhodes,... »

  • Rush Releases “Vapor Trails Remixed” and Atlantic Records Box Set

    Rush Releases “Vapor Trails Remixed” and Atlantic Records Box Set

    Rush has released a 7-disc box set of their studio albums from Atlantic Records including a remixed version of their controversial 2002 album Vapor Trails. The Studio Albums 1989-2007 brings together Presto, Roll The Bones, Counterparts and Test For Echo, as well as their covers EP Feedback and 2007’s Snakes & Arrows. Each of the... »

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  • Reader Spotlight: Rodney Vidanes

    Reader Spotlight: Rodney Vidanes

    Meet Rodney Vidanes, a bassist from the Philippines who really caught our attention with his terrific story. Rodney has the right attitude (read his superpower), has an open mind to many musical genres, and like many others he started out on another instrument, only to find he really was a bassist. Rodney is the No... »

  • Reviving Old Bass Strings: A New Approach

    Reviving Old Bass Strings: A New Approach

    I let one of my friends borrow my 1978 pre-Ernie Ball Music Man bass, and he really gunked up the strings. You’ll hear in the video below that the strings are pretty dead. There are all kinds of tricks out there being shared for reviving old strings: boiling, alcohol, whatever. This doesn’t require any of... »

  • Evan Marien: Aeon (Solo Bass with Pedals and Laptop)

    Evan Marien: Aeon (Solo Bass with Pedals and Laptop)

    Evan Marien just sent his latest video, and while it is without one of our favorite drummers (Dana Hawkins) it is still plenty cool. The tune is “Aeon”, written by Evan, who utilizes a few pedals and Markbass’ new Bass Multiamp. This one grooves. We wish it was longer, but Evan says, “just replay it”. »