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  • Vulfpeck: Back Pocket

    Vulfpeck: Back Pocket

    Vulfpeck fans, we have good news. The band has announced their debut full-length album, due to release on October 9th. Here’s the first single release from the record, “Back Pocket”. Once more, they’re bringing some old school goodness to their new tunes. Anchored by bassist Joe Dart, this tune also includes Jack Stratton on drums,... »

  • Disturbed Ends Four-Year Hiatus With New Album

    Disturbed Ends Four-Year Hiatus With New Album

    Disturbed has returned after a four-year hiatus with the album, Immortalized. The metal band’s break was a deliberate one, and it never signaled a potential breakup. As guitarist Dan Donegan told Billboard, the band members said to themselves, “ ‘Let’s put the brakes on for a minute here. Let’s walk away from it and give... »

  • Reader Spotlight: Tim Carey

    Reader Spotlight: Tim Carey

    For Tim Carey, getting picked up late from school ended one day being a defining musical moment. It was the day he became a bass player. He’s done a lot since then, as you’ll see in this Spotlight… Bio: I started on alto saxophone in the 4th grade. When my mom was late picking me... »

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  • Source Audio Introduces Lunar Phaser, Gemini Chorus, and Mercury Flanger Pedals

    Source Audio Introduces Lunar Phaser, Gemini Chorus, and Mercury Flanger Pedals

    After teasing them earlier this year, Source Audio has officially released the Gemini Chorus, Lunar Phaser, and Mercury Flanger. The pedals, which are part of the One Series, are designed to have a streamlined surface with three effect flavors, but can be tweaked down to the nitty gritty using the Source Audio Neuro Mobile App.... »

  • BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

    BassTheWorld: 29 Bassists in 1 Video

    The internet is a wonderful thing. Gregor Fris from BasstheWorld.com put together this epic bass jam with 29 bassists from all over the world for a stunning display of the instrument’s diversity. The bassists in order of appearance are Federico Malaman, Lars Lehmann, Trip Wamsley, Or Lubianiker, Hyunmo Kim (aka “hjfreaks”), Ralf Gauck, Zander Zon,... »

  • The Sword Releases Fifth Studio Album

    The Sword Releases Fifth Studio Album

    Austin’s The Sword has changed up its sound profile yet again on its fifth studio album, High Country, which marks a departure from 2012’s Apocryphon. As a review in Blabbermouth puts it, “this album freaking swings as much as it strains speakers.” The review also singles out Bryan Richie’s bass work, particularly on what it... »

  • Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    Bass of the Week: Matteo Marziali “The Bad” Bass

    This week we’re checking out an awesome instrument built by Italian amateur bass builder Matteo Marziali, who started building basses after being inspired by the work of Carl Thompson. His latest creation, which he dubbed “The Bad” bass, brings has a dark theme that draws on the work of several of his favorite luthiers. “I... »

  • Classification of Three Types of Thumb Position on the Double Bass

    Classification of Three Types of Thumb Position on the Double Bass

    When we speak of thumb position on the bass we are referring to a left hand (l.h.) fingering system where the thumb is used to depress the string. The thumb is on top of the board (rather than behind the neck) and it presses the string down like any other finger. However, often telling someone... »

  • Christian McBride Trio: I Guess I’ll Have to Forget

    Christian McBride Trio: I Guess I’ll Have to Forget

    Christian McBride visited the KPLU studios back in March and recorded some tunes (including “Fried Pies”, which we previously shared). Here’s Christian and his Trio – with Christian Sands on piano and Ulysses Owens, Jr. on drums – performing “I Guess I’ll Have to Forget”. Masters at work. »

  • Rivers of Nihil Releases Second Album

    Rivers of Nihil Releases Second Album

    Death metal band Rivers of Nihil has released its sophomore effort, Monarchy. The album came together after extensive touring following the Pennsylvania-based band’s debut album and the addition of several new members. It also marked a different recording method for the band, which, instead of heading directly into the studio to record, worked on songs... »