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Duff McKagan rumored to be writing and recording with Jane’s Addiction

Velvet Revolver and ex-Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan is reportedly writing and recording with the group Jane’s Addiction, according to fan web site The news following a twitter post from original J.A. bassist Eric Avery, saying “fyi, to answer the question directly, i am not writing with janes addiction.” Jane’s Addiction reunited with the original lineup in late...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: New affordable Zon Standard Series

Zon Guitars has announced a new affordable line of bass guitars called the Standard Series. Featuring the Mosaic, Sonus, and Legacy models, the new basses are handcrafted in Korea to Zon’s rigid quality requirements and then inspected for finish and setup at Zon’s facility in Redwood City. “There are a lot of players out there who want to own a...

New Albums

New Release: Michael Janisch’s “Purpose Built”

Jazz bassist Michael Janisch has just released his new album, Purpose Built on Whirlwind Recordings. This is his first album as a bandleader and features Aaron Goldberg (piano), Jim Hart (vibraphone), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Paul Booth (Tenor Saxophone), Mike Moreno (guitar), Patrick Cornelius (alto saxophone), Phil Robson (guitar), Walter Smith III (tenor saxophone), and Johnathan Blake (drums). Preview and download...

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James Jamerson’s widow sues La Bella Strings

According to the Detroit Free Press, the widow of Motown’s master bassist James Jamerson is suing La Bella Strings for using his name and image in its marketing. The suit is seeking at least $25,000. Annie Jamerson, 68, is filing the suit against La Bella, which “touts James Jamerson in the packaging and ads for a set of bass strings.”...


Coachella Festival line up announced

The massive line up for the three day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has been announced, boasting over 120 performing artists. The headlining artists for each night are scheduled to be Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz. Bass players will be happy to hear from the likes of Les Claypool, Them Crooked Vultures, Sly and the Family Stone, and many more....

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Korg Wi-Tune Wireless Tuner

Korg has released a new addition to their expansive selection of tuners called the Wi-Tune Chromatic Tuner. Utilizing the Korg’s new “Wireless Tuning System,” it allows players freedom from swapping cables and needing to patch in and out of a tuner during performance. The tuner is made up of two pieces: a transmitter module that attaches to the instrument, and...

Bass Gear, NAMM 2010

Gear Watch: Peavey introduces bass guitars to its PXD series

Peavey has introduced two new basses guitars to their modern metal inspired PXD Series: the Tragic 4 and Void 4. Both the Tragic and Void are 4-string neck-through-body basses that feature an alder body, maple neck, and ebony fretboard. Both models also enjoy the incredible tonal control of Peavey VFL active pickups, which are the same proprietary electronics that Peavey...

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Paul McCartney “could have been” in Them Crooked Vultures

According to an article in British newspaper The Daily Mail, former Fab Four member Paul McCartney was interested in being in the successful supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. The band of course now features bassist John Paul Jones. After the Grammy awards last year, Paul had dinner with drummer Dave Grohl and the conversation turned to Grohl’s new project. “We went...

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Rob Wasserman to rejoin RatDog for special event

Rob Wasserman will rejoin former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and his band RatDog for an event called the RatDog Daze, which will be taking place in Negril, Jamaica. The event begins January 23. Current RatDog bassist Robin Sylvester cannot make the gig for unspecified medical reasons. The band gave a statement, saying “The entire Bob Weir & RatDog family...

Bass Videos

John Patitucci with Mark O’Connor and Julian Lage live

Here is a cool video of John Patitucci’s latest project with violinist Mark O’Connor and guitarist Julian Lage. The trio debuted January 7th at the Blue Note in NYC.