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  • Marco Mendoza Burns It Down on New Dead Daisies Album

    Marco Mendoza Burns It Down on New Dead Daisies Album

    The Dead Daisies have released their fourth studio album, Burn It Down, featuring the bass work of the mighty Marco Mendoza. This time around Mendoza is joined by his newest rhythm section partner, Deen Castronovo, who joined the band last year. The rest of the lineup includes guitarists Doug Aldrich and David Lowy with vocalist... »

  • Trickfish Amplification Releases the TF408 Bass Cabinet

    Trickfish Amplification Releases the TF408 Bass Cabinet

    Trickfish Amplification’s new TF408 bass cab is scheduled to ship this month with pre-orders available now. The company’s latest product features four Eminence 8-inch ferrite speakers plus an HF compression driver to offer 1200 watts peak handling and 600 watts RMS. The TF408 is constructed from Baltic birch with dado and rabbet joints. It has... »

  • Failure Returns With “In The Future” EP

    Failure Returns With “In The Future” EP

    Failure has released the first of a set of new EPs that will culminate in a full-length LP this fall. In The Future is the band’s first new music since their 2015 comeback, The Heart Is A Monster and will set the stage for the 2018 releases, which will focus on the disconnect between technology... »

  • Davie504: Quadruple Neck Bass Jam

    Davie504: Quadruple Neck Bass Jam

    YouTube bassist Davie504 makes some incredible videos. No matter what or how well he plays, people comment with a challenge for his next video. This time he’s playing a four-string bass, but not like you’re thinking. “[I’m] playing a four strings bass, but every string has its own neck,” he writes. “Here’s a four necks... »

  • Story of the Year Splits With Philip “Moon” Sneed

    Story of the Year Splits With Philip “Moon” Sneed

    Story of the Year has parted ways with longtime member Philip “Moon Valjean” Sneed. Both the band and the bassist announced the news on social media. “Story of the Year is announcing the departure of guitarist/bassist Philip “Moon” Sneed today,” the band wrote on Twitter. “He will be dedicating more time to Greek Fire, Goldfinger,... »

  • Xlson Audio Announces the Chuck Israels Signature Microphone

    Xlson Audio Announces the Chuck Israels Signature Microphone

    Xlson Audio has teamed up with jazz bass legend Chuck Israels to release the Chuck Israels Signature Microphone. Developed by Peter Axelsson, the condenser microphone is designed specifically for the upright bass on the stage or in the studio. “Peter Axelsson has developed a mic that rejects enough extraneous sound that it is practical to... »

  • Jay Leonhart Releases “Don’t You Wish” with Tomoko Ohno

    Jay Leonhart Releases “Don’t You Wish” with Tomoko Ohno

    Bassist/vocalist Jay Leonhart has teamed up with pianist Tomoko Ohno for a new album entitled Don’t You Wish. Leonhart, who bassists may know from his songs like “It’s Impossible to Sing and Play The Bass” and “Bass Aboard a Plane“, offers up his humorous tales of the musician’s life. “I am a jazz bassist with... »

  • Nordstrand Audio Unveils the NordyMute

    Nordstrand Audio Unveils the NordyMute

    Nordstrand Audio has expanded their bass offerings with the NordyMute, a bass mute featuring a foam body and wood cover. Available in four or five string versions, the device imparts a darker tone for an old school vibe. “The essence of the NordyMute’s effect is akin to upright-like inhibition of resonance, a kind of execution... »

  • François Moutin and Kavita Shah Team Up for “Interplay”

    François Moutin and Kavita Shah Team Up for “Interplay”

    The duo of a double bass and voice is one of the most powerful musical configurations. That’s clear on the new album, Interplay, by François Moutin and Kavita Shah. Sometimes intimate and sometimes exuberant, the 11-song collection ranges from jazz classics like “La Vie en Rose” to modern instrumental tunes like Dafnis Prieto’s “Blah Blah”.... »

  • Ibanez Unveils the BTB845V Bass

    Ibanez Unveils the BTB845V Bass

    Back in 2015, Ibanez introduced a five-string bass to their Bass Workshop Series they called the Volo. The bass featured a shorter 33-inch scale and was tuned E to C for a higher range. Now Ibanez has brought the model back as the BTB845V. The spirit of Volo lives on through the new bass has... »