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Monday January 16, 2017. 12:30 AM
We’re getting ready for the Winter NAMM show, and have already started our coverage on some of the new gear being announced. Add to that our interview with House of Waters bassist, Moto Fukushima, a great column by Damian Erskine, some top bass videos and more, and you have t...
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Sunday January 15, 2017. 09:30 PM
Genzler is gearing up for the 2017 Winter NAMM show by unveiling the expansion of their Magellan bass amp line and Bass Array cabinet series. The Magellan 350 and Bass Array BA10-2 will each debut at NAMM as separate pieces as well as a combo unit. The Magellan 350 pushes...
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Bassist Marek Bero sent us this heavy slap groove reminiscent of an early nineties alternative rock, and the back story is one that many of us can relate. “I’ve started playing bass as a teenager, and nobody around me was taking me seriously,” he wrote. “At the beginning, my...
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Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook will be heading to the U.S. for a book tour at the beginning of February. The intimate outing is in support of his new book Substance – Inside New Order, which documents the formation and story of the influential band,...
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Saturday January 14, 2017. 09:30 PM
Ibanez’s BTB Standard series is getting a facelift for 2017 with several new features across the line. The BTB845, BTB846, BTB745, and BTB746 all have a new refined body arch, a zero fret, and come standard with D’Addario NYXL strings. Each of the basses are still...
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I can’t get enough of The Funky Knuckles and bassist Wes Stephenson. Thankfully, they keep putting out some fantastic videos. Here the band grooves on their song “Arise” from their latest album,.
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Session bass legend Carol Kaye has plenty of stories to tell from her many years in the business, and now you can read them in her new autobiography. Studio Musician: Carol Kaye, 60s #1 Bassist, Guitarist is now available directly through her website. The 503-page book...
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The Adrian Belew Power Trio has announced an extensive spring tour of North America. Starting at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virgina on February 28th, the journey will take Belew and crew across nearly the entire continental U.S. with a handful of Canadian dates in May. It’s...
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Friday January 13, 2017. 09:30 PM
Sadowsky Guitars has teamed up with Earth, Wind, & Fire bassist Verdine White to create a special signature model that will be part of their new NYC Satin Series. Based on White’s first Sadowsky bass from the ’90s, the instrument is set apart with an undersized J-style...
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I saw a crazy video on Facebook of Eric Lawson ripping it up on the bass. After checking it out, I found Lawson was covering a bass line by Warren Brown, who was jamming with a Mr. Talkbox video. (The internet is awesome.) Here’s the original clip of Brown tearing through...
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After releasing an EP last summer, Mastodon bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders and his project Gone is Gone have released their debut full-length album, entitled Echolocation. The band also includes Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen, At the Drive-In drummer Tony...
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La Bella Strings has added to their Deep Talkin’ Bass series with the Gold Flats. Available in four, five, and six-string sets, the flat wound strings use a golden alloy ribbon wire for the exterior wrap that the company says adds a unique tonal mid-range. The Gold Flats...
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Thursday January 12, 2017. 09:30 PM
Typically we think of a power trio as guitar, bass, and drums, but House of Waters isn’t your typical power trio. The trio mixes things up with Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Ignacio Rivas Bixio on percussion, and Moto Fukushima on bass. Fukushima was born and raised in Japan,...
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No Treble reader favorite Rebecca Johnson and her band were digging into the Meters classic “Just Kissed My Baby” when the trio decided to give the drummer some. Johnson keeps a steady, supportive groove for Con Settineri before launching into her own impromptu bass solo....
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Muscle Shoals, Alabama has been a mecca for music lovers ever since it became a hub for the music industry in the ’60s. Now it will have a greater draw as the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios has re-opened as a museum. The studio has been restored to its former glory...
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GoGo Tuners is releasing a limited edition version of their Horizon pedal. Limited to 250 units, the new pedal carries the features of the original with a special GoGo Orange colored housing. The tuner is centered around a large horizontal screen with a color display that...
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Wednesday January 11, 2017. 09:30 PM
Q: What is the difference between “relative” and “parallel” when talking about jazz theory? I hear “relative minor” a lot, but I recently heard someone at school talk about “parallel minor.” A: Good question! First, I’ll take a look at this column I wrote in 2014 concerning...
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Today we’re featuring the debut video from Woolly Mammals, a Brooklyn-based alternative group that brings the heat. The band, which is fronted by bassist Will Sacks, is described as “the lovechild of Frank Ocean and an N64, infusing electronic soul with strong acid-jazz...
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The Dropkick Murphys are back with their ninth studio album, 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory, their first since 2013’s Signed and Sealed in Blood. Anchored by bassist/vocalist Ken Casey, the album was influenced by the band’s work with their charity The Claddagh Fund, whose...
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Meet Jesse Brotter, a bassist living in Queens who stays busy performing around Boston and New York with a number of bands. Jesse describes his playing as versatile, with a frenzied style. He’s this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight, and here’s his story… Bio: Jesse...
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