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  • They Might Be Giants Dial Up “Glean”

    They Might Be Giants Dial Up “Glean”

    They Might Be Giants has released its 17th album, Glean. It’s a rock record for the duo, which has also recorded several children’s albums (TMBG reportedly has another children’s record in the offing for 2015 as well). TMBG is fronted by songwriters and musicians John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Bassist Danny Weinkauf has been part... »

  • The Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Offering Both Far-Out and Soulful

    The Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Offering Both Far-Out and Soulful

    The Alabama Shakes’ second album, Sound & Color, is being deemed kind of far out by the band itself. Founding member and bassist Zac Cockrell described in Rolling Stone the reaction he’d get when playing the moody, long piece “Gemini” for his friends. ”They’re like, ‘Uhhh… OK.’ I don’t think they liked it. I finally quit... »

  • Jason Raso is the “Man of 40 Faces”

    Jason Raso is the “Man of 40 Faces”

    Bassist/composer Jason Raso has explored the groove where funk and jazz meet for more than two decades. He continues in that vein on Man of 40 Faces, the Canadian’s latest album of 11 new compositions. Bassist Alain Caron joins him to duet, and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and vibraphone player Francesco Pinetti also appear on the... »

  • Variety of Bassists Appear on Tony MacAlpine’s Latest Instrumental Effort

    Variety of Bassists Appear on Tony MacAlpine’s Latest Instrumental Effort

    Progressive metal multi-instrumentalist Tony MacAlpine has released his twelfth solo album, Concrete Gardens. The instrumental record features not only MacAlpine’s virtuosic guitar work and bass stylings, but also bass contributions from Pete Griffin (Dethklok, Gryphon Labs, and ex-Zappa Plays Zappa) on five tracks, Lucky Islam on one track and Sean Delson (Agent Cooper, Stuck Mojo,... »

  • Little-Heard Music from Short-Lived, But Legendary Bluesbreakers Lineup Released

    Little-Heard Music from Short-Lived, But Legendary Bluesbreakers Lineup Released

    John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers is a rightly storied band, producing stars like the late bass legend Jack Bruce and guitar great Eric Clapton. It also, through a lineup that was together for a mere three months, the genesis of the first version of Fleetwood Mac. Live music from that short-lived lineup, featuring John McVie on bass... »

  • Jazz, World, and Chamber Music Merge on Petros Klampanis’ New Album

    Jazz, World, and Chamber Music Merge on Petros Klampanis’ New Album

    Jazz bassist/composer Petros Klampanis has released his second album on Inner Circle Music: Minor Dispute. The Greek musician, who burst into view via the New York City jazz scene, has created a work that pulls from a variety of influences, including jazz, of course, and world and chamber music. The core of Minor Dispute is... »

  • Replacements’ Albums Compiled Into Single Box Set

    Replacements’ Albums Compiled Into Single Box Set

    Feel like getting your hands on every album The Replacements made, plus an EP, all at once? It’s possible with Rhino Records’ release of an eight-CD set from the cult rockers, who feature Tommy Stinson on bass. The box set includes the 2008 remastered versions of the band’s seven studio albums, alongside the EP. The... »

  • Sonic Youth Album Reissue Features Four Bonus Tracks

    Sonic Youth Album Reissue Features Four Bonus Tracks

    Sonic Youth’s second full-length LP, 1985’s Bad Moon Rising, has been re-released. The new release features bonus tracks— “Flower,” “Halloween,” “Echo Canyon,” and “Satan is Boring.” The trio of songs are available via download card with the LP. With Kim Gordon on bass, the album’s American gothic sound, inspired by dissolution of hippie ideals in... »

  • Swedish Death Metal Band Reviews Career on New Live Album

    Swedish Death Metal Band Reviews Career on New Live Album

    Melodic death metal band Soilwork has released a 2 CD/1 Blu-ray set documenting a March 21, 2014 show at Circus Club in Helsinki, Finland. Live in the Heart of Helsinki features bass work from Ola Flink, which, according to a review in Ghost Cult, is clearly heard in the mix. The show also hits on... »

  • Gov’t Mule Releases Classic New Year’s Concert with Reggae Legend

    Gov’t Mule Releases Classic New Year’s Concert with Reggae Legend

    Gov’t Mule is celebrating its 20th anniversary with some archival releases, including the live Dub Side of the Mule, recorded on New Year’s Eve 2006 at The Beacon Theatre in New York City. The album features three hours of music, including a 45-minute reggae set from Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals. It’s also... »