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Weekly Top Ten: The Best in Bass for the Week of November 24th

The last week of November included some really popular bass videos. But our favorite (and the reader’s #5 favorite) was the Track by Track feature with Chuck Rainey, who gave us the inside story on his new album.

Here are the most popular stories, columns and videos on No Treble for the week of November 24 – 30, 2013. Thanks for reading, watching, commenting and sharing!

Michael Thurber: Story of the Bass

1. Michael Thurber: Story of the Bass

Michael Thurber gets a huge thumbs up in our book. As a co-founder of cdza, he’s been creating musical video experiments, including this awesome all bass Ace of Bass medley. Here, Thurber rips through 45 songs on nine basses to tell the story of the bass, starting with its humble origins in the Viola de Gamba all the way up to modern funk rock and beyond…

Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian: A Change Of Season / Acid Rain (Live)

2. Portnoy Sheehan MacAlpine Sherinian: A Change Of Season / Acid Rain (Live)

Here’s the dream team of Billy Sheehan, Tony MacAlpine, Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian performing “A Change Of Season / Acid Rain” live in Tokyo…

Von Dauer Launches Bass Line with Art Bass M1

3. Von Dauer Launches Bass Line with Art Bass M1

Von Dauer, a newly formed German bass brand, has announced the launch of their first bass called the Art Bass model M1. The instrument is handmade in Germany in small production runs. The M1 riffs on the traditional J shape with a whitewood body accented by an inset stained ash scratchplate…

Project RnL with Or Lubianiker: Another One

4. Project RnL with Or Lubianiker: Another One

Or Lubianiker joined forces with Project RnL to make the band’s very first live video. The band describes their music as a “strange, yet mysteriously appealing blend” of genres, and we completely agree. “Another One” is a bass-heavy tune and starts with a duet between Lubianiker and vocalist Ray Livnat…

Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

5. Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

Let’s face it, if you call yourself a bass player and don’t know and speak the name Chuck Rainey with reverence, then you would be in the minority. Chuck gives us the inside story on his new album, Interpretations of a Groove

Bass of the Week: Memphis Guitar Spa Cinnamon Gurl

6. Bass of the Week: Memphis Guitar Spa Cinnamon Gurl

Rick Rosas called on Kevin Ferner of Memphis Guitar Spa to create a bass to bring a different sound to his studio work. This week we check out the resulting beauty they call Cinnamon Gurl…

Steve Metcalf: All Bass Cover of Lorde’s “Royals”

7. Steve Metcalf: All Bass Cover of Lorde’s “Royals”

Steve Metcalf is back with an all bass arrangement of Lorde’s “Royals,” and it’s incredible. He nails the melody at the very top of the bass’s range while laying his own tight harmonies and bass lines…

Rush Releases “Clockwork Angels Tour”

8. Rush Releases “Clockwork Angels Tour”

In the summer of 2012, Rush released their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels. In what has been a busy year and a half for the band, the trio hit the road for tours across North America and the world. They’ve just released Clockwork Angels Tour from that tour, a 31-song release in multiple formats…

Setting a Path to Session Work

9. Setting a Path to Session Work

In his weekly “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about building a session band and expands on that answer to also focus on what it takes to become a session musician…

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Debut Album

10. Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang Announces Debut Album

Les Claypool is never one to stand still, a fact that is evidenced by his many musical groups. Now his latest project, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, has announced that their debut album Four Foot Shack will be released on February 4, 2014…