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Mark Hoppus could produce your band’s next track

Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 is donating eight hours of studio time and his producing skills to the highest bidder at his auction sponsored on The winner of the auction gets to be produced by Hoppus and Chris Holmes in Hoppus’ California based studio Opera Music, which has been used recently by artists such as Blink 182, Eminem, New...

Duncan, Goldsby, Tiemann: Paparazzi
Bass Videos

Duncan, Goldsby, Tiemann: Paparazzi

Today’s video features bassist John Goldsby, along with drummer Jason Tiemann and sax man Jacob Duncan playing a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”. The performance took place this month, at Jazzclub Birdland in Neuburg an der Donau, Germany.

Concerts & Tours

Nickelback confirms 2010 Dark Horse tour dates

The Grammy-nominated rockers of Nickelback have confirmed tour dates for the North American leg of their 2010 tour in support of their latest album, Dark Horse. The band will be touring with guests Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown as well. Nickelback’s bassist, Mike Kroeger, the brother of lead singer and guitarist Chad Kroeger, is the one who came up with the...


The Strokes planning new studio album

Bassist Nikolai Fraiture has announced that the Strokes are heading back into the studio. The news came via his Nickel Eye Twitter account: “While the guys are in L.A., I went to scout some studios in NYC with [Strokes manager] Ryan [Gentles] today for what looks like Jan. recording.” This will be the first new Strokes album in three years,...

Ask Damian Erskine, Columns

Ask Damian Erskine: Learning How to Fish

Q: I often feel like I’m not sure what I should be working on (although I know there’s plenty). Should I just grab a lesson with someone or is there a way to motivate one’s self? A: Everyone hits this wall. (At least I hit this wall constantly!) Grabbing a lesson with someone is never a bad idea, although it...

Bass Videos

Kenny Barron Trio: New York Attitude

Wow, check out pianist Kenny Barron with his trio performing “New York Attitude” live in 2007. Barron is joined by bassist Kiyoshi Kitagawa and drummer Victor Lewis.


Canadian Rockies Bass Bash announced

The Canadian Rockies Bass Bash, a clinic and jam session with some of the leading bassists from around the world, has been scheduled April 10, 2010, in Calgary, Alberta. The clinic is featuring artists such as Benny Rietveld, Adam Nitti, Scott Nickless, Sheldon Dingwall (of Dingwall Guitars), and Hansford Rowe. There are scheduled clinics with each visiting artist, as well...

Reader Spotlight: Dylan Sundstrom
Reader Spotlight

Reader Spotlight: Dylan Sundstrom

Meet Dylan Sundstrom, our bass player in the spotlight for November 24th, 2009. Bio: A twenty year old bass player originally from Tacoma, WA. I play in several groups around Portland including sharing time with fellow bass player Damian Erskine in a band called “Intervision”. I play anything from jazz to funk to electro idie/pop. My upright style has been...

Bass Lessons

Lesson: Pattern Recognition in Jazz Standards

Believe it or not pattern recognition is extremely important to being a successful jazz player. There are a few common chord progressions that will pop up in many tunes – having an arsenal of lines or phrases for these different pattern sets can save your neck on the bandstand if you don’t know the tune. In this lesson we’ll go...

Herbie Hancock with Paul Jackson: “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” (Live, 1979)
Bass Videos

Herbie Hancock with Paul Jackson: “Hang Up Your Hang Ups” (Live, 1979)

Paul Jackson is laying it down in this 1979 live performance of Herbie Hancock’s “Hang Up Your Hang Ups”. The concert took place at Chelsea College, London, with Herbie on keys, Jackson on bass, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Bennie Maupin on sax, Ray Obiedo on guitar, Bill Summers on percussion and Webster Lewis Jr. on keyboards.

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: jamLink Internet Audio Interface

MusicianLink has released the jamLink, an audio interface that uses the internet to allow musicians to play in sync from different locations, no matter how far apart they are. The jamLink works with pretty much any instrument or microphone that has a 1/4” output, so you can plug in and jam with guitarists, singers, or other bassists across the country...


Them Crooked Vultures planning second album

Well, that didn’t take long. Them Crooked Vultures have announced that they are planning a new album, even though their debut album was released only earlier this month. The first album has been a huge success and the members have stated that they feel as though they are just now building steam. Bassist John Paul Jones says, “We all know...