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  • Faith No More is Back with “Sol Invictus” After an Almost 20-year Recording Break

    Faith No More is Back with “Sol Invictus” After an Almost 20-year Recording Break

    Faith No More’s first studio album since 1997’s Album of the Year was recorded with the band’s bassist, Bill Gould, at the helm. Gould, one of the founders of the group known for hits like “Epic” and “We Care A Lot,” produced the new record, Sol Invictus. “We’ve always shared a chemistry between ourselves that’s... »

  • Weekly Top 10: RIP Louis Johnson, Practicing vs. Performing, Top Bass Gear, Videos and More

    Weekly Top 10: RIP Louis Johnson, Practicing vs. Performing, Top Bass Gear, Videos and More

    This week, we lost one of the giants in the world of bass with the passing of Louis Johnson. We also shared the news of Chris Squire’s fight with leukemia. Both pieces of news made the top 10 most read stories of the week, making this a tougher list than usual. 1. In Memoriam: Louis... »

  • MXR Now Shipping the M85 Bass Distortion Pedal

    MXR Now Shipping the M85 Bass Distortion Pedal

    After announcing the pedal at the NAMM Show this year, Dunlop is now shipping the MXR M85 Bass Distortion. The pedal was designed with Fuzzrocious Pedals founder Ryan Ratajski and is described as revamp on a “famously nasty sounding distortion circuit” that’s been retooled for the modern player. The M85 has separate Dry and Wet... »

  • Andrew Gouche: 1968 Fender Jazz Bass Church Flow

    Andrew Gouche: 1968 Fender Jazz Bass Church Flow

    Gospel bass legend Andrew Gouche has started posting videos of his church performances, and this one of his “church flow” with his trusty 1968 Fender Jazz Bass is on point. Gouche accompanies the choir on “Is My Living In Vain” during a recent service. The clip is a treat as a performance, but it also... »

  • John Patitucci Goes to Brooklyn on Latest Album

    John Patitucci Goes to Brooklyn on Latest Album

    John Patitucci isn’t just a famed jazz double bassist and jazz bass teacher. He’s also an electric bassist, and his latest album, Brooklyn, features him playing electric exclusively. Credited to the John Patitucci Electric Guitar Quartet, the album also features Brian Blade (drums) and electric guitarists Adam Rogers and Steve Cardenas. By the way, a... »

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  • Victor Wooten Band: Brooklyn

    Victor Wooten Band: Brooklyn

    If you caught Victor Wooten and his band during his tour supporting Sword And Stone / Words and Tones, you know how epic a show that band put on. Here’s a video filmed from the audience at Billboard Live in Tokyo (August 20, 2013) show – with two cameras to capture it all. What a... »

  • Devi Ever FX Reintroduces Silver Rose Fuzz Pedal

    Devi Ever FX Reintroduces Silver Rose Fuzz Pedal

    Devi Ever FX is re-releasing the Silver Rose with some upgrades. The company, which was acquired by the people who run Dwarfcraft Devices in 2013, says that the monster fuzz pedal’s updated circuitry allow for extreme versatility. “[The Silver Rose] covers all the ground of the original with some serious improvements, like swapping out the... »

  • Proberaumsession: Gerda

    Proberaumsession: Gerda

    Bassist Lukas Pamminger shared this video with us of a musical project called “Proberaumsession”. Lukas said the band just meets “in the practice room with no preparation at all and start to jam… if we like an idea we make a song out of it. The rapper comes up with a hook and freestyles the... »

  • Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Unveils RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass

    Kiesel/Carvin Guitars Unveils RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass

    Nashville bassist and educator Roy Vogt has teamed up with Kiesel/Carvin Guitars to release the RV69K Roy Vogt Signature Vanquish Bass. The 6-string bass, which is the first bass to carry the Kiesel badge, is made in the USA in the company’s custom shop and can be ordered with a variety of options. Standard features... »

  • In Memoriam: Louis Johnson

    In Memoriam: Louis Johnson

    Bass legend Louis Johnson, the funk session musician who played on Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”, has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 60 years old. Nicknamed “Thunder Thumbs,” Johnson was born in Los Angeles in 1955 and learned to play bass alongside his brother George. The duo would work alongside each other with Bobby... »