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  • “The Bass Book” Published in Revised Third Edition

    “The Bass Book” Published in Revised Third Edition

    A classic bass book is back in a revised edition. The Bass Book: A Complete Illustrated History of Bass Guitars, covers everything from the introduction of the electric bass guitar in the early 1950s up through today. Written by by music journalist Tony Bacon and UK bass retailer and distributor Barry Moorhouse, the book includes... »

  • STS9 Goes Universal on Latest Album

    STS9 Goes Universal on Latest Album

    Electronica/jam band Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) has released The Universe Inside, which the band says reflects the messages of the golden records that traveled on NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 missions. According to the band, with Alana Rocklin on bass, the album is about identity “and the magical truth of who we are,... »

  • Bill Laswell’s Latest Melds Music & Literature

    Bill Laswell’s Latest Melds Music & Literature

    Experimental composer/bassist/producer Bill Laswell has reissued a work previously available only in a 100-CD limited edition at a show in honor of the late postmodern novelist William S. Burroughs. The piece, The Road to the Western Lands, pairs a recording of Burroughs reading from his book “The Western Lands” and Laswell’s music, which has been... »

  • Singles Set from The Meters Arrives

    Singles Set from The Meters Arrives

    All the singles legendary New Orleans funk band The Meters ever made for the Josie, Reprise and Warner Bros. labels has been released on the two-CD set, A Message from The Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles, 1968-1977. The set includes every “A” and “B” side, meaning rare single and mono single... »

  • Helms Alee Releases “Stillicide”

    Helms Alee Releases “Stillicide”

    Metal band Helms Alee has released its fourth studio album, Stillicide. The trio of Ben Verellen (guitar, vocals), Dana James (bass, vocals), and Hozoji Margullis (drums, vocals) makes “smart, nerdy, weird music,” according to a Noisey/Vice song premiere note, which goes on to say, “but the strangest thing about it isn’t its quirky rhythms or... »

  • King Crimson Releases Audio/Video From 2015 Tour

    King Crimson Releases Audio/Video From 2015 Tour

    King Crimson’s Radical Action To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind audio/video set is the band’s most fully realized version of its 2015 concert experience. The three-CD/one Blu-ray set from the band, with the inimitable Tony Levin on bass, has a “virtual studio album effect,” on the CDs, with no audience sound between songs. It... »

  • Double-Bass Heavy What A Day EP Available

    Double-Bass Heavy What A Day EP Available

    Minimalistic, experimental French jazz-pop lounge duo What a Day has released a new EP, Specimen. In keeping with the duo’s established style, the music is primarily defined by Jonathan Joly‘s double bass, singer Léah Gracie’s vocals and more quotidian sounds, like adding machine keys being depressed. Check out the whole EP at SoundCloud. Here’s the... »

  • Evan Marien Releases Five-Song EP

    Evan Marien Releases Five-Song EP

    The genesis of bassist/multi-instrumentalist Evan Marien’s new EP comes from a slightly unusual place. The instrumental electronic hip hop record, simply titled EP1, is inspired by 8-bit Nintendo music, according to the website for Marien, whose work is regularly featured in No Treble. EP1 is available at Bandcamp. Preview EP1: EP1 by EMAR EP1 Track... »

  • The Bad Plus Releases All-Covers Album

    The Bad Plus Releases All-Covers Album

    Iconoclastic bass-piano-drums jazz trio The Bad Plus – known for its unexpected cover versions of songs – has released its 11th album, It’s Hard, an album exclusively composed of covers. The record, featuring Reid Anderson on bass, showcases the trio’s take on a wide variety of pop, prog rock, country, and alt-rock tunes. According to... »

  • Ron Carter on Trombonist Turre’s Latest

    Ron Carter on Trombonist Turre’s Latest

    Legendary jazz double bassist Ron Carter remains busy as he approaches 80, playing on trombonist Steve Turre’s latest, Colors for the Masters. The album has already netted a glowing review at All About Jazz, which called it one of Turre’s “best releases in years.” It also acknowledges the iconic bassist, noting “if you can’t pick... »