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  • Gear Watch: Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K Overdrive Pedal

    Gear Watch: Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K Overdrive Pedal

    Darkglass Electronics is now shipping their Microtubes B3K bass distortion pedal. The pedal features hybrid JFET and CMOS gain stages for a natural dynamic response, with Level, Drive, and Blend knobs as well as Attack and Grunt switches to dial up your sound. The Attack switch replicates the “Ultra Hi” option from many tube amps,... »

  • Les Claypool Asks Fans For Help

    Les Claypool Asks Fans For Help

    Les Claypool recently sent a heartfelt newsletter reaching out to his fans for help. In the email, he thanked fans for supporting the recent Primus tour, and went on to share some bad news he’d received following his Oddity Faire Tour. “I received the very traumatic news from my brother Ron that his little baby... »

  • Krist Novoselic to Appear on Next Foo Fighters Album

    Krist Novoselic to Appear on Next Foo Fighters Album

    Bassist Krist Novoselic will be appearing on the next Foo Fighters album, according to recent interviews with frontman Dave Grohl. Novoselic and Grohl were the respective bassist and drummer for the iconic grunge band Nirvana, and have not recorded together since the group’s final track, “You Know You’re Right,” in 1993. Krist will be contributing... »

  • Alberto Rigoni: Trying To Forget

    Alberto Rigoni: Trying To Forget

    Here’s a cool, spacy, harmonic-filled bass solo from Italian bassist Alberto Rigoni from his latest solo album, Something Different. »

  • Toph-E and the Pussycats with Will Lee Release “No Ordinary Day”

    Toph-E and the Pussycats with Will Lee Release “No Ordinary Day”

    Toph-E and the Pussycats have released a new album, No Ordinary Day, featuring Will Lee on bass and vocals. The band’s sound has been described as “R n’ B-bop,” as they play a mix of originals and R&B classics while paying homage to jazz greats such as Art Blakey, Thelonius Monk and Herbie Hancock. The... »

  • New Film to Feature Duff McKagan’s Loaded

    New Film to Feature Duff McKagan’s Loaded

    Seattle filmmaker Jamie Burton Chamberlain is gearing up to make a movie based on a new album by Duff McKagan’s Loaded, which is soon to be completed. The album is yet to be titled, though a single from it is being played in rotation during the MLB World Series coverage. McKagan, who played bass for... »

  • Owen Biddle Sets Record For Most Wah Pedals Used On a Bass

    Owen Biddle Sets Record For Most Wah Pedals Used On a Bass

    Owen Biddle of the Roots currently holds the record for most Wah pedals used on a bass at one time, according to the open source platformed Universal Record Database. Apparently he tried for six, but a bad cable cut him down to two. Who out there is gonna challenge him? »

  • Charlie Haden Releases “Sophisticated Ladies”

    Charlie Haden Releases “Sophisticated Ladies”

    Charlie Haden has just released latest album with Quartet West, entitled Sophisticated Ladies. The title is a play on the Duke Ellington tune, as the 12 tracks feature jazz standards sung by the genre’s best female vocalists, including Cassandra Wilson, Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, Norah Jones, Renée Fleming, and Haden’s wife, Ruth Cameron. Haden, who... »

  • Yes Signs New Record Deal, Album Due Next Year

    Yes Signs New Record Deal, Album Due Next Year

    Legendary prog-rock band Yes has signed to a new worldwide recording deal with Frontiers Records, based out of Italy. The group will be recording their first new studio album in nearly a decade, following 2001’s Magnification. According to the release, fans can expect a release date in 2011, sometime before summer. The current Yes band... »

  • Todd Smallie and Yonrico Scott Teach Jazz To Kids

    Todd Smallie and Yonrico Scott Teach Jazz To Kids

    Here’s a clip of bassist Todd Smallie and drummer Yonrico Scott laying it down during cultural day at Oakgrove Elementary School. The two, who make up part of the rhythm section for the Derek Trucks band, blow through the jazz standards “Tenor Madness”, “All Blues” and “The Chicken”. Notice the Grammy on the desk… »