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Archive for September 2018 - Page 4

New Albums

John Patitucci, Renaud Garcia-Fons Featured on Paul Simon’s “In The Blue Light”

Paul Simon is currently on his farewell concert tour, which may be part of the reasoning for his new semi-retrospective album, In The Blue Light. The 10-song album features fresh perspectives on some of his lesser-known songs from his catalog with tracks taken from seven records. “This album consists of songs that I thought were almost right, or were odd...

Pedals & Effects

Electro-Harmonix Issues the Triangle Big Muff Pi Pedal

Electro-Harmonix’s flagship Big Muff pedal line is getting a new addition – or rather an old one. The original Version 1 Big Muff, aka the Triangle Big Muff, has been reissued in a new and more pedalboard-friendly version. The stompbox’s circuit board is faithful to the original 1969 effect. “The Big Muff Pi is the pedal we are best known...

Ask Damian Erskine

Making Bass Exercises More Musical (and Fun)

In this video, I’ll be talking a bit about how I try and apply exercises in a more open and musical context (aka, have more fun with them). There are a few minutes of talking and then a lot of playing around with the ideas we’ve been covering for the past few weeks. I hope you all get something from...

Bass Videos

Peekaboom: Blackbird (Live)

Simone Masina sent us a new video for his duo Peekaboom (with vocalist Angelica Lubian.) “We made another clip from our live in-studio session,” Simone shared. “The song is ‘Blackbird’ (our first version was one of the most popular videos on your site in 2016) and I get to take a double bass solo in the middle of the song.”

Concerts & Tours

Katie Thiroux Sets Out On Extensive Tour

Jazz bassist Katie Thiroux is taking her trio on the road for an international tour this fall. The journey kicks off with a leg on the West Coast before heading to Europe for the majority of October. Thiroux is a bassist in the stylistic vein of the great Ray Brown. Her latest album, Off Beat, featured and was produced by...

Apps

Fender Play App Adds Bass Content

After launching the platform earlier this year, the Fender Play educational app has been expanded to include bass lessons. The app is available for iOS devices, Android devices, and desktops. “Similar to other offerings on Fender Play, players progress through the learning process with simple bite-sized lessons, keeping their journey on track. With Fender Play Bass, players can learn essential...

Bass Videos

Scary Pockets: You Shook Me All Night Long

Scary Pockets is back with another one of their funky covers. Backed by bassist Daniel Aged and joined by guest vocalist Judith Hill, here’s the band’s take on the AC/DC tune, “You Shook Me All Night Long.”

New Albums

Metal Allegiance Releases “Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty”

The all-star project Metal Allegiance has just released their second album entitled Volume II: Power Drunk Majesty. The group is comprised of guitarist Alex Skolnick, drummer Mike Portnoy, and two bassists: Mark Menghi and David Ellefson. Even though each member is busy with their own bands, they come together as a unit to write and record with tons of special...

Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Egilegor Basses Biadar 4

Sometimes Facebook is so full of drama that I think about freezing my account. Then I scroll by a beautiful bass like this Biadar from Egilegor Basses, and my faith is restored. Built by luthier Imanol Artola Egilegor in Spain, the model is their double-cut shape with a longer upper horn that helps to balance the weight. This particular bass...

Bass Videos

Vulfpeck: Lost My Treble Long Ago

Exciting news, Vulfpeck fans. The band has just announced their new album, Hill Climber. In celebration of the news, they’ve just released the video for the track “Lost My Treble Long Ago,” which showcases the always awesome bass playing by Joe Dart. The song even comes with an advisory warning: “The video contains explicit bass.” The album is available for...

New Albums

Clutch Releases “Book of Bad Decisions”

Clutch has returned with their twelfth studio album, entitled Book of Bad Decisions. While fans can expect the same heavy grooves the band is known for, they also expanded their sound a bit. Bassist Dan Maines explained that working with producer Vance Powell pushed their musical palette. “He came out on the road with us for about a week right...

Pedals & Effects

Damnation Audio Introduces Ugly Twin Pedal

Damnation Audio has released the Ugly Twin, an all-analog pedal that combines octave, boost, and fuzz effects into one unit. Each section of the pedal has its own footswitch for engaging or disengaging the effects. “The Ugly Twin sounds amazing on guitar and bass and is a killer all-in-one fuzz machine for punk, rock, metal, stoner, doom, indie, blues, grunge,...