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  • Phil Harwood replaces Derek Cloonan in Ramming Speed

    Canadian thrashers Ramming Speed say they have lost their bass player Derek Cloonan to a bad haircut. Phil Harwood (Bones Brigade, Coctopus) is filling in for now, but they are looking for a permanent replacement with “long hair and (the ability) to play the set set after drinking 6 or 7 beers.” Ramming Speed will... »

  • Daniel Fernandez leaves Dark Moor

    Spanish Bassist Daniel Fern├índez has left the power metal band Dark Moor, according to an announcement on the band’s blog. “In the last few months,” he says “my head was not with Dark Moor and this situation could have been damaging for the band.” He will be devoting all of his attention to InnTrance, which... »

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  • Michael Manring partners with Markbass & Markaudio

    Michael Manring ended his long endorsement of SWR Amps and has partnered with Markbass/Markaudio. As Manring explains, “I’m happy to announce I’ve entered into a new partnership with one of the world’s premiere amplification manufacturers, the Markbass/Markaudio company. Although I’ve very much enjoyed endorsing SWR amplifiers for many years, I felt it was time for... »

  • Michael Manring Tour Dates

    Michael Manring has just updated his tour schedule. Fri. Oct 24 Godfrey Daniel’s Coffeehouse 7 East Fourth Street Bethlehem, PA 18015-1601 (610) 867-2390 Solo Performance Sat. Oct 25 Five Towns Music College Dix Hills Long Island, NY 11746 Guitar Festival Workshop 1PM, Concert 8PM Solo and with guitarists Rudy Perrone and William Ackerman Fri Oct... »

  • Unissued Jaco Pastorius: Pat Metheny Trio, 1974

    Jazz blog You Are What You Hear has posted 9 MP3’s of the famed Pat Metheny trio recording in June, 1974. The recording took place at Pooh’s Pub, in Boston, and features Metheny on guitar, Jaco Pastorius on bass, and Bob Moses on drums. The track list doesn’t match exactly with Len Pogost’s set list,... »

  • New William Parker Quartet CD released

    Bassist/composer William Parker has released “Petit Oiseau”, the latest CD by his quartet. The release features eight tracks, all written by Parker, featuring Hamid Drake on drums and percussion, Rob Brown on sax and clarinet, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, and Parker. The CD is released by AUM Fidelity and now available on Amazon.com. »

  • Devo bassist Gerald Casale interviewed

    Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune has an entertaining interview with Devo bassist/singer Gerald Casale. Devo hasn’t had an new album released in 18 years, but their smash hit “Whip It” is being featured in commercials selling cleaning products and toothbrushes. [editors note: now I feel old and kinda sad.] The funniest part to us?... »

  • Nickel Eye: Nikolai Fraiture’s new solo project

    The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture is performing in his first solo show on October 15th, in London. The performance is the first for Fraiture’s new side-project, Nickel Eye, with UK band “South” serving as the backing band. After the London show, Nickel Eye will perform a couple of shows in New York. The band is... »

  • Ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein found dead

    Former Manson bassist Gidget Gein, aka Brad Stewart, was found dead on October 9 in his Burbank, CA home, allegedly due to a heroin overdose. Gein, who was kicked out of Manson’s band in the 90’s due to drug-related issues and replaced by Twiggy Ramirez, had just completed a drug rehab program. He was 39.... »

  • Gov’t Mule names new bass player

    Bassist Jorgen Carlsson is joining the band in a permanent role. Carlsson replaces Andy Hess, who played with the band since bassist Allen Woody died in 2000. “We were faced with the daunting task of replacing a one-of-a-kind musician, which I’m sure was intimidating for Andy, who did a wonderful job and brought his own... »