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Saturday July 21, 2018. 09:30 PM
The legendary Cliff Burton is often thought to be Metallica’s first bassist since he is featured on all the early recordings. It was, however, Ron McGovney who first held down the low end in the band. McGovney recently opened up about the transition to Burton as Metallica’s...
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The bass/vocal duo What A Day is back with a new song called “Last Calling.” As always, Jonathan Joly and Leah Gracie deliver gorgeous and haunting melodies overtop of Joly’s creative bass work.
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Australian instrumental funk band Pickpocket have returned with a new EP called Permutations. Anchored by bassist Craig Strain, the band explores their sound even further this go around. “This release sees the band delving into some deeper grooves and richer harmonic...
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Friday July 20, 2018. 11:00 PM
Idiotbox Effects has launched the Blackout, a pedal that contains two muff circuits mixed parallel. Each has its own Fuzz, Tone, and Output controls while having different tone voicings. The top circuit has a traditional muff tone control; the bottom is more of a mid...
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We’ve featured Cheikh Ndoye on traditional African bass instruments before, but his latest video is amazing. He performs the infamous John Coltrane song “Giant Steps” on the Bass Xalam. He plays through the melody and walks two choruses of the song that would be difficult on...
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Bassist Sam Bevan has released Emergence, an album of original modern jazz that draws from his time in the San Francisco Bay area. Bevan is based in New York City but spent 16 years in the Bay and used some of his friends from the area on the record. “Drawing from jazz,...
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After announcing the final batch of tour dates in support of their latest album, The Desaturating Seven, Primus has listened to the fans and added a handful more dates for the rest of the year. The band has been performing the album, which is based on a trippy goblin-themed...
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Thursday July 19, 2018. 09:30 PM
The new Parquet Courts album, Wide Awake!, is an amazing listen that displays the band’s continued growth and evolution. That’s especially true for bassist Sean Yeaton, whose hooky bass lines serve as a melodic focal point in the music. Like many of us, Yeaton started as a...
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Here’s a great clip from 2014’s “Two Tone Sessions,” featuring Eric Gales and his band performing at Studio Space Sound. Anchored by bassist Ugo Perrotta, the band tears through “Voodoo Chile,” “Kashmir,” and “Back in Black.”
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Each year since 2014, King Crimson releases a box set of live and rare recordings from the band’s history. The Elements Tour Box 2018 follows suit with tracks taken from rehearsals, live performances, studio recordings, alternate takes, and more with several clips that have n...
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Keeley Electronics has expanded their pedal lineup with the Aria Compressor and Overdrive, a pedal that brings together their Keeley Compressor with their classic Red Dirt Overdrive pedals. Each side of the pedal allows for flexible routing and different setup situations. A...
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Wednesday July 18, 2018. 09:30 PM
Q: Do You have any advice for those bassists aspiring to become session musicians? Not so much how to get exposure but how to handle yourself, gear, getting lines on the first take, being solid, etc… A: I’ve always found the studio to be very satisfying. I’m one of those ...
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Here’s a great clip from North Sea Jazz a few days ago with Marcus Miller and Michael League. The focus of this video is in response to the host’s question, “how do you develop a groove?” Michael immediately pushed the question over to Marcus, who decided it was better to...
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Brian Bromberg is back with a new solo album called Thicker Than Water, which features the bassist on eleven different electric and upright basses. As such, the record is a display of his insane talents on both instruments. “Thicker Than Water is a record I’ve been...
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Tuesday July 17, 2018. 09:45 PM
Paul Rogalski is a busy bassist and educator living in Longmont, Colorado, which is interesting, considering he made his way to Colorado (after Berklee) to slow things down a bit. Paul is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story… Bio: I headed west from...
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No Treble reader Doug Berns sent us this video of his new project. “I am the lead singer and bassist of Doug Berns Band,” the bassist/vocalist shared. “I have been a pro bassist in NYC, touring with bands like Antibalas, EMEFE and the YeahTones… Doug Berns Band is my first...
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Saxophonist Charles Lloyd and songwriter Lucinda Williams have teamed up to release Vanished Gardens, an album that blends American music genres of jazz, blues, Americana, country, and rock to create a new sound. Each musician contributed songs to the album with “Dust”,...
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D’Addario has introduced the Alchemy Gothic Strap series with four new models that include their Planet Lock system, which is a built-in locking mechanism. It fits most strap pins and stays locked until you release the side pin. “Since 1977 Alchemy Gothic has been the leader...
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Monday July 16, 2018. 09:30 PM
This week we’re checking out the Remington Steele from Germany’s Le Fay Basses. The bass is a fretless with a twist: the fingerboard is stainless steel. Although it’s an unusual feature, the steel doesn’t sound metallic at all, the company says. “Remington Steele sounds...
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Bokanté has a new video out in support of their album, Strange Circles. This tune was written by Michael League and vocalist Malika Tirolien and features League on baritone guitar, ukulele bass, and vocals.
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