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Archive for May 2010

Robert Trujillo Helps Pastorius Family Reclaim Jaco’s “Bass of Doom”

Robert Trujillo Helps Pastorius Family Reclaim Jaco’s “Bass of Doom”

After a long and frustrating legal battle, Jaco Pastorius’ family have finally regained ownership of his legendary “Bass of Doom”, thanks to Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. The news comes via a statement on The bass, which was stolen from a Manhattan park bench in 1986, resurfaced in early 2006 in a New York guitar shop. The owner reportedly refused...

Solo Bass and the Art of Metaphor

Solo Bass and the Art of Metaphor

METAPHOR: something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol. Music is art. It is a most powerful medium capable of describing in detail the world around us, emotions, abstract concepts and shades of meaning. Bass is beauty. It is deep and foundational and at the same time melodic and rich, capable of the deepest melancholy...

Bass Videos

Richard Bona: Te Misea, Live

Here’s Richard Bona, performing his tune, “Te Misea (A Scream To Save The Planet)” live on France 3 TV. The performance took place in March 2008. “Te Misea” is from Bona’s 2001 release, Reverence.

Weekly Top 10

Rewind: The Top 10 Bass News, Videos, Player News and Columns of the Week

1. Report: Slipknot Bassist Paul Gray Found Dead Slipknot bassist Paul Gray was found dead on Monday, May 24th at an Urbandale, Iowa hotel. He was 38. 2. Video: Victor Wooten and Stu Hamm Jam: Chameleon Check out this jam session between Victor Wooten and Stu Hamm at the Hartke booth during Winter NAMM 2009. 3. Column: Speaker Impedance: How...

Bass Videos

Lars Danielsson Trio: Pasodoble

The following video was brought to my attention by a friend of mine, Linda Palmer. The Lars Danielsson Trio features Leszek Mo?d?er on the piano, Xavier Desandre Navarre on drums and Lars Danielsson on the double bass. In this video they’re performing their tune “Pasodoble”.


TC Electronic Announces PolyTune for iPhone, Free Download Promotion

TC Electronic has announced that they will soon be releasing the iPhone version of their revolutionary PolyTune pedal tuner. The new app, which is a 1:1 port of the original, will be available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. The PolyTune allows players to tune all strings simultaneously by strumming on your bass (or other instrument), even down to...


Summer Bass Event Roundup

There are plenty of bass events taking place this summer. Here’s a list of the ones hitting our radar so far. NH Bass Fest 2010 The New Hampshire Bass Fest is a four day event including ensembles, master classes, labs, guest artists, concerts and luthier displays. The event takes place June 16-19, 2010 at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester,...


Fender’s Band of Skulls Bass Guitar Giveaway

Fender’s contest to give away a Jazz Bass hand-painted by Band of Skulls bassist Emma Richardson, is running through Monday. The bass is signed by the entire band. Five second-place winners will receive the band’s debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey. Band of Skulls is coming off a successful U.S. tour that included performances at Coachella and SXSW, and...

Uriah Duffy: Human Nature Solo Bass Version
Bass Videos

Uriah Duffy: Human Nature Solo Bass Version

Here’s Whitesnake/Lyrics Born bassist, Uriah Duffy, working on a bass arrangement of Michael Jackson’s song “Human Nature”. Evidently, this isn’t the finished version, but it sounds great so far!

Concerts & Tours

Future of the Left Continuing Tour With Replacement Bassist

Future of the Left has recently posted upcoming European tour dates despite the recent departure of bassist Kelson Matthias. Matthias announced his decision to leave the band through their MySpace blog. The upcoming shows are being handled by bassist Steven Hodson, who is the bassist for Oceansize and Kong. The tour dates are as follows: 3-Jun-10 UK Birmingham rainbow 4-Jun-10...


Rush: Clockwork Angels Sneak Preview

Rush is certainly keeping busy. The band announced its next studio album, Clockwork Angels will release in 2011, with two tracks releasing next week (June 1st). “Caravan” and “BU2B” will be available as a digital download. Before the band finishes recording the album, they’ll hit the road for the 38-date Time Machine Tour, starting June 29th. This is in addition...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: FEA Labs Opti-FET Compressor Pedal

FEA Labs has unveiled the newest pedal in their product line: the Opti-FET Compressor. The pedal uses a combination of optical elements for compression as well as 100% “class A” FET-discrete amplification for the signal path. The Opti-FET has a side-chain control circuit with a 3-band equalizer and a loop to give you tons of control over your compression. The...