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  • In Memoriam: Max Bennett

    In Memoriam: Max Bennett

    Sad news to report today: session bass legend Max Bennett, who worked with artists ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys to Frank Zappa, has passed away. He was 90 years old. Bennett grew up between Kansas City and Oskaloosa, Iowa. He had his first professional gig with Herbie Fields in 1949, after which... »

  • Singular Sound Announces BeatBuddy Mini 2 Drum Machine Pedal

    Singular Sound Announces BeatBuddy Mini 2 Drum Machine Pedal

    Singular Sound has expanded their compact drum machine pedals with the BeatBuddy Mini 2. Building upon its predecessor, the new pedal offers twice as many beats, improved sound quality, a reworked LED layout, and a new ergonomic footswitch. The BeatBuddy Mini 2 comes with 9 drum sets, 24 genres, over 200 styles, and can be... »

  • Led Zeppelin Reissues “The Song Remains The Same” Soundtrack

    Led Zeppelin Reissues “The Song Remains The Same” Soundtrack

    Fifty years ago, on September 7th, 1968, the quartet of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones performed their first concert together as The New Yardbirds. Of course, we now know they would become the massive rock band, Led Zeppelin. The remaining members of the band are celebrating the anniversary with a... »

  • RPS Effects Announces the Bit Reactor Pedal

    RPS Effects Announces the Bit Reactor Pedal

    RPS Effects has introduced the Bit Reactor, a bit crusher and downsampler pedal that digitizes your signal and crunches it up. “In the realm of modern electronics there’s plenty enough processing power to create a crystal-clear digital copy of pretty much any analog signal,” RPS writes. “The Bit Reactor, on the other hand, explores what... »

  • Paul McCartney’s “Egypt Station” Now Available

    Paul McCartney’s “Egypt Station” Now Available

    Former Beatle Paul McCartney has returned with Egypt Station, which marks his 18th solo studio album. Recorded between Los Angeles, London, and Sussex, the album gets its name from one of the bassist’s paintings that also serves as the album artwork. It ties thematically ties the record together as the Fab Four did back in... »

  • Superette: An Interview with Chris Lightcap

    Superette: An Interview with Chris Lightcap

    Chris Lightcap has an exquisite new album called Superette that takes his jazz-oriented music in a new direction. The album is named after his new all-electric ensemble featuring Jonathan Goldberger and Curtis Hasselbring on guitars and Dan Rieser on drums. An experiment in sounds, the group is described as exploring “the nexus of of harmolodics,... »

  • Ronnie James Dio Bass Gear To Be Auctioned Sep 14-15

    Ronnie James Dio Bass Gear To Be Auctioned Sep 14-15

    Most of us know the late Ronnie James Dio as the legendary lead vocalist for Dio, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath. Tracks like “Holy Diver” and “Rainbow In The Dark” are part of the fabric that makes heavy metal history. What many don’t realize is that he was also originally a bassist. Dio’s first bands, notably... »

  • EarthQuaker Devices Introduces the Aqueduct Vibrato Pedal

    EarthQuaker Devices Introduces the Aqueduct Vibrato Pedal

    EarthQuaker Devices has introduced a new vibrato pedal called the Aqueduct that utilizes a short delay line with eight modulation modes for a wide palette of tones. The eight modes include sine, triangle, ramp, square, random, envelope-controlled depth, envelope-controlled rate, and envelope-controlled pitch. “Envelope-Controlled Pitch mode (Env P) is equipped with a wet/dry blend expanding... »

  • Nate Wood’s fOUR: Mysterious One

    Nate Wood’s fOUR: Mysterious One

    The insanely talented Nate Wood has released a new video of his unbelievable one-man project, fOUR. “Mysterious One” is the final track from his new album, X.IT, and has Wood playing bass, drums, singing, and synthesizer. Talk about a multi-instrumentalist! »

  • New Tord Gustavsen Trio Album Features Bassist Sigurd Hole

    New Tord Gustavsen Trio Album Features Bassist Sigurd Hole

    After working in different band formats for the past decade, jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen has gotten back to the piano trio format. The Other Side features his longtime drummer Jarle Vespestad as well Sigurd Hole, who joins the band for the first time. A bandleader himself, the Norwegian bassist fits right into the trio’s sound... »