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  • Joe Dart and Federico Malaman: Dean Town

    Joe Dart and Federico Malaman: Dean Town

    Vaughan Gilligan shared this video on our Facebook group, and it is worthy of paying it forward. “Joe Dart came to my town the other day for a masterclass. He signed my bass and let me take a few pics with him! I got a vid of him playing ‘Dean Town’ for those interested,” Vaughan... »

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  • Martin Nevin Releases Debut Solo Album, “Tenderness is Silent”

    Martin Nevin Releases Debut Solo Album, “Tenderness is Silent”

    Composer and double bassist Martin Nevin has worked with some of the top jazz musicians of our times: Albert “Tootie” Heath, Greg Osby, Ethan Iverson, and Ambrose Akinmusire, and more. Now he’s stepping out front with his debut album as a leader, entitled Tenderness is Silent. While Nevin is known for his jazz work, his... »

  • ZVEX Effects Unveils the Germanium Woolly Mammoth Mod Pedal

    ZVEX Effects Unveils the Germanium Woolly Mammoth Mod Pedal

    ZVEX Effects found a batch of rare spam can transistors that they’ve put to use in a new modded version of their flagship pedal. The Germanium Woolly Mammoth Mod is described as “highly uncompressed [and] very dynamic.” “On bass, you can really tell the difference as a result of the larger signal level in the... »

  • Jeff Berlin on Jaco Pastorius: Harmonics

    Jeff Berlin on Jaco Pastorius: Harmonics

    In my younger years, Jaco Pastorius and Jeff Berlin were two of the titans of bass I looked up to. So it was super cool to spot this video by Jeff talking about Jaco’s use of harmonics. I remember watching Modern Electric Bass back in the ’80s. Jerry Jemmott asked Jaco how he came to... »

  • Derrick Hodge Anchors R+R=NOW’s Debut Album

    Derrick Hodge Anchors R+R=NOW’s Debut Album

    R+R=NOW is a new group featuring the monster talents of pianist Robert Glasper, keyboardist Terrace Martin, trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, beatboxer and synth player Taylor McFerrin, drummer Justin Tyson, and bassist Derrick Hodge. The collective gets their name from a Nina Simone quote, with the R+R standing for “Reflect and Respond”. “[It is] an... »

  • Blink-182 Announce Tour Dates, Rescheduled Las Vegas Residency

    Blink-182 Announce Tour Dates, Rescheduled Las Vegas Residency

    After canceling a Las Vegas residency earlier this year due to drummer Travis Barker’s health, Blink-182 have rescheduled the shows as well as announced a handful of tour dates for September. The band, anchored by Mark Hoppus, will be focusing on the Midwest in September starting on the 12th in Moorehead, Minnesota. The Las Vegas... »

  • Disappearing Man: An Interview with Byron Isaacs

    Disappearing Man: An Interview with Byron Isaacs

    Over his career, Byron Isaacs has worked with some of the greatest songwriters of our time: Levon Helm, Willie Nelson, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, Roseanne Cash, and more. He co-founded the bands Ollabelle and Lost Leaders, plus he’s spent the past few years recording and touring the world with The Lumineers. Suffice it... »

  • Vulfpeck: Captain Hook

    Vulfpeck: Captain Hook

    Vulfpeck has just released a video of a tune from their album, Mr Finish Line, and this one is special. In addition to the groovy bass by the one and only Joe Dart, the track also features Bootsy Collins, Baby Theo, and Mushy Kay on vocals. Dig it. »

  • Covet Returns with “effloresce”

    Covet Returns with “effloresce”

    Bay Area instrumental trio Covet has released effloresce, which guitarist Yvette Young describes as “post rock intensity meets more proggy/mathy songwriting.” Young’s captivating two-handed tapping technique drives the melodies while drummer Forrest Rice and bassist David Adamiak support with dream-like grooves. Some of that ethereal vibe comes from exploring new harmonic textures, says Adamiak. “On... »

  • Doug Wimbish Announces 2018 WimBash Music Festival

    Doug Wimbish Announces 2018 WimBash Music Festival

    Bass wizard Doug Wimbish has announced the 2018 WimBash New Haven Music Festival for August 18th. The event is jam-packed with incredible music and serves as a benefit for New Haven Public Schools. “It only takes a moment to give that spark to a kid,” Wimbish says. Former West Haven mayor Ed O’Brien adds, “The... »