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  • In Memoriam: Jack Conrad

    In Memoriam: Jack Conrad

    Jack Conrad, who played bass for The Doors and wrote songs for many artists, has passed away from a massive heart attack. He was 69 years old. Conrad’s diverse musical career started in the ’60s. He recorded for the Petula Clark album I Know A Place in 1965 and started writing songs. He collaborated with... »

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  • Massive FX Introduces the Hypnotik Fuzz Pedal

    Massive FX Introduces the Hypnotik Fuzz Pedal

    Massive FX Pedals has released the Hypnotik Fuzz, a hand-wired super heavy fuzz that is suited for both bass and guitar. The unit has knobs for Master Volume and Fuzz Level as well as a two-position switch that toggles between two modes. Classic Fuzz mode is described as a vintage tone with a thinner, “trebly”... »

  • Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Groove – Episode #35: Steve Bailey

    Here’s a little known personal fact about me: Steve Bailey’s 2007 album, So Low… Solo, is one my favorite instrumental music discs of all time. Beyond his stunning mastery of the six-string fretless bass, the composition and arrangements on this album are captivating. It’s still on high rotation in my weekly playlist. With that, Steve... »

  • Matt La Maida: Superstition

    Matt La Maida: Superstition

    Matt La Maida messaged me with a new, killer bass arrangement he worked out. This time around, Matt takes on Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” with lots of bass goodness and other effects. Matt says he has a transcription coming, so be on the lookout for it here. In the meantime, check out Matt’s popular cover of... »

  • Weezer Mixes The Beach Boys and The Clash on New Album, “Pacific Daydream”

    Weezer Mixes The Beach Boys and The Clash on New Album, “Pacific Daydream”

    The new Weezer album was supposed to be a darker, moodier counterpoint to their last self-titled record referred to as The White Album. However, when the band got together a different mood presented itself. Pacific Daydream is their 11th album and shows a new tonal character for the group. “I’m going to say [it sounds]... »

  • Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in October 2017

    Bass Gear Roundup: The Top Gear Stories in October 2017

    Time to celebrate the reader favorite gear stories for the month. Here are your favorite 10 gear stories we covered in October. Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing. 1. Geezer Butler’s New Ashdown Engineering Signature Head of Doom Amplifier Geezer Butler shocked fans this weekend when he shared the news of his new signature amp... »

  • Should I Bother With Modes?

    Should I Bother With Modes?

    Q: First of all thank you very much for your past reply to my question! Lately while working on improvisation and in particular on linear melody through changes, I started asking myself why I should bother with modes. For instance, if there’s a Fmin7 moving to an Amin7 chord and I want to think about... »

  • Steve Di Giorgio: Bass Playthrough of Gone In April’s “As Hope Welcomes Death”

    Steve Di Giorgio: Bass Playthrough of Gone In April’s “As Hope Welcomes Death”

    Six-string fretless bass beast Steve Di Giorgio always brings the heat. Here’s his latest with a playthrough of “As Hope Welcomes Death” by Gone In April. Di Giorgio tears through the song, bringing serious tenacity to the low end. Be sure to check out the drum and bass breaks starting at 5:22. »

  • King Crimson Releases “Official Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28th, 2017”

    King Crimson Releases “Official Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28th, 2017”

    King Crimson’s latest formation is captured in a new official bootleg from this summer. Official Bootleg: Live In Chicago, June 28th, 2017 is a two-CD live release featuring the low-end stylings of Tony Levin, who describes the concert as “One of our best.” The rest of the band includes Mel Collins (Saxes & flute), Robert... »