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  • Marco Morandi: Integral’s “Realm Of Atlantis” Playthrough

    Marco Morandi: Integral’s “Realm Of Atlantis” Playthrough

    We featured the SiC Instruments Madness 6-string fretless as a bass of the week in December, and it was a fan favorite. Luthier Simon Calabrese followed up by sending us this video of Integral’s Marco Morandi using the bass to play through their song “Realm of Atlantis.” The song is straight tech metal, but takes... »

  • Gov’t Mule Releases 1999 Live Recording Featuring Late Bassist Allen Woody

    Gov’t Mule Releases 1999 Live Recording Featuring Late Bassist Allen Woody

    Gov’t Mule and guitarist John Scofield have released a rarity — a live album featuring original bassist Allen Woody (also known for his time with The Allman Brothers). The music on Sco-Mule is culled from two late September 1999 shows the Mule played with Scofield in Georgia. The shows weren’t recorded by audience members, and... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Mike Smith

    Reader Spotlight: Mike Smith

    Meet Mike Smith, a bassist from the UK who keeps extremely busy with a life of music. What struck me is that Mike said he would love music to be his day job… it isn’t. But he does have a day job, and he plays in five bands (that we know of!) Mike is the... »

  • Radial Engineering Announces the Bassbone V2

    Radial Engineering Announces the Bassbone V2

    After introducing the Bassbone OD last year, Radial Engineering is updating the original Bassbone with the Bassbone V2. The second generation device features a dedicated effects loop, a combination power booster-mute footswitch, and a piezo optimized input for upright bass. “We recently launched the Bassbone OD which has gained tremendous attention from many of the... »

  • Michael Whittaker and the Bottom 40 Band: Workin’ Day and Night

    Michael Whittaker and the Bottom 40 Band: Workin’ Day and Night

    The recent wave of reharmonized pop tunes has led to some really great music. Here’s keyboardist Michael Whittaker and the Bottom 40 Band – and featuring bassist Adam Nitti – performing an updated version of Michael Jackson’s “Workin Day and Night.” Nitti gets a huge tone to fill out the bottom end while syncing up... »

  • Metal Group Periphery Releases Two Separate Albums Sharing One Concept

    Metal Group Periphery Releases Two Separate Albums Sharing One Concept

    Progressive-metal outfit Periphery had too much metal for one album, so instead of releasing one, they’ve put out two — Juggernaut: Alpha and Juggernaut:Omega. The records are really meant to be listened to as a whole concept piece, with Alpha providing backstory and Omega focusing on the main character’s journey, according to drummer Matt Halpern,... »

  • Bass of the Week: BL Design Marozi #014

    Bass of the Week: BL Design Marozi #014

    One of the first basses we featured in the Bass of the Week series was the redwood themed BL Design Barbary. After revisiting the BL Design website I found this unbelievable 5-string Marozi that centers around a stunning spalted myrtle burl top. The Marozi is one of luthier Beau Leopard’s double cutaway designs. This particular... »

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  • Improving Practice: 4 Pitfalls to Avoid in the Practice Room

    Improving Practice: 4 Pitfalls to Avoid in the Practice Room

    We learn and grow musically from a variety of sources. Teachers, performances, fellow musicians, etc. all play a role in our progress, but our most direct improvement comes from our time in the practice room. That’s why spending time practicing each day is so important. Sometimes, however, even when are putting in time daily, we... »

  • Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    Weather Report with Alphonso Johnson: Badia/Boogie Woogie Waltz and Mysterious Traveller (Live, 1975)

    One of the major highlights for me at the 2015 NAMM Show was finally getting the chance to meet the great Alphonso Johnson. Alphonso deserves way more credit than I think he gets – in my opinion and many others. Going back through the wealth of music he’s been a part of just offers up... »

  • TC Electronic Unveils K-Series Bass Cabinets

    TC Electronic Unveils K-Series Bass Cabinets

    TC Electronic took the opportunity at the Winter NAMM Show to unveil the new K-Series of bass cabinets. Following in the footsteps of the company’s RS and BC cabinets, the K-Series models are designed to be lightweight with vertical stacking ability. The lineup includes the K210, the K212, and the K410. Each is constructed with... »