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Jackie Clark: John Legend “If You’re Out There” Remix

Collaborative music site Indaba Music is running a contest to remix John Legend’s “If You’re Out There”, and bassist Jackie Clark shared his submission with us. Jackie plays his Lakland 5-string fretless bass and just about everything else on the recording. As Jackie shares, “This is my version of an already incredible song! I took the vocals and lead guitar...

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Dr. Stanley Clarke

Musicians Institute in Los Angeles awarded Stanley Clarke an honorary Doctor of Music degree during MI’s commencement ceremony on March 21st. Beth Marlis, VP of Education for MI, shares “Stanley Clarke embodies the true value of education and the duty of an artist to mentor and give back to the next generation. He has selflessly and generously created opportunities for...

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Metallica to reunite with Jason Newsted for HOF induction

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted will join the group when they perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction next month, according to guitarist Kirk Hammett. Fans can thank Blondie. Kind of. In a recent interview, Hammett recalled the night Blondie was inducted in 2006. Former band members Frank Infante and Nigel Harrison asked to perform with the...

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Deftones launch fundraiser for Chi Cheng

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng remains in a coma following his automobile accident on November 4, 2008. Now Chi’s family and friends are doing a fundraiser to help out with Chi’s medical bills. All donations are made via Paypal, directly to Chi’s mother Jeanne Cheng. Check out One Love for Chi to learn more and make a donation. The goal is...

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Fieldy apologizes to Korn band mates in new book

Korn bassist Fieldy‘s new book, Got the Life is getting plenty of attention these days. In a recent interview, Fieldy shares that the book contains apology letters to each of his band mates for his past behavior. During an interview with the Associated Press, Fieldy shares that he became an alcoholic around the age of “13 or 14” and that...

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Nikki Sixx interviewed on Fox News

We don’t watch Fox News here at No Treble HQ, but we heard something about Greta Van Susteren interviewing Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx. Seemed like a strange pairing to us, but who are we to argue with bassists getting national coverage? The show only included five minutes of the interview. Here’s the full version, in two parts:

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Gettin’ cinematic with Carlos D

Interpol bassist Carlos Dengler, a.k.a. Carlos D, has made a film exploring “the unstable nature of fame and the incredible cost of celebrity.” Dengler stars in and co-produced My Friends Told Me About You, composed an all-original score for the 26-minute film. The production was “a chance to explore the narrative potential of sound and spectacle.” Dengler wanted to “achieve...

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In Memoriam

RIP George Kaufman

Nails bassist George Kaufman has passed away at the age of 58, following aneurysm surgery. A memorial service was held on Thursday in Yonkers, NY. Kaufman’s band, The Nails, released two albums in the 80s, including the hit “88 Lines about 44 Women”. He was also a music teacher and owner of Supreme Sound Engineering, a company producing sound modules...

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Wester Désamours: First Step [featured bass player]

Today’s featured bassist is Wester Désamours, hailing from northern Haiti, and our newest Facebook friend. At the age of five, Wester made his own guitar out of an oil drum, some wood and nylon strings. Since 2003, Wester has been studying music, composing and recording his debut album First Step. Check out Wester’s web site at www.westerbasla.com.

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Aguilar Amplification signs Adam Nitti

Adam Nitti has signed on to endorse Aguilar Amps, selecting the DB 750, two DB 410 cabinets and a Tone Hammer preamp/D.I. as his rig for live performances, and the AG500 and DB112 cabinets for studio use. “The DB750 is one of the most musical pieces of bass gear I have ever played through. Combined with my DB410 cabinets, this...

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Krist Novoselic: “No unreleased Nirvana songs”

In a recent interview with Washington State’s Legacy Project (via Seattle Post-Intelligencer), former Nirvana bassman Krist Novoselic ended any hope for new Nirvana releases. While Novoselic said there are no more unreleased tunes, he did say there’s “a lot of video”, and that he and Courtney Love (the widow of Nirvana’s front man, Kurt Cobain) are on good terms again....

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Sean Kelly joins Helix

“A childhood dream came true for me last week…” Sean Kelly told Blabbermouth.net. “I was asked to play in one of my all time favourite bands, Helix!” Kelly, frontman for Canadian glam-rock band Crash Kelly, will be the new bassist. According to Kelly, Crash Kelly will still be “going strong through 2009 as well”, despite his new obligation. Helix will...