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  • Avoiding Injury: Five Tips for Bass Players

    Avoiding Injury: Five Tips for Bass Players

    As bassists, our health is important, and paying attention to our routine is paramount to avoiding injury. Here are five tips to keep in mind to staying healthy and injury free. 1. Stay Loose Keep those joints flexible and muscles moving. Excessive tension is the enemy. Upright players tend to have problems in shoulders and... »

  • Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “Reward System Malfunction” Playthrough

    Erlend Caspersen: Abhorrent’s “Reward System Malfunction” Playthrough

    Prepare yourself: Erlend Caspersen sent us this playthrough of his band Abhorrent’s song “Reward System Malfunction,” and it’s scary good. The song comes from their upcoming album Intransigence, and while the band has a vocalist, this playthrough removes the vocals to focus on the instruments. Caspersen navigates the song with incredible agility moving between lightning... »

  • “An Evening of Who Music” Benefit Concert to Feature Geddy Lee and Others

    “An Evening of Who Music” Benefit Concert to Feature Geddy Lee and Others

    The Who is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and they’re doing some important work. The band has announced they’ll be performing at a benefit concert on November 11th in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. The “house band” for the event will include Simon Townshend, Zak Starkey, Pino Palladino, Billy Nicholls, Frank Simes, Loren... »

  • Weekly Top 10: RIP Jack Bruce, New Basses and Gear, The Top Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: RIP Jack Bruce, New Basses and Gear, The Top Videos and More

    This week’s top 10 list starts with the sad news of Jack Bruce’s passing. The article was shared more than 13,000 times as the bass world honored the musical legend. Reader favorites making this week’s list include new basses from Fender and Hofner, some terrific bass videos, a beauty of the bass of the week... »

  • Russ Sargeant: Still

    Russ Sargeant: Still

    It has been way too long since we’ve featured bassist Russ Sargeant. Russ has just completed a recording of his newest tune for bass and vocals, “Still”. Once again, his incredible musicianship shows through. You should also check out “Beauty” – another of Russ’s videos we shared in 2009. Once again, well done, Russ. »

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  • “Love Will Tear Us Apart” Re-Issued on Limited-Edition Colored Vinyl

    “Love Will Tear Us Apart” Re-Issued on Limited-Edition Colored Vinyl

    For those of you who just have to have your Joy Division on vinyl — colored vinyl, no less — here’s the for you: “Love Will Tear Us Apart/Leaders of Men.” The limited-edition single, pressed on grey vinyl, is taken from the 1980 Martin Hannett session. (Hannett, who was Joy Division’s producer throughout its career... »

  • Devi Ever: FX Announces Big Distortion Sound Machine

    Devi Ever: FX Announces Big Distortion Sound Machine

    Devi Ever: FX has unveiled the Big Distortion Sound Machine, a parallel distortion that combines their Ruiner and Torn’s Peaker fuzz circuits. The company, which is now owned by the same people that run Dwarfcraft Devices, says the pedal was designed for bass guitar but is applicable to guitar or keyboard as well. It is... »

  • Simone Masina with Angelica Lubian: Always on the Run (Lenny Kravitz Cover)

    Simone Masina with Angelica Lubian: Always on the Run (Lenny Kravitz Cover)

    Bassist Simone Masina shared this video with us of him performing the Lenny Kravitz tune, arranged for double bass and vocals. The vocalist is Angelica Lubian, and the arrangement is described by Simone as a “cover of cover” – inspired by Adam Ben Ezra’s solo bass version of the tune. Enjoy! »

  • Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

    Warner Bros Releases Jaco Pastorius Anthology

    In 1981, Jaco Pastorius left Weather Report to pursue work with his Word of Mouth Big Band. He released his second solo effort, Word of Mouth under his new contract with Warner Bros. On December 1st of that year, Jaco celebrated his 30th birthday by hosting a party at a Fort Lauderdale, Florida club. He... »