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  • Albion Musical Instruments Unveils ABH Series of Amplification

    Albion Musical Instruments Unveils ABH Series of Amplification

    Albion Musical Instruments has just released details of their upcoming ABH line of bass amplification products, including 2 heads, 2 combos, and 4 new cabinets. Albion is the brainchild of Steve Grinrod, who besides being a musician, held chief engineer and chief designer positions at Marshall Amplification and VOX. At the forefront of the series... »

  • Anthony Crawford Releases Urban Jazz

    Anthony Crawford Releases Urban Jazz

    Jazz bassist Anthony Crawford has released his debut CD, Urban Jazz, on Hydro 6 Records. The 11-track album is exactly what the title implies: a cool hybrid of Jazz, hip-hop, pop, funk, and smooth listening. The opening track and lead single, “Windy Days,” is a great R&B flavored tune with a bass melody that lets... »

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History

    Red Hot Chili Peppers: An Oral/Visual History

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers have compiled a new book, chronicling their 27-year existence together as a band. The 256 page book, entitled An Oral/Visual History by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is a compilation of their triumphs and tribulations as they worked their way up from the Los Angeles underground scene to headlining arena... »

  • Gear Watch: Hoyer Guitars Reissue Eagle Bass Prestige

    Gear Watch: Hoyer Guitars Reissue Eagle Bass Prestige

    Hoyer Guitars has released a reissue of their classic Hoyer Eagle Prestige Bass, featuring many of the same characteristics of the original 1970’s model including a neck-through-body construction, Eagle-typical headstock, Eagle-shaped inlays, and a burr walnut top. The bass has a 33.5” scale, with an ebony fingerboard and 20 medium jumbo frets. The bass’s pickups... »

  • Racer X and Juan Alderete: Scarified

    Racer X and Juan Alderete: Scarified

    Long before he joined the ranks of Mars Volta, Juan Alderete was the metalhead bassist in Racer X, with guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert. This song, Scarified, is proof of Alderete’s own virtuosity. Check out the solo licks and the unison tapping. It’ll melt your face. »

  • Fab: New Paul McCartney Biography

    Fab: New Paul McCartney Biography

    A new biography on former Beatles bassist Paul McCartney, penned by Howard Sounes, has just been released by Da Capo Press. Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney offers an extremely detailed look at the bassist’s life, from childhood to fame with the Fab Four, post-Beatles career and up through modern day. The 656-page book... »

  • Boris Kozlov Releases “Double Standard”

    Boris Kozlov Releases “Double Standard”

    Jazz bassist Boris Kozlov has released a new solo bass CD, Double Standard, featuring a mix of originals and jazz standards. The entire album is made of single-take, solo bass tracks with the exception of “RGB/Self Portrait in 3 Colors,” which has the bassist layering arco tracks on the Charles Mingus ballad. That track is... »

  • John Paul Jones: New Them Crooked Vultures Album on the Way

    John Paul Jones: New Them Crooked Vultures Album on the Way

    Though the rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures is on break while the band members return to their main gigs, bassist John Paul Jones says the trio will be regrouping soon for their second album. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, the former Led Zeppelin member explained that the process shouldn’t take long. “Some stuff... »

  • Slipknot Asks for Return of Items Stolen From Paul Gray’s Grave

    Slipknot Asks for Return of Items Stolen From Paul Gray’s Grave

    The members of Slipknot are reaching out to the community for the return of items that were stolen from bassist Paul Gray’s grave. Taken from the gravesite were statues of a gargoyle and a Buddah that had been placed there by friends and family. In a statement on their website, Slipknot simply states they want... »

  • Alfred Releases the Couch Potato Bass Workout

    Alfred Releases the Couch Potato Bass Workout

    Alfred has released a new instructional though maybe unconventional book, entitled The Couch Potato Bass Workout. Intended for all levels and styles, the book is based on the idea that sometimes we end up practicing while “vegging out on the couch” sometimes, so why not make it productive? The workout includes exercises to develop speed,... »