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Archive for October 2015

Gear Review: Rockready Volo Bass Gig Bag and UltraStrap 3.5
Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Rockready Volo Bass Gig Bag and UltraStrap 3.5

Working musicians who demand better accessories will be happy that Rockready is making a bass gig bag and guitar strap. The Volo bass guitar gig bag is designed as a lightweight case that is in between a hard shell guitar case and your typical soft gig bag. Leaning more to the soft bag side though, but with many well thought...

The Loop Loft All-Stars, Featuring Mark Kelley: Can’t Wait For Perfect
Bass Videos

The Loop Loft All-Stars, Featuring Mark Kelley: Can’t Wait For Perfect

Our friend Dan Spitzer sent in this awesome clip of The Loop Loft All-Stars featuring bassist Mark Kelley performing “Can’t Wait For Perfect” live in New York City. The Roots bassist lays down a sparse yet compelling bass line with a huge tone. “I thought you might dig the bass groove at around 9 minutes from the great Mark Kelley,”...

Killing Joke Releases “Pylon”
New Albums

Killing Joke Releases “Pylon”

Killing Joke’s 16th studio album, Pylon, has arrived. The record, featuring Martin “Youth” Glover on bass was co-produced by Tom Dalgety, known for his recent work with Royal Blood. “This is the third in a triptych of albums, Absolute Dissent, MMXII and now Pylon…,” said Youth, who is also well-known for his production work. “Heavy and uncompromising, bleak dystopian lyrics,...

Mike Gordon Announces Winter Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Mike Gordon Announces Winter Tour Dates

Phish’s Mike Gordon will be embarking on another solo tour this winter focusing on the western half of the U.S. The trek kicks off off in Austin, Texas on January 22nd, 2016 before snaking its way through Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and ending up in Colorado. Gordon’s band will include longtime collaborators Scott Murawski and Craig Myers as well...

The Lightbulb Moment: Toil And Trouble
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Toil And Trouble

It’s finally jacket weather. The leaves are falling, the sun is setting earlier every day, and the pumpkin spice latte has returned. Halloween is just around the corner, which means that my friends will search for the creepiest haunted houses and hayrides, only to force me to join them on an adventure that will make me extremely uncomfortable. I have...

Remco Hendrix: Funky Fretless Bass Grooves with Double Stops
Bass Videos

Remco Hendrix: Funky Fretless Bass Grooves with Double Stops

Remco Hendrix has lots of raw talent with a style that blends influences like Les Claypool and Mick Karn. Here’s a great clip of a funky fretless groove he built with double stops, harmonics and a Boss OC-2 octave pedal.

Jon Burr Quintet Releases “Very Good Year”
New Albums

Jon Burr Quintet Releases “Very Good Year”

Jazz double bassist Jon Burr and his eponymous quintet have released the hard bop album Very Good Year. The record from the group led by Burr (Horace Silver, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Stephane Grappelli, Tony Bennett, The Manhattan Jazz Quintet) is getting great notices, with Jazz Inside magazine saying, “Jon Burr is a fabulous leader, composer and, especially...

Advanced Bass: Crackin’ the Slonimsky Code
Advanced Bass

Advanced Bass: Crackin’ the Slonimsky Code

Using concepts derived from classical music, Joe delves into demystifying diminished patterns commonly used by jazz musicians, such as John Coltrane, Pat Martino, Jaco Pastorius and countless others. Follow along with this lesson’s notation (PDF) and video.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: “Steal My Kisses” Live at Red Rocks
Bass Videos

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: “Steal My Kisses” Live at Red Rocks

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals took the stage at Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September, and the reunited group brought out a special guest for one of their tunes. “It’s amazing when you can find your way as an adult to creatively collaborate with your parent,” Harper said. “So without further ado, Jeremy Nelson.” Jeremy is the son...

Ugly Kid Joe Releases First Full-Length Studio Album Since 1996
New Albums

Ugly Kid Joe Releases First Full-Length Studio Album Since 1996

Ugly Kid Joe has released its first full-length album in 19 years: Uglier Than They Used Ta Be. The record, featuring bassist Cordell Crockett, who has been with the band throughout all incarnations since 1991, was completely crowdfunded in a few weeks earlier this year. The band is most well known for its early 1990s records like the hit, “Everything...