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  • Bass Players to Know: Oteil Burbridge

    Bass Players to Know: Oteil Burbridge

    Each time I embark on a new column, I find myself humbled and overwhelmed by the talent and contributions of the chosen “Bass Player to Know.” There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll discover new music, recognize the birth of different styles, and become more in tune with the virtuosity of the player. As... »

  • Vato Negro: Dos

    Vato Negro: Dos

    From Racer X to Mars Volta to Deltron 3030, Juan Alderete has been killing it for years. Today, we’re celebrating his birthday with a clip of his project Vato Negro throwing down at Fuji Rock 2010. The song (which starts at the 1:10 mark) brings out an eclectic side of the group with a nice... »

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  • Hal Leonard Publishes “Music Marketing for the DIY Musician”

    Hal Leonard Publishes “Music Marketing for the DIY Musician”

    The author of Billboard Books’ best-selling The Musician’s Handbook has some more advice to offer. This time, Bobby Borg, who has a long career as a musician, educator and author, is turning his eye and pen to going DIY with . Published as part of Hal Leonard Corp.’s Music Pro Series of guides and CDs,... »

  • Bill Gould: New Faith No More Album in 2015

    Bill Gould: New Faith No More Album in 2015

    It’s been 17 years since Faith No More released an album, but that streak will be broken in April 2015 according to Bill Gould. The bassist, who will also be producing the group’s untitled seventh album, broke the news to Rolling Stone. The release will be on their own imprint, Reclamation Records. “The name has... »

  • Finding Home: An Interview with Kristin Korb

    Finding Home: An Interview with Kristin Korb

    Packing up everything you own and moving over 5,000 miles to make a new home is a life-changing event. It forces you to learn a new culture, a new language, meet new people, and generally get you completely out of your comfort zone. That’s precisely what happened to bassist and vocalist Kristin Korb after she... »

  • You Bred Raptors?: Yukon

    You Bred Raptors?: Yukon

    Named after a quote from Jurassic Park, You Bred Raptors? is a trio that does things differently. Musically it features cello, drums and a knockout 8-string bass played by Peat Rains. The band stands out even further by performing with an array of bizarres masks on. The group was recently featured on BreakThru Radio for... »

  • Avishai Cohen Trio Record Reissued on Vinyl

    Avishai Cohen Trio Record Reissued on Vinyl

    If you missed out on the Avishai Cohen Trio’s Gently Disturbed when it came out in 2008, or you just always wanted a vinyl version of the record, . The work, from the trio featuring the innovative Cohen on bass, Mark Guiliana on drums and Shai Maestro on piano, received a host of accolades for... »

  • BOSS Announces RC-1 Loop Station

    BOSS Announces RC-1 Loop Station

    Taking a step towards simplicity, BOSS has announced a new entry-level looping pedal called the RC-1 Loop Station. The RC-1 strips away all the extra functions the series is known for and is designed solely for recording loops. Made with bassists and guitarists in mind, the Loop Station offers up to 12 minutes of stereo... »

  • Achieving Rock Solid Time on Bass

    Achieving Rock Solid Time on Bass

    Q: I was wondering if you could touch on the topic of time, the most important part of being a bassist. Are there ways to get rock solid time anywhere from 60 bpm to 300 bpm other than just playing with a metronome? If so what do you suggest? A: Aside from my usual answers:... »

  • Jaco Pastorius: Rare Live Footage with Brian Melvin (1986)

    Jaco Pastorius: Rare Live Footage with Brian Melvin (1986)

    While I knew Jaco Pastorius spent time in California with Brian Melvin, where they recorded some albums around 1986, I had no idea Melvin released a documentary about his time with Jaco until today. This clip comes from Brian Melvin’s Reflections: On Music & Friendship with Jaco Pastorius, which offers up some rare footage of... »