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Black Dub Releases Debut Album, Announces Tour Dates
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Black Dub Releases Debut Album, Announces Tour Dates

Producer/guitarist Daniel Lanois’ band Black Dub has released its debut self-titled album. The 11-track outing features the slick grooves of bassist Daryl Johnson, who seamlessly follows the band as they subtly mix rock, funk, soul, and reggae styles into their own unique sound. The group’s quartet setting allows Johnson to really stretch out with some tasty fills without losing their...

Elvis Bassist Bill Black’s 1960 Fender Precision Up For Auction
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Elvis Bassist Bill Black’s 1960 Fender Precision Up For Auction

A 1960 Fender Precision bass belonging to the late Bill Black is being sold at the Heritage Auctions Beverly Hills Signature Music & Entertainment Auction, to be held November 13th and 14th. Black, who passed away in 1965, is best known as Elvis Presley’s original bassist, playing with the icon through the 1950s. Black was also a pioneer of Rockabilly,...

Flea Joins Gorillaz Mastermind Damon Albarn For New Project
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Flea Joins Gorillaz Mastermind Damon Albarn For New Project

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has teamed up with Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn on yet another supergroup. Albarn reports that the band also includes Afrobeat drumming master Tony Allen and some of his “favorite African musicians will be involved also.” They are mostly done recording an album, though they still don’t have a name. “Flea of course is an...

New Music Monday: Dangered Ace, Dante Pascuzzo, Suresh Singaratnam and Ed Bennett
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New Music Monday: Dangered Ace, Dante Pascuzzo, Suresh Singaratnam and Ed Bennett

Sometimes really great bass playing flies under the radar and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Here is a round up of some indie albums that you may have missed. Artist: Dangered Ace Album: GoTenGo Genre: Hard Rock Bassist: Paul Ranieri The Scoop: Describing themselves as playing the “essence of big band through the power of heavy rock,” Dangered Ace...

Gear Watch: Gadotti Guitars King Bass
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Gear Watch: Gadotti Guitars King Bass

Gadotti Guitars has introduced their newest model, the King Bass, available with 4, 5 and 6-string configurations, and fretted or fretless. Manufactured in Brazil, the bass is a neck thru body design featuring Honduras Mahogany and Maple for sustain and brightness, with a Cocobolo fretboard. The electronics include Kent Armstrong H4BE active pickups as well as Kent Armstrong active circuitry....

New Noel Redding DVD Due in December
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New Noel Redding DVD Due in December

A new documentary called The Redding Experience, featuring the late Noel Redding, is set for a December 6 release date, according to antimusic.com. The DVD will include a never before seen interview with the bassist, who was part of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, filmed in 1988 in his home in Ireland. During the interview, Redding opens up about his time...

Bootsy Collins Dives Into The World Of Fine Art
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Bootsy Collins Dives Into The World Of Fine Art

Funk master Bootsy Collins has announced his debut into the world of fine art. According to his new art website, the project is “the release of an art piece of which 300 drafts will exist, all numbered and signed.” Bootsy said on his Facebook page that the work will be a “MASSIVE piece of art,” and that each piece will...

Gear Watch: Darkglass Electronics Microtubes B3K Overdrive Pedal
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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, and gives a treble boost...

Les Claypool Asks Fans For Help
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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 boy, Matthew, had been emergency...

Krist Novoselic to Appear on Next Foo Fighters Album
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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 his bass talents on at...