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Les Claypool talks about his music

The California Chronicle has posted a feature piece on bassist Les Claypool. The piece explores Claypool’s dark sense of humor, the formation of Primus, how he chose to play bass, the zen of tractor riding and his new work with Mike Dillon, Paulo Baldi and Sam Bass. The best quote by far is: “Some people do yoga. Some people run....

New Albums

Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience

In celebration of Woodstock’s 40th anniversary this summer, Sony Legacy is releasing The Woodstock Experience, a collection of double CD sets from a variety of bands who performed at the landmark festival. Each set includes the band’s 1969 album on one disc, and their complete festival performance on the other. This is the first time the complete concert recordings are...


Nick Harmer on Death Cab for Cutie, time warps and careers

In a recent interview with the Seattle Times, Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer reminisces about the band’s humble beginning and the years that have gone by since then. From the band “playing for five bucks” and selling $3.00 tapes at shows way back when to playing the Hollywood Bowl this weekend, Harmer has been through it all. Harmer...


Fan Restores Beatles Bassist Stuart Sutcliffe’s Grave

A dedicated fan took it upon himself to restore the headstone of bassist Stuart Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe was the bass player for the Beatles in the early 1960’s. Sutcliffe’s headstone had fallen into disrepair at Huyton cemetery in Liverpool, so Colin Unwin, a dedicated 61-year-old fan not only restored the stone, he also repainted all the lettering in gold.

New Albums

“Father of Double Bass” commemorated in new release

A new CD has been released in commemoration of Taiwanese professor Chi Da-wei, also known as the “Father of Double Bass.” Professor Chi was once the head Double Bass player of the Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei Symphony Orchestras, president of countless societies in Taiwan, such as the Youth Music Society, and professor at the National Taipei University of Arts until...

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Concerts & Tours

Les Claypool tour updates with O’Death and Capillary Action

Les Claypool has updated his summer tour dates with O’Death, Capillary Action, a few festivals and other performances. July 1, 2009: Fargo, ND at The Venue @ The Hub with O’Death July 2, 2009: Omaha, NE at Anchor Inn with O’Death July 4, 2009: Rothbury, MI at Rothbury Festival July 5, 2009: Indianapolis, IN at The Vogue with O’Death July...


Kurt Cobain’s bass sold for over $40,000

A bass guitar once owned by Kurt Cobain sold at auction recently for $43,750 to a private collector. According to the certificate of authenticity, the tragic Nirvana star’s Sears model bass guitar was used to record his early demos. It was one of many iconic items sold at Christie’s pop and rock memorabilia sale.

New Albums

CAB and Bunny Brunel re-release Live at the Baked Potato

Jazz band CAB, featuring bassist Bunny Brunel, is re-releasing Live at the Baked Potato next month. This 2-disc set features the band’s live performance at the Baked Potato, originally released in 2006, with Brunel on bass, Tony MacAlpine on guitar, David Hirshfelder on keyboards and Virgil Donati on drums. Track List: 1. Bass Ackward 2. Tony Mac 3. Cab 4....


Victor Little hosting Inner Portrait release party

Bassist Victor Little will be releasing his debut solo album Inner Portrait tonight at Yoshi’s San Francisco. The release-party will kick off at 8pm PST. Inner Portrait features Little with drummer Dennis Chambers (P-Funk) and keyboardist Rusian Sirota (Stanley Clarke Band) going through 10 original jazz-funk-fusion tunes. Tickets are available from Little’s web site. Check out our previous coverage of...


Victor Wooten releases bass camp schedule

Bass legend Victor Wooten has released the schedule for his summer Bass/Nature Camps. Each camp is tailored to a specific theme, to appeal to different students. Camp schedule: September 3 – 6, 2009: “Spirit of Music” October 6 – 11, 2009: “Music / Nature Camp” – for ANY instrument July 19 – August 9, 2010: “Bass / Nature Camp 3...

Concerts & Tours, New Albums

Classic Metal Show features Ian Hill

Bassist Ian Hill, from Judas Priest, was a featured guests on this past weekend’s “The Classic Metal Show”. The buzz is that Judas Priest is working on a new album, A Touch of Evil: Live, to be released July 14 during the band’s summer tour. The album will feature 10 songs never released live. Rob Halford told, “I love...


Deftones re-record without Chi

The Deftones have re-entered the studio to re-record Eros, a project started last year that was interrupted with bassist Chi Cheng’s tragic car accident in November. Former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega has been playing with the band since then. From their myspace blog, Deftone’s state in revisitng their work it “doesn’t best encompass and represent who we are currently as...