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  • Les Claypool talks about his music

    The California Chronicle has posted a feature piece on bassist Les Claypool. The piece explores Claypool’s dark sense of humor, the formation of Primus, how he chose to play bass, the zen of tractor riding and his new work with Mike Dillon, Paulo Baldi and Sam Bass. The best quote by far is: “Some people... »

  • Jeff Beck & Tal Wilkenfeld: Big Block

    There have been many videos circulating of bassist Tal Wilkenfeld with Jeff Beck, and we’ve covered a few. This one, a live performance of “Big Block” during the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago might just be our favorite: »

  • Ask Damian Erskine: Gear (loopers and straps)

    Q: Do you have any tools that you use specifically for practicing? A: The most useful tool I have at my home studio (for practicing and writing) is my Looper! I use the Boss RC-20 Loopstation (but may have to upgrade this year… it’s seen some abuse and is starting to die.. which has made... »

  • Ernie Ball to release a new Coated Bass String line

    Ernie Ball is unveiling Ernie Ball Coated Slinkys, their newest addition of Slinky line strings, at this years summer NAMM show in Nashville. A micro-thin layer of enamel coating is applied to the strings to prevent decay and corrosion, according to a company press release. The strings will be available in all of the Slinky... »

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  • Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience

    In celebration of Woodstock’s 40th anniversary this summer, Sony Legacy is releasing The Woodstock Experience, a collection of double CD sets from a variety of bands who performed at the landmark festival. Each set includes the band’s 1969 album on one disc, and their complete festival performance on the other. This is the first time... »

  • Nick Harmer on Death Cab for Cutie, time warps and careers

    In a recent interview with the Seattle Times, Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer reminisces about the band’s humble beginning and the years that have gone by since then. From the band “playing for five bucks” and selling $3.00 tapes at shows way back when to playing the Hollywood Bowl this weekend, Harmer has... »

  • Happy Fourth

    Happy Fourth

    As we celebrate Independence Day today in the U.S., we decided to look around for videos of Jaco Pastorius performing his landmark arrangement of “America The Beautiful”, aka “Amerika”. Along the way, we discovered this gem by bassist Neftali López: Have a safe and happy Fourth! »

  • Tom Kennedy & the Dave Weckl Band: The Chicken

    Check out Tom Kennedy taking care of business on “The Chicken”, a song most people think was written by Jaco Pastorius. (It was written by Pee Wee Ellis, a member of James Brown’s band, though Jaco made it famous). Holy smokes! »

  • New Gear: Bugera BTX 3600 Amplifier

    Burgera has released what they claim is “the most powerful bass amplifier in the world.” The 3600 Watt (no, that’s not a typo) bi-amping stereo bass amp has been named The Nuke and boasts the following features: Extremely powerful 3,600-Watt true bi-amping stereo bass amplifier Ultra-flexible 2×1,800-Watt stereo or 3,600-Watt bridged mode Integrated Crossover with... »

  • Fan Restores Beatles Bassist Stuart Sutcliffe’s Grave

    A dedicated fan took it upon himself to restore the headstone of bassist Stuart Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe was the bass player for the Beatles in the early 1960’s. Sutcliffe’s headstone had fallen into disrepair at Huyton cemetery in Liverpool, so Colin Unwin, a dedicated 61-year-old fan not only restored the stone, he also repainted all the... »